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10-09-2013, 10:00 AM
Originally posted on 10-09-2013 02:01 AM at koboldquarterly.com (http://www.koboldquarterly.com)

http://www.koboldpress.com/k/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Egyptian_dice_-_600-800_BC-300x282.jpg (http://www.koboldpress.com/k/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Egyptian_dice_-_600-800_BC.jpg)From the genesis of the D&D game, random lists have been used to create, inspire, and complicate games everywhere. A GM is essentially keeping all the knowledge of a fabricated world inside his or her head, along with all the relevant laws of physics and mechanics, which are transformed into a living story around the table. With that in mind, sometimes it is difficult to come up with appropriate names, descriptions, NPCs, castles, or environmental features on the fly. Luckily, there are certain tools that simplify a GMís life no matter what game he or she is running.
These random generation tables can be used for just about any topic. The trouble is that though they are great to have, they take time to generate yourself. The good news is I have taken the liberty and done the hard work up front, leaving you free to copy, paste, and print right into your notes.
The first table presented here provides you with names for nonplayer characters. Names are important. They offer context, identity, and even evoke different feelings based upon their sound. It is no coincidence that a well-crafted name carries weight and can add dimension to a person or an item. For example, think of Gandalf. The sound and structure of the word gives it a vaguely medieval old-world connotation. The root of the word Gand, much like Rand or Brand gives a punchy masculine note. Finally, even the overall presence of the word is similar to grandpa, evoking perhaps age or wisdom.
This is why it may be strange to simply name everyone in your game Mike and Fran. It simply wouldn’t have the right ring to it. (Mike the prince of Undeath?) That is why I present a list of different names to maintain colorful variety and inspiration for your game.
You could roll randomly or choose one that suits the character you wish to portray! A random result could even give you a hook to help you build out that NPCís personality, too. Additionally, some of the names are more gender neutral than others, and you can tweak them a bit to add a more feminine or masculine flare to them. The same holds true for changing a name from a more masculine one to a feminine oneódo what you need to do for that character and your game! These can be starting points for you, not ending points.
d50.*NPC Name

Tact Haelstrom
Amarra Bandarrion
Aryn Sparrowhawk
Baldrick Buntd
Donald Whent
Syrulliana Di’ Annte
Quadina Redrook
Jaq Le’quet
Turnip Bellwater
Fen Ulvcreen
Stewart Inkpot
Corina Camberline
Jagod Di
Bevel Left
Elrik Von Sorensen
Thayadora Ableten
Grumm Orcheck
Ademia Strom
Sillari Kern
Sir Drexel of Yourn
Aureus Splitarrow
Sils Worel
Har Vin’ter
Aster Balleenen
Cordast Chin
Breck Veldtner
Lav Ichafor
Milsa Tresant
Mimos Allerdraak
Gallaharra Troye
Baelnor Vaeswan
Megard Frunthwill
Gorick Broadback
Shenea Dronsch
Rem Gunthwai
Ung Dag
Uílegraf Gar
Nanoka of Karr
Oenn Whitsun
Geffen Cauldry
Pin Bellner
Borodred Hillsson
Eli Bannaran
Justed Antenitor
Luxara Domar
Col Suttle
Weylan Farce
Kofgen Krevnar
Tybris Strutt
Gracen Hoth

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