Newbies and Names

Date: 11/30/2012 at 22:00
From: Ishap, the Matrix
To : Everyone
Subj: Newbies and Names

Just a friendly reminder that players should NEVER, EVER, EVER ask a newbie to change his or her name, or confront a newbie about a namechange.

The Guides and Admins handle all inappropriate names by flagging the character for a rename. The next time the newbie tries to log in after they have already played for a few hours (i.e., they are someone who might stick it out and isn't just testing the waters), they will be prompted to select a new name.

This is unobtrusive, painless, and - most importantly - it avoids an argument with a new player who probably doesn't understand or care about the name rules and will just quit and find some other game to play instead.

I know that choosing a "good" name seems like a no-brainer to a lot of veteran players, but try to remember that the last thing a new player wants to do is sit around picking another name.

As a personal anecdote:

Years ago before I had ever heard of Iron Realms, I stumbled across a game called Achaea (that is one of our sister games, if you are not familiar!). I created a character in this game, played to level 10, and was promptly told to change my name or get banned. I quit, and never tried it out again.

My character's name was probably pretty unoriginal by some standards (it was a name from a fantasy series), but as a newbie I just wanted to play the game, and left when I was unable to do that. Since then, I've come a long way - and that game lost a player who would have otherwise invested a lot of time and energy into it! So keep in mind that even if you think a newbie's name is silly, it's highly subjective, and that person might one day become a very involved and devoted player if given the chance.

To summarize again: Don't ask newbies to change their names, even if you think it is silly! Let the Guides and Admins handle it!

Penned by my hand on the 12th of Wochem, in the year 39.