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Something That Would Make Con-Game Prep Easier

I’m again preparing games for Gamex2011, and again, I’m faced with some daunting tasks. The most daunting is creating pregenerated player characters. I enjoy making characters — I really do — but when you have to make a bunch of them, it gets a bit overwhelming.

Making good, interesting characters takes a lot of work. And every time I sit down to make six or eight for a con game, I know that someone out there probably made similar characters.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a searchable database of pre-gens one could peruse by game system, genre and power level? I think so.

So, to our readers, I ask this: does such a page exist? I can’t really find one. So I may make one if I can find a few hours to set it up. Also, anyone with experience with various CMSs: is there one in particular that’s good for uploading files? I suppose I could create a section of the Happy Jack’s forum for that. The most important thing would be making that sub-forum very searchable.

Also, would anyone but me use such a resource?

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Stu Venable is the producer of Happy Jacks RPG Podcast and writer and editor of He is founder and director of the Poxy Boggards and a member of Celtic Squall. He holds a degree in Journalism and Public Relations from California State University, Long Beach. He is a husband and a father. He hates puppies.

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7 Responses to "Something That Would Make Con-Game Prep Easier"

  1. SirGuidoNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve been pushing people for a while to put together a repository for NPCs, and your idea is definitely an extension for that. I think it would be a fabulous idea, and would be willing to help in whatever way I can.

  2. StorkNo Gravatar says:

    Why not have the game testers make your pre-gens?

  3. JoeGunNo Gravatar says:

    I could totally see using this utility. Not only for PC’s in a con game but even as a repository for fully flushed out NPC’s. You could even design it so that someone can upload a “base” design and then anyone who takes it and “tweaks” it can then upload it is a new “skin” of the first, and allow people to look at a character concept and then go through the “skins” of that base PC. As for a good CMS, i’ve heard good things about Drupal, although I’ve never used it. (We are stuck with Sharepoint in these parts 🙁 )

  4. JazzIsBluesNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t know of one like this Stu, but it seems to me that one could be done the catch I think would be (a) common formatting, and (b) dealing with disparate game systems. Would probably want lists of characters from various game systems because we (across the community) deal with them, and would want to share the pre-gens we make. It would certainly be worth exploring and I would be more than happy to help.


  5. CaptainBlackNo Gravatar says:

    Savage Worlds has a few pre-generated characters available for download on their site. I also know that Shane was talking about selling packs of them for all the different Savage World campaigns.

  6. ShirleyNo Gravatar says:

    You’re the gertesat! JMHO

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