This is the 10th post on my weekly series detailing my new Savage Worlds sci-fi campaign. So far it’s been mostly fluff, except for the post on Aliens and on House Rules. This week I tackle some general topics about the campaign, calendars and time keeping, languages spoken, cybernetics and drugs.
I’ve been sharing these as I’ve been finishing them. Looking back, the presentation has been haphazard, and there is still a ways to go. I’ve got a question for you dear reader… Would you be interested in me compiling all these and sharing them in one document? Would they be useful to you or do you like to search for them in individual posts? And as long as I’m asking, where you ok with me posting a link to a PDF document of the House Rules or are you less likely to read it if it’s not posted on the blog? Let me know what you think on the comments.
Just in case, the link to last week’s post. And now on to what you are here for!
XI. Calendar & Time Keeping
Through humanity’s expansion into the galaxy, many new reckonings have been proposed and established. None have survived very long. Early in mankind’s diaspora to the stars many settlers began new calendars based on important dates such as the establishment of a colony, but the reckoning was only meaningful to locals and its usage confusing to outsiders. The TCGT Courier System continued using the old Earth Gregorian Calendar, also known as the Modern Era reckoning, or ME, common in the Eire-Indo-Nippon Block and the American Alliance. The usage by the TCGT meant that it remained the standard all across the known galaxy and most new reckonings were abandoned in favor of a common timekeeping convention.
I have officially reached my mark! My last weekly series of posts about my Star Wars Infinities campaign lasted exactly nine weeks. It seems like it takes sci-fi to get me writing regularly! Sort of appropriate for a blog called Stargazer’s World, but I digress. Like I said last week, we are going for a longer run. Be back next week for part X.
Just in case this is the first of these you read, quick recap… This weekly series covers the background to a sci-fi campaign I’ve been planning for a couple of years, and which is about to begin with my weekly game. Here’s the link to last week’s post, Part VIII. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions feel free to leave them in the comments!
IX. Religion & Belief
Most old Earth religions still exist in the known galaxy. Many have evolved and changed as humanity travelled the stars. The Catholic Church went through a profound changed as it expanded into the known galaxy. After a profound process of reformation the Catholic Church is currently a very liberal institution, concerned with the causes and needs of the poor and disenfranchised. Women are ordained, priests and priestesses can marry, monks and nuns are missionaries and social activists, even members of other species have been ordained into the priesthood. During this process of change, also known as the Stellar Reformation, many Christian denominations long estranged from the Catholic Church rejoined the institution, so many cardinals and archbishops follow old Earth traditions taken from Baptist, Presbyterian and other denominations.
Recently I stumbled upon a Kickstarter project I just had to back! Breachworld is a post-apocalypse kitchen-sink setting using the MiniSix rules. These are already three reasons why this sounds very exciting to me.
Even though the author Jason Richards (who has worked for Palladium Books before) has stated somewhere (I can’t find the source at the moment) that the game shouldn’t be confused with RIFTS, I definitely get the RIFTS vibe from Breachworld. There are rifts breaches to other worlds through which magic, monsters and all kinds of weird stuff comes into our world.
The artwork and layout mock-ups I’ve seen so far look pretty awesome, the setting reminds me a lot of RIFTS (which is a good thing) and I love the MiniSix rules. At the moment of this writing $4201 have been pledged of the $7500 goal. There are still 26 more days to go, so if you are into weird kitchen-sink setting and rules-lite systems you should check this Kickstarter out.