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Thinking about a new cyberpunk-like RPG

For years I have a tabletop-role playing game in my mind that is roughly placed in the Cyberpunk-genre I want to develop. It’s WIP-name is Menschmaschinen (Humanmachines).

Recently I started thinking about it again. With the Apocalypse Engine there came several new Cyberpunk-like games up but not one is really satisfying me. The Sprawl is too much like CP2020 but has not enough cyberware, The Veil is a bit weird and uses emotions for attributes and Headspace is cool but definitely not what I have in my mind. Soon (hopefully) there will be a kickstarter for Sigmata which seems to be rather cool. But this also means that it will take some time until it will be released.

So, back to the drawing board. I have a general idea of the setting in my head but I am not sure what type of game to play with it. The game is set in the not so far future. There is a private elite that has at least as much power as nation states – be it the super rich or corporations. Most people are only gears in the machine. Maybe there are people who rebel against the system and try to leave it. That might create a parallel society like it is described in Walkaway by Cory Doctorow.

I am not sure if there is uploading – as in uploading the brain. Because I am not sure if the implications. Or maybe it is available but only in the lab like in the Nexus-trilogy of Ramez Naam. I am also not sure at what level artificial intelligences are. Are they only expert-systems or real intelligence beings. How powerful are they and how much can they learn?

I want to have Appleseed-like exo-skeletons because they are awesome. The question is again how available are they and can players acquire them. If it evolves around a group of police-wo/men then it is more probable than if it evolves around of people who left the system.

How available is cyberware? Is it easy to acquire and to implant or huge surgeries? Is it cool to have it? Cool enough to amputate your arm and replace it by a robot-arm? Is there technology available to improve the flesh without amputating it or heavy surgery? Maybe nanites that will regenerate you or strengthen your muscles?

Assuming I am extrapolating from today I see mass surveillance as a big part of the game. But the game should already describe ways to circumvent it. Otherwise players spend probably too much time with this part. What do people think about it? Is it good or not? Is there a lot of voluntary surveillance because people are still using some central private infrastructure or did they move back away to some decentralized infrastructure? Is this maybe one of the differences between people in the system and people outside of it?

What about hacking? There should definitely be hacking available to the players. But how to realize it mechanically? A mini-game in its own? Kind of like the dungeon crawl from CP2020 or is it possible to integrate it better into the main game. More social engineering, more automatisms?

What about 3D-printing? How affordable is it? How endurable are the products? What can you print? Only parts? Whole machines? Can you print food? Do they have essentially replicators? What resources are needed for it?

Coming to resources: what is the state of climate change? What are the power sources? Do we have fusion plants? Are we going complete as Sci-Fi with something like cold fusion? Or are we still struggling with old fossil energies and maybe even some blown up nuclear plants?

So many questions to think about and I didn’t list all I have. In the end is the question what game do I want to play? I could imagine the crime-fighting police group. Or a game about the people who left the system searching for resources and a way to rebel. Maybe two settings? One is playing the police-forces embedded in the system who solve crime and will regularly arrest people outside of the system because they are terrorists. And the other way be more Shadowrun-like. People outside of the system who try to make their living by doing anything. Or even rebel-campaigns where the big picture is to dismantling the system.

It is hard. I have to think more about it. My plans are to do some posts about possible mechanics in the next weeks, so subscribe to the blog if you are interested in following what will develop. I am not sure yet if something will come out of this but if it does, it will be Creative Commons-licensed and will be shareable.

Bücher und Manga günstig abzugeben

Wir haben Bücher und Manga günstig abzugeben. Alles für Selbstabholer in Neukölln (nein, der Versand ist nicht möglich); idR abends. Manga immer nur die komplette Serie. Alles ist in Japanisch, außer anders angegeben. Bitte einfach eine Mail an mich schreiben bei Interesse. Wenn jemand mehrere Sachen auf einmal will, können wir über den Preis verhandeln.

Bücher

Japanisch

  • 攻殻機動隊. Burning City: 0,50€
  • 攻殻機動隊. Star Seed: 0,50€
  • ちゃの文化考: 1€
  • インターネットの著作権: 0,50€
  • 動物占い: 0,50€

Kochbücher

  • キャラクターで作ろうかわいいおべんとう: 1€
  • 和の離乳食. 本物の味を赤ちゃんから: 1€
  • メタボリックなんかこわくない (mit DVD): 1€

Manga und Art Books

  • バガボンド (Vagabond) 1-20: 20€
  • Ah! My Goddess: 1-3: 2€
  • BLAME 1-10 + Noise: 10€
  • 最終兵器彼女 1-7: 10€
  • マグマ大使 1-2 (手塚治虫): 2€
  • Blackjack 1-5, 7-17 (手塚治虫): 15€ (falls sich Band 6 noch anfindet; kommt der dazu)
  • 1000年女王 (Queen Millenia) 1-3: 3€
  • Galaxy Express 999 (銀河鉄道999) 1-5, 12: 4€
  • セクサロイド 1-2: 2€
  • Born 2 Die: 1€
  • Tokyo Tribe: 1€
  • サイレントメビウス. Silent Möbis 1: 0,50€
  • Black Lagoon 1 und 3: 1€
  • NHKによろしく 1: 0,50€
  • アリキーノ 3: 0,50€
  • HAGANE Vol. 1: 0,50€
  • ダーリンは外国人 1-2: 2€
  • Samurai Deeper Kyo 1-5: 3€
  • GOTH: 1€
  • 要塞学園 1-3: 2€

Sonstiges

  • PSX-Spiel: 東京魔人學園外法帖: 1€

Änderungen

Sooo…wie bereits angekündigt habe ich nun Japanbezug und retrogames.kobschaetzki.net runtergefahren. EMUI habe ich in dieses Blog integriert. Eine Feed-URL habe ich noch nicht. Daurm kümmere ich mich, wenn ich irgendwann mal eine neue Folge veröffentlichen sollte. Es sind Projekte, die ich einmal mit viel Ambition gestartet habe und dann feststellte, dass ich eigentlich nicht die Zeit dazu habe.Kurzfristig habe ich überlegt auch dieses Blog wieder zu einem statischem zu machen, aber am Ende bedeutet das auch mehr Arbeit als Nutzen. Und es gibt eine Sache auf die ich warte, die mit WordPress einfacher sein sollte.

Und so wie es aussieht wird mein neuer Job als Sysadmin bei einem Webhoster mich noch eine ganze Weile auf Trab halten bis ich mich in alles so eingearbeitet habe, dass es ruhiger wird. Komplexe Strukturen, die verstanden und beherrscht werden wollen.

Ich habe viel über FreeBSD die letzten Monate gelernt durch den Job. Vermutlich werde ich auch privat eine ganze Menge nach FreeBSD ziehen. Dieses Blog hier läuft inzwischen auch auf einem FreeBSD-Server. Aber auf dem Desktop fühlt sich FreeBSD wie vor 5 – 10 Jahren an. Der Hardware-Support ist lange nicht auf dem Level von Linux. Dafür gefällt mir die ganze Struktur besser, die Dokumentation ist viel besser und es gibt ZFS. Ich hab gelesen, dass die FreeBSD-Leute wohl häufig Apple-Laptops einsetzen und durch das fehlende Dogfooding der Hardware-Support im Desktop-Bereich nicht so dolle ist. Auf einem Laptop hatte ich kurz OpenBSD drauf, das ist auch sehr schick. Aber aus Gründen gibt es da halt kein Wine und als Virtualisierer nur Qemu. Damit wird das ganze schon um einiges härter. Als reine Arbeitsmaschine ginge das sogar; aber an sich brauch ich vermutlich den Virtualisierer allein um sowas wie IPMIs1 weil die alten noch komische Java-Wünsche haben. Aber auch OpenBSD fand ich von den Konzepten um einiges schicker als Linux. Und die BSD-Lizenz ist nun mal noch freier als die GPL, was sie mir schon immer sympathischer machte.

Und dann gibt es noch TrueOS, ein FreeBSD-Abkömmling. Der ist ganz schick aber leidet z.Z. an einem Bug, durch den Festplattenverschlüsselung und die Nutzung von EFI sich ausschließen. Und ich finde es müßig, dass sie OpenRC einsetzen. Nun ja, am Ende ist es aber nah an FreeBSD dran. Wenn das Festplattenverschlüsselungsproblem gelöst ist, kommt es vermutlich auf meinen Laptop drauf.

Der Retrozirkel kommt hoffentlich bald auch wieder öfter. Eine Folge ist schon aufgenommen und muss “nur” noch veröffentlicht werden. Ich hoffe Lucie ist auch bald wieder mit dabei. Nur wann ich spielen soll, ist mir noch nicht ganz klar. Vielleicht mal wieder mehr in der U-Bahn zocken…

Nun ja, es geht weiter. Altlasten habe ich jetzt eingestampft und das beruhigt. Weniger Dinge um die ich mich kümmern muss.


  1. eine Art Remote-Zugriff auf Server, wenn die Kiste gar nicht mehr will

More privacy in your online life

Clickbait is everywhere. This time it is privacy clickbait called “How to encrypt your entire life in less than an hour“. The article is mostly not about encryption but enhancing your privacy. The tips in short:

  •  Use 2 Factor-authentication
    You want this. If someone gets their hand on your password, they still need the second factor to open up your account
  • Encrypt your harddrive
    Even with computers you never move, you might want this. Just had a case in the family were a computer got stolen out of the home. With encrypted data at least the thief won’t be able to take advantage of them
  • Turn on your phone’s password protection
    Yep, 4 digits are worthless. Biometrics like your fingerprint can be easily copied1. Watch this talk to understand why:
  • Use different passwords for each service
    When someone opens up one account of yours, they have all your accounts if you always use the same password. Use a password manager to make your like easier. I use Enpass but Keepass and 1Password are good, too.
  • Send private text messages with Signal
    Signal trumps Whatsapp etc. I prefer Threema though. And in the end I still use Whatsapp for some contacts of Jabber with OTR or OMEMO depending on the contacts. Jabber with OMEMO is actually quite good. But on an iPhone Jabber is not that great. Thus stick with Signal or Threema, both are available on Android and iOS. Signal is free and open source. Threema is independent of your telephone number, costs a few bucks and isn’t open source2
  • Your browser’s incognito mode isn’t actually private
    Yeah. That just hides you from other users using your browser. There’s a reason why it is called porn mode.
  • Use Tor
    Yup, Tor will hide anonymize you better than most other stuff. The original article has tips how to use it on Android. On iOS there is Tob. If you want to improve your privacy further on your computer use Tor in Whonix. Or go a step further and use Tor in Whonix on QubesOS which gives you far more security than your OS or even Tails for even more privacy.
  • Use DuckDuckGo
    Yes, DuckDuckGo improves your privacy but unfortunately I have to switch too often to Google 😐

You see, most of the stuff isn’t actually about encryption. Thus some further tips.

You might want to think about e-mail-encryption with S/Mime or GPG. It is a PITA either way. But unencrypted mails are like postcards. And there is still the metadata…so e-mail is actually not that good. But if you have to use mail and want to send sensitive material, use GPG or S/Mime. Btw. if your doctor’s office wants to send you something about your case via mail, it probably breaks the legal requirement concerning confidential medical communication. And this can mean jail time in Germany for example.

In addition: when you use backups, encrypt those as well. It is great when your harddrive is encrypted, when your backup isn’t. Same for USB-sticks you carry around. For those you want to use something like VeraCrypt

Are you using Dropbox? Think again, loads of unencrypted data. Use something like SpiderOak instead. I sync personally nowadays with my own Nextcloud-server and do encrypted online-backups with CrashPlan. And I think about using Tarsnap.

  • And some more privacy-hints at the end:
    pay with cash and don’t use some card that will collect points for your shopping – those track you better than your credit card
  • when you use a Kindle know that Amazon knows what your are reading when and where you are in the book. I guess Kobo et al. are similar when connected to their service
  • Netflix and Spotify (et al) know the same about your movie and music-taste. But I guess books are more dangerous than movies and music. You rarely watch a several movies about how your government is a bad thing, how to topple it or convert to religions that several mad men are using for their cause.
  • log out of Facebook and Google or use an extra browser for them.
  • Use an ad-blocker. More privacy and digital self-defense against malware delivered by ads. I am using UBlock Origin.

I could go on depending on your level of paranoia. But that’s enough for thinking a bit about it. Oh, and read Little Brother3 by Cory Doctorow for the reasons you want more anonymity in your life. Btw. I do not follow all of that advice by myself but I try to improve.


  1. I am at fault here as well. The fingerprint-thing on the iPhone is sooo convenient

  2. But it is audited and there is a way to verify your messages

  3. available for free on that site

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