Was stored on university fileservers, and so was deleted years ago. I haven't found a copy in any backups so R.I.P. Here's the original guff from 25/02/2009:
This is a prototype for a game idea I sort of had. The BASIC IDEA was that the protagonist would be a normal space freighter guy who fell into a timehole and ended up in a strange universe.
It would combine aspects of roguelikes and elitelikes in that the player has to identify everything about the universe - the ships, the trading goods, the different kinds of planet, government, aliens etc. etc. to play effectively, and attempt to Get Back Home, which would require getting a McGubbin, and so on.
To implement this, everything would have strange names with sort of randomised properties, and one early prototype idea I had for this was replacing the elements with new ones. Originally the idea was to go back to the quantum numbers (n, l, ml, ms) and fucking with them to make whole new shapes of periodic table, but to begin with, I thought I would just stick with the quantum values allowed by our universe and alter the names.
Which idea was taken from the game Mega-lo-Mania (Tyrants: Fight Through Time, in America) which has a sort of similar mechanic - there are various "elements" on the maps the player has to gather, mine or otherwise acquire, and then set Little Computer People to designing weapons with them. The elements have silly names like "Moonlite" and "Alien" -- I think the latter was radioactive and required to build nukes.
Out of this spirit, PERIODIC TABLE GENERATOR was born into, well, here for now.
Here's a sample run, trimmed of a bunch of boring elements:G gymnogen, Z = 1 L lithium, Z = 2 Si stipendium, Z = 3 H hahnium, Z = 4 Mr myrmidon, Z = 5 ... Nn nonsync, Z = 30 ... O opium, Z = 37 ... Hy harmony, Z = 51 ... Tn tantrum, Z = 73 ... Ai acidhead, Z = 82 Mn monmouth, Z = 83 J judicium, Z = 84 Ee eurhodine, Z = 85 B batoon, Z = 86 Gm gallium, Z = 87 Vc vaccinium, Z = 88 Pr paratorium, Z = 89 As austrium, Z = 90 Bm binarium, Z = 91 Mm mycelium, Z = 92 ... Cu colluvium, Z = 103
In this universe, the stars fuse gymnogen, creating lithium. Plants use the light from this reaction in photosynthesis, converting tiglon dimyosinide into myosinogen, which tiglon-based lifeforms use for respiration. The atmosphere of Earth is, however, largely hexogen.
6 TMo2 + 12 G2Mo -> T6G12Mo6 + 6 Mo2 + 6 G2Mo
I got the wordlist from some website I keep losing, which has fairly big wordlists in several languages, and PRODIGIOUS English ones - it ran to several megabytes, just of lines containing a single word. Even cut down to words ending only in -ine, -ium, -on and so forth, the wordlist data still comes to 200k and the way I did it leaves a bit to be desired for tightness -- just making subfiles of the large file with another python script and packing them all into an "assets" directory. I did trim these lists, though, a lot of them were too boring, or archaic or meaningless. iumfile made it through the fire a little more whole, though - the untrimmed extent above is a pretty fair sample of most of the table, the humour mostly lies in -on, though this run was weak.
It is probably possible to generate a list of elements more likely to be maximally amusing if you trim the lists further, but the preponderance of -ium words from sciences other than chemistry keeps it looking like a good science-flavoured parody -- it's especially rich in biological words, which makes me wonder how terrifyingly vitalist the strange universe in the game would be.
The best part of the program is the file "table" it outputs (though the code that prints it out is awful). Here's a better example from a better run:PERIODIC TABLE OF THE ELEMENTS 1 2 A P 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 I Sn Yu S Tr Ar M Tn 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Lg D C E Eh B Gy T 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 At Am H Hm O Sc Me Pn Iv Dn Fa Pc Em L Pp Ro Ce Pl 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 Oo Cm Pm Er Pe Rs Om Bm N Vm Oe Td Im Pi Oi G Te Ln 55 56 * 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 Eo Sm Ad Ea Dt Fs Cb Li Cn Cr Cl Gr K Gd Ph Hf Tt R 87 88 % 103 Pd Sy Sa * Minimide 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 Series: Mn Sz Pr So Pa X Pu Lm Tm Cd Ci Ti Zo An % Bisellide 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 Series: Bs Cf Ai Cc Bl Pf U Um Ss Eq Tg Nt Dm Au Listing in order of atomic number: 1: A acylogen 2: P parazonium 3: I incendium 4: Sn sanatarium 5: Yu youpon 6: S sorenson 7: Tr thrombogen 8: Ar aerogen 9: M mimine 10: Tn ton 11: Lg logium 12: D diluvium 13: C centaurium 14: E encheson 15: Eh ephorus 16: B baraddur 17: Gy glycine 18: T thereon 19: At azthionium 20: Am acridium 21: H hahnium 22: Hm helenium 23: O opium 24: Sc sacrarium 25: Me macanese 26: Pn propodeon 27: Iv invercalt 28: Dn dunkel 29: Fa flabbier 30: Pc postsync 31: Em encarpium 32: L lunarium 33: Pp phreatic 34: Ro rhodium 35: Ce codline 36: Pl paleon 37: Oo onosmodium 38: Cm cystidium 39: Pm pilidium 40: Er exosporium 41: Pe ptilimnium 42: Rs residuum 43: Om ommatidium 44: Bm bohemium 45: N nelumbium 46: Vm vomitorium 47: Oe overpower 48: Td tedium 49: Im impluvium 50: Pi prin 51: Oi oligopsony 52: G graphium 53: Te theine 54: Ln latheron 55: Eo elotherium 56: Sm sudatorium 57: Mn minimum 58: Sz syzygium 59: Pr penicilium 60: So sporangium 61: Pa praetorium 62: X xanthium 63: Pu peridium 64: Lm lutetium 65: Tm tertium 66: Cd cadmium 67: Ci criterium 68: Ti taxodium 69: Zo zoocytium 70: An actinium 71: Ad androecium 72: Ea evangelium 73: Dt datum 74: Fs fasten 75: Cb conubium 76: Li lamium 77: Cn coenoecium 78: Cr conundrum 79: Cl cold 80: Gr glamoury 81: K kalium 82: Gd godhead 83: Ph plymouth 84: Hf hafnium 85: Tt tringine 86: R remington 87: Pd proemium 88: Sy symplocium 89: Bs bisellium 90: Cf corallium 91: Ai amianthium 92: Cc cyathium 93: Bl belgium 94: Pf pedalium 95: U unifolium 96: Um uranium 97: Ss sisymbrium 98: Eq echium 99: Tg tentorium 100: Nt notopodium 101: Dm dysprosium 102: Au ammobium 103: Sa stadium
Version 2.0 is an improvement, and rewritten from scratch when I went looking for v. 1.0 and realised it was lost. Instead of a text table, it outputs an html file like this.
It's still written in python, but also uses awful SQL code, so it takes much longer to generate -- like, 2 minutes rather than 2 seconds. Whereas v. 1.0 used heavily curated wordlists, v. 2.0 has a giant, indiscriminate English wordlist, with Latin thrown in too. Swelling it even further, any English words ending in -ius, -ious, -ios, -os or similar, got translated into -ium and -um because that's how cases work. The same happened to other homonyms.Download it here. I think it includes all the packages you need.