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how to raise gracious (or not entitled) kids?
Note #7
posted on Misc
Friday, March 8, 2019 @ 20:48
I know there are books on the subject, but I'm going for 
crowd sourced wisdom... what are the keys to raising gracious kids?

When I come home from work, I occasionally (once per month ish)
have a treat for the kids 6, 4, and 1.  And apprently they enjoyed 
it so much, that most times I come home the kids run to me and 
ask "Did you bring a treat for me?".

And then groans of disappointment when not.  Is deprivation the 
best strategy?  I'm hardly joking.  My 6 year old loved chess 
until I taught him Agricola, and chess just became relatively 
unfun and he no longer likes it.  I am scared to death about 
ever exposing him to video games...
I learned as a parent it is far easier to never give than to 
have to take away... but how do I mold them to meet
disappointment with grit and grace?

Re: Touchstone clan area exit change. +
Note #27824
posted on General
Thursday, March 7, 2019 @ 13:28
Reply to: Note 27817 posted by Starling

Can we please get to the bottom of what happened?

Lasher posted some sort of log, do you have yours?

I will gladly fund you the 3 TP you feel you deserve, regardless
of whether you do, just to have a transparent record on the board.
Re: Stat Caps being updated
Note #41459
posted on Ideas
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 @ 21:55
Reply to: Note 41455 posted by Limunious

interezting thought.  maybe a full redo gets an extra +1 on the restricted
up to a cap.
Re: Your top 1 or 2 ideas to balance classes.
Note #41446
posted on Ideas
Monday, March 4, 2019 @ 23:32
Reply to: Note 41428 posted by Lasher

give a class a tank skill.  minus 500 str and dex but plus 500 con
and a ton of resistance.  end result is take 15 percent dmg but 
deal almost no dmg.  usable only in pk rooms to not break 
epics, etc.

Re: Your top 1 or 2 ideas to balance classes.
Note #41445
posted on Ideas
Monday, March 4, 2019 @ 23:18
Reply to: Note 41428 posted by Lasher

quick wins:

enhance sense age to give an ancient flag on mobs that are at max 
rarekill xp timer.

add parry mechanic where player names skill/spell and if attacked 
by it that round, takes zero damage and reflects 200 percent dmg 
back to caster.  parry lasts 1 or 2 rounds with a 5 or 6 round 
cooldown.  maybe some classes can parry spells and others moves 
(or diff subclasses get spell vs skill)

Re: What is the oldest active aard-item? ++++
Note #27796
posted on General
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 @ 21:54
Reply to: Note 27789 posted by Arist

I miss Tybain alamost as much as Devrin.
GQ concept to defeat SnD /scripts
Note #41061
posted on Ideas
Sunday, December 16, 2018 @ 00:23
Lashers note got me thinking:

replace half of the SH GQs with a new concept:  GQ Melee.

SH join the gq melee and are trans'd to a new zone.
the new zone is populated by mobs and is a combat maze type room.

players have to kill X mobs to win.  if a player is killed, they 
spawn at recall and are out of the zone.

here is the catch:  to win, a player also needs a KEY.

the keys randomly spawn at a low rate on the mobs and are autolooted.
if a player kills a player with a key, he gets the key.

rewards, mob toughness, key spawn rates can all be tweaked.

the key andomness gives lowbies a chance.r

perhaps put players in a starting room where they can only 
translocate out, to make it random, and let all players
have x charges of translocate (like laser tag) and 
perhaps leave decys ( lije laser tag) to make it harder 
to win by just pking everyone.

Gag / gameplay. ++++++++
Note #41057
posted on Ideas
Saturday, December 15, 2018 @ 23:32
Reply to: Note 41055 posted by Magna

just fat fingers on my samsung
Re: Remove AFK command lockout. ++
Note #41056
posted on Ideas
Saturday, December 15, 2018 @ 23:26
Reply to: Note 41053 posted by Magna

Fair point on tells, but I suspect that most new players create 
a character and the first thing want to know is how many 
fellow advenchurers are around.  heck, there might even be a 
mud school lesson on who command.
so I think the balance tips far toward increasing afk use and 
making the mud appear quite inactive.
I would also guess most comms happen via channels and random 
tells to players have a questionable base respond rate, so no
response at a micro level doesnt portray the same clarity 
on inactivity as afk would on the macro who level.
Re: GQs & CPs +
Note #41054
posted on Ideas
Saturday, December 15, 2018 @ 23:20
Reply to: Note 41048 posted by Throxx

of course you shouldnt be punished by getting lower yields than 
others just because you invest more time in the activity.
cant think of a single thing like that here, and the entire design
of aard, and most games, is the opposite.  rest easy lasher will 
probably never imp such a bankrupt idea.

Gag / gameplay. ++++++++
Note #41052
posted on Ideas
Saturday, December 15, 2018 @ 23:14
Reply to: Note 41037 posted by Starling

juictice here has always been on a reasonable efforts basis.

If players are affected, they can beg and explain and try to 
convince the imms for clemency.  "Fair" is very much in the 
eye of the beholder.  the utility of nochannel outweighs your 
principled objections, so end of story :?
Re: Remove AFK command lockout.
Note #41051
posted on Ideas
Saturday, December 15, 2018 @ 23:11
Reply to: Note 41035 posted by Starling

this is a bad idea because it will make more people you AFK, get 
tagged, and make the mud look considerably less active than who 
command would suggest.

That brings no good and only invites bad.
Re: Restrings ++
Note #40913
posted on Ideas
Thursday, November 22, 2018 @ 23:36
Reply to: Note 40912 posted by Fiendish

is it possible the item has a timer and morphs into the dull 
flowers after getting picked to emulate the real world?

that would be pretty cool.
Re: improving war participation
Note #40883
posted on Ideas
Sunday, November 18, 2018 @ 22:32
Reply to: Note 40881 posted by Newbie

most suggezted concept of the past decade.

but rather than rewards, probably need a rewrite.  power gaps just 
too big.  need something where entrants are more or less 
the same power level, but just not sure there is an active enough 
player base to support even an awesome recoded warfare system.

Sloth Effect removal at Clan/Manor/Aylor Healer ++
Note #40844
posted on Ideas
Monday, November 12, 2018 @ 00:01
Reply to: Note 40803 posted by Tram

no respone to your note because there was no rules breaking.

Dont want pk maledictions or strangles, etc?  dont be pkable.

the fact that two very experienced players suggested you broke 
gq rules by slothing a participant is a f'in joke.

now whether sloth should be removeable at healer is another issue.
Re: Increasing participation in games ++
Note #40768
posted on Ideas
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 @ 23:55
Reply to: Note 40758 posted by Redryn

Wars used to be super super popular on aardwolf.  It was a different 
age of much tighter power gaps, true, but there were also skills 
that leveled the playing field:  balor spittle at 33 percent and 
25 percent hp reduction at 400 moves cost to any thief was the 
biggest.  globe of invuln being true invuln for 2 ticks and 
antimagic shell true invuln for 4 ticks to any remort mage.  And 
vorpal luck.

not only are power gaps the size of the grand canyon, there
are effectively zero ways for players to make a dent in it, 
the way players could balor etc. so long ago.

also the number on count might be similar, but actively on 
screen is far lower due to triggers and widespread bband.

I think the only chance here is a new feature, run like once 
per day at peak hours (once per day only) with a whole 
new set of rules and coding to make it fun.  like a 
battle royale, pubg style experience.  something that 
leaves thesevlegacy power gaps mostly behind.
Re: christmas goft cards ++++
Note #40767
posted on Ideas
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 @ 22:49
Reply to: Note 40742 posted by Tymme

of the 550ish notes on this board, about 106 are from you, tymme.

how about we create help deadfeedback and add a line that 
unending drivel responses will not influence ideas so we can 
move on with our lives?

holy cow, man.  are you trying to set a record or is that 
just who you be?
Re: lottery +
Note #556
posted on Misc
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 @ 23:22
Reply to: Note 555 posted by Redryn

only if you dont have to split

therefore pick a combo of all numbers over 30 to avoid bdays
Re: TV series suggestions. +++
Note #551
posted on Misc
Thursday, October 18, 2018 @ 20:51
Reply to: Note 547 posted by Wachuma

Gilmore Girls
Game of Thrones
Killing Eve
The Office

Your list is missing some of the best television ever made.
Forca real treat, strictly budget yourself to 1 episode a week.
toggle hungry/thirsty msg spam
Note #40597
posted on Ideas
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 @ 23:44
It sucks to get spammed with these messages, especially when 
playing on a phone with limited screen space.

2 lines plus blank returns every 30 seconds.

can we toggle these like info messages?
tennis joke
Note #2
posted on Jokes
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 @ 21:56
remember that one time a tennis player cheated and insisted she 
would never chear because she was a momma and then her coach 
said they cheated like every player in every game, meaning 
this player lets call her serena the unserene also cheated in 
every game so she knew to look for her coach signals, and 
how nobody would call bullshit on her even though i smelled 
it from a borough away because she is a woman who claimed 
she was treated differently even though every man who 
verbally abused umpires got the same conduct violation 



Good night.
Re: Easy way for lasher to grt thtough ideas notes +
Note #40510
posted on Ideas
Thursday, September 27, 2018 @ 01:34
Reply to: Note 40509 posted by Wars

The only reason is to improve the signal to noise ratio, which 
might make players more inclined to post thoughtful notes, 
which might increase the inclination to carefuuly read and 
consider the board.

I feel kind of depressed skipping lots of ideas notes, so I am 
definitely making an assumption the Architect feels 

could be wrong.  I usually think anything discouraging any 
form of community orcsocial interaction is bad for any 
digital community.
Easy way for lasher to grt thtough ideas notes
Note #40508
posted on Ideas
Thursday, September 27, 2018 @ 01:24
limit people to 1 note every 3 months for free, with a cost 
of 50 qp per note otherwise.

This would virtually eliminate my notes and probably reduce others

Re: Remort order scales skills/spells ++
Note #40369
posted on Ideas
Saturday, September 8, 2018 @ 13:59
Reply to: Note 40366 posted by Zoot

holy crap that is a genius idea.  I hope it gets a look.
Re: Pro Chef Tip Of The Day
Note #527
posted on Misc
Saturday, September 8, 2018 @ 13:55
Reply to: Note 526 posted by HaveToDoThis

my wife worked the line at gramercy tavern.  

AMA food related and i will post her answers.
Re: how to get newbies to stick ++
Note #40328
posted on Ideas
Thursday, August 30, 2018 @ 19:51
Reply to: Note 40321 posted by Tymme

Your idea is probably the best way.. better than qp on mobkills.

15 minutes vs 30 minutes is going to feel like a totally 
different, and much better, aardwolf for new players.  this 
wouodnt have made sense l9ng ago when aardwolf power base was 
more equal, but now that it is top heavy makes total sense.

very small fraction of players are newbie or notier and not 

we all benefit from ways to drive higher.
how to get newbies to stick
Note #40319
posted on Ideas
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 @ 00:47
3 percent of players online are newbie, and who knows how many 
are alts.  Here is my idea to increase conversion:

Create a random reward system keyed to tier that awards 
meaningful but random quest points either on random mob kills,
at level up, or both.

The probability goes down a lot as players tier.

the game is so top heavy now with instinct and mastery sinks 
that it is time to help players climb the qp curve faster.
in this day and age nobody wants to wait 30 minutes for a 
quest.  its archaic.  faster qp accumulation early in 
player life will not hurt this game.

Alternately, cut quest wait time in half for new players and 
reduce qp by only 33 percent, with q times lengthening again 
as they tier.

just 2c from a nobody.
kill db double, create randomly loading double token
Note #40318
posted on Ideas
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 @ 00:33
Put a stake through the heart of DB abuse bogeyman by removing 
double xp from DB.  
Then create a token that loads on xp mobs, just like TP 
tokens.  Randomly, must play to get it.

Then add a skill to mentalist that will list 10 areas, 1 of which 
will have a mob randomly load with the token.  mentalist 
onky knows what area it might be in.
Re: special daily blessings +
Note #40317
posted on Ideas
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 @ 00:27
Reply to: Note 40311 posted by HaveToDoThis

Thats not how games work.  It is not a gift, it is part of the 
proposition of the game to its players.  as players get bored 
or find other entertainkent (assaulted with options here),
the game will adapt its value proposition to its players or 
it will die.

DBs are fun and cool and brilliant.  The idea is a good one 
to improve them.

Nobody suggested a treasure chest of portals and instinct.
Just tripling the double mobs if player completed all mobs
(or whole blessing) 5x straight would be cool.  and 
not abuseable for the stick in the muds who worry such.
Re: special daily blessings ++
Note #40309
posted on Ideas
Sunday, August 26, 2018 @ 17:58
Reply to: Note 40307 posted by Muzmuz

totally agree here.  some players like tymme are scared of the
mere shadow of potential abuse.  nobody is abusing dbs unless 
they are multiplaying.  and 5 alts or 20 the benefit is the same 
to a ptotential abuser so the idea shouldnt be denied on 
that front.

Plus one to the concept of killing all the mobs in 10 
blessings in a row giving a super blessing with 3x.
Re: BF1G 11: "They see me rollin, they hatin!!!
Note #96
posted on Jokes
Monday, August 13, 2018 @ 22:40
Reply to: Note 95 posted by Reltubydoc

Are you a millenial?
good rated g movies
Note #522
posted on Misc
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 @ 22:35
looking for stuff like homeward bound, brave little toaster etc.

stuff that a protective parent could show his naiive young children
the brave little toaster
Note #519
posted on Misc
Sunday, July 29, 2018 @ 23:17
I wanted to host a movie night for my kids, who havent seen 
many movies.  i couldnt find this anywhere, just the sequels.
any suggestions for how to watch it?
i have a roku tv and am fine buying or rent8ng it via whateverc 
Note #40190
posted on Ideas
Sunday, July 29, 2018 @ 22:51
let players purchase, via donation, pardons for banned players.

one time only, then unpardonable.

note everyone still plays at the leisure and whim of lasher so if 
a pardoned player got unbanned they could easioy get banned again 
thisvtime unpardonable.

btw, aard once had a big pardon at v2 transition.  not 
unprecedented, but yhis time lasher can make some $$$$
daily blessing punctuation...
Note #40161
posted on Ideas
Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 22:48
I get A '!' when Ayla blesses me with a trivia point, but only 

a '.' when blessed with a blank chaos portal.

I think it deserves a ! or even !!.

Let me setwanted myself +++++++
Note #40141
posted on Ideas
Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 23:09
Reply to: Note 40140 posted by Tymme

djvoltron, if you want pk stop playing aardwolf and plY 
fortnite or PUBG.

tymme, if you want to be mean to djvoltron and me, go play 
tetris or dr. mario.

dveryone else,
Winners Dont Use Drugs

Re: Reputation +++
Note #40138
posted on Ideas
Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 22:50
Reply to: Note 40137 posted by Crowley

first, he needs 30 tier friends.
second, he would have to be quite a show to keep people interested 
in that game.  hed probably be adding to the mud.

third, i liked advenchurer 

fourth, hes not coming back

fifth, last resort is make reputation a private stat.
Re: Reputation +
Note #40135
posted on Ideas
Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 22:40
Reply to: Note 40134 posted by Tymme

I am not l33t enough to get the x rated cyber herpes r3f3fence,

but it would have absolutely no gameplay impact.  It just generates 
that nice cozy feeling to get recognized from helping someone and 
probably incentivizes better behavior overall.

Maybe clans want active players with some small level of 
reputation.  I have no idea!

Maybe tiers can take one reputation away per year and can give 
away 4 per year.

just throwing the concept out there.
Re: Reputation
Note #40133
posted on Ideas
Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 22:33
Reply to: Note 40131 posted by Impurifan

Sorry for 2nd note, but just some reasons why it might be a good 

Encourages people to help.
Provides a way to zay thank you to a kindness
positive reinforcement of nice notes and channel behavior

I stole the concept from Overwatch.  I also just helped someone 
with a question and thought it would be cool if the mud realized 
i was a helpy helper mchelperson
Note #40131
posted on Ideas
Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 22:24
Allow players, once per month, to give a reputation point to 
another player.

Only tiers may award reputation.

Reputation is visible on whois and finger.

Reputation giver may be anonymous to receiver.

If monthly is too frequent, try every 100 days.  Potentially 
bankable to a max of 3.
Re: Chan bans. ++
Note #27622
posted on General
Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 22:10
Reply to: Note 27620 posted by DjVoltron

Abe logs all, so any player can search for what was said and 
determine for themselves whether the content was racist, other 
'ist, against rules, etc.  if they care enough.

what is not seen is private interactions with imm in says, tells,
and boards.  I would bet your friend exacerbated the problem 
in her comms with the staff or Lasher.  These are not made public 
so you just have to trust the right decision was made.

And sure, the Power makes mistakes sometimes, but if a player 
falls in the forest of the player population and makes no 
noise, does anyone notice or care?

Re: Soldier
Note #40061
posted on Ideas
Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 23:07
Reply to: Note 39945 posted by Castiel

this was a really cool thread.  sounds like you might be right.

but i didnt see an idea.  maybe you would get more engagement
posting on general?  

things get lost in the scrum here.
Re: 4K Television VS Gaming PC monitor.
Note #501
posted on Misc
Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 22:53
Reply to: Note 497 posted by Dumbbell

first thing is what kind of game.  if you want to play 
fps, with somd level of graphics richness, forget 4k.  no hardware 
exists to power top shooters at constant 144 fps at 4k.  2k is 
a stretch.  stick with 1080 res, run a 144 hz or gsync monitor, 
top pc specs and get 144 frames constantly.  its a huge edge 
in games like PUBG.

for other games, fps and 1 ms monitors isnt going to matter much.
game away at Lol or Dota at 60 fps in 4k.
lower online qtimer for lower tiers
Note #39995
posted on Ideas
Saturday, June 9, 2018 @ 23:45
15 minute q timer for T0.
every tier increases by 1 or 2 minutes.
30 minutes at T9.


give new players more opportunities to do fun things that 
materially advance their character.
Can we timeout our quest cooldown offline? +++
Note #39994
posted on Ideas
Saturday, June 9, 2018 @ 23:36
Reply to: Note 39993 posted by Redryn

I can imagine 1000 ways that a roster of blessing alts can be abused,
especially if everyone on a flist or clan does it.  ( i double 
xp token, keep alt online to toe MP rules, then you quid pro quo, 

actual quests though... maybe overbidding on remort auctions?

abuse concerns are always valid, i just think its a cost benefit 

i have a theory that new and sporadic players, who will not 
have idle triggers to synthetically create an offline qtimer,
are more likely to invest time here if they can spend more 
of it doing fun things which advance the character.  for 
these players, that is largely questing.

Re: Can we timeout our quest cooldown offline? ++
Note #39992
posted on Ideas
Saturday, June 9, 2018 @ 22:55
Reply to: Note 39991 posted by Wire

yes, but blessings are not playing the game.  quests are.

also offline timer would affect most players not at all because 
they use triggers to run them.  so whats the point?

it kind of makes no sense for new players to like questing only 
to realize they should set up idle triggers.  heck that key 
advice isnt even in newbie guides.  so why annoy new players with 
online q timers.... it seems asymmetric and detrimental.

unless there is some kind of massive alt farming abuse i am 
missing.  but i dont think so.  valid in aards medieval age 
20 years ago, but not I think in todays aard.
Note #27584
posted on General
Saturday, June 9, 2018 @ 16:28
Someone proposed on ideas the notion of running qtimers while 
offline.  At first it seemed silly, but then it got me thinking.
Some people really like questing, right?  you get the random mob 
random experience, variable reward... all good elements to a 
pleasurable game loop.  in fact questing has been core to aard for 

So player suggests more of this with offline timers.  obviously 
there is demand.  is there a design problem with zatisfying it?

I played actively many years ago.  Questing was a limiter of 
sorts on how quickly one can advance.  since then, all game 
resources are MUCH easier to obtain, even qp.  heck, campaign 
with winklebot plugin and one can pile up qp on a single char 
for almost 100 percent of playtime.

Exp, trains, I/M/  P are all resource sinks.  Is qp still so
important that offline timers isca terrible idea?  say 
someone created 100 alta to nonstop quest, is there realistically 
material abuse possible?  is it worse or different than, say,
farming 100 daily blessings?

Re: Can we timeout our quest cooldown offline? +++
Note #39990
posted on Ideas
Saturday, June 9, 2018 @ 16:17
Reply to: Note 39864 posted by Tymme

serious question:  say someone wants to make 100 alts and quest 
all day with offline timers.  whats the matter with that?

feels like aard might have outgrown ghe concerns here.
Re: Can we timeout our quest cooldown offline?
Note #39988
posted on Ideas
Saturday, June 9, 2018 @ 16:15
Reply to: Note 39859 posted by Morrow

originally i skipped this idea, but it is actually a very good one
if you think about new players and modern game design.

most mobile games have timers counting down offline for a very 
good reason.

this should be imp'd.
Note #39715
posted on Ideas
Sunday, May 13, 2018 @ 20:48
Spend TPs to replace that part of the message with 
something customized.  Kind of like a 
pretitle or SH title, but would probably be 
changed less often.