Post by The Smurf on Sept 16, 2007 19:33:30 GMT -5
So, I was thinking today...is Freewill: Book of Prophecy really the best name for the game? I've been pondering some new titles, and was wondering what everyone thought would be best.
Freewill: Book of Prophecy The current title.
Freewill: New Horizons The concept of free will is a main theme in the game, but so is the concept of the new horizon. The horizon is a symbol of a change for the better, and so it seems fitting to be part of the title. It feels like it goes a little deeper than "Book of Prophecy".
The Edict The original title. I figured I'd put this as an option in case anyone disagreed with me changing it before. It has a nice sound to it, but it doesn't carry as much symbolic/thematic meaning.
Horizons Simple yet powerful. It doesn't include the theme of free will, but it amplifies the symbolism of the horizon.
Any thoughts/suggestions? No matter what the outcome, there will be a title screen change, even if the title remains the same. I'm leaning a little toward Freewill: New Horizons at the moment, but I'm still not too sure. I'd love to hear others' thoughts on the subject.
And I'm not in any rush to have a permanent title, yet, either.
Black all around me, even the water. The water’s not really black, of course. Reflection from the sky. Water’s like a mirror sometimes. Lets you see your face in it, anyway. Reflecting the night’s face, then, isn’t it? Does the night have a face? It must. Otherwise the water couldn’t reflect it.
I am made from the dust of the stars and the oceans flow in my veins
Post by Doan the Nado on Sept 17, 2007 4:08:36 GMT -5
I am currently undecided. "Freewill: New Horizons" certainly describes all of your themes the best, but "Freewill" and "New Horizons" together seems to me to be either redundant or unrelated. That is, if you recognize that "New Horizons" stands for a change for the better (and to me, it seems to have the connotation of a change propagated intentionally), then it's really saying the same thing as "Freewill", since free will is necessary in order to make a conscious change for the better. If the "New Horizons" idea doesn't immediately click, then the two parts of the title don't immediately seem to belong together, at least to me. Additionally, there's the risk that the title, in trying to relate the theme, actually gives away too much.
"Freewill: Book of Prophecy" has a nice ring to it, due mainly to the ironic, paradoxical nature of it (comparing freewill with prophecy, two completely conflicting ideas). It does, however, add a sort of "sacred" feeling to the nature of the game (due to "Book of Prophecy", which sounds like a chapter from the Bible) which may or may not be appropriate for the feeling you wish to portray. "The Edict" does have a nice sound, but I'm not sure that it goes deep enough into the meaning you are trying to convey. That is, an edict is "a decree issued by a sovereign or other authority" (Dictionary.com), but it seems to me that FBOP is about more than that, about challenging a society's ideas about freewill in general.
"Horizons" alone is simple and powerful, but to someone with no knowledge of the game, it doesn't say much about it. FNH is a bit more interesting in that respect, while FBOP is a title that immediately makes your game stand out from others. After thinking it through, my suggestion is to work on the title "Freewill: Book of Prophecy". It would be great if you could maintain the irony in the title while removing some of the solemn feeling that is currently wrapped up in it.
Post by Dungeon Warden on Sept 17, 2007 8:53:19 GMT -5
FBOP has more of a fantasy feel then the other titles. Nostradamus wrote the Book of Prophecy, but adding Freewill to the title should remove you from being to similar.
There is a MMO game called Horizons, so you might want to avoid using that title.
I like Freewill: New Horizons for the theme you describe, but looking at the name for the first time didn't really suggest what the story was about. Doing a search for the name revealed this site, and this one, and also this one. The name seems to suggest the future (which is what you wanted) and that makes it sound like a science Fiction story (which is not).
The Edict isn't a very helpful title, so it's good you changed it.
Overall I like the current title but FNH works for me as well.