Re: [nbos] [AS] Fine control on random system generation?
Daniel Williamson
Mon Jan 29th, 2007
I think Ed defined habitable as a planet with any one or two of suitable gravity, temperature, atmosphere and maybe water. While hospitable required all of them. If you can search the logs its here somplace.



----- Original Message ----
From: Mike Oliver <>
Sent: Monday, January 29, 2007 1:07:31 PM
Subject: Re: [nbos] [AS] Fine control on random system generation?

I suspect it's a little subjective but I have decided that Inhospitable
means anything where human life could not survive and is unsuitable for
terraforming - gas giants, planets a long way outside the biozone of a
star, etc.; Habitable means anything that is not, in its current state,
suitable for human life but could be terraformed - possibly Mars or
even, one day, Venus or perhaps a brown dwarf satellite; whilst
Hospitable means a planet which could support human life without being



-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Dutton, Dennis L
Sent: 29 January 2007 17:05
Subject: Re: [nbos] [AS] Fine control on random system generation?

I've never been able to find a definition. What is considered
"hospitable"? What is "habitable"?

Cheers, Dennis
Game Master, Morning Garden
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> Sent: Monday, January 29, 2007 2:54 AM
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> >map for a space opera game. I'm expecting the random
> generation will >give me a couple hospitable worlds, several
> dozen habitable worlds and >the rest being scattered
> whatever. Instead, I end up with *no* >hospitables at all, a
> handful of habitables and hundreds of planet >systems &
> space stations. As the man said, "WTF, mate?"
> 'Hospitable' planets just arent very likely. During
> generation, Astro actually 'terraforms' planets that come
> close by tweaking various attributes to make them more likely
> to end up hospitable (adding O2, for example, on Earth sized
> worlds). Without this, hospitable planets would be far, far
> less likely to occur. Keep in mind, the goals of the
> generator in Astro are to produce as feasable/realistic
> systems as possible, so it wont just place one anywhere - the
> planet's existence has to make some semblance of sense.
> What you can do, and what is very easy, is select a system on
> your map, and then select a planet within that system. Right
> click on that planet and select 'insert body -> planet/moon
> -> Earthlike' from the pop-up menu. That will insert an
> Earth-like planet (similar atm, size, etc) in an orbit
> between the selected planet and its closest neighbor planet towards
> the parent star. This wont guarantee the planet will be
> hospitibable (it
> may be too warm or cold), but it makes it far more likely.
> >this possible, or am I doomed to wait until AS3 for that
> kind of >functionality?
> I'll keep it in mind for AS3, but thats a bit down the road yet.
> Ed
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