I admit I am not a big roleplayer, or a very good one at least, but while I stare at my 1st title I wonder, why only one?
But first my usual loosely associated tangent.
The little Gnome lore I have read suggests that no Gnome worthy of his name his only a single name. They are all like Whoisit Whatshisname. Yet Blizz only allows us one name.
I do understand why, it’s hard enough interacting with toons with long, 1337, intentionally mispelt, unusual names or worst case special characters.
Speaking of intentionally misspelt names (yes another tangent), I am reminded of a guild I signed a charter for on day 1 of Aman’thul’s existence.
Ohhhh and what’s going on with all the guild charters shoved in my face lately, there is a reason my alts are unguilded, and the least you could do is ask. Ohhh well, community service I guess.
Anyway, back on track, I think there are some roleplaying mods out there that allow you to expand on your name (and back story etc) which is then visible to those also using the mod.
But here’s what I think Blizz should do. Add a fullname field into the character creation and character sheet. This should be changeable later, for those that want to get married or adopt orphan Gnomes.
Maintain the toon name as the primary point of reference, but maybe call it a nickname or preferred name.
So in my case it would be:
Nickname/preferred name: Gnomeaggedon
Full name: Gnomeaggedon Apocalypse Fizzybut
Imagine bumping into a long lost cousin, or the family reunions, or the inbred family only guilds!
Ok, moving on to titles. I remember a Paladin character I had in D&D whose name was something like:
Lord Geddon, knight of the realm, Waster of Goblins, Savior of Damsels, Protector of the meek, Dragon slaying master of all that is good and right.
Not only did I have an insane name like this, but I demanded that I was referred to by this name by the other players and the Dungeon Master.
Needless to say my name was generally spurned by the other players and my character gained a reputation for being a pompous insufferable pimple on the face of human existence – which was kind of my intention. I facilitated my mates roleplaying through the use of my name.
Now admittedly whenever I see “of the shattered sun” I think… Well I want to keep this blog G rated, so I will let you use your imagination.
But what I think would be cool is if you could combine them all, so imagine:
Ambassador Gnomeaggedon Apocalypse Fizzybut Jenkins, the Hallowed, of the Shattered Sun, Lord of the mounts, Keeper of Pets, Buyer of Gold, Ganker of Newbies, Father of Babygeddon, Loving Husband of Ambassador Zizzy Thumbsucker Fizzybut Jenkins, the Hallowed, of the Shattered Sun, blah, blah, blah
OK, so maybe you just choose one title to display above your head, but wouldn’t it be great on mouseover to see the complete title of a character?
Gnomer and Out!