The herd has shifted a little with ArenaNet’s rules for keeping names from the original Guild Wars. Basically log in to Guild Wars soon to get your Guild Wars names on the list. The list holds for the three-day headstart period and the day of the launch. After that miniscule time period, it’s fair game. One-word names are fair game from the start. Afterall, only one player in Guild Wars 2 gets to use the sweet, sweet name “Wizardex”.
It might be the most coveted name for Guild Wars 2 at the moment. Greedy name grubbers. It’s amazing that there is so much greed around names.
Four Days. That’s it. I honestly thought that once my account was linked I would get quite some time to lock down my Guild Wars character names. Let’s see, I have 10 character slots in Guild Wars with the majority of characters being over five years. Guild Wars 2 comes with 5 character slots… perhaps? I have four days to decide how many character slots to fill with old names or risk losing them. Or, in profitable terms, I have four days to decide how many character slots to buy.
That’s pretty rough. Then again, there a few names I am looking at like a vulture. How sweet it would be if that jackass that owns “Hiro Protagnist” let’s that name go back in the pot. (Actually the jackass is a pretty cool guy I have talked to once or twice to in Guild Wars about his monopoly of that name.) I’m sure on day 5 there are going to be plenty of vultures like me trying orphaned names. Greedy name grubbers.
What I would love is to be able to also safeguard a few one-word names, ArenaNet. I am sure I am not alone in the willingness to throw down a couple bucks to bogart one. ArenaNet is already about trading off time vs. money with the gem exchange, and the launch day name snipe is purely about time (with a huge amount of luck). Next beta weekend event just open up the gem exchange with a microtransaction to safeguard the name.
ArenaNet could even make it a lottery. Pay $1 to enter a lottery pool to win the name “Legolas” or “Drizzt”. The three-thousand losers that don’t get the name “Legolas” get $1 worth of gems instead. That’s $3,000 in ArenaNet’s pocket, and a fairer way to get that name.
Why isn’t ArenaNet greedier?