Tabletop Adventures Deck O? Names is a name generating program that generates up to 32,000 unique names. Tabletop Adventures has gained notoriety in the gaming community for their five star Bits and Shards series of books that help the hurried dungeon master. Considering the distinctive approach on their other titles, it is with surprise that Deck O? Names lacks any innovation of its own. This lack of innovation may be acceptable for under $2.00, but with a whopping price tag of $8.00 (ok at least whopping for electronic media), there are much better and more sophisticated name generating options out there in a similar price range.
For the Dungeon Master:
Deck O? Names generates names based off of the syllables of 100 female and male names, and that is all it does. And that is the problem. All it does is generate random names. 32,000 may seem like a lot, but considering that my search pulled up names such as Libnna and Libnda--- very unimpressive. The most impressive thing the program does is sort and count the number of names you inputted in it for it to output in the first place.
If this program was the first of its kind, it would have a case. But considering the market has 3 top tier name generating programs in the same price range (or free), I really would have expected Tabletop Adventures to bring something additional to the table. Other programs are capable of generating different name lists based on class and race (both fantasy and human), allow the user to edit the listings and can be expanded to include things such as item and building naming.
The Iron Word
I have a firm belief that if you come to the table with a product that is similar to another product,, you have to bring something different or bring it in at a lower cost. Deck O? Names does neither. The fact that this product does nothing that the free name generators do makes it less of an option.
<b>LIKED</b>: It does generate unique names and is offline. It also doesn't take up too much harddrive space.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: It is too expensive for what it offers. It also lacks the functionality of some of the major name generators. <br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Disappointing<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Ripped Off<br>
[1 of 5 Stars!]