What books do you read to get inspired to play games like SINS? Are those space opera, and if so, which ones are really great (aside from Dune)?
The Honor Harrington Series by David Weber. Some awesome space naval battle scenes in that series.
E.E. Doc Smith's "Lensman" series.
Foundation, to some degree. Although that series doesn't have aliens.
I had a Sins story epiphany listening to a song on the new Within Temptation album but as for books I'm not sure. More "story" in the actual play of the Sins game would really be epic though.
True, but even without Mass Effect style cutscenes and a campaign, the game is still pretty good even with only a basic outline of a story.
Foundation Series. A Fire upon the Deep.
I think this topic is very limited. However if were to say "Are there any movies, TV shows, or books that inspire you to play SINS" would generate more response.
To be honest, I haven't read any books that inspired me to play SINS, however I have to be honest TV has. For example, which I believe is a Star Trek classic, the Defiant's battle to get thru a blockade to get thru to Deep Space Nine. I imagine each major battle as a possible re-enactment of that great battle.
Well I'll just state the obvious with Ender's Game. Probably applies to any space strategy game out there, but sometimes when I'm nuking planets I wonder how I would feel if I were told the "games" I was playing were actually real.
For me it would depend upon whether the planet's populace acted like the people in my neighborhood versus if they were civilized....
IDK, for as much as I hate some of the crap which a few obnoxious people say and do I would probably not be able to forgive myself for killing the good along with the bad. I wouldn't be able to take the weight of such information.
Probably surreal disbelief. I think it would be hard to swallow that you're responsible for the indiscriminate deaths of billions.
Wait...it's not really happening!?
And then everyone worries.
Jack Campbell's Lost Fleet Series.
I highly recommend it. It's all about realistic interstellar space battles and features a great plot and deep characters.
Most of what I read inspires me to gth out of the house and away from the computer. What Sci-Fi I have read just before playing SINS only makes me want to delete the game.
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