Lecture Series Index

August 8th, 2002

Q & A Index

Topics Covered

Black Lotus Quest Broken?
How do you Get Tokens?
LT Subscription Changes?
Mapping and Exploring
Strings & DTs?
Anything Snipeable Anymore?
What's with Piles of Boats?
Mobs Stockpiling Items?
Memory Leaks: Real or Excuse?
Prod Social: Cow/Doggie Huh??
Totems Still Broken?
Did Kneeling Change Break Quests?
How Does the Bug/Idea Lotto Work?

Additional Topics Answered

Commonly Reported as Bugs but Aren't
Common Typo Reports that Aren't
Spell Ideas
Anachronistic Suggestions

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Black Lotus Quest Broken?

Barrek says, 'is the black lotus quest broken'

Sandra says, 'not that I'm aware of'

LadyAce says, 'not as far as I've heard...it just takes some patience'

Kaige says, 'shouldn't be. the only thing I messed with was how he handled vials to make it work properly'

Barrek says, 'someone told me it was, i thought so cause the plant never seemed to repop'

LadyAce says, 'I tested it the last time someone was asking, and it was fine, and hasn't changed since then.'

Barrek nods solemnly.

Barrek says, 'must be my timing'

LadyAce says, 'the repop is controlled by the same thing that repops the whole rest of the mud'

Barrek chuckles politely.

Kaige says, 'yeah, I've seen that report a lot, but everytime I check, there's one around'

LadyAce says, 'if repop was broken, we'd really really know it.'

Barrek nods solemnly.

Victim says, 'like redeem being broken?'

Victim ducks to the ground.

LadyAce says, 'sure, somethin like that :)'

LadyAce tickles Victim.

Ea! says, 'redeem for pretitles is broken.'

Victim nods his agreement with Ea!.


How do you Get Tokens?

KMW says, 'how do you get tokens?'

Barrek says, 'win them mostly'

Victim says, 'games, writing for the LT'

LadyAce says, 'try the helpfile "Help getting coupons"'

KMW says, 'whats LT?'

LadyAce says, 'it's got the details in it'

Basara says to KMW, 'help LT'

LadyAce says, '"help LT" will answer that one :)'

KMW says, 'ah i see'

LadyAce hugs the giant pile of helpfiles we have prepared for you :)

Basara says to KMW, 'believe it or not, if you type "help" plus a keyword that you don't know, chances are there's going to be your answer'


LT Subscription Changes?

Barrek says, 'how can i register for the LT i changed e-mails and now i can't get it'

LadyAce says, 'there's a webpage for subscribing'

LadyAce says, 'it too is in help LT'

LadyAce winks suggestively at Barrek.

Kaige says, 'type in websites and look at the page for LT subs'

LT Subscription Info: www.legendmud.org/lists/listinfo/legendarytimes

Basara gasps in astonishment.


Mapping and Exploring

Dak says, 'how do we get directions if there are no maps'

Basara says, 'oh my imm! helpfiles! what a concept!'

Basara ducks to the ground.

Kaige says, 'hmm... help mapping?'

Kaige ducks to the ground.

LadyAce says to Dak, 'you can explore :)'

Wixen chuckles politely at Kaige's feeble witticism.

Victim nods his agreement with LadyAce.

LadyAce says to Dak, 'legend geography follows world geography'

KMW says, 'i fell in two dts exploring'

KMW says, 'doing so is my greatest regret'

Kaige says, 'seriously tho... a piece of graph paper and a pencil and exploring CAREFULLY are the best way to learn'

Basara says to KMW, 'check exits is a really good idea....'

Victim says, 'I been here years and still finding places and things'

LadyAce says to Dak, 'so if you remember that canada is north of peru ... :)'

Basara says, 'try help dt'

Kaige smiles at Victim.

Lilac nods her agreement with Basara.

LadyAce says, 'you can avoid DTs if you're careful as you explore'

Dak says, 'ok'

KMW says, 'there is one in mexico i dodged it'

Rush nods her agreement with Victim.

KMW says, 'killed by natives'

LadyAce says, 'take a look around, type exits as you go, pay attention to the room descriptions'

Victim says, 'and I still get lost in roman britain :P'

Barrek says, 'i've hit that one before'

KMW says, 'i paid attention'

Barrek hates dt's

KMW says, 'after i fell in a well twice'

Basara says, 'it's not even the best dt too...'

Kaige says, 'also if you type LOOK and it leads to something dangerous, there will be a warning in that description too'

LadyAce says, 'well, if you type x in every room, you will always see the dt before you hit it'

Basara says, 'there's some realy good ones'

Wixen loves Dt's it give her alts something to do

Victim says to Kaige, 'really?'

Lilac giggles at Wixen.

Kaige nods her agreement with Victim.

Victim says, 'I never knew that!'

Victim sighs at himself. What a sorry sight.

Kaige says, 'not necessarily if roaming dangerous mobs that might be lurking there, but maybe'

KMW says, 'one dt though doesnt have all caps...'

LadyAce says, 'if it's a real dt, it'll have all caps.'

LadyAce says, 'there's also something called a slay room'

Lilac laughs with amusement.

KMW says, 'it said to dark to tell and i went there and it was a dt'

Barrek says, 'a slay room?'

Barrek chuckles politely.

LadyAce says, 'slay rooms don't take xp, they leave you with a light and a boat.'

LadyAce says, 'and if you go back to them and outsmart the traps, you can get your stuff'

Barrek says, 'a dt'

KMW says, 'a slay room..'

LadyAce says, 'if it's not in all caps, it's not a dt.'

Kaige says, 'no.. dt's can't recover your gear from, period... slay room you can'

Barrek says, 'thats cool'

Basara says, 'but not all rooms in caps are DT... that's the fun part'

KMW says, 'i had some of my geat'

KMW says, 'gear'

Basara says, 'so at times you've missed something neat'

KMW says, 'must have been a slay room'

Kaige says, 'well, the ones that are, are giving you a break... they're telling you that you don't wanna walk in there'

LadyAce says to KMW, 'sounds likely.'


Strings & DTs?

Victim says, 'I still wanna know why dts recover strings, thats just wrong'

Victim ducks to the ground.

Lilac goes EEK! at Victim in distress - isn't Victim an awful person for teasing?

Rush slaps Victim.

Lilac bonks Victim on the head!

Lilac giggles.

Rush says to Victim, 'Hush!'

Victim says, 'makes stringsets more valuable'

Kaige says to Victim, 'so people would be more likely to use a string instead of hoarding a coupon (which doesn't get saved if you hit one)'

Rush says, 'just hush'

Basara nods his agreement with Kaige.

Basara nods his agreement with Victim.

Lilac says to Victim, 'I CANT lose my set!!'

Victim says, 'now everyone seems to have one'

Lilac staggers around the room, bumping into walls.

KMW snickers softly.

Victim says, 'spites more worried about hs eq than his strings'

Lilac smiles at Basara.

Kaige says to Victim, 'so accept them, get them to accept you, and ransom them back'

Rush says, 'losing strings is icky'

Barrek chuckles politely at Kaige's feeble witticism.

Lilac nods her agreement with Rush.

KMW says, 'i sold lilac a string'

Lilac says to KMW, 'it doesnt go with my set... so I cant wear it'

Lilac smiles at KMW.

KMW chuckles politely.


Anything Snipeable Anymore?

Lilac says to LadyAce, 'is anything snipeable anymore??'

Lilac looks up into the sky and ponders.

LadyAce says to Lilac, 'as far as I know, some things still are. But not giant stuff generally, or super eq stuff'

LadyAce says to Lilac, 'if something unsnipeable and it seems weird, tell us :)'

Lilac nods solemnly.

Victim says to Lilac, 'not a good enough sniper :P'

Lilac says to Victim, 'I dont snipe at all '

Lilac tickles Victim.


What's with Piles of Boats?

Victim says, 'ok this is something thats been confusing me for ages'

LadyAce nods solemnly.

Victim says, 'the stockpiling of boats'

Victim says, 'them bigass portaged ones'

LadyAce says, 'group boats?'

Victim says, 'yeah'

LadyAce says, 'there was a bug in Lima that Kaige fixed recently'

LadyAce says, 'is that where you were seeing it?'

Victim says, 'there was more in london the other day'

Lilac smiles at Huginn.

Basara says to LadyAce, 'there's also one at medival panama canal'

Victim says, 'like 40 or so'

LadyAce says to Basara, 'that's the one I meant, sorry :)'

Basara nods solemnly.

LadyAce says to Kaige, 'did you fix London at the same time?'

Victim says, 'Im wondering why they stockpile constantly'

LadyAce doesn't recall

Victim says, 'they have been getting fixed as long as I can remember, but it still keeps spamming my wanderings'

Sandra says, 'I believe she fixed 'em all'

Sandra says, 'should go in friday'

LadyAce says, 'if it doesn't go in and get fixed, come pound us some more :) we won't mind.'

Victim says, 'do the mobs who have them get another on area reset or something'

Lilac chuckles politely at LadyAce's feeble witticism.

Sandra says, 'I *think* it was something with them portaging'

Victim nods solemnly.

Kaige says, 'it was, and then there was somethign with them loading the wrong boat, and then they had an extra in resets'

Victim says, 'ahhh'

Kaige says, 'but it should all be happy after tomorrow'

Kaige says, 'yeah.. that's the goofy admiral'


Mobs Stockpiling Items?

Victim says, 'same sort of deal with hearbs stockpiling tooo then yeah?'

Kaige says, 'not necessarily. Herbs stockpiling are usually from someone (mob or player) picking them up and dropping them.'

Victim says, 'personally I like being able to fill a dert bag in one room, but its just plain crazy'

Kaige says, 'well, if you see it, please report it, so we can save on memory and therefor some lag'

Victim nods solemnly.

Kaige says, 'we can't always stop it, but if it's soemthign really wacky then at least we can check'


Memory Leaks: Real or Excuse?

Victim says, 'ohhhh I have a question, about Memory Leaks'

LadyAce nods solemnly.

LadyAce says, 'ask away :)'

Victim says, 'are they just some way of explaining the unexplainable, or are they actually real?'

Victim ducks to the ground.

Kaige says, 'Unfortunately, they're real'

Kaige says, 'and sometimes, they lead to bad problems.'

LadyAce says, 'the best example you can compare it to on your computer is netscape'

Basara says to Victim, 'memory leaks comes from the imms headbutting you against the wall too many times... '

Victim shudders.

Basara ducks to the ground.

LadyAce says, 'have you ever noticed that if you leave it running a long long time, everything can get slow?'

Basara nods his agreement with LadyAce.

Victim nods solemnly.

LadyAce says, 'what happens is, the program says 'hey, save me some ram, I'm going to need it''

LadyAce says, 'but it never says 'ok, fine, I'm done with that ram''

Victim says, 'would like a 2 hour downtime ever week not lessen them?'

LadyAce says, 'so it keeps on making those reservations, and never giving anything back'

LadyAce says, 'restarting the mud process does free up the memory'

Ea! says, 'that's why we reboot each week...'

Victim says, 'PLANNED downtime that it :P'

LadyAce says, 'two hours wouldn't help, it's the restarting itself that does it'

Victim nods solemnly.

LadyAce says, '3 minutes is as good as 2 hours, the leak clears up pretty much right away :)'

Victim says, 'there really isnt a way to lessen them other than the reboots each week'

LadyAce says, 'fixing the leaks themselves does it too'

LadyAce says, 'Snapper does quite a bit of that, I've noticed -- finding memory leaks and fixing them'

Victim says, 'but it seems fixing one leak opens another one'

Victim says, 'I guess its a process of elimination until all the holes are plugged'

Kaige says, 'thta's because what's being referred to shifts in memory.. things that don't get referred to often don't cause a crash unless they're hit. -- things that get hit often, well, they crash until they're fixed'

Victim nods solemnly.

Kaige says, 'which in turn shifts everything around again...'

Victim says, 'I see, that I understand now'

LadyAce says, 'stirring up the soup :)'


Prod Social: Cow/Doggie Huh??

Lilac says, 'ok..how come the 'prod' social.. when you give it it says "git lil doggie.." but when you get one.. its says he thinks your a 'cow' ??'

Lilac giggles.

LadyAce says, 'lil doggie is a cowboy term for cow'

Kaige nods her agreement with LadyAce.

Lilac rolls around on the ground with laughter.

Lilac says, 'oh!! hehehe... I gotta move west!!!'

Lilac snickers softly.

Kaige says, 'usually said more dough-ggie tho'

Kaige shrugs philosophically.

Lilac laughs with amusement.

Kaige says, 'at least where I've heard it'


Totems Still Broken?

Basara says, 'I remember reading that there was a slight bug with the totem spirits not appearing properly... has that been fixed?'

Sandra says, 'Idon't remember that bug. But they're most definately appearing as they should'

Basara nods solemnly.

Kaige says, 'if it was the one that got screwed up when the peer social got changed. Yes'

Victim nods his agreement with Sandra.

Basara says, 'ah, ok'

Basara peers around intently.

Kaige says, 'same with whatever it was that went wonky for the same reasons in opera'


Did Kneeling Change Break Quests?

Victim says, 'since changing the kneel social to a stance change several quests havent been working properly'

Basara nods solemnly.

Kaige says, 'I wanna say those got fixed at the same time'

Sandra nods her agreement with Kaige.

Sandra says, 'if you find others, let us know.'

Kaige nods her agreement with Sandra.

Victim says, 'certain greek quests in particular'

Sandra says, 'I believe that's fixed'

Kaige says, 'should be'

Victim says, 'no hints as to whether it uses the same thing, or another social?'

Sandra smiles happily.

LadyAce says, 'I'd take that as a no hints :)'

Victim pouts.

Victim says, 'means I have to think'


How Does the Bug/Idea Lotto Work?

Lilac says, 'ok, so no one get mad at me... but how does the idea lotto work? one chance per idea?? or just per valid idea? ect..ect..ect..'

Kaige says, 'one chance per idea (not including prize strings) or bug/typo'

Kaige says, 'so reported bugs and typos get put on one pile and ideas on another. and then I think it's 2 tokens drawn for each from each 50 entries'

Lilac says, 'so even if ideas are bad.. you still get in the lotto?'

LadyAce says, 'we don't judge the ideas before putting them in the lotto'

Lilac nods solemnly.

Lilac giggles.

Kaige says, 'unless they're a prize string, or a repeat submission'

Lilac says, 'I still wanna milk more cows'

Lilac sticks her tongue out at everyone! =P

Victim says, 'so if you idea something really cool, it might not get drawn ever?'

Kaige says, 'I still think it's explained pretty well in help lotto'

Lilac says, 'nothing to drink around here but water!'

Kaige nods her agreement with Victim.

LadyAce says, 'even if we don't go for the specifics of the idea, the fact that someone thought a thing was needed gets us wondering why they think so, and how else to satisfy the need, etc'

LadyAce says, 'sometimes we just say "nah"'

Lilac chuckles politely.

LadyAce says, 'but usually we think on it :)'

Victim says, 'maybe the reason I never win the lottos is cos I dont report bugs, typos or ideas :P'

Victim snickers softly.

Lilac chuckles politely at Victim's feeble witticism.

LadyAce says, 'could be! could very well be :)'

Kaige says, 'one thing about the reports tho, is they have to be useful.'

Kaige says, 'if you just report "X is broken, fix it now!" then it's not useful and won't be included'

Lilac says, 'I usually do more idea.. I never see the typos.. I am SO used to reading right past them.. from all these years of typing'

Lilac giggles.

Victim says, 'I turned room brief off a couple of weeks ago, for the first tme in years'

Victim throws his head back and cackles with insane glee!

LadyAce says, 'good for you :)'

Lilac says to Victim, 'I love turning brief off! but usually only in an area I dont visit much'

Victim says to Lilac, 'I forgot what tara looked like'

LadyAce says, 'anything else we can answer for ya?'

LadyAce says, 'well, we're surely all done :)'

Kaige says, 'seems like it.'

LadyAce smiles happily.

LadyAce waves happily.

Kaige waves happily.


Additional Topics Answered

This new section is intended to address some of the things that come up repeatedly and also provide a place where players can submit questions via the feedback channel (Q&A) so questions can be logged when they're thought of and the answers reported back here.

Also, as you'll find below, some of the builders will have some feedback on suggestions and typos that get reported with some of their reasoning for why things are the way they are or won't be incorporated into the areas.


Commonly Reported as Bugs but Aren't

o When I rented out, I lost two preserved augmented poultices.
Any poultice you make, augmented or not cannot be sold to/by shops or saved over renting.
o The repop/spawn on this item is way messed up. I killed the mob who owned it, took his key and locked the Altar. He came back, I killed him and took his new key and unlocked the container with his item. IT SHOULD BE there in it -- but it is not!
Resets can vary from mob to mob and item to item. Just because an item is associated with a mob or particular container, they don't have to reset at the same time. Also, opening/closing/locking/unlocking the container won't make objects that reset in them show up.

Likewise, mobs don't have to produce unlimited quanities of an item to sell it, but they must have at least one in their possession to produce them, which is why stealing from shopkeepers is a bad thing.


Common Typo Reports that Aren't

o In "East end of main road through Tripoli" in North Africa, Africa is spelled wrong in "The town is situated on the north coast of Libya and is an important port to the Afrika corps in the desert war."
It seems that English is one of the few languages that spells, Africa with a "c". The Afrika Corps were Rommel's command and as a German command are spelled correctly. "The British Eighth Army, after retreating hundreds of miles across Libya and Tunisia in the face of Rommel's Afrika Korps, suffered from a lack of morale and decisive leadership." Google's great for looking up all sorts of things.
o In the WWI area, Sgt Orr is spelled SSgt Orr.
This is a typical military abbreviation for Staff Sergeant.

Spell Ideas

o Lightning bolt should have to be in a storm when chain lightning has to be, its silly...
You have to remember the words the spells are based on. The first spell creates lightning from thin air, whereas the second pulls lightning from the sky. The second is also potentially more powerful too, so has more limitations placed upon its uses.


o Canoes should be containers too!
The larger groupboats are designed to have holds, single person boats aren't.

Anachronistic Suggestions

o How about haggis as a food item in Ancient Scotland?
Haggis became popular in the 18th century, so it'd be a bit out of place. It's refered to as Afronchemoyle in a cook book in 1390.

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