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"If Eternity was stopping it would of course be set going shortly."
-E. M. Forster, The Machine Stops

The Future. Benevolent God-AI runs the world? League of Evil Asshole Masterminds manages the clockwork Earth from the shadows?

Nope. Just a lot of buggy paramilitary drones blowing up schools, incompetent elite wrecking the planet with endless financial crises, and mass unemployment as robots shove workers out of offices and into endless breadlines run out of bread in bankrupt states. Yeah, it's a mess.

There's a Tahrir Square, an Occupy Revolution every day as robots replace 60% of humans in the workplace and crushing austerity measures create unresolvable social unrest and upheaval. Countless popular and revolutionary movements have sprung up across the planet -- from grass-roots resistances like World Class War to Humanitarian NGOs like Fenix foundation to armed-insurgents like the Washingtonians. But as New York, London, and Tokyo crumble into Detroit-like necropolises scarred by class warfare between jobless insurgents and robotic riot-soldiers, trillionaires bunker into the "Pluto-claves" -- private cities run by AI and defended by fleets of autonomous drones armed with gatling railguns and tactical nukes. The Archangels' smartbombs wipe a dozen Occupy Movement-saturated blocks off the Manhattan map, daily. The class war is stacked against the 99% as the kleptocrats have holed up behind a dozen feet of steel and Skynet armies that make the Pentagon look like a posse of peashooters.

But as veteran hackers will tell you -- no security perimeter is fully impermeable. Machines run the world, but no machine is foolproof. There's always a back door, a security hole.

Take on the role of an operative in the Hex Gen network, a decentralized movement of hacktivists resisting the economic pillaging conducted by the unholy alliances of Big Tech, Big Military, and Big Finance. United over a loose constellation of ad-hoc mesh-internets, Hex Gen (AKA Generation Hex) are a new class of freedom fighter. Though necessarily shrouded in secrecy, Hex Gen thus far is the only group to have carried out successful attacks against the Plutos. They've dealt crippling DDoS attacks to crooked corporations, tanked corrupt investment banks with electronic financial manipulation and successfully taken control of drones and androids in the armies of CyberSec -- the leading "counter-insurgency" military/law enforcement contractor. Still, some believe Hex Gen is just a gang of criminals and thieves in it for their own profit. Perhaps time will tell.

Ubiquitous 3D fabrication means everything from smartphones to TVs to cars can be printed in your living room. The Marxist Egalitarians have declared the Age of Abundance -- except the Copyright Cartels have bought ownership to not only every mp3, movie, and book ever written, but also the "fabprints" to every physical object as well, and won't hesitate to have a Predator drop a hellfire missile on your home if you're caught pirating a Honda Civic. Oh, and Big Agro also owns every species of plague-resistant food crop in the plant and animal kingdoms. Starvation, they say, is the ultimate motivator.

The superhighway to the Future is leading toward a sixteen car pileup, and no one's behind the wheel but idiotic megalomaniacs making their Golden Parachutes as Rome burns and crap software hacked together by low-paid Chinese sweatshops. Fasten your seatbelt.

Will you join the code warriors, the Info-Pirates and rip the global kingpins a new one with your wits and technological know-how, or will you become a Made Man with the white-shoe Monopolists, live it large in orbital villas far away from the artificial famines below?

* Facial, vocal biometric capture devices
* "Nohface" electronic face projector for thwarting surveillance/drones which cover almost every inch of city
* Wireless internet-Darknets: all web activity is fully surveilled, thus you need stealth not only in meatspace but in cyberspace
More types of hacking: cryptography, DDoS, spoofing.
* Write your own malware, unleash it on the internet to infect machines to create your own botnet army.
Hunger: experience real economic destitution as you slowly die of starvation and are forced to beg, steal, or even kill for a piece of bread.
DIY: Upgrade your hemp trenchcoat with solar trim, syphon electricity from the private power grid.
* Mechanical hacking: Take apart old phones and radios to hack together an EMP gun, reverse engineer a captured police-state drone into your own personal bodyguard.
* Nature Punk: set up a hydroponic garden in your squatted flat so you don't have to kill for every meal.

* Biohacking: play God with your own DNA to give yourself bone-hammer knuckles, bat-like sonar, or cheetah-like musculoskeletal structure. Just be careful not to turn yourself into Frankenstein or give yourself an artificial cancer!
I'm right now a one man army here working two other jobs, so if you can spare some help or a donation to help me focus on this mod it would be hugely appreciated!

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4 comments by SilverSpook on Jan 5th, 2014

Happy 2014! I hope everyone has been only moderately assaulted by the black Amazon helicopters!

There is a rumor of a possibly hackable satellite. And a moon base. Yeah, we just went there. That's right.


"Also, I know we thought of something that could be used to effectively hijack a drone, but what about hijacking a satellite? To start from the beginning. There is a suggested theory about having massive solar panels in space that could harvest energy from the sun at greater levels and would transmit it, in microwave rays, to a receiving station on Earth. " -- JCDenton2000 (Image & desc)
Your belated Christmas present: high-energy laser weapons exploding drones!

Exploding Drone

Plus sparking robosoldiers that are now susceptible to EMP grenades. (Great job coding, xen0phile!


Edible birds and rats! The next fast food joint will be a District Ten KFC squatted by the Duck Dynasty guy, who crossbow-hunts pigeons, then deep fries them in used motor oil since he lost his TV show contract at A&E. (also thanks to xen0phile)

Distopia KFC

In other news, JCDenton2000's new and obligatory super secret hacktivist revolutionary headquarters is well underway to completion, along with the Chinese ghetto.

China Slum map Work
China Map Unreal Ed

Our lead modeller, AlvinD, is also hard at work cutting the Maya ice, and his latest screens of the signal jammer look very promising.

Distopia KFC

So that's the news there! SilverSpook has been helping in a producer's capacity and has continued writing but the new members of the team have been really doing the heavy lifting of keeping the revolt against the corporate-state alive in the Deus Ex world.

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TheMuffinWarrior Aug 21 2013 says:

Hey SilverSpook, I'm having an odd problem with the mod. Whenever i install the mod by dragging and dropping, and then running it using the "TM.exe", it launches Deus Ex. Can you help me? I have the GOG.com version of Deus Ex. And i've tried editing the DeusEx.ini and TerminusMachina.ini.

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SilverSpook Creator
SilverSpook Aug 21 2013 replied:

Sure thing. You just have to run it using the "TerminusMachina" shortcut instead of "TM.exe".

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JCDenton2000 Jul 31 2013 says:

Also, I'm curious. In what areas did you need assistance with the mod? Depending on what it is and how, I might be able to help, but I'm not sure. It's no doubt an excellent mod and I would like to help with it in any way I could.

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SilverSpook Creator
SilverSpook Aug 1 2013 replied:

Any area really, although mapping, textures, modelling right now would be the most helpful.

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Guest Aug 2 2013 replied:

Are you still adding stuff to the mod spook?

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SilverSpook Creator
SilverSpook Aug 2 2013 replied:

There have recently been several offers to develop additional content for Terminus Machina, so I have recently decided to look into picking up work on TM. To start, a new area and mission set is being discussed. Possibly a dystopic / rundown version of Hong Kong.

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JCDenton2000 Aug 1 2013 replied:

I might be able to help with mapping and textures, but I'm not sure. I used to mess around in the Deus Ex level editor and I've done work on textures before for other games (I never post them though). What did you have in mind?
If you'd rather PM me that would be acceptable.

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JCDenton2000 Jul 31 2013 says:

Yeah, I installed it over a fresh install of Deus Ex and applied the Steam Patch and 1.1 patch as well and it didn't work, so I'll try to manually change the render as you said, thanks.

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JCDenton2000 Jul 29 2013 says:

I'm having some issues with this mod.
Every time I start TM from the shortcut, I can only choose the 2 lowest resolutions, I can't go fullscreen, and I think it's using software as it looks terrible and stuff tends to clip out a bit. How can I fix this?

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SilverSpook Creator
SilverSpook Jul 30 2013 replied:

2 lowest resolutions... weird. Have you got the patch as well?

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JCDenton2000 Jul 30 2013 replied:

Yes, I patched it as soon as I installed it. I tried to change the render device but when I did it wa for Deus Ex, which it launched right after I chose a render device. I don't know what's making it do this.

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JCDenton2000 Jul 30 2013 replied:

I've been having a lot of problems with mods lately actually, I'm just going to reinstall Deus Ex, followed by this mod and see what happens.

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SilverSpook Creator
SilverSpook Jul 30 2013 replied:

Yeah, sorry to hear that. You may have to change the renderer by manually changing the DeusEx.ini file to set the renderer that you want.

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JCDenton2000 Jul 31 2013 replied:

Ok, I checked DeusEx.ini and the render device is set to OpenGL, so then I started TM and it still did it, is there anything else I can do? Thanks for the help, either way.
I did try it out some by the way, and regardless of my render device issues it was actually quite fun :D That is, until I was instakilled by a UAV because I picked a flower, ha. The atmosphere certainly is fitting- It's got that "99% of mankind is in the gutter, just trying to scrape out a living" feel down quite well from what I saw, and I really like the crafting stuff. I haven't gotten around to reviewing it yet though...
I just realized that, come to think of it, the sky DID look an awful lot like obese whale defecating across the rust red sky! :o

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SilverSpook Creator
SilverSpook Aug 1 2013 replied:

Thanks for the positive feedback! Yeah actually you might have to change Terminus.ini instead of DeusEx.ini I haven't actually worked on the coding for TM in a month or so so I'm trying to remember where everything is located. I'm thinking that should work though, if you can get other renderers for vanilla DX to work.

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JCDenton2000 Aug 1 2013 replied:

Yeah, for some reason my D3D render's been acting up lately, so I went into Terminus.uni as you said and changed the render to OpenGL and it works excellently, thanks!

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Terminus Machina is a very interesting mod, you can do things that you couldn't do in Deus Ex. It has new skins, textures, items, skills, music, and augs, as well as a level of design that is superb. Very nice mod!!!!!

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