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New Random Character Generator
Mar 12th, 2009 at 8:36pm
 
Tired of thinking up names (and realizing every snitch you've created for Lois has the name of Kenton)?

I've put together a random generator at    (You need to Login or Register to view media files and links) 

Currently it only generates adults between 18 & 65, but it gives name, gender, height, weight and probable ethnicity when applicable.

Sometime in the next couple weeks I'll add hair and eye color as well (as soon as I find good probability tables for those) and possibly distinguishing features such as tattoos.

Please let me know if there's anything else that might be good to know about a random person Lois & Clark are likely to meet on the street.
  

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Re: New Random Character Generator
Reply #1 - Mar 13th, 2009 at 4:45am
 
OMG!!

How awesome is this??? I've had such fun playing with it!!

Thank you!
  
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Re: New Random Character Generator
Reply #2 - Mar 14th, 2009 at 1:21am
 
Gulp I think there may be a problem  I got this for a 5 year old female.   Cheesy

Brown, Johanna
(Female)
Age: 5
5' 6"
118 lbs


I guess you're right it only generates adults right now.   Embarrassed
 
  
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Reply #3 - Mar 14th, 2009 at 2:00am
 
Okay, looks like a generator to create children may be needed as well - I'll look into it.
  

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Reply #4 - Mar 14th, 2009 at 5:42am
 
Don't worry about it.  I just didn't notice that you had said adults only.  I was just trying it out and thought Jason needed more friends.  ha ha.  He got a giant.   Grin
  
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Re: New Random Character Generator
Reply #5 - Mar 15th, 2009 at 9:46pm
 
This could prove to be very useful.  I played around with it a little, and couldn't help but notice that the females were trending to the short side, with height as low as 4'8".  I suppose there are little people in this world too, and it will suit my needs just fine.

Thanks for sharing.
  
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Reply #6 - Mar 15th, 2009 at 10:48pm
 
The heights are based on US averages. (The actual formula I used was base height of 55 inches for women plus a random number between 0 and 18.

For men it's a base height of 60 inches plus the random between 0 and 18.

The actual average height of American women is about 5' 4".

  

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Reply #7 - Mar 16th, 2009 at 11:13pm
 
Miss Lois wrote on Mar 15th, 2009 at 10:48pm:
The heights are based on US averages. (The actual formula I used was base height of 55 inches for women plus a random number between 0 and 18...  The actual average height of American women is about 5' 4".
So it's an even distribution between 4'7" and 6'1".  As I said, that should be more than adequate for most author's needs, and I've already made use of it.

Of course, my analytical mind is wondering how to tackle the challenge of programming a randomly generated "normal" distribution, like what we see in the population (with the peak of the bell curve centered at 5'4").  If I come up with a programming epiphany, I'll let you know...

Thanks again for sharing it.  Smiley
  
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Reply #8 - Mar 17th, 2009 at 3:19pm
 
Heights and weights are now closer to proper distribution based on the U.S. population.

Just an interesting little niggle - When Lois and Richard are discussing Clark's height and weight, she says Clark is 6'3", 6'4".
Richard says 'about two hundred pounds...'

That's about twenty to thirty pounds over what Richard's guess should have been if he hadn't been wondering about Clark being Superman.
  

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