Tuesday, February 11, 2014

20 quick questions for your scifi campaign

Getting ready for the con this weekend has me scouring the archives for old and trusted resources. I remembered this post by the estimable Jeff Rients (crosses self, buddy-salutes sky). Here now is my attempt to do a scifi version. Note: some of these will remain modestly adapted if unchanged.

[clears throat, cracks knuckles] 
  1. What is the deal with my psion's order?
  2. Where can we go to buy standard mission gear?
  3. Where can we go to get custom cyborg implants for this alien/mutant/monster I just befriended?
  4. Who is the meanest warlord in the galaxy?
  5. Who is the greatest warrior in the galaxy?
  6. Who is the richest person in the galaxy?
  7. Where can we go to get some discount medbay healing?
  8. Where can we go to get cures for the following conditions: poison, disease, space witch curse, level drain, mutagen contamination, nanomite infestation, brain swapped back into original body, death, zombification?
  9. Is there a vocational guild my PC belongs to or that I can join in order to get better at that thing I do?
  10. Where can I find a scientist, techno wizard, psion master or other expert NPC?
  11. Where can I hire mercenaries like bounty hunters, smugglers, pirates, or laser riflemen?
  12. Is there any place on the map where lightsabers/weirding modules are illegal, advanced technology is outlawed, or any other notable hassles from [insert name of ruling space authority]?
  13. Which way to the nearest space station for fuel, repairs, upgrades, supplies, and entertainment?
  14. What infamous interstellar criminals are terrorizing the outer rim sufficiently that if I kill them I will become famous?
  15. Are there any wars brewing I could go fight?
  16. How about gladiatorial space arenas complete with hard-won glory and fabulous cash prizes?
  17. Are there any secret societies with sinister agendas I could join and/or fight?
  18. What is there to eat out of this 3D food printer thing?
  19. Any legendary lost artifacts of the ancients I could be looking for?
  20. Where is the nearest kaiju or other monster with Type H treasure?
So, not groundbreaking by any means on my part, but at least it's a start for space opera setting. Here's a few more of my own:
  1. What's the state of the galaxy at present moment? Does my planet of origin still exist?
  2. Where can I get a ship to take me to this dangerous planet on my star chart?
  3. Where can I buy or get parts to build a robot to do my bidding?
  4. What are the planets that no one dares visit?
  5. Are there any dives on this rock we shouldn't go into?
  6. What aliens will blast my hand off on sight?
  7. What aliens are allies that I can call for help?
  8. Are there any space derelicts or abandoned asteroid outposts we can go raid?
  9. Where can I sell this relic/spacejunk/secret weapon I found/stole/inherited?
  10. Where can I get a decent cape to romp around in?

 Have more? Let's hear 'em in the comments!


  1. Good Stuff! I need to work this up for my Shattered Stars Campaign!

  2. Yes, this is just the kind of things my campaign needs.I shoulda thought of this stuff already.. [facepalm]

  3. Ok, gonna work on my answers for my Quadrant 44 campaign.

  4. Thanks guys--glad I could help!