Codifying the Supernatural

So, in the process of absolutely binging the hell out of the Overly Sarcastic Productions YouTube channel, I just ran into something some people may find interesting to incorporate.

Let’s say your game/fiction/whatever has an official agency dedicated to intervening in supernatural happenings. Well, do you know how cops have specific alphanumerical codes for specific crimes? How come YOUR agency doesn’t? Well, turns out it just might have, because alphanumerical codes for specific supernatural events is a thing that exists in the real world!

Your agents don’t need help to stop a ghoul pack, they are requesting assistance in dealing with a multiple G20s. “A dead wife is haunting her husband during his second marriage” take too long to write on your reports? Well, no worries, because that’s a


That’s a great resource!


I am familiar with numeric codes for crime and with Aarne-Thompson, and yet this never crossed my mind. I officially adore you.


I get this a lot. It’s my humility that does it. :stuck_out_tongue:

In this case, though, all credit should go the Overly Sarcastic Production folks, because I’d have no idea this existed if not for them. OSP’s Red is also the artist behind that Code E-221 image.

I mean, this thing is SIX VOLUMES LONG. That’s a lot of codifying.


It was definitely 10-91V.


Holy crap. This is amazing. I’m totally using it.


Oh my god, this is exactly what I’ve been looking for. I feel rather ashamed I hadn’t found it before. This is so cool, and now I’m about to devote my free time to it and probably not write a single word of my story. Thanks. :upside_down_face:

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