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by Academia Nut
2014-01-08 09:05pm
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: New Blood (multi-series fusion)
Replies: 83
Views: 39691

Re: New Blood (multi-series fusion)

While our collaborative efforts have waned over the past few years, back during the original writing period we were playing original flavour Lovecraft collaboration, which is to say we would name drop certain things from the work of the other just to make cheeky little references and also to sort of...
by Academia Nut
2014-01-07 01:38am
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: New Blood (multi-series fusion)
Replies: 83
Views: 39691

Re: New Blood (multi-series fusion)

Stepping off the transport with a large and heavy cylinder in his hands, Agent Jackson immediately thrust the black box into the arms of Group Director Zeny and then threw a crisp salute to Project Director Kamina. After a moment he said, "Sir, permission to punch someone of authority, sir!&quo...
by Academia Nut
2014-01-05 03:38am
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: New Blood (multi-series fusion)
Replies: 83
Views: 39691

Re: New Blood (multi-series fusion)

Boredom was a concept that tended to be restricted to certain classes of intelligent life, with only a rather limited grouping being capable of the state. Alex Mercer was technically not one of those beings, as he could play around with his own biochemistry and simply suppress the physiological caus...
by Academia Nut
2014-01-03 04:34am
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: New Blood (multi-series fusion)
Replies: 83
Views: 39691

Re: New Blood (multi-series fusion)

Sparring with a vampiric abomination capable of casually ripping mecha apart with her bare hands was quite intense exercise. If Ellie had not already spent her formative years as an urban spelunker and pack mule she was fairly certain the experience would have caused her to collapse into a splutteri...
by Academia Nut
2013-11-11 04:09am
Forum: Gaming, Electronics and Computers
Topic: Modern Shooters Played Out (CoD)
Replies: 128
Views: 10309

Re: Modern Shooters Played Out (CoD)

Why is the idea of refusing to do what the game railroads you into doing so anathema? What are the consequences? The consequences are that you just paid $60 for a coaster. By that standard you probably own a great deal of coasters. In fact, there are a number of interesting points where The Line is...
by Academia Nut
2013-11-10 10:53pm
Forum: Gaming, Electronics and Computers
Topic: Modern Shooters Played Out (CoD)
Replies: 128
Views: 10309

Re: Modern Shooters Played Out (CoD)

I will preface this with the fact that I have not played Spec Ops: The Line, but I have been reading up a lot of the analysis on it, so here is what I have gathered that has made the game such a gut punch: they mostly successfully use the mechanics as the mechanism by which they tell their Heart of ...
by Academia Nut
2013-10-21 04:22pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: US government Shutdown
Replies: 611
Views: 49266

Re: US government Shutdown

I forgot this tidbit: Two people have tried to take issue with my claim, based on their personal anecdotes. Connor MacLeod shot your case in the foot - he did exactly what I recommended and benefitted substantially from it. He nonetheless believes this is a powerful counter-example for reasons that...
by Academia Nut
2013-10-21 04:09pm
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Orbital Inclination? What's that? Gravity (film) spoilerish
Replies: 49
Views: 7372

Re: Orbital Inclination? What's that? Gravity (film) spoiler

That prompted me to Google "is gravity sexist". Apparently it encourages damsel in distress stereotypes with the panicky woman and the calmn collected male, who even had to return in a hallucination to save the day. Funnily enough when my girlfriend (who knows a hell of a lot more about f...
by Academia Nut
2013-10-11 12:06pm
Forum: Gaming, Electronics and Computers
Topic: Crossroads attempts to "Win" MoO-III
Replies: 66
Views: 7737

Re: Crossroads attempts to "Win" MoO-III

Country mode is basically Colony mode, in a simplistic sense. Colonies are self-starting independent nations, and should be treated as such. That allows them to develop a national character, manage their own affairs, lead rebellions, and possibly even share space on a planet with people they don't ...
by Academia Nut
2013-10-09 09:51pm
Forum: Gaming, Electronics and Computers
Topic: Crossroads attempts to "Win" MoO-III
Replies: 66
Views: 7737

Re: Crossroads attempts to "Win" MoO-III

Some interesting ideas here. Perhaps a split to some sort of "Space 4X brainstorming" thread so that this drift from the initial topic of "winning" MoO3 is out of the way? Anyway, I was ruminating on the whole division of ages that has been bandied about here, and that got me to ...
by Academia Nut
2013-08-02 01:13am
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: Moments and Pieces (40k)
Replies: 1
Views: 2660

Moments and Pieces (40k)

A writing exercise to get me writing again. I have... well, the title pretty much says it all, so I am writing them down in a deliberately Chaotic and nonlinear manner. I hope you all enjoy the weirdness while I rev back up to prior projects. --- Moments. Fragments of a larger whole all spin togethe...
by Academia Nut
2013-05-28 02:24am
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: Sparks From the Edge (40K/BT)
Replies: 73
Views: 23163

Re: Sparks From the Edge (40K/BT)

Chapter Fifteen Kenwa Nalten - the Shadow Hidden In Darkness - was hailed by his community as the best scout of his generation. Now, admittedly he was rather young and thus not the best scout in the tribe, but he knew both his skill and his limits, which was why he was trusted with one of the rare ...
by Academia Nut
2013-05-22 01:18am
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: Sparks From the Edge (40K/BT)
Replies: 73
Views: 23163

Re: Sparks From the Edge (40K/BT)

Well that was a crappy bit of writer's block. --- Chapter Fourteen Inquisitor Kennard was not the sort of man who considered himself excessively cruel. Deliberately cruel most certainly, but always out of necessity and always in careful dosages. It was far easier to do his job when people were coope...
by Academia Nut
2013-04-28 11:39pm
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: Sparks From the Edge (40K/BT)
Replies: 73
Views: 23163

Re: Sparks From the Edge (40K/BT)

Chapter Thirteen The primary shrine to the Omnissiah on the Dirge of Heresy was a dark, secluded place that was utterly unwelcoming to outsiders. For those blessed with the proper implants, the shrine shone brightly in the noosphere, great cascading waterfalls of data and electro-hymns that gave gr...
by Academia Nut
2013-04-23 11:13am
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: Sparks From the Edge (40K/BT)
Replies: 73
Views: 23163

Re: Sparks From the Edge (40K/BT)

Some comments regarding Btech culture, although I saw your comments over in SB as well. 1. Is the pirates planet based on an internal slave economy or a raiding one? There's nothing wrong with mixing archetypes, but I would like to know it better. If the later, especially where slaves are captured,...
by Academia Nut
2013-04-22 05:08pm
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: Sparks From the Edge (40K/BT)
Replies: 73
Views: 23163

Re: Sparks From the Edge (40K/BT)

Yeah, it was a combination of experienced fingers feeling that something was off, a keen eye, the way things were not quite fitting, and most importantly access to tools. The incorrect parts thing is a test to see if you actually know what you are doing and can identify bad parts instead of just jam...
by Academia Nut
2013-04-21 08:22pm
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: Sparks From the Edge (40K/BT)
Replies: 73
Views: 23163

Re: Sparks From the Edge (40K/BT)

Chapter Twelve For Byron Felix, staring up at the holographically projected image of the invaders' Emperor had become a remarkably common occurrence that bore absolutely no meaning for him. It was something to look at in a half drunken haze, a way to fill the time in between eating, sleeping, and d...
by Academia Nut
2013-04-15 11:50pm
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: Sparks From the Edge (40K/BT)
Replies: 73
Views: 23163

Re: Sparks From the Edge (40K/BT)

Okay, it seems like my worry was unnecessary. I just felt that if I posted something that just one reader felt was unnecessary for today that I would be doing them a disservice. My worries really are only tangential, but I didn't want to appear like my bad timing was an attempt to cash in on for wha...
by Academia Nut
2013-04-15 05:16pm
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: Sparks From the Edge (40K/BT)
Replies: 73
Views: 23163

Re: Sparks From the Edge (40K/BT)

So I was planning on posting Chapter Eleven tonight. The plot of the chapter deals with a shoot out between Imperials and those who aren't happy about their actions, and a lot of civilians get caught in the crossfire. This chapter was completed back in March before life decided to club me upside the...
by Academia Nut
2013-03-27 01:27pm
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: Sparks From the Edge (40K/BT)
Replies: 73
Views: 23163

Re: Sparks From the Edge (40K/BT)

Does the Imperium, or more to the point, Space Marines, have anything that will be able to answer the long range firepower of gauss rifles and particle beams when they run into more capable opposition? They will either build some of their crazier weapons for Imperial super heavy vehicles, strip poi...
by Academia Nut
2013-03-27 11:23am
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: Sparks From the Edge (40K/BT)
Replies: 73
Views: 23163

Re: Sparks From the Edge (40K/BT)

Oh, my apologies then. I thought you were being more antagonistic than you were. Just used to stupid arguments and overreacted. As for lascannons, they're not the equivalent of large lasers, it is just that the Imperium is so good with laser technology that I decided that for technobabble reasons th...
by Academia Nut
2013-03-26 09:46pm
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: Sparks From the Edge (40K/BT)
Replies: 73
Views: 23163

Re: Sparks From the Edge (40K/BT)

Chapter Ten "WHAT DO YOU MEAN ' ALLOW IT '?" Overlord Raja King, or The King as he often preferred to be known, screamed at his subordinate advisor, Enrique Leopold. Brushing a bit of spittle from his lapel, Enrique said quietly, "Francis is an infamous liar, so I highly doubt his in...
by Academia Nut
2013-03-21 12:11am
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: Sparks From the Edge (40K/BT)
Replies: 73
Views: 23163

Re: Sparks From the Edge (40K/BT)

I'm not exactly sure how that came up since there hasn't been any 40k vehicle vs. BT vehicle combat yet, but yeah, I know that Rhino chassis vehicles are vulnerable to BT weapons, especially on the sides, and the Marines caught the first 'Mechs (which were poorly maintained and had the equivalent of...
by Academia Nut
2013-03-20 07:14pm
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: Sparks From the Edge (40K/BT)
Replies: 73
Views: 23163

Re: Sparks From the Edge (40K/BT)

Chapter Nine Divested of his grime covered garments and equipment, Epiktetos padded quietly into the steamy main bath of the former ruler of this world. The room was really more of a medium sized swimming pool that was heated to slightly above body temperature by the reactor under the palace that p...
by Academia Nut
2013-03-18 11:33am
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: Sparks From the Edge (40K/BT)
Replies: 73
Views: 23163

Re: Sparks From the Edge (40K/BT)

There are some....... problems with the depiction of pirates in the story. Its not impossible to create a pirate economy that's workable, even in the Periphery. Pirates raiding other more prosperous planets for slaves/serfs, industrial equipment and etc work. Pirates raiding for water? Not so much....