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dobnarr
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I've been working on a space trading game recently, and it's nearly done - had a good playtest session yesterday that fixed multiple balance problems. In the game, you run a couple of ships that trade goods between planets. There are also missions to complete and ship upgrades you can buy. I've tried to keep the tone light-hearted and humorous.

My problem? I can't come up with a good name. Can anybody help? I've been impressed by the suggestions others have gotten with this kind of request, so I thought I'd try it.

Some sample game art is here, in case that helps show the tone and style of play.

http://www.bgdf.com/node/5338

I've thought of going with something obvious, like Space Traders or something like that, but that seems too bland. I've also thought of using some really cool star or galaxy name, maybe modified (Rigel, Arcturus, Cygnus, Orion) but none of those seems quite right. Any suggestions? I'd appreciate it greatly.

Thanks!

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A few space words

Here's a few words I considered for my current space-themed project:

Space
Star
Solar
Stellar
Interstellar
Celestial
Void
Universe
Galactic (the one I chose)

And a few economic words off the top of my head:

Trader
Merchant
Commerce
Shipping

I think the idea of using a proper name sounds very cool, but I wonder if it fits the tone of your game. While Traders Over Orion sounds like a sweet game, it also has a ring of a deeper strategy game to me. Just my $0.02. Good luck with finding a name!

John B
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How about this

Stellar Seller

ilSilvano
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John B wrote:Stellar

John B wrote:
Stellar Seller

Good idea, so why not:
Star Seller ?

lespin
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Space game

Merchant of Venus
Star/Galactic/Stellar/Space Clippers/Schooners/Galleons
Stellar Winds
Rigelian/Arcturian League
Orion's Barter

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It seems like a quirky theme..

based on the art it looks kind of quirky so I'd probably go with words that sound quirky...

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Thanks

Thanks for all the great suggestions. Merchant of Venus would be awesome (love the Shakespeare), but that's already an Avalon Hill game with a significant following. I agree that something like "Traders over Orion" or some of the other cool place-name based ones would be neat - that's sort of what I was after initially, but it does sound more grandiose than the game is.

I'm trying out the name "Warped!" in my rules and in my head. I like that it's quirky - that fits the theme - and that it's apparently unused by anybody, according to BGG. What do you think?

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good

WARPED sounds good - one word names seem to carry more 'gravity'.... ;-)

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Yeah Warped is cool and fits

Yeah Warped is cool and fits the theme :)

Normally in a "what shall i name this" post I start word scraping thesaurus and wiki for emmersive and thematic words, but in your case I think that would be overkill. Merchant of Venus is brilliant - but shame it's taken. "Warped!" is really cool, nice simple, mono-syllabic and has a double meaning in it with humour and all sorts

-Great name :)

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WARPED!

WARPED! is a great name for the game, in the category "I can't believe there is no game with that title yet!", so... go on at Warp speed!

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