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slud
4 months ago
I always try and keep names as short as possible, although I'm not totally certain why. I suppose it's partially because I believe that with a shorter name it's easier to remember. For example, if I was selling something in the trade channel that I'd soon have more of, a player may not want to add me as a friend but in an hour or two they'd remember about me and very easily 'w/ Slud' due to it being such a short name.

Another benefit of having a short name is that it looks and sounds great. Having one or two syllables in a name really makes it seem more genuine, and perhaps even more intimidating, if done correctly.

These may be my own thoughts, and perhaps others disagree, but I've always used short names - even though this can prove very difficult at times as shorter names are usually taken.
Charcoal
5 months ago
I generally go for a name which sounds plausible within the universe even if it doesn't actually have a meaning or a use elsewhere. For example, I had a warrior called Reysal as a kind of twist on the more common name Ray or Raymond. I like things to be immersive as much as possible personally, I don't get naming yourself something outlandish it just diminishes it for me.

Also I know I'm reading way too much into this but when rogues have names like "Stabby" something as res previously mentioned it reminds me of the people who are like "Lol u fukn gey with ur rp sht get rekt lel kek"
Razor
5 months ago
res wrote:
5 months ago
Anything that doesn't break the fourth wall too much is fine by me.
An example for a rogue with bad imagination listed from best to worst:
  • Stabron
  • Stab
  • Stabby
  • Istabyou
  • noobgotstabbed

I guess after "Stabby" is my cut-off point for names that are just "too much"
This list actually goes along the categories of naming a character :smile: The last one is pretty funny though.

I feel that such name as "Noobgotstabbed" would make me somewhat overly-aggressive in the game, comparing with "Stabron" which sounds kind of noble and not pulling into brainless gankfest (corpse camping included).
omniGG
5 months ago
I'll just call myself by a name known to my buddies, sorry for the boring post :razz:
teebling
5 months ago
noobgotstabbed - I actually lol'd a bit at this
res
5 months ago
Anything that doesn't break the fourth wall too much is fine by me.
An example for a rogue with bad imagination listed from best to worst:
  • Stabron
  • Stab
  • Stabby
  • Istabyou
  • noobgotstabbed

I guess after "Stabby" is my cut-off point for names that are just "too much"
Faendor
5 months ago
I like this because it indirectly gives you kinda feel that you are unique and have your own place in the community.

There were many more aspects of WoW that gave you this feeling. E.g. Southsore vs. Tarren Mill, World boss rivalry, city raiding, Kazzak in SW, Blood Plague from ZG and many more. Those events were indirectly created, important to specify By Players, which gives the game feel alive. Those are some of the main reasons whyI love Vanilla so much.
Razor
5 months ago
Faendor wrote:
5 months ago
Razor wrote:
5 months ago
What do you mean by reputation based name?
I mean that I would use name that I use on forums, discord etc. so I can build up my reputation.
This actually might be a thing. Or at least it was back in the day. Direct connection of WoW gameplay and the forums. Hope this returns with Classic.
Faendor
5 months ago
Razor wrote:
5 months ago
What do you mean by reputation based name?
I mean that I would use name that I use on forums, discord etc. so I can build up my reputation.
Razor
5 months ago
Faendor wrote:
5 months ago

Interesting point there. I usually do choose different names but this time I wanted to make a reputation based name which I never did.
What do you mean by reputation based name?
Faendor
5 months ago
Razor wrote:
5 months ago
You know guys, my suggestion is just to go for it and create a main character with the name you never used. Something completely different. First - it really gives some sort of the fresh feeling. But what is the most interesting - it also influences your play style, as subconsciously your brain is no longer flowing through the engraved patterns of action related to that particular name. Try it. You might be surprised. :smile:
Interesting point there. I usually do choose different names but this time I wanted to make a reputation based name which I never did.
Razor
5 months ago
At some point of my life I've even had the notepad file sitting in the documents folder called "names". Basically it was the list of names that randomly popped in my head and which I liked a lot, therefore wanted to use someday. It was never an immersive name, always more of a thing - like "Razor, Sunfall, etc." - which would more or less suit the character class.

You know guys, my suggestion is just to go for it and create a main character with the name you never used. Something completely different. First - it really gives some sort of the fresh feeling. But what is the most interesting - it also influences your play style, as subconsciously your brain is no longer flowing through the engraved patterns of action related to that particular name. Try it. You might be surprised. :smile:
Laphroaig
5 months ago
I'm going to try to name all my characters after my favorite scotch
Ravenheart
5 months ago
I like to name my characters in-game as characters from novels I have read. I like to think that maybe someone out there gets the obscure reference or has read the same book as me.. kind of weird but I like it :)
Cuppa
5 months ago
I'm in the #2 crowd, usually using something related to my username.

I actually DO secretly think of "real" names for my characters, and backstories too... but in game, I'm just me. I do this mostly because I'm always brainstorming things about my characters, so I become dissatisfied with names sometimes. (I would hate to be stuck with something I no longer like.) Not to mention, I don't actually roleplay, I keep my stories to myself.