Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Why *Adequate*?

RPG books tend to use the adjective 'Ultimate' a lot; Pathfinder especially. Ultimate Combat, Ultimate Magic, Ultimate Equipment, and so on. Smaller publishers have picked up on this and created books like The Ultimate Witch & Warlock, Ultimate Options, etc. And I wanted to poke a little fun at this in writing about a character class renowned for its suckiness.

At first I thought it would be funny to title the book 'The Ultimate Commoner' but it didn't quite work; a commoner was never gonna be 'Ultimate' at anything. But I didn't want to go a full 180, so Adequate felt like a nice, playful skewering of the grandiosity of all the 'Ultimates.' Adequate fit with the tone of the book and set a nice goal; that you as a player could finally feel Adequate while playing a commoner or other NPC class

So I landed on The Ultimate Adequate Commoner, commonly shortened to The Adequate Commoner as strikethrough isn't always available.