Daily Illuminator

September 15, 2005: The Name Game

Designed for parents trying to figure out what to call their offspring, the NameVoyager is a lot of fun as a random research tool . . . you can see what names have been most popular when. If you insist on a gaming use, it's got one: select the period of your campaign and use this neat little Java applet to pick NPC names with maximum authenticity. Even "Oswald" had its day in the sun, though it's currently fallen off the charts.

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