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[News] FoF: Prickly Publishes

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  1. Larisa

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    Posted to <a target="_blank" href=http://www.uoherald.com/news/>uoherald.com's</a> <a target="_blank" href=http://www.uo.com/fof/fiveonfriday102.html>Five on Friday:</a> <blockquote><span class=osi>

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    <font size=+1>FoF: Prickly Publishes
    </font> Jeremy Dalberg
    21 Mar 2008 17:43:05


    As a week in which I had considerable difficulty spelly my own name draws to a close, I present you with thoughts, musings, and the AoE spell that REALLY needs nerfing</p>

    "Why is this patch removing the ability to sell insured items?" </p>

    One of the biggest concerns we have is making sure players don't lose items to bugs. If you've ever experienced this, you'll understand why - the GMs can't replace them, and potentially months of work can disappear in a puff of bits. We've gotten a fair number of reports of items dropping to players' corpses even though they were insured, and we believe we've narrowed down one of the possible triggers to buying a previously-insured item off of a vendor.</p>

    It doesn't fail every time; there's no obvious reason in the code why it would fail at all. But we decided that the best strategy to prevent this bug from occurring was to eliminate that trigger as best we could, and that means requiring that items placed on a vendor not be insured. (Existing for-sale items are fine, however buyers may want to consider re-insuring the item themselves. As near as we can tell, trading insured items, whether via the trade window or just leaving stuff in your house for multiple characters to use, is also fine.)</p>

    Yes, this makes shopping in Felucca much more dangerous - a Bag of Sending might be a good thing to take with you when you're bargain-hunting! And we will keep checking the bug reports for other instances of the elusive Insurance Bug.</p>

    "Why are you un-nerfing Archcure? Why did you nerf it in the first place?"</p>

    Leruocian says:</p>

    "When we were looking into a flagging issue for archcure, we noticed that the cure percentage for archcure seemed very high for a spell that was only two circles higher than cure and it affected an area of effect. </p>

    So on paper, it seemed like it needed an adjustment. </p>

    However, there are other variables to consider as you all have pointed out. </p> [*] 1. Poison can be applied very frequently. [*] 2. Frequent interrupts can occur. [*] 3. A lot of our high end mobs use poison regularly. [*] 4. Players who like to play medic style characters would be drastically affected by [*] this change in peerless encounters. [*] 5. The spell casting time of archcure.

    And so on. </p>

    So after further internal analysis as well as reviewing all the player feedback, we've decided to put the cure potency percentage back to what you all are used to. </p>

    I didn't mind taking credit for leading the recent PvP effort which the team feels was highly successful. I'll also take the blame for the proposed archcure change. </p>

    Thanks again to everyone who expressed their feedback on this issue."</p>

    "I have a question about the spell weaving spell "Essence of Wind". How much does it slow the targets' casting? Does it go from 2/6 to like 1/6? Or what part of casting does it take off?"</p>

    It reduces Fast Cast by 2 * (1 + focus) That means that, with a focus of 5, it reduces FC by up to 12 (Fast Cast can become negative.) The Swing Speed penalty is -1 * (1 + focus), meaning it reduces SSI up to 6%. The alert reader may note that this is utterly insane, and we confirmed that it is, in fact, backwards. Look for this bug fix in an upcoming publish!</p>

    "Where are the faction changes and the housing changes we were promised?"</p>

    In testing, in the case of the faction changes - we're hoping to get those in to the next publish. Once they stop crashing servers, we'll give you some more info about them :) The housing stuff is waiting on a fix for the housing server that handles the test shards - without that, we can't test any of those changes internally or externally. So, with a little luck, the next publish should have both sets of fixes, and you should have previews of them much sooner than that.</p>

    What's To Come:</p>

    The new publish is up on TC for your testing and bug-reporting pleasure, and will remain so until early next week. Then it will take a brief tour through Origin, and, barring unexpected complications, be published to all shards. Once that happens, things will get MUCH more exciting...</p>

    Fansite News</p>

    UO Toolbar has been redesigned </p>

    Whispering Rose Radio has some events coming up!<b/></p>

    "The new studio is ready. Whispering Rose Radio is bringing the best game within a game to Europa!! Come join Howie SandManDel and Vana Mana Rose this Saturday March 22nd at 10pm GMT - 3pm PST - 6pmEST. Gates will be from West Brit Bank 30 minutes prior to game time. This is a weekly cross shard event meaning all gold paid out is delivered to the shard of choice. </p>

    We will be bringing many players from different shards with us to Europa. Some follow us weekly as we hold the game (at the same time) on different shards every week. Listen to Howie broadcast on <a target="_blank" href=http://www.wrrad.com/> Whispering Rose Radio </A>throughout the entire event. Everyone has an equal opportunity to be chosen as a contestant. </p>

    There will be 1 main contestant, 4 semi-contestants as well as 5 - 250k door prize checks handed out during the game. If you want to receive your winnings on a different shard just let us know and it will be transferred free of charge.</p>

    Check <a target="_blank" href=http://boards.stratics.com/php-bin/uo/showflat.php?Cat=&Number=6908912&page=0&view=collapsed&sb=5&o=&fpart=1> Here </A> for more information and pics.</p>

    *wink* Vana Mana Rose" </p>

    The K-D guild has a shard-wide event coming up on Napa Valley!</p>

    "Come join K-D guild as they hold their shard wide Vorpal Bunny Hunt on Saturday March 22, 2008. </p>

    Gates will be provided at 5:30 PM PST, behind both the tailor shop in Luna and in front of the Skara Brae Community Center. Participants will be gated to the large wheat field in Moonglow. </p>

    The hunt will start at 6:00 PM PST and last for 1 hour. Regs will be sold on site at cost.</p>

    All participants who remain the whole hunt will receive a grab box as they leave the field. </p>

    The prizes will consist of: </p> [*] 1st place: 500,000 and special grab box [*] 2nd place: 250,000 and special grab box [*] 3rd place: 100,000 and special grab box

    Remember, if you want your event or news item included in the FoF, send it to jdalberg AT ea DOT com. I'm expanding this to in-game events as well - if you run inclusive in-game events and want some love, send me the announcement!</p>

    Happy Friday, everybody!</p>

    Jeremy </p>
     
  2. David of FL

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    I have a question about the spell weaving spell "Essence of Wind". How much does it slow the targets' casting? Does it go from 2/6 to like 1/6? Or what part of casting does it take off?"

    It reduces Fast Cast by 2 * (1 + focus) That means that, with a focus of 5, it reduces FC by up to 12 (Fast Cast can become negative.) The Swing Speed penalty is -1 * (1 + focus), meaning it reduces SSI up to 6%. The alert reader may note that this is utterly insane, and we confirmed that it is, in fact, backwards. Look for this bug fix in an upcoming publish!

    [/ QUOTE ]

    Thank god, this spell doesn't get alot of press, but it really should be changed.
     
  3. Larisa

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    Yeah I couldn't get the link to work so I just left it out [​IMG]

    I'll go and find the right one and edit it in in a few [​IMG]
     
  4. Guest

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    Now we know why we can't place on test all this time.
     
  5. JoyousGard

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    I never noticed any changes to archcure.

    Someone who takes the time to post FOF questions... Please ask...

    "Why isn't Stygian Abyss mentioned anymore by anyone from UO?" That was supposed to be big, wasn't it?
     
  6. <blockquote><hr>

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    I have a question about the spell weaving spell "Essence of Wind". How much does it slow the targets' casting? Does it go from 2/6 to like 1/6? Or what part of casting does it take off?"

    It reduces Fast Cast by 2 * (1 + focus) That means that, with a focus of 5, it reduces FC by up to 12 (Fast Cast can become negative.) The Swing Speed penalty is -1 * (1 + focus), meaning it reduces SSI up to 6%. The alert reader may note that this is utterly insane, and we confirmed that it is, in fact, backwards. Look for this bug fix in an upcoming publish!

    [/ QUOTE ]

    Thank god, this spell doesn't get alot of press, but it really should be changed.

    [/ QUOTE ]

    hehehe ... well ... now that you've drawn it out
    arcane focus stands a good chance to ruin quite a few champs this weekend ... [​IMG]
     
  7. Lazarus Cain

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    much love to jeremy for NOT nerfing archcure!
    it would have proven a most unbalanced situation.

    but uh ...did i hear something about an event?
     
  8. Mostly quality content; thank you Jeremy.

    And when I saw this:

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    In testing, in the case of the faction changes - we're hoping to get those in to the next publish. Once they stop crashing servers, we'll give you some more info about them [​IMG]

    [/ QUOTE ]

    I became yet more intrigued about the Faction changes (and I was intrigued already).

    Doesn't that suggest substantial, pretty large changes? Or am I misunderstanding how things work inside computers?

    -Galen's player
     
  9. BadManiac

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    Good FoF, but I agree with one of the previois posters. Where is SA!?
     
  10. Guest

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    Thank you guys for halting the cure changes

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    "I have a question about the spell weaving spell "Essence of Wind". How much does it slow the targets' casting? Does it go from 2/6 to like 1/6? Or what part of casting does it take off?"

    It reduces Fast Cast by 2 * (1 + focus) That means that, with a focus of 5, it reduces FC by up to 12 (Fast Cast can become negative.) The Swing Speed penalty is -1 * (1 + focus), meaning it reduces SSI up to 6%. The alert reader may note that this is utterly insane, and we confirmed that it is, in fact, backwards. Look for this bug fix in an upcoming publish!

    [/ QUOTE ]


    This can't be right...I could have sworn I only reduce -2 FC with a focus of 1, which should be 2 * 2 = -4 FC, no? So what does "backwards," mean? The SSI change is reasonable [​IMG] and interesting...but -12 FC is a bit...excessive, if that's true, roflmao. What is thunderstorm? -36 fcr? :/
     
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    "Where are the faction changes and the housing changes we were promised?"

    In testing, in the case of the faction changes - we're hoping to get those in to the next publish. Once they stop crashing servers, we'll give you some more info about them [​IMG] The housing stuff is waiting on a fix for the housing server that handles the test shards - without that, we can't test any of those changes internally or externally. So, with a little luck, the next publish should have both sets of fixes, and you should have previews of them much sooner than that.




    What Housing changes???
     
  12. Stigmatas

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    This is awesome. They threw out the horrible ArchCure nerf, and the rest of the publish is awesome stuff. Best pub in a long time.

    Thanks to the team, and sorry for losin my [censored] in the other thread LOL. Good on ya.

    -12 fast casting...wow...that, that.....that sux lol



    I'd also like to clarify that the insurance thing on vendors makes much more sense. Jeremy really didn't state that it was ONLY the purchase of insured items that could possibly cause the bug. The way it was stated, I think, is what caused the uproar. No offense, but it just wasn't stated clearly enough I believe. With this new info, my issues, and I'm sure others as well, are pacified. A lot of us trade items between our own characters to use (crimson's, crystal rings, etc.) since they are so rare, that having them on every single character you play can break the bank.

    Sounds to me like its not an issue then, in those situations. Thats good stuff.
     
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    <blockquote><hr>

    The way it was stated, I think, is what caused the uproar. No offense, but it just wasn't stated clearly enough I believe

    [/ QUOTE ]

    Which is par for the course for Jeremy. Seriously, her history of being clear is sub par at best. Odd considering her job is community relations.
     
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    Good idea! [​IMG]

    Oh, wait... [​IMG]

    We nurfed Bags of Sending didn’t we? [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [/ QUOTE ]
    How many stones of insureable item ... were you planning on sending?
    [​IMG]
     
  15. Guest

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    <blockquote><hr>

    Yes, this makes shopping in Felucca much more dangerous - a Bag of Sending might be a good thing to take with you when you're bargain-hunting! And we will keep checking the bug reports for other instances of the elusive Insurance Bug.

    [/ QUOTE ]

    So, is there any chance that another context menu could be added to the vendor purchase selection. Perhaps buy(send to bank) ? Doesn't seem too unreasonable.
     
  16. <blockquote><hr>

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    The way it was stated, I think, is what caused the uproar. No offense, but it just wasn't stated clearly enough I believe

    [/ QUOTE ]

    Which is par for the course for Jeremy. Seriously, her history of being clear is sub par at best. Odd considering her job is community relations.

    [/ QUOTE ]

    I'm sure if given the opportunity someone would be able to find fault at what you do for your job as well. The same could be said for anyone.


    Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones. [​IMG]


    Especially when those who live in glass houses have a documented history of badmouthing just about everyone. [​IMG]
     
  17. NB-Cats

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    How bad do you have to be...

    I've been posting about this essence of wind for at least a year now.

    They even went out and gave us the math on all of it and still didn't consider nerfing it until today.

    It honestly doesn't get worse.
     
  18. Guest

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    I never noticed any changes to archcure.

    Someone who takes the time to post FOF questions... Please ask...

    "Why isn't Stygian Abyss mentioned anymore by anyone from UO?" That was supposed to be big, wasn't it?

    [/ QUOTE ]

    Stygian Abyss I think is to be realesed in june or july at the same time they fully open kingdom reborn! That is unless they for some reason push back the release date as they always seem to do!
     
  19. Guest

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    Very nice FoF.

    Thanks! [​IMG]
     
  20. JoyousGard

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    <blockquote><hr>

    <blockquote><hr>

    I never noticed any changes to archcure.

    Someone who takes the time to post FOF questions... Please ask...

    "Why isn't Stygian Abyss mentioned anymore by anyone from UO?" That was supposed to be big, wasn't it?

    [/ QUOTE ]

    Stygian Abyss I think is to be realesed in june or july at the same time they fully open kingdom reborn! That is unless they for some reason push back the release date as they always seem to do!

    [/ QUOTE ]

    Site your source! Tis good news, to be sure. How do you know such a thing?
     
  21. My own follow up question would be, how does resist affect the FC/FCR losses from EoW or Thunderstorm?
     
  22. Guest

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    I'm pretty sure resist will lower the chance of effect, from the tests I did...but, the effect, when successful, did not seem to be lowered by resist at all. In other words, sort of like whether or not the poison spell poisons you or not, is how I think these spells work. But, then again, I guess I need to throw out my results :/

    If anyone wants to test on test center, PM me, and i'd be down.
     
  23. Guest

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    lol I wonder how long it takes to fix essence in an "upcoming publish"... is that another term for "soon" and "on the radar"??
     
  24. nerf, oh great
    that word alone should be banned.

    nerf that, screw 5 other things up... never learn ?


    so now that your saying to USE bags of sending, how about changing that again so ITEM's ( non gold) only use one charge as it use to be ?
    leave it so gold uses more, or even make it cost gold instead of additional charges ( gold sink people should appreciate this idea) .

    and SA didnt that die with KR ? grin really it gets reduntant hearing about the same thing over and over, KR bombed hard, get over it.

    what housing changes ?
    factions might be worth trying again if it all works right [​IMG]

    pvp changes ? you meen the better dragons ?

    and still no word on those sandels everyone is talking about...

    better ideas for fixing insurance and vendors than removing it.

    issues/info that need to be in the FoF are being pushed aside, i know you read the message boards here at stratic's.... do you ignore the 'hot' topics that people care about ?
     
  25. Guest

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    Ok i missed totaly all about faction changes. So please any one can you send a link where i can se whats coming?


    If faction get it life back we will se alot of nice pvp coming.
     
  26. Arcus

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    <blockquote><hr>

    <blockquote><hr>

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    The way it was stated, I think, is what caused the uproar. No offense, but it just wasn't stated clearly enough I believe

    [/ QUOTE ]

    Which is par for the course for Jeremy. Seriously, her history of being clear is sub par at best. Odd considering her job is community relations.

    [/ QUOTE ]

    I'm sure if given the opportunity someone would be able to find fault at what you do for your job as well. The same could be said for anyone.


    Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones. [​IMG]


    Especially when those who live in glass houses have a documented history of badmouthing just about everyone. [​IMG]

    [/ QUOTE ]

    I'm entitled to an opinion contrary to what you pom pom wavers think.
     
  27. Guest

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    Can't wait to see faction changes omg, i hope its good, been waiting since pub25 for faction changes!
     
  28. Guest

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    Very nice FoF.

    Thanks! [​IMG]

    [/ QUOTE ]

    +1 *smiles*