[Ansteorra] Noble Experiment

Stefan li Rous StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
Sun Apr 1 23:34:00 PDT 2012


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I, and a few others, have been discussing electrical systems and what  
it would take to re-create a 12V system in order to recharge radio  
batteries, cameras and such. In this scenerio, whatever toys you have  
with you, get transported back to 13th C England with you. But as you  
mention, cars don't run to far without decent roads and won't run at  
all after the gasoline is gone.

What do you do without antibiotics? Can the SCA re-equip itself with  
useful weapons in time? How do you feed 3600 people? etc, etc.

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On Apr 1, 2012, at 3:44 PM, Bree Flowers wrote:

>> Correct. That's the "other half" of the "Dies the Fire" stories: a  
>> trilogy
>> about modern-day Nantucket Island getting swapped for its 1250 BC  
>> version.
>> Interesting things happen.
>> In "Dies the Fire" and its sequels, as a side effect of Nantucket  
>> being
>> swapped, pretty much all modern technology stops working-- 
>> electricity,
>> gunpowder, atomics, steam or gasoline engines, etc. (No, it's never  
>> really
>> explained *how* basic laws of physics can be set aside in such an  
>> arbitrary
>> fashion, but if you can suspend your disbelief around that particular
>> detail, the stories are pretty good.)
>>        -Tivar Moondragon
> That would bug me too. Why not just let the technology die a natural
> death - ie it works until it runs out of fuel? Like for example, your
> cell phone would cease to be a "phone" immediately when it is cut off
> from the network, but you can still use it as a
> calculator/camera/whatever other nifty features it has until it runs
> out of batteries. Which in most cameras is a week without use, or as
> little as a day if you don't put it down, but maybe up to a month if
> you unplug the battery and save it. Seems to me that would add an
> interesting added complication, with trying to balance between present
> need and potential future uses. And of course the balance between
> personal ownership and group benefit (like if you want to play cell
> phone games, but the group could use the battery for something with
> major survival benefit).
> I understand that simply insta-killing technology is a better exercise
> for those of us thinking "enchanted ground" prep, but in terms of
> story there's some great possibilities inherent in weaning people off
> technology instead of having them stop cold-turkey.
> ~Eve

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