This has been bothering me for a while now. We’ve attempted to discuss it on two separate occasions, but nothing has hit me as “OMG, that’s it!” yet. I’m about as creative as a rock when it comes to naming. I’m looking for something simple. Engines like Unity, Unreal, or Quake all have basic names. Nothing particularly flashy. If we could make a vague reference to Graal, that would be even better, but I want it to be pretty detached still. It would be best if something could be figured out that has meaning toward our goal of recreating an environment like Graal.
I had thrown out “Eon” before, but that also doesn’t quite feel right. It’s kind of close, at least. Throw some more ideas at me!
Why it works:
1.) A drinking gourd can be used, as the name suggests, as a thing to drink from (like a grail), but far enough from Graal and it isn’t simply “cup” or “chalice”
2.) Allusion to a path towards freedom (see American folklore surrounding African American slaves following the “drinking gourd” to freedom) - we are seeking freedom, too. How? by following the new engine (it’s a stretch, I know).
4.) Definitely not flashy. A little goofy even, but short and sweet
5.) Starts with G
How about no Graal references? “Graal” made sense for them (presumably an English fail, as they were known for) since it was part of the storyline of the (only?) server at the time. Something like “Gourd” only because it’s a drinking device like a grail doesn’t seem fitting for a name to me.
i think at this point developers pick a rando name as a placeholder until a real name is found. Codr, you have up to 10 posts after this one to pick a placeholder name or else the community will pick it for you via forum poll.
While I like the name Reborn, it’s been used on quite a few MMORPG engine projects.
I could throw out a number of names, but know they’re probably tied to my rpg world in some way. My creative brain functions regarding names have
been running on fumes lately, with all the writing I’ve done -.-
I like Eon, or more so Aeon. If I remember right it also draws some reference to Graal, without bumping into copyright issues.
Maybe add something with Player Worlds in it. That part isn’t exclusively their property.
I normally find some personal connection for naming things, even if no one else would get it.
Example: Ethereal Odyssey simply came from experiences with hallucinogens in the past. A sense of feeling that more is out there beyond death. That’s
what I drew from anyway. I find it easier to name things based on personal experiences, but that’s just me.
Everything I try to give names for, I find it more authentic to do this than just use some random name pulled out of nowhere.
Even if it’s something commonly used, if done right you can own it, and make it your own brand.
1.) Terraform - world shaping
2.) Paracosm - imaginary world
3.) AppleCore - an allusion to the Book of Genesis (beginnings) where adam and eve eat the fruit of knowledge
4.) Pangolin - probably the most badass looking animal
5.) HoneyBadger - sounds sweet, actually a terrifying animal
6.) Trebuchet - the internet likes these, right? The launcher of something big
7.)OmniChannel - Open, ever present possbilities
Mostly I think we should avoid super generic names, because it’s boring otherwise. Though, ultimately, this is Codr’s decision.