To start off my short series of posts on Traveller World Tags, I'm starting off with the following trade codes: Agricultural (Ag), Asteroid (As), Barren (Ba).
My thoughts on world tags for these trade codes follow:
Allies/Contacts: Botanical researcher; Local sheriff; Plantation overseer; Retired adventurer-turned-rancher Rivals/Enemies: Ambitious land baron; Corrupt health/agroproduct inspector; Protection racketeers in outlying communities; Offworld pharmaceutical competitor Targets: Agricultural equipment; New hybrid crops; Prize livestock; Thoroughbred mounts Locales: Agroproduct warehouse; Expansive ranch house/plantation; Outlying settlement; Stock yards/livestock processing plant Challenges: Dangerous native predators; Frontier lawlessness in outlying communities; Livestock stampedes
Allies/Contacts: Family of belters; Prospector with a past; Smelting plant technician Rivals/Enemies: Corrupt prospector union representative; Mining operation general manager; Saboteur for competition Targets: Map to a rich lode; Mining corporation payroll transport; Prospecting drone; Raw ore shipment Locales: Belter family station/base; Mining operation site; Rich lode on an isolated asteroid; Seedy spaceport catering to local belters Challenges: Corrupted local prospector union; Life support failure; Saboteurs with a knack for demolitions
Allies/Contacts: Base technician; Research scientist; Shipwreck survivor; Pirate crewmember Rivals/Enemies: Administrator of secret base; Crazy outpost survivor; Criminal mastermind in hiding; Pirate captain Targets: Black box of a crashed starship; Environmental samples from a future colony site; Secret cache of stolen goods; Starship stolen by pirates Locales: Abandoned outpost; Automated interdiction/hazard beacon; Hidden base (military, research or pirate); Wreckage of crashed starship Challenges: Automated Interdiction anti-starship weaponry; Extremely hazardous weather conditions; Heavy radiation; Virulent plague
What do you think? Do you have any suggestions to improve the options listed above?