So, I like to take on big projects that are probably more than I can handle (like writing full-length epics...), and I've decided to create a mod for Shadowrun Returns: Hong Kong. Now, when I say "mod," what I mean is "user generated content that is its own self-contained complete campaign, with all-new NPCs, custom items, and an emphasis on using the Matrix in interesting ways." Also, expect a lot of allusions and references.
I wasn't sure if anyone on these boards would particularly care, but I am pretty serious about the endeavor for the moment, being over 250 hours' worth of work into the project. There is no published version yet, because I'm probably only 5% of the way done. Like I said... I like my big projects, shooting for the moon, etc. On the plus side, the more I learn about the editor the faster I get with creation.
Here's the basic pitch for "Descent into Wonderland":
You were a novahot decker once, made a name for yourself in the shadows and the Matrix. Then some runs went bad, you lost some friends, almost all your nuyen, and nearly lost your sanity when you encountered some bad Azzie technology. You've been trying to go straight, as straight as any of the SINless can.
Things have been looking up for you. You've signed on with a young corporation called IVC (International Verification Corporation) that handles program and identity verification. While the job is usually dull, your position as a deniable asset (an independent contractor) has just enough spice to it (and nuyen) to keep you going. There's been talk from the brass about making you legit: getting a SIN, getting a condo, getting a retirement plan, getting health and life insurance, the whole wage-slave package.
It's hard to forget old ties though. You haven't lost touch with everyone from your previous life in the shadows, and once in a while you still run in your off-hours. That's been happening less now that you have a legitimized life to look forward to, as more running could jeopardize your chances of getting a SIN. Trouble is, there's one more favor you need to repay before you can call it quits... but it looks like a complete milk run.
Without giving too much away, this UGC will have a strong focus on using the Matrix (even scenarios where 4 deckers are required).
It will run more like a lengthy module of a dungeon crawl than a normal Shadowrun game because for most of the game you will be stuck in a skyscraper (think Die Hard meets the new Dredd meets Tron meets Alice in Wonderland), although you will still have opportunities for side missions, have a base of operations, etc. Traditional vendors will be limited, since you are stuck in an unusual situation with limited resources. Also, there will be a nod to some cultural references, such as Alice in Wonderland, but it will NOT be some futuristic retelling of the story (think of it more like some added flavor rather than a plot point).
Anyway, what do you all think? You can follow my newbie questions here: http://www.shadowrun.com/forums/discussion/45881/descent-into-wonderland-a-newbie-ugc-creator-has-a-lot-of-ideas-and-questions/p1