I finally managed to track down a copy of Metroid Prime Trilogy on the Wii, and have been playing it as much as possible (well, playing Metroid Prime 1, at least).
It's a really awesome game, though I don't particularly care for the Wii controls, and wish I could use the Gamecube controllers. Oh well, life sucks and then you die. : )
As for the Grand Universe, I'm so totally stealing the Space Pirates from the Metroid games. The Space Pirates are a nomadic alien race of, well, space pirates.
I just have to have them in the Grand Universe. I mean, an entire species of space pirates. So, for my games, any space pirate encounter has a 50% chance (yeah I know, I love 50% chances) of being an encounter with Space Pirates.
I'll most probably post their stats for Traveller and D&D (my 'version) later.
Wow. I didn't realise so many of my posts started with new. : )
Anyway, onto the topic of this post: My new major inspiration for the Grand Universe is Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
I mean, this book is awesome. Near-human androids working on the colonies, trying to escape back to Earth, where they are hunted down by bounty hunters working for the police. The Rosen corporation trying to keep the androids alive, and, while this is going on, a fake police department set up by escaped androids, as well as the post-apocalyptic setting, with the mainly empty cities, and the almost complete lack of non-human life left on Earth.
So yeah, this book is definitely added to major sources of inspiration.
As I've finished rolling up a sector (yes, an entire sector. I have no life.), I'm now starting on working up a fantasy sandbox campaign, starting with the map from Palace of the Silver Princess, and chucking in all of the various modules I own (even the new 4th edition one), and doing some basic modifications.
Not sure about the system, but right now I've got either Rolemaster Basics (from RMSS), AD&D 1st and 2nd editions combined, B/X or T&T.