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I noticed in the Tyralandi Scrimm campaign journal that there are custom avatars for James' and Jeremy's aliases. Any chance that will be rolled out to everyone soon?

If not that's fine, I was just curious as I use a specific Vincent Valentine avatar on other message boards. Belkar is fine, but I identify far more with the Vincent avatar. If it takes a lot of time to do I'd rather have the combined shipping for Pathfinder and Gamemastery first. :)

Thanks Gary.

Paizo Employee PostMonster General

Custom avatars require arcane rites to propitiate the all-seeing eye. They are not for mere mortals.

Though they are somewhere on the to-do list. I think. (I just counted and there are over 70 things on my current to-do list....)

Paizo Employee Developer , Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

I've heard the call for this feature before, and while it sounds fine, I'm not convinced that it would be the best thing for these messageboards. I've wandered around a decent amount of messageboards and the ones that have user-submitted avatars and those damned signatures look terribly cluttered, so I don't read much of them and I don't post there. I'll take good selections of art and a streamlined looking website over that level of customization any day.

The Exchange

Daigle wrote:
I've heard the call for this feature before, and while it sounds fine, I'm not convinced that it would be the best thing for these messageboards. I've wandered around a decent amount of messageboards and the ones that have user-submitted avatars and those damned signatures look terribly cluttered, so I don't read much of them and I don't post there. I'll take good selections of art and a streamlined looking website over that level of customization any day.

Ditto.

FH

Liberty's Edge

I like the ones with "clever" sayings all over the bottom like some burnout with eighty bumper stickers on the back of a VW van that nobody cares about but the driver/OP, and yet are eerily compelled to read.

I brake for unicorns

Sovereign Court Contributor

I'm with Daigle and Fakey.

I'd be happy to see requests fulfilled for avatars to be added to the genral list, and even custom avatars for Paizo staff or possibly as prizes for competitions, or a few special things like that.

But when I see those messageboards with moving custom avatars and cluttery junk everywhere it makes me want to run to Gleemax.

I'm much happier here.


[whiney voice] I just want my Vincent avatar. Sniff...can't you people see that? [/whiney voice]

;)

Dark Archive

You know you may be able to kill two birds with one stone here; You've mentioned eventually having something nice for prefered customers...

I REALLY would love to make the original Monster Manual Asmodeus my Avatar -- just make sure you get his eyes right.

Um, should I hold my breath on this one...?

-W. E. Ray

Paizo Employee Developer , Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Molech wrote:

You know you may be able to kill two birds with one stone here; You've mentioned eventually having something nice for prefered customers...

I REALLY would love to make the original Monster Manual Asmodeus my Avatar -- just make sure you get his eyes right.

Um, should I hold my breath on this one...?

-W. E. Ray

Or get a Necklace of Adaptation ;P


I'm glad we don't have custom avatars. It is an easy way to recognize people. If people got custom avatars, everyone would have all sorts of wacky stuff and chaos would follow!

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Personally I'm happy with the (large) selection of avatars we have.

Yeah, really wouldn't like to see flashing, blinking or in any way animated avatars.

And there'd have to be a way to police people using offensive images, or really large files or whatever...


Mothman wrote:

Yeah, really wouldn't like to see flashing, blinking or in any way animated avatars.

I forget where it was, but someone somewhere had an animated avatar of Bilbo when his face gets all twisted and creepy in the Fellowship of the Ring. It was very distracting.

I'm trying to read a post and Bilbo is up in the corner going nuts.

Paizo Employee PostMonster General

There will be blinking, flashing, animated avatars and smilies on this website over my dead body.

Liberty's Edge

Ssssssssh! Didn't you see Red Dawn?

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Tales Subscriber

I would have to agree with the majority this time, the selection of avatars we have a fine and I am sure as more Pathfinder and Modules are release we will get more.

Please DO NOT allow those stupid signatures I HATE those f!%%ing things and I will add my body to the pile regarding the animated blinky avatars.

Dark Archive Contributor

Gary Teter wrote:
There will be blinking, flashing, animated avatars and smilies on this website over my dead body.

Hallelujah!

Add my vote to the no-signatures crowd as well. :)


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Gary Teter wrote:

Custom avatars require arcane rites to propitiate the all-seeing eye. They are not for mere mortals.

Though they are somewhere on the to-do list. I think. (I just counted and there are over 70 things on my current to-do list....)

::in pours a deluge Pokemon killer-squirrel avatars.::

Signatures are the devil. They told me so. They add static to a clean site.

Change is not always a good thing, just ask my transexual friend Pinkie Moribundo. Boy did they botch him.

The Exchange

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Okay, so I absolutely hate blinky crap all over a messageboard too. It makes you wonder who likes all that. Someone must think blinking signature lines, animated avatars, and jumpy smiley faces are great. I've just never met him.

Or are we all just a bunch of old farts? Man, that happened quick!


I don't need blinky avatars (I dislike them too) and signatures (don't use them anyway). I just want a simple Vincent avatar.

Didn't realize I'd unleash a firestorm of "no custom avatar" people. :P


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Rhothaerill wrote:

I don't need blinky avatars (I dislike them too) and signatures (don't use them anyway). I just want a simple Vincent avatar.

Didn't realize I'd unleash a firestorm of "no custom avatar" people. :P

No firestorm aimed at you Rho. Not at all. This has just never been a popular idea on this site.

The problems that would arise would have nothing to do with your, I'm sure, artistic and sensible-for-the-sitefeel choice of avatar (though I don't know if, by Vincent, you mean Ron Perlman in lionesque make-up or a bi-polar painter). They problem would arise from Neon Pokemon killer-squirrels. The minute you open the flood doors on something like that you're four months away from cyber babysitting at ol' Paizo com. And while kids are fun, their pooey shorts just aren't my thing.

Liberty's Edge

Dibs on Frazetta's Death Dealer.


I can't stand animated avatars or those damn useless signitures.

That being said, as an illustrator I would relish the chance to have my avatar be a piece of my own artwork.

Just make sure to limit the size and format of the file.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber

Well, as long as we're fantasizing... I'd have to hire Kyle Hunter to caricature me.

Regrettably, is isn't that hard to caricature me.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber
Black Baron wrote:

I can't stand animated avatars or those damn useless signitures.

That being said, as an illustrator I would relish the chance to have my avatar be a piece of my own artwork.

Just make sure to limit the size and format of the file.

Your The Hypnotist would make for a wild avatar.


The Jade wrote:
Rhothaerill wrote:

I don't need blinky avatars (I dislike them too) and signatures (don't use them anyway). I just want a simple Vincent avatar.

Didn't realize I'd unleash a firestorm of "no custom avatar" people. :P

No firestorm aimed at you Rho. Not at all. This has just never been a popular idea on this site.

The problems that would arise would have nothing to do with your, I'm sure, artistic and sensible-for-the-sitefeel choice of avatar (though I don't know if, by Vincent, you mean Ron Perlman in lionesque make-up or a bi-polar painter). They problem would arise from Neon Pokemon killer-squirrels. The minute you open the flood doors on something like that you're four months away from cyber babysitting at ol' Paizo com. And while kids are fun, their pooey shorts just aren't my thing.

Yeah I understand the reasoning behind it. If it ends up that custom avatars aren't allowed I'll live with Belkar. I just keep getting myself mixed up with Jason Bulmahn. ;)

The Vincent I'm talking about is Vincent Valentine from Final Fantasy 7. He's been my avatar for most forum sites pretty much since I started hanging out on forums several years back. It doesn't have anything to do with Paizo products of course, it's just an avatar I identify with nearly as much as the screen name Rhothaerill...though I've used that far longer than the Vincent avatar. My Rhothaerill name has been around since the crappy AOL forums in '93 :)

Oh, and you should have a kid Jade. ;) They're fun, and the poopy diapers aren't that annoying.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber

Okay, Rho... I just had a kid like you said, and boy is my heretofore non-existent womb tired. It isn't seemingly male or female. I don't think I should have done this by myself. It's eyes are a bit Chthulian for for my tastes.

::wipes brow::

I was wondering if you meant a different Vincent altogether. I feel old. And I played that one too...

As for getting mixed up with Jason Bulmahn. Don't. I'll tell you why in private.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Mothman wrote:
And there'd have to be a way to police people using offensive images...

That's just one of the reasons it's not very high on the to-do list.

If and when we do get around to it, we'll require them to be exactly 90x90 pixels (the same as the current images) so as not to disrupt the layout.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber
Vic Wertz wrote:
If and when we do get around to it, we'll require them to be exactly 90x90 pixels (the same as the current images) so as not to disrupt the layout.

Here come the squashed faceshots. ;)


The Jade wrote:

Okay, Rho... I just had a kid like you said, and boy is my heretofore non-existent womb tired. It isn't seemingly male or female. I don't think I should have done this by myself. It's eyes are a bit Chthulian for for my tastes.

::wipes brow::

I was wondering if you meant a different Vincent altogether. I feel old. And I played that one too...

As for getting mixed up with Jason Bulmahn. Don't. I'll tell you why in private.

Heh. Okay, how about father a kid then? That is of course what I did. My wife handled the difficult part. ;)

Now you've got me curious about the Bulmahn thing.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber

You really want me to mate, don't you? ;)


The Jade wrote:
You really want me to mate, don't you? ;)

Yes, but not with anything human.


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Kruelaid wrote:
The Jade wrote:
You really want me to mate, don't you? ;)
Yes, but not with anything human.

They don't call me Donkey Show Barton for nothing! -- here ends any chance Rone Barton ever had at being president. Maybe.

Liberty's Edge

I want a Pikachu avatar!


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Heathansson wrote:
I want a Pikachu avatar!

Then I peek at you.

BTW, Circle of Iron went out this last Wednesday first class mail. Sorry for the delay.

Liberty's Edge

Woo hoo! Thanxs. No prob's holmes, we're all busy fellers.

And shoot, I don't think I've checked the damn mail in 3 days anyway.


Okay I made my custom avatar this afternoon. No flashing, obscenity, or Japanese cartoon characters.

Come on Gary, less readin and more codin.

Hop to it!

;)


Vic Wertz wrote:
Mothman wrote:
And there'd have to be a way to police people using offensive images...

That's just one of the reasons it's not very high on the to-do list.

If and when we do get around to it, we'll require them to be exactly 90x90 pixels (the same as the current images) so as not to disrupt the layout.

Well, seeing as you guys spend a ridiculous amount of time checking the threads why don't you just police us yourselves.

Someone posts offensive stuff, call Gary on the eyeball-phone and have him obliterate our avatars.

Besides, do we seem to be the types to post avatars of our naked wives?


Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber

Once the avatar floodgates are opened, you'll see. For the small boost in self expression we acquire, what is lost will be far more precious. We're all a bunch of writers and wits (writers-in-training), and this forum is one place where if you want to stand out you succeed due to how well you've defined yourself through the written word. It keeps us on our toes, and our rapiers sharp.

Most new to the site fall to our city guardian, crushed beneath the Sebastian Juggernaut.

Then they're put through the speed round with Heathansson's ability to quip one liners as fast as machine gun shells hit the dirt.

After that they're allowed to relax with a mellow Keegan satire before the next day of battle.

Dark Archive RPG Superstar 2013 Top 32

Kruelaid wrote:
Besides, do we seem to be the types to post avatars of our naked wives?

Of course not! That's utterly tasteless! Everyone knows it is much more polite to post avatars of other people's naked wives!

Paizo Employee Sales Imp

I totally want an animated avatar of David Hasselhoff pole-dancing in a g-string!

It'd be AWESOME! (Don't click that link.)

And then I'll make a 256 word signature, with quotes from my favorite pop icons, made completely out of GLITTER GRAFIX!!!

Liberty's Edge

Wow. I can count the corn kernels in the "performance art" I just created. ;)
I'm just joking, man. Don't mind me. I'm in a messed up mood, and I think my sense of humor is bent a little.

Paizo Employee Sales Imp

Heathansson wrote:

Wow. I can count the corn kernels in the "performance art" I just created. ;)

I'm just joking, man. Don't mind me. I'm in a messed up mood, and I think my sense of humor is bent a little.

I blame myself.

;)


The Jade wrote:

The problems that would arise would have nothing to do with your, I'm sure, artistic and sensible-for-the-sitefeel choice of avatar (though I don't know if, by Vincent, you mean Ron Perlman in lionesque make-up or a bi-polar painter). They problem would arise from Neon Pokemon killer-squirrels. The minute you open the flood doors on something like that you're four months away from cyber babysitting at ol' Paizo com. And while kids are fun, their pooey shorts just aren't my thing.

If sigs could somehow be kept to a maximum word count, so they don't end up 3 pages long, I don't mind them. As for custom avatars, I wonder if petitioning for specific accounts would work so screening of avatars could be done? I only have a handful of non-animated avatars I use elsewhere, and it'd be nice to have that distinctiveness here as well. Just an idea.


Varl wrote:
If sigs could somehow be kept to a maximum word count, so they don't end up 3 pages long, I don't mind them. As for custom avatars, I wonder if petitioning for specific accounts would work so screening of avatars could be done? I only have a handful of non-animated avatars I use elsewhere, and it'd be nice to have that distinctiveness here as well. Just an idea.

I'm just happy the folks at Paizo give us somewhere to kill time. I like my cartoon-y Asmodeus. I even kinda like the fact that I do a double take when I see someone else post with it: "Wait a second, did I write that? Oh, no. It was Molech."

Good job Paizo.

El Skootro

Scarab Sages

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el_skootro wrote:

I even kinda like the fact that I do a double take when I see someone else post with it: "Wait a second, did I write that? Oh, no. It was Molech."

Good job Paizo.

El Skootro

I have fallen asleep at the keyboard before, and woken up to see a post from another gorgon, whose avatar-ID was just off-screen.

And I've sat there for a minute, blinking, wondering if my fingers had taken on a life of their own, like in "The Hands of Orlock", or the Michael Caine film "The Hand", until I realised the truth.
It's happened a couple of times, but not often, as I don't believe this avatar is used much.
Which is more disorientating; when they post something you totally agree with and were planning to say? Or when they come out with something you'd never say, whether that be the ravings of your evil twin from the Id, or the psychedelic ramblings of one who's suckled at the teat of the Loon-Juice tree?


The Jade wrote:

Most new to the site fall to our city guardian, crushed beneath the Sebastian Juggernaut.

Then they're put through the speed round with Heathansson's ability to quip one liners as fast as machine gun shells hit the dirt.

After that they're allowed to relax with a mellow Keegan satire before the next day of battle.

Hmmmm...I don't recall any of that from when I first joined.

Uh-oh.


I happen to like custom avatars and signatures. However, I do understand why others do not. Can I get a llama avatar, please?

More cowbell!


Cosmo wrote:

I totally want an animated avatar of David Hasselhoff pole-dancing in a g-string!

It'd be AWESOME! (Don't click that link.)

WHY OH WHY DID I CLICK THE LINK?!


You know, I clicked that link last year, then browsed this thread again for some reason and forgetting, had to hit that link again.

Why, why will I never learn?


The Jade wrote:


Most new to the site fall to our city guardian, crushed beneath the Sebastian Juggernaut.

Then they're put through the speed round with Heathansson's ability to quip one liners as fast as machine gun shells hit the dirt.

After that they're allowed to relax with a mellow Keegan satire before the next day of battle.

Or you can just bide your time until a new edition of D&D is nearing, and sneak in while the guardians are engaged in that issue.

Not that I did that. But, you know, someone could.

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