I've never run (or played in) a Terradyne campaign due to lack of time,
but I really enjoyed reading the book as "Future History" SF. In many ways
it reminded me of David Brin's novel "Earth".
One reviewer said that the setting was too optimistic - with most of my friends
and relatives underwater, corporate control of space, gross overpopulation,
and increasing cancer rates, I have a hard time agreeing with him...
Now, an idea for anyone wanting a more cinematic Terradyne campaign setting:
blend in the world of the Phoenix Project, from GURPS Psionics.
Some specific ideas:
- The existence of psionics is now an "open secret". Although technically
covered up, all major governments and corporations know of it's existence,
and the proportion of private citizens taken in by the cover-up is
shrinking rapidly. In Europe, there is an unofficially sanctioned
"ghettoisation" of discovered psis into the worst complexes. In no
nation has the law yet caught up with the consequences of psi.
- Psychotronic devices and psi "services" are becoming more available on the
open market. A populace that accepts VR has little difficulty with
Dreamshapers, or private investigators claiming to use psi to uncover
"evidence" of infidelity. Ironically, many of these are fakes...
- Biotech Chulan was one of the companies absorbed into Terradyne;
consequently, TD have an advantage in biopsi.
- Japan has taken over from the West as the world leader in psychotronics.
If psi is out in the open, it will carefully avoid treading on TD's toes
by trying to sell biopsi.
- The effects of birth in a low-g environment mean that psis are more common
among moonbabies. Jodo San is a telepath, which helped him to reach his
current position; he is also a leader of the Overmind Institute.
First-generation moonbabies are 5 times as likely as earth-born humans to
be psionic; later generations are 10 times as likely.