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Old 01-13-2019, 07:43 PM   #881
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I like the idea overall. But what happened to the aliens? Did they nuke and leave, are they still around, or were they destroyed?
They haven't shown up. The standard view is they were totally destroyed. There are rumors that "Someone" is hiding the aliens. Generally a terrorist group or a hostile nation or some conspiracy or other. It could be an Urban Legend or something real.

As I'm rifting off this film totally destroyed with other groups possibly out there. I never saw the second film or heard anything good about it, so aliens totally destroyed was how I saw it as I wrote it. But play it your way.
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Old 01-14-2019, 06:20 AM   #882
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This one starts in the past but it is Sci Fi.

Basically, in the early 1960s aliens showed up and announced that the Sun was going to be destroyed and you folks (the human species) was to be moved to safety. There were attempts at resistance, they weren't important because no one could do anything that seemed to affect the aliens or their machines and devices.

The population of the world where the PCs ancestors were taken, generally with their whole communities, including buildings and streets, intact, was drawn mainly from Europe, North America, North Africa, the West Indes, Indonesia, East Asia, and India. After a period of confusion, a stable democracy was formed. Limited contacts from other colony worlds were allowed for a few decades.

After the aliens deemed Humanity was settled, or as settled as they were going to be, they informed Humanity that were from a different universe. Humanity wasn't alone in this universe but the other races of this universe were very far away from both humanity and each other. The various human worlds were within reach of each other if people developed the right technologies.

That was the last the Aliens communicated to Humanity that the PCs know of.

Humanity had been divided into fifty groups and spread to as many different worlds. Each world seems to have been terraformed into something at least as good as Earth, if not in some ways better. The few tens of millions on each world grew their populations quickly, at least while the contact was maintained.

But that period was long ago in the late 1900s and early 2000s. It is now the year 2538. The people of the PCs world have achieved FTL drive. An exploratory fleet has been built to look for the other worlds of Humanity.

This is a TL12^ world with psionics. The style is Raygun Gothic blended with just enough New Wave to make things uneasy.
It occurs to me that the period immediately after the transfers to new planets would be interesting in and of itself. Two billion people over fifty worlds is forty million. Assume that the aliens, did not think that exact numbers weren't vital, forty million is the average planetary population. Worlds can have from thirty to fifty million people.

You can blend peoples from anywhere on Earth. Picture a wide fertile agricultural valley with small towns from Appalachia, Western Ireland, California, Taiwan, Argentina, France, Ontario, New South Wales, and Iran. You could easily take a group of kids on bikes and they could have lively adventures without leaving their county or being too late for dinner.

A city slapped together from parts of L.A., Prague, London, San Francisco, Melbourne, Awkland, Paris, both Berlins (they left from the 1960s), Madrid, Madras, and Guadalajara, would be a great place for a hard-boiled detective. He'd need Language Talent though.

Settling new areas would imply a strange and lively twist on the frontier.
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Old 01-17-2019, 02:33 PM   #883
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Try this idea...

It blends Steampunk with Planetary Romance. One ten years ago, one of the few great inventors of the planet Israfil planned the conquest of the distant past. He was going to send his vast armies of cloned cyborgs twenty-five thousand years into the past to conquer 19th century Europe. The plan was to take London, Paris, Rome, Berlin, and Vienna, all on May 12th, 1891AD.

The plan blew up in his face. His five vast citadels were overwritten by the five cities he meant to conquer. The cities, after a period of shock, stabilized.

Although the religious a philosophical problems haven't been figured out. Each city took over the territories around it. New technologies have been exploited. These transformed Victorians have a world to conquer and amazing new tools to do that with.
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Old 01-17-2019, 03:51 PM   #884
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Try this idea...
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The plan was to take London, Paris, Rome, Berlin, and Vienna, all on May 12th, 1991AD.

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Although the religious a philosophical problems haven't been figured out. Each city took over the territories around it. New technologies have been exploited. These transformed Victorians have a world to conquer and amazing new tools to do that with.
Did you mean 1891? Or 1881?
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Old 01-17-2019, 05:05 PM   #885
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Did you mean 1891? Or 1881?
Thank-you. Corrected to 1891. My brain skipped the groove.

How do you like the concept?
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The One Where Ross Gets Lost In the Nightmare Canyons. Or maybe, The One Where Chandler Borrows An Anti-Gravity Belt.

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The One Where Ross Gets Lost In the Nightmare Canyons. Or maybe, The One Where Chandler Borrows An Anti-Gravity Belt.

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Old 01-17-2019, 07:11 PM   #888
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I think the only consequence of 19th century cities being transported into the distant future is immediate conquest by the locals. Those ficve citadels can't be the sum total of civilization on that planet - there must be a society already in place. And I doubt a pack of steam-powered neo-barbs will overwhelm an advanced civilization.

There has to be some sort of balance that keeps the future people from simply steamrollering the Victorian primitives. Did the transfer reduce the local population's ability to resist somehow?
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Old 01-18-2019, 02:35 AM   #889
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Considering it's steampunk, the TL is probably something like 5+2^, not 10 or 12.

The citadels were the concentrated military might of the planet's forces, so with those taken out, the Victorians might be able to respond effectively.
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Old 01-18-2019, 06:58 AM   #890
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The citadels had oppressed the planet's people and Israfil was a technologically and culturally retrograde world. Think Mongo or Barsoom, the citadels were where the education and technology were concentrated.

Near each citadel was a minor redoubt with back-ups of most of the information and tech of each citadel. With their Leader/Deity dead/erased these redoubts were too dazed to resist the Europeans. The scholars and engineers of each city were able to understand large amounts of the technology. Thus this society has jumped ahead to TL5+2^.

Another problem for the planet Israfil. Many people had been part of a nihilistic movement that held that humanity was a mistake. Transhumanism in their eyes couldn't work because too much humanity would be retained. The Abhumans were parahumans that had both devolved and transformed themselves. They became animalistic creatures human or greater in intellect but bestial. Some literally are Bestial. Most Abhumans can't function even as tribes. Band level is it.

When the organized focused Europeans with real armies and cohesive societies attacked the isolated atomized communities of the planet collapsed.
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