Infinite Futures is a Sci-Fi RPG geared to allow you to play any sort of Sci-Fi genre or game. Built from the Pathfinder game system, you will find that IF is a great game, fully detailed with a loads of great races and classes as wells as skills and feats to make any Sci-Fi game a joy to play.
Prolog: What’s in a name?
Well, first I should explain that first we tried about half a dozen other names for this game. Some of the names we wanted were already taken. But most of the time, the problem was, a name conjured up too specific an image, or no image at all.
While there is a great variety in fantasy, it is a single genre. Where as science fiction has a multitude of sub genera: post apocalyptic, modern horror, dystopian, space rangers, space opera, space exploration, and alien invasions, to name a few.
In fantasy, magic, in some form or another, is an interregnal part of the story. But when you consider science fiction, there is Sci-Fi which doesn’t involve supernatural forces; Sci-Fi which doesn’t involve androids; Sci-Fi which doesn’t involve space travel. While there are many elements which can be included, or have a Sci-Fi feel to them, no single one is actually mandatory the way magic defines the fantasy genera.
So after our last name fell through I was lying in bed one day (I was performing astronomical observations at the time, so living a nocturnal lifestyle.) As I tried to ignore the sunlight and drift off to sleep, I thought about a name which could capture the feel of ‘generic Sci-Fi.’ Given the variety in different people’s visions of the futures, what one name could possibly capture the feeling of the infinite possible futures?
The infinite possible futures? In the RPG industry, how you abbreviate the name of your game is a non-trivial question. Acronyms are one of the most popular ways. Infinite Futures naturally becomes IF. And that is really what Sci-Fi is all about “What IF...”
So now come, explore the infinite futures with us. It all starts by asking yourself that one simple question, “What IF?”