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Re: (TFT) Sci-Fi TFT
From: "Cas and Lisa (also Silvia, Max & Viveka) Liber"
I like the idea of demigods being like idiot savants, much like
megamultipowerful giant autistic people ("246 matches.......")
"Definitely 246 matches..." <the rain man rocks back and forth in his
chair. "246. Definitely."
Funny about substance abuse being 50% as an estimate its not
too bad, as a doctor I'd always come across pateints with
negative drug & alcohol history, but if you assume positive
for all drugs (eg: how many times have you taken LSD/ecstasy
etc.) the numbers of positives ('nice' people who don't
admit to it unless you explain clearly why you wanna know
eg: hep C etc.) rises dramatically.
Exactly. I see the 10.5 or greater as being people who are on
something at the moment of encounter. A roll of 16+ being someone on an
extreamly powerfull drug. Not just drunk or stoned.
Also making the campaign against the drug lords, or drug dealers, was
the best way to make it like a typical dungeon crawl. the "monsters" the
characters encounter have large tresure troves of liquid cash just laying
around. And they are can be very well armed.
In the course of my research on this subject I was suprised to find
that the drug trade in America has had a profound effect on the economy.
Apparently in 1982 so much money left the country to purchase illegal drugs
that it dirupted the national economy. They make projections in financial
markets and hadn't factored this in. It cause a huge recession, and as a
result adversly affected the world economy. This, to me, is a clear example
of industry and technological development suffering as a result of drug use.
Of course there are many other more immediate examples. As the first
sentence of my favorite book on the subject says...
"The inhabitants of the earth spend more money on drugs than food,
shelter, clothing, and luxuries combined."
-The Underground Empire
By James Mills
DoubleDay, New York, 1986
An interesting tid bit from that same book. Apparently President
Carter had been informed about Noriega and wanted to take him down. The
political climate wasn't right though, because of the panama canal treaty.
Years later when the canal was relinquished entirely to panamanian control,
the air was clear for Presiden Bush to act on the decade old information.
This is a very clever schema for macro-society - in a
bronx/brooklyn accent, " What Goes Around, Comes Around."
A nice 3-dimensional feel to overall existence.
Actually has elements of accuracy - e.g: Bolsheviks replacing
Tsars in Russia in 1917.
Thanks. Its just a model, but I like the ethical elements it contains.
Things like, be carefull who you step on because your day on the bottom will
come. That and it fits into the whole cyclical world view of Taoism.
David Michael Grouchy II
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