Started by The Silence of the Erdlus, June 23, 2015, 07:31:35 PM
Quote from: The Silence of the Erdlus on June 24, 2015, 02:04:55 PMQuote from: The Silence of the Erdlus on June 23, 2015, 07:31:35 PMNasrNergalNuhaI see what you did there Nergaland seidhr too, actually
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Quote from: Alesan on June 24, 2015, 12:52:57 PMhttp://www.rinkworks.com/namegen/Almost all of my names come from this. The advanced interface is especially useful if you want a name with a certain sound. I just refresh the page until something sounds good.
Quote from: John on June 24, 2015, 03:36:29 PMQuote from: LauraMars on June 24, 2015, 03:20:08 PMI love naming my characters after old Armageddon characters or names from the history page.I've been guilty of reusing names of people in game I once knew (years after their death).
Quote from: LauraMars on June 24, 2015, 03:20:08 PMI love naming my characters after old Armageddon characters or names from the history page.
Quote from: Barsook on August 07, 2015, 09:05:55 AMQuote from: Alesan on June 24, 2015, 12:52:57 PMhttp://www.rinkworks.com/namegen/Almost all of my names come from this. The advanced interface is especially useful if you want a name with a certain sound. I just refresh the page until something sounds good.Same here, but I tend to just use the Simple Interface sections.
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Quote from: The Silence of the Erdlus on June 23, 2015, 07:31:35 PMRunning out of good ideas for names? Here:Old Norse Names-------------------AlvidaAsgerAsmundBalderBrandtCalderColdenEerikkiEinarEmblaEricoFiskeFreyGeirGostaGunillaHakonHaldorHalvarHavardrHegeHellaHilleviIngeIngolfInkeriIverJariJerrikJorunnKeldKustaaLathamOlaviOlleOveRagnaRangvaldrRunaSagaSigfridSigneSigrunSolveigSolviSveinnSylviTaitThoraTordisTorilTrygveTyrUlfUnneVidarWelchArabian Names (these are all gods, probably not standard everyday names)---------------------AbgalAglibolAl-QaumAstarteAtargatisAtarsamainAthtarBeelshamenBēl-ŠamīnBēlBesDhulKhalasaDusharaIlāhHubalMalakbelManafManātNabū NeboNasrNergalNuhaOrotaltRudaShams SamasSīnNanna-SuenSuwa'Theandrios'UzzáWaddYa'uqYaghūthYarhibolYatha
QuoteNamesThere's been an above-average level of Out-of-Game Reference (OOG-Reference) names lately in game. I don't personally have a problem with this. To me, if you're four RL hours into a Byn mission, and you finally find the cave where the mysterious elf-treasure is suppose to be stored, only to find out......the cave is completely empty, then I don't have a problem with someone breaking character and quipping:Code Select ExpandOOC: These are not the droids you're looking forLOL. To me that's funny. Granted, as funny as I find that, the staff may disagree, so you're stuck arguing with them at this point. And for what it's worth, I'm greatful for their intervention. After all if the staff didn't crack down on stuff like this, then everyone would be doing it. If everyone did it all the time, Arm would no longer be an engaging post-apocalyptic simulation, it would be a joke game.That being said, I think that names specifically deserve some attention. Besides the frequency of American names appearing in game, I think the name system is problematic. Let's temporarily put aside my dislike of the policy of forcing people to have their character's name as a keyword. For starters, the requirement to have a unique name for each character is pretty wonky. While I won't exactly call myself a world citizen, most cultures that I've a working knowlege of (e.g. Korean, American, British, Arabic, Russian, French, etc.) all tend to draw from a fairly small list of names. In fact, in the case of five of the above, they all draw from the *same* list of names, even though the pronouciation will vary across language groups. I think it would be handy if we as players (not necessarily with staff involvement) could arrive at a list of common names. While I disagree that names say a lot about an individual, I think names say a lot about that person's parents, and to a lesser extent about their upbringing. It's mildly disruptive to me to meet someone in game and have zero etymology about their name. Sometimes that's a good thing. In any naming system, some people will deliberately eschew conventions, and some will do so accidentally. Moreover, in a fantasy video game filled with elves and dwarves there is no concrete reason to completely standardize on anything.But I myself would like a list of common names, and think that Pre-Islamic, Persian, Turkish and Byzantine might make excellent sources. Obviously if this is to be non-compulsory, other sources might be okay as well with staff approval. Just one word about style - shortish names are kind of an American thing. Bill, Joe, Bob - Americans, particluarly mid-Westerners like short names, but this doesn't really fit Zalanthas. If you feel the need to shorten names, at least please don't treat longer names as strange, longer names are the norm. Three syllables may be a comfortable minimum.
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Quote from: Alesan on September 22, 2015, 05:29:25 PMQuote from: ibusoe on September 22, 2015, 03:19:54 PMstuffThis feels awfully authoritative to me. Where are you getting the assertion that names of Zalanthas should be several syllables? Why do you feel we should be using names that have some basis in real life culture so you can ascertain meaning from them?
Quote from: Beethoven on September 22, 2015, 05:47:11 PMI agree, at least, that there should be such a thing as a "common" name, and not just Amos or Malik.
Quote from: Alesan on September 22, 2015, 06:31:43 PMI'm just not understanding the requirement that we equate Zalanthan culture with IRL culture. So short names are an American thing. So? Names in earth culture are also based on written language, not primarily spoken language. It seems like a completely different ballgame to me. I can't claim to know how a culture would develop their naming system without written language, but I feel like it might play a part, and you seem to be asserting a lot of your own opinion as if this is the way it should be in the game. It's not necessarily true, and I admit it's not necessarily untrue, either. It's a discussion of opinions.Having a sense for common names with a flavor for region wouldn't be a bad thing, though. I'm just not sure we need to police name length... at all.
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Quote from: Patuk on September 23, 2015, 08:02:13 AMAs ever with people trying to bring history in on their side, I want to note that short names really aren't some kind of special American thing. Not even short full names are. Chinese names, for example, have regularly been bisyllabic for millennia now.
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