Are you planning to run some scary D&D this Halloween? What about a Pay What You Want adventure that the co-collaborator James Ruth labels “run at your own risk”?
What’s so scary about The Purging of Segedwyn?
The 13-page module was written entirely by computer, penned entirely by OpenAI’s Davinci Model.
Even the cover art was created by an algorithm.
You can dig into an example of what’s possible with Davinci with this example of Chatterbox working with OpenAI.
Or, we can also just see what the output from the 100% AI created adventure synopsis is. The computer describes the module;
The adventure has six encounters. The players start the adventure in the village of Wytham. There they meet Tolven, who is a member of the Segedwyn resistance. Tolven tells the players that the king of Segedwyn is a bad man and that Tolven wants them to go to Segedwyn and kill the king. The players are given the Sword of Segedwyn. The Sword of Segedwyn is a magic item that was made by an evil wizard. The wizard used it hundreds of years ago to defeat the king.
The players start their journey to Segedwyn when Tolven tells them to go to the next village over. The players meet the mayor of the next village. The mayor takes them to the manor where they meet the high ranking member of the Slavers Guild. The players try to kill the high ranking member.
The players then go to Segedwyn and meet with the resistance leader, Nafarian. Nafarian tells the players that the king is in the castle. He also tells them that there are three henchmen that help the king. He also tells them that there is a fourth evil king: Matt the Rat King. Nafarian tells the players that they would be welcome in Segedwyn and that they could help take down the king. He tells them that they are welcome because they have the sword.”
You get what you get. James Ruth notes that the whole adventure is published “As Is”. No human moderation has been applied to balance the encounters, stats or anything else. The result is “fractured societies and forbidden magic” as well as the unbalanced power of the Sword of Segedwyn. Ruth, I’ll note, is quick to point out that sometimes it’s the Staff of Segedwyn, but perhaps we shouldn’t sweat small details.
Perhaps even more spookily, the full title of the DMs Guild sold download is OpenAI Series #1: The Purging of Segedwyn which rather implies there is more coming.
Footnote: I didn’t think the thumbnail for the download’s front cover was large enough for Geek Native, so I ran it through the AI Image Enlarger to create a larger version.
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