moderator, 777 posts
 Whatever it is,
 I'm against it
Sat 29 Apr 2017
at 13:33
Duplicate Portrait warning
Just a thought ...

Would it be useful to have a warning come up when you select a character portrait in a game to let you know if someone else is already using that portrait ?

Would just need to poll players, npcs in the one game, wouldn't even need to say who was using that portrait, just a very simple "This portrait is already in use in this game -> CONTINUE/BACK" confirmation.

 member, 519 posts
Sun 30 Apr 2017
at 07:07
Duplicate Portrait warning
It wouldn't hurt.  Though I've always been of the mind that whomever posts with a portrait first has dibs.  :D

I also don't know how other people usually go about selecting portraits.  I've at times selected one and then just looked at it for a bit on the character details screen while doing other things, then cycled through other potentials, doing the same thing, until I made a final decision.  That sort of behavior might cause someone to settle for a different choice if they're choosing at the same time, and think someone has taken what they want when in reality it was simply being considered.
 member, 1461 posts
 Ocoee FL
 40 yrs of RPGs
Mon 1 May 2017
at 11:19
Duplicate Portrait warning
I doubt this comes up often enough to be worth addressing.
Miss Scarlet
 member, 306 posts
Mon 1 May 2017
at 14:11
Duplicate Portrait warning
It would help. It already happened in my game and when I noticed both character had already posted, so their pictures were already there... The same one...

My concern is just not give too much trouble. I can manage without this "warning". If it's a relatively simple thing, yeah let's have it. If it's too much effort, then forget it. It's my opinion. I love this site very much and I can imagine how difficult it's to keep it working as it is, I just don't want to add more "difficulties". Thanks very much!
 member, 1419 posts
 I should really stay out
 of this, I know...but...
Tue 2 May 2017
at 00:19
Duplicate Portrait warning
That's kind of my thought.  I always kind of look to see what everyone else has already picked, but I guess if someone hasn't filled out a Description or posted anything yet, you can't necessarily see.  All the same, in all the years I've been here (and it is very many years now, albeit only a fraction of what BBR can claim - granting that every number is a fraction of every other number, if you want to be technical, which, um, gamers?  So yeah.  Anyway, I was saying something before I got trapped in this labyrinthine parenthetical, wasn't I?  Oh, right!) ... I don't believe I'd have ever actually seen this function if it existed.

But the nice thing about it is that when it doesn't come up, it's just not there.  It's not like it's going to ask a confirmation every time you choose a portrait, just on the rare occasion someone chooses one already in use in that game.  And since there are potentially legitimate reasons for that (playing twins, clones, Everyone Is John, whatever) -- well, it's good that your suggestion already just kind of checks, and doesn't actually interfere.

So yeah.  If it's easy - and everything sounds easy when Jase is the one who has to do it - it sounds nice.  But it's not a feature I've yearned for yae these many years.

Not like Language Groups.  OMG those still blow me away.