Last month I concluded play-testing on the first of two plot point campaigns for Terracide. Tomorrow, play-testing begins on the second, provided I can scrounge up enough players. (The gaming scene in this town isn’t what it used to be.)
The post-mortem on Salvaging Hope is pretty good so far; I’ve got some good feedback on what worked, and what didn’t. The first part of the campaign came in at about the right number of sessions. I ran about a dozen games, but I tend to pace things slowly; I’m pretty sure other groups of Savage Worlds players could finish it in ten sessions.
My editor at Pinnacle originally recommended ten sessions as a good target number for a plot point campaign. The interesting thing is, I’ve got enough material for about thirty! So this campaign will be split up into three “acts” and each will have enough material for about ten game sessions each.
Part 1: Omicron Uprising is the players’ introduction to the Terracide setting, and to Omicron Station in particular: the classic “wretched hive of scum and villainy” on the edge of Terran Space. The PCs find out about the Terracide before the general populace, and also about the Solar Express Corporation’s plans which threaten the future of Omicron Station.
From that point forward, it’s one desperate mission after another as the PCs become embroiled in the effort to secure Omicron’s safety, as rival factions seek to secure the station for their own ends, while refugees from the Core arrive in growing numbers every month. And eventually, everyone knows the military junta taking control of the Core Loop colonies will turn its fleets towards Omicron….
“It begins here. Our numbers are few, our way forward unclear, and our assets meager… thus have many great human endeavors begun. We made a leap of faith when we came to Omicron… now fate calls on us to make another, much greater leap into an uncertain future. It is our duty to renew this colony, not for our corporate masters, not for ourselves, but for the people who depend on this place to survive… and for those who will come later, who have no place else to go.
“They will come in greater numbers in the weeks and months ahead, looking for refuge, and it falls upon us to ensure that they find it here. We will be the saviours of this colony as it renews itself, as the children of Terra come back here, looking for a place where they can be safe. And I have returned to tell you, Petrova’s Raiders are with us! They have defended Omicron before, and will return to defend it again, if we ask them to. You have my word that we will not be alone here in our time of need.
“For those who still wish to leave Omicron, you have my blessing, and when the last ship departs, you may have my seat on it as well, for I will not be leaving this place. I swear to everyone here, I shall remain until the end. In time, my children will begin work on a new Omicron Colony, larger and even more beautiful than the last… while their cousins, our brothers and sisters, continue their own great works, on the new worlds of Tierra Nueva, Stella Magna, and the War Garden in TGO space.
“Our great-grandchildren will go to live there someday, when humanity’s new worlds are ready. They will once again live under open skies, they will look toward distant horizons, they will feel gravity and solid ground beneath their feet. And when the time comes, their descendents will undertake the greatest work of all, to reclaim what was lost. They will return to Terra, and take back their true homeworld.
“All of this will come to pass, in time, but it must begin here. I returned to Omicron to tell you all, that this is not the end of humanity, not the death of our species. This is the beginning of our rebirth.
“And this place is where it begins. Right here, right now, with all of us.”
Dr. Leelavathi Rabindra, declaring the independence of Omicron Colony after the Terracide
I’ll have some tidbits about Part 2 of Salvaging Hope, and also about the other plot point campaign, in upcoming entries. As always, if you’re interested in play-testing, and in or near the Evansville, Indiana metro area, contact me on facebook or send e-mail to <email@example.com.