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Hey folks.

Here's a web-technology-powered NPC Generator:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/11380358/NPCgen/NPCGenerator.zip

It generates names (from a list of a few hundred or so at present, divided into generic 'nations' and races), an epithet, a profession (organised by rarity), and a bunch of traits (from a list of a couple of thousand).

Download it to your device of choice (let it create a 'data' folder there), open up 'NPCgen.html' in a browser, and go for it. It ought to work in Chrome, Firefox, IE11, Edge and on phones and tablets.

Because of browser security limitations, all the data is stored in one big JS file. If you want to add names, traits, etc, you can edit it with any text editor, but be careful not to break the formatting.

Comments welcome!


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YEAH WE'RE NOT PLAYING WITH THE ESCAPIST EITHER

(although our modelling careers haven't taken off)
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Man it's weird to see a pic of me in something I didn't upload.  But, yeah, I think that Morse guy sounds like a douche and I get why Zak isn't gonna work for a site that pays him.  Although I don't promise to quit watching Zero Punctuation .
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ARRRGH. I have ordered pizza from Papa John's and it's so far taken 90 minutes and still isn't here. Helpfully the Feedback form on their site doesn't work. Brilliant. #papajohns #unacceptable  
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Whilst I like cold pizza, I do like to have had the opportunity to eat it hot - as nature intended.
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I think we can all find ourselves here: http://chocolate-ocelot.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/module-g4-mock-tudor-coaching-inn-of.html

Except me, of course. I am nothing like any of the described.
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I tend to substitute specific focus objects for material components, e.g. the classic wand, staff, cauldron, pointy hat, etc. Although any appropriate object can be chosen - if you want to make sure it's difficult to steal, you can pick a massive throne or cauldron.

I'm also experimenting with tiny bonuses; a wand applies a -1 save to foes when it's used to cast evocation magics, and so on.

Further: usually a wizard has to select their chosen item type, and from then on it's permanent - without their staff they cannot cast any spell that needs a Material Component. This allows for some extra personalisation, as well as having (for example) The People Of The Black Circle all use the jawbone of a foe as a focus, by tradition.
Before I begin, I must once again stress that I never or rarely play a spellcasting class. When I do, it is typically a Bard or a Cleric. As such there exist aspects of the typical arcane spellcaster that I do not understand ...
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Honestly I think spell components served 2 purposes. 1) they were a check and balance. Sometimes you need to take away the wizard's arsenal to keep them in prison, put them at a disadvantage for "story reasons", etc. 2) They're a legacy from the "kitchen sink" days of equipment when you wanted a huge inventory of stuff because it was fun.

Substituting an implement (like a wand, book, staff, or something) keeps #1 in place. But most people don't care about #2 anymore. 

I also like the idea of "magical implements" that give bonuses to casting. So you can use any old wand to cast spells, but a wand of fire gives you +1d6 fire damage when you cast a fire spell. 
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OK - trying again with this post, because I felt that no-one really noticed it last time around...

FREE STUFF!

Here's a web-technology-powered NPC Generator:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/11380358/NPCgen/NPCGenerator.zip

It generates names (from a list of a few hundred or so at present, divided into generic 'nations' and races), an epithet, a profession (organised by rarity), and a bunch of traits (from a list of a couple of thousand).

Download it to your device of choice (let it create a 'data' folder there), open up 'NPCgen.html' in a browser, and go for it. It ought to work in Chrome, Firefox, IE11, Edge and on phones and tablets.

Because of browser security limitations, all the data is stored in one big JS file. If you want to add names, traits, etc, you can edit it with any text editor, but be careful not to break the formatting.

Comments welcome!
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This misanthropic random NPC generator works like a charm.
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I'm afraid I have no idea of the source for this... but it does appear to be the inspiration for our ol' pal the Intellect Devourer (well, with added tails and antennae):
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I watched it just recently on YouTube. It's surprisingly gory.
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There may be an inherent problem in the 'wishes just cost money' solution, in that it's only the first wish that costs gold. The first one being 'I wish for 10,000gp to immediately appear in my treasure vault'.

In my campaign, Wishes are believed to be granted by demonic Powers, and therefore are Not To Be Trusted. Any Wish gabbled on-the-fly is asking for trouble, and the Powers will attempt to pervert them anyway.
  I've been looking at the Wish spell the other day. In Castles & Crusades, Wish will cost the spellcaster 1 to 3 years of life. Yeah, I'm sure that's a huuuuuge setback to the ELF spellcaster in the group! (In the C&C Player...
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+Peter Kisner Hey from the quick look I took this is pretty cool! I'll go read it tonight after work for sure!
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Robbie Williams has not killed himself.
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I don't know what upsets me more. That Robin Williams is dead or that Robbie isn't....
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I'm not at GenCon, but I'd hate you to miss out.

So could everyone pretend I posted a load of blurry photos of fat beardy people in t-shirts sitting at tables?
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Beady??? That should have been beardy but auto-correct jumped into action!
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Verrry useful!
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