The Cathode Glow

A basement-level geek bar in downtown Seattle. It’s packed with vintage computer tech, on the walls, ceiling and even under glass in the floor – terminals, old disk drives, teletype machines, obscure game consoles, you name it, it’s here. In AR, each of these had a pair of bug-eyes on it, and sometimes arms. Anyone scanning the networks in the room realises that the whole place is crammed with nodes, many of them very high tech among the ancient tech.

There are a number of tables scattered around with comfy leather chairs next to them, with an assortment of geeks doing all sorts from tinkering with hardware to playing AR games. The house system automatically scans for commlinks and posts helpful news / security alerts to the owners to make sure they’re up to date.

The bar is served by a series of drones modelled after classic sci-fi robots – R2 units, Robbie from Forbidden Planet, even a classic K-9. They adhere rigidly to the canon and use AR subtitles when the robot didn’t originally speak normal human languages. Eventually regulars don’t even need the subtitles.

The Cathode Glow

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