|Word Verification--A handy way to create names for RPG characters, places, and things|
- Boggle Dice: Anyone else discover this one? You see the dice. You see the letters. How could you not roll for names? When I was in high school, we had a multi-year AD&D campaign with Boggle-named characters and places. Rolling the "Name Dice" (as we called them) became another step in the character creation process. It often determined the character's class or race.
- Word Verification: This is a favorite. There are awesome names waiting for you when you have to type a fake word online.
- BabelFish (and other online translators): Not only you do get some interesting words, you get an education as well (kind of the RPG version of Dora the Explorer). It adds educational value to gaming.
- Pharmaceutical Names: Cymbalta the Sorcerer, Benecar the Brave, Demser the Dim, Dulera the Dexterous, etc etc (and if your gaming leans in the bawdy direction, you will have a field day here). No one is better at coming up with non-words that sound like real words.
- Two Syllable Words: This is my current method. I have no idea why. I have a list of city and town names based on semi-precious gems, plants and flowers, minerals, elements, food ingredients, and automobile models. I think I came up with this while reading the Black Company novels, but it could have been while leading an executive leadership meeting at work or while on a date with my wife.