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Build a Space Battle
David Keener Capclave: October 7, 2017
Agenda
• Introduction
• Let’s Build a Battle Together
- Setup
- Opening Moves
- Middle Game
- The Endgame
• Wrap-up
- Shameless Self-Promotion
Break
Who Am I?
David Keener
• I write genre mash-ups…
• Most of them with some sort
of combat or military angle
• Novelettes/Novellas
• Anthology Editor
Warning: Discussion Ahead
This workshop requires DISCUSSION…
• We will all be contributing ideas
• We will all be discussing the ideas
• Our discussion will be respectful
• But if this isn’t your thing…
…then this is not the workshop for you
Basic Scenario
• The Human sphere has expanded
• Currently at War with the Qual
• The Qual enslave species and destroy cultures
• The Qual have started a Big Push
• Humans just discovered an unprotected alien
species, the Allem, in the path of the Big Push
Your Mission…
• Planetary Defense: The “Faucette” System
• Protect the “Allem” at all costs
Note: The Qual take planetary real estate, they
don’t deliberately destroy it
- So no “planet buster” weapons
Overall War Context
Human
Qual
Expected Push
Actual Push
Allem
Battlespace: Faucette System
1 2 3 4 5 6
Allem
Homeworld
Asteroid
Belt
Gas Giants
The Rest is up to YOU…
Setup
• Aliens
- Human, Qual, Allem
- General attitudes, motivations
- High-level social organization
• Technologies
- Relative Tech Levels
- Space Travel (FTL, STL)
- Weaponry
Relative Tech Levels
• Need to establish this up-front
- Human
- Qual
- Allem
• How can Allem participate in battle?
Brainstorming
• We still have details to lock down…
• But let’s just let our imaginations run free
WHAT happens in this battle?
Species: Human
• General Attitudes
- Exploratory, Expansionistic, Altruistic?
• Motivations
- Why are they out in space?
- What are they doing?
- Why are they protecting the Allem?
• Social Organization (High-level)
- Federation, Empire, Hodge-Podge?
Species: Qual
• General Attitudes
- Expansionistic, Enslaving, etc.
• Motivations
- Why are they out in space?
- What are they in “conquer” mode?
- Religious? Ideological? Both?
• Social Organization (High-level)
- Federation, Empire, Theocracy?
Species: Allem
• General Attitudes
- Expansionistic, Enslaving, etc.
• Motivations
- Are they out in space?
- How will they feel about aliens?
- How will they deal with the battle?
• Social Organization (High-level)
- Balkanized, Loose Confederation, etc.?
Break
Brainstorming 2
• We’ve locked down more of the setup…
• Can we envision anything new and different?
WHAT happens in this battle?
Our Goals
• The “Good Guys” win
- Can be a costly victory, not a Pyrrhic victory
• The Allem are saved
- But there are casualties
• The battle is a “squeaker”
• Logistically, human forces are still trickling in
throughout the battle
• All sides fight intelligently – winning is
EARNED
Opening Moves
• Defenders prepare their defenses
• Attackers do reconnaissance
• Forces are moved into position
• Reserve forces placed strategically
• Opening clashes
• Mutual testing of capabilities
The Middle Game
• Forces are fully engaged
• Attackers are actively degrading defenses
• Allem (hopefully) involved in ground fighting
• Reserve forces may or may not be engaged
The Endgame
• Close battle right to the bitter end
• Ending with massive orbital battle
• Significant surface clashes with grounded
ships
• Costly victory => Defenders
Congratulations!
How Does It Feel to
Save the Day?
Inspiration
1971 2001
Primarily inspired
by “Siege of Earth,”
a short 1971 novel
Also by John Ringo’s
Posleen series
Shameless Plug
Editor; also contains
one of my “Royal
Protector” stories
Contains a “Roadwerks”
story: urban fantasy,
Faerie, law enforcement,
paramilitary mash-up
“Touched by an Angel”
meets a magic book
with a bad attitude
Upcoming Projects
• Urban Zombie Novel
- Summer, 2018
• As Editor, in 2018
- Tales from the Forever House
- Worlds Enough 2: Future Crimes
Web Site
davidkeener.org
Email
dkeener _at
davidkeener.org
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Build a Space Battle

  • 1. Build a Space Battle David Keener Capclave: October 7, 2017
  • 2. Agenda • Introduction • Let’s Build a Battle Together - Setup - Opening Moves - Middle Game - The Endgame • Wrap-up - Shameless Self-Promotion Break
  • 3. Who Am I? David Keener • I write genre mash-ups… • Most of them with some sort of combat or military angle • Novelettes/Novellas • Anthology Editor
  • 4. Warning: Discussion Ahead This workshop requires DISCUSSION… • We will all be contributing ideas • We will all be discussing the ideas • Our discussion will be respectful • But if this isn’t your thing… …then this is not the workshop for you
  • 5. Basic Scenario • The Human sphere has expanded • Currently at War with the Qual • The Qual enslave species and destroy cultures • The Qual have started a Big Push • Humans just discovered an unprotected alien species, the Allem, in the path of the Big Push
  • 6. Your Mission… • Planetary Defense: The “Faucette” System • Protect the “Allem” at all costs Note: The Qual take planetary real estate, they don’t deliberately destroy it - So no “planet buster” weapons
  • 8. Battlespace: Faucette System 1 2 3 4 5 6 Allem Homeworld Asteroid Belt Gas Giants
  • 9. The Rest is up to YOU…
  • 10. Setup • Aliens - Human, Qual, Allem - General attitudes, motivations - High-level social organization • Technologies - Relative Tech Levels - Space Travel (FTL, STL) - Weaponry
  • 11. Relative Tech Levels • Need to establish this up-front - Human - Qual - Allem • How can Allem participate in battle?
  • 12. Brainstorming • We still have details to lock down… • But let’s just let our imaginations run free WHAT happens in this battle?
  • 13. Species: Human • General Attitudes - Exploratory, Expansionistic, Altruistic? • Motivations - Why are they out in space? - What are they doing? - Why are they protecting the Allem? • Social Organization (High-level) - Federation, Empire, Hodge-Podge?
  • 14. Species: Qual • General Attitudes - Expansionistic, Enslaving, etc. • Motivations - Why are they out in space? - What are they in “conquer” mode? - Religious? Ideological? Both? • Social Organization (High-level) - Federation, Empire, Theocracy?
  • 15. Species: Allem • General Attitudes - Expansionistic, Enslaving, etc. • Motivations - Are they out in space? - How will they feel about aliens? - How will they deal with the battle? • Social Organization (High-level) - Balkanized, Loose Confederation, etc.?
  • 16. Break
  • 17. Brainstorming 2 • We’ve locked down more of the setup… • Can we envision anything new and different? WHAT happens in this battle?
  • 18. Our Goals • The “Good Guys” win - Can be a costly victory, not a Pyrrhic victory • The Allem are saved - But there are casualties • The battle is a “squeaker” • Logistically, human forces are still trickling in throughout the battle • All sides fight intelligently – winning is EARNED
  • 19. Opening Moves • Defenders prepare their defenses • Attackers do reconnaissance • Forces are moved into position • Reserve forces placed strategically • Opening clashes • Mutual testing of capabilities
  • 20. The Middle Game • Forces are fully engaged • Attackers are actively degrading defenses • Allem (hopefully) involved in ground fighting • Reserve forces may or may not be engaged
  • 21. The Endgame • Close battle right to the bitter end • Ending with massive orbital battle • Significant surface clashes with grounded ships • Costly victory => Defenders
  • 22. Congratulations! How Does It Feel to Save the Day?
  • 23. Inspiration 1971 2001 Primarily inspired by “Siege of Earth,” a short 1971 novel Also by John Ringo’s Posleen series
  • 24. Shameless Plug Editor; also contains one of my “Royal Protector” stories Contains a “Roadwerks” story: urban fantasy, Faerie, law enforcement, paramilitary mash-up “Touched by an Angel” meets a magic book with a bad attitude
  • 25. Upcoming Projects • Urban Zombie Novel - Summer, 2018 • As Editor, in 2018 - Tales from the Forever House - Worlds Enough 2: Future Crimes Web Site davidkeener.org Email dkeener _at davidkeener.org Sign Up for My Newsletter

Editor's Notes

  1. In the sky, it’s like the Gods are fighting…
  2. In the sky, it’s like the Gods are fighting…