Lecture Series Index

May 2nd, 2002

Q & A Index

Topics Covered

DTs and Lost Notes?
Hunt Too Powerful?
Strung Bag Problem?
Upcoming Code & Area Changes?
Game & Event Ideas
Quickdraw & Two-handed Guns?
How'd the Machine Move Go?
Herbs & Updates?
Charms & Rejectgives?
Mundaning Fairy Corpses?

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DTs and Lost Notes?

Isam says, 'Ok, why do DTs eat paper and coupons, all my eq is bad enough...?'

Isam says, 'i lost notes from about 4 years ago too.'

Isam sighs loudly.

Sigrid says, 'don' hoard coupons, mak'em inte strings'

Krynn says, 'because DT's are supposed to be dangerous and keep players in check'

LadyAce says, 'it's not a good idea to hoard important notes on your character'

Isam says to Sigrid, 'I wasn't, only the half strings i got from the elf game'

LadyAce says, 'you should copy and paste them into text files on your computers'

Krynn says, 'put em in ur house and lock the door'

Sigrid says to Isam, 'aye, well, bugger them DTs, or better, avoid'em'

Kaige says, 'best thing to do with notes you want to save, is read through them and log them to a file on your hardrive, and make a back up'

LadyAce says, 'it's easy to lose notes, and impossible to recover them if you don't have personal backups made'

Isam says to Sigrid, 'I didnt do it intentionally'

Kaige has learned that one the hard way too many times.

Sigrid grins evilly.

Isam nods solemnly.

Sigrid says to Isam, 'really?'

Isam rolls his eyes, exasperated with Sigrid.

Kaige says, 'or write on the wrong one at the wrong time'

Isam says, 'ok, so basicly There's no reason for but cruelness, but i shoulda bin smarter, question answered =P'

Kaige says, 'well, it's also a question of disk space. Notes are probably one of our biggest space hogs'

LadyAce says, 'the saving of strings is a kindness from the staff :P it hasn't always been that way'

Isam nods solemnly.

Isam says, 'i know'

LadyAce says, 'they used to take it all.'

LadyAce says, 'so, don't be greedy :P'


Hunt Too Powerful?

Sigrid says, 'why is hunt so powerful? the right person can hunt from bengal to sanfran'

Sigrid says, 'a lot of rooms, and over water too'

Ea! says, 'It's long overdue for a rewrite.'

Sigrid nods solemnly.

Adamar whimpers softly.

LadyAce says, 'I don't think it measures water vs non water...just length of path'

Isam says, 'i find distances very odd here'

Adamar says, 'i like hunt, makes life so easy (too easy sometimes)'

Isam says, 'the atlantic ocean is like...3 rooms'

Ea! says, 'We'd like it to track who has moved through a room and only let you hunt them.'

Isam says, 'while the crossing between ireland and britain is more 6 or 7'

Sigrid says, 'yes, but being able to hunt over waters IS kinda dumb'

Sigrid nods her agreement with Ea!.

Isam says to Ea!, 'tracking'

Ea! says, 'But we need something to fill the niche that it currently fills.'

Kaige says to Isam, 'it's a question of balancing "interesting" and geographical accuracy and is up to individual builders usually'

Isam nods his agreement with Kaige.

Ea! says, 'We've got some ideas on that, too, but haven't gotten it coded yet.'

Isam says, 'Tracking would be completely different than how hunt works...'

Isam nods solemnly.

LadyAce says, 'it's also the sort of thing where sometimes what 'feels' like just connection is a part of a larger area. Other times, it's just where one area runs into another'

Sigrid says to Ea!, 'after skill trees eh?'

Isam says, 'hunt strikes me as something thrown up quickly.'

Isam shrugs helplessly.

Adamar says, 'like the 10 rooms between klein and the abbey? all trees'

Kaige says to Isam, 'I believe the version of hunt we have now is one of the original skills Sadist coded'

Isam nods solemnly.

LadyAce says, 'that's actually big because of Black Forest being intended to link around it'

Sigrid says, 'aye, so the answer to my question be something like, yes, we know, we're considering changing it?'

Sigrid nods to herself - she must be getting senile.

LadyAce says, 'more like ...we'd like to change it someday, oh yes.'


Strung Bag Problem?

Adamar says, 'i have question on bags and strung containers'

LadyAce nods solemnly.

Adamar says, 'strings don't have to follow standard rent rules, so strung bags are the best in terms of rent/hold ratio'

LadyAce raises an eyebrow inquiringly.

Adamar says, 'do you plan to get rid of that too, or can i buy some better ingame bags'

LadyAce says, 'I think if a strung bag is out of spec, it'll be fixed.'

LadyAce says, 'so it won't do you any good to buy up out of spec bags'

Adamar nods solemnly.


Upcoming Code & Area Changes?

Tobias says, 'What's cooking for the newest coding updates for not-this-week?'

Tobias says, 'IE, what can we go 'ooo' and 'aaa' about in the future? ^_~'

Kaige says, 'umm.. I've been more busy with building stuff than code stuff.'

Kaige scuffles her feet around in the dirt.

Ea! says, 'Been mostly scrambling with all the crashes.'

Kaige nods her agreement with Ea!.

Kaige says, 'and with moving too'

Pentara says, 'How about this... are there any new areas in the works?'

Kaige says to Pentara, 'lots in the works, '

Kaige says, 'not too many close to ready to install yet tho'

LadyAce says, 'yea, lotsa stuff is in the works, but I don't think we have any amazing news :('

Kaige has created the builder board!

Pentara nods her agreement with Kaige.

Kaige says, 'Stuff that's worked on and committed is reported in the Weekly Area updates, so the areas that are seeing progress mostly are kae's hell and Straussy's titanic lately.'

Kaige says, 'I haven't been good and committed the stuff I've been working on lately.. and also I've started spiffing things up in Viceroyal Lima for July'


Game & Event Ideas

LadyAce says, 'someone suggest what I should do for Wednesday night games :P I can't decide if I should do tag or try to be more original'

Tobias says, 'more original!'

Pentara says, 'My suggestion for games is trivia!'

Tobias says, 'Play 'peg the monkey', where a monkey randomly runs around certain areas/timezones, and you tag it instead of players.'

LadyAce giggles at Tobias.

Tobias says, 'you can't hunt it and you win a point every time you tag it, then it moves ^_~'

Tobias says, 'whoever has the most points after a certain time wins!'

Tobias giggles.

Tobias says, 'so kinda like recall tag except the players try to hit a monkey ^_~'

Tobias says, 'maybe let the players recall each other too, to a set starting point.'

LadyAce giggles.

LadyAce says, 'I was thinkin trivia on a different day actually.'

Pentara bounces around.

LadyAce giggles at Pentara.

Pentara says, 'Trivia on any day sounds good tome'

LadyAce says, 'like a weekend day, easier to deal with all the prep that way'

Pentara says, 'This is not original, but I like flag hunts, too'

LadyAce nods solemnly.

LadyAce says, 'maybe I'll call it classic games month :)'

Pentara smiles at LadyAce.

LadyAce says, 'good old fashioned tag and flag hunting'

LadyAce giggles.

Tobias finishes writing on a stuffed bunny from Tobias.

Tobias marks a stuffed bunny from Tobias.

Tobias says to LadyAce, 'Want a copy?'

Pentara says, 'For an original game... how about a scavenger hunt?'

LadyAce giggles.

Kaige says, 'complete the sentence...'

LadyAce says, 'I did some scavhunts, a whole month of 'em'

Kaige giggles.

Pentara says, 'People have to find odd items around the MUD, which maybe have been moved from their usual locations?'

Pentara is behind the times.

Pentara giggles.

LadyAce says, 'hrm, variants on flag hunts are fun'

LadyAce says, 'guess I'll go ahead with that'

LadyAce nods to herself - she must be getting senile.

Kaige says to LadyAce, 'level to 5 might be a variation on a classic game too'

LadyAce says to Kaige, 'true, that one hasn't run in a while!'

Kaige nods solemnly.

Kaige says, 'and I saw someone saying in the idea file "levelling to 5 should be easier"'

Kaige giggles.

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

LadyAce giggles at Kaige.

Tobias says, 'its a piece of cake already! ^_~'

Kaige says to Tobias, 'it cracked me up because they reported that from ireland.'

Tobias says, 'I think we should try and figure out some more newbie-friendly games that can be played in the mud areas.'

Pentara says, 'How about.... a carnival games day? Prizes for throwing pies at a clown, a shooting gallery, etc.? I guess it would be a lot of work to set up though.'

LadyAce says to Pentara, 'those are fun when clans run them. Nanok tried to get one going but no one wanted to join him on it'

Pentara nods her agreement with LadyAce.

Kaige says to Pentara, 'I think the Institute was planning another festival again this year. I dunno about Albion... '

Kaige says, 'I know those two did them last year for summer odyssey tho'

LadyAce nods solemnly.

Kaige thinks the Knights should hold another Jousting Tourney

Tobias says, 'I think we should have an improv plot style thingy sometime.'

Kaige winks suggestively at LadyAce.

Kaine nods his agreement with Tobias.

LadyAce giggles at Kaige.

Tobias says, 'Just get a bunch of players together, give them a role, and act out a silly little comedy or drama or such.'

Tobias says, 'But don't tell 'em what to do, it'd be like a tinyplot without the confusion. Except with confusion.'

Tobias nods to himself - he must be getting senile.

LadyAce says, 'jousty guy is certainly all ready'

Kaige says to Tobias, 'be like Who's line is it anyway... with the Evening News or the Party'

Kaige snickers softly.

LadyAce says, 'RPish stuff is hard to give any sort of plot to, everyone trying to work it into their own stories that not everyone knows'

Tobias nods his agreement with Kaige.

Tobias says to LadyAce, 'Well, it wouldn't be character stories.'

Kaige says, 'sounds like a bit of ooc/rp if that makes any sense.'

Tobias says to LadyAce, 'It'd be you're assigned a role from a big sheet, and then you do something ^_~'

Tobias says, 'Like on Who's Line or such. Except possibly serious, or maybe just silly, or blah.'

Kaige says, 'might make for an interesting thing to do for an RP workshop. Practice with stuff'

Pentara says to Tobias, 'sort of like those party murder mystery games?'

Tobias says, 'it'd be a fun way to do RP without having to do all the 'okay, who's this? What's their story? Blah?' stuff.'

Tobias says to Pentara, 'I have no idea what that be ^_~'

Tobias pretends to make sense.

Tobias ducks to the ground.

Kaige giggles at Tobias.

Kaine says, 'Maybe give people a few hoursss to ssscavenge itemsss for their assigned RP costumesss'

Tobias laughs with amusement.

Tobias says, 'All I can find is brooms'

Kaige chuckles politely.

Kaige nods solemnly.

Tobias giggles.

LadyAce giggles.

Tobias says, 'maybe give a little prize out to the best dressed, best actor, etc.'

Tobias says, 'cute little rp night trophies ^_~'

Kaine says, 'Preparing for it could be half the fun'

Pentara says, 'How about an easy storyline like a murder mystery?'

Masha says, 'i am goingt o be cynical when i say this, Tobi.. There would need to be a group of judges, not one person'

Pentara says, 'Then one person is the murderer, and everyone has to figure out who they are....'

Masha says, 'it's too easy to have the awards skewed to one rp group or the other.'

Kaige says, 'I wanna do another tp this summer, but that's shaming me into wanting to finish cleaning the log from the last one.'

Kaige sighs loudly.

Kaine says, 'whatsss a tp?'

Kaige says to Kaine, 'tinyplot'

Kaine nods solemnly.

Tobias says to Kaige, 'Force someone else to clean it up ^_~'

Kaine says, 'The last one wasss the Welsh murder mystery?'

Kaige is having trouble of deciding where to set it... mostly just idle thinking at this point.

Kaige giggles at Tobias.

LadyAce says, 'yea, I think that was the last one'

Kaige says to Tobias, 'the problem is, it isn't just cleaning. but putting it in paragraph form as well.'


Quickdraw & Two-handed Guns?

YieXa says, 'I have a question regarding the shotgun... I just got it again to try it... but it doesn't seem to shoot in inventory with quickdraw'

YieXa says, 'last time, late night, another imm tried it too, and it didn't work for him/her... (couldn't remember... tired...)'

Kaine says, 'Doesss the gun need to be one handed to be quickdrawn?'

YieXa blinks.

Kaige says, 'possibly. that was my first thought, but I don't see a mention of it in the helpfile.'

YieXa says, 'help quickdraw says I can't use it on bows or crossbows.... but I'm hoping shotgun's a technological weapon'

Kaige says, 'I'd have to dig deeper into the code, unless ea's already doing that.'

YieXa fires his shotgun at the Green Goblin!

YieXa nods his agreement with Kaige.

YieXa says, 'thank you.'

Ea! says, 'Sorry -- got pulled afk for a few. Yes, quickdraw only works on one handed guns. It should give a message saying that if you try to quickdraw a two handed weapon.'

YieXa shakes his head.

LadyAce points at YieXa.

YieXa says, 'it doesn't... it says I don't have anything to fire with'

YieXa pouts.

Ea! says, 'Well, that part's a bug...'

YieXa says, 'and I was so hoping to use the shotgun... I love the way it looks!'

YieXa says, 'okay, I understand now YieXa says, 'well, I'm still exploring, and I found that certain grapes while winemaking in Malta doesn't get used up at the first shot... is it meant that way?'

Kaige says, 'prolly not. might wanna note it on the bug channel for Kae to look at and decide'

LadyAce says, 'probably not...but that's up to Kae really -- if you bug reported it, she'll see it'

YieXa nods solemnly.

YieXa says, 'so I'll not ask about anything else I've already bug reported then.'


How'd the Machine Move Go?

Kaine says, 'How did the mud machine move go, all go smoothly?'

LadyAce says, 'pretty smoothly, yea'

LadyAce says, 'router gave me some trouble at a few points but I am hoping we're ok for good now'

YieXa nods solemnly.

Kaine says, 'What did you have to do - physically pick the thing up and drive it home?'

LadyAce says, 'yea'

Kaine nods solemnly.

YieXa says, 'was the NAT firewall giving you the trouble?'

YieXa says, 'with the router?'

YieXa thanks Ea! heartily.

LadyAce says, 'The router config seems to require me to do NAT, yea, even though I have static IPs'

LadyAce says, 'the router maps the statics on to the internal IPs, it won't let me give the statics directly to the computers'

YieXa nods solemnly.

LadyAce says, 'it's irritating :P'

YieXa nods his agreement with LadyAce.

LadyAce says, 'and then apparently there's some setting called 'Threshold' which needs to be set to '50%' not '75%' like it comes pre-configured'

LadyAce says, 'so the router arbitrarily stopped working'

YieXa says, 'oh.'

LadyAce says, 'after working fine for a day and a half :P is why we had downtime last night'


Herbs & Updates?

Kaine says, 'Just would like to sssay that herbsss are great, and I'd really like to sssee sssome new onesss.'

Kaine scuffles his feet around in the dirt.

YieXa smiles at Kaine.

Kaige says, 'Yeah.. I've been putting that off again forever'

Kaige sighs loudly.

Kaige scuffles her feet around in the dirt.

LadyAce hugs Kaige.

LadyAce says, 'you're a busy lady!'

YieXa says, 'agreed. OOC: I would like to dive into an herbal character too...'

Kaige says, 'basically at I'm at an icky boring, check off a list of things against what's actually in the code point and mustering the enthusiasm for it is hard'

Kaige says, 'but I'll try to get back to that even if it's just checking one herb on the list a day or soemthing. that'd be better than nothing'

Kaine says, 'Ssso there isss a list of herbsss you plan to put in?'

Tobias says, 'new herbs good! ^_~'

Kaine says to Kaige, 'Could you give usss a sssneak preview of what you have planned? Sssomething to look forward to?'

Kaige says to Kaine, 'Mostly at this point is new affects and new uses for existing ones. After I get those settled, THEN we'll look at new ones.'


Charms & Rejectgives?

Agaz says, 'So .. as you know .. the bug with charmies'

Agaz says, 'A mage can order a charmies to give to another player with rejectgives ON ..'

Agaz says, 'So .. is there anyway to stop that ?'

Agaz says, 'cause I am afraid to go afk because of that bug'

Agaz says, 'Someone mean can slip me something and make me overent'

Lilac nods her agreement with Agaz.

Agaz scuffles his feet around in the dirt.

Kaige says, 'not currently, no. But it was brought up before so I think it's on our to do list.'

YieXa says to Agaz, 'paranoid, aren't we?'

Agaz nods solemnly.

YieXa grins evilly at Agaz.. wonder what he's thinking...

Lilac says to Agaz, 'hey.. I only do that when your NOT looking'

Lilac giggles.

Ea! says, 'Yeah, it's on the list.'

Agaz says to YieXa, 'Strings don't rent when you overent'

YieXa goes EEK! in distress.

Lilac nods her agreement with Agaz.

YieXa says, 'not my chest muscles!'

Agaz says to YieXa, 'You overent .. and bye bye to all your strings'

YieXa hugs rippling chest muscles.

Ea! says, 'If you're worried, go ooc before going afk...'

Lilac laughs at YieXa.

Lilac nods her agreement with Ea!.

Agaz says, 'Oo .. that is a good idea'

Ea! says, 'not the best solution, but it'll work until we have time to fix it.'

YieXa nods solemnly.

Agaz nods his agreement with Ea!.

Agaz thanks Ea! heartily.

Agaz thanks Kaige heartily.

Agaz smiles happily.


Mundaning Fairy Corpses?

Kaine says, 'oh - what wasss the final thing about mundaning coloured fairy corpsesss?'

Kaige says, 'you can't.'

Kaine nods solemnly.

Kaine says, 'ok, Im done'

Kaige says, 'they're not "usually in the game" it's in the help mundane helpfile now'

Lilac waves happily.

Kaine is glad he remembered that.

Kaine nods solemnly.

Kaine thanks Ea! heartily.

YieXa thanks Ea! heartily.

Kaine thanks Kaige heartily.

Kaige says, 'Ok, looks like we're done. See ya guys next week if not before!'

Kaine waves happily.

Kaige waves happily.

YieXa waves happily.


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