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2013-02-21 Character Generator and Price Differences

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Last year, I worked on an old school random character generator. With my new found interest in B/X D&D and the Moldvay equipment list in particular, I found it necessary to differentiate between Basic D&D prices and Labyrinth Lord prices. The most important price difference is the price of plate armor. No first level character can afford it when using Labyrinth Lord rules: starting gold is 240 at most and plate armor costs 450.

Here’s how to generate those characters (note that Moldvay is the default):

  1. a random character
  2. 50 compact characters
  3. statistics on the characters generated

And here’s the same thing using Labyrinth Lord prices:

  1. a random character
  2. 50 compact characters
  3. statistics on the characters generated

Don’t forget, the source code for the random character generator is available as well (Perl 5).

The names are picked from the list of given names from the city of Z├╝rich, Switzerland, 2012. If you’re generating 50 compact characters they come with random age, random gender and two random traits (German alternative).

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Comments on 2013-02-21 Character Generator and Price Differences


AlexSchroeder
The generator now also computes the reaction bonus correctly.

AlexSchroeder 2013-02-22 17:44 UTC

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