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Old 10-12-2017, 02:00 AM   #1
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Has anyone ever made one for GURPS Magic? Like that you can input a few variable (like how many spells, level of Magery, etc) and it will generate a list of spells that fit?

If not.... what would be needed to build something like this?
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Old 10-12-2017, 05:25 AM   #2
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If not.... what would be needed to build something like this?
Time and a basic knowledge of whatever programming language you'll be using for it. Random generators aren't hard to program.
For the time part, I think inputting all the spell data in a computer-readable format would be more time-consuming than the actual programming, unless there's a handy list in a parseable format available somewhere.
As for what language to use, it depends on the platform - if you were making an online one, for example, Javascript would probably be the best choice.
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Old 10-12-2017, 08:45 AM   #3
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Inspiration Pad is great for picking a random Item from a list. I've built a great deal fewer random generators in java-script since doing so.

Bicorn is absolutely right: the most time consuming part would be formatting. Though If you're good at that, even that might not take long.

The hardest part would be making the prereqs play nicely with each other I think.

I suspect I could do it in a few hours. My blog output has slowed. Perhaps I should do this...
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Old 10-12-2017, 08:17 PM   #4
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I suspect I could do it in a few hours. My blog output has slowed. Perhaps I should do this...
If you show me what you mean by "properly formatted", I could probably bang that out.

I'm kinds loathe to try to learn java just to scratch an itch.
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Old 10-12-2017, 09:11 PM   #5
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GCS has all the prereqs in xml format if I recall correctly.
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Old 10-14-2017, 12:27 AM   #6
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I wrote a DF random character generator that, if you pick Wizard, picks a legal (enforcing prerequisites) set of 30 random spells for you.

It's not exactly what you want, but you could probably modify it into exactly what you want pretty easily.

https://github.com/dripton/dfrandom
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Old 10-19-2017, 12:08 PM   #7
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Ugg, that's messier than I thought it'd be. Prerequisites are hard. Though perhaps its just the route I'm taking.
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