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tbh - I agree with this - and IMO option 3 would likely be the closest to that, allowing for more focus on building the game mechanics and less on a complex setting.
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Scott Archer has submitted the following as a fourth option - After almost a decade of civil war, the core systems are finally starting to stabilise. But as they do so, an old ally turns into a new enemy, once again threatening the lives of those in the core systems and a new arms race begins. Meanwhile, a reminder of their past threatens to completely redefine what it means to be human and a recent scientific survey finds evidence of an ancient race who preceded them all.

For more info on any of these options, or to suggest one of your own - don't hesitate to reach out! :)
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I went ahead and put the poll up. If you have any questions about the options, please ask. if I forgot to include an option, I honestly may have just missed it - please call me out on the oversight! and feel free during this period to brainstorm and think of other ideas, I'm not opposed to adding onto the list still.
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I have changed the settings to open registration again - in preparation for the weekend's vote.
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Early in the week of June 22nd, 2020 - Discussions began between a handful of people about the possibility of migrating RPG-X to a new engine.

Having been in the RPG-X community for more than a decade, I've seen these conversations before come up, and die almost as quickly - three times.

Over the last three days though, we seem to be thinking about something other than just a port of the RPG-X we know, but instead designing something new altogether.

I want to say this right now - we're still in the very early "throwing ideas at the wall and see what sticks" stage, but it's slowly looking like a team is emerging from all of this (as well as some well placed cautious optimism).

This post is intended to kinda help bring folks up to speed, who are not actively participating in our Discord (There's a link to our discord above - the blue circle widget on the end)

Now - all of this is open for debate, and I at least love feedback. We have an opportunity to tailor make a game experience for our community - so take part in helping us build it (even if all you do is Statler and Waldorf heckle us from the balcony :P )

So to start off, I have suggested that in order to avoid a lawsuit, we would need to *officially* avoid building something from any known intellectual property out there, and design something new. (*cough* mods *cough cough*)

Another thought - RPG-X wasn't nearly as polished when it first dropped. it took a number of iterations to get it to how we've known it for the past decade - so don't expect this to be a copy and paste of what you know, it'll take time to get to that.

Lastly, I'm working to compile a list of ideas and suggestions - the most important one right now - we need to create a setting for the base game universe, and roll with that setting in mind. I suggested a couple, but there could be more ideas - so suggest them! On Saturday, June 27th, I'm going to put up a poll here, and we'll vote on a setting and move from that.

Note: This list lives here (I'm a link) and may not be updated regularly on the forums, but will be at this location - so check this link often :)

QuoteA Theme
We need to settle on a setting and theme. In an effort to avoid any known Intellectual Property, it'd be best if we design our own universe (Though, we can take a great deal of inspiration from various Sci-Fi sources...)

That said, I have two suggestions from my portfolio - and one from the modern world.


Suggestion 1 - Beyond Infinity: BI was a series I ran many many moons ago, set in a universe where gods, and mythological creatures roamed free. Zeus was the king of the planet Olympus and ruled the Alliance of Light for millenia, protecting it from the Shadow of Hades, and the shadow (literal shadow people) of the Hadin.

Suggestion 2 - A world I'm currently writing a book about: I'm writing a Novel based in a Tolkein-like fantasy world, but some 400 years in the future. So it's Lord of the Rings, in space.

Suggestion 3 - Space Force: We can use the modern world as a template, keep things Human within the base game, and explore the militarization of space some 80 years or so from now.

Personally, I feel Suggestion 3 is the most scalable canvas of the three suggestions, allowing for the most modability, without stepping on any possible IP's toes. - but, I'm open to other suggestions and ideas :)

Bottom line, we need a theme!

I am very enthusiastic about this, and I truly hope we can pull this off, but I know the only way we will is by the support of the community, so keep in the conversation! Lend a hand if you're willing/able (if I can learn Unreal, anyone can - I'm a computer hardware guy professionally, not a programmer - and I'm trying to learn this). I suspect over the course of next week, things will start to move into some form of real organization, so stay tuned :)
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Disabled registration and deleted spam.

This is a public FYI...

If you have any questions, I think the best way to ask is on Discord: https://discordapp.com/invite/vDzaHys
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Pierce's Pancake Palace / Klaw's Retirement
March 18, 2020, 02:33:23 am
This isn't easy for me, so I'm going to make this short.

effectively immediately, I am stepping back from The Forge, RPG-X, all of this. After a couple of months of trying just get a discussion going about a future RPG-X series, a failed attempt to get an Orville SRP rebooted - and just the general sense of apathy in the community, I know I can't fix it.

So like that, I say goodbye.

I'll talk with Scott in the coming days, as he is still interim Ops Team head - and work out the financial situation of the community with him. In the meantime, if it's working now, it'll continue to work.

See you all out there.

Klaw
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I can't speak for anyone but myself here, but this is where I am.

So, back in late January, I took a small step back to try to get my head on straight for about a month. (Post is here: https://www.theforgegaming.net/forum/index.php/topic,256.msg923.html#new)

During that time I started out strong in an effort to create some new items for RPG-X, and shared my progress with the community, mostly to the sound of chirping crickets. From my perspective, nobody cared. On the 11th of February, I notified the Interim Ops Team leader of my intention to retire, and he convinced me to hold on, and see what the next month brings.

We are about to enter that next month.

At this point right now, I am still on the brink of retirement. Our Discord is silent, and the forum posts that I've made over the last month have gone unanswered. It very much appears that nobody wants to be here anymore, and that's a sentiment that deeply saddens me.

For my part, I made this known privately, I'm really only around because of RPG-X - and if RPG-X is done, so am I. That's not to say I won't drop in to do a GTA heist, or help the Hawking Squad take on the Foxian Republic in our long overdue SE rematch... but, I have no vision for leading those games - or for creating/designing exciting content with them.

In my mind, when we created The Forge, I had hoped that we would all take on the mantle of leadership, explore new games and ideas, and use this as a venue for is to express our passions - all of them! We're not a Star Trek branded group - we're as far from any branding that I can think of. The Forge is intended to be a place of creativity, and comradery; and whether I am an active part of it or not, it should endure on that basis.

I know I can be a little overzealous, and maybe overbearing when it comes to my excitement for an RPG-X series, or a new map, or something that strikes my interest - and I have tried to tone that down. Please help me keep The Forge going, even if we no longer choose to support RPG-X - come and tell us what YOU want to play - organize your own games - take part in our Picard Discussions - let's spend the next month tempering our bond once more.
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Announcements / Website Registration Technical Issues
February 28, 2020, 03:18:10 am
it has come to my attention that we're still having issues with our mail server. As a result, Newly registered members are NOT receiving e-mails to finish the registration process.

As a result, if you've come here, and do not receive a message from us to finish the registration, please reach out to me at doktor_klawktopus@hotmail.com, I will try to be prompt in responding, and should be able to get you setup quickly.

I apologize for any inconvenience, This e-mail requirement was put in place to curb spam accounts, and has so far been fairly successful, Just looking for some verification that you're not a spammer :P
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Serial Roleplays / Re: Klaw's Last SRP
February 17, 2020, 02:38:37 pm
Maybe an Orville-esque RP based on a New Orleans Class Starship during the TNG/DS9/Voy Era. We'd explore the Gamma Quadrant first, meet some new alien races, and possibly take a pivotal role in the war... - as well as show some of the awkward transition between the Enterprise C and the Enterprise D. (pre TNG Season 1)
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Serial Roleplays / Re: Klaw's Last SRP
February 10, 2020, 03:21:32 pm
As a preliminary suggestion - a few off the cuff ideas have come to mind (and I'm not afraid to map like a madman to accomplish these :P)

1. A dystopian 30th century. The Borg have all but destroyed the Alpha Quadrant, and what remains of the Federation live on in a scattered Flotilla, protected by an elite taskforce called Section 31 (it'd be a new, interesting take on the organization in the far future, after the events of option 2)

2. What I've called DS9 Season 8 - based on the writers room segment of the "What We Left Behind" DS9 Documentary. The first Cardassian in Starfleet has arrived on DS9 to take command of the station (20 years after Sisko was taken by the prophets) - and the galaxy is a very different place, but like Quark said "The more things change, the more they stay the same".

3. Days after the Khitomer conference, and the signing of the peace treaty between the Klingon Empire and the Federation, Starfleet readies a humanitarian convoy to head to Klingon Space. Mission 1 - Aid the Praxis cleanup, Mission 2 - Explore the vast expanse beyond the empire that even the Klingon's haven't ventured.
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Serial Roleplays / Klaw's Last SRP
February 10, 2020, 03:03:13 pm
So I've been thinking a lot about this over the last week or so, and recent events have helped me to come to this point. I have one more SRP in me. It *could* run for 20 years :P but I have one more in me. I'm not sure which story I want to tell, I'm open to suggestions on era/ship/etc. But with any luck, (and if I have the support) by March, I want to start it up, and see where we go.

So I guess, I'm asking the community. Anyone interested? Do you have suggestions. What do you want to see/do/experience in my last series?
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Serial Roleplays / Re: Star Trek Renegade Pilot
February 03, 2020, 02:40:17 pm
Due to an apparent lack of interest, this pilot has been cancelled.

(Thank you String for your interest in it, maybe one day I can try again...)
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RPG-X / Re: Klaw's RPG-X Overhaul Initiative
February 01, 2020, 06:00:04 am
Another night barely able to think straight :P

decided to map out what I'm calling the RPG-X Configurator, and get a basic idea of what I'd like the gui to look like, and the program to do.

May be worth a look, I'd appreciate any feedback/suggestions!

Quote from: undefinedRPG-X Configurator

This is a written up idea bubble of how this thing can/will/does work (In my head at least). When the Configurator is installed, it will replace your default RPG-X shortcuts
and open when you launch the game.

// represents a tab at the top of the window.
## represents a button to press
( )represents a dialog box for you to fill in info.

//Character Creation
 ##Load Saved Character
 ##Select character file (Lists saved character files, highlight and select ##OK)
 ##Edit character file (Takes you to Create New Character with the info filled in for this profile)
 ##Create New Character
 ( )Name
 ( )Age
 ( )Race
 ( )Model
 ( )Height
 ( )Weight
 ( )Uniform and Communicator
 ( )Class and Color
 
//Rankset Selection
 Choose your RP's Rank Set
 ##Primary Rank set choice (Lists all available rank sets that fit the corresponding standard, and are installed in the correct file, highlight and select ##OK)
 ##Secondary Rank set choice (Lists all available (sans the previous choice) rank sets that fit the corresponding standard, and are installed in the correct file, highlight and select ##OK)

//Weapon and tools selection
 Choose your RP's Equipment Style
 ##Packs for TOS, TNG etc. (Lists all available equipment sets that fit the corresponding standard, and are installed in the correct file, highlight and select ##OK)
 
//Map Retextures
 ##Choose your map retexture(s)
 List of retextures and which map(s) they effect.
 
//Information and Credits
 Link to Map List (Google Sheets doc I'm working on)
 Link to Rank Readme (a readme about the rank set, and how they're organized - TBD)
 Link to The Forge
 Link to The Last Outpost
 
 At the bottom of the window, set static - there will be a ##Launch RPG-X button. If any of the information above isn't filled in, it will pre-load a set of defaults (in most cases, RPG-X defaults - in the case of the rank set, It'll set the Klingon rank (WIP) as secondary and DS9 as primary) OR It will load in the previously loaded options.
 
 Maybe I should add in a ##Refresh button, to remove any configurations that are in your RPG-X install, and return everything back to default
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RPG-X / Re: Klaw's RPG-X Overhaul Initiative
January 31, 2020, 09:02:49 pm
I'm still playing with things, but my idea seems to work!

The Forge RPG-X server is currently running the new rankest - and will do so through the weekend (unless someone complains...)

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vCoFdJmmFbbBCsUgMYgAsAYZkTZYJdOF/view?usp=sharing

This above is a link to the WIP rankest. In it's current state, it contains rank images across the Ent, TOS, Movie, TNG, Voy and DS9 eras.

To use it, follow these Instructions:
1. Extract the zip into your baseef folder
2. Open the gfx folder, and you will then see a series of Folders (2d, Ent Era, TOS Era, etc)
3. Select the era you want, and copy both the ForgeRanks and ForgeProvisionalranks.tga files from that folder.
4. Place the copied files into the 2d folder (overwriting the ones currently in there.
5. Connect to The Forge RPG-X Server (/connect 107.161.169.119:27960).

This is still in VERY early stages, I'm putting it out there though hoping for some help with testing, and feedback on whether or not things are programmed/working correctly.

Moving on to the next stage, figuring out an easier way of activating/deactivating the ranks before the game launches. (AKA, building a Mod Manager...)