82,944 Premade Starting Characters for AS&SH
It's not quite as insane as it sounds. What I've done is create 288 race kits (12 for each gender of each of the 12 races in the game) and 288 class kits (12 for each class, including cryomancers and purloiners). Any race kit can be combined with any class kit - hence, 82,944 unique characters are possible with no additional effort at all. These race and class kits were hand-rolled by me, using the many helpful random tables created by Colin Chapman. In addition, I used the "Holmesian Random Names" document from the Zenopus Archives blog to generate random epithets and the names of familiars. A complete, detailed, ready-to-play starting character of any race and class combination can be generated in less than a minute with this document. Give it a try and see for yourself!
"The fear of death, its risk each time, is one of the most stimulating parts of the game. It therefore behooves the referee to include as many mystifying and dangerous areas as is consistent with a reasonable chance for survival." - J. Eric Holmes