So recently I decided to get over my fear of Savage Worlds (I think I was afraid it would replace D6 in my heart as my favourite generic rpg) and give it a whirl.
First up I am running Ultimate Star Trek online for some friends all around the world. That should be a fun time.
I am also very interested in doing a "generic" sci-fi setting using D6, but every time I decide which one I want to run, I get bogged down in minutiae of the various settings (Traveller, Star Frontiers, Shatterzone, etc...) and then there is all the cool stuff I have seen over the years in various sci-fi films.
So much like my amalgamated fantasy setting (more on that is another post) I am going to cobble together an "any thing goes" sci-fi setting. I will use Dralasites (Star Frontiers), Vargar (Traveller), Elerians (Masters of Orion), etc...
Part of me thinks I should avoid any aliens from TV shows or films, as they are too instantly recognizable. I mean if I say Klingon, or Rodian, or even Centauri, you immediately fill you head with a number of ideas about what you know about these races. Now if I say Zhondani, or Yazirian or Slirdarian unless you know the source material, you don't have a mass media vision of them.
Now that does limit me to lose some of the cooler exotice races from say Star Wars like the Ithorians or the Rodians, or say the Andorians from Star Trek. Still I can always find "serial numbers" filed off on them, or just use them and not worry about it.
What do you think?
Should I use Klingons and Vulcans and such things? Or should I stick to my thoughts about using NONE of these televised/filmed aliens?
Either way, more to come.