Monthly Archives: October 2015

How Bureaucracies Die

Now, the strictly financial/economic side of corporate destruction comes in all kinds of ways, from technological obsolesce to political risk to making one bet-it-all move too many. The article HTC will no longer give guidance for the future it doesn’t … Continue reading

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The Secret of the Megacorps

From The Economist: A POPULAR parlour game among historians is debating when the modern world began. Was it when Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press, in 1440? Or when Christopher Columbus discovered America, in 1492? Or when Martin Luther published … Continue reading

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New Findings from RPGNow.com

Uncharted Worlds is a space opera of discovery and adventure, which explores a universe full of deadly beauty, hostile frontiers, rapacious organisations, and crippling debt. It’s a story-building game where dramatic encounters drive the narrative ever onward, building a solid, … Continue reading

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Popular Culture in the Hegemony

This is not really an update on the Hegemony, as described in Stellar Reaches #13: it’s more in the “repetition and enhance” mode, sparked by a rather odd video. Ethnically (and excluding the Vargr), the Arzul, one of the two … Continue reading

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Tribal Wars, Turkish Edition

A curious fact in the current stage of the neverending Middle Eastern Fiasco – running since at least the time of Nimrod – is the Turkish preference for bombing run-of-the-mill Kurdish guerrilla forces, rather than the ISIS nutcases. Apparently, the … Continue reading

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“Like Skin and Teeth”

Traditionally, China and North Korea stand together against the evil capitalist roaders… but this relationship has grown a bit worse for wear, with North Korea simply seizing a Chinese train, and more recently building up a drug empire – something … Continue reading

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This Island Earth

Just for fun. Adapting this to a Traveller story would be a lot of fun, methinks. Even just having the main characters of the movie interact with the PCs could be entertaining. If you really want to chase the story … Continue reading

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Loud Explosions and Skilled Landings

Depending on what the PCs do for a living, this could well be just another day at the office. I have a great respect for skilled professionals. Perhaps the Referee can give the PCs an opportunity to demonstrate what they … Continue reading

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Travel Warnings

I recently visited the VirtualTourist site, and came across the Travel Warnings feature – not provided by the State Department, but by other travellers. There could well be a good local market for warnings and advisories – and not just … Continue reading

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Drugs–the Borderlands Gift for Every Occasion

I never considered the Empty Quarter to be “The Borderlands”: but, seeing that it is the borderland of three interstellar governments: the aristocratic/corporate Third Imperium the Vilani/Vargr culture of the Rukadukaz Republic (“Piracy on a corporate scale – now with … Continue reading

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