Jack’s recent random robot generator post reminded me of another free generator that I had been meaning to blog about. You can find a PDF of it here:
I don’t remember originally how I came across this. It’s a “roll all the dice” system. I am coming to greatly appreciate the convenience of this format.
|Image from Space Detective #2|
Here is a sample robot.
HD 8, AC as plate, Atk 2d6 or restrain
This model is unique and was designed to serve as an escort. In appearance, the robot is a 12 foot tall metal construct that is vaguely humanoid. Instead of a head, it has a large round featureless dome which seems to grow out of what would be the shoulders on a human. The robot’s normal attack mode is a powerful smash with its metal arms that does 2d6 damage and may optionally push or throw human-sized enemies up to 20 feet in addition to dealing damage. The chest plate also opens, revealing 6 metal tentacles which have a range of ten feet and can grab and restrain a target on a successful melee attack.
Mission (roll 1d6):
- Collector: designed to gather specimens for the mothership
- Jailor: designed to transport prisoners to the mothership (chest cavity is prison)
- Protector: designed to defend alien explorers (robot is almost like exoskeleton)
- Excavator: designed to explore the underworld; knows 1d3 interesting locations
- Maintainer: recovers and repairs other robots (chest cavity is repair chamber)
- Autopsier: chest cavity contains other tools for automated analysis and autopsy
Special Feature: Break Dance!
gaming is serious stuff 🙂
You are the original author of this generator, right? If so, thanks for making it! Do you have any other stuff available?
Thank you for reminding me of when I was productive -haha
I think I just did a handful including a summoned Demon generator, a Cult generator (in Knockspell issue 2), a treasure trove and a scenario generator – (http://www.swordsandwizardry.com/rrscenariogenerator.pdf).
All have bits that could be improved, but they were simple and quick to produce.
Thanks for prompting me to go back and look at some of my Knockspell PDFs.
Where can I find the demon generator?
These “all dice” tables are just about the perfect amount of complexity to get something relatively unique that is a good jumping off point for further imagining.
demon generator –
I always thought some bright spark would get around to making an ‘Ultimate Toolbox’-style compilation just using one-page resources.
That comic panel is simply awe-inspiring