A Pikko By Any Other Name

Ever since the announcement of the server merges, my emotions have been on a seemingly neverending roller coaster. At first, I thought it was great that I'd be seeing a lot more people walking around beside me than I usually do. I was ecstatic that my destination world held a wonderful friend, Susperia, on it. However, it didn't take long for me to realize that I could soon lose something I'd had since November 2003. Something that has become more a part of my personality than the name I was given at birth: the name Pikko.

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When I tried to secure a mule on my destination world, Lakshmi, I found that the name Pikko was unavailable. I searched online and I searched PlayOnline and could find nothing about this person. The people I know on Lakshmi had never heard of the Pikko on their world. I suppose who that person is and what they did with their character doesn't matter, because the bottom line is, they have the name and I don't.

I didn't want to, but eventually decided to plead my case with Square Enix. In the end, they wanted to remain fair by not making an exception, a decision which, by itself, is commendable. What is not commendable, however, is the decision they made to have thousands of characters on source worlds give up what arguably defines them the most in Vana'diel without any say in the matter. I got to have my say, but what about everyone else? These server merges may have been needed, but not like this. This merging policy does a great many people injustice. It sounds hasty. It sounds thoughtless. It sounds cruel.

There are those of you out there arguing that it's "just a name". Presumably, you aren't in the same situation as me and other source world players. Or, perhaps you never liked your original name or were looking for a new identity anyway. I am not one such individual. Many of you who have played this game for years have known me for almost as long in the Allakhazam Final Fantasy XI community. You may have visited my gardening site. If so, you've probably grown food, cuttings, rocks, ores, nuggets, leaves, and rubbish based on my data. You know who I am and know that who I am doesn't change when PlayOnline prompts me to choose something else. I know this as well, but it doesn't change the fact that I feel robbed, heartbroken, and displaced.

The name Pikko has become the linchpin for my entire online persona. Through Pikko, I've grown so much as a person by the opportunities I've had to interact with people on a regular basis that I don't think I'd be who I am today without my character. My blog is written by "Pikko". My cookbook has an introduction signed by "Pikko". My publisher wanted to put "by Pikko" on the cover instead of my own name. My own mother calls me Pikko now. I could go on and on. Point is, the name means a lot to me and for that reason, so does the original character. I'm sure a lot of people out there can say the same for their own.

I can keep the name by transferring to another server, but I'd be choosing to leave behind all the friends I've made on Garuda and the ones that wait for me on Lakshmi. I have no doubt that I'd be fine anywhere that I went, but what really rankles my nerves is that I even have to. Why was I not given the chance to line myself up with the Lakshmi Pikko in contention for the right to the name? Why is it that ALL source world people with a taken name or linkshell have to give all their names up? This isn't right and I'm sure Square Enix knows it.

What's to stop destination players from griefing source world players by creating characters and linkshells specifically to force name changes? Excluding me, Garuda is no stranger to famous forum personas. Square Enix hasn't indicated that any policy is in place to prevent such actions. If such policies have yet to be made, why weren't they in place at the time of the announcement? More thought seems to have been put into the decision to do the merge itself than into the community fallout.

And what will the extent of the fallout be? With the age of these servers, it's likely that most common names were taken long ago. I've tried to come up with another name that I could live with and so far everything I've truly wanted has come back unavailable. I have no doubt that many players will find themselves with the same problem come March 23.

It could be that I'm a rare exception and only a handful of players will be upset by this forced change, but I suspect that's not the case. It's tragically wrong to make 8 source worlds give up everything while the destination worlds give up nothing but some walking space around them.

Final Fantasy XI isn't the first game to endure server merges. EverQuest and EverQuest II have both gone through a couple of merges, opting to award the name to the character either most recently active or with the most playing time. Just how hard is it for Square Enix to do the same? Does it just not matter to them? Do they just not care?

That being said, I don't want to make this editorial about solutions for Square Enix's problem. More, I want people to understand what is going on with such a careless policy and what it will mean for adventurers in the coming days.

For the past week, I've wrestled with my emotions, going from crushing disappointment to raging anger at Square Enix. Last week, I began to consider the real possibility that I would be retiring Pikko before Garuda went down forever. There would be a lot I'd regret. My favorite expansion, Wings of the Goddess, does not conclude until after the server merge (nearly three years after release, I might add). My Lu Shangs count would disappear, one that is 100% caught by my hands. I wouldn't get to play with my friends in Vana'diel the way I have enjoyed in the past.

Upon looking at all that I've achieved, it's been tough to actually finalize my decision, so I've decided to try and give my character another chance by finding a new name. My problem, as I've said, is that the ones I've wanted have all been taken. If the Lakshmi Pikko reads this, I hope that you'll consider giving up your character's name for me. It's been a part of me for over six years now; retaining it would mean so much to me.

If you have a name suggestion for me, I'd love to hear it. The ZAM team has been trying to suggest names for me, but to no avail. If nothing can be found, the original Pikko, the Mistress of Gardening from Allakhazam will go down with Garuda in two weeks time. As sad as it is to leave the game, I can't bring myself to walk around with a silly name like "Pikkox" or "Pikkopots" or "Peekoh". I just don't think I can do it. A Pikko by any other name just doesn't sound as sweet.

I hope that in the time between now and the server merges that Square Enix understands what a disservice they're doing to players with this so-called "merge" and changes things so that players can make a case for why they should have the name, whether it be through creation date or playtime or registration date. At this point, anything seems better than a blanket name-death sentence for every source world player.

Should nothing change, to anyone in the same boat as Pikko, I wish you the best of luck in finding a new name. I, for one, think you'll need it.


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# Mar 19 2010 at 8:46 AM Rating: Decent
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The name 'Manning' means an awful lot to me, I use it on everything, forums, games, gamertags etc.

Has been my name of my main character on FFXI since it was released in the UK (2004) and is still my main character today.

I just found the server i'm going to already has a Manning, one that hasn't been active since 2007.

My take is that we, the people being forced to move are already being put out by doing so, having to also change our personas becasue of a mule or non-active character is a knife in the back.

People say names are free, but do we not pay for a character ID?

I completely agree with Pikko and feel for his loss of identity. Fortunately I do have a close alternative to my main persona (Which I happen to be using here), but still i'd rather not use it.

Suggestions for Pikko:


Edited, Mar 19th 2010 10:47am by LtManning
Pikko the Tarutaru
# Mar 18 2010 at 3:13 AM Rating: Decent
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Sadly, i have already hear of players going and making mules on Lak with names of people they don't like to force name changes. SE really needs to do something before March 23rd to stop this stupidity.
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# Mar 17 2010 at 5:53 PM Rating: Decent
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From seeing everyones posts and such it just seems like people dont care about the game anymore for playing purpose they care more for it as a chat line/chat room. I do feel for people who have to change their name but be serious your gonna quit because of a name? I'll change my game name 10 times in a year to show you that your the same person and people would still know and appreciate you the same. I dont want people to think im trolling cause im not but these server merges were and are well needed on more then just the servers they are merging. SE could have just said you know what ***** FFXI were doing 14 now let 11 wither to nothing but they don't; not just for the money but for us the players who still play. If you think of loosing your name as I need to quit then maybe you do need to quit for the sake of your personal adjustments.
Pikko of garuda will always be the same person behind the keyboard use pikkko and lvl to 99 show SE your more then just a person who plays for just the chat and the name you stand behind. Sorry for your loses but life throw's lemons you make juice.
Don't worry Pikko
# Mar 17 2010 at 4:50 PM Rating: Decent
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I had to server transfer last year and my name was taken as well. I too had a bunch of friends either already on the new server, or made the move with me. My old name is shown in my sig here, along with the new, but it didn't really matter... Everyone I knew still called me 'Blood' and everyone I befriended called me 'Blood' because everyone else did lol.

Sure it sucked I couldn't keep my original name I had since the game was released, and I was a bit hurt like you are now. Just remember that it is just a game and the only real thing that matters is you and the people closest to you. You can rename yourself whatever you like, but I guarantee you that nobody will call you anything other than Pikko until this game finally closes it's doors and even after that happens, the friends you made along your journey and still stay in touch with 10-15 years from now will still call you Pikko.
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# Mar 16 2010 at 7:04 PM Rating: Good
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I heard Lewalcindor is available.
It doesn't seem fair
# Mar 14 2010 at 5:02 AM Rating: Good
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Can you get Pikkopikko? Or how about Pikkodafirst?

Age of Conan just merged some servers and the policy was the character with the oldest creation date got to keep the name which seemed fair to me. One server name was kept but it was treated more like a new server that just had the name of one of the old ones. It seems in this case where I think theres a good chance where the person with the Pikko name on Lakshmi named their character after you, so the AOC policy would probably would more likely benefit you.

I do believe SE should look into this other character though, it deosn't sound like the characteris active, is the account its on even active? Moreover they should look at their policy, this current system seems to treat the transfering players as 2nd class citizens
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# Mar 14 2010 at 1:49 AM Rating: Decent
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Unless you "tarutaru-fy" your name, as some of the suggestions have been, I'd say Picco is a decent option b/c it can at least be pronounced the same.
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# Mar 12 2010 at 6:52 AM Rating: Good
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I came back to play after a 3 years ( having a baby can take alot out of you) And when I made the choice to come back, to finish the few things that I had left unfinished, I switched servers, started a new account, but was able to keep the same name. It meant the world to me to have that name back. So in many ways I feel for Pikko and wish I could do more then post a simple message of support for Pikko on a message board.

To those of you that have posted saying , just change the name, add another K, or simple deal with it, try to remember all the screen shots on Allakhazam that either have Pikko waving to the camera infront of some NM, or an item that has Pikko's name in the corner showing us the info we want to know. In soo many ways there really can only be one REAL Pikko, and to have SE just blow it off seems almost murder in someways.

So the name isn't free, but it seems like the name isn't even attached to an active player. How is it any bit fair to ask someone to change their name so a mule, or maybe a dormant account can keep the name.

Poor planning is right! But it seems to me that it wouldn't be so hard to have a SE look into Pikko's case a little deeper, and consider that maybe the honorable thing to do here is see who has had the name the longest in the case of a conflict!

<3 you Pikko and thank you for all the things you have done to help me find myself as aplayer in my time ingame!
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# Mar 11 2010 at 7:41 PM Rating: Good
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When I changed servers from odin I had to change my name too. I wasn't to heppy but I did make out, as the name I changed to was the name I wanted when I first started to play the game. But truth be told I think it's very wrong to force a person to change their name especilly when the character in question is a mule or a just reasently made character. what Square should do is susspend character making for current acounts. this would keep players from Hording a name on a server. also they should auto delete characters that have not been active for more then a year. I know I use all my mules all the time. As for the name change, no matter what you change it to, we here at Alla will know you as Pikko. There's just no way around this fact. But I did like Pikkochan, as it makes you seem like a sister to alot of people who depend on your expertise in the Garneding skills.

LOL. I just loged on and SE posted that they have susspended the making of characters on the merging worlds.

Edited, Mar 11th 2010 8:55pm by Gawane
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# Mar 11 2010 at 2:06 AM Rating: Decent
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I had this exact same fear when I first heard of the server merges, and before I knew the mechanics.

"Hang on" I said to myself. "This is going to be like a single character doing a World Transfer, except across an entire server population. Which means, if there are name conflicts, someone is going to lose their name."

Before I found out for sure that Sylph was a RECEIVING world, I was worried about losing my name.

'Hirilonde' is a word from Tolkein elvish. It's the name of an Elvish ship in the Silmarillion, and translates to mean 'Havenfinder'. A good name for a Paladin. My entire character has been built around that concept, around that name.

I now know more people who call me 'Hiri' than who call me by my real name. It's practically been my name for 6 years.

I hope you can find some solution, Pikko. But even if you can't, you'll always be Pikko, even if you suddenly have to misspell your name.
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# Mar 10 2010 at 11:35 PM Rating: Decent
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I fully understand Pikko's concern. There is a lot in some one's name, it's their identity, it's what makes them who they are, and forcing this out from under them is a extremely uncaring and horrible move on Square Enix's part.

Square Enix keeps doing a lot of questionable things lately. I've been one to stick up for them, when it comes up in gaming conversations. I try to tell people all the amazing things and benefits about FFXI even though they shoot them down pretty fast and some times with good reasons. I try to give Square Enix all the credit and have faith in them, but lately they just keep doing things that really make me question whether or not they truly care about the people who have been subscribers for so long.

I'm not sure how it's done in Japan, but I've studied marketing here in America. One of the biggest fundamentals of marketing is to please your oldest customers first and foremost, because believe it or not they have a large effect on future business and endeavors. These people usually have a voice within their community, and usually quite a large one. When you displease them, they are heard by other communities and they are heard by the press. This makes bad press for you which in turn is bad business and a habit one should not take to.

Square Enix is doing a lot of good things lately, they are on a good track, but they keep doing a lot of questionable things as well that is really walking on eggshells. It seems like a lot of their decisions lately isn't taking into account how it will effect some of the older community members of the game...

I really think it shows laziness on their part as well, simply "making some one change their name" who's destination world they are going to. Not only that but I think these worlds should have been renamed completely, as to make people feel like they weren't being "deported" to some where against their will, but that two worlds were merging for the better to become one powerful world.

There are many options they could have done with the name changing though and it upsets me to see people in the community have to go through this sort of thing. I myself am not even on one of the world merger servers and don't have to worry, but when they start doing this to the community then well...

Edited, Mar 10th 2010 9:37pm by EndlessJourney
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# Mar 10 2010 at 3:16 PM Rating: Default
Just change your name to Pikkko. Next topic.

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# Mar 11 2010 at 11:51 AM Rating: Default
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Yep I agree just Use Pikkko ..

To bad what is happening but it cant be helped..

I completely undersand how you feel and why you do not want to change And it is sad it is happening.

These servers have to be merged though. Titan is not being merged yet but I wish it kind of was. I put something up in the auction house this weekend that normally sells in no time and it took all day. Last night I was playing and windy was a ghost town. When the beta comes out I can not even imagine how much membership is going to drop. Bright side is probalby in not too long we all might be playing a new MMO final fantasy. Will be sad to leave this game and I have not been playing as long as most.

Edited, Mar 11th 2010 2:11pm by Nashred
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Did I take anyone's name??
# Mar 10 2010 at 2:24 PM Rating: Decent
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I have Rigothic, Missyk, Mamamia and Sazlorn

Did I take anyone's name unknowingly? Rigo is my only main char and I'd be happy to switch the other names out
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# Mar 10 2010 at 2:00 PM Rating: Good
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I think the big issue here that has people upset isnt the name change. Sure, a name is a big part of who their character is... But I think most posts Ive seen in this thread suggest a maturity level enough to know that SOMEONE is gonna lose out in this deal.

The sting sets in when you, an established and active character, has to change your name because some guy created a mule that has only ever been logged into twice and forgotten about. Or someone who quit the game in 2005 but never deleted their characters on the off chance that one day they might come back. Or worse, as some have suggested, have JUST created a mule for the sole purpose of forcing incoming players to change their name.

It sucks having to change a name for some people. But its easier to swallow that pill when you can tell yourself that your old name is going to a person that cares. Sure, maybe not as much as you care... but at least it means SOMETHING to them.

As it stands, this just seems short-sighted and lazy on SE part. As many have stated, there are several solutions to this, and a great deal of history from other company server merges that SE could take a lesson from. Im hoping that SE will recognize this in the upcoming weeks... but Im not really holding my breath on that.
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# Mar 10 2010 at 1:40 PM Rating: Default
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Don't be sad! If u do want to keep ur name u could always come to the Pandimodium Server(soon to be megered w/ Asura XPP). I know there's a lot of ppl on those merging servers that would be proud to have u come there.
But, if the unthinkable should happen, & ur forced to change ur name, I have a few suggestions:

AkariNoNiwa(Light of Garden)
JooNoNiwa(Queen of Garden)
AijinNoNiwa(Mistress of Garden)
NiwaTomodachi(Garden Friend)
Okkip(Pikko spelled backwards ^.~)
Kipko(mixing up letters here)

I know i have a few more, but can't get them off my tongue :P
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# Mar 10 2010 at 3:46 PM Rating: Good
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Esperanti wrote:


problem solved. now everyone knows you were the pikko of garuda.

Don't be sad, Pikko!
# Mar 10 2010 at 10:40 PM Rating: Decent
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now that you mention it, PikkoofGaruda would be perfect ^.^

Who else agrees?
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# Mar 10 2010 at 10:55 AM Rating: Good
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Seriously, that way you don't have to really give up the "Pikko" sig.
Aw :(
# Mar 10 2010 at 10:03 AM Rating: Good
That's really awful and I'm very sorry to hear that. I haven't played since November, myself, but I still sort of keep fondly in touch with FFXI. TO hear about something like that really is saddening. I agree that there's either an excellent chance that it's someone's gardening mule named after you or someone trying to irritate a person of a certain celebrity. Either way, this sort of behaviour is what makes me leery of picking up FF14, I don't know that I ever want to play another Square-Enix MMO. For what it's worth, I'm really truly sorry to hear that this is happening to you, and I do hope that SE does the right thing and amends their policy to stop favoring the target world and instead do something that just favors the more active/longer standing use of the name.
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# Mar 10 2010 at 8:49 AM Rating: Decent
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Sorry to hear this Pikko, my friends is also being screwed over by SE infinite wisdoms -.-

But he found the guys who's mule has his name is trying to sell it to make matters worse. I'm sure SE could have come up with a better way to transfer than this. Why not give players priority over mules? If there is a lvl 75 transfer over and a level 1 mule has the name, the mule should lose it.
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# Mar 10 2010 at 7:02 AM Rating: Good
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Pikko, you are in a unique situation with your connections into SE to influence how they deal with this problem. Rather than focus on your personal situation, I'd hope that a solution could be found that would work for all that are in a similar position.

The first thing that should be done is to FREEZE names on target worlds that are in use on source worlds (along with a message that says why the name isn't available to keep people from freaking when they try to create a mule to protect their name). This stops griefing and protects names without forcing people to pay $1 a month to do it.

It may be too late for this already.

Second, rather than cook up some complex weighting system to determine who deserves their name more, use a social solution. Send a POL mail to each account on the target world that has a character name from the source world indicating that they have a name that is being used in the source world. Provide all destination world accounts a one time free name change. In the email, encourage the user to change the name of any inactive, casual or mule character as a courtesy to those that are transferring. If the character name is changed, send a POL to the source world account indicating that the name is now free.

Provide some sort of in game trinket to encourage people to change their name. Maybe a L1 neck piece with their old character name on it.

This, of course, requires development investment from SE.

I'm sure there is lots else that can be done with the right encouragement and the will by SE to actually care about their customers.

Edited, Mar 10th 2010 9:26am by Lokithor
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# Mar 09 2010 at 8:00 PM Rating: Decent
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That's very sad.

I like SamusKnight's suggestion of using a variation based on Japanese honorifics such as "Pikkochan" or "Pikkosan", which would be right at home in a Japanese based game such as FFXI. You probably are already familiar with these, but wiki link for inspiration here.

Ironically, you are probably a victim of your own fame and success. As previously mentioned, it is probably a gardening mule, long unused, that some player set up using your name, since the name "Pikko" is almost synonymous with "virtual gardening" in FFXI circles by now. Many other mules have probably been established on other servers along the same lines. Little comfort, I know, but you should take a certain amount of pride in the popularity and recognition you have given this name.

Personally, a more formal title like "QueenPikko", "EmpressPikko" or "PrincessPikko" (too many letters?) might be in order, based on the contributions you have made to the FFXI player base over the course of the game. I know most of what I know about gardening, I learned from your site. But I hope somehow they reconsider and let you retain "Pikko", since it is not only your name, but literally your "brand" for all the projects you are involved in (which, by the way, FFXI and Square Enix have benefited from indirectly, it can be argued).

C'mon SE. How bout making this one exception? I think its warranted, under the special circumstances involved. If a governor can exempt a criminal from receiving the death penalty on the eve of their execution, surely you can grant a pardon and save the life of Pikko The Taru (as we've all come to know her) as the date of the server merger approaches? What do you need? A petition of signatures? A candlelight vigil? Show some mercy for the poor little taru!

Edited, Mar 9th 2010 6:16pm by Baddaboomz
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# Mar 09 2010 at 8:55 PM Rating: Decent
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What's to stop destination players from griefing source world players by creating characters and linkshells specifically to force name changes?

They're actually doing that.
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# Mar 09 2010 at 7:49 PM Rating: Default
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Name idea...?
# Mar 09 2010 at 7:28 PM Rating: Good
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Hey, Pikko? I don't know if it'd be a name you'd be interested in but I tried inserting "Pikkochan" as a character name for Lakshmi and it was available. Right now the name is taken by myself (Newly created character for testing purposes.) and if you want the name I'll keep the character active until merging day to reserve it for you. Soon as it's ready I'll delete the character so you can assume the name. Anyway if you are interested please let me know. I never actually read any of your work or blogs but if I can help I'd be happy to assist.

EDIT: Geh, wish I had looked at a post or two below before I suggested Pikkochan... Well, the name is still reserved anyway, if ya want it it's yours.

Edited, Mar 9th 2010 5:33pm by SamusKnight
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# Mar 09 2010 at 9:01 PM Rating: Excellent
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Thank you very much for doing that, but I don't want you to spend money for me! I've reserved one of the names that I felt sounded nice and if I see another, I'll try to reserve that as well (deleted a mule today). Once again though, thank you for being so nice and doing that for me!
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# Mar 09 2010 at 7:24 PM Rating: Decent
Oh ouch :(

I have been mulling over what to do if I find my name is taken, because ffxiah only shows characters who have used a jeuno- based AH it's hard to tell from searches I just don't feel certain since my name is an irl name.

I'll probly just be shortening it to Cair or Cairs in that case, since that is what people call me to avoid typing it all. Smiley: laugh

Pikkiko or Pikkoko would probably be my favorite suggestions for you, I think fully doubling in taru style would be too long and I don't like adding x or bookends because it says "I couldn't think of my own thing" to me.
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# Mar 09 2010 at 6:51 PM Rating: Default
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Pikkochan ?
Pikkopotts ?

I don't know what I'd do if I lost my name ; ;
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# Mar 09 2010 at 6:50 PM Rating: Good
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I'd like to say I was shocked by SE's decision in regards to naming policies when mergers were announced, then again we've had seven years to get to know them very well. Many MMO's have server merges; in reality all will given time. Two MMO's I've played thus far have had mergers - EQ2 and AoC; the policy was simple and as fair as possible in EQ2. SoE ran a simple script which determined the creation date of the character, its total play time, its highest level, and its most recent login date - the character with the highest score after this script got to keep its name. Even AoC, with such an inexperienced and incompetent developer as Funcom behind it managed to go through two sever mergers with a similar naming policy as EQ2 had.

Yet here we have SE taking the easiest, and most lazy route possible - sadly, not at all surprising. Due to an issue with my name several years ago, I quit FFXI - my name was my character, once that was gone, so was I. Sure, there are many that couldn't care less - their characters name is simply a collection of letters above their head; for many more their name becomes an integral part of their adventure in the game world. I have a number of friends who still play, friends whom I thought would be there until the day the servers were finally shutdown and decommissioned who will be walking once the world mergers are complete because they'll be losing their names in the process.

It would almost be funny to hear which 'limitation' reason SE would give as an excuse for their handling of this issue. Surely it would have bankrupt the company for their DBA's to write that one extra script to do a proper merge, rather than treat these as large-scale server transfers. Now that I think about it, that's most likely the reason right there - why write a new system to merge when you can use the one already in place which gives no thought to character loyalty, seniority, or activity.

Well done SE, well done.
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# Mar 09 2010 at 5:56 PM Rating: Good
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The name of my main character, too, is taken. By someone who hasn't played since 2008.

I already tried all the names I could possibly like or imagined. They're all taken. And what's worse: they're taking by mules, level 1 characters, or retired players that never touched the action house in jeuno.

I don't know what I'm going to do...

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# Mar 09 2010 at 5:49 PM Rating: Default
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Use the ASCII letters?

My name isn't available on most WoW servers, so when I created a mage, I used Vorkos í gan.

Just type Pikko, but hold Alt, then 161 for your i. Use the numpad for the numbers.

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# Mar 09 2010 at 9:32 PM Rating: Good
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Vorkosigan wrote:
Use the ASCII letters?

My name isn't available on most WoW servers, so when I created a mage, I used Vorkos í gan.

Just type Pikko, but hold Alt, then 161 for your i. Use the numpad for the numbers.

Ignoring the fact that such a thing cannot (thankfully) even be done in FFXI,
those letters are pronounced differently -- they're not, despite what nearly every WoW player seems to think, simply "stylized letters."
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# Mar 09 2010 at 8:57 PM Rating: Excellent
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I don't think I have ever seen a single character in game in any region able to use special characters when creating a name in game, so I'm not sure where you got that idea from.
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# Mar 10 2010 at 12:00 PM Rating: Good
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OK, I'm sorry. I could've sworn I'd seen it in FFXI.
Just trying to help someone whose website I've used many times in the past.
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# Mar 09 2010 at 5:31 PM Rating: Decent
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While this whole server merge was a slight surprise (most of us didn't think SE would ever merge servers)...at the same time, people have been asking and begging for merge's for years.

Being forced to change your name, I'm sure, could be a devastating event. I do hold a mule on Bismarck whose name is the same as what appears to
be an inactive character on Seraph. If the destination servers were given maybe an option as well, to take this one time opportunity to change their name, I'd be all over it, if it meant
changing a mule's name to help someone out.

Getting angry and asking people to change their names to save yours (in general) isn't really a good way to go about it either. In the case of
my particular mule, I have leveled his Alchemy slowly for years to Veteran levels. (Another with vet Cooking and another with Smithing.)
I can't just up and delete him, just for a name. And I could never ask someone to do that for me, if the situation were reversed.

While it does suck major rear, sometimes a mule isn't just a mule. I think that needs to be taken into consideration as well. (For all servers)

I, personally, would welcome the name change. As I do not hold who I am in
the game entirely to my name(s). I would still be me.
If SE would just offer a name change option to destination worlds, I think it might alleviate some of the frustration and anger.

/back to OP

Pikko will always be Pikko. You will always be known cross-servers as Pikko, whether it be here on Alla, or Pikko Pots, or on your blog, and even to those who have gotten to
know you and become friends with on Garuda.
Whichever name you choose will become instantly well known, as the majority
of players either read these forums or look to Pikko's Pots for gardening advice, etc..

I hope it all works out for you in the end, as the good weighs out the bad I'd say.


Edit: Didn't mean to directly reply @top page -.-; Pretend this is at the
bottom of the page prz :p

Edited, Mar 9th 2010 4:41pm by Tah



# Mar 09 2010 at 4:51 PM Rating: Excellent
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I find this situation absolutely ridiculous. I know for a fact i would hang up my knuckles for good if i ever lost my name. Iirc SE announced that when 14 is released there would be a way for us to keep our character names when/if we choose to play 14, because they understood how much our names meant to us.....
WTF happened to that train of thought?

I will continue to play 11 hopefully for a long time(this may come to an end sooner than i like if i feel like my monk becomes overshadowed by PUP) but after seeing this and so many countless other mistakes SE has made over the years, there's no way on earth i will ever invest my time on another of there MMOs.
# Mar 09 2010 at 4:06 PM Rating: Good
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Aw, you'll always be Pikko to me.
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# Mar 09 2010 at 4:04 PM Rating: Decent
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A friend of mine is hanging up her FFXI boots if her name is taken. Her name is very much in the same position as Pikko, and she refuses to change it. It's not a common name but alas.. we'll see. If there was ever a time for SE to stop ******* around, now would be it. They don't want to do the work, plain and simple. IMO, they are obligated in at least this case since they are the ones forcing the merge on us. Where's the responsibility at?
# Mar 09 2010 at 3:55 PM Rating: Excellent
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Sorry to hear that you're gonna have to go through this. I have a few friends on Seraph who also have to change their names. Some are fairly annoyed by it, whereas others don't mind the change.

Only thing I could really think of that would be close to your name, but would add a cute change to it would be Kupikko. Kinda sort of how a Moogle goes Kupo... but incorporating Pikko into it. Would be somewhat relevant to your race, as Taru incorporate 'taru' into a lot of their words.

Whatever you choose though, I'm sure Alla will make extra effort to commit to memory and accept. Good luck with it.
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# Mar 09 2010 at 3:36 PM Rating: Default
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I agreed with some of the post above. If SE would just allow longer name, then perhaps some sort of surname or former world's name appended would work.

PikkoGaruda or Pikko of Garuda would work but it's way too long to type.

But knowing SE, that's just not going to happen.

So for a new name:
- PikkoG
- Pikkoko (someone has suggested this above)
- BentoBox (it's like a new you but to those that know you, would know this is the new you).

# Mar 09 2010 at 3:28 PM Rating: Excellent
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When I read that you couldn't keep your name by the the time the server merger process takes place, I was desperately trying to find out if anyone knew anything about a Pikko mule and was campaigning to get the owner of the Pikko mule to change or delete their character. I was doing a /sea all Pikko everytime I was on during different peak times and got zero results.
I also shouted in Whitegate and asked everyone I knew including my LS mates and they don't know anything about a mule with your name on our server. :(
Would Picco or Kopikko work? Probably not...

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# Mar 09 2010 at 3:40 PM Rating: Excellent
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Thank you so much for doing that for me!! It's really sweet of you.
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# Mar 09 2010 at 3:11 PM Rating: Decent
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I don't post on here much, but this time I figured I would throw my two cents in. What I plan on doing if my name is taken during the server merge is to have a short epitaph in my bazaar that would read a little something like this: Formerly (insert name here) of (insert original server here). Or simply: (Insert name here) of (insert server here). Or even something more spiffy. But I think you get my point. Sure you don't have your original name, but this way people with changed names from your original server may recognize you...if you want them to anyway. well that was my two cents, for what it's worth.


Edited, Mar 9th 2010 4:12pm by Corazz
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# Mar 09 2010 at 2:13 PM Rating: Decent
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I know i've posted once today but upon reading all these posts it's really heartbreaking seeing all these people losing their names/identities/reputations to such a foolish system.I know i would fall apart if i was in all your shoes and i wish you all the very best of luck in your new homes though i know that's much consolation for your loss.

Edited, Mar 9th 2010 3:15pm by kainthedefiant
I feel ya
# Mar 09 2010 at 1:43 PM Rating: Decent
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I know what you mean. Losing the one thing that's been what you can call yours is rather painful. Don't worry though, now matter what you call yourself, to us, you'll always be Pikko.
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# Mar 09 2010 at 1:40 PM Rating: Good
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Well, you could still transfer to a different server where the name is available, but even then, SE would be forcing you to choose between abandoning your name or abandoning your friends.

I can't point my finger at SE. Even with a set of rules to determine who gets to keep their name, someone has to lose one, and just as many people would be crying foul.

What you could do is come up with a nickname or something that is still indicative of you. People who know you are still going to call you Pikko regardless of what's floating above your head, you know. Changing your name doesn't make you someone other than Pikko, and no one is going to deny that you're Pikko. You can even put in your Bazaar comment that you're the real Pikko. I know it sucks on a lot of levels, but just remember that you're not losing your identity.
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# Mar 09 2010 at 1:39 PM Rating: Decent
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i hope u get your name cause as far as i know my name of 8 years will be gone too i hope it isnt gone but if it is ill be sad cause everyone i know calls me by my in game name. so i feel your pain, here's hoping SE realizes how dumb they are and helps us out, because i dont want to move im content on the server im on, which is another thing im on midgar NOW why would they make us go to lol quetzalcoatl midgar is better IMO
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# Mar 09 2010 at 1:31 PM Rating: Decent
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Pikko I am sorry first of all that you are worried about your name, I understand how unfair it is. To hold your name and use it, its sad when you fear to lose it.

My hope to you is that you are able to keep your name in some small ways. To many of us you will always be Pikko no matter what.

I, for one will always know you as Pikko. I am sure others will too. It is sad when you feel you lose a part of you, but there is always hope.

Look to the future and soon I hope everything will be ok for you. I will only hope for the best for you :)

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# Mar 09 2010 at 1:29 PM Rating: Good
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I think what many people may not yet realize is this: the real problem is yet to come. After the server merge, everyone who is forced to change their name will soon have to deal with the very real problem of mistaken identity.

What if the person on the destination world is pretending to be you? What corrective actions can be taken when the person is doing this maliciously?

If you are a person on the destination world who happened, through no malice, to pick the same name as someone from a source world, how long are you really going to be able to take being asked "Are you the REAL (name)?" "You should change your name so that the REAL (name) can have their name back." "Are you the (name) from (server/linkshell X)?" and on and on. I mean ****, what if you were the mule Pikko in this article, how many times a day do you think you'd be bombarded with people telling you to give up your name, even if the "real" Pikko didn't? It could easily be enough to drive someone to cancel their sub, shrinking the servers a little more.

Edited, Mar 9th 2010 1:33pm by Maarg
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# Mar 09 2010 at 12:33 PM Rating: Excellent
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No company can be this ignorant, can they? Surely they can see this whole thing will only be bad for them.

SE has given a crap about what their community thinks since when exactly?

Almost nobody I've talked to likes the idea of our server being merged. Everybody seems to have a few friends that will have to name change, and even on a "low population" server, we still seem to bump heads with other groups at times.

Makes no sense to do now, when they're raising the cap and making so much of the game lowman content (well, even moreso). So we'll have 200%+ the population to compete with for content that now takes 1/4 as many people. Great. Thanks SE.
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# Mar 09 2010 at 11:44 AM Rating: Decent
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I'm pretty sure that the Pikko-mule on Lakshmi doesn't even exist anymore, I've been asking around in all my linkshells and the like, people vaguely remember seeing that char around a while ago, but nobody I've asked has seen it recently. It's probably just an inactive character name, which really stinks. I also did a POL viewer search for all characters named Pikko across all the servers, and came up with NOTHING on Lakshmi. There's only about 8 Pikkos across all the servers, actually.

It stinks even more that Lakshmi's reputation is going to end up a little bit tarnished on Alla by this one person, if Pikko DOES end up leaving the game I'm sure there will be plenty of people on these boards who will blame my whole server.

I personally like "Pikkoko" the best, followed by "Therealpikko." Pikkoko is just cute in a VERY tarutaru way.
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# Mar 09 2010 at 11:49 AM Rating: Excellent
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I don't hold it against Lakshmi and really, the person with that name did nothing either. I just wish I had the chance to put myself side by side with the character and possibly keep the name based on a set of rules. Had that person created the character before me, sure I'd have been just as bummed, but I don't think I'd be nearly as upset about the way it was handled.
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# Mar 09 2010 at 11:51 PM Rating: Excellent
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My thought is that it should be a formula figuring in creation date, total playtime, and total levels (because the afk bazaar mules will have a vastly exaggerated playtime) to figure out who gets the name.

Also, offering a prize of some sort to someone who voluntarily gives up a name in favor of someone else might help to heal some hurt feelings... something nice but not game-breaking on the order of a Moogle cap or something. That would be a huge amount of work on their part, though.
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# Mar 09 2010 at 11:14 AM Rating: Decent
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In all honesty, I wouldn't doubt that this is a cold and calculated plan to get people to stop playing FFXI to then, shortly after,pick up FFXIV! lol jk. I doubt my name will be taken but if it was and I had to change it I would quit FFXI. SE needs to understand that most of us put thought into our names, time into our character (I know the char info won't be deleted but the reputation would be difficult).

Let's say you want to find your friends on server and didn't add to friends list because either are lazy, forgot, or friendslist is already full...how will you find them under a new name? How would they find YOU under a new name?

The BS of all AH and delivery box items being deleted is also utter crap! So I paid 10k to put something on auction (I didn't but I am sure someone has) and now I am going to have to stop it and put it up for another 10k?

Pikko, I hate to say it but if that server's Pikko doesn't have an AH history...I doubt they are reading this. Maybe someone swapped over and took the name out of spite? In all honesty I would stage a mass desertion of FFXI because SE's unfair policy. Everquest did it right and I would assume a big company like SE would understand the importance of keeping players happy...but then again with the upcoming FFXIII, FFXIV, and FFXIII Vs. I doubt they are worried about losing a few players on FFXI.

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A shame
# Mar 09 2010 at 11:02 AM Rating: Excellent
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This made me think of an event in EQII. Once on my original EQII server of Nektulos we had a Bonaparte. Back in the day SOE was much more stringent about enforcing the "names from historical and popular culture" part of their naming policy, and after he'd had the name over a year they forced a change on him (he chose Corsica).

People all over the server changed their surnames to something along the lines of "BonaparteRules" and "SaveBonaparte" in protest.

Me, I moved servers and every possible permutation of my main's name was taken. I "took the X", meaning I allowed an X to be appended to my name because she's Kiana, and always will be. Nothing else. They owe me a name change from the move, so maybe if they ever do a character purge I'll ask for it back.

Name griefing always seems to happen on server merges, but I don't see why the company would not take the opportunity to do a database purge of unplayed characters at the same time and free up some names. SOE only guarantees to keep your unplayed characters on unplayed accounts for a few months, although they only take advantage of that on server merges with lots and lots of warning.

Seems silly to me they won't make some move to accommodate paying players.
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# Mar 09 2010 at 10:40 AM Rating: Decent
Well one thing that I could think of for you is to just doubble another letter, ex. piikko, pikkoo, or something like that. I have been out of the game for 3 years and i just started back up to learn that some servers are merging. I am not sur where to find this info out, but I wonder if alexander is leaving as well. best of luck pikko
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That is disgusting
# Mar 09 2010 at 10:33 AM Rating: Decent
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The Pikko on Lakshmi doesn't even have a jeuno AH history!!! the character isn't active. the most active it is is a mule and that is absolutely disgusting that they will not let you have it.

Please if your on lakshmi and you're mule is pikko please please PLEASE let the character whom so many people have come to know have right to the name. :(
That is disgusting
# Mar 09 2010 at 3:30 PM Rating: Decent
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Neveah wrote:
The Pikko on Lakshmi doesn't even have a jeuno AH history!!! the character isn't active. the most active it is is a mule and that is absolutely disgusting that they will not let you have it.
This is the very same problem I have, my name I've had for just about 6 years and is taken and by the looks of it a mule as well... I won't lie it sucks especially since the name means a lot to me, and just to lose all that because of a mule is kindof disheartning ;_;

I tried finding the Wolfen on Quetzalcoatl but no luck, it would be nice if they would let me keep my name but to be honest I don't expect to find them to even ask them if they could :\

I really wish Square-Enix would take notice and do something about this, it may not be a big deal to some people but it is to others and they should handle it as such.
# Mar 09 2010 at 10:29 AM Rating: Excellent
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I'm not entirely sure that that's the best choice of titles for the article... XD

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."
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# Mar 09 2010 at 7:49 PM Rating: Decent
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Years ago, in High School, I read a short story about an advertising exec with the "Rose...sweet" line stuck in his head. He obsessed over it, thinking of it constantly, to the near destruction of his career and marriage and then, in a flash, he had an epiphany and shouted "A rose by any other name would sound sweeter!". He thereafter made a fortune advising the big boys on things like renaming a product like "New, Improved Ultra <add name here>" with no actual improvement, or calling a janitor a "Sanitation Engineer" to justify a budget increase.

I think it was called "Morgenstern's Law".

Now, on the topic, it sucks. But, that said, I favor Kopikko or Pikkoko. Or Pikkopikko, for that matter ("Now with twice the Pikko!")

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# Mar 09 2010 at 11:49 AM Rating: Excellent
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I suppose it would have been better to put a '?' at the end. The line is a reference to something in one of the lower paragraphs.
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# Mar 09 2010 at 9:57 AM Rating: Good
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Just two small suggestions for the ever famous Pikko. Following the naming convention of female tarus have you tried Pikkoko or something cute like PikkoKupo. Could just say you spent so much time gardening that your moogle added Kupo to your name. :D Hope it helps.

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