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.
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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