[Archive] What's in a name?

TheLazySamurai:

I searched the site to see if anyone shared this already, but I couldn’t find anything. Someone on Warseer discovered that GWs newly renamed lizardmen, Seraphon, share their new name with some very amusing fetish artwork. :o A simple google search for Seraphon on the images tab will get you some hilariously NSFW content. GW is bound to get some calls from concerned parents. I doubt they will be too tickled and they won’t be laughing if they get put in a bind by this poor choice of names. I’ll see myself out. :stuck_out_tongue:

The Lazy Samurai

Dînadan:

Surely they’ll also get bombarded with complaints by angered Christians considering Seraphon is a type of angel?

Admiral:

GW can always choose the sensible way and ignore the few anxious and angry complaints about non-issues and roll ahead with a decent name they’ve already decided upon. I’m sure this connection with something lewd is unintentional. :slight_smile:

More of an issue would rather be if Seraphon, Duerdar and so on is such a wise naming policy. I’m not thinking from an IP standpoint, but rather from one inviting new players (not scared by the current prices…). Granted, what you see in the pictures tell you way more than any names do, but Lizardmen, Dwarfs, Dark Elves etc. still had an inviting simplicity to them.

Dînadan:

It’s more than simplicity - if you say you play Warhammer and have an army of Lizardmen, then a non-gamer will instantly understand what you mean, but if you say you have a Seraphon army they’ll ask “What the hell is a Seraphon?” And that goes for other races, especially things like orcs and goblins which got renamed to things distinct enough to be trademarked, but similar enough that people will go “you mean orcs and goblins right? Why not just call them that?”

Admiral:

Well, that’s precisely what simplicity means here. :wink:

Dînadan:

I’d say it’s extra simplicity, not just regular simplicity :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

cornixt:

It’s just part of GW’s plan to trademark and IP-ize everything they can. Now everything is incomprehensible to those not well-versed in it. And all the generic alternatives suddenly become more attractive and easier to find.

Abecedar:


I searched the site to see if anyone shared this already, but I couldn't find anything. Someone on Warseer discovered that GWs newly renamed lizardmen, Seraphon, share their new name with some very amusing fetish artwork. :o A simple google search for Seraphon on the images tab will get you some hilariously NSFW content. GW is bound to get some calls from concerned parents. I doubt they will be too tickled and they won't be laughing if they get put in a bind by this poor choice of names. I'll see myself out. :P

The Lazy Samurai


TheLazySamurai
I have never seen those critters before. That is funny that GW chose that name.

Thommy H:

It’s been the name of Malekith’s dragon for years - GW had it first. Also, now they’re promoting this product range, it’s likely they’ll jump up the Google rankings and edge out the webcomic or whatever it is.

TheLazySamurai:

It's been the name of Malekith's dragon for years - GW had it first. Also, now they're promoting this product range, it's likely they'll jump up the Google rankings and edge out the webcomic or whatever it is.

Thommy H
You are certainly correct that GW has been using the name longer. I researched the name a bit (God help my browser history) and the images come from an artist named Seraphon from Deviant Art who has been around for 11 years. Malekith has been terrorizing high elves from the back of Seraphon the black dragon since around 1994.  I don't really think the name is that big of a deal and it is my ardent hope that GW gets more google hits than furry tickle porn. That being said, I was very amused by the fact that their new IP names has them competing with fetish artists as opposed to other gaming companies. :)

The Lazy Samurai