Dirty Princesses

A Game about Expectations and Danger

The Name and A Realisation January 11, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — bullbar83 @ 4:48 pm

I was thinking about the settings and styles that could be applied to Dirty Princesses tonight and I realised that it could be used for a straight-up drama about a group of sisters leaving home and dealing with their mother. The Retinue becomes their group of friends and their ‘Perilous Quest’ is surviving college or getting a job. It’s interesting to see where the concept can get taken.

That’s what led me onto the second thought. Does the name work? It started out like a little joke that then became the name. I’m somewhat used to it now and I don’t really want to change it, but… it’s a bit suggestive. The real question is, what would I change it to?

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4 Responses to “The Name and A Realisation”

  1. Andrew Says:

    I like the ambiguity, and I think it depends on how targeted you want the book to be. Remember that someone came up with the names iPod and Ganakgagok. They mean nothing by themselves.

  2. kymmy Says:

    What was the motivation behind calling them Dirty Princesses in the first place?

    Also, surviving college to be honest sounds mundane to me.

    • David Says:

      I’m sure there are plenty more exciting things than college and drama, I’m just saying that if somebody wanted to they could use it in that way. It surprised me a little. It’s really moved beyond the default assumptions of a fantasy setting that I had in my head.

  3. David Says:

    Originally I didn’t have a name, but in a thread on The Forge, I said it was ‘A game about, for lack of a better term, Dirty Princesses’, because one of the big themes that I started with that sort of fell back a little bit now is the concept of these perfect beautiful Princesses going out into the nasty real world and getting broken down and rebuilt.


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