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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2016 4:16 pm 
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Seems like a pretty good concept for a campaign - that aliens seek out human company because we're so adaptable and sociable compared to any other species. It gives humans a good 'niche' among other races.

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I had an idea of a sci-fi universe where all the aliens had a variety of different forms and so on, but in a way they were like rubbersuits. This is because in the sci-fi universe, certain traits are useful for ambassadors, negotiators, and so on for other races which are not so social.

So humans and a handful of other races which have certain traits like humans (willingness to work with those unlike them, those who attempt to try and find common ground with others unlike them, a certain kind of mental flexibility, and so on) are pretty much all you ever run into in this universe. Like 12 races would make up pretty much the entire extent of playable races; they'd be like humans to a certain extent because those are the traits necessary to make an interstellar community. These races would actually be like the tiny tip of the iceberg - but the other 98% of species are so unsociable they mostly stick to their own planets and so on; not because they couldn't survive, but because they'd quickly do things like engage in thorough genocidal wars like bombarding worlds for decades with asteroids then releasing pathogens to kill off the survivors.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2016 11:29 am 
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epicenter wrote:
... but the other 98% of species are so unsociable they mostly stick to their own planets and so on; not because they couldn't survive, but because they'd quickly do things like engage in thorough genocidal wars like bombarding worlds for decades with asteroids then releasing pathogens to kill off the survivors.

The 98% seems a rather high percentage, because there is a high probability that such a highly sociopathic species would not survive the invention of weapons of mass destruction, at least not as an industrial civilization.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2016 12:16 pm 
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rust wrote:
The 98% seems a rather high percentage, because there is a high probability that such a highly sociopathic species would not survive the invention of weapons of mass destruction, at least not as an industrial civilization.


Oh I mean that most species would do it those not like them. They'd curb their own impulses among themselves (or not have any, though divisiveness within your own species is ultimately a survival trait).

But they would have extreme difficulty not doing this to another species, especially if the other species was similarly xenophobic.

That's where humans and these other species come in. They're willing to take the time to adapt and speak with these kinds of species, perhaps using robots as intermediaries, or adopting their cultures as much as they can, and similar things. The various species would tolerate humans (or whomever) because they'd be willing to bend over backwards to be good neighbors. These species would then use humans as intermediaries to deal with the other extreme xenophobe species.

Obviously a large number of humans would be xenophobic as well, but by and large humans would be less xenophobic and have a higher percentage of those willing to try and understand, something that doesn't exist in the other 98% of species.


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