In the second of my short series of posts on Traveller World Tags, I'm focusing on the following trade codes: Desert (De), Fluid Oceans (Fl), Garden (Ga).
My thoughts on world tags for these trade codes follow:
Allies/Contacts: Curious terraformer; Desert nomad/guide; Moisture or spice farmer; Research scientist Rivals/Enemies: Anti-terraforming activist; Eccentric prospector; Hermit psionicist; Nomad chieftain Targets: Artifact sacred to the local desert nomads; Hidden well/water reservoir; Shipment of unusual spices; Terraforming equipment Locales: Desert nomad cave city; Moisture farm; Oasis; Underground cistern Challenges: Blinding sandstorms; Giant sand worms; Territorial feud between opposing desert nomad tribes; Xenophobia and unusual customs among the desert nomads
Fluid Oceans (Fl)
Allies/Contacts: Happy-go-lucky sailor/seafarer; Leviathan hunter; Processing plant technician; Specialty "aquatic" equipment supplier Rivals/Enemies: Ambitious port master; Grizzled sailing captain; Processing plant executive officer; "Save the Leviathan" ecological activist Targets: Map to untapped precious metal lode; Petrochemical cargo shipment; Rare albino leviathan; Sailing vessel Locales: Leviathan "bait" shop; Petrochemical processing plant; Shipyard; Warehouse district Challenges: Alien leviathan; Raging petroleum fire; Severe storm in a non-standard atmosphere; Ship sinking into non-water fluid
Allies/Contacts: Big game hunter; Knowledgeable forester; Respected vintner; Spice farmer Rivals/Enemies: Clearcutting logger foreman; Drug crop plantation owner; Gluttonous noble; Vengeful game warden Targets: Bottles of fine wine/liquor; Exotic or addictive spices; Handcrafted wooden furniture; Prime livestock specimens Locales: Hunting lodge; Overgrown plantation; Vineyard; Wildlife preserve Challenges: Exotic local disease; Invasive offworld predators originally imported to handle a local pest; Trapped in a hunting preserve when hunting season starts; Unusual hunting or wildlife preservation regulations
What do you think? Do you have any suggestions to improve the options listed above?