Clay and I talked about this a bit this afternoon, and we're going to be stealing heavily from parts of D20 star wars (since D20 future is generic in spots).
Guideline suggestion: In order to open a 'jump point' a ship must be at least Large size class (100 meters or longer). It might be possible for high-tech ships of advanced races to form jump points with smaller vessels, but it should be rare.
We're looking at a mix of PL 6 and PL 7 technology; it's possibly that we just have PL7 races living near the PL 6 races and they'd be far more comfortable selling them energy weapons and mini power plants than gravetic stardrives. Regardless, I think we can use PL 6 and 7 gear, though we wanted to keep the 'player' races/powers without artificial gravity on their starships. Some of the PL8 personal gear isn't all that much better, for that matter. It might be rare or more expensive, we'll see.
BTW, Chris and/or Cory, we're building a 'generic' sci-fi universe to play games in that don't necessarily need to be Star Wars or a specific setting like it. You guys are more than welcome to develop whatever you'd like, be in a single planet, an alien race, or a local power. We're still setting the guidelines for all that sort of thing.
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