The Seventh Sanctum is one of my favorite places on the web to find generators: code that produces everything from the names of wacky gadgets to fascinating writing challenges. My favorite: unusual jobs for fantasy role playing characters.
It's maintained by Steven Savage, a former software engineer who now writes on a variety of geeky matters.
Seventh Sanctum started somewhere in 1999 when I joked that attacks in various anime sounded like various strings of words put together by computer. Having fooled around with such generators over the years, I decided it'd be fun to make one. Then another followed. Then another . . . until we end up here.
I'm Steven Savage, an engineer turned Program Manager, speaker and writer on geek culture, and in the case of Seventh Sanctum, mad scientist. Or glad scientist. Whatever works.
Seventh Sanctum was created as a place for me to experiment with randomized tools and provide them to people, though needless to say it got a bit bigger than I expected. Also, it's a lot of fun so after years of work on it, it's still going.
Andy Purviance’s Purviance.com/myths generates (and beautifully presents) snippets of folklore: perfect for forming story ideas or oblique strategies. Some I got: Pursuit of game leads to upper world Tricksters feign death of their father King mourns so much at wife’s funeral he goes on piracy every afterward Transformation by throwing ashes Trolls are skilled smiths
The Planet Generator is a goldilocks of procedural generation: not too detailed, not too abstract, but just right. [via MeFi]
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