My Christmas Gift Is Technobabble

GregStolze

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I've been playing TERMINATION SHOCK for a while now, and one thing that's been a constant need is... RICH, MEATY TECHNOBABBLE. The character I'm currently playing is a ship's engineer with a sideline on the cyber, so I made up a couple quick roll-and-be-damned Mad Lib charts to come up with a hundred different techno headaches. Just roll 2d10 and see what's broken.

THE COMPUTER'S BORKED 'TIL WE FIX THIS...

1 floating-point...
2 OS...
3 iterative...
4 pseudo-prime number...
5 integrating...
6 outdated...
7 data-deinterlacing...
8 poorly upgraded...
9 malfunctioning core matrix...
10 If/Not-If...

1 ...kernel
2 ...error
3 ...algorithm
4 ...interface
5 ...bus
6 ...buffer overflow
7 ...synergy modulator
8 ...compiler
9 ...transistor
10 ...patch


THE ENGINEERING PROBLEM IS WITH THE...

1 ventilation...
2 pseudomatter...
3 ion...
4 cryo...
5 thermal...
6 power...
7 oscillating...
8 regulating...
9 saw-ridge...
10 impact...

1 ...manifold
2 ...vent
3 ...shaft
4 ...vault
5 ...transformer
6 ...coupling
7 ...impeller
8 ...converter
9 ...press-join
10 ...choke-gear


...and having recently added a medic/biologist...

THE BIOLOGICAL ISSUE CONCERNS...

1 mitochondrial...
2 unstable tissue...
3 plasmoid...
4 unstable nervo-...
5 moniliform...
6 fundal...
7 endocrine...
8 para-oxic...
9 protein...
10 endo-...

1 ...viscosity
2 ...necrosis
3 ...inflammation
4 ...spasms
5 ...oxides
6 ...phyblepharon
7 ...granules
8 ...spallation
9 ...cytosis
10 ...antagonism

What y'all got?

(By the way, there's an actual play podcast up on Soundcloud. You can find it at https://soundcloud.com/search/sounds?q=greg stolze )

-G.
 
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Tango Samurai

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Merry Christmas Greg!
I had the honor and pleasure of meeting you at GenCon 09 and getting you to sign my Reign Solis HardCover and Wild Talents EE.
It's always neat to see what's cooking in that magnificent brain of yours.

I have nothing to contribute but my well wishes.
 
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Dr. Rudolf von Richten

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For me, the ultimate expression of technobabble is "We must reverse the polarity on the tachyon beam!"

I think it's from Star Trek: TNG, but it can be easily inserted into any Sci-Fi context that pretends to have 'hard science' behind the technology. :)
 

McDoom

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For me, the ultimate expression of technobabble is "We must reverse the polarity on the tachyon beam!"

I think it's from Star Trek: TNG, but it can be easily inserted into any Sci-Fi context that pretends to have 'hard science' behind the technology. :)
My comment was also going to be, "When in doubt, reverse the polarity".

Apparently one of the early actors to play The Doctor back in the 60s, not sure which, hated a lot of the technobabble the role entailed - but he took a liking to "reversing the polarity" of things so it made its way into the script more because he didn't object to saying it.
 

Geoff Watson

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My comment was also going to be, "When in doubt, reverse the polarity".

Apparently one of the early actors to play The Doctor back in the 60s, not sure which, hated a lot of the technobabble the role entailed - but he took a liking to "reversing the polarity" of things so it made its way into the script more because he didn't object to saying it.
Jon Pertwee.
 

Insect King

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THE COMPUTER'S BORKED 'TIL WE FIX THIS...
1 Mu field gauging...
2 Root stacking...
3 Integrative
4 Tunneling
5 Uninteroperable
6 Compucyte de-densifying...
7 Path integral deinterlacing...
8 Modular autoupgradables'...
9 Colonising...
10 Topographic...

1 ... Coredrive
2 ... Electrome collapse
3 ... Nonreal Number Line
4 ... Calculation population singularity
5 ... Serial muon cache
6 ... Rogue numeral buffer
7 ... Carbon-frieze scrubber
8 ... Exhaust informatics
9 ... Tetrathermal sink
10... Seed-set executables
 

Glyptodont

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Back in the day, I whipped up a steampunk gadget creator in an old thread:

Roll 3D6, one for each table:

Table 1
  1. Dimensional
  2. Luminiferous
  3. Universal
  4. Anti-
  5. Trans-
  6. Left-handed
Table 2
  1. Aetheric
  2. Phlogiston
  3. Gyroscopic
  4. Vitalic
  5. Magnetic
  6. Electro-static
Table 3
  1. Gauge
  2. Meter
  3. Cog
  4. Spanner
  5. Piston
  6. Boiler

And voila! You'll have your Anti-Gyroscopic Spanner ready to use.
 
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