Will there be Female portraits?

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Re: Will there be Female portraits?

Postby FDru on Wed Aug 24, 2011 7:26 am

Darvin wrote:Aesthetic is important, but should always serve to complement function, not get in its way. Adding an extra button to an already cluttered list of options before entering a dungeon wouldn't be a good move at all.


I don't know what the final UI is going to look like, but based on the current iteration I wouldn't say a male/female choice would be "clutter" if they just had the male/female default races right next to eachother in the race selection boxes. You'd just pick which one you want as your normal race selection, in one click.

It would also kind of be weird to select a race (which are all default male) and end up with a female character. If they're going to add a female version of every race and class they might as well do one for the default races as well, IMO.

Or, hell, maybe they could actually make it a choice that matters in some small way. I might even be inclined to play a female happily in that case :P
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Re: Will there be Female portraits?

Postby lunawuff on Wed Aug 24, 2011 7:30 am

I think it would be cool to have the option, and the option not to have the option, if that makes any sense. Maybe you could put it in the global options menu(is there a global options menu?)- male only/female only/random

I happen to be the opposite of FDru, I play females whenever I can and would rather not play males unless I have to.
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Re: Will there be Female portraits?

Postby Museli on Wed Aug 24, 2011 9:31 am

I like the idea of my hero having a random name and gender each time. I feel that would help emphasise the fact that I'm simply an administrator, and that I have the good sense to hire mercenaries to explore dungeons, rather than going in myself. Those places are far too dangerous for me :)
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Re: Will there be Female portraits?

Postby Zaratustra on Wed Aug 24, 2011 12:42 pm

I'd suggest just leaving it in player preferences if it comes to that. Just have a radio box, "Gender: [ ] Male [ ] Female [ ] Random"
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Re: Will there be Female portraits?

Postby MeVII on Wed Aug 24, 2011 6:21 pm

Speaking pragmatically I would opt for each class and each race to have their own symbol, instead of a portrait.
The two symbols would overlay each other to make a "3rd" symbol.
For example, a dwarven fighter would be a sword over a mountain symbol. Sword for fighter, mountain for dwarf.

That eradicates all issues with the selection of race, sex, color, eye shape, or 1000 other things people start to want when they feel they want to make a character.

Its best to either give players no options and/or no control, or, give the players absolute control over their options.
People aren't to keen on trying to mix the two.

However, its obvious the game is far past implementing such an option as symbols over portraits.

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Re: Will there be Female portraits?

Postby Nandrew on Thu Aug 25, 2011 11:06 pm

q 3 wrote:I like the idea of randomly assigning non-gameplay related attributes to characters. Maybe if time permits they could even have randomly assigned names?


There's a lot of room for cool / creative ideas if we go down this route :P
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Re: Will there be Female portraits?

Postby platypotamus on Fri Aug 26, 2011 12:44 am

I wouldn't mind random gameplay attributes, either, so long as they were maybe restricted to a specific dungeon. Things like:

Scarred - All monsters your level are lower gain "Coward" attribute
Charming - x% chance than neighboring monsters will join an attack against your target
Potion Addict - Damage bonus drops by 1% for every attack you make. Drink any potion to restore damage bonus

Maybe beating the dungeon with one of them unlocks it (or a "good" version of it) as an available preparation from the tavern or something.
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Re: Will there be Female portraits?

Postby fall_ark on Fri Aug 26, 2011 5:03 am

Nandrew wrote:
q 3 wrote:I like the idea of randomly assigning non-gameplay related attributes to characters. Maybe if time permits they could even have randomly assigned names?


There's a lot of room for cool / creative ideas if we go down this route :P


Name, Title and little biographies will be awesome.

Fighter
Sir Doggedly, Slayer of Chickens
(The bio could either be linked to the title or be completely random.)
Doggedly was fascinated by the heroic deeds of a certain Link, and decides to finish what his childhood hero could not accomplish: Killing chickens.


Wizard
Tim, Transformer of Hats
Tim's signature trick involves hats, hats and more hats. He became an adventurer after being rejected by a certain game company.
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Re: Will there be Female portraits?

Postby spoomak on Fri Aug 26, 2011 5:44 pm

I'll help with some ideas.

First names:
Snafu, Arnold, Sam, Hilda, Andre, George

Last names:
Glitterfinger, Buttercup, Olafsson

Titles:
The Mighty, The Nameless, The Deadly, The Tiny, The Weird, The Nerd, The Exploding, The Weakly, The Rolling Eyes

For Example:
Arnold Buttercup "The Mighty"
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