The Cowboy Bebop Universe
As the lovely lady to the left indicates, this page is still under construction.
Eventually you will be able to view a wide range of topics, the titles of which
are presented below. Until I can get my own sections up and running, take a
look at what Webmaster Jeremy Thai has on these topics over at The Real Folk Blues:
Caution poking around his page, there are spoilers if you haven't seen the full series.
Travel times through the gate: Venus to Earth 1/2 day, Earth to Mars 1/2 day, Mars to Asteroid Belt 1/2 day, Asteroid belt to Jupiter 1 day, Jupiter to Saturn 1 day. I don't have any times for Mercury or the outer planets yet.
"Once upon a time, in New York City in 1941... at this club open to all comers to play, night after night, at a club named "Minton's Play House" in Harlem, they play jazz sessions competing with each other. Young jazz men with a new sense are gathering. At last they created a new genre itself. They are sick and tired of the conventional fixed style jazz. They're eager to play jazz as freely as they wish."
"Los Osos, or Valley of the Bears, is set between lush rolling hills
and sandy beaches. With a somewhat secluded atmosphere, it's just a
few miles south of Morro Bay."
--Late 20th Century Travelogue
"Del Coronado: the city of confrontation, escalation, and crash evasion..." --Diana Hunter, Valkyries Boostergang
As with most groups, I run my game with a few House Rules. While none are major changes to the game, there are quite a few that have been developed over the years to help balance the game:
|Military Skinweave||A stiff grey-gold colored version of the regular skinweave. Provides SP18 and UV40 protection. Rare to find outside of the US and European Militaries.|
|Telepathy||A small vial full of silver nanite factories that are injected into the bloodstream. The factories attach inside the brain and create workers. The nanoworkers then weave an internal Interface port and link it to a multi-frequency radio transmitter in the brain. Using a combo of cyberdeck interfaces and military frequency hopping, a user of Telepathy can "think" a message to another user, even while being jammed. 2km range.|
Note: New Nanotechnology will be added here as it appears during the course of the campaign.
Player-created items from my various campaigns:
Question: What's a Cyberpunk game without drugs?
Answer: A lot healthier...
New electronic "drugs" will be added here as they are introduced in the campaign.
With the collapse of many national governments over the years, corporations have come into their own during the resulting chaos. No longer held back by archaic anti-trust laws, these new MegaCorporations guard and control their territories like small nations--with their employees as sometimes unwilling citizens. Fully promoting the Have vs. Have-not social situation that keeps them in power, the Corps are generally hated by the bulk of the general population. Only the rebellious Cyberpunks and Edgerunners stand a chance against their might, assuming they actually give a damn...
Valkyrie n : (Norse mythology) one of the maidens of Odin who chose heroes to be slain in battle and conducted them to Valhalla.
Machine-enhanced warriors on the verge of cyberpsychosis, Boostergangs are the terrifying menace hunting the dark streets of the Combat Zone. While most of the gangs are feral animals taking joy from the deaths of their fellow man, some have banded together to protect those that can not protect themselves.
Like the proto-gangs of the late 20th Century, the modern Boostergangs act as a sort of foster family to their members--both supporting them and occasionally controlling them. Most of the Boosters have a "theme", and will kill any who do not agree with their sometimes odd beliefs.
Thorn: "I know, Sol, you've told me a hundred times before. People were better, the world was better..." |
Sol: "Ah, people were always lousy. But there was a world, once."
Sol: "I was there, I can prove it! When I was a kid, you could buy meat anywhere! Eggs, they had real butter! Not this... crap!"
The following article was originally published in the June 2003 issue of Maxim Magazine under the title Instant Expert: Jazz in a Box. While I have edited it slightly to make it viewable by audiences of all ages, the complete article can be found through either of the links provided.
Maxim, June 2003
A note “between notes” that adds immediacy, intensity, voice, and depth to a jazz riff, harder to pin down than Martha Stewart’s accountant. On a piano, plunk two keys and slowly lift one. See blue? Practice till you awaken in Chicago surrounded by smiling men with trumpets.
You know the word. It’s what you do when the boss says, “Perhaps Peters can explain the tequila stench around his desk this morning.” But in jazz, improv is more about makin’ new than makin’ do. Only a square plays a tune the way it’s written.
Take work songs and spirituals from the slavery era, Cuban and African rhythms, ragtime, even—mon dieu!—French military marches, then crush ’em all in turn-of-the-century Nawlins. Stew until 1920, ladle heapin’ helpings into Chicago, New York, Kansas City, and dig it!
“Doctuh” Mike Woods, a jazz studies prof at Hamilton College, says swing is “a rhythmic phenomenon with a flexible feel and lots of syncopation.” “It’s Jessica Rabbit’s hips bouncing back and forth,” he clarifies.
Jazz musicians are sluts when it comes to band fidelity. All these cats jump from band to band. The constant camaraderie and one-upmanship leads naturally to shifting sounds and mutating musical forms.
Early on, he (the established music industry) recorded all the greats and paid them chicken feed, perpetuating slavery and unintentionally keeping the creative fountain of resentment flowing.
Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong (1901–1971)
Miles Davis (1926–1991)
Charlie “Bird” Parker (1920–1955)
John Coltrane (1926–1967)
Stan Getz (1927–1991)
Benny “King of Swing” Goodman (1909–1986)
Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (1899–1974)
Ella Fitzgerald (1918–1996)
Billie “Lady Day” Holiday (1915–1959)
Charles Mingus (1922–1979)
Max Roach (1924–still kickin’)
Feel Free to "Hep" Yourself!
Jelly Roll Morton
The Original Mr. Jelly Lord
A Love Supreme
Kind of Blue
Mingus Ah Um
The Shape of Jazz to Come
Jazz at Massey Hall
The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Duke Ellington's Finest Hour
James Horner, Benny Goodman
Swing Kids Soundtrack
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