Hello, I am wwoord(PSN name) and this is a basic design template for documenting the Planets discovered. This is based off of guesswork, trailers and game play before the games release.
Planet Name -
Star System -
Life Discovered on Planet -
Advanced Life Discovered -
Sentinels Present -
Type of weather -
Average Temperature at Sea level -
Day Length -
Night Length -
When are Fauna most Active -
Mentionable Trade Information -
Tallest Point Discovered -
Deepest Point Discovered -
Aquatic Fauna -
Aquatic Flora -
Terrestrial Fauna -
Terrestrial Flora -
Aerial Fauna -
Aerial Flora -
Additional Information -
Evidence of Planetary Object-
Hey! You should totally have a discussion with nivekisrom and sunlion they have some really neat ideas about this stuff too.
Once we have a better picture of what information the game gives us in it's own inventory encyclopaedia, it may be difficult to predicvt what informatiuon categories will be needed. We can only put in descriptors and details once we know what information will be presented to us that we are able to record.
However, having said that, I think the above would make a decent reference sheet (printed out and filled in by hand as one explored that planet), used as a record, that could then be used to split those finding between any relevent pages on, (in our case our website pages), or used as is but filled out with more information should someone be making a written Journal or other documentation. Also it would be usefull as a keynote to refer to if creating a video journal once those discoveries have been made (Planetary documentory anyone? :p )
So yes, that sort of format I would use as a printout in order to creat fast notes to be built on later. Though, as a standalone it would also work out just fine. For a more in depth breakdown of all discoveries on a planet, for those of us who will be doing a complete exploration on every X number of Systems along my journey, It could still be of use it as a note taking printout/fly-sheet, that can be built on over the period of that survey.
I think it would be awesome if someone created an app to key all this stuff in and then it could be shared among everyone. It would sweet to look up a star system and then see that someone went there already and then you would know if you should use your fuel to warp to that system or a different one.
And maybe instead of 'Terrestial Fauna/Terrestial Fauna" do "Surface Ground Fauna/Flora" and "Underground Fauna/Flora"
The name of the player who discovered it might be a valid entry too. It'd be cool if each planet had such a ballet. A comprehensive manifest filled with this type of planet information and perhaps a huge list of discovered species (with name of discoverer). After the person who first discovered the planet has left, this ballet still hangs there for a kindred explorer to possibly add on to - even if that's 29 years from now.