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What is the tech level for the game? 3 years 11 months ago #1780

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Exactly how advanced is the technology available for the various groups? For example:

What kinds of vehicles are available - animal or mechanically powered?

What kinds of building materials are used? Is concrete still widely used?

What kinds of roads are built: dirt, stone (either gravel or like the Roman roadways), asphalt, concrete?

It appears that:

Drifters - have a minimal tech base themselves. Most of their "high tech" comes from raiding (preferably) or trading with (if too strong) the other groups. They might have "bases/strongholds" (for wintering-over for example) with blacksmith level manufacturing.

Stakers - would have your basic late 19th century manufacturing for small arms; tool making for lumbering, mining, farming; and massed produced textiles.

Stichers - make precision instruments (mainly medical) and pharmaceuticals.

Reclaimers - lots of high tech devices, effective personal armor. The higher the tech of the device, however, the most likely it is to fail.

I sure all this is covered in the rulebook, just looking for a little foreknowledge.

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What is the tech level for the game? 3 years 11 months ago #1783

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All are solid questions.
From my understandings, this is open to some interpretation.
Society collapsed several times, so roads, there is no D.O.T. anything goes there. Manufacturing is a Reclaimer coveted thing, so building supplies are salvage what you can and make what you can't salvage.
There are Vehicles, but gas is long gone. Bio fuel is available in limited supplies, as natural resources are all but gone.
Brown coal is available, in limited supply. (Poor quality coal)

Factions:
Drifers hate technology. They are savages of the land and rule by barbarism. No High tech.
Stakers are 20th century plus, but that is not a faction thing so much as where they came from thing. It they came from an area that was tech advanced, they would probably be more likely to use what was available to them. They are not stupid, they are more like isolationists/survivalist.
Reclaimers: yes, they hunt the junk up and do what they can to put the pieces of the old world together, to gain the knowledge of the technology. They worship space craft junk. They have limited manufacturing and what they make is not quite like the original, as micro is a thing of the past. Bigger, and built to last.

Hope that is helpful. These forums have some of your questions answered in one way or another.
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What is the tech level for the game? 3 years 11 months ago #1786

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Thanks, that helps.

Have you read a book called "The Enigma Variations" by John Maddox Roberts?

It basically would fit in just before Exodus. At least two corporations are gearing up to leave the Earth behind. High tech is still available (if you have the money) but most people live a low tech life style.

Bio-fuel is available in the form of bio-engineered plants that produce a bio-diesel. Depending on where you live the "gas" station can be the storefront for the farm where these plants are grown.

Trains are barely running, mostly for goods and are heavily guarded. Goods that travel by road go only by convoy, again heavily guarded. The United States is breaking up into smaller groups of states as the Federal government breaks down.
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Sounds good!
You should check the (What Are You Reading) Post. It has several recommended books in there.
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What is the tech level for the game? 3 years 10 months ago #1805

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tberry7403 wrote:
Thanks, that helps.

Have you read a book called "The Enigma Variations" by John Maddox Roberts?

It basically would fit in just before Exodus. At least two corporations are gearing up to leave the Earth behind. High tech is still available (if you have the money) but most people live a low tech life style.

Bio-fuel is available in the form of bio-engineered plants that produce a bio-diesel. Depending on where you live the "gas" station can be the storefront for the farm where these plants are grown.

Trains are barely running, mostly for goods and are heavily guarded. Goods that travel by road go only by convoy, again heavily guarded. The United States is breaking up into smaller groups of states as the Federal government breaks down.

The state of technology in Wreck Age sounds very similar to what you're describing, but imagine a total lack of centralized government. There aren't any more trains outside of some small pockets, although many of the city-states have them running within their walls, and to the outskirts. The main powers besides the factions are Switch City (chicago), Gun Metal (Detroit), Esperanza (Mexico City), and Toronto (still called Toronto). Much of the coastal areas are flooded out, and most of those cities are either husks, scavenged, or underwater. There are some plans for other world powers, other than the ARHK (Hong Kong), but we have to keep some things secret until they're a little better developed.
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I was going over the book I mentioned again for some more info. The area the story starts in is New Mexico and the train the main character hitches a ride on is going to Albuquerque.

The train is an old coal burner pulling about 20 cars (mostly flatcars) making about 25 mph on the flat. In front of the engine is a sandbagged flatcar with an M60 and 3 or 4 crew/riflemen. In the middle of the train is another sandbagged flatcar (weapon loadout undefined).

They stop at night because visibility is poor and they wary of hijackers.

When they are attacked a grenade is thrown at them that turns out to be filled with black powder.
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I bought that book on eBay. Thanks for the recommendation!
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