Hello again people, I'd first like to say thank you to the positive response I've received about my mod idea, I'm very grateful for your comments and the help I've been given so far. What I would like to do now is expand much further on my idea, relaying you a proposed storyline and more details of what would be in the game.
Now this fairly lengthy and I've done my best to avoid it being messy but it might not quite flow properly so please read carefully...
This is the storyline I've come up with, I wanted to go for something a bit different than we're used to in games.
"No one can recall quite how it happened, but at some point there was another world war and after the bombs fell, the Earth was left in ruins. The former Yugoslavian republic of Serbia suffered massive devastation to it's land, but the great capital of Belgrade although damaged severely, had survived the conflict. But survival had come with a price, man has become infertile and unable to produce children for over 10 years. With the last of the youngest approaching manhood, extinction is inevitable if the human survivors cannot reproduce.
2054 AD, Stefan Brajović is one of the few outside the city that has managed to avoid annihilation, trying to make a new life in a scarred existence. Like many he serves no great purpose other than to try and help rebuild his nation, thinking back to his childhood dream of serving his country in the armed forces. That is until one of his mentors is mortally wounded whilst gathering supplies, before dying he entrusts Stefan with a secret which cost him his life.. a girl has been found underground in the remains of Belgrade's metro system... and she is pregnant. If news of this were to reach public knowledge then word could spread and the unborn child's life would be in danger. Stefan is sworn to secrecy along with a few other members of his village outpost and a mission is set in motion - travel to Belgrade, find the girl and protect her at all costs... or all hope may be lost forever."
Protagonist's name is something I just threw together, doesn't have to be final...
Now, this storyline concept is inspired by the film "Children Of Men". It's about a dystopian future where the United Kingdom has become an martial state and the population has been unable to produce children for 18 years. The protagonist of the story is contacted by his ex-wife to help transport and protect a pregnant girl on her way to being delivered to people who can help her for the future.
More can be read here;
I love the film and thought that it would be interesting to use that basic concept for a game, it gives the player a sense of great purpose. Hopefully you feel the same way too.
How do we get around the obvious problem of the game turning into an escort mission once the mother is found? Well, I can instruct the AI to have her take cover during firefights and she will only move when it is safe. Perhaps she can be armed with a gun too just in case someone manages to get close to her.
Most of the mod's locations would be fictional with no real-life names used, except for Belgrade itself.. which will be both made up of real life parts (like Republic Square) and made-up sections to fit in with the game. Belgrade's Metro system is inspired by the Russian Metro (lines from all over the country such as St Petersburg, Moscow, Novosibirsk, Nizhny Novgorod etc), Bulgarian Metro and of course the existing Beovoz system in Belgrade itself, especially Vukov spomenik.
Surrounding areas outside the city like villages, industrial zones shetering survivors can be breathed normally, radiation hotspots are sign-posted by survivors. Belgrade itself is almost completely inhabitable and anyone walking through the city has to use a gas-mask/respirator, in addition some parts of the metro system have harmful fumes likely caused by damage to the tunnels exposing them to the surface.
I would be aiming for old hub-based gameplay in some sections like in Kingpin and Quake2.
I touched upon this before, I've expanded on it a little now, so I'll present these proposals;
One thing to note is that I really want to include women as combatants... they will be civilians also but I think that certainly for a country like Serbia.. there are plenty of women who would want to get their hands dirty so to speak, so hopefully that can be realised!
The neutral faction - Stefan is one of them... just trying to make a new life following the devastation. Usually stick together, several families living in Fallout shelters built in villages, guarded by appointed people with combat experience.
Bandits - Not much to say about them, surviving criminal elements that will have no trouble taking you out if there is much to be gained. Always hostile and cannot be trusted.
Drifters - Some people chose not to live in outposts with others and become "drifters" of sorts who look after no 1. Most are ex-members of military special forces and police and some will help you out of good spirit or if they will help you if there's something to gain.. some wont help at all and wish as little contact with others as possible. They will rarely be hostile unless you do something to provoke them.
New Yugoslav Army - Individuals with a nostalgic feel for the old times of the communist regime.. Tito is their idol, anyone who speaks against their great mentor is executed for so called "mutiny". They have claimed several parts of the area as their territory and people wishing to pass through must have a valid passport or other means of identification.
The Brotherhood - A fanatical religious group that worship a great serpent who they believe created the Earth and destroyed it because it was furious with the way mankind had treated it's sacred planet. Extremely dangerous faction, they shoot first and do not ask any questions.. anyone who does not believe in their cause is the enemy.
Weapons and supplies
Some ideas I've put together.
Portable First aid kit
Handgun (possibly Glock or something more specific to Serbia)
Shotgun (Benelli m3, spas or something else)
Zastava m70 (The "bitch", left to Stefan by his mentor, decorated with name and number of kills)
G-36C (with scope)
M-93 Black Arrow Sniper Rifle
Some kind of heavy machinegun...
I'll leave it at that for now. I'm working on some stuff to show you.. until then any questions, queries... please post them below.