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VOLUME FIVE, ISSUE NINE                                     February 14, 1998
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           Happy Valentine's Day! Happy LegendMUD 4th Anniversary!
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                             TABLE OF CONTENTS

                -            The Editor's Note           -
                -      Departmental News and Updates     -
                       
                               NEWS & REPORTS
                -        Site Name Change Reminder       -
                -             Did You Know....           -  
                -        Comedy Club Contest Debut       -
                -           Murder In Casablanca         -

         @>----->-----     VALENTINE'S GREETINGS    -----<-----<@

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Once again we start out with an apology. In the last LT we had the ESSAY
CONTEST listed in the table of contents but neglected to put the intended
text in the LT. What was supposed to have been reported was that since the
rules stated that the entries would be judges by three specific
individuals, we wanted to keep to that, but until Petal is back, the
results will be postponed. We would like to thank the individuals who
submitted entries for taking the time to do so. Your efforts have not gone
unnoticed.

It looks like we started off the fifth volume of the LT a little early, but
today marks the 4th Anniversary of LegendMUD's opening to the public at
large. We've come a long way since running on a MacSE/30 at Washington
College, and even a far cry from bouncing from computer to computer on the
University of Texas system to running on our own Pentium here at Sig.net
Partners.

We now have 33 areas in the world with another 20 in some stage of
development. That works out to an average of two thirds of an area
completed every month.

We're still working towards that spectre on the horizon known as skill
trees. "No, we don't have a date yet." =P =) As mentioned last LT, we've
broken down the gargantuan project into smaller more manageable tasks. So
expect continuing visible progress on that front.

There's still a lot we'd like to accomplish towards our goals: a mature,
professional staff setting a good example for players; the friendliest mud
on the Net, with a mature, welcoming atmosphere, a rich diversity of
people, and a depth of social context unmatched anywhere; supporting 150
players in cohesive, well-designed and balanced areas that take full
advantage of the code and showcases it to best effect; and a code base that
is in good enough shape to release publicly and is flexible, efficient,
stable, expandable, and configurable. But we think we're making good
progress.

So thanks to everyone, both the immortals and the players alike, for making
it a great four years so far and we're looking forward to this next year!

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                              ADMINISTRATION
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  Since the last edition, the admin department has unfortunately had to
  delete several long term characters for equipment duping, using a
  loophole that was brought to our attention by a player. We regret
  having to enforce the rules, but the rules are in place to help
  everyone have a fair and enjoyable time. Remember, if you suspect
  something might be a bug, report it, don't just assume it's a
  "feature."

  In the daily routine, admin has also been working on their new
  proposal outline, pk-enabling characters, archived and unarchived
  characters, handled description requests, strung items, and handed out
  several warnings for profanity on public channels. Yes. Clan channels
  are considered public.


                             PLAYER RELATIONS
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  Rusalka and Ladyace sponsored a Comedy Club Contest (see the report
  below for details). The department discussed changes/additions to the
  pr proposal outline as well as various issues, including string
  proliferation, and solutions. The department also performed regular
  duties while online.


                                 BUILDING
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  Added local weather to The Alhambra, Black Forest, Britain, and Tortuga.
  Fixed the Sherwood well quest being once per reboot when it shouldn't
  have been. More progress was made on crusades as well as an update to 
  Klein. Many areas have also been updated for the upcoming disquise skill.
  Reviews of the new areas are progressing and look to be wrapped up soon.


                                  CODING
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  Lots of discussion of design considerations for upcoming features or
  installed features (tell/whois, traps, housing), a number of minor and
  major bugs were fixed including fealty, disguises, attachable acts
  bugs. Additions were made across the code base, touching on areas such
  as bug reporting in the file reader, mobs being able to use certain
  commands, some minor text problems in spells, and some minor cosmetic
  fixes to a number of different areas.

  CACKLE will now work as a speech alternative so that you can type in
  CACKLE this is cool, and have it come out as cackling speech.

  PARRY is no longer automatic for dex fighters, it is a skill. Look for
  the skill teacher. Elbow is in as a strength skill, look for the
  teacher. If you're level 50 and have no free practices, you can trade
  in a skill for one of these if and only if it is a fighting skill in
  another stat. Talk to a full admin or a department head.

  A new druid skill, MIX POTION, will be going in. If you're level 50 and
  have no practices left, see a full admin or department head to trade
  in a skill for it.

  The CONVERSE command:
    CONVERSE  will tell you who you are conversing with
    CONVERSE WITH  starts a conversation with that name
    CONVERSE  sends a tell to the person with whom you're conversing.

  Note that the message can't begin with the word 'with'. Also if the
  person is invisible and you can't see them, you can't converse with
  them.

  CONFIG SKILLS will change the skills command to list them in a more
  verbose method. (It lists them by category.) Try it out!

  The season, moon cycle, time of day, etc. won't reset when the mud
  crashes/reboots.

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                      !!! Site Name Change Reminder !!!
                          
Sig.net Partners have asked us to drop the .aus from our domain name. The
deadline for using either mud.sig.net or the old mud.aus.sig.net is drawing
close. Please change all your aliases, web links or other such pointers to
address the machine as mud.sig.net. The address mud.aus.sig.net will not
work after our net connection contract is renewed in March. Be prepared!


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   _____       DID YOU KNOW   ...from within the game, when you're
  /  _  \      about to sell something to an innkeeper, merchant or
 /__/ \  \     other mob with mercantile interests, you can 'value' it
      /  /     first - to see if he or she will pay a reasonable price?
     /  /      The proper syntax is VALUE .
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    __         This will become more useful as we try to move LegendMUD's
   /  \        shopkeepers into some sort of fluctuating economic system.
   \__/        You will most likely want to shop around to see who will
               give you the best price on your goods.
               
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       =) =) =)  LegendMUD's Comedy Club Contest Debut (= (= (=
 
    Saturday, February 8th was the first ever LegendMUD Comedy Club
   Contest. The contest allowed seven different people to step up to 
      the microphone and show off their joke-telling skills -- 
    SamIAm, Reelistic, Starbiter, Aginor, Ronnie, Garcia, and Ea!.
 
            After much throwing of tomatoes and rotten eggs, 
                   Garcia was crowned King of Comedy 
                                and 
                Reelistic was crowned Prince of Comedy.
 
               Thanks to all who participated and voted!
 
                       Save up your best jokes, 
            we've already had requests to repeat this contest.

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                        A Call for Roleplayers!!! 
                         MURDER IN CASABLANCA!!

Croaker will be running a LegendMUD Murder Mystery some time in the coming
weeks (probably on a Saturday the first couple of weeks of March).

A murder (or two) will be committed in Casablanca. There will be 6 suspects
(PC's which will be created, dressed, and given descriptions for the part).
YOU have the opportunity to play one of those suspects as the mystery
unfolds.

You will be given access to the character, background information, and a
set of hints that you know about the murders (only Croaker will know who
the real murderer is, though). You will play your part while PC's question
you, tring to determine who the murderer is. After an allotted period of
time, the murderer will be revealed in a final, dramatic scene.

Players can gain rewards by clearly choosing the murderer, weapon, and
motive before the final revelation.  A 'best RPer' award wll be voted on
for the RPers.

How do I get in on this, you ask? 

Mudmail Croaker with a note saying you wish to play one of the following
characters:

        the aristocratic, cunning Victorian gentlemen 
        the intelligent, world-renowned mystery writer 
        the argumentative schoolmaster 
        the older, self-righteous, frustrated housewife 
        the spiritualist and psychic doctor 
        a low-born, unlettered lady of the evening

Please include a short paragraph on why you should be selected for the
position (no more than 10 lines of mudmail) so that Croaker can decide
between players if more than one applies for a position.

Immorts may apply as well, but will receive no preferential treatment in
the selection process (and identities of the players will be kept secret if
you wish).

An understudy will be chosen for each part in the event someone cancels at
the last minute. Try to submit your 'applications' in the next week, and
more information will be posted on the welcome board when it's available!


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   @>----->----->-----    VALENTINE'S GREETINGS     -----<-----<-----<@
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To my beloved Sarah,    |To all the tree huggers |To my dearest T'Aleydras,
                        | in Clan Angesley,      |  Best wishes for a most
   I love you! I wish   | Happy Valentine's Day  |  happy Valentine's Day.
 I could tell you that  | ...show your love and  |  No other daughter in
  in a really, really   | be good to mother      |  the world deserves as
 special way, but I am  | nature!      -JC       |  much as you do. May
   not talented with    +------------------------+  you always enjoy the
  words. All I can do   | Roland --              |  wonderful gifts that
  is tell you that I    | If I was to go off     |  life has to offer.
  love you again and    | alone, without you,    |
 again and again, and   | And every night and    |  Antontio Stradivari
  hope you know, deep   | day with someone new,  |       =)
  inside, that I truly  | I know I'd never be    +------------------------
  love you. I love you  | beaten black and blue, | Mirror sends a
 with all my heart and  | The way, my love,      | Valentine hug and kiss
   soul ... mind and    | I've been by you.      | to his wonderful Sidhe
  body. I love you so   |                -- Kae  | princess. 
 much! I love you with  +------------------------+           @>----->-----
 a passion. I lust for  |       **TONK**         +------------------------
 you. I only hope that  +------------------------+   Single Puritan Male
 you can feel my love.  | Even if the sun        |    looking for that
 I love and love and    |  refused to shine,     |    special witch. To
 love, and hope you     | Even if romance ran    |      spend a long
 recieve it, embrace    |  out of rhyme,         |   afternoon with, by
   it ... love it.      | You would still have   |  the fire. Enchant me
     I love you!        |  my heart 'til the end |   with your presence,
                        |  of time,              |   and I'll show ye a
Antonio Stradivari      | You are my Destiny, my |   day ye'll not soon
|  valentine.            |    forget. Contact 
         =P       |*scuffle*(Adriana)*flee*|   Joseph Hutchinson.
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My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun;      | I would like to send
Coral is far more red than her lips' red:        | out my Happy Valentine
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;  | wishes to everyone...
If hair be wires, black wires grow on her head.  | But I wish to tell
I have seen roses damask'd, red and white,       | Terror (not
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;           | TerrorSpawn or some
And in some perfumes is there more delight       | other form of the
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.  | nickname), if he's
I love to hear her speak, - yet well I know      | playing on Legend in
That music hath a far more pleasing sound;       | any form, that I miss
I grant I never saw a goddess go, -              | him alot and that I
My mistress when she walks, treads on the ground;| wish him the best
And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare      | Valentine's day... 
As any she belied with false compare.            | Terror, I think of
                                                 | you.. Take care love.
                      - William Shakespeare.     |
                                                 | CLeo 
Referring to  Mistress Quickley perhaps?         | of the Circle of Angels.
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Dear Gimbo,             | Roses are Red,         | Happy V- Day  
   Every day with you   |   Violets are Blue,    |       Miss Mice,
     seems like         | But blood is more red, | 
    Valentine's         |   Especially from you. | You are a great
     Day--SWAK!         |                        | friend, who teases me
             Lym, JC    |        ---The Vampire  | only some of the time.
------------------------+------------------------+ Which is better than
Dearest Firefly,        |        __  __          | all of the time. You
I wanted to wish a      |       /  \/  \         | point out my faults
wonderful Valentine's   |       |*TONK*|         | only every so often,
Day to my dearest       |        \    /          | which is better than
inspiration. You are    |         \  /           | always... but you are
my strength and life,   |          \/            | the grooviest all of
my hope and joy and my  +------------------------+ the time, which is
everything. You have    |                        | better than some of
my deepest eternal      | Happy Valentine's Day  | the time so there you
love...                 |  & Happy 4th Birthday  | are...
   Your husband,        |       LegendMUD!       | 
     Cypher Ferrin.     |                        |              Armand.
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Legendary Times is published by the immortals of LegendMUD. Please send all
replies, additions, or corrections to our address at lt@mud.sig.net for
inclusion in the next edition. We, however, reserve the right to moderate 
this discussion, and may object to some submissions.
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