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09-21-2011, 12:32 AM
Check out this new article from the Daily Illuminator that Steve Jackson Games posted:

September 21, 2011: Contest: Name That Game! (http://www.sjgames.com/ill/archives.html?m=September&y=2011&d=21)



http://www.sjgames.com/ill/img/2011/castle1_sm.jpg (http://www.sjgames.com/ill/img/2011/castle1_lg.jpg) We&#39;ve got a really beautiful new abstract game that will ship in 2012. The piece design is finished; we have showed it off at some recent conventions. We&#39;ve got a good card design. And we have a very good set of rules, though we&#39;re still playtesting. Which is no hardship, because the game is FUN.</p>

But we&#39;re still not sure what we&#39;re going to call it.</p>

http://www.sjgames.com/ill/img/2011/castle2_sm.jpg (http://www.sjgames.com/ill/img/2011/castle2_lg.jpg) Of course, the designer, Beau Beckett, had a name for it, and we might still use that one. But we looked for alternatives, and it was just amazing how many castle-related names have already been used. In all kinds of languages. There are a LOT of games about castles. Half the time, around the office, we call this one by Beau&#39;s name, and half the time we just say "Castle Game." And I won&#39;t swear we won&#39;t end up calling it "The Castle Game." But that&#39;s kind of vanilla . . . And remember, I&#39;m the guy who used GURPS (http://www.sjgames.com/gurps/) as the working title for a new rules set, and ended up publishing it under that name. Sometimes I must be stopped for my own good.</p>

http://www.sjgames.com/ill/img/2011/castle3_sm.jpg (http://www.sjgames.com/ill/img/2011/castle3_lg.jpg) So: contest time. Come up with a name for a quick two-player abstract game that uses walls and towers to claim space. Don&#39;t duplicate the name of any published game. It has to use the English character set, though it doesn&#39;t have to be English. (I mean, think of Agricola.) Send your suggestions to contest@sjgames.com (contest@sjgames.com?subject=Castle%20Game%20Name) . Leave "Castle Game Name" as the message title, to make it easier on me. If we use your name, you&#39;ll get an early copy, credit in the game, and bragging rights. And my thanks!</p>

-- Steve Jackson (sj@sjgames.com)</p>