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Iffix Y Santaph
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I'm building a game wherein players are searching the remnants of a fallen alien empire to find materials to craft new technology. Due to the composition of the game, I think I am going to need 15 materials. I've got 7.So I am looking to you kind folks for suggestions. What comes to mind?
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Unobtanium
Dilithium
Unstable molecules
Antimatter
Dark matter
Protoculture
Deuterium
"Superconducting" prepended before any of the above.
"Nano-" prepended before any of the above.
"Quantum" prepended before any of the above.
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dysjunct wrote:
Unobtanium
Dilithium
Unstable molecules
Antimatter
Dark matter
Protoculture
Deuterium
"Superconducting" prepended before any of the above.
"Nano-" prepended before any of the above.
"Quantum" prepended before any of the above.
Funny story about dilithium, they were originally just going to use lithium, but it didn't sound "Sci-Fi" enough - so they added the "di" in front of it - meaning two lithium molecules, instead of one lithium - and they decided they liked how it sounded (nevermind that it can't actually exist that way...)

So with that logic, you could add di- or tri- to any element to make it more Sci-Fi... diberyllium, trihydrogen, diytterbium, trirubidium... the list goes ever on...
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In different physical conditions, anything can become a solid material. (I get the idea from Poul Anderson's Terran Agent.)

Metal hydrogen
Water stone (harder than ice)
Diamond ice

Of course these are not compatible with carbon-based life... but given a force field or something, they could be contained to efficient use.
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Water
Steel
Aluminum
Gold
Nitrogen
Oil
Viruses
Lichen
Algae
DNA
Lithium
Beryllium
Boron
Technetium
Promethium
(Spoiler: The aliens are us.)
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tubes
packs
crystals
powder
ingots
bars
balloons
vials
plates
clouds
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I've always been fond of Gamma World's "duralloy".

The metal that is impervious to time (and almost everything else).
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I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Flatulene gas.
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"You could always dig through the old Tom Swift Jr. novels to find the names of the many fictional materials he used", he said inventively.

You probably won't be able to use "Adamantium" unless Marvel looks the other way, but "Adamantine" is probably OK.

There's always "Illudium Phosdex" the shaving cream atom, or the "Illudium Pew-36" explosive from Duck Dodgers.

"This list is brilliant", he said glowingly.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fictional_elements,_ma...
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Kind of surprised to see this list emerge again after a year. The game is long built. But thanks for the ideas.
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"pixi dust" - in one series these are molecular/nano sensors.
metamaterials - currently combinations of disimilar materials with unexpected properties like cloaking.
'something' crystals - star wars uses kyber.
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