Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Random Awesome Generator

This is dumb little, very-girls-on-the-playground-y toy I came up with night before last. I've been calling it the Random Awesome Generator--and that tells you pretty much all you need to know about what it's for-- but for you, my adoring public, I'm christening it The Random Awesome Generator of Gaming Items of Infinite Variety, in honor of the man whose idea (and fine gaming supplements) it is built on.


Column A
  1. Fire
  2. Lava
  3. Death
  4. Forbidden
  5. Hated
  6. Fearsome
  7. Last
  8. First
  9. Day
  10. Night
  11. Sun
  12. Moon
  13. Lost
  14. Endless
  15. Forgotten
  16. Ruined
  17. Shining
  18. Lightless
  19. Power
  20. Omen
  21. Orphan
  22. Widow
  23. Star
  24. Thunder
  25. Madness
  26. Plague
  27. Blood
  28. Lust
  29. Wrath
  30. Weird

Column B

  1. Mountain
  2. Sword
  3. Book
  4. Forest
  5. Tower
  6. Wall
  7. Well
  8. Tree
  9. Stone
  10. Gem
  11. Pearl
  12. Crown
  13. Flute
  14. King
  15. Maid
  16. Horn
  17. Claw
  18. City
  19. Beast
  20. Eye
  21. Hand
  22. Heart
  23. Wolf
  24. Ghost
  25. Demon
  26. Dragon
  27. Cup
  28. Seed
  29. Flower
  30. Song

Then you stick the two items together, whether as an unadorned noun phrase, or with a preposition--try to find something sensible besides 'of.' Here are some other fine choices (though I have a hard time making some of them work most of the time): in, upon, at, before, after, above, below, with, without, among, beside, around.

I like to add numbers and color, say d4: --, indefinite plural, numbered (2-13), colored (1d8: white, black, red, green, blue, yellow, purple, gray). Those are the only awesome numbers and colors. However, getting 'the 8 pearls of rage' and the 'the 4 power maids' 25% of the time gets tedious, so it probably shouldn't be so common.

Take your results and try to make something sensible. Could be an artifact, a character or a place. BUT IT WILL BE AWESOME.

So now it's yours. I'll be around the three vanished cities of the moon, seeking the madness among beasts.


JJ said...

Nice, now I only need to buy a d30!

Aaron Nuttall said...

You can do it old school--take a die numbered 0-9 (like and old school d20) and roll a second die alongside it to indicate whether you add 0, 10, or 20 to the roll. But you should definitely buy a d30. Two of 'em, in fact.

JJ said...

I took your advice and bought two d30!