Archive for May, 2010

The other day i was visiting PZ Meyers’ Pharyngula blog and saw the most amazing robot thing ever: the Festo AirJelly. It floats via helium and maneuvers via the tentacle/flagellum looking things. its beautiful,and graceful and It would also make a great addition to a cyberpunk or near future game like Shadowrun or Cthulutech.  Imagine a fleet of these things floating over a city tricked out with surveillance gear keeping an ominous eye on the sky reporting back toe the police if something suspicious is going on in some dark alley. Or how about  a much much smaller version swimming quietly  around an arcology making sure all the residents are behaving.

Shadowrun 4th edition AirJelly drones

MCT Irukandji AJ-6 minidrone

Are your washrooms breeding Bolsheviks? Do you know if there is dicontent brewing  in the halls of your arcology? MCT has the solution for you. The Irukandji mini drone cans move quietly providing you and your security team the ability to stop problems before they start.  The AJ-6 can operate for proloned periods of time before stopping at a recharge and storage pods that can be placed around your facility.

Handling -3

Accel 1/5

Speed 2

Pilot 3

Body 0

Armor 0

Sensor 3

Avail 6

Cost 2000 Y

Clearsight 3 autosoft

MCT Man-0f-War AJ-2X Drone (large drone)

The ideal solution for a force multiplier for urban police forces on a tight budget. The AJ-2x “swims” silently across the city Watching and reporting back.  It allows criminal activity to be spotted from a distance while your rigger at dispatch calls in the squad cars or what ever else the situation requires. In a pinch the drone can drop gas canisters if the situation needs an immediate response.

Handling -2

Accel 4/9

Speed 25

Pilot 4

Body 3

Armor 1

Sensor 4

Avail 6

Cost 2700 Y

Clearsight 3 and Targeting 3 autosoft

Grenade  dropping system with 4 grenade magazine

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Here in the United States we are now 3 episodes into the newest season of DOCTOR WHO.  So far the best thing about the new series is the character bits, Matt Smith appears to be finding his inner Doctor after a bit of shakiness and  feeling a bit too David Tennant in his mannerisms.  By the end of the 11th hour he had found his stride and the big proclamation of “I am the Doctor…RUN!” to the Atraxi as he steps threw the images of the previous regenerations gave me the rush that only a new Doctor can.

Karen Gillen as Amy Pond has also proven to be very enjoyable, with the right amount of sass, companions that moon over the Doctors every word and action are just  no fun. the on screen chemistry appears to be working in just about every situation, and so far she has not blundered stupidly into trouble as companions of the past have done.  Even some incredulous leaps logic.

Now for my biggest complaint about the series: Steven Moffat and his stable of writers are grabbing bits and pieces from other genre films and not really changing much and bolting it onto the show. In The Eleventh Hour the meeting of Amy and the Doctor’s relationship, separated by the years was borrowing fairly liberally from The Time Traveler’s Wife. And of course hints of The Empire Strikes in The Beast Below when the Doctor and Amy end up in the maw of the star whale (This is no cave!!!).  And finally in the weakest story thus far, the disappointing  Victory of the Daleks, the end sequence is all most a shot for shot remake of the big fight in Independence Day