During a turn you are trying to move your pieces to positions with a number of
branches, preferably with long paths to go down. You also want to keep an eye on
whether you can squeeze the options for your opponent, and whether your opponent cam
do the same thing to you.
I get fiction ideas. Nothing will ever come of it.
So we have a peaceful spaceship scooting through space.
It will be called Alouette for now.
What do we do about alien life?
Let's start with single-celled life forms, which I guess we will call SCLF. Earth had SCLFs almost right away. The SCLFs developed, slowly, into different types,
including the ones that gave the Earth a lot of oxygen.
This lasted billions of years with no multicellular life. The point is multicellular
life, and especially intelligent multicellular life, is not at all in the cards.
Life is as complex as it can be and needs to be.
Viruses. As I see it, extraterrestrial viruses will not affect us. But I do plan
to do things with viruses.
Parasites. I'll pass.
There is an alien pet on Alouette that is like a little peacock with the
intelligence of a gerbil. More on that later. The audience does not get an
explanation or back story.
There is the option of multicellular life, but it is long gone, with only fossils
There is the option of intelligent life, but it is long gone, with stone and writing/symbols remaining. Can you decipher that?
Several of the species on Earth today could be extinct.
On the other hand, some of our currently extinct animals
could have been brought back into existence.
Terraforming a planet is not for me. But it is an option.
It would help move things along, so the planet Lamromp and its society would work.
When I think of alien life, I'm inclined to think of marine life (because ..
things are alien?
a desire to be different? life started there?).
There won't be those humanoids with stuff on their face
speaking English next to someone.
There could be intelligent life in the universe, but Alouette does not deal with
it. Saves me from worldbuilding.
Long story short, we have UFOs, and there will be UFOs in the world
of Alouette too. Emphasis on unidentified, just like today. I like that.
Zoo. What form would it take? A destination to look forward to.
These folks don't stay awake at night worrying about things.