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Title: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: x4000 on April 02, 2013, 01:52:04 PM
Okay, so we've not really shared much about the game yet at all, but we're already running a contest!?  Well, yeah -- before we go live with more details, one of the things we want to come up with is a name for the fantasy world in which this is set.  Naming things is one of my favorite things to do, but I've named a lot of stuff lately and I'm running on empty when it comes to great place names.  So I thought I'd do a contest for this rather than beating my head on a wall! ;)

Prize
We'll thank you in the credits, and you'll get a free copy of the game as well as guaranteed access into the private alpha.

Winning Conditions
To win, we have to pick your specific world name, or we have to come up with something slightly different based on the world name you specified as a direct catalyst.  This isn't a zero-sum game: if several people are involved in refining a specific world name into a final name that we use, everyone involved gets the prize.  So don't be afraid to help improve other people's ideas!  On the other hand, it's possible that if we come up with the best idea internally, and it's not based on anything anyone else said, nobody would get the prize in that case.  But honestly I don't see that happening.

Contest Details
The rules are simple: we need a one-word place name for a fantasy world in which this game is set.  We'll be choosing this at our own discretion based on our own tastes, rather than there being a public poll.  Though obviously we'll read any feedback that people post on the various names.

More details on the world in question: It's the year 1600 in the fictional world of <blank>.  Two civilizations based on the Norse and the Ancient Greeks rule over most of the medieval-style countryside.  They are kind of at war, but it's more of a matter of various sub-tribes battling it out on a local level rather than some large-scale armed conflict.  Mythology and the gods are alive and well, in both the sense of the Greek Mythology and Norse Mythology. 

A proper name for this world would have nothing to do with Greeks or the Norse, however, as eventually the world may be expanded through expansions to include other civilizations in a similar manner (if the game proves popular).

Oh, and the world is basically a floating island in the sky, that gets assembled by The Creator (that's you) from bits and pieces of the planet far below, which fly upwards to join the rest of the floating mass in the sky where people actually live.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: x4000 on April 02, 2013, 01:52:26 PM
My first two ideas, neither of which I'm in love with but are an ok start:

Arcana
Cratonia
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: mrhanman on April 02, 2013, 02:18:12 PM
Nimbusola

Volaria
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: x4000 on April 02, 2013, 02:46:06 PM
Nimbusola

A bit tongue-twistery, and I'm not generally a fan of place names that start with N just because of how they can wind up sounding negative.  Though that's not a hard and fast thing, because it can also just sound ancient and powerful, like Nurmengard.  Despite what that one is (a fictional prison), it doesn't sound inherently evil to me.

Volaria

This one I like a lot more, though I think the middle phoneme is a little on the weak side.  Vo--ria is a pretty cool construct, though.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: KingIsaacLinksr on April 02, 2013, 02:52:20 PM
Volcan.

;)

I'm a terrible namer, don't listen to me.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: tigersfan on April 02, 2013, 02:54:21 PM
Volcan.

As much as I like this name, it's only one letter change from a world in a well-known sci-fi universe. :)
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: keith.lamothe on April 02, 2013, 02:55:12 PM
Baconia.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: doctorfrog on April 02, 2013, 02:57:52 PM
Druidia
Planet
Earth
Terra
Firmament

whatever it is, please let's not have any hyphens or apostrophes in the name. bonus points if it doesn't end in "a."
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: keith.lamothe on April 02, 2013, 02:59:11 PM
Arcana
Name of an SNES game, fyi.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: Faulty Logic on April 02, 2013, 02:59:26 PM
Cascade.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: keith.lamothe on April 02, 2013, 03:00:17 PM
Bacongard.

Baconheim.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: tigersfan on April 02, 2013, 03:04:00 PM
whatever it is, please let's not have any hyphens or apostrophes in the name. bonus points if it doesn't end in "a."

How about exclamation points? :)

The name of one of my D&D characters is Thk!a, and for some reason, no one else is willing to say the name :)
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: keith.lamothe on April 02, 2013, 03:08:16 PM
Quote
How about exclamation points? :)
Bacon!
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: Cyborg on April 02, 2013, 03:09:15 PM
I am fairly sure the ! is for a throat click, as in some tribe traditions.

I think we should introduce this into the German lexicon.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: Faulty Logic on April 02, 2013, 03:10:48 PM
Hmm, I pronounce ! as "not."

But yes, it is a click.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: Cyborg on April 02, 2013, 03:14:57 PM
How about Sorawa?

Punny and elegant.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: x4000 on April 02, 2013, 03:16:12 PM
Druidia

That's not half bad, actually.

Planet
Earth
Terra
Firmament

These are a bit more common than I'm looking for.

whatever it is, please let's not have any hyphens or apostrophes in the name. bonus points if it doesn't end in "a."

Holy cow yes on the hyphens and other punctuation.  In terms of not ending in "a," I'm fine either way so long as the name is cool.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: doctorfrog on April 02, 2013, 03:18:05 PM
I'm definitely not arguing against Druidia in any sense, but:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdX5bDFgAM0
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: x4000 on April 02, 2013, 03:18:40 PM
Arcana
Name of an SNES game, fyi.

Did not know.  So scratch that one for sure (though I already didn't like it).

Cascade.

Ooh, that's cool!  I think that I'd prefer a name based off that word rather than just the word itself, but that's an extremely promising root word.

Hmm, I pronounce ! as "not."

I say "bang," but mean the same thing. :)

How about Sorawa?

Punny and elegant.

I don't get the pun, but I think that's a pretty cool word.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: x4000 on April 02, 2013, 03:19:45 PM
I'm definitely not arguing against Druidia in any sense, but:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdX5bDFgAM0

Oh god!  I totally forgot about that in that movie.  Yeah, that's out. ;)  Love that movie, but just no for this game.

At last we meet, for the first time, for the last time!

(Okay, got that out of my system).
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: doctorfrog on April 02, 2013, 03:22:39 PM
Some names from my own generated list of AI War planet names, taken from my most recent game (list: http://www.arcengames.com/forums/index.php/topic,9609.0.html):

Chlora
Decima
Sate
Proserpina (nice seed name for my list)
Consent (honestly, this was a generated name)

edit: it's hard to get away from a "-a" ending for a planet name.

edit2: I really like "Firmament" still.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: Faulty Logic on April 02, 2013, 03:23:54 PM
Cascadia would be the obvious derivative name. Cascadium, Cascadent, Cascadius, or Cascadanum, could work, but they lose something. I still think just "Cascade" sounds the best out of all of them though.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: KDR_11k on April 02, 2013, 03:24:39 PM
The Shelf

Convergence

The Gods' Platter

Neverwhere

The Proving Grounds

Limbo

Lifeforge

Argunsgrad

Pangaea

The Bastion ;)

The Vertigium

Altitudo

The Crust

The Bleeding Sky

What kind of tone do you want anyway?
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: Diazo on April 02, 2013, 03:25:45 PM
If you are fine with something that does not sound english, how about:

Caelumno (Cut down to Calumno?)

It is supposedly (hello bablefish) latin for Sky (caelum) and Float (no).

Playing on the latin further gets:

Cretano
Celoino

I suppose I could go on, but it's me picking words from a latin translation page, not something coming out of my own head.

D.



Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: keith.lamothe on April 02, 2013, 03:26:27 PM
Chlora
Dysenteria.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: KDR_11k on April 02, 2013, 03:26:46 PM
Sorawa is a pun on "Sora wa", "the sky" used as the subject of a sentence in Japanese.

Arcana
Name of an SNES game, fyi.

Did not know.  So scratch that one for sure (though I already didn't like it).

To be fair arcana is just the plural of arcanum and used e.g. to refer to Tarot cards.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: doctorfrog on April 02, 2013, 03:28:17 PM
Arcana
Name of an SNES game, fyi.

Did not know.  So scratch that one for sure (though I already didn't like it).

To be fair arcana is just the plural of arcanum and used e.g. to refer to Tarot cards.

And as such it already comes sounding horribly cliched.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: TechSY730 on April 02, 2013, 03:30:33 PM
Oh boy, I'm terrible at naming things...
Hmm...

Cat Planet?  :D
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Post by: KDR_11k on April 02, 2013, 03:30:55 PM
Forgot the obvious:

Murdoch!
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Post by: keith.lamothe on April 02, 2013, 03:33:57 PM
Forgot the obvious:

Murdoch!
Winner.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: Faulty Logic on April 02, 2013, 03:35:40 PM
There's no way Murdoch beats Archmurdermurder or Murderusoon (both from the built-in planet-name generator).
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: mrhanman on April 02, 2013, 03:36:14 PM
Cascantum

Dunum

Ceonia

Astadus

Lanides

Estroth

Fanerth

Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: x4000 on April 02, 2013, 03:40:02 PM
Proserpina -- I like that pretty well.

Firmament -- That has a lot of positive things about it, but it also sounds descriptive rather than like a unique place you've never heard of before.  In the case of this naming goal, I'd reject Middle Earth, but be inclined Narnia, if that helps.  Not that I don't like Middle Earth as a name -- it's awesome -- but it's a different feel from what I'm vaguely searching for here.

Cascadia -- I like that a lot as the derivative.  I think that's stronger than jut Cascade, but that's just me. 

And yeah, ending in something other than "a" or "ia" is hard.  I really love the name Ivalice partly because it's so unusual with that ending.  Cascadice sounds really odd, though. ;)

The Shelf -- that's pretty cool, actually.  Though it's more of a descriptor than a place name.  It reminds me of The Bastion, which isn't a bad thing, but I think it (and the others like that) are a bit off-tone here.  I'm looking for something that's a bit more mythological-sounding, or like something from high fantasy without being goofy.

Caelumno -- That one's pretty cool, and I know the root from latin quite well.  I think that "ae" sound is a bit harsh, though, at least if you pronounce it the proper latin way.  Doing something based off the partial word "lumno" or similar could be strong, though.  And yeah, I'm quite fine with something that sounds non-english.

"Sora wa" -- Ah, thanks for the clarification on that!

Estroth -- That's a pretty strong one.

Astadus -- That seems close to a strong one, but something about the middle bugs me.  As*dus or As*us could work well, though, depending on what letters replace the star.

Fanerth -- I'm not keen on this specific thing, but something on these lines could be really promising.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: Cyborg on April 02, 2013, 03:41:38 PM

How about Sorawa?

Punny and elegant.

I don't get the pun, but I think that's a pretty cool word.


Sora wa
sky  subject


Japanese.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: KingIsaacLinksr on April 02, 2013, 03:41:44 PM
Volcan.

As much as I like this name, it's only one letter change from a world in a well-known sci-fi universe. :)

I know, that was the point ;). Terrible namer here
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Post by: Oralordos on April 02, 2013, 03:43:30 PM
Random syllables from my head.
Humorous ones.
And of course, the one to combine the universes:

Edit: This is post 333, I wonder if that means anything.
Edit again: I just realized how humorous my blurb on the left is when taken with my avatar. Itachi Uchiha from Naruto.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: x4000 on April 02, 2013, 03:56:38 PM
Cascon is pretty cool as a way of playing off "Cascade" without just going to "ia."
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Post by: keith.lamothe on April 02, 2013, 03:59:35 PM
Cascon is pretty cool as a way of playing off "Cascade" without just going to "ia."
A little like the name of a particular boardgame, too.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: Coppermantis on April 02, 2013, 03:59:46 PM
Cetion

Vanadia

Revel

Collabor (According to Google Translate, which we know is so reliable, this means "To collapse" in Latin.)

Kastal

Minphor

Ascensus (Also Latin, meaning "Ascension".)
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: x4000 on April 02, 2013, 04:04:54 PM
Cascon is pretty cool as a way of playing off "Cascade" without just going to "ia."
A little like the name of a particular boardgame, too.

Ooh, yeah, so that's out.  That's way too similar given the nature of the games both involving tile placement (if little else in common).


Vanadia -- Now that's sharp.  That's perhaps my favorite so far.  Smacks a little of "Valhalla" without actually being Norse-sounding.  Also sounds a bit like "Vanity" which is something that could be worked into the story in a cool way.  And sounds appropriately "fantasy place-ish."
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Post by: mrhanman on April 02, 2013, 04:13:15 PM
I like Vanadia, but is it perhaps a little too much like Vana'diel, Final Fantasy XI's world?
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: Oralordos on April 02, 2013, 04:15:25 PM
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Post by: x4000 on April 02, 2013, 04:16:48 PM
That's a bit close, yeah, but I think it's borderline.  If nothing else pops up that strikes me more, I'm prepared to go with that one despite the similarity.  FFXI and this game have nothing in common with one another, unlike some of the other names that were too close to something else (and some of the others were much closer).  I never played FFXI, so didn't know that similarity, so thanks for bringing it up.

Valhan -- cool but too Norse sounding (it ignores the Greeks).
Vanatira -- "tira" is a cool ending, I note.
Cascold -- that's clever, but feels a bit off.  Maybe Caswold?  Hmm, that's not right either.
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Post by: KDR_11k on April 02, 2013, 04:18:10 PM
Also sounds like Vanadium which is a chemical element

Yfalos - Greek for Shelf

I'd suggest Liknouranos as a portmanteau of Likno (cradle) and Ouranos (sky) but I know how you Americans would pronounce that.

Liknotheos (Cradle - God) ?
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: keith.lamothe on April 02, 2013, 04:20:31 PM
Yfalos - Greek for Shelf
Yfalas or Ifalas would please the part of me that chose to stay in Arda after reading those books.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: nas1m on April 02, 2013, 04:21:58 PM
Nimbusola

Volaria

How about "Valoria" or "Valorian"?
At least that way there's some valor in it ;)...
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: Diazo on April 02, 2013, 04:24:41 PM
Archean

From the geological era know as the Archean Era when earth's continents began to solidify.

Wikipedia link (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archean).

D.

edit: or Pannotia, the original super-continent that broke up to form the continents we know today.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: Aspect on April 02, 2013, 04:32:02 PM
Terraria?(just kidding)

But in all seriousness I'm thinking

Precipice

Or

Asaria
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: keith.lamothe on April 02, 2013, 04:32:40 PM
Asaria
Pretty, but a little close to the Mass Effect race name (asari).
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: KDR_11k on April 02, 2013, 04:35:37 PM
Accretium
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Post by: Aspect on April 02, 2013, 04:36:31 PM
Ah haha. Now that name just looks dumb to me. Meh I'll keep this thread in the back of mind. I think I have a list of unused location names in my D&D notes for the world I made. Might dig around in there later.

Edit: Btw all that talk about Cascade reminds me of Cascada. Too  bad that name is taken, but maybe try Cascuro or something. Or spell it Cascoro. Pronounced Cass Kor Roh I guess. Second spelling might be better.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: Diazo on April 02, 2013, 04:39:24 PM
Chalumchean

Amalgamating my last suggestions and keeping in mind we are named a world, not a city or a place, but an entire world (universe).

Calumchean would also work I think.

D.
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Post by: Oralordos on April 02, 2013, 04:49:45 PM
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Post by: Cinth on April 02, 2013, 05:30:03 PM
Illanoceo

Nanebo

Keyahdanalhe
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: Coppermantis on April 02, 2013, 05:55:25 PM
Accretium

I really like this one. I don't know why, just has a nice ring to it.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: madcow on April 02, 2013, 06:16:48 PM
While I don't have a specific suggestion just yet.

Vanadia makes me think it was a typo of Canada. In my mind I keep thinking "Vanada, Eh?"

Personally, I think something inspired by an actual star (or even constellation name) would be pretty cool. I'll think on it, but I'm pretty bad with names!
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Post by: Oralordos on April 02, 2013, 07:39:23 PM
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Post by: Teal_Blue on April 02, 2013, 08:42:23 PM
:)

Skar

Valaria

Mythorin
Mythopolis
Mythania


hmmmm.... trying to go 'generic' for having new names added later is interesting... but difficult, haha.    :)

-Teal

Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: Histidine on April 02, 2013, 08:57:47 PM
Astra
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Post by: Mánagarmr on April 03, 2013, 02:16:14 AM
Boatmurdered (not entirely serious)
Yggdrasil
Antarea
Venaria
Bendaria
Quanda
Khamad
Arinor
Khol-Chatal
Kilmahru

just a few off the top of my head.
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Post by: cupogoodness on April 03, 2013, 05:38:50 AM
Nimbusola

Volaria

How about "Valoria" or "Valorian"?
At least that way there's some valor in it ;)...

All of those make me think of Game of Thrones/Song of Ice and Fire, with Valyrian steel and all that.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: Aquohn on April 03, 2013, 05:43:35 AM
Hmm...random names:

Mythraea
Hyperuranion (a philosophical term from Plato; has a nice ring to it though)
Protokinei (sounds Greekish)
Legioso ("legend")
Mythologos (with a hard 'g', more Greek, though a little too generic)
Logosa
Aethra
Logocaro
Middle-Earth?
Eden?
Pandora?
(All generic enough to avoid lawsuits, by the way. Even "Middle-Earth"; it's actually a translation of Midgard, a Norse mythological concept)

"Accretium" makes me think of black holes. But "Cascade" sounds appropriate, though perhaps plain English words might not be the best for this sort of thing.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: Aquohn on April 03, 2013, 05:46:17 AM
Archean

From the geological era know as the Archean Era when earth's continents began to solidify.

Wikipedia link (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archean).

D.

edit: or Pannotia, the original super-continent that broke up to form the continents we know today.

Perhaps Pangaea would be better; it's the intermediate super-continent between Pannotia and today's ones, except probably more familiar (but then again that cuts both ways).
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: MouldyK on April 03, 2013, 05:52:25 AM
Yep, that's a large part of it.  But it's a boardgame that is alive. :)

Jumanji



Or something like -looks around at his deodorant and the box his phone came in-

Cienlumia.

Lumiacien.

Lumacien. <--- Actually, that sounds decent.



I will think of better ones based on better products.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: Misery on April 03, 2013, 07:07:32 AM
Forgive me if I end up with any that sound like others already listed, I looked through the topic but my short term memory is horrid.

Anyway, I can jam random syllables together well enough, so here's a few:

Vair Tairel

Nar Tenil

Tres Noctora

Sairael

Asanthia




I was going to list more but then I blanked out and started thinking about cheese, so that'll do for now.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: Aklyon on April 03, 2013, 08:50:29 AM
Cascadum?

Other names I thought of:
Teklior
Quansia
Xorum
Bacondria  :P
Ziflorium
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: Aquohn on April 03, 2013, 09:48:12 AM
Yep, that's a large part of it.  But it's a boardgame that is alive. :)

Jumanji


Zathura.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: Frelor on April 03, 2013, 10:14:15 AM
Vyneria or Vineria

Vynos

Lyria or Lyrian or Lyran

Isteria

Gorlo

Merion

Norius

Aserius

Alerius
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: x4000 on April 03, 2013, 10:20:07 AM
Okay, so SMF totally stopped giving me notifcations for some reason.  And good grief a lot of ideas while I was not being notified! ;)  Awesome stuff, folks.

Rather than trying to just update the OP, which is something people might not notice, I'm instead collecting my top picks in a locked thread here: http://www.arcengames.com/forums/index.php/topic,12776.0.html

Submissions still very much welcome in this thread of course!
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: Aquohn on April 03, 2013, 11:01:35 AM
Uh oh, just realised that "Aethra" (Greek: "bright sky") has actually been used as the name for several mythological figures: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aethra_(Greek_mythology)

I derived it from the word "Aether", which is just a fancier way of saying "ether".

I hope this doesn't invalidate my chances of getting a free Arcen Game :(

There's another thought: maybe we could play with the word Arcen: Arcendia? Naw, too generic. But still. Just an idea.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: LayZboy on April 03, 2013, 11:08:47 AM
World 1
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Post by: keith.lamothe on April 03, 2013, 12:24:06 PM
World 1
It's even username-appropriate :)
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Post by: Aklyon on April 03, 2013, 12:29:45 PM
World 1
World -1
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Post by: Billick on April 03, 2013, 01:28:13 PM
I like b-names   :)

Ballast
Barrian
Belendia
Barriconia
Binidar
Baconworld
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: Faulty Logic on April 03, 2013, 01:55:37 PM
Changed your mind about Cascadia?

Deploying new suggestions:

Variance
Gambit
   
Chronaria
Achronal

Paradox
Exponential

Warheadland
       
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: keith.lamothe on April 03, 2013, 01:56:14 PM
Warheadland
I've been wondering.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: Faulty Logic on April 03, 2013, 02:00:40 PM
Quote
Warheadland
Quote
I've been wondering.
When I was going to make that joke?
I had to, you know.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: Hearteater on April 03, 2013, 02:33:37 PM
Axeal
Bareef
Cloud
Domina (pronounced either dom-in-a or dom-in-ah)
Estia
Farrow
Gythuan (gith-yawn)
Halluth
Jassio
Kalidic
Luminith
Mosfenin
Nith
Ossfenia
Pafaun
Quellian
Rasfal
Safenel
Taserik
Umfala
Valanth
Wendeth
Xarcania
Yarrow
Zuthra

Sorry, once I did one letter of the alphabet, I had to do them all.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: keith.lamothe on April 03, 2013, 02:38:28 PM
(gith-yawn)
Sounds like an AD&D player making an editorial comment.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: Coppermantis on April 03, 2013, 03:17:20 PM
Okay, so SMF totally stopped giving me notifcations for some reason.  And good grief a lot of ideas while I was not being notified! ;)  Awesome stuff, folks.

Rather than trying to just update the OP, which is something people might not notice, I'm instead collecting my top picks in a locked thread here: http://www.arcengames.com/forums/index.php/topic,12776.0.html

Submissions still very much welcome in this thread of course!

That link gives a 404 :(

It works now, not sure why it didn't earlier.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: Oralordos on April 03, 2013, 08:56:54 PM
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: mrhanman on April 04, 2013, 12:39:22 AM
Laputa  :D
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: KDR_11k on April 04, 2013, 03:47:45 AM
  • Laktor
  • Quarkine

Going through your fridge?
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: LayZboy on April 04, 2013, 08:08:33 AM
Quarkamasfimilator
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: Oralordos on April 04, 2013, 09:39:29 AM
  • Laktor
  • Quarkine

Going through your fridge?
No actually. Although that is rather interesting now that I am paying attention.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: Hearteater on April 04, 2013, 09:55:29 AM
Hmm...maybe my fridge will inspire me...

Gatoradia

Nope.  That was a bad idea.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: KDR_11k on April 05, 2013, 11:35:50 AM
Nardun
Kadanjia
Neotern
Holvagr
Pleniceas
Tivanagri
Revun-Hal
Garkasim

(none of these have been checked for how Americans would pronounce that)

Now for non-serious:
Katakis
Discworld
Dyson

I would assume that having each culture use a different name for the world is not happening?
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: Aquohn on April 05, 2013, 12:09:38 PM
Incidentally, the Dyson Sphere is a theoretical concept from physicist and mathematician Freeman Dyson. The basic idea is to surround a star with solar panels, and in that manner (theoretically) capture all the energy it was outputting: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyson_sphere

I once independently came upon a similar design, but that's a story for another day.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: Aquohn on April 05, 2013, 12:13:53 PM
I would assume that having each culture use a different name for the world is not happening?

This is a brilliant idea, and would be a far more likely case than everyone standardising to one name.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: Pepisolo on April 05, 2013, 12:16:33 PM
Gertmegalush

Not serious, this one, it's just my favourite racehorse name that I wanted to share.

... Kertmegalush..?

Oh, nice, compo. Like all this community interaction stuff you do.


Edit: let's try a few...

Probably far too Scandinavian these:

Vaarden
Zamikal
Aeldora
Fassholm
Obsalon
Janserland
Zeuvaldsen
Garralex
Sonnestrom
Hellensen
Cioelith

This is a bit too much fun actually... could do pages of these. Maybe try a bit more quality control if I post any more.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: wyvern83 on April 05, 2013, 07:02:30 PM
Sorry, once I did one letter of the alphabet, I had to do them all.

 Almost, you still need one for the letter I.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: KDR_11k on April 06, 2013, 04:59:52 AM
Incidentally, the Dyson Sphere is a theoretical concept from physicist and mathematician Freeman Dyson. The basic idea is to surround a star with solar panels, and in that manner (theoretically) capture all the energy it was outputting: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyson_sphere

I think we're all aware of that. Also those gatlings...
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: Hearteater on April 06, 2013, 07:54:26 AM
Sorry, once I did one letter of the alphabet, I had to do them all.

 Almost, you still need one for the letter I.
And that's what I get for doing it from my phone:

Inagadeeva
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: Teal_Blue on April 06, 2013, 10:01:49 AM
I really, really like the 'every culture has its own name for the place' idea expressed earlier by KDR_11k.  :)


 As noted it is probably the most realistic, however how realistic is any given game? And having twenty seven names for a place is probably a marketers nightmare for the studio.  :)   Anyway, with that in mind... a way to address that problem springs to mind...  :)

It might be possible to have the place, possibly the 'first' place that breaks away and is revealed as the first or tutorial level, and is referred to by the same name as the characters themselves referred to it. Simply as 'Skyward'

Which depending on culture could be pronounced as 'Ski-var-ah',  or 'Ssska-wverd' or ... well in different ways. Not intending to be funny or insulting to other cultures, but it could be a single name with branched or mutilated names, or even names in the language of the other peoples...  (Skyward in other languages...)

Such as ... Hacia El Cielo, in Spanish... or  Enohour Samir  in Arabic, or Spre Cer, in Romanian... i guess you get the idea.  :) 

[  Sorry, couldn't get Arabic characters to take in the chat window, :(  ]

Anyway... just my opinion, and it might make for a variety of names and be more realistic in that way, and give interesting individual names not only from a 'cultural' point of view inside the game, but what if it was referred to in the same way outside the game? By the players themselves? From all the variety of countries they come from?

Such as :  "I really like that new Arcen 'Eg Fele' ('Skyward' from Hungarian player) game!! :)   

Just a crazy thought!  But it might be a little bit cool!  :) 

-Teal

Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: Aquohn on April 06, 2013, 12:21:49 PM
@Teal_Blue Interesting idea, but I'm pretty sure that the title "Skyward Collapse" already means something in and of itself, and this would be a bit like naming Environ "Valley".

The problem with picking any one name is that it unfairly elevates a culture to a pride of place. This was a problem that came to mind initially, but I think we could have a generic term for it like "the World". Evelyn Waugh's City from his A Handful of Dust comes to mind:

Quote
"But what do you suppose this city will be like?''

"Impossible to say. Every tribe has a different word for it. The Pie-wies call it the `Shining' or `Glittering,' the Arekuna the `Many Watered,' the Patamonas the `Bright Feathered,' the Warau oddly enough, use the same word for it that they use for a kind of aromatic jam they make. Of course one can't tell how a civilization may have developed or degenerated in five hundred years of isolation ...''

Something to this effect?
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: Teal_Blue on April 06, 2013, 01:02:40 PM
@Teal_Blue Interesting idea, but I'm pretty sure that the title "Skyward Collapse" already means something in and of itself, and this would be a bit like naming Environ "Valley".

The problem with picking any one name is that it unfairly elevates a culture to a pride of place. This was a problem that came to mind initially, but I think we could have a generic term for it like "the World". Evelyn Waugh's City from his A Handful of Dust comes to mind:

Quote
"But what do you suppose this city will be like?''

"Impossible to say. Every tribe has a different word for it. The Pie-wies call it the `Shining' or `Glittering,' the Arekuna the `Many Watered,' the Patamonas the `Bright Feathered,' the Warau oddly enough, use the same word for it that they use for a kind of aromatic jam they make. Of course one can't tell how a civilization may have developed or degenerated in five hundred years of isolation ...''

Something to this effect?

Aquohn,
                I like the idea you have of each language characterizing some particular aspect of the world rather than focusing on a single word and having that translated into multiple languages.

So some as you say, may call the place 'Valhalla' (the hall of the slain, or heaven in Norse mythology)... while some others refer to it as 'Wa Kesa Ra' (The Broken, in Arabic)... or 'Az Utat' (The Way, in Hungarian) or 'Les Nombreuses Iles'  (The Many Islands, in French)

In this way, each culture is using their own focus and images and traditions and idiosyncrasies to form an image of what they feel this place represents to them, expressed in their own words and language. (Instead of a static word translated among all of them)

Thank you very much for the distinction, I only hope that it could be useful and interesting for Arcen to consider.
Take care,

-Teal


p.s. I am not as widely read, but your Evelyn Waugh reference was very interesting, I am now going to have to read it!  :)

Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: Aquohn on April 06, 2013, 01:29:17 PM
That was my school literature text. So yeah. :)

Actually, the City is not a terribly major plot point in most interpretations, but let's not go off topic.

Using pre-existing terminology has largely been avoided as an option here, but if we're aiming for realism on this level I suppose it could work.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: Aquohn on April 06, 2013, 08:21:43 PM
Incidentally, the Dyson Sphere is a theoretical concept from physicist and mathematician Freeman Dyson. The basic idea is to surround a star with solar panels, and in that manner (theoretically) capture all the energy it was outputting: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyson_sphere

I think we're all aware of that. Also those gatlings...

I'm not so sure about the guy who suggested "Dyson" as a name for the world. Which was why I posted this.

Somewhat lesser-known is the fact that the "Gatling" gun was actually named after its inventor Richard Gatling. So I found the fact that the name the Zenith gave their ships is a compound of two human surnames somewhat humorous.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: khadgar on April 08, 2013, 01:18:08 PM
Dim
Vyr
Qoa
Jol
Jor
Aar
Vul

Who needs more than three letters?
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: MaxAstro on April 09, 2013, 04:51:32 PM
When I was high school, my best friend had an idea for a fantasy setting that he never did anything with, but I always loved the concept: it was a chaotic island where everything - the terrain, the creatures, the inhabitants - had a tendency to be different each time you visit it.

Shinuval was what he called it, which always struck me as a good name for a thing.

(shin-uh-vahl is how it is pronounced, btw)
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: keith.lamothe on April 09, 2013, 04:56:37 PM
a chaotic island where everything - the terrain, the creatures, the inhabitants - had a tendency to be different each time you visit it.
I didn't realize you'd seen my previous place of employment.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: LaughingThesaurus on April 10, 2013, 12:26:57 AM
I think that idea is Dracula's Castle-- or it would be, if the developers didn't keep reusing all of the assets.
"This castle is a creature of chaos."
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: PokerChen on April 10, 2013, 04:00:02 AM
I'd like to support the notion that the tribes *do* have their own unique names for their world - as this is quite important in many mythologies:

Følån, one name for the world. Based on a place I'm interested in visiting.

Gaios, the other name.

...Based on this, I would like to also suggest two alternative introductions when you start the game (selected randomly or both presented). One from the Greek point of view, and one from the Norse. Should help players understand their respective depths.

The official name given by the rest of the galaxy is, of course, neither. :)



Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: tigersfan on April 10, 2013, 06:46:57 AM
While personally, I love the idea of having two different names for each of the tribes, it won't really work in this case. The exact reason isn't really something we're willing to talk about yet, but, we did discuss this idea when it was raised here, and it just won't work.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: Aquohn on April 10, 2013, 07:20:01 AM
While personally, I love the idea of having two different names for each of the tribes, it won't really work in this case. The exact reason isn't really something we're willing to talk about yet, but, we did discuss this idea when it was raised here, and it just won't work.

:(

Oh well. Here are a couple more:

Caelis/Caelos/Caelestis/Caelorum/Caelo (all variations of the last one, "heaven" in Latin, from which we derive "celestial")
Azimuth
Nadir
(these last two are astronomy terms [like Zenith] that sound pretty cool)
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: PokerChen on April 10, 2013, 03:30:56 PM
While personally, I love the idea of having two different names for each of the tribes, it won't really work in this case. The exact reason isn't really something we're willing to talk about yet, but, we did discuss this idea when it was raised here, and it just won't work.

Ah, I see. :P I offer one more: Kormoros.
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: Ogniok on April 13, 2013, 08:59:45 AM
My propositions:
- Fyorgyn

- Dynlos

- Hipolytos

:D
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: Pepisolo on April 20, 2013, 11:53:05 AM
Try a few more:

Lorentia
Jutaras
Warsund
Tzevalek
Morgaard
Rustaren
Title: Re: Contest! Help name the world of Skyward Collapse.
Post by: x4000 on April 25, 2013, 09:37:03 AM
All righty, I'm about to declare a winner, so I'm going to lock this thread and open this one: http://www.arcengames.com/forums/index.php/topic,12776.0.html

So the discussion can move to there, as desired.  Thanks to everyone in this thread who has posted, there were tons of awesome names to choose from! :)