19 March 2013

Weird Tales Covers-Based Character Generator

The following is a Player Character Generator for 'narrative' role-playing games, i.e., games that describe PCs through short sentences or keywords. This is the case with HeroQuest, with Wordplay, and with my various homebrews.

You will need a d200 (a d100 + a coin: heads— 1 to 100, tails— 101 to 200), and access to the Weird Tales Covers web-site.

Procedure:
1. Roll the d100 and toss the coin to generate a random number between 1 and 200.
2a. If the number rolled is between 1 and 199, refer to the corresponding issue of Weird Tales on the Weird Tales Covers web-site.
2b. If the number rolled is 200, choose an issue of Weird Tales on the Weird Tales Covers web-site.
3. Describe a salient characteristic of your player character (or even your whole PC) based upon the cover of the Weird Tales issue.
4. Have fun.

Examples:
My character is an expert at killing giant spiders.
My character commands wolves.
My character is a female Pujaleg.
My character is not afraid of Gark's minions.

Note: you may add further pulp magazine covers to expand the possibilities...

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