Recently I’ve been casually considering the vast difference between potential character names I create for role-playing games and character names I create for plays.
My rpg character names are extra (largely a byproduct of listening to Friends at the Table) whereas many of my plays’ character names are… the opposite of extra? (I’d like to say they’re Brechtian but it might just be laziness. Ask me five years from now; they’ll know a lot more.)
I don’t think there’s anything incredibly deep here; I just find it interesting and am a bit too busy this week (finishing my newest tabletop role-playing game which will be available this weekend!) to spend much time on the newsletter.
So here is a selection of character names from my respective lists and plays. Feel free to tell me yours @feelingfickle on Twitter.
Role-playing character names (selected)
All Night Long
Chasing Vermeer (stolen shamelessly from the children’s book Chasing Vermeer, which I have never read but did see while unpacking my father-in-law’s books for his classroom)
In the praising of life, we immolate the torment of nightfall (you can call her Praising)
Something Traverse (is the “something” supposed to be a stand-in for a different given name I’ll come up with later? did I really plan on calling a character Something Traverse?? I can’t remember!)
The Universal Affirmative
Theatre character names (selected)
Fanny Pack (a person wearing a fanny pack)
Fed-up Woman (she’s fed up, y’all)
Lab Coat (a person wearing a lab coat)
That Guy (you know, THAT Guy)
Wet Wipes Man
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Britt A Willis writes this newsletter and is a playwright, game writer, designer, and WASHINGTON MYSTICS FAN in Washington, DC. You can find out more about their work at brittawillis.com or follow them on Twitter @feelingfickle.