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VOLUME THIRTEEN, ISSUE TWO                           January 23, 2005
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                           TABLE OF CONTENTS

			   Expie Nominations
                      LegendMUD Calendar of Events
        
                            RECENT UPDATES
                             Area Updates
                             Code Updates

                             LEGENDITES
                         Recent XP Milestones

                            THE PK FRONT
                          The Syndicate forms
                        BroKEn Angelz Clan forms

                          A Tourist's Diary

                        An Unfortunate Escape?


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 It's that time of year again and huge pat on the back goes out to
LadyAce for completely updating the expie process. The era of e-mail
ballots are over as LadyAce has built us a website to handle the entirety
of the process in a much cleaner and easier fashion. Go to the website
at: 

expies.legendmud.org 

 and cast your votes today. The voting period is from today until X
at which point we will tally votes and set up a final ballot in the
same fashion.

 If you have any questions, comments or concerns feel free to check out
help expies, and help campaign on the MUD, get in contact with Huma or
LadyAce or head to the website and check out all the links.

 Also, be sure to tell LadyAce she's awesome for setting up this
fantastic new system. 




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/__|                LegendMUD Calendar of Events                 |__\
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                            January 2006    
                        Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
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                        15 16 17 18 19 20 21
                        22 23 24 25 26 27 28
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Wednesday,   January 25th, 7:30 pm     Q&A in the OOC Auditorium
Sunday,      January 29th, 6:00 pm     CTS with Chaykin

Coming in February:
- Valentines Day!
- Legend's Anniversary!
- The Expies!
(All on the same day amazingly enough.)

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                            Area Updates
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Abbey: Picking up and dropping things to score free blesses will now carry a
penalty. The spellword quest in this area has been altered -- please talk
with the teacher before making an expensive purchase! New stat items for
lower-level chars have been added. Dreams added.

Aztecs: Chicomeciatl got a slight xp boost. The cougars should no longer be
aggro if you're past level 15.

Crusades: Shroud AC tweaked, for a small rent increase. Some increased chance
for assassins to turn on lower-level folks. 

Dreamtime: the DT is back in and working properly.

Ireland: Longstanding bug in the spirit quest repaired. Cian's bracelets
are no longer random, they'll always be maxed. Hunt around Viking for the
lesser stat versions!

Inferno: halo of flame is now Tformable

Legends of the Past: Rachael will no longer be doing kung-fu speed fighting

Tudor: Lamp carrier should no longer disappear mid-fight. Lord mayor,
tradesman, bear have had their risk/reward tweaked. Improvements made to the
Stew.


Shadowlands: the ghostly visage is magic/tformable

Tortuga: more improvements to the pearl quest

Viking: some new +stat eq geared to lower level players has been added.
Higbald and Ragnhild risk/reward tweaked.

Generics: Bandage rollss and gauze should have the same rent values whether 
bought as items or made by a skill.

The following in-progress areas saw progress:
Dartmoor (In Testing), Mongols, Silkroad


Typo fixes and small changes were made in:
Alaska, Abbey, Anasazi, Aztec, Carnival, Casablanca, Crusades, 
French & Indian War, Generic Food, San Francisco, Dante's Inferno, Opera,
Ireland, LOP, Malta, Nazca, OOC, Tudor, Pittsbrugh, Salem, Tortuga, Sherwood,
Viceroyal Lima, Viking

Also, take a look at the building forum if you're interested in a
discussion about San Fran as a hometown!


                            Code Updates
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Bugs fixed:
 
o Bandage rolls should now maintain their low size, weight and rent rather than

  changing over the course of unrolling
  
o Rolling bandages should now work up to a roll of 24
 
o You can no longer make a roll of bandages out of a single bandage
 
o The first directional movement after entering the game will now be seen by 
  other players in the room
  
o Removal of clan members via outcast, archive, or permadeath will no longer 
  set the clan's next character in the roster's tithe to the outcasted/dead 
  member's tithe value.

o 'split' now supports coins in terms such as 15K

o Better constraints placed on the restring command in an attempt to 
  curb items being strung improperly by mortals

o Sleeping critters shouldn't show they're fighting

o stealing clan-owned items or items in clan-owned containers should 
  no longer give an error message

o experience line spelling corrected

New Features:

o One new death message!

Balance Changes:

o Mana cost for 'stun' decreased from 35 to 20

Code Updates:

o Configure command modified. Mostly internal changes, but configure
  should now show the status of each option as it lists them out.
  entering 'config' by itself will show:

Toggle options:
  afkinfo       [off] automatically announce your AFK status on Info channel
  afkroom       [ on] automatically announce your AFK status to the room

etc.

o Experience lines changed slightly. The 'shared' experience now appears 
  on its own line, and the individual exp received appears on its own line 
  with no further indication that it's being modified upwards. You will 
  now see experience for quest and explore experience all of the time.

Character Creation Sequence Changes:

o Password and gender choices now have small blurbs about the options 
  and sequence.

o After choosing a password, you will be given the option to turn on 
  ANSI color before proceeding with the character creation process.

o The Code of Conduct is now reduced to a summary (1 page, no 'press 
  RETURN to continue' messages), but you will now be asked to accept,
  decline or read the full code of conduct. Accepting the code of 
  conduct will be logged.

o Some of the prompts have been cleaned up to play more nicely with 
  smarter mud clients.



Note: After this update, we'll return to publishing our code updates 
on Wednesday before a Friday install.


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                     Recent XP Milestones
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Altenate Title: "This is what happens when you add an XP multiplier
to a MUD after 10 years for one month."

The following people have reached 100 million experience!

Aemilia      Asdrubeal   Arana
Autumn       Dak         Edmond
Fancy        Fry         Gondar
Hanslin      Kathryn     Koi
Krista       LivorMortis Miracle
MrWhite      Nephiel     Nadia
Norgoth      Percy       Psylin
Quimby       Reepicheep  Schlecht
Shivan       Sora        Tah
Tank'o'Matic Tojek       Varik
Yossarian    Zieg


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          Asdrubael has reached 200 million experience!
           Asterix has reached 200 million experience!
           Krista has reached 200 million experience!
            Kyla has reached 200 million experience!
           MadMax has reached 200 million experience!
            Many has reached 200 million experience!
          Miracle has reached 200 million experience!
          Quintis has reached 200 million experience!
          Xuvenia has reached 200 million experience!
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          Asterix has reached 300 million experience!
           Drizzt has reached 300 million experience!
          Fairfax has reached 300 million experience!
            Many has reached 300 million experience!
          Miracle has reached 300 million experience!
        Retribution has reached 300 million experience!
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          Asterix has reached 400 million experience!
            Moo has reached 400 million experience!
        UggaBagugga has reached 400 million experience!
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          Rowane has reached 500 million experience!
        UggaBagugga has reached 500 million experience!
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          Kastina has reached 900 million experience!
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         Kastina has reached 1000 million experience!

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       The Syndicate Clan formed on December 23rd, 2005

Purpose:
  The Syndicate was formed to bring true "organization" to organized crime. It
was the first organization to break the old Mafia traditions. 

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       BroKEn Angelz Clan formed on January 19th, 2006

Purpose:
  Our motto is plain, "May God forgive us for our misdeeds, for we shall not
forgive those who trespass against us" we are a crew of misfits seeking to
return to Gods good graces, but we keep slipping up. See freaky for details
This clan is a PK clan.

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              A Tourist's Diary by Ewan Winterlight
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Dear Mum,
As I promised to keep in touch I write this diary of my explorations to you, day
 after day...

Day 1
Sorry, Mum, don't cry, but I have to go! There's a whole world of wonders and ad
ventures waiting for me, our village of Tara is just getting too small for me! I
'll write to you soon, and I'll come back in a few months to visit you, with loa
ds of exotic presents!
I leave fully equipped, in Dad's old canoe, I'm sure it will give me luck!

Day 2
Well, I'm back in Tara already! I've sailed dangerous faraway seas all day, wind
 in my hair, proudly standing at the bow... That is, until I hit this rock in a
mysterious eastern ocean, and lost all my equipment. I wonder if canoes are real
ly appropriate to go that far, especially while standing... Now I have to organi
se everything again for a new expedition. I think I'll stay nearer next time.
By the way, can you ask Dad to help me with a few coins again?

Day 3
My travels are going much better! I met a lot of very nice people, and they have
 showed me a lot of awesome places! You wouldn't believe it! I just go from vill
ages to villages (I try not to stay too long in the canoe now) and talk to local
s. I learn a lot of things. A powerful and experienced explorer has given me som
e better gear, I think I am safe now, thanks to her! She's so nice, Mum, I hope
you have the opportunity to meet her someday!

Day 4
I'm afraid I still have much to learn about the traditions of each region! As I
had landed in Orkney I set myself to visit a typical local habitation... Unexpec
ted visits are not usual there, and the husband thought I wanted to rob them! He
 and his wife both attacked me savagely!
Oh well, I suppose Aunt Margaret was right, I've always been too curious...

Day 5
I am now in the mysterious magical city of Agrabah! It is so different from home
! Can you imagine that they don't even have druids like us, but rely on cryptic
powerful magicians? Even their horses look funny, not to mention the food... The
 city is run by a sultan, I'll try to see him tomorrow. By now I am relaxing in
the hammam, it's a place where you can get a bath, a haircut, and even massages!
 Mmmmmmm!

Day 6
I went to the palace, and spent an incredible day there! Mum, you'd be proud, yo
ur little Ewan is now friends with the sultan and all his family! I first met th
e princess and helped her with a little problem she had, earning her trust and f
riendship. Then the sultan himself asked me to play some Celtic music on my flut
e for him! Learning music has proven useful, tell Dad he was wrong when he said
I was just trying to impress the shepherd's daughter.

Day 7
With the help of the explorer I've mentioned earlier, I've discovered the strang
est thing! I've traveled in time!!!
I am writing this from an inn in a city called Nottingham, nothing here can be c
ompared to anything I knew before! I'm planning to explore this place more in th
e days to come, I'll write to you again soon and tell you how it goes.

Kiss dad, Aunt Margaret, and our little Flora for me, I think of all of you a lo
t,
Your Ewan


                     An Unfortunate Escape?
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An excerpt from a local French paper:

"From the infamous Chateau D'If off the coast of Marseilles a
prisoner managed to escape from his cell replacing a body of a dead
man with his own. Unfortunately bodies are burried at sea in this
prison and thusly Edmond Dantes lost his life. A convicted
collaborator of Napoleon and a forgotten sailor."

Not recognizing that name you shrug that off as something of no
concern and go on with your daily business.


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