Lecture Series Index

March 27th, 2003

Q & A Index

Topics Covered

Comments about Upcoming Changes
Changes for Augmenters?
Reimbs for Useless Skills Too?
Where to Suggest Ideas?
HTaint vs Dip/Ignite?
New Skill Helps & Chant?
Twohanded Changes Only on New Gear?
Appropriateness of Strings?
How to Get A Purged Char Back?
Ruby's Proposal to Lilian
Some Changes for Create Mages
Areas Specifically for 3-4 People?
ETA for New Skills?
More Skills for Bards Coming?
Progress on Hell?
Creating Greater Summons?
New Perc Requirements?
Only Certain Bags are Mendable?
Decision Making & Evaluating Changes?
Do Imms Mind Typo Reports?
Whoises for Expie Winners?
Sugery and Prestige?
A Voting System?
Limits on Inventory?
Why Do Mobs Think I Stink?

Additional Topics Answered

General Suggestions/Questions

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Comments about Upcoming Changes

LadyAce says, 'Okie, time to get started.'

LadyAce says, 'but, let's start with a fast comment from us'

LadyAce says, 'there is a big list of changes to the fight code posted, and we expect y'all to be as excited about them as we are'

Sandra says, 'yea, we spammed the godlist for hours yesterday and the day before'

Sandra drools contentedly.

LadyAce says, 'Sandra & Huginn & Ea! have done lots of work and collaborated patiently with the imm staff on these'

LadyAce says, 'we're trying to give you a slightly-advance look so that you don't go changing your chars radically while we get this going'

Myrthorn nods solemnly.

LadyAce says, 'Questions, comments, concerns, grumbles, sniffles, shrugs?'

Ruby shrugs helplessly.

Sandra says, 'not many people here. Thought there'd be more with that post'

Myrella sniffles quietly.

Ruby says, 'give it a day or so'

Jenna says, 'lots of sniffles.. but that's cos i'm sick'

Spanish-Flea says, 'that just means people like the ideas'

Spanish-Flea has a cold too

Sandra says, 'yea but there won't be a q&a in a day or so!'

Spanish-Flea comforts Jenna.

Ruby says, 'people are glued to the news remember'

Jenna says, 'no complaints from me wrt to changes'

Jenna says, 'and other people are desperately avoiding the news'

Jenna shudders.

Spanish-Flea says, 'i love the changes :D'

Sandra nods her agreement with Jenna.

Spanish-Flea falls to his knees and worships Sandra's existence.

Ea! says, 'we've had pretty positive comments across the board about the changes for the most part.'

Sandra nods her agreement with Ea!.

Spanish-Flea falls to his knees and worships Ea!'s existence.

Kaige says to Ea!, 'well, THIS set'

Kaige giggles.

Spanish-Flea falls to his knees and worships Huginn's existence.

Ea! says to Kaige, 'Yeah, we'll be mean soon.'

Kaige nods her agreement with Ea!.

Spanish-Flea says to Ea!, 'promise?'

Kaige says to Ea!, 'seems to go in cycles'

Jenna giggles.

Jenna says, 'now you just have to fix the spiritless wonders'

Jenna ducks to the ground.

Ruby sighs loudly.

Sandra says, 'oh, we're fixing that too probably'

Ea! says to Spanish-Flea, 'Oh, well, I've got some evil ones that the other imms won't let me do.'


Changes for Augmenters?

Spanish-Flea says, 'yes, people gripe that druids still have the greatest advantage, and these changes do not do much to change that, is there any change to shove a proverbial crayon up those damn augmentor's noses any time soon?'

Sandra says, 'right now, we have no plans on changing augmenters. key words being 'right now''

LadyAce says, 'well, we avoided doing things that are boosty to them :) is a start!'

Spanish-Flea cheers for LadyAce - huzzah!

Sandra says, 'we've left them out of things tho, definately'

Sandra nods her agreement with LadyAce.

Ea! says, 'It is a problem that we're aware of, though.'

LadyAce says, 'If you have ideas on that, post 'em to discussion. We've talked about it internally too, but maybe you have ideas we've not had yet on how to address it :)'

Sandra says, 'it's more of a "we wanna see what these changes will do first" kinda thing'


Reimbs for Useless Skills Too?

Ruby says, 'I want to question the skill reimbursal policy. Why not reimburse most skills when making changes like this? I think it would encourage people to play their chars longer. This would make the mud much more stable in terms of player base and poeple getting to know each other better'

Spanish-Flea nods his agreement with Ruby.

LadyAce says, 'I don't think we've 100% decided on the reimb strategy for this'

Sandra nods her agreement with LadyAce.

Sandra says, 'we haven't gotten that far ;)'

Spanish-Flea says, 'what do you take into account when you consider reimbs?'

Ruby says, 'well I want to vote for more skill reimb. And my vote should count as much as Kaige's!'

Sandra says, 'for things like the inspire change, we consider the skill, obviously, and any prereqs tha were needed'

Kaige nods her agreement with Sandra.

LadyAce says, 'We usually take a look at what skills people won't be able to actually use because of a change, as a baseline'

Ruby says, 'I think it should be broader than skill prereqs'

Ea! says, 'We want to allow people to reimb stuff, but we don't want to over burden the admins and we don't want people to be able to reverse decisions they made about their character that aren't related to our changes.'

Kaige says to Ea!, 'and has to be codable in acts.'

Myrthorn raises an eyebrow inquiringly.

LadyAce says, 'though automating them with ooc mobs helps with some of that'

Kaige nods her agreement with LadyAce.

Ruby says, 'what does a fighter do that wasted all his skill points on shipbuilding, fishing and such just because h e couldn't learn anything useful'

Sandra says, 'you should smack the fighter? ;)'

Ruby grumbles.

Ruby says, 'Skill tree's were just a myth though'

Jenna peers at Ruby, looking him up and down.

Ea! says, 'Still are.'

Jenna says, 'none of my straight fighters have managed to use up all their pracs'

LadyAce says, 'We are targetting these changes at fighters -- so we're not going to stick you with a reimb policy that keeps everyone from using them'

Jenna says, 'and they have such "useless" skills as shipbuilding and fishing'

Ruby says, 'it was a game with me for awhile. Learn the most useless skills you can.'

Spanish-Flea says, 'yes, but that's the same logic as saying that people with old eq are rewarded for being around longer'

Spanish-Flea says, 'so why should imms reimb without junking all old eq'

Ruby says, 'people should be rewarded for being around longer'

Ruby says, 'oldbie's helped shape the mud into what it is'

Spanish-Flea says, 'and I'm probably 400-500 rent less than my present day self even after a year'

LadyAce says, 'I don't think we'll do totally unrelated skills, but a lot of things are changing. See what you think when we post the policy.'

Sandra says, 'we aren't really sure that we will reimb things for the new skills. For changes, sure. It's fair. But I'm personally not so sure on new skills.'

Spanish-Flea says, 'what about new magic words if they're ever introduced'

Spanish-Flea says, 'limans are already boosted, which sort of makes up for that first circle magic fiasco'

Jenna says, 'don't we have enough already?'

Jenna peers intently at a ridiculously large spellbook.

Spanish-Flea says, 'you can never have too many spells that are better replaced with a skill'

Sandra says, 'mages have plenty, imo'

Ruby says, 'I can see not reimbing for fight skills but what about skills that are more or less for rp and stuff. ie cooking fishing ect?'


Where to Suggest Ideas?

Spanish-Flea says, 'if I want to report an idea for another skill, where should I do it?'

Sandra says, 'idea channel'

LadyAce nods her agreement with Sandra.


HTaint vs Dip/Ignite?

LadyAce says, 'I have a question myself, actually -- I'm wondering about the relationship between taint & dip....taint = arrows and is skill-linked, dip is what all and is just a command?'

Kaige says, 'Dip is going byebye as it becomes taint.'

Sandra says, 'dip's currently just a command that's going poofie'

Myrella says, 'finally :P'

Kaige nods her agreement with Sandra.

LadyAce says, 'ah, ok. Couldn't tell if it was sticking around with some other purpose.'

LadyAce nods to herself.

Huginn says, 'no. ignite still works without dip'

Sandra nods her agreement with Huginn.

Sandra says, 'always consider that seperate tho'

Ruby says, 'so no skill is going to be needed to ignite an arrow?'

Sandra nods her agreement with Ruby.

Huginn nods his agreement with Ruby.

Ruby says, 'ow that could be nice'

Ruby says, 'what about skill reimb's. If london can't dip anymore why have deadeye and bow skills?'

Jenna says to Ruby, 'handy when you run out of ammo on a run?'

Ruby says to Jenna, 'no you still need to have a bow and arrows'

Jenna says to Ruby, 'that's why you have someone like me around'


New Skill Helps & Chant?

Spanish-Flea says, 'new skills--will all chars have access to the helpfiles since they're new skills or will we have to have the prereqs first?'

Spanish-Flea says, 'access to all the helpfiles initially I mean'

Sandra says, 'it'll probably be the same as the other skills'

Spanish-Flea says, 'like just a post on the welcome board'

Sandra says, 'but I can tell you now, the restrictions on it'

Sandra says, 'if you have chant, no new skill for you. If you're from Tara, no new skills for you either'

Ruby says to Sandra, 'so klien with chant doesn't get any new skills?'

Spanish-Flea says, 'so then let's say limans who learned chant like 3 years ago, will they get a reimb?'

Myrella says, 'chant excludes you from the new skills?'

Sandra nods her agreement with Ruby.

Sandra nods her agreement with Myrella.

Sandra says, 'we're discussing that. Probably tho'

Myrella says, 'Hmmplh now my fighter dont get new skills :('

Spanish-Flea says, 'what about this char for reimbs for inspire?'

Sandra says, 'if your char has chant, it isn't a fighter =P'

Ruby says, 'yeh that sucks for fighters that dabbled in chant for a bit'

Myrella says, 'chant and 5 words a mage do not make :P'

Sandra says, 'depends on the words ;)'

Spanish-Flea says, 'well technically'

Ruby says, 'possibly a chant reimb for klien also?'

Sandra says, 'possibly'

Lorenzo says, 'I'd be concerned that would pretty much eliminate the liman mage'

LadyAce says, 'we need to make sure that there aren't issues we haven't considered with this -- the reimb policy will be hammered out and posted.'

Ruby says, 'it's to hard to keep up with the changes thoughout the years. most of my chars have 10 to 15 skills learn they haven't used since a change'

Spanish-Flea says, 'chant kere jiv rudh coupled with 2 of agni/vayu/udan/bhu is very worth it :P'

Jenna giggles at Lorenzo and a few small tears appear in her eyes.

Jenna says, 'he said liman mage'

Spanish-Flea says, 'ph33r th3 11m4n m4g3!'

LadyAce says to Ruby, 'was that your question or didja have another?'

Ruby says, 'yeh that vid spell is so useful :P'

Spanish-Flea nods his agreement with Ruby.

Ruby says, 'I'm just kinda talking since it looked like noone had a question'

LadyAce says to Spanish-Flea, 'did you have another question?'

Lorenzo says, 'I'm just saying that it's marginally useful now, but make chant mutually exclusive with the upcoming changes means pretty much nobody would take the 1c spells'

Huginn says, 'and?'

Sandra says, 'you have a choice. We aren't twisting anyone's arm'

Kaige says, 'those that found them useful before still would, not like they had the choice of the new skills then'

Lorenzo says, 'so why not just move the axiom, and reduce the complexity of things?'

Sandra says, 'we did that too'

Lorenzo says to Sandra, 'the axiom is going away?'

Sandra shakes her head in disagreement with Lorenzo.


Twohanded Changes Only on New Gear?

Stupidity says, 'will the new changes for two-handed by happening on the current eqs? Or will we have new eqs with those stats...'

Sandra says to Stupidity, 'they'll have to get new eq'

Stupidity nods his agreement with Sandra.

Sandra says, 'but the ones already in the game MAY be changed. It's not definate on which will.'

Stupidity nods his agreement with Sandra.

Sandra says, 'lemme rephrase that. The ones players have won't be changed'

Sandra says, 'the ones already built MAY be changed'

Huginn thanks Sandra heartily.

Ruby says, 'all Beowulf's staff be changed?'

Ruby throws his head back and cackles gleefully!

Kaige says to Sandra, 'OLD gear is better, nyah nyeah'

Jenna nods solemnly.

Sandra giggles.


Appropriateness of Strings?

Myrella says, 'who is the final authority on the appropriateness of strings? Poor Haley said she'd get hung for the next string I suggested'

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

Lilian snickers at Myrella nastily.

Huginn points at Kaige.

Sandra points at Kaige.

Myrella bats her eyelashes at Kaige.

Stupidity quietly talks to himself.

Myrella laughs.

Huginn says, 'she's the final authority on everything'

Ruby says, 'ow ow tell us what the string is'

Kaige says, 'what's the string?'

Myrella says, 'thats what I thought'

Huginn says, 'well mud related'

Myrella laughs.

Kaige giggles at Huginn.

Myrella says, ' her naked body'

Ruby says, 'sweet'

Stupidity says to Myrella, 'wow, sound, sexy'

LadyAce says, 'that doesn't sound like clothing one wears in a particular slot :P'

Kaige nods her agreement with LadyAce.

Myrella says, 'bah nitpickers :P'

Myrella chuckles politely.

LadyAce says, 'put it in your look-at desc and invis your eq, if you wanna give that impression'

Ruby says, 'use it for a light!'

Myrella says, 'Umm I think I'm going cross-eyed where in help string or string rules does it say it has to be a item you can wear?'

LadyAce says, 'no, was reading the help :)'

Myrella says, 'it does relate to the slot'

LadyAce says, '"not obscene, must be in good taste" in rule 5 -- and the slot needs to correspond to where the item is being worn...hard to do with what you're askin for :P'

LadyAce says, 'cuz it's not an item being worn :)'

Lilian says, 'but isn't 'tat...taste' an individual thing?'

Lilian grins evilly.

Huginn says to Lilian, 'not your definition of it'

Lilian laughs at Huginn.

Sandra giggles.

LadyAce says, 'it's a judgement call, sure'

Sandra would turn it down.

Lilian says to Huginn, 'that's true. My player has excellent taste - I am rather vulgar'

Lilian grins evilly.

Huginn nods his agreement with Lilian.

Myrella says, 'well is it yes or no? :P'

Huginn pets Lilian lovingly.

LadyAce says, 'it's a no :P'

Myrella chuckles politely.

Myrella says, 'you guys are no fun'

Myrella giggles.

Sandra giggles.

LadyAce says, 'I know that you guys wanna run around being super sexy and all, but there's really a limit to it from what we'll support.'

Myrella says, 'Well its not that bad, you guys just have dirty minds :P'

Lorenzo says, 'wure there should. how the heck can you get ugly people if everyone's gorgeous? I don't want to live in a world without ugly people.'


How to Get A Purged Char Back?

Lilian says, 'what is the procedure for getting back a purged char?'

Sandra points at Haley.

LadyAce says to Lilian, 'ask an imm'

Lilian smiles happily.

Lilian says to LadyAce, 'thank the Dark Lord I mudmailed you then'

Lilian smiles happily.


Ruby's Proposal to Lilian

Ruby says to Lilian, 'Will you marry me next week?'

Lilian gasps in astonishment.

Lilian beams at Ruby delightedly.

Huginn says to Ruby, 'talk about QA '

Lilian says to Ruby, 'of course!'

Sandra says, 'aw'

Myrella chuckles politely.

Ruby hugs Lilian.

Sheerluck rolls his eyes heavenward.

Lilian gives Ruby a huge bearhug - your ribs ache in sympathy.

Sandra says, 'yay mushy stuff!'

BrewMoon bursts into tears.

Lilian says, 'can we sacrifice people at the wedding?'

Jenna giggles.

Sandra says, 'can I sacrifice the bride and groom?'

Sandra beams delightedly.

Jenna says, 'one would have thought it would be better to propose IC'

Huginn nods his agreement with Sandra.

Lilian snickers at Sandra nastily.


Some Changes for Create Mages

LadyAce says, 'aww... :) but, Sandra was going to stir up some controversy next.'

Sandra says, 'yea lemme stir things up'

Sandra says, 'creeeeeeeeeeate mages!'

Myrthorn gasps in astonishment.

Sandra says, 'guess who's next on the block'

Ruby rests.

Ruby throws his head back and cackles gleefully!

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

Myrella says, 'what? we can finnaly have a real heal spell :P'

Myrthorn glares icily at Sandra.

Jenna says to Sandra, 'please don't hurt me'

Huginn says, 'no!'

Sandra says, 'these changes are proposed. They aren't definate'

Sandra says, 'change 1) charmies can't use bows'

Sandra taunts you all.

Ruby cheers for Sandra - huzzah!

Jenna says, 'ooh'

LadyAce thought we were gonna let dops still use it?

Stupidity says, 'Why can't they use bow? I mean, since anyone can use it already...'

Lorenzo slits his wrists.

Stupidity says to LadyAce, 'that would make sense,'

Huginn shakes his head in disagreement with LadyAce.

Myrella says, 'what about the ethric archer ? :P'

Sandra says, 'well they have the skill to use them'

Sandra says, 'we're still working on the doppel using them thing'

Sandra says, 'change 2) a timer on greater summoning. That is, when the angel/demon/titan dies, you can't make another right away.'

Ruby cheers for Sandra - huzzah!

Jenna says, 'makes ultimates even nicer'

Sheerluck says, 'Timer based on level/mind?'

Sandra says, 'nope'

Sandra says, 'timer based on 'this is about long enough''

Sheerluck nods solemnly.

Spanish-Flea says, 'I'd just like to see cause charmies improved or create charmies maimed damage-wise for pk encounters.'

Sandra says, 'cause charmies are about as good as they're gonna get'

LadyAce says, 'cause isn't supposed to be a charmies-reliant school'

Myrella says, 'Cause dont need stinking charmies'

Sandra says, 'so, what do you all think of those?'

Lorenzo says to Sandra, 'You said you were only gonna hurt 3c creates.'

Lorenzo sniffs sadly.

Jenna shrugs philosophically.

Jenna says, 'works for me'

Stupidity says, 'it doesn't make sense... how charmies can't shoot'

Myrella says, 'Couldn't be less bothered'

Stupidity shrugs helplessly.

Ruby says to Sandra, 'how many more changes?'

Jenna says, 'i'm assuming zombies won't be able to shoot either?'

Huginn says to Stupidity, 'they're not people..'

Spanish-Flea says, 'i just find it amusing that skeletons don't get mobs angry in salem :)'

Sandra says, 'coz they aren't skilled in it. It'd actually be a change to all mobs'

Stupidity says, 'the timer on greater is interesting, but, I hope you beef up greater to make it fair'

Sandra nods her agreement with Jenna.

Jenna nods solemnly.

Sandra says to Ruby, 'for now I think that's it. But I may be forgetting things ;)'

Stupidity says to Sandra, 'but, since when do we need skill to shoot a bow?'

Jenna says to Stupidity, 'ever tried shooting a bow?'

Sandra says, 'players don't still. Mobs will need a flag for it'

Huginn says to Stupidity, 'we could change that.. but made this change instead'

Sandra giggles.

Stupidity says, 'will we get a timer timer on greater too?'

Stupidity says, 'like, ask angel when will you need to go?'

Stupidity says, 'reply 2 ticks'

Sandra says, 'there's no real way to predict when they poof'

Jenna says, 'well. considering i don't try to solo big runs anyway.. this little create's not screaming'

Sandra nods her agreement with Jenna.

Huginn says, 'this is seperate from that'

Sandra says, 'the timer is on when you can remake them'

Huginn nods his agreement with Sandra.

Spanish-Flea says, 'that's one big gripe these changes do not fix'

Spanish-Flea says, 'creates are still the only class able to solo an area like SL'

Kaige says, 'and isn't exactly one that code alone is going to fix either'

Sandra says, 'not for long'

Spanish-Flea falls to his knees and worships Sandra's existence.

Jenna says to Spanish-Flea, 'not if charmies can't shoot'

Sandra says, 'removing the ability for them to shoot bows reduces that significantly'

Lorenzo says, 'how about make 3c charmies not able to shoot and 2c charmies can?'

Lorenzo nods to himself.

Spanish-Flea laughs.

Huginn says, 'how about no?'

Spanish-Flea says, 'that defies the point'

BrewMoon says, 'i think doppels still should be able to shoot'

Ruby nods his agreement with Huginn.

Stupidity nods his agreement with BrewMoon.

Ruby says, 'no way'

Lorenzo nods his agreement with BrewMoon.

Stupidity says, 'it is a duplicate of you anyhow'

Stupidity says, 'so it is a person... somewhat'

BrewMoon says, 'aren't they a copy of us? and we can shoot bows without the skill'

Ruby says, 'Shooting dops are way too powerfull'

Kaige says, 'if it was easy to flag, maybe if the player had deadeye? but I'm not sure the coders are willing to special case it that much.'

Jenna says, 'well. not really'

Huginn says, 'its not really a full copy, doesn't have your skills or spells'

Sandra says, 'yea but they aren't so smart, they have to follow orders'

Jenna says, 'a lot of high level mobs are DI anyway'

Ruby says, 'if you want an exact copy of yourself get a groupmate to shoot the bow for you'

Stupidity says to Jenna, 'new trends...'

BrewMoon says to Ruby, 'i don't have any friends =P'

Lorenzo says, 'order doppelganger hold bow in front of face. order doppelganger put arrow in string. order doppelganger draw string. order doppelganger relesae string.'

Stupidity says to Sandra, 'so those changes are still in discussion right? No real plans on imp them soon?'

Sandra nods her agreement with Stupidity.

LadyAce says, 'I think a lot of non-SL-soloing folk make use of that... they shouldn't be able to kill without risk'

LadyAce says, 'but we'll hafta be thinking about how it affects them'

Ruby says, 'I sit around and watch create mages solo 99% of medievil'

Ruby says, 'time for these changes. way past time'

Stupidity says to Ruby, 'not like cause can't do it'

Jenna nods her agreement with Stupidity.

Ruby says to Stupidity, 'create can still do it just not as well'


Areas Specifically for 3-4 People?

Spanish-Flea says, 'are there any plans for areas that are meant to be done with a party of maybe 3-4 people comprised of only one healer?'

Sandra says, 'I can't think of any at the moment'

LadyAce says, 'AT you can run with 3 people and a healer :P'

Sandra nods her agreement with LadyAce.

Sandra says, 'we've done it!'

Stupidity says, '3 people and a healer?'

Sandra says, 'course we died a few times, but hey'

LadyAce says, 'people load up with tons of people for it, but it doesn't have to be that way.'

Stupidity says, 'assassin can't be scatter anymore right?'

Lilian snickers softly.

Huginn says, 'let's go do it now.. sandra, you be the healer, LA can tank'

Spanish-Flea says, 'I mean like a PD, but one that can't be soloed, but is still doable if you get say a druid or surgy a hitter a mage and a tank?'

LadyAce says, 'we didn't have a healer'

Jenna says, 'you can run PD with 3 people and a healer'

Jenna says, 'i wouldn't recommend it tho'

Sandra says, 'aw, I wanna shoot!'

Spanish-Flea says, 'wanna try delgado or de santa with 3 people and a healer?'

Ruby says to Sandra, 'that would be a dull run'

Huginn laughs.

Sandra says, 'true'

Huginn says, 'ok I'll heal, you shoot'

Sandra giggles.

Stupidity says to Spanish-Flea, 'not like you can't, I mean, if you want, and have hps, you can flee '

Lilian says, 'De Santa's mean'

LadyAce says, 'the essential thing is -- it's hard to make something designed for a specific group config without making artificial restrictions'

Spanish-Flea says, 'I mean an area worth maybe 300k-400k xp for every party member that is fully doable with a small party, because big parties are noticeably rarer'

Sandra nods her agreement with LadyAce.

Spanish-Flea says, 'not if you make tunnel rooms everywhere'

Sandra says, 'you can do that probably in any other area'

Spanish-Flea says, 'technically, I could solo the first floor of AT right now'

LadyAce says, 'I mean, if I make a lvl 40 grouping mob intended to be killed by groups of lev 30ish players....a single lev 40 person would con them and get slaughtered, and 50s would like, kill it for sport'

LadyAce says, 'so we'd hafta target it pretty tightly'

Spanish-Flea says, 'true, but even then'

LadyAce says, 'not so easy and starts to get kinda sucky'

LadyAce says, '"can't kill this mob unless you are a lev 35, good bye."'

LadyAce shrugs helplessly.

Spanish-Flea says, 'areas should be open to change, I mean I've stopped playing a lot more because all I can do is get on, get some charmies from klein if a create hasn't money run it *major gripe* and then ask if there's a run and log off'

LadyAce says, 'well, maybe you should break out of your rut :)'

Sandra says, 'it sounds like you should ask for a hitter and healer and patrol the other areas'

Spanish-Flea says, 'my healer has been stuck in his 30's for over two weeks now due to the fact that nobody will xp run with a druid nor will they start a run without like 5 druids or one online surgy with time'

LadyAce says, 'solo the first level of AT, teach a newbie how to spit, jump the grand canyon....'

LadyAce says, 'there are a lot of people stuck in that rut. Declare war on it :P'

Lilian snickers softly.

Spanish-Flea says, 'we can't'

Spanish-Flea says, 'these changes will help'

Jenna says, 'there has seemed to be a large wane in runs'

Spanish-Flea says, 'more liman surgeons'

Sandra says, 'go thru the other areas and kill mobs there. There's more than 3 areas in the game, contrary to popular belief'

Lilian nods her agreement with Jenna.

Spanish-Flea says, 'I do'

Huginn says, 'fewer soloings of PD by creates'

Spanish-Flea says, 'but unless I can animate dancing swords in indus or ancient, and I do mean good dancing swords like saebels or broad axes, I'm fairly stuck'

Spanish-Flea says, 'kleins is just such an amazing area'

Ruby says, 'when will you people get off the charmy kick? you don't need charmys to play the game'

Myrella nods her agreement with Ruby.

Lilian grins evilly at Ruby.. wonder what she's thinking...

Spanish-Flea says, 'you need charmies to xp'

Myrella says, 'I'm a create and I hate charmies'

Sandra says, 'no you don't'

Spanish-Flea says, 'you can xp with a surgeon and a tank'

Jenna says, 'you don't.. but it helps when you can't find a healer'

Spanish-Flea says, 'i'll get a full army and full mana'

Spanish-Flea says, 'we'll see who gets more xp faster'

Myrella says, 'but without a direct healing spell I need them at times'

Gho says to Spanish-Flea, 'it's not a race, man.'

Lilian says, 'I realy really hate trying to get xp on my own, and finding, everywhere I go, a million bloody zombies or skeletons, that some mage leaves there until repop, and kills everything again'

Sandra says, 'I bet I'd win that one =P'

Myrella peers at herself myopically.

Spanish-Flea says, 'with a direct healing spell I need them'

LadyAce says, 'if your strategy isn't tons of fun all the time, change it.'

Spanish-Flea says, 'cure critical is nice for pk, put in practice I'm not going to sacrifice the mana for one and a half firestorms for 70 hp'

LadyAce says, 'efficiency is for rats in mazes and drones in cubicles.'

Huginn says, '2'

Jenna says, 'it's not efficiency, it's zen mobkill'

Spanish-Flea says, 'if it wasnt fun at all times at lvl 50, and we took your advice, madame, this would be called 'concreateMUD''

Sandra grins evilly at Jenna.. wonder what she's thinking...

Jenna wrinkles her nose at Spanish-Flea.

Jenna says, 'i'm not con create!'

LadyAce says, 'if it's your idea of fun, go & have it :P'

Gho nods his agreement with LadyAce.

Jenna says, 'concreate is boooooring!'

Jenna flees.

Gho says to Jenna, 'not before skill lag. :p'

Ruby says, 'although it's funny. I don't really like watching THAT one create mage without a weapon kill the whole mud without stopped.'

Spanish-Flea says, 'i've just been dictating what would be fun, just because you're telling me it's difficult it doesn't mean it won't eventually impact'

Spanish-Flea says, 'I remember how I got my warnings'

Gho says to Ruby, 'that was the idea though.'

Spanish-Flea says, 'one con create totally cleaned out medieval'

Spanish-Flea says, 'including all trans mobs'

Gho says to Spanish-Flea, 'I doubt that.'

Spanish-Flea says, 'and me and retribution complained quite violently'

Jenna says, 'retribution and i'

Spanish-Flea glares icily at Jenna.

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

Sandra giggles at Jenna.

Myrella says, 'you shouldn't be allowed more than 2 charmies at a time as far as I am concerned'

Myrella shrugs philosophically.


ETA for New Skills?

Gho says, 'I just got here, this's prolly been asked, but when do we get these new skills?'

Sandra says, 'probably 2 weeks. That's not set in stone tho. Depends on how much tweaking needs done after we're done testing'

Gho nods solemnly.

Ruby says, 'if this going in with the new skills or seperate?'

Gho says, 'and why, may i ask, are we trying to up perc on fighters instead of spirit?'

Ruby nods solemnly.

Sandra says, 'perc is the first step'

Huginn says to Gho, 'we'll get to spirit eventually :-)'

Gho nods his agreement with Sandra.

Gho says, 'okies'

Ruby says, 'bah screw spirit. It's just for healers :P'

Huginn says to Ruby, 'its also your self control'

Gho says, 'as of now, I have 14 pracs at level 23, and nothing really to learn, it bothers me.'

Ruby says to Huginn, 'exactly how much self control does it look like i have'

Huginn nods his agreement with Ruby.

Huginn says to Ruby, 'I'll expect to see you fleeing like a little girl in your next pkill fight then'

Ruby laughs.

Sandra says to Huginn, 'hey I've fought him. HE does ;)'

Huginn laughs.

Gho snickers softly.

Ruby grins evilly.

Sandra giggles.

Jenna peers at Sandra, looking her up and down.

Jenna says, 'i'd flee like a little girl from you too'

Sandra says, 'hehe'

Ruby says, 'come on now I don't even have 80 perc anymore :P'


More Skills for Bards Coming?

Jenna says, 'given that we're now getting a real bard hometown, are there thoughts of increasing the bardic skillset?'

Spanish-Flea thinks entrance is bard enough for pk.

Gho says, 'bard hometown? what lima?'

Jenna nods her agreement with Gho.

Gho shrugs helplessly.

Sandra says, 'I'd love to. But one thing at a time ;) I have a list!'

Jenna says, 'put it on the bottom!'

Jenna grins evilly.

Gho says, 'I still don't think people'll start from lima unless bows go back to one-handed.'

Sandra says, 'that won't happen'

Gho says to Sandra, 'I know.'

Ruby says, 'but they can be 8 stat points now'

Myrella says, 'or they build a +8 stat bow'

Sandra nods her agreement with Ruby.

Spanish-Flea says, 'two handed weapons bonuses and these changes will finally make this character ph33rfu1'

Gho says to Sandra, 'good point.'

Jenna says, 'if the stat requirement's 100 spr it would tend to cut the pkillers out..'

Ruby says, 'I'm gonna laugh at Gaidal and his old 1 handed +8str -3spir bow'

Sandra says, 'lemme add, that just because we're allowing the change, don't expect the changes immediately. Give us time to figure out what to change and all that. For the weapons thing that is'

Huginn has his own list of scheming.

Spanish-Flea says, 'make the serrated sword an old serrated sword again! +9 damroll! no repair!'

Gho says to Huginn, 'gimme. :p'

Huginn laughs at Gho.


Progress on Hell?

Gho says, 'hows the progress on kae's inferno?'

Sandra says, 'it's more done than last week, but less than next week'

Kaige says, 'Her afk said she's "55% done. Die." earlier.'

Kaige shrugs philosophically.

Gho smirks at Sandra.

Kaige chuckles.

Sandra giggles.

Gho nods his agreement with Kaige.


Creating Greater Summons?

Myrthorn says, 'hopefully this isn't the wrong forum ... but can't get an answer from other chars, or the helpfiles'

Myrthorn says, 'was wondering about rudh, and creating greater charms ...'

Sandra says, 'what about em?'

Myrthorn says, 'I've got rudh, am lvl 34, and still can't create greaters'

Sandra says, 'you get lessers?'

Myrthorn nods his agreement with Sandra.

Sandra says, 'there's a level limit'

Sandra says, 'you just haven't hit it yet'

Myrthorn says, 'that's not in the help file'

Myrella says, 'yea same as expert weapon probably :P'

LadyAce says, 'maybe the helps used to be hidden 'til you were the right level and when we reformulated them we skipped that'

LadyAce says, 'use idea and suggest that it be worked in somehow'

Myrthorn nods solemnly.

LadyAce thanks Myrthorn heartily.

LadyAce says, 'thanks for pointing it out -- I'm sorry about your frustration, but at least this'll help others.'

Myrthorn says, 'ok .. others said it was level dependant, but noone could give an exact level'

Myrthorn says, 'thx'


New Perc Requirements?

Kusanagi says, 'what should we expect for the new perc requirements in fight skills? and will reimbs be offered?'

Sandra says, 'I doubt we'll remib for that'

Myrella says, 'its not hard to get perc :)'

Sandra says, 'you can expect it to be low enough to lose hunt if you choose. But not low enough to be obsured.'

Kusanagi says, 'well, how much perc are we talking about here?'

LadyAce says, 'reimb policy not yet set in stone, we'll post it when we have a better sense of it'

LadyAce says, 'it's a threshold, a minimal level'

Kusanagi nods solemnly.

LadyAce says, 'negative perc people need not apply'

Kusanagi has less than 20 perc but more than 15...

Sandra giggles.

Sandra exploited the heck out of that one.

Sandra throws her head back and cackles gleefully!

Kusanagi says, 'so if i'm still positive i don't have anything to worry about?'

Lilian smiles at Ruby.

Huginn says to Sandra, 'well glad to shut you down, you abuser!'

Sandra says, 'well'

Sandra giggles at Huginn.

Sandra says, 'you may still have something to worry about'

Huginn says to Kusanagi, 'nope that's wrong'

Kusanagi sniffs sadly.


Only Certain Bags are Mendable?

Myrella says, 'Umm are bags menedable? or are certain ones?'

Sandra says, 'certain ones'

Myrella says, 'have to buy and try em then?'

Sandra nods her agreement with Myrella.

Myrella nods solemnly.

Myrella says, 'cause the one i have isnt'

Myrella pouts at her cleavage petulantly.

Myrella chuckles politely.

Sandra says, 'oh you need a surgeon to fix that'

Kaige giggles at Sandra.

Huginn laughs.

DeBakey drools contentedly.

Sandra giggles.

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

Myrella hugs her cleavage.

Myrthorn licks his lips and smiles.

DeBakey has been certified in plastics.


Decision Making & Evaluating Changes?

DeBakey says, 'i have a question about the process of decision making..'

DeBakey says, 'i was wondering'

Kaige picks up a MaGiC EiGhTbAlL and shakes it vigorously.

Kaige peers into her magic ball and declares, 'You may rely on it.'

DeBakey says, 'how you guys come to decide what changes to implement'

Lilian laughs.

Myrella laughs at Kaige.

DeBakey says, 'and how you guys decide if the change is good or not'

Sandra says, 'the ones we argue on the least ;)'

Kaige says, 'well it all depends.'

Myrella says to DeBakey, 'the more the players bitch, the better the change was'

LadyAce says, 'it's a mixture of priorities, as listed out by the dept head & kaige, and what people are interested in doing/have time to do'

Myrella snickers softly.

Lilian laughs.

Myrthorn rolls around on the ground with laughter.

Ender rolls around on the ground with laughter.

Lilian says, 'except when it comes to pkok'

Sandra says to Myrella, 'well not really, or should we take out the new skills? ;)'

LadyAce says, 'hearing about an issue frequently from players is one way to raise interest, so is luck'

LadyAce giggles.

DeBakey nods solemnly.

Myrella says to Sandra, 'Well I cant learn any them so go ahead :)'

Kaige says, 'some we hear about problems that people see, sometimes an imm will have a pet peeve and go investigate/brainstorm on it...'

DeBakey says, 'so hearing from players frequently may contribute to that issue being addressed'

Sandra nods her agreement with DeBakey.

DeBakey says, 'and also whatever the imm has in mind'

DeBakey says, 'a combination of these i suppose'

DeBakey says, 'so'

Ruby says, 'it's called a license to whine.'

DeBakey says, 'after a change has been implemented, and many players bitch about it'

DeBakey says, 'how do you assess the change?'

Kaige says, 'as to if a change was god or bad, well, if the desired change it was put in to bring about happens or not is a good indicator'

DeBakey says, 'if it was good or bad?'

Kaige says, 'depends on the change'

Ender says, 'but players always bitch about changes. it's human nature'

Sandra says, 'I think that still depends on the change'

Lilian nods her agreement with Ender.

LadyAce says, 'it depends on whether or not we think they're right to complain, or whether there's a broader theme'

Kaige says, 'some changes also take much longer to "settle" in than others'

DeBakey nods solemnly.

Huginn says, 'and some you have to do in order to be able to do larger things'

Sandra nods solemnly.

DeBakey says, 'right so if there's a greater good that can be achieved..'

Myrella says, 'hopefully the wimpy thing can be changed slightly yet'

Huginn says, 'regardless of popularity of the smaller'

LadyAce says, 'sometimes we like the change but it opens up other problems which are harder to address'

DeBakey nods solemnly.

LadyAce says, 'we will sometimes hold on to the change as a good change, and live with the problems until we can fix them. Other times, we'll reverse course.'

DeBakey says, 'i see'

DeBakey says, 'that's all :)'


Do Imms Mind Typo Reports?

Lilian says, 'do you guys mind our sending you things like spelling corrections?'

Kaige says to Lilian, 'Nope, that's what the Typo channel's for.' Kaige smiles at Lilian.


Whoises for Expie Winners?

Myrella says, 'Do expie winners get a whois in the whois list for it?'

LadyAce says, 'depends on the expie'

LadyAce says, 'the whole situation is outlined on the web'

Kaige says, 'and not a quest one, but a special one that goes with the expie'

Myrella nods her agreement with Kaige.

Myrella says, 'So some do and some dont?'

Sandra nods her agreement with Myrella.

LadyAce says, 'yea'

Myrella says, 'guess I'll go look then'


Sugery and Prestige?

Tux says, 'ok, i know that common sense tells us that when a surgeon has trouble with a surgery, and causes a bleeding mess, the surgeon might feel embarrassed and lose prestige'

DeBakey laughs at Tux.

Sandra says, 'you should see some of the surgeons i know'

Tux says, 'but honestly, i'm level 50 and have 100 mind and 80+ spirit... do i really deserve a prestige of 0?'

Tux says, 'i mean, i do have SOME self pride... surgeons are pretty immodest people, you know'

DeBakey giggles at Tux.

Kaige says, 'if you're not doing anything to boost it or avoid dropping it, yes?'

Lorenzo says to Tux, 'well, *I've* never heard of you...'

LadyAce giggles at Lorenzo.

Tux sighs wistfully at the sight of Lorenzo.

Lorenzo smiles at Tux.

Lorenzo says to Tux, 'but now I have :)'

Tux says, 'well, as a full surgeon, there is little chance of me killing lvl 50 mobs'

Tux says, 'er, sniper surgeon *keeps silent about wimpy changes*'

Myrella chuckles politely at Tux's feeble witticism.

Kaige says, 'well, but there's a great and easy way to improve your success chances with your surgeries too'

Sandra says, 'I'm afraid it's been a while since I've played my surgeons. I don't really know the drop rate. But you can get it back up, and improve your surgery'

Myrella says, 'get your victim er patient to lay down'

Kaige says, 'it's -1 prestige for each bad one. not a steep drop at all'

Tux says, 'but seriously, if i'm not killing mobs and i'm helping hitters during their fight, i'm guaranteed to have low low prestige after a couple of fights'

DeBakey says, 'hm i have 81 prestige'

Tux says to DeBakey, 'you wait your turn =P'

DeBakey says to Tux, 'face it, i'm just better'

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

Sandra giggles.


A Voting System?

DeBakey says, 'i was wondering again'

DeBakey says, 'if anyone's thought of a voting system before?'

DeBakey says, 'where you guys can poll player opinions?'

Myrthorn rolls his eyes heavenward.

LadyAce says, 'that's what polls are for'

Kaige says, 'seen the polls on the inner menu?'

Sandra says, 'right now there's one up for a new mob'

DeBakey says, 'yes i have'

Myrella says, 'Well the mud isnt a democracy so why vote?'

Tux says, 'help polls - the polls are not yet completely functional'

LadyAce says to Tux, 'bug that, we should change it to be correct :)'

Myrthorn chuckles politely.

LadyAce says, 'there are muds that're democratically run, but she's right that this isn't one of them.'

DeBakey nods his agreement with LadyAce.

Myrella says, 'well deomacracys suck anyways :P'

LadyAce says, 'there are advantages and disadvantages to both ways of doing things, but I think we're happy with what we have.'

Myrella says, 'rule by the majority of dumb voters'

DeBakey nods solemnly.


Limits on Inventory?

Lorenzo says, 'is there a hard limit to how many items a character can hold, given enough strength, dex, bags, etc?'

Kaige says, 'help hands does some explaining'

Kaige says, 'if you mean in the HOLD slot, and if you just mean in general in inventory, then yes, it's still based on your stats'

Lorenzo says, 'oh, I just mean to have in posession'

Lorenzo says, 'any fixed limit above what the stats formulae give though?'

LadyAce says, 'there's no hard limit per se, but I imagine there's a practical limit'

Lorenzo nods solemnly.

Kaige says, 'There is a hard limit on the total weight you can carry and the number of items in the first layer of inventory you can carry, so yes, there is a hard limit that way, but not to the number items in your pfile'


Why Do Mobs Think I Stink?

Ender says, 'what is the deal with the smell in ind london? I mean, people think i stink...'

Lorenzo snickers softly.

Lorenzo discreetly sniffs the air around Ender.

Kaige says, 'maybe you need a bath? maybe you slept in someplace rather unsavory?'

Lorenzo winces.

Kaige says, 'or perhaps you went slogging through the mud?'

Sandra says, 'maybe you have to change your socks!'

Sandra wrinkles her nose with distaste.

Ender says, 'is there a bath command that i didn't know about?'

Kaige says, 'nope, but there's several places around the mud to get one'

Ender chuckles politely.

Lorenzo says, 'just don't go tub-diving too deep'

Myrthorn says, 'come visit me near Fort ... erm, Alaska ...'

Ender says to Kaige, 'like the fountain in the center of a certain ancient newbie homeland?'

Myrthorn says, 'stop in and have some coffe afterwards'

Lorenzo says to Ender, 'here'

Lorenzo splashes water all over Ender - wanna join in the fun?

Kaige says, 'I don't think they'd like you bathing in their public water supply... but perhaps you should explore around there if you haven't been there in a while.'

Ender splashes water on his face.

Ender nods solemnly.

LadyAce says, 'so...9pm. Anything else we should cover? Otherwise it is time to close up'

DeBakey says, 'all right. thanks for your time imms!'

Myrthorn gives a big hug to everyone in the room.

LadyAce smiles at DeBakey.

Tux gives a big hug to everyone in the room.

Tux waves happily.

Sandra says, 'I gotta run.'

Sandra gives a big hug to everyone in the room.

Kaige hugs Sandra.

Kaige waves happily.

Lorenzo sighs loudly.

Gondar bows before Kaige.

LadyAce says, 'thanks for coming, folks. I think that wraps it up for us tonight'

Ender waves happily.

Gondar waves happily.

Kaige waves happily.

Myrthorn nods solemnly.

Myrthorn gives a big hug to everyone in the room.

LadyAce gives a big hug to everyone in the room.

LadyAce waves happily.


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 From somewhere nearby you hear the sounds of a simple lyre with silvery strings being played. Nice, I didn't notice that before, very nice, it make sense anyway, just like warcry
Thanks! This idea was submitted by Lotus back in Dec 2002. Some of the singing skills work the same way too.
o Thanks to Cheyla for Savannah being such an interesting and amazing place!
She's done an amazing job in both Savanna and Alaska lately! Thanks for passing your thanks along as well.
o I heard that inspire will be only for Lima in the future, will in that time, the create mage spell PARALZYE will be implemented?
Nope, we don't have any plans to implement that spell, currently.

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