Randomshipnames OXP

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A trade ship with a name
A lurking pirate
Another trader. He seems to have illicit cargo on board
A big trade ship making a statement
A pirate doing the same
One of GalCop's finest
It's clear who is the boss in here

This OXP adds randomly generated names to almost all normal ship classes (except Thargoids) & Rock Hermits in Oolite.


Randomshipnames.oxp does exactly what it says on the tin: assigning randomly generated names to the ships you meet in your Ooniverse. The names can give a hint as to what sort of ship it is!

This OXP also names Rock Hermits.

A big "thank you" goes to Disembodied for not only coming up with useful naming schemes, but also providing huge word lists as fodder for the random generator.


Some OXPs already name their ships independently (eg. Liners, Vortex & Behemoth).

Minimum Requirements

Randomshipnames.oxp requires at least Oolite 1.77.


Move or copy the file randomshipnames1.4.oxp from its download folder into your AddOns folder. Where that resides depends on your installation. Make sure to remove any previous versions. Restart Oolite.

The Dark Side

Disabling/enabling random naming (note to ship designers)

You can exclude any ship of yours from getting a random name through this OXP. You can do this by using the script_info-key in shipdata.plist. Insert a value named randomshipnames and set it to no. Now your ship won't get a name through this OXP.

If you want to copy and paste, this is what it looks like in OpenStep:

"script_info" =         {
    "randomshipnames" = "no";

And this is what it looks like in XML:


In the same way you can include a ship with a custom role in one of the categories used by this OXP by setting the same script_info-key to one of the following values:

"script_info" =         {
    "randomshipnames" = "trader";
"script_info" =         {
    "randomshipnames" = "hunter";
"script_info" =         {
    "randomshipnames" = "pirate";
"script_info" =         {
    "randomshipnames" = "rockhermit";
"script_info" =         {
    "randomshipnames" = "police";
"script_info" =         {
    "randomshipnames" = "military";

Then it will get a random name just like the other ships in the same category.

Using the naming engine for your own ships

Sometimes you may want to use randomshipnames' naming engine in your own script. This is also possible. You can call the naming functions from any script like this:

worldScripts.randomshipnames.$randomTraderName(ship) // returns a random name for a trader or other civilian ship
worldScripts.randomshipnames.$randomHunterName(ship) // returns a random name for a hunter, escort, or any aggressive, but not malevolent ship
worldScripts.randomshipnames.$randomPirateName(ship) // returns a random name for a pirate, or any aggressive and malevolent ship
worldScripts.randomshipnames.$randomRockhermitName(ship) // returns a random name for a rockhermit, or another stationary object
worldScripts.randomshipnames.$randomPoliceName(ship) // returns a random numbers-and-letter designation for a police or military ship

All naming functions take a ship object as parameter.

Attaching external name engines

Following a request you can define your own ship names based on primaryRole. An example:

this.startUp = function() {
       var w = worldScripts.randomshipnames;
       if( w ) w.$externalNameEngine(this.name, "coriolis", 1);
this.$randomName = function(ship) {
       return(ship.displayName+": "+ship.entityPersonality);

The first parameter of $externalNameEngine is the name of your worldScript, second is the primary role of the ships you rename in your $randomName function. Third is the probability of the callback between 0 and 1 where 1 mean always, 0.1 mean only the 10% of ships with the given primaryRole will be named by your function, others will get names from randomshipnames.


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