I picture the Horizonscope to be analous to the Star Trek “tricorder”. It would allow a PC to turn it on and gain some useful hints/information about a certain item, organism, or environment.

I would like to create a set of tables or a computer program that would allow us to give a player a coded message that they could translate into a set of descriptors to report back to the other PCs. That way, it is the players describing what they scan and making assumptions on the results rather than the GM. Toward this end, I would like to create a master list of possible descriptive messages that the tricorder could reveal along with their appropriate three-character Horizonscope code.

I would also like to use a computer for this campaign to simulate the PCs research “at the lab”. What we would do is allow the player to type in several keywords into a computer program and have it return information that may or may not be particular to the plot. We may have to pass out tiny cards with the appropriate spelling of items, compounds, elements, or information that might reveal information at “the lab”. That way players could come back from “the lab” and give their report of what they find, and potentially return to “the lab” once they might have some new information to research.

descriptors:

one
few
many
lots
swarm
liquid
solid
gaseous
organic
inorganic
mobile
closing from North
closing from South
closing from East
closing from West
fleeing to North
fleeing to South
fleeing to East
fleeing to West
immobile
positioned to North
positioned to South
positioned to East
positioned to West
slowly
medium pace
quickly
fast
speedy
hastily
supersonic
nearby
close
medium
long
distant
far
chemical analysis: ?% carbon
chemical analysis: ?% oxygen
chemical analysis: ?% hydrogen
chemical analysis: ?% ...
energy reading high
energy reading low
energy reading trace
energy reading none
energy type paranormal
energy type chemical
energy type electrical
energy type atomic
analysis:sentient
analysis:semi-sentient
analysis:unthinking
tiny
small
human sized
large
gigantic
massive
super massive
 
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