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Old 06-27-2015, 09:11 PM   #1
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Cool OtherSpace: Back to the Future

After 17 years, OtherSpace is undergoing some big changes.

Effective this weekend, we're rolling the storyline back to just after the original narrative arc from 1998, when players defeated the Il'ri'kamm Hive Mind and freed the worlds of the Orion Arm from reliance on their alien FTL technology. So, we've rewound the plot to the point that the dramatic Sanctuary story arc, which saw the entire playerbase packed together on a colony vessel to escape a warmongering fleet, never happened.

But we haven't ditched ALL of the lore from the past couple of decades. Instead, we've basically merged the worlds of the Ancient Expanse (an alien universe) with those of the Orion Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy.

Some things to know:
  • We're narrative-focused. Players must love reading and writing.
  • We require a 250-word (minimum) biography for a character to be considered. May take as long as 48 hours to reply, but usually not that long.
  • We're space opera/space fantasy, not so much hard sci-fi.
  • We've got lots of humanoid and alien species to play.
  • Combat happens, but rarely. However, death is permanent when it strikes your character.
  • Your allowed multiple characters, we just don't want them in the same scenes at the same time.
  • We're pretty U.S.-centric when it comes to playerbase location, but we've got some from the UK and Australia.
  • We aim for PG-13 antics at worst on our OOC channels, but we'll sometimes push an R rating in-game with scenes that involve violence and occasionally obscene language.

I've been in the process of retooling our website at OtherSpace | Your words. Your worlds. Your stories. and you're invited to join our community site at http://otherspace.enjin.com where we host forums and sometimes run solo play-by-post adventures for our players.
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Old 07-24-2015, 10:04 PM   #2
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Talking Re: OtherSpace: Back to the Future

Effective immediately, players are no longer required to submit a biography to get a character onto the OtherSpace grid. Players can create a character, go aboard Sol Station, pick their race and gender, and then head onto the grid to start their adventure in the Orion Arm.

Players who submit biographies are rewarded with bonus Saga Points, though.

The prospect of dropping the gate like this is scary for an old-timer like me, but Iíve given it a lot of thought and decided that itís probably easier to get (and keep) new blood by lowering that barrier. Itís also possible that weíll just see someone make a quick-dash character, try to get involved in RP, find itís not their style, and quit. Thatís a risk worth taking, I think.
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Old 07-26-2015, 04:24 PM   #3
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Re: OtherSpace: Back to the Future

I think that's a pretty good idea if you want to pick up new players, thinking up and writing a 250-word bio about a character on a mud you aren't sure you'll like yet is a big barrier of entry.

Game sounds really cool!
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