Interface: Aspect Physical Description Constant

Past suggestions that have been incorporated into the live game.
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Meric
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Interface: Aspect Physical Description Constant

Post by Meric » Thu Dec 02, 2021 8:05 pm

When alive the physical description on a profile is populated with your aspect detail. However, when dead it defaults to
"This character is a formless spirit, floating above the planes, dead."

I would suggest that this information being widely disclosed via a simple profile link is problematic and shouldn't be available to the player base. Historically I have seen it abused such as when certain chars (PMs/tanks) ids are banked and then checked before raids to assess the raid risk. Which is meta-game information an opponent shouldn't have access to. I think it was particularly problematic in Breath 3 with some of the wars that occurred if I recall correctly.

As such the suggestion is that the most recent aspect remains constant in the Physical Description box until a) it is changed by equipping/de-equipping clothing / items or b) the char respawns into a new aspect. Ergo, no information can be gleaned from the profile about the status of the character and it would be a slight buff to EOD revs that can assess their living status with the corpse/marking. To keep it thematically constant the description could started with "You remember them looking like..." as if your character is recalling their last interaction with them.

Plus I spend a great deal of time stylishly dressing my chars and I do not think the Nexus at large should be denied this experience just because I am dead most of the time /s
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Re: Interface: Aspect Physical Description Constant

Post by Kandarin » Thu Dec 02, 2021 8:13 pm

Meric wrote: Thu Dec 02, 2021 8:05 pm When alive the physical description on a profile is populated with your aspect detail. However, when dead it defaults to
"This character is a formless spirit, floating above the planes, dead."

I would suggest that this information being widely disclosed via a simple profile link is problematic and shouldn't be available to the player base. Historically I have seen it abused such as when certain chars (PMs/tanks) ids are banked and then checked before raids to assess the raid risk. Which is meta-game information an opponent shouldn't have access to. I think it was particularly problematic in Breath 3 with some of the wars that occurred if I recall correctly.

As such the suggestion is that the most recent aspect remains constant in the Physical Description box until a) it is changed by equipping/de-equipping clothing / items or b) the char respawns into a new aspect. Ergo, no information can be gleaned from the profile about the status of the character and it would be a slight buff to EOD revs that can assess their living status with the corpse/marking. To keep it thematically constant the description could started with "You remember them looking like..." as if your character is recalling their last interaction with them.

Plus I spend a great deal of time stylishly dressing my chars and I do not think the Nexus at large should be denied this experience just because I am dead most of the time /s
The dev team had a discussion on this recently and entirely agreed that it should be changed for largely the reasons you laid out.

This will be changed in the next patch.

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Re: Interface: Aspect Physical Description Constant

Post by Nayru » Fri Dec 03, 2021 5:59 am

always sad to get denied the ability to see fluff stuff ye

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