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[Mining] Returning miner looking for advice

Discussion in 'UO Craftsman' started by QII, May 3, 2012.

  1. QII

    QII Adventurer
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    Jun 5, 2003
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    Hi guys and gals,

    When I last played UO you were able to mark runes at certain ore types, but I read you can't anymore because the ore types shift around. My question is....how did the miners adapt to this and how do they go mine specific ore types??

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  2. CorwinXX

    CorwinXX Crazed Zealot
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    Aug 8, 2011
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    Veins still exist but they change often. I don't know how often but every time you mine a vain there's a chance it will change. So you still can mark a "veins runebook" but you will need to renew it pretty often. My fillings is like you usually dry a vein 10+ times before it changes.

    You also can use prospector's tools and gargoyle pickaxes to upgrade vein. I never mark veins because I can upgrade iron to shadow. Shadow ingots nowdays often are more expensive than gold and agapite ones.
    100 magery + mage weapon + 70 tactics/anatomy is enough to kill fast any elems summoned by gargoyle pickaxes. And additional 25 ore from a corpse doesn't hurt.

    With a fire beetle you can mine 3.5k ingots per an hour using prospector's tools (or 5k without).
    How does prospector's tool work?
  3. Basara

    Basara UO Forum Moderator
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    Jul 16, 2003
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    Also note that if you have ore books, the runes are still useful if you sorted them out for high-percentage, high-count veins.

    If, before randomization, if a spot typically put out 20-30 ore, it will still put out 20-30 ore when mined.

    If, before randomization, if a spot typically gave out 60% colored, 40% iron ore, those percentages will still hold true, though if the spot's currently iron-only, you'll have to use a Prospector's tool and/or Gargoyle's Pickaxe to get the colored ore. (Note: the devs that wrote the description of Elves for Mondain's Legacy mistakenly thought that all ore sites gave 40% colored - anyone who's ever mined knows better. I've seen spots that regularly only gave 10% or less color, and others approaching 80-90% color, every time they were mined).

    So, if you kept fine-tuning your books for the best return per trip, the resulting runes are still going to pay off big-time - just random ore color.
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