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    Default Naming Conventions (or why the GCG is a godsend to some)

    ok, generally i'm not a picky gamer.

    in D&D, it's fine to have whatever silly name you want. "Ripp Torr" was some fighter my friend had.

    but in Star Wars, i've become obsessed with having names that hold true to the feel of the setting. i mean, how often do you see people come up with names that are just ghastly or plain.

    please tell me i'm not the only one who cringes when people use monikers like "James" for a SW character.
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    Personally, I agree that the GCG's naming convention system is great for the most part. I don't think rolling the dice to come up with NPC or PC names is so great though...is it just me or does anyone else not like the idea of finding a "Bail Bombaasa," "Jaina Gast" or "Padme Valton" (hmm..."Padme Valton" I wonder if she could be the heiress of a galactic-chain of hotels fortune?) on every human-inhabited planet the players "visit" with a significant population?

    That said, I think creative GM's or players can come up with a plethora of names if they don't use the roll of the dice with the naming system.

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    please tell me i'm not the only one who cringes when people use monikers like "James" for a SW character.
    No, you're definitely not the only one, Ghost. I cannot stand, particularly in a game like Galaxies, for folks to have Zabraks named: "Bart" or Rodians named: "Thomas."

    It's quite annoying. I have four character accounts:

    Jowltharr-Male Wookiee Teras Kasi Artist
    Milanna Noor-Female Human Medic
    Raba Hui-Male Rodian Marksman
    Gralanna-Female Wookiee Scout

    As far as PnP experiences, I am fortunate enough to have PCs that take pride in their character names. I've yet to have a questionable name from them.
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    i spend time now and then coming up with appropriate sounding names just so my friends don't have to wrack their brains about it.

    add to the GCG the Callsigns for Wookies and Corellians from the short-lived Star Wars Gamer. those were great.
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    The problem with our group is that none of us refer to our characters by their character names, we always forget them and call each other by player names.

    We should work on that, it enhances the experience. Anyone else have this dilemma?
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    In my games, I always make it a point to call the players by their characters names. They actually pick up on it and it's slowly transforming them into roleplayers.

    As for naming, I never have a problem with naming something. I always make sure everyone has a good name too, no cheesy names are allowed in my campaigns.

    That's why the Star Wars Random Name Generator is such a great website. I use it all the time for naming NPCs that I don't want to waste alot of time on. A page with several hundred names from this site is a great aid in a game.
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    Default Using different resources

    Originally posted by The Ghost
    but in Star Wars, i've become obsessed with having names that hold true to the feel of the setting.
    I agree one-hundred percent! But I like to take it a step further and play word games with my character names. I often go to a Greek-English Dictonary, a Croatian-English Dictionary, a Maori-English Dictionary (another here's another, any variety of other language translators, or a Baby Name and Meaning Site to gather my character names. This way I throw in hidden meanings.

    A favorite NPC that came about as this was a Jedi named Sasha Thanatos. I found that Sasha is "Pet form of Alexander" and Alexander means "Protector of Man". Not bad for a Jedi. But then Thanatos is Greek (rougly, sometimes I change the spelling to protect the innocent ) for "Death". I used that to foreshadow the Jedi's doom and future fall to the Dark Side. A scholarly gamer of mine, having studied Greek, picked up on the last name. He questioned me, probably wondering if I knew what it meant and quickly realized the probable implications.

    Too bad that game died out.

    So I love to play around with that kind of information and find different meanings with character names!

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    Originally posted by farr0095
    A favorite NPC that came about as this was a Jedi named Sasha Thanatos. I found that Sasha is "Pet form of Alexander" and Alexander means "Protector of Man". Not bad for a Jedi. But then Thanatos is Greek (rougly, sometimes I change the spelling to protect the innocent ) for "Death". I used that to foreshadow the Jedi's doom and future fall to the Dark Side. A scholarly gamer of mine, having studied Greek, picked up on the last name. He questioned me, probably wondering if I knew what it meant and quickly realized the probable implications.
    Sure it was a Greek scholar? I mean, I know we covered Thanatos in Greek mythology, but not everyone suffers through that.

    Thanatos was, probably unsurprisingly, also a major villain in the Marvel universe. And yes, his goal was death and general disarray.
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    I actually had one of my PCs name his scoundrel "Ty-Quon Dho". He never put two and two together and I didn't have the heart to tell him. He played that character for a year before he figured it out. Still, it was decent attempt at a Star War-ish name.
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    also, i find Egyptian names can be quite Star Wars-y.

    that's where i got half of my first Jedi's name. the other half was a psychology concept invented by Jung.
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    I don't like cheesy names for main characters, but am not picky about minor ones (such as shop keepers and thugs).

    I am currently playing with a GM who has a habit of making up some funny names. They fit the SW feel, but when are actually spoken, tend to sound quite funny. Example: Gramorrean named Grach Snivv who has become known as Crotch Sniff amoung us players.
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    What about non-character names? Starship names?

    Do you guys mind cheesy ship names? Such as the Run Like Hell. We always thought about naminga ship the Unknown. That would be hilarious on an Imperial ship.....some poor sensor officer would be losing his life for insubordination....

    Bar names are always big, our d20 GM sent us to the Sexy Gammorrean. Needless to say my guard was constantly up in that place.....
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    Ship names can be as corny as anyone wants in my book. I fact, I think I prefer them to be more on the absurd side of things unless they're military vessels.
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    As far as ships go, I like ships which have names that aren't too "over the top," but have a clever feel to them. Maybe that's why I liked Zahn's choice of names for Talon Karrde's ships (e.g., Etherway, Uwana Buyer, etc.) so much.

    For Imperial ships, I prefer a regal or predatory feel to the names. Maybe it's just me, but I was getting sick of almost all ISDs being named after figures/creatures in Greek/Roman mythology after we saw the Chimaera in the Thrawn trilogy.

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    My scoundrel, Jo-Maas Toraan, has his own ship, a real beat-up rustbucket called the Lolliipop. It's a good ship.
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