In the far future, humanity has colonized other planets, and is actively exploring the galaxies. After millenia of non contact, they believe they are alone in space. However, they keep discovering the ruins of other civilizations. Why did they disappear? What can we do to avoid the same fate?
The players are a team of specialists working for a university research programme. The task of such retrieval teams is to explore planets, find ruins, and bring back or record anything interesting.
The economy of the future is libertarian. The university pays a pittance for artefacts unless they are truly groundbreaking, so often a retrieval team must find its own way of making money – from shipping cargo and taking on passengers to fighting pirates – or committing piracy themselves. Laws are hard to enforce across galaxies. This means that some of the worst problems are rival retrieval teams.
At xenoarchaeological sites, there are numerous issues to deal with. Aside from the usually inhospitable environments, the local flora and fauna are not always safe or friendly. Ruins can be difficult to navigate at best, and nightmarish deathtraps at worst. And everyone dreams about meeting a Survivor of any of the ancient civilizations – but fervently hopes that it never happens in real life…
To get you started, here are some examples of what you can do with the wiki. To see how these work, click on the ‘Edit’ button at the bottom and just start playing around. Don’t worry, you won’t break anything.
Creating a new page
To create a new page, just make a name and surround it with double square brackets like so: A New Page. When you save the page, the link will show up and you can click on it to create the new page.
Linking to existing pages
To link to existing pages, use the same double square brackets. For example, here’s a link to this page: Main Page
Linking to a page with different text
If you don’t want to use the page’s name as the link text, you can specify your own text by placing a vertical bar | and the link text in the link like so: Linking with different text
Linking to characters
For PCs and NPCs in your campaign, the easiest thing is to use the PC/NPC Link Lookup in the sidebar to the right. It’s quite handy! Otherwise, the links behave much like a wiki link, just with a colon at the start.
HTML and Textile
To style things how you want, you can use either HTML (with some restrictions) or a simple formatting language called Textile. It’s up to you, but Textile is pretty easy, while simultaneously allowing for lots of customization.