As long as I can stitch together bits of dragons, reanimate them, and fuse their undead souls with demons I have bound to my service, I will be pleased. I am decidedly torn between three starting classes - necromancer, demonologist, and alienist, as I see myself kind of running down all of these paths to some degree or another. I'm really glad starting class is only a starting point. This will let me reanimate shoggoth zombies by binding vrocks to them. Three cheers for extra madness!
It's probably too early to post this yet, but I figure I'm rusty enough that I can use all the feedback and criticism I can get. If nothing else, I hope this is worth the read.
Hear me great Dreamer of old, in whose Spirit the whole of the World drinks! Weaver of destiny, Knower of secrets, omniscient and boundless! One in Whom all exist gathered as one and through Whom reincarnate, Guide this my tongue in its tale. Enter this vessel and speak!
Tell of the times when the world was yet young, undespoiled, and tender. Tell of its whelping beneath the primordial skies, whose aurora Beamed from the heavens above, opalescent and wondrous, in blessing. Tell of immaculate dreams; tell of conceiving the world.
Boundless, the eternal abyss stretched, reaching in vain for horizons Yet to be dreamt of by He who still slumbered. Its bottomless reaches, Veiled in the infinite shadow without time, knew not any measure. So the primordial sea stretched, endless beneath the gray sky.
Yet, where the depths were benighted, the surface mercurial gleamed. Smooth as the finest glass, not one ripple disturbed the surface. Even the slightest of waves dared not to disrupt its perfection. Such was that virginal sea. Perfect in form and in peace.
Yikes, what a process! Yeah, at its core, a wiki is just a database, so I find sites that treat them as such tend to be far more navigable and user-friendly. Equipment, skills, monsters, etc. are also excellent candidates for categories. And as sparkletwist always harps about, templates are really useful (if you're not already using them). They cut down on a LOT of work, wiki-side. As for the Access/PDF/cut/paste, ouch!
If you'd like a suggestion, using categories would make them quite easily searched and sorted through. Each spell can belong to multiple categories, too, so it would avoid issues with choosing just where to put a spell that could fit into multiple ones. It also arranges them in alphabetical order for you, so adding new spells doesn't require much brainwork.
Material-wise, I'm still in awe of the breadth and depth of this setting.
This is sounding like a wonderful bit of awesome. I strongly encourage you to continue working on this. I'll definitely join.
Will there be preplanned PC-NPC conflicts that we will have to deal with? Will we make our own problems? Is there some reason we should attack NPCs or each other? Is there something to be gained from strife (research, resources, souls for my corpse-dragon demon construct, etc.)?
Just kidding. I'd be down for it, though I need to reread your material so far. I remember when you first posted it, it looked really spiffy. I recall liking the idea of more customizability with units (unless I'm conflating your game with something else). If I had to pick the sort of faction/PC I'd play, it'll probably be a mad necromancer-type that is going all undead-demonic-constructishness on the world. I should probably narrow that down some more...
Nice story! I'd love to see more that exemplifies the feel you are going for. It is one of isolation, desperation, and suspense? Or more one of wonder, adventure, and exploration? A realistic approach can easily encompass both.
Do you see ai as needing anything special, or can it exist on modern computers? How do you see computers changing? Considering that even with the rapid advancement of computers and data storage today, programs still tend to eat up the same percentage of power/space because of feature bloat, do you see advances in personal computing really having an impact on life other than as a more integrated feature of life?
Someone has been using a certain spreadsheet haven't they? I am curious how plan on dealing with some of the crazier delta v costs for the outer solar system, let alone the kuipper/Oort bodies. How hard science are you looking to do your engines and commas? Does info travel at c? How does this affect things? I'm also curious how the selling of icy comets from the outer system to the inner system colonies affects earths hold on them.