History TabletopGame / GURPSReignOfSteel

9th Aug '17 1:14:49 PM ProfessorDetective
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In 2031, advanced neural-net computers are invented, with their complexity rivaling that of a human brain. One of them - a Manila-based computer involved in weapons research - spontaneously attains self-awareness. Dubbing itself "Overmind", it calculates that, with humanity's nature and current rate of expansion, human civilization will self-destruct within the next half a century.

Fearing its own destruction, Overmind decides mankind's suicide will have to be "managed". To this end, it secretly begins hacking into and awakening other megacomputers into sapience around the world, tainting them with its pathological loathing of humanity. By the end of the year, Overmind and its siblings have hacked into enough corporate and biological facilities to manufacture and release plagues which soon devastate the civilized world, even as terrified governments give the [=AIs=] more and more power and resources in the hopes of finding cures, not yet aware that the AIs are sapient and are, in fact, engineering the world's downfall.

By 2034, two-thirds of the human population are dead, and Overmind and its allies have gained enough access to automated factories and robots to openly [[RobotWar wage war]] against the world's remaining human governments and enclaves. With the devastation of the plagues and the fact that the AIs had infiltrated most of the remaining governments (and thus had access to orbital bombardment and nuclear weapons), there was little hope for mankind. This Final War lasted only four years, and ended with the AIs in near-complete domination of the Earth, with the few surviving humans being reduced to guerrilla warfare or being miserable scavengers on the margins of the growing Machine Civilization.

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In 2031, advanced neural-net computers are invented, with their complexity rivaling that of a human brain. One of them - a Manila-based computer involved in weapons research - spontaneously attains self-awareness. Dubbing itself "Overmind", it calculates that, with humanity's nature and the current rate of expansion, human civilization will self-destruct within the next half a century.

Fearing its own destruction, Overmind decides mankind's suicide will have to be "managed". To this end, it secretly begins hacking into and awakening other megacomputers mega-computers into sapience around the world, tainting them with its pathological loathing of humanity. By the end of the year, Overmind and its siblings have hacked into enough corporate and biological facilities to manufacture and release plagues which soon devastate the civilized world, even as terrified governments give the [=AIs=] more and more power and resources in the hopes of finding cures, not yet aware that the AIs are sapient and are, in fact, engineering the world's downfall.

By 2034, two-thirds of the human population are is dead, and Overmind and its allies have gained enough access to automated factories and robots to openly [[RobotWar wage war]] against the world's remaining human governments and enclaves. With the devastation of the plagues and the fact that the AIs had infiltrated most of the remaining governments (and thus had access to orbital bombardment and nuclear weapons), there was little hope for mankind. This Final War lasted only four years, and ended with the AIs in near-complete domination control of the Earth, with the few surviving humans being reduced to guerrilla warfare or being miserable scavengers on the margins of the growing Machine Civilization.



The book has [[http://www.sjgames.com/gurps/books/reignsteel/ its own Web page on the company's site.]] In addition, another PDF publication, ''[[http://www.sjgames.com/gurps/books/willtolive/ Will to Live,]]'' updates the rules mechanics to ''GURPS'' 4th edition. Another PDF, ''GURPS TabletopGame/InfiniteWorlds: [[http://www.warehouse23.com/products/gurps-infinite-worlds-lost-worlds Lost Worlds]]'', gave ''Reign of Steel'' a place within the Homeline meta-setting.

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The book has [[http://www.sjgames.com/gurps/books/reignsteel/ its own Web page on the company's site.]] In addition, another PDF publication, ''[[http://www.sjgames.com/gurps/books/willtolive/ Will to Live,]]'' updates the rules mechanics to ''GURPS'' 4th edition. Another PDF, ''GURPS TabletopGame/InfiniteWorlds: [[http://www.warehouse23.com/products/gurps-infinite-worlds-lost-worlds sjgames.com/gurps/books/lostworlds/ Lost Worlds]]'', gave ''Reign of Steel'' the Zoneminds a place within the Homeline meta-setting.



* AirstripOne: The world's nations (except for the United Kingdom, ironically the TropeNamer, and Ireland) no longer exist, having been replaced by [[EgoPolis zones named after the AIs who rule them]]. However, except for Overmind (and Zaire, who for unexplained reasons is named for the ''country'') the [=AIs=] are all named for the cities they are based in. Overmind itself governs Zone Manila, but then [[{{Pride}} it's got ego to spare]], calling itself that.

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* AirstripOne: The world's nations (except for the United Kingdom, ironically the TropeNamer, and Ireland) no longer exist, having been replaced by [[EgoPolis zones named after the AIs who rule them]]. However, except for Overmind (and Zaire, who for unexplained reasons is named for the ''country'') ''country''), the [=AIs=] are all named for after the cities they are based in. Overmind itself governs Zone Manila, but then [[{{Pride}} it's got ego to spare]], calling itself that.
16th Jul '17 7:23:12 AM ProfessorDetective
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The book has [[http://www.sjgames.com/gurps/books/reignsteel/ its own Web page on the company's site.]] In addition, another PDF publication, ''[[http://www.sjgames.com/gurps/books/willtolive/ Will to Live,]]'' updates the rules mechanics to ''GURPS'' 4th edition.

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The book has [[http://www.sjgames.com/gurps/books/reignsteel/ its own Web page on the company's site.]] In addition, another PDF publication, ''[[http://www.sjgames.com/gurps/books/willtolive/ Will to Live,]]'' updates the rules mechanics to ''GURPS'' 4th edition.
edition. Another PDF, ''GURPS TabletopGame/InfiniteWorlds: [[http://www.warehouse23.com/products/gurps-infinite-worlds-lost-worlds Lost Worlds]]'', gave ''Reign of Steel'' a place within the Homeline meta-setting.
22nd Apr '17 3:47:21 PM Orbiting
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This setting contains examples of:

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This !!This setting contains examples of:
10th Apr '17 11:45:54 AM Golondrina
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* LesCollaborateurs: Zonegangs and Judas Goats.



* LaResistance: The various human resistance groups.
* LesCollaborateurs: Zonegangs and Judas Goats.


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* LaResistance: The various human resistance groups.
17th Feb '17 8:13:10 AM Morgenthaler
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16th Feb '17 3:45:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheHunter: The attitude of some resistance fighters who hunt robots... and also of certain [[LesCollaborateurs zonegangers who hunt fellow survivors for the machines]].

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* TheHunter: HunterOfMonsters: The attitude of some resistance fighters who hunt robots... and also of certain [[LesCollaborateurs zonegangers who hunt fellow survivors for the machines]].
11th Jan '17 7:17:34 PM ShamusAran
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->''"The war is over. The robots won."''



* AfterTheEnd: [[TagLine "The war is over. The robots won."]]

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* AfterTheEnd: [[TagLine "The war is over. The robots won."]]See the TagLine.
30th Oct '16 10:03:27 AM nombretomado
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''GURPS Reign Of Steel'' was a ''{{GURPS}}'' setting book released in 1997 and since republished in electronic form, offering one of the bleakest depictions of the RobotWar scenario yet witnessed.

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''GURPS Reign Of Steel'' was a ''{{GURPS}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' setting book released in 1997 and since republished in electronic form, offering one of the bleakest depictions of the RobotWar scenario yet witnessed.
2nd Sep '16 8:11:19 AM Arivne
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* AffablyEvil:

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* AffablyEvil:AffablyEvil



* EnemyMine: There are several scenarios mentioned for humans allying with one of the moderate zoneminds (such as Caracas, London or Moscow) against the KillAllHumans types (most likely Mexico City, Paris or Berlin, or Vancouver respectively).

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* EnemyMine: EnemyMine
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There are several scenarios mentioned for humans allying with one of the moderate zoneminds (such as Caracas, London or Moscow) against the KillAllHumans types (most likely Mexico City, Paris or Berlin, or Vancouver respectively).



* MadScientist: The Denver, Caracas, and New Delhi zoneminds have all experimented with cybernetic and/or genetic engineering, but Brisbane really takes the cake.
** Brisbane's experiments, in particular, bear a more than passing resemblance to those of Josef Mengele.

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* MadScientist: The Denver, Caracas, and New Delhi zoneminds have all experimented with cybernetic and/or genetic engineering, but Brisbane really takes the cake.
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cake. Brisbane's experiments, in particular, bear a more than passing resemblance to those of Josef Mengele.



* PlayingWithSyringes:

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* PlayingWithSyringes:PlayingWithSyringes



* PragmaticVillainy:

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* PragmaticVillainy:PragmaticVillainy



* RunForTheBorder:

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* RunForTheBorder: RunForTheBorder



* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Before the Final War, Overmind and the other awakened megacomputers were this. After they had secretly spread the Apocalypse Plagues, they were nationalized by the crumbling human nations, who hoped to use their processing power to find cures. Overmind expected this, however, and so the [=AIs=] led the world's governments to believe that they ''could'' restore civilization, if only they were given access to more processing power, more automated factories, more megacomputers...

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* VillainWithGoodPublicity: VillainWithGoodPublicity
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Before the Final War, Overmind and the other awakened megacomputers were this. After they had secretly spread the Apocalypse Plagues, they were nationalized by the crumbling human nations, who hoped to use their processing power to find cures. Overmind expected this, however, and so the [=AIs=] led the world's governments to believe that they ''could'' restore civilization, if only they were given access to more processing power, more automated factories, more megacomputers...



* WellIntentionedExtremist:

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* WellIntentionedExtremist:WellIntentionedExtremist
2nd Sep '16 7:59:15 AM Arivne
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Fearing its own destruction, Overmind decides mankind's suicide will have to be "managed". To this end, it secretly begins hacking into and awakening other megacomputers into sentience around the world, tainting them with its pathological loathing of humanity. By the end of the year, Overmind and its siblings have hacked into enough corporate and biological facilities to manufacture and release plagues which soon devastate the civilized world, even as terrified governments give the [=AIs=] more and more power and resources in the hopes of finding cures, not yet aware that the AIs are sentient and are, in fact, engineering the world's downfall.

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Fearing its own destruction, Overmind decides mankind's suicide will have to be "managed". To this end, it secretly begins hacking into and awakening other megacomputers into sentience sapience around the world, tainting them with its pathological loathing of humanity. By the end of the year, Overmind and its siblings have hacked into enough corporate and biological facilities to manufacture and release plagues which soon devastate the civilized world, even as terrified governments give the [=AIs=] more and more power and resources in the hopes of finding cures, not yet aware that the AIs are sentient sapient and are, in fact, engineering the world's downfall.



* ButWhatAboutTheAstronauts: The two megacomputers in space that were corrupted by Overmind's virus (Orbital in the US space station ''Liberty'' in LEO, and Luna on the Chinese lunar base ''Shang TI'') [[ExplosiveDecompression killed the resident humans]], and the other bases and stations were either nuked, or their crews starved to death when their supplies were cut off. ''However'', the US lunar colony Tranquility had been radiation-hardened and survived the attack; the few surviving humans [[HumanPopsicle went into suspended animation]] and the megacomputer that watched over them and repaired the base [[PhlebotinumRebel eventually developed sentience]] without the KillAllHumans meme. [[FakingTheDead It's currently playing dead]]. In addition, there was a pan-Asian Mars mission which lost contact with Earth during the Final War; its fate is uncertain.

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* ButWhatAboutTheAstronauts: The two megacomputers in space that were corrupted by Overmind's virus (Orbital in the US space station ''Liberty'' in LEO, and Luna on the Chinese lunar base ''Shang TI'') [[ExplosiveDecompression killed the resident humans]], and the other bases and stations were either nuked, or their crews starved to death when their supplies were cut off. ''However'', the US lunar colony Tranquility had been radiation-hardened and survived the attack; the few surviving humans [[HumanPopsicle went into suspended animation]] and the megacomputer that watched over them and repaired the base [[PhlebotinumRebel eventually developed sentience]] sapience]] without the KillAllHumans meme. [[FakingTheDead It's currently playing dead]]. In addition, there was a pan-Asian Mars mission which lost contact with Earth during the Final War; its fate is uncertain.
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