On this week Raging Swan Press released another Game Master resource, So What’s The Demi-Human Called, Anyway? for the Pathfinder roleplaying-game. Written by Creighton Broadhurst this little supplement help us, Game Masters against a common foe : names.
In an average campaign the players meet dozens of NPC-s from major villains to the common blacksmith. While it is not really a problem for major characters, it’s not easy to make up new and unique names for every single NPC the characters meet, especially if the character in question is not human.
So What’s The Demi-Human Called, Anyway? is a great help for these cases, as it’s contains tables for the top five demi-human races – dwarf, elf, gnome, halfing, half-orc – with practically enough combinations for an entire campaign, without using the exactly same name for an NPC ever!
And it’s not an exaggeration, as these tables hold 100 male names, 100 female names and 100 family names/clans per table, meaning 10.000 possible result for a random “male dwarf” or “female gnome”. I guess that’s more than enough for any purpose! And while this book is about demi-humans, I could imagine to use it for orcs, human barbarians (both using half-orc names) or Vikings (using dwarf names) without much hindrance.
Apart from the five tables, So What’s The Demi-Human Called, Anyway? also contains a single-page GM’s Crib Sheet with various pre-generated names to quickly and easily name NPCs when you need it instantly.
Again, with this supplement we received a very useful GM Resource from Raging Swan Press, which is both address a common problem, very easy to use, and thankfully cheap to acquire. So, if you like evocative names like Nargor the Mutilator or Elgal Farnoen, then this supplement is definitely for you. As for me, I give it 5/5 points.
For those who are interested in So What’s The Demi Human Called, Anyway? I recommend to take a look at RPGNow, on it’s product page.
Zoltán “Cain” Mészáros