Procedurally-generated bodypaint

It’s text, but NSFW text.  Procedural Paint-Job Generator.

This idea came to me in the wee hours of the morning.  I got out of bed, coded all morning, and went back to sleep after publishing it.

I’ve been creating a vocabulary to describe the body paint at the Fremont Solstice Parade for a while.   I planned to use that in some sort of database-driven visualization for Solstice Parade photos, somewhat like Atlanta Fashion Police.  I still plan to do that, but this project goes the other way.  Instead of describing an existing paint-job with the vocabulary, I use the vocabulary to create a description of a hypothetical paint-job.  The plausibility of the paint-jobs varies, but that’s part of the charm.I used Kate Compton’s Tracery to generate the descriptions.  I started by adding all the words I could think of, grouped logically into colors, color modifiers, patterns, animals, vehicles, and so on.  Then I built phrases that combined those elements, built the phrases into clauses, and then into sentences.  It can suggest individual paint-jobs as well as groups, and pluralizing complex phrases is tricky!  The following sentences have identical meanings, but must be modified differently to be pluralized.

  • green and bright yellow giraffe
  • green giraffe with bright yellow spots

Putting an “S” at the end of the phrase doesn’t always work.  There are also things that are always plural, like “roller skates”.

  • You get your roller skates.
  • You get your bicycle.
  • You rent roller skates for your team.
  • You rent bicycles for your team.

English is tricky!

Whenever the generator recommends a pattern, it may recommend two patterns instead.  Those two could also recommend two more, so there’s no guarantee the recursion ever ends.  Browsers have a lot of memory, text doesn’t take much memory, and it’s funny to get a big paragraph recommending 20 different patterns in a single paint-job, so I leave it in.

The paint-jobs produced by this generator are by turns absurd, practical, amusing, and shocking.  What more could a procgen system strive for?

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