Friday, October 11, 2002

Finally finished the Fed Com Civil War sourcebook. Man, I wish every sourcebook could be that detailed. And I wish that more game universes have the same kind of complexity as Battletech.

Waitaminute, on second thought, no. Better for BT to be as unique and complex as possible. Point in fact: When has ANYONE seen a well written W40K story with well developed characters who are actually people off the battlefield? I haven't seen any yet on, and the novels I've read are an endless bore of slaughter and killing. If BT is at the midrange level of sci-fi military pulp, then W40K is the dumps.

Speaking of fanfic, I'm starting several paragraphs of another story that would be set in my unique storyline universe. It starts off with the premise.

"If war is hell,
Then welcome to Satan's lava bathtub."

The action will be fast, relentless and utterly brutal. Set in a system with a yellow supergiant, five inhabited worlds, and 40 billion civilians, 4 Grand Fleets of the Enemy have arrived, and they have triggered their apocalypse device which would cause the star to go supernova and collapse into a massive black hole in just a month's time. They would feast upon the fear of the system's inhabitants, and the sacrifice of so many lives will allow them to summon a demon able to control the black hole and boost its properties, including FTL travel. The demon-controlled black hole would be virtually invincible, and could spell the end of all sentient life within its vicinity. The only consolation, if any, is that the black hole would die out in a thousand years.

Therefore, the bulk of the good guys are forced to advance to the world, even though they would be heavily outnumbered almost 6 to 1, with the following objectives:
1. Rescue/evacuate as many civilians as possible.
2. Prevent the black hole collapse, if possible.
3. Prevent the controlling demon from appearing.

Needless to say, losses will be staggering.

Arghh, anyway, I still have plenty of ideas lined up, so I'll just concentrate on SIS and ATSOS.


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