Friday, May 29, 2009

Naming a Multigenre Post-Apocalyptic Setting

Sundered Earth was one of the first names that came to mind when I was brainstorming ideas for a name for my multigenre post-apocalyptic campaign setting, but the planet wasn't really broken or split apart so "sundered" was more or less a misnomer. After jotting down a bunch of those ideas and consulting both a thesaurus and a dictionary, I finally settled on Spectrum Shock. Using the most common definitions for these words doesn't seem to make sense, but with an eye for less-often-used meanings, one can see their relevance to a multigenre post-apocalyptic setting.

  • Spectrum: a broad sequence or range of related qualities, ideas, or activities
  • Shock: a violent collision or impact
Thus, Spectrum Shock doesn't have anything to do with electrifying a rainbow in this case. It is the violent collision of a broad range of qualities and ideas, which fits quite well for a setting in which some of the major conflicts will probably center around technology vs magic, mankind vs the supernatural, and Mother Earth vs invading alien ecosystems.

Quite appropriate after all, in my humble opinion.


  1. Congrats! Good name. Well thought.

    BTW, why not Spectrum Earth? Thus linking your first idea with the newest: "An Earth where you can find every aspect of the fantasy-sci spectrum" ;D

    Just my 2 cents.

  2. I like Spectrum Earth, but I think I'm going to stick with Spectrum Shock.

    I like the "violent collision" aspect of the definition... and it took too much brainpower to come up with that to change it now.

    Thanks for the idea, though.

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