Crowdsource a better name for "PoI"


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Poi is Hawaiian taro pudding. It's a silly thing to call an inn, dock, or manor house "a pudding". And we're not even going to consider the possibility of using a modern acronym for "point of interest" as part of our in-character language. We need a better word.

The most appropriate word is "outpost", but that's already in use for the next tier down. Even if we came up with a replacement word for what is currently called outposts, the current usage is probably too deeply ingrained in our culture already to be able to make a shift without massive potential for confusion and miscommunication.

So, what do we call the central feature of a hex, that isn't either PoI or Outpost? What term can equally aptly refer to a shrine, an inn, a dock, a manor house, or a watchtower?

Seat
Steading
Holding
Estate
Domain
Demesne
Dominion
Claim
Freehold
Fief or Fiefdom

I like the sound of Fief. It's short and simple, it has the medieval/feudal color appropriate to the setting, and historical fiefs could be either independent holdings or subordinate to a higher lord.

Anyone got a better idea?

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Wikipedia wrote:
A point of interest, or POI, is a specific point location that someone may find useful or interesting.

This seems to be pretty aptly named if you ask me.

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Holding
Property
Working
Works

Maybe another language could be useful. Eiddo is property in Welsh


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Is term landmark already used? All of the names already proposed are much more specific than Point of Interest and should rather refer to types of infrastructures build around the PoI.

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Have to agree with Blud on this one

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Thanks for posting this Guuzark--POI isn't a very good name.

On your list, "Holding" seems to accurately and aptly describe a hex a Company holds.

Great work +1!!


I made, like, five different versions of an acronym joke. Then I realized I was just looking for ways to spell "poop" over and over again.

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What about "PB" for Potential Brewery? I guess you could have a bardic concert there too... perhaps a "PB & Jam"?

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Bluddwolf wrote:
Wikipedia wrote:
A point of interest, or POI, is a specific point location that someone may find useful or interesting.
This seems to be pretty aptly named if you ask me.

An inn can be a PoI, but so can a scenic overlook, or a funny-shaped boulder, or a monument in a town square. Using PoI to refer specifically to the player-made structure at the hub of commerce and adventuring in a local region- and not to settlements, outposts, dungeons, or other natural features which would also be Points of Interest as the term is naturally used- is not an accurate or precise use of the word, and doesn't suit the fantasy tone of the game setting.

On which note, Hub might be a candidate.

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Guurzak wrote:
An inn can be a PoI, but so can a scenic overlook, or a funny-shaped boulder, or a monument in a town square.

And a "Seat" (the first term on your list of suggestions) can just mean anywhere you put your ass. In context, POI works just fine.


Building Point, Point of Construction (could be nicknamed PoCky), Potential Origin of Property or Building Platform could work.

What? Maturity? That must be for people who don't have hats.

Not that I have a hat. But if I did, I sure wouldn't be getting those disapproving looks, would I?

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It would seem as though PoI would not really factor into IC conversation as context relevent terms would be used there, would they not?

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I do like "holding". It feels appropriate in period-context, simplicity and clarity--both aiding ease of immediate understanding--covering various types of constructions, and avoiding multiple acceptable spellings (POI, PoI).

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If it gets changed, my vote goes for Hub as well. It's the first thing I thought of when reading the title. PoIs are essentially hubs for their outposts, so it fits well.

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Valheim wrote:


It would seem as though PoI would not really factor into IC conversation as context relevent terms would be used there, would they not?

Agreed. We'll probably be calling them things like mine, farm, dock, watchtower, logging camp, stone quarry, hunting lodge, etc...

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mine, farm, dock, watchtower, logging camp, stone quarry, hunting lodge, etc…

eh, shrine

EDIT to add context of types as opposed to replacement for PoI


Capture Point, too. Or Control Point. Wheeeee teeeerms

But in seriousness, Hub is gonna confuse me like crazy due to the Hub TV channel.

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Guurzak wrote:
...we're not even going to consider the possibility of using a modern acronym for "point of interest" as part of our in-character language...
The 'Laws' of Online World Design wrote:

Dundee's Law

Fighting the battle for nomenclature with your players is a futile act. Whatever they want to call things is what they will be called.
Tolkien wrote:
But Orcs and Trolls spoke as they would, without love of words or things; and their language was actually more degraded and filthy than I have shown it. I do not suppose that any will wish for a closer rendering, though models are easy to find. Much the same sort of talk can still be heard among the orc-minded; dreary and repetitive with hatred and contempt, too long removed from good to retain even verbal vigour, save in the ears of those to whom only the squalid sounds strong.

Internet culture is full of semiliterate orcs, so no matter how well the proper term fits, and no matter how stupid the abbreviation or acronym sounds, fewer keystrokes will probably win out as the majority.

Are you going to argue about in-character terms with an elf named 'Goatzilla'? He'll probably just say something like "lol wut r u talken abot??". Perhaps you should just put him on /ignore, if such a feature exists. If /ignore does exist, it will take a significant portion of the playerbase using it on the gibberish-grunters before they get the clue that they should stop using it.

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I think of holdings as the generic term: Settlements, PoIs, and Outposts can all be holdings at different levels.

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I think we'll just be calling them shrines, inns, docks, taverns, ranches, watchtowers, etc. and they'll end up getting their own names to locals depending on who runs them or their geography.

PoI is just a generic thing we have to deal with until there is landed property in the game.

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<Magistry> Toombstone wrote:
In context, POI works just fine.

Yes, but it isn't very elegant.

POI is perfectly fine for the surface. It gets the intention across adequately. But those of us that want to get heavy Role-play in would much rather have another term. Caldeathe has no interest in leading a prayer to his god to "protect our points of interest." In that context, calling it "Our Holdings" or "Our Steadings" or something of the sort is going to feel more natural, and help to maintain the suspension of disbelief.

I'm afraid "Point of Interest," while fine for the players, does nothing for the characters.

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I think that's totally covered by Proxima's post right before yours ;)

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Aet Kard Warstein wrote:
I think that's totally covered by Proxima's post right before yours ;)

Well, yes, except for the fact I'm referring to the collection of assorted locations, rather than individuals. I have no interest in saying "I want you to go out and do a sweep of the shrines, inns, docks, taverns, ranches, watchtowers and brothels to make sure the companies are all alert."

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PoIs are always holding a hex, so for role-players, you can talk about someone's lands (rather than hexes or PoIs) perhaps.

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I'd say something like, "Do a sweep of the surrounding area". After all, POI's are meta-game and mechanics first, my 'character' doesn't know about specific spots where specific things can be built. That's just the landscape, from a character's POV. Up until it becomes noticeable for some reason, and whatever that reason is (resources, building, whatever) is what that spot would be referred to from then on.

tl;dr - PoI is a good meta term, and from an 'in-game' perspective these mechanical points don't exist until you do something with them, at which point they have a name.

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What ever generic term you use, its going to be shortened, almost always.

If it were Holdings, it would it be being hlds.

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TEO Cheatle wrote:

What ever generic term you use, its going to be shortened, almost always.

If it were Holdings, it would it be being hlds.

Valid point, but for the sake of argument, it would probably be "hold" or "holds". ;)

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A settlement, a holding and an outpost. Sounds good to me.

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PoI is a generic, meta term. It's fine for such. In game, you're not going to be referring to PoIs in the general sense unless you're explaining game mechanics.

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Caldeathe Baequiannia wrote:

But those of us that want to get heavy Role-play in would much rather have another term. Caldeathe has no interest in leading a prayer to his god to "protect our points of interest." In that context, calling it "Our Holdings" or "Our Steadings" or something of the sort is going to feel more natural, and help to maintain the suspension of disbelief.

I'm afraid "Point of Interest," while fine for the players, does nothing for the characters.

That's a fair enough point when it comes to RP concerns. For OOC purposes though terms need to be clear and have specificity.

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I agree with the OP, my association with a PoI is Disneyland on my TomTom. Holding sounds good and seems to cover it all.

I hope deisum is right and PoI's in-game will gain enough identity of their own so that we will uniquely name them. Maybe GW will actually let us name them in some way (can they be targeted?).

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"holding".
The key attribute of a PoI is that it can be owned and conquered.

Plus, I like the literal meaning of "holding company"

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"Raiding Target"?


I hope the minimap displays any occupied PoIs as big bullseyes.

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Caldeathe Baequiannia wrote:
<Magistry> Toombstone wrote:
In context, POI works just fine.

Yes, but it isn't very elegant.

POI is perfectly fine for the surface. It gets the intention across adequately. But those of us that want to get heavy Role-play in would much rather have another term. Caldeathe has no interest in leading a prayer to his god to "protect our points of interest." In that context, calling it "Our Holdings" or "Our Steadings" or something of the sort is going to feel more natural, and help to maintain the suspension of disbelief.
I'm afraid "Point of Interest," while fine for the players, does nothing for the characters.

And allowing the semiliterate orcsplayers to use a term that would equally work for OOC/IC conversations would even be better. Please GW take in account this very good suggestion by the OP and replace PoI with an appropriate IG name.

My vote for Hold or Holding or Fief.

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'Fief' implies feudalism, which is maybe not so far a stretch for settlement-owned land, but just strikes me as the wrong term for land held by an independent company.

'Holding' implies You have what you Hold. Though Urman is right the term might be too wide (ie a settlement is also holding).

Kobold Cleaver: maybe you could run a UI script that changes every other company/settlement insignia to a bullseye (which would have an added bonus if we are allowed to make guild-tabards...). I'd prefer shrines, mines, farms and forts to have slightly different representations on my own map, but ownership insignia would also work.

Scarab Sages

Region On Concern to Keep? I would abreviate this...

PoI was not boring me, to be honest.

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I like POI, we don't know the range of structures that we will one day be able to build there so we need a word that could work with anything. a grave yard being called a fief or holding would be a bit silly.

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I think POI is pretty spot-on both in game and OOC. Acronyms were prevalent in ancient history.

If the issue is in the pudding, I'm afraid there are a lot of things that will come across differently in other languages. It'll become second nature with frequent usage though and hopefully the pudding thoughts will fade into obscurity. I, for instance, no longer think my junk mail as canned ham.

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In one old AD&D setting these things were called "assets". And major chunks of resources of your kingdom were called "holdings".
But if we can make our PoIs of one kind looking or working differently I'll side with Proxima Sin on that matter.

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Poi is also the name of the actress who played Po, in the Teletubbies.

So I get to do a double-take, several times a day.

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My vote is to keep Point of Interest. It's a far more useful term than anything else discussed. It even works for hard core role players "Come fellow countrymen! Our nation is under attack, and we must ride forth to defend our nation's Interests."

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I like Holding and Steading. makes me think of settlers and pioneers.

Grand Lodge

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How about "Property"?

It denotes that it is claimed by a Settlement and is VERY general to cover all the bases for whatever kind of structure/landmark you have in mind.

Plus it gives me a IC justification to shout "Get off my lawn you punk kids! Don't you respect property rights anymore?"

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Holdfast

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Marlagram wrote:

In one old AD&D setting these things were called "assets". And major chunks of resources of your kingdom were called "holdings".

But if we can make our PoIs of one kind looking or working differently I'll side with Proxima Sin on that matter.

I agree with "assets".

But then, that might be abbreviated as "ass" so there's that... -_-

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What word can be used to describe an inn, watchtower, shrine, manor, etc.?

I have never heard someone say Poi instead of Pee-Oh-Eye. POI works, but can also be used to describe every other structure in the game.

PMS? (Player Managed Structure?)

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Valkenr wrote:
PMS? (Player Managed Structure?)

NO.

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RGC

Resource Gathering Center..
or acquisition center..

PoI ( for me anyway will always be Plane of Innovation.. miss that zone some times.)

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<Magistry> Athansor wrote:

I think POI is pretty spot-on both in game and OOC. Acronyms were prevalent in ancient history.

Athansor, I think you've hit on the core issue here. Acronyms are indeed present in ancient languages and cultures, particularly Greek, Latin and Hebrew. But Anglo-American fantasy lexical items and tropes are primarily Anglo-Saxon, Germanic, Norse, and Icelandic in derivation.

As English speakers, we have two primary linguistic heritages: Latinate and Hellenic polysyllabic words primarily associated with abstractions, and primarily monosyllabic Anglo-Saxon words associated with the material world and bodies--a language where my body is a bon haus or a lichama. Whichof course is why we have Liches is D&D lore :)

So an acronym like POI is quite functional and accurate, but it isn't fantastic at all--it points at the wrong part of our linguistic heritage. But Anglo-Saxon words like Holding or Stead fit the register of Anglo-American fantasy.

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