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Re: Naming Theme Suggestions
« Reply #120 on: June 16, 2020, 04:59:58 AM »
Well, I've completed version 2 of my additional commander namelist archive.    I've added over a dozen more nationalities/ethnicities with thousands of new names.    I would've added more, but there is a limitation I've found with Aurora itself that prevent me from doing so.    Namely, it does not differentiate between male and female-specific surnames, 'cause you can only add one surname file.    This is important for countries like Lithuania and Iceland, where men and women have starkly different naming conventions from each other.    Even so, there's a lot to unpack here, and I'm quite pleased with my progress.    I hope this makes your human-centric games feel far more diverse and immersive! Also, as stated before, this is not my original work.    I simply lifted them from the old XCOM Enemy Unknown mod Enhanced Namelists.    The mod creator deserves the real credit!
Here's a full count of countries and/or ethnicities I've included so far: Albanian, Armenian, Belgian, Bengali, Bosnian, Burmese, Congolese, Danish, Estonian, Ethiopian, Filipino, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Israeli, Khmer, Kurdish, Latvian, Malay, Maori, Nigerian, Norwegian, Pashtun, Serbo-Croatian, Sinhalese, Swahili and Vietnamese.     

I've just tried to import the first theme (Albanian) and the special characters (non-English letters) all turn to question marks. I still haven't figured out why files from some players are fine and others have problems with special characters. I assume it is something to do with file formatting but can't pin it down.

Does anyone else have any ideas? :)

EDIT: Found it - the text file has to be saved in UTF-8 encoding. Please can everyone submitting files use that format. For example, if you save in notepad, use the encoding dropdown next to the Save button

EDIT 2: Added so far: Albanian, Armenian, Belgian, Bengali, Bosnian, Burmese, Congolese, Danish, Estonian, Ethiopian, Vietnamese
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Re: Naming Theme Suggestions
« Reply #121 on: June 16, 2020, 05:29:19 AM »
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Well, I've completed version 2 of my additional commander namelist archive.     I've added over a dozen more nationalities/ethnicities with thousands of new names.     I would've added more, but there is a limitation I've found with Aurora itself that prevent me from doing so.     Namely, it does not differentiate between male and female-specific surnames, 'cause you can only add one surname file.     This is important for countries like Lithuania and Iceland, where men and women have starkly different naming conventions from each other.     Even so, there's a lot to unpack here, and I'm quite pleased with my progress.     I hope this makes your human-centric games feel far more diverse and immersive! Also, as stated before, this is not my original work.     I simply lifted them from the old XCOM Enemy Unknown mod Enhanced Namelists.     The mod creator deserves the real credit!
Here's a full count of countries and/or ethnicities I've included so far: Albanian, Armenian, Belgian, Bengali, Bosnian, Burmese, Congolese, Danish, Estonian, Ethiopian, Filipino, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Israeli, Khmer, Kurdish, Latvian, Malay, Maori, Nigerian, Norwegian, Pashtun, Serbo-Croatian, Sinhalese, Swahili and Vietnamese.     

I've just tried to import the first theme (Albanian) and the special characters (non-English letters) all turn to question marks.  I still haven't figured out why files from some players are fine and others have problems with special characters.  I assume it is something to do with file formatting but can't pin it down.

Does anyone else have any ideas? :)

EDIT: Found it - the text file has to be saved in UTF-8 encoding.  Please can everyone submitting files use that format.  For example, if you save in notepad, use the encoding dropdown next to the Save button


Yes, you must convert it to UTF-8 as I did with the Hungarian set (please see my attachment) but still you need a native speaker to proofread it because the result will not be perfect with the special characters (?, ?, etc. ).  I have done the following steps:

- Fixed dozens of spelling errors
- Removed the tons of duplicates
- Removed some strange/rare/nonexistent names and added more commonly used ones
- Fixed the missing/wrong accents
- Converted the files from ANSI to UTF-8 so every special character is appearing correctly in the game
 

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Re: Naming Theme Suggestions
« Reply #122 on: August 17, 2020, 08:22:29 AM »
I have never gotten much milage from nation-specific names, because I tend to run empires having new backstories and histories. Instead, I've gravitated toward a mix of empire-specific names, and a suite of general-purpose names, to be mixed and matched according to desire.

Please see attached:
1. Names for freighters based on a "Thunder Road" structure. All names have a two-syllable word or phase, followed by the word "Road". The "weighting" and "spoken length" of the syllables does vary a bit, so poets and musicians may want to adjust things.
2. A list of clipper ships
3. A list of exotic colors
4. A list of constellations. This is the same as one already existing in the game, but may be clearly named as such and therefore be easy to find.
 
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Re: Naming Theme Suggestions
« Reply #123 on: August 17, 2020, 08:24:32 AM »
... and, please see attached three more files:
5. A list of flowers
6. A list of heroic last stands
7. A list of mythological birds (I find this especially helpful for scouts)
8. A list of birds of prey smaller than Eagles

Many thanks to Wikipedia for its invaluable assistance with these and other name lists.
 
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Re: Naming Theme Suggestions
« Reply #124 on: October 22, 2020, 08:54:22 AM »
Preparing my new game, I found that China really had short lists.
Class Theme - China, 26 entries (list #ID 206)
System Theme - China, 35 entries (list #ID 285)

Here are some additions, bringing both to 50. I used for Class Theme famous Chinese generals and a few battles. For System Theme, it was rivers.

List # 206, new entries
Sun Tzu
Wu Qi
Qin Shi Huang
Xiang Yu
Cao Cao
Han Xin
Qi Jiguang
Wang Jiang
Huo Qubing
Zu Ti
Gao Changgong
Li Jing
Yue Fei
Chang Yuchun
Sun Liren
Xu Shiyou
Hulao
Huoyi
Dongxing
Sun quan
Yangping
Jushi
Gaixia
Diayou


List #285, new entries
Heilong
Songhua
Suifen
Liao
Wei
Huang He
Xiaoqing
Jiangsu
Yangtze
Qingyi
Poyang
Han
Qing
Jialing
Min
 

 

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