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John Reiher

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A short piece of fiction about an attempt at hard sf space combat. Opinions?

It was quiet on board the ICL AC0004 Achilles, a Comanche class cruiser, as it patrolled outer system of the Garsnot solar system, Home to Tansot, a Paebak colony. The Achilles was part of Task Force 263 and was one of three Comanche cruisers assigned to protect the system. Along with the Achilles were the Apache class light cruiser ICL CH0013 Cochise, and three Ogre class system monitors: The ICL Grendel, Beowulf, and the Carl Rove.
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Awesome. All the points. Much Diaspora. 
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Zadan Don

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Don’t Panic, but the Observable-Space Just got a bit Smaller
For the 1st time in over a decade, scientists have updated our measurements of the radius of the observable space, and it turns out, it’s not as large as we thought. In fact, the part of the Universe that’s technically visib...
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Zadan Don

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Galactic 'Burp' Appear Black Holes Can Also Create, Not Just-Destroy
Scientists have figure out the indication of a fierce galactic explosion originate by a relatively close gigantic black hole located about 26 million light years away from Earth. This black hole is current in the center of a ...
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Zadan Don

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A lab-made Black Hole Presently gave us the Most Powerful Evidence yet for Hawking Radiation
Proposed by physicist Stephen Hawking back in 1974, Hawking radiation describes the small amount of high-energy radiation that might theoretically escape the gravitational pull of a black- hole. The hypothesis goes against c...
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Zadan Don

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The majority Incredible Meteor Shower In A Decade Will Peak Present Week
If you are a sky-watching enthusiast like me then you’re not gonna desire to miss present year’s Perseid meteor shower. Astronomers are forecasting that, at its peak on August 11-12, we will find to see twice as many meteors...
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Bryan Rombough

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A page from The Usborne Book of the Future, explaining how artificial gravity on a rotating space station works.

I found this book in the library of my elementary school in the early 80's.
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We won't have to wait long , they blowing us away with tech out of this world..1st up true virtual reality..yay
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John Lusk

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Character material.
When Phoebe Snetsinger was diagnosed with melanoma in 1981 and given less than a year to live, she knew how she wanted to spend it: seeking out birds. Snetsinger, honored in today's Google Doodle,...
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Obscenely rich, obsessive bird-watchers want to complete their collection of recordings of all bird-species on all planets, but you have to ship them there, find the right habitat, hack through jungle, repel savage beasts and bandits, and, oh, yes, the bird weighs 300 kg and "imprints" on you and won't leave you alone...
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Jacob Possin

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I am currently working on a long form Cluster Creation with a bunch of other folk. Basically we will do cluster creation and then start getting into factions, technologies, species, specific locations, and all sort of other stuff. That said I am currently looking for one more person to fill out our roster. Right now we have seven and I would like to have eight. This is long term and long for, and we will be going at a slowish pace. Please let me know if you are interested, as its first come first serve.
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Yeah I am, we have a nine system cluster.
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Jeff Miller

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At the kind suggestion of +Jacob Possin , I'm sharing a Google Form to collect additional Aspects for the Random Cluster Generator. The form asks for the Aspect Phrase, the T/E/R levels for which it might be appropriate (including "don't care"), and a contributor credit.

No promises I'll add your contribution, but if so, I'll add your name, handle, etc. as a contributor to an updated edition.

You are of course free to make a copy of the Random Cluster Generator and add your own Aspects. To support this, it's a single page without dependencies here: http://www.aristobit.com/diaspora/randomcluster.html
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Diaspora Random Cluster Aspect ContributionContributions accepted to add to the Diaspora Random Cluster Generator. By submitting, you agree that your contributed Aspect may be used and shared by others in future versions of the Diaspora Random Cluster Generator. See http://www.aristobit.com/diaspora/randomcluster.html for the Aspects in use, or review the list of Aspects as a Google Sheet here if you want a list: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1qMIt6csEAHPAbyKdQEv_wKRksjjYAzdnwdTYgVXA...
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+Todd Zircher Re-updated with your contributions.
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Zadan Don

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Rogue Exoplanet Is One Of The Youngest & Brightest Ever Explore Video
A free-floating or “rogue” exoplanet has been create adrift within our solar neighborhood. Presently 10 million years in age, this giant loner is essentially a baby on galactic time scales. Without a star to call its own, thi...
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Zadan Don

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2- Monster Black Holes Are Set To Collide With a Blast 100 Million Times bigger Than a Supernovae
A duo of super massive black holes orbiting every other at the center of a distant galaxy are heading towards a top collision that will generate one of the largest explosions in the cosmos. The black holes are circling every ...
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Stan Shinn

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3, 2, 1 ... and we're LIVE.

Hey folks! I wanted to let you know about my latest project: Adventure Location Cards for Fantasy, Modern, & Sci Fi RPGs. My players often take off in unexpected directions, so this tool is to help you craft adventures on the fly! It's also helpful for quick session prep before the game. Please note that I’ve got an early bird special with a limited time discount for early backers. Although its useful for any RPG, Zones and Aspects are a big part of this cards design. Over 2/3s of these cards will be very useful for Diaspora / Sci Fi games.

Check it out here: https://goo.gl/vxda4j

I hope you like it! :-)
Card decks to quickly create roleplaying adventure scenes on the fly! These locations with adventure hooks are great for any RPG game.
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Zadan Don

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There's an unidentified object in a strange orbit history Neptune, and no one can explain it
Scientists have exposed a mysterious object located on the outskirts of the Solar System, and while we don't know a great deal about it yet, what we do know doesn't create a whole lot of sense. Nicknamed Niku, it appear to b...
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Bryan Rombough

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Concept drawings for V. Ward's Wooden Planet in his never filmed Alien 3
One of Ward's sketches for Arceon. Here is a section detail (note: important elements are larger rather than to scale). It shows: I. The massive cathedral that reaches almost a kilometer high. II. The central vertical shaft that runs from the top of this “world” down into the cells at the bottom ...
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Zadan Don

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Latest News Look up! Five Planets will Align in the Night sky Next Month
Stargazers get set for an awesome normal phenomenon next month – 5 bright planets in our Solar System will align in the night sky, & will all be evident with the naked eye. If you discover a dark enough vantage point, you’ll ...
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I really appreciate Diaspora's character/setting creation mechanisms, where the systems of the cluster are created in a holistic method when the characters are created. But, since character creation necessitates sitting to the left and right of certain players, it seems as though Diaspora is completely inflexible to adding new players, as new players miss out on key parts of phases 3 and 4. How have you handled new players in your Diaspora games?
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My groups always used the Robert Slaughter method.

It does takes fewer player replacements to justify a reboot in Diaspora, than other games. Any other game, you might continue the same campaign with as few as one remaining player from the original group. With Diaspora, any time you lose two from the original set, it seems like time to restart.

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Jeff Miller

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Updated Diaspora Random Cluster Generator with community-contributed Aspects. http://www.aristobit.com/diaspora/randomcluster.html
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+Alexander Cherry I tried to start something similar for the Gossamer Worlds and Expanses of Lords of Gossamer and Shadow (v. G+ Community), but never got to anything I thought was useful.
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Bryan Rombough

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I just have to share this, because Fuck Yeah Space Manta Rays.

#fuckyeahspacemantarays
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I was about to post something snarky about the giant space manta ray, but then I remembered: I watch anime. :-) Lovely image! Oddly peaceful.
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Raymond McVay

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Good post on why escape pods/lifeboats aren't that great an idea on a spaceship
 
... Abandon Ship?
No. Not in most cases. Take a deep breath and repeat: Space is not an Ocean!! Sea going ships are not spaceships. They ply the interface between a hostile environment (under water) and a livable environment (above water). If your ship sinks then yes you'd j...
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So I guess what we're saying is apart from the reasons we've come up with above, abandoning ship is a terrible idea and you should never do it.
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