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I'm nearing completion on a one-deck tank battle vanity project (think stripped-down Car Wars with cards driving the action) and I'm struggling to lock in one piece of it and was hoping the hive-mind could help.

I have three different actions: move, shoot and dodge/defend, for which I've been trying to come up with rhyming terms. The best I've got so far is zoom, boom and womb or maybe truck, chuck and duck. Both are unsatisfying somehow. Ultimately there's nothing stopping me from just using move, shoot and defend but it would fit the tone I'm going for a bit better to have them rhyme. Any suggestions would be deeply appreciated.


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one i actually like:

run, gun, shun

not too crazy about these:

haul, maul/brawl, ball/crawl
ride, fried, hide
gas, blast, dash/pass

or more racy (and close to yours):

truck, fuck, duck
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pete belli wrote:

However, my suggestion is leave the rhymes to the poets.
Cute and/or humorous game terminology can lose its sparkle quickly.
Yes, the groans set in at about Repetition 3.

OTOH, I've had the idea of going to the opposite extreme and wrting the whole rules set in verse, so that it would be more easily remembered: that's why The Iliad and The Odyssey, and the sagas, were poems, so wouldn't it work for wargame rules?

My only attempt was a difficult-to-remember point in Flat Top, which I put into verse so that my group (including me) could remember it right.
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I like the "un" from a few posts ago.

I sometimes use Alliteration in my "stats" terms, but lots of the Geeks here dislike that as well
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Good stuff. Definitely sending me back to the thesaurus and rhyming dictionaries.

I hear what you're saying on the point of being gimmicky or getting old quickly as well. Unless I can find the right combo I'll probably ditch the idea for more generic terms but Zoom and Boom have been stuck in my head since I started this thing. I'll hold out hope for a bit longer.
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How about: Field, Wield and Shield?
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churchmouse wrote:
How about: Field, Wield and Shield?

Ooh, that's great. Doesn't fit the tank idea as well but maybe I should shift toward dueling archers or something.
 
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Zip, pip, and dip
Loop, boop and dupe (or Troop, boop, and dupe) (or Snoop, boop, and dupe)
Whirl, hurl and curl
 
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Spitballing here:

Clock, Glock, Block
 
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Another game beat you to Boom & Zoom.

brianmccue wrote:
OTOH, I've had the idea of going to the opposite extreme and wrting the whole rules set in verse, so that it would be more easily remembered: that's why The Iliad and The Odyssey, and the sagas, were poems, so wouldn't it work for wargame rules?
That sounds great if you need players to recite your rulebook. But if you just want them to play the game, then you don't need them to memorize the exact words, you need them to remember the concepts and algorithms. Writing the rules in verse seems like it would make them harder to understand on a first reading and I'm not sure it will help with remembering the things that actually matter.

You could maybe offer short couplets as a mnemonic for remembering key rules, but I'd explain them using regular words first and use the rhyme purely as a supplement. And I wouldn't do that for everything, only for rules that your testers often forget or mess up.
 
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Ride, Fried, Hide / Slide.

Fly, Fry, Shy.

Churn, Burn, Turn.

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fast, blast, passed

rush, crush, hush

rocket, cock it, block it

None of mine are actually that catchy - I just really wanted to rhyme "blast" and "passed".
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Kill, Wheel, Heal, Still, Reel,

Destroy, deploy, .... nothing
Bleed, impede, Greed, Speed, Freed, <--- hmm this is working

Beat, Cheat, discrete, repeat.

Scam, Scram, Ram,
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aVoidGames wrote:
Kill, Wheel, Heal, Still, Reel,

Destroy, deploy, .... nothing
Bleed, impede, Greed, Speed, Freed, <--- hmm this is working

Beat, Cheat, discrete, repeat.

Scam, Scram, Ram,

Speed, Bleed and Impede are lining up pretty well.
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Shoot, scoot and refute.
 
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...124 to run fleeing from the mountain. ...125 to use a rope to climb the steep cliff. ...126 to quickly cast "summon stairs." ...127 to dodge under the falling rocks.
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https://www.rhymezone.com/ - a rhyming dictionary, if you're interested.
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what she said!

Here is another resource they provide there: [If the word you've chosen isn't exactly rhymable, they've got this]:

Synonyms and other words related to dodge:

1. evade

2. sidestep

3. elude

4. circumvent

5. duck

6. skirt

7. parry

8. hedge

9. stratagem

10. fudge

11. contrivance

12. scheme

13. put off

14. avoid

15. escape

16. outrun

17. ignore

18. shirk

19. flee

20. conceal

21. avert

22. prevent

23. beat

24. bypass

25. ruse

26. delude

27. Doug

28. dogg

29. dog

30. governor

31. maneuver

32. stealth

33. stickhandle

34. stave off

35. shield

36. Chrysler

37. corral

38. Pierce

39. lasso

40. wiggle

41. squelch

42. flummox
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Denell wrote:

Synonyms and other words related to dodge:
36. Chrysler

I prefer Chevrolet myself.
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scoot, shoot, and juke
 
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