Friday, 5 May 2017

Five Parsecs: Every Star an Opportunity: World Building

At the moment I am in the middle of rebooting, so to speak, my long term solo campaign of Five Parsecs. 

Part of that reboot has been to use Every Star an Opportunity to create the 3 or so planets that feature in the games. Every Star, is a Nordic Weasel supplement to Five Parsecs from Home and basically gives players the bear bones of planetary information. It is definately a place to start from, but does raise ideas and questions which help to create a world.

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I think it is typical of Ivan Sorensen's work in Five Parsecs in that it gives players loads of options through tables and charts to create a flavour of a world. I view it as a strength of its design although as the author states its all up to the player/DM, its all optional, use what you like.

Anyway here are three planets that I used without much thought previously, but which now I can see so much more potential in. I also see these as the beginning of the development of each planet, not the complete item.

Five Parsecs: Planet Information
World Name: Horst-5e

Type
Varied- wide temp & climate
Atmosphere
Beneficial

Population
Heavily

Biosphere
Moderate

Terra Forming
Runaway chain reaction
Social Model
Disinterested Democracy
Problem 1
Political terrorists
Problem 2
Criminal cartels
Exports
Mercenaries- linked with nomad  terrorists
Local Society


Faction 1
Popular movement
Faction 2
Nomads
NPC’s


Individual 1
Political leader
Individual 2
Alien diplomat
Individual 3
Pirate
Individual 4
Cultist

Five Parsecs: Planet Information
World Name: Dubhe-c

Type
Varied- wide temp & climate
Atmosphere
None existent

Population
Single outpost

Biosphere
Uncontrollable

Terra Forming
Natural state
Social Model
Disinterested Democracy
Problem 1
Unstable economy
Problem 2
Loss of export license
Exports
Raw resources
Local Society


Faction 1
Charismatic leader & followers (st1)
Faction 2
Popular movement (st3)
NPC’s


Individual 1
Zealot leader
Individual 2
Crook
Individual 3

Individual 4


Five Parsecs: Planet Information
World Name: Sarin 4

Type
Frozen
Atmosphere
Beneficial

Population
Single large city

Biosphere
Moderate

Terra Forming
Natural state
Social Model
Bureaucratic Democracy
Problem 1
Loss of export resource
Problem 2
Mutant gangs
Exports
Manufactured products
Local Society


Faction 1
Charismatic leader & followers (st3)
Faction 2
Mining (st6)
NPC’s


Individual 1
Bureaucrat –Oskar Unoleg
Individual 2
Merchant
Individual 3
Plade- punk gang
Individual 4


Here are a couple of pictures of how the actual sheets look. With these being physical copies i can add notes to them and then update the digital versions.





The recording sheets I have used here are of my own design and in no way are endorsed by Nordic Weasel Games.