Aside from a T6 Connie, what’s the most asked for content in game? The answer: exploration!
While Foundry authors cannot create any kind of complex exploration system, what we can do is make some great exploration-themed missions. So let’s get to it! The Foundry Roundtable is going to facilitate a free-form exploration anthology, much like the successful Iconian War Anthology. There will only be three requirements.
- It has to be about exploration in some way
- It must start from a location we will be choosing soon
- The title must start with a three letter tag in brackets (taking suggestions on the letters)
Any and all authors may make missions for this series, and other than those requirements, you may create any kind of story you wish!
For fun, we’ll also be providing some resources that authors may use in their missions at their discretion. These will all be made with input from the community.
First: we’ll be inventing a new Starbase. The exact plot hasn’t been finalized, but in broad strokes, the base will be a joint Klingon-Romulan-Federation installation serving as the launching point for a new exploration initiative for a previously uncharted area of space.
On the next episode of the Roundtable (Sunday, 4:30 US Pacific), we’ll be designing the interior and exterior maps for this station with the help of anyone who joins us in the chat room (twitch.tv/thefoundryroundtable). These will need to be fairly simple, so authors can easily re-create them. We also haven’t named this starbase yet, and we want to open it up for suggestions. Once we have some nominations, I’ll run a poll.
The location for this starbase hasn’t been determined yet, but it will be the Foundry door that we’ll be asking people to use.
Second: a space station needs a crew! Once we pin down the crew positions that need filling (Station commander, science officer, etc), I’ll post a thread for nominations. Authors can nominate their own characters, create new characters, or Cryptic NPCs that are no longer around because of updates. Once we get enough nominations, we’ll have a pole for each crew position.
We’ll make a master thread with the map coordinates and sliders for each character. Authors will be free to use these characters, or not, as they choose.
Third: once we get all these details finalized, we will be running a mission contest with prizes that will mark the start of this Exploration Anthology. More details on this as we get close. Missions can also be added at any time after the contest. Existing missions can also be re-purposed for this, but only new missions will be accepted for the contest.