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Radio station broadcast audio archives - lore #30482

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commented May 13, 2019

SUMMARY: Features "Radio station broadcast audio archives"

Purpose of change

We have radio towers and radio stations. Radio stations record their (and other) broadcast for archival purposes, and in the days of Cataclysm many of them have been re-purposed for military/emergency broadcast. This must mean that many interesting recordings had been archived in that short period, including:

  • military broadcast,
  • police broadcast,
  • civilian self-defense forces broadcast, including firefighters, medics and other emergency services,
  • local/central government broadcast,
  • normal broadcast (going haywire as time goes by, news getting more dark and unrelenting),
  • etc.

So the main aim here is to add another channel to introduce lore to the game, this time focused on what was happening "in the air" before and during Cataclysm.

I plan this as a community participation effort, so I deliver the infrastructure, but the ideas for the content itself (radio messages, broadcast snippets) will be gathered from the community, mainly Discourse and Reddit.

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Added radio_archive computer action to computer consoles, that plays random snippets with "radio_archive" tag. Enabled this action from the radio station computer consoles. Since some of the broadcast has restricted access, possibly enforced by military, there is a limit of what you can squeeze out of such console.

Describe alternatives you've considered

Broadcasting it directly to air (received by a radio), but it would seem odd to listen to some old archived broadcast this way.

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commented May 13, 2019

Some cool low-hanging fruit would be a reference to The Phenomenon, which was a reddit writing prompt that developed into a bigger short story.

Please remain in your homes. If you are not at home, find shelter immediately. Close all blinds and shades. Block out all windows.
Do not look outside.
Do not look at the sky.
Do not make noise.
Your cooperation is vital to your survival. Appointed government personnel will update you shortly.
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commented May 13, 2019

This pull request has been mentioned on Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead. There might be relevant details there:

https://discourse.cataclysmdda.org/t/audio-archives-community-project/20055/1

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commented May 13, 2019

Some cool low-hanging fruit would be a reference to The Phenomenon, which was a reddit writing prompt that developed into a bigger short story.

How is it related to Cataclysm? Something from the portals came to Earth?

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commented May 13, 2019

I do think some radio stations would be left on broadcast for a while, but I agree it wouldn't be the norm, and a lot of this content would not be accessible that way.

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commented May 13, 2019

So, there's a good supply of inspiration in the timeline probably: https://cataclysmdda.org/lore-background.html

In there, there's what I'd like to canonize as the last use of the emergency broadcast system:
The government has fallen. No help is coming, you’re on your own.

Other ideas:
You're listening to KDDA from Boston, I'm Jenny Sanders with a special emergency news update.

Road closures by military and police forces have been reported on interstates 90, 91, 93, and 95. Alternative routes have not been suggested. Due to dangers on non-interstate roads, it is strongly recommended that you avoid major thoroughfares and population centers when travelling by car.

Those evacuating cities are advised to head to the nearest designated evacuation shelter and await pickup by a FEMA transport. Do not engage with rioters. Due to the danger of being mistaken for a rioter, do not approach military or police blockades, even for assistance. I repeat, do not approach military or police blockades, even for assistance. Police robots cannot always distinguish between a panicking civilian and a rioter, so you can set yourself apart by avoiding blockades altogether.

If you are not in an evacuation zone, officials highly recommend you pack gear for evacuation. Make sure to include clean clothes, a blanket, and enough food and water to last a few days.

In other news, the federal government has confirmed that Rhode Island's declaration of secession is official, although the US government does not acknowledge its validity. Our sources haven't been able to determine the extent of hostilities in the area, but there are rumors of border violence initiated by the Rhode Island militia.

I've got a friend in radio, I'll ask him for ideas for what might be looping on repeat after an apocalypse, and how long it would run

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commented May 13, 2019

@ZhilkinSerg The actual phenomenon itself might not be a thing, but I thought it would be an interesting reference. During the end, conspiracy theorists were probably having a field day about, who, and where everything was about (and my headcanon is that the clouds are a constant, sickly green), so somebody trying to sound official and saying the sky is going to kill everyone doesn't seem too outlandish.

(It might just be too jarring, though.)

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commented May 13, 2019

Cant think of anything more awesome than taking some passages from this:
https://casn.berkeley.edu/wp-content/uploads/resource_files/War_of_Worlds_script.pdf

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commented May 13, 2019

We're our own world, I don't know why we'd be pulling passages from classic sci fi or reddit.

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commented May 13, 2019

We're our own world, I don't know why we'd be pulling passages from classic sci fi or reddit.

I agree on not citing other people's works (third party), but those may be a good reference for how emergency radio broadcast is presented.

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commented May 13, 2019

We have a ton of references in-game. Quotes for being high on weed draw directly from pop culture, a lot of professions have song lyrics in their descriptions, the Shotgun Arm CBM is a reference to Ghost in the Shell, the Green Fever fliers are a nod to L4D's Green Flu, and I imagine that Uncanny Dodge is referencing the Matrix... the list kinda goes on. I don't see any harm in nods to other things!

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commented May 13, 2019

I agree that broadcasting the archives would be weird on it's own, but maybe add a function to the console to enable the broadcast. Then you can listen to it via radio when you feel like.

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commented May 13, 2019

I don't see any harm in nods to other things!

Nods and references are ok, if they are part of the culture and are know to the general public, but parsing fragments of books/novels/etc. directly is a no-go. Copyrights, non-original work, inability to refer to the source etc. And what's the problem with inventing some original ideas on that field? There is no need to base on other works, even if they would be great.

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commented May 13, 2019

OK. The average radio station would be gone after 6 hours to a day, so we don't need too much. It is not too difficult to take a transmitter and run it from a longer term backup, so it might be fun to have KDDA still running for a while, possibly even putting out a few new updates for a little while before cutting out entirely after 2 weeks or longer. There would probably be a couple places that had some kind of very long running backup like that according to my professional contacts.

After that, we'll probably need an equivalent to Radio Free Wasteland.

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commented May 13, 2019

Wouldn't the different factions set up their own broadcast after a while ?

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commented May 13, 2019

They might. I'm not sure how many of them would want a radio broadcast.

When faction stuff is getting rolling on a larger scale, the Merchants might have a broadcast advertising their trade routes, but their fear of banditry would probably keep them from being too specific.

Most other factions don't really want attention, I don't know how many would use radio.

I have some pretty good ideas sketched out for Dark Days Radio as a station that sends out gameplay tips and tricks, lore hints and misconceptions, and DJs music though.

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commented May 13, 2019

Sounds crazy but I'd love to catch something like Galaxy Radio Station from Fallout 3. Details here: https://fallout.fandom.com/wiki/Fallout_3_radio_stations

Imagine a guy, possibly a prepper, being caught in a cataclysm while at work. He reinforces his radio tower and continues to operate it just 'cause he likes his job most of the time broadcasting his favorite tracklist and from time to time post-cataclysm news :)

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commented May 13, 2019

That's more or less what I'm thinking with Dark Days Radio. DJ Dustbowl and Sam, the faithful dog, sitting in a bunker with a radio transmitter, communicating with other survivors by ham radio and sending out an FM signal because they can.

Hey ladies and gentlemen of the apocalypse, you're listening to Dark Days Radio, the last radio station on the Eastern Seaboard, I'm DJ Dustbowl here with our mascot Sam.

DJ Dustbowl back, you're listening to Dark Days Radio. Quick survivor tip: remember, killing a zombie isn't enough. You've gotta smash that thing to a pulp or chop it into pieces if you don't want it getting back up. Good news though, you don't need to worry about headshots! Any major damage will lay a shambler out.

You're listening to Dark Days Radio, I'm DJ Dustbowl! In with a quick tip for any survivors listening: one zombie is bad news, two are worse. Don't go Rambo on me. Tackle threats in small numbers or through bottlenecks. You aren't tougher than a zombie but you are smarter, use that to your advantage... or just run away.

I've been writing up a lot, probably I'll have enough to make a full fleshed out radio station pretty soon.

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commented May 14, 2019

When faction stuff is getting rolling on a larger scale, the Merchants might have a broadcast advertising their trade routes, but their fear of banditry would probably keep them from being too specific.

Most other factions don't really want attention, I don't know how many would use radio.

What about some ciphered messages that can, if decrypted, lead to some POIs?

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commented May 15, 2019

Hope it's useful. This video below shows plenty of military broadcast that was cut from CoD: MW2 game; evac site is being under attack and situation soon gets real bad. Base idea sounds very fitting for CDDA, but someone would have to rewrite the phrases a bit so that it actually fits and wouldn't trigger copyright issues.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RplHnI7iqI

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