PLEASE REPLY TO THIS FIRST POST Otherwise if we have to remove a post, it could take a bunch of good posts with it. This thread is for posting any concerns about the specifics of the Samurai Empire expansion that you might have. Any posts that aren't specific - general rants about UO for example - or that are not questions or concerns for EA will be removed, while valid concerns will be added to this post. I'll be checking the thread off and on for new things to add. No one at EA asked me to do this, so it's not really official, but I figured it'd help the dev team to see our concerns summarized and in one easy to find place. Please keep in mind that this really isn't for discussing the new expansion, but rather as a nexus for communicating with EA. They may or may not answer, but you can be sure that they will read your comments here. I plan to keep this up for a long time so that we can collect new questions and information as more information is released. I may even turn this into a FAQ type document where each question or concern will link to the appropriate answer. FYI: Unified PvP system will not be added with this expansion. Please don't talk about it in this thread, as it has nothing to do with SE. Also, please do not post questions or comments such as "Will you fix all the bugs? Are you just out to make money?", as that is not constructive to the purpose of this thread. And finally, please look to see if your question or concern has already been added before you post. Thanks! So far, we have: New professions: - Concern that Ninja might flip out and kill everyone in UO - Will a Ninja template require 4 or 5 skills to be effective, like some templates do, or will it be more along the lines of a necromancer with only 2, which can be grouped with either a mage-focused template or a warrior-focused one? - Will Hiding and Stealth will be essentials for the Ninja skill? - Will Ninja be allowed to wear any kind of armor, or will they be forced to wear Ninja clothing only? - Is Stealth going to be turned into Ninjitsu like Entice was Discord w/ pub16? - Will we get some new systems with the introduction of Samurai? i.e. Factions where you can swear loyalty to one of the "Lords" of the new land. And if the NPC Lord decides to war another house you go to war with the opposing house? - Will Ninja have thrown weapons like shuriken, throwing axes or darts? - Concern that the new professions be as historically accurate as possible. New abilities: - Concern that Honorable Execution may be overpowered - Will Honorable Execution be for PvM, PvP or both? - Will all new abilities be melee based? (i.e. no love for the magic users) - Will there be powerscrolls for the new abilities? - Concern that popular 3rd party exploit applications might be able to auto-differentiate between your mirror images. - Will they be mana or dex based? - Does the lightning strike 50% hit chance stack with your normal hit chance increase? - How will Chivilary, Bushido and Ninja abilities stack in PvM? Can we expect to see EoO, Conscreate Weapon, Bushido (something), & Double Strike 1 hit kill Dragon, Balron etc...? The Takuno Islands: - Boats -- if/where they'll be allowed - Which ruleset will be enabled here? - Will you be able to sail to the new lands from Britannia? - Will lore be an important part of the new lands? - Will there be new quests themed on the lore of the new lands? - Will their be Japanese NPC's? - Will the Takuno Islands include many dungeons and areas to explore like Ilshenar, or will it include a centralized attraction like Malas? - Is the one town idea set in stone, or could more towns possibly be added? - Will recall/gate be enabled in the Takuno Islands? - Will there be any secret areas to find and explore? - How big, comapared to existing lands, will the new lands be? - Concern that two dungeons aren't enough. (Comparison made to Ilshenar's many dungeons) - Will there be any NPC villages or camps in the Takuno Islands aside from the major town? - Will the new Japanese city be set up like a normal city or Luna-Style [Mini-Mall in the middle surrounded by player houses?] New monsters: - Concern that new monsters should have some new or interesting AI - Hai Riyo toughness as an adversary, as well as what skill level will be needed to tame/ride it. - Does this mean we will be able to fly over water while on these new tamables? If so does this open up a way for people to fly onto other peoples boats? - Will we be able to put dragon barding deeds on them? - Is there any chance that mounts will get armor? (Decorative armor with no defensive/offensive bonuses.) - What are the names of the monsters in the "Surrounded" screenshot from the SE announcement? - Will there be more tamables other than the flying dragon? - Will we get any new artwork in 2D or just flattened 3D art like before? And if so, are there any plans to update any of the artwork we got in AOS and Third Dawn so that instead of squashed-flat 3D art we actually get 2D art? I am thinking specifically of the very funny looking demons, unicorns, kirins, and swamp dragons. Housing: - Too much new housing in new lands will dilute the player base - "Urban sprawl" as seen in Malas being allowed in the new lands as well, reducing it's adventuring and fun value. - Will there be new pre-built housing? - Will the old style roofs be made available for customized housing? - Are castles, keeps and L-shapes finally going to be customizable? - Will housing space be opened after the expansion has been released to all markets? - Concern that the new housing should be only allowed in the Takuno Islands. - Will the farm tiles allow players to grow food? - Will the roof of a house take the place of the top floor or be in addition to the 3rd or 4th level? - Will there be pre-sized plots with connecting roads so that players can build their own towns that look realistic? Crafting/Items: - Will their be any improvements to Dragon Barding? - Will there be significant additions to any crafting skills? - Will we get new craftables? If so, will their artwork be like the new tailored items--fur boots and so forth--that look different as static art but are just old artwork when worn? - Will there be any new crafting resources, the way we can now use bones to make bone armor? I'd really like to see silk introduced. - Will there be a BOD system implemented for a new skill, or any changes to the current BOD system? - Will new clothing types be introduced such as kimonos? - Will there be any Asian plants added for Gardeners? Misc: - How much will the expansion cost? - Were the screenshots taken with a new engine? - What are the plans for the current 2d and 3d engines? - Will placeholders be used for 2d users who don't buy the expansion? - Will there be additional new items (other than weapons) with an asian theme, such as fans, tea pots (would work like pitchers), perhaps even some asian plants that might not exist in the current array of gardeners plants? - Will there be new virtues tied to the new virtue shrines? - Will the new virtues be Japanese themed? - Will the server/registration site overload that takes place after most expansions be handled more smoothly than in the past? - Will the expansion include a separate new player code that is able to be used along side the upgrade code? - How will siege be effected by the new systems, skills, items, any gifts, and other potential things that could disrupt our shard? - Any physical extras going to be included in the expansion (like maps, or the figure from the LBR box) ? - Will there be any reward for preordering (like hooded shrouds) ? - Will this expansion bring any updates to the land/content of the old lands? (besides being able to use housing tiles and new professions, etc) - Will there be any new boat designs added with the expansion? - Will this expansion hit the shelves in Europe? If so, when? - Will the new expansion come with some introductory story and perhaps some events?