As I've been rushing towards finishing Cold Steel Wardens, I've also been doing quite a bit of research on incorporation. Before I start any Kickstarters or establish any copyrights, I'm going to need to exist as a corporate entity--boy isn't that scary to think of!
And, while I have several ideas, I've decided to take the actualy decision out of my hands...and put it into yours, friends and neighbors! Below are the five names that I've been contemplating. I'll leave up a poll on the right sidebar for you to vote on your favorite--the most popular name becomes the name that I'll submit for registration for my company, and will be used on everything I ever publish!
- Stormcrown Press: This was my first idea. It very much "feels" like a gaming company name, evoking references to royalty and thunder. The 'storm' idea came from my full-time gig, as my school's mascot is the thunderbolt. Depending on how things hash out, I may be working with their DECA program for some marketing opportunities, but nothing's confirmed yet.
- Pendulum Press: Obviously, the name for this one comes from my upcoming Pendulum essay compilation, which will hopefully be one of my first products. I like the alliterative nature of it though I'm unsure about having something so closely tied to a single one of my products.
- Steel Witt Productions: Get the pun? Yeah...this may be my least favorite of the choices. But, it shows both my relationship to the Steel City and my connection to Wittenberg, while making a pseudo-funny joke. It's memorable, but do I really want my company to be memorable as a joke?
- Blackfall Press: Ah, the obscure one! Blackfall refers to a city in which I ran series of one-shots while back at Wittenberg, legendary for their lethality and their player-vs-player conniving. Really, if I can point to a part of my time at Witt that really led me towards game design as something I'm good at, it would be these. It's tied to my history, but not overtly.
- Iron Pendulum Productions: A combination of #2 and #3, with a little less emphasis on Pendulum and a little more towards Pittsburgh and the Iron Age of Comics. That said, the name is a little on the long side, which would make it harder to remember.