It started with Jared von Hindman of Head Injury Theater, who recently did a lot of research on Gamma World, discussing random junk tables. I got in contact with him, and from our combined files, I typed up all the entries from older editions of Gamma World (and a few supplements.) I did some editing and trimming and dropped all 800-some items into a massive spreadsheet, along with a few surprises. We called this mega-list the Grand Unified Junk Table.
From there, Vanir put the whole thing into a database, and started coding a random generator to pull out pieces of junk and display them. The three of us tossed ideas back and forth (adding to the coding workload, as these things go), Jared contributed some more art. And so the three of us present…
The Junkulator, the result of our efforts. The Junkulator pulls a random piece of junk from the Grand Unified Junk Table, assigns it a random condition (also culled from various GW editions), gives it an image from Google Image search, and displays the result. You can get a single piece of junk, or 1d4+1 pieces of junk for your starting set. You can also display the Grand Unified Junk Table in its entirety and print it out if you want an offline chart to roll on. The result doesn’t always make sense, but hey, that seems appropriate enough.
We hope you enjoy the GW Guide and the Junkulator, and thanks both to Jared and Vanir for making it happen. Speaking of which, Jared contributed an article about the history of the junk tables in Gamma World, so be sure to check it out for some extra context and commentary.