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  • What do you do when your PC wants to name their Demon Snail Gary?

    So what do you do when a PC wants to name a Demon Snail Gary? I want to give the players freedom to do as they choose, but this is a very borderline case. I mean names are always iffy, with a drastic steer clear of standard American names. I guess the PC being from Thedas, the Dragon Age Setting, may have heard the name Gary there, maybe.

    It just a very borderline situation, like when in Critical Role they name their castle Greyskull Keep, or their dragon Lockheed.

    Before I this in my first game I allowed a player to name their character Black Donald, a pirate in the west because he liked it as a seldom used name for the devil. But in the setting currently they are in a very Indian themed setting, with one PC from the realm, one From Thedas, and the rest from the local area.

    Where do you draw the lines with characters making pop culture references. I mean it certainly colors the situation of having a gigantic demon snail resembling a gross giant tongue with a shell made of wreckage when that snail shares the name of an overrated cartoons resident pet snail...

  • Xanandithras
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    Inform them that their demon snail only communicates in cat-like meows and hisses.
    Last edited by Xanandithras; 02-22-2017, 04:58 PM.

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  • OpMegs
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    So, having looked at this again, with slightly less flippancy...

    It really seems that the name isn't the point. I mean, we have a Solar Circle sorcery spell called "Death Ray" which was literally called that because the writer loved the incongruity of sorcerers muttering in hushed tones about the lost and terrible magic of.... the Death Ray. So this sort of thing is literally built into the setting.

    The problem comes from whether this bugs you or any of your players particularly much. There's reasons it could. Going with a blatant pop culture reference does make for the thing to be inherently more difficult to take seriously in a session. It may be a sign the player doesn't take the game seriously. But these are all things where you should just hash this sort of thing out with the player directly. The name isn't the problem. Pop culture in your games isn't the problem, as evidenced by the fact that you've got a transplanted Thedas in your setting already.

    Inherently, if the name bothers you, bring it up with the player. Either it's a dumb joke that they won't mind passing on if it actually bugs you, or it'll be an intro into a talk about the kind of game you want to run. Either way, it's a discussion you want to have, rather than hemming and hawing around the edges of it. Sometimes people don't inherently get the kind of game you're wanting to run and you just have to make it a little more clear. No major drama there.

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  • The Hug Ninja
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    The PC being from Thedas seems like it has greater potential to take me out of things than Gary the Snail.

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  • Lucy Darling
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    Originally posted by Totentanz View Post

    For the same reason you don't name all your PCs "Lucy", the ST doesn't call your PC's waiter at the Teahouse "Waiter Number 12,461," and the core book doesn't refer to the Scarlet Empress as Too Much Hairspray Lady.
    OP didn't suggest everything had a mundane kind of name, thus 'dissonance'.

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  • OpMegs
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    My Twilight has a Blood Ape familiar with glasses, an accent, and the name Winston. Sooooo not really a big problem for me. :P

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  • Ferryman
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    I think dissonant humor is fine, just like pepper in food is fine. A little bit can be fun, but too much ruins the meal. If your players don't know where to draw that line, you are entirely justified in pointing out how much is too much.

    Gary the Demon-Snail would be a beloved character in the game I run, but only because he stands in contrast to the larger part of the game that isn't Gary the Demon-Snail.

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  • Totentanz
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    Originally posted by Lucy Darling View Post
    My OP hellcat buffed with everything Supernal Survival could throw at it was called 'Prickles'.

    I don't mind dissonant naming obviously. Why make it a big deal?
    For the same reason you don't name all your PCs "Lucy", the ST doesn't call your PC's waiter at the Teahouse "Waiter Number 12,461," and the core book doesn't refer to the Scarlet Empress as Too Much Hairspray Lady.

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  • Momoyo is Best Girl
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    I personally just let it happen, but I don't mind a bit of silliness in my games. Someone else here suggested dressing up the name a little bit, talking to the player usually helps, at least in my personal experience.

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  • Eldagusto
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    Originally posted by TidyGamer View Post
    I think viewing it as "Gar-Rii" would be a little less immersion breaking for you than "Gary" is.

    That's actually the trick I use whenever they have too familiar names.

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  • TidyGamer
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    I think viewing it as "Gar-Rii" would be a little less immersion breaking for you than "Gary" is.

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  • Lucy Darling
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    My OP hellcat buffed with everything Supernal Survival could throw at it was called 'Prickles'.

    I don't mind dissonant naming obviously. Why make it a big deal?

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  • Eldagusto
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    Originally posted by Eura View Post
    For heritage you could have the snail descend from that giant slug demon that lives on the side of one of Malfeas' walls(Sides?). I think the slug was a 3rd circle or something.
    Nah I already know where the Creeping Shelters come from, they are cast offs of the Boat of Tongues.

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  • Eura
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    For heritage you could have the snail descend from that giant slug demon that lives on the side of one of Malfeas' walls(Sides?). I think the slug was a 3rd circle or something.

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  • Brasstreader
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    Call the player on it being a Spongbob reference.
    Failing that, allow it to happen. It's a snail-demon pet, hardly the sort of thing to completely derail a plot everytime somebody wants to pet/feed ol'Gary.
    Failing that, remind them that Gary means 'spear' in Old English and suggest they come up with a sufficiently Exalted name incorporating Gary/Spear into itself.

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