Wednesday, June 11, 2008

What space needs is more explosions

Riding the CTA--and an iced redeye from my local coffee shop--it occurred to me that I would enjoy watching giant battles in space. You know, like the kind grandpa used to have back in the 18th Century, with square-rigged galleons circling each other, trying to line up a broadside and prevent the other guy from catching a favorable breeze.

What's not to love about that?

It's even more fun if you keep the laws of physics intact. Nothing can move faster than light. There's no artificial gravity. So you have giant ships of the line shooting giant cannons at each other--or maybe even high-powered lasers, if you're into that kind of thing. It would require massive computational power and a grasp of all three dimensions. More important, there's a lot of potential for big explosions.

A good start.

There was this board game I remember from adolesence, Renegade Legion, that set up these kinds of engagements. It was cool, but not as satisfying as seeing a million-ton battleship cleaved in two by a relatvisitic projectile.

Sounds fun, right? So who's with me? Anyone know any writers who could make this happen?


Pete said...

i'm with you, man! more explosions! and you're just the guy to do it.

M. Gants v4.0 said...


You should try playing EVE Online.