Feudalism and the Solar System’s Demons

I am loving the games I am playing lately. The D&D game, though intermittent, is good, solid fun. The Burning Wheel orc game is gearing up towards an epic conclusion in the next few months. The Burning Wheel game with Aaron and Pete is a great way to welcome them both back to Ithaca, not to mention, the game play is fucking keen. Aaron knows BW really solidly and it is a joy to be able to game with Pete again after so many years apart. And the Houses of the Blooded game is going well, with a few new system hiccups (mental note: write about last week’s game) but still solid stuff.

But man, am I growing sick of nobles, lords and swords. I am excited about each game in turn but lawdy, medieval feudalism is driving me nuts a little bit. I think my frustration with it will drive me to write a setting about the transition from a king to a republic, something like Lloyd Alexander’s Westmark trilogy (mental note: finish reading the Westmark trilogy).

To everyone in any of those games, I am not sick of any of those games. I want to keep playing them. I am not punking out or looking for something new and shiny, just venting.

This frustration got together with listening to Richard K. Morgan’s Thirteen on audiobook, reading Christopher Kubasik’s Traveller ala Sorcerer hack and coming up with a science fiction Sorcerer hack of me own, The Solar System’s Demons.

I love the idea of the Solar System as a setting; it tickles me. Between planets and moons and just asteroids or planetoids and so on, it is a rich place.

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69 thoughts on “Feudalism and the Solar System’s Demons

      • The ideas are similar. Transhuman Space deals with what it is like to live in a time when you don’t have to be stuck to your basic Homo Sapian 1.0 body model. Cyber, genetic, and AI technologies allow such things as sentient computer systems, space angels (people who’ve genetically modified themselves so they can survive in space), full cyborg conversions, etc..

        You should check the books out especially if you’re interested in doing what you’re doing. The system is sad – to me GURPS is only fun when you’re making your character. The author(s) have made an excellent setting with all sorts of interesting ideas that are worth the price of the books by themselves.

        The time frame and tech level also seem almost on par to what you’re talking about.

      • The ideas are similar. Transhuman Space deals with what it is like to live in a time when you don’t have to be stuck to your basic Homo Sapian 1.0 body model. Cyber, genetic, and AI technologies allow such things as sentient computer systems, space angels (people who’ve genetically modified themselves so they can survive in space), full cyborg conversions, etc..

        You should check the books out especially if you’re interested in doing what you’re doing. The system is sad – to me GURPS is only fun when you’re making your character. The author(s) have made an excellent setting with all sorts of interesting ideas that are worth the price of the books by themselves.

        The time frame and tech level also seem almost on par to what you’re talking about.

  1. I heartily recommend Accelerando by Charles Stross as a another view of a Solar System campaign / setting. Kids in inflatable spacecraft mining the moons of Saturn!

    Also a really neat story on ClonePod called “Incarnation Day” by Walter Jon Williams – check it out 🙂

    Of course there’s also Steel Beach / Golden Globe by John Varley.

    Let us know all about it!

  2. I heartily recommend Accelerando by Charles Stross as a another view of a Solar System campaign / setting. Kids in inflatable spacecraft mining the moons of Saturn!

    Also a really neat story on ClonePod called “Incarnation Day” by Walter Jon Williams – check it out 🙂

    Of course there’s also Steel Beach / Golden Globe by John Varley.

    Let us know all about it!

  3. I heartily recommend Accelerando by Charles Stross as a another view of a Solar System campaign / setting. Kids in inflatable spacecraft mining the moons of Saturn!

    Also a really neat story on ClonePod called “Incarnation Day” by Walter Jon Williams – check it out 🙂

    Of course there’s also Steel Beach / Golden Globe by John Varley.

    Let us know all about it!

  4. Re: Green-Ninja-Beret…only liberal

    I really love it and agree that it is even better than the Kovacs novels. I only hope that Carl and Kovacs are the last two in that archetype. It is getting a wee bit tired is all.

  5. nice.

    i mean, i’ve been thinking lately “man i want to play/run sorcerer again” but every time i do i feel like i run headfirst into the rules and bounce off.

    i’d give it another shot. but i’d be wary.

  6. On that note, now knowing that it’s sorcerer descriptors, in addition to “Transient Population” (might even use initials TP) you might consider “Inner-City Upbringing,” “Underprivileged,” “Offender,” or “Recidivist.”

  7. The ideas are similar. Transhuman Space deals with what it is like to live in a time when you don’t have to be stuck to your basic Homo Sapian 1.0 body model. Cyber, genetic, and AI technologies allow such things as sentient computer systems, space angels (people who’ve genetically modified themselves so they can survive in space), full cyborg conversions, etc..

    You should check the books out especially if you’re interested in doing what you’re doing. The system is sad – to me GURPS is only fun when you’re making your character. The author(s) have made an excellent setting with all sorts of interesting ideas that are worth the price of the books by themselves.

    The time frame and tech level also seem almost on par to what you’re talking about.

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