>H games (Was: 2001 Prometheus Award)

From: Anders Sandberg (asa@nada.kth.se)
Date: Mon Apr 16 2001 - 08:30:29 MDT

On Sat, Apr 14, 2001 at 09:39:30PM -0400, ManuelOmar@aol.com wrote:
> Ah! Anders Sandberg. I suspected that you were on this list. I'm a big
> fan of your Mage Page, I have to say it's one of the most nifty websites I've
> ever been to. Sorry if this is a bit off topic, but I thought you deserve a
> bit of praise for it.

Thanks! A great way to start one's day :-)

Actually, since we diverged into roleplaying games with this post and
the BTL thread, it might be interesting to look at transhumanist themes
in rpgs. They are getting more common all the times. At the same time
there is a difference between games where transhumanist sentiments occur
and games where it is just the technology. For example, Shadowrun has
the technology but does not really explore the drive to become more than
human, while Mage (despite the postmodernist/mysticist bias) at least to
some extent deals with the idea of personal ascension through whatever
means available. Of course games can be played differently, but it would
be interesting to discuss which games spread transhumanist views
inherent in the setting rather than just enable transhumanism related
BTW; GURPS Transhuman Space is apparently close to completion.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!
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