Below are beta test Clade and Group creation tables for complex (multicellular) life. Of course there are extra tidbits missing from these sample tables that I saved for the book (as well as the definitions of the results, extra sub-tables, etc.), but this is fully functional and the results paint a general picture of the flora and fauna of a world, forming the basis from which countless Genera and Species can be created.
NOTE: Before you start, choose how complex this Clade of life forms will be: low (like sponges, jellyfish, annelids, plants, fungi, etc.), medium (like insects, crustaceans, fish, amphibians, reptiles, etc.), or high (like mammals and birds). This affects results as you consult the tables.
ALSO NOTE: Advantages and Disadvantages are cumulative from Clade to Group and throughout the creation process. If you get the same result twice or a "Great Advantage/Disadvantage" result, add "Very" (or "Great" where that sounds better) to the descriptor, if three times "Extremely", four times "Super", and so on. In the examples below, the Group description includes the Clade characteristics.
FINAL NOTE: On a result of "Special", you may roll twice, roll without any modifiers, roll on a table that normally does not apply, choose any result you wish, or come up with a peculiarity (which in the INSTANT ALIENS book will have extensive tables).
Try it out and let me know what you think! Post your results in the comments.
CLADES are wide classes of organisms (mammals, birds, insects, conifers, mushrooms, etc.) to which Groups, Genera, and Species belong. Use these tables to determine common characteristics.
GROUPS are broad families of Genera and Species related to a Clade. Use these tables to determine common characteristics. Each of the results is further defined and expanded upon (with many more tables for even greater detail) in the book.
CLADE I: High complex dominant terrestrial consumers (bilateral hydroskeleton with many limbs; role advantage, but habitat disadvantage).
GROUP A: Armored and communal temperate terrestrial grazers (large, fast, stout-bodied but weak; great role advantage, but habitat disadvantage).
GROUP B: Smart temperate and dry terrestrial grazers (small, fast, stout-bodied; weapon and role advantages, but great habitat disadvantage).
GROUP C: Tolerant and prolific dry parasitic consumers (extremely small, slow, very stout-bodied, mighty, but hostile and sluggish; role advantage, but habitat disadvantage).
CLADE II: Low complex dominant terrestrial producers (radial endoskeleton, vegetative growth; armored with size advantage).
GROUP A: Diverse, communal, generalist, large wet terrestrial photosynths (huge, sessile, armored sac; role advantage).
GROUP B: Very armored wet terrestrial parasitic producers (large, sessile, armored star; very prolific).
GROUP C: Tolerant cool terrestrial saprophyte (medium-sized, sessile, armored thin bilateral shape; habitat advantage).