G is for Gadget

han-solo-fixing-falconOn many occasions while running a Edge of the Empire campaign, you may find a need to quickly generate Star Wars styled techno-babble. These random bits of pseudo-scientific nonsense serve to add verisimilitude and colorful background to your games without necessarily carrying any weight in terms of game mechanics.

To generate a handheld device or tool from the table below, roll one d10 on both the Adjective and Noun columns to create a new, unique piece of equipment. An additional level of detail and variety can be added by rolling another d10 and referencing the Material column. These randomized tools can be used to fix the wide variety of starship systems, such as the ones described further in this post.

Handheld Tools (Roll 3x d10)

















  hyperspace   motivator











  pulse   drive




  flux   emitter








7   Copper  




8   Plasteel   quantum  
















When a Galaxy Master needs to move to a larger scale than simple handheld tool, he or she can then reference the Minor Starship Systems table below. This table is a simple, random list of 100 different systems within a typical starship piloted by the Crew. The table can be used commonly to describe the starship systems that smoke, explode, and sends sparks across the deck in an interesting and exciting manner whenever the starship takes any System Strain. Though none of these systems in and of themselves are critical to a starship’s routine function, describing their breakdown as the starship is stressed and damaged can create a much more compelling roleplaying scene.

This chart has been provided to Triumph & Despair by our first guest writer, Andrew Murray.

Minor Starship Systems (Roll d100)

  1. Aft power conduits
  2. Reactor coolant lines
  3. Engine coolant lines
  4. Life support lines
  5. Turret servos
  6. Atmospheric sensor
  7. Hull plate connectors
  8. Hull plate connectors
  9. Port hull strut
  10. Power feeds
  11. Outboard power adaptors
  12. Power converter modular housing
  13. Flight control connecters
  14. Fuel drive pressure stabilizer
  15. Hyperspace integrator
  16. Thrust vector magnet
  17. Port circuitry bay
  18. De-gausser
  19. Emergency lighting
  20. Thrust vector plate
  21. Landing gear hydraulics
  22. Passive sensor antennae
  23. Anti-concussion field generator
  24. Sensor processing systems
  25. Starboard hull strut
  26. Warp vortex stabilizer
  27. Oxygen scrubber
  28. Docking collar
  29. Hydraulic tanks
  30. Charged fuel line
  31. Flight controls
  32. Magnetic drivers
  33. Ion prefire chamber
  34. Energy capacitors
  35. Gyroscopic stabilizers
  36. Ion compression chamber
  37. Port anti-grav generator
  38. Starboard anti-grav generator
  39. Heat exhaust vent
  40. Aux. acceleration compensator
  41. Post-reactor radiator
  42. Recharge socket
  43. Inertial compensator
  44. Canopy fasteners
  45. Sensor preprocessors
  46. Airlock coupling
  47. Static discharge array
  48. Auxilliary Fuel capsule
  49. Repulsorlift vanes
  50. Overload cache
  51. Power converters
  52. Power couplings
  53. Laser cooling sleeve
  54. Reactant injector
  55. Electromagnetic gyros
  56. Dedicated energy receptor
  57. Systems diagnostic wiring
  58. Laser cannon power cells
  59. Laser cannon capacitors
  60. Laser field stabilizer generator
  61. Rear access channels
  62. Fuel pumps
  63. Engine strut
  64. Cockpit strut
  65. Access panel latch
  66. Aft heat shield
  67. Aft shield projectors
  68. Bow shield projectors
  69. Comscan processor
  70. Bow heat shield
  71. Deflector shield power hub
  72. Engine cooling duct outlet
  73. Thermal discharge vent
  74. Starboard circuitry bay
  75. Starboard power conduits
  76. Port power conduits
  77. Port resonator shaft
  78. Disintegrator chute
  79. Main reactor bulb
  80. Energy shield shroud
  81. Starboard superstructure frame
  82. Bow superstructure frame
  83. Aft superstructure frame
  84. Tensegrity compensator
  85. Shield generator coolant lines
  86. Neutrino radiator grille
  87. Port superstructure frame
  88. Starboard resonator shaft
  89. Fuel igniters
  90. Adaptive power regulator
  91. Scanner tubes
  92. Magnetic clamp
  93. Power supply inductor
  94. Aft wiring trunk
  95. Bow wiring trunk
  96. Magnetic turbine
  97. Static discharge vent
  98. Bow power conduits
  99. Fuel atomizer cone
  100. Hyperdrive manifold

About C. Steven Ross

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8 responses to “G is for Gadget

  • Brian

    This is fantastic! I’m going to be running the beginner game for the first time tomorrow, and one of my players is thinking of going with the mechanic pre-gen. It’ll add a lot of color if I can name specific parts of the ship that get damaged and need fixing.

  • Roland

    Thanks for this post, and thanks for this entire blog. It’s a terrific resource! I’m entirely new to RPGs and to serving as a GM, so I have a lot to learn. This has been the best resource I’ve found so far. Thanks.

  • C. Steven Ross

    I’m thrilled to hear that this stuff is so useful to you guys, and ecstatic to hear about new players jumping into tabletop RPGs. You make the hard work worthwhile!

  • mdl780

    Oh man, the Minor Starship Systems section screams Sleazy Mechanic…

    [Sleezy Mechanic] Ah, yeah, your ah, ship she needs some new Starship Power Conduits and the Adaptive Power Regulator looks like it’s about to go. I checked the terminal and we have the parts and I can fix’em now if you like. 500 credits. You don’t wanna leave stuff like this hurting for long. They’ll kill your bird for sure.

    [Crew] Ah….what exactly do those things do?

    [Sleezy Mechanic] What do they do? What do they do, he asks. They keep your bird sailing high in the sky, my friend. Instead of being cooped up in here where she can’t even feel the cool breeze of space….

  • Chaosmeister

    Hi there, this is a great post. I translated it into german if anyone is interested. Please keep posting, I am prepping a game of my own and would love the full alphabet :-)

    • C. Steven Ross

      Guten tag! Deutsch sprachen ist immer gut zu hoeren.

      OK, that’s about about as far as I’m going to test my German grammar. Triumph & Despair is always interested in seeing tools, tips and tricks for making like easier and/or better for the Galaxy Master, and that certainly includes genuine translations of the texts to a different language by a native speaker. Click on my profile and send me an email and I’ll post it up.

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