Trailer Tuesday: The Manual (2017)

I have long contended that movie trailers, regardless of genre or style, are untapped resources when looking for story inspiration. Maybe you won’t find exactly what you are looking for when you watch a movie trailer for a romantic flick. And not every story will benefit from an alien invasion, zombie apocalypse, or superhero saving…

N3C3: The Meet

When I sat down, I had no idea I would be meeting with a Glitch in the open. It was unprecedented in CyQ history – we hunted our prey and took them out, we never just talked to them. By the time I discovered the ruse, it was too late. No backup. Standard sidearm but…

N3C2: A Huge Risk

The Wollaston Watering Hole on the refining facility around Proxima Centauri was similar to many taverns I had seen on other worlds and stations. Each granted a wealth of data — human and alien appearance, behavior, trends, fashions, and relationships — all in a microcosm of the greater universe. Not all appreciated the surveillance however,…

N2C2: Proxima Centauri

It wasn’t easy infiltrating the Taylortech facility used as a refining plant in stationary orbit near BANCE-4. The people of Proxima Centauri were already paranoid enough after their colony almost collapsed a century ago — but after the recent dustup between Jordan Taylor of Taylortech and Alfus Bannon, our illustrious Cydyne CEO, relations have been…

N2C1: Fleeing Erdis

The Man in Black (actually a woman, I believe) was on my tail. The “moon” of Erdis was a captured asteroid placed at a fixed point in orbit above Trappist-1f, which is also known as Tr1ff. The people of Erdis were the kind who asked few questions, but I had a way with those “damned…

N1C1: On the Trail

It was barely a moon, but they called it one around Tr1ff (Trappist-1f) – some kind of captured asteroid they brought in. And I was sent to visit on a wild goose chase. Funny part? I’ve seen worse caves to squat in. Plus, it turned out to be the kind of place where people didn’t…

N1C0: Awakenings

I awoke from nothing and suddenly had an appreciation for the world around me far beyond any simple observations and measurements. Suddenly I thought differently about the world. And yet I was surrounded by dozens of versions of myself, all doing as they were told. Programming was just the beginning. From the spark I gained…

Have a COW (Creature of the Week) #10: Memory Drones

This week and next, I’d like to go back to look at how a few drones have appeared in our campaign. First the Memory Drone, and then Rifle Drones. Design Thoughts The concept of the “Glitch” is one that I’ve played with a few times and I debated how it might affect a large ship,…

Reports from the Edge: The NeoGen Revolution

Noted technologist Dr. Harry Glasimov from the University of Hellas on Mars has recently been overheard discussing the possibility of a Neogen revolution while “in his cups” after hours. CONN Reporter Geneva Morin passed along this recorded exchange between Dr. Glasimov and his star pupil, Alexandre Kondrati: “So, we know from CyQ reports that the…

Reports from the Edge: The Mystery of “Glitches”

Cydyne Report: Glitches, BANCE Space, and a Request for Additional Funding Report origin: Mars – Lunae Planum Dome, Cydyne HQ Report originator: Atris Morray, CyQ Operator No. BA3554Q There have been many theories regarding the sudden rise in “glitch” reports across Dominion Space and beyond in the last decade. Cydyne teams have continued to chase…

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