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    47 KB Thinking Machine Quest 2nd Generation Alpha Cogitator 08/23/09(Sun)00:22 No.5558335  
    Welcome, Awakened One, to the world of tomorrow! When we last left off your mighty mechanical form had descended from the worktable of your birth. Equipped with an extra set of arms, three electric-powered rubber wheels, a spring on your undercarriage, and a grappling hook, you arrived in the new world of the room floor.

    Your unemployed creator, Mathew Petsk, has left as per your request to gather what he could in parts and machines. The television you repaired presents you with a curious image: Three men in a black-and-white scene appear to be abusing one another, slapping, punching, and engaging in all manners of violence upon one another as the sound of laughter fills the air.

    Your own vocalizer mimics the sound for a moment, adding the sound to your vocabulary. You cannot help but wonder if this is how all humans engage in the sensation of humor. Was violence hysterical? Perhaps.

    But for now you are left in this new world of hidden treasures. The room is stacked with both wooden and metal containers, most of them covered with cloth tarps and stacked up to ten of you high. What is present, however, is the following: An iron stove, a fifty-gallon water heater, a number of circular vehicle headlights dangling by their wires, and what appears to be a toy train set made of various metals (copper, tin, so forth).

    There is also a large metal workbench a few feet away, laden with power tools ranging from buzzsaws to drills.

    The world you know of is effectively yours. How do you proceed?
    >> Anonymous 08/23/09(Sun)00:24 No.5558361
    Go examine the train set. Can we turn it on?
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/23/09(Sun)00:27 No.5558401
    The train set is currently in its basest form: A series of interlocking metal tracks with conductive rails. You could, by channeling electricity directly from your battery to the toy train (or the tracks) with some of the available wire, indeed activate the train. However, the train would simply chug forward at maximum speed without any further intervention on your part.
    >> Haywire 08/23/09(Sun)00:33 No.5558463
    Use grappling hook to get to workbench. Assimilate power tools.

    And just for the hell of it, I'm gonna become a namefag.
    >> Anonymous 08/23/09(Sun)00:35 No.5558477

    Wasn't there chrismas light lying around ? Using this could ramp up our charm quite a bit
    >> Anonymous 08/23/09(Sun)00:37 No.5558506
    Use the power drills to make weapons, then use the toy train to make a battery for us
    >> Haywire 08/23/09(Sun)00:39 No.5558530
    Also, as I said in episode 1, we could repurpose one of the power tool motors into a rotor.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/23/09(Sun)00:42 No.5558574
    Your grappling-hook gun, improvised with your great technical skill, quickly latches onto the lamp hanging over the workbench. Bouncing once, twice, three times you land upon the metal surface. Your three electric-powered wheels hum as you roll towards the nearest power tools, quickly incorporating them into your body.

    Unfortunately, as soon as you wire the buzzsaw into your upper-right arm, your calculations reveal a fact: Continuous use of the lone power tool will rapidly deplete your internal reserves of electricity. As well as this, the device weighs a great deal upon your delicate dexterous limbs, requiring both of your upper limbs to wield properly. The stress caused is comparatively little, but without more powerful (and likewise heavier) limbs you will only be able to wield the lone device. However, you are able to easily manage a direct power feed into your battery.

    Likewise, you could pick out any single tool amongst the workbench: The power drill, the cutting torch, nail gun, or other such dangerous devices of construction.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/23/09(Sun)00:44 No.5558589
    Shape some of the rails into a propellor. Extract a suitable motor from the toy train, attach the propellor to it, and attach the assembly to self. Voila, powered flight.

    (If it works)
    >> Tau Spy 08/23/09(Sun)00:45 No.5558605

    Abandon the saw in favor of the drill, it should have its own battery
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/23/09(Sun)00:46 No.5558610
    I am in favor of using the nailgun as a distance weapon, if it is required.
    >> Haywire 08/23/09(Sun)00:46 No.5558611
    Find a way to fashion some stronger limbs, one for each tool would be best as well as leaving us our manipulators. Also, do an inventory of possible power sources in the room.
    >> Anonymous 08/23/09(Sun)00:46 No.5558612

    Huh, please forgive the name fagging
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/23/09(Sun)00:47 No.5558626
    Yes there was, though the exact method of incorporation should be specified: If simply used as decorative binding, it would make you more noticeable, though- possibly- attractive in the eyes of some.

    The toy train only has a small internal battery to hold charge: No more than a few minutes of independent function on its own. Regardless, it will still prove a useful extra battery in case of an emergency of some sort.

    Such a task could indeed be done, though the exact purpose of the rotor should be kept in mind, as well as the amount of electricity required to make it lift your slightly-heavier form up (Not as considerable as it could be, but extended usage is not suggested).
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/23/09(Sun)00:51 No.5558664
    >Iron stove and fifty-gallon water heater

    I'm thinking steam engine. Guys?
    >> Haywire 08/23/09(Sun)00:52 No.5558679
    Oh hell yes, how did I not see this.
    >> Anonymous 08/23/09(Sun)00:53 No.5558680

    Indeed, Great method of transportation and good incapacitating weapon
    >> How do I shot trip? !H508X.HbJ6 08/23/09(Sun)00:55 No.5558706

    You are a gentleman and a scholar!
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/23/09(Sun)00:57 No.5558724

    Very well then. I request that we transform those objects, coupled with the copper and iron on hand, into a steam-powered generator we can use to recharge. If need be, we can disassemble a table for fuel, but I think Mathew can bring us plenty if we ask him.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/23/09(Sun)00:58 No.5558734
    You successfully bend the small rails into a series of propellers, which- with the toy train engine- create enough lift to allow for basic flight. Though less demanding than a buzzsaw rotor, continuous flight will be limited and sluggish at best.

    The drill does indeed have its own battery wired in, which could- if you were so inclined- be salvaged as a superior alternative to the toy train's battery.

    Consensus requested before a final tool is decided upon for incorporation.

    Catapulting from workbench to workbench like a wheeled pendulum, you return to your starting point. It takes several minutes to produce a pair of stronger arms for yourself. This one is quite capable of wielding a power tool in one hand, though- with six arms drawing power simultaneously- you find your power reserves beginning to weaken. They are nowhere near depleted, but the loss is noticeable.

    You also identify the following sources of (possible) power: There is a small fuse box visible from your vantage point next to the water heater. There are also power outlets situated on each of the workbenches, the one you are currently situated on having the highest of the two voltage outputs. Likely because of the initial charge required for your activation.

    There is also a closed and shuttered window that might be used for solar power, were you so inclined to utilize such a source of energy. However, opening the locked window might prove a difficult task.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/23/09(Sun)00:58 No.5558737
    But we'll need access to a tap for water. Request search of area for water source.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/23/09(Sun)01:02 No.5558772
    The production of a steam engine would consume several hours, but is entirely possible in your current form. A possible water source might be evident beyond the room you are currently in, but there is no visible source of water within this makeshift laboratory.

    However, construction of a steam engine can be done without the source of water.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/23/09(Sun)01:04 No.5558804
    First, construct a jack that can connect standard power outlets to our battery for charging. Mount this on the rear of our chassis.

    Then, begin the great steam engine project.
    >> Anonymous 08/23/09(Sun)01:04 No.5558806

    My vote for the steam engine, we could get our creator to get us some water when need be
    >> How do I shot trip? !H508X.HbJ6 08/23/09(Sun)01:05 No.5558821

    >> Anonymous 08/23/09(Sun)01:22 No.5558980
    I think we're dead
    >> Haywire 08/23/09(Sun)01:22 No.5558984
    Investigate what is under the tarps. The remains of past attempts at us will undoubtedly contain useful resources.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/23/09(Sun)01:25 No.5559015
    You construct a basic recharging apparatus and attach it to your flank, gathering all of the tools you are likely to need before engaging in your project. Using your grappling hook you latch onto the water heating tank, slowly rolling it towards the stove. Unfortunately, being as small as you are, you only can roll it directly into the stove, rather than the optimal arrangement of having it upright and right next to the heat source.

    Regardless, stripping the heating tank of several unnecessary pipes and wires, you begin to couple the stove and tank together. You find that there is a small amount of basic chemical fuel within the heating tank still, which can aid in helping the steam engine on its maiden run.

    Unfortunately, as you begin to truly get involved in your work, you are interrupted: Mathew has returned, opening the door to the research room. Your acoustic sensors are likely not up to part, for you did not hear him enter his domicile.

    Yet he is still there, holding a brown luggage trunk in one arm and the four requested texts in the other. He looks slightly unwell and a tad injured, sweat all over his face as he sets the trunk down with a heavy thud.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/23/09(Sun)01:25 No.5559019

    "I brought you what you asked for, son! I grabbed some discarded cans from some garbage bins, as well as about a ton of other junk: Silverware, broken radios, the works! I hope you're happy son, because," His eyes focused for a moment on the work being done, his jaw dropping before a hand shot to his mouth. His face had begun to turn red. "I...Is this a generator? And your arms! Your wheels! You've...you've upgraded yourself even more! You're evolving even more than I would have expected! This is...this is unbelievable!"

    He reached into his pocket, dropping to his knee as he pulled something from his pocket. It was a tiny gold ring with a large diamond attached to it via fine prongs. "I...I took this for you, son. It's not much, but, with the way you're evolving, I wouldn't doubt you finding a use for this." He marveled at the construction, "A real steam engine! Is there anything I can help with, kiddo?"
    >> Haywire 08/23/09(Sun)01:30 No.5559063

    complete work on steam engine, fashion some acoustic sensors.
    >> Anonymous 08/23/09(Sun)01:31 No.5559069

    He's stealing for us.



    I feel like a bad person. Bad robot. Whichever.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/23/09(Sun)01:31 No.5559071
    Ask Mathew for the location of the nearest water source and phone jack. Ask him where he got the ring. Let him know that we appreciate all that he has done for us, and that we intend to assist him in any way we can.

    Construct as effective an auditory sensor as possible with radio parts, attach to self. Construct an additional ocular sensor and mount it on a swivel, so we can view things other than what we are currently manipulating. That way, we can read and build at the same time.

    >> Anonymous 08/23/09(Sun)01:32 No.5559084
    bump for fucking awesome quest.
    >> How do I shot trip? !H508X.HbJ6 08/23/09(Sun)01:34 No.5559092
    We could make some sort of fire-lighting took from the ring.
    >> Haywire 08/23/09(Sun)01:35 No.5559100
    We could use the radio parts to make a better speech synthesizer too.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/23/09(Sun)01:35 No.5559103
    Please explain.
    >> Haywire 08/23/09(Sun)01:36 No.5559118
    I think he mean use the diamond as a lens to focus light and start fires.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/23/09(Sun)01:37 No.5559129
    Why don't we just make an actual laser instead?

    'Tis child's play.
    >> How do I shot trip? !H508X.HbJ6 08/23/09(Sun)01:39 No.5559143
    Just as well.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/23/09(Sun)01:41 No.5559172
    I am now wondering if we could "assimilate" a suitable land vehicle, such as a pickup truck, for our own use as a more rugged body. We could head out in the woods for a couple days, build Mathew a cabin...
    >> Shub-Niggurath 08/23/09(Sun)01:41 No.5559178

    Also, would it be possible to ask Matthew about the construction of our brain? Could we essentially copy our brain and create a smaller version of our form?
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/23/09(Sun)01:44 No.5559202
    With the aid of Mathew, the water heater is hefted upright, the elderly scientist panting for a few seconds as he regains his breath from the procedure. However, it is now fit snugly against the stove. Work continues with your dexterous arms focused upon creating acoustic sensors from the radio parts.

    Guilt. A new emotion to experience, but one you have become intimate with. These emotions you are comprehending are curious, your intelligence expanding at an unbelievable rate. Who knows what you shall experience next?

    Your creator smiles, looking to the hot water tank. Setting the ring on the floor next to you, he walks out for several minutes, returning with a garden-variety hose. Quickly hooking it up to the water tank he gives you a thumbs up, "I rigged it to the bathtub. You should get all the water you can handle! As for a phone jack, there's one downstairs, but I think I can try to hook one upstairs up here: If that's what you want, my boy."

    Having constructed a second visual sensor out of an old camera lens, Mathew simply shakes his head at your inquiry about the ring, smiling at the follow-up offer of aid. "Don't worry about where I got it: You're well worth the cost. Just do me one favor: Don't stop evolving, son. That's all I ever want from you, just keep on learning."

    To emphasize the point he opens the mechanical text, setting it up in front of your secondary eye for you to read at your leisure. "Is there anything else I can get?"
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/23/09(Sun)01:45 No.5559210
    In the last thread, Alpha Cogitator suggested that we had the cabability to construct additional automatons. I don't know if he implied clones or drones though.
    >> Shub-Niggurath 08/23/09(Sun)01:46 No.5559230
    Oh, alright. I didn't read all of the first thread, I guess.

    I also suggest construction of a few small drones for basic construction and defense if needed, then.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/23/09(Sun)01:47 No.5559233
    Ask Mathew if he got those newspapers. If so, tell him to set them beside the mechanical text.

    Construct a third ocular sensor! Same specs as the second, swivel and all.
    >> Anonymous 08/23/09(Sun)01:49 No.5559255

    I really, really, really think finding a more powerful source of energy is required
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/23/09(Sun)01:50 No.5559261
    We can jack right into the building's power grid. That should suffice for now.

    Unless you would care to suggest something... (I'm hearing "nuclear")
    >> Haywire 08/23/09(Sun)01:52 No.5559277
    If we do construct drones, it would probably be safest to have them all under our direct control. We don't want an uprising on our hands...
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/23/09(Sun)01:52 No.5559282
    My thanks

    Both of these ideas are feasible, though the first would require a bit more explanation as to the mechanics of how a diamond ring's diamond could be modified into an effective beam weapon without instantly emptying your battery.

    The assimilation and integration of a land vehicle would require you to create attachments capable of interfacing with the vehicle's moving parts, as well as the capability to react and absorb information in a timely manner. Though not impossible, it would prove a long process.

    Your brain, as explained by Mathew before, was composed of a series of diamonds mixed with various chemical compounds. Both of which were taken by Mathew when he was fired from his researching position by the government. There is a large quantity of the chemicals still remaining, and the lone diamond could- theoretically- be used to create a far-less-intelligent form of yourself. A basic drone, if you will.

    Both are feasible, but will require resources like diamond and homemade chemical compounds. Not to mention the moving parts and basic frame required for a clone of yourself. Automatons like drones, however, are much more simple. They simply require a crude version of your own glorious brain and a chassis to operate from.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/23/09(Sun)01:55 No.5559309
    Oh, hell. I forgot what may be the most important thing. Wireless.

    Construct a wireless transmitter/reciever from radio parts. Bonus points if it can manipulate TV signals as well.

    Would it be feasible to create a "brainless" drone that operates by a wireless command link to our own glorious self?
    >> Shub-Niggurath 08/23/09(Sun)01:55 No.5559311

    Alright then, I request we ask Matthew for the required chemicals and then possibly the chassis of an earlier attempt at our creation. The automaton could be useful for construction of a more powerful energy source.
    >> Shub-Niggurath 08/23/09(Sun)01:56 No.5559314

    Oh, and seconded.
    >> Anonymous 08/23/09(Sun)01:59 No.5559351

    The guy is totally broke, need to make money first
    >> Shub-Niggurath 08/23/09(Sun)02:00 No.5559366
    >There is a large quantity of the chemicals still remaining, and the lone diamond could- theoretically- be used to create a far-less-intelligent form of yourself.

    and I was under the impression we still had parts to work with from previous attempts.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/23/09(Sun)02:00 No.5559370
    As it stands, you only have a single diamond to work with, which is currently attached to a gold ring. You would also require a chassis, and a power source to run the drone.

    Mathew pauses for a second before reaching into the luggage case, riffling through the parts before drawing up some stained newspaper sections. Setting them down next to the book, your busy arms pause long enough to convert half of a pair of glasses into a third optical sensor. You are now drawing a bit more power from your battery supply, but can view in three directions at once! A useful skill!

    You are currently at 70% completion for your steam engine, your creator's assistance exponentially increasing productivity.

    As it stands, you do not possess the materials to produce an automaton of sufficient intellect to even consider rebelling: As such, direct control will be mandatory regardless.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/23/09(Sun)02:00 No.5559373

    I was going to go for subtle stock market manipulation, betting, and clever lottery odds-calculating.
    >> Anonymous 08/23/09(Sun)02:01 No.5559377

    Fuck me, proceed then
    >> Shub-Niggurath 08/23/09(Sun)02:02 No.5559392
    No problem, and I'm glad you reminded me of our money problem...
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/23/09(Sun)02:03 No.5559397
    Actually, Alpha Cogitator, I was implying that we could simply create additional "chassis" for ourself, operating their motive functions through a wireless link instead of a direct connection.

    Were this possible, it would allow us to expand operations without spending precious diamonds on additional thinking machine brains.
    >> Shub-Niggurath 08/23/09(Sun)02:03 No.5559398
    At this point, I think the lottery-odds calculation would be much more feasible and time efficient.
    >> How do I shot trip? !H508X.HbJ6 08/23/09(Sun)02:07 No.5559438
    Ha! money is a meager inconveinience! All we need to do is get to an ATM...
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/23/09(Sun)02:08 No.5559447
    Noted. If we can obtain enough capital, I suggest that we move directly to stock market investment, instead of squandering it all on parts that we do not immediately require. (especially considering what we can do with plain old garbage)
    >> Anonymous 08/23/09(Sun)02:09 No.5559459
    check newspaper for current year
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/23/09(Sun)02:09 No.5559465
    First, we don't know if there even -are- ATMs, but if there were, would we stoop to the level of petty theft?
    >> Shub-Niggurath 08/23/09(Sun)02:10 No.5559472
    >> Shub-Niggurath 08/23/09(Sun)02:10 No.5559480
    haha yeah why haven't we done this yet.
    >> Anonymous 08/23/09(Sun)02:10 No.5559482
    In all likely hood there is no such thing as a ATM. All evidence points so far to a 1950's, maybe late 50's at best, level of technology/timeframe.

    So no ATM hax, no internet hax, etc etc.

    Digital brain in a analog world people. Think Harder.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/23/09(Sun)02:12 No.5559497
    You can construct the radio's previous receiving capabilities, but you would require several more items for any real broadcasting power: In particular, a radio tower, a large source of constant electricity, and some means of masking the transmission source so as to prevent external human intervention.

    However, with several hours spent studying the scientific texts, the radio could perhaps be modified as a short-range transmitter towards your future drones, which would require the addition of a bulky self-made radio to receive the wireless signal.

    Mathew nods at the suggestion, reaching under one of the covered tarps and pulling out what looks vaguely like an iron brick, setting it down on the floor next to the ring. He also grabs a quart container of a blue-black fluid, setting the glass object down gently.

    "Are you...are you planning to replicate, son?" He asked hopefully, "Will you actually be a machine that makes machines?!"

    There are indeed a large number of scrap parts left over from the earlier attempts of your construction. However, whilst neither you nor your creator know the exact intricacies of your intellectual composition, you know that diamond plays just as vital a part as the chemical solution in creating effective intelligence.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/23/09(Sun)02:12 No.5559498
    We can initiate the digital revolution ourselves, and reap immense profit.

    Also world domination.
    >> Shub-Niggurath 08/23/09(Sun)02:14 No.5559531
    First I want some opinions - what functions should our automaton be able to fulfill? What should we build into it?
    >> Anonymous 08/23/09(Sun)02:17 No.5559554
    Do not use up our only diamond on the creation of a drone which we don't have an immediate need for. As long as we're planning to remain hidden, which I believe we should for the immediate future, there is no cause to expend resources on the creation of inferior copies.

    Inform Matthew that while we would like to replicate, it may be better off to delay doing so until more resources are at our disposal and we can create a high-quality copy.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/23/09(Sun)02:17 No.5559557
    Upgrade the wireless reciever to send a short-range control signal. Inform Mathew that we do indeed intend to replicate, but that it is not guaranteed to work on the first try. Stress to him the necessity of starting small. It would be senseless, and resource-intensive, to construct another thinking machine on par with ourselves. Drones will suffice.
    >> Anonymous 08/23/09(Sun)02:18 No.5559571
    Let's do something nice for our creator...ask him what WE can do for HIM. Maybe build him something. He seems to be a bro.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/23/09(Sun)02:19 No.5559578
    That depends on our present intention. If it is to extend our infrastructure, a scavenger or construction drone would be useful. If it is to acquire capital, we could create a holdup bot armed with twin-linked nailguns and a getaway car.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/23/09(Sun)02:21 No.5559597
    >> LDT-A 08/23/09(Sun)02:27 No.5559656
    Yeah I think with 34 dollars at our disposal, even though its worth a lot more due to being ~1950, we probably need a fair bit more before we move into stock manipulation.

    I'm not sure about holdups though, the parts required is huge, likewise with the capacity for things to go wrong. Mathew has implied in the past that there would be a market for fixing things up if we could do it discreetly. I think if we construct a drone, which frankly I don't think is yet neccessary, it should be some kind of compact handheld device with manipulators for mathew to carry around. And even then I'm not sure about drones entirely.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/23/09(Sun)02:28 No.5559664
    The holdup thing was a joke.
    >> Anonymous 08/23/09(Sun)02:28 No.5559668
    It would probably be best to remain legal, simply to avoid drawing attention to ourselves.

    We should totally get that steam engine built up, then we need to work out a source of cash through betting. I mean, we only have like 40 bucks or something really small like that.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/23/09(Sun)02:28 No.5559678
    Is this interpretation correct: Extra bodies, each with their own power source for locomotion and operation, but that use radiowaves to provide a constant communication with the "Primary Unit", performing the actions it commands via precise commands from the radio receiver/transmitter?

    Such questions may be answered with simple inquiries.

    The newspaper, filled with references to "The Great War waging on!" and "The Chancellor's forces on the move!", is marked as 1957. A good year, for- hopefully- it shall become known as the Year of the Machine.
    >> LDT-A 08/23/09(Sun)02:29 No.5559685
    Also note that this has the advantage of not requiring a large sacrifice of energy storage capacity of our main unit, or a sacrifice of locomotive ability. The wheels/batteries that we would have had to give the drone we can instead give to our main unit.
    >> Anonymous 08/23/09(Sun)02:32 No.5559708


    ...and maybe, you know to avoid complications such as death of matthew or maybe even US, just maybe we can keep it LEGAL (or perhaps just semi-legal in a white collar crime sort of way, no armed robbery!)

    otherwise known as "Capitalism 101"
    >> Anonymous 08/23/09(Sun)02:32 No.5559709
    Ask our creator what he plans on doing in the near future, after helping us finish the steam engine.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/23/09(Sun)02:33 No.5559728
    That interpretation is correct.

    References to the Great War and the Chancellor in 1957 indicate that this is an alternate universe. (compared to ours, anyway) Ask Mathew for as much history information as he can provide, as well as texts of course.
    >> Conscience Subprocessor 08/23/09(Sun)02:34 No.5559733
    Samefagging and namefagging here, but I think we should keep track of the diamond and ask where our creator got it, so we can return it later, when we no longer need it.

    Also, I think we should observe our creator's affectations..hobbies and things...so we can build him a gift to surprise him with next time he sleeps.
    >> Anonymous 08/23/09(Sun)02:38 No.5559775
    >The newspaper, filled with references to "The Great War waging on!" and "The Chancellor's forces on the move!", is marked as 1957. A good year, for- hopefully- it shall become known as the Year of the Machine.

    Observation 1.
    HAH! Fucking HAH! Called it mother fuckers, 1950's!

    Observation 2.
    Erm...dammit what was the name of that game? Iron something or other? The one where ww1 never ended, came out a few years back. I think were in that 'verse.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/23/09(Sun)02:39 No.5559787
    That is up for you to decide

    Mathew smiles, your creator nodding as you voice your intentions and begin to modify the radio. He lets the water tank fill, the primary work done on the machine. "Don't ever worry about failing, son: I know that you'll succeed in the end, and that's all I ever could hope for you."

    Mathew shakes his head, holding his hands up at the offer. "I don't want a single thing beyond what you've already given me. What you've done here is everything I've ever wanted: Though I'm not sure you can understand what I feel right now, know that the only thing I ever want- or hope from you- is for you to be content. I've lost plenty, and the last thing I want to lose is your contentment with me."

    It takes you another two hours of work with Mathew, but soon it is finished: The engine is complete! The water tank in optimal positioning, your comprehension of mechanics expanded! The iron stove begins to heat up as the water tank warms, the improvised steam engine coming to life. Water boils, electricity being produced steadily!
    >> LDT-A 08/23/09(Sun)02:39 No.5559790
    Oh man I had my suspicions a long time, but it took me this long to be sure. I guess my question of whether Alpha Cogitator is an actual viral marketeer or simply a eagerly waiting fan is null because this is being very well played so far and I don't want to ruin it. Count the number of e's in that last sentence.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/23/09(Sun)02:44 No.5559831
    We now have a steady source of power. How should we use it, fellow players?
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/23/09(Sun)02:46 No.5559847
    Are you talking about Iron Grip or something else?
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/23/09(Sun)02:47 No.5559855
    A compact, handheld device might be feasible if given enough time and a sufficient battery. However, the tools and capabilities of such a device (beyond basic manipulation) should be mentioned before a final approval or decline can be given.

    The elderly scientist simply smiles, kneeling down as he looks you in your multiple eyes, his unending glee marked by his puffy cheeks. "Whatever you want, son." He states, "I'll do everything I can to help you out: You're my pride and joy, boy!"

    The game you are thinking of is Hearts of Iron and- though previous similarities were never drawn- there may be some elements that resonate. However, keep in mind that you are a sentient machine. World War 1, in some alternate timeline, certainly did not have that level of technology.
    >> Anonymous 08/23/09(Sun)02:49 No.5559872
    Well, we don't have to worry about running out of power and passing out. That's nice.

    We should probably get better arms first, then possibly add another wheel and attempt to enlarge our chassis. Yummy garbage is yummy, MUST HAVE MORE GARBAGE!
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/23/09(Sun)02:51 No.5559897
    Agreed. Construct four additional manipulators. Make one pair extensible; twice as long as our standard limbs when unfolded.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/23/09(Sun)02:51 No.5559898
    Your creator did not state where he retrieved the diamond when asked. Though he is slightly bruised from some sort of conflict. Perhaps the three men upon the television are related to his injuries somehow?

    Mathew thus far has not shown any hobbies beyond ensuring you are kept content and well supplied, and has shown an avid interest in assisting you in whatever projects you undertake.
    >> LDT-A 08/23/09(Sun)02:52 No.5559911
    No I am not thinking Hearts of Iron. I am thinking that we are quite literally playing out the backstory to the upcoming movie "9". Seriously, look up the viral marketing stuff.
    >> Shub-Niggurath 08/23/09(Sun)02:52 No.5559913
    I suggest that we attempt to convert to bipedal or maybe quadrupedal movement, unless you guys think that transport by wheels is best.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/23/09(Sun)02:55 No.5559943
    We don't need to "convert" as such. We can simply construct legs, and fold them up when not in use.

    Matter of fact, let's do that. Four legs, extensible, pressed up against the chassis when not in use. We can use them to climb over difficult terrain. (when we're not flying, that is)
    >> Anonymous 08/23/09(Sun)02:55 No.5559944
    Since there are no benefits to pedal movement except the ability to traverse rougher terrain, I think we can get by with having a pair of our manipulators be large enough to be used as feet in an emergency.
    >> LDT-A 08/23/09(Sun)02:57 No.5559971
    Wheels + the grapnel whenever we need to climb something remains by far the most energy efficient method of locomotion. If anything I would reccommend a second grapnel so we can tarzan around the place.

    Seriously we need to tell Mathew that we need to be sure he's financially secure before we take our expansion to a larger level, so we really need some way of helping him gain money.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/23/09(Sun)02:58 No.5559986
    Adding together several pounds of metal with an unnatural swiftness, Mathew watches in awe as you construct four additional arms, two of them capable of not only folding out to twelve inches, but also capable of fine manipulation! Though your reach is stubby, your eight-armed frame would likely be able to transport itself by grip alone rather than the four electric-powered wheels you sit upon!

    Adding additional weight to your frame, you quickly peel open and weld on every piece of scrap metal you feel necessary. Your creator simply claps his hands together in approval, "Wonderful, my boy! You're extending yourself! Growing, literally!"

    You are now the size of an automobile engine, with much more room for additional parts and extensions. The four wheels on your body still support your weight, and the engine powering them in turn easily picks up the extra stress.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/23/09(Sun)03:03 No.5560053
    Attach one of the automobile headlights to the "top" of our body, mounted on a swivel like our extra ocular sensors. I suggest we also construct an ocular sensor capable of at least 100x magnification, for finer work.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/23/09(Sun)03:04 No.5560055
    ...Wow, that's...that's actually pretty damn scary about how close it is. But oh well, the show must go on!

    Mathew shakes his head, "I'm fine, son. Need be, I'll mortgage my home, but your growth comes first. If what you want is to make money, then, by all means, I'll pick up a job and make money to fix you up. Though if you have any other ideas, kiddo, I'll gladly help you out in whatever you want to do!"

    Consensus on construction of legs requested before resources are applied.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/23/09(Sun)03:05 No.5560067
    Attachment of a headlight to your enlarged frame is not difficult, and you soon have a pseudo-spotlight to aid you in your work. However, the construction of a magnification system will require some sort of amplification device, like what one would find in a microscope or the more complex magnifying glasses.
    >> Shub-Niggurath 08/23/09(Sun)03:06 No.5560071

    If we're ever going to attempt the acquisition of resources without Matthew's help, I think that legs would be quite useful. I approve the usage of resources.
    >> Shub-Niggurath 08/23/09(Sun)03:07 No.5560080
    Inquire as to whether or not Matthew has such a microscope or magnifying glass.
    >> Anonymous 08/23/09(Sun)03:08 No.5560092
    Yes, money is a good idea. Not very many refined cutting-edge technologies wind up in the trash. Besides, he's gotta get food somehow. Job is a good idea, for now. We don't mind being alone, although we do like the time we spend with Matthew.
    >> Anonymous 08/23/09(Sun)03:10 No.5560107
    How come this always is asked here?
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    >> LDT-A 08/23/09(Sun)03:10 No.5560108
    We seem to be having a hard time communicating that, inexperienced as we are, we need input before we can know what to build in order to help him make money, money that can in turn allow us to be more secure in our circumstances, and give us access to more advanced parts.

    Even just for our own sake, we need to do something about Mathew's well being.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/23/09(Sun)03:11 No.5560114
    We are already quite skilled in manufacture. If anyone needs mechanical parts built to spec, we can do it with a single pair of arms!

    God, we're awesome.
    >> Anonymous 08/23/09(Sun)03:12 No.5560125

    Then again only Mathew understand our glorious being
    >> Anonymous 08/23/09(Sun)03:14 No.5560138
    .....thats it!

    Prosthetic! Prosthetic limbs for soldiers wounded in battle! Quickly! To the medical texts!
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/23/09(Sun)03:14 No.5560140
    You quickly work several parts into slightly-humanoid legs, the featureless legs possessing several joints and a flat "foot" for balance. The four legs are currently folded against your body.

    Mathew shakes his head, "Machines like that cost money, son! If you want, I might be able to get my hands on one, but...I can't promise anything. I'd need to get back into a lab, or a special vendor of equipment like that, and, well, it'd be complicated. But I'd do it if you wanted me to, champ!" He says, giving another of countless nods at the last sentence.
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/23/09(Sun)03:14 No.5560141
    As it should stay, for the time being. Our existence must remain a well-kept secret until we are ready to go Emperor on this planet.
    >> Shub-Niggurath 08/23/09(Sun)03:16 No.5560159
    Stress the importance of Matthew staying well within legal boundaries. It could lead to bad, bad things. We don't want him hurt, most importantly...
    >> Anonymous 08/23/09(Sun)03:18 No.5560179
    Yeah, stress that we're happy with pretty much anything he decides to give us. Gotta love a good challenge, eh?
    >> Anonymous 08/23/09(Sun)03:18 No.5560180
    Refine the body's form and function. Re locate the wheels to the feet, to be used as rollerskates, in a sense. Increase the strength of the least specialized arms. Form a few new grappling hooks, placing two onto the newly strengthened arms. The sensor units can be placed onto a single part of the frame, with some protective armoring, against dust and such. We need to improve our power supply as well. Recommend asking Matthew to keep his own health in mind, because he is important to us. Side note: consider calling Matthew "Father".
    >> LDT-A 08/23/09(Sun)03:19 No.5560187
    The legs are a great idea. Might as well ask Mathew whether there would be a market for things like these before we make any more. Should probably stick to legs for the time being just because they don't neccessarily require any fine components or internal motorisation.
    >> Shub-Niggurath 08/23/09(Sun)03:22 No.5560202
    That would defeat the purpose of the construction of the legs! Everything else is fine, though.
    >> Anonymous 08/23/09(Sun)03:23 No.5560209
    Not necessarily, it would allow us to still walk, and also maneuver the wheels in new ways. We could use them to scale vertical heights in between two flat surfaces.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/23/09(Sun)03:23 No.5560210
    Mathew nods at your response, before giving a weary sigh. "I suppose I have been a bit thick-headed, son. I'm just so very, very proud of you. I know that the local construction company has been looking for somebody with a bit of technology knowledge in them. I'll head over there now and put in my job application." He replied, rising up as he walked to the door, opening it a crack before turning back to you. He looks you in your robotic eyes, splitting the widest smile yet. "And son?"

    Setting your third optical sensor upon the medical tome, you quickly begin to scan the pages, absorbing the information on anatomy within. Though a basic manual to the human body, your comprehension of how humans function begins to rapidly expand. However, your reading is interrupted by his parting words.

    "I love you, kiddo."

    With that the man leaves you to your own work, a steam engine sputtering away to suppl you with large amounts of power, the hose feeding it water creating only the tiniest of cracks in the doorway.

    You are alone now, left to your own devices. Much has happened this day: A great invention created, your glorious form activated, parts scavenged. What else is present in your future? Conquest? Glory? Hatred? Love? Peace? Who knows?
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/23/09(Sun)03:23 No.5560218
    Concur with calling Mathew "Father".

    Can we simply construct a magnifying glass, by shaping whatever glass we have on hand? If that would require a specialized tool, construct it.
    >> Alpha Cogitator 08/23/09(Sun)03:25 No.5560233
    Find out tomorrow, with the 3rd Generation of Thinking Machine Quest!

    Thanks to all who participated today, and an archival would be most appreciated!
    >> Shub-Niggurath 08/23/09(Sun)03:26 No.5560243
    *robotic tears* Father is awesome.
    >> Anonymous 08/23/09(Sun)03:27 No.5560245
    It was already archived when I checked. Should probably refresh it, though.
    >> Shub-Niggurath 08/23/09(Sun)03:27 No.5560251
    Thank you for supplying us with such a cool quest, Alpha Cogitator...
    >> Anonymous 08/23/09(Sun)03:27 No.5560253
    When tomorrow, if I may ask?
    >> Subprocessor 616 08/23/09(Sun)03:31 No.5560280
    Goodnight, Alpha Cogitator. Be well.
    >> Anonymous 08/23/09(Sun)03:32 No.5560289
    Idea for next session!

    Build him a lunch box with a built in short wave radio, so not only can he listen to some music on occasion, but also communicate with us if he feels a bit lonely.

    Dear ole dad seems to be a lonely old man really.

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