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 VOLUME ELEVEN, NUMBER TWO                              January 31, 2004

                          TABLE OF CONTENTS
                          The Editor's Note                          

                        NEWS, REPORTS, UPDATES
                          Calendar of Events
                       My Quest: Your Help Needed!
                      Legend's 10th Birthday Bash!
                    Expies Nomination Ballot Reminder!
                         Expies & Campaigning
                        Trivia Challenge Update
                            Recent Updates
                          Recent Q&A Topics
                   DID YOU KNOW - Building Guidelines


                             Clan News

                            The PK Front
                          Attention Pkillers!

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/__|                      The Editor's Note                          |__\

During the rather heated discussion/debate/firestorm, whatever you want
to call what happened on chat on Thursday, someone asked what if you kept
finding yourself getting in trouble. My suggestion was and will always be
to go back and reread the rules, and take an honest look at which side of
the line you keep landing on. The same advice goes if you think everyone
hates you and considers you a jerk.

The immortals are here to make a game that's fun and entertaining to a
wide variety of player types. We do not have the time nor the energy to
nurse personal vendettas or to go out of our way to go on a witch hunt to
hold someone up as an example. Trust me... far too many people out there
manage to set themselves up in that spotlight as it is. 

It's never a pleasant part of the job to have to tell anyone that they're
out of line or that they are no longer welcome, but just like at
someone's house or a public establishment like a restaurant or amusement
park, if you refuse to follow the rules, you will be asked to leave.

The following was posted on the discussion board by Rufus on 12/31/01:

                 Simple 12 steps to keep from being warned!

          1. Multiplay - Don't connect two characters at once,
             don't drop link with one and connect another. Losing
             link to lag and logging on a different character
             once is an accident, 14 times in a week...

          2. Don't swear on public channels - if you have to, get
              a client where the input field is large enough you
              can proofread before you hit 'enter'. If there's a
              cuss word headed to a public channel, don't hit

          3. Don't interfere in pkill intentionally - you are not
             pke, two people are fighting, do not heal, hunt one
             of them for the other, do not hand them a beneficial
             or baneful potion, a poultice.

          4. Do not share eq between characters - If you find
             yourself saying 'can you hold this for my alt' stop,
             destroy the item and save yourself the headache. If
             you feel like talking to inanimate objects, do this
             to containers you feel like using to exchange
             equipment with.

          5. If someone asks you to stop swearing at them in
             tells, apply step 2.

          6. If something you read in playboy/playgirl/penthouse
              magazine sounded really funny, so funny in fact
              your fingers type it out prefaced by 'chat' - apply
              step 2.

          7. If you know someone's alts - write them down! On a
             piece of paper with a pen/pencil/blood/whatever in
             your own house. Keep a close eye on that paper for
             your personal reference and make sure it doesn't
             magically appear on boards/notes/chat/tell.

          8. If your chat/auction/clan channel communication is
             something that even more lax members of the ACLU
             might feel inclined to stone you to death for,
             again, apply step 2.

          9. Game info - Don't spread it around. Don't ruin the
             fun for folks who like to discover. If necessary,
             appropriately apply step 2, again =)

         10. Clan is a public channel. You may think it's dumb.
             Your neighbor may think it's dumb. The Shah of some
             small foreign nation may think it's the worst thing
             on the planet. It's still public.

         11. Illusions are not anonymous. Adjust behavior

         12. If you type 'warn' and a lot of text comes out,
             consider reviewing steps 1-11.

          It's not that hard folks. Lots of people play here for
          years without accumulating a single warning. Not
          everyone's perfect, though. Slip up once, you get a
          warning (serious offenses aside, of course). Slip up 24
          times in a day and you're no longer slipping, you've
          slipped into a place you don't want to be.

          We're all in this to have fun. No one's out to get you,
          unless you're knowingly out there doing something that
          you can 'be gotten' for.

          My $.02, thanks to the economy, now valued at $.002.


Oh, and as far as what started the whole thing, I don't believe there's
any fear whatsoever that "smarter" people would take the code base and
do something "better" with it... if they're smart, they'd write their
own to suit them and the type of playstyles they want to support. =) 

As to why we haven't released the code base, it's not really in a state
that we feel would be useful to others who want to start out with a
fairly flexible and expandable code base instead of writing their own
from scratch. If it's ever released, people won't be getting LegendMUD in
a box. They will have to make a lot of the tough decisions on their own
while building their own world, just like we have.

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/__|                   LegendMUD Calendar of Events                  |__\
          [All times are system time unless otherwise specified]

                 JANUARY                     FEBRUARY
           Su M  Tu W  Th F  Sa        Su M  Tu W  Th F  Sa
                        1  2  3         1  2  3  4  5  6  7
            4  5  6  7  8  9 10         8  9 10 11 12 13 14
           11 12 13 14 15 16 17        15 16 17 18 19 20 21
           18 19 20 21 22 23 24        22 23 24 25 26 27 28
           25 26 27 28 29 30 31        29

Saturday,  January 31,  2:00 pm        January Tinyplot #2 (see news board)
                        6:00 pm        Trivia Challenge (#4/5)
Monday,    February 2, 11:59 pm        Expies Nominations Ballots Due Back
Coming In February: 
  The Completion of the Trivia Challenge!
  Happy 10th Birthday LegendMUD! 

Coming In March:
  Immortal Applications due March 1st
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/__|                   My Quest: Your Help Needed!                   |__\

Ritters! Brave Men! Bold Women! Brothers and Sisters in Christ!

I write to you of a matter of great urgency. I have been ordered to
complete a most difficult quest. The Lehensherr of my fair city has
placed on me the task of acquiring a powerful and symbolic treasure from
the lands of the Saracen. A rival lord has acquired some treasure for his
kingdom, and my lord will not rest until our fair Kleinstadt is rescued
from this ignominy!

I know not would would best appease our lord's need to protect his honor
-- nor do I know well the holy lands. There may be great danger for those
who might aid me in this quest, wracked by noble struggle as those
far-away lands are. I know only that my party and will I depart today
at 2pm for the holy land...and somewhere we must acquire whatever gifts
and treasures might best appease my lord.

Your sincere servant,

Roland, Lord of the Ritters
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/__|                  Legend's 10th Birthday Bash!                   |__\

Can you believe that Legend is turning 10 this year? Time sure does fly,
doesn't it? I can remember logging in here for the first time and
wondering what the heck I was doing! We've come a long way since those
days, that's for sure.

This year, we want to celebrate extra big, and extra long, so here's a
list of some of the events we're planning for our big day (and then some)
next month!

Saturday,  February 14,                 code and area update
Sunday,    February 15,  2:00 pm        Trivia with Nestor
                         5:00 pm        Scavenger hunt by Chocorua
Tuesday,   February 17,  all day        Elf hunt by Kae/Cheyla
Wednesday, February 18,  7:00 pm        Themed Flag hunt by Sandra
Thursday,  February 19   all day        Truffle hunt by LadyAce
                         7:30 pm        Q&A in the OOC Auditorium
Friday,    February 20,  TBA            Expies Ceremony
Saturday,  February 21,  7:00 pm        Casino by LadyAce

Hope to see you there!

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/__|                Expies Nomination Ballot Reminder!               |__\

       Return your Expies nominations ballots this coming week! 

They're due by 11:59pm on Monday, February 2nd! Nominations are our
source for the Expies ballot -- the method by which YOU select the
contestants and winners in our annual awards ceremony.

        Don't have that nominations ballot for some reason? 
             You can get one sent to you by visiting:


                        Make your voice heard -- 
      forward your nomination ballot to today, 
         *with a valid, unarchived character name at the top*!

Please no attachments, just hit reply or forward and fill in the blanks!
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/__|                     Expies & Campaigning                        |__\

If you plan to participate in this year's Expies in any way, whether you
expect to win an Expie or are just nominating and voting, it is
imperative that you read this.

This is a reminder of a policy first instituted last year due to
activities in the past and complaints regarding campaigning and bribery.
We have always discouraged campaigning and bribery to win an Expie as it
is not within the spirit of the Expies. Unfortunately, despite such
discouragement, it still happens.

We will disqualify nominees that participate in campaigns and utilize
bribery to win nominations and votes. Campaigning just to disqualify
someone will result in disciplinary action against the campaigner.

What constitutes campaigning? Illusions, notes, board posts, repeated
comments on channels, and other like activity in the game encouraging
people to nominate/vote a certain way. This includes campaigning both for
and against something/someone. While you are encouraged to post
suggestions on the Expie board for nominees, it is still not allowed to
use the Expie board for campagning - post the minimum required
information necessary.

What constitutes bribery? The offering of XP, coupons, strings,
equipment, quest help, money, etc to secure someone's nomination or vote.
Please report any activities of such, preferably with logs.

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/__|                    Trivia Challenge Update                      |__\

Week 1 Totals:                         Week 2 Totals:
  Dolor: 13                              UggaBagugga: 10
  Trygve: 10                             Somar: 6
  Siachet: 8                             L'espanaya & Siachet: 5
  Lia: 3                                 Trygve: 4
  Zedikae: 2                             Jupiter: 3
  Jupiter, Daigoro, L'espanaya: 1        Bainsol & Diamanda: 2
                                         Myrthorn & Jasra: 1

Week 3 Totals:                         Overall Standings:
  L'espanaya: 8                          Siachet 21
  Siachet: 8                             Dolor 20
  Dolor: 7                               Trygve 17
  Zhuge: 5                               L'espanaya, UggaBagugga:  14
  UggaBagugga: 4                         Somar 6
  Trygve: 3                              Zhuge: 5
  Cypri, Drizzt, Kaine: 2                Jupiter: 4
  Neo_Tritoch, Geraden, Rictor: 1        Lia: 3
                                         Zedikae, Bainsol, Diamanda, 
                                            Drizzt, Cypri, Kaine: 2
                                         Jasra, Myrthorn, Daigoro, 
                                            Neo_Tritoch, Geraden, 
                                            Rictor: 1

    The top 10 scores will go on to the championship next month! 
           There's still time for anyone to take a spot -- 
                  or be bumped out of their spot!
                The big tie at 10th won't last long.

                     See you tonight at 6pm! :)
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/__|                        Recent Updates                           |__\

    /\                         CODE UPDATES
   /  \     
  /    \    BUG FIXES
 /_    _\     o Color fixes to reset default color to 6 instead of allowing
   |  |         bleed.
   |  |       o Claustrophobic mobs won't flee indoors.
   |  |       o Objects that are expelled from repossessed houses will now
   |__|         eventually become unowned.
    /\        o Crashing bugs squashed.
   /  \     
  /    \      MISC CHANGES
 /_    _\       o More debugging added to track down the move lag problem.
   |  |         o Balance now gives an increased chance to resist topple.
   |  |         o Defense added for wall of fog.
   |  |       
   |__|       TYPO FIXES
    /\          o Typo fix in bind.
   /  \     
  /    \    
 /_    _\                    HELP FILE UPDATES
   |  |     
   |  |     General Topics:
   |  |          CURSING, EXPIES, SIT
    /\      Skill Topics: 
   /  \          POULTICE, TAINT
  /    \    
 /_    _\   
   |  |                        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 a mudmail to the builder
   /  \     currently responsible for the area (check AREAINFO).
  /    \    
 /_    _\   Thanks to everyone that submitted bug/typo/idea  reports!
   |  |     
   |  |      Many of the vials and potions available in-game have been
   |  |      updated some. Weather in some places should be a little more
   |__|      stable.
   /  \      Also, Valentine's Day is on the way and the OOC is ready!
  /    \     
 /_    _\    1802 ALASKA
   |  |           Some quest clarification... Sometimes, the choices you
   |  |           make have consequences and a particular quest did not
   |  |           reflect that correctly.
    /\       THE ALHAMBRA
   /  \           Various bug/typo fixes. Weather should be a little more
  /    \          stable.
 /_    _\    
   |  |      ANCIENT GREECE
   |  |           The lotus eater should be able to brew the lotus again.
   |  |           Various bug/typo fixes.
    /\       BOSTON, MASS
   /  \           Rent cost on a number of items has been adjusted. Various
  /    \          bug/typo fixes.
 /_    _\   
   |  |      CELTIC IRELAND
   |  |           Various bug/typo fixes. Some mobs will be a little more
   |  |           responsive. Another fix for the burning roof.
    /\       PICTISH COUNTRY
   /  \           Messages from the Challenge Woods should be visible from
  /    \          Between the Wood and Dal Riada. Some mobs are a little
 /_    _\         more responsive.
   |  |      
   |  |      PIRATE'S DEN
   |  |           Take caution in Northside, some things have changed.
   |__|           Southside has been tweaked.
   /  \      PORT OF LONDON
  /    \          Various bug/typo fixes. Some mobs are a little more
 /_    _\         responsive. Cats like fish.
   |  |      
   |  |      PR
   |  |           Various bug/typo fixes. Prize machines have been updated.
    /\       SHERWOOD
   /  \           Some mobs are a little more responsive, some new mobs
  /    \          added. New quest. Various bug/typo fixes.
 /_    _\    
   |  |      
  /    \          Various bug and typo fixes.
 /_    _\   
   |  |                    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.
  /    \    
 /_    _\        Firefly  Japan
   |  |          Kae      Larderello (Dante's Inferno)
   |  |          LadyAce  Klein Update
   |  |          Nestor   Ancient Carthage

  _______   ____    _______
 /  ___  \ / __ \  /  ___  \  Logs of Q&A sessions are available on the
 | /   \ | \ \/ /  | /   \ |  web pages for those who are unable to attend
 | |   | |  \  /   | \___/ |  or had to leave early. The most recent ones
 | |   | |  /  \/\ |  ___  |  are listed on the sitemap page or you can
 | | /\| | / /\  / | /   \ |  get a complete list on the Q&A index page
 | \_\ \ | \ \/  \ | \   / |  at the url below.
  \___\/_/  \__/\/ \_/   \_|

                             RECENT TOPICS

o New Kind of Explore XP?            o Ways to Get In-game Spells?        
o Why Two Heads of PR?               o Long Term Plans & Decision Making? 
o Why Not Use Polls for Changes?     o Changes for Sing Skill?            
o Coupons & Strings Across Remakes?  o Is Money Easier to Get Now?        
o Kudos on Mini Quests               o ALL CAPS, But Not a DT?            
o Drawing Bows & Weapons?            o Knowing Where You Stand?           
o Imms Take Too Much Abuse?          o Problem with AT Healer?            
o Ways to Reset Alertness?           o Tools and Requiring Skill?         
o Idea for Rainbow Bridge?           o Honest, I'm Not Multiplaying!      
o Can Write-Ins be Real Categories?  o Bug with Reloading from Quivers?   
o Burning Questions                  o Belly Dancer and Perfume?          
o Old Eq and items that don't exist? o Problem with Zanzibar Housing?     
o Posting Target Dates?              o Emotes with Name Not First?        
o New Spells in the Works?           o Does Wall of Winds Work?           
o Create Mages & Pkill?              o No Illusions on Some Items?        
o Scheduling Player Events?          o Language Rules And Private Boards? 
o Next PK Tourney?                   o More Entangle Weapons?             
o Dispel Magic Vs Magic Sink?        o General Suggestions/Questions      

  /  _  \      DID YOU KNOW     ...that Builders have to take many things
 /__/ \  \     into consideration to make sure an item is in spec.
      /  /     
     /  /      There are restrictions on
    /__/         -  how much damage a weapon can do
    __           -  how many stat points an item can have
   /  \          -  how much AC an item can give based where it is worn
   \__/               and the type of material it is made from
                 -  the number of different benefits an item can give
   _____         -  on which spells can be on items
  /  _  \        -  and other things depending on the type of item.
 /__/ \  \     
      /  /     Rent guidelines determine the minimum rent an item must
     /  /      cost but builders are free to increase the rent above the
    /__/       minimum.
   /  \        There is also a points system for builders to work with
   \__/        that gives them a max number of points to use for each
               item, with points assigned to each benefit and negative
   _____       aspect.
  /  _  \      
 /__/ \  \     Simply increasing the rent on an item is not an option as
      /  /     a way to get around any of the guidelines. Just because a
     /  /      net +9 stat item costs 6000 rent does not mean it is in
    /__/       spec.
   /  \        With all these calculations and rules, sometimes an out of
   \__/        spec item slips into the game, doesn't get updated when
               the spec is changed, or gets updated incorrectly. An item
   _____       may go for a while being out of spec if we don't realize
  /  _  \      it is out of spec or are undecided on how to bring it into
 /__/ \  \     spec. Most often and where possible, we try to preserve
      /  /     the original stats of the item and use other methods to
     /  /      bring it in spec.
    __         So if your favorite item gets changed, it was likely not
   /  \        conforming to one of the above restrictions and not just
   \__/        because the builder flipped a coin or was feeling mean.

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/__|      LEGENDITES: Information Regarding the People of Our World   |__\

                 DoC has reached 100 million experience!
            LaughingEyes has reached 100 million experience!
                Maloth has reached 100 million experience!
            Spanish-Flea has reached 100 million experience!
              Suileach has reached 100 million experience!
                Xena has reached 200 million experience!
               Vanion has reached 400 million experience!
               Kastina has reached 500 million experience!
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     /__|                     Clan News                          |__\

There are currently 21 RP clans and 4 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:
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     /__|                    The PK Front                        |__\

                         Attention Pkillers!

The latest PKE Discussion logs are now available on the website for those
who couldn't attend or would like to re-read it. You can find this on the
Lecture Series page on the website or you can get to them by pointing a
web browser to:

 for the one back in October and for the one held tonight:


Two weeks ago, The Grendels had the most active members out in the fray.
The Infernals fielded half as many members that week and the Underworld
and the Lords Of Justice each had a pair of representatives out in the
field. The Necromancers, the IRA, the Syndicate and the Knights of Legend
each had one member out championing their cause.

This past week, the Grendels maintained their level of participation in
pkill, and when they couldn't find targets from other clans took to
practicing on each other. The Underworld and the Infernals had the next
highest number of members active this past week. The Knights of Legend
and the Lords of Justice fielded a few members or perhaps stood as
targets. The following clans had at least one member involved in pkill
the past week: The Society of Allies, The Seven Circles, The Avengers,
Clan Smashum, The Institute of Healing Arts, and the Order of the Scroll.

Two weeks ago there were 45 pk-related deaths involving 32 different
characters. Of those 32 characters, 13 of them were accept all and 18 of
them were PKE at the time. There were 20 pke vs pke battles that ended in
death. There were 78 PKE characters and 908 PKOK characters.

This past week there were 84 pk-related deaths involving 45 different
characters. Of those 45 characters, 24 of them were accept all and 21 of
them were PKE at the time. There were 31 pke vs pke battles that ended in
death. There are 79 PKE characters and 910 PKOK characters. So come on,
get YOUR name up in lights! We can't report 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!!

             /                       \
        o O | Wonder what folks are   |
  `\|||/    | doing over at LegendMUD?|
   (o o)     \_______________________/


It was some time after the assassin had departed that Preacher Kaine
carefully unsheathed the knife and placed it on his lap where he could
study it more closely. Calling it a knife really didn't do it any justice
- it was like referring to a majestic lion as a cat. He sat in the dust
outside the engraver turning it this way and that, examining the
craftsmanship and the intricate etching and decoration. Some of the
passers-by increased their speed a step when they caught a glimpse of the
dark blade that hummed in his hands, but they had nothing to fear - he
knew full well that he would likely cleave off his own arm if he tried to
wield it. He was surprised to see that the long blade was faultless, not
a nick or blemish along its keen edge, for he knew that it had seen a lot
of use. The glow and the steady hum that it produced unsettled him a
little. It was discordant and scratched at the back of his mind - it was
if the blade knew he wasn't the true owner and was voicing a protest. He
wasn't completely sure just how he had come to be entrusted with this
treasure, but the assassin was adamant that he look after it, and he had
given his word. After all, the assassin had certainly risked a lot in his
attempt to break him out of Carian Trag, even if it had proved ultimately
futile. He glanced down at the large iron key that he had dropped into
the gutter - a jokey item he had brought along hoping the engraver could
fashion a little memento of that occassion. Being locked up hadn't been a
pleasant or rewarding experience by any means, but the Preacher had
learnt from it and had wanted a keepsake now that the assassin was
leaving these lands. When the key proved to be of a material that the
engraver could not work with, Dias-Jax had personally entrusted him with
the care of his beloved blade. He stood up and reverently returned
Nightfang to it's sheath. He strapped it carefully to his belt, gave a
desultory kick at the key on the ground and strode off through the crowd.

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