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Subject: The name of the expansion - let's vote rss

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Andrei Novac
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Ladies & Gentlemen,

After having analyzed your awesome proposals, we selected our top five and now we're inviting you to vote and help us choose the final name.

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What is the best name for the Exodus: Expansion?
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
Exodus: Divergence
30.4% 17
Exodus: Edge of Extinction
39.3% 22
Exodus: Factions
19.6% 11
Exodus: Interstellar Conflict
14.3% 8
Exodus: New Order
17.9% 10
Voters 56
This poll is now closed.   56 answers
Poll created by anovac
Closes: Fri Nov 28, 2014 6:00 am


The poll is open until Friday and it goes on here as well as on the NSKN Facebook page and the NSKN blog.

Thank you!
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Carlos Lopez
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... frankly I can't vote for any of them.

Too Banal... predictable!

as Paul Gauguin once carved in wood
-- "Be Mysterious" shake
 
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Carlos66lopez wrote:
... frankly I can't vote for any of them.

Too Banal... predictable!

as Paul Gauguin once carved in wood
-- "Be Mysterious" shake


Mysterious doesn't sell. There is a reason why virtually every game/book/film has a "predictable" name ... it's because that's what people prefer, in general.

Formula D
Rampage
Love Letter
Alchemists
The Castles of Burgundy
Hanabi
Tokaido
Monopoly
World of Warcraft
Lord of the Rings
The Hobbit
Runaway Jury
Harry Potter

I mean, really?
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Thanks for giving us the chance to vote on this Andrei!

I am just going to add some written feedback too. I believe factions is not the coolest sounding but the most appropriate because after having play tested the new expansion this is the central theme of the expansion (from my perspective at least).
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I misread the instructions. I thought polling was open through Friday. Got my vote in, just forgot to mention it to my gaming friends.
 
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"I mean really" -- what does that mean???????


I can't agree, Rainer...
The title and cover image are the first thing a person is
struck with; with so many games out there (and everything
else out there to vie for people's dwindling attention span)
I see this as perhaps an opportunity for games to use lure in
the more intelligent and often "niche" tolerable gamer.

Let game titles be separate from film & books-- because they
are not them. But I argue that your example of "The Hobbit"
was, when released, not at all banal-- no one called anyone
a "hobbit" back then; so it was unique, if simple.

Also-- it's title is actually "The Hobbit, or There and Back
Again"

That-- also-- is not banal. cool
 
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All I'm saying, is, a name should be descriptive and relevant. A lot of hardcore gamers (myself included, and presumably you as well) don't need the name to be descriptive. Who the publisher is, the designer, the artwork, a quick look at the back of the box, perhaps a few reviews ... for the most part, I could care less what the game is named.

The problem does not really become apparent until the second or third wave of customers ... I am generally introduce games to others more often than the other way around. The name usually makes all the difference between "can we play [game name] again" and "what was the name of that game again ... you know, the one where you gain resources ... and you're building ..."

A game with a descriptive (or even, dare I say, simple and boring) title will often be remembered more easily. It makes people feel good when they remember the title; likewise, it makes them feel dumb for forgetting a title (especially when asking, and I can easily name it precisely).

I'm not just comparing games with books and films ... Consider artists, music, toys — anything intended for entertainment. I agree that the name is important, and I agree that it should not be "banal." However, I think you also fail to consider the fact that not all names are considered equally banal by everyone. I, for one, think that most of the suggestions for the title of the expansion, including the ones above, have been very good.

Certainly, some have been better than others, but that's a matter of personal preference, not necessarily a reflection of the quality of a given name.

As far as "The Hobbit" goes — that name is still incredibly descriptive, despite people not knowing, at the time, what a "hobbit" was/is. The same is true for many board game titles.
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I should also say, Carlos — I find this discussion incredibly interesting, despite our disagreement. I do not think any lesser of you for disagreeing with me. In fact, you bring up very important points!
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Carlos66lopez wrote:


Also-- it's title is actually "The Hobbit, or There and Back
Again"

That-- also-- is not banal. cool


"There and Back Again" is exceptionally banal.
 
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Thank you everyone for your help with proposing great ideas and voting to chose one of them.

The preferred title, both in the poll here and on the NSKN Blog showed a clear winner, Exodus: Edge of Extinction. This is also our (the designers) favorite because it catches the essence of the expansion... humanity is at the edge of extinction, the war between factions (the last 'representatives' of mankind) may very well bring our demise).

We can now say officially that the title of the expansion will be Exodus: Edge of Extinction.

Thanks again everyone and especially Rainer who came up with this cool name and, as promised, he will not be forgotten
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