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Re: Bad GM habits
« Reply #30 on: August 27, 2009, 10:20:55 PM »
I suck at coming up at names on the fly.  Personalities, physical descriptions, etc are all fine.  But names?

Just two sessions ago, the PCs wanted to talk to a priest.  For the people they were talking to I had been using Roman sounding names like Ajax, Titus, Lucioious, Hermese etc.
 
Pc: "So what's the priests name?"
Me: Ummm uhh his name is ...... ummm, Ral (even said with the Spanish accent)

Thankfully Ral did not become very prominent.



Same here. I fucking hate coming up with names.

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Re: Bad GM habits
« Reply #31 on: August 27, 2009, 10:52:33 PM »
Same here. I fucking hate coming up with names.

I often reply "He doesn't have one" and then continue on, ignoring anything else the player who asked says.

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Re: Bad GM habits
« Reply #32 on: August 27, 2009, 11:11:37 PM »
Same here. I fucking hate coming up with names.

I often reply "He doesn't have one" and then continue on, ignoring anything else the player who asked says.

Your players are pussies then. If Ross pulled that shit with me, I would continue to insist until he caved. That's the way I roll though.
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Re: Bad GM habits
« Reply #33 on: August 27, 2009, 11:20:03 PM »
Same here. I fucking hate coming up with names.

I often reply "He doesn't have one" and then continue on, ignoring anything else the player who asked says.

Your players are pussies then. If Ross pulled that shit with me, I would continue to insist until he caved. That's the way I roll though.

yeah don't you love anakin the prodigal wizard student  8)

gonna have a list of names when i start new world back up -

inuyasha names
eragon names
twilight names
bleach names
naruto names

so yeah go ahead keep asking for names for stupid little NPCs
I'll give you names

great names

names like Renesmee, Galbatorix, shinji or sasuke

how bout that

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Re: Bad GM habits
« Reply #34 on: August 27, 2009, 11:25:38 PM »
yipes, edward cullins crits you for 127 necrotic damage!

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Re: Bad GM habits
« Reply #35 on: August 28, 2009, 12:14:04 AM »
I'm considering dipping into popular culture and news for names on the fly. My players will likely find it funny, but I bet they'll remember.

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Re: Bad GM habits
« Reply #36 on: August 28, 2009, 01:38:53 AM »
Cody absolutely hates the fact that Locke's best pupil in his wizard school is named Anakin. HATES.


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Re: Bad GM habits
« Reply #37 on: August 28, 2009, 08:23:30 AM »
I was pestering my DM once about names... it was one of those days where I was "Mr. 20 Questions."

Here are the names he gave us:

Wes Sigh-yeed (phonetic)
Ee-val Fu-Kar (phonetic)

I stopped asking... it was only going to get worse. And there was a good chance in spite he would make one of them important and we would all have to live with it.

But now I am DM'ing him...

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Re: Bad GM habits
« Reply #38 on: August 28, 2009, 10:11:50 AM »
Cody absolutely hates the fact that Locke's best pupil in his wizard school is named Anakin. HATES.



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Re: Bad GM habits
« Reply #39 on: August 28, 2009, 01:39:26 PM »
I'm considering dipping into popular culture and news for names on the fly. My players will likely find it funny, but I bet they'll remember.


That works. My GM had a company of mercs that we'd hired all named after singers. There was Giles, Benetar, Dury, Parsons, etc...  :D
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Re: Bad GM habits
« Reply #40 on: August 29, 2009, 10:13:18 AM »
I wish I'd thought of the singer's names one.  That's great!

I had an NPC trader named Ahmad Rashad, and a captain of the guard named Ackbar.  (Which no one noticed until, upon legitimate discovery of a dangerous situation, he yelled, "It's a trap!")
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Re: Bad GM habits
« Reply #41 on: August 29, 2009, 12:32:25 PM »
Cody absolutely hates the fact that Locke's best pupil in his wizard school is named Anakin. HATES.



Ah, but nothing can top the McYokel clan.

Screamy McYokel
Yelling McYokel
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How many McYokels did your party get killed?
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Re: Bad GM habits
« Reply #42 on: August 29, 2009, 11:05:30 PM »
I believe there should be a badass Ranger in all D&D games named Myke Hawk.

If you watch the Soup then you know what I'm talking about.

Say it aloud if you don't get it.
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Re: Bad GM habits
« Reply #43 on: August 30, 2009, 02:21:04 PM »
I believe there should be a badass Ranger in all D&D games named Myke Hawk.

If you watch the Soup then you know what I'm talking about.

Say it aloud if you don't get it.

His ranger partner should be named Mike Hunt.

Oh, if you guys need NPC names, these guys have plenty:
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