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    Greetings,
    I am a first time DDO player and cannot name my character. Despite my various, and dare I say brilliantly creative naming efforts, I constantly receive "Name already taken". I have tried dozens of names and, unless I've unknowingly tapped into some manner of collective consciousness, cannot advance past this point. Any guidance or advice would be appreciated.

    - Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MajorDisorder View Post
    Greetings,
    I am a first time DDO player and cannot name my character. Despite my various, and dare I say brilliantly creative naming efforts, I constantly receive "Name already taken". I have tried dozens of names and, unless I've unknowingly tapped into some manner of collective consciousness, cannot advance past this point. Any guidance or advice would be appreciated.

    - Cheers!
    I feel your pain. I just recently tried naming a new character I made to test with on Lamania. Here's a list of names I tried that were stated to be already taken

    TestElf
    DemoElf
    DemoElf2
    DemoElf22
    TestDemoElf2
    NotTestDemoElf
    NotElf
    NotAnElfTwo

    And this is the name I settled with
    dlghasdghafsdghbkb
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    Welcome to DDO.

    One of the greatest faults is the inability to name your character a name that has already been used on the server where you play. It does not matter that in real life there are hundreds, thousands perhaps, with the same name and that we can tell them apart from one another. In DDO there can be only one.

    And, it does not matter if that name belongs to a character that is actively played or that belongs to an active player. If anyone, at any time, ever logged in to your server and created a character with that name -- well, if that happened then the name is used and lost to the community forever.

    This is a fixable problem but one that either is not recognized as a problem or that is too low on the priority list to merit developer effort. It essentially has to do with the way data is accessed by a key value. To keep things separate there has to be a unique key for every character. And, in DDO, that unique key is your character's first name.

    This has been addressed multiple times on the forums with players routinely asking for a fix and for the release of names back to the player pool for characters that are archived but inactive. Yet, there has been no action and there is no indication that this will ever be fixed.

    I suspect that this is because the database structure is so entrenched that changing the primary key is likely to break too many things. Still, every player is uniquely registered; every player has a specific (but expandable) number of character slots. It would have been easy to spoof that information as a resident address accessible to players for mail purposes and accessible by the game as a unique key to each character.

    That did not happen and the result is what we have now.

    So, welcome to DDO and good luck getting through the stream of consciousness that is the naming event at character creation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redspecter23 View Post
    And this is the name I settled with
    dlghasdghafsdghbkb
    Darnit!

    That was supposed to be MY name! Now I know who took it. Mister dlghas, you sir, are in big trouble.
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    Yes, this can be a real issue, OP. Best of luck coming up with something NOT totally unintelligible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danotmano1998 View Post
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    Got to say...this is the funniest thing I've heard all day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MajorDisorder View Post
    Greetings,
    I am a first time DDO player and cannot name my character. Despite my various, and dare I say brilliantly creative naming efforts, I constantly receive "Name already taken". I have tried dozens of names and, unless I've unknowingly tapped into some manner of collective consciousness, cannot advance past this point. Any guidance or advice would be appreciated.

    - Cheers!
    What kinds of names have tried thus far? As far as tapping into a collective consciousness, you are not far wrong. You are trying to play DDO. Chances are that you have read the same books, watched the same movies, and played the same games as many others that have/are/will play DDO. That said, you probably have a lot of the same 'seeds' and 'fertilizer' for your choices of names.

    Truth is, there are billions of good permutations available with twelve characters. Don't give up.

    Try:

    Decide how many characters you want in a name.

    Draw scrabble tiles.

    Try thinking in terms of syllables, and build from there.

    Look up the meaning of a desired name, and then google a translation in another language.

    Good luck.
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    If you happen to NOT be a native English speaking person try mother language names/meanings. It works very well for me. if not, there are some PnP name generator tools out there.

    But if you want to be a known fantasy character like Elminster it will fail. I name my toons mostly for the role/TR life they are built for which circumvents inventing fantastic unique names. Like 'Mercantus' in my sg. It is a Bard haggle toon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MajorDisorder View Post
    Greetings,
    I am a first time DDO player and cannot name my character. Despite my various, and dare I say brilliantly creative naming efforts, I constantly receive "Name already taken". I have tried dozens of names and, unless I've unknowingly tapped into some manner of collective consciousness, cannot advance past this point. Any guidance or advice would be appreciated.

    - Cheers!
    There seems to three ways people in DDO name their toons. Either one, they add some common word or misspelling to death, two, choose a random word as a name, or 3, come up with a fantasyish but original name. I would think the third option would be the easiest for you to try. There's billions of combinations of letters that form something that resembles a word that would make a great fantasy name.

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    i feel your pain, it seems all the good names are already taken.

    this name generator may be helpful,

    http://www.seventhsanctum.com/index-name.php
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    Quote Originally Posted by thouston View Post
    i feel your pain, it seems all the good names are already taken.

    this name generator may be helpful,

    http://www.seventhsanctum.com/index-name.php
    Nice link.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MajorDisorder View Post
    Greetings,
    I am a first time DDO player and cannot name my character. Despite my various, and dare I say brilliantly creative naming efforts, I constantly receive "Name already taken". I have tried dozens of names and, unless I've unknowingly tapped into some manner of collective consciousness, cannot advance past this point. Any guidance or advice would be appreciated.

    - Cheers!
    Double any letter in your favorite name. For example, my rogue toon has the name: "Arankaa"

    If doesn't help, try double two letters or triple the letter.

    Use two worlds as single name. My bladeforged toon has the name: "Bladetooth"

    Replace: Y -> I, I -> Y, W->V, V->W (Vanessa -> Wanesa).

    However choose a name which is easy pronounceable by the speakers in the voice chat (and you will able to detect that they are talking about you)

    Thelanis: Shewind the Airbender (Sorc20/Epic5 -> Bard20/Epic8 -> Rog20/Epic8/Epic2 -> Harper_FvS20/Epic4 -> Art19), Azaxe (Rog18/Wiz2 -> Sorc20/Epic6)

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