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Returning Vet with Questions about Crafts

Discussion in 'UO Craftsman' started by DHMagicMan_1, Aug 25, 2008.

  1. DHMagicMan_1

    DHMagicMan_1 Guest

    I used to do a LOT of BODs both Smithing and Tailoring, had tons of runebooks with every color ore marked etc....

    Now I return and find out that all the ore sites are randomized so none of the ore sites are valid, and even more confusing, for me anyway, is what's up with these different types of wood?

    Do lumberjacks and carpenters use different wood types now to make furnature or are the different woods only for fletching?

    Please help a lost soul.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Basara

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    1. Ore & wood were randomized to deter scripters who were hogging the high-end wood areas to turn in the wood to the library & museum collections (new content you also probably aren't aware of). Plus, ore had gotten WAY too common for the high-end stuff, because you could just recall to it. After all, when originally introduced, they were supposed to randomize (but they had it turned off for 5-6 years)

    Note, however, if a site typically produced about 80% colored ore each time you mined it, before the randomization (which occurs randomly after it is mined a few times - small random chance each mining), it will STILL produce about that much colored ore of whatever type the spot changed to (well, you have to use a prospector's tool to get Dull Copper from a site tht changed to normal ore, but you'd get about 70-90% DC from it with the PT, if it used to be a site that gave, say, 70-90% gold, before).

    So, go through your books, keep all the high-yield sites (whatever color they may be now), and just mine them for what you can get from them (using prospector tools, and if your brave enough, gargoyle pickaxes as well). You will be getting random or, but a lot of it, and will (especially using the two mining tools that bump ore type) get a lot of the ore of the type you want, just over a slightly longer mining trip. Plus, ingot prices have gone up considerably from this increased difficulty and the banning of some major ingot scripters, so you should get a decent price from selling the ingots you don't want to other people.

    If you left before Samurai Empire, you will also want to know about the Fire Beetle. It is a ridable beetle, but instead of a pack, it can be used as a replacement for a forge. You can smelt ore on it into ingots while in the field, allowing you to collect about 50 times the ingots you would have collected without a pack animal before, and about 10-12 times more than what you and a singe pack animal would hold before. You still need to have an anvil to craft or recycle smith items, but there are a couple places (Lakeshire, and behind the Britain Blacksmith Guild, at the minimum) where anvils stand without forges.

    2. As for the wood types, the information for wood weapons (and the skill to use the various woods in crafting) is the same for both Bowcraft & Carpentry - I've not had the chance yet to update the carpentry FAQ (spent most of the last month fixing some of the other posts, and completing the mining, bowyer, smith, and tailor FAQs).

    Furniture can be made with the various new woods, as long as you have the ability to make the item, and the skill to use the wood types.

    3. As for the status of the various FAQs, there was a mishap in the server hosting facility for Stratics back in May (someone grabbed our machine, instead of the one they were supposed to work on, and started a format - we're still converting the recovered data to the new forum software, and the profession forums have only been back a few weeks). In the weeks since the return of the profession forums, we've been attempting to modernize the FAQs (some of which hadn't been updated since Age of Shadows, or earlier), but it's a slow process.
     
  3. DHMagicMan_1

    DHMagicMan_1 Guest

    Wow! A LOT has changed. I remember way back in the DARK AGES there was a bug that let you get little circle forges and unglue them from your little cabin homes (back in the days of a single Facet) and it was a bannable offense to have a portable forge... now they gave them to us as ridables? LOL

    It's going to take me a long while to figure everything out again. It's tough to relearn UO after you've been playing WoW for the last 3 years or so.

    Thanks for all the info in these forums. I've learned a lot already and I'm sure I'm going to be coming back with more questions a lot in the coming days and weeks.
     
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    If you've been away long enough, you might also want to know about the runic tools - they changed them from the way they were when first introduced (you used a runic on the matching metal type, IIRC), to where you use them with any metal. Item properties are a bit confusing as well (love them or hate them).