Speaking of specialised software…

…for RPG and fiction, in the free section of ChaoticShiny’s store there is a small program called FaceGen that was born out of a crazy idea I once had =) It’s been out for quite a while, but I never really saw a proper opportunity to promote it a little.

So, the story is as follows: I’ve always had trouble imagining characters “from scratch”, particularly their looks. Even when I am reading someone else’s works, I still “cast” familiar faces into most roles, depending on how well the descriptions fit.

I’ve long wanted to find something that could help push my imagination. There are “character randomisers” in software like Poser, in games like Oblivion, but most of the time, they produce rather unpleasant-looking faces, to put it mildly.

So when I discovered Chaotic Shiny’s random generators and found out that Hannah, the owner, was on the lookout for ideas, something clicked in my mind.

I made the b&w images – separate layers with various face shapes, eye shapes, hairstyles etc, and Hannah wrote clever code that allowed them to randomly combine in colour, even!

If you have ever been stumped by the need to quickly visualise a completely random character, this little program may be for you.

faces

And, of course, there are a lot of other very helpful generators on the Chaotic Shiny website.

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