Dune: The spice must flow Greetings, This mod is based on the Sci Fi Novels written by Frank Herbert, later continued by his son Brian Herbert and co writer Kevin J. Anderson. Basic premise is a sci fi space opera spanning thousands of years, where humans, though technologically advanced, have chosen to make leaps and bounds in the science of humanity. It is a broad story telling of our races survival, forgoeing stagnation and embrasing diversity. The characters, governments, religions and factions within this universe have very rich depths that one discovers with each rereading. So if this mod is found enjoyable I highly encourage you start and read the first book...Dune. This mod is influenced by both the ideas presented within this thread: old thread and alot of ideas of my own based on my own interpretations of the books. Inspiration and some components for the mod is in large part due to the acclaimed Fall from Heaven I & II mods. It may sound like I am brown nosing but trueally a large part of my modding skills were developed using alot of the tutorials made by Kael and the rest of the selfless folk in the tutorial forums. There will be 4 stages to the the creation of this Total Conversion(TC) modpack. They are follows: Concept and Design - I am creating a design outline, all of which will be posted in this thread in the posts to follow. Developement - The meat and potatoes of the process. This will be creation and testing, creation and testing. Alpha Testing will be done by myself and select individuals upon request. Design and balance will be a primary focus in this stage. Beta Testing - Initial release to the public for a broader testing user base. Developement and balance continues. Release - I take a break and enjoy the mod then back to expansion and improvement. Developement Progress: 1. Civilizations - 5% 2. Tech Tree - 0% 3. Units and Buildings - 0% 4. Religions, Civics, Victory Conditions - 0% 5. Map, terrain, resources - 0% 6. Artwork - 0% OVERALL - 0% Beta will start once steps 1-4 are done with developement and Alpha testing. Setting: I believe the one scenerio and/or map type we should include is Arrakis, Dune, later known as Rakis. This was general concensus in the previous discussoin thread. Next time frame. I love All the Dune books, I love the work of Frank, as well as Brian. But for practicalitie's sake we need to limit it so it doesn't encompass all 8 books. Instead, I say we do just the first 6. I will add influences from these first 6 books, and events concerning the story surrounding them. To relive the story a scenerio will be made. BUT if one wished to do this all or at least enough elements will be there to follow along with the story. So we can start with the Atreides arriving on Dune, and end with the planet's destruction. With the map evolving over the course of such things. Now we need to have all the major factoins there on Dune. This is where we will stray from story for functionality. The Emperor has noticed a decline in spice production under House Harkonnen reign. He has personally come down to the planet and has ordered House Fenring and House Atreides down to Arrakis for an investigation. Fenaris, being close friends with House Corrino and Atreides, being mortal enemies of the Harkonins, yet honorable will find anything if amiss. Now the stage has been set, let the battle for the imperium and for Dune commence. Let the plots within plots within plots ensue. Notes: The Guild will be represented by events taht are driven by how much spice one has. The Landsraad will ot be represented any time soon, they are a minor motivation in the books, and may appear in events for flavor but for the overall story, they are inconsequential. Feedback, constructive crisism, and ideas are welcome. In fact, they are encouraged.