Saturday, January 7, 2012

@ReverbGamers Master List Number 7

#7: How do you pick names for your characters?

I have a ton of sources for names, mostly media-related. Some names come straight out of my head. For fantasy names I'll either use something "old sounding" and completely made up or start with a common name and change a couple letters--"Andrew" becomes "Andrel" or "Calvin" becomes "Colvyn."

My very favorite tool--indeed a favorite of the whole Blessing household--is Writer's Digest's Character Naming Sourcebook. It includes advice on how to name a character and names from a couple dozen nationalities around the world, past and present. Every GM and Player should own a copy.