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Exploring strange new worlds and alien civilizations is one of the most exciting aspects of science fiction. In many cases, though, these worlds are only slight variations of our own, with cultures and technology not much further advanced.

=GALACTIC BAROQUE= INSTANT UNIVERSE will vastly expand your horizons. Not merely a rulebook for random solar system creation, this guide generates exotic locales at any point from the big bang to the end of the Stelliferous era that better reflect where super- and ultra-advanced technology will take us.

Does humankind still live in trees or caves? Of course not! We learned to build our own habitations long ago. Likewise, INSTANT UNIVERSE determines technology levels of civilizations, indicating native life populations, star system development (including terraformed planets, megaengineered space colonies, and beyond), and interstellar colonization.

Writers of any genre, gamers, roleplayers, world builders, astronomy enthusiasts, and more will find this heavily researched book useful, fascinating, and fun. It's a great way to introduce children and novices to the wonders of the universe, too!


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Yantra O December 31, 2019 8:36 pm UTC
In Table 3.3, Table 3.5 and the "Disk, Belts & Clouds" sections, there are several dice notations which are marked with an *. However, it is, in many cases, not explained what this * means in those particular rolls. What am I missing here or it is a mere typo?
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Brett E February 27, 2018 4:04 am UTC
I can't tell from the description what level of detail and astronomical knowledge this is pitched at. The note that it's a great way to introduce children and novices is a bit discouraging to me.

At the moment I am using the Advanced Star System Generation Sequence from GURPS Space 4th edition, which I have computerised with great labour. That was published in 2006, and was a marvel for the time. I'm looking for something significantly more detailed and up-to-date. Is "Instant Universe" what I'm looking for?
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Mauricio P March 06, 2023 9:44 pm UTC
Hola compañero, ya pasaron más de 4 años desde este comentario que has hecho... pero dime, ¿Has probado el Rogue Trader Star System Creation Guide? Si la respuesta es un "si", que opiniones tienes?
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November 26, 2017 6:19 am UTC
I strongly recommend anyone thinking about purchasing "Instant Universe" first search for and read the free, Cosmos-2 Alternity Universe-Building Guidebook. It was written by Mark Peoples.

You may also find World Building: A writer's guide to constructing star systems and life-supporting planets by Stephen Gillett a good book resource.

The old masters, Traveller and GURPS Space remain very good, despite the lack of recent updates. Our knowledge about systems and planets (outside our own) has expanded greatly over the past 15 years.

I consider myself a connoisseur of RPG astronomical generation systems. Even at the $4.15 sale price, this product was underwhelming.
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Lydia W December 15, 2017 5:26 pm UTC
Thank you for your decent star system generator suggestions.

“Cosmos-2” in particular caught my attention because the author’s approach is closer to that which I took for “Instant Universe” than any other book I’ve yet read—although there are some significant differences. For one, “Instant Universe” is designed to give several relevant details at once with one throw of a set of polyhedral dice, helping to simplify and speed up the process. Also, my book includes many more details and possibilities than those offered in “Cosmos-2”, such as galaxy, star, and world peculiarities, random determination of atmospheres and volatiles, the probability of life and its level of complexity, and how a civilization affects the system.

Plus, no other system I know of but “Instant Universe” has a method for creating scientifically plausible galaxies and stars across the 100 trillion year span of the Stelliferous Era—not merely our own short sliver of spacetime.

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Andrew B November 26, 2016 1:27 am UTC
Please keep us in the look for the Instant Aliens book which I find very interesting.
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Nathan E July 24, 2015 4:11 pm UTC
Very interesting. But need a review considering there are many generators out there. $8 for 46 pages seems steep.
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Kenneth N July 25, 2015 8:13 am UTC
I haven't had time to do a review yet.

From the detail put into the work it's not your normal random generator it's very well researched.

The procedure to create a universe and down to a planet is a bit confusing on read through. It's very detailed and has lots of information about what you can expect with different outcomes. I hope to do a random creation and review soon.
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Lydia W August 18, 2015 1:35 pm UTC
Page count was increased, price point decreased, and paperback is coming shortly.
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