Tau Station is an ambitiously original approach to traditional RPG that is rooted in actual science, sociability, and diplomacy. It's framework demonstrates it has great potential to grow, and I'm excited for my character to explore the universe.
The mechanics, world-building, and storytelling are intellectually satisfying, but accessible for casual gamers. That and the stellar community, is reminiscent of automating a table top RPG or a choose your own adventure book. Highly recommended.
I'm doing heater runs in Taungoo when a contact I haven't heard from in years asks me to quietly deliver a package to Nouveau Limoges, another station in the Sol System. The money's good so I head down to the port, hop in Amethyst, and launch. Amethyst's an older ship and she's higher maintenance than I'd like, but she keeps flying.
A little over 7 segments later (just over 1.5 hours, old Earth time) I arrive at Nouveau Limoges and that's when the trouble kicks in. I'm a Consortium citizen, but Nouveau Limoges is a Gaule station and I forgot to renew my visa. Immigration computers notice my status and Amethyst's nav system is overridden to auto-deport me. Meanwhile, I was supposed to deliver the package in my hold within 8 segments and now it's starting to change shape. I think I've been set up.
Welcome to humanity's future, 189 AC (After Catastrophe). I know you want to ask what that means in Earth years, but we're not rightly sure. Most of what we knew was lost when the databanks were purged, as was the exact year.