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I know The Truth and I don't care - Her Most Regal Majesty, the Queen of Snark
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I know The Truth and I don't care
So today thanks to insomnia, I finally succumbed to my insaitiable curiosity and read The Truth, a contentious little document that seems to have violently upset a lot of fans of the SLA industries roleplaying game. No links here (it's easy enough to find if you want to read it) and no spoilers, just a small amount of commentary.

It's an internal document not meant for publication, and it reads like that. It's chatty and not polished. Big deal. It also doesn't make an awful lot of sense, but that's also likely to be a product of the above.

How much impact does it have on a SLA industries game? None whatsoever. The game plays as the sourcebook sets it out, and the lives of operatives are exactly as described in source. In short, it's completely irrelevant. While it explains some mysteries, they aren't really mysteries you need to have explained in order to play SLA.

In short, it's a half developed plot arc for SLA. No big deal, really. It's strange how people seem to assume that just because a developer wrote something, that's how it *must be* or that the underpinnings are fixed for all time, or that there's only One Truth. Possibly it's a problem with the rules-bound nature of roleplayers.

And yeah, it's pretty much what I expected. Some of it is even obvious (to me at least) from the main book.
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sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: July 26th, 2006 08:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Not exactly sure I "saw it coming", more that it was the kind of thing I was expecting. And there are definitely 'secrets' I already guessed. I remember telling you one at the time I was reading the source. (Although these relate to rather more mundane aspects of the background.)

It's a fairly common SF trope, I'm afraid. And the sort of thing that a little background in philosophy makes you fairly open to.
twentypence From: twentypence Date: July 26th, 2006 08:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I actually liked the idea behind it, and it does sometimes make sense of why certain things are done in the way that they are.

True it wasn't poilished, but I still thought it was nice.
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undyingking From: undyingking Date: July 26th, 2006 03:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nothing to do with this topic I'm afraid, but: heh, I figured you must have an LJ somewhere. Hope you had a good time in Cambridge!
sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: July 26th, 2006 05:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes thanks. Was a lot of fun. And I said 'hi' to karohemd for you.

You're supposed to discover my LJ when I'm saying something erudite and intellectual. Not wibbling about mildly nerdy Cyberpunk style RPGs.
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sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: July 26th, 2006 10:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's *mildly* nerdy cyberpunks.
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