So here’s a table you might want to use in your next science fiction or plane hopping campaign.
I came up with this while starting to prep for a science fiction campaign I’m planning to run some time soon. It’ll use the Traveller5 rules set, but that’s just a side note.
So right now I try to read as much science fiction stuff as I manage, things like Dune of course, various stories by Poul Anderson, Jack Vance, parts of the Darkover Series by Marion Zimmer Bradley. I also binge the original Star Trek series for inspiration, and I marvel at pictures of imagined futuristic and psychedelic landscapes. Do an image search for “science fiction landscapes” or “psychedelic landscape” … see what I mean?
I adore those retro-futuristic, quite possibly substance induced visions of the future, conceived in our own 1960ies to 1980ies.
|d66||The land …||The sky …||Over the horizon …|
|11||coagulated caramel||greyish purple||a spherical station|
|12||spined blood colored hills||color of thick dark blood||a majestic dragonlike flyer|
|13||blockish hills like colorful toffees||a deeper blue||the hazy view of a ringed planet|
|14||green rolling hills||foggy anthrazite dust||a distant tubular structure|
|15||lush tropical forrest||a freakish green||myriads of tiny insects|
|16||endless patterns of industrial structures||a gradient of cobalt blue to sparkling cyan||a moon that appears too close|
|21||endless waves of industrial waste||the color of sulfur||shuttles trafficking|
|22||flat with occasional polyhedral shapes||monotonous light blue||a disk shaped station|
|23||like the rendering in an 8 bit computer game||sepia colored with feathery pink clouds||some batlike flyers|
|24||a rough desert||like colored inks bleeding into each other||foreboding dark clouds|
|25||swampy with occasional cone shaped hills||almost white||the cube like silhuette of the high port|
|26||a sea of turquois doted with myriads of steep hilled islands||a crisp blue with floating ice crystals||egg shaped pods traveling silently along invisible lanes|
|31||an endless storm beaten ocean||a cold blue mist||a distant air ship|
|32||a sprawling metropolis||hazy red||large birdlike creatures, homing in on their nests for sun down|
|33||wavey hills of reflecting metal||eternally black, an endless starfield||streaks of toxic industrial smoke|
|34||oddly peaceful rural idyll||overcast with dense clouds||a massive globular structure|
|35||a maze of deep gorges and canjons||purple with yellow clouds||a perfect rainbow|
|36||hills like burned sienna and a meandering river of quicksilver||a wierd multicolored haze||a strip of green light|
|41||a lattice of multilayered longitudinal structures||a perfect gradient of blues||two disks of setting suns|
|42||a decaying primordial forrest||soaked with moisture||the waning crescent of a close moon|
|43||vast yellow steppe smelling of creosote||a turmoil of reddish clouds and gases||silhuettes of floating islands in the far distance|
|44||iridescent vastness of transparent foilage||filled with floating seeds||the bright shining of the galactic core|
|45||an endless plain of fine white sand||purple and black||a veil of rain in the distance|
|46||hills of purple grass dotted with hulking grazers||a canopy of stars||colorful reflections|
|51||rust colored steep mountains||a foggy purple to dark blue gradient||feathery floating particles that reflect a distant light|
|52||towering pillars piercing through the mist||scatterd grey clouds and beams of sun light||a hazy premonition of what might be tomorrow|
|53||dusty rubble and harsh craters||a perfect gradient from dark blue to almost white||some fog far in the distance|
|54||dunes of colorful sands like ground marble||a dull grey||multicolored clouds bathed in sunlight|
|55||a sea of white dunes||a gradient of light blue to almost black||the plume of a space ship, rocketing into the sky|
|56||seemingly organic bulging formations||a dazzling bright yellow||looming cubic masses of floating habitats|
|61||semi-liquid multicolored plains||swirls of multicolored gases||chromium reflections of a ship passing by at low altitude|
|62||vast terrasses of grey slate||a low haze of blue||the notion of deep space|
|63||floating islands of rock on a sea of lava||a dull, monotonous light blue||some pink reptilian flyers|
|64||a large coastal delta, with mangroves and occasional villages||a gradient from orange to red||the hazy silhuette of a close by artificial world|
|65||a semi-liquid oily surface||a gradient from sulfuric yellow to cobalt blue||towering stalagmites of the arcology|
|66||monumental ice capped mountains||criss-crossed with red stripes||the shining swirl of the galaxy|
Just in case you don’t know what d66 stands for: this is a random table to be used with two six sided dice. Roll once for each collumn, and just roll two regular dice and read the first one as tens (a 5 becomes 50 for example) and the second die as ones (just read as is). You could use differently colored dice, so you can tell which one denotes the tens. I simply roll which ever two dice I can grab and read the one that lands more leftish of the other as tens.
Have fun spacing out!