My husband doesn’t really take MMO names too seriously. The pigtailed City of Heroes toon floating in the image up above? Yeah, her name is Bubblezap. She’s his old Electric Control/Force Fields Controller. She, uh, bubbles people and zaps things. It’s not complicated, but hey, it gets the job done, and he manages to go from “I want to make a new toon” to “here’s my new toon” in a few minutes.
Me, on the other hand? Onomastics is my thing. I have a spreadsheet, a giant list of names and terms and ideas from my trusty thesaurus, tons of ideas rolling around at all times, and premade costumes I can adapt when the mood strikes me. It sometimes takes me hours to roll up a toon even then. Names matter so much to me that I’ve abandoned whole concepts when I can’t get a good name to go with it. When Homecoming warned it’d be putting an end to name-hoarding with characters, I felt very seen. I didn’t have 277 in reserve on one server, but I came pretty close!
Do you have a technique for coming up with MMO character names?