Friday, November 6, 2009

Roleplay Conversation Starters and Introductions

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Today I would like to discuss roleplay introductions and conversation starters for use in game.  One thing I see too often in roleplay, is the generic "How are you today?" introduction.  It's not that there's anything wrong with it, it's just...well, boring if you let it sit at that.  Not only that, it generally leads to the same conversation every time and goes nowhere.  You know those conversations you feel stuck in when someone is trying to be polite, so you don't want to excuse yourself? That's what this leads to...

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

RP Names for Worgen

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Worgen Names:



Here are some names that are associated with Wolves.  

RP Names for Goblins

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Goblin Names:

Goblin names are a lot like Gnome Names, though a bit different.  You can still get some ideas from gnome names though.  From Wowwiki:

Every goblin has a given name and a family name. The family names portray some ancestor's achievement, though a goblin may take a new family name if he feels he has made an accomplishment that outstrips that of his eponymous forebear.

RP Names for Gnomes

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Gnome Names:

A little background on Gnome names from wowwiki:

“Gnomes have family names that represent an honored ancestor’s achievements, but they only keep these names until some time in their thirties. At this point, gnome society expects them to have made their own achievements, and thus the gnome invents a new name that represents his own accomplishments. This name then takes the place of his family name. “
Gnomes have first names, which is generally similar to a human name, while their last name, or family name, tends to reflect engineering, height or other tradeskill.


Here are some first names that mean “small” in various languages, perhaps finding a name you like will tell you more about the traits you would like your character to display.  For instance – Piera means small rock.  Perhaps your character could be unyielding and stubborn.

RP Names for Draenei

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Draenei Names


Draenei, unlike most races, do not have last names.  The names of Draenei seem closely modeled afer Indian names.  Here is a list of male and female names that would work well for accurate sounding Draenei names:





RP Names for Dwarves

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Like most races, Dwarves have first names and last names – also called family names.  Family names or last names, often indicate their clan. Some family names refer to a special feat or accomplishment .  Dwarven first names resemble Scottish names. 

Here are some examples of Dwarven names:





RP Names for Elves

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Night Elves and Blood Elves have similar sounding first names, however there is a difference in last names, or titles. Night elves tend to adopt names and titles that deal with shadow, moon and stars such as “Shadowsong” or “Stareye”.  Blood elves tend to have names that deal with the sun, light and dawn such as “Sunstrider or “Dawnsinger”.  Each race tends to use names heavy in vowels that have flourish and flow off the tongue.

The following list of names would be considered acceptable to be used for either race:



RP Names, Forsaken / Undead Names

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Undead RP Names

Forsaken were human at one point, occasionally other races as well, so you can view a list of human names for some idea’s.  Old-Fashioned and Medieval names are also frequently used among the undead.  Often, a Forsaken cannot remember their name from life, so they pick one that sounds fitting – these names often sound darker than normal human names.  Some undead also change their name upon undeath to represent, remember or signify their new way of life.


Here are some darker or gothic sounding names you can use, or read over for idea’s when naming your character:

Medieval Names for RP Characters

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Medieval names can come in handy for a variety of races and types of characters.  Below is a list of Medieval names that I have found and collected.






RP Names for Tauren

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Lore appropriate RP names for Tauren Characters

Here is a note from Wowwiki regarding Tauren names:

The last name of a tauren is usually a family name, handed down through the generations. If the tauren has performed some act that has made an impression on the elders of his tribe, however, he may choose to take on his own last name to commemorate that act. Tauren have several names. They receive a name at birth and another during a ceremony to celebrate reaching adulthood. This adult name describes some event in their lives or some notable individual characteristic: for instance, Blackhide, Earthborn, Halfhorn, Hidemaker, Riverwatcher, Scar, Splithoof, Stormchaser, or Windrunner. A tauren may also acquire a third name that he uses when dealing with outsiders.
Tauren names are largely based on spiritualism and symbology.  They are very similar to Native American names, which is a good way to brainstorm names for your Tauren should you need to.

Here is a list of names I have created and found for use with Tauren.


RP Names for Trolls

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Troll Names



A note on WoW troll names from Wowwiki:

various syllables can be added to the beginning or end of a troll's name to denote status and ability. Troll given names are usually one syllable, to facilitate the additions of these titles. Some trolls drop their given names altogether and are known purely by their titles.

Zandali, is the language of the Trolls in World of Warcraft.  Following, are some words in Zandali that can be used as Troll names: 



Atalai – Devoted One

Adding “Fon” to the end of a word or name means “loner”

Adding “jin” to the end of a name means “elder or tribal chief”

Zufli means baby witch, “zul” is a derogatory name for female witch doctors, but some females have taken the title as a mark of pride.

So Zul’fon would mean solo witch doctor, or something similar

Troll names are usually short and use vowels.  Female names often begin and end with a vowel.


Here is a list of male and female troll names for your use.  If you would like more, searching for Jamaican names provides some good examples



RP Names for Orcs

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A note on Warcraft Style Naming conventions:

From wowwiki:

"Most orcish names derive from words in their language that have some complex meaning or hidden significance to their families. Typically, this is the name of a favorite thing or relative. Family names don't exist; most orcs have last names related to some great deed of heroism or honor. However, in the case of truly incredible deeds, an orc might take on the last name of his father to ensure that the chronicle of that terrific deed lives on.The concept of honor is seen in every level of orc society, even in their naming practices. An orc’s first name is given early in life, often derived from a family name or the name of a great hero. The tribe bestows the second name after the orc reaches maturity, this name based upon some great deed. Such a practice gives rise to surnames such as Doomhammer, Elfkicker, Foe-ender, Skullsplitter, Thumper, and the like. This second name may be changed if a new one seems more appropriate."
Here are some Orc names I have collected that you can use for your characters, or simply to brainstorm.

RP Names for Human's

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Human names are one of the easiest races to think up a name for.  The hard part is trying to come up with something unique that isn’t taken already.

Here is a list of human names that I am fond of, I try to keep a list of unique names but not all will be. I hope that it will help you brainstorm ideas for your characters:


Female Names                                     



Aimee
Aleta
Amara
Anastasia
Aria
Cadence
Caira
Caitlyn
Camilla
Celeste
Cera
Ceri
Chloe
Ciera
Cilia
Cinda
Claudia
Cordelia
Daelyn
Dagdara
Dalia
Daphne
Deira
Delilah
Eadyth
Ellizelle
Else
Emely
Emilia
Esmerelda
Estrella
Fera
Genevieve
Gina
Iliana
Isabel
Ivy
Jada
Jade
Jasmine
Jaycee
Jaycie
Jennyver
Jewel
Joia
Joinde
Judith
Juliet
Kaileigh
Kassidy
Kaylah
Keira
Kendall
Lexie
Lira
Lizbeth
Madalyn
Maeve
Maia
Maigan
Malindhe
Mallory
Marilda
Meira
Melindra
Mera
Meri
Mikaila
Mili
Milla
Min
Mina
Mira
Moira
Myra
Niande
Nicola
Odelia
Olivia
Oriana
Petra
Pevara
Reveka
Roswen
Sera
Serrisa
Susa
Taisa
Tamra
Tesity
Tessa
Therva
Thiera
Vanora
Velina
Verine
Viendra
Zarya
Zerah
Zoey


Male Names



Abel
Asher
Austin
Axiom
Basil
Bili
Bronx
Bryce
Caden
Caleb
Cedric
Corbin
Coulin
Dav
Dimitri
Draven
Ean
Edan
Eli
Elias
Elyas
Falton
Felix
Fitch
Gaige
Gawain
Gawyn
Granger
Gwil
Hayden
Ian
Ihvon
Ingtar
Isaac
Isaak
Isaiah
Ispan
Jaem
Jakobe
Jasper
Josef
Jude
Jurad
Juric
Kaleb
Kyran
Lain
Lan
Lawson
Liam
Llyw
Logain
Logan
Malakai
Malik
Maric
Matrim
Micah
Mikhel
Milo
Myles
Natley
Nealon
Nico
Nikkolas
Noam
Orban
Oren
Owein
Owyn
Paet
Paetrim
Paitar
Paitr
Pel
Perwyn
Pevin
Puck
Raen
Reimon
Rilith
Samel
Sedrin
Seve
Simion
Simon
Tad
Thad
Tion
Vadere
Valan
Vane
Vanslow
Varden
Viggo
Wat
Waylin
Willin
Yuril
Zeram


Unisex Names



Aden
Avery
Bailey
Dakota
Lem
Levi
Madison
Payton
Quinn
Reagan
Reese
Riley
Rowan
Sinley
Sloane
Tate


 

Monday, November 2, 2009

RP Names for Asmodian

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Asmodian Names

Due to the fact that the Asmodian live in darkness, I researched names meaning "dark" that would make good RP names for Asmodian.  Here is my list

If you would like more, the Forsaken Names page might be of use as well as Medieval Names







Female Names:


Amaro
Amaury
Aphra
Carey
Cari
Charna
Darrah
Dee
Delaney
Duana
Ebony
Efa
Efah
Eleele
Kali
Karayan
Kindle
Lamya
Leila
Leilah
Lithia
Lycia
Malaena
Malinda
Mellony
Mindy
Misericordia
Morena
Nazia
Neela
Nerina
Nerza
Pinga
Pisa
Roxana
Sauda
Sauda
Semra
Seraphim
Severina
Suspira
Tara

Male Names

Cethin
Duff
Dunn
Dunstan
Erebos
Erebus
Frederick
Gethen
Gethin
Imoo
Koli
Mauri
Maurice
Mauricio
Maricius
Maurits
Mauro
Meuric
Meurig
Mo
Moric
Moritz
Muiris
Orfeo
Orpheus
Sullivan
Cole
Duane
Dugan
Dustan
Keir
Blake
Phineas
Dubh
Adrik
Ashur
Dow
Kearn
Kerwin
Kolby
Moore
Morris
Seymour
Sunil
Tynan
Devin

RP Names for Elyos

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Names for Elyos


In Aion, Elyos are those privileged to walk in the light. As such, these names have meanings pertaining to or meaning "light"


RP Names meaning "Bird"

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Names meaning "Bird"

These RP names are good for games such as Aion, due to the wings.


RP Names meaning "Angel"

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Names of Angels and Names that mean "Angel"


This is a good resource for Aion characters due to their angelic wings.  Also a good resource for names in general or characters with holy or darker names


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