Lecture Series Index

November 11th, 2004

Q & A Index

Topics Covered

Q&A Attendance?
Promoting Outside Mud Circles?
Fighting Stances?
Sec_Attacks as Skill Bonus?
Fumbling Vials While Blind?
Spirit Fight Skills/Skilltrees?
Ability to Hire Guards?
Naval Combat/Grouped Mobs?
Better Info in Updates?
How's PK Been This Week?
Mage of Both Schools?
House Sharing with an Alt?
Restricted Items/Object Acts

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Q&A Attendance?

Straussy says, 'i have rather an awkward question'

Kaige chuckles politely.

Kaige points at Straussy.

Straussy says, 'have Q&As been like this as far as appearances?'

McNugget says, 'NOooo last week they looked quite full.'

McNugget says, 'People are scared of nuggets.'

McNugget mopes around, depressed.

Kaige says to Straussy, 'Attendance has been a little light, but then we haven't had a lot of controversial changes going in regularly again.'

Straussy nods solemnly.

Straussy says, 'makes sense'

McNugget says, 'HAH!'

McNugget says, 'YOu have TOO!'

McNugget says, 'But I've been beating up people so much about it I'm just too tired to ask anymore.'

McNugget snickers softly.

Kaige says to Straussy, 'I think I did manage to get all the backlog of session logs up on the web now... not all are pretty and organized, but they're there.'


Promoting Outside Mud Circles?

McNugget bounces up in the back seat with more awkward question, it's not about the changes, don't worry!

McNugget says, 'Why do we not, instead of encouraging people to vote at what is basically a meaningless mud site, where votes are an indication of player spamminess, and not exactly quality

McNugget says, '... by critical reviewers. Why do we not INSTEAD..'

McNugget says, 'Encourage players to create good content and get links to it from there? THere are plenty of ezines to do - not just with muds - that like good articles....'

McNugget says, 'Whether fiction or nonfiction. Why not for those mini novelists who write in our LT - see if another place will take it?'

Straussy blinks at McNugget.

Kaige says to LadyAce, 'That one sounds like it's all yours.'

McNugget says, 'Link to legend from there! Recruit new players who are NOT mudders! Don't just draw from a small pool of the whattit community!'

McNugget says, 'Don't compete with everyone else for fishes in the same pon d... branch out your poooooond.'

McNugget says, 'POndpondpondpondpond.'

McNugget drools contentedly.

McNugget says, 'I think that was the question.'

McNugget giggles.

McNugget says, 'I think I scareded her.'

Kaige says, 'personally I don't see any problem with being known in the pond itself either.'

McNugget flops about helplessly.

McNugget says, 'I just don't like topmudsites. It's spammy and silly. That, of course, is only nugget opinion.'

McNugget says, 'Haaaa! I'd beat you up but I'm tired of it already.'

Kaige says, 'And I'm glad to see Legend's name out there. But beyond that. I don't see any problem with people going out and submitting their stuff to those kinds of places, but I WOULD feel really uncomfortable doing it FOR them'

McNugget says, 'I never said do it FOR them.'

McNugget says, 'I said encourage them TO do it.'

McNugget shrugs helplessly.

McNugget says, 'Whatever!'

Kaige says, 'well, that's why their copyright remains with them. so they can do with it what they want.'

McNugget is completely boggled.

McNugget says, 'I just said encourage them TO do it - it's possible that it doesn't occur to people. Oh well. I guess I'll take the official line and bugger off then.'

Kaige says, 'why is that a boggling concept?'

McNugget says, 'Because I don't think we're on the same brainwaves of thought at all.'

Kaige says, 'well, do you have any suggestions on where exactly to encourage them to do so? Seems like it would make a great piece to write up and submit to the LT to me'

Kaige says, 'but you might want to run it past LA and/or Sandra, just to make sure it fits with PR's ideas.'

McNugget says, 'Actually I've gone out looking, had an article accepted by 3 or 4 places and am linking it to legend. It is EASY.'

McNugget says, 'And I have run it past them.'

McNugget snickers softly.

McNugget says, 'This is why I'm wondering why it doesn't happen more often.'

McNugget says, 'Or at least.'

McNugget says, 'If it does, why is it not promoted!'

LadyAce says, 'I think you're the first person to suggest it!'

McNugget says, 'Seems like a good way to get people.'

LadyAce says, 'so color yourself unique :)'

McNugget says, 'Am. I'm Yellow and Nuggetty.'

McNugget squeezes herself.

Kaige says, 'I can't promote what I don't have links for.'

Kaige says, 'I could say. Hey! Go read McNugget's posts that's she's written for all these great Ezines...'

McNugget says, 'Well I could give LA and Sandra the links for the ones I got things submitted to.'

Kaige says, 'but without being able to give them a link... doesn't do much good.'

McNugget says, 'Ah noooo I don't want people to read my posts.'

McNugget says, 'I want OTHER people not from here to read em!'

McNugget says, 'But that may not be so with everyone.'

McNugget says, 'I could give LA and Sandra a list of the places that accept my things as we go along though.'

Kaige says, 'so write up a piece and send it to the LT about getting others to do it'

McNugget says, 'And people can try with there.'

LadyAce says, 'It sounds like you want US to write the article about the other sites, not you?'

McNugget says, 'Just trying to offer an alternative to the spammy vote thing that drives me up the wall with jealousy because it contains spam... not chicken!!!'

McNugget says, 'Er not really... was thinking more of just as a list of resources.'

McNugget shrugs helplessly.

McNugget can spam it like axis if you want.

McNugget snickers softly.

Vanion smiles happily.

McNugget chats regularly in yellow: Hey, try submitting your articles to... (list of URLs) and link back to legend!

Kaige says to McNugget, 'Then writing that piece would be the most constructive way to offer that alternative.'

McNugget says, 'Whatever.'

McNugget flops back into the back seat.

Kaige says, 'certainly would reach more people than chatting it'

Kaige shrugs philosophically.

Straussy says, 'what was the question? how to promote non legend related things?'

Straussy looks confused.

Vanion says, 'i missed the q as well'

Vanion frowns.


Fighting Stances?

Vanion says, 'ok mine is really a follow up of last weeks'

Vanion says, 'mainly the stance idea'

Vanion says, 'need me to recall it?'

Kaige says, 'please'

Huginn says, 'please'

Vanion says, 'the idea was a elabortaion of wary agg basically, like an option of stances, where each one has a disadvantage and advantage persay'

Straussy says, 'sounds like ptah's positional fighting'

Huginn says, 'we've talked about that'

Vanion says, 'for example wary 2 being shield heavy, where the combat stance is like an old roman soldier with long shield in front'

Vanion says, 'and the shiled slot in that postion would be damaged more oftern like'

Vanion nods his agreement with Straussy.

Huginn says, 'it won't be immediately'

Huginn says, 'but it is an interesting idea'

Vanion says, 'right i was just wonderin if the idea was thrown around afterwards at all'

Vanion says, 'or at least whats yer initial response'

Huginn says, 'no.. we talked about it awhile ago'

Huginn says, 'both in terms of positional combat and defense stances'

Vanion says, 'nod i new it was an idea that was overlapping someones'

LadyAce says, 'it was sort of a variation on wary/agg, the way we talked about it before'

Vanion says, 'strauss mentioned the position ideas and maybe my head ran with it'

LadyAce says, 'er last week before, that is'

Vanion nods his agreement with LadyAce.

Huginn says, 'defensive stances are something that rufus and I chatted about'

Vanion says, 'the question was again, more of a follow up, sorry LA'

Vanion smiles at LadyAce.


Sec_Attacks as Skill Bonus?

Vanion says, 'did the alternative damage idea get thrown around at all?'

Vanion says, 'secondary weapon damage rather'

Huginn says, 'sorry, didn't hear that part'

Vanion says, 'a change of secondary weapon damage instead of going off like now in rounds, to be associated with a limb and skill'

Vanion says, 'for example greaves would do 60-whatever damage when elbowing'

Vanion says, 'talons-kick'

Huginn says, 'hmm no but there will be several changes to secondaries to limit their impact'

Vanion says, 'yea i mentioned how the overall max dam a char is at now is getting crazy'

Kaige says, 'essentially making them sort of skilltools that would automatically be invoked with the skill use instead of having to use USE to invoke them'

Vanion says, 'which is where the alternative idea came from'

Vanion nods his agreement with Kaige.

Huginn nods solemnly.

Vanion says, 'so instead of attacking with all of them you can strategically pick which one each round'

Huginn nods solemnly.

Huginn says, 'that's an interesting idea..'

Huginn says, 'could be possible'

Vanion smiles happily.


Fumbling Vials While Blind?

Vanion says, 'but those were the only 2 followups i had to check on, other than the chance of fumbling vials when blind'

Vanion says, 'or someone added in a great idea to that'

Vanion says, 'when blind and q vial, its random'

Vanion says, 'as to which vial in inv you q'

Vanion smiles happily.

Kaige says to Vanion, 'That cover it for you for now?'

Vanion says, 'yea just throwing those previous ones out for further discussion before new ones'

Kaige nods her agreement with Vanion.


Spirit Fight Skills/Skilltrees?

Vanion says, 'oh yea, *throw idea out* "spirit fighting skills"'

Vanion ducks to the ground.

Huginn says, 'no new skills for awhile'

Vanion says, 'im sorry are skilltrees jokes not even funny anymore?'

Vanion chuckles politely.

Huginn shrugs helplessly.

Vanion smiles happily.

Huginn says, 'not the usual ones :-)'

Vanion says, 'i think the past 2 years has been like skilltrees personally'

Vanion says, 'or at least a chunk'

Huginn says, 'there have been good changes'

Straussy says, 'its more funny to hear them now, i think, because the people who tell them are the ones who dont know how much of skilltrees is already in the game'

Vanion nods solemnly.

Straussy chuckles politely.

Vanion says, 'and again me and strauss are on the same page'

Vanion smiles at Straussy.

Straussy says, 'we are, eh?'

Straussy chortles with amusement.

Vanion says, 'different wording same statement'


Ability to Hire Guards?

Vanion says, 'ok lemme start typing this super crazy idea i had back when the idea's for housing were just being cooked up'

Vanion says, 'the idea is based on, for example building a multi room castle in the mud, well you need people to guard this castle and such, so like in the same way you buy rooms and things, you can hire mobs, soldier, sentrys, phalanx's, all depen'

Vanion says, 'on the area and such'

Vanion says, 'so if two clans were at war, the gm could have a command to make the sentry mobs agg to all (blank) clan members'

Kaige says, 'there's plans for it, but requires the pets and hirelings code that's mentioned in previous logs. No eta on it. Sorry. =('

Vanion says, 'ahhh interesting, cool to know'

LadyAce says, 'sure would be great :) someday, I hope!'

Vanion says, 'but that has alot of potential for rp to pk clans, to have so much fun with'

Vanion nods solemnly.

LadyAce says, 'Rufus's assessment, back in the day...if I recall correctly...was that it was pretty hard'

Vanion says, 'and yes hug code wise that would be a load im sure'

LadyAce says, 'so it's not a lack of us agreeing it'd be fun, for sure'

Vanion says, 'im sure'

Vanion says, 'yea well it would be basically writing a strategy type code along on top of everything else'

Vanion says, 'which would probably never be able to work, but most coding problems have elusive more efficient solutions'

Kaige says to Vanion, 'Maybe not in the exact way you described, but you could easily set up guard mobs, they'd just guard from everyone or potentially established clan enemies.'

Vanion nods solemnly.

Vanion says, 'one conflict may be the amount of imm-like commands given to the gm's which might not be an issue at all'


Naval Combat/Grouped Mobs?

Straussy says, 'i would still like to see some form of combat taken to the seas'

Straussy says, 'any plans on taking combat either pc v. pc or pc v. npc to the seas? ie ship battles'

Kaige says to Straussy, 'It's technically possible now, but I don't think any of the builders have really explored the possibilities with group boats.'

Straussy looks up into the sky and ponders.

Straussy says, 'was just thinking, it would be cool to have duties'

Straussy says, 'lookout, navigator, shooter, reloader, etc'

Kaige says to Straussy, 'You mean have a whole big moving ship made from several rooms, not just a vehicle type deal.'

Kaige nods solemnly.

Straussy says, 'right'

Kaige says, 'have you played with the pirates on the ship at dock in tortuga?'

Straussy says, 'and if starboard side is hit, then whoever is there is effect as is the ship'

Straussy says, 'have not had the chance, no'

Kaige says, 'can't go ship to ship with them, but they do have different roles as they fight'

Kaige nods solemnly.

Straussy says, 'i know there are cannons there'

Kaige says, 'would love to have more feedback on them and how they interact as a group of their own.'

Kaige winks suggestively at Straussy.

Kaige says, 'definitely not solo material tho'

Vanion says, 'where was this'

Vanion says, 'tortuga?'

Kaige says, 'yeah. there's a ship at dock there in the harbor.'

Straussy says, 'i'll be sure to do my research'

Vanion says, 'ill put the ole samurai scope on it'

Kaige says, 'it got a bunch of new ship mates this past summer'

Kaige smiles happily.

Kaige says, 'thanks. Look forward to seeing what you think of them'

LadyAce says, 'yea, and speaking of hirelings, I'd like to hear more about how the crusades mercenaries perform for you'

Vanion nods his agreement with LadyAce.


Better Info in Updates?

Vanion says, 'is there anyway that maybe a little more accurate hints or wording can be used in the updates'

Vanion says, 'or is it at the line'

Vanion says, '|'

Vanion chuckles politely.

Kaige says, 'well, we don't always want to give everything away...'

Vanion nods solemnly.

LadyAce says, 'have an example handy?'

Vanion says, 'i can devise one'

Vanion says, 'ok heres one'

Vanion says, 'its really just a diff of like one word im speakin of'

Vanion says, 'like instead of saying, new mobs added alone, which i know its not always that cut and dry but instead maybe even mix up some riddle like wording in it'

Kaige says, 'Hmmm.. I think that one tends to vary with who writes the summary and how varied the additions are.'

Vanion says, 'so if new a new cook was added in crusades, you could say , a new mob thats handy with blah blah blah has been implemented'

Vanion says, 'or even if u want people to research to learn about the conecept your doing, you could say the victor of the battle of bla bla has been added'

Kaige says, 'a lot of times, the only thing Cheyla and I have to work with from the commit logs is "new mobs added" =) But we're always trying to encourage the builders to be more verbose about things like that'

Vanion says, 'yea dont take me as arrogant i know each sentance comes frm yer free time'

Vanion smiles happily.

LadyAce says, 'local boards can be a place to stick that stuff too'

Kaige says, 'but like I said, sometimes if there's a large array of stuff added, we do try to describe updates without making them so long that people won't read them.'

Vanion says, 'would it be possible for like a level of level increase or something like that? so instead of be careful, it could have diff levels and messages like the con command'

LadyAce says, 'I know I stash stuff on a local board post when I've made a lot of little dinky changes that I think no one will care about....and my dinky change might be someone's lifeline, it's hard to say :) so sometimes things go there'

Vanion says, 'oh we care its just ive found myself exploring for a really really long time to no avail on new things'

Kaige says, 'well, those "be careful" messages are basically, a red flag to be read as "things have changed here, approach with caution"'

Vanion nods solemnly.

Kaige says, 'sometimes we're not sure exactly how much impact those changes will have, or to exactly which characters'


How's PK Been This Week?

Straussy says, 'hows pk been the past week or so?'

LadyAce says, 'Sandra said that pk activity has climbed each week she's been keeping stats actually'

Straussy says, 'great'

Vanion says, 'yea i need to start mine in'

Vanion says, 'dont want pk to die'

Vanion says, 'but a short pk comment'

Kaige nods her agreement with Vanion.

Vanion says, 'class wise its the most balanced ive seen it since the sanc rings and tulsi plant days'

Vanion says, 'its actually coming down to exp and strategy now'

LadyAce says, 'except for hb :)'

Huginn sighs wistfully at the sight of LadyAce.

LadyAce says, 'and sec_attack :)'

Vanion says, 'hb?'

McNugget cheers for LadyAce - huzzah!

Huginn says, 'and snipers'

LadyAce winks suggestively at Huginn.

McNugget cackles gleefully at Huginn - whatever she's going to do to him, glad it's not you!

Huginn shrugs helplessly.

LadyAce speaks up for Sandra cuz she's sick! :)

Huginn says, 'to quote a nugget.. Whatever'

Vanion says, 'yea i know secondary attack is overpowered now, im doin 140-150damage a round with 80spr'

McNugget beams at Huginn delightedly.

Vanion tickles LadyAce.

Huginn says, 'changes will be made'

McNugget says, 'I was quoting a craven!'

Vanion says, 'i wouldnt have ever thought a few years ago that the max would start pushing 300'

Vanion says, 'i think thats what its at now'

Huginn says, 'I'm not positive those numbers are accurate'

Vanion says, 'me neither'

Vanion chuckles politely.

Vanion says, 'greaves-rip, hook- decimate, talons- obliterate/decimate, primary attack cap, some secondary spells on weapons, and the max would be i think greaves/talons/hook/trident'

Vanion says, 'trident is what a level 30spell now'

Vanion says, 'thats up there'

Huginn nods solemnly.

Vanion says, 'not to mention the possibility if the head secondary weapons exists'

Huginn says, 'yeah if you have the set, certainly would be'

Vanion nods solemnly.

Vanion says, 'thats where the whole limb/skill idea came from'

Vanion says, 'necessity is the mother of invention eh'

Vanion smiles happily.

Huginn nods solemnly.

Huginn says, 'something similar is already being worked'

Huginn says, 'but not tied to skills'

Vanion says, 'but then again also like i asked last time i was here'

Vanion says, 'it all depends on the scale of which you all have in mind for the future'

Vanion says, 'if the mobs and ac and all that is getting pumped up to balance it or an alternative solution like mine'


Mage of Both Schools?

Vanion says, 'ever talked about a red mage?'

Vanion says, '2nd circle both kinds'

McNugget says, 'Ooh.'

McNugget says, 'I would be SO overpowered then.'

McNugget squeezes herself.

Vanion says, 'but here would require alot of minuses to it'

McNugget says, 'Noo, no minusing my batter.'

McNugget sniffles quietly.

Vanion says, 'well if u are a red mage for example you are -150hp with allwords maybe'

Vanion says, 'but i know specific classes is a touchy issue aint it'

Vanion says, 'or was'

Lorenzo is delighted that 8-bit theater is having such a lasting impact on our subculture.

Axaxaxas chuckles politely.

Somar says to Lorenzo, 'I like swords.'

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


House Sharing with an Alt?

Jupiter says, 'if I have a house, and I want more than one character to be able to use it'

Jupiter says, 'is that crossplay/multiplay?'

Kaige says, 'are you using one of your characters to benefit the other?'

Lorenzo says, 'cross, I'll wager'

Jupiter says, 'no, just to store all the cool strings'

Jupiter says, 'like alejandro's house'

Jupiter says, 'if you see my inv, I carry it all now'

Lorenzo says, 'please, nothing like alejandro's house!'

Lorenzo cringes in terror.

Jupiter says, 'because Jup's campsite is non-expandable'

Jupiter says, 'but I'm building another char which will have a house'

Lorenzo giggles.

LadyAce says, 'if one char is paying for it, and another char is using it, that'd be crossplay'

Jupiter says, 'and I just want to put these cool strings in there'

Lorenzo says, 'alejandro's house still scares me when I walk into it, even though I know what it is now'

Jupiter says, 'ok, what if jupiter can get these strings to that other char?'

LadyAce says, 'a string from one char can never make it into the possession of your other char, that'd be eq swapping'

Huma says, 'I am lobbying to have things like alejandros house considered harrassment'

Lorenzo giggles at Huma.

Jupiter says, 'I'm looking for a legal way to do this'

LadyAce says, 'there's not one'

Jupiter says, 'bummer'

LadyAce says, 'it's against the rules, I'm afraid'

Jupiter says, 'well, looks like Jup gets two houses'

Lorenzo says, 'I think that's the kind of thing that the laws are trying to prevent, not the other way round'

Jupiter says, 'I'll put it right next to Kastina's or alejandro's'

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

LadyAce says, 'it's more fun to give excess stuff away, if you askme'

Jupiter says, 'maybe alejandro will let me rent a room?'

Jupiter says, 'yeah, I plan on it'

LadyAce says, 'run games, make a new person's day, help a dt victim'

Jupiter nods solemnly.

Jupiter says, 'I have 100 pumpkins!'

Kaige says, 'make pie!'

Jupiter says, 'and some valentine hearts'

Lorenzo says, 'that kind of thing can work... I used to rent to another character, back when his player played'

Kaige ducks to the ground.

LadyAce says, 'I wouldn't keep more than 1 of the same pattern, to start with!'

Lorenzo nods his agreement with LadyAce.

Jupiter says, 'I know'

Jupiter says, 'I just don't have time (RL) to do much right now'

Lorenzo says, 'that's the easiest way to start reducing inv... give away all duplicates'

Lorenzo has been there :/

Kaige nods her agreement with Jupiter.

Jupiter says, 'I'll probably sell some goodie bags'


Restricted Items/Object Acts

Vanion says, 'is it possible, -or- plausible, to ever have items class based sometime'

Huginn says to Vanion, 'Yup.'

Vanion says, 'and i know that comes down to the fine line of what makes the classes here'

Vanion says, 'ahh cool then'

Vanion says, 'but custom item acts is still in the horizon?'

Vanion says, 'not for morts'

Vanion says, 'btw'

Vanion smiles happily.

Huginn says, 'what for specifically?'

Vanion says, 'hrmm lemme think of a good example'

Kaige says, 'the basics work (and umm.. have for a while) but a good method for looping through them so it wouldn't lag the mud and a way to make them apply to the item after being rent out with and brought back into the game aren't there.'

Vanion says, 'so instead of well, i guess this is basically working off assumptions, but now for example you could make a sword called sword1'

Vanion says, 'and sword1 has a special spell that it casts that isnt like any current spell'

Vanion says, 'so a custom message and effects are set'

Vanion says, 'like that'

Kaige says, 'ahh.. that's different than "object acts" that just takes putting a builder defined spell on an object.'

Vanion says, 'oh so as usual an assumption was wrong'

Vanion chuckles politely.

Kaige says, 'when I think of object acts, i think of Aladdin's lamp... where you could take it and rub it anywhere and it'd work.. not just in say.. 12 rooms'

Vanion says, 'well take like a magical talking sword'

Kaige panics, and attempts to flee.

Huginn nods solemnly.

Vanion smiles happily.

Kaige says, 'sorry. bad Carnage memories there'

Kaige giggles.

Vanion smiles happily.

Kaige says, 'their newbie sord talked'

Kaige shudders.

Vanion says, 'well like excuse the c+ type talk'

Kaige says, 'yeah. but that type of thing would be obj acts, not hard coded.'

Vanion says, 'IF_wielder damcap_Then_echo - a magical sword says YES NICE HIT MASTER'

Vanion nods solemnly.

Kaige says, 'yeah., but I think I'd have to kill any builder who made one do that.'

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

Lorenzo giggles.

Vanion says, 'im basically using baldurs gate item as an example'

Vanion says, 'for lack of a good personal one'

Kaige nods solemnly.

Lorenzo says to Kaige, 'you wouldn't have to... everyone else would jump the bearer.'

Kaige says, 'so yeah, we would have some practical non-annoying applications for items like that, but no real eta on 'em'

Lorenzo says, 'object acts are neat... I can't wait to see them :)'

Kaige says, 'I had Sadist and Charity's hot tub reacting to turning the knob on it... and I had some semi-working fireworks at one point.'

Vanion smiles happily.

Lorenzo says, 'ooh, fireworks!'

Kaige says, 'the hot tub could easily be done in room acts since it's a fairly stationary item... but the fire works were cool'

Kaige says, 'made it apparent that explosives were way under coded'

Kaige giggles.

Kaige says, 'ok. I think we're about done here then? I need to get the monsters fed since Ptah's in Frisco tonight.'

Lorenzo says, 'boom!'

Kaige says, 'anyway, thanks for coming, same time next week!'

Kaige waves happily.

Lorenzo waves to Kaige.

Lorenzo smiles happily.


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