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Adding Age in the individual descriptions does more of a disservice to readers than a service, at least to the pen and paper role-players. Instead of "Age" it should always be Date of Birth or "approx. DOB". If a player or DM looks up an NPC here on the wiki and it says "Age equals 28", they will then have to go to the source and figure out when the source takes place in the FR timeline, take the time that their campaign is happening at, and make adjustments. When it seems like, that's what we're here to do. Meaning, if I write up an NPC that I found in the original (black) boxed set of the FRCS and it says that character is 27, I would take 1356 (it's somewhere between 1354 to 1356 that the box set is set), subtract 27 form 1356 and write that this character's approx. DOB 1329 (if no specific date is given). If I didn't do this, then someone comes along and sees this NPC listed as being 27, which if they had read a current description this would seem wrong since the NPC would actually be around 45 years old (an 18 year difference). If there is a way to create an article that is titled "Current Year" and have a number set in that page which all other pages call from, subtracting out the DOB and then displaying as "Current Age"...that would be cool.
Fizzygoo 02:51, 30 July 2007 (UTC)

I agree wholeheartedly with Fizzy's suggestion here. Age is totally dependent on the current year, so an age on its own isn't very useful. Unfortunately the current year depends on the novel, campaign or sourcebook, but perhaps we can agree on a current year for the wiki, create a template which takes that into account, as Fizzy suggests, and changing the current year in the template if necessary.
Fw190a8 12:34, 30 July 2007 (UTC)

Current year would just be the most-recently used year in novels (ie. latest novels are all set in 1375), no?
Zerak talk 15:04, 30 July 2007 (UTC)

For info, the main discussion on current year is at Talk:Main Page.
Fw190a8 16:28, 30 July 2007 (UTC)
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