Iron Arachne

Procedural Generation Tools for Tabletop Role-playing Games

This website hosts tools intended to make life easier for players of tabletop RPGs. It's a living website, and will continue to receive new tools on a semiregular basis.

My name is Ben Overmyer. I'm the developer behind this site.

Lastly, if you find this site useful, consider buying me a coffee. The server costs are not cheap, and I fund the site myself.

Scaling down Iron Arachne

Published Monday November 2nd, 2020

We've come to the point where Iron Arachne is just too expensive to run. It costs almost $60 USD per month, and generates no income to offset that.

I looked at a number of options. Adding advertisements would probably offset the cost, but I'm uncomfortable with ads. I also considered adding some kind of subscription model, but there isn't really anything worth paying monthly for on the site. Briefly, I considered taking the site down completely, but I don't want to do that either.

So, I have to change how the site works, and move it to a weaker but more economical server setup.

What will change?

User accounts are going away. So are saved results. Images will no longer be saved to a permanent store and will just be calculated in real time. The site will be slower.

I'll be making these changes in such a way that if finances improve in the future I will be able to turn features back on. However, all current data will be lost, so if you like your creations, save them on your own to keep them.

When will this happen?

Soon. Today is the 2nd of November. I will be making these changes before the end of the month.

Star System Generator has been added

Published Wednesday October 7th, 2020

There's now a star system generator. Everything it creates is procedurally generated. For example, here's a "garden planet:"

This is the first of several sci-fi generators I have planned. Over time, this one will see more detail. I'm toying with the idea of also generating sentient alien races for the habitable worlds.

User profiles, user heraldry, and more!

Published Monday September 28th, 2020

User profiles have been added. Right now this doesn't mean much, since there aren't many ways for people to see other users' contributions. This will change in the future.

One big thing that's been added, though, is user heraldry. Now you can claim any unclaimed heraldry as your own personal coat-of-arms. You can only have one at a time, so if you change your mind and pick a new one, the old one becomes unclaimed once again. However, once it's been claimed, then it's yours and yours alone.

Here's mine:

Also, I added administration features. One of these is a statistics page. I was shocked to discover that this site has over a thousand registered users! So happy belated One Thousand to the community!

Finally, more customization has been added to the culture and region generators. You can now pick the biome to use for them. The language selector has changed just a little, too, with the option to pick a random language type. I plan on adding more pre-built languages in the future, including Dwarvish, Elvish, and others.