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12Thousand Names is an Excel spreadsheet that provides users a wide selection of personal and place names. The personal name tab simultaneously returns names for male and female Humans, male and female Elves, male and female Elves, male Dwarves, Giants, Dragons, Goblins and Ogres and Trolls, and Other Creatures.  There are 1100 possible choices in each category.  The spreadsheet also returns pre-name nicknames and male and female post-name nicknames, all from unique lists 600 entries long.  All of the names are taken from uncopyrighted and historical sources.

The geographical names implement the random-naming scheme from Spellbook Games' Town Generator. There are two and three name kernals in each name, each kernal taken from a list 600 entries long. There are more than 300 thousand possible two-kernel names and more than 20 million three-kernal names. The geographical tab returns place names, street names, and some building names.

If the spreadsheet is run in a different spreadsheet program the user may have to adjust column widths and make other changes to preserve the intended formatting.

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File Last Updated:
May 01, 2022
This title was added to our catalog on May 01, 2022.