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Old 12-16-2013, 09:43 AM   #1
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The Eye T-I-G CIV: Spambot Apocalypse (Admin Thread)

Setting: the near-future.

Reviled by some, championed by others, the “Hobbit" movies certainly bring one thing in their wake: a new plague of spambots to trouble the unhappy Downs.

But these are no ordinary webcrawlers. Somehow, through some unintentional fluke of coding, they have become... self-aware.

When the mods try to ban them, the evil AIs fight back– and conquer the entire forum.

In the process a group of Downers are sucked into cyberspace. While, in the real world, their bodies remain comatose, their minds are trapped in the terrifying virtual wasteland that was once a thriving fan site.

Their only hope: to find some way back into the real world.

But the evil AIs are not going to give up their human slaves so easily...

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Infiltrators (Wolves).
In a dimension where bodies are really just mental projections, how can you tell whether your “friends” are human– or AIs spying on your plans for escape? Answer: you can’t.

Worse, the humans have a traitor in their midst–

The Hacker has always found computers easier to understand than other human beings, and he believes he and our new spambot overlords have much to offer each other.

Luckily, spambots are not alone in developing sentience– a trio of self-aware security programs have come to our aid.

S.E.E.R. (Sentient Electronic Evaluation Resource) is able to identify AIs masquerading as humans.

R.A.N.G.E.R (Radical Advanced Nocturnal Guardian Experimental Robot) chooses a different person to protect each night. Cannot self-protect. (Role changed slightly in view of the small numbers.)

H.U.N.T.E.R (Heuristically-programmed Upgradable Non-logical Troubleshooting and Elimination Robot) automatically strikes back if attacked. Unfortunately, due to programming limitations, H.U.N.T.E.R. is never able to distinguish between malevolent AIs and the humans it is supposed to be helping.

Note: in the event of a tie, the first player to reach the total will be lynched.

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Old 12-16-2013, 10:26 AM   #2
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Old 12-16-2013, 03:01 PM   #3
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This is bloody glorious, darling.
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Old 12-16-2013, 03:27 PM   #4
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Whoa! Brilliant theme idea. Really looking forward to this...
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Old 12-17-2013, 06:15 AM   #5
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Curses. The theme for this game looks so amazing that it's going to be hard to resist signing up. I'll probably be back later to sign up when my will finally crumbles.
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Old 12-17-2013, 07:49 AM   #6
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Old 12-17-2013, 08:26 PM   #8
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1420!

Celebrated cyberpoet tomtom has privately expressed to me his (its?) dissatisfaction at not being included in the game. Or, as he eloquently puts it:

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tom no play? tom sitting duck
Rest assured tom– you will be included– as one of the infiltrators! (Might be an idea to get your human-simulation software upgraded– you don’t want to give yourself away.)

For those not familiar with tom’s brief but illustrious career, here are some helpful links:

tom starts a thread
tom introduces himself (in verse)
tom sings happy birthday to Lottie
tom joins a game started by fellow-bot lucyyenic
tom fields an all-spambot team in the 2013 Arda Cup
tom graciously welcomes a new member
tom falls in love with another spambot
the tragic romance of tom and peppeateCat
tom mourns his lost love
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Old 12-18-2013, 03:08 AM   #9
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Celebrated cyberpoet tomtom has privately expressed to me his (its?) dissatisfaction at not being included in the game. Or, as he eloquently puts it:



Rest assured tom– you will be included– as one of the infiltrators! (Might be an idea to get your human-simulation software upgraded– you don’t want to give yourself away.)

For those not familiar with tom’s brief but illustrious career, here are some helpful links:

tom starts a thread
tom introduces himself (in verse)
tom sings happy birthday to Lottie
tom joins a game started by fellow-bot lucyyenic
tom fields an all-spambot team in the 2013 Arda Cup
tom graciously welcomes a new member
tom falls in love with another spambot
the tragic romance of tom and peppeateCat
tom mourns his lost love
What the freaking... ehhh... I mean... WHAT!?
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Old 12-18-2013, 04:16 AM   #10
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Pipe

I believe another Infiltrator will be the equally famed lucyyenic, artistbot.
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I was reading the "Unifinished tales of Numenor and Middle-earth" when I was asked if I could paint something calssical, without fat people, blood, or other strange things involved. So here we have Amroth, King of Lorien and Nimrodel, somwhere in the Fangorn Forrest.

I´m not sure about the quality of the pic, since it´s a pretty huge and had to be photographed. Originally it´s watercolor
Not only did Lucy start a popular and long-running quiz thread, she even won a WW game!

Poor Lucy. She was with us such a short time, yet she has passed into Downs lore... forever... and ever...
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Sign me up. I can't wait to work with or against the celebrated Tom and Lucyyenic.

Iiii will probably spend the entire game being very silly.
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Old 12-22-2013, 02:17 PM   #12
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Old 12-22-2013, 07:32 PM   #13
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Old 12-23-2013, 11:50 AM   #14
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Our resident psychic is interested in playing as well. His skills will no doubt come in handy with these tricksy AIs scampering about the place. Unless he's one of them....

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Old 12-23-2013, 07:26 PM   #15
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Hey hey what are you thinking for deadline? Or when to start?
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Old 12-29-2013, 04:59 PM   #17
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I'm sorry but I'm going to have to drop out of the game. Ironically, the reason is spam. The link redirection bug the forums has at present is annoying me too much, and today for the first time it even tried sending me to a site that pinged my antivirus, which is the last straw. I can't happily play werewolf on a forum that's trying to send me to sites that are likely to harm my computer. And I don't think the forum's problem is going to be fixed in time for the game to start. If the problem does get fixed before the game starts, count me back in, though.

Clearly, the spambots realised that at long last I was finally on brilliant WW-playing form and would annihilate them if I were to play in the game, and so they took steps to make me quit. Curse their wily ways.
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The virus question worries me too, Cop, but not enough to bow out. If we're too fearful for WW, the spambots win.
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Old 01-01-2014, 03:49 AM   #20
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Agan, I can wait until the 6th, but some people may want to start before that.

Is 12:00 GMT all right with everyone?
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Old 01-01-2014, 06:55 AM   #21
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Agan, I can wait until the 6th, but some people may want to start before that.

Is 12:00 GMT all right with everyone?
This works for me, though be prepared for lots of early votes from me.
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Agan, I can wait until the 6th, but some people may want to start before that.

Is 12:00 GMT all right with everyone?
I start school on the 6th, like G55, but I can still play if we wait. DL is fine, I'll just vote early sometimes.
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