Work days keep me from being productive where it counts – like science fiction world building!
I’ve made a number of improvements to my sector generator scripts…
- I generate a “Habitability Index” – this has actually been in the script for a few days. I don’t use it for anything, but it’s a quick index of how nice the planet is to live on. Numbers are only ever added, not subtracted, so a world with a medium HI can still be crappy, but it’s still quite useful for judging worlds at-a-glance. Ranges from 0 (=abysmal) to 8(=perfectly earthlike).
- I now use random seeds. As long as you know a sector’s seed, you can always recreate it again a second time with the script (as long as the script didn’t change).
- The script now rolls for actual population, using Benford’s Law. (Thanks Berka.)
- The script prints out some aggregated statistics about a sector – still a WIP.
Actual Population Sample
Here are the populations of the High Pop worlds of sector#121:
(8)Temperate 0110 B566998-8 Ga Hi HI=8 A=6320000000 (3)Temperate 1502 B310999-C Hi Ht In Na HI=3 A=1420000000 (7)Temperate 1710 A66ABD9-E Hi Ht Wa HI=7 A=119000000000 (5)Temperate 3209 C8B5998-A Fl Hi HI=5 A=3400000000 (6)Temperate 1617 B79AAD9-9 Hi In Wa HI=6 A=31600000000 (3)Roasting 1620 A554A96-C Ga Hi Ht HI=3 A=25100000000 (6)Temperate 2013 C841AD9-6 Hi In Po HI=6 A=10800000000 (4)Roasting 2718 B5869B8-A Ga Hi HI=4 A=7190000000 (6)Temperate 0330 D9729B9-7 Hi In HI=6 A=4980000000 (7)Temperate 0923 B577A75-A Ga Hi In HI=7 A=87300000000 (7)Temperate 1124 BA669B9-A Ga Hi HI=7 A=1550000000 (7)Temperate 1127 C578BD9-7 Ga Hi In HI=7 A=310000000000 (8)Temperate 1326 B8759D9-4 Ga Hi In Lt HI=8 A=4960000000 (7)Temperate 1522 A675B66-B Ga Hi In HI=7 A=206000000000 (3)Temperate 1527 A410A96-G Hi Ht In Na HI=3 A=50000000000 (3)Cold 2229 A631AC9-E Hi Ht Na Po HI=3 A=61200000000 (6)Temperate 2429 C894996-4 Ga Hi In Lt HI=6 A=2990000000 (7)Temperate 1839 A585AA8-B Ga Hi HI=7 A=79600000000
A= is the actual population. I only generate the leading 3 digits and then scale it up to the correct power of ten. Yeah that’s 300 billion people at TL7 on #1127 – with a small planet and more water surface than Earth has. Must be a lovely place. Lots of algae farms… Not to mention those TL4 and TL6 worlds.
Aggregated Statistics Sample
Generating sector: 121 Statistics: Total Systems: 251 Total Population: 1022367735546 Star Ports: A: 12 B: 24 C: 40 D: 48 E: 57 X: 70
I’ll add TLs and World Types to the statistics as well…
And I presumably should tackle unrealistic TLs somehow.
By the way, if anybody wants these scripts – let me know. You need unix (or a mac) for them, there is one shell script and one awk script – plus of course the sector map script I’ve modified.