Seventh Sanctum Random Name Generators

Back in the heady days of first edition D&D, there were a lot of small companies publishing books that essentially were nothing more than lists of names, treasures, monsters, etc. During a game, you used these lists to randomly generate filler for your adventures.

The Seventh Sanctum is essentially a computerized version of these old random generator books. There are random generators here for just about anything you can imagine: pirate ship names, character names for a variety of settings, superhero powers,, equipment lists, dark rituals, several evil sounding name generators, a magical girls, a martial arts move generator, and more!

I spent way too much time playing with this one.

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Habitation of The Stone Giant Lord

Habitation of the Stone Giant Lord is a D&D module created by a twelve year old in 1982. Talk about Old School. It has been scanned in all its graph paper and typewriter glory.

It reminds me very much of the large notebook of dungeons I made in my high school years -- which I still have today. Perhaps I should scan and post them.

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Visual D&D Loot Chart


Kelvin Green's blog has this terrific visual D&D loot chart. See the larger image at the blog.

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Conan Role Playing Game

Here's an unofficial supplement for the original D&D rules (OD&D) for games in the Hyborean Age:

And the magic supplement

And finally a DM screen.

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How “Dungeons” Changed The World

I suspect that many of my readers -- like me -- "wasted" their teenage years playing Dungeons and Dragons. But it turns out that it wasn't a waste. The D&Ders of the late 1970s and 1980s now are driving much of mainstream culture.  In the Boston Globe, Peter Berbegal has written an op-ed about this. A sample:

Dungeons and Dragons was a not a way out of the mainstream, as some parents feared and other kids suspected, but a way back into the realm of story-telling. This was what my friends and I were doing: creating narratives to make sense of feeling socially marginal. We were writing stories, grand in scope, with heroes, villains, and the entire zoology of mythical creatures.

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