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  Quizzical

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6/19/12 6:13:23 PM#41
Originally posted by Kyleran

Besides WOW, how many people really ever go back?

I've played for an extended period of time, quit, and later returned to Infantry, A Tale in the Desert, Guild Wars, and Champions Online to play again for a long time.  I've returned to a number of other games for shorter periods of time.  And that's not counting single-player games, for which I've quit and returned later to many.

But from people saying that the original poster has quit SWTOR and returned many times, it sure sounds like he's the sort of person to quit, return, and want his names back.

  Grunty

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6/19/12 6:16:13 PM#42

Never mind...

 

I should've known who...

  stragen001

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6/19/12 6:18:45 PM#43
Elikal, you have been complaining about swtor for 6+ months now, how comes u haven't quit yet? This isn't a dig, I'm just curious why you keep playing when all your posts on here indicate you hate the game... OT: sucks that u lost your names, but some of them seem like they would be popular. They should have planned how they were going to handle name clashes better. IMO the name should goto the oldest, active(logged in in past 3 months) character

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  MikeB

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6/19/12 6:21:33 PM#44
Originally posted by Elikal
Originally posted by Kyleran
Originally posted by AZHokie54

[mod edit]

If he is a paying customer, then he is special, however if he's currently unsubbed, he really has no rights, and I'm surprised more companies don't just make the name available for any character that is inactive for a certain period of time.

 

I guess it would make many players angry, if you return to a beloved char for an expansion or what and find it renamed in "DofusXYZ12345". Still, if a merge happens, IMVPO the older taken should have precedence.

I had to deal with this after coming back to DCUO. It's pretty much why I gave up on the game immediately. I don't really blame SOE for it though, I'm fairly sure they gave players a chance to preserve their names, I just didn't bother at the time.

In any case, sorry to hear you lost your names! I'm not sure what BioWare's policy is on this front, but you may want to check with customer support to see if they have a satisfactory solution for you.

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  BarCrow

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6/19/12 6:29:55 PM#45

If they have to make a choice then I think it should be oldest name in relation to paid months.  I don't think "Arvenal" from first day of early access but only 2 months subbed should trump "Arvenal" who subbed in January but has paid every month for 6 months straight...or "Arvenal" who subbed 3 months ago and maintained a sub.(Over and above the first free month of course)  It's sad that these things happen but if it comes down to it..the one who's been paying is the name that should be staying.

  Shoko_Lied

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6/19/12 6:38:30 PM#46
Originally posted by Elikal
Originally posted by Quizzical

You knew right from the start that they had an awful way of partitioning players into servers.  Losing your names is just filling in the details of why it's awful.

You know what you can do about it?  Cancel your account.  Anything short of that constitutes giving your assent.

I did this now. *sigh*

No more compromise. Not again. Not with my names I carried for so many years through so many games.

 

EDIT: I added the people with "my" names as friends, and for a second you see their levels. My lost name chars were level 50, 50, 42, 37 und 28. They are: 11, 10, 1, 3 and 8. Good riddance, now I am REALLY angry. Bah. I hope Bioware burns and crashes. Star Wars fandom or no, I so have enough of being treated like dirt.

How is Bioware deserving of "burn and crash" because your name was taken? It's only a name.

  raistlinm

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6/19/12 6:41:43 PM#47
Originally posted by BarCrow

If they have to make a choice then I think it should be oldest name in relation to paid months.  I don't think "Arvenal" from first day of early access but only 2 months subbed should trump "Arvenal" who subbed in January but has paid every month for 6 months straight...or "Arvenal" who subbed 3 months ago and maintained a sub.(Over and above the first free month of course)  It's sad that these things happen but if it comes down to it..the one who's been paying is the name that should be staying.

Personally I don't see what's wrong with what they did if you chose to move to a more populated server and someone on that server has your name then you have to choose a new name or a different spelling (which I had to do for all my characters on a new server).

The end result is someone is going to have to change names why should it be the person who hasn't done anything including a server transfer.

and as one person noted Cryptic had the whole @ thing which honestly didn't work for me and I would rather come up with a new name or spelling than to have to look at or type out @ everytime I spoke to someone.

  Blazer6992

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6/19/12 7:07:10 PM#48

You should be given a notice that if the server your going too has your name taken already. Something along those lines would be nice. Then you can decide if you still want to move there.

When I first got the game I made several characters on several different servers just in case. But now I don't even play it anymore.

 

  HellCaster

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6/19/12 9:35:37 PM#49

You can always try to roll a few toons on the suggested realm before tranferring. I did and not a single name I use is available so I will wait for paid tranfers to lump my toons together on The Harbinger.

 

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  FrodoFragins

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6/19/12 9:42:03 PM#50

Even though I'm not subbed, I used the online transfer and assume that most of my names and my Legacy were already used.  I won't know for sure until they offer another free week or weekend as I definitely won't resub in the current state AND find out my names are gone.

  FrodoFragins

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6/19/12 10:01:28 PM#51
Originally posted by Kyleran

IMO, once you leave, you lose all rights to the names, the current paying customers have the right to them.

Besides WOW, how many people really ever go back?

 

A lot fewer would return if they incorporated that horrible naming rule.  As long as they allow special characters in names it's not nearly as bad as there are different versions of the english vowels to pick from.

  Elikal

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OP  6/19/12 11:15:30 PM#52
Originally posted by Kyleran
Originally posted by Elikal
Originally posted by Kyleran
Originally posted by AZHokie54

[mod edit]

If he is a paying customer, then he is special, however if he's currently unsubbed, he really has no rights, and I'm surprised more companies don't just make the name available for any character that is inactive for a certain period of time.

 

I guess it would make many players angry, if you return to a beloved char for an expansion or what and find it renamed in "DofusXYZ12345". Still, if a merge happens, IMVPO the older taken should have precedence.

IMO, once you leave, you lose all rights to the names, the current paying customers have the right to them.

Besides WOW, how many people really ever go back?

 

Oh heck I do!

I returned at least a while to almost all games! I returned many times to EQ2, LOTRO and even games like Vanguard, Warhammer, AoC, CoH, CO, STO... heck all mayor titles. I park my chars and return often for big patches or expansions, and I would be royally pissed knowing they mistreat my chars I put so much work, and usually worked to max level at the time being. If I play a char to max level and am out of content, I think it is my right to keep that name.

I just checked. My lost name chars are level 50, 50, 42, 37 and 24 and the other people who "took" my names are level 1-10 all of them. Sorry but I think my first come and my hard work gives me the higher right. I mean, heck, I have TWO max level chars who were created on day one, which had to drop their name for some level 3 chars!

 

I mean, if I lost the name for some low level char, fine. But two max level chars I REALLY put lotsa work into, and I lose them for some level 3 toon who prolly isn't even played anymore. Thats just absurd.

Sidenote: I kept playing SWTOR because it was Star Wars. Yeah I am that sort of superfan. And it is NOT all bad. I had fun those 2 class stories through. But I can see what is good even when I critizise other stuff, no?

A forum is a place where people can discuss about different opinions. So what I don't get is, how people react offended when they come to a forum and then find... well different opinions. If a different opinion offends you, what are you even doing here?

  ktanner3

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6/19/12 11:24:57 PM#53
Originally posted by Elikal

God, I am so mad right now. You see, the JekkJekkThar finally got it's "merge" with The Harbinger. Now when I moved my chars, I lost my names. ALL OF THEM. Ok save, Elikal, but I lost SEVEN of my EIGHT names. And yes, I understand for some people it means nothing. But you see, I have these same 5 names for 8 frigging years. I am attached to them, some especially.

I was Akim TelBane in SWG for 7 frigging years.

I was Akim TelBane in EQ2 for 6 years.

I was Akim TelBane in LOTRO for 3 years.

And they TOOK THE NAME FROM ME.

What is stopping you from turning Akim TelBane into Akime TelBane, A`kim TelBane, Akim Telbane etc.etc.  And for goodness sakes it's just a name.

 

I had extra preordered SWTOR. I had entered the game in the first few minutes to make sure I get those names I always have. Akim, Matteo, Aryan, Sarnok and Elikal. I have these persona every time. Heck, they even more or less LOOK the same, have the same bio. And now, all but Elikal were taken. Chance is by people who cancelled or came much later. This stinks. And for me it is really the breaking point, where I feel like, ok I can't take it anymore. Not ANOTHER compromise.

You've declared "I QUIT!!" more times than I can count. I'd say as much grief as you seem to have with the most little of things with this game the best thing to do is quit and finally mean it.

 

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  Elikal

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OP  6/19/12 11:30:31 PM#54
Originally posted by ktanner3
Originally posted by Elikal

God, I am so mad right now. You see, the JekkJekkThar finally got it's "merge" with The Harbinger. Now when I moved my chars, I lost my names. ALL OF THEM. Ok save, Elikal, but I lost SEVEN of my EIGHT names. And yes, I understand for some people it means nothing. But you see, I have these same 5 names for 8 frigging years. I am attached to them, some especially.

I was Akim TelBane in SWG for 7 frigging years.

I was Akim TelBane in EQ2 for 6 years.

I was Akim TelBane in LOTRO for 3 years.

And they TOOK THE NAME FROM ME.

What is stopping you from turning Akim TelBane into Akime TelBane, A`kim TelBane, Akim Telbane etc.etc.  And for goodness sakes it's just a name.

 

I had extra preordered SWTOR. I had entered the game in the first few minutes to make sure I get those names I always have. Akim, Matteo, Aryan, Sarnok and Elikal. I have these persona every time. Heck, they even more or less LOOK the same, have the same bio. And now, all but Elikal were taken. Chance is by people who cancelled or came much later. This stinks. And for me it is really the breaking point, where I feel like, ok I can't take it anymore. Not ANOTHER compromise.

You've declared "I QUIT!!" more times than I can count. I'd say as much grief as you seem to have with the most little of things with this game the best thing to do is quit and finally mean it.

 


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A forum is a place where people can discuss about different opinions. So what I don't get is, how people react offended when they come to a forum and then find... well different opinions. If a different opinion offends you, what are you even doing here?

  Acidon

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6/19/12 11:35:53 PM#55
Originally posted by Elikal

God, I am so mad right now. You see, the JekkJekkThar finally got it's "merge" with The Harbinger. Now when I moved my chars, I lost my names. ALL OF THEM. Ok save, Elikal, but I lost SEVEN of my EIGHT names. And yes, I understand for some people it means nothing. But you see, I have these same 5 names for 8 frigging years. I am attached to them, some especially.

I was Akim TelBane in SWG for 7 frigging years.

I was Akim TelBane in EQ2 for 6 years.

I was Akim TelBane in LOTRO for 3 years.

And they TOOK THE NAME FROM ME.

 

I had extra preordered SWTOR. I had entered the game in the first few minutes to make sure I get those names I always have. Akim, Matteo, Aryan, Sarnok and Elikal. I have these persona every time. Heck, they even more or less LOOK the same, have the same bio. And now, all but Elikal were taken. Chance is by people who cancelled or came much later. This stinks. And for me it is really the breaking point, where I feel like, ok I can't take it anymore. Not ANOTHER compromise.

 

When you're angry about other people stealing your names (or getting them instead of you), it's not actually a good idea to openly list them all in a very public forum.  Just sayin'

 

That said, I can relate in a big way.  I lost all my names in EQ which I had since 99/00 during the last merge.  Was my fault for not playing at the time.. But wow.. That was a big punch to the gut for me.  Included was the very first character I ever created in any MMO.  That name is gone forever like the others (in EQ). 

Haven't played since.. Not saying that's the only reason.. But I couldn't honestly tell you whether it is or not.

 

in short, bummer dude.  I've been there.

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  azrael466

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6/19/12 11:38:15 PM#56

This is one thing I'm worried about returning too. I've been gone for quite awhile.

My server is on the "origin" list. If I come back in a few months from now, my server is going to be absolutely dead and I'll have to PAY for transfers.

Assuming they merge servers with the destination server, I'll have to change my names(legacy and character names) that I've had since pre-release. These are MY names that I'VE had since before the game was even released, why should I have to give them up to someone who started a week ago because bioware couldn't properly manage the game..

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  AzurePrower

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6/20/12 1:34:06 AM#57

BioWare screwed up by making a double unique naming system.

  AmbrosiaAmor

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6/20/12 3:34:52 AM#58
Try to see of customer support can help somehow, since most the characters that forced you to change yours are level 10 or below. I'm not sure if they are inactive or not. Choosing the most populated server (#1 or #2) when a game launches helps, but that isn't always a guarantee.
 
 
This was unavoidable because of 2 reasons. The name you listed only has 4 letters. With the game having 1.7 million subscribers at launch, and each account probably having one or two alts, it was inevitable that names would be gone fast. The other reason is that the server transfers are being done from 216 down to 20-30 servers. So unless you were part of the server that was labeled destination, there was almost a 0% chances that all of your characters would retain their names.
 
 
And let’s say for the sake of argument that almost everyone dabbled with one or two alts... at least... you are easily looking at 4-5 million names in their database.

  cinos

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6/20/12 3:40:15 AM#59
Originally posted by CujoSWAoA

Naming conventions in MMORPGs have to change.

The Secret World has instituted the best new system so far.

First "NIckname" Last.

Allows people to have the same first and last names. But requires a unique Nickname.

Its very effective.

I HATED the nickname system. :p

My character doesn't have a nickname, he's not the kind of person to have one. So being forced to think of one was really irritating.

  bleyzwun

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6/20/12 3:45:46 AM#60

I haven't played SWTOR in a pretty long while, but my friend told me to transfer my characters.  I checked to see if I could without resubbing, and I could.  Do you have to rename your character when you log in, or do your names transfer unless someone has taken it?  I have no plans to go back anytime soon, but just curious for if I do.

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