GM Dictionary: Chemistry #14

Okay, I’ll even admit this one was a bit of a stretch in its usefulness at the table. And honestly, even if you are playing an alchemist of some kind, I would never expect or ask anyone to use the right words for this stuff as they were roleplaying a short scene. However, a lot of these are the common and underlying words constantly getting thrown around in a chemistry lab / class. I had flashbacks to my undergrad program prepping these and I did my best. Still, many are under explained or oversimplified. HOWEVER, I am hoping you at least get a nice slew of words for some alchemy based fantasy technobabble.



Van der Waals Force: An interesting and unique force of attraction that is non-chemical occurs at very small levels between molecules. This force is in part what allows arthropods to click to surfaces as well as what gives geckos their ability to stick to surfaces.


This is a mini-article series featuring short explanations for words more commonly used in RPGs (or potentially so!) than normal conversation. Each month will hold a different theme and each weekday will have a different word. Note: these are personal, simple breakdowns and not perfect. Please tell me if I am mistaken and I will work to correct it! For anyone looking for a collected work please check out our Patreon. All patrons get a PDF collected copy each month! Images used for the GM Dictionary are found on Pixabay and used under the CC0 licence.

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