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#1 carnage_lee

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Posted 03 February 2017 - 09:42 AM

The Seeds of Doom on-line plot generator is up and running. Seeds of Doom will quickly generate a plot outline (a main location, plot, sub-plot/complication, an artefact, main antagonist and their motivation/goal) all at the click of a button.

 

The plots generated aren't always going to make complete sense but will hopefully inspire the Keeper/Games Master's creative thoughts.

 

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If you'd like to help with adding items to any of the six plot-points then please post below with your ideas, using the headings:

 

Main Location

 

Main Plot

 

Sub-Plot/Complication

 

Artefact

 

Main Antagonist

 

Antagonist's Motivation/Goal

 

I'll update the database and you'll receive a credit on the site.

 

Please keep suggestions under 200 characters each.


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#2 yronimoswhateley

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Posted 10 February 2017 - 07:40 PM

That's a great idea!  :)

 

I don't suppose there are lists of the current entries under those headings anywhere, are there?  It would help make it easier to avoid duplication of suggestions, I think.


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Posted 26 February 2017 - 12:18 PM

Thank's, another nice addition to your site. The name of it amuses me as  Seeds of Doom is one of the great, classic era Doctor Who stories. Not only that, it's ripe for converting into a Call of Cthulhu scenario with minimal adjustment. In the spirit of your new toy:

 

Main Location

Athelhampton House, Dorset, UK
 
Main Plot
Alien seed pod turns man into plant that feeds on animal flesh.
 
Sub-Plot (Complication)
A PC’s assistant keeps getting captured and needing rescuing.
 
Artefact
20,000 year old seed pods discovered in Antarctica.
 
Main Antagonist
Harrison Chase, insane millionaire plant collector.
 
Antagonists Motivation/Goal
‘It’s the plants’ world, and humans are parasites.’
 
 
 
One minor critique: the grey text on green bg – too light and not clearly readable.  Why not just make it black?


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Posted 27 February 2017 - 10:46 AM

That's a great idea!  :)

 

I don't suppose there are lists of the current entries under those headings anywhere, are there?  It would help make it easier to avoid duplication of suggestions, I think.

 

Sorry, I missed this post - there's not currently a complied list, I'll see what can be done.

 

Thank's, another nice addition to your site. The name of it amuses me as  Seeds of Doom is one of the great, classic era Doctor Who stories. Not only that, it's ripe for converting into a Call of Cthulhu scenario with minimal adjustment. In the spirit of your new toy:

 
One minor critique: the grey text on green bg – too light and not clearly readable.  Why not just make it black?

 

You're right the name was inspired by the Dr. Who story of the same name, I thought it'd be a catchy and evocative title for a random plot generator.

Aghhh! Adding the actual plot elements from the Dr Who story is something that I should have already thought of... doh! This shall be added to the database 'toot sweet'.

 

I'll have another look at the styling to make the contrast better.


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Posted 27 February 2017 - 12:51 PM

Well, I am happy to help with that, if you would like. I've often thought there's lots of useful source material in Doctor Who, so last night, after my previous post, I went through a list of all the stories (of which, ahem, I'm familiar with 99%) and noted those which are most usable for Call of Cthulhu. That'd be a good starting point, not that other stories won't provide useful data for your generator, just those are most aligned to the cause. Happy to share if you, or anyone, is interested. Perhaps there's a thread for that sort of thing already, a bit beyond the Lovecraftian TV shows one, maybe.



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Posted 27 February 2017 - 04:35 PM

Well, I am happy to help with that, if you would like. I've often thought there's lots of useful source material in Doctor Who, so last night, after my previous post, I went through a list of all the stories (of which, ahem, I'm familiar with 99%) and noted those which are most usable for Call of Cthulhu. That'd be a good starting point, not that other stories won't provide useful data for your generator, just those are most aligned to the cause. Happy to share if you, or anyone, is interested. Perhaps there's a thread for that sort of thing already, a bit beyond the Lovecraftian TV shows one, maybe.

 

Sounds fantastic, Cloud64!  I tried much of the same, but while working on only vague memories of serials I've not seen since the 1980s (I'd seen all the films and most of the shows aside from some of the spin-off series and a lot of the 2nd and 3rd doctors' stories), and without any information on the books, audio plays, and other "expanded universe" type content.  I put what I could here: (link), feel free to add anything big that I might have missed!

 

 

Carnage_lee, once things slow down enough for me I'll try a few lists of plot-point items - it sounds like it'll be fun!


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Posted 28 February 2017 - 08:53 AM

OK, looks like getting access to the wiki is something that needs organising.



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Posted 07 March 2017 - 09:30 PM

Sorry Cloud64, I didn't see your reply until today.  If it helps, there's this information from a call for Wiki editors from a couple years ago: 

 

If you are interested in creating a [wiki] editor account please contact Paul of Cthulhu (PoC) *via the Private Message system* with the topic "Yog Wiki" in the subject line.

 

Be sure to include the following information: a chosen Wiki Username, a chosen Wiki Password, and a contact email address.

 

 

 

 

Sorry for the thread hijack, Carnage.  Hopefully this will help:

 

Main Location:
Mysterious Island
Dark and Primeval Forest
HMS Reckless, Luxury Passenger Ship
Buried Temple in a Trackless Desert
LZ-892 Strahlend, State-of-the-Art Airship
Crumbling Ruin in a Sweltering Jungle
The City Sewer System
The Stormy North Atlantic
Shopping Center or General Store by Night
Ancient and Crowded Warehouse
Peculiarly-Constructed Skyscraper
Base Camp in an Unexplored and Hostile Wilderness
Vast Cavern Complex
Project Moon-Door, Dimensional Gate Experiment
A Blood-stained Chamber
The Crash Site
Bottom of the Well/Pit/Crater

Main Plot:
A group of stranded or lost strangers struggle for survival.
A mysterious transaction has been arranged.
A building or vehicle is spotted which should not be there.
A bizarre new species or technology is discovered.
Someone important has gone missing, and must be found.
Someone needs to clean this mess up.
A natural disaster has unearthed something deadly.
A disagreement between stakeholders threatens to turn violent.
A vital is depleted, and a replacement must be found, quickly.
A stakeholders is altering something precious which protestors wish to preserve.
An evacuation must be conducted.
A series of strangely gruesome deaths must be investigated.
A secret or public guilt must be punished.

Sub-Plot/Complication:
It's quiet... TOO quiet...
Suddenly, a band of armed strangers enter the area.
Someone here is not who he/she claims to be.
A stakeholder has a dangerous secret agenda.
The environment conceals an unsuspected danger.
A looming storm or technical problem arises.
A mysterious stranger holds the key.
The natives are getting restless....
A deeper layer is discovered.
Something dangerous has gotten free.
An unpredictable enemy defects to the other side.
An act of violence escalates.
A trusted leader proves irresponsible or incompetent, maybe dangerous.

Artifact:
Mummified Remains
Mysterious Organism
Carved Blue Ceramic Vase with Black Glass Stopper
Out-of-Place Technology
Perpetual Motion Mechanism
The Disappearing Box
Strangely-Assembled Book
A Cure Deadlier Than Its Disease
Catalyst for a Terrible Change
Grotesque Idol
Secret Area Concealing Dubious Treasures
Terrifying Mannequin, Doll, Puppet, or Dummy
Stack of Incriminating Photos
Proof That My Theory is Correct
The Secret Formula
The Thing Which Did Not Stay Buried
The Identity of a Key Witness
The Other Half of the Prophecy

Main Antagonist:
Injured or Unstable Alien
A Dangerously Eccentric Collector
Irresponsible Scientist
A Stranger in a Strange Land
Callous Speculator/Investor/Businessman
A Fallen Hero
Narcissistic Manipulator
Well-Meaning Extremists
Desperadoes
Mysterious Disease
Religious Fanatic
Business Tycoon with High-Stakes Gambling Addiction
Spies for the Ruritanian Military-Industrial Complex
Cornered Animal
Dangerous Predator
Amusement-Seeking English Cult Leader

Antagonist's Motivation/Goal:
Eliminate the Competition
Achieve Comfort
Taking the Next Logical Step
Avoiding the Next Logical Step
Survival at Others' Expense
Fear of the Unknown
Resurrect Lost Loved One
Revenge on a Rival
A Cry for Help
Save the World with Extreme Measures
Hide the Evidence
Reveal the Dangerous Truth
Assume the Leadership
Command Unearned Respect
Incompetence, pure and deadly
Misguided Honour
Procreation
To Fix, Correct, Adjust, Change, or Customize You
Obtain the Next Piece of the Puzzle
Force a Reaction and Make any Difference
Get Attention

Thus Plays the Music of the Spheres

We Must Do Something, Why Not This?
Pass the Time

The Stars Are Right, The Time Is Now

Funny, this would have Worked Differently Back Home....

Placing the Next Pawn Into Play
Horror is an Art, and You are Its Clay
Silence the Voices in my Head
Curiosity



 


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Posted 07 March 2017 - 09:52 PM

No worries. Thanks for that. I'll try to have a look at it the weekend. Prepping for a Thursday night session at the moment.

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Posted 08 March 2017 - 11:59 AM

Sorry for the thread hijack, Carnage.  Hopefully this will help:

 
Those are excellent additions to the database, thank-you very much!
 
That puts the possible combinations at just north of one and a half billion! :shock:


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Posted 08 March 2017 - 01:50 PM

One and a half-billion? Right on!  Glad I could help :8E:

 

I'll see if I can think of a few more next week; it seems like the Antagonists and Motivations have plenty of unexplored opportunities for aliens/monsters and other non-human conflicts that I haven't quite put my finger on yet, and it's something I'd like to do a little more with.


Edited by yronimoswhateley, 09 March 2017 - 01:26 AM.

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