Lecture Series Index

November 7th, 2002

Q & A Index

Topics Covered

Availability of Coupons?
Hp Gains: Con vs Level?
Cheats & EQ Databases?
Non Ascii-Character Sets?
Pretitle Update?
Economy & More on Coupons
Lit Salon Rules?
Imm Apps Next Due?

Additional Topics Answered

General Suggestions/Questions

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Availability of Coupons?

ArchAngel says, 'need more games **duck**'

LadyAce says, 'it's kinda like avoiding giving kids candy after halloween to prevent making the sugar shock worse :)'

ArchAngel laughs.

LadyAce says, 'that was a bit of an extravaganza, better to let everyone rest a bit.'

LadyAce winks suggestively at ArchAngel.

ArchAngel says, 'well I been working my butt off trying to get a single coupon and a add a color coupon for a while now...'

ArchAngel says, 'and all so I can get a string that will prevent me from permaing again :P'

LadyAce says, 'a lucky charm? :P'

ArchAngel says, 'my sword string :P'

ArchAngel says, 'I get tired of looking at plain weapons so I change hoping for a new change of pace and it never works so I perma and start over'

ArchAngel says, 'todays weapon of the day for me is freagra...'

ArchAngel pets Freagra, the Answerer lovingly.

Kaige gets a distracted look on her face.

LadyAce yawns.

LadyAce paces back and forth.

ArchAngel says, 'anyways I do got one question'


Hp Gains: Con vs Level?

ArchAngel says, 'is there a set amount of hps that you gain as you get more con or is that based on a certain percentage like with dex-hit and such??'

LadyAce says, 'it's a random chance, nothing you can do to improve your odds'

ArchAngel says, 'okie..'

ArchAngel says, 'I actually figured out the dex-hit percentage figure but I lost taht number when I restarted my computer...'

Kaige says, 'wait. he asked as you gain more con, not as you level, right?'

ArchAngel nods solemnly.

LadyAce says, 'oh, misread the question then :)'

LadyAce nods her agreement with Kaige.

Kaige says, 'with con, I believe is fixed, what you gain at level is completely random'

ArchAngel says, 'say I add more con to my char as is, is there a set amount of the hps you can when the con catches up to your max limit...'

LadyAce says, 'there's a formula which says, at lvl x and con y, you get FOO hp added to your natural total'

Kaige nods her agreement with ArchAngel.

LadyAce says, 'your natural total increases with level and that's the randomy bit.'

ArchAngel nods solemnly.

ArchAngel says, 'so basically if you have a lot of con when you first start you'll end up with a lot more hps at lvl 50 than normal?'

LadyAce says, 'you can tell this is true, cuz if you take a 5 con item off, then put it back on, your max hp will be the same as before you took it off.'

LadyAce says, 'it doesn't matter how you start'

LadyAce says, 'you get x hp at each level, all random.'

ArchAngel nods solemnly.

LadyAce says, 'then you add to that with eq.'

LadyAce says, '100 con gets you more hp at lev 50 than it does at lev 1, that's the thing that scales'

ArchAngel says, 'ahh so theres only a certain amount of hp you can get no matter the type of char you are?'

ArchAngel says, 'far as when you gain lvls anyways..'

LadyAce says, 'there's a maximum, sure -- 100 con and good luck with every single level, you'd hit the max.'

ArchAngel nods solemnly.

LadyAce says, 'have to be some crazy good luck'

ArchAngel says, 'take it was put like taht to limit the massive 900 hp chars or something?'

LadyAce says, 'no, there was always a limit to max hp'

ArchAngel nods solemnly.

LadyAce says, 'but the scale was changed to eliminate con levelling'

ArchAngel says, 'ok'

LadyAce says, 'it used to matter at the very moment you levelled, how much con you had right then. doesn't matter anymore.'

ArchAngel nods solemnly.

ArchAngel says, 'so in a sense it makes it fair for everyone in some way'

LadyAce says, 'yea, and makes things a little less hokey in general.'

ArchAngel nods solemnly.

LadyAce says, 'used to be people'd run around getting their con up right before level, then drop it way down. then they'd have more than a high con person'

LadyAce says, 'silly :) so, fixed now :)'

ArchAngel says, 'yeah basically saying a str/dex cant imitate a con right?'

Kaige says, 'not without becoming it... silly to have the hp stick around if you only had the con gear for < 1 minute while you levelled'

ArchAngel nods solemnly.

ArchAngel says, 'so essentially it needs to be around for the entire level?'

Kaige says, 'no.. now you have to be wearing it.'

ArchAngel says, 'ahh ok'

Kaige says, 'what you get at level is completely random and separate'

ArchAngel nods solemnly.

LadyAce says, 'it's easier to understand if you forget about the old system altogether, really :)'

ArchAngel says, 'so the server picks a random number for the char and gives it to them?'

LadyAce nods solemnly.

LadyAce says, 'rolls a die, kinda'

ArchAngel nods solemnly.


Cheats & EQ Databases?

ArchAngel says, 'another question.. not refering to the website, but for like eqs programs to help pick out eq, is there any programs like that which is supported by the imms?'

Kaige says, 'nope'

ArchAngel says, 'thought so'

ArchAngel whaps himself across the back of the head!

LadyAce nods her agreement with Kaige.

Kaige says, 'best way to make sure your info's accurate is to gather it or at least check it yourself'

ArchAngel says, 'that or get help from other people who know various items who get info from things like that :p'

LadyAce says, 'exploring's funner'

Lorenzo says, 'I like making my own list of eq stats, 'sfun.'

LadyAce says, 'dressing yourself from the bodies of your fallen enemies has way more cache'.'

ArchAngel says, 'it is but I find I cant kill half the good people anymore...'

Kaige says, 'no.. I'm saying don't trust those as the source of the data.'

Kaige shrugs philosophically.

ArchAngel says, 'I lost my good list in which like nothing was outta my reach...'

ArchAngel says, 'I dont trust anything as a source of data I just look at what I know and what I've seen suceed'

ArchAngel says, 'I miss when I had 713 hps....'

LadyAce giggles.

LadyAce says, 'luck, gear, lotsa con....'

ArchAngel snickers softly.

ArchAngel says, 'I used to have 100 str/con and like 80 dex at one point..'

Lorenzo says, 'I have no 100s'

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

ArchAngel says, 'since the horns were changed I couldnt find a set like that again'

ArchAngel says, 'surprising thing is a lotta people when they group up with me think I have over 700 hps.....'

Lorenzo says to ArchAngel, 'I thought so'

ArchAngel snickers softly.

ArchAngel says to Lorenzo, 'well I need to get my con back up to where it used to be...'

Lorenzo raises his hand.

LadyAce giggles.

LadyAce points at Lorenzo.


Non Ascii-Character Sets?

Lorenzo says, 'any plans to support non-ascii character sets, so LadyAce doesn't have to put an apostrophe after "cache"?'

Lorenzo grins evilly.

ArchAngel laughs.

Kaige says, 'and we could have the correct spanish characters as well.. no plans currently.'

LadyAce defers to the absent coding staff and then points to the idea channel with a wink, a nod, and a shrug.

ArchAngel says, 'cache' is to make an accent of a sort... kinda drak out the e...'

Kaige says, 'be nice... but it tends to also be a client issue, if they can deal with them too'

Lorenzo nods his agreement with Kaige.

Lorenzo says to Kaige, 'telnet is the ultimate client, though. It can deal!'

ArchAngel throws his head back and cackles gleefully!

Lorenzo says, 'IAC WILL8BIT'

LadyAce says to ArchAngel, 'yea, but the idea is to not have to do that. it looks goofy'

ArchAngel says, 'telnet can be banished as far as I care!'

ArchAngel says, 'there isnt much programming that can deal with spanish type words and get them figured out right'

LadyAce says, 'yea there is :) there's a standard and everything'

Lorenzo nods his agreement with LadyAce.

Lorenzo says, 'Legend could be the first UTF-8 mud!'

ArchAngel says, 'but many diff forms of spanish so it'd never be right :P'

LadyAce says, 'nah, it'd depend on the author to make it right.'

Kaige says, 'nah. I know there's some spanish language ones out there that have all the special characters correctly'

ArchAngel says, 'but implementing that on a mud? that'd make it so even simple english gets messed up in some way'

Lorenzo says, 'UTF-8 is nice cause it replaces all the special charsets that only really do one language or language family'

LadyAce says, 'no, it doesn't :)'

LadyAce says, 'it's an internet-wide convention, special typing for special words.'

LadyAce was saying no to AA, not Lorenzo.

ArchAngel says, 'the same word cache is a computer term.. put that in a spanish program and it wont know how to output it'

Lorenzo says, 'it can cope with all the Euro languages and goofy Asian glyphs, too, all with a single charset.'

Lorenzo smiles happily.

LadyAce says to ArchAngel, 'If I type cach control-v control-e, it'd make it with a proper ' over the e, for example.'

LadyAce says to ArchAngel, 'it doesn't need to know languages or words. I just have to know special key combos.'

ArchAngel says to LadyAce, 'but how many people would actually go for that extra typing if their in a hurry?'

LadyAce says to ArchAngel, 'builders, and anyone trying to type those words who doesn't want them confused :)'

LadyAce says, 'it looks dumb to type senor and senora :P'

ArchAngel says, 'even if their in a hurry?'

Kaige says, 'if it's in their native language, they're used to it'

LadyAce says, 'lots of people do it, all over the internet, in order to be proper.'

LadyAce says, 'n and n with a ~ are two different letters in spanish.'

ArchAngel says, 'see some people like speaking spanish but they prefer english so it depend really'

LadyAce says, 'to type one instead of the other is like swapping r and v.'

LadyAce shrugs helplessly.

LadyAce says, 'some people live in other countries or RP chars from other countries. Legend is full of other countries that have no relationship to English.'

Lorenzo says to ArchAngel, 'c,a de'pend... je voudrais, si j'e'tait entrer un de'scription de moi-me^me, definitement!'

ArchAngel says, 'besides if someone from a different country comes here theres normally different keyboards available to them'

LadyAce says, 'it'd be neat to spice up a few areas with an umlaut or two, or a chinese char here and there for flavor.'

LadyAce shrugs helplessly.

Lorenzo says to ArchAngel, 'cause it would look so lame not to!'

Lorenzo nods his agreement with LadyAce.

Lorenzo says to LadyAce, 'like Klein.... :)'

ArchAngel snickers softly.

LadyAce nods to herself.


Pretitle Update?

Lorenzo says, 'any idea when the pretitles list will be updated next?'

LadyAce says, 'January, in prep for the Expies'

Lorenzo nods solemnly.

Lorenzo says, 'I was afraid of that'


Economy & More on Coupons

Lorenzo says, 'houses are getting harder & harder to keep'

Lorenzo says, 'that's not a question tho'

Lorenzo sighs loudly.

ArchAngel says, 'coupons are gettnig harder and harder to find **duck**'

LadyAce chuckles politely.

Kaige says, 'lots of them out there that people aren't using'

ArchAngel points out he needs two more to make his sword string **duck**

Kaige says, 'just sitting in houses'

ArchAngel says to Kaige, 'you know how many people actually will sell?'

ArchAngel says, 'well the question refers to coupons and I think everyone hates hearing about them from me....'

Lorenzo says to ArchAngel, 'I won't sell, cause I'm gonna give them away. But i'm too lazy to make a question list'

Kaige says to ArchAngel, 'some do, if the price is right.'

ArchAngel says to Kaige, 'very very few to none people will sell'

ArchAngel says to Lorenzo, 'just give me a single and add a color and I'll be happy **duck**'

LadyAce says, 'how often do you offer to buy 'em?'

ArchAngel says, 'like every day?'

LadyAce says, 'how many posts in the classified board have you posted?'

Kaige says, 'how often do you do things that can get you tokens? since those can get you coupons?'

ArchAngel says, 'not many because I'm almost on here 24/7'

LadyAce says, 'people might not see your chats or have auction on'

ArchAngel says to Kaige, 'when I go to sleep the games start'

LadyAce says, 'no, you're here 24/7'

LadyAce tickles ArchAngel.

ArchAngel snickers softly.

ArchAngel says, 'I wish..'

ArchAngel says, 'I'd be bugging everyone :P'

Kaige says, 'I don't mean games. I mean bug/typo/idea. and sending in rp/pk write ups for the LT'

ArchAngel says, 'hmmm rp last time was back in the summer...'

Lorenzo says to Kaige, 'I dunno, I think the buglotto picker is rigged against me'

Kaige says to Lorenzo, 'All Kae does is roll a couple dice... and count down the list I send her.'

Kaige says, 'the more times your name is on the list, the better your chances'

LadyAce says to ArchAngel, 'well, I ran a buncha Tuesday games at 8pm, and the Halloweeny games ran all day :P'

Lorenzo says to Kaige, 'I know, I just think I've terrible luck'

ArchAngel says to LadyAce, 'pfft! I ran the elf game and didnt come across anything more than I have on me and one non color'

LadyAce says to ArchAngel, 'poor you! only a *non color*'

ArchAngel says, 'pfft'

ArchAngel says, 'that'll just cost me like at the rate I'm going 500k for 3 add a colors...'

LadyAce pulls out the world's tiniest violin and begins to play.

ArchAngel says, 'besides I was with someone and we did a dieroll for who gets it so'

Kaige says, 'so use the string first.. adn add the colors later when you get them?'

ArchAngel says to Kaige, 'lost the dieroll :P'


Lit Salon Rules?

Mordok says, 'I was wondering about the Lit salon thing?'

Mordok says, 'rules and such?'

LadyAce says, 'what sort of thing did you have in mind?'

Mordok says, 'an alt was thinking of doing a song and I was wondering if it was a period type event?'

LadyAce says, 'I mean, it's going to depend a lot on who shows and what they want to do -- what people want to do, within reason, is fair game'

Mordok nods solemnly.

LadyAce says, 'it doesn't hafta be 100% period, but that'd be a bonus'

Mordok says, 'it is a time travel song.'

Mordok laughs.

LadyAce giggles.

LadyAce says, 'sounds like it might be fun :)'

Mordok says, 'Ok, If I get booed, so be it'

LadyAce giggles.

LadyAce says, 'I'll cheer :)'


Imm Apps Next Due?

ArchAngel says to Kaige, 'are the applications for imm always due by march or will the time period change at all?'

Kaige says, 'March 1st and Sept 1st these days.. every 6 months'

ArchAngel nods solemnly.


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.


General Suggestions/Questions

o System Time, is it consistent through the world? (ie I live in Central Standard Time, You live in London... If we type in time at the same time, will the System time be the same?)
Yes, because System Time is the time on the computer the mud is hosted on.
o Can we disable that mailman monthly reminder? Useless piece of email, be nice if we can turn it off or something.
Unfortunately, it can only be turned on or off for the mailing list as a whole, not for individuals. And one extra mail a month is easy to either delete by hand or set up in your mail program's rules to just delete it for you if you really don't want it. However, someone out there may need the reminder which is why it is turned on.
o Is it true that if you die just before a "crappy" crash and didn't retrieve the items in it before the crash... all the items are lost, and you won't get reimburse for it? If so, that does not sound fair to me...
Only if the crash occurs during or before the function that saves the corpse and the items in the room when you die. Otherwise, it should be there and owned when the server comes back up.
o Marked paper/card/mudmail stay marked when sent and then recieved by person, when you send (currently) the mark is removed.
Yup, that's because just like strung notes, the actual item isn't saved, only the vnum and file value which the code uses to recreate for you.
o Why is it that create mage spell foul water doesn't get that dragon out anymore?
Not sure, but we'll toss it on the list of bug reports for that area so it can be looked into.

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