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    RangerGuy

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    I'm currently running a campaign which takes place across a wide open frontier in a somewhat D&D setting. (Same races for the most part, but black powder weapons are a fairly common thing.)

    Since the setting contains a bunch of small frontier towns, it also must contain a bunch of frontier taverns/saloons

    I'm running out of names really fast, please help.

    Some of the taverns that I already have.

    The Pike and Shot, a tavern in the capitol frequented primarily by garrison soldiers

    The Buckler and Swash, a classier establishment, frequented by adventurous youths

    The Headless Orc, A popular mercinary hangout

    The Booted Buttocks, a seedy dive bar on the outskirts of the capitol.



    anyone got any other Ideas?
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    Basically, anything that can be illustrated on a sign. White rose, Black Pony, Broken Axe. Mideval Europe, not everyone could read so sign illustrations were the best way of making sure everyone knew which tavern was which.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lytokk View Post
    Basically, anything that can be illustrated on a sign. White rose, Black Pony, Broken Axe. Mideval Europe, not everyone could read so sign illustrations were the best way of making sure everyone knew which tavern was which.
    Except in D&D, by default, practically everyone *can* read.
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    My favourite tavern name is The Plotting Hook.
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    Yeah. Pretty much <adjective> <noun>.

    The Flying Horseman
    The Cartman's Rest
    The Purple Parrot
    The King's Arms
    The Red Lion (apparently the most common pub name in England)

    Or if you're feeling really creative, <noun> and <noun>

    The Flask and Flagon
    The Horse and Cart
    The Bird and Baby
    The Sword and Shield
    The Boy and Badger

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    I made a list of some what good sounding names: (Go ahead and add "The" to whatever names sound appropriate for that prefix)

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    Silver Anvil
    Green Goblin
    Kings Landing
    Rusty Nail
    Leaky Dingy
    Drunk Paladin
    Boozy Knight
    Angry Giant
    Userpers Grave
    Sage's Cup
    Pilgrim's Rest
    One Ear'ed Bugbear Inn
    Bronze Cannon
    Splintered Bow
    Split Arrow
    Splintered Arrow
    Broaken Oak
    Diviners Rest
    Smelly Ogre
    Hells Kitchen
    Westwood Cabin
    Crystal Maiden
    Weavers Fate
    Turtle Beach
    Warriors Rest
    Broken Bulkward
    Thieves Kitchen
    Hellhounds Bowl
    Purple Crown
    Black Challice
    Bright Knight
    Floundering Fish
    Mermaid's Peak Inn
    Cuttpurse Cavern
    Heretic's End
    Mage's Crystal Ball
    Beating Drum
    Deepiron Hall

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    I wouldn’t describe a town with several taverns as small. And if there’s only one tavern in the town, then it just has to be “the tavern”.

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    Here's a list of Taverns/Inns from the Wheel of Time series...

    http://wot.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Inns

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rondodu View Post
    I wouldn’t describe a town with several taverns as small. And if there’s only one tavern in the town, then it just has to be “the tavern”.
    Actually, this could be really, really funny, in my mind. If you've been giving an elaborate name to every hole-in-the-wall with a keg since the beginning of the campaign, it creates an amusing contrast to simply call the next place "The Tavern." See if your players react to it. ("Which tavern?" "Ain't got but one tavern 'round these parts, son." "And what's it called?" "S'a tavern, son. We call it the tavern. Been out in the heat too long, have you?")
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    A quick Google of 'tavern name generator' gives you lots of fun results.
    This one is my favorite.
    And here's the 'official' D&D one, with stuff beyond just a name.

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    I favor the "The [verb]ing [noun]" construction, but I try to make them rhyme whenever I can. E.g, "The Sneezing Phoenix".
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    Oh, and some real world ones

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rondodu View Post
    I wouldn’t describe a town with several taverns as small. And if there’s only one tavern in the town, then it just has to be “the tavern”.
    Never been to Alaska, I take it? I was in a town with a population of maybe 700. it had twelve bars. Three of them next door to each other.

    Sometimes, the smaller the town, the more people need their booze :)

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    donjon.bin.sh has a nice inn and tavern generator. It even generates menus.

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    In every game world I've ever run, there's been a Drunken Monkey Tavern & Inn. My game group has determined that it is an interdimensional franchise. You can usually find one Drunken Monkey in every metropolis, or at least one on every planet, as long as the tech level is high enough to support beer.
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    My favorite inn is The Sarcastic Goat Inn in the Thunder Rift. Run by and named after the middle-aged dwarf Bediah Bulon who owns it. Bediah is polite and helpful to all patrons and his beard does give him a somewhat goatlike appearance. The more he gets to know them, however, the more his acid tongue appears. To his employees and good friends he's always belittling and down-putting.

    My players quite like him now that he's friendly with them.
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    Historically, tavern signs were designed for illiterate people, and therefore had an image that was easy to identify (e.g. "The Red Lion"). So if you want a tavern with a "classic" feel to it's name, make sure that you can easily imagine an unambiguous picture to represent it.

    Or, simply use the proprietor's name. (Mrs. Miggin's Pie Shop).

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    the loose maiden ;) first one my players came accross

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    The Plot Hook
    Ye Olde Cliche
    The Wizened Stranger

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    The Soggy Muffin

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    Quote Originally Posted by BWR View Post
    A quick Google of 'tavern name generator' gives you lots of fun results.
    This one is my favorite.
    And here's the 'official' D&D one, with stuff beyond just a name.
    the first entry i got from that first link "Fresh Eunuch Tavern"

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    RangerGuy

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    thanks for the generator link, I got some good comedic ones off there.


    The Knocking Boot

    The Bumped Ugly

    The Tumbled Maiden

    And The Knights Stand were some of my favorites
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    My favorite tavern name would probably be the grotty shoe.

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    here is one i use when i am very lazy
    http://www.inkwellideas.com/roleplay...nn/index.shtml

    has everything from maps to menu to rumors

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    The Flying Swine and The Crimson Gelding are my personal go to names for taverns both brought on by cheeky situations.

    The first one came about when a player turned the phrase "when pigs fly" about a situation, so to mess with them I named the next tavern thusly and it kinda stuck.

    The Crimson Gelding came about when the group all played ninjas and they gave each other names. One player was given the name the crimson gelding and didn't have a clue as to what it meant. (To those that don't, a gelding is a castrated horse, donkey, or other various animals.) He didn't get it when some npc's snickered at his name.
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    I'm quite fond of seventhsanctums tavern name generator which can be found over here. http://www.seventhsanctum.com/genera...ame=tavernname

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    Well, if you just want names you could use names from skyrim, oblivion or morrowind.

    If you want original names that are fun and easy to remember... it's 2 am and I'm tired

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    One time I needed a tavern name quickly and came up with the Dancing Doppelganger on the spot, and there's been a Dancing Doppelganger in just about every campaign with that group since.

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    Joe's Bar
    Fred's Tavern
    Murgatroid's Place

    etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scootaloo View Post
    Never been to Alaska, I take it? I was in a town with a population of maybe 700. it had twelve bars. Three of them next door to each other.

    Sometimes, the smaller the town, the more people need their booze :)
    It's like that in some small dorfs in Luxembourg too. There exist streets that have nothing but pubs lining them.
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    I include a Truncheons & Flagons in all my games.
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