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    Now, I expect that this has probably been done before, and will probably be done again, but I can't find one, so...

    Why did you choose your username? Similar to a RL name? 'Borrowed' from a favourite book, film or game? A nickname that stuck? Taken from a quote? Or maybe completely original.

    As for myself, it's a corruption of Caspian. I had re-read the Narnia series recently, and Caspian was a favourite character. Caspian the Tenth, so Caspian X. And X and C are next to each other on the keyboard...
    So I was Caspian for a while, but it got mistyped. I prefered the typo to the original, so stuck with Xaspian, which I now use on most of the forums I go on.

    Now, how about you?
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    I couldn't think of a name...

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    just a fancy and an anti-rollplayer name

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    Whoops... Guess this one needs closing then. Sorry!

    Although mine had a better title... =P
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    Mine sort of comes from an old D&D character which I loved to play, named Zeb, for short. I pretty much assumed that as my nom de web. Then (much) later on I started playing an MMO called Dark Age of Camelot and noticed I had an affinity for playing trolls. Since so many people started taking zeb or Zeb as screen names, and I didn't want to be Zeb1234, I went with Zeb The Troll.

    There you go, in a nutshell.

    EDIT: Hmmm. I saw a difference between "What does it mean?" and "How/why did you choose it?" I never posted on the "What does it mean?" thread because it doesn't mean anything. Maybe I'm just splitting hairs.
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    I hose my name to pay tribute to my favourite starcraft character "zeratul".
    The character leads the exiled "dark templar". I'd always identified wit the character thus the name.
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    because the tick rules. the animated series if anyone is wondering.
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    Nerothos, the name I used to use for gaming and whatnot and Hobo, my brother's gaming name, were put together for a UT 2v2 competition. I liked it, so I changed my gaming name to Nebo, the _ is because Nebo was taken. We won the UT comp btw :D

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    This is the evolution:

    Psycho->Syko->Syka. The last step is the feminization of the middle one, because I was in Latin and all "Ouu, I'm female so I'll tack an 'a' on there!" :D
    Show me how pretty the world is
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    Show me how pretty the world is
    'Cause you're brilliant when you try
    Show me how pretty the whole world is tonight
    -Matt Nathanson "Pretty the World"

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    When I was much younger I created a character called Kakan, who was of the race Setra (I name I made up out of the blue), they were a race of Magic Users with dragon tails, who were supposed to be rivals of the Saiyajins (I liked DBZ a lot back then).

    Eventually I evolved the race, and eventually made a yahoo screen name setra_prince_kakan for roleplay. Most people called me Setra, hell, my Dad actually put 'Setra Prince' on my Birthday cake as a joke.This depressed me, but don't tell him
    Of course without the 'prince' part, people often mistake me for a girl (not to mention my penchant for playing female characters).
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    Hunter Rose is the Altar Ego of Grendel (a villian that was created by Matt Wagner). I am a big fan of Matt Wagner and I though this was cool way to show it because only people interested in the character would actually get the name. Plus this was my handle on the News Askew board where I used to post allot in the late '90's (I'm a big Kevin Smith fan also). Ever since then I've just been using this as a handle.

    There's a local computer gaming center near me where my user name is Hunter_Rose so now most of the staff there calls me Hunter when I come in to play. I kinda like it.

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    Zephra: the feminin version of Zephyer, the god of the east wind/a light sea breeze

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    Tribbles are cuddly little balls of fur whoes sole use is being cute. Vorpal means deadly/abnormally dangerous/likely to take your head off.

    So I'm normally a big, fluffy guy... but don't make me use my teeth
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    Before the board change, my avatar was set to a zergling made by Pumpkinetics. Then, when it switched software, I had to make a new account, so I went by the username I had most recently.
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    I was always the DM in my gaming group. My friends started to call me 'Mistress Fate' since I controlled the destinies of their characters. One day, I finally said "Just call me Fate" and it stuck. Even in High School the teachers called me Fate. Kinda weird, and worth many teases, but hey...
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    Why, the old Chilli God gave me my immortal powers, and since most gods are nameless (such as the God of Tissue Paper, or the God of Cheese Fondue), I felt compelled not to give me true name out to the population. After all, they could use it for nefarious purposes.

    I am The Chilli God, so I calls myself The Chilli God.

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    Seriously, now.

    Okay, this dates back to the times when I was a complete amateur at making sprite comics (The sort that 8-bit Theatre is like).
    Well, I'm still an amateur at making such comics, and I probably will remain so. But still.

    Anyway, the first character in the comics that I made, had an obsession with chilli. This was funny, because chilli is a random food, and spouting random foods is funny. Double-meaning, because the character that my character was spoofed off, had powers over fire. And chilli is hot.
    Roughly at comic #21, the character started worshipping the god of chilli. After all, if there's chilli, then there's a chilli god. It's, like, a rule or something.

    This spontaneous worship of chilli and the chilli god went on for a while until I got bored with my former username, since it was rather childish. I got this lovely idea that I could be the god of chilli that the character reveres, since it's a nice boost to my ego, and it's very original (if you google "The Chilli God," roughly the top five results are all me). At about comic #69, I shoved in a little 'interlude,' proclaiming my name change.

    Strangely enough, my name is almost never referred to as "The Chilli God," anyway. It's either "Chilli," "Chili," "Chilli God," "Chili God," "The Chili God," or "TCG." Once, I've even been called "Chili Dog," and another time, "The Chill of God."
    Go figure.
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    Essentially it goes like this:
    Sneakerhead Glint -> Hoagie Skenardo -> The Great Skenardo
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    Hmm....

    Space. Is. Curved.

    Means what it says. Just ask that smart German guy...


    But seriously, this is my favorite of my few nom de webs. I chose it years ago because it was my favorite response to just about any question. e.g. "Why do birds fly south for the winter?" "Because space is curved. Go away." Or maybe, "Why did you pick that screen name?" "Because space is curved."

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    Fax Celestis--which means "meteor" in Latin--was a character I played in a high school D&D game. When it got to the point that people that didn't play D&D at all, let alone with my group, started calling me Fax, I picked it up for my own. Now I use it everywhere.

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    A wolf can only survive in a pack.

    Many people glorify the concept of the "lone wolf" but in truth a lone wolf will eventually die without its pack.

    Thus I am NOT a lone wolf. I am one wolf amongst many wolves.

    In other words, you all are my pack. Like it or not.

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    Well, my name came about a year or two ago when I was playing an online game called Blockland (Please tell me someone out there has heard of it). One of my friends was playing, and he was very big with Star Wars references, and he built a Sith academy. I played along with it, and he gave me the name "Darth Saurous", and it kind of stuck. So, now I use it with several names in different places.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Vorpal Tribble View Post
    Tribbles are cuddly little balls of fur whoes sole use is being cute. Vorpal means deadly/abnormally dangerous/likely to take your head off.

    So I'm normally a big, fluffy guy... but don't make me use my teeth
    Heh heh, you made me say it. That's "The Trouble With Tribbles".

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Chilli_God View Post
    Strangely enough, my name is almost never referred to as "The Chilli God," anyway. It's either "Chilli," "Chili," "Chilli God," "Chili God," "The Chili God," or "TCG." Once, I've even been called "Chili Dog," and another time, "The Chill of God."
    I'm never gonna see your name as anything other than The Chili Dog now.
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    I use this name for just about everything. It's very special to me!

    For one, cheetahs are my favorite animal! Some have called it my 'totem' or 'spirit' animal, and though I don't know enough about either, I can say I strive to be as elegant and powerful as the cheetah, and yet I tire quickly and don't like confrontation, so we already have something in common. :-)

    This cheetah is winged because wings to me symbolize freedom and independance. When I first came up with this SN, it was orignally Thundercheetah, to reflect my obsession with storms, but Winged came about after a bad relationship where my individuality was squelched. :-p Wings = freedom to be myself.
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    *hugs*...aye, wings are amazing. *flags his (imaginary) ones*...I would give just about anything to have them...*sighs*...
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    I was using a name generator to name a character when this one poped up and I liked the sound of it. I looked it up and it is the
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    Latinized form of a Celtic name (or title) that possibly meant either "king, prince" or "raven".
    I haven't actually gotten to play the character yet, but I plan to this summer.
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    I like dragons.

    Long story short. The Dragonrider's name is Elithia and the dragon is Mireth. Not intentionally Anne McCaffrey-esque or anything. I use "Elithia" as a screen name as well, but not as often as just...Dragonrider.

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    I like dragons.

    Long story short. The Dragonrider's name is Elithia and the dragon is Mireth. Not intentionally Anne McCaffrey-esque or anything. I use "Elithia" as a screen name as well, but not as often as just...Dragonrider.
    I like them more!

    >.>
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    Rykaj was my favorite character on a MUD I was wildly hooked on for about 7 years. And he was the best damn druid around, using the ugly subobtimal race of 'human' nonetheless. Hah laugh at my so-called inferior humanity when you are being chewed up by locusts, scum!

    I use this name only for geeky purposes :) I value the anonimity of the internet greatly, and I doubt more than three people who know me are aware that I use the name Rykaj on the internet.
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