Eddie (edminster) wrote,

I wonder if I can claim it as research for a story...

Right. So, I was checking my emails and came across the most recent Instructables newsletter. There were a couple of interesting articles, but one immediately caught my attention. Now, it does look like it would take quite a bit of effort, but I think it would be worth it. Unfortunately, the cost is currently prohibitively expensive.

A net gun. It looks absolutely amazing. I kind of want to build one so I can accurately portray post-apoc weaponry and restraint systems. Years ago, there was a Something Awful forum thread on how to make a flamethrower out of similar materials, and I had absolutely no reason to build one. The net gun, on the other hand, is much more reasonable of a build.

This is all theoretical for me, though. I don't have the money or space to build the thing. I have half of an idea about how to incorporate it into a story, but without actually playing with the thing I can't really say how I would portray it. It looks slightly unwieldy, so it would most likely be a novelty in the Ramirez Zombie universe. Well, I can rationalise one way of including it, but I don't think the RZ world is quite that odd right yet.

It also appears to be rather difficult to reload, so that's another strike against it in a PA world. I could understand it as a Slaver weapon, but I would think that beanbag ammunition and rubber bullets would be much more practical. So, I think that the net gun would only be broken out to capture high-profile targets. This means that Slavers really would not use it. And in a PA world, you can't really waste material on something that you never use. So, I would have to strike this from a 'realistic' PA setting.

Of course, I could always go ahead and ignore whatever 'facts' and 'fundamental limits on practicality' become inconvenient for me. That just feels like cheating, though. I've generally tried to keep things at least semi-plausible in my latest stories, since I found that it makes for a better tale. I will admit that I have written utter drivel before, but I don't like it. I didn't like it then, and I still don't like it now.

I write what I like to read. What I like to read is grounded in reality, with very few departures from what is actually possible. This is why I do not like writing on subjects that I know very little about. When I can't adequately research something, I don't write about it. That's the reason that the latest Zombie story took six years to actually write. I'm not going to completely BS something just because it seems interesting. I want my stories to just take what actually occurs in life one step further, to an interesting conclusion.

But I digress. What it all boils down to is this: I do want it. I am not going to build it, and therefore am not including it in any stories. Until I get the resources and working area, it will not be built. I have story ideas for it, but until I can actually play with it they will remain unwritten.

In other news, the biscuits I made are rapidly being devoured by me. Apparently Nutella is pretty good on them. I find that I am adding more whipped cream than before, since they seem to be drying out a bit. This despite my keeping them in a ziploc bag. Mind you, they could be drying out because I am constantly opening the bags, but I don't think that it would make that much of a difference.

That's all for today. So, goodnight everybody. Stay safe out there.

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