Traditional Job Titles in a print shop?

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Traditional Job Titles in a print shop?
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I'm working on a type-themed game and need to allow the user to choose a difficulty level. I thought it'd be fun to map the difficulty level to a print-related term.

The first thought was some form of job title...apprentice being 'easy', for instance. Are there job titles that could work (typesetter? pressman?)

Or...perhaps there's other printing terms that would map well to a difficulty level?

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I can't rank any of the terms I know, but here are a couple more: [printer's] devil, which might in fact be the lowest level. There's also journeyman, which is pretty high from what I know.

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Oh! Journeyman is good!

Here's what I have:

The Apprentice (easy)
The Typesetter (medium)
The Journeyman (hard)

I was thinking of 'The Foreman' for the hard level, but I'm not sure the foreman was actually a printer as much as a manager.

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Maybe Apprentice/Journeyman/Master would be better? At least I think that's the canonical order.

Hrant H Papazian's picture
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Yes, I agree.
But "devil" could come before "apprentice".

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Well, the devil is in the details. (Sorry, I had to beat Chris to the punch.)

Hrant H Papazian's picture
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Don't worry, he'll be right here real soon with a more contorted pun...

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James Montalbano's picture
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Letterpress or Offset?

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Specifically, wood type. So, old school stuff.

'Master' is nice, but then I'm left with 3 terms that really are more union-centric than anything particularly print-industry related. I thought 'typesetter' was a fun term but maybe that's not enough to carry all three as being type-related.

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I may be wrong, but I think they are more guild-related than union-do. The journeyman did after all journey from place to place to learn further details of his craft.

'Course, you could make up some vaguely-canonical line, like Typesetter / Linesetter / Pagesetter (char by char / line by line / page by page).