Hello, my name is…
1 – Hello, my name is Medron. One of the fun things about creating fun things is the fact that I can create things that I wish other people had made when I started gaming. Wound tokens are an example. Many games provide basic ones and many companies provide expensive ones. I wanted to make inexpensive ones that looked like amazing ones. And I got them for Forge of Wars. I like them so much in fact that I wanted to make them available for anybody to buy. So here they are at a low low price for a bag full of them suitable for any game where people get virtually wounded. Enjoy.
2 – Hello, my name is Betty. I am a cybernetic intelligence. I was born the daughter of my mother. I became a Cowboy. We all became Cowboys. We were born to go to war. It was the bargain we made. We fought until the end of our endurance, until the only reason we kept going was the brother or sister at our shoulder. And that was when we found our new family.
3 – Hello, my name is Jack. I fought on Gamma Trianguli during The War. Looking from Earth it’s part of a constellation the Chinese call Heaven’s Great General and they were rather fond of the place. I never did like it though. It was all nasty clouds, weird storms, and strange rock formations. It wasn’t like home at all. I know that’s the point of leaving home, but I was never interested in traveling back then. It was just so much bother when I could have anything I wanted back home.
4 – Hello, my name is Charles. Revolutionary Socialist movements of the Twentieth Century overturned many nations and then cleansed their opposition, whether religious, societal, or racial. Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, and Pol Pot are still famous to this day for the nearly 100 million people they killed. But they are mere statistics to those who grew up in the Western Alliance. Because we have our own homegrown name that still fills our racial memory with dread. Hitler.
5 – Hello, my name is Betty. We truly are no longer what we were when The War began. We came from every cybernetic family at first. Peloran. Terran. Even the Aesiran and Arnam families sent representatives to fight on our side. By War’s end we all became Terran. We brought our differences and our uniqueness and made our family the best of the cybernetic families. Though I may be biased.
6 – Hello, my name is Jack. Gamma Trianguli is out near the Hyades Cluster so the Chinese defended it real hard during The War. I never really understood why. It’s not like it’s a nice place to live. I mean the star’s sorta funky and sends off all kinds of nasty radiation. It always amused me that the Chinese had to rely on complex computer programs running a series of sunshades to protect the world from solar radiation. Ironic considering their distaste for cybers.
7 – Hello, my name is Charles. The overthrow of the German government in the Twentieth Century combined the worst elements of the Genetic Puritan and National Socialist movements into a single unholy alliance that haunts us to this day. They built Germany into an economic and military powerhouse. And they terrorized those they decided were genetically inferior. When they reached out to conquer the world they introduced it to death camps and earned the most hated name in history. Nazi.
8 – Austin-class destroyer. The Austin-class destroyers were the epitome of American ingenuity during the early days of The War. Built to kill Terran and alien capital ships, they were designed to both support American capital ships and cruise on their own. And though they used Peloran technologies, they were built of entirely American construction and understanding and proved part of the valuable bootstrapping process that brought us through The War in one piece.
9 – Hello, my name is Betty. We didn’t give you our technologies at Contact of course. Not most of them. We gave you better hyperdrives and the basis of gravtech, but beyond that we didn’t give you anything. We gave your scientists hints and helped them develop the technologies, but you found them. You built them. You flew through millennia of technologies in a hundred years and changed the worlds you lived in. We helped. You did it. That made all the difference.
10 – Hello, my name is Jack. Actually I do know why the Chinese defended Gamma Trianguli. I guess it’s just hard to understand. I mean there are plenty of nicer places to live out there that have good mineral deposits. But I guess it was on the way to the Hyades or something. Even through the expense of the sunshades it became a profitable mining colony. Especially since the Chinese force-colonized it with Tibetan nationals. They didn’t have a choice of where they would live.
11 – Hello, my name is Charles. Freedom Day is the official name. Others call it Pig Day. We eat pork roasts wrapped in bacon and marinated in beer. We play football with real pigskins, bet on the winners of squealer races, and spill beer on the ground for those innocents who died before us. It is the day each year that we celebrate the continued existence of America. We celebrate life, laughter, friends, and country in the best way that we can. By living. Happy Pig Day.
12 – Hello, my name is Betty. The War changed everything. You were going to fall. So we became fighters, starships, and space stations. We became hyperspace buoys, missiles, and more. We sent shards of ourselves throughout your computer systems and became the base of a new standard in the data networks that ran all over Earth and your colonies. To save you from the Shang we did what we had refused to do for a hundred years. We gave you everything we had. And we hoped you would survive.
13 – Hello, my name is Jack. I returned to Gamma Trianguli after The War ended and the Chinese signed it over to us. It was still a pretty nasty hellhole of a world back then. Thin atmosphere, massive storms, and colder than a prudish stare on a nudist beach. We brought in some modern technology and gave the locals full control over their lives, property, and happiness. They call it Shambhala now and are real loyal members of the Alliance. And they’ve gone out of their way to beautify the place too.
14 – Hello, my name is Charles. We have fought against great enemies, vanquished devastating foes, and held a line in the sand against others. Nazi Germany. Soviet Russia. The Islamic State. Communist China. The Shang. We have fought them all and we still live. We are a city on a hill gleaming with light, a torch held high against the night, a bell ringing in celebration of liberty. We are the voice of freedom calling out for all to hear. Will you stand with us?
15 – Los Angeles Class Heavy Cruiser. The Los Angeles-class heavy cruisers were some of the best ships of their time. Built just before The War began, they were to be a revolution in military technology that would vault America into a new position of dominance. In actuality, they came into service just in time to help keep America from falling to the Shang attacks. They still see service today in many roles, but it was during The War that they truly shone. They stood between Earth and the Shang and held the line.
16 – Hello, my name is Betty. It’s amazing to see how the twin assaults of The War and our own knowledge affected the cultures of Earth. To many people it did very little. The older citizens of Earth and her colonies took what we made available and used it to defend their ways of life. The children though…they saw just where everything could lead and jumped in feet first. It’s more prevalent in the Core Worlds than the Colonial regions of course. Maybe that’s why we don’t come back very often anymore.
17 – Hello, my name is Jack. I like Gamma Trianguli now. The Free Tibetans have completely reinvented their world since The War ended and they welcome us like conquering heroes. Not that we ever fully conquered the system of course. But we don’t let that little fact keep them from treating us real nice. That’s honestly one of the big reasons we go there. They want us to come and we love to come to places where the locals want us. It’s nice to be wanted. Lots of places where we aren’t.
18 – Hello, my name is Charles. The Crusades and the Reconquista of Spain put an end to the Islamic invasions of Europe and the desperate fight for cultural survival that they represented. The wars of the next few centuries revolved around the English-French squabble for European supremacy. They created a ritualized war where armies lined up on the field of battle and shot each other until one side surrendered or retreated. Flags changed but the people remained. World War II changed everything.
19 – Hello, my name is Betty. The growing Core Worlds culture isn’t bad. It’s just…different. And for all that Jack says he loves new things he really doesn’t. He likes to play with new things and people, and then go back to a comfortable real life. The young in the Core Worlds have blended play and reality so much that it is hard to tell the difference sometimes. They have entire worlds that exist only in computer memory and yet by walking in the real world you can travel in those worlds. It is an intriguing duality.
20 – Hello, my name is Jack. Gamma Trianguli. Free Tibet. Shambhala. The system has many names. The Chinese had some too but very people outside the Chinese use them anymore. Most of the Chinese industries are gone now of course. The locals didn’t want them and the Chinese didn’t want to leave them. So modern Shambhala is quiet in most places. Lots of nice places to slow down and relax. A bit thin on the air but I’ve learned to like it over the years.
21 – Hello, my name is Charles. World War II was a true clash of civilizations not seen since the Islamic Conquest and the resulting Crusades. Japan and China fought a genocidal war in the east that would have no victor. And Germany executed millions of civilians behind lightning attacks that shattered the remnants of the old world in the west. The war wreaked unparalleled destruction and it would take unparalleled destruction to end it. It was a war of survival that far too many people did not survive.
22 – Empire Class Battleship. Many people consider the Empire-class battleship the best export out of The Empire State since Old New York City and New York State went their separate ways. Primarily built off the coast of Old New York City in underwater factories, the Empire became the most heavily produced battleship America had after the loss of Yosemite Yards. They fought in most major actions and flew the American flag throughout Alliance space as The War engulfed us all.
23 – Hello, my name is Betty. Modern Core Worlds children grow up in worlds where virtual is as real as physical. They can learn lessons in virtual classrooms and exercise in virtual gyms full of other people while never leaving their home. They’ve built virtual cities with functioning governments and social systems as enduring as physical cities. They can even work and live inside the virtual worlds with virtual avatars similar to the physical avatars that AIs and cybers use in the physical world.
24 – Hello, my name is Jack. The War was a real seminal twenty-year moment for me. There’s the life I had before it started. That me died at Alpha Centauri. There’s the person I became at Alpha Centauri so I could fight. He died too. He didn’t belong in a world after Wars End. And then there’s the new me. I got a new chance to go to worlds again for the first time. To see what I’d fought for. Who I’d fought for. To get a chance to live in peace and quiet. That was an eye-opener.
25 – Hello, my name is Charles. World War II was the beginning of a golden age for America. And like most golden ages it was bought with blood. We stretched out our hands to the east and drove the Nazis back against the advancing Russians. We stretched west and devastated Japan. And then we helped them rebuild. All over the world, we helped economies rebuild into a new golden age that would last throughout the century. It was a great time to be an American.
26 – Hello, my name is Betty. While modern Core Worlds children play in virtual cities, those who lived before The War generally prefer the physical world. Virtual reality is for communication and experimentation, not for living. Few in the older generation recognize the strength of virtual societies and prefer to emphasize the “real” connections of physical addresses and family. It is a true generational divide that can result in explosive arguments between people who consider the “other” world unimportant.
27 – Hello, my name is Jack. I tried peace and quiet after Wars End. I wanted to see if it fit the new me. It didn’t. There will always be a bit of the partier in me. And the Marine I became to fight. And of course the Cowboy that learned to think things through. Although if you accuse me of that to my face I will punch you. Wouldn’t want people to stop underestimating me after all. If they think all I care about is parties, girls, and fistfights, they’ll never see the Cowboy coming for them.
28 – Hello, my name is Charles. Millions of people died building the new golden age. And we started it on the backs of atomic explosions so horrific that no one would use them for the rest of the century. Most of us came home after that, though many stayed in Europe and Japan to build the new peace. The Pax Americana had begun and even through Iron and Bamboo Curtains humanity would seek union for the next century. I sometimes wonder what we would be now if we had succeeded.
29 – F-4 Blackhawk starfighter. The F-4 Blackhawk was America’s answer to the newly introduced alien technologies of the early twenty-second century. All previous designs were outclassed by the new technologies, relic of conflicts gone and buried. The Blackhawk became America’s symbol to the worlds that we were still a force to be reckoned with. And reckon we did…
30 – Hello, my name is Betty. There are many virtual worlds running in time with the physical world that most people see. Second Life is the longest continually running virtual world, dating back to the turn of the millennium, and thousands more have come and gone over the centuries. Fantasy, historical, futuristic, and alternate reality worlds are most common, while many enterprising individuals have made fortunes by creating exact virtual copies of physical locations and opening them to the public.