Readers of the blog know that I've hinted at a big announcement over the last week or two. It's now time for the official unveiling!
Last fall, I created a random hireling generator. This generator found its origins in materials pieced together from forums, websites, and blogs, and was restructured and revised with my own personal thoughts. I subsequently added a random name generator based on a set of prefixes and suffixes. I tried to pay homage to Gygax, Arneson, and others within. Both were downloaded a ton from Scribd.
Not long thereafter, I started talking to Cr0m, one of the DMs at Red Box Vancouver, who took an interest in the above resources. The two of us cobbled some free time together over a couple months and developed a web-version of the combined hireling and name generators for use by the OSR community. The new generator is designed for classic fantasy and as such is compatible with OD&D, Basic, 1E and their retroclones. The new generator includes new Old School art that refreshes each time you visit the opening page. The generator includes over 1600 possibilities for human names alone. We returned to the articles in Dragon Magazine as a guide.
Please use the comments section below to tell us what you think and suggest and revisions to the generator. Please spread the word through your groups and communities on the web.
I'd like to thank and give primary credit to Cr0m for his time and web expertise to this project. I've made a good friend.
Without further pomp or circumstance, we give you Meatshields! The Classic Fantasy Hireling and Henchman Generator.