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[News] It's a wonderful life: Idealism in UO.

Discussion in 'UO Siege Perilous' started by imported_Luka Melehan, Dec 25, 2007.

  1. I will add that the snowball area is not yet completed, but I will keep checking and let you all know. In the meantime: MERRY CHRISTMAS!
     
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    <FONT color="#000000" size="3" face="arial"> In the 1947 film, James Stewart plays a man who set aside all of his dreams to help his hometown community. We see not only the outward saintliness of such a person, but also the dredges of his discouragement, depression, hatefulness and despair. I mention this, not to belittle the greatness of idealism, but only to point out the pain that goes along with selfless love and giving. These types of individuals are few and far between. They are the Davids against the Goliaths of modern society, and most of the time, they do not win. They perservere on faith alone. Faith in the goodness of humanity and the worthiness of man.

    I have read and heard many discouragements about UO's Christmas gifts and some of EA's recent decisons so close to the holiday season. As in real life, the workings of indiviuals have a far reaching effect on an entire community. Many have found UO to be home and family, and fear that the powers-that-be are not concerned with thier welfare. Perhaps they are right. Perhaps not. Time will tell.

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    <FONT color="#000000" size="3" face="arial"> But there is one man, who has spent a lot of his own time to make the UO communitie's holiday cheerful. Most of you will know I speak of the explosive personality of Draconi. Because of timely EA changes, there was not the manpower to create and QA festivities on each shard. There is too much chance of mistakes that would lead to irrepairable losses. But Draconi went ahead and build us a wonderous Winterland as a test shard. As a test shard, any UO player can hop in, max his skills immediately and join in on the fun, without fear of loss of hard earned gametime on his own shard. I will point out also, Draconi has spent countless of his own hours working on this...time away from friends, family, christmas shopping and other RL festivities that most of us have been enjoying.

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    <FONT color="#000000" size="3" face="arial"> So, step with me into this cheery Wonderland....and don't forget your sunglasses!

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    <FONT color="#000000" size="3" face="arial"> First off, at the Bank of Britain, you will see decorations and special dye tubs. I suppose I should say 'SPECIAL' special dye tubs, for with them you may dye anything any color on the UO color scale, including the shineys and flourescents. Close by is The Tunnel of Love, with mistletoe that grants you something special when you kiss someone. A little ways north is a giant wintery christmas wishing tree. Many folks I know of are wishing for an NPC for Aeric, but whatever your wishes for UO are, this is one way to have them heard. Next to the tree on one side is a stage with musicians, and on the other side are two moongates. One leads to the party location and the other to the snowball fight arena.

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    <FONT color="#000000" size="3" face="arial"> The party was..outrageous. This was where the sunglasses would have been handy, for everyone was decked out as brightly as they could stretch those special dye tubs. Many UHall folks were in attendance, as well as shard reporters. Special appearances were made by Draconi and Jeremy, but anyone who thought to use this as an interview opportunity were quickly drowned out by a number of drunk mages and singers.

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    <FONT color="#000000" size="3" face="arial"> Later the party moved outside where Draconi had his old Luna cannons set up, but this time the ammo was green apples. And the targets were various EA staff, accountants and developers, who shouted out humorous excuses for all thier mistakes and happenstances. A trivia contest was then held in the upstairs of the bank, by Prince Caspian, but eventually had to be moved because of griefers.

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    <FONT color="#000000" size="3" face="arial"> Incidently, the party may be over, but loaded cannons still await anyone who has a grief against UO or EA, so hop on over and take your best shot!

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    <FONT color="#000000" size="3" face="arial"> As if this all wasn't enough, there is also the snowball arena. Folks can team up and have it out! So start trash talking your neighboring shards and lets make effective use of this opportunity. And when your done, I am sure Draconi could use a thank you. He has done all of this... for you.

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    <FONT color="#000000" size="3" face="arial"> There is a dark and light side to the idealist. They are discouraged that so many of us do not see the world as they do, that so many are blind to the light. As such, both sides of the idealist live together in disharmony, waiting for those rare times when the world can, for one moment... touch greatness. I have had the priviledge to get to know another idealist over the course of this year. I have seen his dark and his light and I love them both. For they are the makings of Hope.

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  3. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Can I just mention something that Jeremy referred to in one of her posts. Draconi did quite a bit of this from a laptop on a wireless connection at the airport.
     
  4. Guest

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    *applauds*

    (both Draconi and Luka!)
     
  5. Thanks Petra. I thought I had heard something of the sort, but was not sure enough to write it in.
     
  6. kahlia

    kahlia Guest

    Thanks for the write up Luka, very well done. *applauds*

    Are the festivities still happening, or is everything over?
     
  7. The party is passed, but you can still play with the cannons and I actually don't think the snowball wars have started