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Swords & Wizardry NPC Generator

A quick little tool, plus updates on stuff

Short part first: Here's an NPC generator for Swords & Wizardry (or really any fantasy-type-D&D-like game). It's written for NBOS Inspiration Pad Pro (which is still free). Just unzip it into your Generators folder, and start cranking 'em out. I want to do some more work on the equipment section so it includes cash and magic items, but it's a start. Please let me know what you think or what you'd like to see added.

Disclaimer: I wrote this for Inspiration Pad Pro 3.0, but I tried to make it backward compatible. If it doesn't work, make sure you're using the current version of IPP first.

Longer Part

Long story short, I started a Swords & Wizardry campaign last week, basically to get myself back on track with Chimera. How does that work, you ask?

Well, I've been almost done with the Chimera Core update for a few months now, but between RL and writer's block, I'm having a hard time slogging through the rest. I hit a wall when I got to the campaign design chapter by asking myself if what I was writing was truly useful. It occurred to me that it was not.

Plan B: actually create a campaign--from scratch--and record the steps I took.  Not the "I recommend you take these" steps that are easy to write in a book, but not necessarily useful in practice. Instead, the "you should actually do these" steps that are the things you end up doing in real life.

Plus, I wanted to start from a system-agnostic position--my goal was to avoid being distracted by rules (which is the way Chimera is supposed to work). So I chose something I've wanted to try for a couple of years, but never got around to: Swords & Wizardry.

OK--full disclosure time. You may recall a rant or two of mine complaining about OSR and retroclones, and maybe even Swords & Wizardry in particular. But that's all behind me--eventually, I got the point and realised that it's all good.

Coincidental was the Tabletop Connect Kickstarter, which is a very cool remote RPG tool. Since all the people I used (and want) to play with are far, far away, this was exactly what I needed to get my butt in gear and start running a game.

The end result is killing several birds with one stone: running a game with two good gaming friends (one from my old haunts in Pennsylvania and the other in Nova Scotia), using Tabletop Connect and testing the alpha version, running S&W to put me in a good gaming mindset, and recording my campaign design process for Chimera.

Which is why you get a S&W NPC generator--I needed it to populate the campaign's homebase, so why not share it with all you good folks?

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  1. Megan
    June 5th, 2014 at 12:17 | #1

    I respect your desire to support an RPG-related Kickstarter. However, you might want to consider trying out an existing Virtual Tabletop Tool, called Roll20. It’s web-based (I assume they are using HTML5 and Javascript), it has a lot of REALLY excellent features. The basic version is free, and has all the functionality that a GM or player would need; if you subscribe, you get additional nifty things like dynamic lighting, special effects, and ability to transfer assets from one campaign to another. Check it out: http://www.roll20.net

  2. June 5th, 2014 at 17:16 | #2

    @Megan : Thanks for the tip, Megan. Our group actually used Roll20 in last week’s S&W game. GM setup was quick, we all got connected with the built-in video chat without the usual Google+ Hangout fuss, and really liked the ability to update token status during play.

    I’d be interested in their custom character sheets (because–shocker–I have to be different), but not yet willing to plunk down the cash for a subscription.

    All that said, there are excellent features in progress with TabletopConnect, including good macro support and very simple map and character sheet interfaces. Plus the 3D maps and figures are amazing.

    Each package has some unique strengths and weaknesses, though I agree that the free version of Roll20 makes it an attractive option to test out. Don’t know if Carl is planning on releasing a free version of TC, but as his feature set grows, I think it’s worth watching.

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