QUOTE (Mirilion @ Apr 7 2012, 03:46 AM)
And this is why DF players should be feared and respected
Well, if I let him out, then he's not going to be where I need him to be, is he? When I need him to start pulling the [L]ever, he'll be off in the dining hall on the other side of the map, admiring a statue and too busy getting his art critique on to go and murder invaders... You know, those damn elves that keep marching up into the killing field with pack animals, damn the bastards, don't they get the message
that their kind aren't welcome here?!
decorated the entrance with the bones of their kin, don't they take a hint?
And worse, say he spends a lot of time in the dining hall, because, as the designate [L]ever puller and accountant, he has few tasks to acomplish, so he gets to know everybody and gets to be a good chummer with every last dorf in the fort. So then some asshole soapmaker who came in a useless wave of peasants who got himself assigned to fishing duty and brought this fucking cat
with him wanders into the wrong part of the outdoors, runs for his life from a creepie crawlie that any of my valuable dwarves could have murdered with their bare hands, and his cat dies. So he hauls it back to the dining room, looking to drown his sorrows in a big mug of mushroom wine, but when he gets there, he's so distraught over the loss of his cat that he instead decides the way to assuage his grief is to walk right up to my Legendary Hammerer and clock him one.
My Hammer takes one look at this shrimp of a useless dwarf physically assaulting him and takes out his hammer and administers Dwarven Justice, and by that I mean he cracks the useless little fucker's skull in one swing of his silver hammer. Just one bang, not even two. Immediately, of course, my [L]ever Puller, his grief over the death of his friend dying magnified by the fact that his sensitive dwarven eyes have not seen a dwarf's brain smashed out his skull before, flips his shit, seizes his meal in his hand, and begins assaulting a fishmonger with a unicorn steak. He's beaten the fishmonger half-way to "dude, what the fuck is wrong with you," when the Hammerer looms over the back of him, and brings his silver hammer down on his
Half the motherfucking fort, outraged and infuriated by the death of their dearest personal friend, proceed to riot. But instead of rioting sensibly - mobbing the Hammerer, useless bastard he is, and flinging him bodily into the lava moat, they simply start whaling on the nearest dwarf, no matter if that dwarf is their closest chummer, friend-for-life, spouse, or a Legendary warrior, and no matter if that dwarf is on their side in outrage over the [L]ever Puller's death, with whatever object is nearest to hand, whether it be the Legendary Sworddwarf's Adamantium Sword, a miner's pickaxe, a diner's meal, or a new mother's five-minute old infant.
Things rapidly degenerate from there, with Dwarves who were not rioting in the first place being drawn into the chaos as their
friends and loved ones die, or simply drawn into the fighting in self-defense from the rampaging rage virus known as the Tantrum Spiral, until the only dwarves left in the fort are the antisocial bastard of an omnismith whom I had locked in the forges to keep him on-task instead of wandering off to eat in the dining hall across the map instead of the private one I assigned him, a bunch of crippled, useless dwarves with no meaningful skills, the Legendary Hammerer who started this mess, with both of his legs having been broken and trying desperately to drag himself through the corridors one-handed to find the other cripples and administer dwarven "justice" to them, which evidently means beating an unconscious dwarf to death because he got drawn into the fighting and shanked someone in self-defense. Then an immigration wave arrives, and it's wall-to-wall fishmongers and lye makers and cloth weavers, with nary a warrior nor miner amongst them. I order them into the fort, but then a Vile Wave of Darkness - and by that I mean an absolutely ridiculous number of goblins - shows up on the horizon. I try to hustle the immigration wave in and lock the door behind them, but a goblin outrider reaches the door before it can close because one of them had a fucking cat
, which kept the door open long enough for the goblin outrider to reach it, preventing me from controlling the door, and the entire fort gets slaughtered, save for the antisocial bastard locked in the forges, who keeps on merrily hammering away, oblivious to the screams and sounds of looting, pillaging, raping and plundering which are echoing through the halls.That
is why I lock the [L]ever-puller - and, indeed, everyone whose job doesn't require them to travel - into a suite of rooms consisting of their workspace and legendary living accommodations, and why I take great pains to avoid letting dwarves socialize, or else if they're of a profession which requires they be free to move a lot (and hence laze about in the dining room, such as haulers and farmers,) or which affords them the opportunity to socialize amongst others in the same occupation (warriors,) to expose them to controlled amounts of horror to the point where they become completely desensitized and "don't really care about anything, anymore."
And also why I escort the Hammerer and any Nobles straight into a beautiful personalized bedroom/drowning chamber and kill the useless bastards.
QUOTE (lokii @ Apr 7 2012, 05:35 AM)
As far as I understand Shadowrun Returns is set 2050ish. That means you have to take some locations of the list. Chicago doesn't become Bug City before 2055.
Yeah, I know. Which is why 2050-ish
becomes so important. You can be in
Chicago for the botched hive clearing and subsequent minor pest problem.
Old Berlin is too crazy, can't be done. Nope. The new setting is much saner, but that's 20 years later.
Nothing is too crazy to be done, but alright: wherever is Lofwyr's back-yard.
Neo Tokyo is just Tokyo, which admittedly would still make it Tokyo. But metahumans were totally disenfranchised back then to the point where such characters would have to have their own game. Well, of course if you get a little more handwavy with the canon or simply set a different time frame these problems could vanish.
Sounds "fun," doesn't it?
Also to my mind, barring backer statistics show a overwhelming non-US contribution, the additional setting will be another North American city.
Though I wonder, if most backers actually come from the background of the video game and not the pen-and-paper -- and I imagine they do -- they will not be familiar with any of the Shadowrun settings but Seattle. Maybe that opens it up for a more "exotic" location.
Like one of the Tirs, or London... Or Rio.