Started by The Silence of the Erdlus, June 23, 2015, 07:31:35 PM
Cradling her twin infants, looking from one to the other, the slender, busty woman says, in sirihish: "...and you shall be Beetle."The blue-eyed infant says, out of character: "veto"
Quote from: CodeMaster on November 19, 2015, 08:36:58 PMCode Select ExpandCradling her twin infants, looking from one to the other, the slender, busty woman says, in sirihish: "...and you shall be Beetle."The blue-eyed infant says, out of character: "veto"
The blue-eyed infant shakes its head in displeasure
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Quote from: ibusoe on September 22, 2015, 03:19:54 PM(Removed lists of names written in the first post of this thread.)NamesThere's been an above-average level of Out-of-Game Reference (OOG-Reference) names lately in game. I don't personally have a problem with this. To me, if you're four RL hours into a Byn mission, and you finally find the cave where the mysterious elf-treasure is suppose to be stored, only to find out......the cave is completely empty, then I don't have a problem with someone breaking character and quipping:Code Select ExpandOOC: These are not the droids you're looking forLOL. To me that's funny. Granted, as funny as I find that, the staff may disagree, so you're stuck arguing with them at this point. And for what it's worth, I'm greatful for their intervention. After all if the staff didn't crack down on stuff like this, then everyone would be doing it. If everyone did it all the time, Arm would no longer be an engaging post-apocalyptic simulation, it would be a joke game.That being said, I think that names specifically deserve some attention. Besides the frequency of American names appearing in game, I think the name system is problematic. Let's temporarily put aside my dislike of the policy of forcing people to have their character's name as a keyword. For starters, the requirement to have a unique name for each character is pretty wonky. While I won't exactly call myself a world citizen, most cultures that I've a working knowlege of (e.g. Korean, American, British, Arabic, Russian, French, etc.) all tend to draw from a fairly small list of names. In fact, in the case of five of the above, they all draw from the *same* list of names, even though the pronouciation will vary across language groups. I think it would be handy if we as players (not necessarily with staff involvement) could arrive at a list of common names. While I disagree that names say a lot about an individual, I think names say a lot about that person's parents, and to a lesser extent about their upbringing. It's mildly disruptive to me to meet someone in game and have zero etymology about their name. Sometimes that's a good thing. In any naming system, some people will deliberately eschew conventions, and some will do so accidentally. Moreover, in a fantasy video game filled with elves and dwarves there is no concrete reason to completely standardize on anything.But I myself would like a list of common names, and think that Pre-Islamic, Persian, Turkish and Byzantine might make excellent sources. Obviously if this is to be non-compulsory, other sources might be okay as well with staff approval. Just one word about style - shortish names are kind of an American thing. Bill, Joe, Bob - Americans, particluarly mid-Westerners like short names, but this doesn't really fit Zalanthas. If you feel the need to shorten names, at least please don't treat longer names as strange, longer names are the norm. Three syllables may be a comfortable minimum.
OOC: These are not the droids you're looking for
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