Lecture Series Index

August 21st, 2003

Q & A Index

Topics Covered

Why Hasn't Assassin's XP Changed?
New Area Progress?
Removing Post-titles?
Hello and Kudos
Bitter Healer on Vacation?
Which RP Clans are Active?
String Duplicates in Prize Machine?
AFK Message and Language Rules?
Penalties for Killing in Klein?
Reporting and Abusing Bugs?
Why is Iron Will Widely Available?

Additional Topics Answered

General Suggestions/Questions

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Why Hasn't Assassin's XP Changed?

Kastina says, 'so why isn't the assassin in agrabah worth decent exp :P I've been protesting forever to get it raise.. was 20 then like 25 then 30 now 50'

Kaige says, 'because he's got more than one good item as well'

Chocorua says, 'it's been over doubled and yer still upset about it?'

Varnel says, 'What about dragut reis? he has a few yet he's worth decent xp'

Varnel ducks to the ground.

O'Bedlam snickers softly.

Kaige says, 'he's also not in my area.'

Kastina says, 'dhurtah.. has one less stat item I guess but is way easier'

Kaige smiles happily.

Clara says, 'or cuchi :P'

Kastina says, 'if he does a stupid 50 hp special that stuns :P he needs to be worth somethin!'

Varnel laughs.

Varnel comforts Kastina.

Kastina says, 'so I guess that's a laugh at kastina and ignore her :P'

Kastina shows her approval by clapping her hands together.

LadyAce says, 'well...no....'

Sandra says, 'Kaige answered the question'

Kaige says, 'no. it was a "He's got other things besides XP which isn't what most people are kiling him for anyway"'


New Area Progress?

Clara says, 'actually whats the progress on the new areas, im just curious'

Sandra says, 'the new klein update is in testing. Hell's still in the works with regular progress on it'

LadyAce says, 'Klein is in testing, Kae is bustin her ass on Hell, Cheyla put in some super new stuff for animals'

Clara nods solemnly.

Kaige has been slacking!

Clara nods her agreement with Kaige.

O'Bedlam says, 'I noticed that hell almost alawys has progress listed on updates'

LadyAce says, 'Kaige is cleaning up lotsa industrial problems'

LadyAce says, 'don't listen to her!'

LadyAce nods her agreement with O'Bedlam.

Sandra nods her agreement with O'Bedlam.

Sandra is the slacking one.

Kaige says, 'I meant as far as new area stuff went tho'

Varnel grins evilly at Sandra.. wonder what he's thinking...

Lorenzo says, 'I'm slacking!'

Sandra says, 'work and school have me beat'

Sandra giggles.

Kaige says, 'and I'm trying to get used to having 2 kids in school and am supposed to be getting my house ready to sell'

Kaige says, 'which I can finally explain now..'

Kaige giggles.

Sandra giggles.

Varnel is moving in 5 days

Varnel cheers for himself since no one else has.

Kaige says, 'Ptah got a promotion and he has to do his job from the main office in San Diego instead of here in Austin.'

Sandra sniffs sadly.

Kaige nods her agreement with Sandra.

CyrusHarding comforts Kaige.

Kaige says to CyrusHarding, 'it's a good thing overall, just icky timing'

Clara says, 'so all the imms are gonna ove to san diego now watch and see'

Sandra giggles.

Sandra says, 'nah I just got to austin 2 years ago!'

CyrusHarding nods his agreement with Kaige.

Varnel comforts Sandra.

Kaige says, 'Satsu's already there! We can blame it on him now'

Varnel says, 'Er :P'

Sandra giggles.

Chocorua says, 'with the price of housing there? heh unlikely'

Kaige nods her agreement with Chocorua.

Kaige wrinkles her nose with distaste.

Sandra says to Chocorua, 'yea, no kidding'

Sandra says, 'I could afford a cardboard box on the corner ;)'

Chocorua says to Sandra, 'that'd be more room than you have now'

Sandra says, 'hehe'


Removing Post-titles?

Herbert says, 'its not really a very real one.. just wondering... post titles... etc etc'

Sandra says to Herbert, 'what about 'em?'

Herbert says, 'will i EVER be freed of the shackles of this horrid slanderous title ive been given'

LadyAce says, 'well, I hope'

LadyAce says, 'The removal's in the Klein update.'

Herbert says, 'progress report basically is all im after'

LadyAce says, 'Klein's in testing.'

Herbert says, 'its IN?'

Herbert says, 'oh testing thats cool'

LadyAce says, 'it's in the Klein update.'

LadyAce says, 'Sorry, I think of that as Klein these days.'

LadyAce scuffles her feet around in the dirt.

Herbert says, 'hehe well its news, its progress, im happy with that'

Ransom smiles at LadyAce.

LadyAce says, 'it's right in my face ... or it was, until I turned it into testing :)'

Herbert says, 'i can shut up for awhile longer heheh'

Lorenzo says to LadyAce, 'spent a lot more time in that Klein lately, eh?'

LadyAce hugs Herbert.

LadyAce says, 'you've been more than fair and patient'

LadyAce says to Lorenzo, 'not lately, but before that, for sure'

Herbert blushes bright red.


Hello and Kudos

CyrusHarding says, 'I rp when not in ooc lounge, so I just wanted to introduce myself'

CyrusHarding says, 'and let you guys know that the MUD is looking good.'

CyrusHarding smiles happily.

CyrusHarding says, 'that's all'

Ransom shakes CyrusHarding's hand.

Sandra smiles at CyrusHarding.

Ransom says, 'Greetings'

CyrusHarding says to Ransom, 'Hello'

CyrusHarding says to Ransom, 'I am Cyrus, and you?'

LadyAce smiles at CyrusHarding.

Ransom says, 'Ransom'

LadyAce says to CyrusHarding, 'Any comments or feedback from what you've seen so far? You sound semi-new.'

Kaige thanks CyrusHarding heartily.

CyrusHarding says, 'Semi is right, I have another old char who is archived because she takes so much effort to play. I'll get her out again some time.'

LadyAce nods solemnly.

LadyAce smiles at CyrusHarding.

CyrusHarding says, 'I really like the new little mobs all over, they are nice for new players'

LadyAce nods solemnly.

CyrusHarding says, 'and the increase in short quests that don't require so many special skills or brute strength'

Sandra says, 'yea there's lots of 'em'


Bitter Healer on Vacation?

O'Bedlam says to LadyAce, 'did the bitter healer take a holiday?'

LadyAce says, 'not that I know of....'

Domingo raises an eyebrow inquiringly.

O'Bedlam says to LadyAce, 'I havent seen in the past 4 times'

LadyAce looks up into the sky and ponders.

O'Bedlam says to LadyAce, 'someone actually told me you took her him out, but I thought I would ask you'

LadyAce says, 'not sure...'

O'Bedlam giggles.

LadyAce says, 'no, didn't take him out.'

Clara says, 'she locked him up in a closet in sealed off part of the tower'

LadyAce says, 'I'll have to check and see why he's misbehaving.'

LadyAce says, 'but he doesn't always load, either.'

O'Bedlam says, 'yeah he used to pop up all the time'

O'Bedlam says, 'ahh'


Which RP Clans are Active?

CyrusHarding says, 'So, what rp clans are semi-active now?'

LadyAce says, 'you should be able to look at the clans RP listing and talk to the folks listed as GMs etc'

LadyAce says, 'or monitor what goes in the LT for signs of life & energy :)'

Domingo chuckles politely.

CyrusHarding says, 'I will do that, thanks'

LadyAce smiles at CyrusHarding.


String Duplicates in Prize Machine?

Robar says, 'what is the chance that if I spend a coupon on making my wife a unique and personal gift today it will show up as a prize machine string tomorrow?'

Domingo chuckles politely.

Domingo says, 'Good question'

Domingo nods solemnly.

Sandra says, 'I'd think that it'd be rare now. LA's been checking the pfiles before putting the prize strings in to make sure that they aren't copies.'

LadyAce says, 'There was one recently that slipped through -- I'm not sure why I missed it, but I added a bunch more checks'

Herbert peers intently at an elegant black leather doctor's bag.

LadyAce says, 'but, there's no checks to keep other players from making similar items, so the only way to guarantee that something will stay unique is to use your name in it.'

Herbert says, 'imagine that string set though, hahaha'

Herbert says, 'it would look like you're in love with yourself'

Robar says, 'i am'

Domingo chuckles politely at Herbert's feeble witticism.

Domingo nods solemnly.

LadyAce says, 'well, if it's a gift :)'

Sandra giggles.

Domingo says, 'tried but couldnt get it all to fit'

LadyAce says, 'the more unique the item's desc, the less likely to see a repetition, too.'

Domingo peers intently at a badly-dented grey metal folding chair.

Herbert hugs an ancient overhead operating lamp.

Herbert says, 'not likely to be cloned that one'

LadyAce says to Herbert, 'I'm having a hard time coming up with surgeon strings that AREN'T what you have!'

Domingo nods solemnly.

Herbert throws his head back and cackles gleefully!

Domingo says, 'My surgeon has always been envious'

Domingo peers at Herbert, looking him up and down.

LadyAce says, 'people keep asking for stethescopes and stuff'

Herbert says, 'as long as its not a 1905 style version im cool with it'

Herbert picks up an ancient silver and brass stethoscope and shakes it vigorously.

Herbert says, 'if Herbert were ever to need his equipment id feel sorry for the patient, its all crappy old stuff hahaha'

LadyAce says, 'Call me leery of repeating the same error on your gear twice :P'

Robar says, '1905 is ancient?'


AFK Message and Language Rules?

Robar says, 'whats the language rules for my afk message? can I swear or not in it'

Chocorua says, 'not'

Herbert says, 'PG13!'

LadyAce chuckles politely.

Kaige says, 'other people can't turn it off, so not allowed'

Robar says, 'they can stop talking to me'

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

Kaige says, 'they're still hit with it the first time, unknowingly'

Herbert says, 'im curious as to the word ya wanted to use now, i cant imagine robar being crass'

LadyAce says, 'You should find a different way to express yourself, I'd say'

Domingo snickers softly.

Chocorua says, 'not allowed ...'

Robar says, 'but one would think talking to me is walking in on my private sphere .. so there must be some risks'

Chocorua says, 'you can't turn them off when fighting with that person as a group member ...'

Robar says, 'fair enough'

LadyAce giggles.

LadyAce points at Robar.

Herbert says, 'get creative Robar, call them parentless wretches whose lives are worth less than the festering boil on the rectum of a leper'

LadyAce giggles at Herbert.

Sandra cheers for Herbert - huzzah!

Herbert snickers softly.

Domingo says, 'Can you come up with one for a wrestler?'

Domingo winks suggestively at Herbert.

Domingo chuckles politely.

Herbert says, 'years of training...'


Penalties for Killing in Klein?

Robar says, 'why is it that I can kill people in kleinstadt over and over without being stripped of my ritter title? and b) why doesnt roland get miffed if people kill him while he's thinking they're doing the ritter quest?'

Sandra says, 'oh just wait for the update ;)'

Kaige giggles at Sandra.

Sandra giggles.

Robar says, 'I have been for quite a while'

Robar smirks.

LadyAce says, 'Me too.'

Herbert says, 'i accidentally got the ritter thing the other day cos it wasnt working for some reason and got stuck in the middle ages ago, and Roland happened to be in the room and something i said triggered him off'

Sandra says, 'it's almost ready!'

LadyAce nods her agreement with Sandra.

Herbert says, 'hauled away mid speech i was..'

LadyAce says, 'well, he's in much better shape to fix the freaky bugs, once the update goes in you can go on pounding the heck out of him, but he'll be more fixable :)'

Herbert says, 'good job on Saladin by the way, hes psychotically hard to kill solo now'

LadyAce says, 'I can't swear he's bug free, you guys find those bugs way better than I do'

Robar says, 'oh'

Clara giggles.

Domingo laughs.


Reporting and Abusing Bugs?

Robar says, 'if you discover and report a bug how far out of your way should you go to not abuse it before it is actually fixed?'

Robar says, 'example: you like flavoring your chalice.. knowing that it messes with the timer'

Kaige says, 'I thought I fixed that.'

Kaige is completely boggled.

Sandra nods her agreement with Kaige.

Robar says, 'yes, but before you did that I was having big moral troubles'

Herbert says, 'awwww can ya not flavor em now? or just not flavor em to affect timed..'

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

Kaige says, 'if it's questionable... don't do it?'

Kaige giggles.

Sandra giggles.

Robar says, 'so if you dont need str dont flavor them with that?'

Chocorua says, 'thast somehing i have always wondered ... why woudl oyu do something you thought MIGHT get you in trouble ...'

Sandra says, 'flavour your other drink container'

Herbert says, 'flavoring with cure light is REALLY cool though'

Herbert says, 'cos lots of us refuse to drink from anything but a chalice hehe'

Jasra gives a small piece of paper from Jasra to LadyAce.

Robar nods his agreement with Herbert.

Robar says, 'which partly answers chocs question'

Herbert says, 'we remember to do chalice, we dont remember to drink pot or skin or whatever'

Robar says, 'and you drink from your chalice anyway'

Herbert says, 'if yer thirsty and need mana youd be mad to drink from a skin'


Why is Iron Will Widely Available?

Herbert says, 'how come iron will is available to such a wide class of people, it seems to defy its purpose of making hitters better'

Herbert says, 'its made almost everyone better that I can tell'

Robar says, 'except for me'

LadyAce says, 'it was geared to being a generic fighter boost sort of thing'

Clara says, 'i dont have it listed'

Herbert says, 'so how come a surgeon can out hit a straight fighter with it?'

Chocorua says, 'yeah it was made for fighters'

LadyAce says, 'more specialized fighter skills are further in the future, I'd say'

LadyAce says, 'I'd have to see their stats to see'

LadyAce says, 'it does give an advantage to someone with high values in multiple stats'

Herbert says, 'Jaid being the one i can think of but everyones makin em lately'

LadyAce says, 'that's why it's considered a boost for pure fighter types'

Herbert says, 'battle surgeons... thats a mind boggling concept'

LadyAce looks up into the sky and ponders.

LadyAce says, 'I don't think I've heard about this new phenomenon :)'

Herbert says, 'and even my tank Archibald, has 908hps, shoots, hits, and has iron will'

Jasra reads a small piece of paper from Jasra.

Herbert says, 'either iron wills too easy to get, or other skills are... somethings not right anyway'

Chocorua points at Huginn.

Clara pokes Huginn in the ribs.

Herbert says, 'ahhhh! the man!'

Chocorua says, 'ask him!'

Herbert beams at Huginn delightedly.

Herbert says, 'or not!'

Clara says, 'we scared him'

Huginn giggles.

Robar chuckles politely.

Huginn says, 'what's the question?'

Herbert says, 'how come iron wills so easy to get for a nonfighter specific?'

Herbert says, 'like a str/dex hitter with surgery and iron will..'

Clara says, 'i don't see how it can be restricted honestly, fighter types can come from any hometown'

Herbert says, 'or a con/dex 900hp tank with marksman..'

Huginn says, 'well the spirit req can't be that high or fighters won't consider investing in it'

Herbert nods solemnly.

Huginn says, 'and as such that puts it in reach for non-fighter types'

Huginn says, 'the question is can those types use it to as full an effect as fighters'

Herbert says, 'problem is that the boost to fighters that it was sposed to give hasnt changed them much at all, when a surgeon can damcap consistently beside a fighter it seems out of balance'

Huginn says, 'that being get 2 or even 3 stats to full iron will status'

LadyAce says, 'yea, that's the question -- are they full up to iron will in all stats, or do they have the same fight stats as surgys? :P'

Huginn says, 'you're looking at one stat, str. A fighter with iron will have at least one if not the other two'

Herbert says, 'well theyre not a pure surgeon with it, theyre a 50min 50spi surgeon with high str/dex id imagine'

Huginn says, 'I've heard some feedback that str iron will is the only one that matters.. that the other two are less with it'

Herbert says, 'so the solution to it is crank field surgery min reqs really'

Herbert says to Huginn, 'no way, my con dex iron will char is disgusting now.. he dodges lots and healing 900hps isnt that big of a worry for him now'

Herbert says, 'should just be a klein only skill i reckon'

Huginn says, 'I think you're being generous with those healer numbers..'

Herbert snickers softly.

Herbert says, 'go take a look at Jaids stats then'

Huginn says, 'for example, let's say you have 345 stat points to play with..'

Chocorua says, 'klein already has other advantages'

Herbert says, 'ive just seen how he hits beside Spite whos a REAL hitter'

Herbert says, 'you better not mean the klein bonus choc or im gonna resort to a slapping'

Chocorua says to Herbert, 'i wouldn''

Herbert says, '+.0000001% chance to land a kick wheeee'

Huginn says, 'mind/spirit = 100, str/dex = 180 and con = 60, that leaves you what a 5 per?'

Huginn says, 'even con at 50 would leave you 15 per.. so you'd have to drop below that to do what you're talking about'

Huginn says, 'a figher could still have decent hps'

Herbert says, 'id shift that round a bit, str'd be 90 dex'd be low... like 60'

Herbert says, 'covered with hit roll gear and preps'

Huginn says, 'then you wouldn't get the dodge bonus or the bonus to tumble'

Clara says, 'whats it matter if dex is 60 or con is :P'

Herbert says, 'no cos they dont need that, they're hitters'

Clara says, 'oh'

Herbert says, 'a battle surgeon is barely a surgeon, who can hit like a psycho basically, they only get the str iron will bit'

Huginn says, 'yes they are.. and in a pinch they're not going to be rescuing you out from the big mob'

Chocorua says, 'min/maxing numbers is always going to yield abnormalities without a lot more restricted skills .. or skilltrees...'

Huginn says, 'what I'm saying is yes iron will is nice for those types of chars, but they won't get the same effect as someone with high stats in all three physical areas'

Clara nods her agreement with Huginn.

Herbert says, 'ok id say the way to demonstrate would be to get Jaid to go hit on a run and watch that run wizinvis'

LadyAce says, 'ok, note to self, Jaid is a monster :)'

Herbert says, 'or go play with him on the test mud or something hehehe'

Huginn says, 'not really.. I believe he hits well'

LadyAce giggles.

Herbert says, 'but SHOULD he hit well is the question, he outhits Spite whos an old str/dexer'

Huginn says, 'but he probably tanks a lot less well than someone with iron will and other high stats'

Herbert says, 'these days Legend isnt a classless mud, its very much about classes, hitters hit, tanks tank'

Herbert says, 'making a char that does both isnt worth it anymore'

Huginn says, 'an iron will str fighter should be slightly better than a fighter with damage gear'

Herbert says, 'mkay it just seems too much'

Jasra reads a small piece of paper from Jasra.

Herbert says, 'even my tank seems overpowered'

Huginn says, 'the iron will char spends 3 pracs which should count for something'

Jasra gives a small piece of paper from Jasra to LadyAce.

Herbert says, '41str 96dex 40per 25min 100con 33spi.. -90ac 908hps with iron will'

Herbert says, 'he took little damage before cos hes from london, now he takes less, and heals like hes balmed..'

Herbert says, 'its spooky i feel like im cheating just playing that'

Huginn nods his agreement with Herbert.

Huginn says to Herbert, 'you should have seen the test healing before I put in the no iron will heal while balmed statement'

Herbert says, 'so i should just revel in my overpoweredness and not worry? heheh'

Herbert says, 'yeah i can imagine... and thought of that as soon as I got iron will'

Herbert looks up into the sky and ponders.

Huginn nods solemnly.

Herbert says, 'well i THINK im out of questions or random statements now'

Herbert says, 'thanks Huginn hehehe'

Huginn cheers for Herbert - huzzah!

Huginn says, 'no problem'

Herbert says, 'thanks everyone else too'

Herbert says, 'gotta go regen after the stomping the arabs gave me all day'

LadyAce giggles.

LadyAce says, 'and you deserved it!'

Herbert says, 'bah! its all a conspiracy or something'

LadyAce giggles.

Herbert says, 'my press agent's getting fired, im no assassin!'

Herbert says, 'i saved that ingrate Saladins life once'

Huginn says, 'the truth is out!'

Herbert says, 'youd think thatd count for somethin yknow'

Herbert says, 'cant trust the terrorists'

Herbert says, 'k im outta here!'

Herbert winks suggestively.

LadyAce chuckles politely.

LadyAce says, 'guess it's just us :)'

LadyAce says, 'thanks for coming :)'

Chocorua says, 'considering the headache i have its a good time to stop'

Huginn nods solemnly.

LadyAce comforts Chocorua.

Huginn 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 We need a praise channel so we can tell the imms when we find something we think is cool - like the room act on the horse in Quickley's that came up and chewed on someone's hair because they hadnt moved in forever. haha = Fabulous!
If you take the time to write it down in any of the feedback channels, IDEA or Q&A/FEEDBACK, it'll find it's way to the appropriate imm(s).
o What does @read do? For some reason it wiped the whole thing a second time when I typed that, could you mudmail me on that, maybe its been too long since ive posted on a board but this has happened before.
Check the helpfile for writing again. @r = restart, there is no @read option.
o From the repair help file : "You must have the FORGE skill to use this skill on weapons." I thought forge was a prerequisite for repair - but I was able to learn it from john (medival) anyway - since the helpfile stated that you'd need forge for weapons - I thought you might be able to use repair on non-weapons - obviously it isn't so.
As long as the item you're trying to repair is ARMOR or specifically has the REPAIR flag, there shouldn't be a problem. I just tested it without knowing forge on a metal shield and it worked fine.
o Disable bug that poisoning gets rid of spells on weapons?
This is a builder/player choice. If the builder chooses that the weapon's spells are replaced/nullified when poison is applied to the blade, it's the player's choice as to which version of the weapon to use.
o I just split 15000 coins, and it split it amongst everybody *else* in the group - I got nothing.
It sounds like you had the REJECT GIVES option turned on. Characters that have the REJECTGIVES config turned on are not included in the split and will not receive a share.

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