Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Blog Word Verification as RPG Inspiration?

Atom Kid, the mind behind blogs such as CROM! and Maximum Rock & Role Playing, recently wrote a post that I find to be nothing short of genius! It was a head-slapping moment for me, because I don't know why someone hasn't thought of it sooner (and if they have, then I don't know about it).

Atom Kid put forth an idea related to those Blogger word verifications that many blogs (mine included) require before a comment can be posted. What's the idea, you ask? Well, he thought it would be cool to use those zany words as the basis for names for characters, creatures, and places! Really cool and creative idea, right?!

Go here to read the post I'm talking about. I hope that Atom Kid continues with this project, and perhaps he wouldn't mind if I picked up the torch as well. If anything deserves to become a blogosphere meme, it's this one!


  1. Yeah I noticed that too. I thought it would be fun to create monsters from some of the odder Words. Funny how these things happen, Birds of a feather I would guess. Or RPG ninja's spying on me and stealing my brain waves...jerks.

  2. Tirod

    Self styled thief and master of martial combat.

    "Thieving is my business and business is good."
    Title: Filcher
    Class: Thief
    Level: 6
    Hit Points: 21
    Armor Class: 5
    Alignment: Chaotic
    XP: 20001
    Sex: Male
    Age: 29
    Height: 5'0" Weight: 116lb

    STR: 7
    DEX: 11
    CON: 13
    INT: 11
    WIS: 14
    CHA: 8

    Weapon: Dagger
    Armor: Leather +1
    Other Magic:
    Magic Dagger +1
    Ring of Protection +1
    Extra-healing - flame, variegated, watery, tart
    Protection - Devils
    Wooden stakes
    10' Chain
    Thieves' Tools

    (Tirod was my Word for the above post)

  3. Eric: thanks, great stuff! See, this is such a great idea! Props to Atom Kid!

  4. I thought using CAPTCHA words as character names was pretty common.

    Example for this post: "scalo"

    Scalo is a hireling-Thief who wears leather scale armor (performs as leather, just decorative). He's really itchy all the time and his skin flakes off all over. He has a pet "guard lizard" which never makes a sound and always sits on top of Scalo's backpack.

  5. 1d30: you are probably right that the idea of using the CAPTCHA verification words has been around forever. I'm just not that smart.