(1) Submitters often want bynames ("last names") with specific meanings. e.g,, "I am a fighter. I want something like Longsword!"
(2) Our sources are mostly masses of names that are not organized by meaning. I think we only have 1-2 books specific to descriptive/occupational terms, and they're both English. For almost everything else, it's a matter of hoping we can find something by looking up the modern term or its root.
(3) I decided that I had a lot of music-related bynames, so I'd do an article on that, crossing multiple languages. Not meant to be complete, by any means, but something to help people.
(4) So then there was this bottle of wine.
(5) I decided, "Hey, I've done the bards!"
(7) I've now started a series of articles breaking out occupational/descriptive bynames by player class, and also follow-on "modules" for NPCs, travel terms, weapons & equipment, and quests/encounters. The idea is that I or others can add more languages, etc as we mine the sources. It's meant to help with accessibility of the info, but not be too serious.
(8) I may have bitten off more than I can chew.
Source: Journals of the House of Lords, Volume 8 (https://books.google.com/books?id=ZiZDAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA434)
Now I want to run out to get some dyes to make them not white. Because Pennsic mud.
Back in the early 1990's, when Magic the Gathering was new, Phil and I shared a house with James Ernest and Carol Monahan. James created Cheapass Games during that time, and now, nearly thirty years later, he's putting out a gorgeous, huge, bound collection of all the games. He's also writing up notes on the inspiration behind the games, and some of the history connected with them. It's going to be fantastic. I've got a sample chapter sitting in my living room, and I'm really looking forward to reading the rest. I've watched the company grow and change over the years. It's hard to believe it's been so long, I can still hear the paper cutter going as James cut out endless playtest cards. Their Kickstarter begins on April 1, I'll post a link to it when it goes live. I hope you'll all check it out, it's not our company or product, but it has been a huge presence in our lives!
And... it's already funded.
if you want to contribute to the East's 4/1 LoI, now is the time! We need silly names and armory by 3/31 at 9 pm at the latest. (I have to sleep sometime!!)
I added some names today, but we've got no armory thus far. If you would like to throw anything together, ping me and I'll hook you up with the names. Stand-alone armory is ok too, I can always attach it to a prior year's name that I feel is fitting. (For OSCAR users, I'm in the roster under the name of Lillia de Vaux.)
Things to keep in mind:
- Normally, we try to keep the use of FS and surname-as-given name to a minimum (I find it's a bit of a crutch), but we're under a time crunch so I'm not going to quibble about it.
- Some nonpersonal names (e.g., branch or order names) would be nice to have.
- We can also use more non-English names.
- Please try to keep everything PG. (Yes, it's subjective.)
- I reserve the right to omit a submission that (IMHO) reflects poorly on the kingdom and the College of Arms.
20-minute sneezing jags HURT.