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Daniel Geuss
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What a bitch this is turning into. I've been play testing this game for 2 years and still haven't come up with a name that I like. It seems like every name that involves the word "dungeon" has already been used by something significant over the last 40 years. Catacombs? Taken. Wizards? Warriors? All to cliche. "Battle in the Deep" is the best thing I've come up with but it sounds like an underwater game more than a dungeon. I even considered "Attack the Darkness" as a Summoner spoof, but I don't want to give the wrong idea about the game since there is no other relationship to the name.

I can just see it now, years of playtesting and it will end up shipping with "DUNGEON GAME" on the box. cry I can design hundreds of spells, monsters, and abilities, but coming up with one meaningful name is going to kill me.

I'm not looking for suggestions or anything like that. I must conquer this one on my own. I am mostly just venting and curious if anyone else ever had this happen.
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Maybe go for something less literal.

Just thinking about some dungeony PC games...

"Fate" (simple randomized dungeon crawl)
"Oblivion"
"Diablo"
"Ultima"

None of those say what they actually are. That should expand the possibilities.

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I know what you mean, finding that exact phrase that both encompasses and peaks the interest of others, here are one or two ideas for your dungeon romp.

"Unearthed" or "Terra Modus" (latin for earth bound)

Good luck hope you like em.
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Tell us more about the game. As long as you describe it as a generic dungeon game all you are going to get are Generic Dungeon Game names like:

Generic Dungeon Game
Daniel's Dungeon Game
Death From Below

Is there a main inhabitant of this dungeon (such as the boss monster)?

Agripox' Dungeon
Against Agripox
 
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"One More Door" - We always said that when we should stop playing a dungeon crawl but can't stop playing.
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Pick something simple and go with it.

I like "War Underneath" even with all its apparent lispiness.

Or...to get out of your design block, try putting the cart before the horse and design a game logo using a play on words. Like "Dundjinn" or "On der Ground". Actually, those all suck.

Good luck!
 
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Now shipping: "The Monster at the End of This Dungeon." A family game where Grover from Sesame Street leads you and your children through a dank and scary dungeon filled with all sorts of monstrous creatures that you must kill before they disembowel and/or eviscerate you, all the while traveling forward, forever forward, leading inexorably towards The Monster At The End Of The Dungeon...

...which, of course, turns out to have been Grover the whole time.

Edit: typo
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If it's a SPOOKY dungeon crawl, maybe "The Creeps..."
 
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ryudoowaru wrote:
Now shipping: "The Monster at the End of This Dungeon." A family game where Grover from Sesame Street leads you and your children through a dank and scary dungeon filled with all sorts of monstrous creatures that you must kill before they disembowel and/or eviscerate you, all the while traveling forward, forever forward, leading inexorably towards The Monster At The End Of The Dungeon...

...which, of course, turns out to have been Grover the whole time.


...who then proceeds to disembowel and/or eviscerate you.
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Dungeon-crawl games seem to do fine with cliched names. For example 'The Hotness' currently has DungeonQuest and Dungeon Lords. So I wouldn't necessarily dismiss cliched names.

You could give it a 'Vancian' name, like Aganazer's Abstracted Underworld.

Or maybe change the theme a little bit - make it underwater, islands, space, talking cats etc.

 
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Battle Where the Sun Don't Shine

(If Preparation H works it into their commercials, you could make a bundle.)
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The Ruins Beneath
Underdungeon
Underuin
Shadowed Halls

Darkened Hallways of Doom

Who Makes All These Dungeons Anway?

Help, I'm In A Dungeon. How Did I Get In This Dungeon?


Sorry about that last one...I couldn't resist.
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May I suggest:

Catacomb Clash
Clash In The Catacombs
Steel And Fangs
Adventure Awaits
BDSM Battles (j/k)
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I've never been a fan of using the word "dungeon" for a game like that anyway, since a dungeon is really an underground prison. Almost no adventures for any dungeon-crawler games have been about prisons, so by all means- invest in a different word.
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Rather than using the setting to form the name, what about using the goal?
e.g. it wasn't "Dungeon - the card game", it was "Thunderstone" because you are after that.
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Rather than using the setting to form the name, what about using the goal? e.g. it wasn't "Dungeon - the card game", it was "Thunderstone" because you are after that.


Or "Talisman" for the matter of that.

How about Blood Quest?



 
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cferejohn wrote:
ryudoowaru wrote:
Now shipping: "The Monster at the End of This Dungeon." A family game where Grover from Sesame Street leads you and your children through a dank and scary dungeon filled with all sorts of monstrous creatures that you must kill before they disembowel and/or eviscerate you, all the while traveling forward, forever forward, leading inexorably towards The Monster At The End Of The Dungeon...

...which, of course, turns out to have been Grover the whole time.


...who then proceeds to disembowel and/or eviscerate you.


Though for a twist ending I would have it be Elmo disemboweling you at the end of the dungeon...
 
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I understand you want to tackle this on your own, but I can't help giving suggestions.

I anagram-ed an idea. Take DUNGEONEER and make GONE UNDER, but I don't know what to do with the extra 'E'.

DUNGEONEERING gets some some good words, but still tough to work with: GREED, RING...NUDE..
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I frequently can't find a name that sticks to my game either. I feel your pain!!

Why not go for something like:

Delving in the Dark

A guy walks into a dungeon....

Dungeon, dungeon, goose...

A Hole in the Dark

Behind door number 1....

Have fun picking a name!!
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Monkey Auto Races!

No, sorry, taken...
 
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What about Carcer Repo? (Dungeon crawl in Latin, at least according to one translation engine.)
 
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Delaric wrote:
Just go the high tech route and call it Dung.eon

Dung Eon? Sounds like a stinker. Heh.
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What kind of dungeon is it? A cave? A tomb? A lost civilization? A wizard's tower? The temple of some corrupt deity?

If you are coming up with lore for the dungeon game, maybe use that as a spring board for naming, i.e. if adventurers are unearthing a lost civilization buried underground, try something like "Ruined Nations" or even "Ruination" (if the word play doesn't annoy you, of course...)
 
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