Monthly Archives: December 2017

Elves as Future Men

Pratchett’s Elves Terry Pratchett’s flavour of Elves would fit in well with (my view of) the Third Imperium: Elves are wonderful. They provoke wonder. Elves are marvellous. They cause marvels. Elves are fantastic. They create fantasies. Elves are glamorous. They … Continue reading

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Intergalactic Colonization

Of course, as I assume that there are no other lifeforms out there beyond Earth — besides God, angels and demons, of course — I say the entire observable universe is ours to take. And moreover, we should take it. … Continue reading

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Carnivore Blues

As any Vargr could tell you, life can be hard for obligate carnivores, even the apex predator at the top of the food chain. Going weeks, even months, before you can find a nice, fat merchantman herbivore to devour… it’s … Continue reading

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Arranging a Pick-up

From Zero-Hedge: Can you tell us a bit about yourself? I am an upper middle class, professional former worker of the oil state company, in my 40s. A Bachelor’s degree from one of the best national Universities. I have a … Continue reading

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Smoke and Mirrors

Any attempt to suggest that Traveller Referees do the same thing is… well, you know. Especially, consider that bit about “directing the player down a specific path”: but in Traveller, we use narrative, stereotypes, and – if you’re really good … Continue reading

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Interstellar Empires

Another view of interstellar empires, different from mine… Respect for Alastair Reynold’s Revenger, of the “New Space Opera” genre. Finally, some serious growth and change!

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Imperial Concepts: Auctoritas and the Mandate of Heaven

First, Auctoritas Auctoritas is a Latin word and is the origin of English “authority“. While historically its use in English was restricted to discussions of the political history of Rome, the beginning of phenomenological philosophy in the 20th century expanded … Continue reading

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