Tuesday, 23 August 2011

I need a name for these rules ...

I cannot keep referring to the rules I am currently using for my Cordeguayan Civil War battles as 'a hastily lashed-together amalgam of Joseph Morschauser's 'Musket' and 'Frontier' wargames rules'; they need a name!

Now I suspect that at some time in the future they are going to metamorphose into the next version of the PORTABLE WARGAME rules – a sort of PW2 – but until they do I need to give them a working title. I have had a few ideas … but to date none of them has sounded right. In the meantime I will just refer to them as my FUSION rules. (The Encarta Dictionary defines fusion as being ‘the merger or a blending of two or more things such as materials or ideas’, which is – after all – a very apt description of the origins of these rules.)

28 comments:

  1. Hi Bob

    Fusion is a bit too newagey and girly, if you know what I mean.

    My suggestion is LASHED which has a nice barbaric ring to it..

    Regards

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  2. Arthur,

    I know exactly what you mean ...

    LASHED sounds good, but for me it sounds just a bit too nautical. That said, it is certainly a 'runner' as far as a working title for the rules is concerned.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  3. What about something simple like Warchess??
    Ray

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  4. Ray Rousell,

    Another great suggestion ... but I understand that someone else has already used it!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  5. Hey There Bob,

    Like all truly great ideas; the simplest one is usually the best.*
    How about, "Frontier Muskets" for a working title?

    All The Best

    *Which is a fortunate circumstance for me, since SWMBO insists that I'm a "simple guy"!

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  6. Possible names -

    Kriegspiel
    The General Idea
    Politics by other means
    A damn'd serious business
    A series of Catastrophes
    Neither pay, nor quarters.
    Hard Pounding
    An inconvenience right considered

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  7. Bob,

    Perhaps a nod to the testing ground for the rules (i.e. Cordeguay) as well as the French influence on the uniforms:

    Banana Republique

    Best regards,

    Chris

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  8. Brush and Ballistics, sir. That ought to cover the ground!

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  9. Umm, maybe "Squared Off" or "General Squarepants"... forgive me, I am overcome by the spirit of the event...

    no need to respond!

    Regards

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  10. Martin,

    I rather like your suggestion. Simple it may be ... but so are the rules!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  11. Conrad Kinch,

    You were certainly on a roll when you came up with so many good ideas for titles!

    Some of them have been used before, but some are very definitely contenders.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  12. Tim Gow,

    Nice one ... but I suspect that the use of the word 'final' might imply to some people that they are the finished article ... which they certainly aren't as yet.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  13. Prufrock,

    What an interesting suggestion. I have added it to the pile of potential titles I will be considering.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  14. Chris,

    Nice one! It is certainly reflective of the location, the political situation, and the uniform styles in use by both sides.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  15. Arthur,

    For reasons that I will not go into, I did consider calling it 'On the Square' ... but decided that the expression was probably not appropriate as it has another meaning that has nothing to do with wargaming.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  16. Jim Duncan,

    Many thanks for your contribution. It is yet another excellent suggestion for a title!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  17. I like Chris' suggestion of . . . Banana Republique . . . it evokes the location (with banana) and the political and uniform style (with Republique).

    Banana Republique!


    -- Jeff

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  18. Hi Bob,

    I like Tim Gow's title.

    Or "Bob and Joe go to War"

    Or "Preliminary Bob and Joe" aka PBJ. Preliminary (adj) being a prelude to something else.

    Jim

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  19. Bluebear Jeff,

    Another vote for Banana Republique eh!

    It is a good title but I have a feeling that someone else might have used it before.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  20. Jim Wright,

    Even more interesting ideas for a title!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  21. The title shouldn't be longer than the rules! ha ha
    I think the potential conflicts for which the rules seem suitable is too broad to be restricted by a title like Banana Republique (as good as that title would be for a more specific rulesset)

    Square Wars?
    Fast Battles?
    Portable Wargame Rides Again?

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  22. Heh, on the square, familiar with it, the term that is. When I was a young parabat in the SA Army doing basics we used to go on a Saturday night for some gay-bashing to the City Square in Bloemfontein. Nuff said.

    Regards

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  23. Fitz-Badger,

    You a quite right about the length of the name not being being longer than the rules themselves!

    Another three excellent ideas for a title for these rules ... and I particularly like the last one, especially as I suspect that these rules will heavily influence the next version of the PORTABLE WARGAME rules.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  24. Arthur,

    That is a new meaning for the expression that I had not heard before. I was actually thinking more of a quote from Kipling: .We met upon the Level an' parted on the Square'.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  25. I was hoping that taken some time would allow me to come up really clever but alas the Muse was absent. "Not your parade square" seems too long and clunky as is "A Touch of Joe" (in the night).

    Has "Squaring Off" been used before?
    A connotation of boxers as well as of troops aligning themselves but also of course, the grid.

    if it were a Colonial game I might have suggested "Bob's" (as in Bobs"


    and lastly, given the context how about the simple "battala"

    -Ross

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  26. Ross Mac,

    Thanks for your contribute to this discussion ... and for coming up with such an apt and simple suggestion when you added 'battala' to the list. It is exactly the sort of simple, snappy title that I was looking for.

    Many thanks,

    Bob

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