TERA is releasing inactive character names

Names in MMOs are important. You want people to know who you are at a glance, after all. TERA has a lot of character names already taken, of course, since it’s been running for some time. So the powers that be are going to free up some names that have just been sitting there, unused, for a long enough period of time — i.e., a year.

All characters that have been inactive since June 22nd, 2014, will have their names changed to placeholders and the names thrown back in the active pool. If you’ve been taking a break and desperately want to make sure that your old character “Boner-Lord” doesn’t lose her name, take heart; the release is happening on June 25th, 2015. Log in once and your name is secure. Otherwise, you just might lose your name.

Source: Official announcement; thanks to Azzura for the tip!
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Porculasalvania
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Porculasalvania
chosenxeno
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chosenxeno

disturbedking8 chosenxeno Celestia I’m not going to debate this. We feel what we feel.

disturbedking8
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disturbedking8

chosenxeno Celestia Talk about a pathos driven response. You feel like they’re punishing people – but the community isn’t going to notice it because the people who haven’t logged in for a year aren’t around to complain. No one care’s about you or your life, you should not feel as though you deserve the name. If you did deserve it, then you wouldn’t be out for a year.

ArtemisiaWS
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Celestia Azzura BrotherMaynard Yeah I’ve been having this problem for many months too, I even thought of reinstalling everything from scratch but from what you say even that changes nothing? Damn it, I may be losing names from my alternative account. :/

Loyheta
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Loyheta

Nice. Hopefully these guys will get back to me soon. coming up on 2 and a half weeks without a (customer support) response. Tried using a ton of different emails… hope they respond.

chosenxeno
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chosenxeno

Celestia chosenxeno Wrong. I’m not CURRENTLY using it. What if I want to jump in the next expansion? Now my character has lost the most important thing that makes him or her personal. It’s a terrible thing they are doing.

Celestia
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Celestia

Azzura BrotherMaynard I feel your pain.  I recently installed it on my new PC, and it took three days of attempts before I finally got it downloaded.  I hear the Steam version is easier to use than their native installer.

Celestia
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Celestia

chosenxeno But you’re not using it.  I don’t understand your logic.

chosenxeno
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chosenxeno

Celestia chosenxeno Because I had it 1st. /shrug

chosenxeno
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chosenxeno

flatline4400 chosenxeno Celestia I do.

Celestia
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Celestia

chosenxeno Why should a paying customer be locked out of a name on which a nonpaying former customer is hoarding?  They aren’t wiping characters or progression, they are merely opening up names for their paying customers.

cures
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cures

Rozyn still messy, but the actual game – thats good ;)

flatline4400
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flatline4400

JLIHPodcast I just like how it’s a female who chose that name lol…

flatline4400
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flatline4400

chosenxeno Celestia I dont think once a YEAR is too much to ask simply to have you spend 30 seconds logging in and back out if you want to keep your name in a f2p game.

SoMuchMass
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chosenxeno SoMuchMass solipsis For me level 40 to about 52 sucked.  It got better towards level 60 and then 60 to 65 is also good.

chosenxeno
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chosenxeno

SoMuchMass solipsis I haven’t hit this “grind” I keep hearing about either. I played 41 levels for free. I just grabbed elite status yesterday because I thought I’d get more bag space. I am for the 1st time ever playing on a PVP server(I have been playing MMORPGs for 10 years now). It hasn’t been that bad. I’ve ganked and been ganked but for the most part people still get their questing done. The funny part is I just accepted the reccomended server without even realizing it was PVP lol. I was in chat asking how people are killing me when I didn’t flag myself for PVP.

chosenxeno
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chosenxeno

Celestia That’s a terrible idea. Talk about an immersion breaker. They have no clue why people have been inactive. real lif happens. It’s actually pretty disgusting that they are punishing people because life put their in game progress on hold.

Rozyn
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Rozyn

Orontos Rozyn Oh that’s good, their launcher was one of the worst I’d ever experienced.

Orontos
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Orontos

Thanks for the heads up Massively. Installed, saved my character names, and uninstalled. +1. :D

Orontos
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Orontos

Rozyn I just downloaded the game on Steam, and that version is A LOT better than the one I tried using over a year ago, from En Masse. It downloaded the game, no problem. Also, once the game is finished, it is complete. Not like, say, LOTRO, where once you’re done on Steam, you spend some considerable time on the launcher as the game further updates.

BrotherMaynard
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BrotherMaynard

Darthbawl I just can’t get past the use of “her” in that sentence. Either Boner-Lord doesn’t lose his name or then Boner-Lady doesn’t lose her name. I’m confused…

Azzura
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Azzura

BrotherMaynard Azzura No – I am NA here. It may be that the updater hates updating if you havent logged in for 4 or 6 months. Like skipping a few version updates just messes up the whole system. I’ve tried repairing and deleting folders and re-updating. Nothing work. Only thing left to do it delete the whole thing again again again and download the HUGE game :(

BrotherMaynard
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BrotherMaynard

Azzura Do you happen to be an EU player? What you describe sounds like what I’ve seen happening with the Gameforge’s launcher, it really is a terrible piece of software (no surprise there, really). The NA version is different and for me personally has been working without problems.

Rozyn
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Rozyn

Did they ever fix their godawful launcher? Just thinking of trying to download the game again through that monstrosity makes me say “Nah, you can have my names.”

Celestia
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Celestia

Every MMO should do this annually.

Azzura
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Azzura

If ONLY I could log in – Every Single Time I try to go back to TERA – the update fails, or the log in screen fails, or I get errors that keep the game from loading and it takes me over an hour to figure out what is wrong or I have to delete and re-download the game.

Last night – I updated…tried to log in and get just a white screen that I need to force close. All methods to fix it fail….and there is a 9 day wait on support. I don’t know if I want to waste more time just to save my names.

SoMuchMass
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SoMuchMass

PurpleCopper Trademark’s?  Regardless, this type of thing probably gets some users to log back into the game.  Which works out in their favor.

PurpleCopper
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PurpleCopper

Why not just use a pseudo social security number method to solve the problem of multiple names?

Could you imagine the real world using these kind of methods to free up names?

JLIHPodcast
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JLIHPodcast

Boner.Lord actually. You can’t use dashes.

SoMuchMass
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SoMuchMass

solipsis SoMuchMass I actually got two max level characters in Tera, I rarely can get a character to max level in MMOs.  I never found it grindy at all.  Then again I like the combat so much I randomly used to go around killing mobs like Diablo.
I like ESO also, but veteran levels are grindy.  This?  Not so much.

solipsis
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SoMuchMass  It’s because the NA server has all the English speaking countries in Asia who still play this and is fond of grind fest games.

solipsis
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solipsis

SO WHAT! RELEASE IT! IDC! GRIND FUCK!

officeape
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officeape

Darthbawl As long as he stays in character . . .

marz at play
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marz at play

I’m glad some names will be released. This game is jumping now. Can’t name characters any decent names anymore.

Red Alert
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Red Alert

Thing is with that big announcment and with a month in advance for this to happen, most ppl will just log in to just secure their names even if they have no intention of using those characters again.

SoMuchMass
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SoMuchMass

I recently logged into Tera and went Velika, the human capital on three different servers.  I have never seen more people in a city other than in a crowed server on WoW.  It was packed with people.

Denice J Cook
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Denice J Cook

Thanks for the heads up!  I hardly ever play on Tempest Reach (the PvP servers are my main servers).  I’ll have to check in there just in case.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

Darthbawl 
With a name like that, kinda stands erect to attention…
…yeah, I did just go there. :(

Porculasalvania
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Porculasalvania

Darthbawl “Boner-Lord”… lol!

Darthbawl
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Darthbawl

“Boner-Lord” — Nearly spewed my coffee everywhere when I read that.  Guess we know at least one of your character names now Eliot! :D

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