Lecture Series Index

September 6th, 2001

Q & A Index

Topics Covered

Hitroll Changes
Ordering Charmies to Move
Conference Requests
Changes to Magic Roots
Horseshoes in Tara
Elemental Changes
Extra Attack Items
Elementals & Roots
Newbie Clothes for Medieval?
Bug with the Phantom?
Bug with the Flamestrike Weapons?
Elemental info vague on purpose?
Change to Sidhe Quest
Change to Regen?
Curses in Tortuga
Moods and Pkill
Recall Tag?
More on Elementals

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Hitroll Changes

Boreas says, 'eek, downgraded natural hitroll!'

Boreas frowns.

Oni says, 'huh?'

Dashiva sighs loudly.

Dashiva says, 'My today was really good, until I read the welcome board, then it was just blah'

Chaykin giggles.

Bass shrugs helplessly.

Ea! says, 'People have been complaining about how over powered dex and hitroll are for a while, so we made a small change to try to make it better.'

Dashiva says, 'small change?'

Enhander says, 'i have 80 dex but low hitroll whats up with that'

Boreas says to Ea!, 'it was overpowered, it's just that I would rather hit/dam be based more on stats and less on hit/dam gear'

Enhander nods his agreement with Boreas.

Ea! says to Boreas, 'Well, if we decide to do more balance work on it, we might go that route -- but this would make that easier, anyway, since it's now more like damroll and based only on one stat.'

Boreas nods her agreement with Ea!.


Ordering Charmies to Move

Chaykin says, 'why isn't it possible to order a charmie to move into another room?'

Kaige says to Chaykin, 'so you can't use them to block rooms that have limitted number of occupants.'

Chaykin looks up into the sky and ponders.

LadyAce says, 'the other thing is, rooms where only n people can go are usually that way for a reason'

LadyAce says, 'like, trying to force you to fight solo, etc.'

LadyAce says, 'so it's a way to keep that feature intact'

Chaykin says, 'okie'


Conference Requests

Enhander says, 'do you think it would be possible to get a Run channel, so insetead of clogging up chat we can as if runs on going on on another channel'

LadyAce says to Enhander, 'anytime you want a run channel, just ask and we'll make one'

LadyAce smiles at Enhander.


Changes to Magic Roots

Dashiva says, 'can you reveal anymore information on the new healing, when it will come out, what it will do etc?'

LadyAce says, 'we don't have an update for you on that right now'


Horseshoes in Tara

Boreas says, 'yeah, I noticed that the horses in Tara no longer have horseshoe. Why was this removed?'

Kaige says, 'hasn't changed in ages.'

LadyAce says, 'they really do have horseshoes :) I've seen them!'

Kaige says, 'I specifically didn't change that this summer.'

Boreas says, 'maybe it's a bug then?'

LadyAce says, 'some people go in and just kill the one with the shoe'

Jacob says, 'are people stealing them then?'

LadyAce says, 'you should kill all of them for best results.'

Fear says, 'someone may be stealing them from the horse, I used to do that alot'

Kaige says, 'two out there right now in the world.'

Boreas looks up into the sky and ponders.

Chaykin says, 'maybe you should change it so the horse wears the shoe, so it can't be stolen'

Dashiva nods his agreement with DoC.

Boreas says, 'I've been playing a lowbie alt and killing the horses a lot, and haven't found one'

DoC licks Dashiva.

Fear nods her agreement with Chaykin.

Jacob says, 'thats what i was thinking'

Enhander waves happily.

LadyAce says, 'animals can't wear clothes with the current code'

Chaykin says, 'ah'

Enhander says, 'thanks all'

LadyAce says, 'and making them non-animals messes up all the act processing for them'

Tobias says, 'can you make it so you can't steal from them?'

Chaykin says, 'or just give the horses really high perc, it won't affect their hitting anymore ;)'

Dashiva snorts derisively.

Fear smirks at Chaykin.

Chaykin comforts Dashiva.

SkullKrusher says, 'yeah give them alot of perc, horse's can see real good anyway :P'

LadyAce says, 'we'll take a look at it.'

Fear gives Sandra a great big smooch!

Kaige says, 'I have an idea of how to fix it to keep people from stealing stuff from them tho.. may take until next week to go in tho'


Elemental Changes

Fear says, 'umm, the thing with greater ellies sounds cool, but their hitting ability really needs to be addressed, is it?'

LadyAce says, 'by hitting, you mean damage done per round?'

Fear says, 'mine miss in combat 90% of the time.'

LadyAce says, 'or that their damage is inconsistent'

SkullKrusher nods his agreement with Fear.

Chaykin says, 'they do miss an awful lot'

Fear says, 'it's pathetic, really.'

Tobias says, 'Level 1 elementals just fight forever.'

Tobias says, 'Make two of them fight against each other, its very silly.'

Fear nods her agreement with Tobias.

SkullKrusher nods his agreement with Tobias.

SkullKrusher giggles.

Tobias says, 'They'll get the mob to dying and stunned, and never kill.'

Chaykin says to Oni, 'sure, they're famous'

Ea! says, 'It'll probably be a bit better, but we'll have to see for sure once it's been in a little bit.'

Fear says, 'in my mind, they should either be tanbks or hitters, currently, they are niether.'

Tobias says, 'I had a salamander fight a kitten for a kabillion rounds, snapper watched it! ^_~'

SkullKrusher chuckles politely at Tobias's feeble witticism.

LadyAce says, 'there's also a role in there for demons & titans & angels, I'd say'

LadyAce says, 'in general I'd expect them to be the big dam/big tank items'

Tobias says, 'Elementals should be artillery ^_~'

Fear says to LadyAce, 'sure there is, but what's the elementals role?'

Tobias says, 'They blast stuff.'

Kaige says, 'hmm... throw salamander gma.... could work...'

Fear says, 'they have none, atm.'

Kaige peers at Tobias, looking him up and down.

LadyAce says, 'and the elementals to be lesser tank & lesser dam, to be sent in in stages.'

Fear chuckles politely at LadyAce's feeble witticism.

Fear says to LadyAce, 'that's alot of mana waste.'

Sandra says, 'well'

LadyAce says, 'It depends -- if you can't live a round against your foe, or you want to soften them up before getting the deathblow....'

Fear says, 'I had a salamander fight semirhage, it did 0 damage and lasted 2 rounds.'

LadyAce says, 'or if you want a cheap sidekick'

LadyAce shrugs helplessly.

Tobias says, 'their specials can't kill.'

Tobias says, 'Why is that?'

Chaykin says, 'if I need a cheap sidekick I'll call Tempus over'

Boreas laughs with amusement.

Fear says to Tobias, 'they prolly don't do dam either :p'

Ea! says, 'I'll look into it once this has been in for a little while. they shouldn't be useless in combat?'

Ea! says, 'er ., not ?.'

Fear says to Ea!, 'they are currently.'

Tobias says, 'just toss a level one elemental against a level one mob. One of them should be able to win, I'd hope.'

Fear says to Ea!, 'but thanks.'

LadyAce says to Fear, 'well, wait and see what this change does, is what he's saying. Not talkin about now.'


Extra Attack Items

Chaykin says, 'extra attack items are pretty cool, but I've noticed they only go off about half the time. They seem awfully renty, so why do they not work more often?'

LadyAce says, 'gosh, I notice mine going off all the time'

Chaykin says, 'well'

LadyAce says, 'I wonder if it's your fighttype?'

LadyAce doesn't know, just knows hers goes off like mad.

Chaykin says, 'take the clawing one for instance, maybe it's just that one, but...'

Fear says, 'extra attack, like forktongued sword?'

Boreas says, 'I tested hook, and between not going off and missing, it only hits about half the time'

Chaykin says, 'with my 100 str person, the attack doesn't happen about 50% of the time'

Chaykin says to Fear, 'like hook, nuck claws'

Fear says, 'ahh'

Sandra says, 'we don't want them to go off more, honestly. Because their damage is calculated differenty than normal weapons'

Lelldorin sits down on the ground.

LadyAce says, 'if they don't add up to being worth it for your particular char, might as well not use them. They seem really spiff when I've used them though.'

Chaykin says to Sandra, 'fair enough, but why are they so renty then? the very small extra damage--which only happens half the time--doesn't seem worth the high high rent, plus giving up a stat slot'

LadyAce says, 'it might be a char-particular thing'

LadyAce says, 'if you don't need the stat in particular, or really want to specialize in doing damage'

Sandra says, 'it's not really a "small" amount of extra damage ;) THey're renty simply because they're like another weapon'

Tobias says, 'test it with pk? ^_~'

Chaykin says, 'I'm not saying they should be made into a killer must-have item...just saying that for an item with such a high cost, the damage return should be a little more'

Chaykin shrugs philosophically.

Sandra says, 'I've seen people damcap with their normal weapon and decimate with a hook. I'd say that's alot of damage in general'

Chaykin says, 'well, the main one I experimented with was the claw. Maybe it's just that particular item'

Boreas says to Sandra, 'but that happens sooo rarely'

Fear says, 'well, str could use tweaking in general. :p'

Sandra shakes her head in disagreement with Boreas.

Boreas nods her agreement with Fear.

LadyAce says, 'I'm really happy with my nucky claws'

LadyAce giggles.

Sandra giggles.

ArchAngel laughs with amusement.

Chaykin shrugs helplessly.

Chaykin says, 'okay'

Sandra says, 'I don't use them honestly. I probably should get one of them for one of my many mes'

Chaykin says, 'I'd be interested in hearing the results, if you do'

Boreas says to Sandra, 'then you'd see it is rare to do more than massacre'

Sandra says, 'well, no. I've seen more than that. But even still, that's not a bad chunka pain ;)'


Elementals & Roots

SkullKrusher says, 'is this new ellie code going to have a spirit code like homos and greater summons?and when is the new roots code going in?'

Fear cringes away from SkullKrusher in mortal terror.

LadyAce says, 'there's no update on create healing at this time'

SkullKrusher says, 'bah'

Chaykin chuckles politely.

Fear says, 'we don't need a new root code, we need 3c create greater healing.'

LadyAce says, 'the ellie code ... all the releasable data is there in the post'

Fear says, 'roots are fine as a 2c spell.'

SkullKrusher says, 'thats it what a croc'

SkullKrusher snickers softly.

Boreas says, 'I'd just like to see roots scaled to mind more'

Fear shrugs helplessly.


Newbie Clothes for Medieval?

Chaykin says, 'how come you guys skipped over medieval hometowns with the newbie outfits?'

LadyAce says, 'Kaige did Lima'

Jacob bounces around.

LadyAce says, 'Klein is waiting on me to get my act together and finish the Klein update'

Chaykin says, 'okie'

Kaige tickles Chaykin.

Chaykin smiles happily.

Sandra says, 'when I'm active again, I'll be sure to pester her daily too!'

LadyAce says, 'it's done in the update, and once I start putting stuff from the update into the regular file....I'll start to go nuts keeping it all in sync'

Chaykin says to LadyAce, 'I can't wait, should be really cool'

LadyAce says, 'we'll see.'

LadyAce shrugs helplessly.


Bug with the Phantom?

SkullKrusher says, 'did the phantom ever get fixed? he was fleeing like a mad man there for a while all around the sewer?'

LadyAce knows nothing about that one.....

SkullKrusher says, 'i bugs it ALONG time ago'

Kaige doesn't remember any reports like that

Sandra says, 'that'd be an easy fix, but people probably won't like it ;)'

Kaige looks up into the sky and ponders.

Kaige giggles at Sandra.

Fear smirks at Sandra.

Chaykin chuckles politely.

SkullKrusher says, 'kind of REAL dangerous when the DT resets like every 5 mins'

Sandra nods her agreement with SkullKrusher.

Sasha waves hello to the world!

SkullKrusher says, 'so how would you fix it?'

Chaykin hugs Sasha.

SkullKrusher says, 'sandra?'

Sandra says, 'I'd make it so you had to fight him in his room'

SkullKrusher says, 'i would like that better anyhoo'

Boreas says, 'make the room no_flee?'

SkullKrusher says, 'sure'

SkullKrusher says, 'no flee works too'

Kaige says, 'make him no_flee'

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

SkullKrusher says, 'same thing :P'

SkullKrusher ducks to the ground.

SkullKrusher says, 'whatever he was crazy last time i went for him'

SkullKrusher says, 'and....!'


Bug with the Flamestrike Weapons?

SkullKrusher says, 'what about making immolate on the staff insted of FS'

Fear says, 'it is immolate, isn't it?'

SkullKrusher says, 'you cast FS from your fingertips seems wrong when using the staff'

SkullKrusher says, 'no its FS'

Fear says, 'oh, flamestrike'

Fear was thinking you meant firestorm :p

SkullKrusher says, 'na :0'

Sandra says, 'well, I think that we'd probably fix the message for the spell to work on weapons, like frost bolt does, rather than change the spell on the weapon'

LadyAce says, 'more like, we need to fix the spell'

LadyAce nods her agreement with Sandra.

Tobias says, 'like flames burst forth from the head of blah, or the tip of blah, or the edge of blah?'

SkullKrusher says, 'that works too... seems immolate is more fitting IMHO tho'

Sandra nods her agreement with Tobias.

LadyAce says, 'we already have an immolate weapon :)'

Fear says, 'yeah, fb has a cool message when on a weapon'


Elemental info vague on purpose?

Tobias says, 'Oh. I don't know if this was asked already, but is the stat type that elementals are tied to purposefully left offa board?'

Sandra nods her agreement with Tobias.

SkullKrusher says, 'its spirit i bet...'

Tobias nods solemnly.

Tobias says, 'kay'

Tobias says, 'its dex, you know it.'

Fear nods her agreement with SkullKrusher.

Tobias ducks to the ground.

SkullKrusher nods his agreement with Tobias.

Fear says, 'it's spirit :p'

SkullKrusher says, 'crapola!'

Fear will put money on spirit playing some part of it.

LadyAce says, 'you'll see when it goes in :) try it then'

Fear knows Ea! too well :p

SkullKrusher says, 'i dont see how they could justify it imho'

SkullKrusher says, 'but whatever its their toy not mine :P'


Change to Sidhe Quest

Fear says, 'why was the sidhe friendship quest changed to where you have to solo it? that's a VERY important quest for young mages, that already have a hard time.'

Boreas is completely boggled.

Kaige says, 'all I did was fix a bug in what Fionn had originally coded in acts there.'

LadyAce says, 'it just means that you can't stand in one place while someone runs around doing it for you. That's not the same as having to solo it.'

Kaige nods her agreement with LadyAce.

Boreas says, 'there is one part at least you don't have to do'

Fear says to Kaige, 'my point is that lowbie mages already have a tremendously hard time with stats, this makes it much worse.'

Fear says to Boreas, 'what part? :p'

LadyAce says, 'you don't have to do it alone, you just have to actually go and do it.'

Kaige says, 'my char had help doing it.. itt's just you have to do it, not have it done for you.'

Boreas says, 'you don't have to kill the mob that needs killing'

Sandra says, 'um, my newbie didn't do it alone'

Fear says, 'you gotta be pretty big to kill a pookah.'

Sasha says, 'I had an alt get me the pebble, I didn't go for that...'

Boreas says, 'right, but you don't have to'

Fear says, 'which is where I have trouble.'

Fear says to Sasha, 'admitted crossplay? :p'

Sasha says, 'but the rest anyone can do on their own, can't they? I mean, it's not agg anywhere if you do it the way it's supposed to be done'

Sasha whaps Sandra across the back of the head - your ears ring in sympathy.

Fear nods her agreement with Sasha.

Sasha giggles at Sandra.

Boreas nods her agreement with Sasha.

Fear says, 'oh well, next!'

Chaykin says, 'I was under the impression that you have to kill the pookah yourself now'

Sasha says, 'I did NOT cheat, for the record... to clarify, my alt had someone get them the pebble, that was all'

Fear says to Chaykin, 'so was I.'

Boreas says, 'you don't'

Fear giggles at Sasha.

Chaykin says to Sasha, 'shhh, you weren't supposed to tell anyone about that!'

Sasha laughs with amusement.

Chaykin giggles.

Sasha hugs Chaykin.

SkullKrusher jumps up and down.


Change to Regen?

Lelldorin says, 'can regeneration be speeded up?'

SkullKrusher says, 'yeah no kidding!'

SkullKrusher cheers for Lelldorin - huzzah!

Fear says, 'again, another big thing about create.'

LadyAce says, 'I don't think we have any plans to do that, no.'

SkullKrusher sighs loudly.

LadyAce says, 'Befriend some healers :)'

SkullKrusher says, 'i think i spend more time here regening then i do actully playing'

Lelldorin says, 'i got an 80con sniper, sleeping full of liquid and food, and he regend 3hps/10secs, i mean this an atrocious waste of player time =P'

Sandra says to Lelldorin, 'my opinion of that is that it's a trade off. If you want to be a sniper with tons of hp, you gotta pay somehow ;)'

Lelldorin says to Sandra, 'its a poor way to compensate..'

Straussy says, 'i think being a con sniper pays for itself :P'

Fear nods her agreement with Straussy.

Lelldorin says, 'the sniper was just an example, what we need is more time playing instead of more time regening but i'm shutting up now =p'

Kaige says to Lelldorin, 'I find when I run either as a healer or with one, there's LOTS more time playing and less regenning.'

SkullKrusher says, 'yeah a healer can root!'

Boreas says, 'I don't mind regen time. It's a chance to socialize.'

Lelldorin says to Kaige, 'gotta be a self healer to be independent :b all i make are druids and more druids :p'

Kaige says to Lelldorin, 'it's a multiplayer game tho'

Kaige shrugs philosophically.

Kaige says, 'like many other things, it's a trade-off.'


Curses in Tortuga

SkullKrusher says, 'was the quest to REMOVE both cursed made eaiser or fixed i had major headache with it there for a while..????'

SkullKrusher says, 'turtle island curses i mean'

Jacob bounces around.

Kaige says, 'You gotta be smarter about who you're gonna piss off.'

Kaige says, 'I mean if you piss off the only person who can remove your curse, why're they going to help you?'

SkullKrusher says, 'is there a way to remove it'

Kaige says, 'no.'

SkullKrusher says, 'bah'

SkullKrusher says, 'i was told along time ago there was now theres not??!?!'

LadyAce says to Kaige, 'maybe you kill them not knowing that they are the only ones who can remove the curse?'

SkullKrusher says, 'thats what i did'

SkullKrusher says, 'didnt know'

SkullKrusher says, 'now i cant do PD quests of one i need to do'

SkullKrusher says to Kaige, 'there needs to be a way!'

SkullKrusher says, 'to remove those!'

Sandra says, 'there might be. Try to be inventive is all I can say tho'

SkullKrusher says, 'kaige just said no'

SkullKrusher says, 'wtf?!@?'

Sandra says, 'I know, but we were discussing it on our channel and there might be'

SkullKrusher says, 'test it :P'

SkullKrusher says, 'i bet it doent work'

SkullKrusher says, 'me and stick tried for days'

SkullKrusher says, 'and stick is the man:P'

Sandra says, 'that'd mean I'd have to actually play or something'


Moods and Pkill

Chaykin says, 'what if there were a special "pk" mood that gets automatically set when you are pking? Just because it's weird when people are pking, someone flees and "walks away on a cloud of love"'

Sasha says to Chaykin, 'that's funny'

Sandra says to Chaykin, 'what? you don't like that? ;)'

Chaykin giggles at Sandra.

Chaykin says to Sandra, 'it's funny, sure'

Boreas says, 'yeah, like anybody with a timer gets to be "bloodthirsty" automatically'

Chaykin says, 'just silly, I thought it might be cool if when you pk your mood becomes a special fighting one, because really that's all you'd be concentrating on'

LadyAce says, 'you should laugh at people who do that :) they can reset it'

Bass giggles.

Sasha looks bloodthirsty.

SkullKrusher looks cynical.

Chaykin goes EEK! in distress.

Chaykin takes a few steps backwards.

Boreas says, 'if I get jumped, the last thing I think about is my mood'

Muad'Dib says, 'if so, it should be a config, forcing a mood on someone would be bad for people who who rp's something that is definitely -not- bloodthirst'

Chaykin says to Boreas, 'that's what I was thinking about'

LadyAce says, 'make it a trigger'

Chaykin says to Muad'Dib, 'well it wouldn't have to be the pre-existing bloodthirsty one'

Boreas looks up into the sky and ponders.

Muad'Dib says, 'keybind it'

Muad'Dib shrugs helplessly.

Sasha says, 'could be a mood1 and mood2 config'

Chaykin says, 'maybe just something about having teeth gritted and ready for battle'

Chaykin says, 'like a "combat mood" in the same vein as the "combat prompt"'

Sasha says, 'and you can choose the two moods'

Sasha nods her agreement with Chaykin.

Boreas nods solemnly.

Boreas says, 'so then I could be hysterical in battle'

Muad'Dib says, 'if you're at dying, and running like a squirrel, you are hardly "ready for combat"'

Ea! says to Chaykin, 'Idea it? '

SkullKrusher giggles.

Chaykin says to Muad'Dib, 'that was just an idea, maybe you could even set it to whatever you want'

LadyAce says, 'combat prompt, combat mood'

Chaykin nods his agreement with Ea!.

Sasha says, 'you could be meek in battle'

Sasha says, 'instead of bloodthursty'

LadyAce says, 'reluctant'

Sasha says, 'thirsty'

Sasha nods her agreement with LadyAce.

Chaykin says, 'anything you want'

Boreas says, 'nervous'

Sasha says, 'the reluctant assassin'

Sasha giggles.

Lelldorin says, 'caring'


Recall Tag?

SkullKrusher says, 'are we ever going to have recall tag again?'

SkullKrusher misses recall tag

Straussy says, 'work on it was postponed when Stile went inactive for RL reason'

LadyAce says, 'right now, no one is working on it. But it's on the list of things to do.'

Chaykin says, 'wasn't somebody working on a tag area at some point?'

LadyAce says, 'Stile was, but he's gone now.'

Chaykin nods solemnly.

SkullKrusher says, 'where he go?'

LadyAce says, 'went inactive, may not return.'

Sasha goes EEK! in distress.

Sasha says, 'oh no, that's sad'

Sasha says, 'I like him'

Chaykin says, 'that's a shame, Stile is neato'

SkullKrusher says, 'yeah thats right i rememeber the post'

Boreas nods solemnly.

SkullKrusher says, 'its was a while back'

Sasha laughs with amusement.


More on Elementals

SkullKrusher says, 'whens the new ellie code due to go in?'

SkullKrusher says, 'so i can cry!'

SkullKrusher pouts.

LadyAce says, 'it's in the friday code update'

SkullKrusher says, 'kewl ;)'

SkullKrusher says, 'if you make it spirit im going to cry like a bitch'

SkullKrusher ducks to the ground.

LadyAce says, 'well, pipe on up if you've more to add :)'

Muad'Dib says, 'will the cause charmie change go in with the new ellie code?'

Ea! says, 'Er, which cause charmie change?'

Muad'Dib says to Ea!, 'you were working on a change with cause charmies, weren't you?'

LadyAce says, 'the list is complete, that much is for sure :)'

Kaige chuckles politely.

Ea! says to Muad'Dib, 'I've got some ideas on a few changes i'd like to make to diversify animate dead some based off of a player suggestion from a while back, but it's not going to be ready for a long while still.'

Muad'Dib nods solemnly.

Ea! says, 'Still requires a bunch of research and a lot of code.'

Muad'Dib nods his agreement with Ea!.

LadyAce says, 'thanks for coming, guys.'

LadyAce smiles happily.

Chaykin says, 'thank you'

Boreas smiles happily.

Boreas waves happily.


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