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Thematic Procedural Tables • 2016supplementfinalist

Mendel Schmiedekamp • http://www.silvergardengames.com/

Thematic Procedural Tables

Crafting myriad random tables or procedural lists is a daunting task. Creating a template list of concepts acts as inspiration and provides thematic cohesion for your tables. Here are two tables of concepts for making a thematic template to use in making lists and tables for your world.

Passions
1-1) Compassion
1-2) Beauty
1-3) Valor
1-4) Generosity
1-5) Love
1-6) Lust
2-1) Cruelty
2-2) Corruption
2-3) Terror
2-4) Avarice
2-5) Hatred
2-6) Disgust
3-1) Hope
3-2) Resolve
3-3) Despair
3-4) Joy
3-5) Wrath
3-6) Sorrow
4-1) Knowledge
4-2) Truth
4-3) Deception
4-4) Order
4-5) Chaos
4-6) Decay
5-1) Romance
5-2) Loyalty
5-3) Creativity
5-4) Curiosity
5-5) Envy
5-6) Paranoia
6-1) Civilization
6-2) Nature
6-3) Balance
6-4) Stasis
6-5) Progress
6-6) Alien

Elements
1-1) Earth
1-2) Metal
1-3) Stone
1-4) Glass 
1-5) Crystal
1-6) Sand
2-1) Water
2-2) Mud
2-3) Ice
2-4) Salt
2-5) Blood
2-6) Acid
3-1) Air
3-2) Smoke
3-3) Cloud
3-4) Scent
3-5) Sound
3-6) Music
4-1) Fire
4-2) Ash
4-3) Lava
4-4) Light
4-5) Electricity
4-6) Storm
5-1) Wood
5-2) Vegetation
5-3) Animals
5-4) Human Body
5-5) Architecture
5-6) Machines
6-1) Logic
6-2) Dreams
6-3) Emotion
6-4) Memory
6-5) Connection
6-6) Emptiness

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Judge Comments

The title is a little dry, but this is a sound way of generating interesting word seeds out of easily-understood concepts. I could see myself using this to blast out a setting for a one-shot game, either collaboratively or on my lonesome. - Grant Howitt


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