Sometimes we hit bumps in the road. Sometimes a bump causes our car to launch into the air, and where and how you land…well, no one knows. After a long few weeks of a little naming dilemma, we have officially renamed our game about discovering the next big musical trio, Center Stage, to Upstaged! So what necessitated this change?
To make a long story short, apparently there are about three to four other games that may come out in the near future who are vying to lay the claim to the name, Center Stage. Instead of getting into a confusing situation where fans of all the games lose out, we decided to search for a new name.
At first, I really wanted to keep the “C” and the “S” in the name because I thought the bass and treble clef in reverse were really cool (and I still do think they’re cool). My wife and I thought of a bunch of names, and she came up with either Sound Collective or Collective Soul. I put this to a vote on various Facebook forums, and it was virtually even. However, some people brought up that it doesn’t quite ring as strong as Center Stage, and there may be some confusion with other entities with similar names, i.e. the band, Collective Soul.
The day that we decided to name the game Collective Sound, my wife and I got to talking. It would have been really cool if we found a name that kept “stage” in the name. And something that is one word would be more marketable. Not only that, something that really describes the competitive and outgoing nature of the game would be cool. After all, you and your friends are mentors who aim to not only form a musical supergroup, but outshine all the other mentors. And, as often happens on the musical reality TV shows that the game’s theme plays off of, the mentors sometimes upstage the actual contestants. And, without warning, the game was renamed Upstaged.
Yeah, Upstaged wasn’t part of the voting, but so far, feedback for the name change has been extremely positive. There are those that feel that it is a catchier name that more accurately portrays the game. I’m still getting used to it, but I’m loving the name more each day. The artwork is now being revised and is really coming along, but it will still keep the same feel that we’ve originally envisioned.
In the near future we plan on doing a lot more blind playtesting locally. For those that don’t know what blind playtesting is, it’s basically handing the game to a group of people, rules and all, and telling them, “Pretend I’m not here and you just bought this game. And…go.” Then you sit there and die a little inside as you find out that even the simplest instructions can be misconstrued in many, many ways. For example, the phrase, “Insert this tab between the box halves,” doesn’t mean that people will necessarily insert anything anywhere, put the lid back on top of the box, or pay attention to diagrams right next to the phrase. *Sigh.* If you’d like to be part of this process let me know. Help us make Upstaged a reality and watch me squirm in the process!