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Monday, March 10, 2014

Two blogs you should check out!

Greetings programs,

If you are waiting for the File Project or the DF 2020 Foums to be up and running again, or waiting on any new information about the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 game from CDPR, and want something to occupy your time, here are a couple of blogs you should be reading.

The first is The Vircades Project, brainchild of longtime collaborator Richard Balmer, AKA Companero.  Richard is no dick, he is a brilliant young mind with some fantastic ideas going up on this page.  My favorite entries are those on running Cyberpunk in a rural setting, something I do a lot since I am fond of running nomad games.  Comp is one of the main contributors for Interlock Unlimited, as well as Conflict: South America, and is also one of the driving forces behind Run.Dot.Net, an absolutely brilliant new take on netrunning rules for Cyberpunk 2020. You won't be dissapointed, check out Vircades here:

http://vircadesproject.blogspot.co.uk/

The second blog is the website of a more recent, though still long time friend and collaborator, Seth Skorkowsky.  Seth is the recently published author of the fantastic novel Damoren, and has been working for a while now on helping me with various Interlock Unlimited projects.  Providing invaluable edits and playtesting to the IU Magic system and IU Drug rules, and has been working on both a Fantasy setting and a Call Of Cthulhu based setting for IU, which when complete I hope he will allow me to host on DF 2020.  His blog is full of insight and personal experience, and is as indelibly interesting way to spend your time.  You can find Seth's blog here:

http://skorkowsky.com/


Sunday, March 9, 2014

Skinweave ridiculous you say? Now it's a reality!

So in addition having a working neural interface, cybernetic limbs, and even being on the verge of freaking power armor, one of the more oft scoffed at bits of CP2020 tech, the Skinweave, is now a reality... in at least that they have working models....

http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/nstv/2012/01/stronger-than-steel-spider-silk-skin-takes-a

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Sorry for the absence...

Jesus, I have been gone so long it seems.  Where to begin...

In late august, I had some health problems that got pretty ridiculous.  I won't go into details, but it involved three seperate emergency room visits, a minor surgery, my introduction to the greatest drug ever (Dilauted), and culminated in me going from 0 debt to 50,000 grand in debt in the space of a month, just after my unemployment ran out.  Health wise I am recovering, though the unrelated problem of my back has gotten worse.

On top of all that, for the last 2 months the entirety of Datafortress 2020 went down.  The Main Site, the File Project, the Forums... all of it... so until I got all that sorted out, there was really no need to post anything.

Luckily however, the site is back online, including the File Project and forums, though they are still a bit sketchy, so if you need anything from them be sure to let me know via e-mail, facebook, or whatever...

Finally, it's not important enough to rate a mention on the front page of the site, but there has been a small update.  I finally got the updates to my Cyberpunk 2020 soundtracks compiled, 3 new volumes each for Neon Gutter and Wastelands, the new track list is as follows.

Life in the Neon Gutter II
DISC 1 (Vol. IV)
TRACK LIST

  1. The Matrix - Choice (0:53)
  2. Miracle Of Sound - City Of Night (4:01)
  3. Kanye West - Power (2:27)
  4. Sybernetyks - Corp. (3:38)
  5. Cyborg II - Cyborg Love (0:04)
  6. Kim Lukas - Cyber Queen (3:52)
  7. Beastie Boys - So What'cha Want (3:37)
  8. Rockets - Mecanic Bionic (4:57)
  9. Bladerunner - Irrational (0:07)
  10. ACDC - Dirty Deeds (Done Dirt Cheap) (3:53)
  11. Linkin Park - The Catalyst (5:39)
  12. Billy Idol - Flesh for Fantasy (4:38)
  13. They Live - Kick Ass (0:07)
  14. The Sisters Of Mercy - Detonation boulevard (3:50)
  15. Everlast - The Warning (3:06)
  16. Rihanna - Man Down (4:27)
  17. Scarface - My Balls And My Word (0:17)
  18. Geto Boys - Scarface (4:54)
  19. Wang Chu - Fire In The Twilight (3:52)
  20. Modern Talking - Mrs. Robota (3:28)
  21. Taxi Driver - Here Is A Man (0:13)
  22. Snoop Doggy Dogg & Tupac - Street Life (5:15)
  23. M83 - Midnight City (4:03)
  24. Duran Duran - Electric Barbarella (5:12)
  25. Qadir - Nickname (2:18)

DISC 2 (Vol. V)
TRACK LIST
  1. Terminator 2 - Anatomy (0:12)
  2. Miracle Of Sound - Cyber Psychosis (3:37)
  3. Soul Coughing - CIty of Motors (4:38)
  4. Rush - Test For Echo (5:55)
  5. Bladerunner - Leon (0:22)
  6. Archive - Bullets (5:53)
  7. The Fugees - The Beast (5:37)
  8. Prodigy - One Man Army (4:11)
  9. The Matrix - All Around (0:27)
  10. Jamiroquai - Virtual Insanity (3:45)
  11. ACDC - Who Made Who (3:26)
  12. Men at Work - Underground (3:03)
  13. Scarface - Bad Guy (0:50)
  14. Rage Against the Machine - Killing In The Name Of (5:14)
  15. Miracle Of Sound - Man And Machine (4:01)
  16. Geto Boys - Crooked Officer (3:59)
  17. Bladerunner - It's A Test (0:03)
  18. The Fugees - No Woman, No Cry (4:33)
  19. The Rockets - Synthetic Man (4:36)
  20. Glenn Frey - You Belong to the City (5:49)
  21. Robocop - Dead Or Alive (0:02)
  22. Akira The Don - I Am Not A Robot (4:38)
  23. Fun Loving Criminals - Scooby Snacks (3:03)

DISC 3 (Vol. VI)
TRACK LIST
  1. Bladerunner - No Choice (0:35)
  2. The Evolutionaries - The Becoming (6:15)
  3. Miracle Of Sound - Digital Shadow (3:49)
  4. Fear Factory - H-K (Hunter-Killer) (5:17)
  5. The Matrix - Hear That (0:12)
  6. Drowning Pool - Let The Bodies Hit The Floor (3:24)
  7. Corey Hart - Sunglasses At Night (3:56)
  8. Geto Boys - Street Life (5:21)
  9. Bladerunner - Skinjob (0:10)
  10. Our Lady Peace - One Man Army (3:22)
  11. Rush - Virtuality (5:43)
  12. Rage Against The Machine - Know Your Enemy (4:54)
  13. Demolition Man - Maniac (0:08)
  14. AC-DC - Cyberspace (2:57)
  15. Akira The Don - Big Iron (4:48)
  16. Sole & The Skyrider Band - A Sad Day for Investors (4:25)
  17. Bionic Woman - Fast (0:12)
  18. Miracle Of Sound - The New Black Gold (4:39)
  19. Deltron 3030 - Upgrade (A Brymar College Course) (4:10)
  20. Judas Priest - Blood Red Skies (7:48)
  21. Army Of Darkness - Boomstick (0:17)
  22. Beastie Boys - Brrr Stick Em (2:33)
  23. Bad Religion - Modern Man (1:58)
  24. Dope Stars Inc. - Run Motherfucker Run (2:51)


LIFE IN THE WASTELANDS II
DISK 1 (Vol.IV)
TRACK LIST
  1. Desperado - Let's Play (0:03)
  2. Santa Esmeralda - 02 - Don't let me be misunderstood (10:28)
  3. The Dirty Headz - Lay Me Down (3:35)
  4. Firefly - 04 - Big Damn Heroes (0:11)
  5. College - A Real Hero (feat. Electric Youth) (4:27)
  6. Spearhead - Wayfarin' Stranger (5:28)
  7. Last Man Standing - The Only Cure (0:05)
  8. Bruce Springsteen - Lonesome Day (4:06)
  9. Curtis Stigers & The Forest Rangers - This Life (Theme from Sons of Anarchy) (2:21)
  10. Firefly - How Do I know (0:21)
  11. Tatu - Dangerous and Moving (4:35)
  12. Rage Against The Machine - People Of The Sun (4:53)
  13. Unforgiven - Hell Of A thing (0:07)
  14. Sole & The Skyrider Band - Stupid Things Implode on Themselves (5:29)
  15. DJ Tiesto - As The Rush Comes (6:43)
  16. Firefly - Steak (0:04)
  17. Miracle Of Sound - Breaking Down The Borders (2:48)
  18. Groundation (Marley Tribute) - Walk The Proud Land (4:29)
  19. Firefly - Percent Of Nothin' (0:15)
  20. Tom Petty - I Won't Back Down (2:56)
  21. Seven Stern - Soul Of A Man (4:31)
  22. Beyond Thunderdome - Ain't We A Pair (0:17)
  23. Everlast - Lonely Road (3:17)
  24. Marty Robbins - Running Gun (2:12)
  25. Tombstone - Skin That Smoke Wagon (0:02)
  26. Soggy Bottom Boys - I'm A Man Od Constant Sorrow (4:16)


DISK 2 (Vol.V)
TRACK LIST
  1. Lynyrd skynyrd - Freebird (9:07)
  2. Tina Turner - One of the Living (5:58)
  3. Tombstone - Doc And Ringo (1:25)
  4. ACDC - Highway To Hell (3:30)
  5. Marty Robbins - Big Iron (3:58)
  6. Desperado - Go To Church (0:07)
  7. Nina Simone - Sinnerman (10:12)
  8. The Sisters Of Mercy - Dominion (7:03)
  9. Blue Oyster Cult - Burning For You (4:34)
  10. Desperado - Bless Me (0:03)
  11. Chris Thomas King - Hard Time Killing Floor Blues (2:42)
  12. U2 - Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses (5:15)
  13. Deltron 3030 - Meet Cleofis Randolph The Patriarch (0:36)
  14. Las Man Standing - Texas (0:09)
  15. Anti-Nowhere League - Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves (2:35)
  16. Battleme - Burn This Town (3:04)
  17. Bob Marley - Keep on Moving (5:44)
  18. Last Man Standing - Little Talk (0:05)
  19. Styx - Renegade (4:13)
  20. Duran Duran - Wild Boys (4:17)
  21. Talking Heads - (Nothing But) Flowers (5:34)


DISK 3 (Vol.VI)
TRACK LIST
  1. True Grit - Hard Enough (0:11)
  2. ACDC - Thunderstruck (4:54)
  3. Miracle Of Sound - Wasteland Soul (4:30)
  4. Spacehunter - Emergency Repair (0:05)
  5. Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson - Silver Stallion (3:14)
  6. Fire Inc. - Nowhere Fast (6:03)
  7. Firefly - Jail (0:05)
  8. Bruce Springsteen - Further On (Up The Road) (3:50)
  9. Katey Sagal & The Forest Rangers - Bird On A Wire (5:05)
  10. Firefly - Storm (0:06)
  11. Van Morrison - Into The Mystic (3:30)
  12. Steve Earle - Copperhead Road (4:29)
  13. Red Dawn - Hate (0:04)
  14. The Roots - Double Trouble (Feat. Mos Def) (6:23)
  15. Greg Holden - The Lost Boy (3:28)
  16. Cherry 2000 - Guide (0:13)
  17. Miracle Of Sound - Cries Of A Dead World (2:39)
  18. Lions - Girl from the North Country (4:10)
  19. Road Warrior - Dogs Of War (0:06)
  20. Akira And Machine Gun Fellatio - Mofo On A Motorcycle (2:31)
  21. Sheryl Crow - Every Day Is A Winding Road (3:38)
  22. Serenity - Fun (0:04)
  23. Clutch - Walking In The Great Shining Path Of Monster Trucks (3:43)
  24. Mad Max - Sons Of Anarchy (4:40)
  25. Serenity - Shooting (0:05)
  26. Bobby McFerrin - Drive (10:17)
  27. Jim Croce - I Got A Name (3:12)
  28. True Grit - Fill Your Hand (0:03)
  29. Marty Robbins - El Paso (4:38)


Not sure who really cares about this stuff, as I can't share the actual music with anyone, but it's been a fun little project for me... the covers, inserts and labels I created for the compilations are on display on the actual site. This is the music that I play, not while actually gaming, for that we use instrumentals, but in preparation for gaming, or for driving around. It's the music I draw inspiration from, or has such vivid genre appropriate imagery, that it instantly puts me in the mood and keeps me there...

I have to say, I am completely blown away by Miracle of Sound.  Some of you may be already familiar with him, as he does a lot of songs based on video games.  Recently eh created 2 songs for the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 game, Cyberpsychosis and City Of Night, which is where I came across his music, and was absolutely blown away. He is very talented across a wide range of genres, and a hell of a nice guy.  Check him out here: http://miracleofsound.bandcamp.com/


Also, Jesse Spurell is doing a podcast of his cyberpunk games.  It's not always strictly Cyberpunk, but it is pretty interesting. Check it out here: http://www.cyberpunksaturdays.com/

I hope to have more news and maybe an actual update to the site soon, and I will try my damnedest not to be silent for so long.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Cyberpunk... a futile warning!

We don't choose our cyberpunk, it's chosen for us.  Companies like Wal-Mart, Monsanto, Del-Monte, Halliburton, BP, Fannie Mae,........

Greed.... the elite capitalist dogma of Profit above all else and damn repercussions.  That is what is creating our dystopia.  People who treat 1984 like a how-to book, and see Ayn Rand as a visionary.  Governments beholden to corporations, and too divided by party lines to work for the greater good.  That is what is creating the overriding sense of paranoia leaving us handicapped in the onslaught of the future.  The cyberpunks are the ones who see this coming, who warn us it's happening now, who fight against it, or retreat altogether to try and whether the storm.

Utopia requires people to work together, united in their efforts to promote harmony, tolerance, and community.  It requires a governing body concerned with the well being of it's citizens.  This is not something we are moving towards, it's something we are actively moving away from.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Forums and archive are back up, been up for a month so maybe they are back to stay...

I am opening registration on the forums again, it requires approval by admin, so if you have a weird name you are worried I might think is spam, shoot me a message here or by e-mail.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

New E-Mail

After 17 years, my e-mail provider, Arkansas.net, decided they would change their provided e-mails to gmail accounts, then they decided they wanted their customers to pay 5 dollars a month to keep their e-mail addresses.  That's right, 5 dollars a month, for free a-mail accounts.  To make matters worse, their website does not have any sort of page to sign up or pay for this account, it all has to be done by phone, and they NEVER answer their bloody phone.  

So screw them, if I am going to have a gmail account, I damn sure am not going to pay for it.  Over the next few months, I will be slowly changing all the e-mail links on the site to reflect this, but right now, if you need to get a message to me, the e-mail button link on the main menu of Datafortress 2020, and the e-mail at the bottom of the page are the best way to contact me.  wisdom000 at gmail.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Thinking of IU rules changes.... Range and weapon skills

The range mechanics have never quite sat right with me...  For IU I have already made minor alterations, but I am thinking something more drastic is needed.

The idea that when using a non-scoped rifle, it is as difficult to hit a target at 500m as it is to hit a target a 50 meters with a pistol.  Now having shot before, I can tell you, this isn't really accurate.  In fact with a non-scoped rifle, it is only slightly less difficult to hit a target at 50 meters than it is with a handgun.  That's about half a football field.  This is a pretty significant distance. 

Now its true completely that a rifle will generally have a longer reliable range than a handgun.  But just because the bullet travels farther does not mean you are going to be significantly more accurate with it. 

I am thinking all firearms should operate at the range difficulties of the handgun.  With scopes allowing that range to be increased out to rifle ranges in varying degrees depending on the scope. 

I need to giver it a bit more thought though before I make the changes... tweak it until it sits right with me. 

Another thing I have been wrestling with for a loooooooooong time are the gun skills themselves.  Why is there a submachinegun skill?  What purpose does it actually serve.  If I am Shoulder firing an mp5 with a stock, or even an Ingram Mac 10 with a stock, is that really any different than firing an AK-47 or an M-16 from a practical standpoint?  If I am shooting a micro uzi without a stock, how much different is that really from shooting a Baretta... If you say because its fully auto, then what about when I am firing that micro-uzi on single shot setting, or firing a Handgun with a 3-round burst setting?  Does the micro Uzi suddenly use the handgun skill?  Does the Handgun suddenly require the submachinegun skill?  Why does the full-auto and burst difference not translate to rifles?  Firing a lever action Winchester uses the same skill as firing an M-16.

I am thinking of dropping the smg skill altogether.  And thinking of changing the rules for full auto.burst fire to incur addition penalties on top of the standard modifiers.  -4 with no skill, -3 with a 1, -2 with a 2, -1 with a 3, skill level 4 on receives no additional penalties. 

I will probably have to word it a bit better, but I think the idea is solid enough.  I understand they spread the skills out to prevent people from becoming overpowered in combat too quickly, but I don't think it really works. 

Any ideas on this?

I am cross posting this across several forums, to get the broadest collaboration possible.    I have other small changes to make to the IU core rules, but these 2 bits have been eating at me for a couple of years now, and I am finally getting something worked out in my head to correct the issues I have.

As always anyone with a suggestion that makes the final cut will be credited in the core rules.

Oh, and the Datafortress 2020 File Project and Forums are back up, doubtful they will stay up long, but if you are looking for files I would grab them now.