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Re: Imm pills/potions +
Note #41013
posted on Ideas
Saturday, December 8, 2018 @ 08:13
Reply to: Note 41012 posted by Zagyg

Sure players get a good boost, for all of about 15 minutes maybe. Is that
really a problem?
And if the boost is valuable, prices for such pills will go up significantly
Re: spellup str
Note #18196
posted on Bugs
Saturday, December 8, 2018 @ 00:52
Reply to: Note 18195 posted by Sotura

Are you in a room with a mob with a keyword that "str" would hit?
Imm pills/potions
Note #41010
posted on Ideas
Saturday, December 8, 2018 @ 00:14
It would be cool if imm pills/triv pots/special limited pills/pots would 
give a random subclass spell buff, e.g. desecration, power projection, 
timeshifting, gaia, etc.

Would make them give a tangible and significant boost, as the stat bonuses
that you currently get are of limited utility to maxxed out players
Re: SH drink ++
Note #18183
posted on Bugs
Friday, November 30, 2018 @ 21:36
Reply to: Note 18182 posted by Dillon

Superheroes don't get hungry or thirsty, don't need the wish
Re: Awareness
Note #40970
posted on Ideas
Thursday, November 29, 2018 @ 08:54
Reply to: Note 40965 posted by Dillon

The main point of awareness is to block the backstab skill,
not to add resistance (which would protect against all damage).
Re: epics ++
Note #40943
posted on Ideas
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 @ 09:38
Reply to: Note 40942 posted by Avandar

I think shorter repop times + personal timers is the way to go, such as in
Winds. Addresses timezone issues while not significantly increasing the
number of runs. E.g. repop timer of 30 hours + 72 hour personal timer = 1-2
runs per week. In fact, ideally the repop timer could be even shorter so
multiple timezones could organise runs on weekends (where most people are

Not sure about adjusting difficulty since that needs a lot of work and
extensive rewriting if the epic doesn't already permit it.

I think IF1 and IF2 points should be separated, although I think it would
be nice if people with lots of IF2 runs already (e.g. me) could get some
of the points converted to IF2 points. Should be fairly straightforward
to calculate based on #runs x 15 points.
Re: navigator bypass
Note #40893
posted on Ideas
Monday, November 19, 2018 @ 23:29
Reply to: Note 40889 posted by Tymme

As much as I would like to see this as a navigator, I think that would make
it way too unfair for all other participants in a GQ.

Especially since bypass typically is used on all the tedious areas like
D8, Partroxis, etc.
Re: Gag / gameplay.
Note #40870
posted on Ideas
Saturday, November 17, 2018 @ 04:51
Reply to: Note 40868 posted by Starling

Justifications for punishments include, apart from rehabilitation, deterrence
and prevention (and some say retribution). 

If the only punishment for bad conduct is to preventive in nature (i.e.
preventing them from talking on channels), then there's limited to no deterrent
effect. I.e. a player will just figure that the worst that happens for breaking
conduct rules is they don't get channel access for a period of time.

Punishments that are wider than just that have a deterrent effect, because the
player will realise that breaking rules hurts them beyond just that.
That's why we also have punishments like jail, freeze, or nuke.

That said, I don't see an issue with a specific nochan vs gag all distinction,
although I would say the liberty should remain with imms to decide whatever
punishment is most appropriate.

From what I've seen though, the usual nochan punishment for non-repeat
rule breakers tends to be shortlived in nature, and which usually serves its
Re: Goal Reset
Note #40857
posted on Ideas
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 @ 10:06
Reply to: Note 40853 posted by Androg

Issue is that goals aren't set up for it. Some goals give rewards midway
through (e.g. academy fundraising leaflet) and there's no way for the system
to know when an item given is a 'reward', or random goal-related item. 

One idea raised before is to allow resets of goals on tiers (and allow
collecting the reward again), not sure what happened to that.
Re: Group exp +
Note #40856
posted on Ideas
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 @ 10:01
Reply to: Note 40851 posted by Abelinc

The concern I would have is that t9 redoers tend to have low tnl but very
high levelling speed. If this is implemented, it could bring a whole new
type of superdragging (i.e. t9 redoer drags someone, and they basically get
super kill speed + almost permanent double exp from the t9 redoer).

Not sure that's necessarily a good thing.

Also, when would the 0tnl "lock" kick in? Is it when someone is about to level
out of the 15 level range? Or does it bring everyone to the same level?

If the former - it would exacerbate the hyper dragging concern. If the latter,
it would really mess up the usual group dynamic. Plenty of people have
different tnls and don't necessarily want their levels to be locked to whoever
else is in their group, especially since by definition it slows down their
levelling speed.
Re: Merging Random Epic Items Together +
Note #40855
posted on Ideas
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 @ 09:55
Reply to: Note 40850 posted by Wire

I've suggested before the idea of temporary stronger items. E.g. you could
merge 2 rank5 into a rank6, but the item has a timer and will crumble 
within 1 month.

To me that gives something to do (forever), while not creating power creep.

Re: Sloth Effect removal at Clan/Manor/Aylor Healer ++
Note #40845
posted on Ideas
Monday, November 12, 2018 @ 00:26
Reply to: Note 40844 posted by Impurifan

Castiel already pointed to help gq rules...

See also help policies6

The only exception to this teamwork is global quests.  Winning a gquest is
an individual accomplishment and aid on global quests has a negative impact
on the other participants. It is illegal to have others repeatedly kill a
gquest mob you have already killed, kill key mobs, attack a gquest mob and
remove weapons, etc. 

Sure it's not specifically listed, but it seems obvious to me that slothing
someone is just the same as the other examples listed.
Re: Icefall 2 +
Note #40835
posted on Ideas
Saturday, November 10, 2018 @ 21:38
Reply to: Note 40834 posted by Srykr

15 points is with the ring, 10 points is base I believe.
Re: Sloth Effect removal at Clan/Manor/Aylor Healer +
Note #40800
posted on Ideas
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 @ 22:52
Reply to: Note 40797 posted by Castiel

Insofar as Tram casted sloth on Wire during gq as "payback" seems to be an
admission of breaking the rules...

But anyway, agree with the original idea. The point of sloth was to help
pk by preventing someone from getting away. If they can make it to clan/manor
etc, they've already gotten away. No reason for making things
unplayable until it wears off, which is mostly an issue
in gqs (you can afk for a few mins otherwise). I had
 a random aggro mob cast it on me once, and it was hellish.
Re: Increasing participation in games +
Note #40758
posted on Ideas
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 @ 11:19
Reply to: Note 40757 posted by Tymme

Please don't add rewards to the point where people feel obligated to join
activities or they are "losing out" on rewards.

My reasons for not playing stuff - 
Blackjack/Slots - it's just basic gambling with statistical loss, 
Poker - it's gambling + I don't know how to play well
Mafia - party game, not something I'd play over and over again, and more fun
        IRL tbh, when you can try to read people's expressions etc.
Laser - Scripts give huge advantage.

The above also aren't quite in line with the Aard game mechanics, i.e. an RPG
/ hacknslash. They're minigames, not the focus of the mud.

Wars - the participation rate is low, and the outcome of most wars is
predetermined (i.e. based on participants' stats, you know who will win). 

It could be vastly improved with randomised team wars. Have suggested this
ad nauseam. Randomised teams would mean people have a more or less 50:50 chance
of winning, even if teams are imbalanced. Odds get closer and closer the larger
the teams get. 

I think laser could be reworked into some sort of arena mini-game where
character stats don't matter as much, and ideally can't be scripted. Possibly
add some delay/lag to movement, and have make it possible to dodge shots? 

I've seen various minigame series that are mods of other popular games, where
there are a bunch of randomised minigames that players will do (e.g. Uther
Party in Warcraft 3, that I can think of offhand). One game which would
probably translate well to aard would be bomberman maybe?
The classic NES tanks game too I suppose. 
Re: Item error color codes?
Note #16832
posted on Typos
Sunday, October 28, 2018 @ 23:30
Reply to: Note 16831 posted by Irmie

I think the @@ is supposed to represent the head of a mace.
Re: PVP Tier Restrictions +
Note #40708
posted on Ideas
Saturday, October 27, 2018 @ 02:59
Reply to: Note 40707 posted by Gilduran

45 level difference is insane, maybe 2 or 3 levels a tier would make sense.
Re: Aard EQ ++
Note #40692
posted on Ideas
Friday, October 26, 2018 @ 12:44
Reply to: Note 40690 posted by Icarus

Since when is disarm a very useful pvp skill?
Re: Aard EQ
Note #40688
posted on Ideas
Friday, October 26, 2018 @ 12:37
Reply to: Note 40684 posted by Icarus

> I propose the affect from the Bracers of Iron Grip be changed from NoDisarm, which
> completely voids a very useful PVP skill,

Since when is iron grip a very useful pvp skill?
Re: Ally Chat +
Note #40679
posted on Ideas
Friday, October 26, 2018 @ 01:02
Reply to: Note 40676 posted by Tymme

I believe this has been rejected before because allies aren't consistent (like
flist). Someone who replies to you might have their message
sent to someone not your Ally.
Dusk Valley - Rylek sorcerer & Rylek harmer +++
Note #16804
posted on Typos
Monday, October 22, 2018 @ 09:29
Reply to: Note 16799 posted by Abelinc

> But a spell doesn't know how many words are in TWO of its positional 
> parameters, making the need for single-quotes required to know when one
> argument ends and another starts. It could be rewritten to be slightly
> smarter which would eliminate this particular issue, in that the third
> (optional) argument of the target is always the last.

You mean this? I believe the point of Zoot's note is that she never understood
why quotes are needed for spell targets, your response was that this was
because casting has 2 parameters, to which I responded to say that it's not
really an answer, because cast always assumes the first parameter is a single
word anyway.
Dusk Valley - Rylek sorcerer & Rylek harmer +++
Note #16798
posted on Typos
Monday, October 22, 2018 @ 02:16
Reply to: Note 16796 posted by Abelinc

> For spells, it's much more difficult:
> 1) First word is cast
> 2) Second and maybe third words are spell
> 3) What I'm acting on may start at the third or fourth words, 
>    and may go farther out than that

Except even for spells, the third word is always considered to be the target,
unless the spell name is in quotes.
c indestructible aura -> They aren't here.

Since it already assumes any multi-word spellname will be in quotes, there is
no reason not to treat any subsequent words as target.
Re: lottery
Note #555
posted on Misc
Monday, October 22, 2018 @ 01:56
Reply to: Note 553 posted by Abelinc

Not every lottery bet is statistically loss making. Especially with rollover of
prize monies, sometimes you have a statistical positive expected value. 

See e.g. the story of Jerry Selbee.
Raise the number of items allowed in manors +++
Note #40626
posted on Ideas
Sunday, October 14, 2018 @ 05:15
Reply to: Note 40625 posted by Thridi

Clan potions are already 'static' flagged, so it doesn't save the individual
item data
Re: Raise the number of items allowed in manors ++
Note #40620
posted on Ideas
Saturday, October 13, 2018 @ 23:57
Reply to: Note 40619 posted by Fiendish

I thought since we moved to v3, the old 'vnums' are no longer relevant, and
there are virtually unlimited item keys possible. I don't think it makes a
difference to storage either...
Re: Item limits +++
Note #40590
posted on Ideas
Monday, October 8, 2018 @ 11:29
Reply to: Note 40589 posted by Uuna

To clarify, friend makes the mule account, so it's not multiplaying
Re: Item limits +
Note #40587
posted on Ideas
Monday, October 8, 2018 @ 10:10
Reply to: Note 40586 posted by Mordist

(1) I didn't suggest removing item limits altogether (i.e. unlimited capacity),
    so the amount you'd end up carrying is the same as now;

(2) I don't think the change would increase hoarding. People already deal with
    the limits by just asking a friend to hold on to their stuff (whether on
    their main char or by making a mule account to hold it).
Item limits
Note #40585
posted on Ideas
Monday, October 8, 2018 @ 10:04
Could item limits be changed to either (1) a fixed limit, or (2) based on
saved SH stats?

Currently, if you have maxxed stats at SH (and presumably high str), when you
remort or redo, you lose about 400-500 item slots, and it's a huge hassle
trying to clear up inventory space in order to do so. I'm not sure what this
really adds to the game.
Re: sh campaigns
Note #40570
posted on Ideas
Friday, October 5, 2018 @ 13:40
Reply to: Note 40568 posted by Zoot

I quite like this idea. It's been ages since I've gone to a low level area for
any reason.
Re: Website out of date
Note #16766
posted on Typos
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 @ 23:41
Reply to: Note 16765 posted by Redryn

Actually, should be checked and
updated (or removed if too much hassle maybe).

- Classes doesn't refer to subclass system
- Spells and skills list not updated
- Clan list not updated
- Tier bonuses not up to date

Or maybe link to the wiki instead.
Website out of date
Note #16765
posted on Typos
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 @ 22:28

Still refers to the old stat system with max of 350 + 150.
Re: Mob affect idea +
Note #40544
posted on Ideas
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 @ 21:10
Reply to: Note 40543 posted by Fiendish

Sounds like a terra boss mob.
Aylor room became unexplored
Note #18099
posted on Bugs
Sunday, September 30, 2018 @ 08:11
For some reason the Aylor pclass warrior training room became unexplored for
me, which is rather a pain since I don't really want to classchange into pwar
just for the explore...
Re: Arboretum bug ++
Note #18098
posted on Bugs
Saturday, September 29, 2018 @ 23:15
Reply to: Note 18097 posted by Throxx

I just went to get a thorn, it was lvl 110. Maybe you're using the wrong
Re: Arboretum bug
Note #18096
posted on Bugs
Saturday, September 29, 2018 @ 23:13
Reply to: Note 18095 posted by Throxx

Thorn is lv 110?
Re: New Feature - Fishing
Note #40518
posted on Ideas
Friday, September 28, 2018 @ 02:16
Reply to: Note 40517 posted by Nid

You can already go fishing in Sen'narre or Nalondir. Doesn't seem
like a popular feature.
Re: The Covenant of Mistridge - a peasant girl
Note #16757
posted on Typos
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 @ 23:53
Reply to: Note 16756 posted by Sammael

Not a typo, it has "girl". Being a descriptor isn't a reason to add as keyword.
Re: Wrench
Note #40498
posted on Ideas
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 @ 22:42
Reply to: Note 40497 posted by Wars

Someone once got nuked for summoning newbs to be pked...
Re: pthief aoe ++++
Note #18089
posted on Bugs
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 @ 21:05
Reply to: Note 18088 posted by Tymme

It was pointed out on testport, so I think it was intentional.
Poor thieves could use some love anyway
Re: Group Bonus EXP +++++
Note #40496
posted on Ideas
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 @ 20:53
Reply to: Note 40495 posted by Vespar

Base exp is increased and then divided by # of group members.
I think there's a sufficient bonus already, and grouping is already quite
Re: "boss fights" +
Note #40490
posted on Ideas
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 @ 04:13
Reply to: Note 40489 posted by Wire

What Wire said is mostly correct. That said, there is a lot that can be done
through mprogs. But do you have a more specific explanation of what is
'be more like players'?

I'm always on the lookout for ideas as to how to make more challenging 'boss
fights' (I don't know if you've tried my areas yet).
Re: Group Bonus EXP +++
Note #40484
posted on Ideas
Monday, September 24, 2018 @ 23:19
Reply to: Note 40483 posted by Kratos

Grouping already gives an exp bonus, 50% for two and 100% for 3+ iirc.

So I'm not sure what this is asking for?
help redo
Note #16752
posted on Typos
Monday, September 24, 2018 @ 10:55
Not really a typo, but I think help redo should provide some additional
information on redos...

- You get bonus instinct trains
- SH costs are lowered
- Campaigns have diminishing returns

(Any other specific things that apply to redos)

(I don't know the details exactly, and couldn't find a helpfile on it...)
Re: Avengers
Note #40416
posted on Ideas
Monday, September 17, 2018 @ 06:59
Reply to: Note 40411 posted by Castiel

How about an ability to "take over" the revenge someone else has?
Typically "avenging" is avenging someone else.
Re: Prompt variable for stealth
Note #40407
posted on Ideas
Saturday, September 15, 2018 @ 21:00
Reply to: Note 40406 posted by Malas

If we're getting this, I'd like to suggest getting all affect flags somewhere,
seeing that sanc is up is pretty useful (lots of people use tracker scripts,
or sometimes miss it when sanc drops until someone tells them).
Re: none sex ++++
Note #40393
posted on Ideas
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 @ 01:02
Reply to: Note 40392 posted by Tymme

None is still around (you can get it with change sex). I don't see a big issue
having it as a selectable option, but I imagine it's pretty low on priorities..
Re: Gameload EQ and Enchanting +++++
Note #40339
posted on Ideas
Monday, September 3, 2018 @ 13:04
Reply to: Note 40337 posted by Lasher

> Only concern with this is items that might have been allowed to be heavier
> on stats on condition these flags were set, I feel like I remember at least
> a few over the years (but not what they were). They would all now become
> enchantable.

Not 100% sure what you are referring to, but I can think of some items, e.g.
Nyne goal3 reward
(Striding towards doom) which I believe have higher rolls. Such items
invariably also have ill/sol/res set as flags baseline though, so I don't
think the concern arises. (After all, tptoggle has been around for decades and
paying 2 tp for a toggle is trivial).
Re: Reciting scrolls lag ++++
Note #40325
posted on Ideas
Wednesday, August 29, 2018 @ 13:42
Reply to: Note 40324 posted by Nasus

> I cannot agree with "we dont need more game mechanics"

If scroll had same lag as potion when used on self, will there ever be
any point in having a potion vs a scroll?

I'd just buy scrolls because I could both use it on myself like a potion, or
on others if I wanted to.
Re: Change heal potion cost and effectiveness at Level 201
Note #40295
posted on Ideas
Friday, August 24, 2018 @ 21:55
Reply to: Note 40294 posted by Crowley

People still use lvl 201 pots, so saying it's useless is incorrect.
Healing more simply costs disproportionately more, it's called diminishing

Look at triv heals - the cost:heal ratio is even worse, but the market
value remains high. If people weren't willing to pay disproportionately
more, the price would drop.

If you don't think 201 heal potions are worth the additional cost, that's fine,
you're not obliged to use them. I don't either because I'm cheap. But pots
are already dirt cheap and prevalent, and there's no need to make them
Favor in the realm for marriages +++++
Note #40287
posted on Ideas
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 @ 22:38
Reply to: Note 40286 posted by Mondaine

If it's an issue of making alts to abuse, just add a no-quit flag for anyone
who gets married for the duration.

Then also make it a rule that sham marriages are illegal.

I don't really like the idea of 15 min double qp though, not least because
only about half the mud would benefit at random.