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JBRocky May 29th, 2012 09:05 PM

Olympus Mons
 
Well its the location of the American operations on Mars. I am trying to get a good plot hook that was found there that directed the US to concentrate its Exploration to what would become the American Arm. I don't want it to be powerful but more of something that opens up alot of questions and adventures that would link what Colin did for the Beta Aquila cluster. One of the idea I have is something simmilar to the Zhodani map projector to the core. Any good ideas?

Whipsnade May 30th, 2012 05:31 AM

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Originally Posted by JBRocky (Post 396238)
I am trying to get a good plot hook that was found there that directed the US to concentrate its Exploration to what would become the American Arm.


Why? Seriously why?

Why rope in some artifact that you'll have to eventually explain away when the reason always has been rather mundane? The US "concentrated" on exploring the American Arm because of the "head start" France/ESA and Manchuria enjoyed in the other two arms.

Look at the post-1860s Scramble for Africa. The explorations and land grabs by European imperial powers involved all centered around the territories each power was already familiar with and any "collisions" between the powers only occurred when they ran out of unexplored/"un-grabbed" lands.

The US chose the direction it did because it wasn't in the same direction as the other major powers had already chose.

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One of the idea I have is something simmilar to the Zhodani map projector to the core.
Great googly moogly...

The Ancients are completely over-used in Traveller and this over-use began well before whoever designed MgT's chargen decided to hand out Ancient Artifacts like breath mints at an AA meeting. Anytime anyone needs to explain anything the least bit weird or even things not the slightest bit weird at all, they trot out the old Ancients "excuse". It's beyond tired, it's sickeningly repetitive, and, quite frankly, it's utterly insulting to the intelligence of the players. Repeating that same Ancients Mistake in your 2300AD game is Not A Good Thing(tm).

You can and should do better.

All that being said, the plot of the Echoes of the Past adventure in the Nyotekundu Sourcebook involves a Medusae artifact and it's effects on the personnel aboard a mining platform/mass driver orbiting a gas giant.

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Any good ideas?
Yup. Make the reason for why the US chose to explore the Arm it did a solid geopolitical one and leave any spookiness out of the picture. If anything, it should save you the cost of those theremin rentals... ;)

Hopeless July 8th, 2014 06:55 AM

So whats over that hill?
 
How about they got their first?

Was anything rumoured to have been found during their excavations on Mars?

Could have easily asked what caused the others to head for their respective arms?:oo:

Did they find parts of some ancient cache of navigation data and they each bid during a special episode of Storage Wars to see who got what?:CoW:

So I'm assuming France took the first pick....:p

McPerth July 8th, 2014 11:26 AM

An in between possibility (alien artifact, no ancients)...

IIRC the Yii had been exploring stars from long time ago, and some ruins have been found in some places.

As Operation Back Door shows, there's a way to go from Yii space to American arm (though a Brown Duarf and with tugs).

Might the Yii have explored it (perhabs because they were blocked by Kafers in other directions ,as, again IIRC, the Kaffer-Yii war lasts for some centuries) and left some artifact that the US found and sparked its interest on this specific arm (as having found a derelict ship with a map showing part of this arm, etc.)?

I don't believe it to be found in Mars, but perhaps in US first space probes and explorations...

BRJN August 2nd, 2018 12:13 PM

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Originally Posted by McPerth (Post 483632)
An in between possibility (alien artifact, no ancients)...

Sounds vaguely like the Traveller: Interstellar Wars explanation for why the first US Jump Drive expedition decided to investigate Barnard's Star instead of Alpha Centauri / Prometheus:
They had {SECRET} information that there was something interesting to be found there.

Don't try to explain too much; let your players speculate over it. If they come up with a cool answer, let THAT be the truth.


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