CyberPsi: A Futuristic On-line Card Game
© 1995 Roger Alan Cotton
2064 AD - TODAY
Advances in biotechnology, neural computer chip networking, miniaturization, and superconductivity have ushered in the Nanotech Era. Hyper-scientific technology has proliferated beyond societys ability to control it. Biologic computer interfaces, cloning, and cybernetic implantation are everyday applications of this runaway technology; technology that is covered by HMOs. Even psychic-enhancement drugs are available over the counter.
Bio-synthetic organs and prosthetics promise longer and younger-looking lives. Nu Derm, a remarkable brand of artificial skin, makes it possible for burn victims to be cosmetically restored. For some, usually the rich and famous, Nu Derm also affords the ultimate in self-expression. Grown-to-order Nu Derm is combined with the genetic code of animals to create outrageous fashion statements. Citizens have taken to wearing sheer, gauzy clothing, or nothing at all, in order to show off their unique skeins. Some are covered with such decorative touches as leopard spots, zebra stripes, mink tufts, and even gila scales.
As a result, Puritanical laws and mores regarding sexual behavior and the public exposure of nudity have given sway to this 21st century culture of unabashed narcissism.
Genetically-engineered aquanauts colonize the underseas, while penal colony astronauts mine the moon. Intrepid cybernauts explore the electronic frontiers of the Infi-Net; living more in the electronic manifestations of their minds than in reality.
Psychically-gifted Espers lurk on the fringes of society. They are the progeny of test subjects who unknowingly took brain-evolvement drugs. Developed by overzealous pharmaceutical firms, these drugs spawned a host of mind-altering medicines and compounds.
Espers are reviled and hunted by normal humans, whom they refer to as “Zombies.” The Espers give birth at a prodigious rate, and usually to twins or triplets. As their numbers grow, so too, does their demand for acceptance.
Capitalism has spread like a wildfire across the economic landscape of the world. As a result, mega-corporations reign supreme. The few who control these conglomerates have attained power beyond comprehension. Their machinations dictate how everyone else on the planet is to live or die. These mysterious powermongers have ensconced themselves in high-tech citadels and they exist in a class that is not only above the law, but which is the law. They view every resource as theirs to exploit and every person as their powerless consumer.
It is within this neon futurescape that your group secretly operates. It works behind the scenes, keeping a low profile as it struggles to further its mysterious agenda. Do you work toward the salvation of Man or toward his enslavement? Do you seek to aid the megacorps or to destroy them? Or, do you inhabit the fringes of society, working toward your own ends? The future is now… and the choice is yours.
CyberPsi is a mission-oriented adventure that combines the multimedia aspects of computer games with the strategy and interactivity of card games. Easy to play, CyberPsi enables you to employ complex strategies against your opponents. It is as much a stimulating mental challenge as it is an exciting game.
Intended for the multiplayer on-line game market, this product is expected to appeal to science fiction and fantasy hobbyists who spend considerable amounts of money on paper- and computer-based entertainment. Comic book art aficionados should be drawn to CyberPsi, for the top quality illustrations and animations that will be displayed on its game cards and in the games interfaces.
In CyberPsi, you are the leader of one of five different types of groups: Lawful, Criminal, Corporate, Clan, or Bent. Each group has a series of agenda that must be realized through the completion of missions and organizational activities. Agenda are represented by a wide range of cards geared to a particular type of group.
Once you decide on an agenda, you need to recruit members, train them, equip them, and assign them to missions that are necessary for your agendas success. While you are attempting to meet the completion requirements for your agenda, you can attempt to expose and then thwart your opponents agenda. This feature of game play results in a high level of interaction among players. This in turn creates suspense and excitement.