What takes the longest to choose, is the first thing people see, and is the one thing they always remember about you and your character?
How did you decide upon the name for your character(s)? Did you delve into Norse, Greek, or Roman mythology? Did you choose a name from one of your family members? Did you mash the "Random" name generator button in vain until you stumbled upon something you liked? Is your name a play on aspects of your class, using spells or other traits? Did you play around with syllables, vowels, and consonants until you found something that you loved?
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Now I know I've mentoned this before; I'm not an RP'er BUT I do think certain RP elements are important and naming is one of those elements. For me the name Runzwithfire has become so much more than just my toon's name; it's now my entire online persona. So how did I end up with a name that sounds a lot like I'd had a particularly bad vindaloo the night before?
Well actually it all started with my warrior, a Tauren warrior named (wait for it) Runswithfire - see the theme developing here? I hope so cos it's as obvious as a turd on a dinner plate; yes I know I get -50 DKP for naming unoriginality. Anyway he was my first toon and what with Taurens having this whole Native American & Earth Mother thing going on, I wanted a name that kind of fitted in with that whole ideology. Hey at least I didn't pick an Elf Hunter and call him Legolas.
BTW I was searching for a "funny warcraft elf hunter legolas" pic; google returned to me some pictures of chopped mushrooms and onions. Of course, how silly of me! Searching for fantasy characters was obviously going to return images detailing the ingredients for a nice casserole. I don't know, maybe Legolas is writing the foreword to Nigella Lawson's new cookbook - by this stage I'm just confused so I'll give up on the funny pic and just put one up of my original toon looking awesome.
Fuck Me, That Warrior Looks Awesome
Anyway, Runswithfire was all at once the most awesome toon ever and the worst tank evah, that may or may not be related to me being the worst tank ever of course. In fact Runs, or rather me, had all the coordination and grace of a sloth on ketamine; I am convinced my toon had a lazy eye as my tanking style would often seem to suggest that whilst one eye was giving a deadly stare against the mob at hand, the other eye was in fact looking for the change in my back pocket (possibly to pay for my horrendous repair bills). But despite this Runs had some serious personality; on top of that he was a guild leader of a truly fantastic bunch of guys and gals. Logging on was a joyous experience in which all my guildies would roar across gchat "RUUUUUUUUUUNNNNNNNNSSSSSSSSSSS" - I think I was afforded a certain level of sympathy because I was so awful. Much like the special kid at school, I was treated with kid gloves and afforded a high level of understanding for my many errors. Anyways, where was I? Ah yes the "RUUUUUUUUNNNNNSSSSSSSSS" bit, despite my inadequacies as a tank raider I was actually quite a good guild leader, I would log on and there would be much rejoicing so the whole Runs thing kind of stuck.
I took a short hiatus from WoW and when I returned I realised that perhaps the warrior's life wasn't for me, after all I don't remember Conan getting eaten by kobolds over a fucking candle. So I decided to change class. I didn't, however, want to lose the name I had made for myself as 'Runs', I had a certain level of fame in my small niche of the realm and it all came down to having fun with a lot of people. I wanted to make sure I could find all those people again and not have the awkward "It's me.... Runs....no Runs......Runswithfire...... guild leader of MoC......... yes the window licking tank, that's me" conversation but I just couldn't bring myself to delete my poor spatial awareness challenged warrior. The original Runs had served me well and in all honesty it was me who had failed to live up to his full potential. I went with rerolling a mage, the class I knew in my heart of hearts I should have started with anyway, after all I can live with wearing a dress so long as I get to launch great big fireballs at people. A troll mage seemed like a good choice and a little unique at the time, when it came to the name it was all too obvious; Runzwithfire. Instant brand recognition and appropriately magey and troll-ey (it's got a 'z' in it and fire ofc, fucking genius people).
When I joined my new guild Darkened, formed by a former guildie of mine, I slowly and surreptitiously slipped in the "RUUUUUUUUNNNNNNNZZZZZZZZZ" into gchat mwahahahahahaha. Now the Runz moniker has become so ingrained in me that it evolved to become my entire online persona. It's kind of a way for me to separate my online gaming and forum habit from my 'professional and family life' on stuff like facebook. Don't get me wrong I'm proud that I'm a gamer and that I play WoW but it's nice to settle on the computer and be Runz, not dad, boss or hubby dearest.
So that's me and Runz, I hope that answered any questions you had about my ridiculous name and why I won't change it, in fact why I am so vehemently attached to it. The moniker of Runz is as much a part of me as my real name (I have been known to look up when people say runs in a sentence) and I intend to keep it for a long time.