We’ve all been there–scrambling to deal with the question “I search the shelf, so what do I find?” Of course as DM’s we want to have interesting volume names to rattle off so we’re not just saying “Oh, this book (which is obviously the magic one)”. But, who has the time to litter their world with tiny useless book names?
Going off of a post on reddit.com/r/DnDBehindTheScreen by /u/Amicron about creating lists of book names that I just read about an hour ago–I decided to put my not-useless Excel skills to bear on the problem and create a book list generator from random values I clipped from various piles of adjectives, names, and synonyms for book/tome/etc. from a few websites (like Tower of the Archmage)
This tool should auto-calculate 25 books (and recalculate a new list every minute). Feel free to use them as fodder for the shelf (in which you hide the actual magic book you had there)… use them as launching points for potential campaigns… just have fun with it.
I enjoyed making the generator–I might have to do more in the future for more “background clutter” sorts of things like art.
(this is my first publicly shared Google Doc, so if something isn’t accessing correctly for you, let me know and we’ll try and find the answer together)