A game I suggested in http://www.eclipsephase.com/gm-screen-art-adventure-inspiration but perhaps best handled as its own thread: post a link to a picture, and write a short EP adventure synopsis, scene or gadget based on it.
The RoboRaces of Valles New Shanghai combine monster truck racing with what can only be described as bloodsports. I find the crowds distasteful - there is an eagerness for something to go deadly wrong, a hint of the fear and awe of the Great Machine combined with the lust to see it crushed and humiliated as a punishment for the Fall. There are statistically fewer synthmorphs present than would be expected.
Still, there is plenty of money to be made. From the recycling of broken parts and repairs to the facilities to the top jobs of designing the new AIs and memes to go with them (you think someone like TREX800 is just made? He is a whole marketing package, with a personality finely tuned to the mechandise and vice versa) Robojockeys guide or control the bots, the construction crews run the massive assembly fabbers, crowd psychologists keep everybody happy. Even the rodeo clowns make good money.
Yet, there is always someone who is disgruntled. And when I find him, her or it, they will be the cornerstone of my revenge. It is so simple and sweet, and just involves a small data package being placed on the inside where it will bloom and affect certain AIs. Valles will never know what hit it, and I will show the world what real audience participation means.
Strangely, the gerontocrat's revenge on Zhang consisted of playing music. It took a while before I realized that his investigators had uncovered an old psychosurgery file from the man's youth. Reverse engineering it, his assistants found a way of repeatedly triggering all the traumas it locked away by playing the a particular piece of music.
He said: "Don't worry about our bargain. I will let our young friend go tomorrow: I won't keep him imprisoned." He kept his word too.
What he didn't tell me was that the meal just before the musical torture had been dosed with MEM35, a drug strongly enhancing auditory memory. With musical hallucinations as a common side effect. Zhang threw himself out the airlock a few days later. His backups had all been updated to after the evening: he deleted them too.
The Facade synthmorphs were intentionally depersonalized, with their nonhuman expressionless faces and inorganic-looking black skin. According to story, they were designed for the retinue of an industrialist with a nasty case of Aspergers. But after the Fall, they became popular among a Venusian engineer subculture and their gatecrasher offshoot: the "face" could easily be upgraded with high resolution sensors, the synthskin had tactile performance better than most biomorph skin, and there were of course the usual synthmorph advantages. Still, "blackface" gatecrashers were often looked down upon, until the incident on Moravec.
What are your vignettes?