This is a great product which expands upon the world generation rules in the Stars without Number (SWN).
A good bit of the material in it was previously published in an article in the Infinite Stars fanzine #2. The Infinite Stars #2 article has some minor changes to some of the text and doesn’t have the sample world creation section, with the sample worlds.
The PDF gives charts new charts and rules for world generation and also modifies some of the world generation charts from the core SWN game.
This supplement is not a full star system generator, so do be aware that no rules to determine gas giants, star type, number of other planets, moons, etc. are in it.
New charts for generating the Atmosphere, Biosphere and Population of worlds are given.
The new Atmosphere chart has two new atmosphere types on it.
Two new Atmosphere types are given Airless and Thin. These are slightly different from the way they are in the basic SWN rule book, which groups the two into one description.
Also, these 2 Atmospheres both show up in Stellagama’s Lurian Trailing Cluster Book 1 for some worlds so you may want to be aware of that as those atmosphere descriptions aren’t reprinted in that other product.
New Biosphere and Temperature charts are given. These new charts use a world’s Atmosphere as a factor in what sort of Biospheres and Temperatures can be generated for it.
The Population Tables are greatly expanded. You can get a more specific numbers now on what sort of population a World has.
The Failed Colony is given a population range rules and the rules for determining the exact population of the others are expanded to give a more detailed range of what the population of a world is.
it doesn't mention that the Suns of Goldsupplement as specific rules to cover the generation of Colonies and failed colonies and taht a GM ought to consolut that supplement if more details are needed.
The Tech Level chart is expanded to take into account a world’s population with that being a factor in what TL a world will have.
A new Tech Level (TL) can be generated now for tech level for TL3 worlds that have some TL4 capability.
The chart has a TL 4+ on it but it is indicated what this represents. I’m thinking it is Tech level 4 with specialties that is in the Core SWN rule book.
Tech Level 4- that is in Stellagama’s Lurian Trailing Cluster Book 1 isn’t on the charts, nor is the rules for it in this PDF. So, you can’t generate a World with that TL using the charts given.
The Tags charts are expanded to include several new Tags the book covers. These will be famialr to 2d6 OGL players.
The product ends with a sample world creation section which shows a full walkthrough of the creation of the two worlds. This was very well written and it shows how to take your simple rolls to generate the world and flesh the m out. I t was my favorite part of the book.
I do hope that at some point those 2 sample worlds will show up in a fully developed sector map that Stellagama Publishing releases in the future.
I also would have liked to have each of the sample worlds when finished given each their own page with a picture of the world or some sort of image.
One thing that the product could use is a little interior art.
A full set of star system generation rules is something I do hope Stellagama does tackle at some point for the SWN at some point in the future as that would compliment this product greatly.
Overall, this is a must have for any SWN GM, especially if your game focuses on exploring new worlds. I definetly recommend it..