Of course I have read 1248. I am extremely familiar with it, as I helped write it!Wil Mireu wrote:What geography? By 1300, the geography is completely different! (have you actually read 1248?).daryen wrote:Nope, my idea is way more freeing. The reason is that no matter what year you pick, you are stuck with the geography. You are stuck with where the various races are placed and how things are spaced.
Geography/Astrography does not equal political borders. It means the placement of worlds. And whether you are looking at M0, 1105, 1128, 1202, or 1248, all of the world locations are the same, and all of the races are in the same places. So, there is no way that, for example, the Aslan and K'kree will ever directly interact. They flat out can't. Same with the Hivers and Zhodani. It is impossible because of how the stars are laid out in the OTU regardless of history. This is what I am talking about.
By completely redoing and condensing the astrography, you are able to actually use all of those races at the same time. That is what I am talking about.
But, again, even in TNE and 1248, you will never have the Zhodani and Aslan interact with the K'kree and Hivers in a meaningful way. (Yeah, in 1248 you get the epic battles, but that's it. The actual empires are totally isolated from each other.)I would argue that this is exactly what TNE did - it used the best of the OTU, and swept away its weaknesses and limitations . And yet (I think it was you that claimed this earlier), it proved to be rather polarizing!
In fact, instead of using the Spinward Marches sector, you can use whatever sector that contained the RC and start with that. Then, bring in all of the other empires like I described in my first example. I don't care. But let me have a setting where I can interact with all of the major races instead of just one, two, or at most three of them. Give me all of them.