Lecture Series Index

June 20th, 2002

Q & A Index

Topics Covered

New Areas?
Snipers and Rifles?
Paintball Game?
Dhaksha Leaves?
TELLS going on TYPO?
What's that Idea Post Mean?
Anything New with Summer Odyssey?
Less spam with EQ & Damaged Items?
Rooting Indoors?
Socials with Objects?
Q&A Time Moving?

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New Areas?

Perigriene says, 'what will be the next new area to be released on LegendMUD?'

Kaige says, 'hard to say.'

Perigriene looks up into the sky and ponders.

LadyAce says, 'not really clear. None of them are in that end stage really.'

Perigriene says, 'how many areas are there currently being worked on?'

LadyAce says, 'like a dozen'

Kaige has created the builder board!

Kaige says, '#4 there has a list, so does the depts page on my webpages'

Perigriene says, 'nice, nice....'

Perigriene thanks Kaige heartily.

Perigriene says, 'that answered another question without me asking. :)'

LadyAce giggles.

LadyAce says, 'the builder board is up in the building hall'

Kaige won't guarantee either as definitive, exhaustive, or even a guarantee that it'll ever go in.


Snipers and Rifles?

Perigriene says, 'snipers, in general.'

Perigriene says, 'I think it makes some sense for there to be a replacement for the Sniper Rifles.'

LadyAce says, 'a replacement like how?'

Perigriene says, 'well....'

Perigriene says, 'I guess the gun doesnt really matter, it's the profficiency of the user'

Perigriene says, 'but I think that when using a 'sniping rifle' you should have a greater chance to hit a snipe shot.'

Kaige says, 'the gun itself does have some bearing on it, but I think the players skill has more'

Perigriene nods his agreement with Kaige.

Perigriene giggles.

LadyAce says, 'there are definitely some differences between guns, though'

Kaige says, 'so I wouldn't try to snipe someone with a nasty old pistol compared to a newfangled rifle with a high powered scope on it'


Paintball Game?

Perigriene says, 'one more, paintball, seems to have kinda died off'

Perigriene says, 'but I had a lot of fun playing it.'

Perigriene says, 'anyway to organize it again, perhaps make a tournament or league?'

LadyAce says, 'it was a pretty low-tech sort of game :) load some snowballs, color them like paint, people throw 'em.'

Perigriene says, 'I know, but it was fun'

LadyAce says, 'so in that form, it could be run anytime people felt like playing it'

Lilac says, 'wow.. I must have missed those games!'

LadyAce says, 'people pretty quickly started asking for a much higher tech version, and that's a fun idea but not high on anyone's list that I know of.'

Cheyla says, 'if there was enough demand, at that point, why not just create a paintball item with randomized colors so it could just be loaded?'

Kaige says, 'would be pretty easy to set up'

Kaige nods her agreement with Cheyla.

Cheyla nods her agreement with Kaige.

Perigriene says, 'that would be cool'

Cheyla says, 'heck, could even set up a mob in the arcade to sell em'

LadyAce says, 'Usually people take a certain color, so a mob selling them would be better.'

Perigriene says, 'the game was popular'

LadyAce says, 'if we still have demand for the low tech version, sure'

LadyAce says, 'I only know of demand for the high tech'

Perigriene says, 'just not enough time for imms to run it all the time'

Cheyla says, 'heck, gimme a vnum range and i'll do it'

LadyAce says, 'I'll see if I can find a way to work it into ooc. It's easy enough to do that even if no one likes it, it won't take that long'

Kaige says, 'could also be a variation on the recalltag anywhere stuff'

Cheyla nods her agreement with Kaige.

Kaige says, 'the hightech version that is'

LadyAce says, 'well, I'd rather see recalltag anywhere working first.'

Lilac says, 'sounds like a great idea. I cant believe I missed these games before'

Kaige says, 'yeah, would be good to clear out that list of bugs there'

Kaige says, 'maybe I'll take a stab at them after company leaves next week'


Dhaksha Leaves?

Sigrid says, 'why'd you make the Dhaksha leaves be fewer in population?'

Cheyla says, 'object buildup fix that was in the bug report'

Sigrid says, 'so you're saying they were never supposed to build up? they worked fine, was actually worth running for, and it wasn't like they were really that overpowered, considered their realtive short life expansy'

LadyAce says, 'how many were building up?'

Cheyla says to LadyAce, '30 and so'

Cheyla says, 'they've been tweaked further for tomorrow'

Lilac says, 'I had 21 a few weeks ago'

Lilac giggles.

Lilac says, 'I like the build up'

Lilac snickers softly.

Sigrid says, 'ok, admitted so 30 is more than anybody can carry anyway, but its nice to find 10 or so'

Cheyla says, 'see what you get tomorrow, then'

Sigrid says, 'oh, you're asking me to wait with patience'

Sigrid grumbles.

Lilac snarls at Sigrid.

Sigrid snarls at Lilac.

Lilac giggles.

Sigrid says, 'that's not really me..'


TELLS going on TYPO?

Sigrid says, 'i have a complaint'

LadyAce says to Sigrid, 'shoot :)'

Sigrid says, ''ty' is short for typo and thus you can easily typo a typo if your fingers are too fat and you are trying to tell'

Kaige says to Sigrid, 'those are pretty easy to spot when I sort them, and get tossed out without a second thought'

Cheyla says to Sigrid, 'get skinnier fingers?'

Cheyla ducks to the ground.

Lilac giggles at Cheyla.

Sigrid says to Kaige, 'I just thought I might as well complain now I had a good reason'

Kaige nods her agreement with Sigrid.

Kaige says, 'yeah. I've done it myself too.. but don't worry, I won't post private stuff for everyone to laugh at'

Cheyla bugs food alla time.

Sigrid says, 'riiight'

Kaige says, 'yeah. and people are always idea'ing mobs and gear'

Cheyla nods her agreement with Kaige.


What's that Idea Post Mean?

Sigrid says, 'yes, whats that post on the welcome board supposed to mean?'

Kaige says, 'we're looking for ideas to use with mobs, items, places'

Kaige says, 'like say if you kneel at an altar something might happen, or sacrificing something at one.'

Cheyla says, 'not how you use them currently, like on channels and stuff'

Sigrid says, 'ah, I see.'

Kaige says, 'what you've tried when fiddling with a fixed object in a room for a quest that you thought SHOULD have worked, but didn't'

Lilac says to Kaige, 'ya mean just word changes?? like use instead of give?'

Cheyla says, 'like if a mob should react to being cuddled or pinched'

Kaige says, 'well, use instead of give for the manacles would be awesome'

Lilac nods her agreement with Kaige.

Cheyla nods her agreement with Kaige.

Sigrid says, 'so use of those commands that should trigger something in the real word?'

Zachoria snickers softly.

Lilac says, 'that was my next idea'

Lilac giggles.

Zachoria nods his agreement with Kaige.

Kaige says, 'like if you tried to search for something where it looked like something might be hidden and all you got was "Huh?"'

Kaige says to Sigrid, 'sure. or... for example we have a lot of drunks in the taverns'

Sigrid grins evilly.

Sigrid says, 'including me?'

Lilac giggles at Sigrid.

Kaige says, 'might expect to win some money off them on the throw of the dice or a friendly match of armwrasslin''

Lilac pouts.

Sigrid says, 'slic'em an grab their coins'

Zachoria says, 'that would be cool'

Lilac says to Kaige, 'quit takin my ideas before i put thim in'

Lilac giggles.

Cheyla says, 'or if there's some social that should get you out of *ahem* certian places'

Cheyla nudges Lilac.

Kaige says, 'ahh.. but if you could win more coins off them by engaging them in a game of chance, would ya still just slice 'em first?'

Lilac laughs with amusement.

Sigrid says, 'yep'

Kaige smiles at Lilac.

Kaige says to Lilac, 'you've been doing some great ones today'

Lilac laughs with amusement.

Sigrid says, 'besides it doesn't make sense that money is created by gambling'

Kaige says, 'it doesn't make sense that when you die you come back in the inn either'

Kaige shrugs philosophically.

Lilac says, 'the manacles was typed to.. just never entered *grumble*'

Zachoria shakes his head in disagreement with Kaige.

Cheyla says to Lilac, 'knowing which socials you used would be helpful and could be looked at to see if they made sense.'

Sigrid says, 'yes, why don't I end up in Valhalla, its not that I don't try'

Sigrid snarls angrily.

Cheyla says to Sigrid, 'and if it doesn't make sense that money is created that way, we could always be mean and give them a limit and only able to gamble away what they've got'

Sigrid nods her agreement with Cheyla.

Sigrid says, 'aye, and IOUs for houses, children and wifes of course'

Lilac snickers at Sigrid nastily.

Zachoria says, 'ooc....I remember being able to "beg" all the coins from a certain wealthy mob'

Sigrid snarls angrily.

Cheyla waves happily.

Zachoria says, 'ooc....probAbly still can'

Sigrid says, 'only bugger scums an women begs.'

LadyAce says, 'another way to look at it is -- have you ever used a social to try to make something happen, and nothing happened?'

Sigrid says, 'yes'

LadyAce says, 'tried to bang on a drum that was there, no noise, that sorta thing'

LadyAce says, 'those sorts of ideas are part of this collection expedition as well'

Lilac nods solemnly.

Kaige says, 'like those skunks in Anasazi... poking or startling them should get you sprayed as well as fighting them'

Lilac looks up into the sky and ponders.

Kaige snickers softly.

Lilac laughs with amusement.

Kaige says, 'tried to pull on the bellpull, nothing happened.'

Sigrid says, 'I once tried to set fire on.. just about everything and it didn't work!'

Kaige pouts.

Kaige says, 'discuss could be cool, have to try to convince a mob of something in order to get to the next step in a quest'

Kaige has only vague ideas on that one tho...

Kaige scuffles her feet around in the dirt.

Kaige says, 'one of the ideas some one came up with a long time ago was a quest where you were one of the street performers in arabia. You had to go around and collect performance points using skills like tumble, juggle, and some of the other socials like that'


Anything New with Summer Odyssey?

Lilac says, 'has anything new come of the summer odyssey?'

LadyAce says, 'all sortsa ancient updates, every week -- they're outlined on welcome'

Lilac nods solemnly.

Kaige says to Lilac, 'some new items, some new quests that I've done.. hopefully will all work correctly this week'

Kaige scuffles her feet around in the dirt.

Lilac smiles happily.

LadyAce says, 'Cheyla is giving India a bit of work too'

Lilac says, 'I love ancient.. Egypt mostly.. its just sad to see it as unused as it could be'

Kaige says, 'yeah. I've love to go explore that pyramid'

LadyAce says, 'what would make it more used? How could we get people to visit places besides Tara? :)'

Sigrid says, 'its too warm'

Kaige says, 'play Indiana Jones'

Sigrid says, 'cool down the world, its impossible to breath in the southern areas'

Kaige giggles at Sigrid.

Lilac chuckles politely.

Kaige says, 'one thing I've noticed is that a lot of the more "popular" areas also tend to have more skill teachers'

Kaige says, 'convenience in all things really'

Lilac nods solemnly.

Sigrid says, 'and when you bother trying to find a skill teacher in a non-popular area it doesn't work anyway'

Sigrid mutters under her breath.

Kaige says, 'bug channel should help with that'

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

Sigrid says, 'bug channel doesn't help NOW!'

Kaige says, 'true.. and I realize that some areas get faster response than others.'


Less spam with damaged eq?

Lilac says, 'oh... on the discussion board a LONG time ago...there was something of an idea to make the damage on eq ..on a report somehow.. instead of seeing it... was that possible??'

Kaige says, 'possible, but rather low on the coder priority list compared to say fixing crashing bugs'

Lilac nods her agreement with Kaige.

Lilac says to Kaige, 'true :)'

LadyAce says to Lilac, 'I think it's something that is possible and has been discussed before in many places, but it's not on the coder to do list'

Lilac nods her agreement with LadyAce.

Lilac says, 'okies :) I just hate spammy eq'

Lilac giggles.

Krynn says, 'spammy eq = fun'

LadyAce says, 'yea, would be nice to eliminate.'

Sigrid says, 'I think its nice you dont have to type yet another command on a regular basis to check if your stuff is scrapping'

LadyAce says, 'could be a config :)'

Sigrid says, 'there's enough things I need to check up on'

Lilac says to Sigrid, 'eh.. you would just typo it anyway'

Lilac giggles.

Sigrid nods solemnly.

LadyAce says, 'it's also been suggested that it be abbreviated'

Sigrid snarls at Lilac.

Lilac nods her agreement with LadyAce.

Lilac giggles at Sigrid.

LadyAce says, ' or or somesuch'

Bart says, 'maybe just etc'

Sigrid nods solemnly.

Sigrid says, 'the damaged part is kind of obvious'

Buster says to Lilac, 'some were just to big for me to read'



Rooting Indoors?

Sigrid says, 'why cant you root in indoor rooms with dirt floor, like tents..'

Kaige says, 'cause we don't have a dirt_floor room flag'

Rusalka says, 'because the builder put an INDOORS flag on it'

LadyAce says, 'otherwise you get like, rain and snow in there too'

Lilac says, 'makes sense'

Kaige says, 'and the light levels will change with the sun'

Lilac nods to herself - she must be getting senile.

Sigrid says, 'doesn't make sense!'

LadyAce nods her agreement with Kaige.

Sigrid bonks Lilac on the head with an enormous iron crowbar.

Lilac giggles at Sigrid.

Lilac gives Sigrid a great big smooch!

Lilac giggles.

Sigrid says, 'ok, so that was the technicallities'

Kaige says, 'why can you root in water rooms? bug.'

Sigrid says, 'water plants?'

Kaige says, 'in the middle of the atlantic?'

Sigrid says, 'suuure'

Kheldar says to Sigrid, 'then its fishing'

Kaige says, 'DEEP roots.'

Bart says to Kaige, 'obviously very gifted people :)'


Socials with Objects?

Lilac says, 'oh.. why cant you bounce ON anything??'

Lilac giggles.

A hammock thuds ominously as Lilac attempts to bounce it - what a klutz.

Lilac growls.

LadyAce says, 'see, that's the sort of ideas we want :)'

Lilac says, 'WAIT.. lemmie idea it'

Lilac snickers softly.

LadyAce says, 'we're trying to be economical about putting in spiffy features'

Kaige says to Lilac, 'we have to pick object socials carefully... it's hard to tell how it'll be used... so we tend to go with the most widely available '

Krynn says, 'i got the perfect example of that'

Krynn says, 'brb'

Vengeance strokes Testicular Fortitude.

LadyAce says, 'if no one ever even tries to bounce on our beds, why should we make responses to bed-bouncing a top priority? :)'

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

Kaige says, 'so like bounce... well. we kinda assumed you'd have the object in hand... but if there's someplace that has a bed, that you want to bounce on (not housing, sorry) be sure to idea that'

Kaige giggles.

Lilac says, 'please.. EVERYONE buonces on the bed'

Lilac rolls around on the ground with laughter.

Lilac nods her agreement with Kaige.

Lilac says, 'see?? I always talk before I think it thru'

Lilac giggles.

Lilac scuffles her feet around in the dirt.

LadyAce says, 'well, ok, but that's the sort of thing that you can tell us :) that you go into our rooms, bounce bed, and are disappointed that you bounce the bed instead of bouncing on it :)'

Lilac says, 'oh.. and I had a ball.. couldnt bounce it'

Lilac snickers softly.

Krynn takes off his quiver of unmarked pine arrows.

Krynn junks a quiver of unmarked pine arrows.

Lilac says, 'finally junked the ball'

Lilac giggles.

LadyAce has created a dilled veal ball!

Kaige has created a bright ball of light!

A dilled veal ball thuds ominously as LadyAce attempts to bounce it - what a klutz.

Lilac snickers softly.

LadyAce says, 'doesn't have much rebound, but it tries to bounce....'

Kaige says, 'ok so the BOUNCE social sucks and we need to rewrite it.'

LadyAce giggles.

Lilac says, 'a ball shouldnt thud'

Lilac snickers softly.

Kaige says, 'but again.. most objects wouldn't'

LadyAce says, 'well, the social can't really tell which object you're bouncing'

Lilac says, 'then what CAN you bounce?? besides yourself?'

Lilac giggles.

Lilac bounces around.

Lilac giggles.

Kaige says to Lilac, 'yeah.. but unfortunately we don't have acts to attach to objects yet, so the action can't follow you all around the mud'

LadyAce says, 'so we hafta hit the 90% of all objects that don't bounce, when we make a response'

LadyAce says, 'but if it's fixed, in a room (a bed) we can attach the act to the room and then you can bounce on the beds'

Lilac nods solemnly.

LadyAce says, 'Salem is full of beds, tell Sandra you want to bounce on them :)'

Lilac giggles.

Kaige says, 'especially if you can get in trouble with the bed's owner for bouncing on it'

Kaige giggles.

Lilac says, 'so.. what can we bounce? heh.. everything thuds'

Lilac snickers softly.

Sigrid says to Lilac, 'its a message, less bouncin more slicin fer ye'

Lilac says, 'sorry :)'

Lilac scuffles her feet around in the dirt.

Lilac chuckles politely at Sigrid's feeble witticism.


Q&A Time Moving?

Sigrid says, 'what about moving q&a to some other time? it seems i'm infected with some brain-bug erasing all my questions on thrusdays'

LadyAce giggles.

LadyAce says, 'I'm not sure if any particular day or time would be any better for that'

LadyAce winks suggestively at Sigrid.

Sigrid glares icily at LadyAce.

Kaige says, 'well thursday is good cause it gives you a day's notice before code changes and a chance to ask questions and stuff before things go in'

LadyAce says to Rusalka, 'no, we've been going about an hour. I was looking for extra traffic since we're winding down.'

Rusalka says, 'it happens to be just before 5 pm right now pacific'

Kaige nods her agreement with Rusalka.

Rusalka says to LadyAce, 'so you'll always probably miss the pacific folks, and maybe the mountain time too'

Zachoria nods his agreement with Rusalka.

Zachoria says, 'I'm pacific'

Rusalka nods solemnly.

Rusalka says to Zachoria, 'fun, eh?'

Zachoria nods his agreement with Rusalka.

Zachoria says, 'way better'

Rusalka says, 'kinda'

Rusalka giggles.

Rusalka says, 'it's pretty dead here my evenings'

Kaige says, 'we used to occasionally do them on weekends too, but everyone else seems to be busy then'

LadyAce says, 'I spose we could make it later in the evening. Back when they ran for 3 hours+, that would've been insane :)'

Kaige usually is these days.

Rusalka nods solemnly.

Kaige says, 'yeah, we had them well trained for 7pm system'

Rusalka says, 'weekends are bad'

Rusalka nods solemnly.

Rusalka says, 'oh, i'm not complaning'

LadyAce says, '9ish or so starts to make it really bad for non-US types :/'

Sigrid says, 'yep'

Bart peers at LadyAce, looking her up and down.

Kaige says, '9ish is bad for me... at least 6-7 I can plan for a late dinner and still eat with my family'

LadyAce nods solemnly.

Kaige chuckles politely.

Rusalka nods her agreement with Kaige.

Kaige says, 'and like I said, that's that much less time to ask questions, raise concerns before a code update too.'

Lilac says, 'then how about a Q&A channel.. so they can at least ask when they are here.. and maybe get a response via mudmail?'

LadyAce says, 'yea, 6ish/7ish, we might still get a change in.'

LadyAce says, 'well, usually that's tell :) or mudmail, or e-mail.'

Lilac says, 'but would it get a response?'

LadyAce says, 'as far as I know, we're good about that sort of thing....'

Kaige says to Lilac, 'discussion board would also be a good place for things like that'

Buster gives LadyAce a great big smooch!

Lilac says to LadyAce, 'hrm..your right.. I didnt think that thru quick enough before I asked it'

Lilac giggles.

Lilac scuffles her feet around in the dirt.

Kaige says to Lilac, 'when you said channel did you mean like chat or like bugs?'

Sigrid says, 'better talk before you think than think first and never get to talk!'

Lilac says to Kaige, 'like bugs'

Kaige nods her agreement with Lilac.

Lilac says to Kaige, 'but like I said.. I didnt think it thru'

Lilac giggles.

Kaige says, 'I'd rather see things like that go to the discussion board or mudmail than have something else to sort through every week.'

Lilac nods her agreement with Kaige.

Kaige says, 'it's ok. I was just curious as to which you meant'

Kaige has created the discussion board!

Kaige says, 'I think I'm gonna clean that off tomorrow and see if we can get some traffic going on it again'

Kaige has been bad and hasn't archived it in about 6 months.

Kaige scuffles her feet around in the dirt.

LadyAce says to Kaige, 'I'd be ok with moving the time back to 7, I have no idea what my schedule for practices will be in the fall, but we're not doing anything over the summer.'

Kaige nods solemnly.

LadyAce says to Kaige, 'unless 6 has been better for you. I'm indifferent.'

Kaige says, 'okie. Maybe switch after the 4th?'

LadyAce says, 'sure'

Kaige says, 'six is actually worse in some ways'

Kaige says, 'but that's just because of Elena and making sure she's eaten'

LadyAce nods solemnly.

LadyAce says, 'okie. Sounds like a plan.'

Kaige says, 'but having that week off would be good to give some notice and stuff'

LadyAce nods solemnly.

Kaige says, 'ok. lemme put up the July calendar and we can see how that looks then...'

LadyAce says, 'Speaking of which, I'm going to shoot a note to adamar about his mob quotes thingy'

Kaige nods solemnly.

Kaige says, 'that looked fun'

LadyAce says, 'see if he's still on for sunday for sure for sure, and put it into events if so'

Kaige says, 'shame I can't play'

LadyAce says, 'I'm going to run away now. See you all later :)'

LadyAce waves happily.

Rusalka waves happily.

Rusalka gives a big hug to everyone in the room.

Kaige waves happily.

Kaige gives a big hug to everyone in the room.


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