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Greetings. I come bearing good news. After a bit of work, my latest site is live. I present to you – A Random Name Generator! Yes, it’s a generic name. Yes, there’s a tons of free name generators already available. However, I hope to bring something new to the table by leveraging the power of GPT-3 API from OpenAI. Using one of the world’s largest language models should help me improve the quality of the output. Additionally, I’ve worked on making the website load fast. You won’t see a lot of ads or flashy graphics, but you will be able to easily generate random names. From fantasy names to modern names to science-fiction names, I’ll be building out a whole set of tools. And the best news is that they’re free! Keep reading to learn more about how and why I put this site together.

Free Random Name Generators

I’m aware of great sites like FantasyNameGenerators.com and have used quite a few of them over the years. Emily at Fantasy Name Generators has done a great job of compiling all sorts of name generators for a variety of uses. Some are better quality than others, but the same could be said for my random name generators! Overall, I think Emily has done a wonderful job over the years, turning something that started as a hobby into something that helps thousands of people around the world. Well done, Emily! I aspire to be half as dedicated and talented as you have been over the last 10+ years.

I’ve come across other random name generator websites during my life. You can create things like D&D elf names, random ranger names, fantasy name generators, and a whole lot more. They all have their pros and cons. One of the things that’s been mentioned to me more than once over the last week is something along the lines of “I use Fantasy Name Generators website X, why you you building one?” It’s a perfectly reasonable question. I want to dive into some of my thinking and motivations for building ARandomNameGenerator.com, so sit back, relax, and prepare to delve a little deeper into the mind of Paul Bellow.

A New Random Name Generator?

Yes! As I’ve mentioned, there’s a lot of great free tools out there already (who hasn’t used Donjon RPG Tools at least once in their gaming or writing career), but I wanted to take a stab at creating my own. As some of you might know, last year I got access to GPT-3 API from OpenAI. I immediately continued my work creating D&D character backstories and other RPG related uses.

My first project (LitRPG Adventures) is now live and operational, but there is a fee because using GPT-3 API at the highest quality settings is still a bit expensive. (I’m not complaining, though, as I think it’s a very incredible tool.) So, I’ve decided to be creative and make my own free random name generator using GPT-3. My free website (ARNAMGEN) is not hooked directly to GPT-3 API, but the output from my free random name generator was all created with GPT-3 from OpenAI.

I’ve found that leveraging one of the world’s largest language models in order to create a new random name generator has been a huge success. I’ve actually found myself getting excited about this tool even if I’m not going to directly make any money from it. My goals are to make generating random names easier for people while showcasing the power and flexibility of GPT-3.

The most important thing is that all of the names are readable and are not weird-looking gibberish. Some of the names are better than others. The site is definitely still a work in progress. However, you can get an idea of what the tool is capable of. I’m always open to feedback and suggestions.


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What’s Next for Bellow and GPT-3?

My next projects are already underway. I’ve created a wonderful RPG generator that does more than just names. At LitRPG Adventures Workshop, you can easily create character backstories, magic items, monsters, spells, governments, city descriptions, and so much more. I’m super happy with the set of tools, but I’m even more excited about the library of RPG content we’re creating at the site.

Members at LitRPG Adventures not only get to create their own content using GPT-3, they also get access to a growing library of already generated content. We’ve got thousands of character backstories, magic items, and more that you can easily browse with the click of a button. Okay, maybe it’s not super easy to search all the content yet, but I’m working on it. I promise!

In all seriousness, I hope that the RPG content library at LitRPG Adventures Workshop will become a valuable resource to the RPG community.

I’m also working on another major project that I can’t talk too much about right now. However, I can say that it’s going to be a major advancement in a field of AI and games.

For now, I hope you check out A Random Name Generator. Yes, it’s got a generic name, but it’s powered by one of the largest language models in the world. I think that’s pretty cool!


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Paul Bellow

LitRPG Author Paul Bellow

Paul Bellow is a LitRPG author, gamer, RPG game developer, and publisher of several online communities. In other words, an old school webmaster. He also developed and runs LitRPG Adventures, a set of advanced RPG generators powered by GPT-3 AI. Here at LitRPG Reads, he publishes articles about LitRPG books, tabletop RPG books, and all sorts of DND content that's free to use in your personal tabletop campaign - i.e. non-commercial use. Enjoy your stay and reach out on Twitter or Discord if you want to make contact.
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