Well, on a lark, I reached out to Chris and he gave me some helpful advice about linking to his page. Suffice to say that I still have my alternate names page, but I like Chris's names A LOT better. Here's a shot of that page:
Here's a closeup of the top section:
On the left, is a hyperlinked list of Chris's names from his site. OpenOffice refreshes this list every 30 minutes and right when I launch the file. This gives me a random list of names each time. I have some RANDBETWEEN cells driving some VLOOKUP functions so that I get about 30 (?) different NPCs. Chris's generator has 250 names during each iteration, so I don't come close to using them all.
I honestly don't remember where I got the data for the other columns. I found it online or I generated it myself or something. I have some random scripts that drive that data too.
The bottom section looks a little different:
This section has a rumor that may or may not be true. I don't remember where I found those lists either. :( Over a couple of weeks, I was pulling data off the interwebs and pouring it into the spreadsheet. Then I set up all the random functions and viola! DM Prep page.
Some random names that I've pulled off these lists that developed into NPCs in the game --
- Uri the Bear -- a strong orc warrior that was charmed by Biata. Served her well for a long time until he was killed.
- Boltoff -- human mercenary, member of Red Faction and friend to Yuri. He's not always been the most loyal, but he seems to have a healthy fear of Oryx, so he hasn't crossed the party. Much.
- Brogan White-eye -- Blue Faction lieutenant that the party rescued from Gnolls on Level 6. Has given them information in the past. Seems like a fair minded fellow.
- Sennett Silkhands -- Archmage at the Ravenport Wizards Guild, friend and occassional companion to Kalen.
- Grim "Tinblade" Broadaxe -- dwarven weaponsmith. Tasked with reforging the Frostbrand of Errol using the Everfrost.
- Yuri the Seeker -- Former owner of a magical shield known as "The Bastion"
- Gavril the Hawk -- elf. Friend of...
- Lathan Sapphiremoon -- also an elf. Archer. Romantic interest and clansman to Vera Diamondtree.
- Endira of the Yellow Hand -- strange alien enforcer for the Arena Games on CotMA Level 4.
|Endira of the Yellow Hand
There are many more. Having names and other details at your fingertips to choose from is very valuable.