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Community Help choose the The New World's new title

Discussion in 'RPG News & Content' started by Infinitron, Sep 5, 2018.

  1. Infinitron I post news Patron

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    Tags: Iron Tower Studio; The New World; Vince D. Weller

    The New World was known as the Colony Ship RPG before it received its current title last June. Apparently, Iron Tower were unaware when they chose the name that Amazon Game Studios were developing a similarly titled MMO called simply New World, first announced back in September 2016. It was hoped that Amazon's game might end up being cancelled, as often occurs with such projects, but its appearance at Gamescom this year laid such hopes to rest. Since going up against Jeff Bezos' legal team is a bad idea, the Colony Ship RPG must be renamed yet again. This isn't necessarily bad news, since many people were unhappy with The New World as a title. Now they have a chance to pick a title they like:

    We picked the name (The New World) a few months before the first reports about Amazon's MMO hit the net, meaning we didn't know about Amazon's New World back then. Yes, we should have double-checked again before launching the site, but we didn't. Back then it wasn't clear if the MMO is still in development as there were rumors of cancellations, so we decided to wait and see what transpires. Well, as of last week it's clear that Amazon's New World is alive and kicking, which means we have to change the name.

    I really liked The New World as it fits the game perfectly and while Amazon hasn't contacted us about the name, their pre- and post-release media campaign would drown us. Fortunately, we haven't done any real marketing yet, so changing the name is relatively easy at this point. All we need is a fitting name, which is where you come in.

    We went through a hundred or so names, ranging from absolutely awful to really bad, and settled on these 3 names representing our last, best hope:

    1. Starfarer - it's the name of the ship in the game, so there's some relevance. The obvious downside is that it's fairly generic. It works as the ship's name considering the nature of the ship but I'm not sure it makes a good name for anything else. I'd prefer Starfarers describing the people, but it's trademarked up to its eyeballs so...

    2. The Journey/Voyage to Proxima Centauri or something similar - the only advantage is that the plot summary is in the title. You don't have to wonder what the game's about.

    3. The Pilgrims of Earth - similar meaning as the New World (i.e. the pilgrims of Mayflower), focus on the people not the ship or the journey, nice 50s sci-fi feel, built-in sequel (The Conquerors of Proxima Centauri).

    I prefer #3 but I was wrong plenty of times before, so I'd like to know what you think first, before we change the logo, the site, and Steam's page.
    Which shall it be? Starfarer, Proxima Centauri, Pilgrims, or perhaps something else entirely? As usual, you can vote over there or right here in our Iron Tower subforum, or both if you really want to make a statement.

    UPDATE: After receiving a large number of responses, Vault Dweller has decided to launch a second round of voting with some new options. Once again, you can vote over there or right here.
     
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  2. Poos Arcane

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    Exodus

    edit: woops already exists
     
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  5. Jedi Master Radek Arcane

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    Fuck Amazon.

    Also: the first option is just plain bad. It sounds sholewarely.
     
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  6. Kev Inkline Arcane

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    That's not a good title.
     
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  7. TripJack Prestigious Gentleman Hedonist

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    tasteful space rape
     
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  9. Kev Inkline Arcane

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  10. Zed Duke of Banville Arcane Patron

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    Age of Incandescence

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  11. nobre Learned

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  12. Western Arcane Patron

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  13. Roqua Arcane In My Safe Space

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    I think a play on or just taking the name of some famous traveling books would be neat, like-

    The Narrow Road to the Deep Space and Other Travel Sketches
    To a Distant Land
    The Black Highway
    The Histories
    I See By My Spacesuit
    Dark Star Safari
    A View of the Galaxy
    The Fearful Void
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    From an Earthen City
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    The Road to Somewhere
    The Histories
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    Etc. Some crap I just made up -

    The Next Frontier

    Star Pilgrims

    The Star Colonials

    The Longest Voyage
     
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  14. Western Arcane Patron

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  15. Terra Learned

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    Star Control: No Truce with Paul & Fred.

    All 3 sound inferior to The New World tbh.
     
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  16. Johannes Arcane

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    The New World was shit, because the game takes place on a spaceship... Not a new world

    Age of Decadence had the same thing, the world was not very decadent
     
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  17. HoboForEternity Arcane Patron

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  18. Kev Inkline Arcane

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    There's one Chinese documentary with that name, but it's a translation so I don't think it would be a trademark infringement.

     
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  19. Major_Blackhart Codexia Lord Sodom Patron

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    Of those three titles, I like #3 the most.

    If I had to choose my own?
    It depends on the overall goal of the game, and what happens and what the story will be, etc.
    One game that does it well as an example? Underrail. Simple, straight to the point, easy to remember, etc.
    More than that, everything is about the Under Rail itself, who built it, etc.

    For example, Lost Exodus might be a good title, or something similar.
    Leviathan's Journey is another decent one. Maybe something that references some sort of descent into hell, if nihilism of some sort is key to the feel of the game.
    However, if key themes will be hope and man's indomitable spirit, than that should definitely be a reference to that in the title based on the journey itself.
    Something like Forgotten Legacy maybe.
     
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  20. Glaucon Savant

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    Grognards, Gold and Glory
     
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  21. Agame Learned

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    And #3 is probly best from the list, but its still kind of lame.
     
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  22. polo Liturgist

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    All 3 sound awful to me tbh.
     
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  23. Life of the Party Magister

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    The best title would probably be a line of dialogue or something like that. However, if you can't think of a title for a game, a book, a movie, just turn to poetry.

    For example:

     
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  24. Wunderbar Savant

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    Colony Ship RPG
     
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  25. Vault Dweller Commissar, Red Star Studio Developer

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    MRY's suggestions:

    East of Earth - I think it has a credible 1960s space opera quality to it, it's obviously about space travel, it hits the Biblical angle, and players who tagged cultural literacy will grasp that it suggests that things have not gone well aboard the ship.
    As I mull this, I would throw out a possible alternative name to Starfarer for the ship: Leviathan. It's a plausible Biblical name and fits the governmental theme. What about "Starship Leviathan"?
    Thoughts?
     
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