The Tech Rating system comes from the True20 role-playing game (though it was originally Progress Levels from the d20 Modern system), and the Supernatural Rating system also comes from True20, both of which are reprinted here (with minimal modifications) under the Open Gaming License (included at the end of the article). The subsequent Realism Rating and Culture Rating systems are personal creations of mine; feel free to use them or build on them for your own world creation, but attribution is appreciated.
It had barely been even a day since the volcanic eruption. Most of the streets were still deep with soot. At least, those streets that weren’t completely buried or burned by active lava flows. I had survived, somehow, thanks to this curse. I didn’t dare take shelter with any others, and that turned out to be a good thing. I can usually handle stress, as a medical doctor, but in a life-or-death situation, I can’t always prevent the change that comes with being a werewolf.
Blasters are energy guns that replace bullets and deadly gunshot wounds with flashy and non-horrifying ways to incapacitate targets … all of which is nonsense.
Solar punk is a sub-genre of science fiction that imagines a world where green technology and ecologically sustainable practices are ubiquitous.
The Basic Premise: People use genetic modification technology to actively select for and against the traits they desire for future generations.
The Basic Premise: Combine brain computer interfacing, transcranial directed stimulation, and text messaging or mobile communication together to allow people to communicate using thoughts rather than speech or writing.
I drew this image a while ago. I believe she is supposed to be some kind of spiritual being from a higher plane of reality, but I never came up with a name for what kind of creature she is.