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Post by Volksie on 2008-08-15, 00:37

I'm no expert so bear with me if I lead you in the wrong direction. You have to add contacts in the msn screen thingy. The option should be around somewhere in the control panel. Then you need to type in someone's email address. For example, put in mine - camybearbrown@hotmail.com and hit add. I'll go online and if all goes well I should join your contact list and be able to start a convo with you.
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Post by sipahioftheporte on 2008-08-15, 00:54

you must sacrifice a hundred sheep and put their testicles to the temple of mercury..
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Post by The Weaver on 2008-08-15, 03:20

Rightio, done that. (Anyone will tell you it ain't that hard to find a hundred sheep in this country) - (oh, and the msn thing)
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Post by sipahioftheporte on 2008-08-15, 04:59

I bet volksie knows that... yeah but it would still be hard to find a temple of mercury classic laugh
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Post by The Weaver on 2008-08-15, 14:52

It makes holes in the brain, mercury does. I'd head for any place where people seem to be particularly stupid, then look for the secret mercury dump site.

Come to think of it, that would probably include every capital city in the world...
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Post by Raja Sagan the Caker on 2008-08-18, 19:41

just thinking out loud alexios, but i think we've gotten too focused on the 'genetic facist movement', i think we need to stop and go back to MotherEarth(TM) and Biosyn and keep it more personal and 'close', and more talking about genetic engineering and environmental extremism as opposed to europe being overwhelmed by facism. the facistic things that happen should be slower, more subdued and less central to the overall storyline.

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Post by The Weaver on 2008-08-19, 00:56

I reckon the best dystopias are ones that are closest to present day reality.

The way I'm thinking about my character, he starts out in a run-down but not totally unrecognisable corner of London, chatting with a guy called Joe, who sells the Workers' Voice, a communist newspaper. (Joe, ironically, has a moustache just like Stalin's.) A couple of days later, Joe mysteriously disappears, and Fred the anarchist has a feeling that it isn't anything normal or ordinary. Police repression acting at a subtle, low-level black ops kind of way rather than blatant repression. Is that what you're thinking, Raja?
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Post by Alexios Komnenos on 2008-08-19, 06:13

Yeah, Raja, I agree - to a point. I still think that the oppressed, and ordinary civilians rising up makes a better climax than France rising up.

And iirc, you were the one who wanted to push us away from Biosyn, because you didn't like the idea of "evil corporation takes over world"

I wasn't disagreeing that the characters would be operating within the framework of the events, Raja. But nevertheless, we need to flesh out the events themselves which they will be operating within. Their stories don't need to be so fleshed out at the beginning. But the overall story does, because it's an "inevitable climax", right?

And obviously, we need to work more on MotherEarth, including the removal of the rediculous (TM) - for god's sake, the IRA and Al Queada don't need (TM)'s, MotherEarth doesn't either. Although, if you can come up with a good backstory as how MotherEarth, a secret, underground organization, would have a (TM) attached to it, then I'll suspend my skepticism.

And, yes, Weaver, at first, that's how it's going to work. Gradually, through the story, as the fascists gain control more and more, it will no doubt increase.
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Post by Raja Sagan the Caker on 2008-08-19, 06:55

actually, i always used MotherEarth(TM) as a kind of humorous little add-on that was really mostly for me. the idea of environmentalists trademarking a term like "Mother Earth" (and then only subsequently resorting to more extreme tactics, they didn't exactly start off as terrorists) was one way that i showed the corporatism, commercialism and shallowness of at least some segments of the environmentalist movement (this was for the original incarnation of mother earth, which was for an english assignment in high school). the idea of "green" products, activities etc, is one that has been ruthlessly commercialized, and so by having an extremist environmentalist group actually trademarking that term it kind of pokes fun at it a little (i'm, with my odd sense of humour, likely the only one that gets it).

plus, how do you think they fund their activities? sueing people for millions when they use the term 'mother earth', that's how.

@weaver - yeah, that's exactly what i'm thinking Very Happy

and ordinary civilians rising up makes a better climax than France rising up.
i still don't think we really understand eachother...

and i didn't want us to push away from Biosyn. i didn't want the facists to be their tool, i didn't want it to be the 'evil corporation tries to take over Europe' thing all over again. i wanted Biosyn to be the manner in which questions of ethics regarding genetic engineering, genetic modification, etc etc could be investigated. i wanted the story to be relevant to present-day themes. racism and facism started as an aside, i never realized it would become so important; and the reason i didn't want it to become important is because facism is hardly something that is relevant and important today and to us.

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Post by Alexios Komnenos on 2008-08-19, 07:01

Yeah. And that's still in the focus. Fascism is a facet of the Biosyn story. For the record, the fascism will not interact with my main character much. My main character works for Biosyn, and thus, it's more of a window on Biosyn than on fascism.

I'm merely trying to address additional topics which are still relevant in todays world - such as when government fails, and people must take it into their own hands to fight back.
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Re: New group story - Discussion Thread

Post by Alexios Komnenos on 2008-08-19, 07:43

Summary of MSN convo:

genetic fascism no longer part of story
New plotline deals with the reactionary nature of the governments and the moral issues of genetic modification, such as what humanity is becoming
Other themes will be - you can't trust the government, rights being lost, those who have genetic modification (still need good name for them) being superior to those who don't
Genetic Supremacy party might not exist anymore

Raja also needs to get working on a plotline and a climax for MotherEarth Smile
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Post by Raja Sagan the Caker on 2008-08-19, 08:10

MotherEarth(TM), get it right ... fool! Razz

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Re: New group story - Discussion Thread

Post by Seleukos of Olympia on 2008-08-19, 14:41

Damn it! I should be in Athens staying sleepless on MSN with you guys on this one! But now, I'm content to to develop a secondary character in whatever larger story you work out (possibly a motherearther (I accidentally typed 'marketearther' at first. Funny isn't it? Wink).

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Post by Kasey on 2008-08-19, 14:49

Sel, you still in Olympia? Or have you moved on to Macedonia?
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Post by The Weaver on 2008-08-21, 05:31

I've started writing something. Hope I haven't jumped any guns. Smile

Here's what I have so far:

Fred shut the doors to the old shop and locked them. He squinted through his thick glasses at the peeling paint on the shopfront which proclaimed “Resistan e” in bold red lettering. When the shop made some real money, he’d buy a small tin of red paint and restore the “c”. It needed restoring. It had been gone for as long as Fred could remember, and every now and then some local brat would follow him on his brief journey to the bus stop asking him if he was from Resistan, and where it was, and if it was anything like Pakistan, and why he couldn’t bugger off back there.

“Show us yer passport, yer Resi bastard.”

“Sod off ‘ome, y’ little shite, if yuh don’ wan’ a fick ear.”

“Thas’ violence against a child, that is. I’m tellin’ the scuggers.”

The scuggers was only the most recent in a long and inglorious line of sobriquets for the local constabulary. Said scuggers were held in such low esteem that even the most law-abiding citizens of Fred’s acquaintance would have sold their own children into slavery before telling them anything. So Fred would know, when his young tormentor’s sense of legal expertise overcame his native instincts, that he had the better of him.

“O yeah. You suck that kind o’ meat, do yuh, sunshine?”

“Wouldn’t suck yours for quids.”

“Well, ‘scuse me if I manage to conceal my terrible disappointment. Now eff orf an’ go find a scugger ter suck.”

The bus hissed to a stop. The door clanged open.
Fred was agreeably surprised. It was a new bus. This meant that the floor would not be covered with lumps and bumps where they’d ripped the seats out aeons ago so they could squeeze in more people. No, this bus was built without seats, and, what’s more, there were a lot more straphangers. It would make getting home just a tad more comfortable.

On the other hand, the driver was a large metal box. A robot.

“Please present your identity card and travel coupon.”

It had one of those ghastly automated voices. Fred knew that it also had tone of voice recognition. It could tell if the customer was getting agitated.

“Your identity card is not correct.”

“’Course it’s bloody correct, you fuckin’ ‘eap o’ junk. I jus’ put it in upside dahn.”

“You appear to be losing your temper.”

“Look dick’ead, I don’ need no effing state-programmed robot ter tell me when I’m losin’ my effin’ temper.”

“Your hostility to the properly-constituted civic authorities has been recorded and will be reported.”

Fred took a deep breath.

“Here is your travel coupon. You may proceed inside the bus.”

“Fanks, darlin’. Sorry for the aggro. Tell yer wot – mus’ be lonely in your job. Want me to fix you up wiv a nice sexy teller machine?”

The machine picked up the switch from aggression to polite concern.

“Thank you very much, but I have the matter in hand.”

All in the queue who’d heard the interchange sniggered, and Fred edged his way into the already-crowded bus with a smile on his face. It disappeared when he saw the ad on the flatscreen at the back of the bus:

“Biosyn: the human face of progress.”

Bastards!

Fred seethed quietly as the bus lurched silently away from the kerb. Back in the days when he still had a DHSS caseload, he’d tried to help families that had got hopelessly into debt to pay for Biosyn’s hugely expensive treatment. Some had chronic conditions that they did not want to pass on to their kids, like the arthritis that gnawed away at Fred’s left hip, or the severe short sight that condemned him to a life behind thick, heavy glass spectacles. One or two just wanted their children to grow up smarter than them. Biosyn was happy to take the money these poor souls had raised from loan sharks, happy to treat their unborn babies, and happy to throw them back into the gutter from where they’d come, so financially compromised that they were frequently homeless and on the brink of starvation.

And then they were more than happy to contact them with an offer they couldn’t refuse. We know how hard it must be for you to make ends meet. We have this lovely couple who can’t have children, who would adore your baby. Give the child up to us, and we will refund the entire cost of the treatment. And the interest on your loan.

Fred had helped some pick up the pieces. He’d been to one or two funerals of broken-hearted young mothers who had killed themselves in the wake of these unofficial and highly illegal adoptions. And he’d counselled dozens of people in his neighbourhood to avoid Biosyn like the plague.

Which is why, on his last morning at DHSS, he’d been called into his senior’s office.


Last edited by The Weaver on 2008-08-22, 04:58; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : Error in story)
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Post by Alexios Komnenos on 2008-08-21, 05:57

Well, we haven't started the story yet, so ya did technically jump the gun. And a story thread, for the actual segments.
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Post by Kasey on 2008-08-21, 06:10

Very nice weaves. Smile
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Post by Alexios Komnenos on 2008-08-21, 06:29

Yeah. It's a great story. I love the accents.
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Post by Alexios Komnenos on 2008-08-21, 07:29

Biosyn: the human face of progress

First off, we should probably clear up any confusion over how Biosyn operates. The operation is done on the embryo. You cannot receive any sort of upgrade as an adult. Currently, there are five levels of upgrade:

Normal, unmodified Human
Level 1 mod: max age: 37 (basic immunities and health package)
Level 2 mod: max age: 30 (more advanced package, with some minor sensory augmentations, “natural” good looks)
Level 3 mod: max age: 26 (most attractive, sensory augmentations, “natural” athletic ability, “naturally” intelligent)
Level 4 mod: max age: 20 (most attractive, sensory augmentations, excellent athletic ability, quite intelligent)

There are other levels, Level 5 mod is 14, Level 6 mod, 6

These won’t come into play during the story, most likely. Biosyn is currently developing, in secret, truly superhuman units. 15 years down the road, science fiction will be reality, and you will see increasing specialization and more and more genetic modification, to the point that humanity has been largely de-humanized in the pursuit of perfection.


The future of Biosyn revolves around one key vote. The European Union Presidential Elections hold the key to Biosyn’s future. Genetics’ grip on Europe, and to a lesser extent, the world, is now quite evident, in the form of the Genetic Supremacy Party. Augments, and their supporters, have gained much power in government, but taking over the presidency will ensure Biosyn’s future, and the future of the genetic supremacy that it created. Those who fight it are in great danger, as the Genetic Supremacy Party is ruthless in hunting down its opposition, and using fear tactics to get what it wants.

The upcoming election is the backdrop for my plots and sub-plots. Both sides hold mass rallies, and the tension is building rapidly. The European Union’s government structure means that actually, the people don’t have any power over this election, it being decided by a vote of all the Presidents of the Union, and a confirmation vote by the MEP’s.

As the story builds to it’s inevitable climax, my main character carries out various missions, some of which bring him into conflict with Kasey’s character. This conflict will be a vehicle for exploring various themes, such as reactionary government, human rights, genetic engineering, humanity’s pursuit of perfection, etc.

The final climax occurs the day of the election. A mass rally is being held outside the European Parliament Building, which Kasey’s character is supposed to attend, and speak at. He is also scheduled to make a key speech, outlining his case against the German President, a Genetic Supremacist, who is tied in presidential votes, with the President of Spain, strongly anti-Genetics. However, Kasey’s character is kidnapped in transit, and fails to show up for the meeting. The crowd becomes incensed, and some politicians puzzled, but mainly because of their key defense showing up, the German President is elected.

After hearing this, the crowd charges the parliament building, only to be bombed with tear gas and fired upon by ranks of soldiers, scattering the mass rally. The President calls an emergency session, where martial law is declared, leaving the future uncertain, as the civilians call for revolution, promising to do anything to restore democracy, which they feel has been stolen from them.

Kasey’s character watches this all on Euronews, and CCTV camera’s, after which my character tells him “You failed. Sorry.” And shoots him in the back of the head.

While this plot is going on, there will be a sub-plot about Biosyn’s modifications, and this will climax with the revelation of their latest project, the secret superhumans I mentioned before.
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Post by Alexios Komnenos on 2008-08-21, 08:41

Antonio Castellani will be my black ops character (main character)

Mark Sivas - a wealthy anti-Biosyn politican (secondary character)

Niccolo Visconti - Biosyn's CEO (nothing written from his perspective)

James Anderson - Biosyn's Owner (nothing written from his perspective)

Johannes Kappel - Leader of the Genetic Supremacy Party, President of Germany (nothing written from his perspective)

Roman Ivanov - Eastern European immigrant (secondary character)
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Post by Alexios Komnenos on 2008-08-23, 14:14

latest MSN convo:

Genetic supremacy ditched altogether, raja to create timelines and to come up w/ climaxes
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Post by Raja Sagan the Caker on 2008-08-27, 19:27

okay, draft timeline.

it's quite a messy way of organizing it, but meh!

and it ends at 2048, because i felt that the period 2048-2052 would be instrumental to the storyline, and so should be done seperately after everyone's had their input.

Timeline Draft: 2009 – 2048

2009 – the EU passes legislation (Article 3 of the Rome Treaty) that bans EU governments from subsidizing products and services that have been genetically engineered or involve genetic engineering.

2010 - Germany, France, and the UK form Biosyn SAS, the main component in a newly created ‘European Genetics Research and Application Consortium’ (EGEN). initial research and development is focused on the re-introduction into the wild of endangered species through a cloning and genetically controlled breeding program – one highly controversial (and secret until 2017) aspect of this program was the release of billions of cloned cod and other fish into the oceans to regenerate the fisheries. although it has government support, operations are based on a don’t ask, don’t tell policy to protect politicians.

2011 – a successful duplication of the bojinka plot; 3 of 4 targeted trans-pacific and 3 trans-atlantic flights are blown up, killing nearly 2000 people in the second deadliest terrorist attack in history – flights are grounded across north america, europe and asia for 12 days, throwing the global aviation industry into disarray.

in the aftermath anti-terrorism security measures are tightened further, and questionable bills are passed in several countries, especially in the US (PATRIOT prt II) to increase the ‘aresenal of democracy’ in the fight against terrorism.

the attacks themselves, however, have a negative impact on markets worldwide, and airline industries struggle in an environment of high fuel costs and reduced air travel.

2013 – the radical environmentalist movement ‘MotherEarth’ is founded in Amsterdam, Netherlands with an aim of spreading awareness of environmental degradation and global warming through unconventional and creative means. it soon gains a large following; and by 2018 has merged with the ‘green’ parties of most EU member states.

2012-2020 – across much of the western world, but especially in the US, civil liberties are slowly eroded, restriction of immigration begins in the EU targeted primarily against those of middle eastern decent – especially following a small, but disruptive, terrorist attack on London during the Olympic games that kills 62 tourists.

after 2018, deportations begin of citizens and refugees of middle eastern or islamic descent that are not deemed to be sufficiently naturalized.

throughout this period, the federation of the EU state is consolidated in an attempt to enhance security and unify foreign policy more concretely, in an effort to more efficiently combat the problems facing the EU community.

Jan 1, 2020 – the ‘EU Wall’ officially comes into effect, which dramatically increases security and restrictions on those wishing to enter the EU from the middle east or russia, or who are from so-called ‘Listed Countries’.

from 2011 – 2014 the US suffers a recession.

2016 – Biosyn successfully isolates the genes that give immunity to AIDS/HIV, as well as those that can promote the growth of certain cancers; more importantly they also have developed the technology to alter or correct these genes while in the embryonic stage. in 2017 Biosyn begins secret, non-government sanctioned experiments on human test subjects – large sums of money are spent on procuring subjects and keeping them silent.

2019 – Biosyn gets approval – after suspected political intervention and bribery – to begin offering these treatments. using positive advertising spin off the rescue and rehabilitation of several wild animal species, Biosyn begins to market a campaign of ‘genetic innoculation against the ills of tomorrow’; despite violent protests and reactions against genetic engineering on human patients, there are many customers willing to pay the hefty – though not unmanageable – price to safeguard their children from dread diseases.

from 2019 to 2027 further Biosyn enhancements are introduced and refined, and through a prolonged and extensive advertising and acclimatization campaign the greater part of the population eventually accepts Biosyn as an everyday part of life. people born after 2012 have lived with the consortium for virtually all their lives.

2022 – in February massive floods engulf nothern europe from the north sea, as heavy driving rain is accompanied by a powerful storm surge and spring tides. 22 000 people are killed, and 300 000 left homeless across the UK and the Netherlands, while France, Belgium, Denmark and Germany suffer billions of euro in damage.

this, coupled with the release in 2022 of the 7th IPCC Report in April, leads to the election of MotherEarth to the government of the UK, France, the Netherlands, and forming the basis of a coalition government in Germany – in many countries ME becomes the leader of the opposition.

In the EU elections of 2023, MotherEarth is elected to a plurality of seats in the European Parliament.

large ‘Green’ projects are started across the EU, and the ambitious goal is set to abandon all carbon-emitting energy sources (including oil) by 2040. to this end, construction is started on massive oceanic windfarms and geothermal power plants, and billions of euro are expended on research and development projects. additionally, severe restrictions on carbon-emissions are implemented in the period 2024-28.

2026-2036 – Taiwan crisis comes to a head, mainland China orchestrates a coup in Taipei after key political assassinations and a rigged referendum; a bombardment of Taipei by PLA forces prompts the US to intervene with a carrier task group. Naval skirmishes occur in the strait of Taiwan, several ships are sunk and a US navy carrier heavily damaged – oil supplies to China are attacked and interdicted by US naval forces.

the new Taiwanese government declares its re-unification with mainland China, US naval forces abandon the area but continue to harass Chinese shipping and maintain an embargo on Chinese goods.

a global economic crises ensues, and the world is thrown into recession.

Tokyo Accords are signed between China and US, in which both countries recognize the de facto situation and normalize relations. regardless, the world financial system has received a severe shock, and as a result of the percieved impotence of the US in this incident, isolationism becomes standard US policy - and as a result NATO gradually (and quietly) becomes defunct over the next several years.

the EU suffers a depression, the vast costs of the new economic regulations and the ‘green’ infrastructure projects lead to an explosion of public debt as financial systems across the world react to the Taiwan crisis. excessive regulation, and expensive energy prevents the EU from adapting to the changed situation; the ‘green’ projects are abandoned largely unfinished, while coal and oil fired plants are re-opened.

as economic considerations come to the fore, the increasing failure of MotherEarth as a government becomes evident; in the EU elections of 2033 the party is shut out of the EU Parliament and is essentially disbanded. the UK, where the poor management of the economy was both most extreme and most visible, the depression is particularly acute and the reaction against environmentalism most extreme.

during the period 2027-2036 there is a major disruption to Biosyn’s operations due to lack of financing/revenue – new research and development is dramatically curtailed and much fewer people can afford their services; which become more elitist.

after the ousting of MotherEarth, the EU moves to further federalize and unite the state in response to the severe economic crisis, and increasingly belligerent threats from Russia; current US foreign policy precludes it from getting involved in Europe. by 2036 the national entities had been re-organized as ‘Euroregions’, with regional governments generally subordinated to the federal EU Parliament.

2040 – environmental initiatives started at the beginning of the millenium and further developed during the ‘Green reign’, as it is colloquially known, had been largely abandoned by this point – cheap was the new watchword, and in general greener technologies were not implemented into new designs, while older machines gradually fell apart and fell into disuse. by the end of the 30's Europe had become a land of scarlet sunsets, smoggy grey skies, and soot blackened buildings; increasingly the countryside became a means of escape from the grungy and stifling urban environments – to those that could afford it.

support for a revamped MotherEarth begins to grow throughout the late 30’s and early 40’s, until the Party is re-instated in 2042. throughout the 40’s the party continues to consolidate it’s power base; however many of the more extremist members of the new organization were frustrated by the lack of rapid gains and organized a more clandestine wing of the party that attempted to push forward change through a campaign of harassment, threats, and even terrorist acts. these cells - labelled ‘neo-Luddites’ by their detractors - maintained a seperation from the political party.

support for MotherEarth is highest in France, Benelux, Scandinavia, and Ireland, lower in Germany, and almost non-existent in the UK which was most effected by the disastrous policies of the organization in that country.

the economic situation started to improve dramatically in the early 40’s, so that by 2045 the GDP of the EU was well on its way to recovering to it’s pre-’27 levels.

Biosyn, as a major European Consortium, played a vital role in this economic development, and had had a tremendous influence on getting the liberalization policies passed in the EU Parliament that allowed economic recovery to take place.

after 2036 it had consolidated its operations, and began offering its services to those few who could still afford them in the depression-era society. as a result, it’s services became more expensive and less broad-based. this model remained the norm throughout much of the 40’s, as it was simply too expensive to re-instate the infrastructure that had existed prior to the depression.


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Post by Alexios Komnenos on 2008-08-28, 04:36

Raja....

You make it sound very difficult to afford Genetic engineering. I'd say 20% of those born have the latest modifications, and a further 30% the original disease cure one.
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Post by Raja Sagan the Caker on 2008-08-28, 12:48

really? i think it changes actually, since i know you wanted it to be more elitist; it is very widely available until the depression...

you never really specified exactly how elitist, and actually neither have i...

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Post by Alexios Komnenos on 2008-08-28, 13:24

20% is rather elitist. I want the basic package to more availible.

I wanted it to be elitist back when we were doing Genetic Supremacy.
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Post by Raja Sagan the Caker on 2008-08-28, 13:28

the basic package IS widely available, if you read the entry at 2019...

(and why aren't you on msn?)

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Post by Seleukos of Olympia on 2008-08-28, 15:21

Nice timeline Raja! And I like your first post Weaver! It sets the mood for urban culture in the 2050s.

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Post by Kasey on 2008-08-28, 15:34

Working Title: BiOsYn UnDoEs ThEiR CoRdUrOy HaLtEr-ToP: a StOrY oF ThE fUtUrE

or: B.U.T.C.H.: A.S.A.T.F.

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Post by Alexios Komnenos on 2008-08-28, 15:44

this thread will soon enter lockdown and slide into the abyss from which it was spawned.
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Post by Elephant Flotilla on 2008-08-28, 15:56

I see...

So, who am I playing as, now that the religious faction is scrapped?
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