WOIN A West Marches NEW game

Brian I

Visitor
Did some reading - so basically, a sci-fi sandbox, with play / plot driven by Player / PC actions, with games scheduled by players based on availability and interest.

Sounds fun. I’m sort of keen to use the example / default setting map from NEW, and sort of see how it develops from player meddling. I mean adventuring!
 
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knikpiw

Explorer
For a NEW game I had 2 ideas:

1) A crashed colony ship, the ship would have enough people to create a safe self-supporting outpost on this unexplored planet. A exploration was set up formed by some high-leveled NPCs that made a basic map of the region, losing some to areas that once the PCs were high enough level could tackle. This is a moderately advanced setting, low to no space travel

2) Like M3woods said, arrive in a blank sector. This would have to be a very large starting ship with many smaller drop-ships allowing PCs to move to different planets and I just feel that it would be inevitable that the scale of the adventure would be a bit off. One group going to planet A, Second group going to planet B. How much is on each planet? Don't forget that it's an ENTIRE world on it. So I feel you can do sooo much on a planet or sooo little making the planet insignificant. Seems to be a higher advancement setting, lots of space travel. (Space pirates are always a win though)

I personally prefer the first BUT, space pirates make it even ;)
 
Here's my setting idea. I'm not really looking to GM, so this is just my offering to the GM gods, to do with as they will.

The Kiwi-Washman system has turned out much more friendly to life than anyone could have expected. It has not just one or two potentially habitable worlds, but a full seven planets with breathable atmospheres distributed between the Alpha and Beta stars of the massive trinary system. Several planets have what look to be the ruins of ancient cities on their surfaces. Not only that, but planets β IV and β V both show unmistakable signs of intelligent, technological life, albeit non-spacefaring. Because first contact protocols are incredibly cautious, it's not yet clear if these are lost colonies of some known species, or one or more home-grown intelligences. But clearly the system must be thoroughly investigated.

The initial Federation survey of the system was conducted by Long-Range Survey Ship Marco Polo, but when the crew reported back how much there was to see in the system, the Survey Corps sent in reinforcements. Now Deep Space Support Station Gallipoli is just coming online to host a new wave of explorers. Alas, the news of the discovery leaked to the press, and Federation Intelligence reports there's some evidence that organized crime figures, or perhaps just some unscrupulous explorers and smugglers under their employ have set up some kind of unauthorized "pirate" station somewhere in the system. The Navy has been asked to supply a defensive task force, but they're overstretched dealing with the Ogron incursions in the Rimward Sectors and no military support has yet been made available. The Survey Corps and their independent contractors are mostly on their own.

This setup should allow a variety of game approaches. The PCs can be members of the Survey Corps or independent explorers working for the Corps under contract. A few might even be members of other Federation agencies, though those agents will be operating beyond their organization's ability to provide support. The character's missions would mostly be related to exploring the system. First they'll investigate the ruins on the unoccupied planets, but later the first contact protocols may be relaxed and engagement with the locals may become possible. The pirates in the system can be another thing to investigate, or the players might run into unauthorized explorers during other missions.
 

Brian I

Visitor
Here's my setting idea. I'm not really looking to GM, so this is just my offering to the GM gods, to do with as they will.

The Kiwi-Washman system has turned out much more friendly to life than anyone could have expected. It has not just one or two potentially habitable worlds, but a full seven planets with breathable atmospheres distributed between the Alpha and Beta stars of the massive trinary system. Several planets have what look to be the ruins of ancient cities on their surfaces. Not only that, but planets β IV and β V both show unmistakable signs of intelligent, technological life, albeit non-spacefaring. Because first contact protocols are incredibly cautious, it's not yet clear if these are lost colonies of some known species, or one or more home-grown intelligences. But clearly the system must be thoroughly investigated.

The initial Federation survey of the system was conducted by Long-Range Survey Ship Marco Polo, but when the crew reported back how much there was to see in the system, the Survey Corps sent in reinforcements. Now Deep Space Support Station Gallipoli is just coming online to host a new wave of explorers. Alas, the news of the discovery leaked to the press, and Federation Intelligence reports there's some evidence that organized crime figures, or perhaps just some unscrupulous explorers and smugglers under their employ have set up some kind of unauthorized "pirate" station somewhere in the system. The Navy has been asked to supply a defensive task force, but they're overstretched dealing with the Ogron incursions in the Rimward Sectors and no military support has yet been made available. The Survey Corps and their independent contractors are mostly on their own.

This setup should allow a variety of game approaches. The PCs can be members of the Survey Corps or independent explorers working for the Corps under contract. A few might even be members of other Federation agencies, though those agents will be operating beyond their organization's ability to provide support. The character's missions would mostly be related to exploring the system. First they'll investigate the ruins on the unoccupied planets, but later the first contact protocols may be relaxed and engagement with the locals may become possible. The pirates in the system can be another thing to investigate, or the players might run into unauthorized explorers during other missions.
I like this - works just fine for me, and I'm naturally assuming that I'll be (co)GMing, since that's what I do. ;)
 

M3woods

Explorer
I like this - works just fine for me, and I'm naturally assuming that I'll be (co)GMing, since that's what I do. ;)
Having just caught up on The Expanse television series, a station at the edge of a gate wouldn't be too great a stretch for this type of campaign.
 

Brian I

Visitor
It’s exciting to see this form up. I’m going to look to put up a starter map - essentially blank, and maybe some rumor, orgs and such.

PCs should be default NEW characters, grade 5. I’d like to allow in the standard NEW races, plus looking to allow in the additional ones from EONS.
 
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It’s exciting to see this form up. I’m going to look to put up a starter map - essentially blank, and maybe some rumor, orgs and such.

PCs should be default NOW characters, grade 5. I’d like to allow in the standard NOW races, plus looking to allow in the additional ones from EONS.
I'm curious what your plan is for the players getting around in space. Are starships going to be available for free (or on lease, or something) to groups of starting players? That was one of the reasons I had suggested a one-system exploration area, the ships required to shuttle around are a lot cheaper, and won't require many specialized skills to use. They'd also be less capable of long-duration support for an exploration team, which leads me in to my next question.

Are there going to be civilized worlds in the area we're exploring? A big part of the West Marches setting is that outside the one town, the rest of the area is wilderness with no civilization. Some character concepts and careers may not make much sense if there is no civilization to play in, but having other towns makes it hard for the west marches style to work as players can go out and adventure indefinitely, never coming back to the starting base.
 

Brian I

Visitor
I'm curious what your plan is for the players getting around in space. Are starships going to be available for free (or on lease, or something) to groups of starting players? That was one of the reasons I had suggested a one-system exploration area, the ships required to shuttle around are a lot cheaper, and won't require many specialized skills to use. They'd also be less capable of long-duration support for an exploration team, which leads me in to my next question.
Great questions and guidance - thank you! So, to your point, shuttles will or can be available to starting PCs. Mainly Bossman, Vosh and Skylarks. I'd imagine they'd be available primarily on leases or patron-based loan/mission use, but depending on PCs, someone(s) could own one.

The primary base of operations is the Kiwi-Washman system. With two habitable planets, the space station, and untapped asteroid belt and gas giants, there's lots of possibilities, as you've noted.

Are there going to be civilized worlds in the area we're exploring? A big part of the West Marches setting is that outside the one town, the rest of the area is wilderness with no civilization. Some character concepts and careers may not make much sense if there is no civilization to play in, but having other towns makes it hard for the west marches style to work as players can go out and adventure indefinitely, never coming back to the starting base.
My thinking is that there are no known worlds, and no allied / safe / settled worlds in beyond Kiwi-Washman. There may or may not be first contact potentials out there, but nothing initially like a civilization. All supplies are brought in via Coreward traffic, or cultivated locally (Kiwi-Washman, or systems just Coreward of it).

As a conceit, if PCs head back Coreward, they're effectively out-of-play for the current game cycle. That is, they can be pursuing downtime / off-camera things, likely which require more time (training, etc.). Not required to go Coreward, I think, but if folks do, they're leaving the sandbox basically.

Some systems may open up, depending on Player and PC interest. Colony building is tough work ... :)
 

knikpiw

Explorer
So is my social PC worthless then? Must I go with with a Spartan warrior with 7 natural Soak at Grade 5 or an android that is a tactician
 

Brian I

Visitor
So is my social PC worthless then? Must I go with with a Spartan warrior with 7 natural Soak at Grade 5 or an android that is a tactician
No, I think there’s plenty of NPCs, organizations, etc. Plenty of need for a social based PC.
 

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