I have been working diligently on my new game world. In the last week or so there have been two play test sessions of some of the material that went pretty well. Another session is on tap for Wednesday, one in which the players will get to explore some of the largest city. Writing ceased for most of the past week while I was on vacation, but there was a lot of brainstorming done, which should translate to written work in the coming week or so.
While I was off, however, I did encounter a bit of a stumbling block. I have been calling the whole project "The Colonies" which is both simple and explanatory. Unfortunately, it is also a bit generic and I am afraid it is a tad dull. Also, there is a bit of a problem. Unbeknownst to me when I came up with the original name, Fat Goblin Games has a series of products as part of their line called the "Shadows over Vathak: Colonies." A quick perusal of the previews of their stuff on DriveThruRPG indicates to me that there is no real similarity of content. Under ordinary circumstances, I would not really worry much about this. EXCEPT. Fat Goblin Games has also produced a number of the publishing products I will be using in my project including the cover base, the page backgrounds, and some of the interior stock art.
Since they put out fine products that I like, I am thinking it might be a good idea to change my project's name to be more distinctive. To that end, I am considering naming the entire project for one of the central geographic features of the new land. When the humans reach the new land, they land on a long stretch of beach they dub Costa do Branco: the White Coast. It is the white coast they return to in their first colonization efforts. A quick search of that term also seems to indicate that no one has used it as a project title yet. It seems to still be simple, if not quite as explanatory. Also, Costa Blanca is a real place in Spain that has some inspiring architecture: fully in keeping with the spirit of this project.
There is a poll feature that Blogspot seems to allow. It should be over there ---->. Vote and tell me which you prefer. If you do not like either one, comment below and tell me what you think I should do instead.