I'm tentatively interested. Is this going to be free as far as plot or is there a story in mind? Either way, I'd like to get back into doing a NRP after probably at least a year. I have two partially fleshed out alien empires/factions that I have been looking for an opportunity to develop further in a RP and I might be able to fit one of them in here depending on the scope/theme you are looking for.
I have a few questions if you have answers for them.
first, any plot/story details figured out or are you thinking of more going a free for all player driven story?
second, any restrictions on empires/factions etc? human factions only? One of the alien empires I have partially fleshed out from another project is a hive mind, would that be alright?
third and related to the first, what is the focus here? Is this going to be political with all the players trying to find a way to coexist with relative peace given the variety in cultures/ideologies or the usual issues that cause strife? or, going by the arena tag, is this going to be a game of conquest on a galactic (or whatever) scale? or maybe something else?
@Lurking Shadow Thanks for the interest! To answer your questions: Depending on the general consensus of the participants, there may or may not be a general story to push everyone to interact. Scope/Theme is still up in the air for the most part. I do have a story mostly finished for use. As for restrictions, there are no hard restrictions as of yet. Alien factions are welcome! There will be warfare at some point to make things more interesting, whether it's story-driven or player made.
@Malta307 One of the two I had in mind had a more political focus and has a more fleshed out culture while the other, the hivemind, is certainly more aggressive but not outright hostile and largely lacks a culture but I have developed the military side more than the former. I'll probably use the latter so as to spare me the time and headache of coming up with a military for the former.
got any questions for me such as my hopes/expectations or about the faction I have in mind?
Hope to see this get off the ground so I have the chance to flesh my idea out a bit more.
@Lurking Shadow @Yam I Am I'd love to know more about both of your factions, though I am interested in the Hive Mind's goals and ambitions. Alternatively, I'd also like to hear a bit about the other faction you have created.
A very much shortened version of the story is the center of the galaxy is ruled by a fractured empire on the verge of civil war. Ghosts from its past will be the final straw that breaks the camel's back and ignites the flame of open warfare. Players can choose sides or decide to prey on the failing empire from without.
@Malta307 I had an idea of an old Austrian-style monarchy whose glory days had long passed and was ready to collapse at a slight breeze, but I think i'd be better to avoid it in this instance, given that's the focus of the main story at hand. Another idea I had was a collection of outlaw and pirate outfits who had, over time, coalesced their forces into a united front and eventually formed a loose, federative republic (while still partaking in the lion's share of loot and pillage). The idea behind that one was a rift forming between factions who would want to "settle down" and start developing themselves more into a trading power, given the sheer amount of starfleets at their disposal, and the more free-styled pirates who more viewed the Republic as a giant alliance of mutual convenience, not as a true government, and would want to keep it that way so they can, y'know, keep being pirates.
Ironically that sounds a little bit like the plot/lore of events in the crisis of the confederation but is not that similar true be told yours is quite different well in how things are made but how things end up is quite similar.
@Malta307 They are both part of a universe I've been world building for a game I've been working a bit on so there may or may not be some details I will need to alter or omit in order for them to fit here.
The hive mind race, the Vuar'uuk, is inspired by the usual organic swarming hiveminds. The society has the usual drones/servents/slaves etc, which are basically weak-willed husks of organisms that largely lack independence and need to be guided by the more independent members. The further up the chain of command you go the more and more independence that particular creature has with the Hive Queens being at the top (there are several per Vuar'uuk controlled planet, one of which reigns above the others) and they are the 'face' of the Vuar'uuk to other races (or the ones who most often communicate with other races). Though above them is the 'Progenitor' which virtually never makes contact with other races and for the most part remains a myth if mentioned at all. It is this Progenitor which gives the rest of the Vuar'uuk purpose, and of this one which all the others serve. So the goals of the Vuar'uuk are for the most part the goal of this entity. I have not yet firmly decided on goals and ambitions but currently thinking something along the lines of constant combat/war in order to make the Vuar'uuk stronger through trials and tribulations, though it will largely be an internal conflict of seeing who the strongest is within rather than war with other races when not provoked.
As far as the other, the Serekin, I do not have quite as much background set for them yet. Basically they are Snake people, very religious (Cause I really do like fanatical zeal from time to time) and separated by a peaceful civilian caste and a brutal military caste.
Just a curious passerby who is curious, with a question or two if i may:
1. Are there things like psionic powers, biotics, or the ilk in your RP's universe?
2. Likewise, has the premise been decided upon for the RP itself? :O
We went through this in the discord so if I recall correctly...
1. We have decided yes to psionics and magic/biotech stuff as long as "...its not poofing things into or out of existence or anything so egregious..."
2. The premise is that the largest power in the galaxy, the Empire (can't recall if there was a name) is crumbling from within like the fall of the Roman empire and the players are split between those loyal to the empire, those who seek to be separate from it, and those who are neutral. The RP seems to be about loyalists trying to keep the empire alive, seperatists/rebels/etc trying to expediate its downfall, and those like me who play on both sides or at the least do not care about the fate of the empire.