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David Thompson
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All,

I'm thinking about renaming Skirmish Tactics Apocalypse, and I'm interested in seeing if anyone has any proposed names...

...A little background. The original concept for Skirmish Tactics Apocalypse was to design a core game system that can be ported over seamlessly into other genres. That is still my intention. I plan to use the Skirmish Tactics game engine for different genres in the future, essentially re-skinning the game for things like Skirmish Tactics Space/Star Pirates, etc. I started with a post-apoc setting because I feel it's a little under-served and it's my favorite genre.

However, I realize the name Skirmish Tactics Apocalypse is more descriptive than evocative. For that reason, I'm thinking about renaming the game to something that better captures the feel of the game and is a little catchier, more evocative.

So I'm turning to the STA crowd (and I'll also be cross-posting this in the General boardgaming forum) for ideas.

I'm open to anything, though I think that it would be nice if the name could incorporate the following aspects:

Post-apoc setting;
Skirmish-level, tactical combat between disparate factions;
Maybe something specific to the lore of the world/factions (check this thread for a conversation about the game's fluff.


Ideas, thoughts, keep the name what it is?...


FYI, I cross-posted this to the general gaming forum, which was then moved to this thread in the design forum.

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You could keep your surname for the game system and just emphasize that this is the Apocalypse such as

Skirmish Tactics: The Apocalypse.


I feel that if you are going to make a full system that can be balanced and integrated into a full fledged continuation to other areas having some sort of brand name would be perfect to help others recognize that its part of the "Series"

Skirmish Tactics, Skirmish Warfare, ect...

Then you can set an era piece to it such as Future Wars, Apocalypse, The Wild West, and anything else that you can imagine Weird War 2... who knows! That's just my thoughts on the subject though.

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Thanks, Jay. That's pretty much in line with my original plan...and I may just stick with that idea, dependent on the feedback I get from others.

I asked BGG about running a contest for naming STA and they said I couldn't because it would be considered a promotion. Can anyone think of other creative ways to generate input (other than posting it on the general boardgaming forum)?
 
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P.M. sent!
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Apocalypse
A Skirmish Tactics Game

Simple and without running far away from the genese.

And then:

Ruck Bogers in the XXXIX I/II Century
A Skirmish Tactics Game

Wild West Story
A Skirmish Tactics Game
(when I read SoL faction, I imagine more a faction of nomad merchants/pioneers more than religious ones, then I realise that the conquest of the west could be well done with this engine…)

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Quote:
Maybe something specific to the lore of the world/factions (check this thread for a conversation about the game's fluff.


After this I'm going to rewrite all 'fluff' and a bunch of small stories.
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Skirmish Tactics: Fighting in the Ruins

After The End - A Skirmish Tactics Game



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Quote:
After this I'm going to rewrite all 'fluff' and a bunch of small stories.


Oh yea, after this focused surge on getting the faction mechanisms down, my next priority is developing more gamescapes and the fluff for the game.

Quote:
After The End - A Skirmish Tactics Game


Hmmm...I like the sound of that. Thanks everyone for the ideas. Keep 'em coming!
 
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FYI, I cross-posted this to the general gaming forum, which was then moved to this thread in the design forum.
 
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I am rather fond of Battle Acts: Apocalypse

It could be used for Pirates, or anything else you wish and I think it gets the idea across...not as plainly as Skirmish Tactics though.
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Since I'm trying to articulate that the world is in an apocalyptic state but starting over, how about Dark Dawn? So the full title would be:

Dark Dawn
A Skirmish Tactics Game

Good, bad, horrible?
 
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A couple suggestions from

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Skirmish Tactics: Aftershock

In the Wake: Skirmish Tactics

Skirmish Tactics: Civilization's Wake

We Who Remain: Skirmish Tactics After Capricorn

Skirmish Tactics: Netherwar

Netherwar: Skirmish Tactics After the Schism

Skirmish Tactics: Worldbreech


My favorites are We Who Remain, Netherwar, and Worldbreech
 
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I'm resurrecting this thread in hopes of narrowing down the possible list of names. Here's a list of names as compiled from BGG and playtesters. I plan to narrow down the list with input from BGG users and then maybe run a poll once the list is limited to something manageable. I'm basically interested in getting feedback on favorites, least favorites, and new ideas.

Thanks!



Skirmish Tactics Apocalypse
Skirmish Tactics: The Apocalypse
Apocalypse: A Skirmish Tactics Game

Apocalypse Kings
Apocalypse Lords
Battle Acts: Apocalypse
Battle Stage: Apocalypse
After The End - A Skirmish Tactics Game
Apocalypse Burn
Apocalypse Future
Battle Acts: Apocalypse
Burn Out
Dark Dawn
Dark Era: A Skirmish Tactics Game
End of Time: A Skirmish Tactics Game Hot Glass
In the Wake: Skirmish Tactics
Netherwar: Skirmish Tactics After the Schism
Nevada 57
Nuclear Dawn: A Skirmish Tactics Game
Project Capricorn
Project Capricorn: A Skirmish Tactics Game
Project Capricorn: Apocalypse Skirmish Tactics: Aftershock
Radiated Skirmish
Radiated Tactics
September 57
Skirmish Tactics: Civilization's Wake
Skirmish Tactics: Fighting in the Ruins
Skirmish Tactics: Netherwar
Skirmish Tactics: Worldbreech
Skirmish Tactics - Project Capricorn
Wasted Tactics
We Who Remain: Skirmish Tactics After Capricorn
Worldbreech
 
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Just got a new one in the Design forums that I like a LOT:

Echoes of a New Dawn
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Project Capricorn: A Skirmish Tactics Game

But, I'm suspect, since I have a LOT of writings pointing that way...
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RT, that's really my personal favorite and what I'll be strongly suggesting to the publisher.

By the way - where's the next short story!?!?
 
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The first echo created - Pyro (of course)
Mainly written, still in PT and some parts need rewriting.
Then try to translate it.
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Awesome! I've been looking forward to your Pyro story!
 
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Has the name been finalized yet? Still planning on doing a BGG poll?
 
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Nothing has been finalized yet. I compiled a comprehensive list of (almost) all the proposals and sent them to the publisher. Still waiting to hear their feedback.
 
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Are you still planning on expanding STA into other genres and will the name allow for it?

Example-
Skirmish Tactics: Starships
Skirmish Tactics: Fantasy Battles
Skirmish Tactics: Sci-Fi Battles
Skirmish Tactics: Ships at Sea
 
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Yea, that's pretty much my preferred choice for the name. Either Skirmish Tactics: Apocalypse or calling the game something else with a little tagline on the box that reads "A Skirmish Tactics System game," which I could then use on other games with the same core mechanics.
 
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Sounds perfect! Let me know when you want to branch off into those other genres, I've got ideas!
 
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