Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Day 2. What is an RPG you would like to see published?

RPGs rarely are so creative that they are born from nothing. Even the most well known RPG was born from the need to codify a set of rules to make sword, sandal, sorcery, technology, and gonzo futures into a game. Often other games attempt to tease these genres apart for specific tastes.

That said, if there was an intellectual property I would love to see as an RPG it might be the world of Seveneves by Neal Stephenson, followed in a close second, The Baroque Cycle.

In the former, a near future Earth is destroyed by a shattered Moon. Only seven women survive in the end on a heavily modified ISS. The women genetically propagate the human species with SCIENCE! 5000 years later, a massive space colony exists in orbit around the Earth. The only piece of the Moon that remains acts as a memorial to the Seveneves, the ISS, and the anchor to an orbiting Space Elevator.

The Earth is being explored again after 5000 years. New oceans have been terra formed from massive comets intentionally steered into the Earth. Archipelagos, rings of mountainous islands, created centuries ago by the Moonfall are being explored.

Seveneves has all the elements of a wider world perfect for an RPG. A massive space colony. "The Epic," a literal digital recording, from thousands of cameras, of the months leading up to Moonfall, including the last days when only seven women were left. The Epic plays in a continuous loop across the space colony to remind them of humanity's near extinction. A secretive cabal of people that may tie back to Stephenson's wider narrative world found in The Baroque Cycle and Cryptonomicon. A Cold War born of the genetic decisions of the Seveneves provides character factions and options. Discoveries on Earth that awaken questions of what happened 5000 years ago, human evolution, and what the Seveneves could have known days before Moonfall.

Seveneves, the RPG.

Posted by caffeinated at 1:42 PM in d10