For Campaign: New Vistas in the Thel Sector , I used the Organization generation from Soft Horizon. See Once More, a “Stars without Number” Campaign for that campaign’s usage.
, in rolling up characters for a Worlds without Number (WWN 📖) game, I again used Soft Horizon’s organization generation procedure. I rolled rescue for their organization’s remit; And for their specifiers I rolled and detective and agricultural.
I sat a bit on these results, and started thinking about the world I had recently created.
With the procedures of Worlds without Number I rolled up an “Ancient Farmland” region. To learn more about the farmalnd I rolled up the following details:
- How dangerous is the feature?
- It’s unusually dangerous in several ways.
- What use is the feature?
- It has substantial productive infrastructure.
- What kind of event last happened here?
- A resource strike drew numerous people.
- How populated is the feature?
- A rush of people have gone there.
- What antagonists are common there?
- Elemental emanations of the disordered land.
- Quirk of the Feature
- A significant part of it is subterranean.
Moving from region generation to nations, one of the nations I rolled up has the problem: “Farmland is becoming depleted/worn-out.”
With that framing, the random organization responsible for rescue, investigation, and agriculture fits.
I’ll need to sit with that a bit, but the initial situation has begun to take form in my thoughts.
Organizations (in the Soft Horizon)
One of the challenges of starting a campaign has often been how are the characters related. Dungeon World (DW 📖) introduced bonds to address this challenge. Diaspora and Traveller: Core Rulebook added relationships as part of character creation.
All of this is to avoid the once-traditional cliché of characters meeting in a bar.
Characters should belong to a common organization. Defining this organization is detailed in specific Soft Horizon games.
The organization all the player characters belong to. It defines your initial purpose, your initial problems, and the resources you might have to back up your endeavours.
To define your association, roll a d20 three times on the table below.
The first is the remit of your group. It’s what you do and who employs you. The other two are specifications: just additional descriptors for your purpose. Determine amongst you what the result means. The remit comes with an initial debt to solve; it’s very important to address that debt immediately.
Table 216: Soft Horizon’s Organization Table d20 as remit as specifier 1 military: owned by a government, it executes violence. debt: Pursued by an enemy. works with other militaries or in a military role. Mercenaries! 2 commercial: owned by a body of investors, it generates profit. debt: Not yet profitable. interacts with commercial entities or incidentally generates profits. 3 secret: owned by unknowns and has shadowy purposes. debt: Someone knows who you are. operates under the radar. 4 charity: owned by its membership, it benefits others. debt: Someone wants you to stop. provides beneficial works for others and if it is profit seeking, it never seeks profit from those it directly helps. 5 political: owned by its membership, it changes the policies of the State. debt: Opposition is on the brink of violence. manipulates political connections. 6 rescue: owned by a government, you assist those in danger. debt: A distress call is incoming. Start with an incoming message: someone is in trouble! provides assistance in dangerous circumstances. 7 medical: owned by a government, delivers life-saving technology and skill. debt: Someone nearby is injured or sick. has the capability to deploy life-saving technology and skill. 8 criminal: owned by a single person or oligarchy, the purpose of a criminal association is to profit in violation of the law. debt: The last heist went bad. the association’s methods are frequently illegal. 9 academic: owned by the public, it is motivated by discovery, analysis, and teaching. debt: An unvisitied location has revelatory information. the association is involved in research and publication. 10 industrial: owned by another corporation, it makes things. debt: Short on fuel. the association is involved in manufacturing or refinement. 11 exploratory: owned by individuals, it travels to document little known places and things.debt: You have a new map with blank spaces. the association is nomadic, searching out its remit in far-flung locales. 12 entertainment: privately owned, it provides frivolous creative works for audiences.debt: They never heard of you here. part of the association’s work supports the entertainment industry. 13 cultural: government or privately owned, you facilitate artists, poets, and the like, ensuring their works are seen by many.debt: A new poet has been discovered in this area! the association supports or augments cultural endeavours. 14 ancient: this association has changed hands and character thousands of times—it now could be owned by anyone. debt: Something once vital is no longer relevant the association does whatever it needs to survive today. It is clogged with self-justifying processes and bureaucracy. 15 security: you ensure the safety and security of persons, organizations, or things at risk. It might be privately owned or it might be an arm of a government. debt: A client is in grave danger. one function of the organization is to provide security or security-related materiel. 16 religious: owned by your membership, you are dedicated to perpetuating and expanding belief in their philosophy or mythology. debt: There is proof your god doesn’t exist. the organization caters to or is an arm of a religion. This might be a mystical science, deriving from contact with a real god in a particular Tomb, or it might be complete nonsense. 17 training: you train and certify individuals and organizations. It may conduct audits. debt: A client has been declared incompetent. one function of the organization is to train or certify. 18 detective: someone needs to find out who murdered who! You are an investigative organ that digs up the dirt. debt: A client is wanted for murder. one function of the organization is to investigate breaches related to its mandate. 19 agricultural: your purpose is to provide farming resources and expertise to allow communities to survive. debt: A critical crop here is dying. one aspect of the organization is a wealth of agricultural data and expertise. 20 archaeological: the organization investigates the past by unearthing it, maintaining a vast knowledge of cultures and artifacts. debt: A new site has been discovered. one function of the organization is to manage and maintain archaeological sites and artifacts.