Published on April 17th, 2001 02:42 PM
I have a hobby.
I make generators - programs that generate characters, plots, items, etc. for writing, role-playing, and just general fun. It's fascinating to do something like analyze magic items in standard fantasy, abstract the words and ideas, and produce a program that slaps them together to produce something new. Anyone who's ever played Diablo or Demon's Winter knows what I'm talking about.
Recently I was designing a Technobabble generator - to make science-fictiony weapons, armor, and Random Important Gizmos That Break. This got me