Lecture Series Index

January 17th, 2002

Q & A Index

Topics Covered

Stringing Housing Doors?
Dert Bag Idea
Visible Perm Affs on Items?
Mobs Cheating?
Backstab Oddity?
Feedback on Ideas?
Lag & Connection Status?
New Areas with Level Limits?
Why not Release Code Details?
Only Year with No New Areas?
Forming Clans & Open Slots?
Clans Command and Screenlen?
Form Fixed?
Central Location for Changes?
Different Damage from Guns?
PK Tourney?
PK & Walls?
Are Doppels REALLY clones?

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Stringing Housing Doors?

Korgan says, 'can you string a door to your house?'

LadyAce says, 'no, you can't'

Korgan nods solemnly.

Haley says to Korgan, 'it needs to be strung to *something*'

Korgan says, 'the door of the house!'

Korgan smiles happily.

LadyAce says, 'the reason we don't do it is that we want to be sure that the door fits into the area'

Korgan nods solemnly.

Dae always wanted his door strung as a vortex into another dimension.

LadyAce says, 'if you have a good idea for what a good door for the room might be, suggest it via idea to the builder'

Korgan nods solemnly.



Dae says, 'well, since it got no response in the few days it was up, wondered if you thought my druid bag idea was a plausible one, and if not why so I can work on a new one!'

LadyAce looks up into the sky and ponders.

     (15) From: Dae           Title: Druid Bags Idea
                              Posted On: Monday, January 14 2002, 06:46PM
     I had a neat idea for druid herb bags the other day
     what if, let's say you carry multiple DERT bags
     and it's almost to full at 40, but you want to put in
     drawl 30 aloe, if when you put them in the first bag
     it automatically spilled over into another dert, without
     having to do 2.dert, and the same for getting them out
     instead of having to search the bags, just one command will
     pull from each bag till what is requested is found
     I don't think this will hurt balance of anything else
     just make the augmenter's life a little easier
     and you know this is gonna get flames from those
     anti druids in pk already, but it won't affect that either
     any good druid pk'r already has trigs to pull from each bag
     this was intended for those run/pure druids
     My Idea
     Dae - Fencer
Kaige says, 'I'd say go ahead and put it in the ideas channel so it gets on the list. It's probably do'able, but wouldn't work just for derts, but all bags/containers'

LadyAce says, 'Helping druids deal with lots of herbs and multiple bags doesn't seem like a bad general concept'

Dae says, 'hmm I see'

Kaige says to Dae, 'sorry for the delay there, had to go reread it to know what I was talking about'

Dae says, 'hehe'

Dae says, 'tis ok'

Dae says, 'so Ill idea it then'

Kaige smiles at Dae.

Dae flops about helplessly.

LadyAce says to Dae, 'but yea, use idea so that it's recorded for later reference'

Dae nods solemnly.


Visible Perm Affs on Items?

Dae says, 'Items with a perm affect showing a visible signs of effect when used/removed?'

Kaige says, 'I wanna say that's on the to do list, but I don't know the status on it'

Dae says, 'heh, want me to idea that too then?'

Kaige says, 'or are you meaning visible as in more than just showing up in status?'

Dae says, 'well both really'

Dae takes off his helm of Perseus.

Dae wears the helm of Perseus on his head.

Dae says, 'fly no fly, and in status'

Kaige says, 'idea it.. cause I think only the status thing is on the list'

Dae says, 'it's like it doesn't exsist'

Dae nods solemnly.

Dae checks that off his list

Korgan says, 'should show something like *Dae's feet raise off the ground.*'

Dae says, 'gotta get more creative than that!'

Korgan shrugs helplessly.

Dae says, 'like gusts of wind howling blah blah'

Dae nods to himself - he must be getting senile.

Korgan chuckles politely.


Mobs Cheating?

Rebel says, 'Why is it that Mobs can kick once per round, while players get a round penalty?'

LadyAce says, 'well, when you see a mob that's doing things you can't, there's a general reason'

Rebel looks up into the sky and ponders.

Kaige says to Rebel, 'some have it as an attack type. If you feel a particular mob is kicking in appropriately in addition to regular/other attack types then the bug channel is the place to report it.'

Rebel nods his agreement with Kaige.

LadyAce says, 'Builders use acts to make a mob harder, and that sometimes includes giving them abilities you don't have'

LadyAce says, 'if you think the mob is too hard for its xp, use bug and ask that it be looked at'

Rebel says, 'I just think that today's 'vopal squirrels' are tomorrows problems.'

Rebel nods his agreement with LadyAce.

Kaige says, 'well that's why the bug channel is useful for pointing out what you perceive as problems'

Kaige smiles happily.

Rebel says, 'Okay, I was just wondering if it was a concern known to the Imms first.'


Backstab Oddity?

Rebel says, 'Well, I have noticed that 'to hit' tops at 50...'

LadyAce nods solemnly.

Rebel says, 'but my char at 21to hit seems to get 15-30 para backs in a row...'

Rebel says, 'is that normal, or a glitch, or???'

LadyAce says, 'hitroll may not do what you think it does...'

Kaige says, 'I'd have to know several other factors with that char to really know.'

Rebel nods solemnly.

Dude says, 'hitroll caps at 50'

LadyAce says, 'it affects your chance to hit'

Dude says, 'damroll as well'

Dae says, 'actually, you can get higher than 50 hit'

Dae says, 'help file says so'

Dude says, 'well yeah...'

Dude says, 'agg and bless'

Dude says, 'i think?'

Rebel says, 'I have 87 dex, 57 perc, and 21 to hit.'

Dae says, 'I thought so too'

Dude says, 'well bless can put you over 50'

Rebel says, 'my other chars, with 100 dex/perc, don't do as well.'

LadyAce says, 'the helpfile says you can't go over it from eq'

Dae says, 'You CAN gain more than 50 hitroll from spells, or by going agg(See Also: HELP AGG)'

Dude nods his agreement with Dae.

Dae says, 'helpfile quote hehe'

Dude says to Rebel, 'perc no longer affects hitroll'

Rebel nods his agreement with Dude.

LadyAce says, 'at any rate, it doesn't sound all that unusual to hit good streaks of paralyzing backstabs, depending on the character and the mobs they're fighting'

Dae says to Dude, 'eliptical forces got you down?'

Rebel says, 'Can we discuss the code behind the backstab then?'

Dude says to Dae, 'haha, torque velocity =P'

Dae laughs with amusement.

Dae nods his agreement with Dude.

Lorenzo says, 'and on the karmic luck quotient during the current phase of the moon'

Rebel says, 'can we cut out the spam, please?'

Rebel smiles happily.

Dae says, 'karma, the 7th stat'

Dae says, 'spam?'

LadyAce says, 'we don't release the details of the code'

Dae says, 'you think this is spam?'

Rebel nods his agreement with Dae.

Rebel nods his agreement with LadyAce.

Rebel ponders his question on the floor.

LadyAce says to Rebel, 'You asked last about particulars of the backstab code ... I said that we don't release the code details'

Rebel says to LadyAce, 'You used to, sorry.'

Korgan nods solemnly.


Feedback on Ideas?

Korgan says, 'If a player idea's something, does an imm let them know if its being looked at?'

LadyAce says to Korgan, 'Usually our tide of ideas is so high, we can't get invidual responses out'

Korgan nods solemnly.

Korgan says, 'just wondering'

Dae says, 'that's why you come to q and a like me, and grill them personally'

Dae waves a spotlight.

LadyAce says to Korgan, 'You can certainly follow up on it, ask about it, etc.'

Korgan says to LadyAce, 'i forgot what i idea ed'

Korgan shrugs helplessly.

Korgan says, 'so it must of not been that important.'

LadyAce says to Korgan, 'well, if you remember anything about it, I might be able to find the idea :)'

Korgan nods solemnly.


Lag & Connection Status?

Hake says, 'I know you probably get asked this alot at the moment but whats happening with the servers RE: lag?'

LadyAce says, 'right now we don't have an alternate provider, so we're stuck with what we have'

Hake nods solemnly.

LadyAce says, 'as soon as there's an alternative, we'll definitely look into it. I'm hoping that worldcom will come through with a good solution somewhat soon'

Hake smiles happily.

LadyAce says, 'they bought out our provider before the current one, and they said they'd sort things out and be able to give us service, but not for months'

Kaige thinks her next house is going to be on top of a CO.

Hake says, 'ok thanks'


New Areas with Level Limits?

Dae says, 'will hades/hell be level locked?'

Rebel nods his agreement with Dae.

Sandra says, 'you'll have to find that out when those areas go in'

LadyAce says, 'those are two distinct areas, btw. Hades being Croaker's and Hell being Kae's.'

Dae says, 'I know'

LadyAce nods solemnly.

Dae smiles happily.


Why not Release Code Details?

Dude says, 'why dont you release code details?'

LadyAce says, 'Because that's not the sort of mud we want to be, essentially -- it's a philosophical decision'

Rebel remembers Choc's talks on code.

Kaige says, 'it takes all the fun of figuring out yourself out of it if we give away all the secrets to you'

LadyAce says, 'releasing code formulas feeds a tendency to overemphasize achievements -- how fun is it to group with people who only talk about how many times they've damcapped? :P'

Kaige says, 'the more time you have fun figuring it out (if that's what you like to do) the more time you have fun playin'


Only Year with No New Areas?

Dude says, 'Has this been the only year without a new area added?'

Kaige looks up into the sky and ponders.

LadyAce says, 'we didn't have any new areas go in in 1997 either'

LadyAce says, 'which I happen to have at the tip of my tongue from dealing with the expies :)'

Dae says, 'new areas'

Rebel grins evilly.

Dae drools contentedly.

LadyAce says, 'we hit dry spells every now and then'

Dae says, 'wasn't croakers hades in final stages?'

LadyAce says, 'Croaker is inactive currently, I believe'

Dae says, 'doh'

Dae says, 'so close to completion! that dough head'



Rebel says, 'Do we have time to explain the PK timer once again? I'm still unsure of the good/bads.'

LadyAce says, 'well, it keeps you from rejecting people right after you're involved in pk'

LadyAce says, 'is that what you mean?'

Rebel says to LadyAce, 'The actual time limit, is what I am concerned with.'

LadyAce says, '48 ticks iirc?'

Kaige nods solemnly.

Rebel nods his agreement with LadyAce.

Rebel says, 'And the AA to non-aa timer?'

LadyAce says, 'same thing'

Rebel nods solemnly.

Rebel thanks all involved.


Forming Clans & Open Slots?

Rebel says, 'I saw in the LT,...'

Rebel says, 'That x numbers of clans are left.'

Rebel says, 'Does that 'x' include the ones applied while the function is disabled?'

Rebel says, 'Form, even.'

Craven says, 'form is disabled?'

Sandra says, 'yea there's a bug in it at the moment that makes the mud fall down'

Rebel nods his agreement with Craven.

Craven sniffs sadly.

Rebel nods his agreement with Sandra.

LadyAce says, 'clans all shows 17 rp clans and 10 pk clans, so that leaves some space'

Kaige says, 'another one gone?'

Kaige holds her head down and mourns the dead.

Rebel says to LadyAce, 'But what about the clans who applied recently?'

LadyAce says, 'clans don't apply, they form themselves'

LadyAce says, 'they can't form this very minute, because the command is disabled'

Rebel says, 'If I applied recently, and form was disabled, do I get a place in the queue, or no?'

LadyAce says, 'there's no queue, it's just a matter of waiting til the feature is back'

Kaige says to Rebel, 'we've been doing free form clans for a couple of years now, it's just we currently have a small bug in the command that lets one person start the process'

LadyAce says, 'there's no applying'

Kaige says, 'form is being turned back on with tomorrow's update'

Rebel says, 'Okay...'

Rebel says, 'If I tried form, and failed (crashed the mud)'

Craven says, 'you form it and have 10 ticks to get 5 people in it. So find 5 people before tomorrow :)'

Rebel says, 'Do I get ahead of the others to take the clan spot?'

LadyAce says, 'no, you just have to wait and try to get in'

Sandra says, 'first come, first serve. It's how its been for a few years now'

LadyAce says, 'if it's that tight .... but it's not likely to be that tight'

Craven says, 'I wouldn't worry about it buddy'

Kaige says, 'it's first come first served, and there are several slots open'

Rebel says, 'That's what I'm saying! I was, weeks ago!'

LadyAce says, 'there's what, 5 spots free?'

Rebel nods his agreement with LadyAce.

LadyAce says to Rebel, 'don't worry about it'

LadyAce says to Rebel, 'you'll get a spot, the competition isn't that steep.'

Craven nods his agreement with LadyAce.

Rebel nods his agreement with LadyAce.

Rebel thanks LadyAce heartily.

LadyAce says, 'we haven't had it disabled for that long, it's not like there's a lot of pent-up clanformation tendencies'

LadyAce giggles.


Clans Command and Screenlen?

Dude says, 'why do i get kicked when i type clans all? =P'

Dude says, 'errr...'

Dude says, 'clans rp does it'

Craven says, 'because your crap connection can't handle it'

LadyAce says, 'maybe you should set some screenlen?'

Craven says, 'use screenlen....though screenlen sucks if you ever want to move fast'

Dude says, 'i have screenl 0 on'

Craven says, 'its about connections and crap'

Craven says, 'and you know how good your connection is :)'

Kaige says to Dude, 'screenlen of about 30-40 should fix that.'

LadyAce says, 'k, then there's your problem -- your client or your connection don't have the cahones to take so much data at once :)'

Craven says, 'screenlenth is a nightmare for a pkiller'

Dude says, 'but i wanna be able to spam walk without having to hit continue =P'

Kaige says, 'so change it back once you're DONE'

Craven laughs at Kaige.

Craven says, 'hell, make an alias!'

LadyAce says, 'or make an alias to switch between :)'

LadyAce giggles.

Kaige nods her agreement with Craven.

LadyAce nods her agreement with Craven.

Craven says, 'tell_me_the_clans_now'

Craven says, 'it'll turn screenlen on, type clans all, turn it back off!'

Craven says, 'you think clans all is bad?'

Kaige says, 'try where man'

Kaige snickers softly.

Lorenzo says, 'I don't get kicked when I view lots of input, I only get kicked when I send lots of input...'


Form Fixed?

MoiraGwyn says, 'will the FORM command be fixed this week as said?'

LadyAce says to MoiraGwyn, 'we expect it to be fixed with the code update, yes'

MoiraGwyn nods solemnly.


Central Location for Changes?

Rebel says, 'Is there a central location yet for changes, and if so, address?'

Craven points at the welcome board.

Craven says, 'welcome 28 says it all'

LadyAce says to Rebel, 'the LTs have the weekly updates'

Craven says, 'if you aren't familiar with the way they update, it'll be done at some point tomorrow'

Craven says, 'mud will go down, when you reconnect its new and refreshing'

Kaige says, 'usually around noon, sometimes a bit later'

LadyAce giggles at Craven.

Craven says, 'or smoking and smoldering from an unforseen bug'

Dae says, 'unless you secretly crash the mud with your special unreported bug, which inevitably ends up getting you deleted'

Rebel says to LadyAce, 'so no 'central' location, right?'

LadyAce says to Rebel, 'oh. Well, there's help updates, but nothing's been nominated to that for a while.'

LadyAce says to Rebel, 'there's a *LOT* of small changes...pages and pages and pages, really'

Rebel nods his agreement with LadyAce.

LadyAce says to Rebel, 'the LTs are the only repository of those.'

Rebel thanks LadyAce heartily.

Kaige says to Rebel, 'the central places they get posted are to the welcome board weekly and tend to stay up about 2 weeks. and they get posted weekly in the LT which is current in thearchives on the web pages'


Different Damage from Guns?

Korgan says, 'i remembered one of my ideas. shouldnt the shotgun have more of a tendancy to rip/tear/damage eq more than any other gun?'

Kaige says to Korgan, 'easy to say, harder to do and balance with a limitted set of variable (that are already all used) on guns and weapons'

Korgan nods his agreement with Kaige.

Korgan says, 'was just a thought'

Kaige nods her agreement with Korgan.

Korgan says, 'would be more realistic ;)'

Kaige says to Korgan, 'and the difference between a shotgun and a flintlock might be kinda similar compared to that of a .22'

LadyAce says, 'I spose flesh-tearing-ness could be treated like a spell aff in the code'

Korgan nods his agreement with LadyAce.

LadyAce says to Korgan, 'it's worth putting in on idea, for sure -- I don't think that part of the code is scheduled for revamp, but having the idea file to pull from later is always useful'

LadyAce nods her agreement with Korgan.


PK Tourney?

Craven says, 'the MOTD talks about watching out for a pk tourney but theres no other talk of it anywhere'

Sandra says, 'I can't run one with the lag we have now'

Craven snickers softly.

LadyAce says, 'yea, we should take that out of the motd really....'

Craven nods his agreement with Sandra.

LadyAce sighs loudly.

Craven says, 'I don't want in or anything'

Craven says, 'just wondered'

Korgan comforts LadyAce.

Craven says, 'pk is beyond me these days, I'd get stomped :)'

LadyAce giggles at Craven.

Craven says, 'specially if I used this char!'

Dude says, 'why dont you just run it on this port?'

Craven says, 'I could take out a 3rd circle create though...I'd balm them so they couldn't balm themselves'

Craven throws his head back and cackles with insane glee!

Dae says, 'heh'

Korgan says, 'i havent pked since lvl 21'

LadyAce says, 'we'd have to shut down the main mud to run a tourney on this port.'


PK & Walls?

ArchAngel says, 'is there a policy that involves restricting a players playing time during pking?'

LadyAce says, 'you mean, like we only let you on n hours a day if you pk?'

LadyAce says to ArchAngel, 'or ...? be more specific, if you can?'

ArchAngel says, 'no i mean if you have a duel with someone and they make a wall at a spot that you enter from after the duel if you die...'

LadyAce says to ArchAngel, 'there's a timer to limit rejects after pk, 48 ticks'

Kaige says to ArchAngel, 'each of the walls should have some sort of weakness, finding them might be the key if you're finding yourself stuck bnehind one.'

ArchAngel says, '48 ticks is what like a minute a tick'

Kaige says to ArchAngel, 'but I'm not that clear on what you're asking either.'

LadyAce says, 'it's an hour'

Dude says, 'god just detect illusion =P'

Kaige says, 'about that. it's random'

Craven says, '1.5-2.5 minutes for a tick, for an average of an hour in one mud day'

LadyAce says, '75 seconds +/- 15 seconds actually :)'

LadyAce says to ArchAngel, 'are we helping with your concern?'

ArchAngel says, 'not really in all truth'

LadyAce says to ArchAngel, 'try us again, we're trying :)'


Are Doppels REALLY clones?

Dude says, 'hey do doppels have your stats?'

Dae says, 'dops have your base stats'

Dude says, 'your naked stats'

Craven says, 'so go fight a level 50 naked and thats y our dopple'

Kaige says to Dude, 'use id person on them and find out?'

Dude says, 'do they get stat bounouses'

Craven says, 'I always thought creates would be infinately more interesting if certain charmies like dopples got 1 prac per 100/mind *4 or something'

Dude says, 'wow this has been fun'

Dude says, 'we should all get together more often'

Dude says, 'maybe next week?'

LadyAce giggles at Dude.

LadyAce says to Dude, 'same place, same time?'

Dude says to LadyAce, 'works for me'

Dae says, 'same bat channel'

Craven says, 'same bat cave....'

Craven peers around the room intently.

Dae rolls around on the ground with laughter.

Kaige says to Dude, 'next thurday and the 26th at noon is up for grabs too!'

Dude laughs with amusement.

Kaige says, 'anyway... sounds like it's slave in the kitchen time....'

LadyAce giggles.

LadyAce says, 'ok, it looks like we're all done here'

Craven laughs at LadyAce.

LadyAce says, 'thanks for coming in :)'

Kaige gives a big hug to everyone in the room.

Kaige waves happily.

Craven waves good-bye to Kaige.

Kaige says, 'thanks for coming!'


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