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Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2021 1:44 p.m. PST

How do you prefer your Sci-fi universe….

1) Both Humans & Aliens
2) Strictly Humans vs Humans

zircher08 Jun 2021 2:16 p.m. PST

Both! In sci-fi, I find both settings have things to add to the story telling tool kit. Of course, some of my favorites stories are the edge cases of first contact or the discovery of ancient ruins and wrecks.

GamesPoet Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2021 2:28 p.m. PST

Both, and the universe is big enough for that. : )

Gear Pilot08 Jun 2021 2:28 p.m. PST

Both.

Personal logo Zeelow Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2021 2:33 p.m. PST

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Col Durnford08 Jun 2021 2:36 p.m. PST

I a strong believer in diversity. Humans, bugs, weasels, Mi-go, predators, and a few real weird creature all end up down range.

Thresher0108 Jun 2021 2:43 p.m. PST

1

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2021 2:50 p.m. PST

1 for me too!

Personal logo M1Fanboy Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2021 2:57 p.m. PST

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Mister Tibbles08 Jun 2021 3:31 p.m. PST

1 both

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2021 3:43 p.m. PST

1, definitely.

andresf08 Jun 2021 4:41 p.m. PST

I prefer two distinct settings, and which I like to play/watch/read about depends on my mood:

In space opera settings, aliens are common: xenomorphs, weird humanoids, Star Wars and Star Trek type aliens, etc. Spaceports full of weird colorful types, scum & villainy, thugs with tentacles and horns, etc.

I also like grittier settings, more like The Expanse or cyberpunk, where it's mostly human vs human, the tech is slightly more realistic and the aliens, if they exist at all, are uncommon, and it's either first contact or it's some xeno virus.

Chimpy Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2021 5:00 p.m. PST

1. Gotta love the bugs.

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2021 6:15 p.m. PST

1 for me. Otherwise, no bug hunts!

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2021 6:24 p.m. PST

I like both kinds of settings.

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2021 8:28 p.m. PST

Bugs, monsters, alien armies, humans from off world, I like it all.

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SBminisguy08 Jun 2021 9:10 p.m. PST

Every thing, all at once!

Striker09 Jun 2021 1:07 a.m. PST

Everything. Why limit yourself?

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP09 Jun 2021 2:28 a.m. PST

1 but in reality if you came upon another "human" race they would be considered "aliens",

John Leahy09 Jun 2021 3:29 a.m. PST

Both.

williamb09 Jun 2021 4:03 a.m. PST

1. Both

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP09 Jun 2021 8:17 a.m. PST

Both

Micman Supporting Member of TMP09 Jun 2021 12:57 p.m. PST

Both!

andresf09 Jun 2021 3:46 p.m. PST

> "Everything. Why limit yourself?"

Not singling out the poster, but the idea in general: because limitations foster creativity. In general, "all kinds of aliens" is a sort of "everything goes", whereas grittier & more realistic scifi requires thinking about what the source of conflict is. If the answer is "other humans" the follow up question is "ok, but what makes this scifi?"

This is why I enjoy aliens-less scifi. It fosters creativity :)

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Jun 2021 10:19 p.m. PST

Both

I used to run a STL campaign where the humans were basically "aliens" to each other. At .99C 2-5 year one-way transits made centralized control of a multi-system empire a fiction (with respect to the reality of the milieu).

Hades wolf10 Jun 2021 5:26 a.m. PST

Both, why limit yourself

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2021 9:54 a.m. PST

Both.

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2021 1:17 p.m. PST

Echoing what Andresf said a bit, if I'm doing a Campaign or a story driven game then I prefer the politics of a Human v. Human battle.

For one off games though you can't beat a Bug Hunt like Space Hulk.

Covert Walrus10 Jun 2021 10:14 p.m. PST

1. Though finding aliens in 6mm can be a challenge.

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