Names Matter

Roleplay Rescue’s Blog

If there’s one thing that really bugs me it’s when a player character gets named something dumb, inappropriate, or silly. While many players think it’s ok to make up jokey monikers for their characters, I think it’s one of the biggest mistakes we can make at the table.

We do not treat the naming of a human being lightly. Most parents will agonise over the decision when naming their baby. While I appreciate that the creation of a player character is not in the same league as that of naming a child, the principle – that names matter and have power – stands.

Tolkien famously created his own languages for Middle-earth and based the names of characters on the meanings from those sub-created languages. While we don’t have to go to those lengths in our fantasy gaming, I do feel that the idea of connecting a character’s name to something…

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