"Mom Jeans 3000 AD"
Zack: This is probably the most realistic picture of the future in any Traveller book.
Steve: Computers telling fat moms they're broke.
Zack: The computers are going to eventually tell everyone they're broke. Then we'll be their slaves.
Steve: I'd be okay with that. Computers would probably make pretty good slavemasters.
Zack: Only for as long as you're useful to them. Once you break a leg they start running the actuarial calculations. Before you know it you're on the death heap at the bottom of the death pit.
Steve: But I bet you that water pail is always handy when you're thirsty.
Zack: The computer would make you drink your pee a couple times until your kidneys can't process it anymore. Only then will you get more water.
Steve: Dang, computer is a beast. I'm going to escape.
Zack: Escape to where? All of mankind is enslaved by the computers. If you do escape you'll only find more computers.
Steve: I can turn into a computer!
Zack: Does this involve escaping from a cartoon by pounding on walls and willing yourself into a computer?
Are you concerned that you may be a character trapped in a Tom Waits song? Be smart and learn the warning signs before it's too late. Also, it's too late. It has always been too late.
I'm haunted by a recurring vision of a skeleton flipping me off. To avoid seeing this terrifying image in bumper sticker form, I pay someone with a blank bumper to drive in front of me at all times.
Zack Parsons, Steve "Malak" Sumner, and friends tackle bizarre role playing game products that make them wonder, "What the fuck!?" From the early days of Gygax to contemporary role playing games, none will be spared.