Ad hoc random table generation for Carcosa Wacky Races
Here’s my method for generating a random table I should’ve anticipated but didn’t, in 10 minutes or less:
Drive the kids to school, muttering to myself like a madman. Listen to whatever’s on the radio, ask them baffling questions. Then try to hook their baffling answers back to Carcosa, CoC, Vance or the Moomins.*
What you get when you press the “cloudy-swirly-bubbly thing” button (D6)
2 tornado monster
4 “lightning spring”
5 bubble dragon
6 yog sothoth gate – whatever goes in it gets thrown out of one of the squirmy pentacles that are on people’s vehicles.
Devolver creature exchanger cannon (roll 3D6 in order)
A: threat level
6: eldritch monster
B: how does it move?
- Sessile/drifting – like a jellyfish, anemone, or Yithian
- Exotic (teleport, suggestible pallbearers, “always there” in some associative, dream-logic way etc)
C: size of a…
- mouse –
- elephant +
And then you just try to think of something that fits those important characteristics. In the worked example, a pelgrane is: 5 (intelligent), 5: flying, 5: horse-sized.
*What, were you hoping for a random random table table generator?