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Luke Laurie
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I have a prototype I'm currently working with Tom Jolly on and preparing to present to publishers. The name of the game is "Drill, Baby, Drill!"

For context, the game is a Euro-style, worker placement, tableau-engine building game set in a modern setting in which fossil fuels are running out. Players are trying to improve the quality of life of their people, producing energy, and trying to mitigate environmental harm.

What do you think of the name of the game?

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Gathering information for a game currently in prototype stage.
What do you think of the name "Drill, Baby, Drill!" for a boardgame?
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
I love it!
5.7% 5
It's a good name, and catches my attention.
13.6% 12
It's an ok name.
17.0% 15
It's not a good name, I'd come up with something else.
39.8% 35
It's a terrible name.
22.7% 20
It's offensive!
9.1% 8
Voters 88
This poll is now closed.   88 answers
Poll created by LL Games
Closes: Tue Aug 5, 2014 6:00 am
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'Drill, Baby, Drill!' sounds to me like it'd sit on the shelf with Rampage, King of Tokyo, Toc Toc Woodman. It makes me think it's a fun, colourful, take-that or even dexterity sort of game. Crazy drilling, big money, hitting a motherload of oil.

I immediately think it's fun but not what I'd want if I was going for a strategy game - which your description sounds more like.

But if it catches my attention enough for me to look at it properly and read the box, I guess that's fine?
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I think there's too much politics involved with that phrase.

I would come up with something else, unless that's what you're going for.
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Bruiser419 wrote:
I think there's too much politics involved with that phrase.

I would come up with something else, unless that's what you're going for.


Agreed. There are people who would think you are taking sides in a political fight with this name. Wasn't that what Bush said when talking about drilling in the arctic National Wildlife Refuge? If it wasn't him specifically, it was taken up as a political catchphrase. I'd rename if I were you...
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2008 Republican campaign slogan.

Source.
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If you're voting for a name change, it seems to me you could offer a suggestion to replace it.

The current option is catchy but maybe divisive. Sadly, the all time best name is taken, "Power Grid"...

Energy Empires
Power Barons
Energy Enterprise
Juicers
Energy & Empire
Generator Giants
Capacitors
Sultans of Spark
Fuel Founders
Keep The Lights On
Peak Power
Grid Gurus
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Thank you Eric! I appreciate the suggestions. The original name of early prototypes was "Energy Crunch." I've also considered "The End of Oil"
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Energy Crunch isn't bad at all.
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I kind of like it, but it also sounds like cereal! wow
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And to me, Agricola sounds like a beverage.
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Have you heard of the term "Peak Oil" before? Might work for you here.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peak_oil

So, Peak Oil: Drill Baby Drill

Or Drill Baby Drill: Peak Oil
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cosine wrote:
If you're voting for a name change, it seems to me you could offer a suggestion to replace it.

The current option is catchy but maybe divisive. Sadly, the all time best name is taken, "Power Grid"...

Energy Empires
Power Barons
Energy Enterprise
Juicers
Energy & Empire
Generator Giants
Capacitors
Sultans of Spark
Fuel Founders
Keep The Lights On
Peak Power
Grid Gurus


Power Barons was a MB game in the 80s (1986).
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LL Games wrote:
Agricola


"a-gric-ola", not "agri-cola"
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Love the name but I don't think it matches the description of your game. "Drill, Baby, Drill!" makes me think I'm going to go around finding oil and drilling wells, not trying to come up with alternative to oil.
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Drill, Baby, Drill sounds like something a teen-ager would say - origins notwithstanding. It gives an immediate impression of childishness, which is probably something you want to avoid (looks like you're targeting the gamer market).

I like the suggestion of "Peak Oil", and I think that stands by itself fairly well. "Green Day" is kind of taken, or I would suggest it. "Dark Times", maybe? "Sun, Wind, and Wave" keeps the theme in front while sounding like a vacation.

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I tend to like short names. If fossil fuels are a thing of the past, you could simply call it

FOSSIL
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I do like Peak Oil. I'm not sure it has a lot of zing to it. For those who are familiar with the concept, it may communicate something, but many people are not.
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Drilling a lot of wells is one of many possible strategies.
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Drill Baby Drill reminds me of Sarah Palin, personally....or something associated with something that should be in RSP.

How about Crude Exploration?
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How 'bout:

I GOT THE POWER!
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Sultans of Spark has a Dire Straits kind of feel.
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New poll: considering renaming Drill, Baby, Drill. Which name is best?

Poll: Poll for new names for Drill, Baby, Drill!
Poll to choose the best name for this game.
Which of these names would be best for a game that focuses on energy production, building the industry, culture, and economy of a nation, while also protecting the environment?
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
Energy
13.0% 6
Energy Empire
32.6% 15
Engines of Power
8.7% 4
Titans of Energy
26.1% 12
Titans of Power
13.0% 6
Drill, Baby, Drill!
17.4% 8
Voters 46
This poll is now closed.   46 answers
Poll created by LL Games
Closes: Tue Aug 5, 2014 6:00 am
 
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Please consdier:
OILIGARCHY
OLIGARCHS OF OIL
OIL OLIGARCHS
FRAK, BABY, FRAK!!!
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tkpope wrote:
OILIGARCHY


Ooo... I like a pun.
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cosine wrote:
tkpope wrote:
OILIGARCHY


Ooo... I like a pun.


It's very punny indeed. Oil give it a thumb.
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