Synnibarr Sunday: Say What You Will About Raven, He Didn’t Put Himself in the Index

The World of Synnibarr book boasts not one, not two, not three or four, but five indexes (and two tables of contents) so that you can quickly find the information you need.

Here are some entries in the main index. The numbers afterwards are, of course, page numbers.

Adv. 6
At Last… 33
Atomic Weapons (See “Note on the Creation of Weapons” under “Engineering, Physical Engineering Disciplines”)
Calls Blood (See “Caltoose, Planet of”)
Class A Surprise 187
Class AA Surprise 187
Class B Surprise 187
Class C Surprise 187
Devil’s Punchbowl 160
Dying Herocially 336
Eye Color 31
Forward 8 (Note, this is not a typo for “Foreword”. Also note: the word “forward” does not appear on page 8.)
Having Your Concentration Broke 188
Last Touches of Character Creation (See “At Last…”)
Matter Changing Spells 41, 46, 47, 48, 52, 66, 200, 203, 208, 215, 220, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 228, 230, 231, 240, 241, 242, 244, 245, 246, 252, 258, 260, 261, 263 ,265, 266, 268, 269, 278, 279, 282, 284, 287, 293, 296, 297, 298, 301, 413, 431, 432
Ninja 55-56
Oak Peas (See “Caltoose, Planet of”)
Purging, The 50
Raccoon, Talking 411 (Note: this is actually listed in the Monster Index)
Ripping (See “Tearing and Ripping”)
Speaking to
     Animals 315
     Objects 315
     Plants 315
Starships (See “Starship Creation”) (Note: “Starship Creation” is literally the entry right above “Starships”)
Surprise 9, 30, 186
Terra Shop Descriptions 168-173 (Note: and then each shop is given its own subentry, making this entry take up a total of two entire columns)
Tusk 164
Using, this Book 5
Venderant Nalaberong 9, 188, 196
What Kind of a Game Is The World of Synnibarr? 5
What Will You Need to Play the Game? 5


Unless specified otherwise, all references are to The World of Synnibarr, second edition, by Raven c.s. McCracken and Bryce Thelin, copyright 1993 and published by Wonderworld Press.

This post is not intended to foster any belief in the occult.

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5 Responses to Synnibarr Sunday: Say What You Will About Raven, He Didn’t Put Himself in the Index

  1. Next pleasant word or small gift I receive will be referred to as a Class AA surprise.

    It’s my responsibility now.

  2. damanoid says:

    It is in fact possible to rip without tearing, but the trick can only be learned on the planet of Caltoose.

  3. arcadian says:

    Any RPG with the entry “Devil’s Punchbowl” just wins-hands down- and all other rpgs should just fold up and go away.

  4. T. Derscheid says:

    So I had to Google Venderant Nalaberong. It’s the language the elder gods used to create the Synnibar universe. So, you’re welcome!

    Also, some grammar pun about “having your concentration broke” combined with the making-you-a-cookie-and-then-eated-it.

  5. Dave says:

    Dagnabbit, Todd, you spoiled it!