The True Nature of Reality

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Offline DarianRif

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The True Nature of Reality
« on: November 08, 2019, 10:27:42 AM »
As I was catching up on the latest podcasts, a thought struck me. How can ALL stories be true? Some of them are downright contradictory. But that tenant that they are all possible is part of what makes the world of B13 so much fun.

The answer I came up with is this:  all stories are true because the reality of Bureau 13's world is whatever the collective humanity "thinks and believes" it is. In essence, humanity as a whole is the God of this reality. Enough people (even if it is subconsciously) believe in ghosts and vampires and aliens;  so these entities exist. The conflicting stories can exist at the same time because "reality" is play-do to humanity's subconscious will.

I will explain more of the ramifications of this in later posts.

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Offline DarianRif

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Re: The True Nature of Reality
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2019, 02:43:08 PM »
So one thing to comes to mind from this is, if true, the Bureau's ultimate goal might be to slowly push humanity to "forget" these entities in the hope of normalizing reality. That would be the primary reason for keeping the supernatural's existance a secret. Sure, preventing mass panic and witch-hunts is important, but that is secondary to "erasing" belief in the supernatural.

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Re: The True Nature of Reality
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2019, 06:11:01 PM »
From an RPG setting perspective, the PCs having to keep a lid on things (sometime literally) adds to the overall experience of adventures.  Imagine how different things would play out if the whole world knew about the monsters and aliens and Bureau 13 was just there to combat them as needed. 

I do like the idea of various multiverses overlapping at times and past events, past reality, changing on the fly as reality gets swapped between universes. 

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Offline Kedamono

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Re: The True Nature of Reality
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2019, 11:46:49 PM »
As one of the folks that helped coin the term, I've amended it slightly:

"All stories are true, except the ones that are not."

"Did Mars have Martians?"
More than likely.
"Any still around?"
Nope, the Bureau may have it's fingers in many pies, but it's not going to mess with the data from NASA. Mars is a cold dead world. If there were Martians, they passed away a while ago... perhaps, 5 Millions From Earth! Or something...

Stuff like that. Selenites? Who knows, but there isn't a Nazi base on the farside of the Moon. That's silly. That's where the Bureau's Moon Base Alpha is...