[Random Thursday] Strange Stones « Dyson's Dodecahedron Menhir illustration by Philip Reeve Standing stones are an immediate fantasy hook because of most of our obsession over the megaliths such as Stonehenge. Doubly so for those of us who live in parts of the world where such things are not found (like us North Americans). Like this: Like Loading... Random City Map Generator The Random City Map Generator creates a "random" city or town map suitable for fantasy and other role-playing games (RPGs) such as Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder, GURPS, HERO and many others. Note: you can try out version two of this tool. Because the map is made from layered images, to save or print a map you need to either: Take a sceenshot (print screen key) and paste into an image editor; Or print the page to a pdf file (Macs have this built-in, PCs may need a product like "cutePDF".) See more caveats and planned features below. Planned Features/Caveats Yes, the streets are too ordered for most cities... a couple of completely different street layouts will be added and they will be more random/meandering. Copyright 2010 Inkwell Ideas, Inc. Total visits:
Random City Map Generator The Random City Map Generator creates a "random" city or town map suitable for fantasy and other role-playing games (RPGs) such as Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder, GURPS, HERO and many others. Note: you can try out version two of this tool. Because the map is made from layered images, to save or print a map you need to either: Take a sceenshot (print screen key) and paste into an image editor; Or print the page to a pdf file (Macs have this built-in, PCs may need a product like "cutePDF".) Planned Features/Caveats Yes, the streets are too ordered for most cities... a couple of completely different street layouts will be added and they will be more random/meandering. Copyright 2010 Inkwell Ideas, Inc.
Valve hands over its own movie-making tools to gamers Valve is planning to release the Source Filmmaker to let gamers animate and record their own videos using the game developer's titles Valve has gained a reputation over the years not just for consistently putting out great games, but also for the slick trailers and promo videos that go along with them. But now the developer is turning the tables and handing over its own video-making tools to fans free of charge. With the Source Filmmaker, gamers will be able to direct, animate, and record their own videos as if they were shooting on location inside a video game. The new tool will allow gamers to make their own movies using the acclaimed Source game engine directly. Where the Source Filmmaker differs from most animation tools is that it acts as an all-in-one package for rendering, video editing, sound editing, motion capture, etc. The developer is currently handing out beta keys for the Source Filmmaker through the official website, with a full release planned for later this year.
City Generator [Random Thursday] Lost Cities of the Fallen Empire « Dyson's Dodecahedron B4 - The Lost City Lost Cities, Fallen Empires, entire civilizations no longer in decline – but leaving us with nothing but the ruins of their former homes to explore. These are classic themes and settings for pulp adventures and well suited to any role playing game. In my campaign setting, there are many “lost cities”. City Location (d12) Distinguishing Characteristics (d12) City is dominated by many tall towers interconnected by spanning bridges and arches.Massive city wall is the only piece of the city that seems to have survived the ages almost untouched, the rest is almost completely destroyed.At one point the city used a network of canals for transportation and communication. This is post 12 in the A to Z Blogging Challenge – L is for Lost Cities Like this: Like Loading...
YeOldMapMaker - The RPG GameMaster's best friend! Magic Item Shop Random Inventory Generator Instructions: Simply enter a number for how many items of each type the magic shop should have. If a shop shouldn't have any of those items, leave the field blank or enter a 0. Then press submit and the page will reload with a Magic Item Shop inventory listed below that fits your criteria. Or as a shortcut select a value for "Pre-fill as shop size" then submit, or customize the settings then submit. This generator uses the probabilities in the SRD as faithfully as possible with one exception noted below. The exception is that scrolls of any power level (minor, medium, and major) have the same random chances to have between 1-6 spells, weighted toward fewer spells. Remember that except for very high magic settings, characters shouldn't be able to walk into a "MagicMart" with many items to choose between so use this tool wisely. Pre-fill based on shop size:
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[Random Thursday] Party Time! « Dyson's Dodecahedron If there is anything that feels like a classic fantasy story, it is arriving in a town or city just in the midst or verge of a major festival. So what’s the party all about? Table 1 – Random Festivals (d12) Celebrating the anniversary of the end of a war.Religious celebration (table 2).Agricultural fair – showing off animals and foodstuffs.The Great Fast – a day or week when all the inhabitants fast and are quiet and reserved.Celebration of the beginning of the local calendar year.Celebration of the anniversary of a great heroic deed.Spontaneous celebration of an important marriage.Trade festival.Party to ward off bad luck and renew the good.Remembrance of a great tragedy.A major funeral.Contests of prowess – military, skill or magical. Table 2 – Religious Celebrations (d4) Anniversary of the arrival of a great saint or religious leader.Traditional celebration of blessings.Day of purification.Anniversary of the birth of a great saint or religious leader. Like this: Like Loading...
Random Dungeon Generator Version .68 Refresh the page for a new design. See below the dungeon for more info. Inkwell Ideas' Other Projects: Information: This tile generator has multiple current join points between tile sides. About: This random dungeon generator is for games like Dungeons and Dragons, GURPS, Hero/Champions, Labyrinth Lord, Savage Worlds, Castles and Crusades, Basic Fantasy, RuneQuest, Traveller, Pathfinder, and other fantasy and miniatures games.
Adventure Hook Random Generator Ever find yourself stuck for an adventure idea right up to the time your players arrive for the game? Our Adventure Hook Random Generator gives you Dungeon Masters a starting point from which you can develop a new adventure. This handy program uses a number of preset variables to develop an adventure hook or starting idea for you. Below are three different categories that, depending on the style of your game, provide starting points from which you can develop a D&D game session. You may need to adjust the wording of the result slightly to use it as a springboard to open your adventure. Remember -- this is a random generation program.
5 Questions to Ask Your Characters | Book-in-a-Week Many writing workshops start their sessions on character development with a sheet detailing the hero’s name, age, eye color and hair color. They then move onto his job, his hobbies, and his family background. Next they might add a picture from the Internet or a magazine which looks a little like the hero, and perhaps an image of his home or workplace. This is all useful information, and great for keeping track of details so you do not find them changing as you write. These questions can be answered in different ways. The best questions to ask about your characters are ones that will take you away from the predictable paths of family, schooling and employment, so that when you return to their everyday world, you find it enriched by the knowledge you have gained. What keeps your protagonist awake at night? If you find prompts like these helpful, Peter Elbow has a very extensive list in his guide Writing With Power . However, there is no need to turn to expensive writing guides.
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