Lecture Series Index

March 28th, 2002

Q & A Index

Topics Covered

Asking about Changes in Quests?
Why the Changes in AT?
SL & Limiting Charms there?
Why is XP so nice in Crusades?
Remove Curse & Helps for Non Mages
Meditate & Sustained Breath
Uses for Under Used Skills?
House Poofs, Where's my stuff?
Mud Connection Update
Causing Lag Area Proposal & Next Deadline
Changes to Bind Spell?

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Asking about Changes in Quests?

Embeth says, 'I have a question about a quest in your area. I've been doing it the same way for over two years, and now it doesn't work. Have you changed it?'

Embeth says, 'or is it buggy?'

LadyAce says, 'well, I think I need more details to respond :)'

Embeth says, 'it's the falcon quest'

LadyAce says, 'I can look at it with you later, that might be easiest'

Embeth says, 'and on a related note ...'

Embeth says, 'when i asked on chat if there'd been a change to the falcon quest'

Embeth says, 'I was told I was giving too much info.'

Kaige says, 'basically it's a matter of HOW you ask, I think.'

Embeth says, 'How am I supposed to ask on chat for help with a quest if one word on it is too much info?'

Spite says to Embeth, 'yer not'

LadyAce says, 'if you say 'the part where you take the potatoes to Jimbob' .... that's out'

Xena says to Kaige, 'i think all she said was was the falcon quest changed'

Embeth says, 'I think I also asked if anyone knew if the syntax had been changed?'

LadyAce says, 'it's important to ask as vaguely as you can'

Embeth says, 'and that was the extent of my asking.'

Isam says, 'yeah, she said something like 'does anyone know if the falcon quest changed?' didnt even name a zone.'

Xena nods her agreement with Isam.

Kaige says, 'it was probably intended as a gentle reminder not to go much further rather than what you'd already said being too much. but I wasn't here'

LadyAce says, 'you can generally give the name of the quest.'

Embeth says, 'and I was told on chat by an invis imm that some people might not have known if there was a falcon quest ... which was silly cos Stick was online, and all you have to do is whois him.'

LadyAce says, 'there's info about them given in the whoises'

LadyAce says, 'info from whoises isn't really too much info, I don't think...but I wasn't here.'

Spite says to Embeth, 'thats the trick, you whois people if they done the quest, ask them about it'

Embeth says, 'well, the whois has more info on the quest than I had said on chat.'

Isam says, 'yes, the whois is public info right, and since the quest gives a whois, anyone can find out if it exists.'

Embeth says, 'ok, whinge over. Thanks for letting me vent.'

LadyAce hugs Embeth.

Isam is completely boggled.

LadyAce says to Embeth, 'I'll bring it up on the discussion list so that we all can get synced up on it'


Why the Changes in AT?

Tobias says, 'How come the changes to AT were made that make the assassins stick around? Any real reason, or just to be eeeevil ^_~?'

LadyAce says, 'Cuz scattering them was too easy of a way out'

LadyAce shrugs helplessly.

Tobias laughs with amusement.

Tobias says, 'But now we can't plow!'

Tobias grumbles.

Spite says, 'easy way out?????'

Isam says, 'heh, it was hardly run anyway.'

Tobias gets a commemorative "Plowing through AT" T-Shirt, embroidered Tobias from a huge sack of loot.

Tobias sniffs sadly.

Xena comforts Tobias.

Isam says, 'and if your create mage wasn't paying attention, bad things happened.'

Isam snickers softly.

LadyAce says, 'It's supposed to be hard :P Not just one in a billion mindless runs'

Xena says to Tobias, 'now you have to think before you move :p'

Spite says, 'scattering caused more problems than it was worth'

Tobias says, 'Its hardly mindless with the scattering.'

Xena says, 'pd's not mindless!'

LadyAce says, 'well, it appeared to make it too easy, from what I watched. So the assassins caught on to your tricks :)'

Krynn says, 'north pd is pretty mindless'

Spite says, 'now how are you supposed to deal with expert assassins that chew through a 700hp tank in 3 rounds?'

Xena nods her agreement with Spite.

Xena says to Spite, 'it's fun that way!'

Kaige says, 'take two?'

Kaige ducks to the ground.

LadyAce says, 'multiple tanks, good druids, and some luck?'

Judah chortles with amusement.

Isam says, 'so why run, if its that dangerous'

Tobias says, 'I'm too afraid to run it now, personally. I don't want to lead the entire group to its death like that, because they bunch up a lot.'

Isam shrugs helplessly.

Xena says, 'you need like 5 tanks :p'

Isam says, 'defeats the point'

Spite says, 'it was hard enough getting people interested in AT before, now its gonna be next to impossible'

Kaige says to Isam, 'some people like being able to say they've done things other can't.won't'

Xena says to Tobias, 'death is fun! i've overcome it millions of times!'

LadyAce says, 'If it's too easy, it gets overdone.'

LadyAce shrugs helplessly.

Isam says to Kaige, 'some people aren't so smart :)'

Xena says, 'kinda like North pd?'

Xena snickers softly.

Xander says, 'like SL?'

Xena says, 'SL's not done enough'

Spite says, 'I suppose all it takes is finding the trick to it'

Xena says, 'north pd's done at least everyday'

Isam says to Spite, 'i think steerpike lead it successfully.'

Spite says, 'like recalling the silly assassins'

Xander says, 'so is SL'

LadyAce says, 'I don't want it to be so hard that the risk isn't worth the reward, but I don't want to decrease the risk until it's pure reward. It should be scary.'

LadyAce says, 'people should die.'

LadyAce says, 'entire runs should die.'

Spite peers at LadyAce, looking her up and down.

Kaige giggles.

Krynn jumps in the air and slams a thunderous high-5 with LadyAce!

Tobias says to LadyAce, 'People usually died in the old version. A lot.'

LadyAce says, 'not enough :)'

Krynn says, 'yes! yes! my kind of building'

Embeth says, 'it was the only big group run where creates were more than watercarriers and caterers.'

Spite says to LadyAce, 'do something about obscene xp losses at 50th and I wont be worried about dying :P'

Isam says, 'hmm, i don't go places where i have a good chance of dieing, i like my xp.'

Xena says, 'i went on the first run after it was "fixed", GMA was all broken, we didnt even get to play with him'

Xena sniffs sadly.

Isam nods his agreement with Spite.

LadyAce says, 'yea, poor GMA. Should be behaving himself now :)'

Xena nods her agreement with Spite.

Xena says, 'yeah, we don't like seeing him outside the place'

Ea! says to Spite, 'I'm hard pressed to consider xp loss "obscene" when people haven't permad accidentally in years.'

Spite says, 'I have 454 hp, it takes me weeks to recover from one death, let alone the multi's from various nasty mobs around'

Xena says to Ea!, 'if I ever perma'd this char "accidentally" i'd never ever ever ever come back'

Spite nods his agreement with Xena.

LadyAce says, 'I think the advantage of being 50 is that you don't have to worry so much about your xp. You can dig yourself in a deep hole and not worry about it.'

Xena says, 'which is one of the reasons why i haven't archived her, even if she doesn't have rp going on atm'

Kaige says, 'well I think people are more aware of when they will perma too these days (since it didn't use to show so nicely in score like it does)'

Spite says, 'not if you want to reap the rewards of your hard work'

LadyAce says, 'lots of freedom to experiment, you don't have to recover from a death, just go play. Die some, live some.'

LadyAce shrugs helplessly.

Xander says, 'so your makeing it for "elite' groups? Cause there will be no room for leeches'

Ea! says, 'Well, I'm just saying that right now people don't need to change their habitsmuch due to low xp.'

LadyAce says, 'I definitely don't want leeches in AT.'

Kaige says to LadyAce, 'not like Israfel seems to have a problem racking it up'

LadyAce says, 'contributors are great in groups, but I don't like leeches.'

LadyAce says to Kaige, 'true 'nuff.'

Xena says, 'leeches are fun!'

Korgan nods his agreement with LadyAce.

Korgan gets a leech from a bag.

Korgan waves a leech.

Haley nods her agreement with Kaige.

Haley giggles.

Xena says, 'specially if you're a lvl 50 leech!'

Korgan puts a leech in a bag.

Xena nods to herself - she must be getting senile.

LadyAce says, 'I think being a leech sucks :P'

Xena says, 'like myself'

Xena says, 'i can't count how many times i've been a leech on a run'

LadyAce says, 'I hate being forced into leechdom when I'm a perfectly good hitter.'

Isam says, 'i've never been on, and not seen israfel on, i don't think.'

Isam snickers softly.

Xena says to LadyAce, 'maybe i'm not a perfectly good hitter :p'

Spite says, 'if I dont hit for a run im on, I leave'

Korgan says to LadyAce, 'if im a leech i act as back up tank usually'

Judah says, 'I hate leeching when I used to be a hitter'

Judah ducks to the ground.

Kaige says, 'except for now?'

Xander says, 'so lower levels have no reason to go to AT then'

Kaige giggles at Isam.

Krynn says, 'i don't think i've ever just leeched a run'

Krynn peers at himself myopically.

Xena says, 'this char has many times'

LadyAce says, 'yea, it's definitely not a place for lower level people, unless they're well looked after by the group'

Isam says, 'i've had people try to make me leech.'

Xena says, 'while at 50'

Spite says, 'the leeches in AT get fed to the GMA first'

LadyAce says, 'Crusades has parts that are quite good for lower level people, but AT isn't one of 'em.'

Xena says to Isam, 'why do you think i make you hit on my runs :p'

Spite says, 'while he's wasting a round killing them, the real people can hit him'

Korgan nods his agreement with Spite.

Isam says to Xena, 'i like to hit =P'


SL & Limiting Charms there?

Krynn says, 'this makes me wanna go solo SL'

Isam whaps Krynn across the back of the head - your ears ring in sympathy.

Xena says, 'speaking of which'

Korgan says, 'i wanna go solo SL'

Xena says, 'i think SL should be a no charmie area'

Spite nods his agreement with Xena.

Krynn says, 'i think y'all are just jealous =P'

Krynn wiggles his bottom.

Xena says, 'its a group area, should stay that way'

Isam says to Krynn, 'nah, my alt will able to do it eventually =P'

Krynn says to Isam, 'it's not nearly the xp people think it is'

Xena says, 'it's not, cause you split your xp with the charmies'

Krynn says to Xena, 'rarely, normally i calm them out and finish the mob with just me in combat, then i get solo xp'


Why is XP so nice in Crusades?

Spite says, 'actually I have a question about crusades, whats with the high xp gain?'

LadyAce says, 'the last time I checked, the mobs were ok spec'wise. Kaige put in some new tools that will let me check a few things, so I'll probably do that the next time I revise.'

Judah grumbles about the only evil chars being the people he is supposed to be helping

Judah whistles innocently to himself.

Isam says, 'i love crusades xps.'

Embeth says, 'half my 28 levels are from Crusades. And all my align. But at higher levels it's not as good for me as at lower levels.'

Isam says to Krynn, 'oh, i know, i just want to do it.'

Korgan nods his agreement with Isam.

Judah says, 'I dont get much xp in crusades...'

Korgan says, 'for lvl 50 its ok xp'

Tobias says, 'Its great for mid-level mages with evil thoughts.'

Spite says, 'I can level a character from 10th to 40th in crusades without breaking a sweat, it kinda negates the need for other more dangerous xp areas'

Xena says to Spite, 'you have to show me that trick, my lil guy's stuck around 19:p'


Remove Curse & Helps for Non Mages

Freeman says, 'the moldy scroll'

Freeman says, 'how come sometimes it uncurses but others it disintegrates the item...and it is the same item too'

Freeman says, 'is that normal?'

LadyAce says, 'that's what happens when the spell fails'

Embeth says, 'it's the risk that comes with the spell, I think?'

Xena says to Freeman, 'from what i've seen with them yes'

Freeman nods solemnly.

Kaige nods her agreement with LadyAce.

Embeth says, 'always been that way.'

LadyAce says, 'it's in the helpfile -- can you see it?'

Freeman says, 'i don't have teh spell'

Freeman says, 'so no helpfile for me'

Embeth says, 'think you have to be cause with the words to see the helpfile on it.'

Freeman nods solemnly.

Xena nods her agreement with Embeth.

LadyAce says, 'probly should be available to everyone if it's in a potion/scroll, or at least, there should be one'

Freeman says, 'makes it harder for non-magic folks'

LadyAce says, 'put in on idea when you come across a potion/scroll that doesn't have a helpfile'

Embeth says, 'makes it fun ... test this potion, that scroll ... see if you live or die.'

Isam says, 'there is a helpfile for recall, so i guess so'

Kaige says, 'yeah it's on the todo list, just need doers'


Meditate & Sustained Breath

Korgan says, 'ive found 2 skills that shouldnt work together'

Korgan says, 'meditate and sustain breath'

Spite rolls around on the ground with laughter.

Freeman says, 'why not'

Freeman holds his breath to meditate

Isam says, 'sustained breath spell lasts too long anyways, its like 200ticks.'

Ea! says, 'yeah, redoing sustained breath is on our list.'

Korgan says, 'when you sustain breath you stop breathing . but meditating says you relax and breath slowly'

Korgan nods his agreement with Ea!.

Korgan says, 'thanks'

Xena nods her agreement with Korgan.

Embeth says, 'maybe meditate could break sustained?'

Korgan says, 'i was just wondering'

Spite says, 'must be a big to do list :P'

Korgan nods his agreement with Embeth.

Isam says to Ea!, 'just don't drown us.'

Korgan says, 'thats what i was thinking'

Ea! says, 'Mainly to deal with the lasting-too-long thing, but we can make it so you can't meditate with it on.'

Xena says to Spite, 'you don't know that by now? :p'

Ea! says to Spite, 'Yep.'

LadyAce says, 'put your ideas in on the idea channel :) sounds like a good one.'

Korgan nods solemnly.

Korgan says, 'i had bugged it..'

Korgan shrugs helplessly.

Xena says, 'but if you can't use meditate with sustain on, shouldnt sustain break if you meditate?'

Korgan nods his agreement with Xena.

Isam says to Xena, 'thats what they meant.'

Ea! shakes his head in disagreement with Isam.

Isam says to Xena, 'that it would break it.'

Ea! says, 'No.'

Xena says, 'cause it does last like forever :p'

Isam says, 'err'

Isam says, 'i meant, change it so its breaks it'

Xena says, 'no he's talking about shortening the tick time on the skill'

Embeth says, 'like first meditate attempt doesn't work and breaks sustain ... then you try again to meditate?'

Isam says, 'he said he could add in the break too, right?'

Ea! says, 'Gimme a minute to say what I mean.'

Xena nods her agreement with Ea!.

Isam grins evilly.

Xena nods her agreement with Embeth.

Ea! says, 'You shouldn't be able to meditate while you're holding your breath. However, you shouldn't hold your breath unless there's a reason to.'

Xena says, 'right'

Ea! says, 'So when you leave the water, you should loose sustained breath automatically.'

Korgan nods his agreement with Ea!.

Xander says, 'no!'

Isam nods his agreement with Ea!.

Xena says, 'right, but that doesn't happen :p'

Ea! says, 'But, if you're underwater with sustained breath, you shouldn't be able to meditate.'

Embeth says, 'what about when you want to do something like visit cocky ... you'd need it twice then, once in and once out.'

Isam says to Ea!, 'but that could be very irritating if you use the spell.'

Xena says to Isam, 'that's also a good point'

Isam says to Ea!, 'having to recast is 3-4 times at 25 mana each could be a big pain.'

Llewellyn says, 'Indian ascetics used to hold their breath until they passed out as part of their meditations'

Xander says, 'then you would have to sustain everytime you come up from fighting Kraken'

Llewellyn shrugs philosophically.

Korgan says to Isam, 'i dont use the skill :P'

Ea! says, 'Yes, it could be annoying. But that's okay.'

Spite says, 'fleeing from the kraken would become more of a pain'

Embeth says, 'or on a kraken group if you manage to flee.'

Korgan says, 'err spell that is'

Xena says, 'couldn't you lower the mana cost?'

Ea! says, 'It'd help encourage people to get the skill, which is a good idea, in my mind.'

Freeman says, 'but skill don't work a lot'

Korgan says, 'i have the skill its quite nice'

Isam says, 'alot of people don't have the CON for the spell'

Freeman says, 'ie. pd e'

Embeth says, 'not everyone has the stats for the skill.'

Xena says, 'right'

Isam nods his agreement with Embeth.

Spite says, 'there are ways to get sustain breath without the spell or the skill'

Ea! says, 'Right. But that's a *good* thing. It encourages people to get the stats for the skill.'

Ea! nods his agreement with Spite.

Korgan nods his agreement with Ea!.

Ea! says, 'Each skill/spell should have a reason to get it.'

Ea! says, 'Right now, there's not much reason to get the skill.'

Xander says, 'another forced little used skill'

Ea! says, 'This'd help make it useful.'

Embeth says, 'my surgeon has the skill ... and it's a pain when she's sitting up top of kraken to heal the fleers'


Uses for Under Used Skills?

Spite says, 'what about shipbuilding????'

Llewellyn ponders his ability to build canoes.

Korgan says, 'i use sustained breath quite a lot'

Isam says, 'heh, please explain rainbow bridge then.'

Freeman says, 'maybe make different looking ships,, not just canoe'

Kaige says to Isam, 'ptah's silly?'

Ea! says to Spite, 'Shipbuilding has some advantages that you can't get elsewhere.'

Xena says, 'explain a lot of different stuff that's not used'

Isam grins evilly at Kaige.. wonder what he's thinking...

Ea! says to Isam, 'I'm planning on rewriting that one, too, when I get a chance.'

Spite looks up into the sky and ponders.

Isam says to Ea!, 'cool.'

Spite says, 'I might have to go experiment'

Ea! says, 'My current plan is to have rainbow bridge create a physical bridge that you can walk over and bring charmies over.'

Kaige says, 'seriously tho, if there's things that you think of like that shipbuilding one... use idea.. for ANY of the skills/spells'

Isam says to Ea!, 'now that would be worth having.'

Embeth says, 'ooh ... to get past tunnel rooms?'

Kaige says, 'sometims it's not something the builder would think of as an alternate solution to a problem'

Spite says, 'cos we all know builders lose 50% of their braincells as soon as they take the job'

Xena snickers softly.

Xander chuckles politely.

Korgan chuckles politely.

Xena says, '25%!'

Kaige says, 'well part of it more that you're so focused on it the way you see it, and you tend to get tunnel vision about it.'

Embeth says, 'no, they lost it when they decided to imm app. Not a job I'd want.'


House Poofs, Where's my stuff?

Freeman says, 'what happens to your stuff when your house poof?'

LadyAce says to Freeman, 'it's dumped outside the door'

Kaige says to Freeman, 'it gets dumped outside where it used to connect, owned.'

Xena nods her agreement with Kaige.

Freeman nods solemnly.

Xena says, 'i thought it was unowned?'

Kaige says, 'then it obeys the reulgar rules as if it'd been dumped from a decaying corpse, I think'

Spite says, 'owned? its unowned aint it'

Kaige says, 'owned -- unowned?'

Isam says, 'its unowned i thought.'

Kaige says, 'I'm not sure. I thought it was owned.'

Xena says, 'i thought it was unowned'

Embeth says, 'I think it's unowned.'

Kaige says, 'could be.. Ea!, you have the answer?'

Xena says, 'if it was owned, i'd still have all the stuff from all my houses'

Isam says, 'i dunno, i'd purge before my house deleted =P'

Spite says, 'its unowned cos I've looted my share of poofed houses in my past :P'

Xena snickers at Spite nastily.

Ea! says, 'I *think* it is unowned (since you couldn't afford to store it). Let me double check.'

Xena says to Spite, 'you prolly have all my old crap :p'

Ea! says, 'yeah, unowned.'

Xena nods solemnly.

Spite says to Xena, 'nope, I never got anything good from any of em :)'

Kaige says, 'ok. Things Kaige doesn't know for $100, Alex.'

Ea! says, 'Boards are purged, though.'

Xena tickles Kaige.

Llewellyn chuckles politely.

Freeman says, 'furniture too?'

Ea! shakes his head.

Xena says, 'furniture sits outside'

Ea! says, 'Just boards -- we didn't want people to have to worry about having their clan secrets stolen if they couldn't afford the house.'

Ea! says, 'Call us nice.'

Xena gasps in astonishment.

Isam says, 'nice! nice!'

Xena says to Ea!, 'you're nice!'

Isam peers around the room intently.

Ea! giggles.

Embeth says, 'what's with the bale of hay in Tudor ... is that from a house?'

Embeth says, 'and there's a table and mailbag in Tudor too.'

Xena tickles Ea!.

Kaige says, 'looks like someone took it there from Romania.'

Embeth says, 'they've been there like forever.'

Kaige says, 'hmm.. it's owned.'

Kaige says, 'not sure.'

Embeth says, 'they came from houses that poofed before a change that meant furniture from poofed houses would purge on reboot.'

Kaige says, 'I did at least clean up that note about the bug with the weaponeer that got fixed months ago'

Kaige scuffles her feet around in the dirt.


Mud Connection Update

Freeman says, 'how is the mud server move coming along? will there be another scheduled downtime'

LadyAce says, 'Ameritech claims they'll set up my service on Saturday, April 13th, between 11 and 2.'

LadyAce says, 'if that happens, there'll be a downtime after that while the necessary driving takes place'

Spite bursts into tears.

Korgan sniffs sadly.

Embeth says, 'the change was kinda sudden ... wasn't mentioned at last weeks Q&A.'

Freeman says, 'at least it will be a weekday'

LadyAce says, 'y'all can live without the machine for the time it takes me to drive back from Ann Arbor'

Kaige says, 'we haven't quite been able to get at and trans to work in rl yet.'

Kaige snaps her fingers. ATTITUDE!

Spite says to LadyAce, 'cannot, I wont be working then so I'll be bored stupid :('

LadyAce says to Embeth, 'we were hoping to do it without downtime, and it wasn't clear that that was going to be the case until the point where we made the move'

Embeth nods solemnly.

Ea! says to Embeth, 'It was a pretty sudden thing.'

LadyAce says, 'it ended up being better for the people involved to do it Friday...we had originally thought Sunday, which would've been more time for all.'

Ea! left for Ann Arbor with the machine three hours after we got the place to put it.

Freeman says, 'who is paying for all this anyways?'

Kaige says, 'hopefully on the move back, we'll have more notice of when it'll be happening'

Kaige thanks Ea! heartily.

Freeman smiles happily.

LadyAce says, 'once the machine is at my house, it'll be on my network connection'

LadyAce says, 'which is billed to my phone bill.'

LadyAce shrugs helplessly.

Freeman says, 'a home cable?'

Korgan snickers softly.

Korgan says, '56k?'

LadyAce says, 'no, cable doesn't work for what we do'

Korgan ducks to the ground.

Isam shivers uncomfortably.

Kaige used to pay the co-loc fees when it was here in Austin.

Kaige shrugs philosophically.

Freeman says, 'T1?'

Kaige says, 'cable gets cranky if you run servers that eat bandwith'

LadyAce says, 'It'll be on Ameritech ADSL, which is 256k in your direction'

Ea! says, 'T1s cost too much.'

LadyAce nods her agreement with Kaige.

Freeman nods solemnly.

Isam winces.

LadyAce says, 'we've taken turns paying for stuff over the years'

Freeman says, 'biz class DSL is much cheaper'

Korgan says, 'whats the connection its on right now?'

Kaige says, 'which is why we don't have it here --- we only have cable and the best dsl we can get is 144/144'

Ea! says, 'We're borrowing part of a T1.'

LadyAce says, 'the one I'm getting is business class dsl, but it's adsl'

Freeman says, 'oh frac T'

Straussy waves hello to the world!

Korgan says, 'i got a 1650/350 here you can use'

LadyAce says, 'as usual, whenever we can get something better, we do & will.'

Korgan says, 'cable'

Ea! says, 'Actually, it's on a full T1, but if we use too much bandwidth, the really, really nice person who is hosting it for us this month will be upset.'

Korgan says, 'i got my own lan set up'

Ea! says, 'which is the last thing we want.'

Ea! giggles.

Kaige nods her agreement with Ea!.

Isam says, 'hehe'

Isam says, 'can i ask how much of the t1 its using right now?'

Isam says, 'or do you know.'

Ea! says, 'lemme calculate.'

LadyAce says, 'we're using 2301 chars/sec, that's half of a 256k line'

LadyAce says, 'so 128k'

Ea! says, 'It'll take a few minutes.'

Isam says, 'cause that dsl you describe is like 1/3 as fast as a t1.'

Ea! says to Isam, '1/6th of a T1.'

Ea! says, 'plus much higher latencies.'

Isam says to Ea!, 'ah, ok.'

Ea! says, 'we're averaging 100 kbit/sec over the last 4 days.'

Ea! thinks that the MCCP has helped a lot.


Causing Lag

Freeman says, 'oh i almost noticed I can cause lag on demand with certain commands'

Freeman says, 'also'

Ea! says to Freeman, 'Which commands? '

Freeman says, 'if i have charmies or something'

Freeman says, 'using #* giv 1coin to whoever'

Korgan says, 'mass charmies movements lag the mud badly'

Freeman says, 'sometign like that'

Spite says, 'Im not surprised'

Isam says, 'hmm'

Freeman says, 'but instead of say, make it give or soemthing'

Embeth says to Freeman, 'there's a better way to do that.'

LadyAce says, 'I find I lag *myself* with some commands, not necessarily the mud.'

Freeman says, 'well, if you can control lag....you can cheat in pkill'

Korgan snickers softly.

Freeman shrugs helplessly.

Korgan orders the lagmonster to attack Freeman. He is swallowed whole!

Kaige says, 'basically THAT's because of how much text is being sent to the various players around you.'

Isam says, 'so if you do that with a buncha players in the room- it lags more.'

Embeth says, 'and the same stuff is being sent to you. So how you use it pk I'm not sure.'

Isam says, 'i've played muds where we had 50+ people in one zone, now that was lag.'

Isam snickers softly.

Freeman says, 'pretype all yoru pkill attacks first, send in command, create the lag to stop the other player from responding while your'

Freeman says, 'preprogram moves kick in'

Freeman says, 'lag clears, you ahve a couple of turns on your opponent'

Ea! says, 'Has the lag from the many charmies gone down this last week? I'm betting a lot of that was bandwidth and not mud lag.'

Kaige says, 'sounds like a quick way to end up on a bunch of reject lists'

Kaige shrugs philosophically.

LadyAce says, 'well, if we see it causing trouble, we'll do what we can about it.'

Isam says, 'remove kere.'

Korgan nods his agreement with Kaige.

Isam nods to himself - he must be getting senile.

Freeman says, 'not if you use 2 players and 2 char to coordinate the jump attack'

Xena bonks Isam on the head!

Xena hurts her hand as she attempts to bonk the demon's claw.

Embeth says, 'I don't know ... I've tried pretyping several commands in mobkill and seen lag slow me down between the commands.'

Embeth says, 'like west ... backstab mob ... I'll see my HP/mana go up heaps between the west and the backstab.'

Freeman nods solemnly.

Isam grins evilly.


Area Proposal & Next Deadline

Freeman says, 'i wrote an area proposal but it took me so long that i am afraid to immort'

Ea! giggles.

Freeman says, 'should i still send it in for kicks?'

Ea! says, 'building areas takes a long time. But it gets easier as you do it.'

LadyAce says, 'imm work does take some serious time...'

LadyAce says, 'we're taking apps again in what, August?'

Freeman says, 'it took 3times as much time as i expected'

LadyAce says, 'no, Sept 1.'

Kaige says, 'there's a LOT that goes into making an area. We'll be accepting apps again Sept 1st.'

LadyAce says, 'the proposals do take a lot of time, but the work that goes into them is beneficial for the area'

Freeman says, 'nah, i figure even if i get accepted, it will take me literally years to finish an actual working area'

Kaige nods her agreement with LadyAce.

LadyAce says, 'well, you might find that we can help you optimize your processes'

LadyAce says, 'what in particular took you so long?'

Freeman says, 'figuring out interesting quests'

Kaige nods solemnly.

Freeman says, 'and layout of rooms'

Kaige says, 'yup.. unfortunately that part never changes'

Kaige giggles.

LadyAce says, 'well, but once you've figured them :)....'

Korgan says, 'help is always needed for those'

Freeman says, 'writing is ok, a basic map is ok, but boring, items stats I didnt' even bother...'

LadyAce says, 'if you put in enough time on a regular basis, it's not bad. It's when you spend time in irregular bursts that the process can kick your ass, imho'

Ea! says, 'Also, for things like coming up with quest ideas, talking about the area with other imms is really useful.'

Kaige says, 'yeah, short things are ok that way. but if it's a long item, then I tend to forget what I was doing.'


Changes to Bind Spell?

Mysanthrope says, 'i was wondering what was the changes to the cause mage bind spell, ea said something about it on the welcome board'

Ea! says, 'Last week's?'

Mysanthrope says, 'will it make it work more ?'

Kaige nods her agreement with Ea!.

Ea! says, 'It is a change to the formula -- bring it more into line with the other spells.'

Kaige says, 'I think that was the intention, yes.'

Mysanthrope cheers wildly!

Mysanthrope says, 'i got sick of my 100 mind mage blacklash and 25 mind fighters'

Mysanthrope flops about helplessly.

Mysanthrope hugs Ea!.

Mysanthrope smiles happily.

Ea! says to Mysanthrope, 'Huginn's change.'

Kaige says to Mysanthrope, 'hug huginn..'

Kaige giggles.

Kaige nods her agreement with Ea!.

Ea! giggles.

Mysanthrope says, 'well looks like i miss most the fun, take core immorty people, i'm going hunting *smooch*'

Mysanthrope waves happily.

Mysanthrope gives a big hug to everyone in the room.

Ea! giggles.

Kaige says, 'guess we're done then'

Kaige says, 'gonna go deal with dinner stuff.'

Kaige gives a big hug to everyone in the room.

Kaige waves happily.

Ea! waves happily.


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