Well, everyone here loves Warhammer 40,000 (it's mandated by law). There are a few games going, even.
I would like to run one with a somewhat different focus, however. Now, I love the Emperor as much as the next person, and I even collect Battle Sisters and
possess a reasonable amount of pornography dedicated to them
oh hey look, a distraction!, but anyway, time for a different focus group:
Oh yes. But naturally, they'll get a bit of anthropomorphising (you will win Scrabble with that word, I guarantee it). So they can think independently and have their own personalities and so forth. For the sake of sexual content, we'll even have them look a bit more human, but still somewhat monstrous.
Like some of these show when the (NSFW) site works: http://rule34.paheal.net/post/list/Tyranid/1
(Get used to Mister Refresh)
So, obviously this leads to a few questions:
1. What kind of focus are we looking at?
A group of Genestealers (and jeanstealers and genestealer-human hybrids, as well as a Broodlord) and lictors, in the early phases of ruining a planet from within and corrupting the populace? Elements: infiltration, seduction/rape, taking security down, influencing politics and going beneath the notice of the Ordo Xenos.
Or maybe larger critters (Carnifexes, Hive Tyrants, all the way up to Harridans, Dominatrices and Trygons), enjoying life in the hive fleets with other tyranids then going onto planets to ruin stuff and set things up for the final phase, and maybe even capturing space hulks (the giant ships) and searching for survivors to eat/kill/corrupt/rape and setting up civilisations.
It could even be something else, like a mix of whatever things escaping from a research facility, or on a war-torn planet, trying to connect back with the main hive and re-establish control.
2. System or not?
Combat always gets difficult when there is no system. On the flipside, most systems get in the way of character interaction and puzzles and things. I can see reasons both for and against one, so this would be something for players to decide. Now, that being said, if we do use one, we then have the question of "which one?" Dark Heresy could
, in theory, work as the basic chassis, but there would be a lot
of changes for this. Alternatively, something based on SLA Industries (a very simple one - roll 2d10 and add your skill to an action. -4 if you're untrained. 11+ succeeds. Rolling a pair makes a success a critical success, and a failure a fuck-up) or Shadowrun (lots of d6, not hard to use) or even a d20 type thing.
No matter what was used, homebrew would be involved.
But at any rate, the very first thing: is there interest? Would anyone else actually enjoy this sort of thing? If so, please let me know, and give your opinions on the above.