Next weekend, I'll likely convert the current NOTD Fan Fiction forum into 'NOTD Universe'. Background A lot of gameplay development on NOTD the past 2.5 years have been community driven. While developers do have the final say, community input has consistently been a visible driving force. This has helped improve NOTD's gameplay. NOTD's universe and lore however, has not been growing at the same pace. Some may argue that it's relatively stagnant. Our community has some passionate, educated and dilligent people who are keen on science, politics, military and many other facets of a universe. I think there's a lot of untapped potential and ideas that we haven't discussed or explored. This is also an opportunity for people who like crafting universes or talking about things beyond the core gameplay mechanics to contribute. Franchises like Star Wars, Mass Effect, Aliens, Matrix have an identifiable and rich universe. We'd like to see that in NOTD, over time. Intent We want to improve NOTD's lore and universe and allow the community to contribute feedback to grow it. How We need a place for people to brainstorm and debate about the NOTD universe in general. It's not just about lore, it can be many other things that touch the universe. Examples: - What technologies would be available to civilians and the military in the 22nd century? - How would culture and language evolve in NOTD's universe? - Why are people dissenting against UGC? - What exactly does the UGC do? - How does the military work/speak in the NOTD universe? - Why has space exploration suddenly worked/been made successful? - How does the world economy function? - How are children educated in the 22nd century? - What are the sub-cultures that have spawned? The NOTD Universe forum isn't just about stories or fan fiction. It's a place to discuss the mechanics of a future society/government and how humanity as a whole would function. Overall Theme/Direction NOTD is a largely military-political game, or that's what we want. I would recommend people who want to add to our universe/lore to draw inspiration from: - Starship Troopers - Minority Report - World War Z We're trying to create a plausible future, and there shouldn't be any black and white distinctions about right or wrong. A big theme Xavi and I wanted to create is 'duality' - everyone has 2 natures fighting inside them, conflicting motivations and different perspectives can make the seemingly wrong/evil look right, and vice versa. Is the UGC a force for good? Progress and unity, at what cost? Sacrificing for the greater good or leaving the world to burn to the sake of a loved one? I really like ArcturusV' storytelling because it has more maturity and grit to it. I also think that Reaper and Nicarco are creative people who have some neat ideas about the mechanics of a universe. I feel many people have a lot to bring to the table. In terms of overall direction, I'll do my best to guide everything into a central coherent universe together with the help of the community. Next Steps As this is something very new for NOTD, we need more ideas/suggestions on how to make this work. This is an initiative that will take years of work to make the NOTD universe richer and more compelling.