When I started playing VGA Planets I sadly found out there was not a race inspired in Asomov's Foundation saga. They were about Star Wars, Star Trek, Galactica, etc.
Later I realized it would be hard to design a race about the foundation for the reasons I explain later. But neither where the main planets in the Foundation history, like these:
: capital of the Foundation
: capital of the Galactic Empire
: the foundation hostile neighbor.
: where Hari Seldon was born
: where the Mule stats his expansion to the galaxy.
: capital of the Sayshell Union: a cluster of 86 planets never conquered by the Galactic Empire nor the Mule nor the Foundation.
: a lot of action took place in this planet twice.
: an importan planet of Anacreonte.
: a possible secret home world of the Second Foundation
The complete list of planets is here, there also named the planets of the Robots saga (Aurora, Solaria, etc):
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_F ... se_planets
Anyway, here are some characteristics of the Foundation that would (hardly) have been used in VGA Planets:
- Low mineral requirements:
Terminus had no minerals and was dependent of Anacreon importations and other neighbors, so the ship list should be mineral balanced and low quantity. Naturally, that gives small and light ships that should be destroyed by a minehit.
- Masters of commerce:
The foundation power was in commerce and making other planets dependent on Terminus supplies and small artifacts. That should be translated as a tax bonus like the Feds have.
- The priests revolution:
A small amount of priests threatening was enough to stop the big Anacreon fleet to stop the attack and come back home. After that the Foundation controlled Anacreon and it's vassal planets.
That is like the Empire ground attack. Some kind of Priest Ship.
- The Second Foundation power to control minds:
The silent guardian of Terminus people, the S.F., can be compared with the Privateers skill to rob ships, or if not to take control of the enemy ship, to avoid being attacked by a ship or a SB. Somehow like the Super Spy mission, that can force a planet to deliver the money to the visitor, or allow it to beam up fuel or minerals.
- The scientific ability:
Terminus was inhabited from the beginning by the galaxy bets scientific to make the Galactic Encyclopedia to store all the knowledge of the humanity. That allowed them to build useful and portable machines out of a planet with no mineral resources.
That reminds me the Colonial, Robots and Rebels ability to build cheap fighters. Also, the Feds ability to refit outdated ships.
- Device to stop mental control:
To avoid S.F. mental control over Terminus people, they designed a device to detect and stop telepathic action and protect themselves over covert S.F. agents mixed between the Foundation people.
That seems to me like the Loki device.
Well, that is what I figured thinking in the advantage some races already have in VGA Planets. Of course, I'm just kidding, the game is perfect the way it is and I don't want to play VGAP4 nor VGAP5 if it is created some day.
I want to encourage people who have read the Foundation saga to add any ideas to my list, just for fun.