Sunday, July 20, 2014

Random Hamlet Names

My new campaign map indicates the location of cities, towns and villages.  Hamlets are smaller-than-village units (10-60 inhabitants according to Ready Ref Sheets p38,) that can be found in any 5-mile hex containing a castle, town, or village.  On my smaller scale wilderness map I also assume at least one hamlet in any hex marked as cultivated land.  (The 1st edition DMG uses a slightly different definition of "hamlet" with a population of 100-400, while a "thorp" has 20-80 (DMG p 173).)

Since I'm working on "where the heck are you from" charts for PCs, I might need names for these tiny burgs.  Rather than mark and name each individual place, I thought a random table would be more fun.

Random Hamlet Name (2d30)

1st RollFirst Element2nd RollSecond Element
1Arse-1-back, beck
2Barmy-2-borough, burgh, bury
3Bog-3-bourn(e), burn
4Bollocks-4-bridge
5Bugger-5-by, bie
6Bung-6-chester, cester, caster
7Cock-7-cotte, cote
8Cramp-8-don
9Crap-9-field
10Crud-10-ford
11Dung-11-gate
12Fart-12-hall, hale
13Flea-13-ham
14Grunt-14-head
15Knicker-15-heath, hythe
16Muck-16-ing, ings, ington, ingham
17Pig-17-ley, leigh
18Piss-18-minster
19Puss-19-ness
20Rat-20-or
21Rot(ter)-21-stead, sted
22Rust-22-stock, stowe
23Scab-23-ston, stone
24Shag-24-thorpe
25Sludge-25-thwaite
26Smeg-26-ton
27Sod-27-tree, try
28Stink/Stank-28-wall, well
29Tick-29-wich, wick
30Turd-30-worth, worthy