Eerie Familiarity

I have a set of character names I use and reuse in game after game.  If you have read my posts for a while, you have seen more than a few of them.

So when we wandered into the vicinity of the Grey Lady Coach Inn on Saturday night, there was this feeling of Deja Vu, that strange feeling we sometimes get that we’ve lived through something before, that what is happening now has already happened.

My main for the instance group is Vikund.  I have used that name in a number of games.

Tistann is my main solo character in WoW currently, as well as being another name I often us.

And, of course, I have gone by the handle Wilhelm off and on for more than 22 years.

It wasn’t just the names, but the fact they were all in close proximity.  I thought it was like some scene from a new German cinema work by the likes of Werner Fassbinder.  And then I saw him.

It was an unsettling sensation of deja vu, that strange feeling we sometimes get that we’ve lived through something before, that what is happening now has already happened.

8 thoughts on “Eerie Familiarity

  1. Ardwulf

    For this reason I don’t typically reuse character names. At least names I’ve gotten significant mileage out of.

    Tristan, Vidkun and Werner are all resonably pedestrian Germanic names… I shouldn’t be surprised to find examples in the Empire area. If you were playing City of Heroes (or something similiarly modern) and found yourself surrounded by NPCs with names that brought to mind real-life acquaintainces, I would be just as unsurprised.


  2. Manasi

    hmm I reuse several character names based on an internal idea of what the character is about. Manasi is the oldest by far, also the least used outside of EvE, strange how things happen.


  3. ysharros

    I had to send in feedback when I ran into Werner Fassbinder — that had me laughing out loud. I wonder where Otto Preminger is hiding?


  4. Marchosias

    LOL – too funny, the first time I went to that town and saw Wilhelm I thought it was you. Then noticed he was an NPC and I wondered what you’d think when you ran into him…


  5. p@tsh@t

    You have to go up river to find Werner Herzog. You can’t miss him, he’s arguing on the dock with the ferry master Klaus Kinski.

    If you run into Wim Wenders talking to Peter Falk, you’ve gone too far.


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