I had an idea earlier this morning, that I should like access to the D&D Compendium while I don’t have access to the Internet. It occurred to me, what with my day job involving a substantial amount of data entry, that I might create a database myself.

To my surprise/astonishment/horror, my brain didn’t reject the idea out of hand. Instead, I began formulating a plan for how to design said database, how I could rewrite some of the rules language to be more easily interpreted, and so forth.

Oh, and the reports I could run using said database. The D&D Compendium only allows for so many types of searches after all. It isn’t the most effective.

I’m doing some exploratory design right now, trying to figure out exactly how many tables it will take to create the basic data entry portion of the database.

Once I cross that bridge, I’ll probably work on attack powers from the Player’s Handbook first, and proceed from there. I’m trying to imagine how awesome it would be to then devise my “house rules” version of the database, with my comprehensive list of power updates, clarifications, et cetera, et cetera.

I’ll let you know how things go.