As I’ve mentioned before giant planets are often, wrongfully, left out of the worldbuilding process.
Even if I concede that the gas giants in our system (classical gas giants) are dull, no such concession can be made for extrasolar giant planets.
How a terrestrial planet grows and evolves is, in part, influenced by what sort of giant planets are present in a system. A system with a Hot Jupiter may host particularly wet terrestrial planets. An Eccentric Jupiter may produce significantly drier worlds.
Other classifications such as Cthonian Planets, Puffy Giants, Gas Dwarfs and Super Jupiters all influence their systems in their own unique ways.
Dear worldbuilder, it is in your interest to understand these planetary types. It will lead to a richer worldbuilding experience and undoubtably a richer setting.
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