Here is the scenario. You are playing Star Trek Adventures. Something on the bridge of your ship blows up causing a complication like “main sensors are out”. You could simply roll to fix the complication, look up at the GM, and say “It’s fixed!”
Or, like a true Star Trek aficionado, you cock an eyebrow, say to the GM, “We need to reroute emergency power through the axionic deflector shell. That should compensate for the static discharge,” and then roll the dice.
Your fellow players stop their geek-talk and pencil-fudging to look up at you. Wow. “That, like, sounded real,” fat Ed gasps.
Well, here are some tools to help you polish your technobabble and be the true Star Trek hero you want to be!
- The Technobabble Generator from SciFi Ideas.com is amazing. They created a technobabble generator to help writers add technical jargon to their science fiction works. Does a complicated piece of technology need fixing on your spaceship? Don’t know what that piece of technology is? Try out the technobabble generator and see if its randomly generated nonsense fits the bill.
- Technobabble Cheat Sheet—To use the PDF Chart simply gather and roll d20s and consult the chart for
technical new terms and concepts.
- I have used this website, www.seventhsanctum.com, since 1999. Seventh Sanctum is the source for random generators of ideas, from story concepts to science fiction weapons to extremely silly spells. If you need ideas, inspiration, full stories, or a good laugh, then go on and enjoy!
- The third tool is this cool “Technobabble Damage” chart posted here. (Can’t remember where I found it. When I do, I will give it the credit it deserves.)
- The fourth is hosted by Ennead Games.
- Star Trek Technobabble Generator
And let’s not forget the big boys of Star Trek technology:
Know any other good resources I should add here? Let me know!
Have fun with these!