SotC Character Generator
When programmers have problems, they write programs. When I found myself needing some NPCs for a Spirit of the Century module I’m working on, I was inspired to create a character generator program.
So far, it knows how to fill the skills pyramid and to pick stunts, like so:
Skills: Fists: Superb Sleight of Hand: Great Might: Great Academics: Good Leadership: Good Stealth: Good Mysteries: Fair Engineering: Fair Contacting: Fair Intimidation: Fair Drive: Average Pilot: Average Survival: Average Deceit: Average Art: Average Stunts: Brawler (Fists) Crippling Blow (Fists) Dirty Fighter (Fists) Fists of Fury (Fists) Bump And Grab (Sleight of Hand)
This guy obviously is a thug. Or a thief.
The program is written in C# using .NET 2008. I’m using XML as a data store, and LINQ to XML to parse the data file and to query the results. I used unit tests to prove the logic during development, and I have a tiered design ensuring the presentation layer does not implement any domain logic. I’m also put together a bare-bones WinForms UI that I want to enhance as the project progresses.
Enforcing the prerequisite rules for stunts took some time! Stunts for Spirit of the Century can require that a character have:
- A specific stunt
- Multiple specific stunts
- A number of other stunts belonging to a given skill
- Any one of an arbitrary set of stunts
- A given skill at a certain level or greater
- A combination of the above rules
Next, I’d like it to generate some decent character and aspect names.