WahKahn in (MMO)RPG worlds

Roleplaying! As if the world weren't full of enough history without inventing more …

Timeless way of building a Social City

Book Timeless Way of BuildingChristopher Alexander’s Timeless Way of Building was first published in 1979, and is IMHO one of the most important treatises in the discourse on ecology and sustainability in architecture. It has had a huge influence on creative thinking, especially in the areas of architecture and software design. Alexander introduced the concept of the “quality without a name“, and argues that we should seek to include this nameless quality.

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Drafting Game

If Not You, Who Else? ~ Terry Pratchett, in “Only You Can Save Mankind”

Human Nature

Stability can be achieved by taking Human Nature into account. By “Human Nature” I really mean Four Legged Patterns of action/reaction. Failure to do so can be, and usually is, disastrous. And it can be automated, as it seems to happen automatically anyway.

Most Social Schemes will use some kind of drafting. Some kind of attractor. Like the Agile Manifesto. One form or another of intimidation or incentive is essential to the success of attraction.

You can’t engage individually with each and every one person that is attracted, so to secure people for your game, you can use some of the usual Western habitual family and peer programming …

Extreme Paranoia Silent Weapons


Silent weapons are not common knowledge, where we all know that we all know. In fact, only a few know. And most that do know, do not reveal it because they are either dependent on its favors or profit directly from it.

Or, if they do reveal its existence, become quite the foreign element running risks of …

It has come to be …

… that yesterday, a dear lady I am so happy to have met, Sabine Kurjo McNeill, forwarded a link that utterly delighted me! Finally, and sadly. Sadly, because a worst case scenario appears to be real. Finally, because it is at least revealed. That is a relief. Many of us have felt instinctively something was wrong, and more than what was let on, and through a mist of distractions thrown at us through the media (that are under “their” control, of course).

But did we all have words to express it? And if we had words, did the alpha complex admit it?

Extreme Paranoia Cash Control

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One of the games we design, organise and facilitate roleplaying sessions of/for is Extreme Paranoia.

The games are set in Alpha Complex, an immense and futuristic domed or underground city controlled by The Computer. The Computer runs everything within Alpha Complex. The Computer sees everything within Alpha Complex ~ at least, that’s what It would like you to believe. Everybody within Alpha Complex works for The Computer, serves The Computer, protects The Computer and if need be, dies for The Computer. The Computer has made happiness mandatory. Failure to be happy is punishable by execution.

In that context, I have just had a brilliant idea …