Howdy there, fellerinos! Now, you may be looking at this, and thinking, "Tomdroid, this is another ideas thread that will lead to literally zero actual results!" This may be true. However, this is one where I actually have ideas that might be applicable, rather than a thread where I point out the flaws, then come up with half-baked ideas on how to fix the flaw, that really can't be made without quite a bit of time coding. So, communication. It is a big part of SS13. Even in the lower roleplay servers, where the round amounts to "find out who the antagonist is, and then murder them", communication is key. To be more particular, isolation of communication. There are many ways to disrupt communication, fake communications, or otherwise obfuscate information. Voice changers, faked paperwork, a few wrenches in the metaphorical cogs of telecomms, to name only a few. Now, Bay has even more methods of communication, with Email, Fax ( yes, you can fax to other fax machines on the ship!), chat rooms, etc. Now, you may ask, "this is all cool, but when are we getting to the problem with common, like what is in the title?" PROBLEM THE FIRST No one fucking uses the aforementioned methods of communication. Common is pretty much used for shitposting, inter-departamental communications ( "Med, we need a tech on the expedition"), and screaming "eeeeeeeee Jim Jones tried to eat my shorts!". So, we have a multitude of ways of talking to eachother, but the thing is, they're much more cumbersome than just going ";need more explorers on the mission, who wanna join up". So, no one uses them. PROBLEM THE SECOND Now, about antagonism. Not everyone is very good at it. You can have the best idea in the world, but if you try to execute it ( and you do it quite poorly), the first thing that'll happen is that your "victim" will go "Help me! ____is trying to involve me in an odd gimmick that may or may not be a ripoff of SAW!" That isn't to say the victim shouldn't be doing that, that's only normal. In any case, whatever plan you had before that happened is no longer really in place anymore. Rather, you now have to escape a security manhunt, and if you're rather unlucky, a pro-active AI. This isn't to say antagonists shouldn't lose at all. So, what's the solution? THE SOLUTION ( WHAT YOU CAME HERE TO READ, YOU'LL PROBABLY SKIP THE ABOVE PARAGRAPHS) Well, quite simply, remove common. No, not really. Rather, just remove common from radio headsets. Keep intercomms ( default speakers to: on), and that's that. Why? Well, for starters, it'll force people to actually use the intercomms and other methods of communications. In case y'all didn't know, you don't have to finangle with the microphone settings to use intercomms, you just need to input :i prior to everything. So, if you need to summon some guy to the sec lobby, just press that button and say "Smith to sec lobby, Smith to sec lobby." If you want to shitpost, use the chat client that's on your PDA. You can even have an epicke username, like xX_expl0ratron_Xx. If you need something from another department, you will need to walk there, god forbid. This is pretty great for roleplay, IMO, as then you have to actually have a conversation with another person instead of just going ;bring me the skulls of my enemies, pls. Additionally, I think that actually having to use a PDA/fax/smoke signal will be more immersive, as much as that word is thrown around. What about danger, Tomdroid? Maintenance doesn't have any intercomms, and what if an antagonist shoots me? Well, I think that's a good thing, actually. If you're in maint, it's because you're looting, hiding, or searching for someone. Sometimes you may actually be performing maintenance. In such cases, I think the atmosphere of maint is greatly improved by not having a direct lifeline to literally everyone else on the ship. About antagonists, I think if you're in the condition to go ;HELP HE'S EATING ME NIBBLES, you're in the condition to run away to a intercomm to go :i HELP HE'S EATING ME NIBBLES. About not being heard, there's an intercomm in just about every part of the ship, excepting maint, meaning that you're guaranteed to be heard by at least one other person. So, thoughts? Suggestions? Tomatoes to be hurled at my face?