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Developers of ChangYou's Dragon Oath, the F2P True Martial Arts MMORPG, write about Dragon Oath and the gaming industry. We'll also bring you insights about MMORPGs made in China and published in the West. Share your thoughts with us!

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Seven Habits of Effective Communication (In Dragon Oath)

Posted by changyou Friday April 30 2010 at 9:03PM
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As with most MMORPGs, there are many ways to communicate in the world of Dragon Oath. Today we'll take a look at the various ways of expressing yourself, including some advanced tips that I've picked up along the way.

1. For chat, there are six basic channels: Say, Yell, Guild, Team, Class, and Whisper. Yell sends a message that the whole world can hear, Say sends a message to people in the same vicinity, and the other channels can be used to talk to specific people (Whisper to talk to an individual; Team, Class, and Guild to talk to anyone in that group.) Say creates a message that is only displayed for one minute, so for private conversations people often form a team and use Team Chat. Here is Lucy using the Say channel to speak.
2. Various animated emotes can be added to your conversation through the Expressions tab (click the smiley face icon to the left of your chat box.) There are quite a range of emotes suitable for any number of situations. Here, Lucy uses the Expression tab to send a kiss. Once you have a few favorites, you can reproduce them without the Expressions screen by typing the numeric shortcut. (Example: Typing #69 will produce a cheering smiley face.)
3. You can also create your own emoticons the old-fashioned way, with letters and other characters. This is a good way to show off your creativity, and to illustrate things not included in the Expressions tab. You can see Lucy adding a kitty emote to her statement.
4. Actions are a great way to spice up your conversation by adding gestures and other motions. They can be selected from the Action tab to the left of your chat box (the running man icon.) By selecting an action, your character will perform it; there will also be a text box over the character's head which says the action. You can also use *action in your chat box to recreate the action (e.g. *wave).
5. To add some color to your speech - literally - select the desired color from the Color tab to the left of your chat box (with the A icon) to create a color tag. Any speech after the numerical tag will become the color you selected. This can be a great way of showing your emotions! Like Expressions or Actions, you can also type theshortcut to get this effect, once you know it. 
6. There are also Moods and Titles that can be displayed over your character's name. (Only a Title or a Mood can be shown at any given time, not both.) These functions are accessed through the Friends menu. To display a Title, select Title from the Friend menu, click Modify Title, and choose any Title you have earned (through quests or Class ranking.) To remove the Title, open the Title tab and select Conceal. Mood is similar, except your mood can be anything (as long as it passes our automatic obscenity filters.) Go to the Friends menu and select Modify Mood. Once your Mood is to your liking, click the icon to the right of it to Show or Hide your Mood. This is a good way to share information about yourself without other players having to look for it specially (though you do also have a Data tab in your character menu that others can view by right-clicking you and selecting 'Info'.)
7.  Our final lesson is how to swear effectively. In Dragon Oath, using certain words can get you in trouble - being obscene can get you Muted or banned from the game for a period of time. Unfortunately, you can't just type !@#$% in place of the offensive word. Dragon Oath consolidates what it considers to be nonsense characters, so it's unpredictable whether your string of punctuation will show up as just !@ (which doesn't have nearly enough emotional impact.) The solution? Make censorship work for you. The string of letters "gm" is replaced in-game with ?? (an old automatic censor to make it harder for players to pretend to be Gamemasters, which no one has gotten around to removing.) Here Lucy demonstrates the proper use of gm. The text "What the gmgm are you talking about?!" shows up as:
The ability to express yourself well is at the heart of good roleplaying. I hope you have enjoyed this guide, but if not, #14 *angry and go gmgm yourself.

Tongue firmly in cheek,

Lucy Song

Community Manager for Dragon Oath