Just some image inspiration for later...
So I was thinking earlier about something: If we meet an alien civilization, our technology levels will not be the same. Either they will be intensely more developed than us, or they will be far less developed than us. The odds that either of us would be roughly similar would be astronomical.
Now, most people tend to assume that it's the aliens that are more advanced than us, and, in fairness, it's incredibly likely that, out there, we would meet some very old and powerful species, likely because they're the kind who would be able to expand from their home system. However, they're not my concern at the moment.
My thought here is this: How do you deal with sapient but primitive aliens?
For the longest time, I've wanted to have a group of players go gatecrashing and get cut off from the Sol system by the gate not working, leaving them to survive as best they can on an utterly alien world. This world would not, however, be uninhabited; instead, it would host at least one sapient species, somewhere in its development where humanity was between 2-400,000 years ago. These simple hunter-gatherers would have only the barest rudiments of civilization, like language, tool use, clothing, etc. but all the necessities and intelligence would be there.
The problem is, it's very hard to think up conflicts or interesting stories that would involve such cultures that could go on for long.
As such, I ask you: Does anyone have any suggestions?
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