The Broken Wheel

2006 May 14

17 Responses to “The Broken Wheel”

  1. DevP Says:


  2. Jonathan Walton Says:

    I thought you’d like it, emo kid that you are. Wait until you see the rest of it. It’s like Recieving End of Sirens meets Becky Cloonan’s East Coast Rising.

  3. DevP Says:

    I also certainly recognize the names.

    Have you read “East Coast Rising”? Is it any good?

  4. Jonathan Walton Says:

    Hmm… well I have sorta mixed feelings about ECR. Becky is definitely a better artist than writer, at least at this point. But the visuals are amazing and the storytelling is pretty solid, plus the character designs are top notch. But the story itself is sorta ho-hum. Like a rock opera, one could say. Beautiful and with pretentions of something big and epic, but not quite all the way there.

  5. Jonathan Walton Says:

    Oh, and I’m thinking about actually calling it True Hearts on the Good Ship Revenge or something similarly emo. Suggestions?

  6. DevP Says:

    I AM NOT AN EMO KID. [/denial]

    Your suggested title seems a bit more flowery than emo (which is cool). “The Broken Wheel” is actually very emo, IMHO. (Alas, name collision with Burning Wheel.)

    Other ideas:
    * Hearts at Sea
    * Waves of Regret
    * The Heartbreak Expedition
    * Starboard Confessional (pun!)

  7. Shreyas Says:

    The Cutlasses of My Heart

  8. Rich Forest Says:

    I’m looking at the broken wheel, and one think keeps running through my head…



    “What’s another name for pirate treasure?”

  9. Jonathan Walton Says:


  10. Rob Says:

    I think Rich was making a Beastie Boys reference.

    ie, the alliteration is nice, but it seems a great shame to have a game about pirates and sex that does not use the term “Booty”

  11. Rich Forest Says:

    Yeah, Rob’s got me right — booty — that’s what it is. Though I have to admit, I did miss the alliteration (I have no excuse). In which case, I do like “spoils,” actually.

    Still, there must be a place for booty in there somewhere.

  12. Jonathan Walton Says:

    Well, I imagine there’s gonna be enough booty jokes as it is. Also, I need a word that’s specifically about treasure and goods and barrels of gunpowder, one that’s not also a synonym for sex, because we already have Sex. I’ll make sure there’s still plenty of booty to go around.

  13. Lauren Says:

    Might I suggest “swag”? There is “loot” also, but “swag” sound more pirate to me, also in keeping with your s words.

  14. Jonathan Walton Says:

    “Swag” definitely works too. I mean, if we want to make all the wheel elements into short piratey verbs, we could go with:

    Scrap (Sword)
    Slum (Social)
    Spot/Spy (See)
    Sail (er…Sail)
    Sack (Stuff)
    Snog (Sex)
    Snuff (Slay)

    I like “Sack” because it’s both a verb, as in “ransack,” and a noun, as in “my sack of booty.” What’s the verb form of “swag”? “Swaggle”?

  15. Jonathan Walton Says:

    Yo ho ho! A description of the rules is posted! Yaaaarrr!

  16. vasco brown Says:

    … or simply Cutlasses My Heart?

  17. Rob Says:



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