Mispronounciations

It’s a part of learning languages I’ve always had problems with. When you look at a dictionary and see things like ‘pro⋅nounce [pruh-nouns]‘ I would end up pronouncing that like the posh plural of pronoun.

So where does this actually fit into roleplaying and it’s ilk?

When I was 14 and heavily into wargaming of any ilk and particularly into Warhammer 40k I had a huge Dark Angels Space Marine Army. I say had but I actually still have it. This was back when the rulebook had the Dark Angels with their black power armour before they were giving a back story and everything changed to green. Anyway for those that have never played the game before one of the characters from the Space Marine armies are the ‘magicians’ or psionisists as they are preferred to be called. They have a very regimented life and as with most things in the imperial and Space Marines its all very religious and monk-like. So can you guess what they are called? Librarians. The head psyker is actually called the Chief Librarian.

It’s a simple word. It’s one I used at least weekly if not daily thanks to being a regular user of my local library. Can you guess why I actually called them? It took my friends three years to point out to me that they weren’t actually called Librians. You could possibly blame my dyslexia but that would be a cop out I feel.

Now it wouldn’t be so bad if that was a one off.

About 15 years ago I sat down with a few friends and a few beers to learn a new gaming system one night. It was a game about vampires which was a tangent for us and I took a fancy to a rowdy group that ticked every box for my generic tastes. It took ten years and another gaming group to point out that I was indeed mispronouncing Brujah. Even after cringing whilst watching Arron Spellings Kindred: The Embraced we just put the correct pronunciation down to the fact that the show stank. Even to this day I still pronounce it as Broo-Jah rather than the bad attempt at an evil laugh. And before anyone gets the hump I know it comes from the spanish word so it’s pronounced that way.

Just don’t get me started on other peoples pronunciations. My main bane is those people that insist minotaur is pronounced mine-a-tar rather than min-uh-tawr. It’s not like people fighting over tomato or tomato or the differences in British/US pronunciations. These are ancient mythical creatures for gods sake! Not some new fangled bit of metal that we like to call by different names or as Eddie Izzard points out there is an H in herbs.

I still shake my head at the librian mistake whenever I think about it though.

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For the Emperor!

I have a painful confession to make. I used to be a wargamer. I’ve done it all in my time from fantasy to Napoleonic to sci-fi. I’ve been clean for 3 years now and with with the power of the Great Old Ones I hope for many more. I was recently tempted back to the game by an old acquaintance but managed to deny my urges.

Space Marine

It did bring back some memories that I could really have used for the blogging carnival on Homebrew. Back in my school days we spent the weekends roleplaying with the spaces between campaigns playing either Warhammer Fantasy or Warhammer 40k. We never had much in the way of armies but we were enthusiastic and enjoyed the settings that much that even although we had the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay books we created a stripped down version of 40k with a few of the WFR skill rules thrown in and ran it as a roleplay system for around 3 years.

It was by no means a good system. In fact other than the combat system nicked straight from Rogue Trader everything else was fluff. The skills you had basically covered whether you could use the equipment you owned and nothing else. You never rolled against the skills and everything was determined by your stats which on occasion and the GM wanted to include an element of chance you might roll against but again it was a rarity outside of combat.

Thinking back at our games I cannot believe how far from the 40k setting we ended up. You have to remember that this was all years before Dark Heresy or any of the smaller hive world style games GW brought out. All we had to go on was the monthly White Dwarf magazines and the W40k rule book and compendium. We had no idea what kind of worlds were out there and apart from the mention of hive worlds we had no real idea what one of them was. We had our characters play Space Marines that would wander about a planet for a while before striding off on their own private titan and then taking off in the spaceship of the parties Harlequin Solitaire. We didn’t have a clue but we loved it. I think you could possibly put it into the branch of rpg games described as minimalistic in that we didn’t even have anything other than the combat rules written down we just didn’t need them.

Ah the memories.

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