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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 13
02-28-2011, 06:58 PM
All they need to do is bind rank to titles rather than level - that way, you choose your rank based on the titles you've earned, rather than being stuck with the choice of being forced into becoming an Admiral, or being unable to spend your points to improve your skills (which makes the game increasingly difficult to play).

It'd work like this - display 'none' or an accolade title, and your rank is decided by your level, as is currently the case. But by tweaking the coding to add a wildcard to the rank-based titles, the game would read the wildcard instead - so displaying 'Captain' as your title at level 51 means you'd be addressed as 'Captain', not 'Vice Admiral'. However, anyone who wants to stay as a Rear/Vice Admiral won't have their rank stripped from them, so everyone wins.

Indeed, the possibilites go further - it'd give an opportunity to fix the clunky dialogue that gives us 'Hello, Rear Admiral Lower Half _______!' and the like - change it so that the dialogue linked to the titles reads as just 'Admiral', as just one example.

I've been banging on about this before, but I really do think it's the best solution to the current inflexibilites of the rank system.