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Luke Miller

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This "crap sector scifi" concept screams Diaspora. Loving the art. TL:1 ?
We have "crapsack" fantasy, so why not "crap sector" sci fi gaming? No luxury destroyer class ships or giant mecha; the mission is just your squad and a… - Lee Barber - Google+
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The drive implies TL:4, but I think that is because there is no other source of FTL travel. Everything else looks like -1 thru +1.

If you shoot Tachyons out the back, do you travel in reverse?
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Bryan Rombough

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Hypothetical giant spider that evolved after animals from Earth were transplanted to a planet with much lower gravity. www.cmkosemen.com
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Jeff Miller

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#Clustermania winner!


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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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How would this integrate to Diaspora?  In TRAVELLER you would have a refuelling spot which did not obviously appear on star-charts, perfect for pirates or simply those who want to have an intermediate hop to populated stars.  On the other hand, solar-cells do not work, everything has to be powered by fuelled fusion reactors, and they are scooping hydrogen from the gas-giant more often and it is a massive one, more gravity, more risky if the scoop orbits go bad.

In DIASPORA a culture either gets along with a space-station entirely powered by fusion, or a tiny planet that orbits the gas-giant somewhere.  If the culture declined but their fusion engines keep going, with a large reserve of fuel in standby mode, they have limited sources of light but everything outside is inky starry blackness, so they probably lost interest in their stellar neighbours.  There was a good movie called City of Ember, based on a juvenile novel, where a city was built underground to weather a nuclear war, and 500 years after everyone hid, a box is supposed to pop open with instructions on how to leave the city and get back to the surface -- but the box was lost.  So the people are trapped with little idea of their past, they have abandoned technology that no longer works, and their main generator is failing (the whole underground settlement gets dark and they must launch flares occasionally to let people move around and function until the generator is working again).  This might be a good basis for an adventure dealing with outsiders.
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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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Jay Exonauts

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If you're in the Twin Cities this weekend...
As if September and October weren't packed enough already, we've added another new space opera game to the calendar. We're welcomi...
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Good luck running the event.
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Shawn McCarthy

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Asking here in the hopes of standing on shoulders of giants and not duplicating work for its own sake; I've scrolled back several months and didn't see anything.

1) It's been a while since I've had the chance to play diaspora
2) I've got a copy of Fate:Accelerated on my shelf
3) I have no problems with the system used in diaspora but I would like to give F:A a kick, for science and all that.

Has anyone else done up notes for running diaspora with F:A?
Or if you haven't, off the top of your head what needs specific translation and what just slides?
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Luke Miller

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#Clustermania !!

Now I know what selfie sticks are for: quite difficult to frame a shot with the (lack of) optics on these rear-facing cameras.

The Redbubble labeling is pretty great, don't slap pandas, indeed.
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Brad Murray (halfjack)
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#Clustermania

I have to apologize for letting this slip off my desk, onto the floor, and under the sofa. Still, we have looked at all the entries and have two winners:

+Jeff Miller wins for best out-of-the-box playability and elegance.

+Luke Miller takes the prize for showing the most thought about the possible richness in the diagrams as well as an ongoing development of cool ideas.

Thanks everyone -- next time I'll set a higher priority on these things and even remember the prizes.

Winners, if you send me a mailing address I'll ship your prizes out right away! They are a secret so I can't tell you to send me your t-shirt size. But do that.
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Wow, and Part 2 has arrived from Lulu! Such a nice surprise!
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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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I felt the shrinkage, lots of RPG books were knocked off my shelf!
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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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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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