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Deck O' Names Anglo Saxon Places $4.00 $2.80
Publisher: Tabletop Adventures, LLC
by Peter I. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 07/28/2006 00:00:00
Deck O' Names Anglo Saxon Places is a pdf product that allows the user to generate flavorful place names on the fly using easy to use printed cards containing name snippets. This product is the second in the Deck O' Names series, the first allowing the user to generate a wide variety of male and female names. Each Deck O' Names pdf product also has a twin generator (not included with the purchase of this pdf), a software product that fulfils the same function of the pdf. This product is for generating the names of town, villages, hamlets and the like and draws from Anglo-Saxon history to create interesting and unique names.

The product comes as a zip file containing two main pdf files - the first containing all the cards for printing, and the second containing instructions, references and other material. The cards are simple and easy to print, and the names should be authentic sounding if you can get your tongue around the pronunciation. Fortunately a pronunciation guide is provided to assist with this. General presentation of the product is good - there's even a separate page containing a box that can be printed and assembled to hold all the cards in the product. In addition to the cards, the product has added value in that it contains numerous references, a brief history of the Anglo-Saxons, Anglo-Saxon runes, and pages of translation of Anglo-Saxon pre- and suffixes in the many place names.

Deck O' Names Anglo Saxon Places can generate more than 31000 names, which is more than most would probably be able to use. The names draw from a variety of sources all Anglo-Saxon, giving each one an authentic sounding name. While Anglo-Saxon names might not be entirely 'fantasy', they can easily be converted into more 'English' rather than 'Old English' sounding names by changing the spelling and pronunciation somewhat. Examples of some of the names that can be generated include Dungeard, Ceaforleage, Glinwic, and Dodbirig. Experimenting with the cards rarely turned up an odd sounding name, and I think this product succeeds admirably at providing a flexible and easy to use system for generating names.

One of the strong points of this product is the amount of supplementary information that it provides. If we take the name Dungeard, for example, the list of meanings for the various Anglo-Saxon sections translate to 'Moor Yard'. I find this to be a very appealing aspect of the product, providing both interesting place names, pronunciation guide and more English meanings for the various words. There is a lot of use that a DM can get out of a product like this. The only minor weakness would be struggling to pronounce the words (but then you can generate one you can actually pronounce) and the fact that some the words might not necessarily fit all fantasy campaign settings. Still, a good product, very useful and with expanded utility for the gamer and the historian or linguist.


LIKED: Deck O' Names Anglo Saxon Places provides the user with thousands of options for generating interesting and meaningful names for places in a fantasy campaign setting. From only a deck of 100 cards, the utility of this product is high, and adding in the supplementary material such as pronunciation and meanings of words, make this useful, interesting, and very flavorful. The addition of the Anglo-Saxon runes increases the utility further.

DISLIKED: Some people may struggle with the pronunciation, while others might find that the 'Old English' names do not necessarily fit their campaign setting, but those are both minor comments. A couple of odd names here and there, and the cards appear somewhat cramped.

QUALITY: Very Good

VALUE: Very Satisfied


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