1. To kidnap (a man) for compulsory service aboard a ship, especially after drugging him.
2. To induce or compel (someone) to do something, especially by fraud or force: We were shanghaied into buying worthless securities.
3. To render more awesome through cunning use of nomenclature.
Ahoy, Blogonians, and welcome to the seventh installment of Question of the Week. In conversation with a player the other day, the subject of renamed ships came up. Paraphrased, then, today's question is, "So, what's your favorite rename?"
This is a difficult question for several reasons, not least of which is that I have not seen every single rename in existence, and also because the art of a good custom rename, to my mind, is very different from the art of a good standard rename.
There's even variation with custom renames between ones which are funny, ones which are clever, and ones which are beautiful. I'm told there's at least one Batmobile out there, for instance, which is awesome, and I really hope it's painted black and grey with yellow trim. I know there is a player on Viridian collecting ships named after real ships from the Royal Navy (I renamed the HMS Queen Elizabeth for him and we had a good chinwag afterwards) which is awesome for a completely different reason. I also have favorites among renames I would have loved to be able to do under the rules, such as "Metallica" (anyone who knows the name of the ship I sit on will know why!) and "Ferrari". When that happens, we generally try to talk it over with the player and see if there's anything else they can come up with which is still cool.
I have to admit that I'm more fond of a clever standard rename, though. Both of my ships, the Wayward Sunfish and the Classic Rock Cod, are standards, and I'm having fun coming up with other renames which are thematically sound. I've got fishbase.org bookmarked and will on occasion type in random words to see if there's anything there (I just now discovered that there is a fish called the Sapo Bacon!) There doesn't even need to be a pun. In fact, my favorite standard rename of all isn't a pun, it's just nifty.
I speak, of course, of the "Owned Haha".
Next week on QOTW: Tentacles and Robots.