As a follow-up to my earlier feminist gaming post, I happened to get in touch with a certain author of a certain fantasy name generator. I’m being coy because while he was happy to share all his code and data with me, he explicitly asked that his name be removed from any credit or blame. I guess that name generator is well over a decade old and not the author’s proudest work. I think he’s mad, it’s wonderful and has been naming characters in my game world since its inception five years ago.
I have finally rooted through it, pulled out the data I wanted, reformatted it, and added in the missing female names. It was actually pretty easy to just reformat the tables into something usable by my favorite randomizer: Inspiration Pad Pro. Even better, I have discovered in the course of doing this that Inspiration Pad Pro now has an Android port, which means I get all these awesome names right in my pocket. Huzzah!
And of course, share and share alike, right? So here it is, my Inspiration Pad Pro table for Silly (Awesome) Fantasy Names: