I’m at Gen Con 2015 and I hope to see you there if you are also attending. I’ll be one of thousands of geeks playing games, talking about games, arguing about games, and buying games. The event officially started on Thursday, July 30th, but the party started well before that. If you are not attending, you can follow along by listening in on your favorite social network feeds.
Stephen Jay Gould, an American paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and historian of science said, “Evolution is a process of constant branching and expansion.” In this game, the players will be attempting to expand their influence across the universe through trade and aggressive tactical moves. Growth and evolution is necessary for the alien races to survive. The only alternative is extinction.
Use of Dark Gravity allowed mankind to travel between the stars in seconds. But such freedom comes with a heavy price. Each shift in time and space removes a little bit of reality and replaces it with something else. Something sinister. The mind begins to unravel and it becomes impossible to tell who is a friend and who is a foe.
The mists of time have parted and the legendary heroes and horrors of the past have found their way to the present. Magic has sundered the threads of time and now all that is old is new again. New magic and magic users have been reported in the land, disrupting the balance of power. While many are concerned, you see an opportunity. Power, be it old or new, can be harnessed and controlled.
Mankind has observed birds since they first looked in the sky. From that moment, the hearts of man have been filled with rapture and longing, for birds encapsulate a kind of freedom that can never be ours. But the sky and those things that fly in it are not immune to the same problems as earthbound creatures. Claws and teeth are equal to talons and beak. Hunting grounds exist both underfoot and above our heads.
Chinese Communist revolutionary and founding father of the People’s Republic of China, Mao Zedong, said “Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.” In this game, the King has died without naming an heir. The war of succession is now fought openly among the noble houses, using both diplomacy and the sword.
There is no better example of two worlds violently colliding than a long stretch of highway. Here you will find mankind zooming back and forth and nature attempting to move between high-speed vehicles. For those on the road and those animals about to cross it, a brief encounter and misstep can lead to grave circumstances.
Two powerful and angry spirits dwell in the old mansion. One is said to be the spirit of a great Indian Chief and the other an English settler. They killed each other, or so one story goes, and their spirits are still at war. Each phantom gathers to them ghosts and specters to control different areas of the house. Now a family has purchased the home and looks to move in. The have unwittingly walked into a supernatural war zone.