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 VOLUME TEN, NUMBER THIRTY                               September 7, 2003
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                          TABLE OF CONTENTS
                          The Editor's Note

                        NEWS, REPORTS, UPDATES
                          Calendar of Events
                            Recent Updates
                          Recent Q&A Topics
                    August 2003 Connection Analysis
          Announcing the September: Prize Machine Item Contest

                             LEGENDITES

                              Clan News
                   The Disciples of {S} Clan Forms
                          LAF Needs You!!!!

                            The PK Front
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I originally started this newsletter as a way to get information about
happenings on and with the mud to the players easily. The first several
were short info dumps on what machine we'd just moved to, and what
changes had been made, and it eventually grew into something more newsy
and broader in purpose with the community as a whole.

To keep the LT from being just a recap of what changes went in over the
last week or so, we all need to work a bit more on providing content.
Don't wait for someone to come ask for your latest news, share it with
everyone!

I saw mention on the discussion board about how the imms appear to be so
much at the forefront of this community. My only question to each and
every one of you today is, are they the only ones stepping forward or do
they just present the easiest targets for good or bad press?

This game and its commmunity (and this newsletter by extension) are made
better by the effort that we ALL put into making it the place we want it
to be and making the newsletter full of the kinds of things we want to
read about.

If you feel you're stepping up to this challenge, are you doing it in a
way that can be recognized by your fellow players or do you give up and
let your efforts get washed over by the very behaviour and comments that
you don't want to tolerate? Have you done anything lately to let others
in the community know you think they're part of what makes this place
special for you?

Have a great week! I know I'm going to be keeping an eye out so I can
those people I see making a positive impact on Legend's community.

-Kaige

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          [All times are system time unless otherwise specified]

                                SEPTEMBER
                          Su  M Tu  W Th  F Sa 
                              1  2  3  4  5  6
                           7  8  9 10 11 12 13
                          14 15 16 17 18 19 20
                          21 22 23 24 25 26 27
                          28 29 30
 
Thursday, September 11th    7:30 pm            Q&A: OOC Auditorium
Thursday, September 18th    7:30 pm            Q&A: OOC Auditorium
Thursday, September 25th    7:30 pm            Q&A: OOC Auditorium

Coming in September:
  The Official PKill Championship Tournament!

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    /\                       CODE UPDATES
   /  \     
  /    \    MISC CHANGES
 /_    _\     o Purifying will now work on a larger set of foods,
   |  |         including foods formerly enhanced using the flavor skill.
   |  |       o Equipment from repossesed houses is now owned when moved
   |  |         to the curb.
   |__|       o Hitroll/damroll are now gradual stats.
    /\        o Lag on hunt now takes places as you follow the trail and
   /  \         varies depending on how fresh the trail is (which already
  /    \        relied on perc).
 /_    _\     o Mobs should no longer randomly wander off if they're in
   |  |         the middle of an act. Some may still be able to, if
   |  |         they're waiting for you to do or say something else.
   |  |     
   |__|     BUG FIXES
    /\        o Healing from items will no longer work in no update rooms.
   /  \       o Failed tforms with no argument no longer give extra mana.
  /    \      o Instant death no longer works on charmies if you aren't
 /_    _\       able to fight their master.
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   |  |     
   |  |                    HELP FILE UPDATES
   |__|     
    /\      General Topics:
   /  \          DEATHTRAP, FLAVOR, and MANA
  /    \    
 /_    _\   
   |  |                      AREA UPDATES
   |  |     
   |  |     The prize machine was updated. Check the sticker!
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    /\      AZTECS
   /  \          Changes a couple of items and adjusts rent.
  /    \    
 /_    _\   BEOWULF
   |  |          Grendel isn't as likely to die when you don't want him
   |  |          to. Various minor bugs and typos fixed.
   |  |     
   |__|     FRENCH INDIAN WAR
    /\           Mama bears assist their cubs. Several items now in
   /  \          auxilliary slots. Various minor bugs and typos fixed.
  /    \    
 /_    _\   CELTIC IRELAND
   |  |          Dun guard should be able to handle overpayment now.
   |  |          Diancecht changed slightly. Pebbles shouldn't be quite
   |  |          as scarce. Various minor bugs and typos fixed.
   |__|     
    /\      SHERWOOD
   /  \          Changes the resets on the rivets, again. Various minor
  /    \         bugs and typos fixed.
 /_    _\   
   |  |     TORTUGA
   |  |          Some generic reef critters now load around the reef.
   |  |          Various minor bugs and typos fixed.
   |__|     
    /\      1802 ALASKA, THE ALHAMBRA, ANCIENT GREECE, ANCIENT INDIA,
   /  \     ANCIENT NAZCA, ARABIAN NIGHTS, GENERIC ANIMALS, GYPSY
  /    \    CARNIVAL, HOSPITALLER MALTA, KLEINSTADT, PICTISH COUNTRY,
 /_    _\   ROMAN BRITAIN, SAN FRANCISCO, ST. DENIS ABBEY, and VICEROYAL
   |  |     PERU
   |  |          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)

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

                             RECENT TOPICS

 o Archiving Names for Chars?        o Problems with Warcry?
 o Mounted and Falling on Gristle?   o Multiple Mobs Triggering at Once?
 o Q&A/Feedback Channel?             o New Hunt Lag?
 o Status on PK Healing?             o A Less Precise Hunt Skill?
 o Status of SkillTrees?             o Next Imm Apps: March 1
 o SkillTrees Project Status?        o Why not just hire more coders?
 o No 100% Pelts in Savanna?         o Redeem for Practices?
 o New Area Progress?                o Affects from Elbow?
 o Discussion on Surgeons

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                      LegendMUD Connection Analysis
                              August 2003

                        Peak Mortal Players 56
                          Average Peak was 39
                     Peak PKOK Enabled Players 28
                      Peak PKE Enabled Players 8
              PKEnabled Characters represent approximately
                        8% of active players.
              PKOKenabled Characters represent approximately
                        41% of active players.

                    Peak Accept All Characters 6
              Accept All Characters represent approximately
    3% of all active characters and 9% of active pkok enabled characters.

The first two tables below show the Average Mortal Players, Average PKOK
Enabled Players, the number that were "Accept All", and the number of PKE
characters connected to Legend by hour of the day as polled approximately
on the hour system time during the period noted above.

The third table shows the same averages calculated by the day of week.

               hour  0  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11
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               avg  26 23 19 17 15 13 13 15 18 19 22 24
               pkok 11 10  8  6  5  4  4  5  6  7  9  9
               aas   1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
               pke   2  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  2  1  2  2


               hour 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
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               avg  28 29 30 29 28 25 24 27 29 30 30 29
               pkok 12 12 13 12 12 11 11 12 12 12 12 11
               aas   1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  0  1  1  1
               pke   2  2  2  2  2  2  2  2  2  2  1  2


               day   MON  TUE  WED  THU  FRI  SAT  SUN
               ------------------------------------------
               avg    27   24   24   25   20   22   24
               pke     2    2    2    2    2    1    1
               pkok   11   10   10   10    8    8   10
               aas     0    1    0    0    0    0    0

           This last table shows the averages as calculated
                 by day of week and hour by hour.

                MON          TUE          WED          THU
           AVG PK OK AA|AVG PK OK AA|AVG PK OK AA|AVG PK OK AA
        ---------------+------------+------------+------------
         0: 27  1 11  1| 30  4 13  2| 23  2 10  1| 26  1 12  1
         1: 25  1 12  1| 26  3 11  1| 20  1  9  0| 22  1 10  0
         2: 20  2  9  0| 20  2  9  1| 15  0  5  0| 19  1  7  0
         3: 18  1  8  0| 16  2  6  1| 15  0  5  0| 17  2  6  0
         4: 18  1  7  0| 15  2  4  0| 15  1  4  0| 15  1  5  0
         5: 13  1  5  0| 13  2  4  0| 15  2  4  0| 14  1  4  0
         6: 14  0  5  0| 13  2  5  0| 14  1  4  0| 13  1  4  0
         7: 16  1  7  0| 16  2  5  0| 16  2  5  0| 16  1  5  0
         8: 20  1  8  0| 19  2  6  0| 19  2  7  0| 20  3  7  0
         9: 22  2  9  0| 22  1  7  0| 18  2  6  0| 19  2  7  0
        10: 22  1  9  0| 25  2  8  1| 22  3  8  0| 23  2  9  0
        11: 26  2 10  0| 28  3 10  1| 25  2  9  1| 26  2 10  0
        12: 32  2 14  0| 29  3 12  1| 31  3 13  2| 33  1 12  0
        13: 34  1 14  0| 29  3 12  0| 31  3 12  1| 33  2 12  1
        14: 37  2 17  1| 32  2 13  1| 31  3 12  1| 33  2 14  2
        15: 35  1 15  1| 30  2 12  1| 29  3 11  2| 29  1 11  0
        16: 30  1 13  1| 28  3 13  2| 31  2 13  2| 28  2 11  1
        17: 30  2 13  1| 25  1 10  1| 26  2 12  1| 26  3 12  2
        18: 28  2 11  0| 26  2 12  1| 24  2 12  1| 27  2 13  2
        19: 29  1 11  0| 27  2 11  0| 28  2 13  0| 24  2 12  1
        20: 34  3 14  0| 28  2 10  1| 33  2 15  0| 31  2 13  1
        21: 35  3 15  0| 29  2 10  0| 31  2 13  0| 35  3 15  1
        22: 34  2 13  1| 30  1 10  1| 29  1 12  0| 34  3 16  1
        23: 33  3 13  2| 28  2 12  1| 29  2 12  1| 32  2 13  1


                      FRI          SAT          SUN
                  AVG PK OK AA|AVG PK OK AA|AVG PK OK AA
               ---------------+------------+------------
                0: 29  3 13  2| 20  2  8  0| 29  1 11  1
                1: 22  1  8  1| 21  2  8  0| 27  1 11  1
                2: 18  2  7  0| 19  1  7  0| 24  1  9  0
                3: 17  2  7  0| 17  0  4  0| 18  1  6  0
                4: 14  1  5  0| 14  0  4  0| 17  0  5  0
                5: 12  2  4  0| 12  0  3  0| 16  0  4  0
                6: 10  2  4  0| 13  0  4  0| 14  0  4  0
                7: 14  2  5  0| 13  0  4  0| 15  1  5  0
                8: 17  2  7  0| 14  0  5  0| 15  1  5  0
                9: 21  2  8  0| 16  0  6  0| 19  0  7  0
               10: 24  3 11  1| 18  0  7  0| 21  1  8  0
               11: 26  3 12  1| 20  0  7  0| 22  2  8  0
               12: 29  3 14  1| 22  1 10  1| 25  2  9  1
               13: 26  2 12  1| 23  1 10  1| 27  2 11  1
               14: 27  1 13  1| 27  1 11  1| 26  2 10  1
               15: 24  1 11  1| 27  1 12  1| 30  3 13  1
               16: 28  2 12  1| 27  1 12  1| 26  3 13  1
               17: 18  0  7  0| 26  1 12  0| 25  2 11  0
               18: 18  1  8  0| 25  1 10  0| 28  3 15  2
               19: 16  1  6  0| 28  1 13  1| 30  2 15  1
               20: 17  0  5  0| 30  1 13  1| 33  2 16  1
               21: 13  1  4  0| 30  1 13  1| 36  2 15  1
               22: 18  1  7  0| 30  1 10  1| 35  2 15  1
               23: 19  1  6  0| 28  0  9  0| 32  2 13  1

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This month's theme: Dolls, Action Figures, & Figurines
Deadline: Friday, September 12th

Your ideas wanted! The next souvenir machine theme is dolls, action
figures, and figurines -- and anything along that line that might pop out
of your head! The machine can insert the name of the person who is using
the token, or choose a mob, legend, creature of myth, stuffed creature,
anything at all!

To enter: format your idea with a short description (40 characters or
fewer), and consider suggesting a slot (limit 18) and long desc (limit 80)
to go with it. Use the idea channel and mark your entry with [Contest
Entry] to make it easy to sort.

Winners will get tokens PLUS a copy of their idea once it is implemented
PLUS eternal fame :)
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               Happy Birthday wishes go out to Ptah today!
               
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       The Disciples of {S} Clan was formed on September 02, 2003.

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                          LAF Needs You!!!!

We are in serious need of some people who know how to pk, no more little
newbie players like we've been having, I mean pure, cold-blooded PK, AA,
some Wolfpack people. Right now we number six, only one PKE. So if you
see this article, ANYBODY who Knows What in the hell they are doing, get
ahold of me... I've got some plans to work out *wink*. If I am not around
mudmail Rahz and he can get in touch with me.

Syphor S. Flamesaber

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There are currently 22 RP clans and 3 PK clan. 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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The Prophets and the Infernals tied with the most active members this
past week. Next came the Necromancers and the Grendels, each with a trio
of members out on the PK front. The Armed Forces of Legend and the
Knights of Legend each had a pair of members involved in at least one pk
skirmish this week. With one member representing their clan, the Wardens
of the King, the Syndicate, the Society of Allies and the Avengers were
also seen in PK action this past week.

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In the past two weeks there were 49 pk-related deaths involving 43
different characters. Of those 43 characters, 14 of them were accept all
and 18 of them were PKE at the time. There were 15 pke vs pke battles
that ended in death. There are currently 56 PKE characters total. So come
on, let's get YOUR name up in lights! We can't report on it if you don't
tell us!

If you witness or commit 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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