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I was thinking it would be a good idea if the player did not know NPC''s names til the player spoke to that NPC or another NPC indicated who that NPC was. It would be more interesting than suddenly knowing every NPC''s name instantly. "All you touch and all you see is all your life will ever be --Pink Floyd "Though the course may change sometimes, the rivers always reach the sea" --Led Zeppelin Need help? Well, go FAQ yourself.

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Sound as a good idea!

Before the player know th name of the NPC, the Npc should be identified by their fonctions (ex: Gard, Blacksmith, kid, sexy girl ).

You could also hava a NPC lie about his name...

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Yeah, that''s a good idea. Perhaps there could even be a detailed physical description for the NPC. So, the player could ask one NPC about a certain NPC''s name and the NPC could describe what that NPC looks like physically (like a scar or something). Then the player could narrow down who''s who by their physical descriptions.


"All you touch and all you see is all your life will ever be --Pink Floyd

"Though the course may change sometimes, the rivers always reach the sea" --Led Zeppelin

Need help? Well, go FAQ yourself.

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I think most games give the NPCs'' names automatically for convenience. It depends on whether you want to show "Hi! my name is . . ." for every character. Definitely a good idea though. Of course, the PC would already know a few of the NPC''s.

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Yea, it''s a great idea. But it has a problem, makes player data kinda'' big. And putting this in a massive multiplayer game would take tons of server space..

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I realize that it would not work w/ every type of game, but it could provide more role-playing.


"All you touch and all you see is all your life will ever be --Pink Floyd

"Though the course may change sometimes, the rivers always reach the sea" --Led Zeppelin

Need help? Well, go FAQ yourself.

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I''ve seen this in a few places, namely Final Fantasy Tactics and Panzer Dragoon Saga. I love it every time I see it.

Good call, Naz.

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WHAT?!! An NPC thread started on the day that I decide not to post in the morning! Gee... I am surprised that nobody noticed my lack of presence...

Anywho - great idea, as I have always been one for this kind of advancement. NPC''s are definitely in my FOV on the improvement scale. I think this was suggested some time ago when we were talking about NPC learning, though it could have been in the egroups board. If not then it was definitely in my head

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Deus Ex implemented a feature like that. Before you talked to NPCs, they appeared generically(scientist,trooper,etc.) but after you spoke with them, most of them then appeared by name.

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