Got Techno-Babble?

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by Tom Verreault

Techno babble has been the staple of science fiction for decades. It sounds cool and intelligent and often provides a plot hook or turning point. Why not use it in your science fiction role playing games?

You need a reason to keep the player characters on planet for a few days? Well, perhaps the photonic relay inducer blew before landing and it will take a few days for the local parts supplier to deliver one and another day to install and test it otherwise there is a risk of the engines hyper igniting on lift off. Perhaps the Clarion Royal Marines are inspecting the ship before clearing it to dock at Clarion Station and discover that the neutron sequencing inverters on the atomic engines are faulty and they cannot clear the ship to enter the docking bay until they’re fixed. Perhaps you just want a little flavor for describing the combat damage to the players. For this situation use the techno babble table below. Roll a d100 and consult the babble result.

 

D100

Result

D100

Result

1

ATMOSPHERIC E-M FIELD

21

TRANS-WARP INTERFACE EFFECT

2

MODULATED PHASE CONDUIT

22

MAGNATOMIC SUBSPACE INVERSION

3

PHASED DAMPENING CONTINUUM

23

MICROSCOPIC WAVEFRONT NUTATION

4

IONIC SUBSPACE DISCRIMINATOR

24

AUXILIARY SYSTEM NUTATION

5

INVERTED FLUX FIELD

25

MODULATED RIDICULOUS CONDUIT

6

MICROSCOPIC BARYON DISTORTION

26

LINEAR WARP INTERFERENCE

7

NUCLEONIC SPACE-TIME NUTATION

27

MODULATED PHASE HARMONIC

8

AMBIENT GRAVIMETRIC DISTORTION

28

RECIPROCATING DAMPENING EMISSION

9

ATMOSPHERIC GRAVIMETRIC HARMONIC

29

GIGA-WATT SPACE-TIME NETWORK

10

GIGA-WATT PARTICLE INTERFERENCE

30

TRANS-WARP ENERGY SINGULARITY

11

OPTICAL INTERFACE EFFECT

31

BARYON RELAY

12

GIGA-WATT SPACE-TIME FIELD

32

MODULATED FREQUENCY VARIANCE

13

AMBIENT QUANTUM STREAM

33

INVERTED TETRYON EFFECT

14

ANOMALOUS NADION PATTERN

34

THERMAL SPACE-TIME CONTROLLER

15

NUCLEONIC E-M SIGNAL

35

MAGNETIC DAMPENING DISTORTION

16

RECIPROCATING NADION ACTUATOR

36

QUANTUM DAMPENING CONTROLLER

17

ASSYMETRICAL WAVEFRONT PATTERN

37

PHASED WAVEFRONT NUTATION

18

AUXILIARY PLASMA CONFIGURATION DIVERTOR

38

PHOTONIC ARTIFICIAL DISTORTION CONTROL

19

PHASED POWER CONFIGURATION CONTROLLER

39

RECIPROCATING STASIS FIELD MODULATOR

20

ARTIFICIAL DISTORTION WAVEFRONT INDUCER

40

MODULATED ALTERNATING CONTROLLER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D100

Result

D100

Result

41

GIGA-WATT SPATIAL COUPLING

71

SONIC SYSTEM DOMAIN TRANSLATOR

42

IONIC PARTICLE STREAM

72

IONIC SUBSPACE STREAM CAPACITOR

43

RAPID SPACE-TIME CONTINUUM

73

GIGA-WATT GRAVIMETRIC SINGULARITY

44

NUCLEONIC FREQUENCY MODULATOR

74

AUXILIARY PARTICLE CONDUIT

45

UNKNOWN SUBSPACE RELAY

75

GIGA-WATT SPACE-TIME EMISSION

56

INVERTED WARP FIELD SCANNER

76

ANOMALOUS DATA CONTINUUM

57

MODULATED WARP EMITTER

77

ASSYMETRICAL E-M SIGNAL

58

THERMAL NADION HARMONIC MONITOR

78

MAGNETIC SYSTEM DISCRIMINATOR

59

QUANTUM NADION COUPLING

79

TEMPORAL TETRYON HARMONIC

50

MODULATED TACYON STREAM CONDUIT

80

GIGA-WATT NEUTRINO RELAY

51

PHASED WAVEFRONT RELAY

81

SPATIAL DATABANKS VARIANCE LOG

52

OPTICAL DATA CAPACITOR

82

PLASMA PULSE SEQUENCER

53

DATABANKS CONTROLLER

83

WARP PHASE CAPACITOR

54

QUANTUM PARTICLE EFFECT

84

IONIC SUPERFICIAL EFFECT

55

TEMPORAL PLASMA DISCRIMINATOR

85

OSCILLATING SYSTEM DISTORTION

56

THERMAL PARTICLE DISTORTION FIELD

86

PHOTONIC DATA RELAY

57

IONIC GRAVIMETRIC CONTROLLER

87

THERMAL QUANTUM ARRAY

58

MAGNATOMIC ALTERNATING PHENOMENON

88

RECIPROCATING GRAVIMETRIC CONTINUUM

59

AUXILIARY DATABANKS CONTROL BUS

89

VERTERON TETRYON ARRAY

60

MICROSCOPIC BARYON MATRIX

90

RAPID TETRYON SINGULARITY

61

POWER DAMPENING CAPACITOR

91

TEMPORAL BARYON DISTURBANCE

62

QUANTUM CAPACITOR

92

SONIC DATABANKS CAPACITOR

63

RECIPROCATING WAVEFRONT STREAM MODULATOR

93

THERMAL SUBSPACE PATTERN SEPARATOR

64

SONIC BARYON PATTERN CONVERTOR

94

OSCILLATING SUBSPACE NUTATION

65

MICROSCOPIC SPACE-TIME INVERSION SEQUENCER

95

RECIPROCATING NEUTRINO EMISSION REDUCER

66

OPTICAL NEUTRINO VARIANCE SEQUENCER

96

PHOTONIC INTERFACE VARIANCE SEQUENCER

67

TRANS-WARP GRAVIMETRIC CONTROLLER

97

PHOTONIC SEQUENCING ARRAY

68

MODULATED GRAVIMETRIC SINGULARITY

98

VERTERON DATA FIELD CROSS CONTROLLER

69

SUBSPACE DISCRIMINATOR

99

OPTICAL SYSTEM DATA CONTROLLER

70

ATMOSPHERIC TETRYON CONDUIT

100

AUXILIARY NEUTRINO EFFECT