Random Appearance Table

The LL supplement Theorems & Thaumaturgy (my review can be found here) contains a magic item called ring of appearance warping. When worn, the wearer’s appearance changes randomly every turn. A useful table is included to help determine the appearance shifts. Further, the table is of the “roll all the dice” form (well, 4 of the 6 dice, but close enough). This makes it very easy to use without needing to roll multiple times.

It seems to me like this table would be very convenient for use as a random appearance generator for both PCs and NPCs. As it is open game content, I can reproduce it here for general use (this post should thus be considered open game content; see the OGL tab above for details). Thanks to Gavin for giving this to the community.

Die Result d4
Sex
d6
Age
d8
Dress
d10
Features
1
Female Child Messy Missing limb
2
Female Youth Scant Obese
3
Male Adult Immaculate Scrawny
4
Male Mature Formal Muscular
5
Old Threadbare Bald
6
Decrepit Elaborate Hairy
7
Drab Tall
8
Uniform Short
9
Ugly
10
Beautiful

Here are a few other decent tables that I know about:

  • Gygax DMG NPC personae section (page 100 – 102)
  • Labyrinth Lord AEC tavern patron traits (page 150)
  • LotFP Grindhouse Referee Book NPC characteristics table (back cover)
  • Pathfinder GameMastery Guide NPC Creator’s Toolbox (page 94)
Am I missing any other good ones?
My NPCs tend towards blandness and similarity, so I think I should make more use of resources like these.

10 thoughts on “Random Appearance Table

    1. Brendan

      @LS

      Thanks for reminding me of that. I have it, but have not used it in a while. That is one downside with awesome free resources. Sometimes I forget about them. That rarely happens with more formally published materials, for whatever reason.

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