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benskia
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Quick question...
I've got to have a name for the magical power that spell casters use in the computer game part of my story.
I've slotted the word Manna in temporarily, but wondering if that this might be an already coined phrase.
I'm pretty sure its the word used for Magic power in Final Fantasy, but I wonder if its a widely accepted term that's not specifically just in that particular title.

Would I be safe to use this word & not have people jumping up and down saying that I pinched it from somewhere else?

Anybody think up a better word than that?

Also, whilst we're at it. Everworld was a bit of a temporary name for the game too, 'cos it's a bit too close to Everquest. The competition is open for anybody who can think up a better name for a fantasy computer game. The winner gets to have a credit in the novel and your name read by a billion of my fans when I break J.K.'s sales record.

[This message has been edited by benskia (edited July 25, 2005).]


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dpatridge
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Change the word to just "mana" with only one "n" and it is the widely accepted word among RPGers for magical energy.

It sounds to me like Square decided to try to adapt the original in a new spelling in an ill-planned attempt to "be different."

EDIT: As for a name... I shall decline that offer, because whenever I get around to coming up with fantasy RPG realm names, I'm keeping them for my own future use.

[This message has been edited by dpatridge (edited July 25, 2005).]


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Mana is used in the game Populous: The Beginning as the name for the source of magical power, so you might find that it is too close to use.

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http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?book=Dictionary&va=mana&x=0&y=0

Mana is a Polynesian word.

I wouldn't know enough about your world to name it! What's interesting about it?


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Mana is perfectly acceptable, it is used in so many different games, books and such. That makes it an easily word for people to understand and therefore less likely distract the reader. If you want to make up a word you can do just about anything and then check it at dictionary.com to make sure it doesn't actually mean something.

As for the name of the game, what's the theme? If it is easily likened to EverQuest then stick with what you have. It would create that sycronicity with real life that is currently very popular (see What Tor Wants thread). Be sure not to capitalize the letter for the second word to avoid to being too blatant.
If you really want a different name I'll help.


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I agree that mana is fine. It's used in both EverQuest and World of Warcraft, which pretty much makes it official.
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I have a really, really, really, really, really good name for magic..... but I'm using it for my crappy fantasy :P

Ever and never seem to be good starting names for fantasy realms. Also under, inner, and outer. Pick one and just blurt out ending words until you find one you like.

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MaryRobinette
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Besides RPG it is used in the novel Present Perfect.
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Mana has a long history of being used as a term to represent base magical energy. I wouldn't advise using Manna, since that has other connotations for anyone who's even a fraction familiar with the bible.

I have tried to come up with other terms for the "underlying principle". Best one I came up with was "dinamos" (pronounced "dinner-moss"), a pseudo-Greek word that conjures up echoes of "power" and "force". But I'm still planning on using that.


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Elan
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I have friends who play EverQuest, and they agree the correct name of it should be "EverCrack"...
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benskia
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Mana it is then.
The game world is very similar to EverQuest. So if it's not too blatant, and in the absence of alternatives, i'll stick to Everworld too.

Cheers for your help.


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Doc Brown
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I first saw mana used to describe the natural resource behind magical powers in the short stories of Larry Niven back in the 1970s.

http://www.geocities.com/Paris/Rue/3086/rev_nivenl_ed.html

I don't know if it goes back earlier than that, nor do I know if Niven coined the term. All I know is that it is a relatively old term.


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wbriggs
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Hey, as I said: it's Polynesian. You can find it in Merriam-Webster.
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"EverCrack" - funny.

And it's "World of WarCrack" too - I know people who play 50+ hours a week...

Need... more... mana...

Lisa


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And the people in the general forums here refer to this site as "Hatcrack."

Given the level of activity I've seen over there, I'd have to agree.

--Mel


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