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...on a shelf in an adventure.

OK - so in my specific instance I'm looking at a "philosopher's" study. Philosopher is in quotes because he's rally a dabbler in Arts many fell better left untouched. In particular, he's studying writings of "Splicers" who, thousands of years ago played with genetic manipulation and the creation of new species. So what books would be on his shelf?

What categories of research can you think of and what would be the books on that shelf (say a botanist studying magical remedies)?

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Mon Aug 30, 2010 7:29 pm
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Post Re: A list of books..
Oh! I like this game! Is this the kind of thing you're looking for?

A Compartive Sample of Higher Fauna of the Upper Khorides
Nagel Horencefirth

Ethical Dimensions of Transmogrification
H. Emory Ellingston

Pattern Recognition in Aeromancy, Brontomancy, and Ceraunomancy
Ullesi Thid

Ctetology in the Quickhatch and Related Species
Ozglazga Rolurondotha

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Post Re: A list of books..
Exactly!

I want to create a list of books that are on a shelf in a room, and, for that matter, strewn about the keep/dungeon. When a player picks up a book or looks on the shelf the question always comes up. I suspect there are generators out there so I'm open to links and, in fact, I think some of the Judges Guild stuff I picked up at GenCon might have something. I think the Dungeon Alphabet might as well.

For my purposes I was looking for titles that would be on the shelf of someone investigating what the Splicers had done (and was then forbidden as it was one of the reasons for the Fall and the Shunning that came) thousands of years before.

That got me to wondering if anyone else had the same issue where they wanted books of a specific...category, I guess...and how they came up with the titles.

Those are awesome, MZR - consider them nicked!

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Post Re: A list of books..
An Argument for Selective Recombination in Endothermic Splicing
Gokoth Sandurn

Animal Amalgamation: A Case Study in Synthesizing
L. Zesusoni Vidaroe

Species Transmogrification: The Techniques of Yaghul Nizgurath
Gumaresh Riseg

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Bookspiner
You can use several of the Names generators to come up with authors. I like the Lovecraftian, Greek, and Evilvarieties. YMMV.

You can also do the Extra and Quality part separately:
Book Extra
Book Quality

I took one result from each and got this:
The Minor Rituals of the Wondrous Wind Gods
  • This book is very easy to understand due to extensive references. The book's well-done nature allows one to easily find that it is reasonably useful. Perusing the book reveals that the contents show some plagiarism.
  • Examining the book, one will find: Some personal notes, in incoherent writing, unrelated to the book, concentrated in select sections of the book.

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