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Magic or Super Science?
Magic
55%
 55%  [ 24 ]
Super Science
44%
 44%  [ 19 ]
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2008 5:54 pm    Post subject: Magic or Super science?  Reply with quote

I've got Girl Genius open in one tab and The Wotch open in another and it got me thinking about which I liked more, magic or super science. In the end I decided on super science and I just wanted to see what every one else thought.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2008 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

*is too hard, wants to be able to vote for both*
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2008 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ooh, this is tough...

Well, I really do like both, but super science tends to have more interesting explanations.

"We can travel from place to place via wormholes that tunnel through the fabric of space-time"

VS.

"I teleported..."

That and super technological stuff has more varied explanation, where every spell tends to draw on the same source of power.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2008 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Although super science tends to be more interesting, I chose magic because I like the idea that it takes a certain amount of willpower or intelligence to wield it, rather than just money and the right equipment.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2008 1:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I choose magic, because Super Science can be reliably proven impossible by the given means by which the end is achieved.

Sure, magic is impossible, maybe, but can you reliably determine that the means to achieve the end are utterly impossible?

*waves hands and speaks giberish*

That doesn't count because we would not know the proper words and gestures!

Both are still awesome, however.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2008 4:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have to say magic.

In many cases I find it more varied and interesting than science, which is often overdone and lame. Not that I don't like some science, but it's always been limited and it has to be very well done. I even think my first real stab at a science fiction character (Cali) has turned out more like fantasy than science fiction in some ways. Maybe I'm just not good at science fiction.

As for explanations. Science requires constant explanations, and that's really annoying at times. It's also annoying when people constantly question your explanations, which is common in science fiction. Sometimes I just want it simple and ready to use without a lot of explanations, and for that magic is much better. But magic can be complex and have a billion explanations, it's just that people often decide to skip that because it's not needed all the time, and would be annoying if it was explained all the time.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2008 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really like both, and I always have. But I say magic only because there's more possibility. Super Science can only do so much. With magic though, anything is possible.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2008 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A mis-quote. (As in, it's a quote, and I'll find what the real quote is soon)

"Any technology can be advanced enough to be observed as magic to the uninitiated."


But, I don't have a preference.
I don't mind either, and don't really prefer either =).
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2008 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Super science just has a better aesthetic to it. Plasma balls, lightning rods and different coloured chemicals bubbling away in beakers and what does magic have? Newts and cauldrons.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2008 3:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Personally, I am a fan of superscience.

Remember; science and magic were born twins. And, we happen to have one with us now. Who knows what it may achieve?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2008 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That analogy is just confusing
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2008 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shadow of the Sun wrote:
Remember; science and magic were born twins. And, we happen to have one with us now. Who knows what it may achieve?

Well, we don't really have super science.
However, I can assure you, we are damn well close to it.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 3:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amazing how even this poll is.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indeed, though I was hoping that super science would be winning by now.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 1:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The biggest problem with super science is that most of it wouldn't work anyway.  So in the end it's just magic that refuses to call itself magic.  Magic can have varied explanations as well, you just have to go out of your way to create whole cosmologies to do so.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 4:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like Artifice... Which is kinda like technology that utilizes magic in it's method.

Where would that go? >.>
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Magic. I mean, they're both completely unrealistic, but at least magic is credible due to being magic. Super-Science is like, someone is so brilliant, they managed to duplicate the effects of magic despite the world being without it.

Plus, you know "A Wizard did it" vs. "Some geeky guy in a lab coat and Buddy Holly glasses did it".
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had to go with super science. Why? lasers! No matter how impressive a magical spell is, nothing, in my mind, beats a dirty great big laser blast streaming across some huge futuristic battleground.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"It doesn't stop being magic just because you know how it's done."

Science IS magic, and any dichotomy between them is false.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Super science is awesome... I would prefer to be aided/murdered violently by a clearly proven means. i.e I would take (very little) comfort in being killed by a laser rather than a spell of *Kabbulanthrapy or something.





*Note that Kabbulanthropy does not and should not exist.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I do like magic, I'm going with super science.


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