"Cross-reactive" loot list for post-apoc OSR game

I just realized I need a loot list if I’m gonna run a game of Nuked! Something to add a bit of flavor, something unexpected, strange and possibly useful. I was thinking to try make a “cross-reactive” loot list (there might be a better term out there), and now I need your help - both with more categories, and more results for each category. How it works, is you roll once on each category (table), combine, and the you try to make sense of it. “Unpowered + transport + on your body” might for instance mean a motorcycle helmet. Other results may make less sense. On the other hand, mysterious objects might sort of make sense in a post-apoc setting. Someone surely once knew why this was made, even if the PCs don’t have a clue.


  1. Unpowered
  2. Fossil (diesel, gas, methane, etc)
  3. Electric
  4. Chemical


  1. Construction
  2. Transport
  3. Hunting
  4. War
  5. Analysis


  1. On your body
  2. In your hand
  3. Vehicle

1-in-6 chance of a Special:

  1. Acid
  2. Fire
  3. Water
  4. Mutagen / bioreactive


  1. Medicinal
  2. Recreational
  3. Sustenance
  4. Defensive
  5. Protection
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Good stuff! Feels like they’d all lead toward useful, logical items!

Some more Specials:
5. Hidden / stealth
6. Miniaturized
7. Sturdy
8. Reactive / automatic

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