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ESP Q&A

Post by Rias » Fri Jun 27, 2014 12:37 pm

I've had this written up for a while, but never got around to posting it.

ESP Q&A:

Q: Why isn't there more activity by NPCs on ESP? Can't everyone use ESP via the ESP artifacts (crystal pendants)?
A: No. All PCs can, of course, but they're assumed to have the knack for it. The ESP artifacts hone a person's ability to tune into and broadcast on the ESP waves, but if an individual doesn't have the basic knack to sense/tap into these "waves", even an ESP artifact won't grant them the ability. The majority of the NPC world cannot make use of ESP artifacts. Nevertheless, the NPC world is made up of a huge amount of people, so there are still a lot of individuals that -can- use ESP artifacts. This does, however, explain why many organizations and NPCs don't use ESP for communications. Don't assume that just because an NPC is visible/controlled by a GM, that means they can use ESP. Even handing them an ESP artifact won't likely give them the ability to do it.

Q: Can I send mental images via ESP? Like a mental picture of a tree I'm looking at?
A: No, just strings of concepts and thoughts that resolve into words or feelings. You could transmit the description of an image, as if you were speaking it aloud and describing it to someone, but you can't just plant a mental image of that potted plant you're looking at into the minds of others. (So no ESP video-conferencing.)

Q: Can I communicate emotions via ESP?
A: Yes, basic ones. You could do so by putting something like *anger* or *sorrow* into your transmitted ESP message. There may be specific commands to do this at some point to make it a little more elegant.

Q: Can I use emotes via ESP?
A: No. Emotes tend to be visual in order to portray a range of feelings, like a smile or a frown or a glare, or some kind of physical action. To portray the feelings associated with these common physical actions, just send the emotion.

Q: Why do people use accents or odd speech patterns on ESP? Isn't it communicating purely by thought?
A: You're not broadcasting everything you think - if you were, it'd be nothing but indecipherable noise on the ESP net. When you communicate via ESP, you're forming a specific chain of thoughts and ideas that you wish to communicate with the intent of being understood by others. Therefore, most people form these communications just like they form their spoken sentences, so ESP tends to "sound" the same as when people speak. Regarding accents, people could be basing their communication on how they hear themselves (or how they believe others hear themselves) speak, and so the accent gets translated into thought. Ultimately, we're not going to demand that people use perfect, flawless Common(/English) on ESP - that'd be a little silly. Just take it as a person's personal touch on their thoughts that is translated by the ESP process to be a mental equivalent of their spoken accent. This isn't to say someone couldn't intentionally communicate differently via ESP than their spoken speech, if they wanted. If someone has some speech impediment that they really want to overcome via ESP, it's okay for them to say, speak with a lisp, but to communicate via ESP without it. If their lisp doesn't bother them, it could well be translated to their ESP thoughts. They might even do it intentionally, to help maintain their identity.

Q: People accuse my character of ignoring people or things on ESP, but I just missed it in scroll, or I wasn't even logged in to the game at the time. Is there an IC excuse I can use?
A: Yes. ESP could easily be muffled by other important tasks at hand, spacing out, thinking strongly about something else, or any other distracting thing. Even if you technically should be hearing everything all the time because you wear a pendant all day, that doesn't mean your character actually will. There are myriad reasons why a character could intentionally or unintentionally "tune out" of ESP despite having a pendant on.

Q: What's with the ESP colors? Are we actually "seeing" the thoughts in that color somehow?
A: The thoughts generally need some kind of focus or identifier to help them stand out and be noticed by others, as well as to separate them from each other and prevent everything from running together into a cacophany of mental noise. The mind translates this focus into different colors, the default being gray. Tuning crystals take the concept of focusing on a "color" further by making only those tuned to that color able to sense thoughts broadcasted on a color-associated channel. Think of it like broadcasting radio waves on a specific frequency. But are the thoughts themselves actually "colored", as in a wavelength of light on the physically visible spectrum? No - thoughts aren't made of or carried by light. It's just the mind's interpretation of that thought's unique focuser that makes it individual from all the other thoughts out there (and it was the easiest and smoothest way to easily distinguish and present that kind of differentiation in a text-based medium).

Q: Are we able to distinguish homophones, such as "blue" vs "blew"?
A: Others would determine it as how it's communicated. If you're intentionally wanting to communicate that a word is spelled differently, others could be aware of that. So if a person was projecting their thoughts more based on spelled words, others would notice. If they were projecting their thoughts more as meaning or sound and not worrying about the spelling, then people wouldn't notice it. A good rule of thumb would be: if it's clear someone's intentionally misspelling things (like for a pun/joke), assume your character notices. If it seems like someone just accidentally misspelled a word via ESP or is just unaware of the proper spelling, your character probably wouldn't notice.

Q: Can I use texting/Internet acronyms?
A: No. If I catch anyone ESPing something like LOL or BBL or G2G, they shouldn't be surprised to find themselves Mind Blasted into next week. If it's an acronym that would be commonly used in CLOK's IC spoken language, that's okay. "ESP", for instance, is perfectly acceptable.

Q: What about smilies?
A: Absolutely not.
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Re: ESP Q&A

Post by Zoiya » Fri Jun 27, 2014 1:16 pm

Rias wrote:Q: What about smilies?
A: Absolutely not.



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Re: ESP Q&A

Post by Lavi » Sat Jun 28, 2014 10:33 pm

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Re: ESP Q&A

Post by Karasi » Sat Oct 11, 2014 12:58 pm

I think I missed this in the Q and A, so please nobody think me dense or stupid--I honestly want to know.

You spoke of things like emotion--anger, sorrow, etc. What about laughing, chuckling, grumbling? These might be heard in one's mind, and I've seen quite a few people use them. I would like to have this cleared up once and for all, please.

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Re: ESP Q&A

Post by xavier » Sat Oct 11, 2014 1:03 pm

an emotion can be transmitted, amused, cheerful, angry, morose.
an emote cannot be transmitted, laugh, chuckle, growl, sigh.
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Re: ESP Q&A

Post by jilliana » Sat Oct 11, 2014 7:36 pm

I've been meaning to ask this for the longest time:

How do GMs want us to handle blatant out of character behavior on ESP and elsewhere? Usually I tend to ignore it on the IC front and try to tell them privately to stay in character. Do we send a report or e-mail?

Apologies if this strays a bit from the main subject of the thread.
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Re: ESP Q&A

Post by Jirato » Sun Oct 12, 2014 7:37 am

Usually when I see OOC ESPs, it's just a minor slip up, the person gets told "Hey, that's OOC", we all forgive and forget and move on. The majority of the time, this can be resolved by the players. All it takes is a friendly tell (assuming you don't have the no_ooc toggle on).

If you see someone doing it consistently and very obviously, and they're not responding to any tells/whatever asking them to stop, feel free to report it or shoot us an email at so we can address it. I would prefer folks try to resolve it themselves if possible, since chances are if it goes on and on and they haven't stopped, it's because we're not online to warn them about it, so we probably wouldn't see the report either. If you honestly think it's bad enough that it warrants an email though, go ahead.

This goes with pretty much IC interactions, not just ESP.
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Re: ESP Q&A

Post by Shou » Fri Nov 28, 2014 8:04 pm

This'll be rather a bump, I know, but I most certainly have a question.

As I understand it, the ESP network is a sense on the edge of your mind, like you might have something in the corner of your eye. I have a mute character, who I'd like to communicate over the mesh in more abstract concepts, but am not entirely sure how to do it. Can the feeling of welcome be something you can broadcast over the ESP? Can the feeling of being chilly, damp be? And trying to work out a concept like "I'm in Mistral" is a headache too, if the rules forbid, and it seems they do, a image of the place over ESP. In essence, since emotes are visual, and ESP is more about emotional feelings, do I have to "speak" over ESP for such concepts as "I'm on my way" when a sense of hurrying and a flash of colour would do the same?

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Re: ESP Q&A

Post by Rias » Fri Nov 28, 2014 8:23 pm

If your character can understand speech, I see no reason why they can't "speak" on ESP. The idea is that the communication is automatically done in the most natural communicative way possible, and unless your character has been out of spoken communication entirely and not used it until now, I'd think they'd be familiar enough with the flow of conversational communication to do it naturally via ESP. Again, if they can understand speech, they've already got that concept down.

I'd rather not have people communicating solely by basic conceptualizations or feelings on ESP, to be frank. It was conceptualized and implemented to be a universal communication medium between humans using their most natural communication method, that of a conversation. If you don't want to "cheat" with ESP to communicate and be real thorough about the whole "difficulty communicating" thing with your character, you can claim to be one of the people in the world who can't tune into the ESP waves, refrain from wearing an ESP pendant, and do your best to communicate to others in person and have them relay it on ESP if you need it, or something.

When it comes to conveying emotions over ESP, think of it like picking up how someone's feeling by the tone in which they speak. You wouldn't be able to tell someone was damp or cold just by the sound of their voice. I don't have all the meta details, but I'd like to draw the line somewhere around there, just so we have some lines in place.

And correct: no images can be conveyed via ESP. The deathknell tuners are a special exception, and the ability for them to convey the images they do is tied to and triggered by something that the creators of the tuners don't really understand; they're just picking up on it. They don't know how the images are generated or initially conveyed, or really how exactly their tuners are picking up on them. It was achieved by a lot of trial and error trying to tap into things they don't have any solid understanding of - they just discovered it was out there already.
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Re: ESP Q&A

Post by Shou » Fri Nov 28, 2014 8:28 pm

Thank you for your input. I'll do some thinking then.

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