Post by shrike on Dec 27, 2016 11:39:00 GMT -5
In Star Traders, it is humans and things that wish to kill / enslave / eat humans. Those are the two groups. Diplomacy between them is impossible.
I'd rather make a whole new 4X setting than break Star Trader's continuity and establish alien races capable or willing to participate in a diplomatic setting.
Why not encounter new races (capable of diplomacy) on the "frontier" ? This way you're not stuck solely in the original ST confines.
The possible intrigues, covert Ops and political maneuvering with the core ST IP seems quite attractive to me. The galactic level mechanics that could be extrapolated from ST RPG conflicts and cooperative states could make such a game as good or better than most 4 x games currently available.
The existing hostile Xenos could be treated like Antarans in MOO 2.
New sentient species (met on the frontier) could have a variety of behaviors that may be friendly, hostile or indifferent to Humans. They could also be made into playable races.
Not trying to twist your arm on your own IP - just clarifying what I had in mind when I put in my original 2 cents.