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Unicode Usage

Updated 9/19/17

Darkside Community,

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 &#33 [!] to &#4351 [] (Basic Latin to Georgian Lettering), or Unicode numbers U+0021 [!] to U+10FF [], 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


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    Pauline de Rooij

    Guess I'll be stuck with ~ ✩ Ɖ̼̤̺̪̳̩͎̖ǻʀӄ Kǻʀɱǻ ✩ ~ from now on. LOL If I change my name now I will lose it forever!

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    Dianne Chiola

    I have carried my name as is for 8 years in MW's and my Loki group tag in my name is a relic from those days before Zynga closed the game down in June 2016 ~ no disrespect meant to the Dev's but my name means a lot to me for the reasons stated above so I am not going to change my name or VDS group tag as I don't want to loose any of it ✴╬ռֆօʍռɨǟƈ63✴

    Edited by Dianne Chiola
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    Joeb

    @Dianne
    We're sure the developers take no offense. They understand the importance of your ingame names and are not expecting name changes from those of you who are grandfathered in.

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    Dianne Chiola

    @ Joeb thanks for your comment of reassurance

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    Joeb

    This article has been updated to include a screenshot of the available Unicode characters that are within the range, and to rework the wording of the copy and paste for better understanding.

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    Dianne Chiola

    Sadly those available are those probably not used by anyone in the game to be honest  can you just add Arial Unicode MS in your selection ? 

    Edited by Dianne Chiola
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    Joeb

    That's a great question, Dianne! Could you open a new Ticket Request and offer this as a formal suggestion? This way the devs will have a chance to look at the ticket and provide some feedback.

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    Dianne Chiola

    @ Joeb will do thanks for the suggestion

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    Twistedsista7

    one problem...when i click the link for the range screenshot, the screen is black with a white divider down the middle...thats it...

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    ~* DEVIL DOGG*~

    Facebook is killing all the fun our game use to have. Especially our "SHOUT OUTS"!!!!!

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