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Gary Gygax's Extraordinary Book of Names (Gygaxian Fantasy Worlds Volume IV) [Hardcover]

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The ultimate book of names! With over 100,000 names, name generators, and more, this sourcebook is a must-have for any game designer or writer. A veritable host of nationalities and cultures are covered from Indian, Korean, and Mongol to Aztec and Mayan. From Medieval English to Spanish, from the fantastic to the mundane, from Italian, Jewish, Polynesian, and more, this extraordinary collection covers it all. Furthermore, a whole chapter is dedicated to place names and another to epithets. For the d20 enthusiast, a new core class, the Onomancer, comes to life with new rules on the magic of names and the naming conventions used by your world's powerful magi.

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Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.8" Width: 8.5" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   1.7 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Publisher   Troll Lord Games
ISBN  1931275564  
ISBN13  9781931275569  

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No More Phone Books . . . . . . .  Jun 7, 2008
This book is not only useful for gamers (of which I know so very little about) but for writers as well (of which I am a struggling one). I have at times resorted to my local phone book, which is not as useful as you would think. And yes, this book is a bit pricey, but well worth it to save myself hauling out a near useless phone book and/or different baby-name books chock-full of meanings for each name that I really don't need. What I love most about this book are all the surnames. This is the only one which features such extensive lists of surnames from all around the world. The sections of this book include:

Guide to Names and Naming

Britain (Anglo-Saxon, Cornish, English, Medieval English, Scottish, Medieval Scottish, Irish, Med. Irish, Gaelic, Welsh, Med. Welsh)

Africa (African, Berber, Ancient Egyptian)

American (Amerindian, Aztec, Inca, Mayan)

Asia (Chinese, Med. Chinese, Indian, Sanskrit, Japanese, Med. Japanese, Korean, Mongol, Tibetan)

Europe (Armenian, Dutch, Finnish, French, Celtic, German, Germanic, Gypsy, Hungarian, Norse, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish)-throw in Medieval for most of these cultures

Mediterranean (Arabic, Greek, Ancient Greek, Italian, Med. Italian, Roman, Jewish, Hebrew, Phoenician)

Oceania (Aboriginal, Papuan, Polynesian)

Epithets, Titles, and Groups

Places (British place names, world place names, fantastic place names, Inns and taverns)

Fantastic (Creating fantasy names, generic, strange syllables, fantastic species, comical)

I highly recommend this book for all writers (and gamers). I'm sure it will replace quite handily all your other baby name books and ease the burden on your back as you no longer need to haul out that heavy phone book.
Freaking. Awesome.  Jul 22, 2007
Right, I love this book. Alot. That's about all there is to it. I'm a wannabe writer by trade, and my biggest problem in writing is that I can never come up with realistic sounding human names. THis book has... more than I could ever need, Male, Female, and Surname, arranged first by nationality, and then alphabetical order if I remember correctly.
Extraordinary indeed  Mar 2, 2006
Looking for names? Try a phone book!
Gary Gygax invented D&D, appeared in the best episode of Futurama, and is now credited with the most pointless 208 pages ever published. What an achievement, the nerds really will rule the Earth, and when they do they can use this book to name their new utopia, their children, pets, D&D characters, imaginary girl friends, etc...
About as useful as the gelatinous cube hooker I plan to play in my next adventure.
Wonder Reserch Tool  Jan 30, 2005
I have always wondered about finding names for other cultures, but could not find any good source, especialy for surnames. This book has names for all areas on earth, along with ideas for the future and generating names for demons and creatures of magic.

The only negative aspect of this book is that the names are not arranged in any random rolling tables, but a very useable book otherwise.

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