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Old 11-03-2009, 10:49 PM
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Trial Head Limitations.

Door and I tried out a new game today, and after the long install we were psyched to start it off. There was an excitement in seeing how our characters could look, how we could represent ourselves in this new game, but when the selection screen opened up we were met with extreme disappointment. There was a limit of around 4 different hairstyles with no color choice, per the very small amount of races that they had. I couldn't look like anything that I've ever envisioned my character to look like, and at this point I lost my motivation to play the game.

When asked, only 15 out of 250 players on Graal felt that their characters appearance wasn't important to them at all. That alone should show you how character appearance is of the utmost importance and shouldn't be limited so harshly. If you can't even make a compromise in how you want to look when you're first starting out, you're not going to feel inclined to upgrade because of it, you're just going to end up feeling uncomfortable about playing the game. With this in mind, the trial head limitations do more damage than good.

Trials are limited to 10 heads: only 2 of them are passable as female, 1 of them doesn't even exist, and you don't really get a very diverse range. One of Graal's greatest features is the ability to customize your character, the ability to change your look and represent yourself uniquely. I don't feel like this limitation should exist at all, it could be placed on limiting players to only wearing globally uploaded heads. However if you're going to keep it, change the head limit from 1-10 to 1-500; it will give both male and female players the opportunity to feel comfortable and welcomed to the game. They will feel more encouraged to try the game out, and even more inclined to pay to play it.
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Old 11-03-2009, 11:03 PM
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yeah heads 1-10 all look very masculine
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Old 11-03-2009, 11:24 PM
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Would be crazy for them to disregard this thread.
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Old 11-03-2009, 11:31 PM
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another deeper seeded issue is the difficulty of customizing a character the first time you play Graal.

picking and choosing file names just doesn't seem intuitive for a game.
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Old 11-03-2009, 11:50 PM
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Door and I tried out a new game today, and after the long install we were psyched to start it up and try it out. We were excited and came to creating our characters.. then came the extreme disappointment. There was a limit of around 4 different hairstyles with predefined colors, per the very small amount of races that they had. I couldn't look like anything that I've ever envisioned my character to look like, and at this point I lost a lot of motivation to play the game.

When asked, only 15 out of 250 players asked on Graal said that their characters appearance wasn't important to them at all. How your character looks is very important. If you can't even make a compromise when you're first starting out, you don't feel inclined to upgrade by it, you just end up feeling uncomfortable about playing the game. With this in mind, the trial head limitations do more damage than good.

Trials are limited to 10 heads: only 2 of them are passable as female, 1 of them doesn't even exist, and you don't really get a very diverse range. One of Graal's greatest features is the ability to customize your character, the ability to change your look and represent yourself is as very open. I don't feel like this limitation should exist at all, it could be placed on limiting players to only wearing globally uploaded heads. However if you're going to keep it, change the head limit from 1-10 to 1-500; it will give both male and female players the opportunity to feel comfortable and welcomed to the game, and even more inclined to pay to play it.
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Old 11-04-2009, 12:00 AM
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Graal graphics are not that great in the first place, and using that as a limitation doesn't seem very reassuring.
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Old 11-04-2009, 12:07 AM
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I think they should be able to use all numbered heads, and only be able to use custom heads if they have an upgraded account.
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Old 11-04-2009, 12:20 AM
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I think they should be able to use all numbered heads, and only be able to use custom heads if they have an upgraded account.
this seems like a good compromise.

Something slightly off topic; there really needs to be a global tailor system that you can access from the login screen which allows you to customize your player's appearance for all servers before you even login (I vaguely remember a tool years ago sort of like this but it was third party and was discontinued as Graal's security grew). It would really help players trying new servers. Instead of wasting minutes/hours trying to figure out each server's tailor system, they can instead jump right into the content of the server.
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Old 11-04-2009, 12:33 AM
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It should just be removed or Atrius will keep overwriting them.
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Old 11-04-2009, 12:37 AM
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It should just be removed or Atrius will keep overwriting them.
Punishments should be issued for those who do that. It is quite irritating, or a system that wont allow global heads to be over written.
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Old 11-04-2009, 12:39 AM
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I'm wondering why GDT hasn't stepped in and actually enforced such a thing yet, when people have been complaining for a while.
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I'm wondering why GDT hasn't stepped in and actually enforced such a thing yet, when people have been complaining for a while.
We can't even get our own sub-forum, why would we be able to enforce such things? It sucks.
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We can't even get our own sub-forum, why would we be able to enforce such things? It sucks.
What is wrong with the forum we were given access to?
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Old 11-04-2009, 04:57 AM
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Punishments should be issued for those who do that. It is quite irritating, or a system that wont allow global heads to be over written.
I hope you're excluding Gold servers when you say this.
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Old 11-04-2009, 06:02 AM
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Anyone who wants it can pretty much get it.
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