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Trekkin
2013-01-29, 04:35 AM
I'm trying to build a part of a setting for a Genius (for now) nWoD game, and my players and I have settled on, basically, Mad Science University. Their labs are part of a research complex of unprecedented size with ludicrous amounts of funding--so naturally, they're going to be attracting mad scientists like flies and home-growing them at a hazardous rate, along with everything else that just sort of pops into existence around particle accelerators late at night, and the players are in charge of maintaining the tissue-thin masquerade of normalcy for as long as possible.

With that in mind, I'm trying to come up with names of labs that should clue the players in to the trouble spots -- and the ultimate depth of the mad science rabbit hole. Names like Anomalous Materials Research from Half-Life, or the Quarantine Labs that sound like good places to start looking when something strange is found crawling through the airlocks. Naturally, these are also the type of facilities that get built close to each other on geologically unstable ancient burial grounds by lunatic contractors, etc., etc., but the important thing is that they sound like you really don't want to be there in the dark.

So, my fellow Playgrounders, have you any ideas for names of science labs/departments that sound slightly less than safe or sane?

akma
2013-01-29, 05:41 AM
Deadly weapons development - voulnters needed for quality assurance.

Department of devolution studies.

Experimintal weapons lab.

Genetic mutation lab.

Alternative dimensions department.

Department of flesh reconstruction.

C.J.Geringer
2013-01-29, 06:25 AM
Human reprogramming department

Bellic infectology division

Center for the study of mental scarification trough somatic alteration

I need to think up one with applied and one with lobotomy

Silverbit
2013-01-29, 07:32 PM
Lobal Cleansing Department.
Non-Euclidean Housing Comittee.
Extra-Dimensionial Resources.

Arcane_Secrets
2013-01-29, 07:37 PM
The Institute for Post-Mortem Studies
Unstable Dimensions Research Department
Reanimation Technical Support
Paranormal Epidemiology

GolemsVoice
2013-01-29, 07:40 PM
Do you want to go all-out Mad Scientist naming, or something a little more subtle?

Well, here are some suggestions anyway:

Department of Transhuman Studies

Department for Neural Restructuring

Department for Necrovital Research

Extreme Situation Weapons Testing

Weaponized Organisms Lab


And of course the Department of Killmurder

Pokonic
2013-01-29, 08:06 PM
Meta-Thoughts Viewing Lab

Biometal testing Lab (WARNING: DO NOT WEAR YELLOW)

Star Decompression Chamber

Multi-Demensional Physics Department

Biotherma Nuke Testing Lab

TKIY Dance Studio (Bring Elder Sign)

Necrotic Radiation R&D

Landis963
2013-01-29, 08:14 PM
Department of Neural Programming
Biosuspension Storage Facility (now with Anti-Necrotic Procedures 330!)
Quantum Entanglement Division
Psychokinesis Labs

Winter_Wolf
2013-01-29, 08:33 PM
Department of Xenopathology (Virulent strains)
Bureau of Paranormal Psychology
Division of Ectoplasmic Kinesiology and Energetic Transference
Mimetic Morphology Lab

Gwyn chan 'r Gwyll
2013-01-29, 10:55 PM
Department of Inadvisably Applied Radiation
Institute of Indefinite Architecture
Esoteric Materials Lab

Wyntonian
2013-01-30, 12:19 AM
Department of Clean-ish Energy.

Department of Farms. And Cows. Nothing to see here. Promise.

Post-Human Resources.

Nanoepidemology Division.

Department of Paraepistemology.

Brett Nortje
2013-01-30, 12:35 AM
there are societies at college that have cool names, george bush was a member of skull and bones, for example...

Landis963
2013-01-30, 12:41 AM
there are societies at college that have cool names, george bush was a member of skull and bones, for example...

Too mystical for what I believe is the point of this thread (namely, to make mad science college departments). If it was, say, "Skull & Bones Reconstruction Labs", then it might fit.

padraig
2013-01-30, 10:51 PM
Don't forget to throw the occasional innocuous department in there.
PCs get in elevator with floors marked

-Weaponized Dermatology Division
-Xenotransplant Ward
-Accounting

Most PC's in my experience would dash directly to accounting, assuming it's hiding something.

Amechra
2013-01-30, 11:34 PM
Infectious Teratomology
Applied Metarobotics
Neurology Reassignment Facility
Applied Language Reinvention
Societal Reconfigurement Lab

It's best if, at least at first, people refer to them by their acronyms.

ALR, SRL, and NRF sound positively innocent, don't they? You could even have people pronounce the latter two as "sorrel" and "nerf"; those are positively harmless names!

Landis963
2013-01-31, 01:25 AM
Superluminal Rocketry
Xenoinformation Technology
Security

cha0s4a11
2013-01-31, 08:45 AM
Human Resources

Trekkin
2013-01-31, 03:58 PM
And presumably Inhuman Resources, as well, for the ponerology labs.

Thanks, guys; these are fantastic. They make a remarkable adventure idea generator when randomly recombined, as well.

Raven777
2013-01-31, 10:24 PM
Dark Science Laboratories - We do what we want because why not.

Department of Applied Xenocide

Center of Transethics Configuration

Anti-Antimatter Production Facility

Causality Disruptor Chamber

Collateral Repairs Dock

The Machine (Dress Code STRICTLY Enforced)

Nyarai
2013-02-02, 10:20 PM
When I needed a throwaway creepyscience department, this generator (http://www.seventhsanctum.com/generate.php?Genname=experiment) was a huge help.

It gave me the DNA Reduction Lab. No idea what that means, but it sounds spooky. :smallbiggrin:

Tebryn
2013-02-02, 10:31 PM
I'll throw my hat in for "Department of Genetic Determination"

Analytica
2013-02-02, 10:36 PM
Memetic Containment Division.

In fact... Special Containment Procedures. :smallbiggrin:

Department of Applied Eschatology.

Gwyn chan 'r Gwyll
2013-02-03, 11:55 PM
When I needed a throwaway creepyscience department, this generator (http://www.seventhsanctum.com/generate.php?Genname=experiment) was a huge help.

It gave me the DNA Reduction Lab. No idea what that means, but it sounds spooky. :smallbiggrin:

Ah, Seventh Sanctum, you never let me down.

Genetic Neutralization?
Cell Disassociation?
Quantified Cryptoabsorption?

Gotta love Seventh Sanctum

Trekkin
2013-02-04, 04:48 PM
Genetic Neutralization is just perfect; it's the Department of Pure and Applied Familicide.

Zap Dynamic
2013-02-12, 09:34 AM
the players are in charge of maintaining the tissue-thin masquerade of normalcy for as long as possible.

I don't have any names to suggest, but that is an awesome idea for an RPG! Way to go!

Eldan
2013-02-12, 09:50 AM
Department of Applied Eschatology.


This, I think, scares me the most on the entire page.

One tip: you should always add something normal sounding to any list like this, somewhere at the end, just to watch your most genre-savvy people squirm.

Like:
Department of Inversive Evolution
Paramatter studies
Xenogenomics
Gift Shop

Or:
Retrograde Neurology
Transmogrifications
Brute-force Cryptography
Kitchen

Yitzi
2013-02-12, 11:03 AM
Department 57.