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As a Ref, how often do you concern yourself with temperature on a world? Do you put the time into creating temp charts for the worlds that your players visit?

When I first started playing Traveller, as a young-un and less sophisticated story-teller, I'd see a UWP that indicates an Earth normal atmosphere, and all of a sudden, that world was like a Star Trek stop--pretty much like Earth with maybe some local color thrown in to remind players that it wasn't.

When I purchased books that got me to thinking about local gravity and temperatures, that all changed. A world could have a code 6 Atmo and still be quite alien. It could be, for example, at the edge of the habital zone, and quite cold--colder than Antarctica. And, it could be a small world where the gravity is much less than that on earth.

So, I'm curious how you Refs out there handle this. Do you put the work into finding out these worldly conditions using Book 6, or DGP's Grand Census/Survey, or possibly importing MT's World Builder's Handbook or TNE's World Tamer's Handbook?

Do you use a program, like Heaven & Earth?

Do you just wing it? Decide with story conditions in mind?

What's your path?
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