After using a bunch of character names both made-up and real, the last couple of days I've started using some standard ones.
From school I remember "Alice" and "Bob" and "Carol" often used in examples and I checked out the history of those examples
. That page also mentions a late sixties film (not sure if it's a sex film…?) that I've never seen. I thought it was funny that the fourth name didn't start with a D so that's my fourth example, Ted.
The way I use it, these names are the character's
names. The players also happen to be named the exact same thing as their own characters. Usually it's clear from context if it's the player ("Alice was late to the session") or the character ("Alice dropped her torch"), but when I need to disambiguate I'll try to remember to write "Bob" for the character and "Bob's player" for the player (named Bob) who plays "Bob" (the character).
FWIW, we use character names almost always. "Creggenmore the destroyer, would you hand me the grapes please" (grapes being my fave DMing snack since they're available year round, when cherries aren't in season, please I want cherries to come in season soon). It's only when we need to be deliberate that we use different names to differentiate "Creggenmore the destroyer feels this
, but Neal feels that
We also have two special hand signs. Holding hand over head: OOC statement. Pointing both hands (pointing with index&long finger) to the respective sides of the head (right hand to right side of head etc): sending message through telepathy to the person I'm looking at.uh feeling self-conscious & nerdy rn