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  1. Oh, I agree completely. I meant to say that if we focus on the factions (in order to stay true to the nature of the game?), Mentak is, among the 17 factions, the most RPG-friendly.
  2. To be noted that Mentak is the only truly cosmopolitan faction. Since racial and cultural diversity is usually a key element in character creation, basing a game or a RPG on a racially diverse faction makes sense. We can assume that there are other cosmopolitan hubs in the "international waters" of the galaxy (Mecatol, trade stations, some planets, etc), but the factions themselves are all centered around their own race's quest for supremacy, either by elitism (Hylar), arrogance (Letnev), condescension (Xxcha), tribal mentality (Yssaril), or because no one else wants to associate with them (Saar). Of the official factions and things we have enough information on to make a RPG without extrapolating too much, Mentak appears like the only faction allowing a "choose your race" RPG element. And with so many developed races in the TI-verse, it would be a shame to pass on that.
  3. Attempting a galactic map for a RPG

    Yes, recognizing that this was probably the closest to a "canon" map we'll ever get (until a full setting is developed for Genesys, who knows?), that's what I ended-up doing. Or at least it was my main source of inspiration, keeping the relative position of the 6 "great races" around Mecatol Rex. Interestingly, I used the supernova on the Xxcha's side as the galactic center (the galactic core, impassable due to its concentration of high-gravity stars and supermassive black holes). Even with both extensions, There isn't quite enough tiles to make a complete 5th ring (that's ok, it makes for an elliptical galaxy, not unlike our own)
  4. Expansion ideas?

    In that line of thought, the leaders and mercenaries concepts could be merged, either with a single deck of generic leaders, or a small deck (like three cards) of race-specific leaders. With a cost to deploy, they don't have to be all three out at the top of the game.
  5. Expansion ideas?

    Whatever it is, I'd like something that speeds the game up or drives the game forward (by giving you stuff or allowing things to be built/bought for cheap). I wouldn't want something that bogs the game down. - I liked the wormhole nexus in TI3 and would like to see it return. - I have mixed feeling about domain counters. I like them a lot in TI3. If they appear in TI4, they would have to help as much as they can crap. - Artifacts that give victory points / achieve objectives / give tech rebates would be nice. - I'd like to see some planets / trade stations return, if only for the sake of diversity . - I loved leaders in TI3, and I would like to see them return (perhaps with less but more straightforward abilities). What I don't want: - a whole new series of races. - a bunch of action cards that dilutes the deck too much. - meaningless political agenda cards. - new units (although I wouldn't be against new units upgrades).
  6. Attempting a galactic map for a RPG

    Yeah, my first attempts were based on the maps from Throne, and I still used them to some extent, but the positioning of the 6 races don't quite match the set-up I "saw" from the TI4 lore book. The maps tend to vary greatly depending on player count, but there are some constants... In the end I did something similar to the OP, moving homeworlds a bit to break the game's symmetry and balanced placement. At 4 and 1/2 rings, around mecatol, the galaxy feels satisfactorily large and is readily usable for a RPG.
  7. While creating my Twilight Imperium RPG campaign, I stumbled while making a map of the galaxy. As far as I know, there are no official one other than the preset maps. But even as a 6-player board, the galaxy feels small and leaves so many planets unused… Digging from all the extensions of TI3, I come with a total of 42 systems. With all the empty tiles, the red-border systems and most home systems, I can gather 84 tiles; enough for a (almost) 5-ring galaxy with twelve evenly-distributed home-system slots. Struggling with what to place where, I noticed that the races described in the lore book of TI4 were not placed in alphabetical order. Not only that, but their adjacency matches the notes I’ve taken from the race’s description of TI3. Could the races in the lore book been placed in galactic order? Let’s see… Starting at the “galactic north” (cause you got to start somewhere) is the first race described in the book: the United Emirates of the Hacan and their tri-planet system. Next, going clockwise is Jord of the Sol Federation. They are described next in the book, and as old allies against the Lazax, it makes sense that Hacan and humans are galactic neighbours. Next, still going clockwise, is the Barony of Letnev. Quann should be somewhere between Jord and Arc Prime, well within the Baron’s reach but essential to the Federation’s traffic. The Xxcha are the next race described in the book, and it makes sense that Archon Tau is within the Letnev’s reach as well. It also places the Xxcha relatively close to the humans who will blast the Letnev out of Archon Tau later in the Twilight Wars. So far so good. Jol and Nar are next in the book and so they are next on the ring. They are the unfortunate neighbours of the following race: the Sardakk N’orr. Again, this is consistent with the Hylar-N’orr enmity during the late Twilight Wars. The planet Lisis should be place nearby as well… Next would be the L1Z1X, the big bads of my campaign, placing 0.0.0 due south in the galaxy, probably within a few empty space tiles to reinforce that knowledge of this part of the galaxy was lost when the Hall of Cartography burned on Mecatol Rex. This places them diametrically opposed to the Hacan however, who are making first contact with the L1Z1X. But since the Hacan are space merchants, it is not impossible for them to be far from home I guess… Then we have the Naalu, followed by Moll Primus of the Mentak Coallition. Hope’s End is going to be west of Moll Primus, thus creating a east-west Passage of Tears on the galactic borderland. This places the Yssaril, the next race described in the book, due north from Moll Primus (conveniently diagonally opposite to the Passage of Tears). Somewhere near those two home systems is the Mahact Plateau, which if I understand correctly, is a region of space plagued with asteroids and black holes (gravity rift tile?). The Winnu are next on the list, normally followed by the Embers of Muat. However, since I have only twelve home system “slots” and I consider the Gashlai a “minor” race, I will instead place them on the outskirt of the galaxy, somewhere near Jol and Nar, the Gashlai’s old slave-masters. This way, the Hylar could invent the War Sun without the rest of the galaxy noticing. The botherhood of Yin are next. Again, they represent a minor race in my campaign and so I will reserve my twelfth and last slot for one of my favourite race; the Saar (probably among more asteroid tiles on the Hacan’s side since both of them start with the Antimass Deflector technology). Darien can lay somewhere hidden on the outer rim, between Winnu and Ragh to keep the order as intact as possible. I didn’t want to include the races of Shards of the Throne (Ghosts, Nekro and Arborec) but I’m short one single tile to complete my galaxy (I forgot that Malice would not be part of the map). Among the three, the Ghosts of Creuss have the most narrative potential (I already have the L1Z1X for bad guys and the Arborec are just too weird). The Gate of Creuss will most likely lie somewhere near Moll Primus of the Mentak, not known to the other galactic races but creating a space “Bermuda Triangle” of some sort. So I’m not sure if the races where placed in that order for that purpose, but it works just fine for me. Now I still have to place all the planets, but at least the big pieces of the puzzle are laid. 'findel
  8. Redistribute systems before board setup

    I'm away from the game presently, but I believe there is one or two in one of the rulebooks, or perhaps I'm confusing it with this document from the FFG site. Community-made preset maps are also easy to find on internet.
  9. Redistribute systems before board setup

    In my experience, when someone has a really bad hand of systems, others have fairly good ones. So when you relentlessly put bad systems in other players' territories, they don't have a choice but to give you half-decent ones, especially toward the two or three last rounds of placement. From what I've seen, a player starting with a really bad hand often ends-up with a decent neighborhood, and is able to handicap other players enough to balance it out. Also, empty systems are easy to control, which is good for certain objectives. Sometimes it's good not to be threatening from the start. I've seen plenty of games where the most advanced players run out of steam after turn 5 and start fighting one another enough to lose their headstart. That being said, the galaxy generation is a game within a game that requires a certain amount of luck and strategy, and I know that people use preset maps exactly to avoid situations where animosity begins before the game even starts.
  10. No 2 Players option :(

    I'm convinced that a AI deck could work, if you accept that the AI does not play by the same rules as other players. The game one would experience against an AI deck would be different from that of game against a human player(s), but it may be close enough to be a fulfilling and fun TI experience. Due to the complexity of the game, I could see a 2-player game set as a 3-player game with one AI (rather than enough AIs to make it up to a 6-player game). In this case, the point is not so much whether the AI is likely to win the game (one of the human player is going to win), but whether it can be competitive enough for the game to remain a 3-way war. So while it's too bad that it isn't included in the base game, I'm sure fans will come up with one (or a few) AI deck(s) before the end of next summer.
  11. No 2 Players option :(

    I made a homebrewed 2-player variant for TI3, whereas you set-up like a 3-player game with a third virtual player like the Automa in Stonemaier games (like Sythe) It would need a bit of work to adapt it to 4th ed, but the core principles should work.
  12. Lore book

    Any new information in there, or mostly a nice compendium of the history we knew about? Also, any information about things like FTL travel or implications of technologies in society?
  13. Nice story. I read that a few months ago but never replied to voice my appreciation. Consider it done. As I was thinking about the core of my TI RPG, I considered making it primarily about the Mentak Coalition as it provides the most opportunities for multiculturalism - something desirable in a RPG but not in a faction-based board game like TI. In the end I decide to give the campaign a more neutral approach, but Mentak would definitely be the faction of choice if a more boradgame-like focus was required. I decided to set my RPG a few years before the present TI timeline and make the return of the L1Z1X the focal point of the campaign. I like the "renaissance" feel and the rediscovery or ancient technologies. I could see the interest in a Lazax Imperium game too; mid to late Age of Dusk when races don't hate each other too much yet but with going opportunities for trouble and "adventures". Played canonically, this would rule out the L1Z1X, the Ghost of Creuss, the Necro Virus and (i think) the Arborec; all of which make lousy PC races anyway (although it would open-up the Lazax themselves) . It would also rule out the Naalu and perhaps the Yin brothers as PC.
  14. A Twilight Imperium-inspierd RPG game

    True Even in TI3, it is stated that humans are the most diversified and populous in the galaxy, and that only a fraction of them feel any kinship with their Sol ancestors, and that yet a smaller portion are actual members of the Federation. But still, being (culturally) diversified is a strong human trait and one that doesn't appear to be shared with many of the galactic races. Most home systems are actually closed to foreigners, or else visitors are limited to a single station/city/quarter. I think we can expect major space stations and galactic hubs (like Mecatol) to be pretty cosmopolitan, but it feels like these are exceptions more than the norm. That being said, for the sake of making a RPG (as opposed to a faction-oriented board game), I'm willing to make the galaxy a bit more multicultural than what I read out of the "canon" TI-verse. To do it right, I would have to create several human cultures like they did in TOR. The Winnu could most likely need two as well (Mecatol Winnarans and Winnu Winnarans). Perhaps as a full published game that would be necessary, but I'm happy with my generic (if cliché) Human race for my basement RPG project.
  15. A Twilight Imperium-inspierd RPG game

    If anyone is curious, I made a hack of Cubicle 7's the One Ring's system for my TI3 RPG. Going from Lord of the Ring to Twilight Imperium sounds counter-intuitive at first, but the two universes have a few points in common. Both share a very old history including a defunct Golden Age, a "Dark Age" of some sort in between and the story takes place a the dawn of a new age. Also, people in LotR, like in Twilight Imperium, tend to be very insular. Hobbits live amongst hobbits, elves only care about other elvish matters, dwarves only do business with few trusted "friends" etc. The settings have their differences, chief among those is the lack of a universal villain (or villainous culture) in TI3, but the L1Z1X or the Necro Virus could fill that role if the GM is inclined to do so. The way The One ring defines races as cultures (rather than diverse mechanical boni) fitted the state of the galaxy in TI in my opinion, and the system is made for exploration as much as social encounters and combat. With only 3 "stats" that don't have a big impact on play, the The One Ring system doesn't have many fiddly parts and could be easily adapted. Change medieval skills for sci-fi skills, and voilà! The One Ring is an asymmetrical exception-based system, meaning the rules are simple but player-characters get abilities allowing them to do more. Instead of listing abilities per culture (as per TOR), I made talent trees not unlike the way technologies work in TI3 (with entry talents, some needing prerequisites etc). Instead of the four different tech colours, I made five talent trees, each one after one of the five Leader roles in TI3 (Admiral, Agent, Diplomat, General, and Scientist). These roles also replace the callings in TOR. In addition, each race has three racial talent, echoing racial technologies. (I know TI only has two racial techs, but I'm hesitating going down to two racial talents). Many such abilities are inspired from TI3 mechanics. For example, Admiral have an ability allowing them to shoot twice with a ship, and a "Direct Hit" talent. Agents have a "In The Silence of Space" analogue, Scientist have a "Recheck" ability, etc. Oh yeah, and instead of spending Hope points, players get to spend Command Counters as the in-game ability currency. Characters gain two back at the beginning of a game session, except for humans who get three. Anyhow, chances are this RPG will never get to be played, but making this is a lot of fun!