I looked at my signature of items to bump and I saw that the thread on social utility items was in essence "locked" because it is in an inactive forum now (note to the forum patrol ... that thread itself wasn't locked for doing anything wrong, its just in a dead forum even though the subject is still valid).
That just won't do. So lets open things up again.
The original thread.
The concept: We want the ability to put certain items like Wen-Wens, Lightbars, Vet point items (devils, angels, etc), in a social tab.
Yes, the current social tab is full, so we'll need a "Social 2" tab for it OR just the ability to place these items in an existing (but often unused) tab. For instance I'd suggest the following map (uses proportional fonts and coloring, sorry if you use a different browser theme than the default):
....[Neck OR UTIL1] [Head] .[Back]
......[R. Shoulder] [Chest] [L. Shoulder]
...........[R. Arm] [Hands] [L. Arm]
[R. Wrist OR UTIL2] [Legs] .[L. Wrist OR UTIL3]
..........[R. Hand] [Feet] .[L. Hand]
The reasons for this mapping:
1) It seems like all the social items (that I can think of) are UTILs, not HUDs.
2) I picked slots that people almost NEVER use on the social tab (neck, wrists) because of exactly that reason, they are never used. Who has a VISIBLE social neck or wrist item? Maybe they exist BUT they're insanely uncommon if they do.
In fact if coding 2 types of item into a single slot is too hard then these 3 slots could be just converted over. Or give us an option in F10 to change these 3 slots to UTILs
F10 -> Visual -> Misc -> Social Tab Option:
[ ] Enable UTILs instead of Neck and Wrists
Just like all other social items these slots would not provide any buffs to your toon. However lightbars would still cast light (light from light UTILs in this game are purely client-side visual effects that help illuminate otherwise insanely dark areas ... it doesn't affect your ability to hit/target others nor does it affect mobs/others being able to perceive you).
AO has WAAAAAAAY more -really- useful UTIL items now than it ever did when the lightbar and wen-wens were common in the UTIL slots. Let us use the social items we have ... socially ... in the social tab.
(bump this thread