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Jul. 3rd, 2008 @ 11:38 pm Rustbelt back cover text

The following is a first crack at some grabby text for the back cover of The Rustbelt:


Life here is nasty, brutish, and short.  The Rust is slowly eating everything away—the abandoned machines, the ghost towns, civilization itself.  The hardship, the desperation, the looming spectre of violence—well, it wears a man down.  Corrodes him.  Changes him.  Makes him do things he wouldn’t think himself capable of.

In this brief, unforgiving existence, you have to look for meaning somewhere.  You gotta find something that makes it worth it.  You need something to fill the yawning void it leaves inside you, or go on hungering forever.  You’ll have to fight for it, work for it, risk for it.  You must risk something that matters.

But sometimes the opportunity is so hideous that it makes you think twice.  But, then again, second chances are a precious rarity in the ‘Belt.  So, what’s it gonna be?  What price are you willing to pay?  What are you willing to do?  What are you willing to become?

They say a man can get used to anything.  If you had to, wouldn’t you?  The Rust whispers in your ear, “C’mon, do the math.”  If you listen closer you can hear its slow, implacable demand:  “Be corrupted or be killed.”  Do you have what it takes to stand up against that?  In the face of doom, can you remain whole?

You gotta go a long way in the ‘Belt to find a good man.

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From:davidberg
Date:July 24th, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
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Hey dude, are you looking for feedback on this? I dig the tone but have some editorial thoughts.
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From:americanwizard
Date:July 24th, 2008 09:33 pm (UTC)
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I'm open to critique. Although it's been changed since I posted it. Current version looks like this:

Life here is nasty, brutish, and short. The Rust slowly eats everything away—the abandoned machines, the ghost towns, civilization itself. It wears a man down. Corrodes him. Changes him. Makes him do things he wouldn't think himself capable of.

In this brief, unforgiving existence, you have to look for something that makes it worth it, or let the Rust leave a yawning void inside you. But you're gonna have to pay for it, one way or the other.

Sometimes the price is so hideous that it makes you think twice. But maybe this is your last chance. So, what's it gonna be? How much are you willing to pay? What are you willing to do? What are you willing to become?

They say a man can get used to anything. If you had to, wouldn't you? The Rust whispers in your ear, "C'mon, do the math." If you listen closer you can hear its slow, implacable demand: "Be corrupted or be killed." Do you have what it takes to stand up against that and remain whole?

You gotta go a long way in the 'Belt to find a good man.
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From:davidberg
Date:July 25th, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
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You fixed the stuff I was gonna edit.

I am left wondering, "What SORT of something makes it 'worth it'?" And, "What SORTS of corruption and hideous prices await?" Something that hinted at those would grab me more.
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From:americanwizard
Date:July 25th, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I've got no idea how to do that. Those questions are both answered by the game's rules, though.