01 August 2007

The Story Games Names Project

This was put together by a bunch of people on the Story Games forum. It's a huge collection of lists of twenty names (and some other random stuff) to use in your gaming. I can't speak for actual play yet, but it looks like it will be a fantastic resource to spur ideas and fill in names in play.

It's divided into particular cultures/settings, so you should be able to keep it open on a relevant page and roll names as required. It's 278 pages, with 2-4 name lists per page. There's a good selection of modern cultures and historical real names. There's also a section for fantasy setting names, and humorous ones too.

Some highlights to illustrate the range:
  • Ridiculous Hobos
  • Space Cowboys
  • Forensic Techniques
  • Catalan
  • Inuit
  • Roman (with two pages of instructions on how they named each other).
It can be bought, at cost price, from lulu.com: Names. For any GM who struggles to think up good names as much as I do, it's a must-buy.


Jason Pollock said...

In order to be considered truly complete, there must be a section titled "Steve". Is there one? How can you review a book of names and not reveal this totally vital piece of information!?!

The Gamester At Large said...

If you need to roll 1d20 on a table comprised of 20 "Steve" entries to pick the name of Steve.... no book can help you.