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  2. Of course "High Hopes" wasn't the only Pink Floyd influence on this game, in point of fact consciously and subconsciously the entire game was driven somewhat by their works. Every chapter was titled after an album or song of theirs as shown below. These titles were meant to also carry a link to the story within. Example: Chapter 3: "Animals and Relic" dealt with the Aberrants of York who are/were both animals (in their behavior) and relics (of a past time). Book 1 Chapter 1: The Delicate Sound of Thunder (A Delicate Sound of Thunder, 1988)Chapter 2: Wish You Were Here (1975)Chapter 2.5: Goodbye Blue Sky (From The Wall, 1979)Chapter 3: Animals (1977) and Relics (1971)Chapter 3.5: One of the Few (From The Final Cut, 1983)Chapter 4: A Saucerful of Secrets (1968)Book 2 Chapter 1: Obscured by Clouds (1972)Chapter 2: Meddle (1971)Chapter 3: Pulse (1995)Chapter 4: The Division Bell (1994)Chapter 5: The Final Cut (1983)Chapter 6: (a)Lost for Words, (b)Coming Back to Life, & ©Keep Talking (All from The Division Bell, 1994)
  3. Nope. I'd thought about having that resolve in game but the ambiguous nature of Doug's actions seemed more interesting than knowing for certain.
  4. Oh yeah, Did Doug kill the right guy? I.e. we found that dead & tortured guy in Abby City, then we found his twin and Doug jumped to the conclusion that it was the same shapeshifter who'd skinned the Doctor alive... so Doug ripped him in half.
  5. It can take place at any time. Maybe everyone has a reunion to find out what happened to Gregory. He was a friend and his welfare would have been a concern for everyone. Maybe they try and track down KB as well. As I said though, it will have to start in May because Uncle Sam needs me for the rest of April. We will be simulating the actual conditions of deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan, so there will be no internet communication at all. Maybe my grandmother will pass away so I can come home for a few days and make a few posts. (BTW: All my grandparents are already dead)
  6. Originally Posted By: Mr FoxOne thing that would be helpful as far as writing fics set in the future would be to know at what rate they are gaining power. That would go a long ways toward knowing when Raider would do certain things. It would depend largely how hard he was pushing himself. TBH I'm perfectly fine with you doing whatever you like. If you have a story feel free to tell it. If you want to tell a story of how Raider and Doug wipe out the Moonies once and for all I'm fine with that. Likewise if Anna wanted to tell about how humanity eventually developed psi powers and biotech I'd be fine with that. Originally Posted By: SalmonMaxWell done, to one and all. Well done. Thank you, and the same back to all of you. Originally Posted By: CourierOriginally Posted By: jameson (ST)Blame it on my first PBP STing experience.Now that didn't show. Very well done. Thank you. I'm just happy to have manage ti get to the end, especially despite the occasional stumble. Originally Posted By: CourierOriginally Posted By: SalmonMaxIn the end, I don't feel like I wound up contributing very much to the game's story. Ha! Without you Doug & Raider would have nuked the moon. It was a close shave as is. Hopefully the moonies learned something from the experience and realized how close they came. Seconded, I think Ashley had a bigger influence than you might realize.
  7. RE: High Hopes Good song, I've got the Division Bell in my car. Originally Posted By: jameson (ST)Blame it on my first PBP STing experience.Now that didn't show. Very well done.Originally Posted By: SalmonMaxIn the end, I don't feel like I wound up contributing very much to the game's story. Ha! Without you Doug & Raider would have nuked the moon. It was a close shave as is. Hopefully the moonies learned something from the experience and realized how close they came.Originally Posted By: SalmonMaxWell done, to one and all. Well done.I'll second that.
  8. I don't think I realized it until around this time last year, but this song was the core inspiration for the direction I tried to take this game in. I've pasted the Lyrics below and I'll add my comments in, maybe this will give you some insight into my view of the game. Beyond the horizon of the place we lived when we were young In a world of magnets and miracles Our thoughts strayed constantly and without boundary The ringing of the division bell had begun Hi, me again. So the world of magnets and miracles is obviously the golden age before the fall of novas and the war. The death of Slider could be looked at as the division bell, or at least its first sounding. Along the Long Road and on down the Causeway Do they still meet there by the Cut There was a ragged band that followed in our footsteps Running before time took our dreams away Leaving the myriad small creatures trying to tie us to the ground To a life consumed by slow decay The small creatures are, for better or worse, mankind. Novas aren't human, not anymore and while Divis Mal's methods were shitty his point was correct; novas should never have been trying to retain their humanity when everything that they are is pushing them away from that. To me that is taint, at least in the purview of this game, taint is evolution of the form to suit the spirit within. If I had it to do over again I'd have tried working more closely with players to have their long term power themes and their aberrations align more than they did in some cases. The grass was greener The light was brighter With friends surrounded The night of wonder Looking beyond the embers of bridges glowing behind us To a glimpse of how green it was on the other side Steps taken forwards but sleepwalking back again Dragged by the force of some inner tide So at this point we have the PCs who I feel were stuck in a world that was so caught up in trying to regain what was lost that it was failing to move forward in a meaningful sense. At a higher altitude with flag unfurled We reached the dizzy heights of that dreamed of world The Moonies, who had through extensive social and eugenic controls created a society that was diverging from humankind. Encumbered forever by desire and ambition There's a hunger still unsatisfied Our weary eyes still stray to the horizon Though down this road we've been so many times The grass was greener The light was brighter The taste was sweeter The nights of wonder With friends surrounded The dawn mist glowing The water flowing The endless river Forever and ever Once again there is, to me, a rift between humanity and novakind. The novas have the opportunity to achieve whatever they set out for themselves (within the limitations of their thematic concept and structure of power), but maintaining human attachment, and by association, ambitions, prevent them from doing so. In the end, such as it is, the characters secured the future of both novas and humans, though I suspect that you as players may not be happy with either result. With the exception of Anna who embraced herself, and transcended her link to humanity. For better or for worse the humans on Earth are no longer capable of becoming novas without help, i.e. without the use of nodespark. And the moonies/novas are no longer truly human any more. Thousands of year from the end of the game its possible that psions may evolve from the humans on Earth and given the more naturalistic society they have they will develop biotech and possibly move to once more reclaim their place.
  9. I have an approved ending story for Gregory should the rest of you wish to write a collaborative fiction. Unfortunately, I will be gone for the month of April, so it will have to start in May. I have a few days before I leave so, we can discuss who wants to be involved.
  10. For all its ups and downs, Phoenix Rising accomplished something that very few PBP games ever do: It finished. And that it did so after so long, enduring more than one crisis along the way, is a remarkable, incredible thing. In the end, I don't feel like I wound up contributing very much to the game's story. That's really my own fault, and even with that feeling I'm glad to have been a part of it. Thanks very much to everyone, but most especially to Jameson, who put up with more of my crap than anyone should ever have to. Well done, to one and all. Well done.
  11. One thing that would be helpful as far as writing fics set in the future would be to know at what rate they are gaining power. That would go a long ways toward knowing when Raider would do certain things.
  12. The idea of the moonies was always in my plans though perhaps I bit off more than I could chew in having so much going on. Sorry I wasn't able to make their inclusion work better for you Joani. I am glad that you enjoyed everything to the end though. I enjoyed watching her story unfold as well. Three years and six months. Longer than I had any idea it would last. Apologies for any perceived lack of direction or those times when I didn't provide enough clues. Blame it on my first PBP STing experience. Hopefully it got better as time went by rather than worse. As for this point I'm going to leave the current thread open for any final RPing you guys want to do, including with Gregory now that I've got his future back story squared away. I'm going to write an epilogue at some point (hopefully soon) and if you guys want to write more stories in this world feel free.
  13. Yay two plus year games!!! Congrats to Jameson and everyone. I think we were a little lost in places and could have used a few clues from the sky, but other than that I enjoyed the game. Great job!
  14. I kinda got lost when the story took to the stars (moonies), I felt that most of my options were very limited and that my PC had next to nothing in terms of knowledge and ability to do something about it. The plot was interesting from my pov up until we infiltrated the Aberrant infested New York (or whatever was left of it). That was a very nice and captivating plot line. Somewhere between that plot and the Rock from the stars I got seriously lost. Maybe I missed some very important details/posts or simply didn't understand them (languagewise) but the game took a turn I had much trouble dealing with and finding my place in. Unfortunately I felt very stupid (both ICly and OOCly) most of the time since I failed to understand what the story was about. I then decided to focus on my PC alone and how she perceived things without trying to understand what was really going on. At least that way I found a way back to post more regularly and just go with it. It made the whole experience more believable for me but I'm still feeling like I should've known better as a player and I didn't. Maybe it's a wrong way to see this but that's basically how I felt. Aside from that I always thought that PR was a very compelling set up - I pictured it more to be like a MadMax-like world, maybe that's why I was kinda disappointed when the moonies got introduced. What should be taken into account is that I joined relatively late - maybe most of my critizism would be void if I had the chance to experience the game from its very beginning. Anyway - I thank you for being part of this epic tale and in the end I got one of the best PC-development/ends I could've ever dreamed of. Anna has come full cycle - one of the very few PCs I call my own who have accomplished anything like that. I wanted to thank you personally for this awesome opportunity.
  15. It took a few moments to shake hands with Doug and give him a brief idea what he planned, but then it was all over. Their time trying to save the world had come and gone and in the end they had somewhat succeeded, if not at all in the way they had envisioned. Now Earth was in the firm grip of an Eco tyrant and progress was permanently halted. It was time to go. With a last wave Raider teleported back to the Moonie base. Not surprisingly there was little left by way of technology, but there was atmosphere and power and the green house. Raider needed none of those things to survive, but they would certainly make it easier and gave him a big head start on the long slow process of building a technological base. In time he would develop his powers and the technology to spirit away a group of humans from Earth and take them to the stars to fulfill their destiny. Step one: Take control of the base. Raider found a terminal and sent his mind into the unit to begin the first of many tasks...
  16. Originally Posted By: jameson (ST)The trio are the elected leaders of their people. As Xenophobes they didn't have need for diplomats.Just the opposite.
  17. Originally Posted By: Mr FoxAre there nova or even non-nova colonies out there somewhere? What was up with the Mars fake colony? Was there a defense build into the city or in place to protect the city? Is there anything left on the moon for raider to find? I had no plans to introduce or have extra solar colonies as part of the game but yes there are likely some populated by Novas and their followers who left prior to the burn. The Mars colony was just a story. The original intent for the course alteration of Haley's comet was to try and terraform Mars to make a colony viable. Anything that the US setup there prior to that was dismantled to avoid international SNAFU. Th Chinese City? No. It was expected that burn would eliminate the need. The moon colony was stripped of any high end tech but the greenhouses, and life support systems were left intact. Its livable but there's no fun stuff left behind. Originally Posted By: CourierThe moonies claimed that they were unaware of us until we nuked the rock, and that they were aware of us and were discussing whether to do something about the rock. Which was it? Further, why was the original trio chosen to meet with us? Mr. Yellow in particular seems to have been a stunningly bad choice. The trio are the elected leaders of their people. As Xenophobes they didn't have need for diplomats. Both were true. Mr. Yellow was aware of more than was being made aware to the other two. When Ms. Red/Rebekah answered that question the first time she was telling the truth, the second time she was also telling the truth as she now knew what had been going on. Originally Posted By: JoaniCan I give feedback instead of asking questions? That was a question, and yes, if you like.
  18. The moonies claimed that they were unaware of us until we nuked the rock, and that they were aware of us and were discussing whether to do something about the rock. Which was it? Further, why was the original trio chosen to meet with us? Mr. Yellow in particular seems to have been a stunningly bad choice.
  19. Ha, go psicorp! I've got 'death of personality' in one of my stories as well, though it hasn't made it onto paper yet. Are there nova or even non-nova colonies out there somewhere? What was up with the Mars fake colony? Was there a defense build into the city or in place to protect the city? Is there anything left on the moon for raider to find?
  20. Originally Posted By: CourierDoug asked simply, "Are there other novas around? Is KB alive?" The verdant shape stopped briefly looking back at Doug giving him a rather blank look. „She has embraced her nature – I haven’t seen her ever since the last time I saw you. As for other Novas... I cannot tell. I wouldn’t have made the endeavour to summon this form to talk to you if you were not the Novas I knew. We didn’t part in good standing but I do remember that you saved me and I’m grateful for that. Maybe some did survive – I didn’t make the effort to look for others. I wonder what became of poor Gregory…“ Originally Posted By: Mr Fox"I think James needs to stay for now. He needs to heal. When he's well, if he doesn't want to stay in Eden he can join me on the moon. I'm sure I'll want company by then." Raider looked to Anna, "I hope that I'll be welcome to visit, assuming of course that I don't bring any technology with me?" Anna was about to depart when Raider spoke up. She turned around and looked at him indifferently, „All I ask is to respect my domain. You are always welcome here.“, without waiting for a reply Anna walked towards the titanic Millenium tree from which her shape emerged slowly dissolving into leaves and humus until only a greenish verdant halo remained. Upon reaching the tree the light got absorbed by the trunk flashing briefly with verdant colour… then silence followed. Only the sounds of nature could be heard, the buzzing of insects, the call of various exotic birds and some distant shuffling from scurrying mammals. Earth was at peace.
  21. Mr. Yellow was stripped of his position and as fitting all criminals in their society he was rehabilitated. The nature of his crimes and lack of remorse resulted in a "death of personality", i.e. he was mind wiped and a new "person" was built up to replace the old. Yes, the nuke would have been sufficient to have destroyed the moon base.
  22. Hmm... one wonders how Mr. Yellow's people treated him after he nearly dragged them into a war. Would the nuke have done the job? I.e. cracked the dome, destroyed their culture?
  23. 1) Johnny did it. Gregory was right about that from the get go. The why is, it was an accident. He was trying to expand the radius of his null-zone but he didn't understand how it worked. The process killed him and set off a tidal wave of not-quite right energy. 2) It depends on which statements you mean. I'll admit that I did make one fuck up but in terms of the character of the moonies it fit and worked. In general the truth/lies issue is a matter of who spoke what and when. I can respond to specific statements if you want to quote them back. 3) Raider's father was a moonie, exiled to earth for something (I left the reason open for me to determine when/if it became an issue. The weapon was something scavenged here on earth however; the product of pre-burn Mega-Int tech.
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