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16th May 2021: I Recognise That Name From Somewhere...

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It feels like a very long time since I last brought back something from my old site as an <Old Stuff> entry, so I thought why not bring back this strange little pointless bit of info, with a few added addendums. It's also the first in a new category of blog entries that I'm going to call "Ramblings", where I just write about any old bollocks.

I love characters and names. So much so that I become quite attached to the characters and names I create. I often reuse my faves, and they can be found sprinkled throughout pretty much all of my hobbies.

Many of my often-used names were originally made up for the Star Wars stories I started to write all the way back in 2004. At the time, I was working a very short-lived data entry job, where I had to process all kinds of applications such as catalogue orders. The sheer amount of weird and wonderful names that crossed my desk gave me all kinds of inspiration, and many of those characters have names that were changed, chopped or combined from names I saw doing that job.

Here, you can read about these characters, places or vessels, and where else I may have got their names from. I've also supplied images if I have them.

Gwapstik Snotgumz

Back in the 1994 version of Blood Bowl, star players could be permanently added to your team roster. Gwapstik Snotgumz was originally the name I made up for my version of Varag Ghoul-Chewer in my Orc team. After I started playing Blood Bowl again in the mid 2000s, one of my Black Orcs has instead used the name. The name is also used for my 40K Ork Warboss, who has his own clan called Gwapstik's Boyz. He also hates the Warlord of my Epic scale Ork army, whose name is Warlord Smashgrot.
I've recently noticed that I sometimes spell the name Gwapstick, which is totally incorrect. I mean, who would even spell it like that? Only an idiot I reckon.

Black Orc Gwapstik Snotgumz

Black Orc Gwapstik Snotgumz

Warboss Gwapstik Snotgumz

Warboss Gwapstik Snotgumz

Wilcra Li New / Meja Codan / Macan Vesso

These three are the main characters from my Star Wars stories. I used a Star Wars name generator along with my mate Krig and my bro JIK, which gave us some names that I then slightly modified for the stories.

The three names were later used as characters in my 40K Space Marine army: Master Wilcran Linus, Chaplain Codan and Captain Macan Vesso. Macan Vesso is also my character on Star Trek Online. He looks a little like a blue-skinned Dracula. The U.S.S. Codan is the name of my long range science vessel on Star Trek Online.

Jedi Knight Wilcra Li New

Jedi Knight Wilcra Li New

Jedi Knight Meja Codan

Jedi Knight Meja Codan

Jedi Knight Macan Vesso

Jedi Knight Macan Vesso

Company Master Wilcran Linus

Company Master Wilcran Linus

Chaplain Codan

Chaplain Codan

Captain Macan Vesso

Captain Macan Vesso

Captain Macan Vesso

Captain Macan Vesso

The U.S.S. Codan

The U.S.S. Codan

Ja'nalora / Karynna / Andera

Ja'nalora Andera is one of the supporting characters from my Star Wars stories. She is a Twi'lek Jedi Knight. Her sister Karynna is a villain in those stories. I later stole her name for my Tau Sept in 40K. Ja'nalora and Karynna Andera are two of my officers on Star Trek Online. Ja'nalora is a Trill and Karynna is her half sister. I love the name Ja'nalora, but really can't remember where the hell it came from.
(Pronounced Yar-na-lor-a)

Jedi Knight Ja'nalora Andera

Jedi Knight Ja'nalora Andera

Dark Jedi Karynna Andera

Dark Jedi Karynna Andera

Ja'nalora Tau Sept

Ja'nalora Tau Sept

Officer Ja'nalora Andera

Officer Ja'nalora Andera

Officer Karynna Andera

Officer Karynna Andera

Udré / Vizna

Udré Vizna is a supporting Jedi in my Star Wars stories. I later used the names for my Xen-Udré Eldar Craftworld in 40K, which is commanded by the powerful Farseer Udré Vizna. Udré Cerna is another Farseer. In my 40K head canon, Udré is a more of a title than a name. I have also used Vizna for my Caitian bridge officer on Star Trek Online, as well is my first ever Pandaren in WoW.
(Pronounced Ud-ray)

Jedi Knight Udré Vizna

Jedi Knight Udré Vizna

Farseer Udré Vizna

Farseer Udré Vizna

Farseer Udré Cerna

Farseer Udré Cerna

Officer Vizna

Officer Vizna

Vizna The Pandaren

Vizna The Pandaren

The Ashaai & Meiden

The Ashaai are a race of white-skinned, white-haired & white-eyed humanoids I made up for my Star Wars stories, of which the character Meiden is a member. I later created World Of Warcraft characters Ashaai and Meiden, who are both pale-skinned Blood Elves. Meiden is my ship's Andorian first officer on Star Trek Online. A couple of years back I named one of my new Space Marine characters Ashaai Tigare.
(Pronounced Ash-eye & May-den)

Ashaai The Blood Elf

Ashaai The Blood Elf

Meiden The Blood Elf

Meiden The Blood Elf

Officer Meiden

Officer Meiden

Captain Ashaai Tigare

Captain Ashaai Tigare

Kreethen

Tarl Kreethen is a supporting character from my Star Wars stories. I next used the name for my first Worgen in WoW, and modified it to Kreethy for another Worgen when I dipped back into the game many years later. The U.S.S. Kreethen is my star cruiser on Star Trek Online. Kreethen is my dwarf dude in LOTRO. Tarl Kreethen is one of the Company Masters in my W40K Space Marine army. Kreethen is also my Jedi Consular on The Old Republic MMO.

New Republic Pilot Tarl Kreethen

New Republic Pilot Tarl Kreethen

Kreethen The Worgen

Kreethen The Worgen

Kreethy The Worgen

Kreethy The Worgen

The U.S.S. Kreethen

The U.S.S. Kreethen

Kreethen The Dwarf

Kreethen The Dwarf

Company Master Tarl Kreethen

Company Master Tarl Kreethen

Jedi Consular Kreethen

Jedi Consular Kreethen

Azra / Neema

Azra Neema is, yes you guessed it, a character I made for my Star Wars stories, where she was the commander of an outpost on Gorek II. I later used the name for a Klingon officer on Star Trek Online. The name has been split up and used for two different characters in my 40K Sisters Of Battle force. Azra Quistis is also named after Quistis from Final Fantasy 8, and Adrianna Neema is also named after the sorceress from Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance.

Officer Azra Neema

Officer Azra Neema

Mistress Of Repentance Azra Quistis

Mistress Of Repentance Azra Quistis

Saint Adrianna Neema

Saint Adrianna Neema

Mila Jenlo

Mila Jenlo was a supporting Jedi character from my Star Wars stories. The name was used again when I started to play Star Trek Online, where I made a character of an unknown species to act as an engineering officer, who was also known as Jade.

Jedi Knight Mila Jenlo

Jedi Knight Mila Jenlo

Officer Mila

Officer Mila "Jade" Jenlo

Sydor

The Sydor family are characters I made for my Star Wars stories. Vilton is the governor of the planet Reejan, while Airon and Airine are his children. I later used the name for my support cruiser on Star Trek Online. And the name has more recently been taken by two brothers from my 40K Space Marine army.

The U.S.S. Sydor

The U.S.S. Sydor

Captain Vilton Sydor

Captain Vilton Sydor

Captain Airon Sydor

Captain Airon Sydor

Kaloris

Kaloris first popped up as a minor planet in my Star Wars stories. I later used it for 40K where it became an important star system for one of our campaigns, as well as the place my 40K Imperial Guard Kaloris Stone Legions are from. I also used the name for my Odyssey Star Cruiser in Star Trek Online.

Kaloris Stone Legion Vehicles

Kaloris Stone Legion Vehicles

The U.S.S. Kaloris

The U.S.S. Kaloris

Distor

Grace Distor is a minor character in my Star Wars stories. I later stole the name for my Titan Legion in 40K, the Legio Distor. The U.S.S. Distor is the name of my heavy escort starship in Star Trek Online.

Legio Distor Warhound Titan

Legio Distor Warhound Titan

The U.S.S. Distor

The U.S.S. Distor

Xenia Koza

Xenia Koza was a name I made up to use in my Star Wars stories but never got around to using it. Later, I used the name for a Callidus Assassin from my 40K armies. I also used the name for a human bridge officer in Star Trek Online.
I got her name from actress Xenia Seeberg, a name I always found quite fascinating, though I believe my characters are pronounced quite differently to the actress, as I pronounce it "Zen-eye-a" for my characters.

Callidus Assassin Xenia Koza

Callidus Assassin Xenia Koza

Officer Xenia Koza

Officer Xenia Koza

Terrinak

Terrinak is a planet from my Star Wars stories, and the home of the insectoid Garron-Hinn species. It's also what I called my Escort ship on Star Trek Online.

The planet Terrinak

The planet Terrinak

The U.S.S. Terrinak

The U.S.S. Terrinak

Haran

Haran Baska is a Mon Calamari character that I made up for my Star Wars stories. I later used the name for a character in my Imperial Guard 40K army, where Haran Loas is my version of Commissar Yarrick.

Mon Calamari Haran Baska

Mon Calamari Haran Baska

Commissar Haran Loas

Commissar Haran Loas

Munkfish

Barry Munkfish is a character I made up with some work mates in the mid 2000s for a really silly project we were working on called Wild Land. He was literally the wildest Wild character in the whole project. And you can tell by looking at him, I bet.
I later made a Tauren World Of Warcraft character called Munkfish. Munkfish is the name I gave my Imperial Agent on The Old Republic MMO. The name was stolen from Inspector Monkfish from The Fast Show.

Barry Munkfish

Barry Munkfish

Munkfish The Tauren

Munkfish The Tauren

Imperial Agent Munkfish

Imperial Agent Munkfish

Splapdink

Wild--Splapdink was my alter-ego when I used to play Rome: Total War with the other Wild Monkey Generals in the mid 2000s. The name was a mistype that we thought was hilarious, though I can't actually remember what I was trying to type at the time. The name appeared again when I started to play Star Wars: Galaxies, with the creation of the Mon Calamari Medic Splapdink McWildpants. Then I created an Undead World Of Warcraft character called Splapdink. Splapdink is my summoner name on League of Legends. Splapperz was also my character name on Planetside 2.

Wild--Splapdink

Wild--Splapdink

Splapdink McWildpants

Splapdink McWildpants

Splapdink The Forsaken

Splapdink The Forsaken

Arquina

Rayne Arquina is my Inquisitor in 40K, with a first name from video game dhampir Rayne. The U.S.S. Arquina is my reconnaissance science vessel on Star Trek Online.
(Pronounced Ar-queen-a)

Inquisitor Rayne Arquina

Inquisitor Rayne Arquina

The U.S.S. Arquina

The U.S.S. Arquina

Gaia Light / Kallisto Blaze

Gaia and Kallisto are a couple of characters that keep popping up ever since I created them for my Amazon Blood Bowl team. I later used their names for characters I made on Tera Online, and now also use them for my 40K Geminae. Kallisto is also the Draenei Paladin I made on WoW a couple of years back.

Amazon Gaia Light

Amazon Gaia Light

Amazon Kallisto Blaze

Amazon Kallisto Blaze

Gaia Light

Gaia Light

Kallisto Blaze

Kallisto Blaze

Geminae Gaia Light

Geminae Gaia Light

Geminae Kallisto Blaze

Geminae Kallisto Blaze

Kallisto The Draenei

Kallisto The Draenei

17th March 2016: Rome: Total Bore

A while back I looked at the games I had finished in the last year or so, and saw that none of them were games that I had originally played years ago. Sure, there were a couple in the same series as games I played years ago, but when I went through them last year they were new to me.
In fact, the last such game I completed was Space Crusade in October 2014.

That has changed now with the completion of a game that I played a hell of a lot of around a decade ago, in the form of Rome: Total War. Like a lot of RTS games of the late 90s and early 2000s, I had only ever played the multiplayer and skirmishes rather than bother with the campaign.

I never expected it would take this long at all. Wow what a drag.

I played a short campaign at first, as I read you had to play as a Roman faction to unlock the other factions. As I wanted to use Pontus, who were my fave faction back in the day, this was something I needed to do. Problem was, when I finished that campaign, I found out Pontus weren't even a faction that got unlocked anyway, so I had to go ahead and edit some of the game's files so that I could use them.
Sigh.
But nevermind. I finally got into a long campaign as Pontus.

I quite liked it at first, going through some political wranglings with the Seleucids, Armenians and Egyptians, as alliances were formed and broken, with both the Seleucids and Egyptians stabbing me in the back. It fairly quickly got to a point where I immediately assassinated any diplomat that came my way, and went into full ass-kicking mode.
Once my immediate neighbours were defeated, I started the very, very, very long grind towards Rome.

This is where my problems truly started.
Because it takes so long to build up a city, and so long to train a full army, it took forever to get through this thing. I felt pretty much done with the game after taking about 20 towns, but I'd got to claim a total of 50 to be victorious in the entire campaign. How I managed to stick with it I will never know.

The long push across the map was not helped by all the rebellions I had to deal with, which was the one area of the game I think I hated most. Every few turns, one of my previously taken settlements would start rioting and giving me trouble, inevitably turning rebellious which meant I would have to go and take the town all over again. This constant struggle to keep order within my borders when all I wanted to do was expand really slowed me down and pissed me off no end.

The best bits of the game, which are the battles themselves, were also spoiled by the stupidly bad A.I. opponents. Unless they outnumbered me by a large amount, it seemed there was nothing they could do threaten me. Only early in the campaign, where I came up against elephants with nothing yet to fight them with, did I really have to try.

With the campaign map section spoiled by the very long time needed to build armies plus the rebellions, and the battles being spoiled by the bad A.I., I have really not enjoyed completing this game as much as I should have, as it was a staple multiplayer game for me at times in the past.

Taking a Carthaginian town in the short campaign

Taking a Carthaginian town in the short campaign

Marching against the Seleucids

Marching against the Seleucids

As the first faction to betray me, I gave the Seleucids no mercy

As the first faction to betray me, I gave the Seleucids no mercy

Pouring into a Seleucid town

Pouring into a Seleucid town

Spearing me a wild Parthian

Spearing me a wild Parthian

Lots of people in pajamas try and stab each other

Lots of people in pajamas try and stab each other

These fools think they are getting across my bridge

These fools think they are getting across my bridge

That's a lot of Romans guarding that city

That's a lot of Romans guarding that city

My first big battle against the Romans

My first big battle against the Romans

Three Pontic armies fight six Roman armies...

Three Pontic armies fight six Roman armies...

...and emerge victorious

...and emerge victorious

Attacking the walls of Rome

Attacking the walls of Rome

The S.P.Q.R. fail to stop my advance

The S.P.Q.R. fail to stop my advance

Seriously? Is this screen all we get at the end?

Seriously? Is this screen all we get at the end?

7th October 2014: RTS Revival

Had a bit of an RTS revival recently, playing a few sessions with Mr. Gallear. Included were some games of Rome: Total War for the first time since my days as a Wild Monkey general.

My wonderful pink cavalry ride to the aid of Mr. Gallear

My wonderful pink cavalry ride to the aid of Mr. Gallear

Catching the enemy from behind

Catching the enemy from behind

The massive 4v4 battle stretches down into the valley

The massive 4v4 battle stretches down into the valley

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