The brand new Stargate Roleplaying Game is just a few months away, and as development continues we’re hearing more about what the game will be like. The release of the tabletop RPG is anticipated for this summer.
Recently two members of the dev team from Tennessee-based Wyvern Gaming appeared to chat about the game on the Role of the Dice podcast.
Wyvern CEO Brad Ellis appeared on the show in January. He talked about his early gaming days, the founding of the company, and working with MGM as an official license.
“It was so easy to get people to want to work on this project,” he said. Not only are members of the team fans of Stargate, but “it’s perfect for a roleplaying game. Every week you have your team, they go through a gate, and on the other side of the gate you can have anything you want. If you want to have a team go through a western this week, cool! Medieval? Cool! You want to be sci-fi this week? Go right ahead. It all still fits in the universe.”
Ellis said that the game won’t merely reproduce the formula of the Stargate universe, but build new content within that fictional world. That starts with the Phoenix Site, the home base for players in the RPG.
Phoenix Site is an off-world location run by Stargate Command that incorporates allies from numerous races. The idea takes some initial inspiration from the SG-1 sixth season episode “Allegiance,” set amidst the conflict between Tok’ra and Jaffa at Earth’s Alpha Site.
“Its purpose is to house the freedom fighters from across the galaxy, and train them in the Stargate Command tactics and ways, to aid in the fight against the Goa’uld,” Ellis explained. “So being able to bring the Tok’ra, the Jaffa, the Unas all together — and humans across from other worlds — being able to come together to this facility, and then strike out from there as S.G. teams, is the idea and the springboard for the campaign.”
The game also introduces a new race, the Aturen, who look a bit like the fan-favorite Nox. Once a warring people whose world was filled with conflict, long ago the Nox shepherded the Aturen into a new era of peace — and even shared some of their advanced technology with them.
Ellis said that GMs for player campaigns will be nicknamed “Gate Masters.”
Each adventure in the game will represent an “episode,” with story elements building together in a living campaign to create a coherent “season” of the game — starting in SG-1‘s sixth season. Players can register and update their characters online, gaining credits over time. They’ll also be able to transfer their characters from one table to another to play with a different group.
Production on the Stargate Roleplaying Game will be supported by a Kickstarter campaign, which is launching soon. At that point the current private play-test will be opened to public play-testing. After further refinement the core rulebook and first episodes will be released at Gen Con 2020 this July.
(In Brad’s interview the conversation about Stargate begins at the 12:30 mark.)
Also appearing on a recent show is John D. Kennedy, a line producer and freelance writer in the role-playing game industry. He’s contributing to the Stargate RPG as a writer.
“Stargate was so influential to me,” Kennedy said. “… It’s a true honor. One of the things that we get to do with writing the drafts is we get to add little tidbits of conversation from the S.G. teams. So getting to write in the voices of Daniel Jackson and Teal’c, Samantha Carter, and Jack O’Neill — getting to capture their voices as they comment on something that happens in the draft — it’s great. I never for the life of me thought that I’d get to do something like this.”
“Stargate was all about not just a bunch of airman traveling the galaxy, shooting aliens, and high-fiving each other,” Kennedy added. “Stargate was always [about] meeting new civilizations, exploring old ruins, having to navigate both human politics and then galactic politics. It was just so much more than just guns and bullets and aliens.
“So when we got to work on it we … wanted to make sure that there wasn’t just a group of all soldiers fighting each other. Because if we wanted to make a war game, we could make a war game. [But] the team felt really strongly about not just making sure that this was a Stargate-branded game — we wanted to make sure this was a Stargate game.”
“Working on Stargate, we’re not just telling a Stargate story,” Kennedy said. “We want to help you tell your Stargate story, and really make you feel like, yes, you are a member of one of the Phoenix teams — traveling the galaxy, fighting against the Goa’uld.”
In the rest of the interview Kennedy talks about getting into this field and his career so far, his work in the Star Trek universe, as well as his own love of history and writing for SG-1’s resident historian and archaeologist.
(Here the conversation about the Stargate RPG begins at the 27:00 mark.)
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