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 VOLUME TEN, NUMBER TEN                                     March 22, 2003
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                           TABLE OF CONTENTS
                           The Editor's Note

                         NEWS, REPORTS, UPDATES
                           Calendar of Events
                       March Madness Tinyplot Today
                             Recent Updates
                           Recent Q&A Topics
                        Problems When Appending?
                       
                              LEGENDITES

                               Clan News
                          New PK Clan Forming

                              The PK Front
 
              To Whom It May Concern by a Hopeless Romantic
                         On The Road With Bass
                      The Story of an Unpaid Debt

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Sorry for any inconvenience the downtime Friday afternoon and evening
caused. The mud machine itself crashed hard after being up for a little
over a year. Not surprising it finally went on strike.

Several people have questioned why the immortals are so secretive about
what is in the works. Most of the time, it's not a sneaky or evil intent
on our part but rather just seems that way because we have ideas of what
we'd like to do, but the details haven't been worked out or are likely to
change by the time the ideas are implemented. And as we've seen with
skill trees, if you give out too many details too soon, you get ridiculed
for it when it doesn't happen soon enough. Or we get complaints about how
it isn't like we said it would be.

Recently, I've been trying to include things in the Current Updates
section (at least codewise) that have been fairly well discussed by the
immorts and are likely to go into the running code in the next week or
two. I hope this helps you be able not only look forward to changes and
how they will affect your characters, but be able to form questions to
bring to Q&A on Thursdays, or send in via the Q&A channel while you're
online.

Area changes are not so easy to predict because the code is packaged up
and stamped for a "install date" about a week in advance and areas aren't
with some of the updates being made at the last minute for some problem
that wasn't found before Monday (the day builders get new bugs sent to
them from the log files). Also, I can't easily tell you everything that
the in progress areas have seen added each week. As with installed areas,
I can only work with the messages that the builders put in when they
commit each update. Some of those messages have very little detail that
wouldn't provide more info than "They're working on it" while others are
so full of detail that a short summary would be impossible.

I'm not sure where the middle ground here is, but it's something I've
been thinking about and want to address, if possible, because I know you
guys are eager for new content and features and have no way of seeing
where progress is being made until it hits the running mud.

Have a great week!

-Kaige
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          [All times are system time unless otherwise specified]


                      MARCH                     APRIL
              Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa      Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                                 1             1  2  3  4  5
               2  3  4  5  6  7  8       6  7  8  9 10 11 12
               9 10 11 12 13 14 15      13 14 15 16 17 18 19
              16 17 18 19 20 21 22      20 21 22 23 24 25 26
              23 24 25 26 27 28 29      27 28 29 30
              30 31                           

Saturday,  March     22nd      2:00 pm      March Madness Tinyplot
Thursday,  March     27th      7:00 pm      Q & A in the OOC Auditorium
  
NOTE: Sandra's PK Tourney has been postponed until she has time to run one.
  
Coming in April....
- Easter!
 
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     /__|               March Madness Tinyplot                   |__\
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Flowers are bursting up out of the ground, birds are building nests, and
the smell of growth is everywhere. But...

There's something in the air ... something ELSE. And in consequence, a
strange malady is spreading through the realm. What's the cause? What
should be done with those affected? Is there a cure?

Join us on Saturday afternoon at 2pm for the March Madness Tinyplot.

This one is rather free form -- I'll give you a starting point and
supportive interactions from mobs, but the story is yours to tell. Bring
your ideas -- and your hidden agendas! :-)

-LadyAce

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    /\                         CODE UPDATES
   /  \     
  /    \    BUG FIXES:
 /_    _\     o Fountains that cannot be moved won't count against
   |  |         housing costs.
   |  |       o Furniture type items that cannot be moved cannot be used
   |  |         as containers in inventory. (Tannenbaums are a good
   |__|         example of this) Once you drop them they can be used
    /\          normally, so find a good home for them now.
   /  \       o Cure plague now checks ownership on incinerated items.
  /    \      o More fixes for vehicles (i.e. cart in the Tara stable).
 /_    _\   
   |  |     UPCOMING (no date set yet and details may be incomplete)
   |  |       o Changes to dip, where it becomes part of the poisoning
   |  |         skill and will be learnable only by Limans. Taint will
   |__|         only work on single arrows, but effects on the arrow are
    /\          permanent until you use it. There will also be at least
   /  \         one mob available to taint things in the future.
  /    \      o Inspire/incite will also be learnable only by Limans
 /_    _\       (yes, we will be offering some skill/practice reimbs, 
   |  |         but haven't decided on what all yet).
   |  |     
   |  |     
   |__|                        HELP FILE UPDATES
    /\      
   /  \     General Topics:
  /    \         JARGON, SPIRIT
 /_    _\   
   |  |     
   |  |                           AREA UPDATES
   |  |     
   |__|     If you want to suggest specific improvements or new additions
    /\      to existing areas please don't hesitate to submit them with     
   /  \     the idea/bug/typo commands or drop mudmail to the builder
  /    \    currently responsible for the area (use AREAINFO to find out!)
 /_    _\   
   |  |          There are some additions to the OOC Coffee Shop menu.
   |  |     
   |  |     LEGENDS OF THE PAST
   |__|          Should fix Crowe's speed bashing problem.
    /\      
   /  \     1802 ALASKA
  /    \         The 10-legged bear has some new tactics, is a bit more
 /_    _\        aggressive than it was and a little smarter. More
   |  |          caution should be used than was previously necessary.
   |  |          Various minor bugs and typos fixed.
   |  |     
   |__|     ARABIAN NIGHTS
    /\           Fix for Yusuf and using his leeches.
   /  \     
  /    \    AZTECS
 /_    _\        Painters fixed.
   |  |     
   |  |     BEOWULF
   |  |          FORAGE and FISHING sections.
   |__|     
    /\      CELTIC IRELAND
   /  \          Following Herne bug fixed. Various bugs and typos fixed.
  /    \    
 /_    _\   HOSPITALLER MALTA
   |  |          Players occasionally hit by random cannon shot. Various
   |  |          minor bugs and typos fixed.
   |  |     
   |__|     SEONI JUNGLE
    /\           Some new mobs and FISHING section added.
   /  \     
  /    \    FRENCH INDIAN WAR, PICTISH COUNTRY, PORT OF LONDON, SAN
 /_    _\   FRANCISCO, SAVANNA and ZANZIBAR, and SHERWOOD
   |  |          Various minor bugs and typos fixed.
   |  |     
   |  |                    In Progress Area Updates
   |__|     
    /\      This section is intended to share what builders are working
   /  \     on behind the scenes. It is not a perfect record of progress
  /    \    as all builders do not commit updates every week. Badgering
 /_    _\   builders about their progress will get you flogged. 
   |  |     
   |  |             Kae           Larderello (Dante's Hell)
   |  |             LadyAce       Kleinstadt (Update)
   |__|             Piccolo       Ming Dynasty China

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     http://www.legendmud.org/Community/lectures/QandA/QA_index.html

                                RECENT TOPICS

 o Paralyze Spell for Mages?         o Mages to Lose Expert Fight Skills?
 o Will Taint Mob Be Limited Use?    o How Many Spellbooks Available?
 o Bug Vs Feature?                   o Inspire: Weaken Mages/Boost Limans?
 o New Spells Planned?               o Fix for Soloing Group Areas?
 o Object Affects and Going OOC?     o Is Inspire only Bard Skill Moving?
 o Twohanded Weapon Improvements?    o Why Not Taint for London?
 o Rewording Strings?                o Reimbs for Inspire?
 o Higher Spirit Reqs for Augment?   o Alignment Requirement for Taint?
 o Turn Undead/Protection from Evil? o General Suggestions/Questions

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I've noticed a LOT of people have been having issues when appending to
board posts and making mistakes and going back to correct them. We don't
have a code fix for this at the moment, but here's a few things you can
do to help with the problem:

- When appending and you want to go back and fix a mistake, use the
  option for backing up a line at a time @^  DO NOT go back past the
  first three lines that make up the header info for your append. This
  is what happens when you use the restart option @@ in an append.

- Try to avoid starting a post off with something in **s. This
  really confuses the code and makes things uglier when you've
  combined this with the above. =)

- Turn off triggers and aliases before posting. it certainly makes
  it easier for everyone to read your post and get your point more
  easily. Speedwalk aliases are really ugly. =)

Hope that helps some!

-Kaige
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                          New PK Clan Forming
                          
Cause we never have enough clans right? Well basically this clan is going
to be a farce to enable grendel and infernal jumping with a phoney RP of
goodguys. Since I can't curb my bloodlust long enough to act nice or
honorable, probably crazy religious zealots of some kind....more details
to come as I think of them. I just thought it would be nice to have a
"good" clan that actually fights instead of the good clans we currently
have of which maybe 2 members are active anyways....and to forestall
every knight appending here screaming they are active, I mean junkie
active, I mean every day or damn near every day for 4 hours or more. the
closest is lawrence who I see a lot...next would be robar...and those are
the only knights I know of, shows how much the others log in. Anyways i'm
losing the meaning for this post and I should probably delete it and
start over, but I love taunting knights too much so I wont.

So all you infernals and grendels start leveling up alts to join so you
can jump your grendel clanmates with alts.(not much different from how
it is now, but you would get a clan channel!)

Onizuka

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There are currently 16 RP clans and 9 PK clans. This leaves open slots
for seven (7) more clans to form. For more information, read HELP CLAN and
see the clan information list via the CLANS command while logged into the
game. For a basic handbook and reference guide for players interested in
starting and running a clan, we recommend that before you even type FORM,
you visit: http://www.legendmud.org/Reference/gm.html.

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Half the Grendels were seen out on the battle fields this past week.
Most of the other PK clans had one or two members out participating in
the cautious field as they felt their way around the wimpy changes. The
Syndicate, Hermetic Order, IRA and the School of Hard Knocks (which is
in danger of being closed down for poor attendance and lack of staffing
chose to sit this week out.

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In the past week there were 28 pkill-related deaths involving 23
different characters. Of those 23 characters, 8 of them were accept all
at the time. So come on, let's get YOUR name up in lights! We can't
report on it if you don't tell us about it!

If you have you witnessed or committed any glorious or nefarious deeds,
send a short report to us at the LT. If you are looking for a fight,
recruiting, or anything else related to PK (not necessarily PK Clan
related), send it in! It's free AND you'll get a prize token! Be a
celebrity, the envy of all your friends! Tick off your enemies or just
tell your side of the story! The possibilities are endless -- act today!!
 
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              To Whom It May Concern by a Hopeless Romantic

                      Start, Somewhere
                      He here
                      She there
                      She leans in close
                      he touches her hair
                      there is no danger, no beware
                      his eyes lock in hers
                      the eternal stare
                      he loves her deeply
                      he tells her this
                      words spoken in stardust
                      like making a wish
                      gently he takes her hand
                      soft music plays
                      the lonely heart band
                      they set their love adrift
                      lost in endless bliss
                      Wars come to peace
                      their love blazes hot
                      just like white heat
                      people worldwide rejoice
                      and given the choice
                      to do it again
                      they both believe
                      there could be no better, end.

                 Romanti C Utopea,
                    Visionary, [SNA] freedom fighters

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                        On The Road With Bass

Being a working musician, I spend a great deal of time on the road. Many
people know that I started as a panhandling street performer and worked
my way up to international recording artist and that in my travels I have
slept everywhere from broken down vans to five star hotels ( both of
which I have trashed ). I have also eaten everything from Catsup Soup to
Lobster Thermador ( both of which are edible depending on the severity of
you munchies ).  These people are always asking me where they can stay
and where the best food and entertainment are for their particular
budget. This is very annoying to me and takes a up lot of time that I
could better spend composing hit songs or working on my impressive hickey
collection. I have decided to dedicate a small amount of my hangover
recovery time to writing down a travel journal which I will share with
the readers of the LT so that maybe I can get back to the skirt chasing I
so dearly love.

Each week, if I am not in love or jail, I will try to bring you an expose
on the best and worst that certain travel destinations have to offer. I
hope you will find my experiences both enlightening and entertaining or
at the very least, useful to line the bird cage.

When my agent told me I had gig in London I was overjoyed. The Beatles,
Zepplin, Clapton, The Clash, and Sid Vicious all started here or near. I
had visions of being knighted along with Paul McCartney and Elton John. I
thought of Live Aid and meeting Pink Floyd. Instead I got Sad Johns
Tavern, where the ale is warm and the women are cold.

As soon as I arrived in the port town I was accosted by rats and pigeons.
The streets are filled with dirty children and badly driven carts.
Although sailors usually have nifty tattoos and are fun to drink with,
the sailors here all seem to be obsessed with finding wenches with very
low standards. I actually saw a merchant kill himself, this place is so
bad. There also seems to be a lot of unnecessary yelling from the
bootblacks who hang around the place.

The food is great as long as you hate variety and love fish and chips.
Everywhere I went only sold fish and chips, fish and chips. After only a
couple meals I was actually looking forward to some seaweed pudding. My
advice is to smuggle food with you if traveling here. You can't even get
a cup of tea in this town.

The place I stayed was a dingy little inn called the Jolly Beggar. I am
not sure what the Jolly part was all about but, I was doing some begging.
Begging for a shower, a broom, a clean sheet and a shot of penicillin. I
did like the wallpaper though.

The place I performed was a little place called Sad John's Tavern. It is
the only entertaining place in town and I am shocked it is not more
popular. They have decent whiskey and the table graffiti is worth the
initial scare you get upon entering. I do recommend being armed and
having a friend to watch your back.

In conclusion, I would have to say that, with the exception of a few
decent places to shop, the Port of London is much like rap metal,
excruciatingly painful in large doses. It is also my opinion that the so
called British invasion was really just a bunch of musicians fleeing so
they could get some decent food. Until next time, keep the dial on ten.

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                    The Story of an Unpaid Debt

Ramirez leaves the Panuccis Pizzeria after a long hard days work. After
locking the door he smiles and says to himself "Boy, that was a hard day
- but it was honest".

As he dries the sweat of the forehead, while thinking about all the
annoying customers with the - I'm right, you're wrong attitude, he sees a
black mercedes screeching down the street stopping next to him.

Ramirez has seen that mercedes before, but no it couldn't be, they'd
settled this a long time ago - or so he thought?

As expected, the vehicle belongs to no less than "The Sandman", a
cold-hearted killer of the feared Syndicate - Ramirez' old job was as a
hitman for this "firm".

As Giovoni "The Sandman" Santiago steps out of the car with a
cold-vicious look in his eyes, a thought of seeing this goes through
Ramirez's mind. He has seen the look in his eyes before almost as when he
was about to cold heartedly kill somebody. But no it couldn't be!

In a yet frightened voice Ramirez says, 'Sandman!?!? What are you doing
here? Isn't it a bit late for a pizza ?'

Giovoni "The Sandman" Santiago says while glancing around for witnesses,
'Time to pay up...'

He was never the big talker, but he always got the job done no matter
what the expense was.

Ramirez says still not getting the point, 'The Syndicate thing? But I
thought that was over? I got caught for pulling a job and got 5 years in
the slammer..."

Ramirez adds sounding proud, "I think I've paid my dept to society."

Giovoni "The Sandman" Santiago says while shaking his head a little, 'Not
to me yous haven''

A bit cocky Ramirez says, 'What are you going to do about it?'

But Ramirez was soon to learn that you don't just mess around with the
mob.

Giovoni "The Sandman" Santiago, trying to remove that smile from
Ramirez's face, says, 'You knew coming in what would happen.. now its
time it did'

With a slight sign of fear in his face, Ramirez says, 'But I haven't...!'

Without further notice or anything, Giovoni "The Sandman" Santiago cracks
Ramirez in the head with full force, with the blunt grip of his pistol.

He hits him so fast, there is never a real look of fear on Ramirez face
- but that's how he works he's fast and cold-hearted.

Shocked and now hurt, Ramirez falls to the ground making a loud sound.

Giovoni "The Sandman" Santiago spits subtly on the ground.

Without a trace of guilt - like a true killer, Giovoni "The Sandman"
Santiago says, 'Now you just another example...'

While straightening his jacket, Giovoni "The Sandman" Santiago says,
'Don' ever cross the Syndicate...'

Like nothing had ever happened Giovoni "The Sandman" Santiago jumps into
his Black Mercedes and screeches away.

A moment later a little girl runs around smiling, while her parents walk
behind her - all on their on their way home from a happy joyful family
dinner.

"Mommy, tis is that?" the frightened girl says pointing at Ramirez, just
lying there, most likely not remembering a thing.

Now running a bit, the parents rush over to the frightened little girl.
The father says, 'He's alive we better get him some medical attention, he
seems to have taken a very serious blow to the head.'

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                   Is this the end of Panuccis Pizza?

                         To be to be continued!

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