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Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP17 Jan 2019 7:47 a.m. PST

Again, not necessarily on the table at the same time!

Jungle
Craters
Glowing craters
Jungle shrine
Desert shrine
Pools of something other than water
Lava river
Lava pool
Crystal formations/plants
Alien plants
Derelict train
Derelict school bus
Derelict semi/truck
Derelict dump truck
Derelict tank
Derelict alien tank
Derelict spaceship
Derelict time machine (Well's chair)
Derelict time machine (Delorean)
Derelict Coke machine
Buildings made out of corrugated metal/scraps/junk
Glass and steel buildings
Alien buildings
River
Large hill
Small hill
Long ridge
Short ridge
Hill that is actually a slag heap
Hill that is actually a dead gigantic alien/dinosaur
Communications tower/dish
Dirigible mooring tower
Tesla tower
Derelict Statue of Liberty
Derelict White House
Derelict Capitol Dome
Derelict Parlaiment/Big Ben
Delelict Buckingham Palace
Derelict Versailles/Louvre
Derelict Eiffel Tower
Derelict Kremlin
Tokyo (monster's gotta eat)
Bullet train
Maglev/monorail train
Metal bridge
Factory with towers, catwalks, ramps.
Fuel/gas/liquid tanks
Nuclear/Fusion/Antimatter Power Plant/Reactor
Warpgate/Stargate/Portal
Transporter
Launch site/Bay for spaceship
Missile silo/launch site
Asteroids
Black hole
Derelict atomic bomb/warhead
Derelict ICBM

Add more, please!

Oberlindes Sol LIC17 Jan 2019 8:38 a.m. PST

The original post goes way beyond "top 10"!

I expect ground combat to take place mostly on habitable planets, so I recommend having terrain related to agriculture.

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP17 Jan 2019 10:30 a.m. PST

Whatya mean….there's only ruined cities & skulls….right?

I kid. Let's see.

1) Spaceship interior.
2) Natural alien terrain (bio-terrain)
3) Alien structures/ domiciles.
4) River & bridge.
5) Rolling hills & trees.
6) Defensive structures/ fortifications.
7) Landing pads/ hangers (spaceport)
8) Gritty industrial terrain/ factory district
9) Desert/ badlands/ wastelands, w/ rock spires.
10) ruined cities (w/ skulls of course).

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP17 Jan 2019 11:11 a.m. PST

You got lazy and merged three lists. Other than natural terrain features, there is darn near no overlap between VSF and post-Appoc SF, and neither of those have much overlap with space opera.

Pulp and VSF DO overlap quite a bit, though. And you want at least one lost race with architecture and figures borrowed from your ancient or medieval collection.

You've also got no VSF urban terrain. Depending on the campaign, you need either straight stuff and probably London ("the time-traveling morlocks are attacking Buckingham Palace!") or, if you will, Clockwork Britannia with things like the Ornithopter Landing Field at Gatwick and the Dirigible Tower at Heathrow, or possibly the Babbage Engine which has replaced the British Museum Reading Room.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP17 Jan 2019 11:23 a.m. PST

It's a poll suggestion, not the actual top 10. So nominate what you like, and eventually we'll vote!

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP17 Jan 2019 11:26 a.m. PST

Yeah, perhaps I did decide to overlap a bit too much here. Feel free to generate a more narrowly defined poll!

Rogues117 Jan 2019 11:29 a.m. PST

The classic rope bridge over the river/gorge. I find for pulp you need a few vehicles and an older plane

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Jan 2019 6:51 p.m. PST

Spaceport

Dr Argent17 Jan 2019 10:51 p.m. PST

I use Hirst Arts Egyptian building tiles to pull all of these genres together.

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Legion 419 Jan 2019 8:25 a.m. PST

thumbs up

GARS190021 Jan 2019 4:52 p.m. PST

Ancient Ruins are always useful. That, and, hills and trees of all types can be used for lots of different table setups.

chironex23 Jan 2019 3:57 a.m. PST

"there is darn near no overlap between VSF and post-Appoc SF,"
Abney Park would like to 'ave words…
"and neither of those have much overlap with space opera."
And Frank Chadwick joins the queue.

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