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Author Topic: Why do I always see the same pawn names over and over?  (Read 3480 times)

Zombull

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Why do I always see the same pawn names over and over?
« on: January 12, 2018, 02:01:46 PM »

My name is supposed to be in there somewhere and I expect there are thousands of other player-added names...but I never see them. It's always Sam and Engi and Val and the rest of the usual suspects.
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Re: Why do I always see the same pawn names over and over?
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2018, 04:16:20 PM »

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apophenia

Nah, I definitely see Val, and Engi, and Sam often as well. Although it's not that big of a deal since it's not like people have unique names in real life either.
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Re: Why do I always see the same pawn names over and over?
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2018, 06:11:10 PM »

I've had Sam and Engi too. More than one Elekio. Et cetera. This was only over a few games.

It seems people think there are far more names than there really are. Or the probability is weighted somehow.
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Re: Why do I always see the same pawn names over and over?
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2018, 07:20:05 PM »

(1) - maybe player created characters only appear in your game if you say to add them on the option menu.( maybe they don't get to live in the Rimworld forever once created, sadly )
(2) - how does one create their own character?

I think it is kind of funny when my colony gets raided by, for example, Ally the pirate, and Ally the pirate was one of my colonists last game.

(just discovered this game a month ago)
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Re: Why do I always see the same pawn names over and over?
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2018, 01:24:23 AM »

(1) - maybe player created characters only appear in your game if you say to add them on the option menu.( maybe they don't get to live in the Rimworld forever once created, sadly )
IIRC names are suppose to be drawn from random. I get the sneaky suspicsion that names with unique backstories seem to come up more often because the two are exclusive to each other. I.E. anyone can be a Teacher, but only Samantha "Sam" Haxton can be a Bush Sniper.
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(2) - how does one create their own character?

http://store.steampowered.com/app/367680/RimWorld_Name_in_Game_Access/

Used to be able to do backstories as well, but that ended I think last patch? (relative newcommer as well)

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I think it is kind of funny when my colony gets raided by, for example, Ally the pirate, and Ally the pirate was one of my colonists last game.

(just discovered this game a month ago)


Yeah, it's amusing, but sometimes gets annoying when you run into the same exact pirate time and time again.
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Re: Why do I always see the same pawn names over and over?
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2018, 03:14:49 AM »

Where in the code can you find the list of names? As far as I can see it's not in the defs with the other lists of names like animal names and city names.
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Re: Why do I always see the same pawn names over and over?
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2018, 01:18:12 PM »

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apophenia

Nah, I definitely see Val, and Engi, and Sam often as well. Although it's not that big of a deal since it's not like people have unique names in real life either.

They appear to appear more often bc those names are familiar to youbso you tend to remember them more over others.

Dev mode spawn a 1000 pawn pirate and 1000 pawn tribal raid and I'm sure you'll see a random distribution of name generation.
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Re: Why do I always see the same pawn names over and over?
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2018, 01:56:16 PM »

Dev mode spawn a 1000 pawn pirate and 1000 pawn tribal raid and I'm sure you'll see a random distribution of name generation.

The game might do checks to make sure that the same name isn't appearing multiple times in a raid, or isn't the same as one of the other current pawns on screen. I just went into Dev Mode btw and created 10 tribal pawns and one of them was Sam and another one was Val.
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Re: Why do I always see the same pawn names over and over?
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2018, 02:51:29 PM »

I never saw one Val, but i keep finding hakujas
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Re: Why do I always see the same pawn names over and over?
« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2018, 10:07:09 AM »

I rarely had a Val, but Ace and Lizard are pretty common to me.

All-In-All I think a possible explaination for random names could be the random number generator itself:

AFAIK a computer creates random numbers based on his hardware component. This means, and thats a fact, that every computer got their own scheme on random numbers in every context.
even when these effect is barely noticable, it is possible that a computer gets the same values more often than another does. So its not too unrealistic that some people get haunted by Val, some by Engi and others by Jickslack Johnson the smoking caribu. Anyway, it's probably Apophenia. I'm sorry
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