I have now read the few GoI hubs I missed and I will address the two biggest concerns below.
Seems I greatly failed to take into account the work that had been done to develop CotBG into more than an build-a-god workshop. The GoI contest ended defining three major splinter groups of the CotBG. In light of this I am considering creating Three GoIs to represent CotBG that will be loosely allied at the start of the game.
First off is the classic sect. Its goal is to rebuild the Broken God. Its the one most readers are probably familiar with. It would follow the design I originally had for CotBG.
Second is The Cogwork Orthodox Church. Their goal is to remake themselves in the form of their deity. If they accomplish this task it may be difficult to combat them much less keep it hidden. They will have a standard base setup with one hidden HQ that establishes additional bases as funding goals are met.
Third is the Church of Maxwellism. A modern take on the CotBG philosophy these guys operate in highly coordinated cells developing advanced cybernetics and computerized machinery. They will attempt to collect information from across the world in order to recompile the Broken God. That would not mesh well with the Foundation's goal of preserving normalcy.
All of these would start off loosely allied and would be interested in most of the same kinds of tags. Maxwellism would probably also be interested in computer based anomalies as well.
I hope this treatment does the CotBG more justice.
The Second GoI I was surprised by was Prometheus Labs. According to the hub page they are much more alive and well than I thought. Because of this it might be wise to make them an actual GoI instead of a defunct one.
I like the idea of the randomly appearing locations that you must race other GoIs to, but Alexylva could fill this role as they have very little substance to them at the moment. The appearing locations could be labeled as Phitransimun Combine Portals and intercepting them in time could lead to bonuses.
Since Alexylva currently has no defined motives or purpose it might be better to put them in this kind of role rather than making them an active GoI.
Let me know what you think about these suggestions.
Now that this post is already getting long lets start addressing the remaining GoIs.
So the factory has very little defined about it outside of the 001 Proposal. I am considering not implementing it as a GoI but instead leaving its impact to the occasion when it is selected as the 001 Object for the game.
This might not be a popular choice. Feel free to suggest how you would like to see it done.
They are a weird secretive bunch. Its a bit hard to give them a motive since they are so secretive. They will have five HQs representing the five churches. The biggest threat they pose is to secrecy as they interact with mainstream celebrities. Definitely an ESOTERIC organization.
They probably should have some kind of bigger plan, but I don't think I should be defining what those plans are. Let me know what you think.
They will be your biggest challenge as they are global and conflict oriented. They will be trying to control the entire paranormal world and will fight with you for control of various countries and regions. Hopefully you can at least point them towards the other GoIs rather than get them upset at you.
Their paradigm appears to be REALITY although they have been known to weaponize SCPs. I think I will focus on the REALITY side of them in order to fit the game mechanics better. Their focus on destruction appears to fit this paradigm.
They will have a standard base setup and will be interested in all anomalous activity.
Established by Joseph Stalin in 1935, this organization used to surpass GOC in power. However with the fall of the Soviet Union and the subsequent budget cuts its power fell considerably. Instead of the worldwide power it used to flex it now scrambles for control over the former soviet states.
It is a BALANCED GoI, territorial and interested in all anomalous activity in its region. It uses a standard HQ and starts off disorganized and low on resources. Don't count it out though. It will fight to recover its power and become a powerful force once again.
Such a disturbing and interesting GoI. Unfortunately many of those nuances get lost in this kind of presentation.
Clearly an ESOTERIC GoI this one is uninterested in territory but happy to scoop up any SCPs that would make for a good act. On top of that this GoI has a bad habit of placing its moving base next to cities. The resulting exposure is quite harmful to the masquerade and quite unpredictable.
Each successful circus builds towards their goal and prepares their target audience so to speak. If your attempts to contain or stop this event are unsuccessful it will certainly drop that country's opinion of you among other side effects.
An Influential GoI with a fun twist. The world will eventually spawn random non-anomalous events such as Economic crashes, wars, and natural disasters. The MCF will have a chance to spawn a camp at the location of any natural disaster to distribute aid. If not discovered they will leave behind anomalous items that could cause trouble down the road.
Incredibly influential and interested in all anomalous activity. This group will typically not attempt to fight the Foundation or try to expose any anomalous activity to the world. Their danger is different.
They get what they want.
As they build up economic power they will use it to retrieve information and SCPs from other GoIs including the Foundation. If your internal security and loyalty is not high enough they will find retrieving information from you to be easy.
They have a cell style HQ but do not suffer from the stability problems of such an HQ setup. Destroying one cell is unlikely to give the player much benefit.
Territorial and Conflict oriented this group will cause considerable trouble for those trying to retrieve items from the middle east region. Luckily they are also interested in keeping the masquerade in check.
If not kept in check they will rapidly expand and lock down this region from the player. They use a standard style HQ and are a BALANCED GoI. They will also start with a lower stability due to infighting and will find it difficult to increase this value.
Should I allow ORIA to expand beyond the middle east? Let me know what you think.
A highly dangerous but unorganized force that follows the ESOTERIC paradigm and believe that the anomalous does not need to be hidden. They are global in scope and conflict driven.
They have a cell style organization and will start out very unorganized. Due to the nature of their organization (one must only have to claim membership to be a member) it will be difficult for them to increase this statistic.
Infiltrating this organization can reveal entrances to the Wanderer's Library. Containment or investigation of the Wanderer's library can be extremely beneficial but also extremely difficult to accomplish.
They will start the game with unfriendly relations with ORIA and Hostile relations with GOC.
This organization is territorial and shares the same territory as the US. They follow the REALITY paradigm but if your relationship is good with the US then your relationship will also be good with the UIU. An alliance with the UIU will lead to them recovering and donating objects within their reach to the player.
Unfriendly relations with the UIU will lead to them locking down the US (one of the highest funding nations) from the player.
They will have a set HQ in Washington DC and will generate field offices throughout the US territory.
Wow that was a long post. I didn't realize I had so many remaining! Hope you enjoyed. If I failed to take into consideration some aspect that you want to see please post about it. I want to get this right.
Thank you so much for your feedback and support so far. Next week I'm back to full time coding so you will see another video then.