Lecture Series Index

September 26th, 2002

Q & A Index

Topics Covered

More Scheduled Events?
Vanishing Commands?
Are Rivets Broken?
More Hunger Penalties?
Pkill Encouragement & Tourneys?
Normal Mood & Channels Bug
Redeeming Skills/Practices?
Odd Level Message?

Additional Topics Answered

Commonly Reported as Bugs, but Aren't
General Suggestions/Questions

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More Scheduled Events?

Smokey says, 'lately there has been a low number in games. All there is, is Q&A now this month we have holloween can we plz get more games'

LadyAce giggles.

LadyAce says, 'Cheyla ran a couple of games in the last week'

Kaige says, 'Chocorua ran one too that I know of'

LadyAce says, 'so they're still happening and stuff. The pre-planned stuff is what makes it into the calendar'

LadyAce says, 'but yes, more things will be in that calendar soon'

Smokey says, 'thanks'

Smokey cheers wildly!

Kaige had forgotten first day of fall was coming up... else she would have asked Cheyla if she was doing something for it sooner and gotten that one up there

Kaige scuffles her feet around in the dirt.

LadyAce says, 'I personally am working 12 to 16 hrs/day, and haven't the time for doing anything else at present.'

LadyAce says, 'sometimes I manage to do dishes :) maybe laundry. Usually, I just fall over dead in the evenings and sleep all weekend when it's fall.'


Vanishing Commands?

Jenna says, 'mine's about commands disappearing..'

Jenna says, 'I haven't bug reported it...'

Kaige looks up into the sky and ponders.

Phoebe says, 'ohhh thats a good one'

LadyAce says, 'magic trick? :)'

Kaige says, 'what command?'

LadyAce says, 'like you type a thing and it never shows up?'

Jenna says, 'but I was wondering if you guys knew about it'

Phoebe says, 'any in my experience'

Kaige says, 'oh..'

Jenna says, 'just.. every now and then the mud eats a command'

Jenna says, 'normally a movement thing'

Smokey nods his agreement with Jenna.

Phoebe says, 'it's happened to me on rs, directions, and i think socials'

LadyAce says, 'I've seen that too, but I'm not sure it's the mud, it could be the network too I guess'

Jenna says, 'i used to think it was my connection'

LadyAce says, 'me too'

Jenna says, 'until the same thing happened on a different isp'

Kaige says, 'I've heard about it but haven't seen it... probably not the mud... probably the packet between your machine and the mud gets dropped somewhere in the ether'

Jenna nods solemnly.

Kaige says, 'if it happens when it's laggy, it's more likely that, than if it happens when it's not.'

Phoebe says, 'i have my stuff echo to the screen'

Jenna nods solemnly.

Phoebe says, 'if it echos, does that mean it's gone to the mud?'

Jenna says, 'I'll keep an eye on it.. i've jsut been noticing it a bit more lately'

Haley says, 'its happened to me with the social bounce'

Kaige says, 'well, if the expected output shows up, that means it's gone to the mud and come back to you'

Phoebe says, 'like, I type rs, and i see the little lavender rs letters right after my prompt'

Phoebe says, 'but I don't rent'

Phoebe says, 'not sure if that is my client echoing what I typed or the mud eching what I typed'

Jenna says to Phoebe, 'client'

Kaige nods her agreement with Jenna.

Phoebe nods solemnly.

Phoebe says, 'so the info might never have come to the mud'

Jenna nods solemnly.

LadyAce says, 'if you want to be sure and safe, especially around DTs, never pre-type'

Kaige says, 'it's possible. even an email can get lost like that in the nothingness between computers on the net'

Phoebe thanks Jenna heartily.

Phoebe nods solemnly.

Phoebe peers around intently.


Are Rivets Broken?

Phoebe says, 'are rivets broken or what?'

Phoebe says, 'they take a frigging lifetime to repop'

Phoebe says, 'much longer than they used to, or it seems that way to me'

Kaige says, 'there's at least 4 differing varying repop rates for them.'

Phoebe says, 'it really seems excessively long'

Kaige says, 'or rather at least 4 different rates for them. Every time I see the bug report about it, I check where they are, and I can usually find one.'

Jenna nods solemnly.

Phoebe nods solemnly.

Jenna says, 'people put them in strange places'

Kaige nods her agreement with Jenna.

Phoebe says, 'ohhh'

Phoebe says, 'so maybe it's tricksters!'

Phoebe glares at nothing in particular.

Phoebe giggles.

Kaige says, 'but if an object is moved from it's original spot, unlike mobs, it will be put in the reset queue'

Kaige says, 'unless it's on a unique reset type, which only resets if there isn't another one in memory at the time'

Phoebe nods solemnly.

Kaige says, 'but I'll take a look at the area file in a bit... see what I can do... but it's not going to be instant rivet city.'

Phoebe nods her agreement with Kaige.

Phoebe thanks Kaige heartily.

Jenna giggles.

Jenna says, 'there are other trans quests too'

Kaige nods her agreement with Jenna.

Phoebe nods solemnly.

Phoebe says, 'i usually don't use rivet actually'

Phoebe says, 'just noticed when i do it takes forever and am constantly hearing people say they've waited like 15 minutes for a rivet'

Kaige says, 'one's popped already since you asked.'

Kaige giggles.

LadyAce says, 'there are a lotta ways to trans, use them if you don't wanna wait'

Phoebe giggles.

LadyAce says, 'in my opinion, the super easy methods to trans should have some kinda disadvantage. :P'

Jenna giggles.

Jenna says, 'they're all pretty easy'

Phoebe says, 'that's fine, i was just wondering if it was supposed to take forever or if it was a bug or what'

Phoebe giggles.


More Hunger Penalties?

Smokey says, 'i was wondering if yall could make legend a little bit harder when it comes to not eating and you dont die, whats the point of having food if there are no downfalls to not havving food'

Barabas says to Smokey, 'trying healing while hungry'

LadyAce says, 'there's a serious downfall to not having food -- all your regen rates go down'

LadyAce says, '"help hunger"'

LadyAce giggles.

Phoebe nods solemnly.

Phoebe says, 'hungry is bad enough now'

Smokey says, 'but can it be harder like it takes off Hp'

Phoebe says, 'tho it might be nice if there was a config to turn off those annoying messages'

Barabas says to Smokey, 'and it could be harder if you couldn't move after being hurt, where's the fun in that?'

Jenna nods solemnly.

Jenna says, 'by that standard your limbs should start dropping off when you're at DYING'

Phoebe giggles.

Jenna says, 'i presonally like being able the flee and run away with 5hps left'

Smokey says, 'it would be fun if you could break surtain limbs and cant use them until fixed'

Barabas nods his agreement with Jenna.

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

Barabas says to Smokey, 'hey go try out for a survival show or something'


Pkill Encouragement & Tourneys?

Barabas says, 'a couple of things.. 1) anything being done to encourge more pkill? 2) any plans to run more pk tourneys?'

Phoebe giggles at Barabas.

Phoebe peers around intently.

LadyAce says, 'I'm going to try to start those pk training evenings'

Phoebe cheers for LadyAce - huzzah!

Barabas nods solemnly.

Barabas says, 'that'd be interesting.. anything else?'

LadyAce says, 'and the pk tourneys are definitely something I'd like to see happen again, yes'

Phoebe rolls around on the ground with laughter.

LadyAce says, 'I'm not sure what happened to the last one that was in the works....but we should certainly have another soon.'

Barabas says, 'but nothing else in game?'

Barabas laughs.

LadyAce says, 'what sorts of things did you have in mind?'

LadyAce says, 'Barabas and PK enhancement have the floor atm.'

Barabas says, 'anything cool for the most powerful clan. I think pk clans are the way to go for pkilling'

Kaige says to Barabas, 'and how do you define the most powerful clan?'

Barabas says, 'mobs that fear you and could sometimes give you the location of someone online (but would sometime lie) would be an example'

Barabas says to Kaige, 'that's easy.. the infernals'

Sandra wrinkles her nose with distaste.

Phoebe laughs.

Phoebe cheers for Barabas - huzzah!

Sandra says, 'I'll fight against anything that turns pk into quake =P'

Kaige says to Barabas, 'heh... it's kinda tricky if you wanna base it on "who has the most wins"'

Barabas says, 'well do something else then'

LadyAce says, 'we want to do stuff, I think, but we don't necessarily have the answers about "what"'

Phoebe says, 'erm, may i interject?'

Kaige smiles at Straussy.

LadyAce says, 'anyone can interject on the topic at hand :)'

Barabas nods his agreement with Phoebe.

Phoebe says, 'what about the contract idea?'

Barabas likes that one..

Phoebe says, 'where pkers had to keep their pk clan accept list for a real life month or something'

Phoebe says, 'if I understand it right ...'

Phoebe says, 'i think that sounds really good'

Barabas nods solemnly.

Barabas says, 'yeah that wouldn't be bad..'

Phoebe says, 'i've never joined a pk clan with any char'

Phoebe says, 'but i would be willing to with that enhancement'

Barabas says, 'it'd also be nice to be able to have the GMs able to set their clan roster visible.. sort of like, hey look at how tough we are'

Barabas says, 'but most of them are probably too scared to do so..'

Phoebe says, 'oh cool'

LadyAce says, 'that's an interesting option, I'd idea it'

LadyAce says, 'neat configure options for GMs are a popular idea type'

Kaige says, 'and have them able to designate a set of GM commands to others in the clan, and... and...'

Sandra giggles.

Phoebe says to Barabas, 'you get one other clan to play that way and it would really spice things up'

Barabas nods his agreement with Phoebe.

Barabas says to Phoebe, 'the good guys are in short supply'

Kaige nods her agreement with Barabas.

Phoebe says, 'who are good pk clans right now'

Kaige says, 'Knights.'

Smokey says, 'thats a good idea'

Phoebe says, 'thats it?'

Jenna wrinkles her nose with distaste.

Jenna says, 'smelly knights'

Phoebe giggles.

Sandra says, 'hermetics'

Phoebe nods her agreement with Jenna.

Barabas laughs.

Sandra says, 'that's about it'

Barabas says, 'hermetics? where?'

Kaige says, 'hmm.. ok. but they have one member who pks.'

Sandra says, 'I didn't say they were around ;) I said they were 'good''

Straussy says, 'clans pk list the clans, they should have in ther description whether or not they defend the good etc'

Phoebe says, 'someone make somebody start a clan :P'

Barabas nods his agreement with Sandra.

Sandra says to Straussy, 'they should?'

Straussy says, 'some do'

Sandra says, 'most don't ;P'

Straussy says, 'but..'

Kaige says, 'most don't use the fields we give them now.'

Kaige grumbles.

Kaige says, 'I know! standings points based on that!'

Kaige ducks to the ground.

Barabas laughs.

Barabas likes the tithe command btw

Sandra says, 'I always forget about them. I don't care about bells and whistles(no offense). I'm old fashioned ;)'

Kaige says, 'oops.. infernals suck!'

Kaige thanks Barabas heartily.

Phoebe giggles.

Barabas says, 'hey!'

Kaige says, 'hey! by that system you only have a keyword.. no purpose nothing'

Kaige tickles Barabas.

Barabas says, 'yeah :-('

Barabas says to Kaige, 'there'

Phoebe peers around intently.

Kaige cheers for Barabas - huzzah!

Phoebe cheers wildly!

Kaige says, 'and to squish the whiners if they ever get the nerve to cross us.'

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

Barabas says to Kaige, 'xactly!'

Phoebe ducks under Kaige.

Kaige says, 'but anyway.. no, I'm not opposed to ideas to make clans (either type) cooler, just short on coder time and agreement on what're fair yardsticks to use.'

Kaige giggles.


Normal Mood & Channels Bug

Phoebe says, 'normal!'

Phoebe says, 'it's gotta get fixed'

Smokey says, 'it might just be me'

Phoebe says, 'so like, i can type normal channel smile ladyace'

Phoebe says, 'and not have my darn mood all up in it'

Phoebe says, 'any eta on that?'

Kaige says, 'I looked at that when I was fixing other stuff last week....'

Kaige looks up into the sky and ponders.

Kaige says, 'the way it's set up... didn't make it look like an easy fix, and I forgot to ask Ea! about it.'

Phoebe nods solemnly.

Kaige writes herself a note.

Phoebe says, 'i dunno much code but ....'

Phoebe says, 'what if you made like, none, a mood, with null characteristics'

Phoebe says, 'then it would be as easy as adding a mood'

Kaige says, 'the problem is.. that's what normal is.'

Kaige giggles.

Phoebe says, 'oh'

Phoebe laughs.

LadyAce says, 'it's just broke!'

Phoebe says, 'teach me to meddle in code!'

Phoebe giggles.

Phoebe says, 'thats all i wanted, that just really, really bugs me'

Kaige says to Phoebe, 'good idea tho!'

Phoebe giggles.

Kaige nods solemnly.

Phoebe thanks Kaige heartily.

LadyAce giggles.

Kaige says, 'if you have a cool client, you can avoid it in the meantime, by aliasing chat to be "normal %; chat %1 %; " .--- but then you look goofy in the room'

Phoebe nods solemnly.

Phoebe says, 'cool'

Phoebe giggles.

Phoebe says, 'what client?'

Phoebe says, 'zmud?'

Kaige says, 'I use tf, but you could also do it in anything that lets you pass parameters into an alias.'

Phoebe nods solemnly.

Straussy says, 'Kaige's example would work for Gmud...'

Phoebe says, 'I think I can'

Straussy says, 'can't speak for ZMud tho'

Phoebe says, 'I have rapscallion'

Phoebe misses Gmud.

Kaige says to Phoebe, 'yup. should be able to do it there. I'd have to look it up, but remember setting things up to pass victims for skill use and such.'

Phoebe nods solemnly.

Kaige hugs her mac.

Phoebe says, 'i am still learning'

Kaige says, 'I like rapscallion, but it doesn't do random responses to things very well. so when I moved to osX, I went native with tinyfugue'

Phoebe says, 'rapscallion is exponentially more complcated than savitar was'

Phoebe says, 'random responses?'

Phoebe is still on 9.x

Kaige says, 'like if someone waves hello to you, you either wave back, smile, or say hello'

Phoebe says, 'X is crashy as all getout'

Phoebe says, 'ohhhh cool'

Kaige says, 'simple example'

Kaige says, 'actually, I've only had it crash twice since april on me'

Phoebe says, 'it locked up daily when I tried to use it'

Phoebe says, '9 crashes maybe twice a week'

Jenna says, 'use tf on X'

Kaige says, 'weird. might have been what you were trying to use on it... I don't tend to use more than like 10 things total most days'

Phoebe says, 'i can't move to X until i can afford to buy all the most recend adobe products'

Kaige nods her agreement with Phoebe.

Phoebe says, 'i was running all the adobe graphics stuff in classic'

Kaige says, 'yeah.. the hassles of being legal'

LadyAce giggles at Kaige.

LadyAce says, 'well ... most computers can be made stable, it's mostly a matter of what's easy/comfortable for you :P'


Redeeming Skills/Practices?

Barabas says, 'what about the idea of being able to use redeems to replace non-quest skills? Something that would take longer than perma'ing and remaking but still allow you to correct mistakes?'

Sandra says, 'I'd like to see redeeming be a bit harder before something like that went in, personally'

Straussy nods his agreement with Sandra.

Barabas says to Sandra, 'that would be tied into the number of redeem points then...'

Jenna snickers at Sandra nastily.

Jenna says, 'it is hard!'

Sandra says, 'still'

Barabas says to Sandra, 'you know its easier to remake a character by perma'ing'

Jenna says, 'i still haven't made my second 100 million'

Barabas says to Sandra, 'you of all people :-)'

Phoebe says, 'it's really hard for me to redeem'

Phoebe hasn't ever yet.

Barabas says, 'depends on the type of character'

Phoebe giggles.

Sandra says, 'it's very easy to redeem =P'

Barabas says, 'some have it easier than others..'

Phoebe says, 'yeh i could run pd and sl every day'

Sandra says, 'I did it, and I'm extremely lazy!'

Sandra says, 'and never went to SL or PD, or AT'

Jenna wrinkles her nose with distaste.

Jenna says, 'sl and pd are boring. they never let me hit!'

Phoebe says, 'jus ... more fun to make new char'

Phoebe giggles.

Al' chuckles politely.

Phoebe ends up never redeeming.

Straussy says, 'heh PD is more like a vacation area these days'

Kaige says, 'personally, I don't like it. but that's me. Mostly because it means everyone can eventually be a master of all trades eventually, especially without skill prereqs preventing people from ditching the "useless skills" and only getting the top ones.'

Phoebe says, 'ohh good point'

Straussy nods his agreement with Kaige.

Phoebe says, 'maybe could make it like a 3 skill limit or something?'

Jenna looks up into the sky and ponders.

Jenna nods her agreement with Phoebe.

Phoebe says, 'or don't have it automated and have a rule against ditching prereqs'

Barabas says, 'it also means that you can never recover from mistakes or when skills are changed to nerf them'

Barabas says, 'which isn't really that fair either..'

LadyAce says, 'well, we usually offer reimbs with nerfings'

Barabas shakes his head.

Phoebe says, 'steal?'

Straussy says, 'It IS nerf or nothing...'

Phoebe ducks to the ground.

Barabas says, 'no not always..'

LadyAce says, 'not always, I know'

Sandra says, 'I gotta agree with Barabas on the not always thing. Me and my dex mages with headbutt know for sure ;)'

Barabas says, 'and usually with a time limit, which can leave you out of luck if you are archived for some spell'

Barabas giggles at Sandra.

Barabas nods solemnly.

Barabas shrugs helplessly.

Jenna laughs at Sandra.

Straussy says, 'I don't know about you guys but most of my level 50s have like 12 practices left and had every skill they needed, either for quests or for pk'

Jenna says to Straussy, 'not many mages, huh?'

Phoebe says, 'some of us screw up :P'

Sandra says, 'hehe'

Barabas says, 'I see both sides, but the argument of everyone will have the best skills doesn't hold for me because I see people remake to do the same thing, and what I'm asking for is that it be something that would still take a little longer'

Straussy says to Jenna, '2'

Jenna had to angst over which skills to learn.

Barabas says to Straussy, 'she means 3c'

Straussy says, '2'

Sandra says, 'some of mine have pracs left. Most of them don't. Those that don't are the dex mages with the skills they can't use anymore ;)'

Barabas says to Straussy, 'then you have some really broken mages'

Phoebe says, 'i got stupid shipbuilding thinking it would give me the best boat :P'

Straussy says to Barabas, 'how so?'

Sandra says, 'actually, shipbuilding isn't too bad ;)'

Barabas says to Sandra, 'really 12?'

Straussy says, 'because i dont fish or cook?'

Sandra says, 'no not 12'

Sandra says, 'usually 3 or 4'

Jenna says, 'i can't fish or cook'

Sandra says, 'unless they're non mages, then they could have 12'

Straussy says, 'hang on'

Barabas says to Straussy, '29+1 for chant.. '

Al' ponders his own existence - better keep an eye on him.

Al' says, 'I have 19 pracs left :)'

Sandra giggles.

LadyAce says to Phoebe, 'well, it's not like you were wrong.'

Barabas says to Al', 'you a mage?'

Phoebe says to Al', 'what are you'

Phoebe says, 'yeah i was'

Al' says, 'Nah, I'm too lazy to learn anything'

Al' ducks to the ground.

Phoebe says, 'the alaska canoe thingy is best for my char'

Phoebe says, 'you can only make one kinda boat with shipbuild, that sucks'

Straussy says, 'ok so i have 4 pracs with one and 11 with the other, but if i remember correctly one is not finished'

Phoebe says, 'should be able to make a superlight one for more rent'

Sandra says, 'if it's a 3c mage with 11 pracs, you're right, it's not finished ;)'

Jenna giggles.

Phoebe giggles at Sandra.

Jenna finally spent her last prac that she'd been hoarding for months.

Barabas says, 'did my point get answered?'

Jenna says, 'no, we went way off on a tangent'

Barabas says, 'okay'

Phoebe giggles.

Phoebe says, 'i think the skill reimb idea is really good'

Phoebe says, 'just set a limit per char and a rule against reimbing prereqs'

Straussy says, 'I think it would just cause more hassle'

Barabas says, 'well it would allow folks who care about the history of the character to do the same thing that those who have no ties do now'

LadyAce says, 'the decision on whether or not we offer a reimb, and for how long, and for what, is usually a really complex one'

Barabas says, 'that being pick new skills'

LadyAce says, 'a system that took all those factors into account would be pretty time-consuming, I think'

Barabas says to Straussy, 'and how would it cause more hassles?'

Phoebe says, 'why do you have to automate it?'

Barabas says to LadyAce, 'umm didn't ask for that though'

Kaige says, 'I dunno. I've seen other people do it successfully, even though it's true they do lose the hours played bragging rights as well as any strings and such.'

Kaige says to Phoebe, 'we're not here 24/7'

Phoebe nods solemnly.

LadyAce says, 'any kind of skill reimbing system would have to take those kinds of factors in -- is what I mean. Or maybe the reason you got no answer is that I didn't get your question.'

Phoebe says, 'waiting for that isn't a huge deal'

Straussy says, 'Because I think it would give everyone the chance to master their character'

Kaige says, 'which is why we even moved the discuss/eloquence reimb to a mob'

Barabas says to Straussy, 'and perma/remaking doesn't?'

Straussy says, 'plus Sandra is right, it isn't THAT hard to get redeem'

Barabas says, 'hello..'

Straussy says, 'if you want to perma your 50 for some skills go ahead'

Barabas says, 'its not that hard to remake..'

Phoebe says, 'eloquence was reimed?'

Phoebe giggles.

Phoebe says, 'you guys don't allow us to keep anything from old versions tho'

Kaige says, 'and in my opinion, that's much costlier than a redeem'

Barabas says, 'I don't see the argument against it.. when you remake say it takes 75 hours to redo a lvl 50'

Phoebe says, 'so to reimb a couple skills, you might give up a full set of strung eq'

Barabas says, 'so say you can trade in a skill for a redeem.. how long does it take to get 25 million?'

Barabas says, 'anyone know?'

Phoebe says, 'forever'

Phoebe laughs.

Kaige says, 'are we talking israfel or normal humans?'

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

Sandra giggles.

Barabas says, 'normal humans'

Phoebe says, 'he's an xp black hole'

Sandra says, 'not very long, even for normal people'

Phoebe says, 'it flows to him with no effort on his part'

Barabas says, 'how long?'

Sandra says, 'maybe a week'

Barabas says, 'hours?'

Sandra looks up into the sky and ponders.

Sandra says, '24ish?'

Kaige says, 'sounds like less than 75'

Barabas says, 'ok call it 25?'

Sandra says, 'you can easily get a mil an hour with little effort. so I'm being generous'

Barabas says, 'hello, 1 skill.. that'd be 50x25'

Phoebe says, 'a mil an hour'

Phoebe is completely boggled.

Phoebe says, 'i must really suck'

Phoebe mopes around, depressed.

Lorenzo says to Sandra, 'will you be my friend?'

Sandra giggles.

Barabas says, 'or 1250 hours to redeem everything..'

Lorenzo peers at himself myopically.

Sandra can do 3 an hour, but is different...

Barabas says, 'and as I said before, I'd be for not being able to redeem any skill that you used in a quest'

Sandra says, 'to be honest'

Kaige says, 'and how do you track that?'

Sandra says, 'it sounds like too much effort to put in from this side to allow someone to get kick'

Lorenzo says, 'or... instead of tracking whether & how a skill was used, maybe you could trade any skill, but only after possessing it for some amount of time.'

Lorenzo says, 'just to propose a solution to that issue'

Barabas shakes his head in disagreement with Lorenzo.

Phoebe says, 'there is a finite number of skills in the game'

LadyAce says to Lorenzo, 'if we tracked that ...'

Phoebe says, 'so make a list of all skills that are used in quests'

Phoebe says, 'all skills that are rereqs'

Phoebe says, 'and dissallow those'

Kaige says, 'problem is.. the same skill might be taught in two places where one requires a quest and one doesn't.'

Phoebe says, 'make it some outlandish number of redeems to do, like 8'

Barabas shakes his head.

Barabas says, 'that's not what I meant by quests'

Lorenzo shrugs helplessly.

Lorenzo says, 'it seems easier than figuring whether a skill is used in a way that disqualifies it'

Phoebe says, 'i thought he meant like disarm trap'

Phoebe says, 'that you need for seoni'

Barabas says, 'I mean you can't trade pick lock if you did a certain indust quest'

Phoebe says, 'so you'd use it for that then get rid of it'

Barabas says, 'or whichever'

Barabas nods his agreement with Phoebe.

Sandra says, 'I could totally screw that over by requiring kick for a quest that has good loot ;)'

Phoebe nods her agreement with Sandra.

Straussy nods solemnly.

Straussy says, 'exactly'

Barabas says to Sandra, 'yes you could'

Phoebe says, 'you could'

Phoebe giggles.

Sandra says, 'and I would!'

Phoebe wrinkles her nose at Sandra.

Barabas says to Sandra, 'that's because you're souless '

Phoebe giggles.

Sandra says, 'well, probably not, but anyway'

Barabas giggles.

Sandra giggles.

Kaige says, 'if I had my way, I'd have all the skills required somewhere -- but I'm sure more people would redeem everything before that would be possible'

Sandra says, 'it's too hard to keep track of all of that really'

Barabas says, 'my kind of woman!'

Sandra giggles.

Straussy says, 'Ahh now even the Grinch had a soul...'

Barabas says to Kaige, 'you'd stil be able to redeem if you hadn't done that quest though..'

Sandra says, 'each time we did a quest that required a skill, we'd have to update code, etc, etc. People would get pissed because soandso got the skill before, and they want it now'

Sandra says, 'blah blah, so on and so on'

Barabas says to Sandra, 'I think more people would be happy if this existed than pissed.. take a poll'

Phoebe says, 'even if you make it insanely hard'

Sandra says, 'in theory, sure. In reality, I can list a number of people that'd bitch ;)'

Kaige says, 'or worse, now that they redeemed the skill away, it's now required for soemthing cool and they want it again!'

Sandra doesn't think she needs to list them though.

Barabas says to Sandra, 'you can always make a list of people to bitch..'

Straussy says to Sandra, 'only one character per player ;)'

Phoebe laughs.

Barabas says to Kaige, 'so they go learn it again.. '

Kaige says to Barabas, 'the list of usual suspects is a easy pool to pull from'

Barabas nods solemnly.

Kaige says, 'only we then nerf the skill, cause it was just too powerfull... they now can't redeem it'

Barabas says, 'sure.. I'm not saying everything would be in a state of world peace.. but its not now'

Kaige says, 'and that's whoever's definition of "nerf"'

Barabas says to Kaige, 'they could redeem it unless it was suddenly used by them in a quest.. '

Sandra says, 'what if!'

Barabas says, 'or did I miss a point'

Kaige says, 'they've already done that quest so they couldn't'

Straussy says, 'soft material used in bats, guns, arrows and balls, specifically used for targeting your mean sibling'

Sandra says, 'I took an old quest and made it require a skill. And it's a quest they already did!'

Barabas says, 'ah yeah then they're in the same spot they're in now..'

Phoebe says to Sandra, 'now you're jus bein silly'

Lorenzo says, 'they might be no worse off, but they'd probably feel like they have more to complain about'

Kaige nods her agreement with Lorenzo.

Sandra says, 'nah, I'm thinking like I usually do ;) I gotta cover all my bases!'

Lorenzo says, 'knowing how users think about services...'

LadyAce says, 'flash, meet pan'

Kaige says, 'I dunno. I think we have a lot of things that are already on the todo lists, that need attention, before shifting the status quo and possibly sending those things back to drawing boards'

Kaige shrugs philosophically.

Phoebe nods her agreement with Kaige.

Phoebe says, 'like fixing Normal!'

Barabas says, 'okay'

LadyAce likes new new neat go play kindsa features most of all...cleaner char maintenance/growth patterns are not a bad thing, just not as niftycool

Kaige says, 'i'd rather see energy put into making the "useless" skills useful'

Barabas says, 'from a coder perspective?'

Straussy says, 'shipbuilding'

Straussy says, 'too many boats just laying around'

Nietzsche says, 'satire'

Sandra made tailor kinda cool!

Kaige says, 'from an all over perspective'

Straussy says, 'we need someone watching over them'

Barabas says to Huginn, 'get to work, bub'

Sandra says, 'I'm pondering shipbuilding. But I may forget about it once i'm not stoned on medication'

Huginn whaps Barabas across the back of the head - your ears ring in sympathy.

Nietzsche says, 'being able to cook up explosive cakes or something'

Phoebe laughs.

LadyAce giggles at Nietzsche.

LadyAce comforts Barabas.

Phoebe says, 'whatcha do to tailor?'

Phoebe blinks at Sandra.

LadyAce says to Huginn, 'be nice to the morts'

Sandra says, 'bags'

Phoebe says, 'oh thats the only reason onna my alts has it'

LadyAce says, 'neato bags'

Phoebe laughs.

Huginn whines at Ladyace "but do I have to?!?"

Lorenzo says to Huginn, 'aw, you know he just wants good things for everyone'

Sandra giggles.

LadyAce nods her agreement with Huginn.

Barabas nods his agreement with Lorenzo.

Phoebe says, 'I love those dang bags'

Phoebe says, 'i looked all over the damn mud for more material tho'

Phoebe laughs.

Sandra says, 'it's there ;)'

Phoebe says, 'more than erm, bolts and leather?'

Sandra nods solemnly.

Phoebe drools contentedly.

Lorenzo raises an eyebrow inquiringly.

Lorenzo says, 'hmm... I think I'm going to have to dig up my needle & practice something'

Lorenzo looks up into the sky and ponders.


Odd Level Message?

Phoebe says, 'oh i have questions ...'

Phoebe says, 'like, what in the world is up with that bards write poets sing thing?'

Kaige says, 'a silly play on words that no one gets. it's so incredible that they're all discomboobulated by it'

Kaige shrugs philosophically.

Phoebe laughs.

Phoebe says, 'maybe ... it's so silly everyone assumes it's a typo?'

Phoebe ducks to the ground.

Kaige says, 'and bards tend to write anyway... poets just don't usually sing'

Kaige says, 'people also assume leutnant is a typo'

Phoebe says, 'it's not?'

Lorenzo says, 'I never saw anything odd about it... poets compose, but don't necessarily know how to write'

Lorenzo shrugs helplessly.

Phoebe says, 'i learn the best stuff here'

Phoebe says, 'i've gotta exam answers correct because of legend'

Kaige says to Phoebe, 'leutnant is the german rank.. since those guys are German...'

Kaige giggles.

Phoebe nods her agreement with Kaige.


Additional Topics Answered

This 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, some of the builders will often 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 Got the message "You can only make bandages out of cloth" when making it out of a "cloth" pouch.
As it says in HELP MAKE BANDAGE, "the cloth item (an ARMOR type object of material type CLOTH)", if you had a pouch that is a container, it's not ARMOR and therefore doesn't have a material type associated with it.

General Suggestions/Questions

o There is no way to gain honor against a non pk person here.. no arena.. no way to challenge someone who is non pk to a fight (arena) for all to see the outcome, esp if someone offends you in RP!!.. the one thing missing from here. it kinda binds you rp-wise to not have some sort of an arena. You can rp a disagreement, or hatred of eachother, but non pk people that RP do have differences with eachother. A way to settle this without loss is in an arena that there is no loss but honor... Please let me know how you feel about this, as I feel it is important to rp, and my enjoyment here.
That's one of the nice things about the PKOK system. You can get enabled at any time by an immortal and YOU decide who you're going to fight and you can agree to the terms before hand. As far as an arena that lets any one fight any time, it seems like such an artificial setting that would actually restrict RP moreso if you had to stop what you were doing to travel there when the PKOK system allows the whole world to be your arena.
o There are two priests in greece that seem to be annoying. Certain priests are more helpful and exact about what you need to sacrifice, but for some there's no hint of even the range of items that could be accepted in the mob, the room or anything. It's a simple sacrifice, so why does it seem like it's so complicated? Can things be made so that one step will at least lead to another?
This type of question is exactly the kind of thing that needs to be reported via the bug and idea channels so it can be looked into and addressed. This particular one has already been put into the todo list for Greece.
o If I don't see a pretitle I like, is there a way for me to have my own pretitle idea?
Yup. The idea channel is the best place to put any suggestions like that. LadyAce and the PR dept go through them once a year, usually before the Expies and the Mud's Birthday in February to pick out the suitable ones. The way pretitles work is they are all available to everyone.
o Any tips on tracking one whois? I mean .. once you get 50 or so, so hard to see if you get a new one or not .. etc ..
Oops. Skipped answering this one at the time.

You could always copy the ones you have off into a file and periodically check against that list to see if it's changed. There isn't really an easy way for the code to know if you just got this whois string or that one, so we can't offer to put a star beside your newest one or anything like that.

o Why does Legend have DTs?
For basically the same reasons, we do not intend to ever have automapping, autolooting, aliases, or any other commands that permit players to not pay attention to the game as they play. They provide a level of risk and danger that should keep you on your toes. It also gives you something with a group of people after you've hit one.

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