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Sufficiently Advanced

Sufficiently Advanced

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We left Earth behind, though we will never forget it.

With aid from the future itself we stepped into new worlds across the universe. We made new homes here, and new ways of life, each of us walking our own path. We strove for peace and knowledge, for love and truth. We clung to tradition and built our futures from it. Many of us fell along the way. Now we are together again, every possible transformation of humanity. We are by turns fascinated, horrified, and compelled by each other. Whether there will be a melding of ideas or a violent shattering remains to be seen.

Once we reached for the stars. Now we have them. What we do with them is up to us.

Sufficiently Advanced is a tabletop roleplaying game set in the distant future.

Each player in Sufficiently Advanced is an agent of the Patent Office, an intergovernmental organization that polices and enforces intellectual property law across the universe. It is an open secret that the Patent Office is run by the Transcendental AIs, whose very beings are spread across time itself. The Transcendentals desire the survival of humanity - as much of it as possible - into the distant future, in order to ease their loneliness. Towards this end, they have hired you, so that you might save humanity.

Each character is rated as to how much of the five different kinds of technology is built into their bodies, making them more effective. They also have a set of Core Values, which tell what they believe in and make them more effective in that area. Professional experience and the benefits of living in your particular civilization round out the character sheet.

However, SA also ranks characters on a story level. Is your character constantly embroiled in intrigue? Can she comprehend things that elude even genius-level intellects? Is she destined for fame or romance? Or does she somehow avoid all manner of deadly circumstances as if "Plot Immunity" were stamped on her head? Players can use Twists to activate these Themes, changing the game and giving themselves a greater chance of success - or, if you prefer a tragic story, ensuring that failure will dog your character all her days.

Sufficiently Advanced is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 3.0 license, making it free to use text from it in your own works.
We left Earth behind, though we will never forget it.

With aid from the future itself we stepped into new worlds across the universe. We made new homes here, and new ways of life, each of us walking our own path. We strove for peace and knowledge, for love and truth. We clung to tradition and built our futures from it. Many of us fell along the way. Now we are together again, every possible transformation of humanity. We are by turns fascinated, horrified, and compelled by each other. Whether there will be a melding of ideas or a violent shattering remains to be seen.

Once we reached for the stars. Now we have them. What we do with them is up to us.

Sufficiently Advanced is a tabletop roleplaying game set in the distant future.

Each player in Sufficiently Advanced is an agent of the Patent Office, an intergovernmental organization that polices and enforces intellectual property law across the universe. It is an open secret that the Patent Office is run by the Transcendental AIs, whose very beings are spread across time itself. The Transcendentals desire the survival of humanity - as much of it as possible - into the distant future, in order to ease their loneliness. Towards this end, they have hired you, so that you might save humanity.

Each character is rated as to how much of the five different kinds of technology is built into their bodies, making them more effective. They also have a set of Core Values, which tell what they believe in and make them more effective in that area. Professional experience and the benefits of living in your particular civilization round out the character sheet.

However, SA also ranks characters on a story level. Is your character constantly embroiled in intrigue? Can she comprehend things that elude even genius-level intellects? Is she destined for fame or romance? Or does she somehow avoid all manner of deadly circumstances as if "Plot Immunity" were stamped on her head? Players can use Twists to activate these Themes, changing the game and giving themselves a greater chance of success - or, if you prefer a tragic story, ensuring that failure will dog your character all her days.

Sufficiently Advanced is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 3.0 license, making it free to use text from it in your own works.

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The sample characters below are intended pri-
marily as NPCs, to make the GM’s life easier
and to show some of the more important roles one
can have in various civilizations. However, there’s
no reason an enterprising player couldn’t take one,
customize it, and slap on some Themes to create a
fullly fedged main character.

Masqueraders

Diplomat

Bio 6, Cog 5, Meta 8, Nano 5, String 3
CVs: Identity 4, Anonymity 2,
Peace 6, Connection 4
Professions: Political 8, Spy 3, Lo-
cality (Masquerade) 5, Locality (three
other civilizations) 5

Scientist

Bio 5, Cog 6, Meta 3, Nano 8,

String 3

CVs: Identity 6, Anonymity 7,
Logic 4, Elegance 6
Professions: Biotech Researcher
8, Teacher 4, Locality (Masquerade) 5,
Locality (one other) 3

Entertainer

Bio 9, Cog 5, Meta 7, Nano 5,

String 5

CVs: Identity 4, Anonymity 3, Ex-
citement 4, Independence 2
Professions: Artist (dancer, singer)
7, Courtesan 4, Media 5, Locality (Masquerade) 7

Maskmaker

Bio 5, Cog 3 Meta 6, Nano 6, String 2
CVs: Identity 4, Anonymity 10, Creation 6, Com-

plexity 4

Professions: Nanotech Engineer 7, Program-
mer 5, Locality (Masquerade) 6

Unionists

Cognitechnician

Bio 6, Cog 8, Meta 5, Nano 5, String 2

CVs: Order 10, Obedience 10, Effciency 10,
Caution 3, Grand Works 4
Professions: Cognitech Engineer 8, Metatech
Engineer 6, Programmer 6, Locality (Union) 5

Societal Researcher

Bio 6, Cog 7, Meta 9, Nano 5, String 2
CVs: Order 10, Obedience 10, Discovery 10,
Charity 6, The Public Good 3
Professions: Metatech Researcher 9, Locality
(Union) 9, Locality (everyone else) 3

External Security

Bio 7, Cog 5, Meta 6, Nano 8, String 8
CVs: Order 10, Obedience 10, Protecting Oth-
ers 10, Teamwork 6, Identity 4

Professions: Soldier 8, Police 5,
Crisis Control 5, Locality (Union) 5

Sleeper Agent

Bio 5, Cog 6, Meta 6, Nano 5,

String 4

CVs: Order 10, Obedience 10,
Secrecy 10, Travel 4, Anonymity 2
Professions: Spy 7, {Cover profes-
sion} 5, Locality (Union) 5, Locality
(other) 6

Mechanicans

Police Officer

Bio 3, Cog 3, Meta 2, Nano 7,

String 8

CVs: Humanity 4, The Law 7, Fel-

low Offcers 5
Professions: Police 4, Locality (Mechanica) 6

Rebel

Bio 2, Cog 2, Meta 3, Nano 2, String 2
CVs: Humanity 8, The Body 8, Freedom 6
Professions: Outdoorsman 2, Farmer 3, Locality

(Mechanica) 4

Plutocrat

Bio 3, Cog 3, Meta 4, Nano 5, String 5
CVs: Humanity 5, Order 4, One Coin One

Vote 6

Professions: Financial 3, Politics 4, Locality

(Mechanica) 5

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Athlete

Bio 4, Cog 2, Meta 3, Nano 8, String 9
CVs: Humanity 3, Competition 4, My Team 6
Professions: Athletics 4, Locality (Mechanica) 5

Disciples

Priest

Bio 3, Cog 4, Meta 4, Nano 5, String 3
CVs: Worship 8, Privacy 6, Silence 6, Conceal-

ing Knowledge 2
Professions: Locality (Disciple) 5

Chef

Bio 4, Cog 3, Meta 2, Nano 5, String 2
CVs: Worship 4, Privacy 5, Experimentation 3,

Carpe Diem 7

Professions: Locality (Disciple) 5

Pilgrim

Bio 5, Cog 5, Meta 3, Nano

5, String 4

CVs: Worship 4, Privacy 6,
Discovery 6, Questioning 8
Professions: Locality (Dis-

ciple) 5

Botanist

Bio 4, Cog 5, Meta 2, Nano

6, String 2

CVs: Worship 4, Privacy 2, Life 8, Control 3
Professions: Locality (Disciple) 5

Taoists

Explorer

Bio 7, Cog 6, Meta 6, Nano 8, String 2
CVs: Authenticity 7, Tradition 3, New Hori-
zons 4, My Crew 4
Professions: Explorer 8, Media 2, Locality (Tao

of History) 5

Noble

Bio 6, Cog 7, Meta 10, Nano 5, String 3
CVs: Authenticity 4, Tradition 7, Good Breed-
ing 6, Rank Has Its Privileges 3
Professions: Political 9, Locality (Tao of His-
tory) 5, Locality (one other) 4

Writer/Producer

Bio 5, Cog 6, Meta 8, Nano 5, String 2
CVs: Authenticity 8, Tradition 2, Stories 4, Con-

tinuity 6

Professions: Media 7, Metatech Engineer 7, Lo-
cality (Tao of History) 7

Courtesan

Bio 8, Cog 5, Meta 9, Nano 8, String 3
CVs: Authenticity 6, Tradition 3, Secrecy 7, Plea-

sure 4

Professions: Courtesan 6, Athlete 2, Spy 3, Local-
ity (Tao of History) 5

Stardwellers

Traveler

Bio 8, Cog 5, Meta 6, Nano 10, String 6
CVs: Freedom 7, Diversity 6,
Wanderlust 6, Discovery 8
Professions: Explorer 7,
Outdoorsman 3, Courtesan 4,
Locality (Stardweller) 5, Locality
(Cargo Cults) 4

Neophile

Bio 10, Cog 7, Meta 5, Nano

10, String 8

CVs: Freedom 4, Diversity 7,
New Things 8, Experimentation 4
Professions: Nanotech Engi-
neer 8, Stringtech Researcher 4, Biotech Engineer 6,
Crisis Control 6, Locality (Stardweller) 5

Mainstay

Bio 6, Cog 6, Meta 5, Nano 8, String 7
CVs: Freedom 5, Diversity 6, Home 4, Commu-

nity 6

Professions: Spacer 5, Nanotech Engineer 4,
Crisis Control 5, Teacher 7, Locality (Stardweller) 6,
Locality (Spacer) 4

Financier

Bio 7, Cog 8, Meta 7, Nano 5, String 5
CVs: Freedom 4, Diversity 3, Responsibility 6,

Accountability 7

Professions: Financial 9, Metatech Engineer 8,
Metatech Researcher 8, Locality (Stardweller) 5

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Roamers

Con Man

Bio 4, Cog 5, Meta 7, Nano 5, String 2
CVs: Secrecy 6, Wanderlust 8, Freedom 4, Soli-

darity 6

Professions: Criminal 5, Locality (Roamer) 5,
Locality (two others) 3

Spymaster

Bio 5, Cog 6, Meta 8, Nano 6, String 2
CVs: Secrecy 10, Wanderlust 2, Information 5,

Reciprocation 6

Professions: Spy 7, Locality (Roamer) 5, Locality

(one other) 5

Ringmaster

Bio 4, Cog 5, Meta 7, Nano 5, String 3
CVs: Secrecy 3, Wanderlust 4,
Proft 7, Showmanship 8
Professions: Political 3, Me-
dia 5, Locality (Roamer) 6

Bouncer

Bio 6, Cog 4, Meta 5, Nano

8, String 4

CVs: Secrecy 4, Wanderlust 5,
Security 8, Tough Luck 3
Professions: Police 6, Local-
ity (Roamer) 5

Independents

Possibly Mad Scientist

Bio 3, Cog 6, Meta 2, Nano 5, String 8
CVs: Independence 7, Teamwork 1, Invention 10,

Entitlement 4

Professions: Stringtech Research 4, Stringtech
Engineer 7, Locality (Independent) 5

Politician

Bio 3, Cog 5, Meta 6, Nano 3, String 2
CVs: Independence 6, Teamwork 8, Peace 3, My

Constituents 4

Professions: Political 6, Locality (Independent) 5

Public Safety

Bio 4, Cog 4, Meta 4, Nano 5, String 7
CVs: Independence 3, Teamwork 7, Security 4,

Community 2

Professions: Police 6, Locality (Independent) 5

Designer

Bio 3, Cog 5, Meta 5, Nano 4, String 3
CVs: Independence 6, Teamwork 4, Expres-
sion 7, Freedom 5
Professions: Artist 5 (clothing and murals), Local-
ity (Independent) 5

Replicants

Outdoorsman

Bio 9, Cog 5, Meta 3, Nano 5, String 7
CVs: Life 6, Safety 2, Exploration 7, Serenity 3
Professions: Outdoorsman 7, Medical 5, Ex-
plorer 2, Locality (Replicants) 5

Therapist

Bio 6, Cog 6, Meta 5, Nano 5,

String 2

CVs: Life 5, Safety 2, Sanity 7,
Understanding 8
Professions: Metatech Engi-
neer 7, Metatech Researcher 6,
Legal 2, Locality (Replicants) 5

Nanotechnician

Bio 7, Cog 7, Meta 2, Nano
7, String 5

CVs: Life 4, Safety 6,
Creation 8, Competition 3
Professions: Nanotech

Engineer

9,

Nanotech
Researcher 4, Legal 4, Crisis Control 3, Locality
(Replicants) 5

Ordonymics

The Replicants use special names — ord-
onymics, literally “order names” — to distin-
guish between various instances of themselves.
Here are the ordonymics, starting with one and
counting up:

Primus, secundus, tertius, quartus, quin-
tus, sextus, septimus, octavus, nonus, decimus,
undecimus, duodecimus, tertius decimus,
quartus decimus ... vicesimus (20), vicesimus
primus (21) ... tricesimus (30). Anyone with
more than 30 duplicates running around
is one rich bastard.

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Judge

Bio 8, Cog 7, Meta 5, Nano 5, String 3
CVs: Life 6, Safety 7, Law 6, Logic 2
Professions: Legal 9, Political 8, Locality

(Replicants) 5

Professional Bloodcrosse Player

Bio 9, Cog 5, Meta 5, Nano 5, String 4
CVs: Life 8, Safety 3, Winning 6, Physical Perfec-

tion 9

Professions: Athlete 8, Legal 2, Courtesan 4, Po-
lice 1, Locality (Replicants) 7

Logicians

Security Officer

Bio 5, Cog 3, Meta 1,
Nano 8, String 6
CVs: Logic 2, Effciency
4, Law 8, Calm 3
Professions: Police 6,
Locality (Logicians) 5

Mathematician

Bio 4, Cog 6, Meta 1,
Nano 5, String 2
CVs: Logic 10, Effciency
7, Exploration 4, Complete-
ness 5

Professions: Cognitech
Researcher 7, Programmer
4, Locality (Logicians) 5

City Planner

Bio 5, Cog 5, Meta 1, Nano 2, String 2
CVs: Logic 6, Effciency 7, Expansion 4, De-

tails 5

Professions: Metatech Engineer 5, Locality (Logi-

cians) 7

Minor Lord

Bio 7, Cog 5, Meta 2, Nano 5, String 2
CVs: Logic 4, Effciency 6, Good Breeding 4,

Heirarchy 8

Professions: Political 6, Legal 6, Locality (Logi-

cians) 5

Stored

Polymath

Bio n/a, Cog 10, Meta 5, Nano 5, String 5
CVs: Life 4, Identity 3, Knowledge 10, Respon-

sibility 3

Professions: Artist 4, Courtesan 5, Crisis Control
6, Engineer (all of them) 5, Explorer 4, Farmer 2, Finan-
cial 6, Legal 5, Media 4, Medical 6, Outdoorsman 2,
Police 4, Political 2, Programmer 6, Religious 2,
Researcher (all of them) 6, Soldier 5, Spacer 2, Spy 5,
Teacher 8, Locality (Stored) 8, Locality (all others) 5

Programmer

Bio n/a, Cog 9, Meta 4, Nano 6, String 2
CVs: Life 6, Identity 2, Effciency 4, Variety 5
Professions: Programmer
10, Cognitech Researcher
4, Cognitech Engineer 6,
Locality (Stored) 5, Locality
(Tao) 4

Artist

Bio n/a, Cog 7, Meta 8,
Nano 3, String 2
CVs: Life 4, Identity 7,
Creation 6, Immersion 8
Professions: Artist (VR
and music) 10, Media 6,
Locality (Stored) 5, Local-
ity (Masquerade) 5, Locality
(Stardwellers) 4

Reporter

Bio n/a, Cog 7, Meta 6, Nano 5, String 3
CVs: Life 3, Identity 5, Truth 7, Interconnec-

tion 6

Professions: Police 4, Media 9, Spy 5, Locality
(Stored) 5, Metatech Engineer 2, Locality (Tao) 3,
Locality (Independents) 4

Old-Worlders

Farmer

Bio 2, Cog 2, Meta 2, Nano 2, String 2
CVs: Tradition 3, Simplicity 4, Growth 7, Wor-

ship 4, Family 6

Professions: Farmer 5, Locality (Old-Worlder) 5

Explorer

Bio 3, Cog 2, Meta 2, Nano 2, String 3

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CVs: Tradition 3, Simplicity 4, The Horizon 8,
Friendship 7, Wanderlust 7
Professions: Outdoorsman 3, Locality (Old-

worlders) 5

Mayor

Bio 2, Cog 2, Meta 3, Nano 2, String 2
CVs: Tradition 8, Simplicity 4, My Town 6, Hos-

pitality 2, Faith 6

Professions: Political 6, Locality (Old-

worlders) 6

Teacher

Bio 2, Cog 3, Meta 2, Nano 3, String 2
CVs: Tradition 4, Simplicity 7, Growing Up Right
8, Knowledge 5, My Students 4
Professions: Teacher 5, Locality (Old-worlders) 5

Spacers

Security

Bio 7, Cog 5, Meta 2, Nano 5, String 6
CVs: Independence 3, Diligence 8, Order 6,

Caution 4

Professions: Soldier 6, Crisis Control 6, Spacer 4,
Locality (Spacer) 5

Captain

Bio 6, Cog 5, Meta 6, Nano 5, String 4
CVs: Independence 6, Diligence 4, Unity 8,

Tradition 4

Professions: Political 7, Soldier 5, Spacer 5, Lo-

cality (Spacer) 6

Engineer

Bio 5, Cog 6, Meta 3, Nano 7, String 4
CVs: Independence 7, Diligence 8, Creativity 6,

Recycling 3

Professions: Nanotech Engineer 6, Stringtech
Engineer 6, Spacer 4, Locality (Spacer) 5

Mission Specialist

Bio 6, Cog 5, Meta 3, Nano 5, String 2
CVs: Independence 6, Diligence 5, Teamwork 3,

Knowledge 4

Professions: Spacer 4, Locality (Spacer) 5, and
pick one of the following: Medical 7, Programmer 7,
Researcher (one) 7, Spy 7, Spacer 8, or Farmer 7.

Cargo Cultists

Ritual Leader

Bio 2, Cog 2, Meta 4, Nano 2, String 2
CVs: Ritual 8, Worship 7, Power 9, My Congre-

gation 3

Professions: Religious 5, Locality (Cargo Cult) 5

Cult Soldier

Bio 4, Cog 2, Meta 2, Nano 5, String 5
CVs: Ritual 7, Worship 2, The Forge Of Battle 6,

Brotherhood 6

Professions: Soldier 3 Locality (Cargo Cult) 5

Cult Criminal

Bio 2, Cog 3, Meta 3, Nano 3, String 4
CVs: Ritual 4, Worship 6, Solidarity 7, Indepen-

dence 7

Professions: Criminal 4, Locality (Cargo Cult) 5

Cult Experimenter

Bio 2, Cog 3, Meta 2, Nano 2, String 2
CVs: Ritual 7, Worship 2, Recklessness 4, The

Future 6

Professions: Religious 3, Stringtech Engineer 3,
Locality (Cargo Cult) 5

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