Lecture Series Index

April 10th, 2003

Q & A Index

Topics Covered

Reasoning Behind Wimpy Change?
Sneaky Exit/Entrance Bug Fix
Can we Hear Nearby Gunfire?
Self-healing at Inns?
Kudos to Cheyla on Savanna!
Repair/Mend vs Tform?
Ending Sustained Breath Skill?
Why Do Doppelgangers Bleed?
Reimbs for Augment too?
Why Can't I Engrave My Weapon?
Reasoning for Inspire Change?
PKE RECAP: Under discussion
New Spirit Based Skills
Create Mages: Greater Summons Timer
Affects Saving over Renting?
AC off on Runecovered Shield?
Stealing from Fighting Victims?

Additional Topics Answered

General Suggestions/Questions

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Reasoning Behind Wimpy Change?

Toka says, 'in brief, what was the reasoning behind the wimpy change? I've been gone'

Kaige says, 'if you're affected by skill lag, you should have to wait it out just like at any other point in the game.'

Kaige says, 'since it's considered the time it takes you to do that action, it's not really fair to get all the benefits of the action and not have to wait around to finish it'

LadyAce nods her agreement with Kaige.

Toka says, 'hmm, ok, when was this decided to be the case? just recently? or have people felt this way for a long time? just curious'

LadyAce says, 'it's the whole reason for skill lag to start with'

LadyAce says, 'I think it's always been a little dubious'

Kaige says, 'people have brought it up many times in the past, but we never could pin point where in the code it wasn't adhering to it'

Toka says, 'ahh, ok'

Kaige finally tracked it down to where one if check had it, and the next one didn't.

Far-li-mas says, 'in the case of it taking that long to complete, then along that line of logic, should effects of the skill take effect when the skill lag ends too?'

Promethea says, 'but wouldn't it maybe be safe to say that someone with a very high dex would be nimble enough to complete the task quicker than someone with low dex, hence less lag?'

LadyAce says to Far-li-mas, 'it's 6 of one, half a dozen of another -- the difference is that when someone types kick, they expect something to happen right then, and they think it's broken if nothing does'

Kaige says to Far-li-mas, 'technically yes, but that would require MUCH MUCH more restructuring of how our code is set up now'

Kaige nods her agreement with LadyAce.

Kaige says, 'that too'

LadyAce says, 'things do queue up, but for initializing combat...people want things to happen :)'

Far-li-mas nods his agreement with Kaige.

LadyAce says to Promethea, 'we could definitely make all of our systems much much more like real life -- but each one of those changes has to be coupled with total rebalancing every other place. If dex were too weak, it might be a place to beef it up -- but as a standalone change ... it couldn't stand alone'

Myrella says, 'isnt the whole change a bit of overkill for the problem?'

LadyAce says to Myrella, 'what do you mean by "overkill" -- the solution is pretty tightly tied to the issue, it's not a major sized length of code or anything'

Myrella says, 'Well the problem is people using wimpy as strategy rather than to save their butts as it should be'

Myrella says, 'wimpy should work as before but have a fixed thresshold of your maximum hit points'

Herbert says, 'what if yer strategy is, oh god i have tiny hps please god let wimpy save my butt'

Herbert ducks to the ground.

Corvin nods his agreement with Myrella.

Toka grins evilly at Herbert.. wonder what he's thinking...

Myrella says, 'that way it can save your life but cant really be used as a tactic'

Kaige says to Herbert, 'then you should avoid getting entangled in skill lag?'

Herbert says to Kaige, 'so my 300hp dex druid should rely on weapon damage solely?'

Herbert shudders.

LadyAce says to Myrella, 'the idea is that it takes that long to recover from the action whether you want it to or not :) so being desperate to get out of there doesn't mean you get to finish recovering from a bash faster'

Herbert says, 'he might hit 50th in about 3 years if i do that'

Kaige says to Herbert, 'well, use skills, but if you're getting worried it might be better to not throw that last kick?'

Herbert grins evilly at Kaige.. wonder what he's thinking...

Promethea says to LadyAce, 'even with a dex minimum for say a one round lag on wimpy as opposed to a two round lag for though lacking in dex?'

Myrella says to LadyAce, 'is that really the point of wimpy? or is it to save your life?'

Herbert says to Kaige, 'thats what i have been doin, its been workin out alright SO far, but i know my final hps of around 500 are gonna bite me in the butt a LOT of times'

Kaige says, 'it's to get you out as soon as you're able.. which means when you're done with your skill lag.'

Myrella shakes her head in disagreement with Kaige.

Kaige says, 'yes ... trust me.. it does.'

Todd says, 'I always thought of wimpy as a point that you didn't want to fight past'

LadyAce says to Myrella, 'I think of wimpy more like a courtesy of the fight code, a way to configure in some automatic action. Like a trigger, not a free ride.'

Toka says, 'hmm, you have to get hit after the skill lag clears to flee right?'

Myrella says, 'typing flee does that'

Kaige says, 'it may not have been what it HAS meant...'

Kaige nods her agreement with Toka.

Goku says, 'ladyace i had a question, have you ever thought about creating somthing in the inns that allows the player to be healed? i mean it would save all that time calling for a mage for balm or surgeon for heal'

Herbert says, 'Ea! - we dont like to implement anything that plays the game for you'

Herbert says, 'so just rip wimpy altogether i say!'

Sandra shakes her head in disagreement with Goku.

Kaige says to Herbert, 'that's much older than Ea!... more like Charity'

LadyAce says to Promethea, 'if it made it better to have dex, then dex would be stronger -- but it doesn't need a boost, so....'

Myrella says to LadyAce, 'well I think the purpose of wimpy should be to save your bacon once a cetrain thresshold, say 20% of max hp is reached, skill lag be damned'

Herbert says to Kaige, 'then hes adopted the same philosophy hehehe'

Kaige says to Herbert, 'it's not a bad one...'

Todd says, 'some places won't let you set your wimpy above half your hps'

Herbert says, 'ive seen it used a TONNE of times, its good when ya can rely on a specific imm to make a specific quote'

LadyAce says, 'I have a 3-person queue atm but I want to finish this topic, first -- then I'll definitely take hands.'

Herbert says, 'it makes the world seem more normal or something'

Yellow1Guest says, 'Sounds like this all promotes grouping and friends that can rescue.'

Myrella says, 'wimpy should have 2 settings none or 20% thats it'

Toka nods his agreement with Yellow1Guest.

Todd nods his agreement with Myrella.

Toka says, 'yeah and manually fleeing'

Promethea says to LadyAce, 'so are you asserting that the changes that have happened have not weakened dex, merely brought it in line with the other stats?'

Promethea smiles happily.

Hatred says, 'yeah sure, make it so there is no wimpy at all, that makes complete sense'

Hatred rolls her eyes heavenward.

Toka says, 'I'm not going to wait for another round for wimpy to kick in. =P'

Myrella says, 'wimpy as it is now is pointless'

Myrella shrugs philosophically.

Toka says, 'yep'

Toka says, 'you just manually flee now'

Sandra says, 'well, weakening dex and bringing it in line with the other stats is kind of one in the same. but I don't think that having to follow skill lag is 'weakening'.'

Herbert says, 'no the current point behind it is a last resort, and for those who have dropped link midfight or other such horrible things'

Hatred says, 'yes, but some poor newb who is lvl 5 just attacked cian, no skill, just attacked, wimpy saves his life, phew thank god for wimpy he goes'

Kaige says to Herbert, 'that's pretty much what some of us have always considered it.'

Herbert says, 'it will still do that'

Todd says, 'Cian will likely kill a dex lvl 5 char in 1 round anyway'

Herbert says, 'cos they didnt use a skill..'

Promethea says to Sandra, 'well, the change has dramaticly changed peoples abilties without compensating, seems weakening is the best word'

Toka says, 'yeah or the 10 mobs that assist him'

Herbert nods his agreement with Kaige.

Promethea says, 'sorry for typos'

Hatred says, 'nah, cian is a wimp, but the point is still the same, there is a reason why a character starts with a 5 wimpy'

Promethea scuffles her feet around in the dirt.

Sandra says to Promethea, 'Actually, the change has dramatically changed peoples' perceptions of what they can and/or can't do. The change isn't really that drastic'

Kaige says, 'SOME people's abilities not all.'

Herbert says, 'the only thing i miss is using it as a reminder.. so like id go wimp 100 and get bashed (inevitably) and it would be sayin stand up stand up! and id be like oh, time to flee already?'

Toka says, 'the change isn't drastic, but it's fairly annoying. =)'

Promethea says to Sandra, 'my dex characters ablity to kill the neman lion was dramticly changed :P'

Sandra says, 'your dex character shouldn't be able to kill the neman lion alone ;)'

Hatred says, 'well, I tried the kraken the other day with a healer, lol, not doing that again'

Herbert says, 'yeah well the nemean has got horridly mean to kill now'

Sandra says, 'so I'd say that the fix was a good one'

Herbert says, 'i went there with a choker, a pure druid, and a half druid and didnt get it below cuts'

Sandra says, 'I killed it the other day with Wren ;)'

Promethea says to Sandra, 'but you said it didnt weaken...could kill now cant, seems that that is a weakening by definition'

Sandra says, 'took us an hour'

Herbert says, 'Wrens LUCKY'

Sandra says, 'hehe'

Denstra says to Herbert, 'anyone who would travel with you, is a little off to begin with.'

Hatred says, 'we had to take a full set of chokers, 4 and a create mage to keep pumping out tanks'

Herbert says, 'i wouldnt be taking that as the norm'

LadyAce says to Promethea, 'It depends if you're talking absolute terms or relative to a zero point.'

Sandra says, 'I don't think it's weakened dex chars. It's changed their ability to get around the code ;)'

Hatred says, 'you say that sandra, but that code has been effect for how long? or at least the walk around to the code'

Sandra says, 'I should note that about 25 of my characters are dex'

Hatred says, 'you keep saying it was a fix, if it was a fix, I think someone should get fired, no offense'

Sandra says, 'so people can't say i don't play dex chars =P'

Toka grins evilly.

Herbert says, 'Sandra plays?'

Herbert ducks to the ground.

Sandra giggles.

Hatred laughs.

Sandra says, 'on a rare occasion =P'

LadyAce says to Promethea, 'decreasing the power of something to bring it in line with everything else isn't the same sort of change as making the type weaker than others.'

Herbert says, 'k i need coffee, if my turn comes up pass me over'

LadyAce says to Hatred, 'What, you wanna fire Kaige? :P'

Sandra says to Hatred, 'sometimes it's hard to find a bug. Yep, it took years to find the problem. It's happened before, but we DO find them eventually'

Myrella says, 'why does change always take away rather than add? or seem to :P'

Kaige says, 'I didn't leave it out!'

Kaige pouts.

Hatred says, 'no no, im just making a point'

Sandra says to Myrella, 'because it's the bad ones people remember the most ;)'

Promethea says to LadyAce, 'I didn't mean weaker in comparision, I guess I just ment weaker as a character'

Hatred says, 'I love this mud, but sometimes you imms drive me batty'

Kaige nods her agreement with Sandra.

LadyAce says, 'plenty of bugs stick around for years. It's the way of the world.'

Myrella says to Sandra, 'It lived too long to be a bug its was now a 'feature' :P'

Hatred nods her agreement with Myrella.

Sandra giggles.

Toka says, 'how long was the "bug" around? I've been hit/fleeing for 5 years.. so quite a while I'd say'

Hatred nods her agreement with Toka.

Sandra says, 'oh, 8 years?'

Promethea whispers quietly to LadyAce.

Toka says, 'nice'

Hatred laughs.

Promethea winks suggestively at LadyAce.

Toka says, 'does it win an award?'

Toka says, 'oldest bug?'

Sandra says, 'it should! ;)'

Toka throws his head back and cackles gleefully!

LadyAce giggles.

Hatred says, 'who'd get the award?'

Toka says, 'the bug'

Sandra says, 'um, Sadist?'

Kaige says, 'prolly Sadist, tho I'm not sure.'

Hatred laughs.

Toka shrugs helplessly.

LadyAce says, 'ok, have we covered this? I know that we haven't changed many hearts out there, but I hope you understand a bit and get a sense of where we're coming from'


Sneaky Exit/Entrance Bug Fix

Lorenzo says, 'I just wanted to say THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to whoever fixed the mob visibility thing that's not always fleeing!'

Lorenzo flops about helplessly.

Lorenzo gives a big hug to everyone in the room.

Lorenzo salutes the gods in admiration of the amazing world around him.

Sandra giggles.

Kaige says, 'that'd be Snapper'

Sandra says, 'yea god that was annoying'

Lorenzo nods his agreement with Sandra.

Herbert smiles happily.

Lorenzo smiles at Kaige.

Kaige says, 'it wasn't always fleeing cause people'd sneak in here on us too'

Sandra nods her agreement with Kaige.

Lorenzo says, 'on the record then: THANK YOU SNAPPER!'

Sandra giggles.

Herbert says, 'mmmm coffee and cookies'

Kaige says, 'oh and trust me.. we worshipped him the other day too!'

Sandra nods her agreement with Kaige.

Kaige says, 'especially since he fixed the harness a mount while it was being ridden thing too'


Can we Hear Nearby Gunfire?

Herbert says, 'ok so we can here people singing, playing their guitars, and warcrying from a room away'

Herbert says, 'when do we get gunfire!'

Sandra says, 'ooh good question'

Corvin laughs.

Hatred says, 'here here'

Kaige says, 'I think that's on the list'

Yellow1Guest laughs.

Herbert says, 'not only will it make WW areas more fun and cool, it will also scare the HELL out of PKers'

Herbert grins evilly.

Kaige nods her agreement with Herbert.

Kaige says, 'especially in london'

Kaige giggles.

Hatred says, 'very good question'

Herbert says, 'i idea'd it, just wanted to see if it was happenin :)'

Sandra says, 'we need bombs so that the shock wave can throw people around randomly'

Kaige nods her agreement with Herbert.

LadyAce says, 'thanks for putting it in there, it does sound like a good idea to me'

Herbert says, 'i just want to walk through world war and hear massive amounts of gunfire and stuff'

LadyAce giggles at Sandra.

LadyAce says, 'earthquakes!'

Sandra giggles.

Kaige says, 'if there's anything else like that that's logical and isn't happening... drop it in idea too'

Herbert says, 'so i can feel like im dodging bullets while running through the bunkers'

LadyAce says, 'that's what we really need. Tsunamis!'

Kaige says, 'would certainly help liven up those two war areas'

Herbert says, 'mmmm tsunamis'

Herbert nods his agreement with Kaige.

Sandra nods her agreement with Kaige.

Herbert says, 'cool, nice to know the idea command WORKS!'

Herbert grins evilly.

Lorenzo says, 'what, getting shelled isn't live enough?'

Lorenzo giggles.

LadyAce giggles.

Goku says, 'have consant tsunamis going though the seas and hiting one is instant k.o.'

Herbert says, 'and lucky old Bastard will be useful soon!'

Herbert cheers wildly!


Self-healing at Inns?

Goku says, 'have a question, have you ever thought about creating somthing in the inns that allows the player to be healed? i mean it would save all that time calling for a mage for balm or surgeon for heal'

Sandra shakes her head.

LadyAce says, 'we want people to call for mages and surgeons'

Sandra says, 'that's why we have healers ;)'

Kaige says, 'we would rather encourage player to player interaction than kill it'

LadyAce says, 'we want them to be useful people you build friendships with and group with'

Goku says, 'dont kill it, just every now and then'

Myrella says, 'tehre is mobs that do heal'

LadyAce says, 'there are special places you can go for a healing boost'

LadyAce says, 'explore and find them'

Lorenzo says, 'and... there are other ways to heal'

Hatred says, 'could you at least up the average hp healed from the cup?'

Lorenzo nods his agreement with LadyAce.

Hatred says, 'like you did with surgeons'

Goku says, 'that would work to'

Herbert gasps in astonishment.

Sandra says, 'we have mobs that heal, and plenty of players that do so. If you wanna just sit in an inn, then I say tough nuggies'

LadyAce says, 'I think the cup is ok like it is. I see plenty of surgeons and druids who can't find anyone to group with except in runs.'

Hatred says, 'I spend 15 to 20 minutes before I can go again healing this'

Herbert says, 'poultices and balms cant be given away... oooo'

Herbert says, 'scary'

Hatred reports: 736/736 hp 308/333 mana 749/749 mv.

Yellow1Guest snickers softly.

Herbert says, 'no more augmentors without bandage skill'

Herbert grins evilly.

Sandra giggles.

LadyAce says, 'well, if you're gonna build a char with a lotta hp and no way to heal himself, you're signing yourself up for either a wait or a need for friends.'

Yellow1Guest says, 'Nothing like a healer *used* at an inn as the silly folk leave kill things and return dying to *use* the healers again.'

Hatred says, 'im thinking of pure fighters, a slight increase would not be detramental'

LadyAce says, 'it's a trade-off'

Promethea says, 'or worse..a londoner sniper no hps and no way to heal yourself'

Promethea snickers softly.

Sandra says, 'there are lemme count...'

Sandra says, '980hp worth of healing, plus those items that heal in little boosts'

Kaige says, 'and it's not just mobs.. there are some other ways to heal out there too'

Sandra says, 'that's all in game'

LadyAce says, 'healing scrolls, spells, potions, food, mobs, skills....so much variety :)'

Sandra says, 'i think that the cup is fine. Don't just sit in one spot ;)'

Promethea says, 'I know of 5 pretty easy ways to get non-player healing, just some running around is all'


Kudos to Cheyla on Savanna!

Herbert says, 'wheres Cheyla? i gotta congratulate her on Savannah being amazing too..'

LadyAce says to Herbert, 'send her a mudmail!'

Herbert grins evilly.


Repair/Mend vs Tform?

Hatred says, 'allright, my question is about repair and mend, why is it that whenever you fail a repair or mend, you have to automatically get an item to help fix it, tform is not like this, you could fail tform unlimitedly'

Lorenzo says to Hatred, 'it's not automatic tho'

Kaige says, 'it depends on how bad off it is and how durable it is to start with...'

Kaige says, 'cause I often get the chance to fail twice =)'

Lorenzo nods his agreement with Kaige.

Hatred says, 'slightly damaged to almost always falling apart'

LadyAce says, 'repair and mend yourself more often :P'

Sandra says, 'it depends, I've found that lately, even when I botch, I can still mend again without a piece of material'

Lorenzo says to Kaige, 'that's what I was trying to figure out how to say :)'

Herbert says, 'karma... its all about karma'

LadyAce says, 'maybe you have too low of stats'

Hatred says, 'but there is a real good chance compared to tform that you will need that item'

Herbert says, 'do more good deeds and your calm/mend/repair will work infinitely!'

Herbert nods to himself.

LadyAce says, 'I haven't failed a repair or mend that bad in a while.'

Lorenzo says, 'mmm, a new use for prestige maybe'

Sandra says, 'i'm gonna go with: probably not so good stats'

Promethea says, 'mend is funny, in real life every person I know who mends does it while seated :P'

Kaige says, 'nah.. duct tape works better'

Kaige says, 'sitting isn't resting tho'

Sandra says, 'save the duct tape!'

Myrella says, 'mend is best done while wearing the item'

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

Hatred says, 'folks, lets get off just me and go with in general plz, im talking about compared to tform'

Promethea says, 'you can do it while sitting?'

Sandra says, 'well, compared to tform, it doesn't cost 30ish mana?'

Lorenzo says to Hatred, 'i bet that if your casting sucks you can't tform well either'

Hatred says, 'tform can fail and fail and hey, lets fail 10 more times, repair, you fail once, maybe twice and your done'

Sandra says, 'oops 35ish mana'

Kaige says, 'in general? I don't usually fail mending and repairs that often'

LadyAce says to Hatred, 'I think the problem is that our experience differs so much from yours, its hard to respond in a different way than on an individual level.'

Promethea pokes a pair of cheetah fur leggings.

Promethea says, 'slightly to falling apart, but I have a 20 dex'

Promethea snickers softly.

LadyAce says, 'clumsy people might wanna get someone else to mend for them'

Herbert says, 'it kills time to fail!'

Lorenzo trips over his bootlace.

Hatred says, 'well, 97 dex and I fail way to much, maybe its karma, but id rather see a better chance for a second shot rather then having to run for more stuff to repair it'

Herbert says, 'you fail and it gives ya somethin to do, hunt out an elusive material'

Herbert throws his head back and cackles gleefully!

Sandra says, 'I don't think it's dex that's the problem ;)'

Hatred says, 'screw hunting out material, what a fundamental waste of time'

Myrella says, 'find items you dont have to mend?'

Myrella shrugs philosophically.

Herbert says, 'screw it indeed when its some diabolical material'

Yellow1Guest nods his agreement with Herbert.

Lorenzo says, 'if it's a waste of time seems like you don't need it mended so much then'

Yellow1Guest says, 'get lazy and go raise a group to kill the owner of the object and repair both.'

Hatred rolls her eyes heavenward.

LadyAce giggles at Yellow1Guest.


Ending Sustained Breath Skill?

Promethea says, 'ok sustained breath'

Promethea says, 'I maybe can be sold on the spell, but on the skill, why can't I control when I stop, I go under water, I come up, I breath'

Promethea says, 'I often find myself breathing again after being out of water for 15 minutes'

LadyAce says, 'is a bug kinda thing'

Kaige says, 'it's on the short horizon todo list'

LadyAce nods her agreement with Kaige.

Lorenzo says, 'bah. skills, spells, what's the difference?'

Promethea nods solemnly.

Lorenzo snickers softly.

Promethea says, 'ahh'

Promethea says, 'spell is kind of magic, not really a physical thing'

Lorenzo says to Promethea, 'joke'

Promethea smiles at Lorenzo.


Why Do Doppelgangers Bleed?

Myrella says, 'I have an easy dumb question :p'

LadyAce nods her agreement with Myrella.

Myrella says, 'Why do doppelgangers bleed if they are illusions?'

LadyAce says, 'they can't help it'

LadyAce ducks to the ground.

Sandra says, 'they're too dumb not to!'

Lorenzo says, 'illusory blood!'

Kaige points at Lorenzo.

Denstra says, 'what they don't know can't hurt them?'

Herbert says, 'damn thats probably the most avoiding ive seen in ages!'

Promethea says, 'maybe they are drawn with cheap ink and it is raining'

Sandra giggles.

Kaige says, 'ding ding ding! We have a winner!'

Sandra says, 'I like Promethea's 'answer best'

Lorenzo says, 'hmm, can we get a vial of illusory blood?'

LadyAce says, 'the answer is: we dunno.'

LadyAce chuckles politely.

Myrella chuckles politely.

LadyAce says, 'report it as a bug, it might make sense to fix :)'

LadyAce shrugs helplessly.

Myrella nods solemnly.

Lorenzo giggles at Kaige.

Hatred says, 'I find doppelgangers heal from bleeding faster though'

Kaige says, 'the answer is, there's probably a check for the ILLUSION flag missing somewhere the BLEEDING flag gets set'

Myrella nods solemnly.

Sandra says, 'give us another 8 years, we'll find it ;)'

Kaige says, 'either that or a NO_BLEED check in the same place'

Kaige nods her agreement with Sandra.

LadyAce giggles.

Sandra giggles.

Lorenzo chuckles politely at Sandra's feeble witticism.


Reimbs for Augment too?

Todd says, 'since augment is getting dropped for marginal users, can it be included in the reimb process now?'

Sandra says, 'nope!'

Sandra beams delightedly.

Todd says, 'and?'

Kaige says, 'Augment isn't included in the reimb process because of the substantial commitment you have to put toward it in the first place.'

Sandra says, 'oh, you want more than that? hehe'

Todd says, 'and that commitment now doesn't pay as much as it used to'

LadyAce says, 'we're not trying to create a situation where people dump their entire characters and completely redesign them'

Sandra says, 'it still pays a fair amount'

Kaige says, 'we almost weren't going to do second circle words for that same reason...'

Yellow1Guest says, 'pwipe your own characters and start anew!'

Herbert says, 'they're trying to stop wussy battle druids'

Herbert ducks to the ground.

Sandra says, 'it just pays more to have more spirit'

Kaige says to Todd, 'so put a bit more in?'

Kaige says, 'shoudl be easier to do that to specialize than remake your char'

Todd says, 'actually, I've already stopped using it, would just like the prac back :)'

Sandra giggles.

Sandra says, 'nope! ;)'

Sandra bounces around.

LadyAce says, 'hey, at least we yanked spam eq out long ago :) think of how much trouble we'd be in with this change if so!'

Kaige shudders.

Todd says, 'and with spam eq you let people reimb skills and words'

Sandra says, 'I didn't even wanna give the new skills to tarans. I got outvoted! ;)'

Todd says, 'even 3c words'

LadyAce says, 'yeah, we got that out of the way, don't need to do it for this change'

Myrella waves happily.

Sandra says, 'it's really not a big enough change to the skill to warrant a reimb'


Why Can't I Engrave My Weapon?

Herbert says, 'how come silver serrated swords cant be engraved, when it says theyre a greyish metal in their long desc?'

Sandra says, 'it's the WEAPON flag'

Sandra says, 'we can't say whether a weapon is metal or not'

LadyAce says, 'the tformness of it messes it up'

Rusalka thinks it'd be kinda cool

Herbert says, 'oh.... how silly!'

Rusalka says, 'have to add a lot of new flags'

Rusalka looks up into the sky and ponders.

Sandra says, 'we should do that at some point too tho'

Rusalka wrinkles her nose with distaste.

Herbert says, 'here i was thinking you were scared of linewrap'

Herbert throws his head back and cackles gleefully!

Kaige says, 'the tformness prevents the etching solution to take.. just wipes right off!'

LadyAce giggles at Kaige.

Sandra giggles.

Rusalka giggles.

Herbert says, 'good grief! the Stan Lee answers today'

Sandra says, 'don't knock Stan Lee!'

LadyAce hugs Herbert.

Herbert says, 'whenever theres a continuity issue in a Marvel comic he avoids it with some made up answer'

Herbert grins evilly.

Kaige says to Herbert, 'you'd rather I get out the magic eight ball?'

Kaige grins evilly.

Herbert says to Kaige, 'it is decidedly so!'

Kaige picks up a MaGiC EiGhTbAlL and shakes it vigorously.

Kaige peers into her magic ball and declares, 'Cannot predict now.'

Sandra giggles.

Rusalka giggles.

LadyAce giggles.

Kaige can't even tell what the answers gonna be!


Reasoning for Inspire Change?

Corvin says, 'someone probably asked this before, but ill ask anyway... whats the reason behind the incite/inspire change'

Sandra says, 'to piss off mages, and give limans a boost. But mostly to give limans a boost. I like the first part really'

Herbert says, 'its because of the continuum flux in the matrix coils, mages have lost their powers and bards rule the multiverse now!'

Corvin looks up into the sky and ponders.

LadyAce says, 'Limans have had a rough life, they needed the help'

LadyAce says, 'we went hunting for places to put it'

Herbert says, 'a rough life? mines had an awesome life.. he gets bothered once a year and even then its just to tell a story and rent'

Sandra says, 'plus, it's fun to piss off mages! ;) (KIDDING! mostly)'

Yellow1Guest laughs.

Yellow1Guest nods his agreement with Herbert.

LadyAce pats Herbert on the head.

Yellow1Guest says, 'Very true.'

Corvin sinks his teeth into Sandra's flesh.

Herbert says, 'i think mine purged actually'

Herbert holds his head down and mourns the dead.

Toka peers around intently.

Herbert says, 'theres no demand for storytelling noncombat types'

Sandra says, 'there will be, I think'

Sandra says, 'we're gonna give them super ninja abilities next, where they can kill you with just a stare. Based on dex, of course.'

Herbert says, 'niiiice'

Sandra giggles.

LadyAce giggles at Sandra.

Herbert says, 'no i want a spirit skill that does damage'

Herbert nods to himself.

Yellow1Guest says, 'Maybe just a skill to pull a lute string into a garrot.'

Herbert says, 'oh spirit, mind, dex i think.. enough to play guitar'

Herbert says, 'well'

Herbert says, 'Agrabah needs a sitar'

Herbert says, 'or however those things are spelled'

Sandra says, 'every time I thnk of one of those, I think of the short guy in Moulin Rouge'

Herbert nods his agreement with Sandra.

Kaige giggles.

Sandra says, 'hehe'

Kaige nods her agreement with Sandra.

Herbert says, 'he was awesome'

Kaige says, 'Touluse!'

Sandra says, 'he cracked me up'

Herbert says, 'I am a magical sitar, I only speak the truth!'

Herbert chortles with amusement.

Sandra giggles.

Kaige sings, and it will run for 50 years!

Sandra giggles at Kaige.


PKE RECAP: Under discussion

Sandra says, 'ok, do I get to make people scared again?'

Herbert nods his agreement with Sandra.

LadyAce giggles at Sandra.

Sandra says, 'ok, some updates'

Sandra says, 'pk'

Sandra says, 'we're still DISCUSSING this change. people seem to think that since I mentioned it, it's a fact'

Sandra says, 'it isn't ;)'

Sandra says, 'I know that people are getting their panties in a bunch over the discussion we had last week on the subject'

Sandra says, 'the discussion is as follows:'

Sandra says, 'adding pke WITH pkok. Not removing pkok'

Herbert says, 'ooo recap, good cos i missed i'

Herbert says, 'it'

Herbert says, 'oh right, that sounds faboolous'

Sandra says, 'What that includes is making pk clans be pk clans for real. Pke is the old version of pk, for those of you that don't know'

Sandra says, 'people that would become pke would also be pkok. Meaning that pke can always fight pke, no turning that off unless you redeem out of perma. But they can also accept/reject other pkok people'

Sandra says, 'clans would also be able to do that last part'

Herbert says, 'noooo my witch might get killed by stinky grendels..'

Herbert snickers softly.

Sandra giggles at Herbert.

Goku cries on LadyAce's shoulder.

Sandra says, 'so, with that little refresher, is anyone confused on that?'

Sandra notes again, it's being DISCUSSED.

Herbert says, 'nope sounds good so far'

Kaige says, 'the other thing that would also go in there is there would only be ONE pke char per player.'

Herbert says, 'get to the painful betrayal of the players part..'

Sandra says, 'oh yea, thanks. Forgot that part ;)'

LadyAce says, 'the main and immediate impact would be that PK clans would need to be all PKE, and people who wanted to join the PK clan would also need to be PKE. One PKE per person, so you might have to choose a clan if you're in 2 pk clans'

Rusalka says, 'i take it people could choose?'

Lorenzo says, 'so basically, pke != forced AA, it's more like a forced accept list?'

Sandra nods her agreement with Rusalka.

Rusalka nods solemnly.

Rusalka says, 'good'

Sandra says, 'it's more like old pk. I guess it's a forced accept list in a way'

LadyAce says, 'forced accept, kinda ...only anyone could join it, but they couldn't get off it without perma or redeem'

Rusalka says to Sandra, 'i assume that pk clans would have the option to go rp'

Lorenzo nods solemnly.

Herbert says, 'oh crap if i can only have one in a clan it might mean leavin a clan i like'

Herbert sniffles quietly.

Sandra says to Rusalka, 'that'd be a good assumption :)'

Lorenzo says, 'i'm just looking at the point of intersection with pkok'

Rusalka giggles.

LadyAce says, 'everyone would start out with PKE turned off, so there'd be a choice there too'

Kaige says, 'yeah. kinda like setting up two pk clans now and picking either team a or team b and having at it... with only those two clans accepted'

Rusalka is batting two for two

Sandra says, 'granted, it's going to shrink pk clans'

Sandra says, 'but lemme tell ya'

Herbert says, 'yeah it will, half the grendels and IRA are gonna disappear'

Herbert stifles a laugh as he regards the situation at hand.

Sandra says, 'it would only be a difference in the number of clans Coz pk clans suck now at the moment with active members'

Rusalka giggles at Huginn.

Sandra says, 'and I'm in one, I know! ;)'

Lorenzo says, 'would there be an opportunity for GMs to change pk clans to rp without reforming?'

LadyAce says, 'our hope is that the use of the feature and the enjoyment of it will increase, and that more options will make either or both features more desireable.'

Kaige says, 'they will ALL be changed to RP if we do this'

Rusalka nods solemnly.

Herbert says to Sandra, 'its not for lack of tryin on yer actives behalves'

Herbert ducks under Sandra.

Sandra says to Lorenzo, 'we would make sure that they're all changed over to rp, and all old pke chars are unpkenabled'

Kaige says, 'they will then have to manually go back to PK once all their members are PKE'

Lorenzo nods solemnly.

Sandra giggles at Herbert.

Sandra nods her agreement with Kaige.

Herbert says, 'ok it all sounds good, whats to discuss just do it'

Sandra says, 'we would want to start fresh with it. So people can't come back and say that they didn't want to be pke anymore'

Herbert throws his head back and cackles gleefully!

Sandra says, 'well, we want to make sure that it won't cause more problems than fix them'

Herbert nods solemnly.

Sandra says, 'it's a touchy subject'

Kaige says to Herbert, 'mostly all the reasons we dropped it before'

Kaige says, 'and how we're going to avoid them again'

Herbert says, 'yeah thats what im scared of.. the pile of nasty people who want my characters permad'

Sandra says, 'and I'll admit that the change to balm and poultices is, in part, because of pk'

Herbert snickers softly.

Sandra says, 'well, ok. Mostly because of pk'

Rusalka wrinkles her nose with distaste.

Yellow1Guest says, 'anything to torque the mages who lost roots!'

Yellow1Guest winks suggestively.

Sandra says, 'but a necessary change, whether pke goes in or not'

Sandra says, 'ok, any other questions on pk?'

Herbert says, 'nope sounds good, good luck with gettin it past the rubberstampers and so on'

Herbert grins evilly.

Sandra giggles.


New Spirit Based Skills

Sandra says, 'ok, one to everybodies favourite stat - SPIRIT!'

Sandra says, 'you know you love it. Especially you fighters.'

Herbert says, 'hey its my favorite, drop the sarcasm!'

Herbert nods to himself.

Herbert says, 'so i heard rumors yer implementing my str spi samurais'

Herbert says, 'iron will, or some passive skill thing like that'

Herbert says, 'Spite was rambling and incoherent so i couldnt drag much out of him'

Sandra says, 'we've changed that idea'

Herbert says, 'oooo gimme the new one!'

Kaige says, 'Coming soon on Golden Harvest Video and DVD... Iron Monkey Will III'

Sandra says, 'now we're working on a set of skills for spirit'

Sandra giggles at Kaige.

Kaige ducks to the ground.

Herbert nods his agreement with Kaige.

Sandra says, 'it'll be a set of 3 skills, a basic, advanced, and expert type thing'

Herbert says, 'well with Firefly workin on Japan we really do need samurai skills'

Sandra says, 'non mage/non druid, of course'

Herbert says, 'so we can chop flies in half with katanas'

Herbert says, 'or circumcise them if we're good enough'

Sandra giggles.

Sandra says, 'the details are still a little sketchy. Huginn's working on them still.'

Herbert says, 'will expert be inline with other expert skills? 80 in the stat?'

Rusalka stretches, you hear several loud snaps - maybe a massage would help?

Sandra says, 'but one thing that we most likely will be doing is giving a penalty ifyou have less than 5 spirit'

Sandra says to Herbert, 'nah not that high'

Herbert says, 'oh cool then, will 25 be enough'

Herbert stifles a laugh as he regards the situation at hand.

Herbert says, 'my hitter only has 25 :('

Sandra says to Huginn, 'you have more specifics you wanna give out?'

Huginn shakes his head in disagreement with Sandra.

Huginn says, 'under the advice of consul, not at this time'

Sandra giggles.

LadyAce giggles.

Sandra says, 'we really are working towards making each stat useful for everyone'

Huginn nods his agreement with Sandra.

Lorenzo sighs loudly.

Sandra says, 'we know that it's not a fun thing for the older players that like to make fighters with negative spi and per'

Lorenzo says, 'i missed all that :('

Kaige pokes Sandra in the ribs.

Sandra says, 'ok so I have 5 -per chars ;)'

Sandra says, 'but it was fun!'

LadyAce chuckles politely at Sandra's feeble witticism.

Herbert says, 'ok will 100str 100dex 30per 50con 25min 25spi be enough for MOST of the new stuff?'

Sandra says, 'anyway, we think that by adding bonuses to specifically spirit(at this time), it will make the blow less painful'

Sandra nods her agreement with Herbert.

Herbert says, 'cool then, rubberstamp it!'

Herbert nods to himself.

Sandra giggles.

Rusalka giggles.

Rusalka says, 'which stamp?'

Rusalka has uhm. a lot

Sandra says, 'well, the changes there will be going in. but we have no date set on them yet. The skills are still being coded'

Herbert says, 'the big purple APPLICATION APPROVED one'

Herbert says, 'the one bank managers are allergic to'

Herbert applauds Huginn's quick thinking and good judgment.

Sandra says, 'am I forgetting anything? With all the changes, it's hard to remember them all ;)'

Kaige says to Rusalka, 'just use that preety little smiley sunflower one..'

Herbert says, 'you MUST be forgetting something, cos im a naysayer and i havent said nay yet!'

Herbert says, 'whatre you doing to my surgeons?'

Herbert glares at nothing in particular.

Kaige says, 'nothign yet'

Sandra says, 'nothing'

Kaige throws her head back and cackles gleefully!

LadyAce giggles at Kaige.

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

Herbert says, 'so eeeeveryone else gets cool new toys and surgeons..'

Herbert says, 'same as 1995 but costs more mana..'

Herbert sniffles quietly.

Sandra says, 'oh'

Sandra says, 'one more'

LadyAce says to Herbert, 'a few folks that've been givin you the cold shoulder might knock on your door, with the choosing not to be healer/mage thing leading to some fighters being less self-sufficient in order to specialize'

Herbert nods to himself.


Create Mages: Greater Summons Timer

Sandra says, 'create mages!'

Sandra says, 'how I love to hurt you, let me count the ways...'

Lorenzo cowers in fear of Sandra's wrath!

Sandra giggles.

Sandra says to Lorenzo, 'no worries, this one is 3c ;)'

Lorenzo tries that new phew social.

Sandra says, 'it's not posted yet, not sure it's going in this week or next. but it IS going in'

LadyAce giggles.

Sandra says, 'when you spend a greater summoning mob(angel/titan/demon), you will not be able to recreate one for about 10 ticks'

Sandra says, 'that's 10 ticks after it dies/poofs'

Herbert says, '10 ticks! holy mackerel!'

Herbert says, 'now THATS the shaft right there'

Herbert stifles a laugh as he regards the situation at hand.

LadyAce says, 'when you kill off one charmy, hafta wait before making another.'

Sandra says, 'well, it's an easily modifiable change ;)'

Herbert says, 'nay!'

Herbert nods to himself.

Herbert says, 'doesnt bother me much cos my creates dont get a LOT of play, but nay on behalf of Retribution'

Herbert throws his head back and cackles gleefully!

Sandra giggles.

Kaige says, 'looks like it's slated for next week'

Sandra says, 'it's just the greater summoning mobs'

Lorenzo says to Sandra, 'make it 20 and give my dopple his bow back?'

Sandra says, 'not the other charmies'

Herbert says, '10 ticks damn... when i heard about that change i thought like 4-5 ticks, sweet as, a pain but not horrid..'

Lorenzo ducks to the ground.

Yellow1Guest says, '10 ticks? Nice, lets you alt-tab and do other stuff while you wait.'

Sandra giggles at Lorenzo.

LadyAce says, 'yea, sorry if I was vague :)'

LadyAce says, 'well, it means there's a reason to use the lesser dudes'

Sandra nods her agreement with LadyAce.

Herbert says, 'not since the charmie limit'

Herbert frowns.

Huginn says, '10 ticks for your character in game'

Herbert says, 'no more 50 homuncs to kill cuchie'

LadyAce says, 'if you're going to treat them like cannon fodder, don't call for the special forces?'

Huginn says, 'not 10 ticks with you rented'

Sandra says, 'that's the point of this change'

LadyAce says, 'well, can use up the time with other charmies :)'

Herbert says to LadyAce, 'nice err analogy? metaphor? errr yknow onea them'

Sandra says, 'I'll flat out admit that we don't want create mages soloing group areas, and we will make sure that it's very difficult for them to do so ;)'

Herbert says, 'well its about damn time!'

Herbert nods to himself.

Herbert says, 'so i approve the change, yay, rubberstamp it too'

Herbert stifles a laugh as he regards the situation at hand.

LadyAce giggles.

Herbert says, 'but any create that uses his greater summons to tank a group area is deranged..'

Herbert says, 'its all about the low mana high hp doppel'

Herbert says, 'calm spells, and doppels'

Herbert nods to himself.

LadyAce says, 'well, I think it'll be interesting to see how it all balances out -- once all the changes go in and everyone adjusts'

LadyAce says, 'usually when we start on a round of balance changes, it takes 6 months for the fur to stop flying and the dust to settle on them'

Herbert nods solemnly.

Sandra nods her agreement with LadyAce.

LadyAce says, 'so we hope you'll give comments as we go along, and be patient'

Herbert says, 'bah frankly even the ones that are gonna hurt im lookin forward to its like someone got the jumper leads and sparked up Legend for the first time in about 3 years'

LadyAce says, 'I know we go through dry spells and hot streaks with changes, but we have to take this long view. We hope you will too'


Affects Saving over Renting?

Sandra says, 'that's all the fun stuff I have this week. Tho I can put a little bug in your ears about the old 'affects saving over renting' thing, and just leave it at that ;)'

Herbert says, 'hah, if that goes in its about damn time for that too'

Herbert nods to himself.

Lorenzo says, 'i have a question about that one'

Kaige says, 'so check out all the places that help lose bad affects, and drop some ideas where we may be short on them'

Sandra says, 'affects saving?'

Lorenzo nods his agreement with Sandra.

Sandra says, 'okie'

Lorenzo says, 'can you do a search and replace on the code and change all instances of affect to effect?'

Herbert says, 'makes being a cause mage cool, cure blind and stuff will be VALUABLE'

Sandra giggles.

Sandra says, 'no, coz it'll probably break stuff ;)'

Lorenzo sighs loudly.

Sandra giggles.

LadyAce says, 'legend has ruined our ability to tell the difference between the words'

Sandra nods her agreement with LadyAce.

Lorenzo says, 'okaaaayy'

LadyAce says, 'I used to know the difference. I do not know it any longer.'

Sandra says, 'it's out the window'

Sandra says, 'anyway, look for that change to come in soonish'

Lorenzo chuckles politely.

Sandra says, 'wanna know a secret?'

LadyAce says, 'it's like noun and verb, and they're also opposites, but...'

LadyAce nods her agreement with Sandra.

Sandra says, 'we had put it in for april 1st, but it kept doing bad things, like crashing us ;) So we took it out.'

LadyAce thinks it might not be a secret if you tell all of us and the Legendmud archive

Huginn says, 'webster.. affect: to produce an effect upon: as a : to produce a material influence upon'

Huginn says, 'so that's right'

Kaige says, 'yup, there will be at least one of each'

Kaige nods her agreement with Huginn.

Lorenzo says, 'yes, as a verb'

Kaige says to Huginn, 'and that's the spirit in which it's used...'

Lorenzo says to Huginn, 'not as a noun'

Huginn nods his agreement with Kaige.

Kaige says to Lorenzo, 'so blame the danes?'

Lorenzo says to Kaige, 'i do'

Sandra says, 'hehe'

Herbert says, 'wheres Zandy! he will sort this diabolical mess of english and meanings!'

Sandra says, 'ok, that's really all the stuff i have this week'

Lorenzo says, 'I'm just saying this is a chance for legend to claim some ground!'

Kaige points to the specific Danes in the welcome screen.

Lorenzo smiles happily.

Herbert grovels in the dirt.

Sandra says to Huginn, 'we have to come up with more stuff. I have nothing for next week!'


AC off on Runecovered Shield?

Herbert says, 'runecovered shield!'

Herbert says, 'nuff sed'

Sandra says, 'what about it?'

Sandra peers around intently.

Herbert says, '-34ac for hellishly low rent, what the!'

Sandra says, 'erm, it's not that much ac'

LadyAce raises her eyebrow at Sienna1Guest.

Herbert says, '-34? thats 7 more than comparable shields for less rent'

Sandra says, 'if it's showing up as that much, it's that dholish thing that happened with the red suit jacket'

Sandra says, 'it's not given that much ac in the file'

Herbert says, 'well the ones i have had are -34ac for 1675 rent'

Herbert says, 'thats more ac than the old serpent scales, which got changed to be higher rent for their stats etc'

Herbert says, 'i personally use runecovereds constantly so i shouldnt even draw attention to it, but it does seem a tad over the top'

Sandra says, 'well, I've just been reminded that it's stupid code crap'

Herbert stifles a laugh as he regards the situation at hand.

Herbert says, 'alrighty then!'


Stealing from Fighting Victims?

Herbert says, 'oh!'

Herbert says, 'getting a doppelganger to tank while you spam steal from a shopkeepr'

Herbert says, 'is that a bug?'

Sandra says, 'it's funny, at least'

Sienna1Guest grins evilly at Herbert.. wonder what he's thinking...

Kaige says, 'and creative'

Huginn nods solemnly.

Herbert says, 'sucks when the shopkeeper dies, but makes a TONNE of cash from the right places'

Herbert says, '25k for an item in greece.. steal that back 30 times...'

Herbert says, 'you do the math'

Sienna1Guest says, 'I smell a House Rent increase for Herbie!'

Sandra says, 'hm, to call that a bug, or not to call that a bug ;)'

Kaige says, 'you mean selling it to the same shopkeeper?'

Herbert says, 'theoretically a dex create could be HUGELY wealthy'

Herbert nods his agreement with Kaige.

Sandra says, 'how many people do I get to delete?'

Kaige says, 'that'll be fixed soon'

Kaige says, 'as in next week.'

Herbert says, 'mkay then!'

Kae hugs Rusalka.

Sienna1Guest says, 'wow something that doesn't target the master and hits a charmy.'

Herbert says, 'and for the record i only did it once to test it to see if it still worked'

Kaige says, 'well, the buy/sell part of it with fighting shopkeepers will be'

Sienna1Guest says, 'someone take a dying species picture of it quick.'

Sienna1Guest nods his agreement with Kaige.

Herbert says, 'and it did take a LOT of steal attempts'

Sienna1Guest says, 'you have the stolen flags here?'

Herbert says, 'mkay think thats me for the day!'

Herbert bows deeply.

Herbert says, 'rubberstamp me, gimme a gold star for bein such a snitch'

Herbert snickers softly.

Sandra giggles.

Sienna1Guest licks a sienna star and sticks it to Herbert's forehead.

Lorenzo flips Sandra over his shoulder - what a Neanderthal!

Lorenzo blinks.

Rusalka rubberstamps an indignent smirking scientist with a flying teapot.

Rusalka looks up into the sky and ponders.

Herbert stifles a laugh as he regards the situation at hand.

Rusalka corrects that. A flying cockroach.

Rusalka nods to herself.

Herbert says, 'better go make a peacock..'

Herbert nods to himself.

Sienna1Guest bows deeply.

Herbert says, 'they keep gettin killed'

Herbert holds his head down and mourns the dead.

Rusalka chuckles politely.

Herbert says, 'mkay i'll let ya get cleaned up for our date then LA'

Herbert throws his head back and cackles gleefully!

LadyAce chuckles politely.

LadyAce pats Herbert on the head.

Herbert tips his hat gallantly.

Sandra giggles.

LadyAce says, 'no other questions?'

LadyAce peers around intently.

Kaige needs to convince the kids it really IS bedtime.

Lorenzo says to Sandra, 'wow, i didn't know that keyword'

Lorenzo says, 'sorry'

Sandra says, 'wha?'

Lorenzo says, 'my connection is reayy screwy'

Sandra giggles.

LadyAce giggles at Lorenzo.

Lorenzo says to Sandra, 'i flipped you but meant to flip my star at herb'

Sandra says, 'oh hehe'

Sandra says, 'starseed'

Sandra points proudly at herself.

Huginn laughs.

Huginn says to Sandra, 'that's old'

Sandra giggles.

Sandra nods her agreement with Huginn.

Sandra says, 'I had to take out the Irish and girl ones ;)'

Huginn laughs.

Huginn should take out small.

Huginn peers at himself myopically.

Lorenzo resists the urge to file this one on the bug channel again.

Huginn peers around intently.

Sandra peers around intently.

Snoring loudly, Kaige nods off to sleep using Sandra as a pillow.

LadyAce says, 'alrighty, time to close up this forum then'

LadyAce says, 'thanks for comin and all that jazz'

LadyAce gives a big hug to everyone in the room.

LadyAce waves happily.

Huginn waves happily.

The aura around Huginn slowly fades and he is gone.

Lorenzo's connection gets flaky a final time.

Kaige waves happily.

Kaige goes to chase the monsters into their beds.

The aura around Kaige slowly fades and she is gone.

Sandra waves happily.

Lorenzo 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 It would seem that the help file for the mood evil and the help file for the evil alignment are under the same headding would it be possible to make them slightly different so we can read them both?
To view the "helpfile" on the evil mood (or any mood or social for that matter) you can always use the VIEW command. The HELP command simply calls that as a short cut for you if it didn't already find a file on the topic. So.. just VIEW M EVIL will show you the messages.
o Tamakhet's desc doesnt respond to shortened, using "tama" says "They aren't here."
You can only use abbreviations on player characters, not computer controlled NPCs.
o It said "You skin the corpse and cure the pelt" and all I have is this hunk of fur. Why?
If you don't have the skin skill, with certain animals, you have a chance of ruining the specific pelt if you get the killing blow. Thus, when the corpse is skinned by someone with the skill, they get the default "hunk of fur".
o We should be able to send envelopes through the mail.
Mortal characters may only send NOTE type objects through the mail because of the potential for abuse. But even if an immortal tried to send a container (like envelopes are) with objects in it, the objects in it would vanish the way the mail system works as it recreates the sent objects from a number in a saved file when the RECEIVE command is typed. This is also why marks on notes don't survive being mailed.
o Is "flail helplessly" a typo on "fail" when you miss a bash?
Nope. In this case, "to flail" means to move vigorously or erratically; to thrash about. When you come across words you don't know... www.dictionary.com and www.merriamwebster.com are great resources to use.

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