Generators

Maybe you're running out of time, need some inspiration to describe the loot of the 52nd goblin encounter in a row, or just plain feel like being lazy. Generators can be a very useful tool to help flush out your campaign world.

There is no harm in using the results as they show or tweak them to suit your needs. Either way, it helps add a little more unpredictability and flavor to the players' experiences.

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Fantasy Name Generators

You need a name for something, this place can generate one; people, places, things, creature names, curses... you get the idea.

Listed below are sites where you can generate everything from random names to entire continents. Since many of these have many types of generators on their sites I will list the sites alphabetically and simply indicate what each site can provide rather than create a dozen categories and repeat site listings.

 

Sites

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Probably the most extensive resource sites in this list as a whole, it is a pure treasure trove of generators divided up by games & editions along with several databases of D&D information.

  • Adventure

  • Calendar

  • Dungeon​

donjon

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  • Encounter

  • Inn

  • Magic Shop​

  • Name

  • Random (misc.)

  • Town​

This is a dungeon generator based on the random dungeon generation tables from the DMG.

Dungeons TOME

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  • Dungeon​

A staple RPG forum that includes a large list of generators that can give some quick summaries.

EN World

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  • Treasure

  • Weather

  • World

  • Villain

  • Wild Surges

  • Wilderness

  • Settlement

  • Town

  • Treasure

  • Village

  • Dungeon

  • Name

  • Party

  • Quest

  • Adventure

  • Backstory

  • Chase

  • City

  • Names

  • Character

This will roll up an entire character sheet in a few clicks; perfect for NPCs.

Fast Character

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  • Appearances

  • Games

  • Items

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Dyson's Dodecahedron

This gentleman has created an assortment of rolling lists.

  • Magic Items

  • Misc.

  • Monsters

  • NPCs

  • Subclasses

  • Weapons

  • And more!

  • Places

  • Treasure

  • Weapons

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Abulafia

  • Characters

  • Descriptions

  • Names

This is an extensive wiki of generators that don't have any definitive owners/hosted sites. There are quite a few generators for each general topic.

This is a wiki of generators that don't have any definitive owners/hosted sites. As above, there are quite a few generators for each general topic.

  • Characters

  • Descriptions

  • Magic Items

Chaotic Shiny

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  • Names

  • Places​

  • Plot

  • And more!

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Dizzy Dragon Games

  • Caves/dungeons

Although the encounters themselves generated are outdated (1e) in this map generator, the maps themselves are worth checking out as they blend cave and dungeon walls seemlessly.

This site takes tile morphs and stitches them together using map pieces contributed from various cartographers.

  • Caves

  • Cities

  • Dungeons

Dave's Mapper

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  • Village

This is THE world map generator to use in my opinion. Not only will it create entire continents with cities and roads, you can change map styles, rename locations, and even move things around.

  • World

Azgaar

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Goblinist

Goblinist is an encounter generator with which you can fine-tune encounters across terrain and difficulty levels.

  • Encounter

Gozzy's

Dungeon, cave, and wilderness map generators

  • Cave

  • Dungeon

  • Wilderness

Inkwell Ideas

This company has some free generators available.

  • City

  • Dungeon

  • Inn

  • Items

  • Magic Items

  • Village

  • World

Libove

This site has generators for more fringe uses such as injuries.

  • Character Flaws

  • Encounters

  • Injuries

  • Misc.

  • Names

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NPCbase

A few generators, but they can add flavor to your campaign.

  • Cave

  • Character description

  • Magic Items 

  • Names

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Pica Studio

A broad set of generators for names from people to wilderness locations to deities.

  • Names

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Raging Swan Press

This company also regularly creates and publishes .pdf books of lists. There are both free and paid list sets available. 

  • Creatures

  • Dungeons

  • Items

  • Misc.

  • Urban

  • Wilderness

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Redkat

This site has fewer generators, but they are still useful.

  • Dungeon Room Dressing

  • Magic Items

  • Quests

  • Spellbooks

  • Treasure

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Rinkworks

A comprehensive set of name generators.

  • Names

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Seventh Sanctum

A very extensive site devoted to generators and creative tools and is continually being updated. There are quite a few generators for each general topic.

  • Creatures

  • Characters

  • Combat

  • Items

  • Magic

  • Names

  • Organizations

  • Settings

  • Skills

  • And More!

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Wizardawn

A handful of generators among a variety of other misc. tables and resources.

  • Dungeons

  • Settlements

  • World

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Wizards of the Coast

There are a few online generators buried in the site no longer accessible from the normal site navigation due to overhauls in site structure over the years. I've linked the specific pages below.

Literally, yet another name generator. It gives you blocks of names to choose from.

Yafnag

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  • Names

Listed below are downloadable programs where you can generate everything from random names to entire continents.

 

Software

Wizards of the Coast

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There are a few online generators buried in the site no longer accessible from the normal site navigation due to overhauls in site structure over the years. I've linked the specific pages below.

Tables

Listed below are downloadable programs where you can generate everything from random names to entire continents.

 

  • Monsters

  • Quests

  • Treasure

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Limitless Adventures

This company regularly creates and publishes .pdf books of lists. Although not an online generator per se, the booklets are pretty thorough.

  • Encounters

  • Items

  • Locations​

This one is a little dated, but you may still find some use out of it, and it's free.

Redblade

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  • Character (3.5)

  • Dice

  • Kingdom

  • Wild Surge

Inkwell Ideas

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This company has design/generator software for purchase.

  • City

  • Coat of Arms

  • Dungeon​

  • World

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  • Dungeons

  • Magic Items

  • NPCs

  • Caves

  • Cities

  • Creatures​

This company has decks and morphs for purchase.

Inkwell Ideas

  • Quests

Ashami

A very thorough character/NPC creation site.

  • Characters

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  • Monsters

A great set of tables to create new, custom monsters for your campaign.

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Witchboy

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Wizards of the Coast

There are a few online generators buried in the site no longer accessible from the normal site navigation due to overhauls in site structure over the years. I've linked the specific pages below.

 
 
 
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