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Quantum Industries
Posted - 2004.09.30 17:42:00 - [1]

Ship names
An idea

The ‘ship naming’ feature in EVE is quite a cool one. I usually use it, and name most of my ships. The only problem with this feature is that it is, for most of the time, pretty pointless. No one will probably ever see the name for that ship, unless they have their scanner set to directional or ranged, something that I, at least, hardly ever use.
What I would wish as a change to this is quite a small one. It would not take much effort (I don’t think) but I believe the results could be beneficial. What I propose is to have the ship name appear under the name of the player, just so that if you’re going through a busy system, you could see the ship names of the players around you. If necessary, the player name could be changed to a different colour to make it stand out and maybe an option to turn this feature off. I do not believe this feature would cause any noticeable extra lag, although I am not experienced with technical ‘stuff’ so I would not know for sure.

Good points

1) Could increase the ‘gaming experience’
2) Would mean that more people would take use of this underused feature
3) Would be interesting to see what other people name their ships

Bad points

1) Might slightly increase lag? (not sure on this point)
2) Could clutter up the interface (although this feature could be turned off)

With the fact that this feature could be turned off, I believe that most of these ‘bad points’ would be nullified. I am not suggesting that this feature be done soon and take time away from work on Shiva, however I believe that this would be a nice, small addition that would be mostly beneficial. Please tell me what you think (with constructive comments) and please point out any errors that I may have made so that I can fix them. Thank you


Chade Malloy
Ardent Industrial
Posted - 2004.09.30 17:45:00 - [2]

YES to more ship-name experience ;)

hired goon
Posted - 2004.09.30 17:55:00 - [3]

Signed. Actually, I'd rather have ship names replace player names in space; you should have to show info to see the player name. In real life, the captain of a ship doesn't look at another and know the captains name, but he can probably see S.S ESSESS on the side.

Burga Galti
Jericho Fraction
The Star Fraction
Posted - 2004.09.30 17:56:00 - [4]

Agreed, hope this is already part of the revised interface in Shiva, but if not maybe it could be added in short after release (if we're lucky).

Pirate Coalition
Posted - 2004.09.30 18:11:00 - [5]

like the idea, prefer hired goon's version myself

The Illuminati.
Pandemic Legion
Posted - 2004.09.30 18:16:00 - [6]

the problem with hired goons take on it is in a fleet battle...

lets just say that you have a 30 ship fleet and the fleet commander is called John Doe... then you might end up with 30 john does Shocked

Quantum Ghost
The Scope
Posted - 2004.09.30 18:22:00 - [7]

I would like to see ship names. If you think of history the ship name was as infamous as the captain. also it would lead to a market for famous ships that were made famous by players.


RAZOR Alliance
Posted - 2004.09.30 18:50:00 - [8]

Raem Civrie
Deep Core Mining Inc.
Posted - 2004.09.30 19:11:00 - [9]

Another idea would be the registration of names. The registration would be void when the ship is either recycled or otherwise destroyed, or packed. And it'd be expensive.

On the other hand, once you'd have a registered name, no-one would be able to use that ship name on their ships until your ship dies or the registration runs out (would work exactly like insurance). This would make it possible to, like someone suggested, sell famous ships as they were, so to speak, and still be able to prove it.

Mira Spellholde
Target Practice Inc.
Posted - 2004.09.30 20:19:00 - [10]

The shiva feature is nice, but its not what most are talking about. With that you only see the ship name when you lock the ship.

Rana Ash
Electus Matari
Posted - 2004.10.06 00:29:00 - [11]

Fun,fun.. That would make naming ships more intresting Very Happy
Got my support, yup,yup..

Posted - 2004.10.06 01:29:00 - [12]

I dislike some radar features in EVE.

Visible player names in space and on auto scanner suck.

So does the kill list with the items you had on ship.

Takes a lot of tension away.

Cloista Shadowblade
Posted - 2004.10.06 01:49:00 - [13]

I must say I love the ideas being come up with here, and indeed the new Shiva interface is a good start.

Just a slight re-working from me, how about:

When you assemble a ship, before you un-dock, you are required to name it (rather than it just saying x's y), and this name is registered to the ship. Only when the ship is destroyed, would you be the name be re-usable. The only ship class that would be exempt from this would be Shuttles, which would keep their racial name.

Then, in the UI you only see the ships name, and you have to target them to see who is onboard (reverse of the Shiva feature). The exception would be those who are in your corp/gang, where it would show both (as you'd know who flie's what).

This would add a bit of immersion and expand on an existing feature. It would also open up a market for selling famous 'named' ships.

I don't know about you guys, but I personally name all my ships, and if one is destroyed, when I replace it with a ship of the same class, it keeps the name, but with a roman numeral depicting what number it is. For example, my current Merlin is the Shadowblade IV, as it is the 4th Merlin I have owned.


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