OK, I just started a game of Neptune’s Pride with some college friends, and I really need to share this.
If you haven’t heard of it, Neptune’s Pride is an ultra-slow-paced 4X strategy game. The graphics and mechanics are streamlined in order to put the spotlight on strategy and diplomacy. Also, everything takes place in REAL real time, so for instance, it takes a full 24 hours for a fleet to fly half a lightyear (before you research any speed upgrades).
Anyway, when you make a game, you can create a name and description for it. We’re all big Game of Thrones fans, so naturally, I chose “A Song of Suns and Vacuum” as the game name.
Trouble is brewing in space. For the inhabitants of this galaxy, control of the Space Throne holds the lure of great power…and far-reaching consequences.
Kings and queens, paragons and renegades, liars, lords, and honest men, all will play the Game of Space Thrones.
And I’m really proud to say that all my friends went along with the theme without any prodding or coercion!
Here’s our roster:
Aerys Stargaryen (me)
Lord Hostar Tully
Ser Jorah Starmont
Of course, Tully and I have gone full RP. We send “missives” that use terms like “fret not” and “broker” and “wretched.” It’s fantastic. I haven’t spoken to anyone else as much, but I have a feeling we’re all going to get pretty deep into this.
Basically, I haven’t even had one of my fleets reach its destination yet, and I think I’m already in love with this game.