I’m not married to these settings, but these are some ideas I’ve been mulling over for a while.
Space Sci-fi along the lines of shows like Blake’s 7, Farscape, Firefly, The Expanse
I ran a short-lived version of this campaign in Savage Worlds about 10 years ago, but I think it would work much better in Fate.
Priority Memo from Teleprime Headquarters, Mars
To: Martin Costello, Executive Officer, Groombridge Mining Outpost TKN1103
From: Karen Schroder, CEO
This discovery like this won’t stay secret long. The top priority is to cut the merchandise free and bring back to the Sol system as quickly as possible. The cargo ship Benedict will be arriving within 2 months. Have the shipment ready to move by then.
Internal Memo, Mining Outpost TKN1103
To: Jason Lowell, Human Resources
From: Martin Costello, Executive Officer
We are falling behind schedule and we need more workers. Anyone who passes a preliminary background check should be put on duty with a special temporary badge. Keep them compartmentalized and away from the scientific crew. I’ve also authorized the subcontracting of additional security personnel. Move our internal security forces to guard the restricted zone. We can’t risk a random pirate attack slowing us down.
Internal Memo, Mining Outpost TKN1103
To: Martin Costello, Executive Officer
From: Simon Abramawitz, Program Leader TKN1103 discovery mission
We’ve entered the ship and it is amazing. The systems powered on when we entered, but we haven’t been able to figure out how to operate them. The power output of the engine is astounding and I have no idea why it needs to be so big. I’ve assigned a crew to rig up a rudimentary propulsion system by tapping into the ship’s power core. If there is an emergency we would be able to move the ship under its own power and perhaps even get it to the wormhole. The rest of the team is working on studying the ship’s systems. This technology will push our scientific understanding ahead by centuries.
The year is 3627 and the Teleprime corporation mining expedition in Groombridge 1618 has just made the greatest discovery in history. Scientific teams were rushed to the outpost to determine what was buried on the asteroid TKN1103. Initial work was slow, but the artifact turned out to be a fully functional alien ship buried inside the large asteroid. After cutting the ship free the scientists have managed to work out some basic functions of the ship, but much of it remains an enigma.
The very existence of this ship proves one very important thing: we now have undeniable proof of intelligent non-human life. Where did the ship come from? And why was it buried in an asteroid? To the board of directors at Teleprime this discovery represents a chance to become the richest corporation in the entire Terran Empire. All records have been sealed and no one outside the corporation is to be informed of the discovery, especially not the Terran government.
The Terran Empire attack the base. You are the only survivors, escaping in a jury-rigged alien ship hiding in a backwater star system while the Terran navy try to hunt you down.
Low-Fantasy set in the early middle ages
The closest movie to this setting would be like Ladyhawk
This setting involves religion and demons, so I would like to be sure everyone was comfortable with a setting like this before we went forward
Similar to actual history, except that the Roman Empire was even more spectacular because they used magic to make things even more grand. However, this was achieved at the cost of making deals with demons to get even more power. As a result, the world was nearly destroyed. Fortunately, the world was saved by “The Church”. The empire collapsed, magic was forbidden and inquisitors invested with the power and duty to stamp out any flare-ups of magic. Europe has entered a dark age of feudal kings.
The players have each been receiving “visions from god” and perhaps even manifesting “magical” powers…
There are a lot of ways to go with this and we could flesh out more details.
Play off the Board
We throw around some setting ideas and put something together ourselves. The system is designed to do this!