Decking & the Matrix

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Decking & the Matrix

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What Is the Matrix on AE?


The matrix can be closely compared to the world wide web of our time. The differences between our internet and the AE matrix lie mainly in its scope and in the scale of its immersion. Whereas people today connect to and look at the internet from the outside, people in AE's timeline connect and view the matrix from the inside. Not all uses of the matrix necessitate this complete immersion, however. Most if not all devices such as datapads, holovids, and digital book readers are assumed to be capable of connecting to and making use of the matrix externally. Communicators and their auto-translators make use of the same connections, as do ship StarNav systems and countless other vital components that help to maintain some semblance of a functional society. Devices are, for the most part, linked to the matrix in the same way humans can be, and can be used to access corners of it without decking in completely.

Occupying a personae to connect to the matrix fully is about as common as using a Reddit or Facebook account is in our time. Some use it constantly, some only on rare occasion. The majority dabble without making it a lifestyle. The dedicated few who do make it their lifestyle are dubbed deckers or slicers, depending on who you're talking to. They don't dabble or dip their toes into the matrix, they know the tricks to wield it and can manipulate it to do their bidding.

In short, it would be strange to find a person who doesn't deck in at least occasionally, be it for online shopping or to catch up with friends. Highly dedicated and skilled users are deckers, and they are much less common.

The scope of the matrix vs. the internet is also worth touching on, as the increased scope of the former was the most significant motivator behind its development. The internet was officially "retired" in 2052, by which time it was already a tired and clunky dinosaur struggling to accomplish all of what humanity needed it to. The launch of the matrix was revolutionary for many reasons, but at the forefront of its achievements lay the ease with which it stabilized the literal and figurative connections used by mankind; from one edge of the Solar System to the other, communication became quick, easy, and smooth. Signal strength and dead sectors became a thing of the past. Whereas the internet required wires, routers, and a certain proximity to some physical source, the matrix is simply everywhere.
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Re: Decking & the Matrix

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Cool, But How Do I Use It?


Though day to day uses such as communicators, phones, texts, etc., can be assumed, a deck is required to connect with one's persona and virtually enter the matrix. Decks come in many shapes, sizes, and complexities. A basic deck can be purchased from the Z-Mart electronics department in Sector 7. For most users this is probably all they will ever need.

Once you have your deck, you will need to travel somewhere that has a matrix access point. Access points can be purchased for player homes, but are also available in many public places. While it's unlikely for most public access points, some may be encrypted and must be decoded In-Character before they can be connected to. Dark nodes exist, but they are more complicated and difficult to detect. We'll delve into dark nodes later.

The best starting spot is likely the Shine Cyber Cafe on Earth, as it's an unencrypted access point and connected to the entirety of the Sector 7 network. Take your deck and travel there. You can do travel shine from almost anywhere on the Sector 7 grid. Once there, deck <deck keyword> in to connect your persona to the matrix. For example:

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Everyone starts out with the basic model of persona based on their coded gender. Female characters start with the standard Brandy and male characters start with the standard Clint. Programs to launch unique personae can be purchased from inside the matrix. After decking in, you'll find yourself occupying your current persona inside your deck. The deck contains the exit point from which your persona can disconnect from the matrix safely. To use the exit point or any other connection point, you can use enter <keyword>.

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Re: Decking & the Matrix

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New and updated step by step guide to decking, compiling and hacking here: https://ae-mud.com/wiki/index.php?title ... the_Matrix
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Re: Decking & the Matrix

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Beatrix wrote: Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:04 am New and updated step by step guide to decking, compiling and hacking here: https://ae-mud.com/wiki/index.php?title ... the_Matrix
It looks absolutely fantastic, Beatrix. Thank you!
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