Over the weekend I spent some time cleaning. I was going through a bunch of "old" d20 books from the dawn of the d20 boom. I have Dragonstar which I loved in theory but not exactly in practice. I have d20 Star Wars, which I also enjoyed but I am not totally up on all the Star Wars lore by any stretch of the imagination. I also have d20 Future which gives me all the cool Star Frontiers races I really enjoyed.
I was looking at this stack and thinking that really, I have everything I need for a kick-ass Space Opera game. Plus in my mind Star Wars and D&D are inextricably linked together. Not just in terms when they both hit my consciousness but also in feel. I have often said that the best "D&D movie" ever was Star Wars (A New Hope for the younger fans).
I figure I could also grab some ideas from Gamma World and even Spelljammer.
But what I have been lacking is a way to bring them all together.
Then +Bruce Heard's Calidar came into my life.
I have spoken about Calidar in detail already. The crunch is Pathfinder, which is d20 really. So mixing it with d20 Future and d20 Star Wars is really a no brainer.
Calidar helped me smooth out some of the rough spots in my ideas. It also gave me backgrounds and character to use. Plus Calidar is a more solid hook for "D&D in Space" than Star Wars was. I don't want to play a Star Wars game, but I do want to play with some of the toys in the game universe.
Space ships could be a combination of Magic-craft or technology (not sure which yet). I would include all the planets from Calidar, but I could also take a page or two from Spelljammer and Star Wars. Maybe not exact planets from Star Wars, but if this is going to be space opera then there has to be a "Dune" like planet there somewhere. Or even a Dune/Tatooine/Athas composite. But not make it a central location.
In fact to steal another page from Dune I think I need to do something to make extra special about Calidar. In the game now Calidar is where you start and venture out. I think I will have Calidar the destination instead. The characters leave their home world. Likely Mystoerth and then the come here. If I am using the Mystara Calendar then the Gazeteers were all published in or around 1015 AC. I would make this 3000 AC. Or 3001 just to be that way.
It might seem odd to want to go back to 3rd Edition, but honestly I think it would be a blast. The multi-classes, the Prestige classes, all of it would work great here.
I could also steal heavily from Doctor Who, Star Trek and even the 80s Buck Rogers and have a "Draconian Empire" that would be my Klingon analogues. Use Dragonborn naturally. In many ways I guess it would by my Mystoerth world writ-large.
Yeah. The Allied Human worlds (Oerth, Mystara, Krynn and Toril) discover the new world of Calidar, which is rich in some resource. They get there only to meet a counter claim from the Draconic Empire. Already there are colonies of Dwarves and Elves, stationed on the moons, and an indigenous population. This could be a lot of fun. Plus it would give me my sci-fi kick I have been wanting for so long.