Feb 26, 2020

Spells run through Google Translate a couple of times

  1. Go to https://www.d20srd.org/indexes/spells.htm
  2. Copy all spells you want - I just used those under "A" because this is a silly method and I don't want to waste my time
  3. Go to https://translate.google.com
  4. Paste them into the left textbox, pick "Identify language" (or whatever it's called in your browser) for the left one always
  5. Choose a language you can't pronounce properly in the right selection box, translate
  6. Copy the translated text and paste it into the left textbox, having Google auto-identify it
  7. Repeat step 5-6 a number of times
  8. Lastly, translate it into English
  9. Tada

Well, in my head I pictured bullet item 9 to be more exciting than it was - probably because Google always translates to English as a middleware-language every time (or so I imagine) - but my odyssey through Finnish, Chinese, Russian, Zulu, Thai, Norwegian at least produced some interesting new spell names:
  • Call the police
  • Prepare weapons
  • Self-correction
  • Dweomer review
  • Animal condition
  • Let him die
  • Life Guard
  • Anti-dynamic field
  • Hat
  • Implant-resistant housing
  • Aachen's eyes
  • Bend lock
  • Mark Oken
  • Mysterious sight
  • Arcane Eye, the biggest
  • Compensation
  • Preview
  • Get up
Who are Aachen and Mark Oken? Mark Oken sounds like a 90s techno DJ from the Netherlands.

8 comments:

  1. I've heard that Call the Police is a rather dangerous spell, that can easily backfire on the caster.

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    1. Yep. Before you know it, you're in a British rock band!

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  2. Okay, I'll bite. Here we go. I deleted a few that came out recognizable on the other end:

    hot
    expulsion
    Find the volume of resistance
    Cursed is given
    Appendix
    black area
    of the barriers with the tongue
    bless the country
    lightning
    flicker
    exit
    Proud record
    the power of the bull
    Power of the masses of cows
    However, burning

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    1. Oh I love "However, burning". It feels like your typical teenage spell, something they'd end each conversation with.

      Hmm maybe "dependent clause spells" should be a thing - something you just stick at the end.

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  3. Maybe Oken has only one name, and the spell marks him.

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    1. You know, long campaigns have been built around less! I sense an adventure hook there.

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  4. Call the Police reminds me of the special move in the first Streets of Rage. One minute you're roaming the streets of The City, beating up criminals with your fists, then the next a couple of cops in a futuristic patrol car turn up and use bazookas and flamethrowers on the punks, before driving off.

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    1. Yeah I've always wondered about that, feels like a dick move by the police chief.

      "LISTEN UP MEN! WE NEED TO TAKE DOWN MR X BEFORE HE TAKES CONTROL OF THE WHOLE CITY! I'VE DIVIDED YOU INTO TWO SQUADS - YOU FOUR WILL BE ON FOOT USING YOUR FISTS - AND THE REST OF YOU CAN CHOOSE FROM THIS VAST SELECTION OF BAZOOKAS TO USE AT YOUR DISPOSAL, PLUS YOU GET A BULLET PROOF CAR. DISMISS!"

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