From the genesis of D&D, random lists have been used to create, inspire, and complicate games everywhere. The gamemaster is essentially keeping all the knowledge of a fabricated world inside their 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’s difficult to come up with appropriate names, descriptions, NPCs, castles, or environmental features on the fly. Luckily, there are certain tools that simplify a GM’s life no matter what game they are running.
Random Generation Tables: Topics, Characters & More
These random generation tables can be used for just about any topic. The trouble is that, while they are great to have, they take time to generate yourself. The good news is we have taken the liberty and done the hard work up front, leaving you free to copy, paste, and print right into your notes.
You can roll randomly or simply choose one that suits the character you wish to portray. A random result could even give you a hook to help you further build out that NPC’s personality. Additionally, some of the names are more gender neutral than others, and you can easily tweak them—do whatever best suits the needs of your game and the needs of the character! These can be starting points for you, not ending points.
Names are important—so choose wisely!
Names 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 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. 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?)
This table provides you with names for non-player characters. This list of different names can help maintain colorful variety and inspiration for your game.
|Non-Playable Character Names
|Syrulliana Di’ Annte
|Elrik Von Sorensen
|Sir Drexel of Yourn
|Nanoka of Karr