As many of you may know, we've been having issues with Unicode characters in names. The issues, while intermittent, are severe enough to impact player access to the game and the game's operation itself. Unfortunately the amount of available Unicode characters is so vast that isolating the specific offending characters is the very definition of finding needles in the haystack.
As of today we've modified the Council's Name Change system to be restricted to a range of Unicode characters. Currently attempting to use a Unicode character outside of the range in the Council's Name Change will result in: no name change, your FP will not be taken, and you'll receive an accompanying "invalid character" message.
All Unicode characters within the range, and all plain-text combinations of alphanumeric characters and symbols will continue to function normally in the Name Change system. Please note that Unicode is supported differently for all browsers, so there always remains the possibility that your chosen Unicode character may not properly display.
The range of Unicode characters that will be accepted is from Unicode HTML-codes ! [!] to ჿ [ჿ] (Basic Latin to Georgian Lettering), or Unicode numbers U+0021 [!] to U+10FF [ჿ], respectively. We found unicode-table.com to be a useful website for determining the Unicode numbers and HTML-codes. Note that unicode-table.com displays all of the symbols (by Unicode numbers and HTML code) in numerical order.
Update: For those of you who are having a hard time understanding the range, we've recently put together a screenshot of the entire range. Please do share this link with clan and friends to help broaden understanding of the range.
Please keep in mind that you must copy and paste your symbol into the name space. Should you directly type the HTML or Unicode numbers into the name space it will result in a broken page.
While this new range may feel restrictive comparatively, please know that we're doing our very best to keep Unicode available to you for the decoration of your ingame names. We may update this range (or potentially add new ranges) in the future.
Provided they are not game-breaking characters, those of you who currently have Unicode characters outside the range in your name will be able to keep them. If you're a player whose name is grandfathered in and you attempt to change/edit your name, you'll be using the current ranged system and will be denied outside range character use. At the time of this writing this change has not yet migrated to the Player Entry Name Choice, but it will soon.
Again, this an effort to preserve the operational integrity of VDS and to keep to the expectations of you, our players, in your day-to-day gaming. As always if you have questions or concerns, please open a new Ticket Request, where a support agent will be happy to assist you. Thanks for your understanding!
— The VDS Dev Team