Monday, April 11, 2011

G is for Generation

"A strange place is the Menslagan system. It's got a lone Neutron Star at t'center - a huge one, too. Not one of those Dwarves, you know? And it's got a history. The Magiitin wars went through there. Left nothing but these thick rings a' dust around it for a space. Then it clears up for a bit - no planets, I guess - but then you hit this cloud. It's just a bit of ice, and some sand, but it's big. Got a couple of good planets in it, and one thing called a Protoplanet..."

Menslagan system:

Neutron Star

[d12 d12(3)=3]


[d10+d4 d10(8)+d4(4)=12]

Size 10

[d4+d6 d4(3)+d6(2)=5]

5 available orbits

Orbit 1:

1 Zone

Debris (Asteroid-planet collision? Planetcrack? War) (Dense rings of dust)

Orbit 2:

5 Zones

Debris (War, same as above) (1ce and dust, fairly insubstantial, part of a cloud encircling this orbit)
Habitable Planets (Nature preserve, size 5)
Exotic (Protoplanet, size 9 (for such planets))
Habitable Planets (Airless surface, underground ecology, size 4)
Debris (War, as above) (Insubstantial ice and dust, part of the same cloud as above)

Orbit 3:

2 Zones

Outer Planets (Dwarf planet)
Outer Planets (Exotic, antimatter Ice Giant)

Orbit 4:

5 Zones

Habitable Planets (Paired contra-worlds, no moons, size 3)
Outer Planets (3 Mesoplanets)
Outer Planets (Cold Gas Giant)
Inner Planets (Captured asteroid, oblong, former Simis (Sigh-Miss) outpost on the surface, no moons)
Habitable Planets (Desert planet, 3 moons, size 7)

Orbit 5:


7 Zones

(Thanks Netherwerks!)


  1. Interesting place. The goal is a pulp-style solar system and this looks like a place that could hold a few secrets, alien relics or places of mystery & adventure. We're working on some more sub-tables for adjusting the size of the planets & moons, adding some comets, adding special orbits, (as you pointed out the need for these, thanks!), and some other fun bits. What other information would you want? Atmosphere types? Biome distribution? Aial tilt? Rotation/Day, Orbit/year?

  2. All of those sound good. Also, a table to determine what a moon is like. Maybe a chance of craters dependent on moons, proximity of other planets, and whether or not there's debris nearby?

  3. Craters will definitely go into the mix--good catch! Thanks for the help in testing this out. The revised/expanded system will go out on the blog late this week or early next week. Schedule is a bit odd right now...