|The Intrepid was created by taking starship images
From No Man's Sky (©️2017 Hello Games)
And feeding them into Stable Diffusion to
Create retro-80s Scifi graphics
Blogger's Brain Broke!
When it hit publish last night, blogger spazzed and deleted an hour's worth of writing and editing! I wasn't aware that only 1/3 of the article was up when I went to bed at 1:00am.
Mea culpa, readers.
Let's try this again....
The project, tentatively named Starfarer, has been a great escape during a time of great uncertainty and stress in my life.
My original intention for Starfarer was that it would be a No Man's Sky inspired SciFi adventure using the Mythic GME, Star Adventurer, and Alone Among the Stars that I would eventually turn into a solo gaming podcast in the vein of Tale of the Manticore.
I never intended the game to tell the story of one character. If anything, I was hoping for the Ship and its mission to be the Stars.
Like the podcasts that helped inspire my solo experiment, I intended that "no character [would] be sacred, and no character [would] be spared if the dice decide their fate is ay hand."
But The Game Had Other Ideas...
|Portrait of Molly created Using Stable Diffusion
Vis the Imagine App. In Manga style.
She saved lives, exposed secrets, banished tulpas, destroyed dangerous drugs, prevented nightmare plagues... she struggled with pain and loss. She even fell in love.
For several voyages, Molly's troubles and Molly's agenda drove the campaign. New characters came and went with alarming speed, only barely able to establish their motives before they were being buried in shallow graves on remote planets.
With everyone else barely able to establish a personality, Molly became the star of my game inspired of my attentions. Often in spite of my attempts to build other PCs up.
|The last moments of Molly Hyaline before
The Intre5was destroyed. Created
Using Unstable Diffusion.
It was a hard death, too. Molly had a torn spacesuit, a broken eyesocket and a concussion from injuries she sustained when the ship's cockpit was hit. It was painful to watch unfold.
The Aurora escaped with two survivors: Austin and Velle NX-8.
Austin was in love with Molly, but he had no skin in the game; he was not there to see what the murderous Qath Research Combine has done to her previous crews. He was just a down-and-out veteran starfighter pilot trying to get out from under a crushing debt. He helped her rescue a friend in need in return for helping him. Austin has no reason to get involved in Molly's crusade now that there's no Molly.
|Braki Skiee left after one adventure, but was
sucked back in after he was abducted
from his cloister. He was an adorable
Little genocidal maniac.
- When Molly perished, I used Mythic to investigate how her grandest actions impacted the setting, and found that even if I forced my PCs to follow in Molly's steps, which would feel wrong, they would find little to do.
- The murderous and shadowy Qath Research Combine that sent Molly and her original crew to her death have lost their secrecy, lost their monopoly on an ancient godlike civilizations tech, and had their illegal use of AI weapons tech exposed to the public.
- Molly's space pirate nemesis was killed for appearing to steal money from Qath, thanks to the creative embezzlement of an NPC ally.
- The hateful psionic entity whose cult she devastated has lost much of its grip on her followers, their faith in its omnipotence an malice broken.
- The petty dictatorship that murdered her, in blowing her up, scattered 40 tonnes of antimatter with damaged containment across their system, punching holes in their defenses and irradiation much of their clean water and minerals, leaving them vulnerable to pirate activity and eventual deposits by the Alliance.
- The burgeoning trade in illegal AI interceptors was set back by her disseminating a computer virus used to sabotage its most common software.
- The crime lord patron that Austin and Molly did a job for used this change in the lack market to rebuild his crumbling syndicate.
- The madman hunting Molly has no interest in aliens or men.
|Austin is riddled with cybernetics from
the cavalier way his life and body were treated
as a starfighter pilot for the ADF. He
has no desire to go to war. Image made w/
Stable Diffusion via the Imagine App.
Austin and Velle in a damaged starship, no sense of purpose, and no big goal. Without the Intrepid's firepower, they can't hope to take out the prison ship, and by the time they recruit new crew and get out of space dock, it will have moved its captives to a fortified space platform.
Austin is a peaceful man. He saw a lifetime of blood and death in the Alliance space navy. And the corrupt Colonel who tried to rob and kill them died when his Frigate flew headlong into a cluster of leaking antimatter containers.
The campaign is a complete blank all of the sun den.
So Where Do I Go From Here?
So here's the problem. This had become Molly's story thanks to the dice. It never had a chance to tell another story. As podcast, this would be a pretty jarring moment: Molly killed horribly and senselessly in a random encounter, and the reset button pushed on the campaign.
|Molly kisses a surprised Austin (v.1) after he
saves her life, and Braki's when he could
have cut and run with half a million credits.
Stable Diffusion via Imagine.
And maybe the Old School audience might enjoy this pure OSR moment for what it is and appreciate the integrity of the game?
I could just start something fresh. Try again. I could leave it with Austin making a memorial for Molly in a spot whose alien beauty moved her to tears. And say Starfarer turned into an outer space Robin Hood story, complete with tragic ending.
And if I did, would this still be worth podcasting as the first "season" of something?
I coul carry on from this natural reset and see if fate makes Austin and Velle NX-8 stay together and gives them a purpose. To explore my Starfarer setting with fresh eyes.
I am at a loss, and would love to hear what you think.
Blogging, being my favored medium for everything, I have my notes and parts of scripts in a separate blogger site for the interested. It is not quite ready for the world, but who knows, maybe someone will have some ideas for me.
|Taxu II... the alien citadel here cost thief Gael Ghelfi and Rogue scholar C'Alhoon
their lives. And compared to what happened to the pilot Henry, that was a mercy.
Created using Stable Diffusion via Imagine.