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Newbiespud 24th Jun 2014, 6:00 AM edit delete
Story Time! Talk about a really strange pet name that somehow stuck.

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Digo 24th Jun 2014, 6:27 AM edit delete reply
Only one of my characters had a pet name, though maybe not a great one. In the X-Files campaign my character was given the pet name 'Jailbait' by the team bruiser because my character was 16 years old. Mostly a joke but our two characters developed a brother/sister relationship and the name was sort of his odd way of indicating he wouldn't hit on my character. Both PCs had mental issues, but for some reason it worked here.

My real life name has been mangled into a lot of nicknames and pet names though. The most notable pet name I have is Deeg, given to me by my wife. Which was derived from Digo, the most common nickname given to my by friends.

Oddly, there is no 'G' in my real name so I'm not sure where that letter came from.
Toric 24th Jun 2014, 5:36 PM edit delete reply
We had a player at our table who was more than a little terrible at roleplay, combat, character building, character development, staying in character, coming up with backstory, coming up with realistic backstory that makes sense (note the distinction), getting along with his party....The list goes on.

He had started with a terribly built druid that was even worse at all of it than he was and not in an endearing way. At some point he started adding monk levels and managed to ruin that build. He eventually decided to revise the character and make him a full monk who was just as ineffective as the druid until we surgically attached a golem arm to replace one of his normal ones and he suddenly became adequate. Nonetheless, we chose his new name for him since he couldn't come up with anything: we called him Krillin. Partially because he was mostly useless and partially because we all wanted him to die. Repeatedly.

I normally don't get mad at players who don't quite get it, but this particular player was obnoxious about it and fairly convinced he was the shit for everything he did. He kept lording his incredibly trite and unrealistic backstory over us despite objections from everyone including the DM. He was so inconsistent and arrogant that players began actively chiming in on the worst possible ways any given situation could work out for his character just to see it suffer. One of the rare instances I find myself as anything but the nice guy at the table.
Luna 24th Jun 2014, 6:33 AM edit delete reply
I take it Twilight's player has a big brother in real life and quite a couple issues with him upstaging her ?

And yeah, that was pretty much my own reaction to the "BBBFF" stuff when seeing that episode for the first time.

As for a strange pet name, I once played a rogue character who had a tendency to give pet name to her weapons. Her favorite dagger was called "Moumoune". My party had quite a hard time the first time they heard my character yelling "Get them, Moumoune, get them !"* while stabbing someone in the back. Took them a moment to realize I was talking to my dagger.

*translated from french for your convenience.
Disloyal Subject 25th Jun 2014, 12:22 AM Quebecois edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject named your dagger 'wimpy?' That's... Strangely awesome. Any particular reason for that name?
Luna 26th Jun 2014, 5:42 AM edit delete reply
Not sure whimpy would be quite accurate. "Moumoune" is a french typical nickname that I don't think (or know) to have an equivalent in english. Best I can explain it is that is how a typical redneck/peasant would call his wife.

Basically, it's a ludicrous name for a dagger that would imply a lot of weird things about my character. :p Especially since she loved to sweet talk to her dagger at night while sharpening it and to take reaaaally good care of it.

I didn't want any other dagger than this one. Because other daggers weren't Moumoune. XD
Toasty 25th Jun 2014, 8:54 PM edit delete reply
I'm currently playing a LG necromancer (forced into it by his father, trying to find redemption)
I was able to talk the CM into letting me start with a skeletal horse. Partly because its backstory was that his father made him kill his beloved horse and reanimate it, but mostly because I couldn't think of a good name, I said its name was fluffy
I have since acquired a skeletal orc, so, to start a naming trend, it is now named thumper
Senshuken 24th Jun 2014, 6:35 AM edit delete reply
Wow... first time I've been able to post something this early before...

Story time! When has a real life relationship effected how you played a character that you didn't see coming?

Personally, the one that sticks to mind is a game of shadowrun that I'm playing with a few friends of mine.

Grinder (my character) and Omen were Australian pirates (Omen was the captain) before one of their crew sold them out, resulting in the deaths or imprisonments of the other members of the crew. Grinder and Omen were the only two that got away.

As I played Grinder (A griffin shaman who became a pirate because of a car crash in his early teens and the coma that followed that he didn't get a higher education and no funding to get one without a job and Omen's ship was simply the best paying one he could get) I slowly started to discover that in truth, Grinder didn't like Omen at all. In fact he couldn't stand the man, but he put up with him because after over five years of knowing the man, the only being he can remember clearly knowing for longer is the Griffin spirit herself.
Digo 24th Jun 2014, 8:39 AM edit delete reply
There was one time I played a dwarf, and this was back when my wife used to RP with the group. She played an elf. I don't think either of us saw it coming when we ended up having this vitriolic friendship, trying to outdo each other in combat, snarking at on-another out of combat and basically having this hilarious "frenemy" relationship.

And this was about two years before The Lord of the Rings movies came out. So we basically were the Ghimli/Legolas pair before it was a thing. 8)
Atarlost 24th Jun 2014, 11:24 AM edit delete reply
Most of the Gimli/Legolas dynamic is actually in the original books, which substantially predate D&D.
Digo 24th Jun 2014, 2:49 PM edit delete reply
We never read the books though, so such dynamic would have been minimally invasive. :3
CrowMagnon 24th Jun 2014, 5:41 PM edit delete reply
Well, I've got a story about accidentally pushing my players' berserk buttons as a GM. My first attempt at running a game with my friends involved using low-powered Mutants & Masterminds characters to play a gritty 'supernatural detective' adventure.

There were two major issues that caused that campaign to crash and burn into oblivion. One was that I had invited an old ex-friend who had recently decided to reconnect to join us. Her character was something of an astral projection as her real body was alive, but her spirit was freely roaming.

Unfortunately, even though she had once been a very dear friend of mine, as a player she was aloof toward everyone, and as a character, one of the monsters that I created as an obstacle for the party just happened to trigger every single 'flip out' switch the character had.

After several sessions, she just said, "That's it, I'm done," and left. No explanation or follow-up after that. I haven't heard from her since.

The campaign might have survived if my next story arc plan hadn't involved a Saw-type anti-villain as its antagonist. One of the party members was captured and forced to navigate a set of deadly challenges alongside a group of strangers, one of whom was the person who set everything up. Running parallel to that was another area where the rest of the party would be able to find out more about what was really going on, as well as find opportunities to assist the one who was stuck in the 'game'.

Trouble with that was that one of my friends, the one who has the most roleplaying experience, turns out to really, REALLY hate mind games. To the point of sitting down and refusing to do anything at all, even when the captured character (who, in character, was supposed to be his best friend) was in mortal peril.

So, yeah, that killed the game. I felt like I was only making everybody miserable, so I put a stop to it. We've by and large put it behind us, and have since started up a Pony Tales campaign which seems to be going well thus far without those issues rearing up, but I still have moments of panic over the idea of not being a good enough GM to carry it.
ironbolt 24th Jun 2014, 7:12 AM edit delete reply
Not exactly a pet buuut...

During an early campaign for me, my character came into possession of magicaly reinforced stone golem foot (it was part of a questline we ended up totally ignoring), so during a fight in a warlock lair we were fighting one of warlock's apprentices/slaves which had been possessed by a strong demon. A fight we were supposed to loose, I might add. When we held our own and started beating the demon/apprentice, GM declared that a large group of lesser demons were approaching from the direction we came. So, since my cleric was closest to the door, I ask if I can get there and close the door before the group came. Gm sad sure, but you have no means of locking of baring them.
So, I closed the door, and then in a spur of briliance decided that I want to use the golem foot to wedge the door down. The GM gave me this "are you frigging kidding me" look, and then does some calculations. Than he tells me I have to roll 17 or greater to succeed, and I roll 19.

So, after we defeated the apprentice/demon I pull out the foot and we deal with the lesser demons as well. From that time on, that golem foot was called my lock-rock, and I used it to wedge many more doors since.
I miss that group...
MWS 24th Jun 2014, 7:31 AM edit delete reply
We had a radioactive super who glowed in our group once. We called him Glowstick.
Adens 24th Jun 2014, 1:08 PM edit delete reply
In a Grand Battle I'm in (Sort of a writing competition version of Paranoia where the worst writers have their characters killed until only one remains) My character has taken to nicknaming every one of her opponents. One is an android with glowing blue veins. He is also called Glowstick. There's also a Six-legged rabbit-type creature affectionately called "Bunny Boy" and a giant medical warbot dubbed Wrecking Ball, as it tends to crash through walls to get to injured people.
Guest 24th Jun 2014, 7:39 AM Von edit delete reply
I'm sensing a wee bit of real life sibling rivalry spilling over.

Hmmm, the 8 INT fighter named the big bad squid face on account of the tentacles...and the fact he was a mindflayer.

Yea no I got nothing.
Red Shift 24th Jun 2014, 8:13 AM edit delete reply
In a Mass Effect inspired indie scifi game I played, I had a character who was skilled in engineering, had a criminal past and had implants and cybernetics which enabled him to jump high and run fast.

Being a group of gamers, they decided that he was a plumber, was Italian due to his connection the the Mafia (criminal past) and because he could jump, he became forever known as "Mario"
Kokuten 25th Jun 2014, 6:14 AM edit delete reply
This one is my favorite story out of the bunch. Strangely enough, none of my characters ever get nicknames other than the usual short-joke names, typically because I play a dwarf every time I DnD. In Dark Heresy/Rogue Trader/Only War/Black Crusade games I never get names either, but that's usually bec-- Well. At this point in typing there was one.

I had made an Inquisitorial Acolyte named Pasquier, pronounced Pahs-skwee, and he was a bit of a pacifist. Up until the point where he beat someone to death with a book, he was known as 'Piss-squee', as he was often frightened by combat, and made wailing noises in the face of his even scarier allies.
ToTZ 24th Jun 2014, 8:20 AM The Rape of Lizzy edit delete reply
My story starts at the end of our first quest. We arrive at the gates of the university we were travelling to, and were immediately greeted by a stereotypical drunk Irishman sitting atop the closed gate (its ok, our DM was a magnificent Irish bastard, and this was his comfort zone). I was never sure on this guard's name; it was either Gream (roll the r) or Gy-Eam. Anyway, before he's going to open the gate, he asks us what we want to do here. Evil warlock lies through his teeth (Glleem says he don't buy it), Paladin wants to pray to his god (gets laughed at), I say I want training thievery so I can steal from him on my way out (receiving praise for being honest). Our Dragonborn fighter (played by the guy who had a habit of flipping off the DM) decides that it'll be a good idea to announce his intention of killing a bunch of people, starting with Glleem's family (who he insults to the man's face). Glleam calmly and collectively names the Dragonborn "Lizzy" and proceeds to tell about how they have a set of racks in the gay district and can arrange to have Lizzy raped by every man there, starting with Grey-iihm himself. The dragonborn is undaunted, and is subsequently raped by every man in the gay district, starting with Glleam. And so the name Lizzy stuck.
DoubleCross 24th Jun 2014, 10:09 AM edit delete reply
Doesn't 'strange pet name' make up a chunk of our relationship, Fuzzybundle?
Destrustor 24th Jun 2014, 10:39 AM edit delete reply
In a game I'm currently playing, my character is a gigantic mass of worms living inside a plant as a sort of hive-mind parasitic puppeteer organism. They use the plant as a skin/armor/home combo of sorts, and in return they care for it in a symbiotic relationship.
Somehow, such a creature isn't really familiar with the concept of names, causing my character's "official" name to be " ... ".
Officiously, though, the party has taken to calling me "Maurice"
Digo 24th Jun 2014, 11:10 AM edit delete reply
I read "..." and thought of the letter S from Morse code.
NR 24th Jun 2014, 11:10 AM edit delete reply
In real life some years ago, a sorta-friend of mine (he was a friend of a friend, I wasn't very close to him) was trying to write a Kingdom Hearts fanfic about a new Org. XIII group starring characters based on him and his friends, me included. When trying to come up with a name for a character based on a friend named Rebecca, one of the names we came up with was Becrex (Bec-rex), and while it didn't stick for the story, we all thought it was such a funny yet cool name that to this day I will still call her that.
Raxon 24th Jun 2014, 11:26 AM edit delete reply
Let me tell you a little story about a man called Bent Wade. He was a character in a western book by Louis L'Amour that I liked, so I blatant ripped him off to use in a game. He was a wild west gurps character. Fairly old character with high skill with a firearm, quickdraw, and abnormally high reflexes and wisdom.

He had the nickname of Hell Bent Wade. Because when trouble started, he would finish it, and he was a wild stallion in his younger years.

He had a secret daughter. Can't remember her name, but he just called her Salty.

Mostly because she was a crybaby, despite being a grown woman. The name stuck.
Kynrasian 24th Jun 2014, 11:51 AM edit delete reply
Told this one before, but one of our NPCs was once describes as being fat and having an eyepatch, so he became known as "The Fat Pirate" to us. He tricked us (me) into taking part in a plot to kill a king and then we went to find him where his superiors in this plot had him killed to prevent him from talking.

But yeah, so he is now the Fat Pirate in our memories. We didn't even know his real name.
HappyMuffin 24th Jun 2014, 12:55 PM edit delete reply
A game of Iron Kingdoms. I was still new to RPGs and couldn't decide on a name for my dwarf. Someone told me to take an element and a body part and stick them together. I keeped the name Plutoniumbeard till the end of the campaign.
Specter 24th Jun 2014, 1:56 PM edit delete reply
We played a pathfinder campaign of MLP a little while ago, and the setting had no actual characters from the show, if at best just references of them (such as one player being a local legend and is always being followed by their biggest fan).

One player (a druid) created an animal companion that had a randomly generated trait (quirk) that said it was afraid of all wild life, and the druid wanted to snap it out of its fear. The extremeness of the druid's methods went as dragooning their a.c. to a dragons lair (failed miserably, but both survived).

Afterwords, we couldn't help but just reverse the names of a couple of, other, characters like this, and called the druid Angel, and the a.c. shy.
KSClaw 24th Jun 2014, 2:08 PM edit delete reply
in my Eldritch Horror game, one of our players had to leave, but we took turns playing his character, who was a very accident prone woman named Lola Hayes (not in her character sheet but her player had seriously bad luck with the dice). We took to calling her our "shopping woman" because we decided to keep her safe, by using her Action moves to buy things, that she could then trade to the other players.
Akouma 24th Jun 2014, 2:34 PM edit delete reply
My character in Iron Kingdoms RPG is named Lieutenant Francis Kiffley. (Or just Kiffley, for short.) My GM likes to do short vignettes or a character's past focusing on one character from time to time, with the other players being NPCs from that point. The first one for my character was about how he got his first notable officer's position in the Cygnaran military. He basically talked the officer deciding who would get the job into giving it to him while that officer was VERY intoxicated, then convinced him to sign the papers on the spot. The officer was too drunk to pronounce my name right, so he pronounced my name as "Wiffles." It stuck, and now I refer to him as that whenever we're talking out of character.

And actually, his last name has a fun story too. When I made the character, I hadn't decided on what his last name would be yet. When he was introduced into the campaign, he was under an incredibly jerkass Commander who was constantly going on about how great he was (and how awful I was) when all his accomplishments in the field were due to my character. Someone pointed out that this dynamic, combined with the constant sighs whenever my commanding officer spoke, caused one of the other players to point out that I was basically Kiff from Futurama. So we made his last name (which like I said was not determined at this point) "Kiffley."
Zatch P 24th Jun 2014, 3:37 PM edit delete reply
In a DnD4e game I was playing, we fought a pair of Orche Jellies. I remembered there was a Tiny Gelatinous Cube familiar, which sounded adorable. I was playing a Battlemind, so I couldn't actually get a familiar, but after asking, we subdued the last Jelly instead of killing it. Those species split naturally, so I figured it was possible to make a Tiny Gelatinous Cube out of one safely with a few good checks. It ended up working, and surprisingly I got to take the Cube as an actual familiar, minus the ability to talk, despite not playing a class that could do that sort of thing. Eventually, the Cube was nicknamed Jenny. That's the best nickname story I have.

I did end up justifying the familiar for a class that can't get them normally in letters I had been sending home, by the way. I thought of how familiars usually resurrect near the mage after being killed, and was reminded of liches from that, which do basically the same thing with a phylactery, generally some kind of jewel. I decided familiars are basically mini-liches, which can be easily created because of their low power, whereas a normal lich usually needs help from a demon lord or something. As it turns out, I was playing a Shardmind, which is basically a soul/mind animating a bunch of gems. So, when making the cube, I just put the soul inside of me to make it something like a lich, while becoming its phylactery. It was pretty interesting. To this day, I feel like familiars and liches are basically the same thing.
you know that guy 24th Jun 2014, 4:29 PM edit delete reply
I played a Shardmind in a game. I told the other players my character was a human-sized shard of crystal. It could float above the ground because it didn't have legs, but didn't get any mechanical benefits from that, and could telekinetically manipulate two objects at very close range because it didn't have arms, but again for game mechanics it was the same as everyone else. It was a bard, so I imagined that it vibrated its whole body to create the sound waves, and would record and play back sounds for the bardic abilities. My favorite thing about this was that since bards wear medium armor, it wore a suit of hide armor in a crazy attempt to disguise as a human.
Midnight Blaze 24th Jun 2014, 7:00 PM Meanwhile, in real life... edit delete reply
Back in high school people called me Sandal-man on account of I wore them all the time. There was genuine sympathy from strangers when they eventually broke.
Ether Space 25th Jun 2014, 11:41 AM edit delete reply
Sandal-man, eh?
I have something similar. In high school, I was called Shades, because I was never seen without my sunglasses.
They became such an icon that they became a two-fold symbol.
One: It was a graduation requirement of every single one of my friends/close acquaintances to snatch my shades from off the top of my head before I could stop them.
Two: When they were absent, it was a surefire sign of the apocalypse.
Disloyal Subject 25th Jun 2014, 10:06 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
My dad and/or I are known in some places as 'kilt guy.' The pockets in a Utilikilt can hold a LOT of dice. Or booze, for those so inclined.
GrayGriffin 24th Jun 2014, 7:06 PM edit delete reply
One of the characters in my finished PTU game liked to give nicknames. One of the guys got called "Fedora." He doesn't wear a fedora and never has, yet it somehow stuck for good.
Arix 25th Jun 2014, 1:42 AM edit delete reply
The goblin in our group nicknamed me, a minotaur fighter, Manky. I'm still not sure how he came to that.
EaglesCry 25th Jun 2014, 2:25 AM Pet named pet pet peeve edit delete reply
I was playing a knight who, as well as owning a warhorse, owned a "riding" dog (which we treated as a warhound). I had named him Gnasher, and he was instrumental in derailing several ambushes planned by the GM (who LOVES the captured trope) simply by being, well, a dog.

Unfortunately, the other players suddenly were reminded of Neverwinter Nights at some point, and took to CONSTANTLY referring to my faithful hound as Lord Gnasher. Irksome, and I took it in good cheer as playful ribbing the first couple of sessions.

But after a while it started to grate on me, when the PCs would BOW to the dog at every opportunity, even after I asked them to stop, as a player, for it was actually getting rather annoying. The refused.

Did I have myself a little temper tantrum? No. I simply decided that my squire (cohort) having reached 6th level of Knight was sufficient, outfitted him accordingly and awarding him my faithful hound as a boon companion, while he sought to make his own name in the world. And to show that there were still no hard feelings, I opted to recruit a cleric to act as my character's confessor, as the party had lost it's only effective healer a few sessions earlier.
crazyredemu aka Spiffy 25th Jun 2014, 4:02 AM edit delete reply
Pet name? How about nicknames
No one likes to just call me by my name! I get so many different nicknames it's not even funny and my name isn't odd or weird.
palabradot 25th Jun 2014, 4:25 AM edit delete reply
My husband had an elven mage that basically was still young enough to be in that stage of life that 'rebellion against parents' was a byword.

He introduced himself as Gothos Ebonrazor, bleached his hair white, and wore gothy clothes.

And then I started playing and became his sister. First session I took 'em off the rails during the introduction:

"Hi, Moonbutt! It's been a while!" (And before you ask, this was nearly a decade before FIM so Luna didn't even come into this.)

The rest of the party: MOONBUTT?

"It's what I've always called him. I mean, his name is Lithariel Moonblossom...thus, Moonbutt!"

"Wait, his name isn't really...?"


Colin 25th Jun 2014, 5:46 AM edit delete reply
My snarky psion Minsk (favourite activities: coming up with new and distressing applications for telekinesis, probing the fabric of space and time) struck up a sort of elder-brother relationship with our party's idiot paladin Petram (favourite activities: charging, boring everyone with his family history). He will frequently get the wrong end of the stick or charge someone whom he thinks is dangerous, which is my cue for an exasperated, "Ohh, PET! *facepalm*"
Specter 25th Jun 2014, 11:13 AM edit delete reply

I, such as Twilight and many of you, have sibling(s), and they are fun to be with, but they are more amusing to mess with. However, if you try to tell me that Twilight and Shining never got in a fight, then please tell me the secret behind it.
Chris 25th Jun 2014, 12:15 PM edit delete reply
Many, MANY pet names in the various games I've been in. One I DM'd more than a decade ago had a player who named his thief "Dart." During one session, the party monk (for reasons privy only to himself) thought it'd be funny to start saying everyone's names backwards, and "Dart" became "Trad." Trad's player liked the sound of it so much that he stuck with it next session... and he still regularly plays "Trad"s to this day.

In two separate groups I ran, the party had a "pope-o-meter." In both cases, the party had taken to calling the high priest of the cleric's religion "the Pope," and when they get healing on credit, both independently started referring to removing their church debt as "Paying off/down the pope-o-meter."

In a game I was playing back in college, the DM was running an Ebberon campaign where the party was being sent on missions by Lady Elaidron (sp?), and the Barbarian's player, mishearing him, asked her if she was married to King Friday. Much to the DM's annoyance (not to mention Lady Elaidron's!), she remained "Lady Elaine" for the rest of the game.

There was a half-orc fighter from the same game as "Trad" whose name was "Ogrim Backhand," but early on in the game he had is arms ripped off. The party was able to get them magically reattached, so he didn't have to retire the character, but he proudly went by "Stumpy" for the rest of his surprisingly long life.

I can think of a few more just off the top of my head, but this post is probably long enough already, so I'm going to stop now. Point is, in-game nicknames aren't exactly foreign to me.
Mort the Ghost 26th Jun 2014, 3:39 AM Who has obsessively read through the Eberron sourcebooks edit delete reply
It's Elaydren. Elaydren d'Vown.
The Angry Vegan 25th Jun 2014, 10:31 PM edit delete reply
I've already told the story of the bearlista... oh, after a PC died during a... disagreement, the necromancer reanimated his body as a travelling coffee machine. We call it corpseaccino, and it's actually become a trade good of ours. Combination corpse disposal and coffee maker, it's proven fairly popular.
Morathor 25th Jun 2014, 11:30 PM Not entirely sure this counts... edit delete reply
I was running a pirate campaign, with a sizable NPC crew to help out the PCs. Most of them were so generic I didn't bother to assign them species, let alone names, but the cook and the captain got fleshed out a bit more. However, before I even got around to naming the captain, the players got a hold of his placeholder title and it stuck. Through several campaigns, in fact.

And that is why Aderas the Red Wake is better known as 'Captain Yar'
TDR 26th Jun 2014, 5:27 AM pet name edit delete reply
Wrench Finder

A while back i was helping a buddy work on his car and he kept misplacing his tools. Every time he put it some where he called me over and i found it in like 3 seconds.
Guest 26th Jun 2014, 9:25 AM edit delete reply
in a 3.5 campaign I was a half-orc fighter and another player was a hafling. My character promptly put the hafling on his shoulder and started calling him Polly. Soon that's what everyone called him, and most other players didn't know the characters real name.
It actually got to the point that we refer to the player as Polly now, even though the campaign's long over.
Letrune 24th Sep 2014, 2:10 PM edit delete reply
Kittygirl. Given the fact that my character was a cat and a girl.
I dislike the typical anime catgirls.

This ended up in a game where my character got transported to an anime world, and everyone thought she is a mutated catgirl. I spent half the game session ranting about what is the difference, then gone onto a nut-case adventure for a magical weapon that let me to mutate every single feline into an intelligent being.

...It sadly stopped there, but I was called kittygirl all the time I was noted about something.