Friday, December 17, 2010

Random Cliche Sci-fi Races

Inspired by Save vs. Poison, over lunch I coded up a quick cliche science fiction race generator in java. It mixes up a species cliche, throws in a random trait to salt that, and then grabs a couple of human cultures that can be used to fill in the blanks. Here's my best result set so far:

The Amoral Scientist Race
Natural supercomputing mentation
Souix-Celtic

The Surly Technician Race
Technologically advanced in cybernetics
Indian-Australian

The Religious and Probably Psionic Race
Can't share environment with common species
Scandinavian-Mongolian

The Evil Empire Race
Stand-in for topical political group/enemy
Egyptian-Ottoman

The Hedonistic Merchant Race
Basically a historic human culture
Roman-American

The Totalitarian Machine Race
Practically un-kill-able
Mayan-Iroqouis

The Hot Purple Chick Race
Can't use common inter-species mode of communication
Han-Tibetan

The Mean-Muggin' But Scrupulous Warrior Race
Completely humorlous and stoic
English-Polynesian

Hedonistic & mercantile American/Romans? Purple Asian sex-objects that can't talk back? Un-killable totalitarian machines? Topical evil empire? Surly cybernetic technicians? Amoral supercomputing scientists? How cliche can you get!

Since I don't have a good hosting spot for my rpg coding projects yet, I'll just make this available by request.

3 comments:

  1. Here's another interesting sample:

    The Mad Scientist Race
    Berserkers or have warrior life-phase
    Roman-Souix

    The Race That Hates Humans For No Damn Reason
    Have important resource monopoly on space drive component
    Mongolian-Indian

    The Evil Empire Race
    Universally cybernetic
    Mayan-Arabian

    The Archaic Noble Savage Race
    Technologically advanced in shields
    Navajo-English

    The Hot Blue Chick Race
    Basically a historic human culture
    Frankish-Ottoman

    The Totalitarian Machine Race
    Can't share environment with common species
    Icelandic-Polynesian

    The Hedonistic Merchant Race
    Can't use common inter-species mode of communication
    Carthaginian-Ancien Regime

    The Philosophical and Probably Psionic Race
    Invented common space drive
    Incan-Tibetan

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