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JBRocky May 29th, 2012 08:05 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 04:31 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 05:55 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 10:26 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 11:13 AM

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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.

TMac9000 March 17th, 2020 02:18 PM

Or go this route: they “found” “something” at Olympus Mons ... but completely mis-interpreted the data. The “secret formula” guided their explorations up to the point the formula was proven bogus. The secret now becomes the cover-up that hides the embarrassing facts from the public.

Clone95 November 19th, 2020 01:43 AM

Easy in-universe 'Scientific' answer is they developed a specialized brown dwarf/exoplanet detecting sensor lensed by the thin Martian atmosphere atop the Mountain, powered by a specialized geothermal system made available by the caldera.

They thus detected the 'Backdoor' Brown Dwarf and found that the comparatively small American Arm was actually much larger than thought, and kept it as a state secret for future negotiations of expansion along the varied arms.

Years later, come the Kaefer War, the Americans use their secret not for peaceful expansion - but to fight their own piece of the war...

AtlanticFriend January 24th, 2021 06:12 AM

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Originally Posted by TMac9000 (Post 611040)
Or go this route: they “found” “something” at Olympus Mons ... but completely mis-interpreted the data. The “secret formula” guided their explorations up to the point the formula was proven bogus. The secret now becomes the cover-up that hides the embarrassing facts from the public.

Thtat is a nice idea. It could go like this : US agencies think there is something big there, because of sketchy, ambiguous reports, a compelling sense of adventure/opportunity, and an all-too human tendency to cobble together unrelated snippets into some big, earth-shattering fact. They connive to be the first there against rival Franco/Manchurian attempts to go there just because, and when they arrive they realize 1) that the initial expectations were way overblown, but 2) still discover something more mundane but that allows American interstellar expansion. Like Columbus' 1492 discovery : he thinks he'll find an expressway to China/India, but he's wrong. He nevertheless discovers something that will change the world in a major way.

BRover February 13th, 2021 03:12 PM

How about a buried magnetic anomaly . . . ?


AtlanticFriend February 13th, 2021 03:44 PM

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Originally Posted by BRover (Post 622060)
How about a buried magnetic anomaly . . . ?


The flat-screen version of the Zhodani projector? ;)


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