Hi Everyone, I first started thinking about creating a heraldic generator for SotA about 6 months ago, and have been working through the technological avenues in my mind since. About a month ago we (Knights of New Britannia) were redoing our guild coat of arms, which was about parallel to when the Heraldry thread started really taking off. We then made our own coat of arms as well (see signature). Seeing that the Heraldry thread was really taking off, I started work on the heraldic generator, and I decided to start this thread to share my progress, and get any feedback or suggestions. It is currently in proof of concept stage, where I am working on getting all the technical functionality in place. After that it will be polished up and made public. The following functionality is planned: Developed as a stand-alone Wordpress plugin. Should Portalarium decide to adopt it, it will slide right into their website with little or no issues. Each user can create multiple coats of arms. Each set is saved off to the wordpress database, and will be fully editable. The images will all be in vector format, easily scalable, and can be exported as a PNG file for use as a texture (to be imported into the game). Easy integration with SotA. Known issues and limitations: Developed in Safari, may not yet work in other browsers completely. Chrome should be ok. Placement doesn't factor in ordinaires yet, so it will overlap. In the works: Refine charge placements for certain shield shapes and divisions. Create custom color picker to include patterns and metalic colors. Refine graphic output to include subtle shading for a more appealing visual as an additional output. (The output for the game texture will remain flat, so as to let the game engine render as per lighting in game.) Create remaining common ordinaires. Add functionality for grouping multiple of the same charge, factoring in placement and ordinaire used. Factor in ordinaires when placing charges. Upcoming milestones: Add text filter for charges to allow for quick searches when having hundreds of charges available. Create a separate section for special items like Cantons and Inescutcheons. Finalize proof of concept, convert to wordpress plugin. Add aproval mechanism for College of Arms. Add public directory of CoA certified emblazons. Start work on adding more shapes for all types of items. The current testbed can be viewed here: http://blazonforge.com . Changelog moved to: http://blazonforge.com/changelogs Some background on why I have been thinking about this and where I plan to take it, independent of SotA: As a genealogist I have always been interested in family history, local history, and heraldry. When I found out that one of my ancestors had a coat of arms, and that we had what appears to be the origianal artwork in our family, I was over the moon. Ever since then I was intruiged by heraldry. I have always found the online generators that are currently available somewhat lackluster and uninspired. I wanted to change that -- being a web developer, and see how this community is taking so quicky to heraldry, I thought this the perfect opportunity. I plan on eventually making the generator commercially available online as a genealogical service, but also want to contribute a special SotA edition with unique charges specific to the game.