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Letter from the Live Team

Discussion in 'UO Europa' started by Guest, Feb 7, 2008.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    To save everyone venturing into UO Hall:
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    A Letter from Live


    Hello everybody! On behalf of the newly formed Live Design team, I’d like to take a moment to introduce ourselves and our goals for UO.

    The Team
    Allow me to present our newest designer: Adida. She joins us from the world of Game Masters, where she served most diligently and skillfully before relocating with our group to become a designer. Even in the short time we’ve worked together we’ve managed to accomplish a lot, and I’m looking more and more forward to what she can do!

    For myself, I started out as a junior designer on UO back in 2005, right after the release of Mondain’s Legacy. Since then, I’ve been bouncing back and forth between groups as needed, and also contributed some of the larger systems for the live events. You may remember me from such disasters as “The Ophidian Invasion,” “The Destruction of Haven,” and the “The Fall of Magincia.”

    We’re relatively new, but growing! We also have the advantage of having old friends like Leurocian around (who have their own responsibilities now), and in the grand tradition of Ando and Mesanna, you’ll probably be seeing some new faces from the production staff appearing on test centers.

    In short, having a chance to actually work fulltime on the live side of things is an exciting and daunting prospect. So without further ado, here’s what we’re up to:

    The Mission
    Our mission is to provide UO with the greatest content and gameplay publishes possible. This means Bug Fixes. Balances. Enhancements. New Content. It means delivering a plot arc the likes you’ve never seen, with a dedicated events team who’re passionate about not only UO’s history, but Ultima’s itself.

    Those are pretty direct statements, so let’s explore their impact:


    Bug Fixes, Balances: UO is a brilliant world, thanks to both our fervent community and the years of development the team has given her. UO is also complex: we need to fix the bugs. We have longstanding issues and completely new problems that pop up on a weekly basis. Critical issues that interfere with your enjoyment of UO are as intolerable to our team as they are to you.

    Just to be clear: our focus is server bugs, not client. While larger systems will take some time, there’re things that need to change immediately – which leads us to our next topic.
    Cheating: We hate it as much as you do. We can’t disclose our plans or methods, but be assured that removing exploits and keeping the game fair is a top priority for the Live team. As far as the cheaters themselves? Some of you may know what I can do with a lit match and some blackrock. Expect burned out shells where treasure vaults of ill-gotten gains were once held. Allow me to reiterate: cheating will not be tolerated.

    Please report anything you see through the in-game petitioning system, and larger issues to Jeremy through the Feedback system on the Herald.
    New Content: UO thrives on new content. Britannia was designed as a world, and everything we add to it, permanent or no, leads it further along that path. We’re not only excited about the coming event arcs, but also just the fun, interesting things we can do.

    This Valentine’s Day was the first project we all had an opportunity to work together on, and we think you’ll be pleased with the results. Having a live events team again is, I believe, one of the strongest parts of our initiative. After all, Adida can’t wait to show you the surprises she’s prepared for you!
    So in closing, I just want to say how happy I am to have been extended this new opportunity on UO: the game I love. Being able to work with people like Leurocian, Mesanna, Adida, and all the new people I’ve met here is an honor, and I can’t wait for you to get to know them better too.


    Yours,

    Tim “Draconi” Cotten
    UO Live Lead Designer


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  2. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I'm not going to get all exuberant over a few words.
    Without wishing to sound too dramatic, or Uhall-ish, the devs haven't exactly been putting up a shining front.

    At least they're talking to us, though.
     
  3. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Our pyromanic dev is keeping his promise.

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    As far as the cheaters themselves? Some of you may know what I can do with a lit match and some blackrock. Expect burned out shells where treasure vaults of ill-gotten gains were once held. Allow me to reiterate: cheating will not be tolerated.



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    currently on Napa:

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    And Baja:

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    Burned down houses with a scarecrow in the middle named 'effigy of a traitor'
     
  4. Guest

    Guest Guest

    and about bloody time too, well done that man!
     
  5. uk_crafter

    uk_crafter Guest

    Nice letter, but tbh I've heard it all before. I think the only way this Dev team are going to regain some of the players trust is to just get on with it. There are bugs out there that are THREE YEARS old.

    With regards to bugs and exploits, I want to read about what you have done, not what you are going to do!

    Nice touch with the burning house by the way. It's good to see that there is still someone at the helm who has the ballz to punish these lamea$$ cheaters in such a public way for all to see.

    I think back to the days of the public be-headings and scoundrels in the stocks. Forget players human rights and all that PC rubbish. It's your game and if they break the rules that should entitle you to punish them as you see fit!

    All that houses owned by OSI for YEARS at a time rubbish just damages the Dev's credibility when it comes to dishing out punishment to offenders. Everyone knows who these guys are, so lets SEE them in game getting a right good thrashing for their crimes. Heck, I can beat the crap out of a player, blood everywhere and even a dragon, but I can't take a free swipe at an exploiter locked in the stocks!

    Make it so please and if they don't like it then they can always spend some of the cash they made from exploiting and take it to a Judge. I seriously doubt ANY exploiter would, EA has deep pockets and needs to show cheaters they have teeth as well..............