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How Do You Get to Ter Mur? [returning player]

Discussion in 'UHall' started by Jonathan Baron, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. Just came back after a ten year lapse and find that what seems bloody well obvious to nearly everyone is as obscure as the Peruvian colored rope language is to me.

    Wanted to try those abyss quests. Went to the help pages here. First step - for my sort of character (steel on steel guy) was to "Simply select Ter Mur the Royal City from any public moongate." Uh....not on the list. Asked a player (I do encounter them from time to time :) ) who aped that exact sentence.

    I'm finding that any word or phrase the begins with the word, simply, needs a translator ;) Looked all over the site and went six pages deep on this forum looking for an answer.

    Pardon that rant bit, friends.

    So....how to I get to Ter Mur?

    Many thanks!

    Jonathan
     
  2. Percivalgoh

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    Your account needs to be upgraded to include Stygian Abyss expansion
     
  3. Tanivar

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    You need to have the Stygian Abyss Expansion to see the Ter-Mur option on the Moongates and to go there. It's $30 for an old account at the Game code Store on the UO.com site. I suspect your account is currently set at UO:Mondian's Legacy.

    The world has changed in those 10 years. The game is now heavily item-based. If your on Chesapeake I'll imbue some gear for you.

    Your going to find it a whole new world. :)
     
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    hahaha yup, pretty much sums it up!, then try the moongate
     
  5. Shamus Turlough

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    Also, depending on what shard you are on, there are some very extensive rune libraries with runes to all the pertinent SA destinations.
     
  6. Nexus

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    The Inca's use colored knotted rope was called Quipu. J
     
  7. Alvinho

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    If you are on Great Lakes ill get you to both sides of the abyss and underworld, I will also help you get access to the abyss helping you get all the keys just send me a personal message
     
  8. Well not so obscure to everyone. Warms my heart when somebody gets one of my bizarre references, Nexus.

    Thank you one and all so much for the warm and helpful information. My confusion was aided by the fact that the splash screen when I fire up UO is an overly dramatic picture with Stygian Abyss in huge letters. As I currently struggle with an abyss of a more fundamental sort, I think I'll pass for now.

    Although I began on Chesapeake upon my return, so many of the folks that helped me on the UO corner on the general forum were lake Austin people, so I am building a character there at the moment. With so many people helping new and returning players....my goodness, this certainly ain't the early days. Before secure trading folks were always trying to rip you off and noobs were so many baby seals to PKers laying in ambush.

    Yes, the item based system is powerfully odd. Being a steel on steel guy, finding magic in everything takes some getting used to, plus the notion of plate armor being next to worthless (leather is better), Heater shields losing the menace to fit their appearance, and the fact that some guy with similar skill points and similarly outfitted can knock the bejesus out of you due to a ring on his finger makes for one nervous noob in a new world.

    I worked on the old UO team at Origin briefly before moving to another project there (subsequently canned). A buddy of mine - tough, common sense fellow from Maine - would respond to every concern about play balance with a narrowed brow and the same question, "Well, is there MAGIC in it?"

    The players, of course, know this and everyone I've encountered has made it the mission of his or her evening to bring me one step closer to a serviceable player. This generosity has led to so many adventurers.

    One fellow summoned a glowing egg and transported me to a castle of stunning riches. Next thing I know I'm clad in an outfit suitable for a proud soldier in the army of Genghis Khan. A power suit of Virtue. For the want of a rare cape, however, its power was diminished. Takes a quest to get one. Next thing I know I'm at a museum needing wood planks to begin the quest for this cape of ultimate power. Not being a lumberjack and, thus, not okay, my mentor chopped up over 1000 planks of virtual wood to complete step one. Next step was a sad zoo in need of animals. Taming packs of wolves was needed for that. We were SOL but it was all very entertaining.

    Many such adventures preceded this and followed this, all aimed at making this former UO warrior viable. With all these goings on, and the often hilarious joy accompanying these encounters, I can live without the Stygian Abyss for now.

    Players still make the game worth playing far beyond the dream of developers and designers.

    It's good to be back.

    Thank you, one and all :)

    Jonathan
     
  9. Nine Dark Moons

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    welcome back! your posts made me laugh - i enjoy your way of wording things :) i'm glad you've found your way here to the stratics boards - when i was a noob player, i was thankfully directed here by a friend and have learned an invaluable amount of information over the years. and made some good friends :)
     
  10. Beer_Cayse

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    have you been in Players Corner? The "10 years ..." thread has to be one of the longest ones I've ever seen.
     
  11. kelmo

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    The 10 years thread is an awesome read. *nods*
     
  12. Merriweather

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    If you want to meet in Vesper or Minoc or somewhere else on Chessy sometime, my son and I would be happy to see what we can do to help you out. We have Legendary Blacksmith and Tailor who can build you a neat setup. Email [email protected] if you want to set something up.
     
  13. Ah, the first name of an historic explorer and adventurer, Merriweather, who ultimately died from the absence of uncertainty and danger, making Nietze's point that a warlike man, in a time of peace, makes war on himself.

    I made war on sheep. Rather they made war on me, but I told that tale in that other thread. It's part of those, Quests no game designer would ever submit and live, tales. It ends at something akin to Superman's Fortress of Solitude.

    It's all been, as Thomas (not Tom!) Wolfe put it, "...touched by that dark miracle of chance which makes new magic in a dusty world."

    So, my fresh friends, let's hook up and kill growling, grotesque critters together.

    Jonathan
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  14. Felonious Monk

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    Welcome back Sir.
     
  15. Lady Storm

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    First of all :
    WELCOME BACK!!!

    second : ask and thy will get help we have changed over the years to apreciate a returning player. 99% of our players on any shard will offer you a hand. Its a good game and we have the best players bar none of all mmo's out there.

    I moved alot off Lake A but if i got it you can have it.
     
  16. Tanivar

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    If you return to Chessie, my place is out the south gate of Luna at the far end of the first bridge. Drop a book in the house mailbox on the front steps giving me a time to meet you and I'll craft that gear for you.

    My bunch are Spellslingers and Crafters. Not a blade waver in the bunch, but they can make almost everything if they have the materials. Crafting has been whats kept me in this game. I'm more maker than breaker. :)

    If you want to send a PM (message), click on the name above the Avatar pic. The message notice is above the Mood bar at the top of the thread page.

    Have Fun! :)

    From your Avatar pic I think we're both on that side of the hill. :)
     
  17. <blush> Thanks.

    Not sure how folks hook up or what your callsigns are in the game, but I'm at the stage when I'm there a LOT of the time in the evenings. My callsign on LA is Eaglerock. I'm usually monitoring the General frequency....or checking the buffer when I'm otherwise occupied.

    "Excuse me, mister two headed monster thing, but I need to take this call..."
     
  18. Indeed, sir, ATOP IT! :)
     
  19. Hooking up, I'd thought, was simply the hardest thing to do in this game....it was in the past. Though I'm CERTAIN 99 percent of you did not grow up with The Lone Ranger, much less the TV western Paladin (link to its theme song is my sig) the cliche' response to the Lone Ranger's fine deeds was:

    "Who was that masked man?"

    "I don't know, but I wanted to thank him! He left was one of these: a silver bullet."

    The silver bullet remains in the culture, of course, probably more from vampire lore than the silliest western in the history of silly westerns, but that's how it felt. Folks would do really nice things for me in the game and then vanish, never to be seen - by me at least - ever again. Probably just was well. A vet wants to help a newcomer but he or she might be reasonably reluctant to have the noob try to tag along, like a kid brother, as the veterans' adventures continue.

    This time I see that comms are there but the radio of choice is ICQ - a variation of the old CQ - I seek you - of the ham radio days. Yes, there was communication with remote "friends" before there was an online world and your buddy list was the QXL cards (stuff you'd find in contemporary contact lists but in postcard form) tacked to your wall.

    I do not recount such things out of any sense of nostalgia, that delusional mental illness that, like a spell, makes your mind remember things differently from how they were. Rather, much of what we think of as new is not. It's simply gotten better and MANY more people use it.

    I noticed lots of the NPC surrogates for player vendors have ICQ numbers attached and folks here have been kind enough to provide their ICQ numbers. Clearly, as I've discovered, and you all already know, hooking up over Shard radio is next to useless. It's useful for folks having a conversation, but not for folks seeking you.

    With memories of keying dah-dit-dah-dit, dah-dah-dit-dah into my radio rig (Morse code for CQ), I downloaded this motherloving beast. UO has yet to devise a monster of such terrible power as the installation of ICQ. After half an hour of making it stop harassing me to do or add stuff, and uninstalling all sorts of crap it forced upon me, obeying the warnings of both Spyware Doctor and McAfee of additional stuff it was trying to do that I'd be wise to block, I'm finally on the air.

    645445933

    Well....since it acted like one of those kids everyone medicates these days, I'm making take a time out (not easy to shut the damned thing off) but I'm taking down the numbers you guys have given me and I'll turn the thing back on when I'm in the UO world again. I was left admiring your patience and courage for putting up with this in order to make UO more sociable.

    So who was that guy wearing the orc mask, riding a giant yellow insect?

    I don't know, but I wanted to thank him. He left me one of these: something called an Ornate Axe, made of a substance I've never heard of, that sings when I whack monsters with it.

    The stuff now in this game, and the astonishing variety of things each does, amazes me.

    Please excuse the goofy rant.

    Jonathan
     
  20. Stupid Miner

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    ICQ has gotten much worse lately after having been sold to some Russian company.
    You should ask around to find what alternative programs there are to use.
    I would do so myself, but... with hundreds of contacts on my ICQ list, it's easier just to stay complacent and mentally ignore obscene ads or pop-ups, or the 10,001 spam friend requests.
    ... I think I may have talked myself out of complacency just now. Will see how we'll Trillian works.
     
  21. Llewen

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    I am in my middle years, with a few grey hairs, and I grew up with The Lone Ranger, on both radio and T.V. I'm sure by the time they got to me they were reruns, but I nonetheless partook in their glory. :)

    Well I love helping people, but I fear I am an inveterate loner, so I would be the kind to bless you and vanish...

    I would humbly suggest that you ditch the official ICQ client, and try a third party client, such as Miranda. Your computer and your personal information will thank you... ICQ is throwing up a warning right now about the Miranda plugin using an old version of the protocol, but I would expect that will be fixed before long.

    Far less like a rant, and far more like a breath of fresh air. I'm only sorry you are on Great Lakes. If you feel the need to switch shards, I can recommend Catskills, and you can contact me at any time at 11893766.

    As I said, I would highly recommend Miranda. I myself switched from Trillian to Miranda not too long ago. And that's horrible news about ICQ, when did this happen? My strong advice is don't enter any personal information into ICQ that you don't want to share with the world and don't use it for any transaction which involves anything of value, in terms of the information being shared.
     
  22. Tanivar

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    Trillian is good for ICQ & AIM. All I use it for currently, though it will handle more chat systems.

    It is getting more & more overloaded with bells & whistles and control settings as each new upgrade(?) comes along. This last version, Astra, has hit the point of being annoying.
     
  23. Llewen

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    Oh yes, I failed to mention that my father was a ham radio operator. :)
     
  24. Stupid Miner

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    Which is why I chose the option of "bare bones" instead of "all the bells and whistles." :)
     
  25. Llewen

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    Not intending to start a chat client war here, but the wonderful thing about Miranda is that you can customize it to your hearts content. You can strip it down to the bare essentials, and less, or you can load it up with hundreds of plugins that do all kinds of wonderful things, and it is entirely free.

    I currently have a chat history plugin that allows quick access to all my chat histories, and can be searched. I have a spell checker with a Canadian dictionary (it used the same dictionary format as Open Office, so you can get hundreds of languages). You can make it look as funky, or as stripped down as you like.

    The only drawback is that it is a bit like Linux, because you can do so much with it it can take a bit of digging and setting up to get it just exactly the way you want it (if you are like me that is, an inveterate tinkerer). However it also works very well "out of the box", although the "out of the box" configuration is fairly stripped down.

    Oh, and I forgot one of my favourite things, if you have a G15/G13 keyboard/game board there is a Miranda plugin that lets you monitor your chat client, and even chat, with the lcd. It's perfect if you play full screen because you don't have to alt-tab in and out to respond to messages. :)

    I believe there is a similar plugin for Trillian, but you need to buy the full version of the client to use Trillian plugins.
     
  26. Well, it has not the consequences of the first utterance of the word, Miranda, in...say the film, Serenity ;)

    ICQ should. After my experience and my attempts to use it I say without a particle of hyperbole that it has become an industrial sized drum of toxic waste that lands on you like the bucket over the door trick. Downloading it is walking into the room. It fires browser bombs whenever you hit your inbox, it attaches its own toolbar to your browser that you need means other that Windows program uninstall to get rid of, makes itself your home page. In short it runs the course from the outright malicious to the annoying.

    Yes, I could just say it sucks, but I really like to swing a 30 ounce Louisville slugger when something once so useful becomes nothing short of malevolent. I, like many of you, used it years ago, and was shocked by what it has become.

    Skype has been my messaging software of choice the past few years for both text and voice, though I don't use the video despite vid becoming a ubiquitous feature on laptops and even three hundred dollar netbooks.

    I want to use what you folks use however. I'll try Miranda. Lag and lost packets have been terrible for me lately, though, thus I'm reluctant to add anything that might be a bandwidth drain.

    A player helped me out last night by going into a dungeon at my side. Good team potential there - the vet was a Mage and I'm a Paladin. What damned near got both of us killed, however, was when my connection to the host went Tango Uniform and I could not even select targets much less attack them.

    This veteran has been my favorite thus far. This was the second time we'd hooked up. Dressed like a gal - or maybe the clothes for his profession appear female - with the name of the legendary Mycenaean king who led the famed 1000 black ships to the shores of Troy, he crafted my outfit and weapons with an eye to both fashion and color coordination, along with protection and lethality. He led us into the dungeon to try the gear out.

    I'm still amazed we got out alive. It was the most fun I'd had since my return until that oh crap moment when all those critical left mouse clicks failed to register. A messaging program running as well would have made me suspect it as the cause but I'd murdered ICQ (IFU) prior to the engagement.

    Wish I had a connection that allowed vox comms while in-game. No doubt many of you do. For now I'd simply like an alternative to Shard radio to meet up with folks.

    I'll give Miranda a try if it also allows you to import and accept ICQ contacts, as that seems the ID of choice here.

    Damn, though that was a great outfit. Wonderfully studded tanned leather armor with a copper helm and sword, crafted with the Exceptional label attached, complete with all those odd ability and lethality extras that most separate today's UO from the original. Very cool :)

    Felonious Monk....damn, I could swear I've seen that call sign before, years ago....hmmmm......
     
  27. Llewen

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    It might require a separate plugin, but there is an import plugin, and now that I think of it, it does work for ICQ. However, some information you might find useful. Create your ICQ account first in your Miranda client, then import your ICQ contacts, etc. Do it in that order.

    It may seem obvious, but it wasn't to me... :)
     
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    Just installed Miranda and wow, lightweight, easy to use and no bloody adverts!

    Thank you Llewen for mentioning it. Looking forward to installing it on my gaming PC and hook up the G15 plugin. :D
     
  29. Llewen

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    You're welcome! I just discovered it a year or two ago and it has been one of my favourite things ever since. And there is so much you can do with it if you get into the plugins. Just taking a look at the most popular can give you a good idea of what's available and what you can do with Miranda.

    Did you know there's a X-Fire plugin for Miranda? I don't know if you use X-Fire, but if you do, I'd drop that client faster than an angry hornet. The X-Fire client is a pig and I've had loads of problems with it, but the Miranda plugin is lightweight and does just about everything the X-Fire client does.

    There's a FaceBook plugin that lets you use the FaceBook chat functionality. And so much more, including some pretty sexy skins and icon sets.
     
  30. Miranda was naked and shocked me. I went with Trillian.

    Okay, back to the topic.

    Having reached Terror More, or Boura Boura depending on what you encounter, I was wandering around looking for something other than innocent looking creatures that managed to either poison or paralyze me.

    Two Gargoyle players, resplendent in their gargish garishness, were hovering over a bridge, gently flapping their enormous wings. Figuring this was one of the few places to have a conversation, I said hey as did they. For some reason they knew my real name and they explained that business of imbuing things. In brief, it's what makes a ring and bracelet more powerful than a Halberd with a rocket launcher.

    They also explained this service contract business. Instead of finding the most popular humans in Brittain - master Smiths camped on the east side of town - handing them ingots and cash, and awaiting the healing and improving thunk-thunk-thunk that made your armor and weapons mighty, though still made of steel, now you hand a purchased document to an NPC. One of those brightly colored hoverers had been one of those east side "Under the spreading chestnut tree" guys long ago.

    Over the radio I'm hearing the chit chat of barkers...some had stuff for sale, some were buying. Their chatter was, of course, filled with those acronyms that annoy me so as I've yet to find UO Lingo-Trans 12.0...or is it 13. So I broke in, apologetically of course, to ask what PoFs and BODs were. Powder of F*ckign with stuff and Bulk Order Deeds....sorry, I forget with the F stood for but it followed the theme: magic everywhere. That's fine....just so a tyro knows, and finally this one did...a little.

    "We are the steel on steel, Lord Rahl," the D'Haran Captain said to Richard. "You are the magic against magic." Perhaps an obscure reference, but it was on my mind.

    A guy with the callsign SoulSeeker tells me to meet up with him at Luna Central (Bank). I figure he just wanted me to stop asking stupid questions for all the hear. I was wrong.

    "Have you been into the Abyss?"

    "Yeah....since the moment I started playing UO again."

    Then came five words, the implications of which I could NEVER have imagined.

    "I'll take you through it."

    Naturally, I'm thinking I'm about to tour something. "It," however, was the quest needed to earn your ability to go there. It, as YOU ALL KNOW, is not one of those Fed-Ex quests. Noooooo.

    He opens a moongate to I know not where. I waited for him to "change outfits," and in we went. Take an adventure game cranked to 11 and combine it with a console platformer with just a mouse for a controller.

    You've all been through it. Keeping stuff from melting you in acid while relying on acid goo spewing vines to melt walls, hitting switches to move big balls that cover keys. Then comes Wolf 359, but we're not engaging the Borg. It's worse than that.

    SoulSeeker had switched accounts to a Gargoyle magic user with a pet dragon - like a Gar from the above referenced fantasy novels - that was one TOUGH beast. Like terrified Allied infantry hiding behind tanks while attacking Rommel in North Africa, we followed the dragon but we certainly didn't chase it. I don't remember much after that....monsters made of water, other evil things, the fracking UO creature clearance sale amidst flashes of thunder and lightning

    I ended up under, around, or somewhere featuring a pile of corpses that made even seeing my ghost difficult. The mighty dragon and my savvy guide were still alive, the latter trying to find my ghost to rez me. Ctrl-Shift didn't help. It replaced the entire scene on the screen with labels.

    Now why did I have to ask the question that is the topic's name, I thought. He found me, though, and, somehow, I found my corpse amid the corpses. My horse was dead but I lose a lot of horses - too many to rate one that's lived long enough to have a resurrection capable ghost.

    The final boss battle was fun though. Both of us pouring the healing spells on the dragon as I waded in trying to find a dark man who, no matter how long or how vigorously I chopped him with one of those blue furious hit rate blades, simply would NOT GO DOWN. I think it became the most oft consecrated weapon imaginable as well.

    Finally he died, a gold key fragment appeared in my pack, my powerful guide instructed me to click it, and suddenly....it's over. The dragon was okay too.

    There were other things afterward....clicking a tree to get a seed...clicking the seed to get a rez spot....a room full of rats and things that all just had to die for fun rather than to complete a quest...it's a blur. In the end he invited me to become a Knight of Light (his guild) despite my abject cluelessness throughout the adventure.

    So....I know how to get to Ter Mur....and a wee bit more. Much of the Abyss is beautiful too. I ended the evening without a thought of old UO in my addled brain.

    Jonathan
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  31. Llewen

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    Yes you do have to choose Miranda's clothes for her, and dress her, I'll give you that. But you said you donated to her cause, and even though you may regret it, I am grateful. But Trillian also makes a fine dance partner. :)
     
  32. I never regret helping those little shops, or individuals, who try to make useful software....even if it's not useful to me ;)
     
  33. Saunders

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    Jonathan, I advise you to buy a spare horse, feed it and put it into stables.
    In a week's time you can claim it, feed it again, and its soul will bond to yours, and then it will be resurrection capable, and your friend for eternity (I hope).
    In the meantime, keep using the poor mortal horses. :)
     
  34. Uh....Saunders, I'm embarrassed to say this but I've been buying second horses, feeding them, and putting them into the stables for quite sometime but the one I'm riding never...ummm....lives out the week :(

    I employ the following approach to learning the game: if you see a creature, attack it. If it kills you quickly, avoid it entirely, unless you have help. If I manage to put up a fight before it kills me then attack it later. If I can kill it, why bother attacking it again?

    Great for learning....tough on the horses.

    Perhaps I need to buy three ;)
     
  35. Dang...it just now occurred to me....buy two and then, when the inevitable death happens, but a new one. Keep the original second horse in the stables. Can't stable the one I'm riding though...the only option I see when I click on NPC at the stables is Claim All Pets.
     
  36. kelmo

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    Jonathan. When at the stable, ask for a "claim list". *nods*
     
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    You can also "claim [pet name - no brackets]" if you happen to remember the name of your beloved equine... :)
     
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    You got it!
    To stable the horse you are on, first get off it....

    Then say "stable" or "stall" to the stable maid, and target your poor steed. It will disappear to its safe warm stall, and the personnel will charge you 30 gold. They say it's per day, but actually they only charge to take it into care.

    And thanks for your witty and perceptive posts.
     
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    LOL Good story about getting into and through the Abyss, Jonathan. Very refreshing!
     
  40. Ahhhh.....okay, so it follows the model of the bank...or, rather, "bank." I must say I was surprised when I was told by SoulSeeker that stables worked as the banks do. I was able to claim my spare steed at the Luna stables.

    I know this sounds powerfully stupid, Kelso, but when I saw the Claim List, I was puzzled. I was there to claim a horse, not a list, though I was a mite perplexed that they were making me take every pet I was keeping there. Seemed overly emotional to me, as if the NPC gal with the pitchfork was saying, "Ya want your horse, huh? Well, you take every damned animal you own while you're at it!"

    Initially I put thought into the name of the horse. I've owned, and love to fly, classic and antique aircraft. Horses an are even more antique means of travel so I gave them the names of venerable flying machines....Bellanca...Laird...Curtiss....Stinson...Ryan. My handle is the name of another: Eaglerock, as in the Alexander Eaglerock company that made wonderful biplanes in the late '20s and early '30s.

    Now I think I'm going to go with Marked for Death 1...Marked for Death 2....should start a pool for what number I'll be up to by the end of the month.
     
  41. Tanivar

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    <laugh>

    I tended to name horses, packers, & giant beetles names like Ogrebait, Monster Munchie, Burp, and such before bonding came along. Dang things would charge anything like they wanted to die.

    Any horse with half a wit would run from a dragon or other baddie. UO horses charge up and hop on the dinner plate. You'd think I was a bad master or something.

    Think I may still have Ogrebait. :)
     
  42. Saunders

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    You'll find a couple of problems with names with spaces in.

    You can give a name with a space in the CC (Classic client) only if you edit the original name "a horse" using the original space. I'm not sure what the status is of such names in the EC (Enhanced client) because it seems to have changed, and I can't at the moment face the idea of getting used to a new client. This means you can only have one space in the name in the CC.

    It's useful to have a few macros with pet commands in. They can be simple like -say "all follow me"- or complicated like -whisper "all follow me", emote "whistles"- , and they can also be pet specific, like -say "Bellanca follow me"- (Bellanca sounds a perfect name for an adventurer's horse.) However names with spaces don't work in such macros. That means you will need to use "all" in your pet commands for that animal. It's not a game breaker and there are workarounds, but it's something to bear in mind.

    Giving your pets names that mean something to you or to your char is a great way of making the game more immersing. :)
     
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