Aurora's Echo: Castaways of the 23rd Century
Terran Pastimes and Games
|Panzer Kunst – One of the most popular combat sports to enter the modern arena. The game consists of two competitors in large mechanized suits of armor 4 meters tall. The suits are all stock and the competition must rely on the pilots ability to fight in a gladiatorial style ring, and on the mechanics ability to maintain the robot.|
|Dive Games – Dive games are played by Net Divers, a person who interfaces with a computer via Brain Jack, VR Headset, or other Man-Machine interface. These games range from the hyper realistic to the simplistic, come in all shapes and sizes, and are designed to challenge the creativity, versatility, and inventiveness of the player. Competition in these games can be fierce and often those who maintain the top score on local leader-boards are treated as minor celebrities while those on regional leader-boards venerated as full fledged sports stars.|
|Mech Sports – Contrasting with Panzer Kunst, this sport is all about the robots. Teams design, build, and enter their robots into physical competitions. Primarily, the arena that sees the most publicity is the one-on-one melee competitions. Usually the only limitations are the weight and size of the robot or robots being entered. Other than that it is a free for all.|
Sensha-do – Way of the Tank, is a combat sport that was created during the middle of the 21st century. Traditionally a sport for young girls and boys it has evolved to become a huge pastime in the INTO Alliance. In this sport, a single tank is pitted against another tank of similar class. The victor is one who can score a disabling shot on the opposing tank. Each tank is fitted with sensors and the crew compartment shielded with advanced armor. The sport is considered very safe and people rarely if ever get seriously injured. The restrictions on the weight class of the tank, minimal armor thickness, and weapon designs are strict for safety reasons. You may not modify the tanks cannon or any of the competition ordinance beyond approved safety limits. Tanks entered into competition must pass a rigorous safety and design inspection before being fielded. Often, tournaments include multi-tank skirmishes in which both sides field multiple fighting vehicles, regulation and rules become more important during such tourneys and cheating is punishable by perma-ban.
Wing Suit Racing – A fast and dangerous sport. The participants wear wing suits with electric-arc pulse jets attached to their feet. They race through very sharply designed courses at speeds that approach 180 KPH. Styled much like cross country racing was during the 20th century, the competitions are grueling tests of endurance as well as agility.
|Cloud Running – Another motorsport. The participants fly and race a Cloud Runner. An advanced motorbike styled aerodyne capable of highly maneuverable flight. In these competitions only the drive motor and power source is standardized but the airframe can be of any design and can even incorporate traditional wings. This is among one of the more popular sports among earth born Terrans and is considered one of the most streamed sporting events. The ralleys are popular for their brutal course designs, high speeds, and spectacular crashes.|
This is just a handful of the most popular sports. In truth the number of human games is to numerous to count.