Why do character names gave to be unique?

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Seems most of the time when I plug in a new character name I get the error "sorry, this name is already in use in the message boards". Well, i don't care if it's in use in the message boards nor do I want to use it there. I just want to name my character what I want to. Each character is already identified by a unique pfs number. ####-##. I don't see why name matters.

Liberty's Edge 3/5 Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

I think, because of the forum's use of alias and a person can mark their posting coming from a specific character, they have to tie the name to the specific account.

At least that is what I think.

Either way, the decision on how the forums work is outside of PFS so flagging to be moved to a place that will more likely provide a better answer.

Grand Lodge 4/5

This is not a PFS rule. You can give your character the same name as another character in the campaign, or on the same table unless the GM tells you to knock it off.

It's how the Paizo forums work.

5/5 ⦵⦵⦵

Just use

name , last name

name the title

name the adjetive


name of location

the other name

The Concordance 5/5 ⦵⦵

Try quotation marks, like this.

Liberty's Edge 5/5 ⦵⦵

Or tildes, like this.

Liberty's Edge 5/5 ⦵⦵

Or unique characters, like this.

I find replacing spaces with _ works often too.

Or adding them after the name like this

So much for my idea of a PbP in which the party has 2 characters Bob & Bob . . . .

Sovereign Court 4/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Leiden aka Ascalaphus

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Or apostrophes, like the Lovecraftian horror Ur'suhl'ah.

Liberty's Edge Venture-Agent, Online

It's just poor design. There was no good reason you could not structure the database to associate aliases with the user account through a parent/child relationship enabling each account to have its own aliases.

The only thing I can think of is to prevent spoofing where user A maliciously copies the name and avatar of user B's alias. But all you really would need is to change the header to name both the alias and user behind it. "Dragonfly" a/k/a Nefreet would easily be differentiated from "Dragonfly" a/k/a pogie when Nefreet tried to cause problems posing as pogie's alias or vice versa.

5/5 Venture-Agent, Texas—Dallas & Ft. Worth aka Azothath

A unique name isn't that hard.
I happened to me when I tried to use the name of a character from a famous book and movie, yet others in that same series were not used... aaagh... so a little substitution and viola!
you might try unicode or extended ascii for similar characters with diacritical marks such as; i ì í î ï.
You might also switch the language if the name has a meaning. Google translate is easy to use, latin, quenya(tolkein), klingon(star trek), french, german, russian, esperanto, kanji characters...

I agree that the choice for unique names was due to the fact that you can post in the messageboards with using that name as a unique handle, a PbP necessity.
Yes, a non-unique key in database lingo could have been used but then your PFS# would be appended to each post or a linkback to you username (which is done) or email(spammers dream). A inherited relationship (parent-child) requires extra pointers to the data items.
Unique names makes it obvious and aliases add a little discretion.

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Maybe not the trip you planned
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Adding a little heart will always make you unique.


you can always choose something pathfinderish

Grand Lodge 5/5

It's really sub-optimal.

Scarab Sages 5/5

time to get creative with hidden meanings...

Sczarni 5/5 ⦵⦵

Starfinder Charter Superscriber
❤ Strawberry Machine Cake ❤ wrote:
Yeah, Star Sugar Heartlove!!!

I'm running the AP right now and in a certain thematic encounter I introduced the party to the group! Made up a playlist and a secret track and everything.

I'm enjoying taking aspects of the scenarios and incorporating them into the AP.

Liberty's Edge 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Washington—Seattle aka The Great Rinaldo!

BigNorseWolf wrote:


A meat snack worked for me.

Sczarni 5/5 ⦵⦵

Starfinder Charter Superscriber

The OP is talking about Character aliases.

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I can't help but feel like I may have something to do with that.


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