Special Feature TableMost of those features should be self-explanatory. Dust clouds cover 1D10 cubic light-years and may interfere with communications, as might neutron stars, supernova remnants, et al. Artificial worlds can be anything from a hollow asteroid to a ringworld or Dyson sphere. You get the idea. So the nest time you're rolling up a space map throw in a few special features to spice things up.
01-03.....Alien artifact04..........Alien lifeform05-06....Artificial world07.........Black hole08-20...Dead star21-22...Derelict spaceship23-50...Dust cloud51........Neutron star52-71...Protostar72-80...Rogue planet81-99...Supernova remnant00........White hole
Friday, December 16, 2011
"That's no moon..."
Marc Miller's Traveller (1977) introduced a system for randomly generating space maps that has been widely imitated. One thing that is sometimes overlooked in these systems is the possibility of exotic interstellar phenomena. That's what makes David Cook's planet generation system for TSR's Star Frontiers (1982) so interesting. It appeared in Ares Magazine Special Edition #2 (1983) and when rolling up a system there was a 1% chance you'd roll on a "Special Feature Table" that covered unusual deep space objects.