Note: The game is set to open invitations, though I am initially only looking for a single player and have selected that player from the initial list of submissions. Additionally players will be added as the story requires, with the existing players determining which crew members to “thaw out” based on their needs. I am leaving the game open so that players will have a variety of crew members to select from.
One of the first interstellar colony ships, the Dunedin, has arrived at its destination. Our story takes place around a star only twenty light years from Earth. Inside the Dunedin, just over twenty years have passed as the ship made its relativistic crossing; outside the ship nearly one hundred and fifty years have passed. The crew has aged only a few weeks thanks to cryogenic stasis, leaving them in peak physical and mental condition to begin the arduous task of colonizing a new world and creating a self-sustaining civilization. Or at least, that was the plan…
The development of four key technologies in the first half of the 21st century have allowed humanity to begin spreading into the cosmos. Sustained fusion, the magnetic sail, cryogenic suspended animation and general artificial intelligence. Fusion and the magnetic sail work together to provide propulsion and fuel for the ship during it’s journey while suspended animation and AI keep the crew and ship safe during the trip. Aside from these advancements, the technology of the Dunedin represents only incremental improvements of the technology of available in the early 21st century.
The Earth left behind by the Dunedin in 2041 is similar to the Earth of the early 21st century as well. It’s a bit hotter, a bit colder, a bit wetter and a bit dryer depending on where you look, but society as a whole still functions basically the same. The main difference is the founding of the Colonization Corps as a part of the UN in 2015. Research into the technologies required to put humans around another star rapidly got the funding it needed, while research into other areas dried up almost completely. Some people questioned the sudden laser focus, others questioned how the technologies were developed so rapidly even with that focus. No one got answers.
Hosted and narrated by:
Robert Bogdon (robertbogdon)
Scenes played: 16
License: Community License