Now for the contest.
I’m in a gaming group that’s about to embark on a Rogue Trader campaign. Rogue Trader is a game in which the players take the roles of officers aboard a city-in-space trading vessel. So we need to name our ship (1.8 km long, crew of 25,000. Image at left. It’s not necessarily that color). Wanna help?
Comment on this article with an awesome ship name (or just “a ship name”). Regular ship names (as all Trekkies know) also make great starship names. So if you’ve got a great name for a boat, an airship or a horse, drop it here. I'll pick the two that I like the best and suggest them to the rest of the crew. The two people that submitted the winning names will each get one of the above-mentioned, very inexpensive (but still cool) prizes.
And by “drop it here,” I mean comment right here, on this blog that you’re already reading. This is a Google site that lets you sign-in with your Google account, so you don’t need to make a new account or give anyone your phone number. If you don’t have a Google account (seriously? they still make you?), go back to Facebook and comment there. But isn’t it about time you got a Google account?
Just so everything is on the up-and-up, you must know that you cannot actually use said prize unless you have a Steam account. I'm positive (unless they changed it last week) that you can receive a gift from another Steam user without having bought anything, so maybe this will be the thing that finally convinces you to get an account.
I reserve the right to choose just one name that I think is clearly the best, but I'll only do that if there are less than five entries. I'm giving this until Thursday night. 00:01:01 Friday morning is the cut-off.
If you succeed in actually naming our ship (I choose your name, suggest it to the crew, and they decide to name the ship that), I will buy you a (some number)-pack of non-cheap, manly beer. If you’re not old enough to legally receive a gift of beer… we’ll work something else out. If you live far enough away from me that a gift of beer would be more hassle than it’s worth, some solution will happen whereby you shall still receive beer.
So post some names, and if there’s one game that you’d prefer over the other, post that too. No promises. If you don’t care for the games, but you’d like to suggest a name anyway, that’s perfectly okay also.
PS I've also still got a copy of DOTA 2 (also on Steam) kicking around from when I "bought" DOTA 2. So if anyone would rather have that instead of the above games, I'm cool with it. But there will still only be two winners. If someone wants DOTA 2 instead, the other winner will get both of the other games.