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by Disembodied
Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Cut-Price and Free SF
Replies: 10
Views: 705

Re: Cut-Price and Free SF

Audible have just made hundreds of audiobooks for children and teenagers available for free, while the schools are closed: https://stories.audible.com/start-listen I don't know how many of them could be classed as SF (there are a few) but it's a worthwhile resource, anyway … and RockDoctor might lik...
by Disembodied
Thu Mar 19, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 665167

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

There's another short story from the same era, whose name and author escapes me, something about a "Bard", where the protagonist starts composing a story and the "Bard" machine continues it "in genre". I'm not sure if that was an Asimov, or someone else of the same "Golden Age" era. You're right, d...
by Disembodied
Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 665167

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Hmm … have any SF writers ever written about robot writers?
by Disembodied
Wed Mar 18, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Why was the difficulty of pirates set so high?
Replies: 147
Views: 4304

Re: Why was the difficulty of pirates set so high?

The Isinor-Ensoreus route would be a relatively mild milk run, allowing players the chance to build up their ship and get a bit of experience under their belts. It was a peach of a route in Elite but you won't have much fuel left for your injectors (if you have any). Yes, but - with minimal piracy ...
by Disembodied
Wed Mar 18, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 665167

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

ffutures wrote:
Mon Mar 16, 2020 11:48 pm
A religion created to keep a world isolated after the collapse of an interstellar empire
Is this is the "Church of Science", created by Salvor Hardin in Isaac Asimov's Foundation?
by Disembodied
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Why was the difficulty of pirates set so high?
Replies: 147
Views: 4304

Re: Why was the difficulty of pirates set so high?

Plus beginners can (and should) stick to safe systems, where they shouldn't meet many/any pirates. The problem with that is that it basically forces new players to stay in the same general area that they start from. No matter which direction you try to go, within just a few jumps you hit a point wh...
by Disembodied
Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Why was the difficulty of pirates set so high?
Replies: 147
Views: 4304

Re: Why was the difficulty of pirates set so high?

Ha! I slam the anchors on, drop the cargo, then put the pedal to the metal! That would also work, but I prefer to send the buggers off on a chase in the general direction of "away". I have heard pirates broadcast complaints about the fact that all they're getting is food, and I want them to realise...
by Disembodied
Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Why was the difficulty of pirates set so high?
Replies: 147
Views: 4304

Re: Why was the difficulty of pirates set so high?

Rather than create a game where enemies start off easy and get slowly more fearsome as the player improves, the aim is to create roughly three games which overlap: the Easy game (Corporate States, Democracies, and Confederacies); the Medium game (Confederacies, Communists, Dictatorships); and the H...
by Disembodied
Mon Mar 16, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Why was the difficulty of pirates set so high?
Replies: 147
Views: 4304

Re: Why was the difficulty of pirates set so high?

I don't think it solves the problem - or rather, the real problem behind this one, which is that the game gets easier as you progress. It should be the opposite. Even if you tweak the systems' population, you can still be caught by pirates and dodging them all the way to the station is a painful ex...
by Disembodied
Sun Mar 15, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Why was the difficulty of pirates set so high?
Replies: 147
Views: 4304

Re: Why was the difficulty of pirates set so high?

There is something to be said for allowing some variation to these rules: a Democracy with 5 Anarchy neighbours should be more of a challenge than one surrounded by more stable states. Perhaps the way to achieve this would be to count the number of Anarchies (or Anarchies and Feudal? Score 1 for An...
by Disembodied
Sun Mar 15, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Why was the difficulty of pirates set so high?
Replies: 147
Views: 4304

Re: Why was the difficulty of pirates set so high?

Perhaps it's time to consider a game rebalance so new players don't have to dive headfirst in knowing ".plist arcana" or how to choose the right mods into the game to survive it? +1 from me. The easiest way to do this would be to increase the difference between "safe" and "dangerous" systems. Pirat...
by Disembodied
Fri Mar 13, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Why was the difficulty of pirates set so high?
Replies: 147
Views: 4304

Re: Why was the difficulty of pirates set so high?

Hi Rekrul, welcome to the boards! You might find the Population Control OXZ to be useful - see the thread here:

http://www.aegidian.org/bb/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=20183
by Disembodied
Wed Mar 11, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 665167

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

ffutures wrote:
Mon Mar 09, 2020 2:21 am
Let's have five SF books, films, whatever, which include deliberately faked religions
Any one of the Goa'uld-worship cults from Stargate SG1 could qualify as a faked religion.
by Disembodied
Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 665167

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

What about the mysterious machine entities known as Watchkeepers, from Alastair Reynolds' "Poseidon's Children" trilogy?
by Disembodied
Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Introduce Yourself.
Replies: 1088
Views: 303004

Re: Introduce Yourself.

Glad to see you back, Nite Owl - hope the rest of the move goes smoothly!