Type of Disease
1-4 Minor Illness. Roll once on the Minor Symptom Table.
5-6 Advanced Minor Illness. Roll twice on the Minor Symptom Table.
7-9 Major. Roll once on the Major Symptom Table and three times on the Minor Symptom Table.
10-11 Advanced Major. Roll twice on the Major Symptom Table and four times on the Minor.
12 Life-threatening. Roll three times on Major Symptom and
1-3 Not contagious.
4-7 Mildly contagious (example: fluid exchange). Basic sanitary procedures (wearing gloves, no open wounds, scrubbing after interaction) will prevent infection.
8-11 Fully contagious (example: aerosol from sneezing and coughing inhaled or lands on mucous membranes). Masks and eyeshields are needed in addition to basic sanitary procedures.
12 Massively contagious (example: just breathing the same air). HAZMAT gear necessary to avoid infection.
1 Runny Nose
2 Clogged Sinuses ("stuffed-up head")
3 Mild fever (99-101 degrees)
4 Nausea/upset stomach
7 Body aches
12 Roll twice on this table
1 Vomiting (results in malnutrition)
2 Diarrhea (results in dehydration)
3 Massive Fever (102-107 degrees)
4 Crippling body/joint pain (may result in hit point loss)
5 Weakness/Inability to stand or move
7 Spasmodic Coughing
8 Fluid/mucous buildup in lungs
9 Muscle spasms (example: tetanus)
10 Uncontrollable trembling (neurological damage)
11 Blood coming out of places it shouldn't
Method of Cure (all results are cumulative)
1-3 Bed rest
4-6 Plenty of clear fluids
9 Intensive care ward (conventional medicine)
10 Experimental drugs/retrovirus/DNA therapy (unconventional medicine)
11 Pray to whatever gods there may be
12 You have no chance to survive make your time
(note: if in a Sci-Fi RPG, the PC doctor who discovers the disease may name it himself)
The structure is: Noun ('s) Adjective Symptom.
Clearly there are too many to list. Examples include: Name of discovering doctor; name of first patient; name of location where disease first manifested; name of people with whom the disease is endemic. If stuck, name generators may be of use.
Adjective (pick one or roll randomly)
- Worse Than Death
Take the most life-threatening symptom (or in the case of minor ailments, most inconvenient) and use it or a synonym.
Example of use:
An intrepid space-explorer who contracted an intestinal bug that results in fever, cramps, spasms and diarrhea has a case of the Glorflaxian Thunder-Shits.