I have asked my players to flesh out some alien species
that I rolled up using Aina's Aliengen program. In turn, I have been asked
by my players to present benchmarks for tech levels so they have an idea
what they are dealing with.
The following terms are used in the table headings.
SAGE TL is the tech level for my system. It is loosely based on the 3G3 (Guns, Guns, Guns! 3rd edition) TL scale so I can use the said product to make weapons for my game. The TL of humanity in the game is 14-18.
Aina's TL is the TL listed on the alien prinouts made with Aliengen.
Era is the approximate timescale in the Guild Space future history for human development. You will not that the technology-time curve is S-shaped.
Weapons, Power, Transport, Materials, Biotechnics, and Computer all categories of technological development. Some variance may exist between the TLs in some categories for some races.
|2||1||10000 BC||Domestic Animals||Stone||Herbal Medicine|
|3||1||3000 BC||Swords||Bronze||Abacus, Geometry|
|Iron||Diagnosis of Disease||Algebra|
|6||3||1700 AD||Flintlocks||Steel||Simple Surgery||Calculus,
|7||3||1800 AD||Precussion Firearms||Steam
|8||4||1900 AD||Cartridge Firearms||Aircraft, Automobile||Antiseptics||Relativity, Quantum Mechanics|
|9||4||1930 AD||SMGs||Fission Power||Stainless
|Mass Vaccination||Vacuum Tubes|
|10||4||1960 AD||Light Assault Rifles||Orbital and Lunar Flights||Virology;
|11||5||1980 AD||Autoburst Weapons||Reusable Spacecraft||Ceramics||Transplants, Primitive Cloning||Microchips, Parallel Processing|
|12||5||2010 AD||Caseless Ammo||Primitive Fusion||SSTO Spacecraft,
|Bucky Tubes||Cloning, Genginerring||Optical Computers|
|13||5||2070 AD||Portable Railguns||Fusion Power||Beanstalks, Fusion Rocket||EM Strengthening||Anti-Aging Drugs||Primitive Nanonics|
|14||6||2160 AD||Laser Weapons||Ion Drives||"Hot" Superconducters||Syth-nerve, Cyberware||Quantum Computers|
|15||6||2280 AD||Personal Mobile Armor||Microfusion||Q-drive||Super- permeables
|Medical Nanonics||Synaptic Processing|
|16||7||2430 AD||Particle Beam Weapons||Thermal Conversion||Fusion / Ion Drives||Thermelectrics||Cryo Suspension||Sentient Computers|
|17||7||2610 AD||Gravitic Focused Lasers||CNO Catalysis
|Hyperslings||Electromagnetic Deflectors||Gengineered Symbiotes||Ultra Cheap Memory|
|Primitive Antimatter||Psuedo- Reactionless Drives||Stresselectrics||Memory Manipulation||Intelligence Enhnacement|
|19||8||3060 AD||Advanced Weapons?||Advanced
|Force Fields?||Massive Bioengineering||Sentient Nanonics?|
|20||8||3330 AD||QBH Power?||Alcubierre
|Exotic Matter?||Bioships||Memory Transfer?|
Also, note that due to a derelict spaceship found
by humanity, humans recieved Q-drive technology earlier than the listed
If you are developing your own game setting, the above becnhmarks should only be taken as guidelines as it is, in reality, notoriously hard to predict what the future will hold in any given area of advancement.