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    Since DDO makes having lots of alts easy its sometimes hard to remember / tell who a particular character belongs to - be that in guilds chat, guild listing or elsewhere.

    I would like to suggest a very simply addition to the game - purely cosmetic - which should make this much easier.

    Allow each account (not each char but each account) to type in a nickname. Since my real name is Jan and we use our real names in voice I would probably set my nickname to Jan. Lets say I have the characters Mikarto, Smeden and Flyttekassen. From those names nothing shows that they are all mine - but lets instead use Jan-Mikarto, Jan-Smeden and Jan-Flyttekassen. Use those "names" in text chat, guild listing, group/raid list etc rather than Mikarto, Smeden and Flyttekassen and make an option to toggle between adding the Jan- or not.

    That would be really great imho - and since its all simply text strings in the UI it should be very easy to code as it simply replaces the "Name" with "Nick-Name" everywhere.

    To be truly usefull nicks would need to be unique within guild.
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    /signed.

    The guild I'm in struggles with this so much as many of us have alts. We each typically have one nickname though that we go by. I would LOVE to see this implemented and my guild has discussed similar ideas before too. Please Turbine.
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    As long as its optional i wouldn't mind, but sometimes I run alts to get away from my main toon when I need a break from the regular questing
    crew and some of those alts are in the same guild.
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    /signed

    I think this is a great idea! I do agree that it should be optional in part due to what DeKalbSun said, but overall I think this could certainly be helpful.
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    Technically, I reckon each char needs
    - a checkbox toggle if that char wants to show its nick or not
    - a checkbox toggle if that char wants to be shown the nicks of others or not
    and each accounts needs
    - a text field showing the nick for the account (can be empty in which case no nick is shown).
    This nick needs to be unique within the guild (or unique on server if thats better technically).

    Then the code that shows char names needs to be changed to show "Nick-Name" instead of name when the options are set to show for that char and to be shown for the one viewing.

    It sounds very simple so maybe it could be added soonish Hopefully alot of people like the idea and decide to drop a comment showing support.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikarddo View Post
    Technically, I reckon each char needs
    - a checkbox toggle if that char wants to show its nick or not
    - a checkbox toggle if that char wants to be shown the nicks of others or not
    and each accounts needs
    - a text field showing the nick for the account (can be empty in which case no nick is shown).
    This nick needs to be unique within the guild (or unique on server if thats better technically).

    Then the code that shows char names needs to be changed to show "Nick-Name" instead of name when the options are set to show for that char and to be shown for the one viewing.

    It sounds very simple so maybe it could be added soonish Hopefully alot of people like the idea and decide to drop a comment showing support.
    I think you hit the nail on the head with your recommendations here.

    Agreed on your other points as well.
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    There's a lot of underlying complexity hiding there. I'd say the straightforward way to approach this is to put a text field on the Guild page of each character for "nick" or "title" or whatever you want to call it. Then let each person who wants to type something in that field for each character they want it shown. And a display option for "display <nick/title/whatever it's called>" to determine if you see it when others chat.

    You *could* make it unique per guild if you had to, but you could probably work it out inside your guild if it wasn't enforced by scripting. And lack of unique enforcement makes it MUCH easier to implement.

    This way each character can - choose to participate, or not, by having a name set. Choose to view, or not, by toggling an option. You don't have to worry about "what happens if you move guilds" with unique names on each account, or what happens if you want to use one nick with one guild and a different one with another guild.

    You could also make them *assigned* by guild officers, but that seems clunky and a lot of work for guild officers. But then they would make more sense as "titles" instead of "account reference" if you wanted to open that door and take on two improvements with one code change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikarddo View Post
    Technically, I reckon each char needs
    - a checkbox toggle if that char wants to show its nick or not
    I really don't see what's the point of making them per

    Quote Originally Posted by mikarddo View Post
    each account (not each char but each account)
    in the first place.

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    /signed

    Most of our people have 10-30 alts in our guild and I spend a lot of time NOT playing ddo so I can maintain an alt's list. This would make my game just that much better. I'd have to think nicknames would work like toon names and require every account name to be different.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikarddo View Post
    Technically, I reckon each char needs
    - a checkbox toggle if that char wants to show its nick or not
    - a checkbox toggle if that char wants to be shown the nicks of others or not
    and each accounts needs
    - a text field showing the nick for the account (can be empty in which case no nick is shown).
    This nick needs to be unique within the guild (or unique on server if thats better technically).

    Then the code that shows char names needs to be changed to show "Nick-Name" instead of name when the options are set to show for that char and to be shown for the one viewing.

    It sounds very simple so maybe it could be added soonish Hopefully alot of people like the idea and decide to drop a comment showing support.
    Sounds reasonable - /signed

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    ALL HAIL mikarddo

    Quote Originally Posted by mikarddo View Post
    Technically, I reckon each char needs
    - a checkbox toggle if that char wants to show its nick or not
    - a checkbox toggle if that char wants to be shown the nicks of others or not
    and each accounts needs
    - a text field showing the nick for the account (can be empty in which case no nick is shown).
    This nick needs to be unique within the guild (or unique on server if thats better technically).

    Then the code that shows char names needs to be changed to show "Nick-Name" instead of name when the options are set to show for that char and to be shown for the one viewing.

    It sounds very simple so maybe it could be added soonish Hopefully alot of people like the idea and decide to drop a comment showing support.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikarddo View Post
    Technically, I reckon each char needs
    - a checkbox toggle if that char wants to show its nick or not
    - a checkbox toggle if that char wants to be shown the nicks of others or not
    and each accounts needs
    - a text field showing the nick for the account (can be empty in which case no nick is shown).
    This nick needs to be unique within the guild (or unique on server if thats better technically).

    Then the code that shows char names needs to be changed to show "Nick-Name" instead of name when the options are set to show for that char and to be shown for the one viewing.

    It sounds very simple so maybe it could be added soonish Hopefully alot of people like the idea and decide to drop a comment showing support.
    I can see one big problem here:

    How are you going to feel if you log on one day to find the Devs have done this and someone's taken your forum name as their nick-name?

    Why not simply make the "FORUM NAME" the Default Nick Name - Forum Names are already Unique to Players after all!

    If someone wants to choose a different Nick Name then they simply change their forum name.

    And in this way we won't have issues with griefers making themselves out to be someone from the forums {Which would happen otherwise!}.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FranOhmsford View Post
    I can see one big problem here:

    How are you going to feel if you log on one day to find the Devs have done this and someone's taken your forum name as their nick-name?

    Why not simply make the "FORUM NAME" the Default Nick Name - Forum Names are already Unique to Players after all!

    If someone wants to choose a different Nick Name then they simply change their forum name.

    And in this way we won't have issues with griefers making themselves out to be someone from the forums {Which would happen otherwise!}.
    Problem: A rather small percentage of players actually visit the forums. A lot of people, I imagine, aren't even registered to use them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikarddo View Post
    Allow each account (not each char but each account) to type in a nickname. Since my real name is Jan and we use our real names in voice I would probably set my nickname to Jan. Lets say I have the characters Mikarto, Smeden and Flyttekassen. From those names nothing shows that they are all mine - but lets instead use Jan-Mikarto, Jan-Smeden and Jan-Flyttekassen. Use those "names" in text chat, guild listing, group/raid list etc rather than Mikarto, Smeden and Flyttekassen and make an option to toggle between adding the Jan- or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FranOhmsford View Post
    I can see one big problem here:

    How are you going to feel if you log on one day to find the Devs have done this and someone's taken your forum name as their nick-name?

    Why not simply make the "FORUM NAME" the Default Nick Name - Forum Names are already Unique to Players after all!

    If someone wants to choose a different Nick Name then they simply change their forum name.

    And in this way we won't have issues with griefers making themselves out to be someone from the forums {Which would happen otherwise!}.
    /maybe?
    Some of us are forumming under a separate account, for various reasons. Some didn't want their forum login attached to their game info, especially those who still have CC info attached. Other people may have other reasons. In my case, when the forum change happened and my original account's name didn't migrate I chose a new one that was later deemed offensive, and my account was banned forever accordingly.

    I totally agree preventing false forum ID association/theft/griefing would be a good thing, but would hate to see a forum ban potentially result in a game ban by association.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FranOhmsford View Post
    I can see one big problem here:

    How are you going to feel if you log on one day to find the Devs have done this and someone's taken your forum name as their nick-name?

    Why not simply make the "FORUM NAME" the Default Nick Name - Forum Names are already Unique to Players after all!

    If someone wants to choose a different Nick Name then they simply change their forum name.

    And in this way we won't have issues with griefers making themselves out to be someone from the forums {Which would happen otherwise!}.
    I dont really consider that an issue but I suppose others will.

    The nick should definitely not automatically be the forum name - many would not want that and some dont even have a forum name.

    Instead make it so that noone can use as a nick name the name of any char on the same server unless that char is on the account in question. That should prevent any abuse. If you want to protect your forum handle you simply make a char with that name and its protected. If you are worried about such matters I am sure you have already made such a character.

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    I am surprised so few people seem to care about this issue.

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