Is anybody else on FJ like me, in that you sometimes like to come up with ideas that would make a good game to play? I'd love to hear your ideas and have a conversation about it, I'm sure you've all got some brilliant games in mind.
I've been conjuring up an idea for one lately which you may want to hear about. Here goes:
I call it "Star Sailor" or possibly just "Star Captain".
The game begins with you; one of many, many captains in a space-age future, coming into possession of your first, rather small, ship. I know it's poor practice to base an idea of an something that's already been done, but these first moments are probably quite Mass Effect inspired. You could customise your captain to your preferences, choosing from many races, and ideally, I'd say you should be able to customise your ship too, Spore-style maybe.
Upon starting up, you could take your ship and choose your allegiance - a trade based company to make some quick cash, a military to make the galaxy a safer place, a group of mercenaries, or even go freelance. Your crew would either be assigned to you by your military or company paymasters, or if you go freelance, you would have to recruit and pay them yourself. Any of these allegiances would allow you a good amount of freedom to go exploring, and come with a loose storyline to follow at your leisure.
The actual depth of exploration would have to depend on console / pc constraints. Worlds could be generated randomly as you explore them, star systems you visit could have a presence already there, friendly, neutral or hostile. A few joinable militaries would vie over territories and resources, possibly hiring you as a mercenary or a fully-fledged soldier. You could be able to make money and find materials to buy and build more ships to fall under your command, eventually granting you the makings of your very own fleet. Eventually, you could take on huge organisations and build yourself an inter-stellar monopoly. Who knows what else you could get up to?
There are so many incredible experiences I think a game like this could offer, and I'd absolutely love to play something similar to this.
Thanks for reading everyone, let me know of any thoughts you may have, and feel free to share your own ideas down below.
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