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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!

Don't forget to check out Silver Spook Games' latest project, Neofeud!

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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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This patch irons out the couple showstopping bugs that slipped into the beta, fixes missing/wrong voices, adds more social engineering functionality...

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Terminus Machina is a total conversion mod for Deus Ex. It takes place in its own completely original world, which might be best described as "In-progress-apocalyptic...

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lcaseidefensis May 10 2013 says:

The mod looks great, better than the original.
You said you need voice actors so I have a question regarding that: is it necessary to have English as a primary language? Especcially because of the accent.
And if you need some low-poly stuff, I can model it, but I'm still learning to texture.

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SilverSpook Creator
SilverSpook May 10 2013 replied:

Ok thanks for the offer! Yeah there are parts which require different accents in the game so in all likelihood I'll probably be able to figure out how to fit you in. And thanks for the offer for the modelling as well!

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JCDenton2000 Apr 29 2013 says:

A quick question: Will it be compatible with Shifter+?

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SilverSpook Creator
SilverSpook Apr 30 2013 replied:

Hm, not sure yet. Have to check with the alpha testers. I think one of them may have tried that.

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SilverSpook Creator
SilverSpook May 4 2013 replied:

According to one of the testers, yes TM is compatible with Shifter, as far as we know. :)

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TheManHimself Apr 21 2013 says:

this is coming out in june. so is DX nihilum. JUNE COME FASTER

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Prototype458 Mar 20 2013 says:

looking at the images there gonna be alot of items maybe sort them out expand the inventory with a clothes inventory tools inventory weapons inventory like that because your items are kinda large in the inventory and it wil get anoying if you need space for other things

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SilverSpook Creator
SilverSpook Mar 21 2013 replied:

That is one issue that cropped up. There is actually a backpack item that allows you to store surplus items inside. This way the overcrowding in the inventory problem is reduced.

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GAMER67 Mar 23 2013 replied:

I can't wait to play this mod because it really has many good ideas like crafting. When will this mod come out and how long will it be?

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SilverSpook Creator
SilverSpook Apr 11 2013 replied:

I can't give a definite time frame at this point, sorry, but basically, I hope to get something out ASAP. All in all there's about three hours of gameplay not counting replays (very replayable). At this point I'm likely going to just release the levels that I have thus far and see if I can drum up interest from other parties. Because I do not have the time nor the skills to create a full-length game that does Terminus Machina justice alone or at least without some kind of backing.

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TheUnbeholden Apr 10 2013 replied:

The only problem with an easy solution, if only it was always like that. You like with Balancing, though I would put some purposeful imbalances, called perfect imbalance, what I mean is even when something is strong theres something else that can counter it. rather than it always being the traditional, more strong = more rare. Something thats medium interms of power like bullets are medium difficulty to counter as body armor isn't easy to get & spamming healthpacks is wasteful. Where as something that isn't damaging at all but instead a utility kind of ability, won't have counters.

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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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