## Universe names

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### Universe names

#1
My suggestion has already been approved by Josh, but I want to detail it here, because KS comments have a way of getting buried deep.

So here's the thing: universe seeds are numbers. As of this writing, they are limited to 2^32 (= 4294967296), but Josh said many times he would have no problem bumping that limit to 2^64 (= 1.8E19), but who would remember a number with 20 digits? I mean, maybe some of us could, but I sure couldn't!

There be number bases. You know, like hexadecimal, except more awesome.
The 36 base (hexatredecimal) uses the following digits: 0123456789ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

Which gives us an extremely simple code to convert a word (or a set of letters and digits) into a universe seed. Just convert from base 36 to base 10 and off you go. Sure it's a pain to do by hand, but coding a converter is really easy (there are plenty of them online, like this one) so it will not take much time from the rest of development.

Also, because 2^64 is a pretty big number, we can use 12 characters-long seeds (in base 36) and still stay well below limit.

Here are a few examples:

By Deej:
• LIMITTHEORY = 78670946343717360
By Johnman:
• SERENITY = 2226328746262
By yours truly:
• CHAOS = 20962396
• INFINITY = 1461559270678
• RAINBOW = 59409106160
• BATTLE = 683315474
• ASIMOV = 652560223
• ELECSHEEP = 41172434538289
• MILLENIUM = 63521979748654
• 124C41 = 64027729
• JOSH = 918593
• AWESOME = 23727593894
So, if you don't mind sharing, what universe seeds would you be tempted to try out?
Last edited by Atarun on Fri Nov 23, 2012 5:23 am, edited 2 times in total.
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Nice idea, alpha numeric seeds are more personal than numeric ones.
And much easier to remember and share, to boot!
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In the higher Kickstarter pledges, Josh specifically mentions universe 3827. This would come out as "2YB" - not the most inspiring name, I was hoping it would come out as "GOD" or something
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phil wrote:In the higher Kickstarter pledges, Josh specifically mentions universe 3827. This would come out as "2YB" - not the most inspiring name, I was hoping it would come out as "GOD" or something
The base 36 idea came many days after the campaign launch. If anything, it'd be frightening if 3827, which was chosen as a base 10 number, meant anything when converted in base 36.
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Spoot1 wrote:I will stay at the seed 1337
Or you could think of it as a word and translate it to 115 to be even more leet.
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Atarun wrote:
Spoot1 wrote:I will stay at the seed 1337
Or you could think of it as a word and translate it to 115 to be even more leet.
nice idea ^^ , but for that i´m not leet enough
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Atarun wrote:
phil wrote:In the higher Kickstarter pledges, Josh specifically mentions universe 3827. This would come out as "2YB" - not the most inspiring name, I was hoping it would come out as "GOD" or something
The base 36 idea came many days after the campaign launch. If anything, it'd be frightening if 3827, which was chosen as a base 10 number, meant anything when converted in base 36.
Thanks Atarun, I was saying it as a joke. Yes it would have been pretty spooky.
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#14
It may end up being a problem for forum moderators, too, when people advertise their awesome adventures with 25061248144 or something like that.
There is no "I" in Tea. That would be gross.
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phil wrote:In the higher Kickstarter pledges, Josh specifically mentions universe 3827. This would come out as "2YB" - not the most inspiring name, I was hoping it would come out as "GOD" or something
The number is an ever-so-subtle Star Wars reference
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