Thursday, April 14, 2011

L is for Library

There are so many great L things that I could almost do a whole month of them: Laboratory, Labyrinth, Lamp-Post, Lantern of the Dead, Laundry, Lavatoire, Letterbox, Lich Gate, Lighthouse, Loculus, Lookout, and Lunatic Asylum.

I've tried to pick lesser-known architectural features in previous entries, but today it's Library. I'll take this opportunity to compose a table I've been meaning to write for a long time: random generation of library books for inquisitive PC's.

Optional supertitle:

  1. History of
  2. Natural History of
  3. Encounters with
  4. Mother's
  5. Some Observations on
  6. Encyclopedia of
  7. Dictionary of
  8. Illustrated
  9. The Truth About
  10. First-Hand Accounts of
  11. The King's
  12. The New
  13. Jokes for
  14. Almanac of
  15. Back to Basics
  16. A Lady's
  17. A Gentleman's
  18. Diary of
  19. The Big Book of
  20. The Art of

Part the earlier:

  1. Northern
  2. Southern
  3. Eastern
  4. Western
  5. Misleading
  6. Revised
  7. Condensed
  8. Elritch
  9. Night
  10. Collegiate
  11. Rapid
  12. Surefire
  13. Zero Tolerance
  14. Preventing
  15. Foundational
  16. Childhood
  17. Equestrian
  18. Naval
  19. Incomplete
  20. Culinary

Part the latter:

  1. Wars
  2. Birds
  3. Stars
  4. Apprentices
  5. Navigation
  6. Bottling
  7. Brewing
  8. Grammar
  9. Sewing
  10. Worthies
  11. Rules
  12. Anecdotes
  13. Test Preparation
  14. Success
  15. Etiquette
  16. Mating
  17. Travels
  18. Cities
  19. Flowers
  20. Faith

Optional subtitle:

  1. Explained
  2. (A Life)
  3. For Beginners
  4. Yearbook
  5. In Conversation
  6. In Style
  7. For Little Ones
  8. In Brief
  9. And Other Adventures
  10. A Structural Analysis
  11. And Other Secrets
  12. Avoid The Pitfalls
  13. Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible
  14. Bilingual Edition
  15. On Parade!
  16. In 24 Hours
  17. Making It Pay
  18. A Journey of the Spirit
  19. A Space Odyssey
  20. Like A Pro

Find more lists in my forthcoming book Jokes for Northern Wars.

(This is for the A-Z Blogger Challenge.)


  1. I like it. Although for purposes I'd probably want titles along the lines of (adventure seed phrase), being a true and accurate (noun) of the (setting details) and their (house rules) among the (improbable rumor) of (legendary province).

    And a bunch of books just called Liber Albans or Elliptonica.

  2. ...for my own purposes, that should be.

  3. History of Eldritch Library Wars Explained For Little Ones. (Nope, not random, just me being silly. Although it is a result you could get if you rolled twice on the Optional Subtitle table.)


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