From The Organic Prepper, by way of Lew:
Questions designed to spark the imagination of Referees everywhere:
(Just the headers are in this post: go to the links above for the meat. My meanderings are in italics.)
1.) Why would they all follow the lead of a guy who hallucinates about his dead wife and makes horrible decisions?
“I’m thinking psions myself. Or someone mistaken for a psion. Or mistaken for a prophet.”
“The Vilani wouldn’t go for this: instead, they’re more likely to go for someone who simply hasn’t changed much. The man who simply shrugged at the apocalypse and kept on doing what he was doing before obviously knows what he’s doing!”
(…and the Vilani may well be right, too…)
2.) Why on earth didn’t they have bug out bags?
An insufficient level of paranoia? In the Empty Quarter, you’re more worried about foreigners and the neighbours than a full-on collapse of society: so weapons and watchful men are everywhere, but medical kits or water purifiers are thin on the ground.
3.) On the same note, would you go anywhere without an every day carry kit?
I think that only seasoned Travellers would go for this: most locals rely on their tribe for backup in case thing get bad. An easy assumption, and often correct – but not always correct.
4.) Why don’t they teach their children not to just freak out and run away?
In the Empty Quarter, a significant minority train their children on what to do when hostiles show up – you never know when something bad is going to drop out of the sky, be it pirates, Blood Vargr or old enemies. But even here, people get lazy, especially on the safer, more heavily-guarded worlds…
5.) Why in the name of heaven didn’t they have a predetermined rally point?
This is actually a good question!
6.) Where are the supply caches?
Interesting, the Bwap are the ones who always knows where the nearest water cache is. The Vilani may know about the emergency supplies – but only if it’s their caste description. (Curiosity is discouraged in proper Vilani societies, in order to preserve Stability and Order.) On their own world, the Arakaadi know where the caches and the rally points are – but they’ve been a militarized society since the height of the Vargr Pillaging, two thousand or so years ago…
7.) Why would Daryl and Beth have an emotional meltdown and burn their shelter to the ground in the middle of the night?
People under stress can do really, really stupid things. Something for the PCs to think about.