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Alexander Knott
ElitistOps
Pandemic Legion
Posted - 2008.06.06 01:25:00 - [1]
 

In fleet fights, it is fairly common for FCs to have people sort their overviews alphabetically so that it's easier to find primaries. It's also pretty common to call off primaries in alphabetical order. This means that characters with names starting towards the beginning of the alphabet tend to get primaried a lot. Character names are immutable and generally chosen before the player is even aware of the significance this can have on certain play styles.

I don't have a particular solution in mind, but some that immediately spring to mind are:
  1. Remove the ability to sort overview by name (bleh)
  2. Provide some limited means to change character names, perhaps with a name change history
  3. Change the 'name' column on the overview to list ship name instead of character name
  4. Change the 'name' column on the overview to list a 'call sign' that is changeable by the player.



Alexander Knott
ElitistOps
Pandemic Legion
Posted - 2008.06.06 01:27:00 - [2]
 

I support my own post.

Aya Otosaki
Assero Argentum
Posted - 2008.06.06 07:59:00 - [3]
 

supporting this, maybe you should be able to fit a module that masks your name.

Vaal Erit
Science and Trade Institute
Posted - 2008.06.06 08:28:00 - [4]
 

More thinking is required for your idea, young whiner.

1) No, sorting the overview by name is needed for general gameplay
2) No, because you can scam/change name. Name history would just be abused via scammers/spys changing their name. What happens if I unknowingly change my name to an ex-scammer, god can you imagine the problems with this?
3) There is already a type and sort by type function. This suffers from the same problems as point #1.
4) Call sign would be very exploitable don't you think. How about everyone has a call sign of 'a' or how about it is all I's and 1's like imagine saying primary is "I1II111IIi" Secondary is "I1II1I11II1" Get it?

Getting rid of name means getting rid of focus fire I believe. You can sort by distance doesn't work very well, sort by type is hard when there are 50 megathrons.

Some battles are so huge that calling targets is obsolete and you simply go through a list as fast as you can. Not much of EVE fights are 100+ v 100+ so this problem is very rare. You can either tank up your ship, buy a character with a name starting with z or just deal with it, but the rest of EVE gameplay should not have to suffer because you are dying in fleet battles.

Ethaet
Gallente
Aliastra
Posted - 2008.06.06 11:02:00 - [5]
 

no support. Sorry, you picked a name starting with A.

Definitely do not remove the ability to sort the overview.

Herschel Yamamoto
Agent-Orange
Nabaal Syndicate
Posted - 2008.06.06 14:15:00 - [6]
 

Originally by: Vaal Erit
4) Call sign would be very exploitable don't you think. How about everyone has a call sign of 'a' or how about it is all I's and 1's like imagine saying primary is "I1II111IIi" Secondary is "I1II1I11II1" Get it?


I've seen that in other games - there was one age in Utopia where one of the top kingdoms had nothing but zeroes and capital o's in their names, and all played the same race - trying to distinguish between 0OOO00O0OO and 0OOO00O0O0 the Undeads attacking you was next to impossible, even with the third-party tools that game had. It sucked, and I don't want to have to go through that ever again. Player-makable callsigns are a terrible idea.

Nariana Verex
Amarr
Oberon Incorporated
Morsus Mihi
Posted - 2008.06.06 14:18:00 - [7]
 

Not signed. If you don't want people to know you're piloting a ship, fit a cloak. If you don't want to be primaried in a fleet battle, fly a Prophecy.


 

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