Lecture Series Index

September 9th, 2004

Q & A Index

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Kousenborg grumbles.

LadyAce says, 'I think the general consensus was, aim doesn't break hide?'

Kousenborg says, 'Really?'

Huginn nods solemnly.

Kaige says, 'yep, the little flag that says, break hiding or aiming is turned off for aiming (would be pretty hard to aim more than once if it wasn't)'

Kousenborg says, 'Alrighty, then second part of the question...well, more a comment in terms of making snipers a bit better...currently, you can autorush those who fire a weapon at you'

Huginn says, 'sometimes'

Kousenborg raises his eyebrow at Huginn.

Val nods his agreement with Huginn.

Sandra says, 'it isn't 100%'

Val shudders.

Huginn says to Kousenborg, 'There's a check.'

Kousenborg nods solemnly.

Huginn says, 'sometimes you freeze with indecision'

Val says, 'you freeze with indescision!!'

Val snickers softly.

Huginn nods solemnly.

Val says, 'I hate that'

Kousenborg says, 'well'

Kousenborg says, 'Well, wouldn't finding the sniper require a bit of perception, itself? I mean, after all, you are searching for a sniper.'

Huginn says, 'that's part of the check'

Kousenborg says, 'But are the odds correct? I mean, currently, how often would a 20 perception fighter find his sniper?'

Huginn says, 'sorry..'

Huginn says, 'I'd say the odds are fine'

Kousenborg says, 'no worries'

Kousenborg smiles at Huginn.

Huginn says, 'people fail'

Huginn says, 'it shouldn't be impossible'

Huginn says, 'so its a balance'

Kousenborg says, 'I didn't say it should be impossible...but if you haven't the perception to hunt or scan, then how do you have the perception necessary to find a well trained sniper?'

Huginn says, 'see you're picturing the guy with the rifle and the scope, right?'

Huginn says, 'what about the guy shooting the flaming arrow at you?'

Huginn says, 'its all done through the same code'

Chocorua says, 'we also can't allow you a lot of free shots ...'

Kousenborg says to Chocorua, 'Obviously...if you fire more than one shot you have more of a chance of giving away position.'

Kousenborg says to Huginn, 'I understand the code issue.'

Kousenborg nods solemnly.

Huginn says, 'we're also trying to balance out the fun issue..'

Huginn says, 'yes it'd be fun for someone to shoot the hell out of their victim'

Kousenborg shakes his head.

Huginn says, 'not so much for the victim'

Huginn says, 'sort of like why invisibility stops when you attack..'

Kousenborg says, 'Not much fun to have a 20 perception London fighter autorush you 75 percent of the time, either'

Chocorua says, 'we try to not consciously create super "classes"'

Kousenborg says to Chocorua, 'If you think that sniper is a super class or that this minor change would make it so, you haven't played a sniper recently.'

Chocorua says, 'that is always the retort ...'

Val smirks at Chocorua.

LadyAce says, 'did we cover the question?'

Val thinks imms play shooters just as often as the next player.

Kousenborg says, 'I suppose so. Snipers are just going to remain a silly novelty class.'

LadyAce says, 'hm, if my network wouldn't freeze again....'

Val grimaces.

Jeffrey says, 'ugh'

Val says, 'BAH'

Kousenborg sighs loudly.

LadyAce says, 'ok, Val is up next.'

Val smiles happily.

Val says, 'Mmmkay, there was one of you imms I mentioned this to some time back, and they had -no- idea what I was talking about, but'

Val says, 'Other people have been complaining of it too'

Val says, 'I type e 3 times, right? And only move twice -- what gives? Is this a bug?'

Huginn says, 'could be a few things'

Nevyn nods his agreement with Val.

Huginn says, 'packet loss.. that problem that's not fixed with fast commands'

Huginn says, 'or a real bug that's lurking still'

Huginn says, 'I've seen it happen as well'

Val says, 'I'm sorry Huginn, but ya gotta speak English to us plebs ;)'

Huginn says, 'but not as much recently'

Val says, 'packet?'

Huginn says, 'packet loss..'

Huginn says, 'when you send information to legend it comes in packets'

Huginn says, 'and goes back to you the same way'

Val says, 'Oh!!'

LadyAce says, 'it's a network term for part of your message being lost'

Val nods solemnly.

Huginn says, 'myself I prefer sugar packets.. but your preferences may vary'

Huginn ducks to the ground.

Val says, 'thing is, I only started seeing it and hearing others complaining of it within the past few months, so'

Huginn says, 'anyway.. keep an eye out for it after tomorrow's update'

Val nods solemnly.

Huginn says, 'I'd like to reset the clock so to speak'

Kaige says, 'it's been mentioned a lot longer than that'

Val says, 'ah okay so I'm bringing up old news'

Val smiles happily.

Kaige says, 'I'm just saying.. which is why we suspect packet loss more than fast commands or the like'

Val nods his agreement with Kaige.

Huginn nods solemnly.

Val says, '*begin rant* It's a pain! *end rant*'

Kaige nods her agreement with Val.

Kaige says, 'argh.. that bug best die tomorrow with new code'

Val cheers for Kaige - huzzah!

Kaige hates a page full of spammy bug reports that aren't traceable.

Val says, '*squash* Okay I'm done. -_-'

Chocorua says to Kaige, 'I SERIOUSLy hope so.'

LadyAce says, 'any other questions out there?'

LadyAce points at Basara.

Basara says, 'this one's out to the public. How many people actually know of, use, etc. of the skill make staff?'

Val knows of and has never used.

Lorenzo says, 'oh, that bug!'

Lorenzo nods solemnly.

Val giggles at Lorenzo.

Basara says, 'I wish that make staff is more interesting, but I know you guys have a lot more on priority'

Lorenzo just changed locations, had to backscroll crazylike

Basara says, 'maybe give it some small bonus, to have it back into the limelight again'

Basara says, 'that's it for me'

Val isn't going to interrupt any more.

Kaige says, 'well there was another skill that had been planned that you could use on the finished staves... but it ran into a hard drive crash at some point and wasn't picked up again.'

Kaige sighs loudly.

Basara says, 'doh'

Sandra says, 'makestaff already has a bonus'

LadyAce says, 'there are a lot of ideas kicking around for player-generated objects with bonuses and such, but not in the immediate future that I know of'

Basara raises his eyebrow at Sandra.

Basara says, 'what kind of bonus, aside the different woods?'

Basara says, 'I've made some all around, but all seem the same. is there a bonus to having high spirit too?'

Basara says, 'to make a better one?'

Sandra says, 'they're better than normal staves'

Basara nods solemnly.

Kaige says to Basara, 'And what you just asked about is spelled out in the help file too.'

Sandra doesn't wanna give out too much.

Basara nods solemnly.

Basara says, 'ok'

Lorenzo says, 'make staff is neat'

Basara nods his agreement with Lorenzo.

Basara says, 'I love making dragonblood staves'

Lorenzo tried to get it for a level to 5 once, but no luck!

LadyAce says, 'any other questions out there?'

Sandra giggles.

LadyAce points at Nevyn.

Nevyn says, 'an off the wall question...'

Nevyn says, 'it would be interesting if there was a spell or skill that made a mage able to burn life as mana...'

Nevyn says, 'i guess it was more of a rambling with hope of comment than a question.'

LadyAce says, 'I seem to think there was something akin to that in the works somewhere'

LadyAce says, 'it's definitely a feature in games I've come across and so on'

LadyAce says, 'put it in on idea just in case we're not thinking of it sometime when we need that kind of idea'

Nevyn nods solemnly.

Trousers lies down on the ground and gets comfortable.

LadyAce points at Axis.

Axis says, 'I just wanna say I love you guys for the makeleader command :p'

LadyAce says, 'that's all it takes, eh? :)'

LadyAce winks suggestively at Axis.

Jeffrey snickers softly.

Basara snickers softly.

LadyAce says, 'who else has a question? :) comments & feedbacks welcome too'

Axis blows a kiss to LadyAce. How cute!

Basara says, 'well, you've had my feedback already'

Basara smirks at LadyAce.

LadyAce smiles at Basara.

Axis says, 'eww tick changes!'

Basara says, 'thanks everyone. see you next Q&A!'

Basara flourishes grandly.

Lorenzo says to Axis, 'those are supermatic, don't knock 'em.'

Jeffrey says, 'I'd like to comment that Sandra throws an awesome wedding'

Sandra giggles.

Sandra had fun.

Nevyn nods his agreement with Jeffrey.

Jeffrey smiles at Sandra.

Nevyn says, 'i wasnt there but i heard people enjoyed it to death :P'

Sandra snickers softly.

Jeffrey laughs.

Chocorua says, 'ok its time i wasn't at a computer for awhile'

Chocorua waves happily.

Kaige hugs Chocorua.

Sandra says, 'one person wanted to give their life as a wedding present, then it caught on.'

Chocorua says, 'have a good evening'

Nevyn nods solemnly.

Cheyla flops about helplessly.

Cheyla waves happily.

Nevyn says, 'good thing you weren't serving cool-aid as a beverage'

Nevyn ducks to the ground.

Sandra giggles.

LadyAce says, 'yea, definitely looks like we're done :)'

Axis says, 'ohhh I think Im gonna love tickless legend'

Nevyn waves happily.

LadyAce says, 'thanks for coming, all'

LadyAce gives a big hug to everyone in the room.

LadyAce waves happily.

Trousers says, 'Spiffy'

Nevyn says, 'thank you all'

Sandra waves happily.

Jeffrey waves happily.

Lorenzo grins evilly at Axis... Wonder what he's thinking...

Lorenzo says to Axis, 'that's the spirit.'

Huginn waves happily.

Lorenzo looks into the void.

Lorenzo looks dazed.

Lorenzo stares off into space.

Axis hugs Kaige.

Kaige smiles at Axis.

Axis says, 'I bet that why we havn't been seeing that many code changes'

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

Axis says, 'tickless changes'

Kaige says, 'not really. those were done about 2 weeks ago.'

Kaige says, 'but with the end of summer, vacations and school starting up again (yup, even for us grown-ups) it throws a wrench in the old schedule.'

Axis says, 'Why can't I share prompts with offline people IE my alts :p'

Kaige says, 'because they're not in memory. and you can easily move them from one char to another with a little copy and paste.'

Axis says, 'yeah but that means alting :P'

Kaige says, 'just prompt show, copy, log out, log in the other, and prompt format paster'

Kaige says, 'What I did was just saved a file with what I wanted my basic format to be. and then when I played the other chars, I opened it up and plopped it in'

Axis nods solemnly.

Kaige says, 'was easier to see what I was editing that way too'

Axis says, 'hmm I should Idea that prompts should have a config to show if your blind/flying/poisoned etc etc'

Axis says, 'well time to go to work thanks for a great mud :P'

Axis lurks around Lorenzo ominously!

Axis waves happily.

Kaige waves happily.

Kaige says, 'ok must find food here.'

Kaige waves happily.

Lorenzo giggles.

Lorenzo says, 'I don't remember being this early'

LadyAce giggles.

Lorenzo smiles happily.

Lorenzo waves hello to the world!

LadyAce wonders if this might be a rather short session.

LadyAce says to Lorenzo, 'Did you have any questions?'

Cheyla says, 'ok by me'

Chocorua says, 'could be!'

Lorenzo says, 'nope. just observing again today'

Chocorua says, 'did i come on the wrong night? heh'

Obelix smiles happily.

LadyAce giggles.

Lorenzo says to Chocorua, 'maybe it's the off week.'

Cheyla snaps her fingers. ATTITUDE!

TheWatcher smiles happily.

LadyAce says, 'go for it, boys'

Lorenzo says, 'or maybe not'

TheWatcher says, 'and lady'

TheWatcher smiles happily.

TheWatcher says, 'ok.. heres the question'

Obelix grins evilly at LadyAce... Wonder what he's thinking...

TheWatcher says, 'snipers.. in R/L are able to hide, take aim, and shoot at things.. why can snipers only do one or the other.. they cant hide and kneel to aim.. or hide and lay to aim..'

Obelix says, 'ahh'

Obelix nods his agreement with TheWatcher.

TheWatcher says, 'I guess that is more of a suggestion huh'

Obelix chortles with amusement.

Asterix looks up into the sky and ponders.

LadyAce says, 'yea, put it in as an idea -- to kneel then hide.'

Asterix says, 'well it could be a question or suggestion both'

TheWatcher shrugs helplessly.

LadyAce says, 'hide then kneel isn't very good hiding'

TheWatcher nods her agreement with LadyAce.

Asterix laughs.

Obelix says, 'but laying down could be very hidden'

TheWatcher nods her agreement with Obelix.

Asterix nods his agreement with Obelix.

TheWatcher says, 'I have one other question'

LadyAce says, 'I'm not sure what the reasoning or balance issues might be, but it does sound appealing in terms of fun factor'

LadyAce says, 'so send it on in'

TheWatcher says, 'and it may sound a bit silly...'

TheWatcher nods her agreement with LadyAce.

LadyAce says, 'go for it :)'

Asterix looks up into the sky and ponders.

TheWatcher says, 'with sniper.. what determines your rate of insta-kill..'

TheWatcher snuggles up to Asterix.

LadyAce says, 'It's not something we can give you a formula for -- but snipe is 'the best' of the outcomes when you aim up'

TheWatcher says, 'hummm'

Chocorua says, 'it's a HIGH amount of chance'

Chocorua says, 'and to keep it from being sniperfeast its a low chance even with all factors in your favor'

LadyAce says, 'but it's going to be most likely when you're better in comparison in the stats that make a sniper what they are'

Chocorua says, 'fest that is .. heh'

Asterix laughs.

LadyAce says, 'feast is much more appealing tho'

Asterix says, 'oh yeah'

Obelix chortles with amusement.

LadyAce says, 'that cover your question?'

Cheyla drools contentedly.

Asterix grins evilly at TheWatcher... Wonder what he's thinking...

Cheyla says, 'yeah, i'm hungry'

TheWatcher says, 'well in that instance.. if snipe is the BEST.. and I understand about the snipefest thing... but why with mobs is insta kill so low?'

Cheyla says, 'because they typically have pretty good stats'

TheWatcher nods her agreement with Cheyla.

LadyAce says, 'and besides, that's a pretty powerful outcome, don't you think?'

Asterix nods his agreement with LadyAce.

Chocorua says, 'instant kill as realistic as it can be makes the game REALLY boring'

TheWatcher nods her agreement with Chocorua.

LadyAce says, 'especially since it gives you the xp and often the eq as if you fought it out'

TheWatcher shrugs helplessly.

TheWatcher says, 'I agree to an extent..'

Obelix says, 'how much damage is a snipe if it fails to kill the target?'

Obelix says, 'like in pk'

Obelix says, 'just ballpack'

LadyAce says, 'try it out and see'

Obelix says, 'park even'

Asterix laughs.

Chocorua says, 'depends on teh weapon i think'

TheWatcher says, 'I just think it makes the appeal of playing a sniper.. who specializes in sniping less appealing as opposed to other characters..'

Obelix says, 'would it be like 300-400?'

LadyAce says, 'it's really easy to do that one, but we can't tell you really'

TheWatcher shakes her head.

TheWatcher bows before Huginn.

Obelix smiles at Huginn.

LadyAce says, 'nah, there's no way we'd make people able to do that kinda damage to each other in one round'

LadyAce says, 'that's some people's max hp'

Lorenzo says, 'we wouldn't want snipers to be absolutely the most appealing though, nor any other style of play'

Obelix nods solemnly.

Obelix says, 'I know, but sometimes they can land and kill in one hit'

TheWatcher nods solemnly.

Obelix says, 'so I thought maybe it would be that high of damage'

TheWatcher says, 'it would be nice if sniper did a little more damage is all Im sayin :)'

LadyAce says, 'it sounds like you guys haven't really tried it though'

Obelix says, 'oh I haven't'

TheWatcher pokes a nickel-plated .45.

Obelix says, 'I'm not a sniper'

TheWatcher nods solemnly.

TheWatcher says, 'I am a sniper'

Obelix says, 'was just curious'

Obelix says, 'so, I have a question'

LadyAce says, 'well, I'd say keep looking at it some, and see what you think'

TheWatcher nods her agreement with LadyAce.

LadyAce says, 'yea, if this topic is done, it's your turn'

LadyAce points at Obelix.

Obelix says, 'would changing perception from 30-60 affect your ability to hit well?'

Obelix says, 'cuz I've heard that... again just curious'

LadyAce says, 'I think that's also something you can try :) perc helps lots of things in lots of places'

Obelix laughs.

Obelix says, 'I know, but you guys were all bored, and we thought you needed someone here'

Obelix grins evilly.

TheWatcher giggles.

TheWatcher says, 'perc'

Obelix says, 'I didn't really have any questions'

LadyAce says, 'I wouldn't sacrifice much fight stat to get perc, really -- perc isn't the same as having good dex if you're a dagger-fighter'

LadyAce giggles.

Chocorua says, 'we really try not to give out to many of the specifics of formulas used'

Obelix nods his agreement with Chocorua.

Obelix chortles with amusement.

LadyAce says, 'well, it's ok with us if you don't have many questions, I'll just do laundry and it sounds like Cheyla will eat :)'

Asterix grins evilly.

TheWatcher passes out double stuffed oreos

Asterix says, 'I will regen'

Asterix throws his head back and cackles gleefully!

Obelix nods solemnly.

Obelix says, 'off to regen'

Obelix thanks his lucky stars for just being alive!

Cheyla giggles.

Obelix beams at LadyAce delightedly.

Asterix thanks LadyAce heartily.

LadyAce says, 'thanks for coming by :)'

TheWatcher bows before LadyAce.

Asterix thanks Cheyla heartily.

Obelix says, 'don't have too much fun in laundry'

LadyAce says, 'anyone else while we're all here?'

TheWatcher bows before Cheyla.

Asterix thanks Chocorua heartily.

TheWatcher bows before Chocorua.

Obelix shakes his head.

Obelix says, 'I'll try to think on it more'

TheWatcher bows before Lorenzo.

Asterix thanks Huginn heartily.

Obelix waves happily.

TheWatcher bows before Huginn.

Lorenzo says, 'don't look at me, I got nothing'

Lorenzo giggles.

Cheyla chuckles politely.

LadyAce says, 'alright :) let's call it a night, then'

Cheyla says, 'i'm off, then'

Cheyla waves happily.

LadyAce waves happily.

Chocorua waves happily.

Lorenzo says, 'bye :)'


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