TableSmith Tuesday: Building Cemetary.tab (Part 1)

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After wrapping up the introduction series, I asked where TST readers wanted to see me go. I decided to try and incorporate all the options into our next TST journey. From the very beginning to the very end we will build a table. Every Tuesday I will post the updated .tab file to the TableSmith Yahoo Groups. And I invite my readers to make suggestions in the comments about Group Ideas, Grammar Ideas, or any other ideas that you would like to see incorporated into the table.

One of the categories really missing in TableSmith tables, is places! And what better place to start this journey, then where most PC’s are going to end up: the Cemetary.

STEP ONE: Pre-Planning


Whenever I start a new table I always do a quick Google/Bing Search about the subject of the table that I am writing. In general what I am looking for is some Text Descriptions about the subject. That way I have a real life basis for my descriptions. From wikipedia:

Assistens Cemetery (Danish: Assistens Kirkegården) in Copenhagen, Denmark, is the burial site of a large number of Danish notables as well as an important greenspace in the Nørrebro district. Inaugurated in 1760, it was originally a burial site for the poor laid out to relieve the crowded graveyards inside the walled city, but during the Golden Age in the first half of the 19th century it became mondain and many leading figures of the epoch, such as Hans Christian Andersen, Søren Kierkegaard, Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg, and Christen Købke are all buried on the premises. Late in the century, as Assistens Cemetery had itself become crowded, a number of new cemeteries were established around Copenhagen, including Vestre Cemetery, but up through the 20th century it has continued to attract notables. Among the latter are the Nobel Prize-winning phycisist Niels Bohr and a number of American jazz musicians who settled in Copenhagen during the 50s and 60s, including Ben Webster and Kenny Drew.

An Assistens Cemetery is originally a generic term in Danish, used to refer to cemeteries which were laid out to assist existing burial sites, usually those located in urban settings in connection with churches, and therefore a number of cemeteries by the same name are found around Denmark.

The cemetery is one of five run by Copenhagen Municipality. The other cemeteries are Vestre Cemetery, Brønshøj Cemetery, Sundby Cemetery, and Bispebjerg Cemetery.

Greyfriars Kirkyard: Greyfriars Kirkyard is the graveyard surrounding Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is located at the southern edge of the Old Town, adjacent to George Heriot’s School. Burials have been taking place since the late 16th century, and a number of notable Edinburgh residents are interred at Greyfriars. The Kirkyard is operated by City of Edinburgh Council in liaison with a charitable trust, which is linked to but separate from the church. The Kirkyard and its monuments are protected as a category A listed building.[1]

The Entry for Greyfriars Kirkyard gives me a set of categories that would fit great into our table: Monuments, Hauntings, Notable Burials.  So Blam!  There’s my table sitting right there in front of me!  It’s already done!  Well, except for that whole turning it into a table.  But my output is set.  So where do I keep going?

STEP TWO: Translation to TS.

This is a section of my tables that never makes it too the public, because I work the whole table off of it.  Here is the TS’d amalgamation of Assistens Cemetary Entry, and Greyfriars Kirkyard:

[GRAVEYARD NAME] in [CITY],[NATION], is the burial site of a [SIZE OF BURIALS] as well as [ADDITIONAL FEATURES]. [HISTORY OF GRAVEYARD] [DESCRIPTION OF GRAVEYARD] [NOTABLE INTERNMENTS] are all buried on the premises.

MONUMENTS: [TYPICAL MONUMENTS] are found [GRAVEYARD SECTIONS].  {LOOP~[NOTABLE MONUMENTS]}

HAUNTINGS: [HAUNTINGS] (A Separate TABLES?!?)

NOTABLE BURIALS: {LOOP~[BURIALS]}

STEP THREE:  Write our Header.

# —————————————————-
# Graveyards.tab
# TheRandomDM aka Ashon
# —————————————————————————
# —————————————————————————
# This table is used to quickly generate a graveyard for your game. It will include
# a bit of history, notable burials, a description and will help set the scene
# for any morbid visit to the graveyard.
#
# Any Additions to the list can as always be emailed to me.
# —————————————————————————
# NOTE: This Table calls these other tables as necessary:
# —————————————————————————

#REVISIONS:
#

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4 thoughts on “TableSmith Tuesday: Building Cemetary.tab (Part 1)

    Rxmouton said:
    June 22, 2011 at 8:57 am

    2 weeks without an update 😦

      TheRandomDM responded:
      June 22, 2011 at 9:32 am

      Ugh I know, but the paying job trumps. I go on vacation on friday and TST will resume.

    Rxmouton said:
    June 23, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Stupid work always is getting in the way of my Tablesmith scripting too. I’m vicariously living through your tables right now.

    Now if only we could get paid big bucks for writing tables all day long……………..

    […] time on TST we started building Cemetary.tab. We laid out the basis of the table and talked about some of the background research and […]

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