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June 11th, 2008

KOVALIC'S SCROLL OF SWARMING FOURTH EDITION NOMENCLATURE @ 11:34 am

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Current Mood: nerdy nerdy
Current Music: "Myriad Harbor" - The New Pornographers

The designers of Dungeons and Dragons 4th edition must be having a real roller-coaster time, right about now. On the one hand, this epic labor of love is finally in readers' hands, to much acclaim. On the other hand, it will be slowly nibbled to death by gerbils as every gamer under the sun points out the one or two nitpicky things they dislike in the nearly-thousand-page Opus of Awesomejuice they released.

(I, for one, don't understand why The "Customizing Scores" method of character generation starts with 8, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10. Would it have been that much to throw a couple extra points players' ways - creating 10's across the board - and thereby making the subsequent table of point additions that much more elegant? Nitpicky, nitpicky, NITPICKY!)

I will say, however, that the Monster Manual gives me greatest pause. Not due to any mechanic. Simply because of the sheer number of monsters that now go by MODIFIER-title MONSTER NAME (or MONSTER NAME modifier-TITLE). Yes, I realize this is due to the seemingly endless subdivision and stratification of monsters and monster types necessitated by new monster Roles: artillery, brute, controller, soldier, fishmonger (or something like that). But still, in the first few pages alone, we have:

Aboleth Slime Mage
Aboleth Overseer
Ice Archon Hailscourge
Ice Archon Rimehammer (embarrassingly misread as "RIM-hammer," initially)

Ice Archon Frostshaper
Azer Taskmaster
Azer Beastlord
Warthorn Battlebriar (Um...is that "War Thorn" or "Wart Horn"? Just wonderin', is all...)
Earthrage Battlebriar

Turning to a random page in the middle (132), we have the

Gnoll Huntmaster
Gnoll Demonic Scourge
Gnoll Claw Fighter

The sense of rhythm is undeniable, but so, alas, is the sense of sameness. Were the ancients forbidden from using a third modifier? Did they have to pay by the word when entering new creatures into the ledger? It does rather make me want to take a look at the stylebook the zoologists are forced to use in the lands of Greyhawk.

Anyway, it's pretty obvious that D&D 4th edition has a specific way they'd like you to differentiate monsters. Now, anybody can be a critic. But it takes a better man to offer constructive advice - to put forward something POSITIVE. And so, in that spirit, I humbly offer KOVALIC'S SCROLL OF SWARMING FOURTH EDITION NOMENCLATURE, for those who want to create monsters or name new Player Characters the right way...the Fourth Edition way. Roll some dice and try it out!




KOVALIC'S SCROLL OF SWARMING FOURTH EDITION NOMENCLATURE

STEP ONE

ROLL 1D20.
1-5 Table creates a prefix (ie, Feypants Orc)
6-20 Table creates a suffix (ie, Orc Lightningrimmer)


STEP TWO
FLIP A COIN, THEN ROLL PERCENTILE DICE.
Heads, you generate a number between 1 and 100. Tails, you generate a number between 101 and 200. Do this twice. For example, you roll a 62 and an 04. 62 in the first column is "Goat," and 82 is "crotch." Bingo! So your new monster would be either a Goatcrotch Ent or an Ent Goatcrotch, depending on how you rolled during Step One.

ROLL MODIFIER TITLE
01 Thunder spleen
02 Lightning toes
03 Sheboygan seer
04 Fire crotch
05 L.Ron hamster
06 Over lard
07 Slime lord
08 Stalker -iffic
09 Blood sausage
10 Battle thighs
11 Frost noodle
12 Hell scourge
13 Lily hammer
14 Slut master
15 Task queen
16 Beast breath
17 Toady catcher
18 Dart board
19 Shadow swarmer
20 Venom -eye
21 Water cup
22 Cream liver
23 Dire spike
24 Rot gut
25 Tangle- champ
26 Mace tail
27 Iron fingers
28 Pickle tyrant
29 Sloppy fist
30 Bone claw
31 Postpunk reaver
32 Bitchy cakes
33 Tiny dancer
34 Fey ray
35 Mire- hair
36 God spurned
37 Heck forged
38 Vise tooth
39 Gob smacker
40 Fight club
41 Gerbil carver
42 Spectral buns
43 Winter shield
44 Wyrm hook
45 Toad stool
46 Brittle marmot
47 Havok pants
48 Porn moonbat
49 Pullover jumper
50 Death hulk
51 Cheese weasel
52 Muskrat lover
53 Dragon born
54 Orc fluffer
55 Yellow submariner
56 Beard trimmer
57 Chain gang
58 Ice ricer
59 Pit devil
60 War fiend
61 Chicken strummer
62 Goat patter
63 Spiney devourer
64 Spirit Emo
65 Sneak stockings
66 Beast baiter
67 Rune boobie
68 Black knife
69 White shadow
70 Brown cow
71 Blue state
72 Beetle juice
73 Gloom belcher
74 Kobold slayer
75 Gnoll layer
76 Pseudo intellectual
77 Copper kettle
78 Spitting overseer
79 Brass knuckle
80 Bolt thrower
81 Pink singer
82 Chaffed strider
83 Chapped lips
84 Pyre britches
85 Summer wind
86 Golden shower
87 Salad shooter
88 Sugar butt
89 Papaya bolt
90 Dread budgie
91 Raisin toast
92 Sleepy hollow
93 Rock brain
94 Earthwind fire
95 Ur- stench
96 Web wing
97 Butter king
98 Forge fairy
99 Fell yellowpolkadotbikini
100 Cleaveland steamer
101 Sponge nuts
102 Swarm thingie
103 Torn fancypants
104 Deep throat
105 Swallow nickers
106 Proud foot
107 One sack
108 Badonkadonk loaf
109 Heavy breather
110 Frak bottom
111 Meat snack
112 Tasty nose
113 Pain maistro
114 Skullcrusher squarepants
115 Itsybityteenyweeny mellons
116 Rap parts
117 Cookie business
118 Numb geek
119 Man scape
120 Girl bits
121 Danger boots
122 Tweedle dum
123 Galaxy jaw
124 Phlegm bootie
125 Pixie dickens
126 Piggie pumeller
127 Marmot -priest
128 Spinning itcher
129 Dancing dancer
130 Craven undergarments
131 Nookie froster
132 Tentacle saw
133 French tickler
134 Naughty trombone
135 Evildead sanchez
136 Goon kidney
137 Bug ickstomper
138 Swallow spitz
139 Dribble snot
140 Candy king
141 Strong branch
142 Green twig
143 Moon Raker
144 Snot rocket
145 Finger- romper
146 Head splitter
147 Skuttle slut
148 Heart eater
149 Dirty Canuck
150 One-eved wonderworm
151 Icepick wielder
152 Bacon -chewer
153 Despoiler oddparents
154 Sore sore
155 Fresh- breeze
156 Back stabber
157 Stabber back
158 Pants head
159 Crotch stink
160 Crab wingnut
161 Crabby panties
162 Steel pelvis
163 Tomb will
164 Rubber duckie
165 Stabby- -in-the-hole
166 Itty -stab-stab
167 Prehensile skull
168 Necro- wrestle
169 Bass thumper
170 Part-time- -temp
171 Curd fry-o-lator
172 Gnome giblets
173 Drow gravy
174 Booty fruit
175 Beer- -licious
176 Jail -bait
177 Extracrispy groin
178 Lice loins
179 Gland odor
180 Blooming bloomers
181 Furry helmet
182 Snorkel flank
183 Banger -ass
184 Snausage- stick
185 Beef chew
186 Crone jowl
187 Sword -heart
188 Ass hips
189 Stoat jockey
190 Titty clogs
191 Spork slag
192 Scum whore
193 Slime -ho
194 Trebuchet wanker
195 Feudal bitch
196 Loose molester
197 Bubble top
198 King pimp
199 Skull stripper
200 Strudel extruder


My good deed for the day is done. No need to thank me now, WoTC. What? What's that, you say? You want to send scads of D&D minis my way, as a show of gratitude? Well...OK, you scamps, you.

(And yes, if anybody possesses the Program-fu to turn this into a web application, I'd love to do an interactive variation.)

EDIT: Holy Stalkercrotch Orc! There are already three version to chose from, if you prefer your tables web-generated!

From abodnar: Version A

From fullcontactmuse: Version B

From critus: Version C

Here are some orcs I generated using Version B:

Rockmaster Orc
Orc Webdevil
Orc Feypants
Orc Gloomweasel
Orc Watertoes
Orc Beardbolt
Orc Overspleen
Wargut Orc
Orc Deathknife
Dragonborn Orc (go figure)
Orc Tangle-hollow
Slutsinger Orc
Orc Rotslayer
Orc Sloppycatcher
Orc Thunder-iffic
Orc Sheboyganlord
Stalkercrotch Orc

Heeee!

EDIT EDIT: Now 200 strong. I'm stopping here. I may tweak a word or two, but in general, I think 400 words total should get us well into Monster Manual II territory, and possibly beyond.
 
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From:siobharek
Date:June 11th, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
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Kovalic for the win! You, sir, win the internet.
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From:kobold_8769
Date:June 11th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
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Ah, once again I am glad that I stayed with 2E. For character creation (in 2E), I prefer the Living City method; it nicely avoids gripes about low-stat characters.
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From:muskrat_john
Date:June 11th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
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It's not the fact that it's low stats...you build up from the starting points, so you actually get a decent character. It just seems there's no reason for starting with all 10's and one 8. And it means there's a messy little addition to the table when it could have been cleaner.
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From:pond823
Date:June 11th, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
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Haha, i've just been writing some swarming nomenclature software to generate cthulhu-ish planet names.
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From:delazan
Date:June 11th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
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Have you heard what happened to Monte Cook's basement? They remodeled it before the storms hit. Now it's all ruined.
-L.

Edited at 2008-06-11 05:14 pm (UTC)
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From:muskrat_john
Date:June 11th, 2008 05:49 pm (UTC)
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Oh, damn. I hadn't heard that.

I'm trying to be philosophical about it all: we could be in Lake Delton...
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From:koogrr
Date:June 11th, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC)
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Hee! Nice! The sort of thing that would show up in an April issue of Dragon.
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From:muskrat_john
Date:June 11th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
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Oh, man, I miss those issues...
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From:synabetic
Date:June 11th, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC)
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That's excellent! Nice work, sir.


(I'm also totally using that chart for this weekend...)
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From:fenmere
Date:June 11th, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC)
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If I have the time tomorrow or tonight, I'll do the web widget!

Of course, people will be able to input their own job titles, usernames or whatever to be prefixed or suffixed. Because that way, it'll spread like maaad across LiveJournal.
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From:muskrat_john
Date:June 11th, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
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Coolness! Many thanks!
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From:sorceror
Date:June 11th, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC)
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Dork Tower oldclassic?

I'm just wondering whether that's because this is a repeat, or because you're sticking with the old system instead of moving to Dork Tower 4E.
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From:kensan_oni
Date:June 11th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)
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Fear my Feyseer Lime Slime Monster! Blurp!
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From:tarpo
Date:June 11th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
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Woe be it to he who rolls an Orc 100-100..
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From:gridlore
Date:June 11th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)

86-86

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Bad man! You're a very bad man!
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From:childofmypain
Date:June 11th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
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Wow! I am absolutely using this in a beer and pretzels game I am running this weekend, Return to the Lost Dugeon of Hookers and Ale. My girlfriend has asked me to put a weresnail in the dungeon (see badsex community) and this will be a huge help! Thanks.

Now please sir, get out of my brain.
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From:abodnar
Date:June 11th, 2008 05:53 pm (UTC)
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Here ya go,

http://buzzard.kdi.com/~abodnar/creature.html

I only handle the second part of the generation. But it'd be easy to add doing prefix/suffix.

Also, if you want to add more, just have to add a modifier[(next number)]="(new value)"; and a ttitle[(next number)]="(new value)"; to the javascript array.
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From:fullcontactmuse
Date:June 11th, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC)
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Here's my bit, though I'm in the process of making it look prettier. :)

Any artwork that I snag for it for by chance?

http://www.clarkzoo.org/KovalicScroll/Default.aspx
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From:rupertofhentzau
Date:June 11th, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
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Psst. Buddy. You have liver in there twice! #9 and #22...
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From:muskrat_john
Date:June 11th, 2008 05:58 pm (UTC)
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Thus changed. Thanks!

There were far more repetitions half and hour ago...prolly one or two left, still...

"Thunder" appeared three times. :-)
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From:freeport_pirate
Date:June 11th, 2008 05:58 pm (UTC)
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Beat me to it, Herr K! I was amusing myself with the idea of doing a similar chart for my blog, but you've gone and done it. Nice.
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From:muskrat_john
Date:June 11th, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
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Great minds, sir. Great minds...

:-)
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From:critus
Date:June 11th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
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From:muskrat_john
Date:June 11th, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
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Flipping hilarious!
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From:stannex
Date:June 11th, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
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I LOVE that chart! I'm giving serious thought to USING it for a project I'm going to be writing for WotC. *heh heh heh*
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From:muskrat_john
Date:June 11th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
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Considering the source, that's praise indeed. Thanks!
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From:tabbyfoo
Date:June 11th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)
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lol. Try putting in things that are NOT d&d monsters:

Forgebutt Baby

Is that like baby got back?
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From:muskrat_john
Date:June 11th, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
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Hee!
From:tikurion
Date:June 11th, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC)
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I signed up at LJ just for this... Anyways, here's my take:

http://web20.server-drome.net/projekte/dd/index.php

You could use an iframe, if you can use HTML in your entries, like so:

< iframe src="http://web20.server-drome.net/projekte/dd/index.php" name="Keikocheck" border="2" width="300" height="150" scrolling="no" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" frameborder="0">
< p>Your browser doesn't support iframes, go to < a href="http://web20.server-drome.net/projekte/dd/index.php">http://web20.server-drome.net/projekte/dd/index.php< /a>< /p>
< /iframe>

Of course killing the spaces after the brackets...
From:tikurion
Date:June 11th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
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Oh and possibly changing "Keikocheck" into something more appropriate... I did that in a hurry and used an old script... *cough*... And kill the border... So many mistakes...
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From:mearls
Date:June 11th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
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You sir, are a genius. I will forward this entry to the appropriate writers and designers. We lost months to generating all those names!

As for free minis, you're a month late! We just did a big purge of the RPGA's stash of figures, and we had big boxes of free minis for the taking.
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From:muskrat_john
Date:June 11th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
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Many thanks! And I've been meaning to let you know I found I found Keep on the Shadowfell really spiffy. To me, writing a good low-level adventure is much harder than a good high-level adventure.

As for free minis, you're a month late!

Aieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Pardon me, while I go beat my head against a wall. Repeatedly.

The horror! The horror! (Or should that be "The Hook horror!")
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From:zargon
Date:June 11th, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)

Web App

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There's also two "Sheboygan"s.

Let us know if you change any more so we can all change our apps. I've done one two but I can't get FTP to work (at work, go figure) to upload it, and it ain't near as pretty as all the others. If I get it posted, I'll let you know.
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From:muskrat_john
Date:June 11th, 2008 09:07 pm (UTC)

Re: Web App

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Many thanks!

"L.Ron" substituted for one.

Just cuz. :-)
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From:jedifreeman
Date:June 11th, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)
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From:jedifreeman
Date:June 11th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
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updated to allow batch generation for creatures
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From:geekgrl64
Date:June 11th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
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Beautiful!
From:mythusmage
Date:June 12th, 2008 02:35 am (UTC)
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Rolled a few monster names by hand, came up with five different ones you can look at over at my blog.

Anybody want to work out the stats for the kobold slutgang?
From:linxan_terrano
Date:June 12th, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
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No man can withstand Flamegoat Spiritcrotch!

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