Thank you all for your input so far on my Alliance name.
I loved The Hermitage –but in all my research on the true meanings and various synonyms, there was just a bit too much of a religious undertone. The name Eremites was discounted for the same reason.
I had a chuckle at “Our Lady the Garden Enclosed” and the left handed Hermit Crab option.
I had followed the path of many of the suggestions already, spending much time focusing on the word recluse and variations of it, but in the end it was just too commonly used already. I went down the path of Solitude and Seclusion and all related words I could find in the Thesaurus.
I had also tried various Latin translations – but hit two stumbling blocks. The first was that it was very common for big name translators to spit out totally different Latin for the same words. Second – I also usually ended up with something that I couldn’t pronounce. I’ve been in an Alliance with an unpronounceable name – and it ends up being annoying.
As I remarked however, I had already picked out a name I was going to use. The competition was for the interest sake and to try something new on the blog. I had done in game searches for the name I was interested in, carefully reviewed Dotlan’s Alliance Database, and found no reference to it having been used. While a little surprised, I just figured I was in luck.
But I wasn’t.
An overview of what an Alliance is can be read here.
To create an Alliance you have to be CEO of its founding Corporation – check, and have the Empire Control Skill at level 5 – check. The process costs 1 Billion ISK – covered easily enough by the ISK in the Corp’s master wallet – check.
You need to be very careful when creating as mistakes require the direct intervention of CCP to fix, which they are not so keen on doing. I filled in the Alliance name and short name, double and triple checked my work, and clicked OK to create.
The computer says No. (I didn’t have enough ISK.)
The 1B needed to be in the CEO’s wallet, not the Corporations. I guess in hindsight the wiki page does allude to that. I transfer the money, and am good to go.
I filled in the Alliance name and short name, double and triple checked my work, and clicked OK to create.
I will not use a full stop. Ok, I will try putting “The” in front of it.
I filled in the adjusted Alliance name and short name, double and triple checked my work, and clicked OK to create.
Crap. Maybe it is the Ticker which is taken – that wouldn’t surprise me. I change it.
I filled in the adjusted Alliance name and adjusted short name, double and triple checked my work, and clicked OK to create.
I’m guessing these were created and closed before Dotlan started storing information in its Alliance Database, and CCP doesn’t show the older closed Alliances in its People and Places Searches.
I must ponder this. Feel free to keep your suggestions coming.. https://evehermit.wordpress.com/2013/02/02/the-inaugural-evehermit-competition/ – I won’t say no to further inspiration. (Note there will be more than just the one prize randomly handed out.)