I'm in need of as many names for ships as I can get, as we are kicking off a pirate campaign soon. So let's all gather round the fire and try and one up each other with how cool our ship names are.
Doesn't matter if its for sci fi, fantasy, real life or whatever,
Two For Flinching
In other words.....just look at the names of Royal Navy battleships, battlecruisers, and carriers.
Currently playing an ex-pirate, once proudly serving upon The Lash, fastest... ok one of the fastest... look, it was damn fine ship and that'll be the end of it! Anyway, she's seeking the means to exact revenge for the capture and execution of her captain and crew by that scum sucking first mate, the half-orc Grum Duggery. Near 40 years of good honest piracy left swinging in the breeze. And the price of this betrayal was no less than a full pardon and captaincy of the very same ship he had once sworn his life to!
So when asked why, after a good 30 something years, she has turned her back to the waves, Lavinia gives the same answer; "There's nothing at sea for me but Grum Duggery and the Lash!"
>The Dashing Devil
>"Better Than Prison"
>Great White Wanderer
>The Shifty Seductress
>HMS Fuck The Spanish
>The Sea Cow
>An Honest Living
>The Model of Modernity
>The Aggressive Diplomat
>The Drunken Drifter
>The Captains Pride (with a lifeboat on board being called "The Captains Ability")
Umbubu the Refined
Patchy the Explosives Expert
Pretty-Boy Keane (actually a girl)
Mama Marisol, Loa at Large
One-Shot Mikki, Arquebusier
The Barn Owl
Spider's Tangled Web
The Unknown Challenge
Congress of Corpses
Thread of Fate
Dead to the World
The Long Haul
Her Bloody Kiss
Leap of Faith
The Burnt Offering
Beast of Burden
Her Lost Love
Powder and Ire
The Sharks of Man
Caged At Sea
Spirit in Chains
Under the Influence
Dead Men Tales
Patria o Muerte
The Old Boys
>Selling something like "The Shadow Pirates" is easier than selling "The crew of the Shadow ship"
It should be "the crew of the Shadow". No need to add "ship" at the end, it's implied.
But...Dead Tom's always been dead.
That's why he's called Dead Tom!
The Shadow pirates is easier to sell than the crew of the Shadow.
And that's just assuming crew name goes by ship name. The Shadow pirates, of the ship Blackbow, is better than either apart.
But nobody does that outside of One Piece, which is a manga about goofy pirates doing goofy/manly things.
When they're on the ship, it's usually just "the Blackbow" and they leave it at that, the ship and her crew are one.
When they're on shore, they're either "[captain's] crew", or just "pirates".
Of course they don't, because people in real life don't build hype about some crew they are going to encounter.
But in a tabletop game, that's kind of the point. Who cares if it's goofy, if it gets the players interested.
Here's the names of every ship (approx 1200 of them) from the Pirates of the Spanish Main game.
Go to the "type" dropdown menu and select "ship", then hit "search for miniatures". Every other field should be set to "all" by default, so that gets you all the ships in every set for the game.
Hopefully that will generate a sufficiently large fleet.
Huh, I managed to fuck up the link. Mornings are not a thing for me. Try this one:
Same instructions apply.
No More Mr Nice Guy
Of Course I Still Love You
You'll Thank Me Later
It's Character Forming
Frank Exchange of Views
Serious Callers Only
I Blame My Mother
I Blame Your Mother
Hand Me The Gun And Ask Again
We Haven't Met But You're A Great Fan Of Mine
In One Ear
tl;dr the culture for best ship names
I once played a homebrew game where everyone had their own ship and we fought as a squadron. Primary goal was exploration, but every craft had it's specialty.
>Maximum Force Response or MFR: Straight up combat specialist. Piloted by a lone android, and so had no internal capacity besides storage as he didn't even need a pilots chair. Completely depressurized. Most of the ship was guns and engines.
Pic related is the picture I used to explain the idea to the rest of the group.
>Horizon Hunter: The science vessel of the bunch. The "homiest" with comfortable living quarters and extensive labs. Also the heaviest and most well armoured/shielded. Crew was a bunch of friendly Canadians and Scandinavians.
>Iron Khan: Drone/Cyberwarfare specialist. Piloted and crewed by a group of reclusive Russian nerds. Generally filthy, but surprisingly agile and technologically advanced. Had a side hustle selling sex bots when we were in port.
>Autumn Song: Your classic Han Solo/Fire Fly type smuggler ship. A rattletrap but shockingly fast and sturdy. Crew was as you expect, and the captain was the party face. The big catch was that they were actually the only ones loyal to the government we were working for, and pretty big patriots. Captain had a big Kirk streak and tried to fuck the an alien babe on every planet.
>Harbinger of Piety
I like that one a lot - definitely a good unspoken message in what at first appears to be just another vaguely imposing religious ship name.
The skyships from the Edge Chronicles had some pretty cool names
Various sea monster names are also pretty good
Shadow of Intent
Forward Unto Dawn
Pillar of Autumn
Truth and Reconciliation
Far Sight Lost
Dawn Under Heaven
Song of the East
Say My Name
Spirit of Fire
Halo had some good ship/fleet names.
Its a whole "the Autumn of Man" shtick with one last true spartan left who will eventually die with no real successor. Only hope is if man can become more than man in a new cycle of seasons or fade and die in the long winter to come.
They just needed the other 3 seasons to be represented and they already had enough ships.
I've always been fond of giving ships classes, and then naming based on those.
In a sci-fi game the PCs fought off Sword-class light assault boats like MS Saber, Cutlass and Rapier.
Then they encountered Club-class assault ships. MS Cudgel, Mace, Truncheon, and a bloody battle with MS Hammer.
They got the gist, as the Clubs were bigger and heavier than the Swords. they tried to outrace LS Eagle, a Raptor-class messenger. They spent time on CS Darkwave, a cultural-exchange ship where they were spying. IT's sister ships were CS Bluegrass and CS Baroque.
They freaked out when they met an unidentified ship called XS Aphasia, and rightly so.
The (color) (violent ocean movement)
Ex.- The Red Typhoon
The (name of monarch)'s (judicial term)
Ex- King George's Litigation
The (adjective) (euphemism for a prostitute)
Ex- The Mormon Jezebelle
The Weeaboo Pirates
The Katana Pirates
The Cosmetic Surgery Pirates
The Prickly Pear Pirates
The Leaving Las Vegas Pirates
The Nicolas Cage Pirates
The Academy Award Pirates
The Crying Leo Pirates
The Ghost Rider 2 Pirates
The Cage's Shame Pirates
The hot sauce clown Pirates
The Sexy Bowling Pirates
The White Russian Pirates
The Rug Burner Pirates
The Merchant Pirates
The He-be Pirates
The She Knee Pirates
The Deck Primate Pirates
The Street Monkey Pirates
The You Den Pirates
The Hollow Cost Pirates
The Go Bells Pirates
The Him El Her Pirates
The Row Mel Pirates
The Desert Fox Pirates
The Bengal Risen Pirates
XS Cataplexy, XS Seizure, XS Pareidolia, and XS Neuropathy were all hinted at.
I don't normally go for spoopy spellingtons games but I've never seen a group of four gamers so unnerved.
The one I'm in? You'll laugh but it's freeform.
I have played in one before though that used Mutants and Masterminds as the system, and worked quite well. Particularly the ship combat was cool.