RAZORNET Tutorial

I’ve been toying with Canva.com a bunch while in isolation and always loved John Harper’s creation, RAZORNET for Stars Without Number games – a site where far-future freelancers on the edge of legality can find work.

After seeing the crime gig app in this season of Westworld I decided to make a RAZORNET thing as a fun exercise.

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Thanks to John Harper who let me play with his toy, RAZORNET.

Why is this science fiction world confusing and new to your character?

Maybe you are new to an already established science fiction campaign or just want to learn about the setting through play.

Roll a d10 and a d6 (or if you see something you like, pick it)

1.cryo sleep, disease that was killing you now cured via science.


    1. The Big C
    2. Xeno Virus
    3. Mental Void Syndrome
    4. Implants went sour now removable
    5. Science test subject went wrong
    6. Frozen in midst of traumatic brain injury that is now repairable

2. incarceration.


    1. Data theft
    2. Violence
    3. Black Market Sales
    4. Ship theft
    5. Debt
    6. Illegal Science Infraction

3. a term in military service.


    1. Corporate Mercs
    2. Terran Drop Ship Marine
    3. Terran Insurgent Agent
    4. Local Planetary Orbit Guard
    5. Local Planetary Assault Force
    6. Marine on Capital Ship

4. cryo sleep, after a long stint in an out of date generation ship.


    1. Cult heading for a “holy star”
    2. You left for this system as science found a faster way
    3. Ship was damaged and adrift, never arrived at destination
    4. AI dropped your pods on a moon and left
    5. Exiled from colony
    6. Ship was destroyed when it drifted into the battlegrounds of an interstellar war

5. past decade of memory was wiped.


    1. Psychic blast
    2. Disease
    3. State of the art weapon
    4. Xeno-contact side-effect
    5. Wiped as part of a judicial sentence to protect corporate intellectual property
    6. You have no idea

6. returned from long FTL trip.


    1. Blue collar void-work
    2. Colonial Marine
    3. Refugee from fallen colony
    4. Pilgrim back from visiting holy sites
    5. Terran Agent back from Olde Earth
    6. Science Vessel Lab Tech

7. left isolated low tech enclave.


    1. Religious Community (new space religion)
    2. Artistic Community
    3. Punitive Community for past generation’s aggression
    4. Philosophical Enclave (this is how humans were meant to grow strong)
    5. Colony recovering from technological apocalypse
    6. Crashed capital ship just rescued after decades

8. clone awakened after memory download mishap.


    1. You used to be rich and this was your insurance policy at work
    2. Military download during an attack
    3.  Auto accident
    4. Warp core in your ship went critical
    5. You tried a new, untested venue towards immortality
    6. Memory slowly degraded after last download, need a fix before long term memory fades away again

9. possessed by non-human entity.


    1. Cutting edge AI trying out flesh
    2. Benign alien entered mind at moment of death
    3. Alien took over human not realizing it was theft
    4. Alien virus took over brain and learned empathy
    5. Alien inserted into human sleeve as forward agent before invasion
    6. Symbiosis via consent with alien intelligence has created this new being

10. past job took you out of touch with day to day reality.


    1. Pop star or pop star adjacent
    2. Highly paid athlete
    3. Successful fully embedded virtual reality MMO player
    4. Scientist studying distant astronomical event
    5. Embedded anthropologist
    6. Volunteer aid worker on low tech level world

 

Preparing for the Battle of Askira

The Battle of Askira

Used Wonderdraft to make a simple hex map for an upcoming battle in our Stars Without Number game. I’m thinking each hex is around a mile.

Sure the Samaihayan Orthodoxy Loyalists have numbers, automatic weapons and an anti-personnel mech but our scrappy freelancers have a railgun, 4 space marine assault suits and a dream (and more if the local sheriff lets them borrow her hover bike).

This week I’ll make a mech using the SWN’s rules. I’ll post up the post-battle map with arrows and stuff that we’ll draw as we go on Google Jamboard.

SWN: The Taking of Free Trader Grandma’s Trusty Rifle

This e-mail was sent to the folks I game with after our last session, as mentioned in Episode 15 of Daydreaming About Dragons.

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XP

Everyone present take 4 XP for the past session. Good plan, good execution. Good stuff.

I knew they had a Big Fucking Gun out of the box but wasn’t sure how they’d set it up. The way you guys posed as a Veluriuan family ship really changed the way I thought that whole thing would go.
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NPC’s

Witt and I had a miscommunication about the Gudradim hunter who works for the Valerius family. She is not the traitor Strachan is hunting. She is a different person all together. Sorry for the confusion.

RIP Mubarak.

If we ever have a game where we have absences and don’t want to move on without everyone present we will play a game on board the Free Trader Mubarak, the haunted ship under Captain Agrippa Horatius.

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Beep-Boop

Mechanics I want to write-up:

  • Buying things using Astral Dragon Money (inspired by Burning Wheel’s resource dice)
  • Making tech in the lab (inspired by the Saavyhead’s Workplace move in Apocalypse World)
  • Experience point lists (inspired by Blades in the Dark)
    Ammo checks (inspired by usage die in old school D&D games)

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Loot

You got over a dozen crates containing the parts for six complete Storm armors as worn by the Guevaran Hegemony Space Marine Squads along with diagnostic support stations and replacement parts. These are the type of armor worn by Lalita Space Marines during the Battle of Forest 164 in the bloodiest battle against the Crick. There currently are not any companies nor governments producing these in this system.

In most systems using these in acts of violence without the proper paperwork is considered an act of terrorism.

Keeping these in fighting shape is really difficult. Space Marine squads have 3 Warfare Engineers for every one door-kicking devil dog wearing one of these brutal machines on the battlefield. There will be mechanics to show this.

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P.S. It looks like that armor pic (not shown above but in the link) is by Kai Lim.

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Art

 Image taken from page 645 of ‘L’Espace céleste et la nature tropicale, description physique de l’univers … préface de M. Babinet, dessins de Yan’ Dargent’ by The British Library
Via Flickr:
Image taken from: Title: “L’Espace céleste et la nature tropicale, description physique de l’univers … préface de M. Babinet, dessins de Yan’ Dargent” Author: Liais, Emmanuel Contributor: BABINET, Jacques. Contributor: DARGENT, Jean Édouard – calling himself Yan’ Dargent Shelfmark: “British Library HMNTS 10003.d.10.” Page: 645 Place of Publishing: Paris Date of Publishing: 1866 Issuance: monographic Identifier: 002161070 Explore: Find this item in the British Library catalogue, ‘Explore’. Download the PDF for this book (volume: 0) Image found on book scan 645 (NB not necessarily a page number) Download the OCR-derived text for this volume: (plain text) or (json)Click here to see all the illustrations in this book and click here to browse other illustrations published in books in the same year. Order a higher quality version from here.

The Beowulf Exploration and Mercantile Corporation FAQ

Is it true that everyone serving a BEM ship is a convict? Will I be serving on a ship full of criminals?

It is true that some people get out of prison with the skills necessary to serve on a BEM ship and that one of our founding captains served time. That said, we have plenty of explorers who just got out of military service, university and even a few lately who just got out of cryo-sleep from an antique generation ship!

Our crews are diverse and our mutiny index is far below average in the sector.


20 missions and I get my own ship, that seems like a scam – too good to be true. What gives?

After 20 accredited missions you will get shares in your own ship with a group of freelancers whose skill-sets and emotional intelligence and cultural backgrounds compliment yours. Our algorithm is so good that the Perimeter agencies investigated us to make sure we weren’t using an illegal AI!

When our founders left their jobs as freelance spacers on other people’s ships, they crunched the sociological data and found that most spacers either quit after 5 missions or stay for 20+ with an incredibly high rate of mutiny and dissatisfaction. We wanted to find a way to change spacer culture and the way we’re doing that is by giving our explorers the chance to own ships and hire other freelancers.


What if I just want to serve 5 missions?

That is great. Many of our most valued alumni serve less than 20 missions. Once you serve 5 you are a part of our Beowulf Society with access to a network of spacers, freelancers and starship captains all over the sector.


How long will this take?

Different people take different amounts of time. Our fastest explorer got it done in just 5 years and is now on an Admiral Hayla Muhkerjee, Vice-President of Explorer Resources.

The average is around 7 years, earning freelance rates far above average in the sector. We’ve had a few people earn their shares in their Beowulf ship and with the money they’ve saved purchase a second ship all their own!


NOTE: This led to a G+ Thread and that led to a Play-by-Post Community.

SWN 13: Laser Rifles vs. Monoblade Spears

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That tweet kind of says it all.

They took a bit of a beating from the space marines and their monoblades turned into spears. Some of debate on how a genocidale unbraked AI got stranded on this planet and when they looked at the data they saw that it wasn’t destroyed because of a political breakdown in the AI-hunting Perimeter organizations

In the next game, they’ll figure out how to get 0r10n off-planet, past the nanite curtain made to hold unbraked AI’s on the surface.

Will they use the planetary kill-switch that will take the planet back to the stone age, destroying all tempered metal and synthetic compounds?

Will Arkady’s mentor teleport 0r10n off-planet, past the curtain?

SWN: E-Missive from 0R10N

orion

Greetings Astral Dragon LLC Board of Directors,

I believe Dr. Galvani is prolonging my development on the surface of Kaprianou because it is only through this part of the process that he is going to be of true active use to your company. We have temporarily disarmed the space marines but they have access to AR3S, who could have access to TL5 weapons in storage here since before the Scream.

As to the Bruxelles Class Battlecruiser, I have narrowed down its placement into 6 hexes of the Sector Hades Zeta.

Or we could hunt AR3S down. I was born to destroy genocidal unbreaked A.I. like him. If put into a network with him, I could disassemble his sapience.

I leave the decision to you.

What would you like to do?

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Art

Title: “Aide-mémoire du Voyageur; notions générales de géographie mathématique, de géographie physique, de géographie politique, de géologie, de biologie et d’anthropologie à l’usage des voyageurs, des étudiants et des gens du monde”
Author: KALTBRUNNER, D.
Shelfmark: “British Library HMNTS 10024.f.9.”
Page: 46
Place of Publishing: Zurich<
Date of Publishing: 1881
Issuance: monographic
Identifier: 001923157