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1[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/4c34c91d31b3848ddbbfcf77b9a9062f.jpg]]''Mindjammer'' is a ScienceFiction TabletopRPG running on the rules set in the distant future New Commonality of Humankind. The game uses ''[[TabletopGame/{{FUDGE}} FATE Core]]'' rules. A version using the ''{{TabletopGame/Traveller}}'' rule set exists, too. The setting in general has been described as the established ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' setting [[JustForFun/XMeetsY meets]] ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase''. There's also some Creator/CordwainerSmith influence detectable in there.The backstory: ten thousand years ago Old Earth began to send out {{Generation Ship}}s to colonize distant stars, followed by millennia of stagnation and decay. Two hundred years ago Earth discovered [[FasterThanLightTravel Planar drive]], reinvented itself as the Commonality, and set out to spread civilization to its wayward colonies, with mixed results.A large part of it is the Mindscape, a network that people communicate through and upload memories into via implants, and kept up to date across interstellar distances with ships known as Mindjammers.----!!''Mindjammer'' provides examples of:* AlienNonInterferenceClause: A few lost colonies and alien worlds are deemed unsuitable for contact and quarantined. However the Commonality prefers uplift whenever possible.* TheAlternet: The Mindscape.* {{Arcology}}: ''Big'' arcologies are the standard form of human habitation on Earth (and doubtless a good few other long-inhabited worlds).* BodyHorror is the driving theme of "The City People" scenario.* BottomlessMagazines: FATE usually advises players not to bother keeping track of ammo; the GM can declare that they've run out when it seems most dramatic. But in any case, in Mindjammer, most TL 9 projectile weapons have a small "Makepoint" that automatically regenerates spent ammo and energy weapons run on zip reactors, so characters really do have bottomless magazines.* BrainUploading: A character with a Mindscape implant can create a "thanogram" snapshot of their memories and personality. The process causes severe brain damage however, so it's generally only done by dying individuals, and it's generally accepted in the Core Worlds that an AI programmed from a thanogram, an "eidolon," is ''not'' the same person that produced those memories. There is, however, a meme plaguing many Rim worlds known as the "transmigration heresy" that considers eidolons to be reincarnations of their original.* CrystalSpiresAndTogas, in a rather baroque form, is the dominant aesthetic of Old Earth, as depicted in the supplement ''The Core Worlds''; see the artwork in that book for proof.* DemocracyIsBad: It's one of the memes that the Commonality bans in the Core Worlds. They prefer a "benevolent" oligarchy.* ElectronicTelepathy: The other major use of the Mindscape.* TheEmpire: The Venu, a highly xenophobic theocratic empire that served as the Commonality's first big clue that their intrusions weren't always welcome -- and the reason they reintroduced a military.* {{Expy}}:** Between their undying God-Emperor, ramshackle technology which is as dangerous to its users as to its enemies which is maintained by "technopriests", psychic commissars, and legions of fanatical "Mutant Marines", the Venu aren't even a subtle reference to ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000''. Fan opinions are somewhat divided on whether this is a tasteful little reference or some kind of {{anvilicious}} TakeThat aimed at a far more popular setting, possibly with an ill-conceived political undertone. (The Alexandro Jodorowsky comic book universe also has "technopriests".)** The Creator/CordwainerSmith influences sometimes turn into fairly clear expies. For example, the Custodians of the Commonality owe something to the Lords of the Instrumentality.* FasterThanLightTravel: 2-space travel is like hyperspace and enables speeds of three lightyears per day, but cannot be used for communication other than ships carrying messages. 3-space allows vessels to go three lightyears in one second, but can only be accessed through large and expensive [[PortalNetwork Far Gates]] that have so far only been built in the Core Worlds and Sector capitals.* GeniusLoci: Many buildings and vehicles are sentient. The entire ecosystem of Chembu, including the hominid colonists, is one of the more extreme examples.* HegemonicEmpire: The New Commonality of Humankind prefers to incorporate cultures rather than conquer or exterminate them.* HiveMind:** Using the Mindscape it's possible to briefly create a limited version called a gestalt.** The ecosystem of Chembu forms a single planetary intelligence. When hominids colonized it, it welcomed them in.* HumanSubspecies: A lot of genetic engineering has gone on in the last ten thousand years.* LivingShip: Chembu Bioships.* LongevityTreatment: Most Commonality humans are genetically engineered to stop aging at a certain point, elsewhere rejuve treatments might be available intermittedly. Though Earth had mandatory euthanasia at the age of five hundred up until the discovery of Planar drive.* LostColony: Space is full of them.* MatterReplicator: Makepoints actually do create matter.* MegaCorp: Corporacies. Some are effectively planetary or even interstellar governments.* ThePhilosopherKing: The Custodians of the Commonality, as depicted in the supplement ''The Core Worlds'', fall into this pattern, at least in relation to Old Earth and its stellar neighborhood.* PopulationControl: In the Core Worlds sexual reproduction requires a license, and anyway, most kids are produced by [[DesignerBabies genurgy]] and raised communally.* SapientShip: You can play one. They are necessary to navigate 2-space and are almost always eidolons. The Venu use human [[WetwareCPU brainjacks]] but the process drives them insane.* ShoutOut:** Manhome as a name for Earth may be an explicit reference to the work of Creator/CordwainerSmith. ** Corporacies include [[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey HAL AG Industries]] and [[Franchise/StarWars Kessel Yards]].* TechnologyUplift: The Commonality's preferred method of assimilating lost colonies, usually starting by installing a local [[TheAlternet Mindscape]] node. Though some planets are deemed "unacceptable" and quarantined for some time. They also have a habit of letting [[MegaCorp corporacies]] do most of the work.* TenThousandYears: Roughly how long it is since Old Earth started sending out Sleeper Starships to colonize distant stars. It's two centuries since Earth discovered the 2-space drive and began recontacting those colonies.-->As much time separates our 21st century from the New Commonality Era as that which separates us from the end of the Old Stone Age...--->--''The Core Worlds''* TransferableMemory: Called "exomemories"; any character with a Mindscape implant can share their memories.* VirtualGhost: Eidolons, generally accepted to not be the person they were programmed from, are the most common form of strong AI in the Commonality.* UpliftedAnimal: Xenomorphs. Some worlds treat them as slaves, while the Sentience Alliance is a Successor State along the Commonality/Venu border that is composed almost entirely of xenomorphs.* TheWarOfEarthlyAggression: Something that the Commonality faces more often than they expected.* WeWillSpendCreditsInTheFuture: The Expansionary Era Currency Unit is often called the "credit". However, it is only used by traders on the Fringe; the Core Worlds have no need for currency.* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Before the Expansionary Era the Commonality treated xenomorphs as slaves while AIs had full rights. (Note that artificial intelligence is produced from the uploaded memories of deceased humans.) Things are starting to change since the Commonality assimilated some cultures that treated xenomorphs as equals, but laws vary from system to system.----

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