I've been working through Ray Otus' Gygax 75 rpg design challenge, making a post-apocalyptic setting where an occult calamity brought a cyberpunk dystopia to ruin (and it takes place about 150 years after the cyberpunk setting a friend's making for gygax75).
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Tasks for Week 2:
i. "Get a sheet of hex paper."
I drew one by hand in a children's lined exercise book. 17x13 hexes, points to the sides. Will probably redraw on a different scale in Hex Kit.
ii. "One settlement of significant size."
The Dolmens. Central. Based on a dangerous area in Sean's gygax setting that features recently-built megalithic structures. Well several generations later they aren't recent anymore and the area isn't dangerous anymore--people just live in amongst these ramshackle stone slab lean-tos.
iii. "Two other settlements."
Trading Post. West edge of map. Situated conveniently between several large settlements, this village of tents and market stalls is a great place to arrange a meeting, get mods repaired, fill up on fresh water and greasy vendor food, and hear rumours from other parts of the world.
Wind Farm. North northeast. You got to charge up your powercells somewhere. Rusty old blades spin atop patched-up towers. This is like a community garden--everyone maintains it because everyone uses it. Doesn't stop some people from trying to own it though.
iv. "One major terrain feature."
Malfunctioning Solar Forest. South edge of map. I read somewhere that in the future we'd have fake trees covered in solar panel leaves that rotate to face the sun, atop trunks full of filters that remove CO2 and toxins from the air and produce algae. This forest's broken though. And full of wiresnakes.
v. "One mysterious site to explore."
Memory Garden. East. This is like a graveyard, but there are no bodies and the markers are things. Old coats and handwritten notes, abstract sculptures and grafitti and bicycle wheels with candy wrappers tied on the spokes. Nobody knows how it started, but tradition dictates that visitors leave a memory for someone or some event gone by. The memory guardians ensure that the esoteric traditions are followed.
vi. "One main dungeon entrance."
Abandoned Parking Garage. Southeast. Amongst the ruins of a cyberpunk sprawl there's a way to get into the old parking garage system that served the downtown megamall and associated office tower blocks. It probably connects to sewer systems and old subway tunnels that haven't been used in over a century. Early survivors probably stashed things down there, but people and creatures and other, nastier, things have moved in probably.
I drew it with 3-mile hexes in mind but the scale of things doesn't seem right so I'll probably redraw with the recommended 1-mile hexes.
"Pimp your map."
I didn't do anything to my physical map but I'll mess around with Hex Kit. I wanted more stuff on the map though I added another area:
The Dominos. An area of old residential towers that have collapsed in such a way that it reminds folk of tumbled dominos. Its surrounded by dunes of grey ash--the eroded remains of concrete and ashphalt. Somewhere in the grey wastes is an enormous abandoned arcology-pyramid with a huge spherical chunk missing out the side.
"Create a random encounters table."
Hell yeah. I used the old advice of "2 is always a dragon and 12 is always a wizard", interpreted through this setting lens.
|2||Cryoleviathan.||Sleeping. It hoards power sources, and collects people. It puts them into the hundreds of cryogenic pods inside of its body.|
|3||Ritual circle.||Unholy computing stuff is wired all wrong. In the centre of the circle, someone is wearing a cyberhelm, jacked into the beyond.|
|4||Patrolling fascist drone.||Will beat anyone who isn't an upstanding citizen of New Haven (which stopped existing over a century ago).|
|5||Technocultists.||1d6+1 cultists on the hunt for materials. They need blood and power.|
|6||Wiresnakes.||2d4 hide somewhere they could be stepped on. Attracted to power sources: they want to attach their prong-teeth and suck them dry.|
|7||Travelers.||2d4-1 fellow survivors. Wary of strangers. Don't want no trouble. Will trade if reaction roll goes well.|
|8||Riders.||1d6+1 antagonistic folk. Probably on horses, though 1 in 6 might have an electric mountain bike. They don't believe in laws and want to take stuff.|
|9||Electric Devil Skeletons.||They want skin to cover their chrome. 2d6 skeletons lurk here.|
|10||Cyberghouls.||1d6+2 people who modded so much they've lost their minds.|
|11||An abandoned campsite.||They left in a hurry--stuff's still lying around. A corpse is in one of the tents; it's missing its blood.|
|12||Ritual hacker.||They're setting up equipment and aim to call a rogue AI for "favours".|