Why did we name this RPG, "Knight vs Dragon?"

July 10, 2016

In the spirit of many classic RPG's, I wanted to name this game with alliteration like Dungeons and Dragons, Swords and Sorcery, Might and Magic, or Call of Cthulhu. At the same time, I wanted the name to evoke the essence of its gameplay.

However, first, as my son and I were building the prototype, we needed a temporary name to refer to the game until we came up with a better one. So unimaginatively we called it "Knight vs Dragon," since the first adventure was...you guessed it...about a knight versus a dragon.  

After the first playtest, my son was naturally referring to Knight vs Dragon as KvD (kay-vee-dee). The abbreviation has a nice ring to it, the last half rhyming with DnD even.  'Knight' represents the hero and 'Dragon' represents the monster.  And just like the name of that popular game, it's not always just about dungeons and dragons.

Then mulling it over for about a week, we couldn't come up with anything better. So I spent some time on the interwebs and discovered that together, "Knight vs Dragon," with both nouns written in the singular, has not been used for an RPG--at least as far as I can tell. The short domain kvdrpg.com was also available, as well as all the social media accounts for kvdrpg. In short, those boxes were checked.

The more I talked about the game with work colleagues and friends, the more I repeated, "KvD".  And the more it stuck in my mind. So now on the prototype's box it says boldly, "KvD," and the website announces proudly, "Knight vs Dragon." Sometimes simple is best, especially when it evokes the essence of the game: hero fighting monster.

[UPDATE]

October 19, 2016

During the very first playtest by an unrelated father and daughter, right away the daughter asked, "What does KvD stand for, Kid vs Dad?" No. LOL. But that quick-witted observation, led me to adopt #kidvsdad as a hashtag for KvD.  Perhaps there will be an #SoVsSo hashtag in the future too?

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