I don’t like consulting tables during play. If possible I’ll always automate any table I expect to use more than once. Thus I have programmed a general-purpose random encounters table for dungeoncrawls that don’t use their own tables. (And if I expect to run a dungeon with its own table for more than a session or two, I’ll program its tables too.)
Here’s the program for dungeoncrawls. Currently it tracks time in the dungeon, light, the need to rest, encounter distance, reaction rolls, and surprise. I might add in treasure for those monsters who carry it individually.
While it’s extremely useful for low-code generators, perchance is pretty limiting in its JS. If you want to try a full-JS generator, you can take a look at this one by me. There was another one which was a full-fledged web app, but I can’t find its code anymore.
the generator is in Italian, but I did my best to keep the function names in English. ↩︎
This is pretty phenomenal! I like it. This kind of thing can be a great aid in online play. I might try using this sometime.
I’m also a beginner programmer and tried writing my own code a while back - a character generator for my B/X-like homebrew D&D. A good challenge! I’ve gotten a lot of use out of it (but since then been too busy to do anything else), and people love the character/style/colour/process.
I’m not sure I understand the difference between “reroll monsters” and “pass time” - both seem to reload/randomize all the content, don’t they?
(On an unrelated note, I’m struck by the really rather strange aspect of OD&D, where dungeons are dangerous, terrifying places… but wandering around outside is even more scary! Such a strange juxtaposition. Is all the content from the original rules?)
A friend of mine recently made a web-based tool for doing random encounters, “chaos events” (another randomized part of his homebrew), and tracking light sources. We’ve been using it to great effect in his Into the Odd game. It doesn’t have the monsters and such built into it, though!
Your generator is great! I love how flavorful it is. And the Tufte css class is gorgeous. I would recommend his work to many RPG layout editors.
“Pass time” passes time, adding +10 minutes to the clock and rerolling all encounters. It gives messages like “Time to rest” and “Time to relight torches”. “Reroll monsters” simply rerolls encounters while leaving the time the same.
This is all from the OD&D rules, with some monsters added by later editions, and some tweaks to numbers as well. My understanding of the OD&D wilderness was given to me entirely by Dan “Delta” Collins, in his statistical analysis of wilderness play, and a post called The Original D&D Setting which discusses the extreme strangeness of the place.