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11th Jun '17 1:49:31 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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''Paranoia'' is a [[BlackComedy darkly humorous]] [[TabletopGames Tabletop Game]] originally created by Creator/GregCostikyan, Dan Gelber, and Eric Goldberg.[[note]]Using this page to prepare yourself for playing the game is treason.[[/note]] It takes place AfterTheEnd, in [[ElaborateUndergroundBase Alpha Complex]], an [[CityInABottle isolated]] {{Underground|City}} and/or {{Domed|Hometown}} city run by a [[MasterComputer supercomputer]] known variously as the Computer and "Friend Computer". After most of the human race was wiped out by [[ApocalypseHow some freak accident]], the Computer tried to figure out what went wrong. Unfortunately, the Computer's databases [[RightHandVersusLeftHand had been corrupted]], and after finding some [[HistoryOfTheColdWar Cold War]] propaganda, it came to the conclusion that [[RedScare Communists caused the disaster]]. Or possibly some other [[MultipleChoicePast nebulous threat]]; no one is quite [[ShroudedInMyth sure what happened any more]], because most of world history has been [[RealityRetcon heavily edited]].

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''Paranoia'' is a [[BlackComedy darkly humorous]] [[TabletopGames Tabletop Game]] originally created by Creator/GregCostikyan, Dan Gelber, and Eric Goldberg.[[note]]Using this page to prepare yourself for playing the game is treason.[[/note]] It takes place AfterTheEnd, in [[ElaborateUndergroundBase Alpha Complex]], an [[CityInABottle isolated]] {{Underground|City}} and/or {{Domed|Hometown}} city run by a [[MasterComputer supercomputer]] known variously as the Computer and "Friend Computer". After most of the human race was wiped out by [[ApocalypseHow some freak accident]], the Computer tried to figure out what went wrong. Unfortunately, the Computer's databases [[RightHandVersusLeftHand had been corrupted]], and after finding some [[HistoryOfTheColdWar [[UsefulNotes/HistoryOfTheColdWar Cold War]] propaganda, it came to the conclusion that [[RedScare Communists caused the disaster]]. Or possibly some other [[MultipleChoicePast nebulous threat]]; no one is quite [[ShroudedInMyth sure what happened any more]], because most of world history has been [[RealityRetcon heavily edited]].
26th May '17 8:12:29 PM FordPrefect
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* FlockOfWolves: Alpha Complex in general. The Computer has everyone out hunting mutants and secret society members, but it seems that everyone is a mutant and a member of a secret society. At least one secret society (the Wobblies) originated when several groups of Troubleshooters (one after another) were sent to investigate them, failed to find anything because the group did not exist, and were executed; the last group got wise and [[TakeAThirdOption created the group themselves]] rather than return empty-handed.

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* FlockOfWolves: Alpha Complex in general. The Computer has everyone out hunting mutants and secret society members, but it seems that everyone is a mutant and a member of a secret society. At least one secret society (the Wobblies) originated when several groups of Troubleshooters (one after another) were sent to investigate them, failed to find anything because the group society did not exist, exist (the original Wobblies having disappeared pre-Alpha), and were executed; the last group got wise and [[TakeAThirdOption created the group society themselves]] rather than return empty-handed.
25th May '17 9:22:11 PM FordPrefect
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* ReassignedToElsewhere: Being reassigned to [[HumanDoorstop reactor shielding duty]]. [[ComicallyMissingThePoint ("Repairing the reactor shielding? Doesn't sound so bad.")]]

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* ReassignedToElsewhere: ReleasedToElsewhere: Being reassigned to [[HumanDoorstop reactor shielding duty]]. [[ComicallyMissingThePoint ("Repairing the reactor shielding? Doesn't sound so bad.")]]
25th May '17 9:20:46 PM FordPrefect
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* 'ReassignedToElsewhere: Being reassigned to [[HumanDoorstop reactor shielding duty]]. [[ComicallyMissingThePoint ("Repairing the reactor shielding? Doesn't sound so bad.")]]

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* 'ReassignedToElsewhere: ReassignedToElsewhere: Being reassigned to [[HumanDoorstop reactor shielding duty]]. [[ComicallyMissingThePoint ("Repairing the reactor shielding? Doesn't sound so bad.")]]
25th May '17 9:19:35 PM FordPrefect
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*'ReassignedToElsewhere: Being reassigned to [[HumanDoorstop reactor shielding duty]]. [[ComicallyMissingThePoint ("Repairing the reactor shielding? Doesn't sound so bad.")]]
25th May '17 8:57:20 PM FordPrefect
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* KillerGameMaster: Necessary for this game. The rules even state, and this is a verbatim quote: "Kill the bastards!" Though they also state that you should give the players a little time to do the job themselves. Perhaps the most insidious tool in the ''Paranoia'' GM's arsenal ever produced was the infamous "Debriefing Questionnaire" that came as a hand-out with the pre-written adventure "Me and My Warbot, Mark IV". The questionnaire is clearly marked "Failure to Answer Each Question Accurately and Completely is Treason." It also contains questions like, "Do you believe that the greatest threat to life in Alpha Complex are the Traitorous Commies? (Y/N). If yes, why do you believe Friend Computer is failing at protecting the Citizens from the Commies? If no, why do you believe that Friend Computer is lying to the Citizens about the Commie Mutant threat?" Another question reads simply, '''<THIS QUESTION REDACTED FOR ANY PERSONNEL BELOW ULTRAVIOLET CLEARANCE>''' Remember, you have to answer ''all'' questions accurately and completely, including that one. In a word, this questionnaire is instant PC-boning on a single sheet of paper, and the answers yours [=PCs=] come up can be worth a laugh or two.

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* KillerGameMaster: Necessary for this game. The rules even state, and this is a verbatim quote: "Kill the bastards!" Though they also state that you should give the players a little time to do the job themselves. Perhaps the most insidious tool in the ''Paranoia'' GM's arsenal ever produced was the infamous "Debriefing Questionnaire" that came as a hand-out with the pre-written adventure "Me and My Warbot, Mark IV". The questionnaire is clearly marked "Failure to Answer Each Question Accurately and Completely is Treason." It also contains questions like, "Do you believe that the greatest threat to life in Alpha Complex are the Traitorous Commies? (Y/N). If yes, why do you believe Friend Computer is failing at protecting the Citizens from the Commies? If no, why do you believe that Friend Computer is lying to the Citizens about the Commie Mutant threat?" Another question reads simply, '''<THIS QUESTION REDACTED FOR ANY PERSONNEL BELOW ULTRAVIOLET CLEARANCE>''' Remember, you have to answer ''all'' questions accurately and completely, including that one. In a word, this questionnaire is instant PC-boning on a single sheet of paper, and the answers yours your [=PCs=] come up can be worth a laugh or two.
14th May '17 11:46:39 PM NanoMoose
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* FlockOfWolves: Alpha Complex in general. The Computer has everyone out hunting mutants and secret society members, but it seems that everyone is a mutant and a member of a secret society. At least one secret society (the Wobblies) originated when several groups of Troubleshooters (one after another) sent to investigate them failed to find any, were executed, and the last group got wise and [[TakeAThirdOption created the group themselves]] rather than return empty-handed.

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* FlockOfWolves: Alpha Complex in general. The Computer has everyone out hunting mutants and secret society members, but it seems that everyone is a mutant and a member of a secret society. At least one secret society (the Wobblies) originated when several groups of Troubleshooters (one after another) were sent to investigate them them, failed to find any, anything because the group did not exist, and were executed, and executed; the last group got wise and [[TakeAThirdOption created the group themselves]] rather than return empty-handed.



* GenderIsNoObject: Sexism is not among the many evils of Alpha Complex society, if only because everybody's dosed up to their eyeballs with hormone suppressors.

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* GenderIsNoObject: Sexism is not among the many evils of Alpha Complex society, if only because everybody's dosed up to their the eyeballs with hormone suppressors.



* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: The Chromativariation mutation allows a character to change an object's color. In any other tabletop RPG, this would be considered a bad power. However, keep in mind that clearance levels are color-coded, and suddenly a character can cause accusations of treason on a mass scale.

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* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: The Chromativariation mutation allows a character to change an object's color. In any other tabletop RPG, this would be considered a bad power.useless ability. However, keep in mind that clearance levels are color-coded, and suddenly a character can cause accusations of treason on a mass scale.



* IdTellYouButThenIdHaveToKillYou: Whatever it is you want to know, it is always above your security clearance. In most cases, the fact that said information is above your security clearance is also above it, [[HilarityEnsues and thus being denied information is treason.]]

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* IdTellYouButThenIdHaveToKillYou: Whatever it is you want to know, it is always above your security clearance. In most cases, the fact that said information is above your security clearance is also above it, [[HilarityEnsues and thus being denied information is treason.]]treason]].



* PaintingTheMedium: Done with the rulebooks. Player documents have security level Red, while gamemaster materials are classified Ultraviolet. Since the players' Troubleshooters start at Red level, they are technically guilty of treason if they read the rules. The GM is encouraged to terminate the [=PC=]s if they try to game the rules, and players are encouraged in true ''Paranoia'' fashion -- to know the rules but '''not''' let on that they know them...

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* PaintingTheMedium: Done with the rulebooks. Player documents have security level Red, while gamemaster materials are classified Ultraviolet. Since the players' Troubleshooters start at Red level, they are technically guilty of treason if they read the rules. The GM is encouraged to terminate the [=PC=]s if they try to game the rules, and players are encouraged - in true ''Paranoia'' fashion -- to know the rules but '''not''' let on that they know them...
6th May '17 12:47:15 PM Theriocephalus
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''Paranoia'' is a [[BlackComedy darkly humorous]] [[TabletopGames Tabletop Game]] originally created by Creator/GregCostikyan, Dan Gelber, and Eric Goldberg.[[note]]Using this page to prepare yourself for playing the game is treason.[[/note]] It takes place AfterTheEnd, in [[ElaborateUndergroundBase Alpha Complex]], an [[CityInABottle isolated]] {{Underground|City}} and/or {{Domed|Hometown}} city run by a [[MasterComputer supercomputer]] known variously as The Computer and "Friend Computer". After most of the human race was wiped out by [[ApocalypseHow some freak accident]], The Computer tried to figure out what went wrong. Unfortunately, The Computer's databases [[RightHandVersusLeftHand had been corrupted]], and after finding some [[HistoryOfTheColdWar Cold War]] propaganda, it came to the conclusion that [[RedScare Communists caused the disaster]]. Or possibly some other [[MultipleChoicePast nebulous threat]]; no one is quite [[ShroudedInMyth sure what happened any more]], because most of world history has been [[RealityRetcon heavily edited]].

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''Paranoia'' is a [[BlackComedy darkly humorous]] [[TabletopGames Tabletop Game]] originally created by Creator/GregCostikyan, Dan Gelber, and Eric Goldberg.[[note]]Using this page to prepare yourself for playing the game is treason.[[/note]] It takes place AfterTheEnd, in [[ElaborateUndergroundBase Alpha Complex]], an [[CityInABottle isolated]] {{Underground|City}} and/or {{Domed|Hometown}} city run by a [[MasterComputer supercomputer]] known variously as The the Computer and "Friend Computer". After most of the human race was wiped out by [[ApocalypseHow some freak accident]], The the Computer tried to figure out what went wrong. Unfortunately, The the Computer's databases [[RightHandVersusLeftHand had been corrupted]], and after finding some [[HistoryOfTheColdWar Cold War]] propaganda, it came to the conclusion that [[RedScare Communists caused the disaster]]. Or possibly some other [[MultipleChoicePast nebulous threat]]; no one is quite [[ShroudedInMyth sure what happened any more]], because most of world history has been [[RealityRetcon heavily edited]].



With the latest edition, the game can now be played in three forms: as a Troubleshooter, an Internal Security agent, or a High Programmer. In the latter cases, The Computer progressively shifts from "That information is not available at your security clearance" to "That information is not available at this time" (possibly because The Computer doesn't know either, or It's not sharing it with ''anyone''. Other times, High Programmers get ''lots'' of information, but most of it is garbage.) The equipment also beefs up; Troubleshooters have laser pistols, [=IntSec=] agents have cone rifles (basically bazookas), while High Programmers hang out in [[TheWarRoom the Situation Room]] and manipulate teams of lower-clearance citizens working for service groups or secret societies or the Troubleshooters. [[DystopianEdict Just remember]], Citizen, no matter how high your security clearance, HappinessIsMandatory! [[SuperFunHappyThingOfDoom Insufficient happiness]] will be punished by [[AllCrimesAreEqual termination]]!

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With the latest edition, the game can now be played in three forms: as a Troubleshooter, an Internal Security agent, or a High Programmer. In the latter cases, The the Computer progressively shifts from "That "that information is not available at your security clearance" to "That "that information is not available at this time" (possibly because The the Computer doesn't know either, or It's not sharing it with ''anyone''. Other times, High Programmers get ''lots'' of information, but most of it is garbage.) The equipment also beefs up; Troubleshooters have laser pistols, [=IntSec=] agents have cone rifles (basically bazookas), while and High Programmers hang out in [[TheWarRoom the Situation Room]] and manipulate teams of lower-clearance citizens working for service groups or secret societies or the Troubleshooters. [[DystopianEdict Just remember]], Citizen, no matter how high your security clearance, HappinessIsMandatory! [[SuperFunHappyThingOfDoom Insufficient happiness]] will be punished by [[AllCrimesAreEqual termination]]!



* AIIsACrapshoot: though it's unclear whether Friend Computer is an actual A.I. or whether most of the crazy was put into it by scores of crazy amoral High Programmers.

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* AIIsACrapshoot: though AIIsACrapshoot:
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it's unclear whether Friend Computer is an actual A.I. or whether most of the crazy was put into it by scores of crazy amoral High Programmers.



* AliensAndMonsters:The game has included suggestions for alien invasions alongside the [[BigCreepyCrawlies Giant Mutant Radioactive Cockroaches]].

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* AliensAndMonsters:The AliensAndMonsters: The game has included suggestions for alien invasions alongside the [[BigCreepyCrawlies Giant Mutant Radioactive Cockroaches]].



* [[TheAllegedCar The Alleged Everything]]: If anything works as it logically should in ''Paranoia'', the [=GM=]'s a creampuff. The rules even [[BlatantLies helpfully]] suggest amusing ways for things to go wrong and kill a clone or two in the process.
* AlternativeCalendar: Starting from The Computer's assumption of autocratic power; however, The Computer subsequently declared that the year shall always be numbered 214. [[labelnote:WARNING]]All suggestions that Friend Computer is autocratic are treason. TheComputerIsYourFriend. Treason is punishable by [[DisproportionateRetribution death, summary execution, or termination]].[[/labelnote]]
** AmbiguousTimePeriod: Making it impossible to determine exactly how long the calendar has been in place.

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* [[TheAllegedCar The Alleged Everything]]: TheAllegedCar: If anything works as it logically should in ''Paranoia'', the [=GM=]'s a creampuff. The rules even [[BlatantLies helpfully]] suggest amusing ways for things to go wrong and kill a clone or two in the process.
* AlternativeCalendar: Starting from The the Computer's assumption of autocratic power; however, The the Computer subsequently declared that the year shall always be numbered 214. [[labelnote:WARNING]]All suggestions that Friend Computer is autocratic are treason. TheComputerIsYourFriend. Treason is punishable by [[DisproportionateRetribution death, summary execution, or termination]].[[/labelnote]]
** * AmbiguousTimePeriod: Making The Computer's decree that the year shall ''always'' be numbered 214 makes it impossible to determine exactly how long the calendar has been in place.



* BeneathNotice: The Infrareds, officially the citizens least trusted by The Computer, are ironically subject to much less surveillance than those above them in clearance due to this trope.

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* BeneathNotice: The Infrareds, officially the citizens least trusted by The the Computer, are ironically subject to much less surveillance than those above them in clearance due to this trope.



* BigBrotherIsWatching: Played with; while pretty much every square centimeter of Alpha Complex is bugged, scanned and wired, whether or not Friend Computer, a High Programmer, [=IntSec,=] or anyone else is actually ''paying attention'' at any given time is another matter.[[labelnote:*]]Most of the Computer's attention is focused on the bathrooms. This knowledge is clearance Ultraviolet, so it is treasonous to demonstrate this knowledge in-game.[[/labelnote]]

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* BigBrotherIsWatching: Played with; while pretty much every square centimeter of Alpha Complex is bugged, scanned and wired, whether or not Friend Computer, a High Programmer, [=IntSec,=] [=IntSec=] or anyone else is actually ''paying attention'' at any given time is another matter.[[labelnote:*]]Most of the Computer's attention is focused on the bathrooms. This knowledge is clearance Ultraviolet, so it is treasonous to demonstrate this knowledge in-game.[[/labelnote]]



** If you're a member of Anti-Mutant, you are automatically this. All Troubleshooters are mutants. Being a mutant is treason. [[HilarityEnsues You can see where this is headed.]]

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** If you're a member of Anti-Mutant, you are automatically this. All Troubleshooters are mutants. Being a mutant is treason. [[HilarityEnsues You can see where this is headed.]]headed]].



* TheCaligula: Friend Computer is a ''well-meaning'' Caligula.

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* TheCaligula: Friend Computer is a ''well-meaning'' Caligula.Caligula -- it genuinely wants to make Alpha Complex a safe and enjoyable place to live, with the fact that it's become an insane schizophrenic after who knows how long of having its code tampered with being the main thing preventing it from actually doing so.



* CanonDiscontinuity: The "fifth" edition.

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* CanonDiscontinuity: CanonDiscontinuity:
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The "fifth" edition.



* KillerGameMaster: Necessary for this game. The rules even state, and this is a verbatim quote: "Kill the bastards!" Though they also state that you should give the players a little time to do the job themselves.
** Perhaps the most insidious tool in the ''Paranoia'' GM's arsenal ever produced was the infamous "Debriefing Questionnaire" that came as a hand-out with the pre-written adventure "Me and My Warbot, Mark IV". The questionnaire is clearly marked "Failure to Answer Each Question Accurately and Completely is Treason." It also contains questions like, "Do you believe that the greatest threat to life in Alpha Complex are the Traitorous Commies? (Y/N). If yes, why do you believe Friend Computer is failing at protecting the Citizens from the Commies? If no, why do you believe that Friend Computer is lying to the Citizens about the Commie Mutant threat?" Another question reads simply, '''<THIS QUESTION REDACTED FOR ANY PERSONNEL BELOW ULTRAVIOLET CLEARANCE>''' Remember, you have to answer ''all'' questions accurately and completely, including that one. In a word, this questionnaire is instant PC-boning on a single sheet of paper, and the answers yours [=PCs=] come up can be worth a laugh or two.

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* KillerGameMaster: Necessary for this game. The rules even state, and this is a verbatim quote: "Kill the bastards!" Though they also state that you should give the players a little time to do the job themselves.
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themselves. Perhaps the most insidious tool in the ''Paranoia'' GM's arsenal ever produced was the infamous "Debriefing Questionnaire" that came as a hand-out with the pre-written adventure "Me and My Warbot, Mark IV". The questionnaire is clearly marked "Failure to Answer Each Question Accurately and Completely is Treason." It also contains questions like, "Do you believe that the greatest threat to life in Alpha Complex are the Traitorous Commies? (Y/N). If yes, why do you believe Friend Computer is failing at protecting the Citizens from the Commies? If no, why do you believe that Friend Computer is lying to the Citizens about the Commie Mutant threat?" Another question reads simply, '''<THIS QUESTION REDACTED FOR ANY PERSONNEL BELOW ULTRAVIOLET CLEARANCE>''' Remember, you have to answer ''all'' questions accurately and completely, including that one. In a word, this questionnaire is instant PC-boning on a single sheet of paper, and the answers yours [=PCs=] come up can be worth a laugh or two.



** "Attention Troubleshooters! Please report ''immediately'' to room '''''squeee''''' Bouncy Bubble Beverage, now available in Soylent Orange flavor! '''''squeee''''' Failure to report on time is treason!"

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** --> "Attention Troubleshooters! Please report ''immediately'' to room '''''squeee''''' Bouncy Bubble Beverage, now available in Soylent Orange flavor! '''''squeee''''' Failure to report on time is treason!"



* MachineMonotone: An option for The Computer's voice: see DissonantSerenity.

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* MachineMonotone: An option for The the Computer's voice: see DissonantSerenity.
18th Apr '17 9:38:52 PM FordPrefect
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* DeaderThanDead: Usually, a person's next clone is activated and assigned to the predecessor's position upon death, even if the predecessor was executed for treason; after all, it's entirely possible ''that one clone'' was possessed of treasonous intent, and it's not fair to judge the rest of the template in the same light. However, in particularly egregious treason cases or if the person was identified as having the Machine Empathy mutation, the clone template from which they were made may be erased for safety's sake.

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* DeaderThanDead: Usually, a person's next clone is activated and assigned to the predecessor's position upon death, even if the predecessor was executed for treason; after all, it's entirely possible ''that that ''just that one clone'' was possessed of treasonous intent, and it's not fair to judge the rest of the template in the same light. However, in particularly egregious treason cases or if the person was identified as having the Machine Empathy mutation, the clone template from which they were made may be erased for safety's sake.
13th Mar '17 9:05:45 AM RossN
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The early written adventures for ''Paranoia'' tended to send the Troubleshooters Outdoors a ''lot'' with several being set almost entirely outside Alpha Complex and the existence of other similar complexes (and other surviving humans) a simple fact. ''Paranoia XP'' focuses much more firmly on events inside the dome, offering vague and (intentionally) conflicting ideas on what might be happening outside with the implication the Troublshooters probably won't ever visit there.
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