The official Dungeons & Dragons companion app and web site D&D Past lately launched some stats for the final 12 months’s value of characters created on the platform. The most well-liked identify was ‘Bob’ similar to it has been yearly since no less than 2019.
Names with probably the most progress embody Hyperlink, which loved a 23% enhance because of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, whereas these with probably the most drop-off embody Bruno, down 56%, and Eddie, which fell by 45% after having fun with a bump the earlier 12 months because of Eddie Munson from the 2022 season of Stranger Issues.
Earlier than you assume that is proof D&D gamers don’t have any creativeness, it is value noting that a variety of characters made in D&D Past aren’t made to be performed. Names like “Cleric” and “Bard” are likely to fee extremely in these polls too, however individuals aren’t really rocking as much as video games to play Cleric the cleric. Half the PCs on my account had been made both to check builds or to totally stat up an NPC fairly than counting on one of many pre-made stat blocks for a Veteran or no matter. Bob the human fighter is a venerable henchman identify for the quiet man who will get despatched together with the adventurers to behave as a meat defend as a result of all your mates rolled up rogues and wizards.
Nonetheless, these numbers present an attention-grabbing window onto the shifting affect of popular culture. Again in 2019 the quantity two identify was “Varis” however the recognition of Sport of Thrones references fell off fairly laborious in later years. Different stats collected by D&D Past present that the preferred Baldur’s Gate 3 companion character sheet to obtain was Gale’s, which gels with Larian’s stats during which Gale was the preferred origin character. Individuals certain do love a considerably generic human male—no offense, Gale.
In the meantime, the preferred character age was 28, which is probably a stability between the individuals enjoying fresh-faced younger people, tieflings, dragonborn and the like versus longer-lived dwarves and elves who’re absolutely 50 or 100 years previous. Not like the remainder of us, who simply really feel like we’re.