A few people have recently asked me where the name “Rao Dao Zao” came from. It’s a pretty crap story, to be honest, but it turned out all right — the search engine rankings for Rao Dao Zao are pretty awesome, and, well, it does look and sound quite cool (assuming you pronounce it correctly, which most people don’t).
So, to shatter my air of mystery, the story goes thus:
My real name is Robbie. When I first played Baldur’s Gate, I couldn’t name my character “Robbie” because that is not Fantasy enough, so I shortened it to “Robe”. Some time later, I got the Lego Rock Raiders game — where a narrator says the name of a set, “The Loader Dozer”, in a particular accent. I injected Robe to this for some reason and got “The Rober Dozer”. Slur hard enough while saying “Rober Dozer” and you get “Rao Dao Zao”.