The Negative Space Wedgie is the equivalent of the Monster of the Week for space-based science fiction settings. This trope includes actual monsters, but also astronomical phenomena, weird energy fields, and other problems that can't be solved by simply shooting it.
Game and Story Use
- An ill-conceived space wedgie might end up crossing into Space Does Not Work That Way, but a well-crafted wedgie can make for an exciting plot.
- What kind of Negative Space Wedgies you have in your game will largely depend on where you fall on Mohs scale of sci fi hardness.
- Softer sci fi should probably stick to mostly things that can be solved with charisma or firepower. If you're playing fast and loose with science, there's not much for player-character scientists to manipulate.
- Harder science has more tools for player character scientists and astronauts to use in solving science-related problems. At the same time, getting the facts straight requires some research from the GM, and then a way to make sure the PCs, their players, and the GM are all on the same page.