Lecture Series Index

September 5th, 2002

Q & A Index

Topics Covered

Q&A Timing
Normal Mood Bug?
Better Newbie Weapons?
Strings, Illusions & Timed Items
Horrible Grammar with Moods?
Steal Skill Discussion
Owned Items?
Secondary Weapons & Proficiencies?
Stealing Boats?
String/Desc Policy?
Perm Accept All?
Redemption Points?
New Immorts?
Ideas for Housing?
Disclosing Alts with Imm Apps?
Pretitles & Keywords?

Additional Topics Answered

Commonly Reported as Bugs but Aren't
Commonly Reported as Typos but Aren't

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Q&A Timing

Axis says, 'QnA is just WAY too late'

LadyAce says to Axis, 'we moved it late cuz people said it was too early!'

Lightning says, 'it was better earlier...'

Axis says, 'hold 2 a week'

Rush says, 'yer all here arentcha?'

Axis says, 'one on tuesdays at 5 and then this one :p'

Lightning says, 'they do have that new q&a command thingy, not sure how that works or what it does, but they have it...'

LadyAce says, 'I don't think any of us are available Tuesdays at 5 ... we work and stuff.'


Normal Mood Bug?

Rush says, 'why doesn't normal work the way other moods work?'

Ea! says to Rush, 'It's a bug.'

Ea! says, 'If you mean the way it doesn't work when you try to use it as a temporary mood.'

Rush nods solemnly.

Rush says, 'correct'

Rush says, 'think you can fix it?'

Rush says, 'it's making me nuts'

Ea! says, 'yeah. I just need the time.'

Rush nods solemnly.

Rush thanks Ea! heartily.


Better Newbie Weapons?

Lightning says, 'my question is just a simple one'

Lightning says, 'I was wondering why newbies start with such pitiful weapons that really don't do the game any justice'

Lightning pokes a small dagger.

They pokes a plain iron short sword.

Krynn says, 'because they're newbies'

Krynn says, 'and it works fine for a level or 2'

Lightning laughs at Krynn.

Lightning says, 'no, it does not work for a level or 2'

Lightning says, 'unless you want to spend an hour or 2 trying to level?'

Lightning says, 'to level 2'

They says, 'kinda messes with us newbies leaving high-rent eq around starting areas'

Axis says, 'works for about 2 minutes :P'

Rush says, 'maybe cuz it encourages grouping and helping each other'

Lightning says, 'I'm not asking for a super weapon'

Ea! says, 'we have the ability to make it so that there's a chance of getting a decent weapon and a chance of getting a so-so weapon...'

LadyAce says, 'we try to keep them cheap so that people can rent them, too.'

Lightning says, 'I'm just asking for a weapon that can allow a newbie to level to 2 at least'

LadyAce says, 'newbies fighting lev 1 mobs do ok with the newbie weapons...if that's what you're fighting'

Lightning says, 'I tried that today'

Rush says, 'bah, i've leveled to 10 with the newbie weapons'

Krynn says, 'i think you're all just lazy'

Tennessee says, 'Bah. If you can't level to 3 with a practice sword you need to get back to Midgaard'

Lightning says, 'it took me 15 minutes to get 300 xp'

Tennessee ducks to the ground.

Lightning says, 'and I was using marauders ac gear'

They says, 'One thing.'

They says, 'decent, medium rent eq is left around start points'

Adamar says, 'you can buy decent eq at most starter towns'

Krynn says to Lightning, 'you'll get no sympathy from me =P my newbies make level 10 in 2 hours, with a newbie dagger, and nothing from marauder'

Lightning rolls his eyes heavenward.

Tennessee nods his agreement with Krynn.

They says, 'this messes with us newbies by giving us decent eq we don't want to give up thereby preventing us from getting better weapons'

Rush giggles.

LadyAce says, 'I suppose it could be a matter of your stat combo...fighting newbie mobs who are out of whack, that sort of thing.'

Rush says, 'it takes me a lot longer than 2 hours to get to 10'

Rush says, 'but i still think the weak weapons to stoart is good'

LadyAce says, 'any more details about what you were trying to do?'

Rush says, 'i've made friends just by asking for help with a weapon once i got the rent space'

LadyAce says, 'the weapons shouldn't be super great, but they also shouldn't be irritatingly uselesss :)'

Lightning says, 'I have dex/str as my first 2'

Lightning says, 'in theory I should hit fairly hard'

Lightning snickers softly.

Lightning says, 'anyway, fighting field mice in tara took like 7, 8 rounds to win'

LadyAce says, 'who're you fighting?'

Lightning says, 'and they would take off 5 or so hp with this ac gear on'

Axis says, 'sounds about right'

Sandra says, 'yea, ok?'

Lightning says, 'I gave up leveling with these weapons long ago, I just hit xp rooms now'

Sandra's waiting to hear where the problem is.

Rush says, '5hps for the whole fight?'

Lightning says, 'I really don't care for me I guess, I'm just trying to get it changed for true newbies'

Rush says, 'that is way better than i do'

Rush giggles.

Lightning says, 'the fight was worth 46 xp'

Tennessee says, 'You mean...you have to work to level? Holy majole!'

Lightning says, 'you need 1600 to level'

Lightning says, 'level 1 should not have to work to level 2 in my opinion, but that is just my opinion'

Lightning shrugs helplessly.

Lightning says, 'I"ll continue to just hit xp rooms, its by far the best way, just thought I'd try for the real newbies :)'

Rush says, 'remembering back when i was a real newbie, it didn't feel like work'

LadyAce says, 'for true newbies, I think that rate is probably about right. If it goes by too quickly, they'll think they're rough and tough, and ignore the 'death will thank you's'

Rokkan bows deeply.

Lightning says, 'its all about getting to level 2'

Lightning says, 'when you can DO something'

LadyAce says, 'I can see it feeling like too long once you no longer do things like read the fight messages'

Lightning says, 'the fight messages don't vary much :)'

Rush says, 'it wasn't about getting to level 2 when you were a real newbie tho, it was about this amaing new game and places to explore and all that stuff.'

LadyAce says, 'true newbies don't know that lev 2 will make their world huge and new'

Axis says, 'I dont read em'

Lightning says, 'not when your weapon has a range of 1-2 damage, hehe'

Lightning says, 'I beg to differ'

Tennessee says, 'Of course...if your playing a 50 mind level 1 with your fight stats all at the low end, you might have problems'

LadyAce says, 'they actually need to get to lev 2 a bit slowly so that they can have a chance to learn before they have much to lose....'

Lightning says, 'this is the digitial age, I guarentee this is not the first game they have ever played :P'

Lilac smiles happily.

Rush says, 'legend was the first mud i ever played :P'

Krynn says, 'it could very well be the first text based game they've played though'

Axis nods his agreement with Rush.

Lilac smiles at Axis.

Lightning says, 'mud's follow many of the same rules as graphical games'

Rush shrugs helplessly.

Rush says, 'i just think it works the way it is and encourages helping and interacting'

Lightning says, 'ha'

Lightning says, 'helping?'

Lightning says, 'explain, I'm truely curious'

Rush says, 'as a newbie, not telling any of my friends my alts, i've asked on channels for help, or asked in inns, and gotten help with a better weapon'

Lightning says, 'if you've noticed, when you ask for help around here, your usually laughed at or made fun of'

Rush says, 'maybe you are cuz yer so cranky :P'

Lightning says, '"what do all caps mean in a room exit," it means its full of valuable gear, go in it!'

LadyAce says, 'well...I am guessing she means that if people level superfast all by themselves, the social/community aspect of the mud suffers.'

Denstra says, 'not if you ask nicely, and don't spam channels.'

Lilac says to Lightning, 'not by everyone'

Rokkan says to Lightning, 'that is not true'

Axis throws his head back and cackles gleefully!

Lightning says, 'it doesn't take but 1 to make them go in that room...'

Krynn looks up into the sky and ponders.

LadyAce says, 'I think there's always a bit of ribbing to go around. A thick skin never hurt a body playing around online'

LadyAce says, 'but I do think people are generally helpful if you take it as you would any other experience where you want help'

Krynn says, 'okay, can we go back on topic? we went from newbie weapons, to unscrupulous players killing newbies'

Lightning says, 'my point is asking for help is asking for disaster unless someone who has the time and inclination says, "god no, don't do what he said"'

Lightning says, 'dts aren't killing :P'

Krynn says, 'close enough =P it's still screwin' em over'

Rush says, 'i've never seen someone give advice like theat where 5 others ddn't stand up and say that it was wrong'

Lilac says to Lightning, 'right after that person said to go in... wasnt there 10 more who said not too??'

LadyAce says, 'asking nicely the opinions and thoughts and assistance of passers-by on the street is a good comparison. People might give an obnoxious bum a dollar, but most folks keep walking :)'

Lilac nods her agreement with Rush.

Lightning says, 'I'm done anyway. I was just curious why newbies are so stupidly defenseless they can't kill a mouse, but you seem to think its justified so whatever :)'

Tennessee blinks.

Axis ducks under Lilac.

Lilac tickles Axis.


Strings, Illusions & Timed Items

Adamar says, 'when you string timed items'

Adamar says, 'and your item poof, what happens to th estring'

Axis says, 'I read this on a board somwhere'

Adamar says, 'example...chalice'

LadyAce says, 'help string.'

LadyAce says, 'it's at the bottom of the file, or near the bottom.'

LadyAce winks suggestively at Adamar.

Lilac laughs.

Adamar nods solemnly.

Denstra says, 'is illusioned, and poofed items included in the string staying thing?'

LadyAce says, 'if you put an illusion on an item and pop the illusion, it does seem possible that the string would be lost, yes.'

LadyAce looks up into the sky and ponders.

Adamar says, 'does that work the same for coupon items'

Denstra says, 'for examples, flowing golden robes'

Denstra waves flowing golden robes.

Denstra says, 'example, rather..'

Adamar drinks from Suger's chalice.

Rush looks confused.

Axis nods his agreement with Rush.

Axis says, 'me too'

LadyAce says, 'if you illusion an item then remove the illusion, is what we're talking about?'

Sandra says, 'i don't think those robes will save the string if poofed'

Denstra says, 'Correct, you string robes, someone disspells, robes go away, does the string stay'

Ea! says, 'It'll revert to the original form.'

Kheldar slowly fades into existence.

Denstra says to Sandra, 'I didn't think so... I was being hopeful.'

LadyAce says, 'when the item is dispelled, it goes back to its original desc, sorry if that was a tangled response before.'

LadyAce nods to herself.

Ea! says, 'don't illusion your strings is the moral of the story.'

Sandra shakes her head.

Sandra says, 'the robes ARE illusion'

Denstra says, 'this is funny :p'

Rush says, 'i don't have any idea what you all just said'

Lilac waves happily.

Axis says, 'Im lost tooooooo'

Rush giggles.

LadyAce says, 'oh :) I thought you meant the general case of items.'

Denstra says, 'No.'

Axis says, 'can we start from the begining of this question'

LadyAce says, 'When the illusive item is popped, the string won't be saved'

LadyAce says, 'ok, two threads'

Denstra says, 'okay.'

Denstra says, 'thank you.'

LadyAce says, 'thread one, you get an item strung'

LadyAce says, 'if you illusion a strung item, and pop the illusion, the item will go back to its unstrung state'

LadyAce says, 'thread 2. If you string an item which is itself only an illusion'

LadyAce says, 'if you dispell that illusion or it pops in whatever way, your string will pop with the item, and not be saved.'

LadyAce bows deeply.

Rush says, 'so the moral here is strings and illusions dunna mix'

LadyAce says, 'indeedy'

Rush says, 'good to know'

LadyAce says, 'a good topic for helpfile expansion, thankee'

Axis says, 'If it poofs when ya rent ya also lose the string'

Rush says, 'but like, i had no idea flowing golden robes were an illusion'

Denstra is reminded about once a week.

Rush says, 'hope i never uyse something like that and don't know it'

Rush sighs at herself. What a sorry sight.

LadyAce says, 'it's a good point.'

LadyAce says, 'I'll put in a suggestion about how to keep that from tripping someone up -- have it echo a warning to the imm doing the stringing'

Rush says, 'is a good idea'


Horrible Grammar with Moods?

Tennessee smiles happily.

Tennessee says, 'How long before we get the new mood stuffs horrid grammar fixed?'

LadyAce says, 'I know that fixes for it are going in all the time'

LadyAce says, 'it might be a while before every bit is ironed out, though'

LadyAce says, 'But I keep seeing messages about trouble after trouble being solved.'

Tennessee says, 'Okies =)'

Tennessee nods solemnly.

Tennessee says, 'That's it. Just tired of wincing every 5 seconds.'

Axis says, 'so sleepy'

Tennessee chuckles politely.

LadyAce nods solemnly.

LadyAce says, 'me too!'

Axis says, 'We should be able to turn using moods with skills and chats off :P'

Tennessee nods his agreement with Axis.


Steal Skill Discussion

Mysanthrope says, 'okes with all new owership code, on stolen items. are the items meant to be indestructable ? if so why can't so see the problems with that ?'

Rush says, 'i think making looted items indestructable sucks'

Axis nods his agreement with Rush.

Mysanthrope says, 'its mighty powerfull'

Axis says, 'Its the WHOLE point of looting'

Rush says, 'pkillers need a way to police the jerks'

Mysanthrope says, 'not thinking like that'

LadyAce says, 'can you be more specific about the problem you see?'

Mysanthrope says, 'ok, my sniper walks into spites house drops all my eq, and spite drops all his !'

Mysanthrope says, 'i pick up all this eq, he picks up mine'

LadyAce says, 'since it's stolen, you can't wear it or use it in any way, tho.'

Tennessee says, 'Yes you can'

Tennessee peers at LadyAce, looking her up and down.

Mysanthrope says, 'yes you can'

Mysanthrope says, 'quit y why and then he quit y'

LadyAce says, 'well, you're not supposed to be able to use gear that has ownership set to other people....'

Mysanthrope says, 'i steal my eq back'

Mysanthrope says, 'he steals his back'

Mysanthrope says, 'indestructable eq for meee !'

Tennessee says to LadyAce, 'I have a sniper thats been wearing eq owned by someone else for a year or so'

Tennessee chuckles politely.

Axis throws his head back and cackles gleefully!

Axis jumps in the air and slams a thunderous high-5 with Mysanthrope!

LadyAce says, 'ok, so now the gear is carried by people who own it, how would you and your pal have indestructible gear?'

Rush giggles at Mysanthrope.

Axis says, 'Why did you have to tell the imms that'

Ea! says, 'You can use it, you just can't get rid of it...'

Rush says to Mysanthrope, 'clever'

Tennessee nods his agreement with Ea!.

Rush says to Mysanthrope, 'and yeah, why'd you go and share that?'

Rush giggles.

Axis whaps Mysanthrope across the back of the head - your ears ring in sympathy.

Ea! says, 'When you pick up an item that you own, it becomes unowned.'

Axis says, 'goodie too shooe'

Mysanthrope says, 'cos its a bug and i'm a good boy'

LadyAce says, 'ah, I thought it was supposed to be unwearable. :)'

Tennessee shakes LadyAce's hand.

Sandra says, 'coz if we caught someone using that, we'd hurt you badly?'

Tennessee peers at himself myopically.

Axis ducks under Sandra.

Rush says, 'so you get your friend to wear your eq set, you wear his, kill eachother, and steal your own stuff from each others corpse'

Mysanthrope says to Sandra, 'buts its a feature of the new code'

Tennessee nods solemnly.

Ea! says to Mysanthrope, 'Have you actually tested that? When you get/steal your own equiptment back, it should become unowned.'

Mysanthrope ducks to the ground.

Tennessee looks up into the sky and ponders.

Ea! says, 'Oh, I see.'

LadyAce says, 'well, it's "yours" in that you bought it or earned it, but it has your friend's ownership set.'

Rush says, 'exactly'

Tennessee says, 'Wow.'

Rush says, 'damn clever'

Mysanthrope says, 'no its was a problem me and herbie worked out while trying to destory a stolen eq sheet'

Ea! says, 'Sandra's fix works for me.'

LadyAce says, 'very convenient :) I'm sure it'll be addressed. I thought you couldn't use stolen gear at all, so clearly I don't steal stuff :)'

LadyAce says, 'we have no way to know if someone's indestructible gear was generated via a cheat or legitimately a theft :P'

LadyAce says, 'so it's hardly enforceable.'

Axis says, 'Stolen EQ should not be marked as owned anymore'

Rush nods her agreement with Axis.

Mysanthrope says, 'btw you can still over rent peoples eq'

Axis says, 'RL IF I steal from someone its no longer theirs Its MINE'

Mysanthrope says, 'if its stolen that is'

Rush says, 'you can't steal from non accepting corpses right? so whats the point of ownership'

Sandra says, 'it's very enforceable'

Mysanthrope says to Ea!, 'thanks you '

Sandra says, 'ownership is set'

LadyAce says, 'Our intention with stealing is to allow people to get their stuff back, and not give the thief full use of it.'

Mysanthrope says to LadyAce, 'thank you too '

Ea! says to Axis, 'I think that the legal system would disagree with you on that.'

Adamar says, 'is there an easy way to tell if an item is owned and by whom?'

Axis says, 'Why dont you just get rid of steal altoghter'

Denstra nods her agreement with Ea!.

Mysanthrope says to Sandra, 'even you too sweetie '

Mysanthrope hugs Sandra.

Tennessee says, 'You just can't play a thief anymore'

Tennessee sighs at himself. What a sorry sight.

Axis nods his agreement with Tennessee.

LadyAce says to Sandra, 'I'm wearing 10 items, each stolen from different people. How can you tell if they agreed to let me steal it, or if I'm just a big stealer type?'

Adamar says, 'i still don't understand why you cant' use what you steal...'

Sandra says, 'one or two I could see. Usually any item stolen causes a fuss. If you're wearing 10, I'm suspiscious'

Axis says, 'stolen Items should lose their ownership end of story'

Rush says, 'maybe stolen items could tick off ownership'

LadyAce says to Adamar, 'the idea is for steal to foster and encourage interaction, not profiteering.'

Ea! says, 'I've long since thought that steal isn't worth it.'

Axis says, 'you people are making steal look like a charity instead of a sin'

Adamar says, 'hmm isn't stealing all about profiteering'

Axis says to Adamar, 'thats what I THOUGHt'

LadyAce says to Sandra, 'ok, fine, I only have one item. It's a neato hard to replace item, I stole it, and now it can't be destroyed. At best I'm using the steal code to get items that will never be eaten by DTs. At worst it was with my victim's consent. Both are bad.'

Rush says, 'so like, if i was wearing stolen bonocs, they wouldn't even get damaged in combat?'

LadyAce says, 'in a Legend context, we don't want to create a world where the easiest way to get an eq set is to slay someone who just killed a big mob :P'

Adamar says, 'oooo...interest theory to test out...invincible stolen eq'

Adamar says, 'but i thought that is what pkok is for'

Axis says to Adamar, 'come let me alt to my create we can steal each others eq :P'

Mysanthrope says, 'just ditch the steal skill and let people redem the skill point,if your gonna make the skill useless'

LadyAce says, 'if stealing acted like real theft in real life, we'd also have a giant police force and prison, and that doesn't sound like a good game :)'

Sandra says, 'I'm not denying both are bad. We've hosed steal to the point that it's more pathetic than blind'

Tennessee nods his agreement with Mysanthrope.

Axis nods his agreement with Mysanthrope.

Rush nods her agreement with Sandra.

Adamar says, 'stealing boats bad...stealing bags = fun'

Tennessee says, 'Stealing boats rocks!'

Rush nods her agreement with Adamar.

LadyAce says, 'pkok is for preventing abuses and helping people control their own style. That level of player control doesn't mean imms have no right or ability to also put limits on harassment and abuse.'

Axis says, 'I want to be able to steal boats again too'

Adamar says, 'it just seems you rather see people pk, than p-steal'

Rush says, 'just for the record pkok fosters an incredible amount of abuse and removes any kind of accountability to other pkers'

Axis says, 'Witch is why stealing should remove ownership'

Mysanthrope says, 'tho ! stealing personal zip strings are fun. clan zip strings are better'

Mysanthrope says, 'and harmless'

Mysanthrope says, 'remmber that people'

Rokkan whispers quietly to Rush.

Adamar says, 'clan tokens...'

Rokkan nods his agreement with Rush.

Mysanthrope nods to himself.

Rush giggles at Rokkan.

Adamar says, 'and then hide by trans mob with listen skill to steal password'

Ea! says to Axis, 'If we remove ownership, players loose their ability to fight anyone who has eq. stolen from them. It'll add to the abuses with pkok.'

LadyAce says, 'I think we'll look into abuse potential with the gear-saving/steal code, thanks for the comments. But beyond that, a big pkok debate isn't going to get us anywhere tonight.'

Axis says, 'oh well Ill just steal and overrent myself ooc :P'

Adamar nods his agreement with LadyAce.

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


Owned Items?

Adamar says, 'is there an easy to tell if an item is owned and by whom'

Adamar says, 'easy way to tell'

LadyAce says, 'you can tell fairly easily if it's owned, but not by whom'

LadyAce says, 'trying to, say, drop it, or pick it up if it's on the ground, would tell you.'

Adamar says, 'you can't drop stolen items either?'

Ea! says, 'You can, but you can't pick it back up without steal.'

Adamar says, 'so you have to steal it from the ground?'

Ea! says, 'yes.'

Axis says to Adamar, 'or from a bag if ya put it there'

Adamar says, 'so when i see a pkiller's poof corpse'

Adamar says, 'i can steal from the ground ...if they accept me?'

Axis says, 'yeah'

Axis says, 'and you accept them'

Adamar says, 'ok, gotcha'

Rush says, 'what happens if i have something i stole from someone and my timer ticks down and i reject them?'

Rush says, 'then they just SOL?'

Ea! says, 'You can attack anyone who has an item you own.'

Axis says, 'really'

Rush says, 'oh cool'

Axis peers at Ea!, looking him up and down.

Ea! says, 'yep.'

Axis throws his head back and cackles gleefully!

Rush says, 'THAT is something i wanna play with'

Rush giggles.

LadyAce says, 'your having an item you stole will override you rejecting them'

Rush says, 'neat stuff'

Rush says, 'i like that'

LadyAce says, 'your victim can reject you, the thief. but thieves can't reject victims'


Secondary Weapons & Proficiencies?

Tennessee smiles happily.

Tennessee says, 'Okay, I'm not sure if this can be answered or not, but maybe I can be directed to a help file if there is one'

Hedge grumbles.

Tennessee says, 'Are secondary weapons affected by your proficiency?'

Tennessee says, 'ie, I have a hook'

Tennessee says, 'If I'm an expert fencer...does it affect the hook at all?'

LadyAce says, 'secondary attack items like the hook don't check your stats'

Tennessee nods his agreement with LadyAce.

LadyAce says, 'they have an independent dice roll'

Tennessee says, 'Thanks!'

Adamar says, 'including hit/damroll?'

Axis says, 'goodie!'

LadyAce says, 'I thought they were hit/dam independent to put a limit on them being too strong -- but I'm not 100% sure on that, that's a coder question or a 'try it and see' sort of question.'

Ea! says, 'I dunno which way it works. Try and see...'

Axis says to LadyAce, 'I thought you knew it all'

Adamar smiles happily.

LadyAce says to Axis, 'no way....not even close.'


Stealing Boats?

Axis says, 'I dont have a question I have a demand!'

Axis says, 'I wanna be able to steal boats like in the old days!'

Axis panics, and attempts to flee.

Adamar pointedly ignores Axis. Bit chilly in here, eh what?

LadyAce says, 'you can only have one boat'

LadyAce says, 'if you could steal a boat, you could have two boats'

Tennessee says, 'But if your flying...'

Axis says, 'If we dont have a boat we still cant STEAL a boat'

Rush says, 'what happens if youhave a boat and you makeone?'

LadyAce says, 'and that would be bad news.'

Rokkan says, 'the principal of stealing is that they can get it away without you seeing no?'

LadyAce says to Rush, 'try it and see'

Rokkan says, 'how are they gonna steal a boat?'

Rush grumbles.

Adamar says, 'the 2 boats collide becuase they can't exist in the same space and time, and your whole universe disintegrates'

Rokkan says, 'have you tried to steal a canoe before'

Axis nods solemnly.

Axis says, 'You cant steal boats if ya dont have one'

Kaige thinks it's much easier to steal boats when they're left unattended

Rokkan says to Kaige, 'i have a canoe just sitting out in the yard, no one has tried to steal it(12 feet long and like 200lbs)'

Tennessee nods his agreement with Kaige.

Axis throws his head back and cackles gleefully!

Ea! says to Rokkan, 'She said "easier" not "easy"'

LadyAce says, 'I dunno. Boats are such an ugly odd fictitious creation of convenience, I can hardly even tread on the ground of what makes logical sense with respect to them'

Axis says, 'my point is you CANT steal boats period but you used to be able to'

LadyAce says, 'whoever heard of someone carrying a rowboat up Kilimajaro, or draggin a clipper ship through town?'

Rush says, 'honestly, i find the mental image of me sneaking around without people noticing me, wearing these ridiculous clothes and carrying a frigging canoe absolutely hysterical'

Rokkan says, 'point taken'

Axis rolls around on the ground with laughter.

Kaige says, 'or sinking it and resurfacing with it you as you move above and below the water's surface'

Adamar says, 'then fly with it'

Ea! says, 'Most of these could be fixed with ten minutes of coding time...'

An aura of heavenly light appears above Ea!'s head.

Axis says, 'oh no There gonna do away with boats alltogether'

Rush rolls around on the ground with laughter.

Ea! says to Axis, 'Nah, just being able to carry them.'

Rokkan says to Ea!, 'perfect thats all we need to make mages rule everything'

Adamar says, 'portage it everywhere?'

Rush says, 'that would add a totally cool element i think'

Kaige whines to Ea!, 'but then I can't string mine =('

Tennessee nods his agreement with Kaige.

Ea! says to Rokkan, 'We'd have to muck with fly, too.'

Adamar says, 'you will just get endless whining'

LadyAce says, 'I think the trouble is that steal doesn't really have a way to know if you have a boat on you, and that's why you can't steal one when you don't have one. Also there was the bug of what happens if you steal a boat when someone is usin'

Axis says to Ea!, 'but then you would have to make sustain breath skill work right so we dont drown wehenwe drop our boat'

Rush says, 'i dun string mine cuz my strength sucks so bad I'm always dropping it to do stuff'

Rokkan says to Rush, 'i thought we got you that super light one'

Adamar ponders a stolen boat's existence.

LadyAce says, 'er, when someone is using it. Then steal has to know whether it's in use, and then we have to drown the person or somehow make use of their wings instead....'

Ea! says to Axis, 'No matter how good you are at holding your breath, if you loose your boat in the middle of the atlantic, it isn't going to help.'

Rush says, 'we did'

Rush says, 'i still drop it before i drop this'

Rush waves a LegendMUD lunchbox.

LadyAce says, 'I think there are all these cases to handle, and it was cheap and dirty to just say no boat-stealing, and ignore the 'i have no boat and i'm trying to steal one which isn't in use' case.'

LadyAce says, 'sometimes we're expedient! this looks like one of those.'

Axis sighs loudly.

Kaige says, 'actually i think the no boat-stealing was before the vehicle/boat stuff, but I'm not sure. you can thank Kiera at any rate'

Axis nods his agreement with Kaige.

Axis says, 'thats what PROMTED me to want to steal boats'


String/Desc Policy?

Tennessee says, 'K, this is more a statement I wanted to make in a public forum, and allow me to explain after I make it...'

Tennessee says, 'There needs to be alot more uniformity in regards to stringing/decrip policy'

Tennessee says, 'About a year ago, a one of the *cough* implementors here strung a few items on a char of mine'

Kaige is guessing it wasn't Ptah.

Kaige stares off into space.

Tennessee says, 'I dted that char, and went to have the strings restrung, and was told I couldn't because they were illegal'

Axis goes EEK! in distress.

LadyAce says, 'I think my only response to that can be to say that we try to be uniform under the rules, but that sometimes rules do have to change, and then we try to be uniform under those rules.'

Tennessee says, 'Well'

LadyAce says, 'I'm not familiar with the denial you're referring to, though.'

Tennessee says, 'I think the problem may also be this...'

LadyAce says, 'so if you don't agree with a decision, the next step is to appeal it to the head of PR or the Imp.'

Tennessee says, 'The very last line of help slot leaves room for something or another'

Tennessee says, 'And you have some imms who follow the letter of the law as opposed to the spirit of the game...and this might stifle it'

Tennessee says, 'The spirit of the game, that is'

LadyAce says, 'leaves room for something or another? I'm not sure what you mean :) I'll try to clarify the file if there's something I can do to make it clearer?'

Tennessee shakes his head.

LadyAce says, 'any judgement call is just that...one person's call, and subject to discussion & appeal. It can't be any other way, really.'

Tennessee says, 'Oh, I understand that'

LadyAce says, 'that last line is in reference to something where the slot is a little hinky, but the item desc makes it so obvious it's not a problem at all.'

Tennessee says, 'Oh, I understand that...'

LadyAce says, 'I wish I could think of a good example, cuz there've been a few, but I'm drawing a blank.'

LadyAce says, 'ok, cool, but I dunno what's wrong then :) I don't have the specifics of the situation at hand, or the imm who made the call to ask about it, and so all I can say is general stuff :/'

Tennessee nods solemnly.

LadyAce tries to fly slowly when blind :)

Tennessee looks up into the sky and ponders.

Tennessee says, 'I thought I wasn't still hot about it, but I am. So I can't talk anymore'

Tennessee chuckles politely.

LadyAce says, 'oh dear. Well, perhaps we can talk another time, or you'll drop me a note about what happened?'

Tennessee smiles happily.

Tennessee says, 'sure'

LadyAce says, 'I'd appreciate it. I'd like to have the chance to rectify the situation to everyone's satisfaction.'

Tennessee says, 'I just thought it might behoove everyone if there was something brought up in regards to the letter of the law taking precedent over spirit of the game, if that makes sense'

Tennessee is done.


Perm Accept All?

Rush says, 'can anyone tell me why there isn't an option under pkok to be perma aa?'

Kaige says, 'there is.. you just don't turn it off'

Rush says, 'that's not what I mean'

Ea! says to Rush, 'Because if we wanted that, we'd just enable pke as well?'

Rush says, 'a bracket to fight only other people who agree to remain permanently AA'

Rush says, 'so why don't you want it, thats what i am asking'

Ea! says to Rush, 'That would be pke, not "a perm. aa"'

Kaige says, 'you can still set that up yourselves... Infernals are doing a good job of it so far'

LadyAce says, 'perm aa vs perm aa could be done by mutual agreement or by clans, under the pkok system'

Rush says, 'which would only add another dimension to pkok, not take it away'

Rush says, 'why is that not a good thing?'

LadyAce says, '25 people all agree to be aa and never turn it off. Anyone who does turn it off gets rejected by the other 24, and life goes on.'

Ea! says to Rush, 'The reason is because we don't want people to be able to back themselves into a corner where they feel harassed and can't escape it without permaing.'

Kaige says, 'it adds another layer of confusion too.. if they're accept all why can they only fight other people who are accept all... doesn't sound very accepting of all challengers'

Tennessee looks up into the sky and ponders.

Rush says, 'because it's a different style'

Tennessee says to Ea!, 'that is the best reason I have ever heard'

Tennessee says to Ea!, 'seriously'

Tennessee smiles at Ea!.

Rush says, 'it's crazy to be AA under the current system'

Ea! says to Kaige, 'well, that's just a problem with players calling it "perm aa" instead of "pke".'

Axis looks up into the sky and ponders.

Kaige says, 'no one is forcing any one to be... it's merely another option that's available to use'

Kaige nods her agreement with Ea!.

Rush says, 'i go AA so that 5 guys can accept me and killme and take my stuff while not accepting any of my friends who could otherwise help me'

Axis says, 'going AA should forgo Pkok and make you Pke :P'

Axis ducks to the ground.

Kaige says, 'sucks to be the healer who wants to quickly help his group/clanmates then'

Ea! says to Axis, 'If we wanted pke, we would do that. It can run in place along side pkok without any problems.'

Rush says, 'then they reject and i'm out my eq and my xp and my fun'

Axis nods his agreement with Rush.

Ea! says to Axis, 'If we wanted that, it would be silly (not to mention confusing) to change aa.'

Rush says, 'and yeah thats another thing, something is seriously buggy with accepts and healing'

LadyAce says to Rush, 'or, you should accept 25 people who all agree to play your style, and not worry about using AA. Because you don't really want AA, what you describe is wanting to play with people who only want to play your way.'

Axis says, 'but Then she CANT heal'

Rush nods her agreement with Axis.

Rush says, 'i can't even heal aa sometimes'

Kaige says, 'sure she can.. just not quickly and easily.'

Ea! says to Rush, 'Feel free to bug it when you see a problem. Just make sure you give as much information as you can.'

Rush says, 'i backstabbed drakkon the other day, we were both aa and I couldn't heal the damage'

Ea! says to Rush, 'Most of the time people complain about that it turns out that there is a clan list overriding.'

Rush says, 'i've been accpeing both the party that was damaged and did the damage and not be able to heal many times'

Rush says, 'usually going aa fixes that but now always'

Rush says, 'now=not'

Kaige no longer looks quite as distracted.

Rush says, 'anyway, i tried being AA as a healer and it's just stupid'

LadyAce says, 'I'd hafta look at the situation as it was occurring to say for sure what was going on....'

Axis whaps Mysanthrope across the back of the head - your ears ring in sympathy.


Redemption Points?

TheThing says, 'i have an easy question about strings'

Rush says, 'i'm done :P go ahead'

LadyAce says, 'I don't think we'll get further with Rush's question...so yea, go on :)'

TheThing smiles at Rush.

TheThing says, 'i have two redemption points and it said i can redeem one point for three different things'

Rush says, 'i still think we should get cookies after this crazy qna'

Axis coughsavoidanceoftheissuecough

Rush rolls around laughing at Axis's joke.

TheThing says, 'can i then, redeem one for one thing, then redeem another for another slection?'

LadyAce says, 'if you have 3 points, you can spend 1 then 1 then 1, is that what you mean?'

TheThing says, 'for example could i get two non-color strings, then redeem again for four add-a-colors?'

Kaige says, 'if it only costs 1 point for the thing you pick, then yes. You'll still ahve one left.'

LadyAce says, 'it's not avoidance as much as old ground we're not moving anywhere on....'

Axis says, 'hehe'

Rush says, 'well'

TheThing hugs Kaige.

TheThing stands on his tip-toes and does a Snoopy-like dance of joy!

TheThing thanks LadyAce heartily.

LadyAce says, 'it's like money! Spend it how you like :)'

Rush says, 'i have a lot more ground I could move on it'

TheThing thanks Kaige heartily.

TheThing waves happily.


New Immorts?

Rowane says, 'Just something small, I was wondering if we were going to have any new immorts this round? Any interesting prospects?'

Rowane says, 'or is that private'

Rowane chuckles politely.

Kaige says, 'the applicants names are posted on the welcome board to solicit comments from you all.'

Rowane says, 'Ah, learn to read Rowane'

Axis pokes the welcome board.

Kaige says, 'we're still in the reading and commenting period. Voting won't happen for a while yet.'

Rowane chuckles to himself.

LadyAce says, 'we'll release the info all at once in a big public thing -- we can't comment before that release date.'

Axis says, 'I think im gonna put in a proposal thingie next year for PR'


Ideas for Housing?

Rowane says, 'Oh, and how open are you to accepting building ideas for rooms? I'd love to see an Ivory tower for the Hermetics'

LadyAce says, 'You can suggest it in the areas where it'd be appropriate.'

Rowane says, 'Yes an Ivory tower in Alaska...'

Rowane stares off into space.

LadyAce says, 'but I don't know of anywhere in history that had truly Ivory towers, so that seems unlikely....'

Rowane bats his eyelashes at LadyAce.


Disclosing Alts with Imm Apps?

Rush says, 'do you have to tell the other imms yer alts when you submit a proposal?'

Rush looks up into the sky and ponders.

LadyAce says to Rush, 'yes, of course. Immortals are OOC -- we have to have the chance to assess you as we've known you through all your chars.'

Rush says, 'intersting'

Axis goes EEK! in distress.

LadyAce says, 'why do you say that? Has been standard procedure for ages.'

Axis says, 'damn now I cant apply'

Rowane says, 'Would my past life as Fionn help or hinder me becoming an Immortal?'

Axis ducks to the ground.

Rowane ducks under Rush.

Axis throws his head back and cackles gleefully!

Kaige says, 'also, if someone neglected to mention their problem child alt, and we knew that, you can bet it'd be the first question asked.'

LadyAce says, 'we wouldn't want to imm someone who's always been a cheater or a jerk except for one char where they kept that all hidden? :)'

LadyAce pets Rowane lovingly.

Kaige says, 'and make people wonder what would be a problem later on'

Axis says, 'I have 4 alts Id reveal em to Imms only'

Axis thinks he only has 4 alts someone wanna check

Axis ducks to the ground.

Rush giggles.

Rush says, 'i just didn't know'

Rush says, 'i wasn't saying it wasn't standard or whatever'

LadyAce says, 'is kinda like applying to work in the Cabinet ... can't hide your secret hippy past from the Republicans, or your time with the objectivists from the Dems.'

Axis says, 'none of have warnings though'

Axis stands on his tip-toes and does a Snoopy-like dance of joy!

LadyAce nods her agreement with Rush.

Rush says, 'almost all mine have warnings :P'

Rush says, 'even the little ones'

Rush says, 'i dunno how i do it'

Kaige says, 'it's not cause we're gonna go publish them in the LT or whisper them across clan channels or anything...'

Axis says, 'And If your in Leagues with the Dark Guppy Cant hide that either'

Rush giggles.

Rokkan tickles Rush.

Rush says, 'i didn't think that you would'

LadyAce nods solemnly.

Rush says, 'just occurred to me to ask'

Kaige nods her agreement with Rush.

LadyAce says to Rush, 'don't mind us, we're just expounding. We get going on something we've thought about, we just go right on talking, whether you asked exactly the question we're answering, or not :)'


Pretitles & Keywords?

Rush says, 'i think pretitles should be keywords'

LadyAce says, 'we talked about that internally, and decided it was best handled by the code.'

Rush says, 'would help a lot of small stuff, like prep triggers'

Kaige says, 'since pretitles can change'

LadyAce says, 'since people can change them, imm-setting them wouldn't be able to keep up'

Rush says, 'couldn't make it automatic with the redeem process?'

Rush says, 'would just be handy is all'

Kaige says, 'that was the outcome of the internal discussion, yes'

Rush says, 'thanky for the qne'

Kaige waves good-bye to Rush.

Rush waves happily.

Ea! slowly fades into thin air.

LadyAce says, 'guess that does it :)'

LadyAce smiles happily.

LadyAce 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 a new feedback channel (Q&A) that was installed with last week's update so questions can be logged when they're thought of and the answers reported back here.

Also, some of the builders may occasionally 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 Whapping Huginn's raven I found that I had 0 hps and I was still alive......
It's Croaker's not Huginn's raven. Huginn just has ravens in his poof messages.

And no, you don't die until you hit NEGATIVE hit points. Zero hp means you're stunned, not dead.

o You can't read the many social help files because of a skill with the same or another related keyword.
HELP social_name and HELP mood_name are just short cuts for the VIEW command. You can see ALL the messages for all the socials/moods by using VIEW SOCIAL social_name and VIEW MOOD mood_name.

Commonly Reported as Typos but Aren't

o In Agrabah, 'a eunuch' should be 'an eunuch'.
Even after several searches on the web (and there's some mighty strange sites you find searching for eunuch) and visits to the dictionary sites, it was always used as 'a eunich'. Perhaps it's because of the pronunciation --'you', not 'ee', as in 'a youthful lad' -- that using 'a' instead of 'an' is appropriate. Sort of like how 'an herb' is an exception in the opposite direction.
o Horehound's long description- wooly --> woolly
Both are correct. =)
o 'Somebody looking dour flips a pair of AA Energizer batteries.' Dour? Are dictionaries required to play?
Dour's not that unusual a word. And it's useful too! And what's wrong with learning something new?


o Make it so ya can read news articles while sleeping?
Your best source of news while you're sleeping is the web archives of the Legendary Times newsletters and the Q&A sessions.
o Using MudMaster, note-editing has a flaw: typing "@" to end a note does nothing. I found a workaround: drop link and reconnect.
All you need to do is use a / in front of the @ and all versions of mudmaster will handle it properly.
o You've rejected it before, but I would still love to see the ability to exchange skills for redeems. Even if its only 5 skills for 3 redeems. If your worried about skills used for quests, don't allow those or think of it this way. If people are willing to spend 75 million xp worth of time to get a whois...they are obviously stupid! I would hate to delete a character simply to fix errors I made on him during my earlier, ignorant years. If nothing else at least let us change in fight skills, such as profiencies and specials like kick or headbutt. Then those of us from a different time could possibly be useful again.
The problem with this, is even at that cost, sooner or later no one has any consequences for their choices and only people who have the most time to put in will be competitive against each other.
o Instead of always having corpses, why not also have unconscious people?
As mentioned above, because if you drop to 0 hp you are unconscious, not dead yet.

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