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Item History Generator

Item History Generator

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Got 99 problems? Make sure that coming up with a background for the treasures in tonight's game isn't one!

The Item History Generator is a finely crafted list of mostly historically accurate and verisimilitudinous stories collected by our semi-professional historians. Just the thing for giving your artifacts and other valuable treasures a little more background. No more finding just another sword +1 in the dragon's treasure pile!

For example:


6. Graceful. Likely a precious family heirloom this item is a combination of tool and art piece. It is beautiful to look upon and yet is still completely functional. Its elegant structure complements its purpose instead of detracting from it and its decorations are prevalent yet tasteful. Clearly the tool of a refined and noble person.

Old History:

2. Neglected. This item was likely dropped at some point in the wilderness and left there for quite a long time. It’s covered in rust, the remnants of mold, and is heavily tarnished and stained. While it’s still usable it smells a bit like wet dog and could definitely use some cleaning. A few components could definitely afford to be replaced.

Recent Events

4. Blood. The item is covered in a layer of dried blood. How it got there is anyone’s guess but violence and death were probably involved. It would probably be a good idea to clean this off before showing it in public, people tend to ask questions about that sort of thing.

This product is system and genre agnostic, so feel free to use it to educate your fantasy PCs, to name your tanks in any number of popular war games set in the far future, to add some realism to your virtual reality simulator adventures, or just to spark your own imagination!

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June 24th, 2017
The devil is in the details. This list makes it easy to embue random items with detailed histories, helping players become immersed in your world. [...]
Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
October 4th, 2013
Do you find creating backstories for the items the party, er, liberates in the course of their adventures? Whether it is just to satisfy those characters who like to research them or to help spawn ideas for further adventures, this product may help. [...]
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File Last Updated:
October 03, 2013
This title was added to our catalog on October 04, 2013.