Do Robots Dream of Electronic Sheep?

Do Robots Dream of Electronic Sheep?

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A philosophical/action roleplay in which players will look into the minds of their technologically-made counterparts (Not based off the book). Any level roleplayer allowed, so long as you can keep-up. 3-5 people max [still accepting]. Be ready to fight!

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Introduction

"In a world where humanity co-exists with Androids and Robots, there are many mixed opinions and who the superior life forms are. Robots have long replaced the majority of any country's military (although "Country" doesn't quite cover how much Earth has expanded into space) and run nine out of ten businesses.

You can bet that the people are worried. We've all seen the movies, the ones where humanity is pushed into the brink of extinction by legions of Robots who suddenly decided to rebel against us. The movies where a nuclear holocaust is threatened every day by Tyrannical, Robotic governments. Many forces around the world employ Android assassins that are nearly indistinguishable from humans. The only thing that makes them any different is their apathy, their uncaring stature. They could beat you to death with your own limbs without batting a synthetic eyelash.

So what makes a human a human? If it was made clear earlier, it was our emotion. Our thought process. This is, of course, the reason that someone, oh so long ago, started what has become the dominant religion on Earth (holding about 97% of the populous). The main Earth religion is Mercerism, in which Empathy Boxes link simultaneous users into a collective consciousness based on the suffering of Wilbur Mercer, a man who takes an endless walk up a mountain while stones are thrown at him, the pain of which the users share. The television appearances of Buster Friendly and his Friendly Friends, broadcast twenty-three hours a day, represents a second religion, designed to undermine Mercerism and allow androids to partake in a kind of consumerist spirituality. (this actually manages to hold 1% of the population)
Humanity very much resents Buster Friendly. On more then one occasion has a 'bot decided to say "I do not have to do this." and stop working.
Those robots, of course, were taken apart for scrap then used to make another model.
Some other robots have become insane preachers, trying to spread the Good Word and Gospel to fellow robots and humans alike (Christianity, Islam, and Judaism are in the minority, 1%, "other" category). Though they made sound angry, passionate, or joyful, these preach-bots are as apathetic as any other. It is not understood what causes a robot to do this.

"Andys," or Android Servants, are the only truly "common place" robots on earth. Most for mining, construction, digging, or other jobs that fuel the economy are done off-world, particularly on Mars. (Many people would rather have a more fair distribution. They would feel safer with having robots living on their street then having 99% of robots on the planet with the most nuclear warheads and other weapons of mass destruction).
Andys are typically treated as a second-class citizen named Andy, friend to many a child not born into an xenophobic family. (Like father like son?) They are targets for a lot of racism. (Not holocaust-scale racism, but "blame the dog" treatment. I.E., wreck your friend's car? Say Andy stole his keys from you and went driving. Oh, and all those empty beer cans are Andy's, too...) Whether there is strong proof against you or not, most people will blame your Andy and let it slip.

What exactly started all this anti-robot bigot-ism is not documented. Perhaps several periods in history, with there combined stress and distrust for robotics, have finally taken there toll and humanity has had enough, close to just rioting and killing the lot of Robot Tecies.


Where do you come into this?
Quite simple, really: Not every robot is perfect. In fact it is estimated that one-in-four robots mentally kick the bucket and go crazy. We need specialists of any kind we can get. Bomb technicians, fighters, marksmen, scientists, medics, and the average-Joe grease-monkey. Anything we can get our hands on. We can't let any robots slip through the cracks, can't let any contaminate other robots. Without people like us, the aforementioned movies would happen in real life."
--Director of "The Rob." (Organization hell-bent on protecting humanity from potential robot threats)

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Name:
Gender:
Age:
Birth date: (Month. Year doesn't matter, as it should be deduced via "age")
Star Sign (optional, in personality):
Occupation/Role (I.E., what are you bringing to the team?):
Abilities/Disabilities:
Home Planet (Earth and Mars are the too dominant planets, and the only ones that aren't open to lots of racism and xenophobia):
Physical appearance (hair color, height, tattoos, scars, disfigurements, eye color, build, weight, et cetera):
Education Level (1-10. 6 = Average Joe, 4 = Average Child. Yes, "young adults" are allowed onto the Team):
History (Past jobs, experiences with robots?):
Opinion on Robots:
Anything Else:
((Does not have to be in this order))
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The Summary:
There are robots. Lots of people are like "FIRE! BAAAD!" because they don't understand robots. Some robots go "crazy." Your job is to stop "crazy" robots. Got that? Good :)
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Concerning Technology:
Robotics is not the only place where humanity has excelled. Weaponry, locomotion, and cybernetics have been big fields for a long time. Have giant laser beam-shooting death rays been invented yet? Yes. Have they replaced the good old "Archaic Slug Thrower" as a common-place weapon for self-defense? No.
Obviously, large "air ships" have replaced airplanes in that now one can travel from mars and back in about three standard days (this accounts for going through customs and whatnot). Plasma, photon-rays, death beams... You name it, and it's either already been built or someone, somewhere, is building it.
Full-body work is not unheard of. Many people have to get their arms or other extremities amputated or simply feel weak, and thus desire to have a "replacement." This can either be a synthetic limb that looks just like the original, or it can be an "enhanced" one with servos and... technological heebie-jeebie. Sometimes people get their eyes replaced for new modes of vision (Google "cyber eyes" or "Shadowrun" or something to that nature) or get hidden weapons installed into them. WHATEVER! Technology has come a LONG way from today.
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Concerning Field Operatives:
The majority of missions that Operatives (characters) are going to be going on are going to be defusing situations and tracking down robots. Most "crazies" are not hostile, meaning that for the weapons you bring with you, you have to be able to rely on your wits just as much as your trigger fingers. Assault rifles, sniper rifles, and land mines? Don't expect to use them too often. If you need to req. some gear, then by all means, do it. You don't have to go purchase your own personal army for this job. You will be supplied with the basics, but it is up to you to ask for or buy any special gear you need.
For example: Aillel has what appears to be an L96A1 sniper rifle. Say there is a dangerous synthetic in a crowd full of human pedestrians. He *could* attempt to discern which target is his target, but what if he messed up? His special scope would be useless. And his assault rifle? You try wading through a crowd with a large gun and expect not to get any funny looks. But what about his concealable knife and two sidearms? Most people wouldn't bat an eyelash at that, though they wouldn't see it in the first place. Figure out what your target is, shadow him or her... or it until it's in a safe place, then take it down.
A summary: Don't expect to go gung-ho without consequences. Be smart, play it safe. Take what you need, nothing else. Half the time you won't even need to kill/destroy/"retire" the robot you are going after. You could take it down, turn it off, send it back into the shop at "Rob" to be dismantled and re-purposed. The less you scare people, and the better you make Rob look, the better rewarded you are going to be. No rocket launchers unless you are expecting a tank to attack you.
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The robots, the bad guys, and the... wardrobe-related thing to complete this reference:
The Novus X model is the dominant fighting force. Every different "style" can become a different a vehicle (somewhat like transformers). Some are big and bulky, able to become tanks, while other are sleek and become jet fighters. All are extremely dangerous in combat. "Novus" meaning new, in Latin, or redefinition, while "X," quite literally, represents the variable X: Able to take any form it needs, including zero, the number with the power to reduce all other numbers to nothing :D
This is basically how they are...

The Andys have already been mentioned above, but I suppose I'll mention them again: Robots. Look like humans. Synthetic skin, hair, and personality. Family butler. Not very smart, but they posses a circuit-warming smile :)

The Skapulari (Sk-app-you-lar-E) are an anti-robot, paramilitary terrorist group. They are "equal rights" so far as race, ethnicity, and planet (what a shock). They absolutely cannot stand robots and start "peaceful protests" rather often. These "peaceful" festivities typically end in a full-on riot, usually taken down by human police. (No matter what you do to them, a robot anti-riot team is not going to put them down) Occasionally Rob sends in Operatives to foil their plots. Rob likes robots and wants them to stay. If they didn't, they would simply be a highly sophisticated version of the Skapulari. They simply don't want robots going crazy and launching nukes from space/the moon/Mars/Some other "planet," "planetoid," or similar formation.

The H.H. (Human Helpers) is a collective term to describe any sort of robot or "mecha" used in a supportive role. This covers anything between an automatic toaster to a heavy robot used for moving large materials and back. Some of these can easily fill a weaponized role (Large construction robot with a large drill? Large LUMB3R [email protected] with an even larger, circular saw? A toaster with an over-sized heating unit?). You name a job, a robot has probably replaced ninety percent of the workers... if not more.

The G.G. ... for lack of creativity, the man governmental force is the "Galactic Government." They are in charge of the militaries, police forces, and have an on-off switch for your toaster.
Yes, they are that powerful.
They run an "airline" between each continent on Earth and regulate space travel to other planets.

The list of robot manufacturing companies is far too large to make any kind of comprehensible list of. Czerka Corp/Inc seems to be one of the most prominent at the moment, fielding advanced military units and having the "best" contract with the G.G.
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Changes in the world:

Sweden was nuked into oblivion and two large continents were built from metal. (Look at the "Earth" location on the locations in this RP page).

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1: Respect the GM
2: Respect other players
3: Take a moment to let your mind wander and try to understand the mind of the robot. They are essentially humans that wouldn't give a second thought if ordered to beat you to death with your limbs. Not too different :D
4: Posting order posting order posting order!!! Set up as
A: Me
B: First person to put up a character/get it accepted
C: Next person to do as above
D: Et Cetera Et Cetera.
3 days of activity without posting or taking more then a week to post will prompt a "skip." 2 disruptive breaches will require me to warn you, whilst 3 disruptive breaches will force me to consider asking you to leave the roleplay.
5: HAVE FUN!!!!!
6: No outrageous "Death Machine-0-Flaming-Fire-Lava Rockets from Hell" ... I don't care what kind of job you have. There is no way in hell you are going to get paid to make that then bring it home to show your family...

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Ophelia thought about it. "I know a woman who brings fresh breads to the poorer people." She shrugged.

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"Like your mythological folk hero... er... Jesus was his name?" Robert asked, taking a seat back on the couch.

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She shrugged. "I guess so. I don't personally follow Religion however."

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"Atheist or agnostic?" Robert stretched his legs out and ran an anniversary systems check; two diodes in his let side, for lack of a better human-equivalent analogue, "Hurt."

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"Agnostic." She said crossing her arms.

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"Interesting. And from where do you draw most of what you believe-or disbelieve?"

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"Common sense." She said simply.

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"So would you describe believers as fools, then? Lacking in common sense?"

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She shook her head. "No. Even they have sense. They just believe differently, and their views alter their thoughts." She shrugged,

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"Would you say their views altered their thoughts negatively?"

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She shook her head. "No, not necessarily. They may be positive for their views."

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"Hmmph." Robert gave the equivalent of a bemused snort. "It is rare that a human not be a huge bigot about their views and their fellow's views."

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Ophelia shrugged. "I'm entitled to my opinion, and everyone is entitled to theirs. I see no reason to judge others because they simply think differently."

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"What if someone was... 'unfit'? A... sociopath, perse. Then would you be willing to distrust them solely on intuition?"

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She nodded. "A sociopath yes, i suppose."

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"Well how is that different?"

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She thought it over. "I suppose in a way it's not."

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"But why do humans vary so greatly on that opinion? That is on facet of humanity I don't understand; there has always been one prevailing opinion or fact over everything, yet there has always been a great amount of subscription to subsets of that belief or, in comparison, entirely irrational or unorthodox versions."

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She nodded. "I really can't explain that. People believe what they want too, and often times, no amount of truth or fact will change their minds."

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"And because of this, you would say that an insane person-who cannot have their opinion changed-is different from a religious fellow who, similarly, cannot have his or her opinion changed?"

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Ophelia nodded. "Everyone is different for various reasons. Just because two people or groups are similar, does not mean they should be grouped together, though many would classify the religious people as insane." She shrugged.

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"So you are saying that though they can both be insane, the one labeled as such is immediately suspect whereas the other is not? How is that fair?"

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She shook her head. "Well anyone can be a suspect really. I mean just because someone doesn't look like they would commit a crime or something doesn't mean they wouldn't."

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"Then why do countries like... eh... America, a long time ago, allow anyone not of criminal status to vote, or take part in government?"

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Re: [OOC] Do Robots Dream of Electronic Sheep?

If you send me a PM with a good summary of the RP i will post for you on the players wanted forum. But since it's your RP i don't want to try to write the summary and leave out a vital part or something. I'll gladly do it, but i need a good little 1 maybe 2 paragraph summary of the RP and what you want from people.

Re: [OOC] Do Robots Dream of Electronic Sheep?

Can you do it? I'm a newb with the forumz....

Re: [OOC] Do Robots Dream of Electronic Sheep?

Sorry i was waiting. You asked if i had a PM and i didn't know if it was something i needed to know before posting or something. Normally i would never take so long.

Also, i highly recommend making a post in the roleplayers wanted forum. It might bring in more people.

Re: [OOC] Do Robots Dream of Electronic Sheep?

It's your turn. Get someone new to join/post or submit yours. I shall not let this stall further.

Re: [OOC] Do Robots Dream of Electronic Sheep?

nooope i haven't received any PM'S

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Did Cy PM u about what we have been talking about??

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ooh well thats a good reason. portals/gateways are a fantastic way to spend time ^_^

Re: [OOC] Do Robots Dream of Electronic Sheep?

Sorry it took so long to post... I was busy building a portal/gateway to hell. The usual...

Re: [OOC] Do Robots Dream of Electronic Sheep?

Alright! im still trying to find people. Did you try posting in the roleplayers wanted forum? I'll let you know if anyone i message seems interested.

Re: [OOC] Do Robots Dream of Electronic Sheep?

Rizy, that would be great! You get a silver star for trying. I'm sorry for my post sucking; I ran out of time yesterday/last night and I just got home from school...

Re: [OOC] Do Robots Dream of Electronic Sheep?

Uuhhm. well i might be able to get someone interested. I'll ask her and see if is she is interested. She's a brilliant writer so that's not a problem. might even be able to get someone NOT a scientist. even the roles a little. well either way i'll see if i can get someone. ^_^

Re: [OOC] Do Robots Dream of Electronic Sheep?

I figured you would want to wait, that's why I told you. If you find anyone online who might be interested, INVITE THEM! (NOT to replace C. Just I'm uncomfortable with the forum-RP being mano-e-mano ((er, mano-e-woman..o?)))

Re: [OOC] Do Robots Dream of Electronic Sheep?

OOOh okay. i'll get on that here real soon then. Thanks for letting me know, i was just going to wait. >.<

Re: [OOC] Do Robots Dream of Electronic Sheep?

Rizzy, you have to posts. C has... reasons for taking an absence until the time being. Alright? :D

Re: [OOC] Do Robots Dream of Electronic Sheep?

Alright thanks guys... and I just had a face-palming moment. At the time I started the first post, I wasn't 100% sure as to what the first problem would be... But now I do... about 99% of it, anyway. When the pilot informed them on the short window, I didn't think about how long this could possibly take. I'll explain it off as "bad intel" because everyone having to edit everything would be too much work... (At first I was thinking of "Killer robots, take them down" then realized that the point of this RP isn't primarily action...)
Like I said, I'm new to this philosophical genre :D

Re: [OOC] Do Robots Dream of Electronic Sheep?

Great to see everything is up and running =) I added a weapon for my character and i've got my post up. Here's to a good run with this RP.

Re: [OOC] Do Robots Dream of Electronic Sheep?

alright well i went through and edited it. i think i got everything but i might be wrong. either way i got everything i could see.

Re: [OOC] Do Robots Dream of Electronic Sheep?

It's alright Riz. I was *kinda* hoping I could make this RP get good reviews or something, but my ego is making me try to overachieve too much :(

I *did* say this was open to anyone of any level. I'm glad that you will work on it, truly, but I don't expect you to suddenly become life-long, best selling author material... :D