S1E2 – A Whirlwind Tour of Sol part 1 (recorded 7/22/16)
Greetings from Deimos: come for the view, leave because of the low escape velocity.
We start talking about installing a cog as our ship AI, and then wander all over the solar system. And then we get to our topic.
On the subject of technical difficulties! Last episode, Whines was a little muffled, his mike was the weakest of the group. This time we had a wireless for a replacement, but it was just a bit too big for the stand! Here’s the makeshift mike stand…pop-filter, stainless steel can, and four inches of GURPS books.
Finally, Corbeau gets to use his GURPS books.
Next time…next time we’ll do better. Corbeau’s sound is a little bit fuzzy. Also, his grasp of the “record” button is a little fuzzy, and half the episode is a redo…
LOTS of opinions this time around as we go on a very deep ramble on Cogs and their souls, and territory the books do not cover…
♃ 01.03—let’s meet the hosts!
♃ 03:34—Another look at at the HSD miniatures Kickstarter, past its goal! Here’s the trophy wall of heads on Tumblr.
♃ 04:38—Questions and Opinions—can a COG be a ship’s onboard intelligence? (Thank you, NekojiruSou!)
♃ 09:02—Corbeau’s probably the only one who doesn’t know who Edi from Mass Effect is.
♃ 12:41—the Cog Afterlife is mentioned in the HSD Core Extended text, page 57.
♃ 16:52—Wiki, “The Ship Who Sang“, Anne McCaffrey
♃ 25:30—”I Give you a Hamburger.” (Can’t seem to find the original animation of this sound clip…if there was an original…)
♃ 25:37—”A brief and plot-centric tour of Sol.”
♃ 27:20—Nixxian kicks off “character origins.”
♃ 28:20—Actually, Traveller is the RPG in which character death can occur before the game begins…
♃ 29:09—”Give These People Air!” Classic line from “Total Recall…”
♃ 30:04—Titan AE, “Cosmic Castaway” music video (can’t find the mining sequence…)
♃ 31:45—Ashtaar, “You start on a ship.” (I didn’t word-drop “In Media Res?” I’m slipping! – Corbeau)
♃ 34:40—Whines likes Space Stations. And CJ Cherryh.
♃ 38:40—Looking at character bases.
♃ 39:17—Corbeau’s really excited about TTI’s new living socks.
♃ 39:39—Name-dropping Callahan’s Cross-Time Saloon.
♃ 42:04—Nixxian’s law-light BlueSky station
♃ 43:19—Corbeau will eventually turn any RPG conversation to Planescape.
♃ 48:10—play with Traveller’s Solar System Generator yourself!
♃ 48:50—Ashtaar on Hot Zones and fault-line “safe zones” (around 50:20 we all lost the plot at once.)
♃ 53:18—Whines and Corbeau really like Werner Vinge’s “Fire Upon the Deep” and the Tines
♃ 54:21—Can the character’s “safe place” be SolNet?
♃ 57:26—Nixxian (and Corbeau) both addicted to Pokemon Go. Nasa says “You can’t play Pokemon Go in space.”
♃ 58:32—Tesla’s autopilot makes the news
♃ 59:37—Let’s take a moment to appreciate Gypsy.