|Artist's impression of Kepler-16f|
There was quite a kitchen sink of material I included in the setting, replete with hovercraft, actual dinosaurs, a world bombarded by solar radiation (and occasionally blacked out by solar flares), a virulent and pervasive disease, and a nebulous authority group I dubbed the 'Nicks, as a sort of allusion to a throwaway line from Pitch Black about a mercenary posing as a lawman with a "nickel-slick badge."
The setting was in a post-apocalyptic Earth, but as I figured out more and more of the world, I started to wonder if good old Terra was the best setting for the kinds of hazards I was throwing out. It had some of the appeal of walking through the ruins of previous civilizations, but the game that I ended up running had very little to do with those abandoned cities, and more to do with the scrap towns that sprang up in places with either abundant natural resources of in locations that made sense aesthetically.
There's also the fact that I am absolutely nuts for sci-fi gaming, and I've also been kicking around the idea of a Lost Planet-style setting where humans dwell underground and survive off geothermal energy, while needing to scavenge the surface for...as of yet undefined reasons.
What I want to absolutely avoid, at least in the beginning, is the ability for players to travel through space. With all this in mind, I'm thinking my next (well, first) actual writing project is going to be called Analog, and the overarching premise will be the launching of one-way colonization ships to planets that have been determined to be Earth-Like (Think Interstellar without Matthew McConaughey's investigative ship, I guess. I still haven't seen Interstellar.)
Hopefully I follow through on this, but really, when have I ever done that?