“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the the universe.” -Albert Einstein
“The more you approach infinity, the deeper you penetrate terror”
― Gustave Flaubert
“This is a war universe. War all the time. That is its nature. There may be other universes based on all sorts of other principles, but ours seems to be based on war and games.” -William S. Burroughs
“The sum of things to be known is inexhaustible, and however long we read, we shall never come to the end of our story-book. (1892)” ― A.E. Housman
Welcome to this thing that we call Diaspora.
It is intended as an exercise in creativity and imagination with a group of like minded individuals who are exploring the concept that role playing games are the only entertainment medium that you create while you enjoy it.
It is intended to familiarize our players with the FATE fractal system, which puts the players in control of when and how the invisible hand of destiny shapes the existence of our characters.
This system contains concepts that may be difficult for those who are used to other games to really wrap their heads around. This game is not about sitting back and having the GM tell you about the story until he reaches a fork in the narrative and then asking, “What do you do?” This is a game where you as the player seize the narrative from the GM and go completely off the rails, out of the sandbox, and out into an infinite sea of possibilities.
Concepts that may seem counter-intuitive for new players include:
- Narrative Causality
- Retroactive Causality
- Schrodinger’s Flashlight
- Authority of the Author
- Chekhov’s Gun