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From:     Douglas J Russell <tech1@???.net>
Date:     Wed, 20 Mar 96 08:56 CST
Subject:  Re: Future of Spelljammer
On Tue, 19 Mar 1996, Mike Phillips wrote:

>D:  Tinker gnomes?  What are/were they?  Weren't they just a stupid legend?
Yes,
> Virginia, they never existed at all!

M:  Awwww..... *I* really liked them.....  :-)  On the other hand, given
their tendency to have mishaps, if one lifts the 'it's cute, it'll
survive *anything*' rule, they would die out quickly in a hostile wildspace.

D:  The neogi have taken to creating armies of slave-mercenaries;
controlled by
> special drugs or biologic implants, then hiring out these mercenaries for
> profit.

M:   The one *BIG* problem with the neogi expansion is, given their
reproductive cycle (which isn't very well thought out *at all*), they
would have a hard time expanding their population beyond a certain
number.  The sheer attrition of warring with all other cultures and races
would wipe them out *much* faster than the handful created each time a
neogi actually lives to be a grand old master (was that the title?).

On Wednesday Doug replys:

Personally I have always tried to make my campaign designs as real as
possible and I
don't leave much room for the "cutesy" creatures.  They have a place in
campaigns, but a small place.

As for the Neogi; my thoughts were more along the lines that they were using
other races for their
mercenary armies, but at the same time they were using some of them as
breeding hosts for their children.
I know it's kind of a Aliens rip-off but the neogi as hit me as a race that
would expierment of others;
therefore they probably found a way around their natural birth cycles.

Thanks for the input it really makes me think some of the detail through,
hopefully it
gives others some ideas too.

"I can only conclude that I'm paying off karma at a vastly accelerated rate."
	-- Ivanova, "B5"

		Douglas J Russell




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