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    Avatar photoIvan Sorensen

    Okay, so with the game nearing completion, it’s time for the “Make sure Ivan doesn’t get sued by somebody” process.

    And I discover that there is already a tabletop game product called StarStrike, an old RPG supplement for SpaceMaster.


    So an alternative is needed.
    The game is a Rogue Trader style space adventure mini’s game.

    “Cosmic Strike” doesn’t pull up anything in the US copyright database and is pretty catchy.

    “Frontier World Encounters” is a title I had made a long time ago, but never got around to using.

    “Unified Space Territory” is another I thought of (the main government in the game is Unity, so it’d be a hint towards that).

    I am very open to any suggestions though.

    Avatar photokyoteblue

    Big Bang ????

    Avatar photoRod Robertson


    Hyperspace Hansa

    Space Condottieri or Cosmic Condottieri.

    The Merchants of Venus.

    Pulsars and Privateers.

    Letters of Mark-up.

    Caveat Venditor.

    Death of a Spaceman.

    Lightyears, Light Fingers.

    From Chaos to Unity.

    If you want to get the attention of Jack -“Goats ….in…. Space!”.

    Cheers and good gaming.

    Rod Robertson.


    Avatar photoMr. Average

    Merchant of Venus is already a boardgame.

    I recommend something simple but with a distinctive sound.  Cosmic Strike is awfully close to Cosmic Patrol, a game by Catalyst.  “Parsec” is a good one, even though it just means a unit of distance.  Might be taken already.  “Singularity” is a good one.

    Avatar photoshelldrake



    Something that may help is a list of Astronomical terms: http://burro.astr.cwru.edu/stu/advanced/extras_glossary.html

    Avatar photoIvan Sorensen

    StellarStrike seems to be the title of a board game.
    I have a feeling the -Strike thing isn’t going to play well, since most examples are already taken.

    Since the game takes place beyond the boundaries of human space, what about “Beyond the Perimeter”?

    Elimination Principle? That sounds rather ominous and “metal” 🙂

    Avatar photoWar Panda

    Star Quarry (…as in attack)

    Cosmic Interdiction

    Celestial Interdiction (I like the word interdiction 🙂   …”a military term for the act of delaying, disrupting, or destroying enemy forces or supplies en route to the battle area. A distinction is often made between strategic and tactical interdiction”)


    Interstellar Interdiction….    🙂

    Cosmic Conflict

    Cosmic Disorder

    Celestial Conflict

    Galactic Strike

    Astro War

    Astro Attack


    Astro Command

    Cosmic Command etc…;)

    All I have Buddy..sorry

    BTW I like your “Cosmic Strike”

    or Rod’s Goat one…there’s a definite market there  🙂

    BTW I’m not entirely sure what the games about but I’m guessing it’s set in Space and it involves fighting 🙂



    “The great Gaels of Ireland are the men that God made mad,
    For all their wars are merry, and all their songs are sad.”

    Avatar photoIvan Sorensen

    Astro Phobia I am saving, because that’s too good to not be used 🙂

    The problem is they all sound like space ship games. Now that I think about it, so did Star Strike.

    It needs to be something that sounds more Rogue Trader/Traveller/Firefly’esque.

    (Also, nuts, now War Panda showed up on my ignore list. I wonder if there’s something wrong?
    I’ve never used the ignore feature but now two people have shown up on it)

    Avatar photoWar Panda

    That ignore stuff is happening to me all the time too

    Where can I read about the game your talking about?

    “The great Gaels of Ireland are the men that God made mad,
    For all their wars are merry, and all their songs are sad.”

    Avatar photoIvan Sorensen

    It’s a conspiracy to keep us from conspiring.

    There’s various info on the blog

    Basically think “Modern Rogue Trader” and you’re about where you need to be.

    Avatar photoWar Panda

    Oh I thought it was more the fighting …I’ll take a read of this…


    Galactic Agent….Astro Agent…I’m good I know   😉

    I’ll take a read of what the games about now 🙂

    “The great Gaels of Ireland are the men that God made mad,
    For all their wars are merry, and all their songs are sad.”

    Avatar photoWar Panda

    Cool idea Ivan…I really like it…

    How about a play on the whole conquistadors era…Spanish/Portuguese adventurers explorers/warriors/thieves

    Their units (<i>Compañia, Companhia</i>) would often specialize in forms of combat that required long periods of training…


    Cosmic Compania

    Cosmic Conquistadors?

    I’ll keep throwing crap at you…hopefully you’ll have the good sense to actually ignore me 🙂


    “The great Gaels of Ireland are the men that God made mad,
    For all their wars are merry, and all their songs are sad.”

    Avatar photoNot Connard Sage

    The Merchants of Venus.


    Avalon Hill boardgame/Frederick Pohl novel. You ain’t going to be having that without upsetting Hasbro and Pohl’s estate.


    I’m useless at names, so I’m not playing. I’ll offer this though: keep it short and snappy, and alliteration/assonance is good…



    Obvious contrarian and passive aggressive old prat, who is taken far too seriously by some and not seriously enough by others.

    Avatar photoWar Panda

    Pioneers of the New Frontier

    Galactic Bandits

    Cosmic Walker

    Space Walker

    Cosmic Bandits

    Astro Bandits

    Astro Desperado

    Cosmic Corsair


    Systemcomber (as in beach)


    Celestial Trader

    Space Runner

    Space Shark

    Space Drifter

    System Drifters

    System Seekers

    Astro Sharks

    Space Sharks R Us

    Space Buccaneers

    Space Skunks

    System Skunk


    System Nomads



    Better if I was sober 🙂

    Best of luck Ivan…I might invest in this when its out

    “The great Gaels of Ireland are the men that God made mad,
    For all their wars are merry, and all their songs are sad.”

    Avatar photoRod Robertson


    How about:

    Rim Rangers.

    Hard Vacuum.

    The Rim Range Wars.

    Space Reiver or Rim Reivers.

    Spacers of Fortune.


    Fusion Force-X from Outerspace.

    Star Brand.

    Rail Gunslingers.

    Walking the Planck.

    Warped Existence.

    Agents of Entropy, Soldiers of Unity.

    The Men Who Shot Liberty Dead.

    Starfire  Skirmish.

    Stars and Crossed-bones.

    Higgs’ Bozos.

    Quantum Entanglements.

    White Bones, Black Space.

    Silent Aria.

    The Cost of Doing Business.

    Or you could contact Harry Harrison and get the rights to,”Starsmashers of the Galaxy Rangers”.

    Best of Luck!



    Avatar photoEtranger

    A few off the cuff:

    Space Tramp.

    Beyond the Pale.

    The Quiet Alpha Centurian.

    Seven Deadly Suns.

    Avatar photoRhoderic

    IMHO, the very most important thing for a game title is not so much to be snappy. as it is to be evocative and to gain a kind of self-motion in the mind of the person reading/hearing it, perhaps by evoking a sense of mystery, narrativity or internal discordance. For instance, Warlord Games hit the jackpot with “Beyond the Gates of Antares” – I’m rather neutral to the game itself, but that title is a winner. It sticks in one’s mind in a good way, it paints a scene and it induces a sense of enticing mystery.

    So with that in mind; for a game of space frontier adventure/enterprise in the vein of Rogue Trader, Traveller and Firefly… maybe something like “Sinbad Sector”? “Life and Death in Sinbad Sector” (so as to avoid the acronym “SS”)? “Edge of Unity” (which has that sense of internal discordance I was talking about)? “Gundrone Diplomacy”? Just spitballing here, of course. Never mind me.

    Avatar photoIvan Sorensen

    Edge of unity is very cool.

    “Walking the Planck” is funny, I may keep that for something.

    “Rim Rangers” sounds like the title of a movie that requires a credit card to watch.

    Appreciate all the suggestions guys. I’ve added a few to the list.

    Avatar photokyoteblue

    Death at absolute zero.

    Avatar photoIvan Sorensen

    Not bad either. May save that one for a future starship game.

    Avatar photoRhoderic

    Edge of unity is very cool.

    It’s also good for a subtitle, should you choose something else for the title proper, eg. “StarStrike: Adventures at the Edge of Unity”.

    “Fringe of Unity” also works.

    Avatar photoIvan Sorensen

    Yeah, someone elsewhere had suggested using a “main title: subtitle” scheme and preserving the starstrike part that way.

    someone had suggested “Laserstrike”. Sounds evocative and has allusions to Laserburn and Beamstrike, two of my favourite games, though I don’t know if that’s too cheesy.

    Avatar photoIvan Sorensen

    Fringe Trader?

    Avatar photoPatrice

    Um, I’m not sure I can suggest good English names…

    If you are looking for a strange name, find a good name with the word “Star” in it, and replace “Star” with “Étoile”, it will probably sound alien enough?


    Avatar photoRod Robertson


    Murders and Acquisitions.

    Grifter Rifter.

    Star-fire Shylocks.

    Entropy vs. Unity.

    Ion-drive Hawkers.

    Hey, ju wanna buy a world?

    Maximum Overcharge.

    Servo-skull Service with a Smile.

    Adam Smith’s Space-Bastards.

    Convergent Mercantilism.

    A Company of Adventurers.

    Cheers and good gaming.

    Rod Robertson.




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