Hard, Soft, Horror, Adventure, whatever. Let us celebrate the futuristic, the terrifying, and the weird.I haven't seen a thread like this in a long while, although if there are still archives hanging around, I'd be happier than a space-pig in space-mud.
Encounters>A ship in space that can only be viewed from one angle. Remote viewing robes give off static and people always see the same side.>A gigantic explosion in system with ship emerging from it backward. It seems to be a space battle in reverse.>Derelict Ship, the only signs of activity is a helpful AI regulated to the Life support system.>The corpse of an enormous space creature is found on the outskirts of an inhabited system.>A planet covered in storms, fragmented ghostly transmissions burst through the communications.
Locations>A station orbiting the closest planet to the sun, living in perpetual shadow, behind a mad made solar shield>A planet with tribal culture that understand how to use space technology but not how to build it.>A abandoned ship, perfectly, cleanly sheared in half.>A research base with no sign of distress or life.>I ship the seemly randomly jumps from system to system, broadcasting a distress signal before jumping again.>A planet with a completely different biosphere that previously recorded.
>>52513662A solar system size cock that serves as a intergalatic zoo for all forms of lifeShape is because the creators thought it would be funny for the lesser lifeforms
>>52513878I think I read about something like that on /d/.
>>52514107Or watched something like that on Lexx.
Space Creatures>Orbiting Mushroom fields>Sun Eating Lamprey>Space ship Barnacles with attitude>Psychic fucking anything.>Droids free floating in space light years from the nearest anything
Messages left by dead crew(And ripped off from other media)>Game OVER>The star are signing>HESUNTHESUNTHESUNTHESU>Dialog of irritabiity, and increasing aggression left in voice logs. Paranoia.
>>52513662Space Borrowers colonise your ship after stopping at a sketchy station.
>>52513662Benevolent but very spooky ghost ships.
>>52513662While investigating an electrical fault, you discovered a little toy spaceship drawing power from one of the switchboards. It seemed to be quite unhappy when you disconnected it.
>>52513662>find a derilect ship with still running recording equipment, all videos are of your ship.
>An ancient, highly advanced living spaceship, seemingly abandoned. She's a little disoriented from sleeping for so long, but turns out to be quite friendly after fully waking up.
>>52516528>electrical fault, you discovered a little toy spaceship drawing power from one of the switchboards. It seemed to be quite unhappy when you disconnected it.Animorph storyline, nice.
>>52515123>HESUNTHESUNTHESUNTHESULoved the atmosphere of that game
>>52513756>A gigantic explosion in system with ship emerging from it backward. It seems to be a space battle in reverse.Seelee Ship, I think it was? I have that book around, somewhere.
>>52517958I just made it up. I've never read that, but now I want too.
>>52518890https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seetee_ShipMisremembered a letter. Was a neat story.
>>52516214An alien merchant asks if you have 'gremlins' on your ship, and offers to sell you a creature which he claims was bred to hunt them.
>>52513662>A massive slowboat colony ship. Its inhabitants are no longer aware they're on a ship and are living like primitives in the biodomes.>An ancient style long range space ship in the middle of nowhere belonging to a once famous genius inventor that vanished centuries ago. Somehow he's still alive and his ancient looking ship is giving off readings that are beyond your sensors ability to identify. >An old AI drone battleship that's left its mothballed fleetyard to wander around, missing the old days and lonely.>A lifeless, undamaged ship. Its interior looks like the crew just up and vanished seconds before your arrival down to plates of food on the mess tables. Closer inspection shows the food to be made of wax and all the ship logs all have the same creation date, like someone wants you to think it's a mystery ghost ship.>A lone bottle of wine, dated thousands of years ago, just floating alone in the black with a small, low powered beacon tied to it. It has a card taped to it addressed "To my one and only Love".>A WW2 era British submarine, floating adrift. No sign as to how it got there and no bodies or personal effects inside. Research shows that this ship was presumed lost at sea in some sea battle lost to time.
>>52516824That was a fucking great storyline.
While investigation an ancient starbeast corpse something adheres itself to the ship and seems to be growing.
>>52523554>"To my one and only love"
>ship floating with no power in space, party boards out of curiosity>spoopy noises throughout ship, corpses make it look like an epic battle took place here>party finds two skeletons grasping for something hidden in the wall, noises get louder>party takes the item, noises stop
> A mined out asteroid hides an old smuggler base, corpses spread out like there was a mexican standoff.>A brief wormhole opes, A ship is detected on the other side. It is your ship and it is on fire.
>>52513858>A abandoned ship, perfectly, cleanly sheared in half.I see we've found the 'Forward Unto Dawn'.
>>52523554>An old AI drone battleship that's left its mothballed fleetyard to wander around, missing the old days and lonely.Honorable ship.
>A private cruise yacht owned by a famous band or movie star. The ship has been taken over by rather friendly pirates who are willing to sell celebrity personal effects or some of the tremendous amount of space cocaine they've found on board. The kidnapped celebratory, meanwhile, is a tremendous cocknozzle about the whole thing.>A lone asteroid drifting through space. On it sits an ornate metal throne holding one long dead and decayed humanoid holding a sword and staring forward with patient determination.>Mysterious radio signals, they seem to be coming from the sector but from no identifiable source. The signals are badly distorted and sound like desperate pleas for help mixed in with audio bits of the crew logs talking about trying to track down a mysterious moving radio signal.>An escape pod full of candy, like someone just poured a dumptruck load of candies into this pod and shot it off.>An unmanned alien space station. Upon approach, it tractors your ship into its docking bay and begins making alterations in a confused attempt at repairing a configuration it doesn't recognize. Your ship is locked down and can't leave until either it finishes or it shuts down.>A massive ship designed to be able to rebuild itself and manufacture whatever it might need and armed enough to defend itself. It's piloted by an ancient intelligence that used to be a living being and digitized itself and built this "body" to explore the galaxy with. It wants copies of your cultures complete knowledge, art, history and technology to add to its ever growing database and it is willing to trade knowledge for this, however it's a very unfair trade.>An alien tomb world, where the original inhabitants realized they were dying out for reasons and spent their last generation turning their planet into a massive galleria of their culture so they wouldn't be forgotten.
>>52527505>A moonbase parked on a moon of an alien world. The station used to be a scientific base monitoring the primitive aliens but now it's a black market hotspot with enough traffic for the primitive locals below to have noticed and found several religions off of.
Bouncing radio signals - random occassional snippets of other poeples conversationsAsteroids that seem to changeor adjust velocity to match the shipLooped radio signals caught in a quantum something, forever replaying the same transmissionRandom transmissions received of ancient tv shows, both human and xenoAwesome thunderbolts, kilometres long from static in dust clouds
It's not entirely related, but one of the empires in my game is all about absolute acceptance of the laws via transhumanism. My Referee says he'll take us deeper into their stuff eventually, but so far:They all have psycho-surgery or brain washing and worse (this is presented as one of the horror stories of our fellow soldiers) and are indoctrinated into this labyrinth system of laws. The higher in power you go, the more heavily modified your mind becomes, same with those who commit crimes. One of the greatest punishments pretty much turns you into a voodoo zombie, unable to resist the compulsions of your handlers. Of course, the greatest crimes often involve opposing the Empire, so we've fought and shot erstwhile allies.They have this really creepy demeanour when he presents the few we've conversed with. Like fanatical, animated Communist Dolls.
A near perfectly smooth planet in orbit around a dead star, with variance of height no more than a meter across its surface.The rest of the solar system is completely empty; there is no asteroid belt, no kuiper belt, no oort cloud, and the amount of space dust is negligible.The planet has no tilt to its rotation, and its orbit is perfectly circular by all reasonable measure.There is a single structure on the planet, a black cube on its north pole. It is smooth, and has no surface or sub-surface features.
>>52516214>get cornered by a dozen of these weird tiny combat drones>one of them lands at your feet>you can see it has a note attached>cautiously reach down to pick it up>its friends keep their guns pointed at you, but don't do anything to stop you>the note is a photograph, showing hundreds of aliens standing in front of a gigantic ship>it takes you a moment to connect the machine in the picture with the one in your hand, but apart from scale they look identical
>>52516764That's a good one
>the players are ambushed by a rogue AI battleship>despite initial appearances, the ship is barely functioning and desperately needs repairs
Thoughts on Xeelee?
>>52523554>A massive slowboat colony ship. Its inhabitants are no longer aware they're on a ship and are living like primitives in the biodomes.There's a Xeelee verse story with thisThe primitives mating rituals involve maintaining the ship
Power signals coming from a previously thought to be dead or uninhabited planet prove worth investigating. Arrival reveals the entire planet covered with a layer of ash, not a single organic life form to be seen, sans the very rare, beautiful, almost glowing flowers that sprout delectable fruit.Investigation of the power sources reveal a single life form, one that limps and looks crippled, belonging to the race that once inhabited this planet.The race was fairly primitive, only just dabbling in space exploration, and this lone life form was the first astronaut of their kind. They recount the tale of watching from space as their world turned to ash from whatever weapon or war was ongoing planetside.My idea was the kind of worst-case-scenario where detonating the atom bomb was thought to have the possibility of igniting the atmosphere, only this turned all organic life to ash.I originally had the idea that the player would find this life form by following the singing it would make. Totally not inspired by the STALKER OST Dirge for the Planet.Followups of the planet could reveal that it is recolonized by enterprising traders looking to make a profit on the rare, highly potent and incredibly valuable "soul fruit" that grows there, which is what the life form that inhabited the planet subsisted on for however long.
Mogo. Nuff said.
>>52529771Sunless Sea, a game wherein Her Majesty sold London to some space bats, who moved the city to the shores of a vast underground sea infested with places and things that Man was Not Meant to Know. A renegade faction of the British Navy, yearning to feel the light on their skin again, begins construction of the Dawn Machine, a device so compelling and beautiful that when you look upon it, you almost believe it to be the sun. The Sun. The Sun. The SUN. THE SUN THE SUN THE SUNTHESUNTHESUNTHE
You meet a cosmonaut from ages past who has touched some unknowable secret of the universe and now is like unto a god.
>>52536215That's a No More Heroes boss.
>>52536247Ah, good to know. I figured it was just some generic magical astronaut pic
>A fleet of bioships that have gone feral. Shipyards are offering large rewards if you capture any.
>>52530356I absolutely adore wonky scaleshit like this.
Due to a an NPC clue, or sheer luck, the players come across an uninhabited planet or planetoid that sparks their interest. Namely, scorch marks on the surface.Turns out, people used to live there. There's burned rubble with clear signs of explosive force. Among the debris, the players find pieces of charred bone. Human bone.Exploring the destroyed town, the players discover a vague trail leading to a mountain range that has had better days. Rubble and landslides cover the thing. Further investigation of the vague trail points the players to the biggest landslide. Which is highly radioactive, consistent with what you'd expect with exploding a nuke deep in a mineshaft.The players will begin to theorize that the nuked mine and the destroyed colony are linked.And that is exactly the moment when a huge explosion rocks the scene, as the shuttle of the players parked at the destroyed village blows up due to mysterious (black ops space soldier) reasons.TIME FOR ADVENTURE!
>>52533707He doesn't socialize, though
>>52538685He's probably quite active on imageboards.
>>52530356> You clear a locker, and mark it out with landing pad and loading bay markings> Having worked out what they like (bbq sauce, sugary cereals, thin sheets of raw materials), you work out a system of trade> They clean your quarters, help maintain the ship, and help with tricky tasks like your hobby of collecting antique sci-fi spaceship models> Assembling tricky models is SO much easier when there's a tiny heavy-lift ship to hold joints in place while glue dries> Or a construction ship to laser-weld things together> You leave them empty drinks cans, bbq sauce sachets taken from stations, and small portions of cereal> One day, you find one of their ships adorned with your brushwork. Examining it, you realise it was the ship you don't remember buying, and could never find after that one late-night painting session> After a while, you discover that if you shut off water flow for them, they can clean out blockages from pipes far better than a plumber's snake> A few more of their ships nose into your painting queue sometimes; you presume it's now a mark of the 'big people liason service' or somesuch.> One day, panic. Meteor! Hull breach!> Hole is patched swiftly, meteor never found> Go out on inspection detail a while later, and the patch has a small airlock built into it, camouflaged against the hull.
>>52531215Thanks! I have another one>flying around normally between planets>suddenly get hit by undetected missile like object>no matter the counter measures, the object drills into your hull and spews out... Lead.>later analysis show that the object is millions of years old, and that the lead was once plutonium>the object was a nuclear weapon that missed the mark and travelled light years to hit your ship.
>>52513858>A city-sized antimatter refinery, suspended by aerostats in the upper atmosphere of a gas giant
>>52538685Not his choice. People have decided to colonize him and won't take no for an answer. He could kill them, but he's too ethical to do so. He's hired the party to drive them off.
>>52534004I loved fallen london, can't wait to see sunless skies!
>>52516999Why the FUCK would you retrieve that
>>52548398Because you were ordered to.
>>52516776Elizabeth Bear? Or Bolander?
>>52523554>An old AI drone battleship that's left its mothballed fleetyard to wander around, missing the old days and lonely.Player of Games?
a strange spheroid structure, highly reflective surface, except the planets and stars reflecting off its surface don't match the stars and planets around it.
>>52549377One of the xeno threads on /d/.
>>52540890What's the catch?
-You're ordered to steal a statue. Problem: it's alive, like a person. Born, grew up,etc. Not Pinocchio. But does he bleed?-You're sent to find the person on a colony who's sending messages to your entire network. Like you're getting spammed with morgue reports. The people featured in those reports really want this stopped.-You are in a race against time. Yes, exactly what I said.-You are sent to find a device that reportedly can use dimensional resonance to subtract a dimension from the universe. The 5-th dimensional alien who sent you really wants the device.-People are drowning in spacesuits. Not limited to one spacesuit. May be happening in space. Or a planetside amusement park. Either way, the live fish are causing the investigator some worry.-Your players are streaming shows from space Netflix. They somehow copy an ai that's themselves after they watched the shows. Not a Ring or It knockoff, question if watching the show was necessary for it to happen and what happened to the body.-The party finds medical reports that the population of the planet is turning into bug people. Have you had an x-ray lately? Could doing so get you disappeared by a frightened medical industry? If they're wrong, how far does your tested population sample extend?-Haunted Zentradi Battlepod. Ghost giants with massive guns and booming shouting makes midnight pretty lively.
>>52549678One of the weirdest things about Sidonia and the motivations of the main villain was Tsumugi's reception by the ship's people.They're wary at first, but the general opinion after she's been around for awhile is "She fights with our brave men and women so she's cool." Consensus seems to be that most of the crew, including her creators, view her as an individual rather than a piece of military hardware.If this was intended, why would Ochiai go through all the trouble of growing and cultivating a new chimera if he was just going to body swap into it anyways? Wouldn't it have been best to jump in right at the start once it was proven to be viable, and just pretend to be childlike and innocent until the body had finished growing? Tsumugi had enough leeway and goodwill earned that he probably would have had enough freedom of movement to bail in the middle of a mission or something.
>>52540890>seeing your models must have given the aliens some ideas, judging from the parts laid out on your desk>an engineering ship hovers above the unfinished hull. It looks like one that you painted>without any instructions, you do your best to follow the little ship as it guides each part into place, occasionally nudging your fingers when you hold something the wrong way>you hold each part as still as possible and watch them connect it to the main body>with everything assembled, the smaller ship guides you to a spot at the back of the desk, then settles down to dock with it>apparently they need smaller hands for the next step>a few days later, you watch the larger ship take off from the desk>after flying a few circuits around the room, the ship hovers in front of your face>it does a slow turn to show itself off, then flies back to the desk and lands neatly next to your paint set
I know the show's generally pretty shit now, but there's one Doctor Who episode that stands out - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Impossible_Planet>planet is orbiting black hole but not being pulled in>human team is there mining and trying to figure out why the fuck it's happening>people start blacking out and waking up in different places>an ancient door is found in the caverns below the base, sealed and unopenable>odd symbols in a language no-one's ever seen before start turning up painted everywhere>slave-race being used to keep the base running stop obeying instructions>shit devolves from here
>>52552934Nah, the show's even better now. It's just using the old style Who style instead of throwing in foot races to cover for the lack of story.I've always liked the Cybermen. Robots using organic parts to cover for their own lack of robot parts. I know the "robots are killing people" idea's been done so much, but building a robot and using a human to fill in the gaps-literal? Stripping a human down like a car? There's often more that can be done with that.
>>52549969Apart from having to buy extra supplies, they often want help with things like opening drawers and moving moderately-sized objects.
Some things just need visual aides."And you say... it's getting nearer?""And this is what we found in his bloodstream."And what would you do if you woke up one morning to find out that someone went and summoned the devil? a- while you're still on the ship. b- and it's nothing like what you thought it would be. c- and you can see the same thing from east and west windows. d- good news, it's not happening in your country. bad news, continental drift is now happening in one direction. e- That is now orbiting Earth. A very cargo-covered Luna is now headed towards Neptune with all the rich people on it. You're in (your home country location.)
>>52516824>the good news is they don't have a shrink ray>the bad news is they do have half a gram of antimatter
>>52548398Because you're rad as fuck. I mean, it isn't like it might come alive and initiate Second Impact or something, right?
>>52552934Also they have a bolt gun which means either bolters have infiltrated British popular consciousness enough you can just have one, or that means Doctor Who is set in some kind of alternate 40k universe.
>>52561512Or that the real life machine that puts bolts through steel girders is numerous enough and powerful enough to be used as a weapon for a significant chunk of the future.
>>52561951But why was it locked up? I remember it had a glass case thing going on with only the guy in charge of the operation being allowed to get it. That whole situation was weird to me.
>>52561991That's standard procedure. Only the trusted manager guy gets the keys to the gun cabinet. Do you want some sir-crazy nutter, or the guy who's figured out how to brew alcohol using an oil drum and some dirty laundry to just walk into a room and pic up a weapon capable of killing people? No. Unlocked gun cases, not even an armory mind you, still costs lives. Heck, they might just steal the gun to take apart. Quality military grade metal, not cheap lead and iron. Remember the old saying about things being nailed down. If it wasn't, it's not there anymore.
>Strange radio signals emanate from the even horizon of a black hole>You see a massive Dyson sphere, with strange signals, and distortions from the star.
>>52513756>A ship in space that can only be viewed from one angle. Remote viewing robes give off static and people always see the same side.Holy shit, that's nostalgic. I remember someone first bringing that up in a thread like this back in November 2010.
>>52513878>>52514107>>52514230The station is filled with specimens from every race that has up to this point, existed, and could be considered a paradise: there is now plague, no war, and clean water and power flow freely, as does food. However, there is only 1 from each species. Furthermore, each of the species is suspiciously attractive looking, based on humanity's standards of beauty. Not that any of those that land on the planet mind.The secret is that the station actually a giant trap for male humans. They come there to get their dick wet, but if they stay too long in the drug laced atmosphere, they are kidnapped and forcefully hyrbidilized in bodacious space babes, based on the aliens they have come into contact with. The station itself is a experiment from the Space Government, as a way to implant the genetic material of humanity into as many species as possible, so if Humanity is eradicated, there is the possibility that they will still pass on their genetics. Further more, they only use males, since they wish to pass on both the X and Y chromosomes,
>>52514365Psychic ducks it is!You don't with them.
>>52523870A gigantic space creature tries to force the ship to destroy a parasite inside its body.
>>52536406>sensors pick up a distress beacon>for some reason, its position never seems to change>launching a probe reveals that the signal is coming from inside the ship>using a handheld scanner reveals a tiny ship trapped in an old spider web behind the sensor console
>>52523870Sure, there's the biological angle, but then there's "what if you take 'star' literally?"Time to break out the particle physics books, because that "just burning space debris" is going to cost you. They should have to cut the local hull area off from the inside, while heavy gravity effects their chances. Possibly while building a new engine inside the ship to have some way to push away from the tiny star, only to realize (or DM lets it slip) that they have to attach the engine to the removed hull, let the gravity pull it out of the ship, then rotate it so that it's facing the inside of your ship, then turning it on so that it pushes the star away from your ship. All your food is cooked, there's only one remaining sealed sleeping quarters, your space suits are now standard wear, etc. If you want spooky perhaps the huge crater in the middle of your ship won't cool down. The structural damage reports should be hilarious.
>>52552605> You now have a second job as a constructor of Borrower ships> In exchange, your quarters have never been cleaner.> All the spare change from your space-couch is stacked neatly on your desk, as is that USB drive you lost.> The meteor scarring and scorchmarks from aerobraking are starting to vanish from the outside of the hull> Wake up in the middle of the night to find a tiny ship collecting flakes of dead skin from your bed> They get bolder, and build a small fuel refinery on your desk
>>52567981>Small desk fuel refinery>The Borrowers are harvesting your skin oils to fuel their ships while you sleep>Never have to deal with acne again>Start finding weird porn on your personal terminal along with a silk handkerchief>They want your seed..for reasons
>the city was subjected to orbital bombardment at some point, half the city was glassed>literally, the city now borders a giant field of glass sheets, some hundreds of meters in diameter>while visually stunning, the reflected sunlight makes the surrounding area unbearably hot at certain times of day>the light can be seen from space
>>52568050> Go to take a shower out of the usual hours> Find them mining the mat of hair in the drain> And lasering the scum off the floor
>>52513662You land on an overgrown world, primarily consisting of marshlands. filter feeders fly at head height, posing a serious danger for the unaware explorer. The swampland extends as far as the eye can see, interrupted only by the occasional hill of dirt, on which nothing grows. Initially suspected to be barrows, upon excavation they are drop pods. The occupants never left their seats, but seem to have been drawn by some spoofed signal.I've used this setting for my Traveller campaign, as well as a one-shot and it gets very good mileage
>>52571690>The swampland extends as far as the eye can seeWe've landed in florida.I get back on the shuttle and return to the ship; nothing of value here.
>>52571995lmao goddamn, i even had a primitive tribe that drink moonshine and live in shitty huts
>>52573444We'll trade them some plascrete boards for all the moonshine they have, because cheap fuel.
>>52573480They strip the drop pods and wear the sheet metal as armour, houses, everything. you gotta drink the moonshine
Actually, I was going to write a story with this in it somewhere.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_vacuum#Vacuum_metastability_eventtldr,basically, the universe could, at one point, just suddenly delete itself and remake the entirety of reality, complete with different sets of cosmic laws and physics.Scary.
A race of giant waifus invade a colony.Wat do?
>>52573686>write down the square-cube law>watch as their bones shatter and they collapse into agony>harvest the sweet sweet anime meat
>>52573820>implying real physics>implying if even real physics, they didnt evolve in a way to circumvent the square coob meme
>>52573880i just hate the giantess fetish ok let me have this
>>52573686Holy shit, I haven't seen that in awhile. Or talked to the artist in ages....I wasn't even watching this thread for sizeshit, I just like cool space encounters. D-do you people have some sixth sense that I'm around or something?
>>52523554>>An old AI drone battleship that's left its mothballed fleetyard to wander around, missing the old days and lonely.Where are those /k/ thread screencaps with the abandoned tanks when you need them
> The players ship suffers crippling damage and is left to drift on the outskirts of a solar system> A ship with a gruff man aboard arrives and tows them into an intercept course with a dockyard near the system core> On arrival the dockyard crew have no records of the ship that towed you. No registration, no sensor data, even telescope images of your ship en-route do not show the towing vessel> A few seasoned spacers in the canteen have had similar experiences
One I used for a game recently>Party finds system with abandoned warp gate and infrastructure.>Things are running, but in low power mode. No signals of any kind>Except for one repeating beep signal coming from the middle of nowhere on the planet the gate orbits, in the middle of the woods>Party discovers radio beacon and solar panel ontop of a pole, outside of a quaint hut with a small garden>Occupant is surprised, but welcomes them all in, offers drinks, what food he can spare.>Explains that the gate was shut down and he decided to stay because he likes it here, and has been playing rugged outdoorsman>For the past several millennia.
>>52574353Holy shit yuo still exist?
>>52575082I do. Life's been trash so I haven't gotten much work done, but I won't whine about that.I/We do still work on the setting though. I've been meaning to post more stuff about all the changes and updates but just...don't get around to it, I guess. Hell, I've been running a game in it using Eclipse Phase with some tweaks.Hell, I'm just as surprised people remember I exist, honestly.
>>52573654Not only that but if it happened anywhere in the Universe the released energy will spread and accumulate from during its propagation, purging everything on its way. So just before physics in your close vicinity would change, every atom, every nuclei you're composed of would be split in a raging cosmic fire.
>>52574036As a perverted fuck with this fetish I have to ask, why do you hate what I like? What did it do to you?
>>52567981>computers are showing a problem with the primary comm system>eventually you narrow it down to a faulty circuit board>as you go to get a spare, you find a Borrower cargo ship waiting behind you>the ship taps its nose on the damaged card, then drops its own into your hand>the components are much smaller, but it seems to work when you plug it in>a current check shows it's using a lot less power than the one it replaced>you hold out the old card to see if they want it>the ship rolls over, allowing you to put it in the cargo bay
>>52575331>With their own technology integrated into your come system, they slowly gather data on your language and computer infrastructure, until they explain themselves as->A species engineered to microscopic size out of their creators curiosity>The descendants of researchers on a spatial compression experiment gone wrong>Colonists or explorers from another, mis-scaled universe>Refugees from a planet that was shrunken by its conquerors as punishment.>Nothing. They opt to remain verbally silent, not explaining their origin or purpose.
>>52513662>A solar system surrounded by a force field>Impossible to enter, impossible to get out>It has been like this for millenias>You try to communicate with whatever is in>You accidentally break the seal>Ancient Evil awakens
>>52552934>planet is orbiting black hole but not being pulled in>human team is there mining and trying to figure out why the fuck it's happeningThat's just terrible. I mean, yeah, it's obviously not hard sci-fi, but come on...
>>52529377>Transhuman space communists try to conscript you into their galactic revolution
>players sent to space junkyard by corp to retrieve an data package with espionage on another corp>they're incredibly keen to get their hands on it and offer more than the PCs are expecting>vast field of debris now inhabited by space hobos and used as a base of operations by a couple of junker and criminal gangs>players arrive at intel dump site after fighting / negotiating their way through>turns out it's a scrapped computer bank on a piece of floating debris>after using the widget the corp gives them to get access, they start downloading the intel>data dump reveals this used to be a construction yard for a massive colony ship project>an accident testing the first generation of FTL drive ripped the engine and command section from the rest of the ship, blinking out of existence a few hundred years ago >the debris from the construction yard and the remaining sections created this scrap field in its wake>as the players finish their retrieval and start to head out of the junkyard, the lost section warps back
>>52575564>Naturally that size. It's normal for their species. They're still surprised all aliens are giants.
>>52578695Fair option. I just assume that if it's physically impossible in some fashion, a wizard probably did it.
>>52576211How so?It's kind of the point, it's so obviously impossible and wrong everyone wants to know how it isn't falling intldr It's Satan
>>52573654It's been done. Schild's Ladder.
>>52580158Because if it's in orbit it won't fall in. Black holes are infinitely dense, not infinitely massive. You can put anything you want in orbit and it stays there, they aren't magic space vacuums. The only potential danger to a moon orbiting a black hole is if it's in the accretion disc.
What are cool space structures parties could find besides ring worlds?
>>52530356Couldn't tiny things just make amazing computer chips for you powered easily on a watch batter? Calculations and processing power doesn't change with scale right?
>Be on /tg/ years ago. Awesome weird space threads. >Create new thread, self bump it relentlessly>not a lot of traction>give up>3 days later see it in the catalogI fucking love you guys.
>>52581448>ring worldsDyson SpheresOrbiting Ship yardsCenter point station-esque thingShips made out of hollowed out asteroids?
>>52581448>>52581546Matrioshka brain?Shkadov thrusters are a personal favorite.In my setting there's a red star with what look like impossible, ringworld-scale nails driven into it around the axis, for no discernible purpose.
>>52581516They do. Really everything about tiny sentients is (in hard SFi) blatantly impossible.In any case, to modern understanding at least, circuits and transistors and all that stop working once they're too small, because quantum shenanigans become an issue.I'm not super keen on doing all the math to guess at the size of our example space borrowers, but unless their computing tech works on some sort of woo, it wouldn't work at all.I am, of course, willing to completely disregard all of that for the purposes of having tiny people in tiny spaceships. So we could assume the implications are that, sure, they could make tiny things and patch them into your ship, slowly increasing your processing efficiency by untold amounts.
>>52581742My thinking is about a fifth of a millimeter. Just big enough to be visible, but small enough to scale a kilometer-long spaceship down to about ten centimeters.
>>52583524That's roughly what I was sorta picturing yeah.Really liking all the stuff in this thread for these guys. Would kinda like to do something with it but no solid ideas as to what.
>>52575564>>52578695>Evolved from a rogue nanomachine colony
>>52513662This is a very relevant threadI wanted to do a newspaper of sorts for my mercenary company players, detailing prospective jobs and interesting headlines of major news. How would you format it? What would you call it?
>>52583836If you call it the Carmen Miranda's Post, would it be mistaken as a flyer for a fruit business?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5p8YhhaVlAAw, let's mention the Dawson's Christian just because.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w34fSnJNP-4
Something with psychic powers
>>52575564> Engineered themselves down to that size long ago, for easier manipulation of matter, more efficient use of resources, and more space to live in.>>52581448Habitats hurled out of their solar system, coasting through the interstellar blackness, running on barely enough thrust to overcome the drag of the interstellar medium.In a loose cluster with various biomes inside, small ships flitting between them to transfer resources.Rogue planets covered in industry working towards something inscrutable, ice melted by the heat of said industry.A mined-out solar system; rocky bodies stripped of usable ores and left as mere clouds of dust and fragments, belts ripped clean, comets reduced to wisps, and a few stray wisps of atomic hydrogen and perturbed orbits showing where gas giants used to be.An ancient spaceship, long dead, crew deep-frozen and vacuum-dried, atomic core long exhausted and turned to iron.
>A drifting starship designed by a peoples that had the technology and imagination but not the knowledge of what space was: tl;dr a spaceship with open cockpit, no air supply or made of improper materials that resulted in the crew being killed, probably before making it to orbit.
>>52541255Fucking Isaac Newton
>>52582321>Bolo: the early years
>>52585659The most dangerous man in space
>>52532483Need more details, mon fampai.>>52575181Give us some info about the game.
>>52587063>www.theguardian.comReliable source, please. The guardian is not, has not been, and never will be a reliable source of news.
>>52581516>start using one of their ships as a portable scanner>seems to have any sensor you could name on board>user interface is relatively low-tech, mostly involves drawing on a notepad to explain what you need
>>52587512The Xeelee Sequence is a novel made by some math/physician autist with stories spanning over millions of yearsAnd the short stories have grade A weird space shit in them
>>52587512It's all asspull, largely. The basic plot is that the Nordlysian exploration corps has come into possession of an artifact. It's a fairly nondescript little holoprojector ball of unknown make that displays what are clearly spatial coordinates. It can't be tampered with and is, at a guess, ten to fifteen thousand years old or more. The coordinates change to something new when you get near the the current ones.So they find some spare hands, sign up a mercenary pilot from a military cooperation agreement with the clan Council of Jarasgin, and send them off.I've only got two players. One is a Nordlyssian Human, Ragnar Gunnarsson, and is in charge. he's got four other specialists along to help analyze whatever they find on the trip.The other is the pilot of their rented ship, a guide Alaerin named Neialliin Akurokairin Kress. her ship is, technically, a multirole freelancer fighter. (So, live in, minor cargo capacity.) Though, since she's an Alaerin, they've just stapled their quarters to her bottom bunk and loaded some rovers and a lot of gear and provisions into her cargo bay. The thing's only slightly smaller than a main line destroyer.Adventures so far include: >Nearly being infected with rogue automechs on the way out of port. Would have cut their drives at out system, presumably to be ambushed.>Helping rescue the crew of the cruiser the navy sent to deal with the probable ambushers, as all ships involved in that fight were crippled.A firefight in the cruisers boatbay demonstrated how hilarious Alaerin weapons are, as Nei shot the hell out of two boarding shuttles with her assault rifle, tanking small arms fire and one PD laser in the process.>Some downtime to fix the damage and heal some wounds from said firefight
>>52589767>The encounter described in >>52574828The party made a friend, as well as this guy's other friend, The Incredible Number Arranging Machine, a somewhat unhinged infomorph of some class using a planet's worth of abandoned processing power to play a millenia long idle clicker game with bizarre fractal math.>One space battle against a junkyard dog in a different orbit to steal the aprts to get the gate back working.And I've got plans for after that, but I'll keep them close since these guys browse /tg/ and know of this thread.
Fall out vaults for inspiration anyone.Old station with deranged copies of a single clone.Abandoned? biodome type craft overun with plants.
>Trans dimensional tourists hail the party's ship asking for directions>Party finds a planet that has been grey goo'd, the goo is now sentient, and sorry for its actions.>The ship accedintally hits "The Monolith" on there way down to an unexplored planet, shattering it.
>>52581519You wouldn't happen to remember the one back in late 2010, would you? I want to go through that one again.
>>52590860That's the one! it was in the archives for the longest time. I had it saved for game ideas, then on e day it was gone and i cursed myself for not making screen caps.That and the Hot Dickings Stories. How ephemeral.
>>52591838I feel your pain anon. I still remember choice pieces like >The ship looks exactly the same, no matter the perspective or how many cameras>intercom broadcasts from the future>ominous door that you do nothing with, it's just there to make the players feel uneasyAlso the one that freaked me out the most>space suits outside on the hull moving>but they way they move seems off>when you get a closer look you notice the suits are actually emptyI also remember the Grinning Lady, or Grinning Woman (the body of a woman who got spaced and would drift by the viewports) was a minor /tg/ meme in that time because of that thread.I really wish I did take screencaps, but it would've been moot, as my HDD crashed in 2012. But you're right, it was all so ephemeral. Tears in rain indeed.
>>52540890Wasn't there some writefaggotry about this?
What system/setting do you lads use for a horror driven campaing? I like the void system but the setting is pretty lame. Anyone knows any better?
>>52594002None that I know of. Would also be interested to hear if there was though.
>>52594585The Void? Isn't that the open-source version of Cthonic Stars by the people who made CthulhuTech ?I've used Call of Cthulhu, Trail of Cthulhu and BESM for horror games before with reasonable success. A good horror campaign is less about the mechanics and more about the mood you evoke as a DM and the players willingness to be scared.
>>52595138tell me your tales, Keeper. Did you use any supplement? And yes, is the open source one, I just not really creative with the background, and the game's original is pretty lame, albeit the stories are alright on their own.
Wasn't there a /tg/ sponsored Cthulhu Rising of sorts that they were writing? I found it once and it had a huge lore, but I never saw it again.
>>52534004Fuck. I love Sunless Sea. I can't believe I didn't get that.
>>52594915Good stuff, thank you.Tempted to try my hand at writing something with it when I have some free time next week.
>>52541255Better yet...why not the SFRG.
Since it's supposed to be a spooky thread, there's always things to do with the Tunguska event.A zero-point energy draw experiment pulls a big area of woodlands into (space, the laboratory, the middle of the city, etc.) It's best used as a consequence of a screwup of the players, to make it seem more "this wasn't the way that things were supposed to be. And now we've got trees in the middle of neo-Tokyo. Topsoil and all." And then there's the reports of ghosts, which they arn't supposed to know if it's real or just crazy people adding to the crazy. It could either go Ghostbusters, the well girl from The Rings, or a mission to bust into 100 houses full of tinfoil hat wearers and 300 pound Legolas elf-wannabies. Some players may like the idea of bringing the Japanese Suicide Forest through a spacefold.So, the crew. What do you call that era of space people? Astronauts? Trekkies? Solar Guard?
>>52582321Goddamnit anon. How is a TANK making me cry?
>>52580701>putting Farscape and B5 below SG1You done fucked up.
>>52527505>A lone asteroid drifting through space. On it sits an ornate metal throne holding one long dead and decayed humanoid holding a sword and staring forward with patient determination.Conan?
>>52575688I remember that bookhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commonwealth_Saga
>>52601572The answer is yes. The answer is ALWAYS yes.
>A planet whose main attraction is a species of a giant sea monsters>While they might seem like dumb animals, scientists have discovered that the electric fields they emit are actually transmitting vast numbers of data packets>The leading theory is that they were engineered as a biological supercomputer network>It's possible to communicate with one if you know the protocol, which has lead to many researchers and corporations trying to extract information from them>You need to be quite close for this, which is tricky because the communication seems to be entirely unconscious; their physical behavior is purely survival-driven and they don't react well to people
>>52513662>A world like Europa, with a layer of ice several miles thick and liquid water underneath. There are several submarine docks built under the ice, with elevators going up to the surface. There are a few submarines still docked but they and the dock and the base above them are abandoned. Cthulhu or something similar lives in the sea under the ice
>A ship floating out in space, but only the engines and cockpit are visible, the rest of the ship completely gone. You can pass through where the parts of the ship should be, but the engine and cockpit act like they're still connected to it. It is still functional but no lifeforms can be found, yet.
>>52587281THAT MAKES SIR ISSAC NEWTON THE DEADLIEST SON OF A BITCH IN SPACE
If this thread makes in past the bump-able stage, I will remake and make a pastebin or something with ideas from this thread. It must live.
>>52606473pastebin is a good idea. Don't want these ideas going the way of the '10 thread.
>>52603871The icy moon is an egg, laid in orbit around a gas giant planet so tidal forces keep the inside molten and properly incubated.Then the earthquakes start.
>>52607515I thought that story was called "The Knock." Not the ones with "the last man on earth sat alone in a room", the story about the worlds of the solar system being eggs. And then the megabird flies in from space and the eggs start hatching. And from the depths of the earth there came a knock. I read a comic book version of the story once. There was so much short-story, one-off, pulp fiction, and wild west rewrites of that era (Squa Font) that I couldn't find the story again- despite looking.I come here to read Weird Space Encounters, and end up having one of my own.
>>52609471Correction- I was looking not for the 1934 "Born of the sun" by Jack Williamson", but the 1950's"And Lo! The Bird" by Nelson S. Bond. Oh, so it's so unheard of that there's two of them....
A former colony ship that was finished just a little too late to save her creators. The AI has since rebuilt herself into a monstrous planet killer in order to hunt down the thing that killed them.
>>52513878Kinda related but I know for a fact there's a setting that prominently features a giant space cock as a major galactic feature.
>>52611783If it's going to be a zoo, shaping it into a giant cock, rooster, would seem the way to go. Especially if avian races were involved in the construction, or the financial backing. Plus the mismatched-usage comedy. Surface to orbit ships shaped like pandas. Cars shaped like turtles. They serve good cotton-candy potatoes and sugared fries, though. But God help you if you get injured (being PC's they always manage it) because that's where the DM's selection of horrifying animals are. The injection tech is all in spider shapes. The lanterfish and viperfish seem alive. You can't tell what's being patched up due to infighting, bled for medical usage, fake, or is hiding in plain sight to do something horrifying to you. Wait until you get the blood results back from the lab.rador-retriever that's your doctor. You're going to want a full blood replacement and an hour on a strong magnet.
>>52596120Fucking Russians.On that note.>Sputnik 2>Laika is still alive somehow and is ready to go for a walk thank you very much
>>52581448A neutron star wanders into a solar system and rips the atmosphere off one or more gas giants, forming a stable nitrogen/oxygen/CO2/water atmosphere of appropriate pressure for humans. Freefall elf waifus traditional (Larry Niven, Smoke Ring series) but not required.A bunch of comets collided and drifted in towards a star, eventually melting and forming a sphere of pure ocean with no core, and only a bit of water vapor atmosphere due to pressure gradients.An asteroid or dwarf planet was carved out into a hollow tube and transformed into an O'Neill cylinder.A wireframe sphere wraps around a gas giant, using motion through the planet's magnetic field to generate free electricity and beaming it to a colony or weapons platform on a rocky moon outside the now much smaller field.
>>52581448-Space Prison. Somebody went nuts and tried to create something to jail space. Think the Tholian Web, but it's building it's way from one solar system (as a gravity anchor point) to another.-The Grave of the Little Prince. He could be buried on B6-12, or it could be something more majestic. Heck, they could have buried B6-12 WITH him.-An asteroid field, or ring, of fresh produce, like the biting pear of Salamanca.-The remains of Space Woodstock. Not everyone left in the same van they arrived in.-You can always throw in stuff from Transformers. Like the giant ribbon of space glue used to collect space debris. It made immense sense, since not everything is going to be iron, and someone should be cleaning up after those giant Robotech style space battles. Perhaps a space Greenpeace?-A number of drifting, locked-down, orbital plates. (when some race creates anti-grav, uses it to create a second continent flying over the first one.) But what happens when they get stolen or just drift off of the planet?-Ever read the Uplift books by David Brin? The first three books are great. Then there's a trilogy that's so padded that you're best just skipping the first two books, but read the third one, Heaven's Reach, and it's pretty good. I think the part about continent sized habitats hidden in gas giants is relevant. Just a big building that's a "nursing home" for retired sentient species.
>>52613385Laika wants to play with you. Alive? Not so much.
>As your fleet is preparing for a jump, with most ships already charging their FTL drives, a small craft jumps in the middle of the fleet, darting around the hull of a cruiser. After the initial panic, it turns out that it's simply the first FTL-capable craft made by some alien species, which inhabits a planet in the nearest star system. Not the worst first contact event, I suppose.>An immense pillar of light passes by the bow of your flagship, taking off some paint and resulting in a change of underwear for most aboard. Apparently, a direct hit would have completely obliterated it. Which is no surprise, since it was a short gamma ray burst.>The fleet is dropped out near a star, due to an interdiction. The armada to rival your own isn't there, however: it's a mere band of pirates, outfitted with frigates and a light cruiser-mounted interdiction system. If anything, they'll be known for the worst attempt at piracy ever.>As you pass by a planet, your scanners spot a truly gigantic railgun mounted on a moon firing, with some shots flying past you! But it's an in-system ferry, it's innocuous. Oh, and one of the pods to have flown near you was full of passengers. Ready for first-contact bollocks?>You come out of warp as civilian-grade missiles streak across your flagship's starboard, while fighters with and without Jolly Roger markings fight near two mass conveyors. A band of pirates, it seems, is attacking a civilian transport fleet!>The fleet comes near a hollowed asteroid-turned-pub, and you can't help but notice that, amusingly, comm chatter dies out the closer you get to it.>A one-man fighter warps in, engines hot and weapons ready, saying that it has a message of utmost importance. Its arrival is accompanied by an almighty "BLIMEY!"(which seems trustworthy), a stream of encoded data about enemy movements(which is trustworthy), and a 50-ship enemy battlegroup(which is not trustworthy).
>>52548398Why would you NOT retrieve that?
>>52548398Evidence? If the Mob's killing people in space you're going to want to know who you lost and if he owed you money.
>>52513662> there is an extreemophile bacteria that thrives on left in vacume>when populations of the bacteria are high enough they can infect the living and slowly eat through their flesh.>depressurized tomb ship raiding risks exposureHave the PCs run a scavenge mission on a long dead ship that skuttled after a core melt down turned a huge chunk of the ship into a ball of steel. They discover that some crew survived the disaster but knew they would starve before help could ever arrive. They elected to have huge meal then depressurise the area they were in. The scavenging PCs must navigate the ruined ship, collect McGuffins and avoid contact with floating, mumified corpses.>>52513756
>>52603871Someone wrote an Eclipse Phase module like this.
>>52567981>find an abandoned ship in your pocket>Borrowers seem to acknowledge it, but don't explain why it was there>eventually leave it on a shelf so they can collect it later>the next day you find another>and another>have to clear a space for them>before long, you notice other ships starting to land there>realize they're building a spaceport on your shelf>they just wanted you to choose a place for it
>>52611350You son of a bitch, you actually found it! My thanks, you elegan/tg/entleman.
>>52594915I was the writefag in that thread for most of the stuff. If anyone cares I would be happy to pick it up where I left off.
Two words: space prions
>>52624410By all means, go ahead. It feels like an eternity ago.
>>52624410I'll second that. I was thoroughly enjoying what you had going.
>>52515123>The sun. It squirms.God that games atmosphere is awesome.
Also, Disturbing Messages on the Comms of dead ships.>The stars, oh how they whisper to me>The signing, it won't stop. Oh Gods, why won't it stop?>WHAT WAS SHALL BE WHAT SHALL BE WAS
>>52626493Sunless Sea. The game where you explore, fight, go mad, eat your crew. It's great fun. Just remember that a reckoning shall not be postponed indefinitely.
>>52626531Oh. Haven't been that far.
>>52626504>WHAT WAS SHALL BE WHAT SHALL BE WASThis is many things. But most importantly, it is science.
>>52626504>The signing, it won't stopThe paperwork, it's horrible! Triplicate, quadruplicate, when will it end!
I always liked Andromeda. Granted it's not as weird as Lexx, but it's cleaner, more inspirational, adapts into other space game setups well, and crashed harder than Lexx.>Purple Girl is the avatar-child of a sun.Is it possible to train a solarian to create super-tough women? Like selling handicrafts, like knitting? What do you trade a living solar prominence in return?Earth Final Conflict was great, though it peaked at the volcano, and kept going, though downwards. There's probably some good ideas to take from it.
>>52596120>double digit percentage of CMy physics is a bit rusty, but would that have any impact on Earth's trajectory? Would we move the planet at all?
>>52513662A space habitat orbiting a gas giant, and inside the residence have been disconnected from the outside for generations, but they welcome strangers with open arms.
>>52591838I mean, it's still there:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/12180900/
>>52629474Technically yes. For any practical purpose, no, not at all.
>>52624410>If anyone cares I would be happy to pick it up where I left off.YES.I care, I want more of it. I will even start another ship quirk thread if you want. I only didn't start one before because the second one died before it hit autosage.>>52622366>>realize they're building a spaceport on your shelf>>they just wanted you to choose a place for it> Spaceport gets bigger> Have to extend the shelf to fit it> Shelf below collapses one day due to a used-looking ship mining one of the supports out> Check them daily after that, shooing away any miners> Everyone in surrounding rooms starts to talk about how easy cleaning is lately, and how clean the showers and toilets are
>>52625098>>52626304>>52631857https://pastebin.com/8u92Jdp0 there's the full Space Borrowers so far. I kind of got caught up in other projects but I'll try and update every so often. I'd like to actually try and finish a /tg/ story for once.
>>52631107It's weird seeing posting styles from earlier chan years. You'd be crucified for posting like that these days. It's even weirder because posting like you would in 2003-2006 would get you crucified in 2010.
>>52594585There's an Event Horizon-esque hack for "Don't Rest your Head" that's good if you don't mind narrativist systems.
>>52628997what's this from?
>>52634647Stellaris. The leviathan's content, I think? The orbit lines and background are 100% Stellaris though.
>>52611350Am I stupid? What am I not getting here, about "no hallway"?
>>52513858>A planet with tribal culture that understand how to use space technology but not how to build it.Thats the Predators' origins according to expanded universe canon.
>space crew lands on a strange asteroid.>its actually the long rotted skull of God.
>>52562589That game is goldmine for weird space encounters.
Your team investigates old ruins of an abandoned space station. Inside you discover a single creature. While suspicious at first, the creature proves fuzzy, cute and docile. It looks like a fur ball. You put the creature in a quarantine cage and return to your ship.When you reach the ship and open the quarantine cage to transfer the creature into a larger habitat, you are greeted by 56 fuzzy fur balls. You try to close the cage and contain them, but some manage to escape and hide.During the next hour you make several quite disturbing discoveries:- the creature is hermaprodithic- any individual creature can successfully mate with any other creature- when without a mate for a couple minutes, a creature can mate with itself- its pregnancy lasts for about a minute -it is currently unknown how its metabolism can cope with that- after birth, a creature is ready to mate again in two minutes- the creatures reach sexual maturity and begin searching for mates a minute after birthYou estimate you have about four hours before the creatures completely fill entire volume of your ship.
>>52631857>the Borrowers start keeping a logbook on your desk>each entry shows a map of the ship, with highlighted areas and pictures of them performing various tasks>as well as cleaning, the pictures show them repairing electronics, hunting insects and welding fatigue cracks
>>52637102Infinite food source.
>>52637165Your idea is akin to eating cute fuzzy wuzzy kittens.
>>52637215You'd get sick of them when you can't even walk through your ship. The Klingons did nothing wrong.
>>52637102Let them fill up their quarantine until they can't move. That's their problem.
>>52611350Were there only just the two pictures?
>>52638782I too would like to know more.
>>52638782>>52640017Clearly eldritch black people are tired of all these white fold shouting dramatically into their comms. SHHHHHHHHHHHH.
>>52634741Its a mod called LEX
>>52635414Well see the guy is talking to the computer who naturally knows what the place is supposed to look like because she has the schematics. The hallway he's facing, to her, doesn't exist because it's not in the official designs. What none of them realize is that the Soviets secretly built their own extension that leads to a Secret Lab wherein they were working to perfect an aerosolized version of LSD with which to win the cold war. Obviously!Unfortunately the lab seals are old and rotten and the crew is tripping the balls fantastic, comrade.
>A repeating radio transmission coming from somewhere in the system screaming about being boarded and "they're all over us!" upon closer inspection you realize it's the voice of your communications officer>A planet with two rings made almost entirely of derelict ships, some very recent, but the planet is a lifeless husk>Your ship's suddenly blare with the computer reporting multiple hull breaches on deck 257. Except there's no such thing as deck 257.>You encounter the Voyager 1 space probe. You recover it and a round of cheers passes through crew for having obtained such a valuable piece of history... until you examine the golden disk inside and find that it's data on humanity is nothing close to the humanity you know and are a part of
>>52636806Technically also WH40K in a sense, lol
>>52581448>cool space structures parties could findhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klemperer_rosettea cluster of large masses orbiting a central point. There is no object at the central point.It looks all fucky.
>>52637102So...The Trouble with Tribbles?
>>52642098>>A planet with two rings made almost entirely of derelict ships, some very recent, but the planet is a lifeless huskNot ships. something much spookier.http://io9.gizmodo.com/concept-art-writing-prompt-the-planet-with-the-ring-of-1444375052
>>52580359I know I'm real late, but I just want to point out that orbit of a planet on a low Black Hole orbit should decay very quickly due to to tidal effects. I don't think they mentioned it in that Doctor Who episode, but there's definetely nothing off about that.
>>52642882That's fair. I assumed they had just meant 'any old stable orbit' was impossible. Thanks for clarifying.
>>52642808Are the rings aptly named the "Bone Zone"?
>>52643406>"Bone Zone">opened the thumbnail>immediately disappointed it's not a bunch of stone penorsI have been here too long. Still I can't help but feel it would still have been horrifying in its own way.
>>52642808Man do you know how many bones that would take? Assuming that the gas giant there is around Saturn sized and that the bones are human sized you're probably looking at more bones then there would be if you took bones from every human who ever lived and currently lives.
>>52643797I'm personally choosing to look at this as some kind of hilarious Logan's Run style utopia world where people are obsessed with reaching "enlightenment." When you qualify you step onto a teleportation pad to ascend to the next level...but it turns out that it's actually just disintegrating you and leaving your bones in orbit where they naturally over time form a disk. Enlightenment, it turns out, is just a measure of population control and a status that is handed out at random since no one member of society is any more valuable than any other in a true utopia where everyone's needs are met. All they do is just keep living which means over time as their numbers creep up more of them wind up in orbit.
>>52643874That or a really super bored god of death. Oh, or even better, turns out it's an accretion disk and the planet isn't a gas giant, it's actually also made out of bones too. Oceans of soup bones. All the way down is bones. The core is molten bones. The air is mostly bone dust.
>>52643903The Stargate address is P3NOR5.>boners
>>52644028>SG-1 finds a planet composed entirely of teeth>turns out the tooth fairy is real, also an alien, and now we know what happens to all the teeth>but WHERE does she get all the money she's leaving under pillows!?
>>52644150from the couch cushions of the houses she visits.
>>52644309But the only thing she values as money is teeth!Lads, we have our true mystery now! Maybe there's some kind of tooth fairy for tooth fairies who leave money under her couch cushions whenever teeth fall out of her pocket. Yet why when it could just help itself since all her furniture, the house, and the cushions themselves are made from teeth?
>>52642808Reminds me of Invincible, how the homeworld has the ring of dead dudes around it
>>52643903>everything is bone>Planet? Bone skull, made of small bones>Star? Really a neutron boneMy sides hurtIt would be the most metal system ever
>>52645118But there's very little metal there. Mostly calcium.>>52644150I'll take "What are Colonel O'Neal's drugged out one-liners" for 20, Alex.>Your Corporate Representative on the trip to a colony is The Laughing Salesman. (you can bring colonial marines, but I wouldn't advise it)>You have to transport a dozen aliens to a distant planet. It'll take a week, and they're very fond of the video game Five Nights at Freddys. Half of them are Cyberman fans. But they're Burbles from Thundercats.>A stolen cargo crate (comes with free shootout) contains the frozen in ice remains of soldiers from past eras. Can be played for /pol hilarity to have, say, USA civil war and WW2 Japanese in the same shootout.>Your players have just come back from a mission and are all irradiated with deadly radiation. The medicine may be fixing them, or they may be hallucinating that they now have laser cannon arms. Now add jack-in implants and things can get really strange. American components, Russian components, all made in Taiwan!>Ship keeps becoming too small, then too large. Just a little. Seats are small, beds become ten inches wider, -1 hp for bumping your head on the mess hall ceiling. Ship is possessed by a mathematical equation, so the crew has to do the "covering available surfaces with insane writing" to corner it off. Then they dock and have to convince the medics that they aren't crazy.>Ship has a bad jump exit and ends up in a star system with Godzilla on the loose. Sure, you can fly, but your warp or jump engines are broken. You've got to plan a heist by starship of a Tokyo laboratory of a oscillation overthruster (or something) while Godzilla is going on. And if the party won't play along, the rubber suit monsters can always be used. Can you outfly Mothra in a pitched battle around the 4th planet? Can you survive having giant turtles bounce off the hull? It's the end of _some_ world! Prepare for damage, mining Rodan for radon, and all or nothing suicide runs.
>>52645634>But there's very little metal there. Mostly calcium.The braces, man! They still had the braces!
>>52645760Don't forget the gold teeth.
>>52636806I always thought the predators were so advanced that they'd reached the ideal setup for their society. Like how orks are the perfect society, for orks.
>>52646022I can't imagine them being anything but tribal hunting cultures.
>>52645972Children have no gold teeth
>>52513662Woah perfect. I was looking for a place to share this idea.It's someone coming across a big floating sphere in the forest like pic related but bigger. When they go up and touch it, their handprint stays behind and a bunch of strange markings slowly fade in, which the person soon realizes are also "hand"prints.I don't know how to phrase this next part, but then they walk 360 degrees around the sphere back to where they started and see that their handprint is missing. They keep walking and see that all of the handprints have changed, and walking back around changes them back. So the person keeps walking around and around and the surface never stops changing for as long as they walk.Thought about ending it there but also thought it might be cool if the person touches one of the handprints and the sphere's surface turns a murky green. They think they've broken it but after a few seconds there's a dark smudge on it that turns into the reflection of a weird octopus looking thing swimming up and leaving the handprint that the person touched. Then the sphere turns back to normal. Then they'd go back and touch their handprint and watch themselves walking up to the sphere and leaving it.At this point they'd be running around the sphere giddy and euphoric, reflecting on the awesomness of the universe and wondering about God or some shit and then they'd come across what was unmistakably a human handprint. They'd reflect on this briefly before proceeding to touch it whereupon the sphere would turn pitch black. It'd stay that way for a little, with the person watching the spot intently.Then what looks like a human arm flashes out of the darkness and strikes the sphere with a loud bang, the first sound the sphere has made.The person doesn't move and the sphere folds in on itself and disappears.
>>52628616See, this is why everyone hates the Vogons!
>>52603691This is awesome.
>>52536406During a warp jump, the ship passes through some kind of gravitational anomaly, causing it to leave much smaller than it entered. Having nothing to compare themselves to, the crew don't realize until they reach the spaceport.Working out what happened is only half of the problem; the ship in its current state can't make the reverse journey on its own. To get back to full size they have to find another ship going in the same direction, sneak on board and then launch their own jump at the same time as the other ship.
>>52651403This movie is god damn cozyReminds me of pic related
>>52647243Not anymore, no!
>>52651330You exit the jump alongside the other ship, and nothing seems to have happened once again. Clamping onto the hull, you ride it back to port to try again....except everything else is the right size now, and you've just passed off the inverse of your problem to somebody else.
>>52651669MOVIE MASHUP! Flight of the Navigator meets Event Horizon! Well David, you survived your warp jump back to the future, barely, but you will never be the same again, haha!
>>52654274Oh, crap.. Poor David>"Navigo temet ex infernis, navigator! Ha-ha!"
>>52654274>only use kids as hyperspace navigators because only their boundless imagination, unsullied by the realities of adulthood, can come close to comprehending the bizarre otherspace that exists between the universes>every now and then a bad jump will twist the child into an unholy demigod with reality warping powers who twists the ship into his/her own demonic playground and stalks the corridors searching for terrified crew members to "play" withStill worth it just to skip over the vast empty uselessness of space and deliver a precious cargo of strawberries on time.
>>52654428You just have to rig the navigation chair to immediately kill the child if it detects the slightest inconsistency. Just make sure the sensors are working right.
>>52654489I considered that as a precautionary measure, however even if you had a lethal failsafe it could (ironically) fail or ... let's just phrase this as "be insufficient for what the child has suddenly become".
>>52654428>>52654489>>52654585On the plus side unless the childgod jumps back into warpspace they will eventually just sort of detonate in a sort of unreality explosion and then the remains usually dissipate.No one really knows what happens to the ones that move back into warpspace.
>>52654428Now I want to write a game where the players have to enter one of these derelict nightmare ships to obtain "precious cargo" which turns out to be the last known strawberries in existence. I figure leave the players with 40-60 percent casualties and nobody left unmolested.
>>52656541WITH TWO BACKS
>>52656541>"So the miners are now warriors? You have come far, little Kiith Somtaaw."
>>52632383Writefag here. I'm sorry I haven't been able to update. I'm stupid busy this week and next. If I created a space borrowers thread in a week or two would this be a nice idea?
>>52658330I'd like that, and would try to keep an eye out for it.
>>52658432Alright anon. I'll try to run a space borrowers general at some point. It'll essentially just be me liveposting fiction for anons who can then bounce ideas off each other and me. Is that a thing /tg/ even allows?
>>52655740I love doing lethal games for Halloween, though admittedly cheating a bit so players don't feel like rocks falled everyone dies or someone dies early on and has to sit there watching everyone else play. Space/sci-fi make this particularly easy. Either you do accelerated clones and have the player take a hit to experience or equivalent to try avoiding death feeling too cheap or their ship has additional crew in cryo and players reroll characters to pop someone out of deep freeze. The beauty is if they try to abuse this you can always make something happen to the ship, cloning machines, or cryo deck. Personally I prefer cloning since you don't need to reroll and if you force them to rely on the systems of the fucked up derelict you can add a potential corruption mechanic to their clones.The problem is I have NEVER been able to pull off a Halloween one-shot. Hours of play and barely anything gets done. It's frustrating.
>>52658502Our DM used to have a method when he wanted to hurry us along in a one shot or otherwise. He called it "the water is rising" so at some point at there'd be (after initial exposition and you all meet in an inn) something which would mean we all had to start moving faster. Once this was a dunkleosteus. It certainly keeps you on your toes.It wasn't the main threat usually (except the dunkleosteus) but the horde/water/fire/sentient nanite swarm would mean we all had to keep pushing on rather than arguing for an hour about whether you get pump action shotguns in space.
>>52658573It also helps if it's a game everyone is familiar with. In fact I'd argue that is essential. Trying something new? Even a homebrew? Never expect it to go fast! What you posted is a good idea but I'd argue it only works if people are already comfortable. If you throw players into an unfamiliar game and try to rush them there is a very good chance that they'll grow crank or frustrated.For space, I'd probably suggest looking to the original Dead Space to keep things movie. Probably with the atmosphere generator! Better hurry or you'll suffocate! Oh no, the main reactor is going critical! Better get down to engineering or you'll all fry! Shit, meteor swarm, everybody dies!
You are travellibg between two systems in deep space. Crew member on watch suddenly reports a visual anomaly with the external camera feed. Two members are sent out to see if theres damage from debris. Almost immediately after exiting the airlock they tell you all come out see something. You suit up and head out. There is now a horizon.
>>52659304Dammit, who is dumping classic cars in deep space? Assholes. Use a black hole or the screaming vortex to the blood hell dimension like a civilized fucking species.
>>52656541ARISES.AND HE IS MIGHTY.
I remember the Ringworld books. The Fleet of Worlds always has promise. 5 planets flying along in a rosette pattern. It would be interesting to see what a rpg game would be if they players were called in to see what they, and a few other teams, could do if one of the planets had 'gone bad'. Like Wraithworld or WH40k Chaos bad. Or a FOT that had encountered a stereotypicaly-standard-rpg-game version of a 'rouge planet'.There's always the hook of the idea that the center of the galaxy has exploded. All those planets, all that stuff, all that radiation coming for your star systems. But if it's an explosion, then what else is it firing at you? Planets? Suns? Shattered and compressed sun-matter? The mechanics of an IED when used on a densely packed cluster of star systems should make players nervous. What would be needed to build something to surf the wave?
>>52658502One way to keep cloning/replacement characters is to show what happened to the original. Fantasy settings typically mean you find your old body as an undead monstrosity. Scifi has some fun possibilities. Consider posts like >>52555076Finding your old body integrated into the computer, turned into a cyborg weapons system while still conscious but unable to control his new mechanical limbs, eaten by hungry hungry hippies. Force the player to mercy kill an earlier self.
>>52529473The description of the planet makes me think of the physical definition of the kilogram, but the cube throws me off. What does it all mean?
>>52529473Isn't that a solar system in Deathwatch?
>>52575297What the hell is attractive about your entire body not being a large enough 'dick' to satisfy the woman? The whole thing is just inadequacy problems blown out of proportion.
>>52576211>it's impossibleDo you idiots know anything about stellar mechanics? It's perfectly possible.
>>52661822Sure, it's possible to orbit a black hole. After all, super massive black holes are theorized to be at central spoke of our spiral galaxy. This one, however, was too close and suffered none of the catastrophic effects its should have from its proximity. That's because it had "Satan" locked away within it. Yeah.
There's always the possibility that "WE'RE the weird space encounter." If the players are more advanced then the locals, the players would have to make sure that they aren't being filmed and broadcast, that their ships aren't being tracked by the low-tech locals' FBI, and trade negotiations to get the locals to give up the thing that GalactiMail was supposed to deliver to the players can get strange. Would you have to appear before the UN? Is a box of ununseptium lug nuts worth this? Or the reverse where the aliens are supreme beings like the Orgainians (Star Trek) or the Guardians (Green Lantern) and a stroll out of the spaceport is treated like an escape from the zoo. Any idiosyncratic habits by the players could be called into question. Deep space crews are always shown to be a little overly individualistic on some way, with mohawks, tattoos, a thirst for anything even nearly alcoholic, and small guns hidden in strange places. (Not counting robot tinkerbells that breathe fire. To light cigars. OK, pole dance THEN light the cigar.) And you should want to decline the nice-seeming man with the Milkman uniform who gives you all tickets to the zoo. (Of course it should be a trap.)
>>52653912Not realizing what happened, the other ship picks up the entire station, thinking it to be a distress beacon.You do your best to stay hidden, hoping to either sneak out with the station when they release it, or sabotage the ship if they don't.
>>52662765Ooo, hfy threads. Those were sometimes good. Sometimes very silly/stupid.
>>52550471Maybe he needed to control the chimera's development from the outside. Or feared a mishap
One time we fond a friendly tentacle rape monster which kept a Space God as a pet because the space god lost a bet to its dad(we bought the god for 2 hours of tea time)
>>52561512There was a lot of overlap in the old days. It was never retconned. Also eather White Dwarf or 2000 A.D. had a brief run of a series titled "Kaldor Drax: Dalek Killer". Mr. Drax wielded a chainsword & laspistol.
>>52653912>the now-giant ship was transporting live animals>and it just landed on a populated planet>you accidentally created kaiju
>>52663466One imagines someone aboard may recognize the space station they'd been traveling too, though that they don't is an amusing thought. >>52669824Perhaps the crew will take notice and help round them up again. Or maybe they'll see an opportunity for a media event and film the proceedings.Or in either of the above cases, collect 'souvenirs' for when they get back to normal, if they're lacking in scruples. Or use the opportunity to go kick over someone they hate's anthill.
>>52651330>>52653912>Implications for a setting where a small group of spacers have discovered and jealously guard how to arbitrarily change the exit scale of a ships hyper jump.
>>52670299They'd probably think something was wrong with the sensors before they'd think they were suddenly giants. I imagine it would only really hit when they see the station with their own eyes.
>>52670837Right, though that's what I'd meant. What's it's onboard there'd really be no mistaking it. Though I'm certain no small amount of disbelief.
>>52670413>giant mercenaries>or tiny mercenaries, if you need those>can't have both, though. They have to pick one before they arrive
>>52643797From wikipedia's Rings of Saturn page, I quote>Based on Voyager observations, the total mass of the rings was estimated to be about 3E19 kg. This is a small fraction of the total mass of Saturn (about 50 ppb) and is just a little less than the moon Mimas. More recent observations and computer modeling based on Cassini observations show that this may be an underestimate due to clumping in the rings and the mass may be three times this figure.From wolfram alpha, the average weight of the human skeleton is 9100g.So how many complete skeletons go in 3E19 kgs? Well, 3.3E18 skeletons. That's either a quintillion or a trillion depending on if you use long or short scale. For the rest of this post I'll be using short scale. 3.3E18 skeletons, that's the skeletons of 429 million times the current world's population. How about the speed of this slaughter. Supposed the skeleton of someone killed is instantly put "in ring orbit". If you'd want to complete the project in a year, you'd be killing 1E11 people per second, about 14 earths per second. From this, we can see that at the rate of 1 earth per second, it'd take 14 years.Say we want to take some time, we want to do it right. Let's take a millenium. For a thousand years, you'd be killing 1E8 people per second. You'd slaughter the world's population in 70 seconds. Perhaps we shouldn't be looking at time to complete, but slaughter speed. At the respective speeds 1/100th, 1/500th and 1/millionth of earth's population per second. (a million seconds is about 12 days). It would take respectively 1494, 7494 and 14 million years to complete the bone ring.TL;DR the bone ring is really, really, really fucked up.
>>52671800Sounds like something the Imperium would have. Or if not them, Chaos.
>>52671800>>52643903>>52645118>tfw you haul in a gorillion ton planetoid of almost pure calcium>The bone system's astral skull-spirit lord says thanks>gives you a cosmic literal knuckle sandwich>gives you a moon-sized guardian skull>which constantly screams, even through vacuum>gives you lifetime supply of space-time plaster>for fractures in space-time>gives you a +2 golden fusion bone of Sweet Incense (for gold fusion)>tells the universe's hyperlanes to soften their marrow for you>also tells you how to make a room-temperature superconductor>but it's a disturbingly marrow-like substance>gives you complete schematics for building a dyson cranium>(all made of bones, though)>optimizes all your ships' superstructure>by making them ribbed>installs a devastating spinal mount in your flagship >(yeah you get it)>teaches you the secret of joint strike formations>You ask if it wants you to haul an impossibilion litres of milk to the system as well>it laughs and calls you a funnybone
>>52673054>Not calling you "Humerus">Gifts you a load of dinosaur fossils it doesn't really want since they are technically stones>Assembles a bone servant waifu for you, who will service all your bone related needs>Offers you a bon(e)us if you do a hit on the tooth fairy, who is his eternal nemesis>Shows you the recipe for Skeleton Jelly, the most nutritious space food ever seen which also can't spoil and keeps even zero-G spacers fit, healthy and fully calcified >Has to be made from the bones of your enemies, however.>As you leave, good-naturedly calls you a bonehead and gives you a light ribbing