Starport Layovers

When your characters are stuck on a starport, what do they see? Surely it’s not quiet. Spacers of all sorts, rubbing shoulders and doing whatever it is that spacers do when not shooting at pirates and Sathar.

Referees can use the following generator to add some depth to a group’s stay at port. Use this generator as desired: once per day, once per stay at port, or just throw those dice whenever you think it’s a lull in the action and fun. Any of these could evolve into a subplot or entire adventure.

Article by Rum Rogue
Document maintained by w00t

One of 100 Results are possible. The Starport Layover table originally appeared in the Star Frontiersman Issue 5: Frontier Melting Pot

Starship being boarded by Port Security
Mechanic removing access panel
Quarantined alien ship
Mysterious Vrusk selling information chip
Two starship Captains arguing
Starship under heavy guard
Stow-away emerging from hiding place
Starbase Guard searching cargo pods
Bar fight spills out into street/passageway
Group of fighter pilots heading for the bar
Legendary fighter jock loading his ship
Maintenance robot running amok
Alarm/siren blaring in the distance
Starbase Guard chasing a smuggler
Drifter selling forged travel papers
Ship on fire in the docking bay
Deaf-mute Human talking with hand-gestures
Exotic beast escapes its travel pod
Mechanic examining laser damage on a ship
Gunfight between guards and pirates in bay
Merchant searching for his crew
Bomb Squad searching corridors and bays
Drifter looking for work for passage
Wounded guard lying behind shipping crates
Group of dock workers looking for a fight
Crew members, apparently lost
Vendor selling exotic plants and animals
Father saying goodbye to his children
Obsolete starship for sale. Dirt cheap.
Base Commander conducting and inspection
Mysterious woman taking pictures of ships
Dralasites haggling over the price of parts
Two starship pilots exchanging stories
Yazirian bounty hunters closing in on their target
Quarantined ship
Ambassador preparing to leave
Fugitive looking for passages on a ship
Group of drunken pilots
Human beggar
Group of crewmembers gambling
Frightened woman running through the crowd
Security scanning a ships hull
Ground crew witting a ship with heavy weapons
Custom official checking travel documents
Expert gunner looking for work
Woman looking for husband
Mysterious figure selling access codes
Individual painting mystic symbols on ship's hull, while crew watches
Priest blessing group of departing soldiers
Vendor selling war contraband
Two vendors haggling over a deal
Stow-away sneaking on board a ship
Soldiers crowded around a bulletin board
Two soldiers carrying an ammo bin
Mixed group holding a ceremony
Bounty hunters checking arrival logs
Dock guard chasing away on-lookers
Beautiful woman waiting on someone
Work crew installing new equipment
Police officer serving a warrant
Convicted felons being transferred to a shuttle
Wounded soldiers being off loaded from a starship
Foreign dignitary being escorted to his ship
High-tech machinery sitting on dock unguarded
Starship preparing to debark
Dralasite con artists running a parts scam
Vrusk Pilot interviewing a new crew member
Tram hauling engine parts from a warehouse
Yazirian Drifter selling star charts
Repair bots rewiring a ship
Salvage workers dismantling a starship
Human computer specialist looking for work. Credentials are forgeries
Dralasite artist painting portraits
Scream coming from cargo hold on a ship
Elderly Yazarian female in a wheelchair
Vendor selling artifacts
Pickpocket studying the crowd
Group of people purchasing a ship
Dralasite pilot cleaning his sidearm
Crowded bar with patrons waiting in line to enter
Explosion from a ships cargo hold
Foreign dignitary arguing with his attach
Vrusk scholar looking for passage to dig site
Bounty hunter checking ship registration numbers
Mortician loading body bags into a ship
Experienced navigator looking for work
Group of children playing on a scrap heap
Group of mechanics talking
Bay chief on a stroll
Maintenance crew welding a portal shut
Work crew removing access panels from corridor
Drifter selling drugs
Emergency vehicle racing down corridor
Quarantined ship: deadly virus
Vrusk shopkeeper closing his shop early
Soldiers betting on two dueling robots
Strange green fluid leaking from a cargo tube
Two soldiers talking in private
Expert star pilot looking for work


Random Roll Result:

Vendor selling exotic plants and animals.