The Daily Grind: Do you use randomizers to help make MMO toons?

    
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The other day we posted about how Ship of Heroes is going to include a randomizer in its character creator, which pleased me. I mean, it’s a pretty standard feature to have in MMOs, but it’s still nice to have.

In fact, as of late I’ve been making great use of randomizers to aid in the creation process. I don’t use them entirely to make my characters, but I find that by hitting that “randomize” button, the computer often feeds me interesting and pleasing combinations that I wouldn’t have elected to use otherwise. Plus, it can be pretty amusing to see some of the more awful combos.

Do you use randomizers when you whip up your MMO toons, or are you too stuck on certain looks to trust your character to a dice roll?

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Mewmew
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Mewmew

I would use randomizers to find a nice base to start with that has some looks close to what I want that I can then edit easily in some games in the past – but now I normally will find a base pre-built unit to start to edit instead. The reason being is that the games either crash or more often disconnect way too often when taking your time to really get into that character creation and do all the details – and most of them do NOT save your work either automatically or manually as you are creating (which makes no sense to me on detailed character creators in which we can take hours to tweak stuff). So I have to find a base that I can try to remember my changes from to redo them when it inevitably disconnects me.

In general, I’m not that happy with random looks and on games that force you to only use a randomize button (which few exist but they are out there), I can spend half a day pressing the button over and over trying to get the combo I want.

I make female characters that don’t wear sexy skin showing outfits and that have realistically sized breasts and body shapes, so I get picky when it comes to getting the face just how I like it. My beauty comes from the face rather than sexualization. There are all different kinds of beauty of course and I do mix things up but I want to set all the little details to my own liking when it’s available to do. I will use all different exotic skin tones etc and make cat based characters when available too but I’m picky about the shapes around the face.

If games let you save and load during character customization (or automatically save your work for you so you can continue if you get disconnected – although a combination of both is best) I will take forever to build that character. If we are doing a name grab I will do it faster and hope that we can get back into editing it again later somehow, either in-game for free or with a paid ticket or something.

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nobleeinherjar

I will sometimes use the name generator to mix and match random parts of names to make something I like when one of my go-to names doesn’t fit. But I don’t think I’ve ever used the random appearance button.

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Demon of Razgriz

Nope. Once I settle on a name I usually know the basic look of my alt. As long as I don’t have to go to a cash shop for a critical piece of the look I’m good.

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Dug From The Earth

I use them to quickly browse possible look combinations only

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thalendor

Sometimes. If the game has a relatively small amount of options, such as WoW, I’ll just go through them all and pick what I like best. If it’s got sliders out the wazoo like ESO, yeah, I’ll randomize until I get something that looks decent-ish and make a few tweaks until it’s good enough.

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Tobasco da Gama

I don’t have strong opinions about, like, earlobe size or the shape of my character’s individual skull plates, so usually I mash “random” a couple of times until I get something generally pleasing and then make a few tweaks from there.

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Hikari Kenzaki

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Pandalulz

No, I create my dudes, but I’m not a perfectionist about it. I do use the name randomizer though because I give up really easily on that sometimes.

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3dom

In The Division 2 some sliders weren’t accessible to users so randomizer was the only way to get certain skull / nose form in character creator. Results are ugly in any case.

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Darthbawl

I have used the RNG name generator a few times for scrub characters or temp characters. I have used some pre-built character templates but never slammed the random button on that.