PARANOIA in the Guide

BBC Communities include the Earth edition of the Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, conceived by Douglas Adams as an encyclopedia by the people for the people – similar to the objective of Wikipedia. Launched in April 1999, I have been writing for the Guide since May 1999 and have around three dozen Edited Entries on all manner of topics trivial, frivolous and serious. As well as writing my own material from scratch, I have taken to rescuing entries by

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Flexible Friend

The Timeflex seems like a perfect area of experimentation for R&D (go to Solovyovdesign.com and click through Product and Timflex – yeah… spelling mistake on his part, but who cares…). Seeking to enhance user experience, minimise waste and maximise functionality, R&D create the Dataflex, a non-permanent, self-gumming PDC. All the functionality of a PDC without the bulk. New enhanced user interface with easy access to all favourite options. Troubleshooters can stick it to skin, clothes, weapons, walls… whatever. So, what

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The World of Crime

So you’d like to… know what’s happening in the world of crime – a fine Amazon.com list put together by Janet Sue Terry, author and, apparently, qualified to put this list together as an avid reader. Hmm. Now, call me a cynic, but if you look through the list you’ll find the top 25 books recommended by this author to bring you up to date on the world of crime includes ‘Criminal Histories‘ by Bill O’Dea. Now, I’m not disputing

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Lost in the Post

The current debacle with the Government losing the personal data of more than 7 million families, conveniently burned on to two CDs, really leaves you wondering how close to the incompetence of PARANOIA Service Groups we are. Against procedure someone asks for information in a hurry, which someone else capitulates to by burning it on to a couple of disks and then sending through unregistered posts… you couldn’t envisage this level of incompetence if it wasn’t actually happening. Data relating

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Intrusive Advertising

The Personal Digital Companion – what a marvellous tool for communicating, keeping notes and staying on track for those important appointments. A Troubleshooter depends on his PDC as a portable portal into the digital world of Alpha Complex. Naturally, service groups like HPD & MC and PLC make the most of access to PDCs as a personalised channel for unobtrusive and carefully selected advertising. I just installed an advertising widget from Amazon.com that generates a tag cloud of products relevant

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The Hardest Word

I found it quite a coincidence that having just finished the draft of my piece for Brave New Complex, which includes reference to the Knights Templar, they should appear in the news. A very round 700 years after Pope Clement V ordered the disbandment of the order, the Chinon parchment has revealed he did not find the order guilty of heresy, of which they had been accused by King Philip IV of France. You can have a look at the

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Going There, Staying Here

‘Brave New Complex’ opens up the world of PARANOIA to new interpretation. I’m certain diehard fans understand, but for the casual gamer – having a dozen new supplements churned out each month for a game does not guarantee flexibility… it suggests an interest in the bottom-line. OK, the d20 system – for example – can apply a baseline ruleset to almost any setting… but maybe you’re comfortable with your existing setting and want something more from that. You’re used to

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The World Divided

I spent the last two months writing a new piece for an upcoming book, briefly mentioned on the Mongoose Upcoming Releases, but there no more. Good PARANOIA comes to those who wait. ‘Brave New Complex’ is a collection of alternate Alpha Complex settings and variant PARANOIA settings in other genres, which I am sure will have something for everyone. My contribution, the ‘Avignon Papacy’, sees the characters take on the role of Papal Investigators seeking out treachery and intrigue along

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The Underplex: Errata

PARANOIA: The Underplex provides a world of hurt, wrapped up in a bunch of accidents, natural hazards and big, dark caves. When Troubleshooters enter the underworld, stuff happens. People disappear; evidence vanishes; traitors get away. Occasionally, the final entry on a table might just suffer spontaneous massive existence failure as well. It happens… For those that have already picked up a copy of The Underplex, the following represents a minor errata. Very minor. I think it has something to do

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Hurt Me!

Archival Note: I’m posting this to meet an archival need, as between the old Omega Complex and the new, all did not survive. As it happens, links in the outside world point to this article, which in turn points to the ‘Puppeteer’ card I designed for the Mandatory Bonus Fun Card Game. I’m not one to stand in the way of this kind of detail – and to render this article Unhistory would likely get me in trouble with the

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