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A plea for help: What's in a name?

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A plea for help: What's in a name?

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TheKnightHawk
06.13.2012 , 02:55 PM | #1
So, these are just bits of data on a sever somwhere, not real people. I get that. But I've invested a lot of time in creating my character (on a roleplay server) and part of who that character is, what makes him feel real to me, is his name. This name is important to me, as it's something personal that I've been using in other places for over two decades now. I'm not willing to change that name, and I made extra sure to buy the game as soon as possible so that I could reserve that name.

Now my server is being abandoned. The target server is Ebon Hawk. And someone else has that name on that server. And it looks like this will be the only East Coast RP-PVE server left, so I won't have any other choices in the future. So I have a couple of requests here, one for the community and one for the masters of this game.

Community: Can someone who is on Ebon Hawk find the player who owns the character named Knighthawk (not Nighthawk or Theknighthawk) and see if he has invested any time into the character? If not, would he be willing to delete his character so that I can make use of it? Bioware, you could put me in contact with this person or just reveal to me what level the character is, if this doesn't violate some kind of confidentiality.

Bioware: I appear to have to choose between changing my character's name (which would feel, to me, like telling a ten-year-old son that he can't have his name anymore) and staying on a server where, it seems, nobody will be left to play with, thus making the game not worth playing anymore. I realize that you want to keep some matters secret right now, because plans aren't firmed up yet, but I'm asking you earnestly, as a player who has been loyal to you from day one and has promoted this game to his friends: Is there another option? Will I be able to have a third choice between the two above?

If not, I'm not sure I want to continue playing this character. And no, I'm not saying this as some kind of flounce where I get all mad and cancel my subscription over something small. But the knowledge that this game can put me into such a difficult position where I have to choose between two unpleasant alternatives makes this game less appealing to me. It says to me that I perhaps should not put so much time and effort into this game as the people responsible don't feel enough respect for me to help me out when I need it. And I'm not sure I'll feel the same way about this game if that's the case.

So, once again, I'm asking for help, and I'm asking for alternatives. Please step up to the plate and give me a hand here. I've been devoted to you and your game and hope you will show me some sympathy. Thanks for your time.

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Chessack
06.13.2012 , 03:18 PM | #2
I feel your pain. My character name is already taken on EH also, and that is my destination server too. I'm not thrilled with it, especially since I bought my CE the day they were offered for sale, got into EA on the very first or second wave at 9 AM the first day, and did all that JUST to get the name "Syrin" for my character. To be honest I don't know why I was so invested in it THEN, but having done all that, it does chafe a bit that I am losing the name, at least spelled the way I want (I haven't checked the alternative spellings).

To be honest I am mildly toying with the idea of making a totally new character and killing off this one, mainly because I liked leveling JK so much I would not mind doing it again. But I'll have to see. Some is going to depend on what the guild does in the mean time, how many people transfer, if anyone else is getting killed off.

Another guy in the guild has a character with the name "Strife" that has a much longer pedigree across many games. Yeah he's gonna lose that one too, I'm sure. Ah well.

Unfortunately there is really no elegant way to do this. The people on EH had those names already, many probably since EA. They have as much right to the name as we do, whether or not they are actively playing that particular character. There's really little BW could have done once the mergers happened.

Well... there was one thing they could have done a year or two ago as they were designing the game: Make the unique character name identifier two strings instead of one. Then I could have been Syrin Malo and there could have been 1,000 other Syrins out there with other last names if they wanted. I will not ever be able to understand why BW couldn't have done this. Tying last name to legacy was an epic fail on their part... And if you think people are going to have trouble with first names wait till they try to re-create their legacy. Ugh.

Of course since "Malo" is my legacy name, and is named after Syrin (it's her last name), and I have to change her first name anyway, well... meh. Not gonna get ruffled about the last name when I can't keep the first name anyway. And none of my other characters can use it either way, so it's no skin off my other 7 noses.

Yeah so... this is frustrating but what can you do? They have to merge these servers.

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MyDarkSunshine
06.13.2012 , 03:40 PM | #4
I know this isn't the response you're looking for, but it might be of some help to you - or others with a similar problem. The game allows the use of accented letters (usually vowels) for names. These accents aren't overly noticeable in actual play, and could be better than a "variation" of the desired name.

For your name, Knighthawk, both the i or a could be accented. The basic form is to press control&alt&[insert desired letter], but if you know how to get other accents (or a website you can copy and paste from) there are more options. You could easily get Kníghthawk or Knightháwk (assuming they haven't been taken). Using this trick with the letter "i" is especially potent, as it is almost indistinguishable.
"Who I am is not important- my message is." Revan

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AelixVII
06.13.2012 , 03:46 PM | #5
Tell me about it, I've been using the names Phoenix and Cole quite happily but all of the target servers have them taken. Might have to resort to using special characters. Someone even took Nilus

Nothing we can really do though, just have to appreciate the positives of transfers.

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Sauska
06.13.2012 , 04:41 PM | #6
Quote: Originally Posted by MyDarkSunshine View Post
I know this isn't the response you're looking for, but it might be of some help to you - or others with a similar problem. The game allows the use of accented letters (usually vowels) for names. These accents aren't overly noticeable in actual play, and could be better than a "variation" of the desired name.

For your name, Knighthawk, both the i or a could be accented. The basic form is to press control&alt&[insert desired letter], but if you know how to get other accents (or a website you can copy and paste from) there are more options. You could easily get Kníghthawk or Knightháwk (assuming they haven't been taken). Using this trick with the letter "i" is especially potent, as it is almost indistinguishable.
Mind you, accented character names are a pain to invite to guilds/parties/ops.
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TheKnightHawk
06.13.2012 , 04:41 PM | #7
Thanks for the suggestions, folks. But I'm really not interested in having my character take a name with hyphens and/or accented characters. It just seems really off to me and like I'd be some also-ran, when I was one of the first players and spent extra time, money and effort to secure this name.

I'd rather not get into a long discussion about how much this name means to me, but suffice it to say it means quite a lot. I've been using it for over twenty years and it has a personal connection to a family member who is no longer around.

Similarly, I don't want to reroll a new character from scratch with a new name. I'll probably be having alts, but to give up all the time I spent making this character special just seems like a waste.

It would be a different story if there was a chance I could wait for a transfer to another server where the name isn't used, but it seems that all the other RP-PVE servers on my coast are being closed.

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Nonoka
06.13.2012 , 06:15 PM | #8
If a name in a video game means that much to you, you need to seek professional help.

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TheKnightHawk
06.13.2012 , 06:24 PM | #9
Quote: Originally Posted by Nonoka View Post
If a name in a video game means that much to you, you need to seek professional help.
I'm pretty sure that I made it clear that it's not just a name in a video game. It's a name I've been using for quite a long time, sometimes in games, but in other areas of my life as well. It means as much to me as your nickname might mean to you, if your family gave it to you and your friends have all used it for most of your life. I'd prefer not to give it up if I don't have to.

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Ashlian
06.13.2012 , 06:39 PM | #10
Quote: Originally Posted by Sauska View Post
Mind you, accented character names are a pain to invite to guilds/parties/ops.
Search the first couple of letters in Who. Right click the correct individual. Done.

While I feel your pain, OP, as I've been using my main's name since I started playing D&D in the 4th grade back in about 1980, and I have a lot of personal investment in that name, I've chosen not to let any lost names destroy my experience in this game. I have a choice. I can stay on a dead server nursing my name, emoragequit, or adapt. The name means a lot, but in the end.....if adding a comma or an ascii to a character name made me feel like a hasbeen and outweighed my enjoyment, perhaps it would be time for me to start doing something else. It is a game. Only stick around as long as it's fun.