We wanted to create a shared world in which writers of fan fiction could find an “official”outlet for their desire to scribe meaningful stories. We wanted to create a live-action game experience depicting the crew of a starship wherein EVERY player represented a member of the crew and was able to have a measurable impact on the game, no matter which crew member they played. For example, a corporal assigned to the cargo bays is just as vital to the outcome of the game story as the Lieutenant Commander in charge of the Diplomatic Division or the Executive Officer of the ship.
Every time an episode of the game is completed, each participant is encouraged to write down their experience from the viewpoint of the character they played. Write in prose, write in journal-style, heck...write in poetry. We don’t care, just write! The more viewpoints the story is told from, the more dynamic and complete the Saga becomes.
Layman Kingsford and his team have labored to create a fictional universe full of compelling races of people, unique and engaging characters, frightening and indecipherable alien invaders and a plot line that will unfold in unforeseen ways to illuminate mysteries and answer questions that have been lurking for thousands of years.
When playing an episode of Living Starship each participant takes on the part of a crew member of a Citadel Fleet Starship. As a crew member of the CSS Valiant Venture, you are encouraged to catalogue your experiences. During gameplay the ship will encounter various events; maybe an alien vessel, a new planet to map and explore, interstellar phenomenon or just long empty expanses of the dark vacuum.
Each crew member will be expected to follow through on numerous tasks and duties pertaining to their post, be it engineering maintenance, combat training, stellar cartography or bureaucratic book-keeping. You will use your smart phone and the Living Starship app to undertake onboard duties and off-ship “away” missions.
The points you accrue during onboard duties contribute to the overall function of the ship as measured by combat, morale, efficiency, chassis (structural integrity), research, authority, travel and inventory.
Living Starship is an ongoing and evolving story, the details of which will be provided by the fans who contribute to the writing of the story. Every time the game is played, new chapters will be undertaken. The choices made by the players and the results of their actions will determine the exact outcome of each episode. Not even we, the creators, know exactly how things will transpire - that’s why we call this a Living Starship game.