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VOLUME TWELVE, SPECIAL EDITION                      December 19, 2005

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/__|                 Machine Recovery Update                     |__\

It is with great sadness that I have to report that all attempts by 
the data recovery company have been met with no positive results. All 
attempts at recovering any data between 7/30 and 11/20 have failed. 

Upon evaluating this latest news, we, the immortals, have decided to 
continue with the playerfiles we have now, the 7/30 backup versions.

Starting Sunday, 12/11, the following will go into effect:

* Death exp loss and deathtraps will be turned back ON. These 
  will be offset by the fact we're going to increase, across the 
  board, experience earned by characters.

* Experience earned will be at an increased rate. This increased 
  experience rate will be in effect for at least 30 days. When we 
  reboot the mud with the new experience code, we will tell you 
  what the increased multiplier is.

* The chance of gaining spell levels by casting spells will 
  likewise be dramatically increased during this 30 day period.

* For equipment lost during the period of 7/30 to 11/20, be it 
  equipment you own or is in your house, you will be reimbursed. 
  This will be done on the honor system, but there will be no 
  questions asked. All reimburses will be logged, but it is up to 
  you to formulate a list of items you need to be reimbursed. 
  All immortals will be granted commands to aid in the reimbursal,
  we ask that you please be ready when you approach one of them. 
  The reimbursal period will last for at least 30 days.

* For at least 30 days, strings will be done without question. 
  Ask and immortal, and be patient. 
* For those wishing to go out and get a new item for a string item 
  may restring at any time. 
* For lost housing, we will reimburse your bank account enough cash
  to replace the house with a similar house. For objects in the house
  please see the note above about equipment reimbursal. House 
  reimbursals will be available for the same period of at least 
  30 days. 
* We *cannot* reimburse quests. Builders are looking at and taking 
  appropriate measures to speed up the recycle time of some quests 
  such as stat quests.

* For characters who were completely lost between 7/30 and 11/22, 
  we HAVE NOT YET determined exactly how we are going to handle these.
  We will have decisions made and a policy established by 12/11. We 
  will be making concessions for stat orders and levels and the like, 
  but we're not 100% sure on how this will go down. Please be patient.

Please do not ask for any types of reimbursements before 12/11. If you 
have any questions, we will be holding some special Q&A sessions. 

We apologize for taking as long and for the myriad of different 
'stories' up to this point. Now that we know that the data is not 
recoverable, we are going to move forward as close to our original 
published contingency plans.

- Rufus and Sandra

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