(Maybe I'm just feeling bitchy today, but...)
Is it just me, or do most fantasy RPGs have really stupid names? Like, names that don't fit the game or increase your understanding of it or anything?
Pathfinder is one that particularly gets me. Whenever I saw the name, I thought it was about wildnerness stuff or something. It was ages before I found out it was a game for people who wanted to play 3E D&D without, y'know, playing 3E D&D.
Then we have the long, long list of games that are named after their settings. NEWS FLASH: I don't care about your stupid setting! Its unpronounceable, not-related-to-any-language-at-all name does not get me fired up or interested in the least. DO NOT put it on your stinkin' cover!
Also, anything that's a backronym (especially you, FATAL). I'm completely fine with backronyms for modern-day or sci-fi games. Not fantasy games.
Now, there are some good ones. The Burning Wheel doesn't make sense at first, but once you read it you realize that its conceptual relationship to the rules. The Riddle of Steel is an excellent name, alluding to both the game's premise and to its mechanics. The Shadow of Yesterday is a good name once you figure out that the past is supposed to matter in the game (I didn't catch that at first, and it was the name that finally clued me in). Even Dungeons & Dragons gets a passing grade: it tells you that this game is about, like, dungeons, and, like, dragons, and stuff.
But, here recently, I've sat down to write my own Big Fantasy Game. And, y'know what? I can't think of a good name for it. It's really hard! And I'm GOOD at naming stuff! I'm beginning to understand why so many of these games have stupid names.