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Thursday, August 25, 2016

I Need Another Name for "Thief"



The Swords & Wizardry: Light Thief class does not line up exactly with the Swords & Wizardry Thief. Therefore, we need a new name and anyone that suggests "Rogue" will get beat with a wet noodle.

Progression for thief like skills is plotted through 12th level, so a S&W: Light "Thief" could work side by side with a standard S&W Thief.

Just need a name...

If we pick your suggestion I'll send a couple of copies of S&W: Light your way when it goes to print ;)

90 comments:

  1. Burglar? Jack of All Trades? Robber? Cutpurse?

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    1. See, these are GREAT!

      Knave is my favorite b/c it can just mean "man" though of course it has connections to cards and thieves too ... so it's ethically neutral with lots of wiggle room.

      Scoundrel is my 2nd favorite ... because it fits Han Solo like a glove.

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    2. We used to use "Fighter From Behind".

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    3. We used to use "Fighter From Behind".

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  3. How about clip, lifter or pilferer?

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  4. Specialist, adventurer, plunderer, bandit or brigand.

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  5. Specialist, adventurer, plunderer, bandit or brigand.

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  6. Freebooter
    Scout
    Con Artist
    Sellsword
    Politician
    Desparado
    Scruffy looking nerf herder

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  7. How do the two differ? That would seem to be important information for this decision.

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  8. How do the two differ? That would seem to be important information for this decision.

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  9. Mountebank
    Rogue
    Sneakthief
    Delver
    Prowler
    Outlaw

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    1. Damn it! Stay your wet noodle, good sir, I meant no disrespect!

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  10. Prowler, Larcenist, or prowler.

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  11. Purloiner, Larcener, Rustler or my favourite 'Fingersmith'

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  12. you may also like 'Twocer/Twocker' UK Police slang from the offence 'Taking Without Owners Consent'

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  15. Robber or bandit, though shoesole has its merits.

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  16. Criminal or Crook. Defalcator, Larcener, Purloiner, Thug, Lucre-Man.

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  17. Without knowing the difference in how it lines up with thief, I can only go with my favorite Footpad

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    1. That is the reason I linked the initial S&W: Light Thief post.

      Lines up exactly, except skills are via a d6. Everything else is the same.

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    2. So, then you're admitting there's exactly zero reason to rename the thief. So, there ya are. There's your name for the class: thief.
      Easy, huh? :)

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    3. What about the class title Acquirer? After all that is what they do acquire things right? It almost sounds legit. Anyway congrats again on the gig. I know you are going to do an outstanding job. They are lucky to have you on board.

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  18. Pickpocket or burglar (like the Hobbit!)

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  19. Heister (just for the similarity to keister) Ha ha

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  20. lockman, master of locks great and small

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  21. What the heck? Are you all spelling bee champions? I haven't seen a single rouge recommendation.

    Burglar, adventurer, opportunist, thug

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    1. That is because we true adventurers know the difference between makeup and thieves.

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  22. Scallywag - from the Urban Dictionary: 1. A person who is known to be a treacherous lying son-of-a-bitch, and usually smells bad. 2. A term of endearment used by pirates. Ex: 1. Luke is a scallywag!
    2. Yarrr...hoe you be, scallywag?

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    1. With apologies to anyone named "Luke"... that was the name in the definition. Probably someone with whom the original author had an encounter.

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  23. I'm sure if you ask the thieves they will inform you that they are an "Honest Citizen" and how dare you suggest otherwise.

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  24. clip
    larcenist
    pilferer
    prowler
    scrounger
    burglar

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  25. Improviser - from Wiktionary: To make something up or invent it as one goes on; to proceed guided only by imagination, instinct, and guesswork rather than by a careful plan. Fly by the seat of one's pants, play by ear, punt, think on one's feet, wing it.

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  26. Opportunist… as in Luke the Red is such a rouge opportunist.

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  27. Wet noodle commence, Rogue is the best name for the class bar none, thief is actually a terrible name and firmly pigeonholes the character. As a substitute, "Scout" is a good enough definition for what the class does.....

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  28. Are you using level titles? If not, you've got 10 good alternatives right there.
    Gygax fan? Want to do an homage? Consider Desperado (see Lejendary Adventure).
    My personal favorites:
    Rake
    Rook
    Filch
    Brigand
    Scoundrel

    Out of Canting Crew (semi-historical thieves cant, also Gygax):
    Filching Cove
    Budge
    Prigger
    Sharpers
    Burglar

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  29. What makes it different from a thief? Without context, we're just throwing random names against the wall, and you might as well use a thesaurus.

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  30. A retired police officer asking the crowd for an alternate name for a thief? You are toying with us aren't you.

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  31. Villain?
    Freelancer?
    Footpad?
    Stalker?
    Skulker?

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  32. It's a trick question. Ken Whitman or Whit Whitman.

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  33. I'm definitely for "burglar." Gives nice LotR echoes.

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  34. If you're doing the thieves' abilities percentile table thing, I like "Taskmaster."

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  35. Expert
    Lightfoot
    Crackerjack
    Savvy
    Adept

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  37. Rag and bone man or just rag and bone.

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  38. I second or third etc.
    Knave
    Mounteback
    Rake
    Or
    Footpad

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  39. Pursejerk

    Billycrook

    Nimblejain

    Bobby dodger

    Jack (or Jill) o' the trades

    mischief sower

    Coin-sneak

    Fortune seeker

    Murk-Lurk

    Fleetfoot

    Bargain hunter

    Discounter

    Fool mocker

    Daringman

    Lootgrip

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  40. Second-story man
    Cat
    Ally rat
    Guttersnipe

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  41. Rascal

    'Thief' implies only bad intentions, to my mind 'rascal' can encompass the (merely) mischievous! Hence all alignments except possibly lawful good.

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  42. Procurer of Lost Antiquities (or just Procurer for short?)

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  43. Legitimate Businessman
    High Street Lord
    Undeserving Poor

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  44. My early home group always used the term "Scout"

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  45. To me, thieving skills have a lot of exploration potential, especially with climbing walls and opening up ancient locked doors, so how about something with a more positive connotation? Something like...
    Explorer
    Delver
    Handyman
    Adventurer (even though the other classes are adventurers!)

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