Thursday, April 29, 2010

Generator Month - Cool Stuff I Didn't Make

Generator Month is winding down and all I have to show for it is an evolving Cliche Generator, a different kind of Name/Language Generator, and steady additions to my Risus Monkey Mapper. I had hoped to have some kind of treasure generator, urban landscape mapper, or an as-yet-undefined hex map/sandbox tool. Alas, the month turned out to be much busier than I had expected.

All is not lost, however. Thanks to Norman Harman over at Troll and Flame, I now know about Chaotic Shiny. This site is just over-flowing with awesome tools for generating names, places, characters, plots, religions, magic items, etc, etc, etc. The list goes on. I bookmarked the site immediately. Thank goodness we live in an age where I can call up these scripts on my iPhone during face-to-face play.

Of course, my old favorite is still Seventh Sanctum. But chances are, if you read RPG blogs then you already know about the vast quantity of useful tools available at that site.

It was serendipity that led me to Serendipity, another site dedicated to person, place, and thing generators. As with Chaotic Shiny, it's the generators for detailing places and cultures and such that really make the site cool. Where else can you get generators for what people are wearing?

6 comments:

Cameron said...

Hey, a lot of this is new to me. Thanks for the posting it!

Joe said...

Allow me to help. Over on my site I've got a few generators:
Random Inn/Tavern Generator with floor plans: http://www.inkwellideas.com/roleplaying_tools/random_inn/
(It will be updated with random menus in the next few days.)
Random Magic Item Shop Inventory Generator: http://www.inkwellideas.com/roleplaying_tools/magic_item_shop/index.shtml
My Hexographer project includes a random terrain generator for hex maps: http://www.inkwellideas.com/roleplaying_tools/hexographer/
(Choose a map type's settings (normal terrain, islands, mostly land) or go to the advanced button to tweak the settings, then click the generate map button)
And I've got some charts for random names based on different cultures: http://inkwellideas.com/worldbuilding/random-or-not-city-name-charts/ (But you linked to many other good generators already.)

Swordgleam said...

Glad you like the generators! I've been watching yours with interest.

It's good to hear someone besides me likes the culture ones best, since my next product is going to be a Culture Builder Generator Pack. I'm having a lot of fun with it.

Risus Monkey said...

@Joe: I'm a huge fan of Hexographer. It's easily my favorite piece of software available. Most mapping tools just get in my way. I'm eagerly looking forward to what you do with dungeon maps.

Somehow, however, I failed to notice all the other cool tools that you guys have at your site. I've got to subscribe to your RSS feed!

@Swordgleam: I love world-building tools, especially now that I'm running a wide-open dimension-hopping game. I'm doing a lot of world building on the fly.

Risus Monkey said...

I mean favorite *map making* software. :)

Trey said...

Thanks to all for the links!