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Unusual spaceship names

Posted: Mon Jul 23, 2012 5:20 pm
by IanBruntlett
Space ship names – inspired by the names in Iain M. Banks' Culture novels.

Note: if you are running a Judge Dredd or Strontium Dog campaign then as well as providing names for ships it could be adapted to provide names for City Blocks or Freeways.

1. The Unexpected Interrupt.
2. Suggestions of Intimacy.
3. The victory over [insert species/race/system name here]
4. The [geographical feature e.g. river]
5. The [adjective/activity] [creature/person/occupation]
6. The [1st pet name][1st streetname]
7. Lawyer Slayer
8. The Whimsy
9. The Battle of [insert location here]
10. The Not Again
11. The Unforeseen Consequence
12. The Inappropriate Monicker
13. The Perennial Platitude
14. The Polysyllabic Nonsense
15. Thwarted Ambition
16. Did you mean to say that?
17. The Big Girl's Blouse

Re: Unusual spaceship names

Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:55 am
by locarno24
I always liked the Culture Warships. My personal favourites:

1) Hand Me The Gun And Ask Me That Again
2) Lapsed Pacifist
3) I Said, I've Got A Big Stick
4) Attitude Adjuster

Re: Unusual spaceship names

Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:36 am
by 2330ADUSA1
My players have always used...StarScream!

Re: Unusual spaceship names

Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:45 am
by Old timer
'Melon of Troy' for a ship name in my current traveller game.

Re: Unusual spaceship names

Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:02 pm
by Hopeless
Space Rats in the Star Wars campaign I played in.

Been a while since the last session but currently we're still using Darth Vader's personal shuttle as he threw our last freighter into the skeletal structure of the Second Death Star when we pulled a "Villa"* and escaped from the prison cell aboard a Star Destroyer after learning he was coming!

And who says being a Tongue Tied Engineer and Force Sensitive never came in useful?!

*A Blake Seven reference for those left wondering

Re: Unusual spaceship names

Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:11 pm
by GJD
The Ruby Murray (rhyming slang for Curry).

Re: Unusual spaceship names

Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:17 pm
by AdrianH
Borrowed from someone else, possibly inspired by Iain M. Banks: Accusatory Finger of Suspicion.

In one RPG in which I was playing, the female player got the job of ship's captain. She promptly named the ship Floppy Ears.

Re: Unusual spaceship names

Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 2:35 pm
by hdan
Not that these are too unusual, but in my game we have:

The Laughing Dolphin
The Brass Ring
One Man's Trash
Semper Mercanti
Black Vengeance

Re: Unusual spaceship names

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 12:42 am
by jappel
I recall someone similarly inspired by Mr. Banks' books naming a free trader "Driver Carries No Change".

Re: Unusual spaceship names

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:48 am
by chrisdw
In campaigns I've run we've had

Hawkwind
Hiccup
Hiccup II

Re: Unusual spaceship names

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 2:04 pm
by locarno24
Hiccup II
I find myself half expecting a free trader call the "Seriously, How Many Corsairs Are There In This Sector? VII"

Re: Unusual spaceship names

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 2:56 pm
by SSWarlock
Back in my college days, I had a player who came up with an ethically challenged ship named "Middle Finger". :roll:

Re: Unusual spaceship names

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:22 pm
by Mencelus
As always, Ian M. Banks wins:

Anticipation of a New Lover's Arrival

Irregular Apocalypse

Of Course I Still Love You

Size Isn't Everything

Man, I do love the Culture...can't we have Traveller The Culture already?

Re: Unusual spaceship names

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:03 pm
by IanBruntlett
Mencelus wrote: Man, I do love the Culture...can't we have Traveller The Culture already?
+1 :)

Re: Unusual spaceship names

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:36 pm
by Myrm
My first Traveller game we named the ship 'Who, Me?'

Re: Unusual spaceship names

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:21 pm
by Mithras
We had the Hispaniola and the Heebie Jeebie!

Re: Unusual spaceship names

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:21 pm
by Mithras
My current safari ship is called the Vanishing Point.

Re: Unusual spaceship names

Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 7:27 am
by locarno24
IanBruntlett wrote:
Mencelus wrote: Man, I do love the Culture...can't we have Traveller The Culture already?
+1 :)
+2, +3 and +4... It's one I'd love to see.

Re: Unusual spaceship names

Posted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 4:19 pm
by blackangus
Hazard to Navigation is our perennial favorite.

Re: Unusual spaceship names

Posted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 11:49 pm
by Vargrz
For unusual ship names (say I want to have the names of the various ships at a starport) I sometimes use funky band names!

Really, can't you see a ship named:
Iron Butterfly
Crack the Sky
Operation Ivy
Lovin' Spoonful
Velvet Underground
Cowboy Junkies
Black Flag
Twisted Sister
Cheap Trick
Faith No More
Fastball
Halfcocked
King Missile
Magnificent Tracers
Modest Mouse
Etc...