Science Fiction Random Generators Guide [Updated]By Duncan Thomson on
Generators for spaceships and aliens, star-systems and planets, plots and tech. For your game in the future or a galaxy far, far away...
[First Published Jan 2019] Disclaimer: I'm an affiliate for DriveThru RPG
Sci-fi Roleplaying Games
Science fiction games range from old school of Traveller to the more recent Mothership RPG or an option in flexible systems such as Savage Worlds. Then there are quirky universes such as Warhammer 40K and science-fantasy such as Starfinder and Star Wars. If you're here you might like guides for Cyberpunk or Star Wars.
Cotterr-499: Exploration Robot. Cotterr-499 has a tracked chassis and a pair of heavy arms, and is equipped with various sensors and survey tools. It is programmed to be courteous and inquisitive.
...from Space NPC generator at Donjon.
Every game starts with characters, and a name can make or break a character. The Sci-Fi Character Name Generator from Sci-Fi Ideas is a place to start.
Name: UFS Summertime. Type: Mid-sized dreadnought. Weapons: kiloproton canons, Defence: V2 Photon anti-attack fighters. Condition: Leaking plasma gas from a damaged hull section
...from Starship Generator at SciFiIdeas.com.
The spaceship model creator can help visualize some spacecraft.
If bits fall off your ship then the Futuristic Spare Parts Generator might help you out.
Teyincer. Appearance - A familiar quadruped with a peacock head covered with bony ridges. It has the body of a dragon, dragon wings, a dolphin tail, four medium-length ostrich legs and broad, round feet. The Teyincer's body is covered in delicate feathers, while its front is covered in snake scales. It is completely blue.
...first part of a detailed Species Generator from RanGen.co.uk. Contains more information on stats, family life and general information.
Aliens and space monsters fill space games, sharing societies, providing trading partners, galactic enemies and cosmic hazards.
"A monolithic ship, nearly as black as the space around it, suddenly appears out of warp and hails the party in a strange language. The design is unlike anything the party has ever seen. They don’t seem hostile…"
...from 75 sci-fi encounters at DnD Speak
Stars and the systems they inhabit are the cities and nations of the space world, providing place of interest to explore.
"The planet Mondas, which is a name which is still disputed, is an ice planet in a fairly large solar system with twelve other planets. Mondas is about 1.5 times bigger than Earth and its gravity is about 0.63 times that of Earth. A single day lasts 48.23 hours and a year lasts 129 days. The planet is made up of 13 continents, which make up 35% of the planet's landmass. 3 moon(s) orbit the planet and Mondas itself orbits a white sun in anarrow, elliptic orbit. Obviously this planet cannot sustain life, the conditions on this planet are far too violent and..."
...from planet descriptions at Fantasy Name Generators
Planets in science fiction act as home worlds for characters and civilisations, mysterious places to explore and points of reference throughout the galaxy.
Last is my favourite planet Generator with choices including Earth Like, Water World, Frozen Planet and No Atmosphere.
"After doing battle with an enemy spaceship in a remote star system, the ESS Lone Star crash-lands on a planet with no atmosphere. When the surviving crew scout the area around the crash site, they are surprised to discover that the enemy vessel has also crashed. The two crews will have to work together if they are to survive."
From the sci-fi story idea generator at SciFi Ideas
Sci-Fi plots span from a couple of characters to intergalactic conspiracies. They might include robots, time-travel, aliens or new branches of science.
If you like pdfs and random tables then...
- Dicegeeks has The Book of Random Tables: Science Fiction and The Book of Random Tables: Science Fiction 2 have many d100 tables. There is a more focused one on Sci-Fi Facilities
- The Sci-fi Bundle Collection has several pdf tables for alien race names, rumours and starship names.
- Ennead Games has Space & Sci-Fi Encounter Concepts using two 2d100 tables for a quick encounter. Has two similar pdfs for SciFi objects and Space Vehicles
Welcome to Zinki's Spacefood Restaurant. All the food on our menu is randomly generated. Starters - Klorgian Vegetable Soup…..5.60c, Jawadan Fruit Soup…..6.50c, Creamed Altusian Pinefruit…..6.50c. Main Courses - Smoked Arethusan Snorkelfish with Cardeveran Pulse-Beans…..6.99c...
... from a href="http://www.obscurehub.com/alien-restaurant-menu/" target="_blank">alien restaurant menu at Obscure Hub
Finally I've mentioned a couple of their generators already but SciFi ideas.com is full of more generators, inspiration and ideas for everything Science Fiction related...
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Do the same if you'd like to see generator guides for Star Trek, Starfinder, Traveller, Doctor Who, Warhammer 40K or another brand of sci-fi