It’s been two weeks since my last table. I was striving so hard to get on a bi-weekly posting schedule when I came upon my theme for April; Dungeons – Randomly. I have long been inspired by Rogue-Like games and the emergent behavior that comes from randomness. And of course the basis of all Rogue-Like games is the dungeon itself.
I explored the methodologies of dungeon creation employed and started, restarted, re-thunk, re-thought, and re-explored the way that I was trying to go to develop this massive undertaking of random joy! And finally settled on a bottom-up rather then a top down approach.
One of great ideas for random generation of dungeons in some of the RL’s is the use of themes, and sub-themes for each level of generation. These themes can be broken down into three major categories: Storage, Lair, Work.
Storage would include areas from Crypts (Storage of Bodies) to Vaults (Storage of Treasure).
Lairs would include areas from a goblin warren to a dragon den.
The Work section is perhaps the most interesting when it comes down to describing sections of a dungeon. Mines are a work zone, underground agriculture mold farms are work zones, hidden mage complexes are work zones, and lastly temples are work zones. RandomDM thusly presents: Random Churches! I’ll note that no prejudice is implied by the vocabulary of the table. Easily accessible internet resources are already biased to a certain vocabulary and this table reflects that fact.
|1d6||Nave Features||2d4-1||Wall Decorations|
|(Path from Entrance to altar)||1||verse depictions|
|1||pews line the nave||2||stained glass mirrors|
|2||statues line the nave||3||statues of important figures|
|3||arches line the nave||4||stark and barren|
|4||columns line the nave||5||sheathed in mineral foil|
|5||the nave is vaulted||6||intricate stone work|
|6||is an empty prayer hall||7||intricate paintings|
|1d6||Choir Features||2d3-1||Chancel Features|
|(Seating for the Clergy)||(Choir area for Important Clergy)|
|1||simplistic pews||1||raised above the nave|
|2||ornate pews||2||sunk below the nave|
|3||simplistic choir stalls||3||ritual tool storage|
|4||ornate choir stalls||4||shielded from the nave|
|5||simplistic benches||5||sacred relic resting spot|
|2||a solid piece of material||2||large bath|
|3||animal motif||3||medium tub|
|5||ornate inlays||5||portable (1d4 font)|
|6||verse depiction||6||made of valuable minerals (1d4 font)|
|4||Daily Worship||4||Singular Tomb|
|5||Seat of Power||5||Relic|
|6||A Sect of main religion||6||Divination Focus|
|7||Pilgramage Site||7||Housing for Priest|
|8||Seminary||8||Barracks for Holy Warriors|
|9||Lecture/Educational focus||9||Repurposed from different religion|
|1||faces east||1||is ‘small’ sized|
|2||faces west||2||is ‘medium’ sized|
|3||faces north||3||is ‘large’ sized|
|4||faces south||4||is ‘huge’ sized|
|5||faces NE||5||is ‘gargantuan’ sized|