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Amar Tools reaches a milestone: The 1.0 release!

After 15 years in the making, finally Amar Tools is ‘feature complete’ and deserving the 1.0 release mark.

The swiss army knife tool set for the Amar Role-Playing game is freely available on Github. Although created for the Amar RPG, these tools are useful for any fantasy RPG.

The online version is available here: http://www.isene.org/amar.html

A shortened version of the feature list:

  • Generate random encounters in various terrains (day or night): The encounters are of various races, complete with random names, sex, stats and attitude towards the player characters. You can download the generated encounters as a text file. 
  • Generate random human NPCs. All attributes, skills, weapons, armour, magic, etc. is detailed according to the Amar RPG rules. You can bookmark the URL for each NPC (for future references) and download a text file of the NPC. 
  • Generate random settlements complete with inhabitants – castles, villages, towns or cities:
    • A realistic set of house types are generated and each house populated with residents. Each inhabitant are generated with name according to its race, sex, personality and general skill level in their trade. You can bookmark the URL for the generated settlement for later reference and download a text file as well.
    • A graphical map of relations between the inhabitants is generated along with a text file representing the same. You can bookmark and download both.

     

  • Generate graphical and textual relationship maps for inhabitants of settlements you upload. 
  • Generate a month of random weather. Choose any of the Amar months and detailed weather is created for that specific month – with special religious days and moon phases. If you are a Game Master of any other RPG, choose “Unspecified” as the month and 28 days of weather is created. You can download the weather as a nice PDF. 
  • Generate random names for a whole range of races. 
  • Make “open ended dice rolls” (used extensively throughout the Amar RPG).

 

Check out the online version to see all the other features.

Thanks to all contributors – players, game masters and others that have helped push the Amar Tools with more than 30K lines of code over this milstone mark.

RPG tool: Random relationship map for citizens of a town

I’m on a roll. Decided to add yet another tool to the Amar Role-Playing Game. You now get a randomly generated relationship map between the citizens whenever you generate a fantasy village, town or city.

You can also download your generated village/town/city as a text file, edit it as you wish and upload your edited file to get a random relationship map for your new settlement. Check out the tools here: Tools for the Amar RPG.

You will get a map like this:

Click the image to zoom in.

Be aware, for larger settlements, the map becomes chaotic.

Source code for all the Amar RPG tools is freely avalable on Github.

RPG Random Town Generator

The Amar Role-Playing Game has got yet another tool: a random town generator. It doesn’t draw a map for you, but it will save contless hours populating villages, towns and cities. You will get a realistic distribution of house types, shops and trades. Each house is populated with residents – complete with name, age, sex, main skill level and basic personality.

Whereas this tool is created for the Amar RPG, it will save time for Game Masters of any fantasy RPG in creating settlements for a game campaign.

Source code for all the Amar RPG tools is avalable on Github.

Amar RPG: New tools

The Amar Role-Playing Game has got two new tools lately.

To understand what Amar RPG is, check out its extensive wiki.

The new tools are a random names generator and an “Open ended dice roller“. The random names generator will give you ten names of the race you pick (from human male and female names to dwarves, elves, trolls and more).

If you are a Game Master for an Amar RPG campaign, you now have a better swiss army knife at your disposal.

Coming up is something even more time-saving. I won’t reveal just yet what it is, but I can tell you that it will save hours upon hours of preparations – even if you are playing other Role-Playing Game systems.

The AMAR app for Android

It was time for me to create an app. With an autobiography published in 2013, a bunch of OnePageBooks on Amazon, artwork on 500px, music on Spotify, just short of 50 projects on GitHub – the next natural check-off on my bucket list was an app. OK, a simple Android app viewing the AMAR NPCg site as a tool for Game Masters of the AMAR Role-Playing Game. But an app nontheless. As usual with stuff I create, it’s free. Get it on Google Play:

http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.isene.amarnpcg

Feel free to test it and give it 5 stars 🙂