Where would you like to see the SLA Expand?

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Where would you like to see the SLA expand?

Star Trek: Enterprise Era
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6%
Star Trek: The Original Series Era (Including the films)
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No votes
Pre-Star Trek: The Next Generation
2
6%
Star Trek: Next Gen, Deep Space Nine, Voyager Era
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3%
Post-Star Trek: Voyager
3
9%
Stargate SG-1
1
3%
Stargate Atlantis
1
3%
Firefly
3
9%
Babylon 5
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No votes
Star Wars (Suggest an era below)
1
3%
Torchwood
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No votes
Wing Commander
2
6%
Doctor Who
1
3%
X-Files
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No votes
DC / Marvel Comics Superhero
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3%
Spy-Fi (Avengers, Get Smart, The Saint, James Bond, etc.)
1
3%
I Can't Pick Just One! (Tell Us Which Ones Below)
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13%
Other (Tell Us Below)
9
28%
 
Total votes : 32

Where would you like to see the SLA Expand?

Postby PraxJarvin » Tue Jul 01, 2008 2:44 pm

Hey everyone,

It's your Publications Chair again. After the successful poll on Second Life from a few months ago, I decided to post another poll. This time we're asking where you would like to see the SLA go next.

These past few months has been a lot of change in the SLA. Torchwood 10 and the USS Pegasus joined the fleet and we recently welcomed back Wing Commander: Battle for Enigma. But we want to know where our simmers think we need to go.

So please vote. And if you vote "Other" please post what you would like to see.
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Postby brawl » Tue Jul 01, 2008 3:05 pm

I am a HUGE comic fan, and a sim within the DC or Marvel comic universes would be great, and it would bridge the gap between simming and comic book fanfiction, both of which are large communities. Honestly, I think the Marvel U would be a better venue for several reasons.

First- SHIELD. Set a sim within SHIELD and you've got the whole world at your fingertips. SHIELD has done everything from anti-trust investigations to major anti-terrorist ops.

Second- the 50-State Initiative. The FSI is a recent development in the MU for those who haven't read comics recently. Spearheaded by Iron Man, Giant-Man and Mr. Fantastic, the FSI is seeking to give every state their own super team. How do you have a sim set in the Marvel U? Pick a state from which we haven't seen their FSI team and go from there!

Third- Marvel's Multiverse. Since the late nineties Marvel's published a series titled Exiles about alternate versions of familiar characters (and original characters linked to existing characters) traveling through the multiverse righting wrongs and making sure the universe is moving in proper order. The Exiles encountered another team of universe hoppers at one point, establishing that there may be much more than we know about.

I'd be willing to help develop any sim using those ideas, hint, hint.
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Postby brawl » Tue Jul 01, 2008 3:18 pm

Oh, I do like some of the other options, btw. I just missed the "I can't choose option." My other choices on there would have been an SGA sim, a spy fi and post-Enterprise and post-Voyager Trek stuff.
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Wishlist #1: Steampunk

Postby MattW » Tue Jul 01, 2008 5:23 pm

Stardate June 3rd, 1889

Mars: the final frontier.

"These are the voyages of Her Britannic Majesty's Ethership, HMS Enterprise. Her mission is to explore strange new worlds, seek out new civilizations. To go boldly where no Briton has gone before!"

"Or, at the very least, get there before the Belgians."



Explore the canals of Mars! Marvel at the decadent glory of the Martian empire and their graceful skygalleons! Match wits with the oddly beautiful green-skinned natives! Foil the agents of foreign powers as they try to loot the super-science of the Ancients!

Travel across the face of Venus by Zeppelin, hunting Dinosaurs with safaris of wealthy Europeans!

Conduct scientific studies on the hell that is Mercury.

Or perhaps visit the Asteroid Belt - the remnants of the Ancient Planet that some say was home to the Atlanteans. Become one of the Scientists and diplomats of Space Station 'Victoria'. They're all alone... in the dark. Or are they? What is the story behind the strange disappearances? Who are 'the old ones'

Of course there's adventure aplenty on good old Terra Firma. There are Mad Scientists like the Iron Pirate with his own personal battleship, occultist maniacs like Jack the Ripper, criminal masterminds like Fu Manchu, or political supervillains like Sir Basil Zaharoff (the Merchant of Death).

And that's just the non-magical fellows; we won't even mention various long-fanged chaps from the nastier bits of Eastern Europe. The places which are so poor that the peasants can't even afford garlic - or vowels.

The world is a powderkeg as alliances between the Empires shift and turn in the Great Game. Espionage is rife and everything hinges on the activities of a few Extraordinary Gentlemen and Gentlewomen - because sometimes a Lady's smile can be worth more than a squadron of dreadnoughts. Just ask Sir Harry Flashman VC, any of the Holmes Brothers, or even Irene Adler
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Wishlist #2 - Post-Apocalypse

Postby MattW » Tue Jul 01, 2008 5:38 pm

Not the Day After. Not a few Years After (Mad Max 3, Terminator) but 150 years after.

150

The Morrow Project was trained to rebuild civilisation in the 3 to 5 years after "The End". Something went wrong - it's now 150 years later. A few personnel find themselves in a world they never expected

What the hell happened? Where is the rest of the Project? Who are these crazy people with homemade guns? What are we going to do about it?
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Wishlist #3: 1920's/30's Pulp

Postby MattW » Tue Jul 01, 2008 5:46 pm

Indian Jones or 'Mummy' type stuff

1920's China (the "warlord" era). Several warlords had small air forces
which were often trained or manned by European or Russian mercenaries
with Great War and/or Russian Civil War experience.

Official Background: an ambitious Chinese warlord (with the Player
Characters as 'advisors') has bought some experimental 'weird science'
aircraft and tanks. This has annoyed his neighbours. Another warlord and the Communists are each striving to get to his airfield before it's all fully operational. ALSO the Japanese in Korea could use this as
an excuse to invade. The last thing the General needs right now is a problem with the Americans - and some American fossil-hunters have just
disappeared into a valley on the frontier with Mongolia.

Mission: locate some American fossil-hunters and archaeologists and
get them out of harm's way

Possible enemies: Red Russians, White Russians - maybe throw in a beautiful, but evil countess - or two. Japanese spies (ninjas of various types?). Marxist Chinese commissars (maybe even a young Mao?). A demon?

Problem: the Americans were looking for Xanadu

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
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Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
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I like Matt W's Wishlist #1 Steampunk

Postby AJHoyt » Tue Jul 01, 2008 8:16 pm

That 1889 retro-science might be a good spinoff for the Firefly folk.

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As he ambled up to a table where two broken down old men and one highly seasoned saloon girl were sitting in front of empty shot glasses, Matt caught the bartender's eye and made a circle motion with his forefinger that took in the three at the table. The bartender nodded, fetched up a whiskey bottle and headed around the end of the bar.

Matt pulled out the remaining chair, turned it around one-handed and sat with the back toward the table.

Matt: Kitty.

Kitty: Matt.

Matt: Doc.

Doc: Matt.

Matt: Festus.

Festus: Matthew.

Matt: There's a oddly beautiful green gal out there cryin' that a feller run off with her sub-luminal transducer. Says she needs it to keep the Dark Ones from eatin' the light. What'd ya reckon that's all about?
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Postby Korani » Tue Jul 01, 2008 10:49 pm

Okay...my "other" vote is a little misleading, because if I could launch this concept tomorrow as a full-blown sim, I'd do it in a heartbeat. If only I had the bandwidth and time...For now, I'm just going to have to settle for doing it as the next mission of the Caduceus' crew. Mirror-universe style! ::spoiler alert--this mission has not been officially announced to the Caduceus' crew::

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In reality, it was what they'd been sent to obtain. But what they did with those plans is grossly different. Yes, the ship class known in the Federation parallel as Dawnstar-class is a hospital ship, with six sickbays, multiple pharmaceutical labratories, multiple surgical suites, nine active mobile EMHs, a full paramedic flight squad, and a secondary warp core which is dedicated to powering the ship's shields. Now, can you picture what could be done with such resources in the mirror universe, under the command of the most evil mind to ever leave Bajor? Korani Korisse in the mirror universe is known as the Butcher of Bajor, a doctor with a sadistic streak the size of Bajor itself.

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Postby SDJThorin » Tue Jul 01, 2008 11:32 pm

Hi All,

New around here, but I'd love to see some Dark Furture/Cyberpunk Sims based off Cyberpunk 2020 RPG, Appleseed and Bubblegum Criss/Crash Mangas/Anime, the works of William Gibson, etc.

Hey, I was even one of the ones that helped test piloted the ShadowRun IRC Sim and that was really a lot of fun, but I'm more for the CP style of game, less/no magic, more dark future and mecha.

I'd also join up for more Torchwood and Firefly sims.

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Postby Foxy » Wed Jul 02, 2008 6:23 am

Although I would LOVE a Doctor Who sim, the snag is that the format of the series doesn't allow for many "regulars" and needs a good set of supporting characters that change with each story. So either two simmers have a whale of a time, or the rest of the team have to be happy to play "supporting cast"... Admittedly, for Who I probably would, but it is a big ask. What you can do easily is play in the Whoniverse - which is what we're doing with TW10, but you could equally well have a group of Time Agents or UNIT (although there are a couple of UNIT officers hiding out in both TW10 and SG8!).

Something spy-y would be great - there's so many to pick from. My personal faves would be along the lines of The Avengers or Man from UNCLE - something with style and panache.

Superheros are fun, but anyone who's hosted or done the training course here will be aware of the dangers of SuperHero Syndrome - where one player can be so amazingly smart/fit/sharp-shooting/fast/mind-reading that they always end up saving the day and the others don't get a look-in. Going into this genre rather invites such behaviour (Peter Petrelli!), so there would need to be very tight rules from the start and at least one very switched-on host (preferably both CO and XO right on the ball) and unafraid to deal with infringements.

Steampunk is great, but in any sim that isn't based on a specific show/film/book/game system/etc, you do need to agree the groundrules of the universe up front, so everyone knows where the limits are. If you leave it too loose, you again risk unintentional SHS as someone says "I'll solve this with my pocket framistat", the CO says "Er... no" and the player replies, "but you never said I couldn't..."

Oh, god, that sounds like I've got a real downer on these. That isn't intentional, I'd love to see all of them working, but I would want whoever is running it to be thoroughly prepared in the interests of avoiding pitfalls and keeping it fun for all.
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Postby McGig » Wed Jul 02, 2008 6:35 am

New around here, but I'd love to see some Dark Furture/Cyberpunk Sims based off Cyberpunk 2020 RPG, Appleseed and Bubblegum Criss/Crash Mangas/Anime, the works of William Gibson, etc.


As a fellow new person, I must say, all of those sound good-ish. I'm personally working on a constantly evolving Ghost in the Shell setting for a table top game, but the meta-verse for it is huge.

Just your mentioning it here makes me think there might be some merit in attempting to bring my idea online instead.
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Postby LrShadow » Wed Jul 02, 2008 9:20 am

No offense, but I think Star Trek is over done. We have plenty of those to choose from now.

Super Heroes, sounds like fun but I worry about SHS and it would be very easy for one player to dominate. If you had a strict set of rules and a great hosting team it is certainly worth adding to the SLA's options.

I had thought of doing a Vampire sim but not sure if there is enough interest. Anyone interested in that let me know.

1st choice:
Personally Id like to see a Shadowrun/Cyberpunk type sim, Id even consider being the host, again if there was enough interest. I think it would be a great addition and could even be open enough to fit those Anime lovers as well.

2nd choice:
Secondly its a bit of a stretch for the SLA but a Fantasy Genre might not be a bad area to expand into. There are so many books, RPG's and MMO's out there based off of Fantasy worlds it would be a nice change from all the Future/techie stuff we have now.

3rd choice:
What about the Bad side of Star Trek? Dodging the law, stealing from Starbases or pilfering an entire star ship? :)


I think thats enough out of me.
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Postby MattW » Wed Jul 02, 2008 10:43 am

Foxy wrote:Something spy-y would be great - there's so many to pick from. My personal faves would be along the lines of The Avengers or Man from UNCLE - something with style and panache.
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Yes, I'd like that too. Perhaps something set in the mid-60's with a mix of Soviet bad guys and a few super-villains? You could easily limit the problem with super-gadgets (only issued by Q Branch) and everyone would be 'normal', not super-powered

Arrgggh. Now I'm planning it all out ...
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Postby brawl » Wed Jul 02, 2008 12:17 pm

Foxy wrote:(snip)What you can do easily is play in the Whoniverse - which is what we're doing with TW10, but you could equally well have a group of Time Agents or UNIT (although there are a couple of UNIT officers hiding out in both TW10 and SG8!).


Ooooooooooooh.... Time Agents. Nice.

Foxy wrote:Superheros are fun, but anyone who's hosted or done the training course here will be aware of the dangers of SuperHero Syndrome - where one player can be so amazingly smart/fit/sharp-shooting/fast/mind-reading that they always end up saving the day and the others don't get a look-in. Going into this genre rather invites such behaviour (Peter Petrelli!), so there would need to be very tight rules from the start and at least one very switched-on host (preferably both CO and XO right on the ball) and unafraid to deal with infringements.


A few of us got talking about this yesterday, and limitations would have to be very complex and probably dealt with case-by-case. It would have to be tied into a rank structure and each rank would have upper limits. For example, you have a hero-in-training with super-strength, well, I'd say they could only lift about 500 pounds, while a team leader with super-strength could be upwards of 3 tons. Peter Petrelli's and Wolverine's need not apply. ;)
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Postby Tavey » Wed Jul 02, 2008 1:45 pm

In no particular order:

More Torchwood - especially in a Live Action format.

Ooh - Matt mentioned the Morrow Project - I've played that... it's a good one! I wasn't more than a few minutes in before thinking that it would work really really well as a Sim.

Firefly. I believe we can handle another ship.

I am a hug fan of Dark Future type stuff, so anything geared that way will get my interest.
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Postby Galifestus » Thu Jul 03, 2008 3:01 pm

There are so many places and times and ideas that have so much to offer.

So, then, which would float my boat? I would have to answer that my first thoughts lead to things like the "Shadowrun" sim we have begun off forum. Second thoughts bring me to something like a Star Trek: Firefly, with a struggling transport as the focus of the game, like firefly, but in the Trek verse.

But then I read the particularly good writup for the Space 1889 idea. The only problem with which is the lesser depth of common knowledge of the setting and so forth than Trek, star wars, or any of the other shows enjoys.
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Postby Quin » Thu Jul 03, 2008 7:27 pm

Not sure how it would fit in here but I have been trying to get involved in a Dresden Files rpg for ages.

Loads of opportunities for various types of characters from vanilla human, wizard, various fairy types, three different types of vamp, trolls, gruffs (yes I said gruffs), apprentice wizards, wardens, cops and even Mafia type bad guys.

Failing that I love Firefly but I am already involved in a couple of groups. Torchwood canon would be fun. I love Dr Owen Harper.
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Postby AJHoyt » Thu Jul 03, 2008 9:01 pm

I'm willing to entertain a Fantasy sim, but again--taking a page from Foxy's book--with heavy limitations on the character's ability.

My thoughts are along the lines that Ogres have strength...period (...and are butt ugly to everyone but themselves). Elves can hit any target dead center. Wizards have one spell. Healers can heal one specific wound--hives, say. Something like that. The idea of 'super power' being more along the lines of characters in the TV series Heroes or the movie Mystery Men where the heroes have to work together stepwise to affect a solution...not one of them able to dominate.

I'd personally prefer playing some dim, affable, but strong Ogre--happy with his fate and constantly being outfoxed by every player and passing rabbit. But I know--and you know--we have to guard against the egoist types who show up and announce they are 265th level Mage-Warriors and would everyone kindly stand back whilst they reshape the universe to their liking. (And they don't see why that is wrong.) That sort makes my Ogre character want to grease spot our hero/heroine before he/she finishes his/her first announcement. Personally, I find characters with flaws they have to work around more interesting to play.

So, a fantasy sim in SLA would draw me, as long as 265 level mage-wizards can’t apply.
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Postby LrShadow » Thu Jul 03, 2008 10:16 pm

First off... There is a Shadowrun sim and no one invited me??? Im highly offended. *pouts* Personally I think we could do one here and it would be allot of fun. <hint>

And the Heroes idea, thats actually a really good one. The host could be a Peter person while everyone else may choose ONE... *holds out ONE single LONELY finger* power. Thats it, nothing else. WooHoo, you can fly. Oh did we mention that if the regular folks find out they will stone you? or worse.

Lastly, great ideas folks, keep them coming.
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Postby Quin » Fri Jul 04, 2008 3:12 am

The Dresden files is not about omnipotent beings. All beings have their limitations, the magic doesn't always work the way it should. You would probably have to read the books to understand it. It isn't like Dungeons and Dragons or WOW. Powers cannot be gained you either have them or you don't, but they can be lost. No rolling of dice to gain hit points etc.

Harry Dresden is a wizard and he is also a private eye and a consultant to the Chicago police department. Anything weird happens and he is called in by a special department that deals with all things weird. Most people have no idea of the supernatural and wouldn't believe it if it hit them with a barge pole that includes the CPD powers that be.

Harry is skilled in some types of magic, not so good at others and hopeless at some.

Fairies for example are very vulnerable to certain types of metal. Ogres are strong but not very bright.

At the time of the latest book there is a war going on between the Red court of vampires and the White Council of wizards. There are alliances, feuds etc.

I think it would be great fun to play with the right GM.

I highly recommend the books, it was a TV series but nowhere near as good as the novels.

Jim Butcher is the author, the first book is called Storm Front, read it and you may just get hooked the way I did.
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Postby brawl » Fri Jul 04, 2008 10:56 am

Quin- I love the Dresden idea. I'd love to play a Warden. :)

Butcher has tons of rules for magic in the Dresden-verse. You've got to have a lot of willpower and energy to cast spells and stuff.

Tons of great ideas guys.

BTW, Bill 200606.10 in the government section is for the creation of minisims. Check the bill out here http://tenforward.slasims.com/viewtopic.php?t=12009 for more info on that. I think some of these ideas would make great minisims if anyone wanted to put them together.
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Postby SDJThorin » Fri Jul 04, 2008 11:55 am

I'm with Brawl on the Dresden idea!!!

I'd love to see how that would shape up into a SIM.

Been thinking about trying it with one of my live Cyberpunk RPGs.

I'm game to play if we get it up and running!
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Postby Korani » Fri Jul 04, 2008 3:10 pm

And another vote for Dresden, because there's so much potential for creativity.
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Postby MattW » Sun Jul 06, 2008 10:11 am

If you want Fantasy, I suggest Discworld. The particular genius of Mister Pratchett is that this setting can be used for almost any story

The F-team
"In the Year of the Purple Fruitbat, a crack Borogravian commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men(well.. it said 'men' on the files) promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Ankh Morporkh underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire... The F-Team."

CSI: Ankh-Morporkh
Sgt Manfred von Uberwald: "Hmm... judging by the blood I'd say he's been dead for no more than 3 hours."
Patrolman Brunhilda Shieldsdottir: "Manfred! You're not supposed to TASTE the stuff"

James Bond & other Spy-Fi
"A Stronginthearm BBK, 7-62? I know of three men who use such a crossbow. I believe I've killed two of them."

or
"This imp will self-destruct in 5 seconds. Good luck Jim"

or
(waving semaphore flags) "Open channel D"

{although that last one may be too obscure for the youth of today?}

Any Police story from "Cold Cases" to "Dirty Harry". After all, the motto of the City Watch is "Fabricati Diem Punc".


French (Klatchian) Foreign Legion stories.

Swashbuckling pirates (or possibly pirate-buckling swashes).

Superheroes like Batlikeman (a Vampire who wants to fight crime) Octiron Man, Captain Ank-Morporkh. Hellboy?

Maybe Westerns (spaghetti or otherwise). Who knows what sort of peasants in XXXX or Uberwald might like to hire a Magnificent Seven group of crossbow-slingers?

Buffy
"Into every generation, a Slayer is born, one girl in all the world with the ability and strength to fight the vampires and deamons, she is the slayer..." And the Assassins School is coeducational..... with good lawyers

There are dozens of possibilities...
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Postby Foxy » Sun Jul 06, 2008 3:22 pm

(waving semaphore flags) "Open channel D"


Good thing I'm a decrepit oldie, then! And still an Illya Kuriakin fan after all these years... :wink:

I played a Discworld RPG once (Tavey - were you there for that?). A levitating wizard was arrested for having no visible means of support. Hard work, but hilarious.

Actually, don't tell anyone, but my B5 character is really Sam Vimes in disguise! 8)
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Thanks, Azaria!
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