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# 1 Unoriginal ship names
12-12-2012, 09:29 PM
I've been seeing a lot of USS Serenity or names like Mal Reynolds lately. One even in the same DSE together like they were holding hands or something.

That's something I don't like about some die-hard Trekkies and science fiction fans - they let the TV do the thinking for them. Nary an original thought pops into their heads.
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# 2
12-12-2012, 09:36 PM
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Originally Posted by princedimwit View Post
I've been seeing a lot of USS Serenity or names like Mal Reynolds lately. One even in the same DSE together like they were holding hands or something.

That's something I don't like about some die-hard Trekkies and science fiction fans - they let the TV do the thinking for them. Nary an original thought pops into their heads.
A true die-hard Trekker wouldn't name her ship after one from a different show.

In fact, a true die-hard Trekker would not only complain about people not finding enough original names, but also whine about people not having grammatically correct names, names that don't fit in the common scheme used by the random ship name generator (i.e. names that only matter to people who speak English and live in the western world), using NX- prefix on non-experimental ships, not having mirror universe ship prefixes for mirror ships, the presence of "alien" ships in Starfleet or the KDF, why their favorite kitbash from the novels isn't in the game, why transphasics can't pop elite tactical cubes in 1 hit, why Starfleet/KDF players would use any weapons EXCEPT Phasers/Disruptors, why the Defiant is not as small in-game as the runabout is today, battle cloaks for the Defiant and Gal-X, and all manner of canon offenses.

Then they'd loudly declare that they and everyone else is going to quit if Cryptic and "P2WE" doesn't do what they want right now.
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# 3
12-12-2012, 09:39 PM
I tend to name my ships for actual cities, geological formations or historically-significant (non-German or American) ships. And if the ships follow a name scheme, like the Danubes always being named after rivers, I follow that.

Steamrunner's USS Kyoto
HEC's USS Soryu (It is a carrier, afterall)
Danube's USS Mojave

A few times I've diverted from this, but again, uncommon names, names I've never seen reused.

Prometheus is USS Mjolnir (Following the Prometheus' theme of being named after myth)

It's exceptionally easy to come up with original ship names. People are just uncreative. It's like when Burning Sea first came out, every ship had black sales, had a toon named Jack Sparrow (or some butchering there of) driving it and was named Black Pearl...

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# 4
12-12-2012, 09:46 PM
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Originally Posted by wunjee View Post
Prometheus is USS Mjolnir (Following the Prometheus' theme of being named after myth)
Well, Prometheus is a Greek myth, while Mjolnir is a Norse God's weapon. The rest of the Advanced Escort classes were also all taken from Greek mythology.

Just sayin', not judgin'.
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# 5
12-12-2012, 09:48 PM
My Caitian science officer's first ship was the USS Gealic. As he progressed, the ships went with the generic A, B, C, etc suffixes. When he became a Captain, it changed.

USS Bebhionn
Lunar Class

Bebhionn is a moon of Saturn. Named for Bebinn, the Irish goddess of birth. So the new name fit both the Celtic type and the Lunar class naming structure.
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# 6
12-12-2012, 09:48 PM
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Originally Posted by princedimwit View Post
I've been seeing a lot of USS Serenity or names like Mal Reynolds lately. One even in the same DSE together like they were holding hands or something.

That's something I don't like about some die-hard Trekkies and science fiction fans - they let the TV do the thinking for them. Nary an original thought pops into their heads.
So what's the name of you're original ship that no one in the world thought of?


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# 7
12-12-2012, 09:51 PM
STO and Mass Effect 2 released in the same general timeframe of 2010.

Since then, there's been more Shepards flying around in a U.S.S./I.K.S. Normandy than I can count. It has calmed down a little since.

Not to mention I've probably seen, ballparking, six different 'Nebuchadnezzar's and only one of them managed to spell it right.

If you're going to crib a popular name, folks, at least Google its spelling before you wind up being snorted at for your 'Nabukaneza'. I know Star Trek is the bastion of the Mary Sue, but dayumn, gurl..

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# 8
12-12-2012, 10:02 PM
I want to thank the OP for raising this critical and compelling issue. Please, Cryptic, won't you think of the children?
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# 9
12-12-2012, 10:08 PM
I named my Odyssey Star Cruiser USS Leif Ericson, reasoning that the name theme is about famous explorers, mythical or historical. (well technically, Odyssey wasn't an explorer >.>)
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# 10
12-12-2012, 10:29 PM
Spotted in Sector Space, a character by the name of 'Back in the'. The ship was called 'R'. So it looked like this:

Back in the
USS R
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