After writing this up I now realize it is quite long, and anyone who sticks it out deserves a beer on me if you are going to be at Gen Con.
I've always wanted to design a truly large campaign from scratch. My friends and I sat down last week to make a setting using the Session 0 rules from begging for XP, which are excellent:
After I wrote it all up, I had about 16 pages of a word document and realized this was going to be far too huge to keep track of on paper, so I started an Obsidian Portal campaign and have almost finished filling in all the content I wrote up (as well as some GM-only content like stats).
I've got a lot of work to do, but this is my general plan:
1) Finish writing up Colony 12. Essentially one of the PCs is out here to make contact with a small paramilitary anarchist group (RIFLE) that wants to take down both the Empire and Rebellion. This is their base that he can eventually find.
2) Create a narrative that would take place were the PCs to sit around doing nothing. The story will be shaped by how they impact that narrative at various points in time, and this allows me to have things happen 'off screen' that are at least semi-planned and make the universe feel alive
3) Create a TON of mini-encounters and larger modular encounters that the PCs can find, and that act as hooks for getting them involved in various important events.
Here's my progress on 2 thusfar, with the plot concurring in loosely defined 'stages' that just mean 'if I think it fits the narrative I have this stage happen':
Stage 1: Duke/Duchess have a falling out almost immediately. Duchess quickly tries to find a group to go request that Adda help her take over Kwenn to restore it's profitability. Intro encounter should lead to this being the PCs unless they do something totally crazy. This should get them to Nimban after a few sessions.
Stage 2: Zebb (slicer, GM only in campaign) reactivates droids, sends control keys back to black sun to turn droids against knights at their will. If PCs are off Kwenn at this time, the droids will have replaced most members of the Knights upon their return
Stage 3: RIFLE finds a streak of un-mined ore and sends off a freighter to make a large transaction for more advanced munitions/starfighter parts
Stage 4: Duchess secretly rallies the Knights that the duke fired in a TBA location while awaiting Addas assistance (probably a place she knows is abandoned but isn’t marked abandoned because she has better logistical data than the duke); Adda sends Thraak and a contingent of Nesters to Kwenn to help the Duchess take control of the station
Stage 5: RIFLE agent returns with munitions, receives information (from the black sun, but no one knows this) about imperial star destroyer on Kwenn and rallies troops for an all-out attack
Stage 6: Black sun transmits keys to droids, causing them to attack anyone armed on the station; RIFLE and Nesters arrive almost simultaneously and begin attacking their targets; Imperials assume everyone is attempting an attack on The Relentless, and turn the star destroyer's full arsenal on everyone
Stage 7: Should the PCs survive and return to Kwenn, they will find that the Black Sun has begun to rebuild the station and has taken over the drug distribution business there
I think the finale has the opportunity to be truly epic, but I have a lot of work to do to figure out how to make sure the PCs fit nicely into the larger narrative.
Here's where I ask for help! I do not have a lot of modular encounters available to me other than those in Suns of Fortune, and I am going to need a TON. I see room for almost all of them, and am going to need a ton more. Especially mini encounters, like from page 420 of the core rulebook, to help make the world feel a bit more full. Are there any resources out there for modular encounters I could steal and re-skin for use in this?
I also would love any feedback if anyone is willing to slog through all the content I have up there. Any criticisms from other GMs that have run large campaigns and see me going wrong somewhere would be especially helpful.
Thanks in advance to anyone who can help me out, I've always wanted to run something like this and am really looking forward to starting it next week.
Edited by Ian2400, 13 July 2014 - 04:44 PM.