eXpanding the 4X strategy genre
Prologue: We’re part of the First Generation, the first group of races, to travel the stars in our young galaxy. Over millennia we progressed, always looking skyward dreaming of what awaited us when we reached the stars. Upon exploring the vastness of space we found it almost empty of other races comparable to our own. True, life was flourishing on many worlds but the vast majority of other species had not progressed to our level of technology. We encountered a few races who rivaled our own. The K’Linq and the Trancahta were the first. The K’Linq, a feline race, are very fast and maneuverable. Their ships match their agility and are armed with pulse weapons but have limited defenses. The Trancahta, sentient tortoises, are heavily armed and armored. Both civilized and reasonable but not interested in more than occasional trade and sharing of information. The Trancahta did warn us about the “Shadow”. Another species no one has ever seen because their ships employ cloaking technology and rarely leave survivors. The Shadow hunt in packs of smaller ships and demolish their targets with mass driver weaponry at close range. For several years our young galaxy was at relative peace as the First Generation began exploring. In Sector 32 a discovery was made that turned everything we thought we knew into chaos. Part of a advanced derelict ship of unknown origin was found while exploring a planet. Dating proved it to be several billion years older than our home system’s star! And yet its power source still functional and beyond our understanding was clearly not that old. Continued testing proved the material of the power source and the ship were in fact older than our galaxy and yet were comprised of elements made from our galaxy. This ship did not come from another galaxy it had come from another time in the distant future! The discovery sent shock waves throughout the First Generation. There were whispers and reports of other derelict artifacts scattered throughout known space but none of these were confirmed.
It was then we noticed a new species emerging from the fringes of explored space. The Crysyth, a silicoid species. They were relentless in their approach to Sector 32 refusing any reasonable attempts at communication except for demanding the planet and the derelict ship. They fired on all who approached without warning. We sent a fleet along with our allies assisting us in studying the derelict ship, to protect the artifact and the planet. From several star systems the various populations of the First Generation watched as during the battle the Crysyth ship fired a beam at the star. The entire system, the star, the planet, the derelict ship, along with our fleets vanished! Other Crysyth ships of different designs were spotted and it was feared they were headed to other finds of advanced technology from the distant future. Chaos ensued as the cooperation of the peaceful races of the First Generation fell apart into a cold war with deceit, espionage, and hostility.
A new fervor of exploration has been embraced by the races of the First Generation. Except this time armed conflict is sure to follow. For the first time since leaving their home systems the races of the First Generation fear their extinction, or worse; never existing in the first place. An advanced race from billions of years in the future that had traveled to the past could do so again…
4X Space Time is in development and allows the player to:
- Play on Randomly Generated Galaxy Maps
- Design ship hulls, races, and galactic maps
This website is still under development and 4XST is actively being developed.