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A few days ago, a Twitter friend of mine had a fun request:
I need a few planet names. Planet mcplanitface is already taken.— Orcs Unlimited (@OrcsUnlimited) November 24, 2020
Well, that’s all it took to spark the idea for the second installment of the We Made a Thing blog series: a Random Name Generator!
To be clear, not all the “names” that the generator comes up with look anything like names, since they are just random characters. However, I did add a parameter so that each name will never have more than 4 consonants in a row; so it’s not completely random.
You can also tell it how long you want the names to be and if you want to include specific types of suffixes.
The point is not so much for the generator to create a bunch of perfect names that are just ready to go, but rather to create a bunch of things that kind of look like names. Then you, as a human, can make some small tweaks to turn those strings into great planet, city, or character names!
Basically, it’s designed to quickly get the ball rolling. It starts off the list on its own and you take on the role of the editor, which is much easier than creating names from scratch, if you ask me.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy it!
PLEASE NOTE: When you click on the link above, it will look like a Google Sheets file, but it is not one. The generator will only work if you click the download button in the top-right corner of Google Sheets screen, then open the downloaded file in your desktop version of Excel.