UPDATED: RIFT naming restrictions loosened up for “fun”

Soon, you can use Pwnmaster, Lolcats and thousands of other previously banned character names in RIFT without paying a single RIFT Platinum.

In-game support manager Giant said several naming restrictions will be removed from the official Terms of Use in the “near future” (probably not in RIFT 1.2, which already comes out this week).

Players will be allowed to use any name:

  • Comprised of partial or complete sentence (e.g., “Getpwned”, “Luvtodance”, etc);
  • Referring to pop culture icons or personas (e.g. “McLovin”, “Kyle Broflovski”, “Catwoman”);
  • That utilizes “Leet” or “Dudespeak” (e.g., “Roflmao”, “Roxxurboxx”, “Lolzumad”); or
  • That incorporates titles. For purposes of this subsection, “titles” shall include without limitation ‘rank’ titles (e.g., “General Chow,” or “Captain Kangaroo”), monarchist or fantasy titles (e.g., “KingLoko”, “LordPauleyC”), and religious titles (e.g., “ThePope,” or “Reverend Run”).

“Our thoughts are that this is in fact a game and it’s okay to have fun or be a little bit silly,” said Giant in explaining the more lenient naming policy.

Players had been complaining that the naming policy was too restrictive and should be limited only to the Roleplaying servers, whose communities frown upon gibberish-sounding and out-of-character names.

Giant has not yet revealed which servers will be affected by the change, but roleplayers are insisting that the status quo remain for RP servers. They point to rival games like World of Warcraft where RP servers apply a stricter naming policy compared to PvE and PvP servers.

A few players are voicing out concerns that the change is unfair, that Trion Worlds just can’t be bothered to enforce the naming policy so they’re just scrapping them out altogether. To which we say: sadly, majority wins. Clearly, many more players want to name their characters in perfect Absurdish and TVian than Kelari and Mathosian.

If you still have burning complaints, feel free to send a vexing letter via the new GM feedback e-mail ([email protected]) or any other in-game crisis you think was mishandled by other GMs.


Executive producer Scott Hartsman chimed in the discussion and confirmed that the RP servers will get to retain most of the naming restrictions being removed in other servers, but with modified descriptions:

  • Comprised of partial or complete sentences that are obviously out of place (e.g., “Getpwned”, “Luvtodance”, etc), though compound names that are fitting of RIFT, its people, the actions taken therein, and its setting are acceptable. Compound names are an important and valid part of every fiction, and ours is no different.
  • Names that refer to pop culture icons or personas (e.g. “McLovin”, “Kylebroflovski”, “Catwoman”) may be found in violation if they do not also have a corresponding basis in RIFT, its people, its history, its characters, or its setting. While we would strongly like the RP experience in RIFT to be more fictionally pure than not, the fictional purity of Rift is not entirely humorless, and we do not expect every customer to have perfect knowledge of every fiction that exists outside of the game.
  • That utilizes “Leet” or “Dudespeak” (e.g., “Roflmao”, “Roxxurboxx”, “Lolzumad”); or
  • That incorporates titles in a way that is obviously out of place in Telara. For purposes of this subsection, “titles” shall include without limitation ‘rank’ titles (e.g., “Generalchow,” or “Captkangaroo”), monarchist or fantasy titles (e.g., “Kingloko”, “Lordpauleyc”), and religious titles (e.g., “Thepope,” or “Reverendrun”).

“Here’s the intent: Names should fit in this world in some explainable way, while individual creativity is still being fostered,” said Mr. Harstman. “We want to make sure people are able to be clever and express themselves. If they’ve taken reasonable steps to create a name that does fit the world, they shouldn’t need to worry about having it taken from them.”