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Posted: Dec 3rd 2007 8:04AM Ghen said

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Well my online persona is Ghen, so I name my characters with that in mind. Ghenesis, Ghentle, Ghentrice are my favorites. I pronounce it with a hard G but I don't bother to correct people that don't since thats how its read anyway.

Posted: Dec 3rd 2007 8:18AM (Unverified) said

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I just use the same name for everything. Makes it easier.

Posted: Dec 3rd 2007 8:53AM (Unverified) said

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I've a standard bank of names, most of them derived from literature, though not from standard issue fantasy works (no Drizzt, nothing Tolkeinesque). In fact, I'd say I turn to interesting names from obscure sources more than anything else. One of my first EQ characters from back in the day took his name from a T. S. Eliot poem. Another good source, oddly enough, is the Bible. My current favorite in WOW, a dwarf hunter, is named after one of the nephilim from Mount Hebron. Book of Numbers, if it matters.

Names matter. Seeing a rogue named "rouge" or some other horrible atrocity of spelling, that's going to almost always make me assume you're an idiot.

Of course, a system whereby one would have to take an assigned name based on your race, generated randomly (within parameters) ... that might solve many issues. Would work especially well on an RP server.

Posted: Dec 3rd 2007 9:15AM (Unverified) said

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I've had some variation of Sparhawk for years. I, like many, derived mine from a favorite book. David Eddings wrote several books containing a Paladin, leader of a group of knights and others. After reading the books and wanting to be like the main character, I've taken on his name. I'd say every single game/internet identity/nickname non real life there is, revolves around Sparhawk. I don't see that changing anytime soon, it's not real popular but recognizable by those who have read.

Those people with the stupid names...not a chance they'll be in my group. I don't care if they're "good" players or not, like they say "First impressions are everything."

Also those who spell their name with special characters....just asking to not be on my friends list, if I can't easily spell it, forget about it.

Posted: Dec 3rd 2007 10:14AM Krystalle Voecks said

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I'm only familiar with the Belgariad, myself, but if it's an Eddings name, it's automatically got cool points with me. I love Eddings. :)

And thanks for putting me onto some books I'd missed! I was just trying to figure out if I should hunt something new down, or re-read Feist's Riftwar saga again.
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Posted: Dec 3rd 2007 9:19AM (Unverified) said

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Well, I used to be the newb who would use any derivative I could, until I realised just how badly they affected my gameplay.
Seeing yet another Legolas, Aragorn etc just made me cringe, especially when it was over MY HEAD!

So in a flurry of indecision, I just reversed my name, Edward became Drawde.

Stuck with it ever since.

Change the surname occasionally, to reflect the game or guild I am with.

If I use alts, they tend to be family members and friends, Nomis, Ynahteb, Leumas

Or I go back to my old D&D days, of consonant, vowel, consonant, vowel, consonant. Always a staple favourite.

Posted: Dec 3rd 2007 9:34AM (Unverified) said

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I tend to grab a any sort of food around and use the preservatives. They make great names.

Posted: Dec 3rd 2007 10:17AM Krystalle Voecks said

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Now that's an interesting idea!

Hmm. I have Cheddar Pringles... lessee... Inosinate. Thats not bad! I'll have to remember to use that trick the next time I run down my normal list of names and run out of ideas. :D
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Posted: Dec 3rd 2007 12:59PM (Unverified) said

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My character through most of the Star Wars Galaxies beta was Benz Oate. Thank you, ingredients from a Diet Coke can!
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Posted: Dec 3rd 2007 9:35AM (Unverified) said

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I have a few funny/interesting stories regarding this matter. I had characters when I was younger (24 now) but never any re-occurring names. Then when I played perfect dark on n64 for the first time I named my file "DarkAnus" as a play on the name of the game. fast forward a few years when I'm in college and playing Halo 1 with the dudes on my floor for hours a day, many people were eventually reffered to as their Halo name, even when we wern't playing. In my case and to this day they still call me/introduce me as "Anus" (I've gotten used to it :-/ )

I started playing WoW my junior year and when trying to think of my first character name, somehow I remembered the name of the character from the Adventure Island series on NES. And so Master Higgans (higgIns was taken) was born.

Since then I've used the DarkAnus/master higgans tags for online roleplaying and another one "Hotsauce_Magik" that started on battlefield2146 when i was trying to think of a new name and there was a bottle of franks red hot on my desk, for everything else.

Posted: Dec 3rd 2007 9:38AM (Unverified) said

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I give my characters names appropriate to the game setting. Thus, if I have a Dwarf character in WoW I'll give them a Dwarf name from the WarCraft universe.

Posted: Dec 3rd 2007 10:37AM Wgraves said

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I dont know if this is odd but i just use an abbreviation/mutation of my real name, doesnt really work for fantasy RP stuff, but for sci-fi it works just fine. however non mmo names are usually music military guys, sgt. pepper, red baron, captain jack.

Posted: Dec 3rd 2007 11:57AM (Unverified) said

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I love seeing where people come up with thier names from. The backward method has become really popular it seems. I remember a friend who's name I loved skcubrats comes to mind as someone I played EQ2 and Vanguard with (Starbucks for those that don't want to work it out).

Personally I've taken my name in games from a nickname that everyone started calling me way back when. Loving history, in middle school I read and became enthralled with "The Historie of the Damnable Life, and Deserved Death of Doctor Iohn Faustus". I read every variation of this story including the operas. It's safe to say from Middle to High school I had some form of copy around of this at all times. Funny though that it wasn't until I started reading the comic "Faust" by David Quinn / Tim Vigil that people really started calling me Faust.

The nickname stuck and I began using it in my online play of MW2 and everything moving forward. Since then though unless I'm on a server when it first comes up, grabbing Faust can be difficult so I always take some minor variation, Fausty, Fauzt, Fauzty and so on while trying to keep the overall spirit of the name.

Posted: Dec 3rd 2007 12:32PM (Unverified) said

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I generally use Scandinavian words as names.

Posted: Dec 3rd 2007 12:43PM (Unverified) said

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My favorite names have either been made-up and unique (I tend to Google my names to see how unique they are), or made of obscure references to my favorite culture references, that only the most diehard fans would catch. For instance, grabbing ancillary character names from comics or anime I enjoy. Sometimes even twisting them a bit to make them more personalized.

My biggest problem with naming is that I never stick to one. I tend to name the character, not myself, which makes me horribly inconsistent between games (or characters in the same game). I often envy people who come up with one cool name they can use anywhere. Even my game account names tend to be different - my XBox Live account, Steam account and CoX global names are all different. This makes it hard for cross-game friends to find me again, sometimes.

Posted: Dec 3rd 2007 1:47PM (Unverified) said

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After spending a lot of time playing with lazy SOBs who griped about the convoluted charnames I'd come up with (including a staple that goes back through more than twenty years' worth of D&D... when the hell did I get this old?!?)....

Nothing over seven letters & easy to pronounce.... unless I'm substituting "Pron" for "Con" in a common word (Pronfucious, Pronfusion, Pronflagration, etc).

Posted: Dec 3rd 2007 2:16PM Durinthal said

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I come up with something appropriate for the game, and hopefully something that's unique if it would be appropriate. I came up with Durinthal about 9 years ago (before I read any Tolkien) and it's been my main online moniker since; it also functions nicely as a name for a dwarf in a fantasy game.

For EVE, it was something very fictional but still could easily be someone's name in that universe. In Pirates of the Burning Sea, it's a realistic name that's not at all unusual.

Posted: Dec 3rd 2007 3:28PM (Unverified) said

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Well, I usualy go by Xan or Xantherdm, something like that.

Xan was a chara in a story I wrote way back in highschool about a world brought to destruction by an evil mage (Xan).

Though, alot of people think I'm just a huge Unreal Tournament fan cause I guess the name is used in those games somehow.

Posted: Dec 3rd 2007 4:36PM (Unverified) said

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For cheap games like Rune Scape and web boards, I have always used scienceguy8. When I first joined a web board, it suggested that name based on my interest in Bill Nye the Science Guy (for those who don't live in the U.S., he is a TV personality and mechanical engineer (I believe) who hosted his own children's show that explained basic Earth Sciences and Industrial Sciences). For Second Life, and if I start playing any other MOOs, I use the name Tealc Dagger. I will admit it, I am a Stargate fan. Unfortunately, names like Jack and Daniel were already taken, so I used something a little more alien.

Posted: Dec 3rd 2007 5:13PM (Unverified) said

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I don't understand people in WoW who give their characters names "Arcanefiremage" or "Bloodelfrogue". Nor do I get people who name their characters after raid bosses, or in some cases raid instances. I think it takes a special kind of person to be THAT uncreative. Those players never do anything worthwhile with their characters, especially endgame content.

When I name my WoW characters, I give it 5 minutes of thought and come up with something that people remember and doesn't give the impression that I am a schmuck.

Examples of my character names:

Bicuspid
Pollux
Charlize
Riboflavin
Nitzer

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