paul
gorman
.org

My name's Paul Gorman. I work in IT in metro Detroit.

Sometimes I make things — computer utilities, web toys, doodles, zines, tutorials, etc. This page catalogs a selection of those things.

I have a technology blog and a D&D blog, but I don't update them often.

I also post my personal technical notes on this site.

To contact me, email my first name at this domain.

Traveller character generator screenshot

Traveller Character Generator
2015

Traveller is a science fiction pen-and-paper role-playing game, first published in 1977. Character generation in the game is notoriously complex, often referred to as a game in itself ("Traveller solo play"). Generation maps out a character's entire career, and sometimes — even before the first session of play — results in the character's death.

This JavaScript character generator automates the process of character creation. It's a practical aid for playing the game, and writing it helped me learn the game system.

Download the source code from GitHub.

A diagram from the VLAN tutorial

VLAN tutorial
2015

I wrote this tutorial to help a junior colleague get started with virtual local area networks. I've referred back to it myself a couple of times for a refresher on VLAN's.

Screenshot of dice rolling application

Dice rolling app
2014

Sometimes you need to generate random number, but can't roll physical dice. This app is handy for playing pen-and-paper role-playing games.

Download the source code from GitHub.

Magic Swords booklet cover

Magic Swords booklet
2013

The pen-and-paper fantasy role-playing game Swords & Wizardry emulates the very earliest version of the Dungeons & Dragons game rules.

This booklet provides rules to generate unique magical swords. Use it with any fantasy role-playing game.

I'm especially pleased with the illustration I drew for the cover.

Dramatic Structure
circa 2008

Many films share similar dramatics structures. Critics have spilled a lot of ink over the decades trying to reduce the screenplay (and stage play) to an ideal formula. I surveyed some of these analyses, and wrote up my conclusions.

Great Mystery Novels
circa 2006

I compiled this list of the best mystery novels ever written by counting how many times individual novels appeared on multiple best-of lists.

Screenshot of cheatsheet

Vim cheatsheet
circa 2004–

Vim is a modal text editor used by programmers, system administrators, and power users. I made this cheat sheet to remind myself of many of vim's interesting and useful features, slowly adding to it over the years.