As Jack posted, in the coming weeks we'll be gradually introducing the world and characters to be found in Roger Steel and the Human Element. Gradually, because game development is subject to constant ambushes by Murphy's Law, and because the world in which the game itself takes place is quite complex. Nevertheless, we are hoping to release the game before the end of the year. Well, we'll see how that goes ...
But to keep our minds focused and the discussion under (some sort of) control, we thought it would be an interesting experiment to number the weekly posts that I'll be making on various topics and each major character, counting down from 25. Generally speaking, we won't be discussing details of the game before they are brought up in my weekly post. But I'm sure that won't stop y'all from speculating wildly ... and we would hate to stop you doing that. You never know what ideas we might shamelessly pilfer from your collective wisdom.
Anyway, without further waffle from me, here's the first post, introducing the world in which Roger Steel takes place ...
It's 1936. A century after the first great plague. Ninety-seven years after the blight. Ninety-two years since an unprecedented series of meteor strikes swept the world.
Two empires wrestle over a shattered and war-torn world.
Europe lies in ruins, shattered by a fruitless war that has raged twenty years and more.
The United States of America is but a dream held fiercely by the rump States huddled around the Atlantic seaboard and the Gulf of Mexico.
The British Empire works industriously from its stronghold in Canada to support a patchwork of aboriginal confederacies, fractious enclaves and proto-nations fed by a constant stream of immigrants from the battlefields of Europe and undermine the United State's resurgence.
Across the Bering Strait, over much of landlocked Asia, Tsarist Russia rules an ever-expanding empire with an iron fist.
In China too, the Qing Dynasty – hanging on to power by its fingernails and angered by the havoc being wrought by foreigners in her backyard – is struggling to unite and control bickering warlords to maintain rule over its far-flung provinces.
Meanwhile, a complex conspiracy is at work in the mountains and deserts surrounding the roof of the world.
Into this maelstrom, four innocents are thrown by fate. When a sibling is kidnapped to become part of a sinister experiment, the remaining brother or sister together with two lifelong friends have to join six strangers with deadly secrets to rescue them and foil a madman's scheme to march the human race beyond frontiers of science.