Lecture Series Index

May 17th, 2001

Q & A Index

Topics Covered

More Diverse Housing?
What's with the Lag?
Prizes for Mort Games?
More Chances for Coupons?
New Title Screen?
Stats Before Level 10?
Custom Clan Info Msgs?
Skill Trees?
Summer Oddyssey Ideas
New Areas?

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More Diverse Housing?

LadyAce says, 'so, who has a question?'

O'Connell says, 'Well, this is for Wimsey really, but he's not here so.....'

O'Connell says, 'Could housing be more culturally diverse etc..... for example, something Wimsey is absolutely froathing for is a flat in London. Only type of way to get an apartment there now. Apartment is there in Pitts. No Flat in London.'

LadyAce says, 'you can put it in as an idea to the builder'

O'Connell says, 'I think that housing needs to be expanded to include those sorts of things or have an option for more cash to modify. Don't know if that's possible.'

LadyAce says, 'it needs to fit with the time as well as the place, though'

Blankey says, 'i wanna know HOW to build..'

Kaige says, 'well we've got summer oddyssey coming up here in June, July and Aug, and I'll gladly do things like that if it's in the idea files'

O'Connell says, 'what is summer oddyssey?'

Kaige says, 'I think I remember seeing the flats thing, in last weeks... so that was on my list for August'

Black-Widow says, 'is it possible to implement sometime in the future, building your own rooms as long as they are time specific?'

Wes says, 'every month they're tons of changes/updates'

LadyAce says, 'I don't think we'll have that feature, no'

LadyAce says, 'but suggest your ideas and we'll see what we can do'

Black-Widow nods her agreement with LadyAce.

LadyAce says, 'I'll cover the odyssey thing next since that came up midstream'

LadyAce says, 'it's essentially a time where the events run by the pr dept focus on particular eras of the game, and the building dept focuses on updating things era by era'

Coren looks up into the sky and ponders.

LadyAce says, 'ancient is in june, medieval is july, august is industrial'

Coren says, 'will hades be in in time for the odyssey'

O'Connell says, 'Ooh, Hades....'

LadyAce says, 'that would be cool, wouldn't it? We don't know yet, it's pushing it a bit timelinewise, but it'd definitely be cool'

Wes says, 'you mean like two weeks? :P'

Coren nods his agreement with LadyAce.

Coren says, 'he said it was done and just needed final review from head builder'

Coren patiently twiddles his thumbs.

Wes shudders.

LadyAce says, 'that's a lotta work, and the head builder is moving'

Wes says, 'that area will be crazy :P'

Black-Widow says to LadyAce, 'what time period is hades going to be imp'd in?'

Coren nods his agreement with LadyAce.

Wes says, 'ancient'

Kaige says, 'ancient'

LadyAce says, 'it's part of ancient greece'

Kaige nods solemnly.

O'Connell throws his head back and cackles with insane glee!

Black-Widow nods solemnly.

LadyAce points at Wes.


What's with the Lag?

Wes says, 'how come we're so lag'd?'

LadyAce says, 'the other day we had some kinda memory problem I think?'

Kaige nods solemnly.

Wes says, 'okies'

Kaige says, 'a couple of those floating around but nothing specific identified, yet...'

LadyAce says, 'and tons and tons of excess objects clogging up the works.'

Mordred chuckles politely.

Black-Widow says, 'excess objects?'

Kaige says, 'but we also have a few item pools... where a mob will load a bunch of an item and never get rid of them'

LadyAce says, 'mobs accumulating thousands of an item'

Wes chortles with amusement.

LadyAce says, 'greedy buggers'

Kaige says, 'if you all find anything like that... let us know.. like the groom in klein.. that had so many apples a while ago'


Prizes for Mort Games?

O'Connell says, 'what kind of prize support does mort run trivia get?'

LadyAce says, 'whatever prizes you have :)'

Kaige says, 'whatever you can get morts to donate to your cause?'

Kaige chuckles politely.

O'Connell says, 'Ahhhhhh. So PR wouldn't reward the winners with coupons etc........'

LadyAce says, 'nothing from the imms, no'

O'Connell sighs loudly.

Coren says, 'you can do zips tho'

Mordred chuckles politely.

Black-Widow says to O'Connell, 'if it is mort run, then the mort running it has to supply the prizes'


More Chances for Coupons?

O'Connell says, 'Are there going to be more opprotunities for coupon winning that aren't: flag hunt, trivia, I've got the fastest closest connection to the mud sort of games?'

Coren snickers softly.

Coren says, 'hey im on dial up and I win flag hunts'

LadyAce says, 'there are a lot of other games we play than those'

Mordred has seen too many newbies die on flag hunts and such...

LadyAce says, 'watch the events list for pre-scheduled ones'

Coren says, 'like guess sandra's hours'

Coren says, 'tho thats once in a blue moon'

Black-Widow cant win those things

LadyAce says, 'examples of those would be casino, trivia, etc.'

Kaige says, 'would be too easy if she ran it too often'

Mordred snickers softly.


New Title Screen?

Coren says, 'what about inventing a new title for legend in the opening screen'

O'Connell nods his agreement with Coren.

LadyAce says, 'don't like the one we have? :P'

Coren says, 'I do'

LadyAce says, 'if you have ideas, you can send 'em to Kaige. That's her deal'

Coren says, 'but kaige just hands me gerbils and runs away'

Coren grumbles.

Kaige chuckles politely.

Kaige says, 'anyway.. I'm always looking for something creative for april fool's day... but otherwise, we'll probably keep that one... makes people more comfortable when they see what they're used to by now'

Coren nods solemnly.

LadyAce says, 'or for pk tourneys etc'


Stats Before Level 10?

O'Connell says, 'Could you explain now in the days of gradual stats, no spam gear etc.... if newbies will be able to see their stats before level 10? I always figure its a newbie I"m going to keep after level 5.'

LadyAce says, 'I don't think we plan to change that, no.'

O'Connell says, 'I've introduced some friends to the mud and they complain about not knowing and it taking soooo long for the first newbie to get to 10.'

Mordred nods his agreement with O'Connell.

LadyAce says, 'our general approach is that you don't need to know your stats before level 10'

O'Connell says, 'I've been here long enough. Too long probably but I know how to figure out what I've got.'

O'Connell says, 'sort of.'

Coren says, 'the no stats thing just makes me spam recreate hehe'

Coren nods solemnly.

Kaige says, 'you could talk to a mage'

Kaige shrugs philosophically.

Coren says, 'nah you can tell right a you enter'

O'Connell says, 'I think for true new folks its the toughest thing about starting Legend.'

Kaige says, 'if you know what you're looking for... if you don't have to'

Kaige shrugs philosophically.

LadyAce says, 'at those newbie levels, your stats don't really matter. Focusing on them is just a distraction'

O'Connell says, 'when I was in college I had probably 8 friends that mudded but I could only talk one into stayin' on Legend for that first character. I refuse to level them the first time around.'

LadyAce says, 'and it gives you something to look forward to as you earn your way up'

O'Connell says, 'other than if your going to create mages etc....'

Coren says, 'heh I've had two try to play here'

Coren says, 'then instead joined achaea and there money sucking ways'

O'Connell says, 'since the fail rate on some spells is pickin' high unless learned really low :P'

LadyAce says, 'I don't think it's a good idea for new players to make mages'

LadyAce says, 'at least not make mages they expect to have perfect cast levels'

Craven says, 'mages can be permanently damaged :P'

Kaige nods her agreement with LadyAce.

Black-Widow says to LadyAce, 'there should be a warning about that when first creating a character, maybe a help or an introduction that stats something like that'

LadyAce says, 'cast levels are way overrated by y'all anyway :P'

O'Connell nods solemnly.

Craven says, 'to a degree'

Coren says, 'they make a diffrence'

Craven says, 'some damage spells are based on it'

O'Connell says, 'I'm just trying to get more of my friends to play and that's their gripe.'

Craven says, 'and failing a spell when your about to die isn't fun'

Coren nods his agreement with Craven.

O'Connell nods his agreement with Craven.

Black-Widow nods her agreement with O'Connell.

O'Connell says, 'I think holding off on letting people learn hunt until 5 is good. Its kinda like the drinking age here. Level 5 would be a good time for stats I think.'


Newbie School?

Mordred says, 'would be a little helpfull if there was a newbie school they could use as an option'

Mordred shrugs helplessly.

Coren says, 'heh newbie school'

Coren shudders.

Black-Widow wrinkles her nose distastefully.

Black-Widow says, 'no newbie schools'

Black-Widow shudders.

Kaige says, 'one of the things we've always hated is newbie schools.'

Kaige shudders.

Mordred says, 'as an option only, i HATE having to go thruough it'

O'Connell says, 'NO NEWBIE SCHOOL'

O'Connell pukes.

LadyAce says, 'we're pretty opposed to newbie schools, we'd rather let people integrate into the game to learn it as they go'

Craven says, 'just make the first 5 levels easier to level'

Kaige says, 'but one of the things I've been trying to work on in my spare time is a newbie quest type thing that can be altered suitably for each hometown that covers the basics that would be an optional type thing'

Black-Widow says, 'the first 5 lvl's are already easy really'

Kaige says, 'and 6th is even easier now too!!'

Craven says, 'the first 5 levels are easy if you have someone get you a weapon'

Coren says, 'if you hit some xp rooms and easy quests'

Craven says, 'the newbie weapon is a joke'

O'Connell says, 'Since we know how. I remember vorpal squirrels and the like in Tara my first character.'

Black-Widow says to Craven, 'I did the first 8 lvl's solo, in 4 days with a newbie weapon'

Coren says, 'basic newbie quests - romania'

Coren flops about helplessly.

Craven says, '4 days...'

Mordred chuckles politely.

Mordred nods solemnly.

Craven says, 'alright'

Craven says, 'if you think thats acceptable...'

Black-Widow says to Craven, 'I only played about an hour or 2 a day'

Kaige says, 'well what I was thinking of was somethign that would take you on a tour of the area, show you the shops, basic stuff like that and a good show of what to kill on your own'

Black-Widow nods her agreement with Kaige.

Coren nods his agreement with Kaige.

Black-Widow says to Kaige, 'something like the sidhe tours?'

Kaige chuckles politely.

Black-Widow grins evilly.

Kaige says, 'not exactly...'

Coren says, 'you mean like a guide bot?'

Kaige says, 'more like a quest where everyone in the area can point you in the right direction'

O'Connell knows he's part of the oldbie/newbie problem.

Mordred chuckles politely.

Coren says, 'oldbie newbie problem?'

O'Connell says, 'Its pretty cliquish here if you dont know anyone.'

Mordred nods solemnly.

LadyAce says, 'I think new players are fun to have, but I don't think that we're the right place for just anyone'

Black-Widow says to Kaige, 'what about a mob that gives "tour" of the area, takes you to shops, suggests selling things there, warns you of "things to beware of"'

Black-Widow bites her tongue.

LadyAce says, 'It's always important to keep a good inflow of new people and ideas, but we have a chosen niche so to speak'

Kaige says, 'well then you have load one of those for each newbie doing it.. and if there's more than one it could get confusing... better to keep all the info on the player and let all the mobs in the area help him...'

Kaige says, 'the best thing to do about the cliquish thing, is to take 5 minutes and talk to new people you notice around.'

Black-Widow says to Kaige, 'what about setting it up so that it only runs at a set time per day, maybe once a month mudd time'

LadyAce says to Kaige, 'aw, they could wear a little badge that says 'help me!' :) :)'

Coren says, 'id have to be whenever someone new signed on'

O'Connell says to Kaige, 'I do that. :)'

Kaige says, 'the more you do that and the more people who take the time to do that, the less time it'll take to get the newbies into the community'

Cirus smiles happily.

Kaige says to Black-Widow, 'well, you have the problem of people wanting to jump in and get their feet wet on THEIR time... '

Black-Widow nods her agreement with Kaige.

Black-Widow says to Kaige, 'no matter what you do, someone else is going to be unhappy with it'

Mordred nods solemnly.

Kaige nods solemnly.

Kaige says, 'but if it's geared directly to the player and they can abandon it at any time, it's less likely to "bother" other people around'

Kaige shrugs helplessly.


Socials on Clan Channels?

Mordred says, 'is there any reason for the socials not working in clan channels like they do on chat?'

Kaige says, 'other than it runs through a completely different function and I haven't had time to duplicate it?'

Mordred says, 'ahhh'

Mordred smiles happily.

Mordred says, 'i just didnt know'

Mordred chuckles politely.


Custom Clan Info Msgs?

Cirus says, 'What ever happened to clan info?? I want it back ^_^'

Kaige says, 'what do you mean? like, the assassin's message?'

Cirus nods his agreement with Kaige.

Kaige says, 'well, since we don't have hard coded clans, we also ripped out teh hard coded messages'

Kaige says, 'a couple ideas have been tossed around to allow the GMs to maybe pick a particular info to always use from a set list... but nothing's been done on that'

Cirus says, 'it was cool for pk clans, but just wondering :)'

LadyAce says, 'we are intentionally avoiding any kind of code which is special for one clan, or which is hardcoded for the clans in general'

LadyAce says, 'we want them to be free-forming associations between chars'

LadyAce says, 'which don't need our blessing, approval, or interference in their operation'

Black-Widow nods solemnly.

LadyAce says, 'it helps immunize us all from "favoritism"'

Cirus nods solemnly.

Kaige says, 'and doesn't require additional reboots'

LadyAce says, 'it does have disadvantages, but I feel like it's better this way'


Skill Trees?

Dashiva says, 'any faint traces or whispers on skill trees?'

LadyAce says, 'no.....'

LadyAce says, 'nothing new on that front to report'

Dashiva says, 'okies =)'

Dashiva nods solemnly.


Ideas for Summer Oddyssey

Kaige says, 'so you guys gonna put on your thinking caps and put in all sorts of ideas so the builders have even more to do for Summer Oddyssey?'

Dashiva says, 'heh'

LadyAce nods her agreement with Kaige.

Black-Widow says to Kaige, 'I log on here to STOP thinking after a long day'

Cirus says, 'Summer Oddyssey???'

Kaige says, 'we have two weeks until we start in Ancient.'

Mordred wants to see paired weapons as a skill.....

Mordred ducks to the ground.

Kaige says to Black-Widow, 'well it's just a LITTLE thinking, helps the builders not have to think as hard, but they still have to do all the work'

Kaige giggles.

Black-Widow pouts at Kaige.


New Areas?

Cirus says, 'um....lets see, what areas are under development at the moment that you can tell us about :)'

LadyAce has created the builder board!

LadyAce giggles.

LadyAce says, 'that'

Mordred chuckles politely.

Kaige says, 'Hades is in testing, Leila just got back and is hoping to finish up london soon'

Black-Widow says, 'hmm, last message was written last year?'

Dashiva snickers softly.

Kaige says, 'progress has been slow on the new area front'

Dashiva says, 'when will we be able to use suckerpunch'

Dashiva whines.

Dashiva ducks to the ground.

Kaige says, 'a lot more to put in and think about these days than when I did sherwood in 2 weeks'

Black-Widow says, 'afk'

Kaige says to Dashiva, 'um... dunno.'

Dashiva says to Kaige, 'sarcasm!'

Dashiva lurks around Kaige ominously - glad he's not after you!

Dashiva glances at Kaige and begins to twitch nervously.

Cirus says, 'Hawaii :) Tan here I come'

Dashiva says to Kaige, 'you gotta be able to keep with not one..not two..but 3 people's wit!'

Dashiva cackles gleefully to himself for no apparent reason.

Kaige winks suggestively at Dashiva.

Mordred chuckles politely.

Dashiva snickers softly.

Cirus says, 'um..Denmark what era? Medival?'

LadyAce says, 'industrial'

Kaige nods solemnly.

Cirus says, 'ah, thats good ^_^'

Cirus says, 'Medival is huge has it is, expanding on Ancient and Indus. is good to hear :)'

Kaige says, 'ind is the thinnest all the way around'

Cirus grins evilly.

Kaige nods solemnly.

Cirus nods his agreement with Kaige.

Cirus says, 'R.M.S. Titanic, um.... Before the sinking, during the sinking?'

Dashiva says, 'might be just the ship'

Cirus says, 'Both?'

Mordred says, 'ooo - during!'

Kaige says, 'before/during?'

Dashiva says, 'a quest might make it during'

Mordred pushes Leonardo right off the side of the ship...

Dashiva says, 'mabye leo will be there and we can kill him!'

Dashiva beams delightedly.

Cirus nods his agreement with Dashiva.

An aura of heavenly light appears above Mordred's head.

Kaige says, 'nah... that'd be an iceberg'

Kaige ducks to the ground.

Dashiva nods his agreement with Mordred.

Kaige says, 'and I think Straussy has said, no leo'

Dashiva says, 'hehe'

Mordred chuckles politely.

Kaige says, 'what I've seen of it is really cool, lots of stuff to do on the ship itself'

Dashiva says, 'there's a dock area to then?'

Cirus says, 'How are you going to set it? Before it hit the iceburg or after it hit?'

Dashiva says, 'or a wharf if you will'

Kaige says to Cirus, 'before'

Cirus nods his agreement with Kaige.

Kaige says to Dashiva, 'I think there's a place where it is docked before it "sails"'

Dashiva nods solemnly.

Mordred says, 'heh, turn it into a quest...you have to get off before it sinks'

Kaige chuckles politely.

Dashiva looks up into the sky and ponders.

Cirus says, 'Are any of the areas near completion?'

LadyAce says, 'hades is likely to be the next'

Dashiva nods solemnly.

Kaige says, 'closest things right now are hades, london, and the update to klein'

Dashiva says, 'hades is gonna be losts fun'

Dashiva jumps up and down.

Mordred nods solemnly.

Mordred grins evilly.

Cirus nods his agreement with Dashiva.

Cirus grins evilly.

Dashiva says, 'the lerna swamp isnt letting me in tho, is that cuz the area is going in?'

Black-Widow says to Kaige, 'what sort of updates are coming for Klien?'

Cirus says, 'oh update to Klien :)'

Kaige points at LadyAce.

Kaige says, 'she's the one working on that...'

Cirus grins evilly.

Black-Widow looks towards LadyAce.

Kaige says, 'she could tell you better than me... if her links holding on for her'

LadyAce says, 'back now'

LadyAce chuckles politely.

Cirus smiles at LadyAce.

Black-Widow says to LadyAce, 'what sort of updates are coming for Klien?'

LadyAce says, 'I'd like to get it in for the odyssey, but that depends on how things go with testing.'

Dashiva says, 'more mobs or expanding the area?'

LadyAce says, 'it adds housing, new rooms, new quests, more descriptions'

Cirus drools contentedly.

Dashiva says, 'nice'

LadyAce says, 'new mobs, wider mob range, more eq'

LadyAce says, 'lot of stuff.'

Mordred grins evilly.

Cirus says, 'Cann't wait :)'

Cirus drools contentedly.

LadyAce says, 'that all works fine, but the new mobs are a bit thin on acts and I need to fix that before I dare send it into review'

Dashiva flops about helplessly.

Black-Widow says to LadyAce, 'so housing is finally going into Klien?'

Dashiva gives a big hug to everyone in the room.

LadyAce says, 'I think I had that in my list, didn't I *scrolls*'

Kaige nods her agreement with LadyAce.

Black-Widow smirks.

LadyAce nods to herself - she must be getting senile.

Cirus smiles happily.

Black-Widow says to LadyAce, 'what sort of houses? cottages, or what? what type of layouts?'

LadyAce says, 'You'll need to wait until the area is in and explore it for yourself :)'

Cirus pouts at LadyAce.

Kaige bets they'll be spiffy ones.

Cirus nods his agreement with Kaige.

Cirus says, 'Generic Animals?? Never heard of that.'

Cirus says, 'That isn't a vorpal squarril is it?'

Kaige shakes her head.

Cirus smiles at Kaige.

Cirus says, 'I got scaried there for a moment'

Kaige says, 'there's a log of "generic" animals in use already... I mean a cat is a cat is a cat is a cat'

Cirus nods solemnly.

Kaige says, 'like most of the rats, mince, dogs, a lot of birds,... stuff that you find everywhere'

Cirus nods solemnly.

Kaige says, 'less work for individual builders, but also your expectations are met, and we can be more creative and detailed with their acts'

Black-Widow curtseys gracefully.

Cirus nods his agreement with Kaige.

LadyAce says, 'it lets us avoid duplicating a lot of work but still have great depth on the mobs'

Cirus nods his agreement with LadyAce.

LadyAce says, 'so...anything else we should answer?'

LadyAce says, 'okie, I think that means we're all done'

LadyAce says, 'thanks for coming, guys.'

LadyAce gives a big hug to everyone in the room.

Kaige smiles happily.

Cirus hugs LadyAce.

Cirus hugs Kaige.

Cirus waves happily.

Cirus says, 'Bye, all, sorry I couldn't of anything else, maybe next week :)'

Kaige smiles at Cirus.

Kaige waves happily.


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