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VOLUME TWELVE, NUMBER FOURTEEN                      September 2, 2005
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                           TABLE OF CONTENTS

                           The Editor's Note
                      LegendMUD Calender of Events

                            RECENT UPDATES

                           Builder Updates
                             Area Updates
                             Code Updates
                              PR Updates
                        Deadline for Immort Apps

                              LEGENDITES

               Semi-Annual Heavyweight Pkill Tourney Results

                              CLAN NEWS

                     The Realization of the Truth

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 This is my plug to help out the poor people in the south help survive
Hurricane Katrina. There isn't really much to say, I'm sure you've all
been pimped the websites/phone numbers of every major charitable
organization a dozen times since you've woken up this morning so I
won't do it again. I'll just say that if you have a little extra,
give a little extra, you know how to do it and where to go, so get a
move on.

-Huma

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/__|                LegendMUD Calendar of Events                 |__\
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                            September

                       Su Mo Tu We Th Fr 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



NOTE Q&A day change!

Wednesday,   September  7th,  7:30 pm     Q&A in the OOC Auditorium
Sunday,      September 11th,  6:00 pm     Complete the Sentence with
                                          Chaykin
Wednesday,   September 14th,  7:30 pm     Q&A in the OOC Auditorium
Sunday,      September 25th,  6:00 pm     Complete the Sentence with
                                          Chaykin
Wednesday,   September 28th,  7:30 pm     Q&A in the OOC Auditorium

Coming in October - Deadline for Immort apps!


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                    Building Department Update
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Hello everyone,

This week, the building department embarked on an effort to update all
items in the game to reflect two changes to the equipment spec -- a
discount for non +5 stat items (aka "the lowbie discount"), which 
creates
a sliding scale for non-maxed +stat items, and a revision to the 
materials
spec. The material spec revision scales cost per point of AC on a 1-50
scale (the previous scale was 1-120) based on a formula which takes 
into
account the properties of the material, including whether the material
absorbs damage or magnifies it, how likely the material is to be 
damaged,
and how likely the material is to damage the weapon hitting it.

The end result of these two changes is that most items are being
discounted on the range of 50-200 rent, although some have dropped by 
more
than that. This may not seem like much, but it does add up, and we
encourage you to gradually replace your equipment to take advantage of 
the
new cheaper offerings. Some items may also have improved stats or other
benefits, made affordable by the above changes. Of course, a few items
will probably see  an increase, by perhaps 1-10 rent, depending on the
item. It will take some time before all items are updated -- keep an 
eye
on each week's welcome board posts to find out when your favorite renty
item might be seeing an improvement!

The following areas were update to reflect the lowbie discount and the
materials spec revision: Alaska, Abbey, Anasazi, Carnival, Crusades,
FIWar, Klein, Dante's Inferno, Malta, Boston, Salem, Legends of the 
Past

                            Area Updates

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Bengal: Doxy quest is no longer repeatable.

Beowulf: the dwarf should now save your status at each stage in his 
quest.

Carnival: Cesare is a little smarter and more xp.

Carthage: the fleeing into Moloch Temple DT bug is now fixed, and the 
red
pendant can now be dropped.

Casablanca/North Africa: The white suit jacket can now be mended. The 
old
man now has a tiny bit more defensive power.

Crusades:
The GMA is more vicious toward charmies. Assassins will be a bit more
vicious toward lower-level folks and some of their tactics may be more
effective. A few fixups to the sentries. Both the temporary and the
permanent dragon slayer post titles are now removable.


Dante's Inferno: The Lavinia quest should now work.

Legends of the Past: Replicas will now respond to being asked who they
are. Crowe can now reload his shotgun properly. Congrats go out to
Arturo, the newest member of the Legends of the Past. Be sure to stop
by and beat him up when you get the chance!

London: Habitual transmob-killers will find their actions have far 
greater
consequences.

Malta: The Sergeant of Comino and many of the guards have been made 
more
difficult, to match their level.

San Francisco: Some problems with the train ride should be repaired.

Viking: The Viking warlord's minions are a bit smarter but won't 
autostand
right after bashing. Stealing a brother's mead might get him in your 
face.
More act cleanups.

Other:
Many trap component weights have been reduced.

Assorted small fixes:
French & Indian War, Pittsburgh, Boston, Crusades

Changes were committed to the following in-progress areas:
Mongols, Silk Road, Dartmoor, Black Forest, Pittsburgh expansion

Installations: Two more spellbooks have been added, to Somme and 
Carnival!
Tartarus is currently under final review.

                            Code Updates

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GENERAL

o You can flavor while sitting.
o Snare trap now places non-magical affect on the target.
o Some trap components are more durable and can be reused.
o Protection from poison will now give you a chance to avoid
  poison damage from moving.
o Clan/housing will update again.
o Redemption points will now be given beyond 850 million pts.



BUG

o When the game is wizlocked due to an impending shutdown, time
  until shutdown is now shown in minutes.
o Flavor checks objs in inv first.
o Missed bow shots will no longer give an extra third person message
  to the target.
o You can no longer root or meditate while affected by rage.
o Extra blank line removed from messages displayed to others viewing
  a disoriented person.
o The third person death message from blindside will be displayed.
o Locate person will now give a message if you are casting but have
  an incorrect target.
o Plague will now show properly in status.
o Worse for wear in wrestling will be more effective.
o Exploding guns will no longer do twice as much damage to the shooter.
o Takes out the falling damage for missing an elbow.

TYPO

o Typo fix in major poison dash message.
o Typo fix in perspicuity spell.
o Extra space pruned for some mood conditions.
o Fixes bug where third person message wasn't showing up point social
  when used with no target.

                            PR Updates

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Chaykins Promotion! -
Everyone be sure to take a moment and congratulate Chaykin on his 
recent
promotion to Full PR (Big P) Immortal!  We've noticed as I'm sure you 
all
have the Chaykin has really put a lot of effort and energy into Legend 
and
he has been rewarded for his effort.

Upcoming changes to Q&A! -
Thursday, September First will be the last Q&A to take place at
its Thursday time slot.  Henceforth, Q&A will be being moved to
Wednesday, still 7:30 system time. This change has occured for
no other reason then it helps makes the hosts (my) life a bit easier.


                       Deadline for Immort Apps

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 The deadline for submitting imm apps is October 1st. Be sure to speak
with the department head of the department you are wishing to propose 
to
prior to beginning your application! Keep in mind all the applications
have been updated.

Apps can be found at:

http://www.legendmud.org/Reference/proposals/gen_app.html

http://www.legendmud.org/Reference/proposals/pr_prop.html

http://www.legendmud.org/Reference/proposals/admin_prop.html

http://www.legendmud.org/Reference/proposals/code_prop.html

http://www.legendmud.org/Reference/proposals/builder_prop.html

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              Autumn has reached 100 million experience!
             Finnegan has reached 100 million experience!
              Gondar has reached 100 million experience!
              Krista has reached 100 million experience!
               Sakki has reached 100 million experience!
               Sammi has reached 100 million experience!

                     *()*()*()*()*()*()*()*

            -=* Many has reached 200 million experience! *=-
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              Semi-Annual Heavyweight Pkill Tournament!

 On August 28, 2005 the Semi-Annual heavyweight pkill tournament was 
held.
The field of competition was a neat and tidy 16 players, which led to a
perfect opportunity to use a tree format to come to a conclusion as to 
the
winner. I randomed the seeds and then put them in this tree, and the
winner was Molath!  So congratulate him next time you see him.

 The tournament had many highlights and interesting differences in
comparison to prior tournaments. Firstly, the stranglehold on the title 
by
cause mages came to an end, and rather quickly as no cause mage or any
mage at all made it to the Final Four. The match of the night took 
place
in the second round as Vendetta and Shivan squared off. As Shivan 
persued
Vendetta, he without warning stepped into a snare trap and was rooted 
to
the room.  Vendetta proceeded to sit in the next room over aim up and 
end
the fight in one shot without a round being fought. Truly a remarkable
turn of events.

 Everyone had fun, and I plan to continue the seeding feature into the
future, so come on out next time, lets get a 32 man going! -Huma


Sweet 16  Elite 8 Final 4    The Finals     Final 4   Elite 8   Sweet 
16

Match 1   Match 9 Match 13                  Match 14  Match 11  Match 5

Estella \                                                     / Varmint
	  Estella                                     Varmint
Kaelina /    \                                       /        \ Daver
              \            The New Champion         /
Match 2	       Bhar                         Sandman             Match 6
Bhar    \    /    \                         /        \        / Sandman
          Bhar	    \                      /          Sandman
Krista  /             \        Molath     /                   \ Thea
                        \   /          \ /
                      Vendetta          Molath
Match 3   Match 10	/                \            Match 12  Match 7
Shivan  \              /                  \                   / Kilala
	  Shivan      /                    \          Kilala
Teta    /      \     /                      \        /        \ Sammi
Match 4         Vendetta                     Molath             Match 8
Vendetta\      /                                     \        / Molath
          Vendetta                                    Molath
Jade	/                                                     \ Sakki

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            The Syndicate Clan formed on August 5th, 2005.

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     Their Purpose: To lend our services to anyone... with cash.
  Contact Info: If'n yous wants to know more, just contact Sandman.
  Any "orders" will be done on the "first come first served" basis.

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            CLAN USANDME Clan disbanded on August 21, 2005
                      due to low membership.

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              Clan Lazy Clan disbanded on August 22, 2005
                      due to extreme laziness.

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             The Mercenaries Clan disbanded on August 30th
                       due to low membership.

(Editors Note: Only enough room for 1 murder for hire clan on Legend.)

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                   The Realization of the Truth

 Sakki was practicing her psychic abilities one day when she her a
distinctly female voice say "You have done well. I shall pass my 
sorcery
onto you..."

 Then a few months later, she had a premonition of her own death - and
every premonition she has had so far, has come true.
So now she has accepted her fate, and will continue to help people 
until
the day she leaves this world.

 Next time you see Sakki she will now appear as:

Short: a dying sorceress

Long: Mortally wounded, this despairing sorceress counts off another 
day.



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