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Just a convenient spot to put any pdf sector maps generated with the Travellermap.com tools.

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Spinward Sector Trade Map

Spinward OTU data overlaid with my trade route adjustments

spinward_canonports_routes_map

color code:

  • purple: primary routes (prime system to prime system)
  • dark green: secondary routes
  • light green: Imperium subsidized routes mainly to build up the frontier
  • others: non-Imperium

nb. green routes that connect to purple routes are both green and purple so have dual trade nature, part big ship universe and part small ship universe

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note to self: need to redo trade route colors as there should be three cases:

  • hinterland routes (primary system to the systems in their hinterland)
  • primary route only (route joining two primary systems not part of a hinterland)
  • combined (hinterland route which is also a primary route)

the reason being that each route type would have a different mixture of ships so you know the “scenery” of a system wherever the players decide to go (and ultimately to provide the foundation for a mixed big ship vs small ship universe with the purple routes being big ship and the green routes small shop)

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ATU Early Colonization Map

alternative traveller universe early colonization map using Vland sub-sector’s base data for convenience

EarlyColonizeMapV1

color code:

  • all green as all early colonization and only one prime planet
  • amber system: unusual passive exotic threat of some kind
  • red system: unusual active exotic threat either being actively quarantined or actively fought in some way e.g. naval quarantine or active navy/marine bug hunt

starport code:

  • A: home world
  • B (with navy base symbol) established colonies (oldest/largest with self government)
  • B (with scout base symbol) newer colonies (colonial service)
  • C: fuel stops along routes to colonies
  • D: remote colonies, mostly research stations
  • E: minimal scout or colonial service refueling stations for remote colonies (possibly automated)
  • X: nothing

naval base in this context is a small compound with some admin, maintenance and refueling facilities and up to a platoon of marines maybe, 100 or so personnel, plus an orbiting colonial cruiser (c. 1200 dtons, crew 30+). full maintenance and spare parts only on home world.

colonies with a navy base will also have some kind of scout and/or colonial service facility but slightly separate

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on reflection an early colonization map might be better with home world in the center of a home sub-sector with an inner ring of subsectors and an outer ring like:

OOOOO

O I I I  O

O I H I O

O I I I O

OOOOO

and then take one linear slice as the campaign setting so H I O with

  • the Homeworld sub-sector containing the home world and established colonies (more corporate intrigue)
  • the Inner sub-sector being more frontier with newer colonies (Firefly)
  • the Outer sub-sector still being explored (more Star Trek)

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Imperial Reconquest

There are two types of re-expansion setting i could get into which I’ll call re-expansion and reconquest.

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Imperial Re-expansion

One way to get the feel of the original Traveller novels – a collection of worlds that appear largely self-contained without a central authority – is an Imperial re-expansion.

In that kind of setting there has been an empire in the past and that empire settled numerous colonies but then some kind of collapse occurred before the individual colonies had developed to the level of star travel. In the collapse the colonies that survived reverted somewhat in technology and then either stayed there or clawed their way back.

The imperial world recovers and starts to re-expand and the players start on the far edge of that expansion – conquest and naval battles and invasions are happening but it’s happening a couple of sub-sectors away. So it’s a mixture of a frontier type setting and a Star Trek “boldly go, find new worlds” type setting.

The key point with this back story is to create a specific backdrop where most of the planets were settled by humans from the same culture but who developed in many different directions during the Dark Age allowing plenty of room for the imagination.

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Imperial Reconquest

Another option is during the Dark Age many of the original colonies developed all the way up back up to jump travel and created their own pocket empires with their own fleets and the new Imperium are conquering them one by one Rome style with the players right at the cutting edge of the war zone.

This kind of setting wouldn’t inspire me much except as the background for a war game or if the players were into being Imperial agents involved in diplomacy, spying, sabotage etc – so basically they’d be given missions rather than random travelling. I’m not likely to ever do it as a i like frontier settings better however I was thinking about the possible backdrop to a setting like this so these are some notes for future reference maybe.

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Backdrop

I haven’t looked at the 3rd Imperium timeline yet but I’d use the OTU as the basis for this. It doesn’t have to be 100% consistent with the canon data as this setting will be some time in the past.

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Starting Assumptions

One:

Treat “fleet” in an abstract way meaning one unit of military force

Two:

Alpha worlds – those with high pop and tech level – are the only ones that matter militarily as they are the only systems that can produce fleets

Three:

Exception – the systems needed as refueling stops in between the Alpha worlds

Four:

On average there is one Alpha world per sub-sector and they expanded out into their sub-sector claiming worlds in their hinterland for their mini empire

Five:

The 3I expanded out in all directions from Capital into Core sector and then beyond

Six:

At start the 3I roughly has the eight sectors around Core and a finger has expanded through Corridor into Deneb as well

http://travellermap.com/?x=14.125&y=1.46&scale=3.734375

so say the 3I has c. 120 sub-sectors or 120 fleets – with another 8 in a finger through Corridor and Deneb (which is still in the throes of being pacified) and c. 40 border sub-sectors with a home fleet each leaves around 80 fleets and around ten sector fronts – so say 8 to each front on average.

Seven:

The Deneb command has 8 fleets available but they are actively engaged most of the time with unconquered systems, Vargr and rebellions. At any one time any number from 0 to 8 might be available but the larger the number the shorter the time available – plus they could be called away any time to deal with an emergency elsewhere. (If it was a board game the player might get 0-4 imperial fleets each year or something).

Eight:

The Zhodani haven’t fully expanded into their sub-sectors yet – they have trade agreements and alliances etc but not fully integrated systems so those sub-sectors are mostly neutral at the beginning and the Zhodani aren’t very involved – at least at the beginning.

Nine:

Trin (and its pocket empire) has signed an alliance with the Imperium and Trin is the center of 3I activity in the Spinward Marches. Trin’s fleet and one imperial fleet are on guard.

Ten:

The pocket empires facing the 3I are listed below – subject to change if it doesn’t fit with timeline or other OTU stuff. The list doesn’t have to be entirely consistent with the canon data as I’m assuming a lot of these worlds will be severely damaged in the conquest era so their pop and TL stats could have been higher.

  • Jewell
  • Efate
  • Ruie (damaged)(subjugates Regina at start)
  • Algine (damaged)
  • Aramanx (damaged)
  • Vilis
  • Heroni / Natoko (damaged) (confederation)
  • Porozlo (subjugates Rhylanor at start)
  • Mora / Fornice (atmos damaged?)
  • Palique (atmos damaged?)
  • Lunion / Strouden
  • Gram / Sacnoth (sword worlds)
  • Mire (Darrian) (higher tech)
  • Iderati (five sisters)
  • Collace (District 268)
  • Glisten / Tirem
  • Robin? (damaged)(refugees to Dodds?)

so c. 20 fleets in all divided up into multiple small alliances

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Caesar’s Conquest of Gaul

The idea here is to treat the setting a bit like Caesar’s Gallic Wars with the pocket empires as similar to the Gallic tribes, disunited and split  into various alliances who are hostile to each other or at least distrusting and competitive.

The 3I’s strategy is to insert itself into local politics, taking sides in disputes and using a combination of diplomacy, bribes, assassination, sabotage and occasionally outright war to take advantage of any opportunities that arise to add new Alpha systems and their retainer systems to the empire.

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Traveller Bestiary: Group Conflict

Creating a hook in any context where there are sentient groups – including humans.

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Antagonist and Protagonist

Either decide one side of a conflict depending on world stats e.g. planetary government, and then roll for an opposing force or roll for two opposing forces.

Group Conflict Table

D12 (or 2D6 first 1-3 = +0, 4-6 +6)

  • 1 individual
  • 2 small group / family / gang
  • 3 corporation
  • 4 free company
  • 5 sectional group (i.e. members of a particular interest group like ranchers, miners, fruit sellers etc)
  • 6 political party
  • 7 territorial group e.g. two sub-colonies
  • 8 bureaucracy
  • 9 charismatic leader
  • 10 non charismatic leader e.g. challenge to ex leader’s son
  • 11 charismatic group
  • 12 religious / ideological group

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Sequence

  • roll for conflict group
  • compare with known govt type
  • roll for which is the bad guy 1-2: govt, 3-4 both (diplomatic option), 5-6 rolled group

or

  • roll twice for two conflict groups
  • roll for which is the bad guy 1-2: first rolled group, 3-4 both (diplomatic option), 5-6 second rolled group

nb “bad” != 100% evil (although it might be)

roll until a result sparks imagination

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Examples

Example 1: assign one side of conflict e.g. local authority from world stats and roll on table

  • research colony leadership vs sectional interests
  • roll: neither bad guy
  • some conflict over priority or resources

Example 2: assign one side of conflict e.g. local authority from world stats and roll on table

  • colonial admin vs territorial group
  • roll: colonial admin bad guys
  • conflict over boundaries caused by colonial admin

Example 3: roll twice

  • religious group vs free company
  • roll: religious group are the bad guys

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Alternatives

Use the random person encounter table or the patron table to do the same thing.

Example1: assign the govt type, say it’s the local colonial admin and

  • roll on personal encounter table -> colonial admin vs religious group
  • roll on personal encounter table -> colonial admin vs naval security troops
  • roll on patron table -> colonial admin vs ship’s crew or crewman
  • roll on patron table -> colonial admin vs mercenary

Example2: roll twice on the personal encounter table

  • conflict between religious group and naval security troops

Example 3: roll twice on the patron table

  • conflict between ship’s crew or crewman and mercenary

Example 4: or one roll on each table

  • conflict between religious group and ship’s crew or crewman
  • conflict between religious group and mercenary
  • conflict between naval security troops and ship’s crew or crewman
  • conflict between naval security troops and mercenaries

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Traveller Bestiary: Ancients

I’m using Ancients as the link to Cthulhu Mythos but the form of the Mythos varies with the theme of the setting.

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3rd Imperium

In my 3I the Ancients are like Illithids / Mind Flayers from D&D i.e. a more or less humanoid star faring species with high tech, psionic powers and star ships etc see “My 3I: Ancients.”

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Pulpy Setting

In a setting with a more pulpy theme I am treating them as closer to the CoC game but merged into my handwavium for how Jump drive works (see “My 3I: Handwavium.”)

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Gods

  • Yog-Sothoth, Shub-Niggurath, Tsathoqqua, Ithaqua, Azathoth, Hastur, Chaugna Faughn etc

These are very powerful entities which exist wholly or partially in 5D jump space (or may only be aspects of 5D space that psykers, sorcerors, cultists etc in the past perceived as Gods). They effectively have extreme psionic talents and whatever they actually are they “work” as Gods i.e. sorcerors can use ancient rituals to get Yog-Sothoth to teleport them, even across space

  • servitors

associated with the above gods

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Star-Spawn

These are (or were) the actual Ancients

  • Cthulhu like species of varying size and strength
  • Teleport/Jump across space in psionic controlled pyramid ships
  • Pyramid ships need gravity to be right to operate
  • Often go to sleep when stars aren’t right
  • Wake up, eat everyone, travel
  • Engage in terra forming for some unknown reason (evolve species for food?)
  • Engage in uplift for some unknown reason (increase population density for food?)

Commonly use Chtonians, Deep Ones and Tcho-Tcho as terra formers

Possible Handwavium: Pyramid ships require sacrifice. Death causes the 5D aspect of a creature (soul) to be pulled back so mass death can create a temporary rift which makes it easier to jump – hence terra forming, uplifting etc – seeding planets with life because death is their jump fuel.

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Animal Intelligence

  • Shantaks – have a home world somewhere, transported to others occasionally

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Ape/Dolphin/Ant Intelligence

  • Cthonian – transported to many worlds as terra formers (up to one per subsector)
  • Shoggoths – used as guard dogs so transported to many worlds and often one or more are left behind

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Hunter Gatherer Level

  • Deep Ones – transported to numerous worlds as terra formers (one per subsector possible)
  • Tcho-Tcho  – transported to numerous worlds as terra formers (one per subsector possible)
  • Nightgaunts – home world, transported in breeding quantities occasionally

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Special Level (farmers upwards)

  • elder things, mi-go, great race, flying polyp, serpent men

special

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Weird Science

Creatures that are somehow connected to 5D so don’t behave in a “natural” way in 4D

  • formless spawn, dimensional shambler, star vampire, hound of tindalos
  • color out of space, flame vampire, hunting horror etc

creatures don’t necessarily look how they are depicted – the form is how they are perceived to be in 4D

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Natural Space Travel

Byakhee – their “Hune” is like a natural anti-grav / m-drive / j-drive device

Shantak and Nightgaunts have a partial anti-grav “Hune” that reduces their weight making it possible for them to fly.

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Frequency

Don’t want to overdo the Mythos aspect – max 3-4 sites per sub-sector

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Knowledge of Mythos

Many worlds will have no knowledge of the Mythos so if the players are from such a world there won’t be any ancient books like the Necronomicon – that world would only learn about it through exploring.

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Early Colonization: Sample Sub-sector (3/32)

see the “World Generation” post

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To save rolling for system placement and physical stats I took the Vland sub-sector data from the OTU and ditched everything but  placement and physical stats.

http://travellermap.com/?x=-8.707&y=64.107&scale=45.2578125

current map:

Early Colonies Map V1

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General Points

The aim is a sandbox setting with something for players to do in any direction but instead of detailing everything just have a general picture of what is happening in the sub-sector.

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Trade

There is no trade in the classic Traveller sense. It is almost all tech and spare parts from the home world to the colonies in exchange for whatever exotics the world produces.

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Exotics

The home world can get all the basic resources it needs from its own system and so there generally isn’t a market for common resources however every world – every settlement colony at least plus some others – will have at least one exotic resource that can be sold on the home world for a decent price – not necessarily a great price but enough to pay for some tech.

In theory the home world can (and often does) produce or simulate anything exotic from other worlds that is popular enough to make it commercially viable however there is always a market for the genuine article as well.

This exotics for tech trade is not yet big enough for home world corporations to bother with but it supports a few Free Traders and subsidized Merchants.

Exotics can be anything unusual: blue wood, pets, giant berries, dinosaur milk etc

A settlement colony of pop 3 or above will have at least one exotic resource extraction site and possibly some processing also.

Resource extraction colonies are generally only set up where refueling is already available for some other reason (as star ships are expensive early on).

A supply colony with a pop code of 1 (C1) will generally mean it is just a supply facility whereas pop 2-3 generally means a resource extraction operation has developed as well.

A secondary colony with a pop code of 1 (D1) will generally mean it is a research colony (with a scout service refueling outpost) whereas pop 2-3 will generally mean there is a resource extraction operation there as well, taking advantage of the scout outpost.

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Homo Astralis (Travellers)

Many of the personnel working off home world are engaged with the various home world agencies

  • colonial service, scout service, navy etc

but many of them choose to stay off home world after they muster out.

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Free Companies

The cost-benefit calculations for resource extraction in the colonies doesn’t compare well with the wealth of opportunities already available in the home solar system so the big corporations don’t bother (yet) and so a lot of commercial activity is conducted by Free Companies – groups of individuals who pool their mustering out benefits to set up a venture somewhere, for example:

  • take over the contract for a supply colony from the colonial service as the frontier moves ahead
  • set up a resource extraction type operation either on a settlement colony or elsewhere
  • security companies

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Filling Blanks

Adventures can be filling in blanks, for example supply colonies that don’t have resource extraction – patrons might want resource extraction possibilities investigated, security provided or sites cleared for a new colony.

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Navy / Marines

Destroyers in home system, orbiting B4+ size settlement colonies (common) and orbiting Red zone worlds (common).

Colonial marines based in home system. At any one time an average of two troops may be out on bug hunts – animal threats usually, often insectoid or gigantic – or occasionally larger multi-troop operations on  Shudi or Pyam.

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Corporations

The home world has mega corporations involved in exploiting the home solar system but early on there is no incentive to look outside.

However some of them will buy a jump-capable corporate yacht which travels around the settlement colonies to get early notice of any new discoveries. If a settlement colony reaches size B4 or B5 corporations will often open a small office and base their yacht there instead of the home world.

Ambitious out-system corporate acquisitions executives have been known to get up to shenanigans.

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Terra Forming

Prime settlement sites are defined as world stats size 4+, atmos 6-9, hydro 4-8

Some of these will be rejected also because

  • taint in the atmosphere
  • too dense atmosphere
  • runaway global warming
  • ice age
  • erratic orbit
  • jump shadow

and unless they have hostile and dangerous native life rejected prime sites (BF) are assumed to have one of these problems.

A prime site with a potentially fast (c. 100 years) terra formable problem will be terra formed (or initially have a research colony experimenting) by the colonial service. Khula in the sample sub-sector would be an example of this.

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Commercial Terra Forming Contracts

Worlds which don’t fit the conditions for a prime settlement with atmospheres 2-5 or hydro 0-1 or 9-A can be sold to corporations or wealthy individuals in exchange for long term terra forming. As the process is very expensive and may take thousands of years to complete there is no near hope of profit so the world itself is not charged for – the planet is signed over in exchange for the contract to provide a minimum level of active terra forming reverting to the home world on default.

The corporations who do it are those who seek future profit in the terra forming field – so in a way it is corporate research.

The individuals just want to own a whole planet.

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Noble Titles and Outsystem Law

The first wealthy individual who bought a planet on a  terra forming contract called himself King Gogmagog and wrote his own planetary laws suited to his sadistic hobbies.

As a result the home world added two new clauses to the terra forming contracts.

One: no historical titles that implied completely separate sovereign legal authority like: King, Emperor etc. The maximum title allowed was Duke and the Duke remained a citizen of the home world owing loyalty to the home world.

Two. if a planet created its own set of laws some legal minimums were required to be inserted

  • homicide had to be illegal with a self-defence, defence required
  • sex crimes had to be illegal
  • slavery had to be illegal
  • etc

A lot of latitude was allowed under a general clause saying home world authority could be re-asserted if “natural justice” was transgressed on a regular basis.

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Sub-sector Gazeteer

Aim: a comment or two about each world as a potential hook

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Home World (A)

Used Vland as home world – system code A (reduced TL)

  • 1717 Vland A967A9A-A

home world uses standard UWP

hook: patrons, contracted cargo and passengers

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Colonial Service UWP
  • colony code letter-physical stats-native code-full colony code
  • example B-797-0-B4

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Settlement Colonies (B)

Nine other worlds satisfied the conditions for prime worlds – 7 succeeded on their rolls and became B colonies, two failed their rolls to become BF worlds.

rolling for native sentients and population produced the settlement colonies:

  • 1718 Kirma B-797-0-B4
  • 1719 Sazisi B-586-0-B3
  • 1915 Giinam B-565-0-B5
  • 1918 Kusheggi B-596-0-B4
  • 1920 Inkha B-797-2-B1
  • 2113 Ishala B-866-0-B3
  • 2211 Irila B-568-3-B1

(re-arranged some populations to be highest, nearest the home world)

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  • Giinam (B5) is, or is in the process of becoming self-governing (pop 5)
  • Kirma and Kusheggi are stable colonies (B4) probably with a subsidized merchant or two now the population has grown (pop 4)
  • Sazisi, Ishala (B3) run by the colonization service; some resource extraction (pop 3)
  • Inkha and Irila (B1) too small for resource extraction – Colonial Service supply ships (pop 1)
  • settlement colonies of size 4+ eventually get a couple of Navy destroyers on station and a ground base with spare crew etc
  • Inkha and Irila have neutral and friendly sentients respectively

Irila’s sentient: sea surface dwelling man-sized (100kg) insectoid triphibian social grazers, friendly, claws, no armor, life cycle involves land somehow: swim eating krill, wings to escape sea predators, migration to land sites for breeding.

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BF colonies

If a prime colony site has been rejected it will be because there is something seriously wrong with it – hostile sentients if they exist or otherwise environmental.

  • 1919 Khula B-575-0-BF Amber
  • 2319 Shudi B-766-4-BF Red

If sentients are the problem the colony is marked as a Red zone.

If the environment is the problem the colony is marked as an Amber zone.

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Supply Colonies (C)

there are three supply routes from the home world to the settlement colonies

  • vland-shinla-kipii-giinam-isbudin-ishala-irila
  • vland-tauri-kusheggi
  • vland-kirma-sazisi-dusu-inkha

these routes require the following systems as supply colonies:

  • 1816 Shinla C-560-0-C3
  • 1817 Tauri C-430-0-C1
  • 1819 Dusu C-9E4-0-C1 Amber
  • 1916 Kipii C-430-0-C2
  • 2013 Isbudin C-9C5-0-C1 Amber

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  • Dusu and Isbudin have exotic atmospheres, Amber zones
  • Shinla has resource extraction (pop 3)

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Secondary Colonies (D)

eight secondary colonies rolled, D1 generally means a research colony with a scout service refueling outpost especially if there is a native sentient, D2 or D3 generally means a resource extraction site also – eight have native sentients

  • 1716 Enaa D-300-A-D1 Red
  • 1813 Khusher D-646-2-D1
  • 1820 Kha D-86A-8-D1
  • 2016 Zurrian D-563-3-D1
  • 2019 Lobode D-554-2-D1
  • 2120 Pyam D-799-7-D1 Red
  • 2314 Dangasha D-550-5-D1
  • 2416 Liisurkhish D-562-8-D2

Enaa is a Red Zone for a hostile weird; Pyam for a hostile sentient.

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all eight have native sentients which implies a research colony is likely

  • Liisurkish has (pop2) so research colony and something else, probably resource extraction
  • Liisurkhisn and Kha: neutral specials
  • Pyam: hostile special – red zone
  • Lobode: neutral sentients
  • Zurrina: friendly sentients

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Dangasha: D-550-5-D1

earth-like atmos 5 -> dead land, live seas -> underwater or coastal  -> but hydro 0 so -> underground -> generally need water for standard life -> world mostly glaciated, dry sea separates poles near equator -> giant caverns under the glacier edge at the equator created by melt water -> giant lakes and seas under the ice -> mini climate in the caverns evolved life -> native hunter gatherers evolved from small amphibian omnivore eating cavern goop and fish -> gorges carved out into the central zone by erosion and cavern collapse allows access to outside -> radiation -> groups near outside evolved sentience fighting each other -> hunter gatherer level + primitive goop farming -> spears -> less evolved groups (ape-like intelligence) deeper in the caverns further away from radiation.

30s-alien4

Domed colonial service research colony in equatorial zone near cavern entrance. Scout outpost with landing pad adjacent.

Hook: something valuable far back in the caverns under the ice? (heart of darkness) or transport something way back in the caverns (Fitzcarraldo)

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Enaa D-300-A-D1 (Red Zone)

Adjacent to home system, explored early, best planet is a small airless rock, system marked as no value and not fully surveyed until later. Anomaly discovered – planet has a massive crater from an asteroid strike, a hole in the middle of the crater and a mass of tunnels under the crater surface. Anomaly first investigated by a scout pathfinder who was killed, followed by two members of a scout away team sent to investigate his loss followed by three members of a colonial marine troop sent to investigate what happened to the away team.

Current status is watch mode – destroyer and a research ship from the Navy’s secretive xeno research branch – weapons division orbit the planet with various kinds of sensor. They have seen the creature but want to observe.

Creature is a color out of space that crashed with the asteroid and is stuck because it can’t feed. Built the tunnels as a defensive nest. Say, draining the blood of the six victims so far has got it to say 6 psionic power out of 12, needs 12 to jump.

Hook: maybe color is strong enough to mentally manipulate research leader in orbiting ship to bring bait – the players – to feed it.

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Khusher D-646-2-D1

research colony / neutral sentient

earth-like world in thin atmosphere phase -> sea life, barren continents -> use animal encounter method -> sargasso seas -> large floating islands of photosynthesising microbial mats and seaweed -> small 6kg social triphibian eaters (marine meer kats) -> nest inside mats -> developed basic sentience through complex language -> highly aggressive and voracious flying piranha however don’t recognize human scent -> sargasso mats can be walked on except where they can’t -> fall covers human scent -> oops

research colony has main site with scout outpost and separate small projects including preliminary terra forming test by farming more sargasso mats

hook: if ship, hired to transport some equipment / a boat to one of the research groups

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Refueling Outposts (E)

the systems needed to join the main routes to the secondary colonies are

  • 2017 Tahaver E-769-0-E0
  • 2117 Uri E-313-0-E0
  • 2216 Ashbakha E-672-0-E0
  • 2316 Kagush E-736-0-E0

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  • Tahaver, Uri, Ashbakha, Kagush: E0 – all automated

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Remotes (X)

1811 Anaam X-424-0-X0
2115 Zedu Gisla X-533-0-X0
2320 Gidapisek X-200-0-X0
2412 Ansin X-563-0-X0
2419 Nasha X-200-0-X0

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Early Colonization: World Generation (wip)

generating a sub-sector that fits the early colonization theme

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Campaign Sector

My baseline is  the standard rule that ship needs major maintenance annually and if it goes beyond that limit it starts to take increasingly difficult drive failure rolls every month (or every jump) and at the start of colonization (and for some time after) only the home world has the facilities to do this. This gives an exploration limit of 6 months out and 6 months back (or 12 jumps) or 12-72 hexes depending on drives and as a lot of the early ships involved will have J1 and J2 drives the limit is more like 12-24 hexes.

There will be various ways round this in individual cases but let’s say 24 hexes is a reasonable approximation for the extent of colonizable space available for early colonization before bases / colonies capable of large ship overhauls are built.

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A close approximation to this amount of space would be a 6×6 grid of subsectors with the home world in the center – actually in one of the corner hexes of one of the four sub-sectors that makes up the core – which creates three rings of sub-sectors around the home world: the central core and an inner and outer ring of sub-sectors around the core.

outer outer outer outer outer outer

outer inner inner inner inner outer

outer inner corre corre inner outer

outer inner corre corre inner outer

outer inner inner inner inner outer

outer outer outer outer outer outer

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Pick one subsector for the campaign start, this could be one of the core subsectors or one of the inner or outer subsectors depending on preference – note direction to home world.

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Subsector Generation

  • blank subsector
  • if the chosen subsector is th eone with the home world then add home world system in the inner corner of the sub-sector
  • use standard UWP for the home world with class A star port, prime physical stats e.g. 767, TL10 or TL11, pop 9 and whatever govt type and law level you want
  • roll for presence of star systems in other hexes as usual
  • initially mark all systems as X
  • roll physical stats for each system

colony UWP form: name-system code – physical stats – native sentient code – colony code

name is initially just the hex number

system code is first letter of colony code

e.g. 1415-B-666-0-B2

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System Code
  • A home world
  • B settlement colony
  • C refueling colony
  • D secondary colony
  • E refueling outpost
  • X nothing

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Subsector Population DM

applies to all rolls for settlement colonies and colony population in the subsector

  • core subsector DM+1
  • outer subsector DM-1
  • early DM-1

so

  • early: core DM+0, inner DM-1, outer DM-2
  • late: core DM+1, inner DM+0, outer DM-1

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Native Sentient Species

roll 2D6 for native sentient species

  • atmosphere 6-9: 2-5 none, 6-9 sentient, 10-11 hunter gatherers, 12 special
  • atmosphere 4-5: 2-7 none, 8-10 sentient, 11-12 hunter gatherers
  • atmosphere 2-3: 2-9 none, 10-12 sentient
  • size 0-3 DM-2
  • hydro 0 DM-2
  • hydro A DM-2
  • else 12+ sentient

sentient species on world with atmosphere 0-3 or A-C are either underwater (if possible) or weird science natives

  • sentient: ape-like
  • special: could be basic farming or herding or something exotic

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Native Sentient Reaction
  • 2-5 hostile
  • 6-8 neutral
  • 9-12 friendly

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UWP Code
  • none 0
  • hostile sentient 1
  • neutral sentient 2
  • friendly sentient 3
  • hostile hunter gatherers 4
  • neutral hunter gatherers 5
  • friendly hunter gatherers 6
  • hostile special 7
  • neutral special 8
  • friendly special 9
  • hostile weird A
  • neutral weird B
  • friendly weird C

reference

  • hostile: 1, 4, 7, A
  • friendly: 3, 6, 9, C
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Settlement Colony (B)

select prime systems (where size 4+ / atmosphere 6-9 / hydro 4-8)

roll for settlement colonies 8+

  • atmos 6: DM+4
  • atmos 7: DM+2
  • atmos 8: DM+2
  • atmos 9: DM+1
  • hostile natives: DM-2
  • friendly natives: DM+2

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Population
  • D6-1 population
  • 0: marked for colony
  • 1: advance team
  • 2: colonial service base
  • 3: first colonists
  • 4: stable colony
  • 5: self-governing

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UWP Code
  • settlement colony B + population code
  • rejected prime colony site BF

rejected colony sites are still classified as B as BF colonies have special rules

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optional

  • settlement colonies that form a chain you may want to re-arrange population numbers so population decreases as you move further from out

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Refueling Colony (C)

Once the settlement colonies are identified select the systems that make up the most logical route between the colony system and the home world that would be needed for refueling stops.

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Population

roll D6 for population code

  • 1-3: 1
  • 4-5: 2 (small alternate colony also)
  • 6: 3 (large alternate colony also)

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UWP code
  • C + pop code

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Secondary Colony (D)

other types of colonies mostly not intended to develop into a self-sufficient world

for example

  • research colony
  • resource extraction colony
  • terraforming colony
  • military base
  • penal colony
  • reclusive colony

select the systems that aren’t already marked as A, B or C

roll 8+ on 2D6

  • n = number of hexes away from A, B or C system -1
  • (adjacent hexes DM-0, 2 hexes away = DM-1, 3 hexes away DM-2 etc)
  • DM+2 native sentient
  • DM+2 adjacent to home world
  • DM+1 exotic atmosphere

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Population

roll D6 for population code

  • 1-4: 1
  • 5: 2
  • 6 3

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UWP Code
  • D + pop code

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Refueling Outposts (E)

In the same way that colonization service refueling colonies are used to link the settlement colonies; the scout service is used to provide refueling services to alternate colonies – at least the official ones.

Make a chain of refueling outposts to D colonies.

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Population

roll D6

  • 1-3: 0
  • 4-6: 1

pop 0 outposts are are automated

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UWP code
  • E + pop code

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Amber/Red Zones (wip)

option 1: Space Survey Level:

  • base astrogation data – needed for jump, short survey – pathfinders
  • full astrogation data –  needed for safe in-system travel, longer survey, main astrogation anomalies marked
  • complete survey: all astrogation related anomalies investigated and/or marked – rangers

so red could represent the first level and amber the second maybe

option 2:

  • red: systems with a hostile native lifeform, BF systems with hostile sentients are likely to be active combat zones
  • amber: any system with an exotic atmosphere or any BF system without hostile sentients – rejected prime settlement site implies some kind of unusually hostile environment

Red zones don’t imply travel to the system is restricted although if there are active military operations underway specific planets or regions might be restricted.

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Character Skills

Changes to the base skills

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Weapons

four categories: melee, guns, lasers, hvy wpns

when a character has a skill rank in a category they pick one weapon as their preferred type of that category (they are assumed to practice with that one most) but they are assumed to have one rank less skill in all weapons of that category

  • a character with Blade-1 is assumed to have skill-0 with all other melee weapons
  • a character with Rifle-2 is assumed to have skill-1 with all other slug weapons
  • a character with laser rifle-3 is assumed to have skill-2 with other energy weapons

simplifies character sheet

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Vehicles

A skill rank in a specific vehicle confers skill in other vehicles at one skill rank lower

  • ATV-1 gives Raft-0 for free
  • Raft-1 gives ATV-0 for free

simplifies character sheet

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Computer

Taken to be mean skilled in a particular type of electronic equipment.

Pick one of [computer / comms / sensors / drones / robotics] etc

Assume one skill rank less in the others

  • a character with sensors-1 has skill-0 in comms, computer, drones, robotics etc

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Name Changes

  • Mechanical -> Mechanic
  • Electronics -> Technican
  • Broker -> Trader

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Additions

  • survival
  • wrangler (animal handling)
  • science (not realistic but i like minimal character sheets)

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Pre-Conditions

  • forgery requires streetwise
  • bribery requires streetwise or trader

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