Lecture Series Index

August 23rd, 2001

Q & A Index

Topics Covered

Gradual Perm Affects
Magic Sink & Casts on Self
More Levels of Skill Abilities
Is 35-50 Supposed to be Tedious?
Resists and Balancing Them
Any Restrictions on Skill Tools?
Events: Pk Tourney & LvlTo5
Repop & Problems in Southside PD
Elementals based on Spi/Mind too?
Guests: What they're for
A Sing/Song Lyrics Channel?
Do Warnings Expire?
Explore XP Rooms

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Gradual Perm Affects

LadyAce says, 'Okie, so, who has questions?'

Muad'Dib says, 'have you considered making a tick timer on special stat eq, like eg, platinium leaf, or brightly polished spectacles?'

Ea! says, 'We've talked about it. I think we want to do it, but I'm not sure yet just how.'

Bantanemangu says, 'what does he mean?'

Kaige says, 'a timer on getting the affects so they're not instantaneous, right?'

Muad'Dib says, 'seeing as gradstats arrived to prevent spam-gear, you can still gain a stat benefit -and- the special'

LadyAce says, 'oh, that kind of timer'

Kaige says, 'as soon as you wear them'

Muad'Dib nods his agreement with Kaige.

Kaige smiles happily.

Muad'Dib says to Kaige, 'like detect invisible, 2-3 ticks'

Kaige is learning.

Muad'Dib shrugs helplessly.

Kaige nods her agreement with Muad'Dib.

Ea! says, 'Yeah -- making them delay like gradstats. We want to do it, just haven't yet.'

Victim shudders.

Muad'Dib says, 'alrighty'

Quimby says, 'who would use em when you can cast the spell or brew the vial'

Victim nods his agreement with Quimby.

Bantanemangu says to Quimby, 'Londoners can neither brew nor chant'

Ea! says, 'They're permanent.'

Kaige says, 'people who can't cast the spell or brew the vial?'

Kaige nods her agreement with Ea!.

Muad'Dib says, 'I'd like to see someone cast the detect invisible spell'

Quimby says, 'usually go to someone that can'

Quimby says, 'thats what i said casts or brews'


Magic Sink & Casts on Self

Muad'Dib says, 'have you considered making magic sink non-selective as to who casts spells?'

Ea! says, 'what do you mean by "non-selective"?'

Muad'Dib says, 'having a magical form of protection, should imho, give you problems when you try and use magic onyourself'

Quimby is completely boggled.

Sammael says, 'not necessarily'

Muad'Dib says, 'eg, if you have magic sink on, you'd have to beat your own sink to be able to cast spells on yourself'

Myrella says, 'or you can argue you know how to defeat your own aura'

Myrella shrugs helplessly.

Kaige says, 'you're already inside the sphere of influence?'

Sammael says, 'what if sink is a sphere around you, your casting would never go through it on yourself'

Kaige looks up into the sky and ponders.

LadyAce says, 'we actually changed sink to not work that way, didn't we?'

Kendrik says, 'sink surrounds you self cast spells are inside the shield'

LadyAce says, 'sink used to catch a lot of junk it doesn't catch now'

Sammael says, 'exactly kendrik'

Sammael says, 'like poison'

LadyAce says, 'So I think it's intentional'

Sammael says, 'which, btw, makes sense :)'

Lachesis snuggles up to Kaige.

Quimby says, 'well help says allows the caster to absorb mana cast at him, when you cast a spell On yourself your not casting it at yourself'

Sammael says, 'just wish prot. poison didn't cost so much mana'

Sammael shudders.

Tobias joins Muad'Dib's group.

Kaige smiles at Tobias.

Tobias waves a welcome to Kaige. Hello!

LadyAce says, 'we wanted people to be able to re-cast despite sink, and not have to wait for it to wear off'

Kendrik ruffles Tobias's hair playfully.

Muad'Dib shrugs helplessly.



Lachesis says, 'I've been putting this on idea... is there anyway to incorporate pets at all?'

LadyAce says, 'it's a very large code project'

Kaige says, 'it's on our plans.. but a long way out as Rufus would be doing it.'

LadyAce says, 'we intend to do it in the future, but it's a large amount of work, and the code isn't in good enough shape to do it right now'

Lachesis nods solemnly.

Ea! says, 'I think it's the next big project after 'trees. Unless I'm forgetting something.'

Myrella chuckles politely.

Lachesis says, 'would it be similiar to controlled mobs?'

Ea! says, 'Nope.'

LadyAce says, 'the original idea was to make them able to learn skills, respond to you, etc'

LadyAce says, 'not like charmies'

Ea! says, 'You'll have to feed and/or pay them, etc.'

Lachesis says, 'you don't think that's going too far?'

Ea! says, 'It's putting a cost on them.'

Glimer says, 'More like mercenaries?'

Lachesis says, 'i mean, just a pet to respond to you and others would be great'

Kaige nods her agreement with Glimer.

LadyAce says, 'the problem is keeping the pet over rent properly'

Ea! says, 'Since they're going to be able to do things like guard your clan hall, there needs to be a cost...'

LadyAce says, 'once that's solved, the other features just make the pet deeper and more interesting'

Ea! says to LadyAce, 'Well, that and the skill advancement and figuring out the cost.'

Lachesis nods solemnly.

LadyAce says to Ea!, 'yea, but once we had them renting, the rest could come later'

Ea! says, 'Pets will probably rent and hirelings stay on the mud full time...'

Ea! says, 'Dunno.'

Lachesis says, 'what are hirelings?'

LadyAce says, 'mobs you hire'

Lachesis looks up into the sky and ponders.

Bantanemangu says, 'mercenaries?'

Lachesis will see the logic in that someday.

Glimer nods solemnly.

Bantanemangu says, 'shop clerks?'

LadyAce says, 'all of those things'

Kaige says, 'guards... all those things are tied up in pets'

Ea! says, 'Well, we might do shop clerks before then, but when we do pets, it'll replace the clerks we have now, most likely.'

Ea! says, 'Er, would have then...'

Lachesis says, 'thanks imms'


More Levels of Skill Abilities

Kendrik says, 'has any thought been given to giving more skills multiple levels like fight skills? would promote character diversity and such'

LadyAce says, 'we have a good treeful of new skills planned'

Kendrik says, 'uh oh, there go trees again :P'

Muad'Dib grins evilly at Kendrik.. wonder what he's thinking...

Tobias says, 'if a tree falls in the forest and....'

Tobias ducks to the ground.

Lachesis snickers at Tobias nastily.

LadyAce says, 'they're not quite the same as basic/advanced/expert, but they do go up in power'

Kendrik says, 'nod, cause the basic skillset for almost every char is the same these days'

LadyAce says, 'lower level defensive type skills, higher level defensive type skills'

LadyAce says, 'well, there's a pretty limited number of skills, too'

Kendrik nods solemnly.

Glimer says, 'are they planned to be exclusive routes, locking a player in one direction?'

Ea! says, 'the current plan with the fight skills with trees is to ditch "expert fencing" and have a two or so possibilities for "expert fencing" which each give you a different tactic.'

LadyAce says, 'no, that'd be more class-oriented than we want to go'

Kendrik says to Ea!, 'one more defensive, one offensive?'

Tobias says, 'like a parrying fencing and a striking fencing?'

Ea! says to Kendrik, 'I don't remember. They do neat things.'

LadyAce says, 'you might not be able to be the top specialist in every area, but you'll have access to a diverse set of skills'

Victim says, 'so how long are we looking before trees are anywhere near finished?'

LadyAce says to Victim, 'they're not being worked on right now, they're on the road ahead'

Ea! says to Victim, 'It'll probably be somewhere between six months and two years after we start them again.'

Sammael says, 'since trees, assuming they ever go in, are going to really make or break a character, will their be anyway to unlearn things?'

Kendrik says to Sammael, 'skill wipe'

Sammael says, 'not like that kendrik'

Sammael says, 'I mean after it's in'

Ea! says to Sammael, 'It's not currently in the plans. We'll have to see.'

Sammael says, 'I'm not looking forward to 54 pracs and a list of skills I know nothing about with no recourse available'

LadyAce says to Sammael, 'I think that we'll try to set things so that you can't go down a bad tree'

LadyAce says to Sammael, 'depends'

Sammael says, 'I've spent 1500 hours on this character, I'm not interested in ruining it'

LadyAce nods solemnly.

Kendrik says, '1500? newbie :P'

LadyAce says, 'we will have to see about the transition plan when we get the code ready'

Sammael says, 'well trees has the very GREAT potetial to do it'

Sammael says, 'craven has 3500'

Quimby says, 'craven sits all day ooc/afk'

Sammael says, 'its obviously not a large concern cuz this is far away'

LadyAce says, 'I mean, we can't very well say now that we'll do it one way, we don't know if we'll phase in trees one at a time or five at a time or all at once, we'll have to see what we have in our hands when we get there.'

Sammael says, 'but it just doesn't set well that while we have to experiment with these that our experiments are final'

Kendrik says, 'maybe a month or two where skills are redeemable'

Sammael says, 'because in normal legend fashion, I'm sure we have no idea what the skills do or are like before using them :P'

LadyAce says, 'x amount of experiment time has been considered'

LadyAce says, 'or X amount of testmud running parallel to the main mud'

Bantanemangu says, 'skillwipe, experiment, skillwipe?'

LadyAce says, 'we'll have to see'

Sammael says, 'well if nothing is done, its just tossed in, I'll make a newbie and ruin it'

Kendrik says, 'kinda like a month long april fools day :P'

Quimby says, 'well if you do a skillwipe thats cool, just leave spells as is, since i doubt we will ever see any new words in the immediate future'

Kaige says, 'at least we haven't considered what a lot of muds would do in that situation...'

Kae says, 'pwipe? die'

Sammael says, 'player wipe?'

Ea! says to Kaige, 'I think you mean "we haven't *seriously* considered...'

Kaige says, 'complete playerwipe. If we haven't done it yet, why start now.'

Kaige says to Ea!, 'hehe...'

Kaige grins evilly.

Kae says, 'die die die'

Kae nods to herself - she must be getting senile.

Tobias snickers at Kae nastily.

Kaige says to Ea!, 'as much as I'd love to some days, I don't think it'd work'

Ea! nods his agreement with Kaige.

Kaige says to Ea!, 'not after this long'

Sammael says, 'I'd like an eq wipe'

Sammael says, 'but I think playerwipe would ruin your playerbase'

Tobias says to Kae, 'Ooo. Kae and Toby versus the world?'

Tobias flexes his bulging, impressive muscles.

Kaige nods her agreement with Sammael.

LadyAce says, 'I'm not sure if people's questions got answered in that ask-fest, please re-raise if you still have a question.'

Tobias grins evilly at Kae.. wonder what he's thinking...

Kaige says to Sammael, 'an eq one would likely too possibly not to as big a degree but'

Sammael says to Kaige, 'I just mean to even everyone out with this old gear vs new gear and crap like that'

Quimby says, 'then you have to go about resetting quests and stff'

Sammael says to Kaige, 'it would be easier to balance the game as a whole if everyone had equal gear footing as well'

Victim says, 'yeah eq wipe then all these old eq reliant people can join the real world'

Kendrik sniffs sadly at Victim.

Victim pets Kendrik lovingly.


Is 35-50 Supposed to be Tedious?

Myrella says, 'is the fact that it is an exercise in boredom and tedium to level for 35 or 50 is an intentional or unintentional design?'

Myrella says, 'err 35 to 50'

LadyAce says, 'I think you might want to find a different way to go from 35 to 50'

LadyAce says, 'but then again, asking a question like that doesn't give me much to go on :)'

Myrella says, 'Well other than killing there is pretty much zip'

Sammael says, 'I think we need some level 50 skills'

LadyAce says, 'is it dull because of the mob variety, quest variety...'

Sammael says, 'make leveling half way worth it'

Victim says, 'spite would suffer but hey'

Lachesis nods her agreement with Sammael.

Myrella says, 'well number one the mob variety for around lvl 40 sucks and has for a long time'

Sammael says, 'after 35 theres no real character development other then rent'

LadyAce says, 'rent, skills, and your place in the hittable...'

Sammael says, 'hittable...'

Sammael says, 'you can't SEE the hittable'

Sammael says, 'so it doesn't really count as character development'

LadyAce says, 'comparing you vs the mob, you can kill a bigger mob at a higher lev with no change in your stats'

Kaige says, 'level 40-44 is our weakest range... but it takes time and new areas to correct that usually'

Sammael says, 'by 35 half the characters already have all the skills they will ever need'

Kaige says, 'currently there's 214 level 40-44 mobs alive tho'

Sammael says, 'theres nothing super worth looking forward to'

Quimby says, 'and some aren't worth the trouble to kill'

Lachesis says, 'redeem points?'

Sammael says, 'for example at level 32, I know in 3 levels I'm getting an expert fighting skill, maybe snipe also and stuff like that'

Tobias says to Kaige, 'I want that command ^_~'

Myrella says to Kaige, 'Surely It cant be too hard during the summer stuff to add soem mobs'

Tobias says, 'I wonder how many level 1 mobs are alive...'

Sammael says, 'a million'

LadyAce says, 'it's a little more systemic than just dropping mobs in places'

Sammael says, 'who even kills level 1 mobs'

LadyAce says, 'and we don't really like to just drop stuff in'

Bantanemangu says, 'there are at least a million flys in Lima'

LadyAce says, 'but we are definitely aware of the problem. It used to be that the bad range was about 15-45, I think we have it down to 35-45.'

Myrella says, 'I know but the lack of mobs has existed since the day I started plating here and it just dirves me nuts, Its so bad I cant force myself to make it past level 35 now'

Victim says, 'level ones kill level one mobs, and my surgeon kills em too'

A heavenly aura appears in the room, is that Kae?

Kae worked hard to fix the 15-35 area.

Myrella says, 'I have a horse of lvl 25-35 alts'

Sammael says, 'to be completely fair, not to burst anyones bubble, but few people even fight 40-44 anymore'

Sammael says, 'everyone just does pd or sl or at'

Myrella says, 'horde even'

Myrella laughs at her own folly.

LadyAce says, 'well, there are other ways to level, and if you're bored with the big run style, try something else :)'

Myrella says to Sammael, 'I know , and I hate PD its way too easy for the xp rewards'

Sammael says, 'personally I always level alone or maybe with one person, but these days there are people who don't even KNOW any other mobs other then at or sl or pd from 25 on'

Sammael says, 'exactly myrella'

Tobias says, 'more run areas should be like AT.'

Sammael says, 'its kinda the same thing as when you changed it so you can't power level people the same anymore'

LadyAce says, 'one area doesn't fix the problem, either -- it takes 10 areas, and we just haven't got them'

Bantanemangu says, 'maybe a counterpart to LotP -- a bunch of level 40-44 mobs who wander called "Wannabes of the Past"?'

Tobias says, 'there's that element of danger that makes it interesting.'

Victim says, 'north side is easy, the others are a little better planned and are tricky'

Sammael says, 'the challenge is gone, the fear of level 50 newbies was real then, and its real again because of sl and pd and att'

Kae slowly fades into existence.

Kae slowly fades into thin air.

Sammael says, 'instead of hearing, "will you level me" you just here constant "will someone run pd"'

Sammael says, 'hear'

Kae says, 'ugh :p'

Myrella says, 'Hmm PD mobs should firestorm every combat round, that'll spicen it up'

Sammael says, 'I understand those areas were created to promote teamwork and social interaction, I just think they need to either be harder or less xp'

Kendrik says, 'I still don't think it will ever be as bad as it was, lev 50's who didn't know a single trans'

Bantanemangu comforts Kae.

Quimby says, 'maybe though if the mob variety was enough people wouldn't ask others to lead at, pd, or sl all the time'

LadyAce says, 'well, as you run through the area, please make the suggestions you have'

Sammael says, 'variety?'

Sammael says, 'quimby, thats an oxymoron'

Sammael says, 'you don't get variety fighting the same giant area over and over again'

Kae points at the big bag of ideas from HELL!.

Kendrik giggles at Kae.

LadyAce says, 'there's a level where the mud is not really very big, and a level where it's huge and there are areas which are vastly unexplored.'

Sammael shrugs helplessly.

Ea! says, 'I think we should just make it so that you can't rescue if you're already fighting.'

Sammael says, 'I don't expect the big areas to be changed, people depend on them too much'

Sammael says, 'its just kinda sad'

Kaige says, 'and the more you explore areas and make sugestions about them, the easier it is for builders to make them deeper'

Ea! says, 'It probably wouldn't solve the problem, but it'd take a while for people to come up with new tactics.'

LadyAce says, 'ultimately, we're not perfect designers. We like your comments, the more specific the better.'


Resists and Balancing Them

Sammael says, 'my question is going to piss all you imms off, so I'll make it short :)'

Sammael says, 'I would just like to say I think things like the gauche need real negative affects. Don't say they have them, they don't. If your resist slash, your not going to be fighting someone with crush or bludgeon or whatever it is, so you can just remove it'

Sammael says, 'Things like making the gauche have 33% resist slash is fine, but if they are spending all that extra time defending, maybe they should do 33% less damage as well since they are wasting all their offensive time defending'

Sammael says, 'making it resist one and suscept another doesn't work'

Sammael says, 'unless its like resist slash but suscept stun'

Kae says to Sammael, 'didn't you and I talk about maybe having the affects of f.ex. the gauche last over some time, even after removed?'

Kae says, 'particularly, the BAD affect...'

Tobias says, 'Gauche should use training, I think. And stats ^_~'

Ea! says to Sammael, 'Yeah, well, part of that is the whole "grad stat delay should affect affects" thing that Maud'dib was asking about.'

Tobias says, 'A big man with a club isn't gonna be able to use a gauche like its supposed to just by picking it up.'

Ea! says, 'Though that might not be sufficient.'

Kae nods her agreement with Ea!.

Sammael shrugs in response to Tobias's words.

Sammael says, 'those shields are the same'

Marcel says, 'I played with hooks/gauches all of last week, I have to agree with Sammy'

Tobias says, 'shields just provide AC though ^_~'

Sammael says, 'I don't mind stoneskin, at least it ruins your mv and its dispellable'

Kaige says, 'those shields got changed'

Quimby says, 'and if you are proficient (expert) in all 3 fight types don't you think it should be lessened or non-existant?'

Tobias says, 'oh, those ones.'

LadyAce says, 'it might be interesting to match your weapon proficiencies and the amount of good you get out of that stat's weapons.'

LadyAce says to Tobias, 'put that in on idea?'

Sammael says, 'I understand these resist things are here to stay'

Victim nods his agreement with Quimby.

Sammael says, 'I just ask you make SOME detriment to using them'

LadyAce says, 'or rather, that stat's anti-whatever weapons'

LadyAce nods to herself - she must be getting senile.

Sammael says, 'stoneskin costs 100 mana and destroys your mv, randomly makes you bleed etc.'

Sammael says, 'a gauche costs nothing but 3k rent, makes you resist slash, parry 10% more, and susept to crush, which you can flee, remove gauche to avoid the negative affects'

Sammael says, 'and let me tell you'

Sammael says, 'it really stings when someone dispels your 100 mana stoneskin :P'

Sammael says, 'in light of this topic also, I'd just like to suggest more swords'

LadyAce giggles.

Sammael says, 'I was trying to find a light sword that didn't slash today and I failed miserably'

Kae nudges the big bag of ideas from HELL! over a few inches.

Tobias says, 'for hell, even?'

Tobias ducks to the ground.

Kaige says, 'I think at least one just got added in somwhere or will be soon.'

Kae says, 'yepyep'

Sammael says, 'the only sword really that is any stats etc. is the claw, the rest all slash'

Tobias says, 'shamshir'

Sammael says, 'and I don't want a heavy weapon since dex blocks/parries/dodges EVERY attack these days'

Sammael says, 'was hoping for more attacks to at least do some damage'

Victim coughs loudly.

Sammael says, 'I'm sick of slashing hard on bashes against dex :P'

Victim nods solemnly.

Sammael growls at a silver serrated sword bad-temperedly.

Myrella says, 'A nice light sword with attttack type bonk :P'

LadyAce says, 'put your ideas in on idea, the staff will be able to see them as they go through and revise areas.'

Sammael slaps a silver serrated sword.

Sammael says, 'I tried'

Tobias says, 'Maybe heavy weapons should have a big chance to break held resist items?'

Sammael says, 'its too short :P'

Kae gnaws on Kae's expie collection bag - what a Neanderthal.

Sammael says, 'make the idea channel biigggger'

Tobias says, 'that gauche ain't gonna hold out forever against an SSS'

LadyAce says, 'there's an area-specific idea section, and a general idea section, in our file.'

Kae peers at herself myopically.

Kae gnaws on the big bag of ideas from HELL! - what a Neanderthal.

Victim says, 'I really cant see the point in strength hitters anymore, go dex and use a katar and you can do more almost'

Sammael says, 'well I'm not trying to whine about the dex thing, since ea said a few weeks ago its already being looked at'

LadyAce nods her agreement with Sammael.

Sammael says, 'just was trying to counter it with lighter swords, and their aren't any'

Sammael says, 'the few their are, like the fork tongued, ruins stuns and is slash anyway'

Sammael says, 'kinda depressing'

Tobias says to Sammael, 'Shamshir.'

Sammael brutally slays the lagmonster.

Myrella says to Tobias, 'does it slash though?'

Tobias says, 'slice'

Sammael says, 'actually'

Myrella says, 'heh'

Sammael says, 'there is a resist slice item too, but noone uses it :P'

Sammael says, 'swords are just screwed, hehe'

Sammael says, 'easily resisted apperently'


Any Restrictions on Skill Tools?

Glimer says, 'My question is geared a little more toward the future, are there any restrictions to spells or skills that can be tied to items?'

LadyAce says to Glimer, 'can you be more specific?'

Kaige says, 'we have a few that we'd rather not see on items so that not everyone can have the benefits of being a mage without teaming up with one or spending the practs t be one, is that what you're asking?'

Glimer says, 'Hmmm... something more along the lines of a wineskin equal to the chalis for Hp or a scope that grants DeadEYE'

LadyAce says, 'those are tools'

LadyAce says, 'we have those'

LadyAce says, 'I can't give you an example cuz that'd be telling. But ask around. The command is 'use ''

Victim says, 'dont you need the skill to use the tool tho?'

Glimer says, 'Hmm Ill need to think my question out a little better'

Kaige says, 'depends on the tool itself'

Bantanemangu says to Victim, 'sometimes, sometimes not'

Glimer says, 'I guess the whole point to that is there a limit to which?'

LadyAce says, 'well...it's based on what seems to be a good idea'

LadyAce says, 'we don't want to have a tool which makes it useless to learn a whole set of skills'

LadyAce says, 'but it can be really useful as an option in some cases'

Bantanemangu ponders a Swiss Army Knife with five skill affects

Glimer says, 'Thank you'

LadyAce smiles at Glimer.


Events: Pk Tourney & LvlTo5

Myrella says, 'I have 2 questions, but since they have such easy answers I'll ask em both'

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

LadyAce giggles.

LadyAce says, 'yeah, you're famous for easily-answered questions'

Myrella says, 'How come we havent had a pkill tourney in ages and how come we nevere see the level to 5 games anymore?'

Button applauds Bantanemangu's quick thinking and good judgment.

Myrella says, 'see easy!'

Kaige says, 'time and... umm...'

Sammael says, 'hehe, tourneys are a lot of work'

Button says, 'the answer is time and lasy people'

Button ducks to the ground.

Myrella says, 'Thats true but they are fun too'

Victim nods his agreement with Button.

Tobias says, 'a player-controlled arena for tourneys would be useful.'

Victim says, 'what about a good old game of recall tag :('

LadyAce says, 'there are a lot of games we *could* run, we just don't run them all, all the time'

Tobias says, 'then players could sponsor tourneys and use a vote system to initiate the chaos pk rules within the tourney'

Button says, 'but where would you put the arena'

Tobias says, 'roman britan'

Tobias grins evilly.

Sammael says, 'that pirate game was sweet...'

Button says, 'like a gladiator thing?'

Tobias nods his agreement with Button.

Myrella nods her agreement with Sammael.

LadyAce says, 'It's just a matter of what we are interested in, and what we're getting requests for'

Button shrugs helplessly.

Button says, 'sounds cool...'

LadyAce says, 'so if you ask after it, that's a way to encourage us'

Sammael says, 'I'm good at that pirate game though so I'm bias'd :P'

LadyAce giggles.

Quimby says, 'if toby ever got off his lazy arse i have prizes for a scav hunt, but he never wants to help'

Button says, 'can we have a pk arena'

LadyAce nods her agreement with Sammael.

Button says, 'can we have a pk arena'

Sammael says, 'they are going to send you to the challenge wood'

Myrella says to Button, 'we do its the whole mud :P'

Sammael says, 'which I don't think has EVER been used :P'

Kaige nods her agreement with Myrella.

LadyAce says, 'we would rather make the whole mud a place where pk happens, we don't want to isolate it into an arena'

Tobias says, 'what's the challenge wood do for pkill?'

Sammael says, 'nothing'

Sammael says, 'you can lock each other in it for some kind of duel'

Sammael says, 'thats about it'

Quimby says, 'closes the area off when you bang the gong'

Tobias nods solemnly.

LadyAce says, 'I need more PR imms, then we'd have more events :)'

Sammael says, 'it doesn't lower xp loss or bring you back into the game with max hp'

Tobias says to LadyAce, 'Well, I meant that the arena could enforce chaos PK. That way the tourneys are easy to player-run without cheating.'

Button says, 'so immortalize some 50's!!'

LadyAce says to Tobias, 'it's your turn to ask'

Sammael says, 'hehe, they have enough inactive imms'

LadyAce says to Button, 'we do it via an application process'

Quimby says to LadyAce, 'greedy you have 9'

LadyAce says to Quimby, 'I need more :P'


Repop & Problems in Southside PD

Tobias says, 'Why's the repop time on SS pd so fantastically huge?'

Sammael says, 'need more that are vis and logged in'

LadyAce says, 'you'd hafta ask Rufus.'

Sammael says, 'no he's right'

Sammael says, 'we waited like 3 hours?'

Sammael says, 'maybe 4'

LadyAce says, 'but I know he has it set so that people won't get caught midway through'

Sammael says, 'stuck in jail'

Quimby says to LadyAce, 'you skipped me too'

Quimby bonks LadyAce on the head!

Tobias says, 'bigbig time'

Quimby says, 'its ok forgot my question'

Button says, 'the repop cant be that long on a south side!'

Sammael says, 'it is'

Tobias says, 'it is'

Tobias says, 'it was really bad.'

Button shudders.

Sammael says, 'tobias and I accedently destroyed our keys to get out'

Button says, 'thats horrible'

Quimby says, 'its not depends on when you go in there'

Kaige says, 'if it was shorter, more people would ask for it to be run more often?'

Sammael says, 'so we had to wait 3-4 hours'

Quimby says, 'ive had it repop around me'

Sammael says, 'but kaige, we were trapped 3-4 hours in a cage'

LadyAce says, 'it's also not supposed to be a big xp factory'

Button comforts Quimby.

Sammael says, 'you don't think thats excessive?'

Bantanemangu says to Sammael, 'they're pickable from the hall'

Quimby says, 'no more people can go in and solo the jailers thats why he's asking'

Sammael says, 'we were trapped in the cage'

Tobias says, 'maybe make the cells recallable?'

Kaige says, 'no, I'm not saying that wasn't a problem. there should be a way to get out if that happens regardless of repop'

Sammael says, 'make pd repop slow, thats fine'

Tobias says, 'that way you can get out if bad stuff happens, and repop is kept the same?'

LadyAce says, 'for that specific thing, I'd definitely report it as a bug and let it be fixed'

Sammael says, 'just makes the guys with keys repop faster or something'

Kaige says, 'I'm saying that shorter repop probably isn't the right answer'

Quimby says, 'destroys the purpose of a jail cell'

Kaige nods her agreement with LadyAce.

LadyAce says, 'there are other ways to fix it that don't hurt other things about the area'

Sammael says, 'the guys with keys need to be faster, not the whole area :P'

Button says, 'ya...'

Sammael says, 'tobias destroyed his key with immolate, didn't you?'

Kaige says, 'I like having to find an alternate way to get out if you don't have a key, possible, but harder.'

Bantanemangu says, 'make the keys undamageable'

Sammael says, 'that was part of the bug'

Button nods his agreement with Bantanemangu.

Tobias says to Kaige, 'The doors are all proof from the inside.'

Sammael says, 'mine I accidently wasted when I raised the corpse to a skeleton and the key vanished forever'

Tobias grins evilly.

LadyAce says, 'bug channel, bug channel :)'

Tobias says, 'kaykay'

Bantanemangu snickers at Sammael nastily.

Sammael says, 'but rufus doesn't exist to fix it!'

Sammael sniffs sadly.

Tobias pats Sammael on the head.

LadyAce says to Sammael, 'he does. And we have other people authorized to make fixes too.'


Elementals based on Spi/Mind too?

Muad'Dib says, 'mainly to ea!'

Muad'Dib says to Ea!, 'this change for homunculi, I'm talking about mind/spirit based, will that, and if yes, when will that happen to elementals?'

Button says, 'theres a change for homonculi?!?'

Button bursts into tears.

Bantanemangu says, 'no more homunculi armies'

Button goes EEK! in distress.

Muad'Dib says, 'excellent!'

Button says, 'thats.... thats horrible!'

Tobias says, 'eep. That makes my victory against the evilbad army of homunculi death seem less amazing!'

Muad'Dib grins evilly at Tobias.. wonder what he's thinking...

Button thumps Tobias on the back.

Tobias grins evilly at Muad'Dib.. wonder what he's thinking...

Muad'Dib waits patiently.

Bantanemangu says, 'well, you can still make homunculi armies, they just won't be as tough'

Ea! says, 'We'll probably be making changes for other ones as well, but I'm not sure yet. I need to look more closely at the formulas. I wanted to see how this worked out first.'

Muad'Dib says to Ea!, 'oh, btw, I it seems to be based more on hp than cons'

Ea! says, 'Well, I forget how it works. I think it's based off of the str/con/dex of the mob which is based off of the mind/perc of the caster or something odd like that.'

Ea! says, 'perc seems wrong, though, so it's probably the perc of the mob which is based off of someething else.'

LadyAce says, 'best to try a few different combos and see what seems to be really good'

Muad'Dib blinks.

Button says, 'when will the homunculus change come into effect?'

Muad'Dib says, 'next reboot?'

Tobias says to Muad'Dib, 'Did you understand what Ea! said? He lost me ^^;'

Ea! says, 'tommorow.'

Muad'Dib nods his agreement with Tobias.

LadyAce thinks he was trying to be vague.

Tobias says to LadyAce, 'Ah.'

Muad'Dib grins evilly at LadyAce.. wonder what he's thinking...

Ea! says to Tobias, 'Well, the code is a bit contorted, which is why I was a bit contorted.'


Guests: What they're for

Button says, 'ok i just came from a guest'

Button says, 'why exactly can the not pick up or drop things'

LadyAce says, 'Oh, I thought I explained that on channels.'

Button says, 'i still dont understand though'

LadyAce says, 'I said that it's because we had problems with guests coming on and dropping stuff, spamming the place up'

Kaige says, 'so they can't be used anonymously to interfere with people who are willing to make a commitment to the game also.'

Button says, 'people who are uninvolved just dropping things is the reason?'

Kaige says, 'you can get a taste for the game as a guest, but you can'tget the full benefits of becoming a "member of the community" without making a real char'

Quimby says, 'i thought people used the guests to cheat and hand things off to alts or so i saw a few times here'

Kaige says to Quimby, 'that too.'

LadyAce says, 'people've done lots of stuff with them, they're just designed as ways to get on and poke your head around'

LadyAce says, 'not to play for any amount of time'

Quimby says, 'and newbies litter just as muich when they quit y and remake'

LadyAce says, 'is there something in specific you wanted to do?'

Button says, 'well i wanted to transfer froom medeavel'

Button says, 'to ancient'

Button says, 'with the ruiz transfer and it doesnt let me let go of a dagger... it not nice...'

LadyAce says, 'it's just for poking your head in, not for playing, essentially'

Kaige nods her agreement with LadyAce.

Button says, 'are all guests started in lima?'

Quimby says, 'no its random'

Riven says, 'random'

LadyAce nods her agreement with Quimby.

Button says, 'cuz all the ones i have played started in lima'

LadyAce says, 'your good luck, then :)'


A Sing/Song Lyrics Channel?

Lachesis says, 'it's well-known i'm a spammer. Can a *sing* channel be implemented?'

LadyAce says, 'no, we don't really want to encourage singing on channels'

Lachesis says, 'It's part of my RP, however.'

Bantanemangu says to Lachesis, 'your taste in music is suspect'

Lachesis looks up into the sky and ponders.

Lachesis says to Bantanemangu, 'thanks!'

LadyAce says, 'singing in the room would probably work just as well for the RP aspect'

LadyAce says, 'that way people could interact with you accordingly'

Lachesis says, 'if not, it's okay. i just don't want to be so spammy.'

LadyAce smiles at Lachesis.


Do Warnings Expire?

Button says, 'is there a way to kiss up to immortals to make warnings g away?'

Button ducks to the ground.

LadyAce says, 'no :P but after 6 months they're archived away'

Button smiles happily.

Bantanemangu says to Button, 'nothing ever comes of warnings anyway'

Button says, 'what about archived playerrs.. same deal? warnings go away?'

Kaige says, 'after six months, yup'

Button nods solemnly.

Kaige says to Bantanemangu, 'depends on how many you rack up and how serious they are'

Button says, 'oh i got a question!'

Button says, 'ventually you will be deleted if you have whole buncha major warnings...'

LadyAce nods her agreement with Button.


Explore XP Rooms

Button says, 'xprooms!'

Button says, 'how do they work'

Button says, 'you wander into one get xp'

LadyAce says, 'purty much'

Button says, 'but it used to be you could do it more than once..'

Button says, 'now it isnt...'

Bantanemangu looks at Button questioningly.

Button says, 'it confuzzles me...'

LadyAce says, 'that's intentional'

Quimby says, 'speaking of xp rooms i took my newbie thru one, that has always been an xp room, and he did not receive the exp, i scrolled back to his existance and he never entered the room before'

Quimby says, 'made a nother newbie his xp dropped as expected'

Bantanemangu says to Quimby, 'was he following anyone?'

Quimby says, 'no'

Quimby says, 'my newbies ( mages esp) do not group til much later'

LadyAce says, 'could be a following issue, or maybe it isn't 100% guaranteed to fire every time...'

LadyAce says, 'I'd have to see the room and the char to say for sure'

Quimby nods solemnly.

Button says, 'a bug in the xprooms?'

Button gasps in astonishment.

Button faints.

LadyAce says, 'anything can be buggy :P'

Quimby says, 'im thinking i did walk in and just forgot but i didnt see mention of it in my scroll back and it went back to the creation'

Quimby says, 'yeah like a certain arms trainer'

Tarn says, 'so if I hit a room and it doesnt give me xp although it has on other chars ... it could be that it doesn't fire every time?'

Button says, 'i think there should ber a player specific repop time on xprooms and possibly xp quests... like six months or something'

LadyAce says, 'could be. or that it's looking for something other than what you're doing, or a million things. Best to ask to be sure if it seems odd'

LadyAce says, 'we've talked about other ways to do xp rooms, just none of them which are as easy as what we have now'

Button says, 'such as what for an example'

Tarn says, 'cos I thought the room at the end of a certain quest was an xp room. My latest alt soloed it, and didn't get any xp for the room.'

LadyAce says, 'things like, you can't run right for a room to get the xp, it's based on going to a certain number of unique rooms, etc'

Quimby says, 'i made a character named cobalt and lo and behold for 4 weeks i saw nothing but cobalt guests'

Button says, 'oh that sounds complicated'

LadyAce says, 'systems where underexplored areas have more opportunities for xp rooms, etc'

Bantanemangu snickers at Quimby nastily.

LadyAce says, 'yeah all our ideas have that problem :)'

Button says, 'but for the anna quest that would work...'

Kaige says, 'not very complicated, just expensive storage wise mostly'

LadyAce nods her agreement with Kaige.

Bantanemangu says, 'instead of making all xp rooms 5x lvl xp, make em vary'

Tarn says, 'so if your one of the first 50 or 100 to hit the room you get xp ... but newbies after that dont?'

LadyAce says to Kaige, 'complex to make the storage not painful'

Kaige nods her agreement with LadyAce.

Kaige says, 'I know.'

LadyAce says to Tarn, 'it'd be more self-renewing than that'

Kaige says to Tarn, 'no, as in you'd get xp for every Nth unique room you entered'

LadyAce says to Tarn, 'like, if no one has been to x place in ages, it might become an xp room for the next whoozit to walk by'

Quimby says, 'oh i was talking to someone else earlier and i kind of agree we were discussing rudh/mrti'

Tarn says, 'make them move ... it could be one of several rooms nearby.'

Button says, 'some xp roo,ms that aree extremely hard to get to.. like ones surrounded by slays and dt's should be worth more xp...'

Quimby says, 'and how annoying it is to do if you do not know a create mage for rudh'

Bantanemangu says, 'or the ones that are DTs'

LadyAce says, 'well, there are ways to visit those rooms....'

LadyAce shrugs helplessly.

Tarn says, 'rudh was more annoying when it came in. At that time SL wasn't very popular. There'd be like one run a week when I was online.'

Quimby says, 'most of the time people are cool about helping but a lot of times i see people asking forever on chat for that certain part'

Button says, 'the dt xprooms are survivable...'

Quimby says, 'now i asked sandra that i think it would be fairer to cause and creates if it involved schools with a unique 3rd circle spell from their class'

LadyAce says, 'at any rate, I should go. If Kaige doesn't mind finishing things up?'

Rusalka waves good-bye to LadyAce.

Button says, 'those people sometimes end up spending around 50k for those claws...'

LadyAce smiles at Kaige.

Bantanemangu waves good-bye to LadyAce.

Rusalka says to LadyAce, 'enjoy your visit with your mom!'

LadyAce says, 'Need to make some dinner & entertain family'

LadyAce gives a big hug to everyone in the room.

LadyAce waves happily.

Kaige says, 'so we got any more questions? I'm kinda in the same "need to fix dinner" stage here'

Button says to Kaige, 'erm.. i dont think tere are any!'

Kaige says, 'Thanks for coming!'

Kaige waves happily.


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