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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 , 06:56 PM | #11
Quote: Originally Posted by Ashlian View Post
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.
Your point is well made, Ashlian. I'm wresting with some of the same thoughts you express here. One of them that I'm considering is just moving on and doing something else, but I am hoping the people at Bioware will offer me an alternative. They've put me into a spot where I have to make a tough choice between unpleasant alternatives, and I want to see if they'll offer me a more appealing option.

At the very least I hope they will be willing to check with the person on Ebon Hawk who already has the name so that I can make use of it if he or she doesn't mind parting with it. If not, perhaps they'll allow for some other alternative.

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criminalheretic
06.13.2012 , 07:08 PM | #12
Quote: Originally Posted by TheKnightHawk View Post
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.
I sometimes use other languages, some of them actually look more like names than the English version that can look like a label. Knight in Polish = Rycerz as an example.

Just a suggestion.
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TheKnightHawk
06.13.2012 , 07:24 PM | #13
Quote: Originally Posted by criminalheretic View Post
I sometimes use other languages, some of them actually look more like names than the English version that can look like a label. Knight in Polish = Rycerz as an example.

Just a suggestion.
Interesting suggestion, but unfortunately RycerzJastrząb just doesn't have the same ring to it as KnighHawk. And it misses out on the pun, which would only make sense in English, I think. Thanks for the constructive idea.

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Z-ToXiN
06.14.2012 , 12:35 AM | #14
I understand what you mean, I would have been royally pissed if I didnt get my main's name over on my destiantion server. But I did, its a completely made up original name, so it was unlikely to be taken anyway. But yeah, im also very attached to my char's name, I dont know what I would have done if it was taken.

Try:
Nitehawk
KniteHawk
Night'Hawk
Night-Hawk
Knight-Hawk
Knight'Hawk
Knite'Hawk
K'nighthawk

I highly doubt ALL of those names would be taken. Those are close enough, right?
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Ashlian
06.14.2012 , 12:57 AM | #15
Quote: Originally Posted by TheKnightHawk View Post
Your point is well made, Ashlian. I'm wresting with some of the same thoughts you express here. One of them that I'm considering is just moving on and doing something else, but I am hoping the people at Bioware will offer me an alternative. They've put me into a spot where I have to make a tough choice between unpleasant alternatives, and I want to see if they'll offer me a more appealing option.

At the very least I hope they will be willing to check with the person on Ebon Hawk who already has the name so that I can make use of it if he or she doesn't mind parting with it. If not, perhaps they'll allow for some other alternative.
They probably won't do anything directly, but have you considered, before moving, making a throwaway toon on Ebon Hawk and sending an ingame email to the person? If the mail doesn't go through on one faction, you'd know it was the other. Definite possibility you might get no response, but then again....you never know.

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fptackle
06.14.2012 , 01:03 AM | #16
Have you considered using Knighthawk as the Legacy name instead? Honestly, I think it sounds a lot better as a last name, akin to Skywalker, than as a first name comparable to a Luke. And as you say you've used this name in various platforms for years, it would allow you to display your online identity over all your characters, rather than just on your main.

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NathanielStarr
06.14.2012 , 01:44 AM | #17
Well there are a lot of other good games. This one really just keeps kicking you in the gut doesn't it?

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Lectro
06.14.2012 , 01:59 AM | #18
Ive been forced to transfer, on several games.

I'm sad to say I will be cancelling my sub completely when our server becomes an origin server, since I don't plan to change my guild or character names.

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Grisle
06.14.2012 , 03:01 AM | #19
Quote: Originally Posted by TheKnightHawk View Post
At the very least I hope they will be willing to check with the person on Ebon Hawk who already has the name so that I can make use of it if he or she doesn't mind parting with it. If not, perhaps they'll allow for some other alternative.
I can understand your attachment to your character name as I wouldn't want to part with my names but realistically can you imagine if everyone who had to change their name asked for BW to do this for them?

I think the best alternative for you is to use it as your legacy name as someone has previously mentioned.

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JetAlmeara
06.14.2012 , 09:01 AM | #20
I feel your pain, I was extremely happy to get my two names on Rubat when it first started - as was my husband, these are characters we've played in games and RP's for quite a few years now, we logged in to save our names as soon as we could and were over joyed when we got them...

And now our server looks like it's going to be a desolate wasteland because everyone is jumping ship. I don't want to move to a new server, I've been on Rubat since day one, I don't want to deal with Ques and lag and I most definitely don't want to loose my name, legacy name or guild name.

So my guild is staying on Rubat. It'll be a dead server I suppose and most likely we'll be forced to move someday when they cull servers. It's a sad sad day and I had such high hopes for this game.