Just popped on the Tumblr and saw this there: I’m certain there’ll be an official announcement here as well, but thought to get the conversation started:
In summary - [quote]
Learning from what we implemented for Sunless Sea has led us to making some changes in Fallen London that will come into effect this week:
The ‘er- ah- um- yes’ pronoun will be replaced.
The game will get out of the way of your character’s gender, and take the Sunless Sea approach of asking for your preferred form of address.
We’re adding lots of new titles (some of which will be unlockable, depending on profession and other factors).
As with the recent Making Your Name changes, established players will be given an option to choose a new preferred form of address.
The character sign-up screen will be the same, and you’ll still be a Person of Mysterious and Indistinct Gender on your profile. [/quote]
Unlockable titles! Anyone else excited? And they do note that they’ll be changable later. edited by Parelle on 3/9/2016
Also excited, this is great to hear. I’m not even sure what I’m going to choose yet - and the unlockable titles may finally give me a reason to drop my Author profession, although I will miss those Nights on the Town…
It may be an old bug, but SS seemed to have a bit of a problem with capitalization of titles at the start of strings, so here’s hoping that will be fixed in the FL system.
I liked the “er - ah - um” forms of address although I understand why they dismayed people; opting into such things is a much better way to go. In that vein, I suggest “-- nervous gulp --” as a type of title for some of the most feared, dreaded, dangerous, or bizarre.
While the "er-yes" response is usually worth a laugh, it also leads to clunkier seeming sentences and I can easily see how it makes people uncomfortable. Especially as the "whatever you are" ‘pronoun’ occasionally elicits that in me.
Either way this was a great delight to find earlier today when on tumblr, and shows just how amazing Failbetter is with their userbase. edited by Cthonius on 3/10/2016
Child of Bhaal, wasn’t it? At least some of the time. Also, Fallout 4’s a bit recent for nostalgia - it only came out a few months ago, and I haven’t stopped playing it since. (NV’s still my firm favourite, but that’s a ramble for another day, or at least another thread!)
Back on topic, I see a lot of people requesting that the “er, yes” option remain available - can’t say I disagree; it is jolly funny. I’m very much curious to see what other options we’ll have, and thoroughly chuffed about the whole change!
[quote=Flyte][color=#C2B280]To be clear, we’re not removing the gender options from the game. You can still identify as a lady, a gentleman, or a person of mysterious and indistinct gender. However, your gender will no longer determine how people address you. You might be a Sir or a Madam, a Captain or a Correspondent – within the bounds set by your achievements and profession, this is entirely up to you.[/color]
Is there any chance we could get more options, even if it’s just "other - fill in the blank" or something like that? While this doesn’t apply to me in particular, I know several nonbinary individuals who would probably not describe their gender as "mysterious and indistinct". It’s quite possible to have a non-mysterious, perfectly distinct gender that is still neither male nor female.
Also, it’d be pretty cool if you decoupled portrait choices from gender. Is that a possibility by any chance? edited by Zantumall on 3/10/2016