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NEWS [UO.Com] Ask & Answer No. 11

Discussion in 'UHall' started by UO News, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. UO News

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    From the Devs
    2012 Nov 19 21:39 GMT
    In addition to the normal set of Ask and Answer questions this week, there is also an interview! UO Forums did a very informative interview with the Ultima Online producer, Bonnie (Mesanna) Armstrong. There are questions that range from a typical day in the studio to future plans for Ultima Online, so be sure to check it out.


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    Question: The new 15yr Robes are a fantastic addition and reward for players being creative. i'd like to see this bcome more than just a 15yr event. have you ever considered holding art based competitions as well as writing? it'd be nice to see this sort of reward for submitting UO fan art too. (Treasure Seeker)

    Mesanna: After speaking with our Artist Onifrk he stated jpg, png or 3d files would be acceptable to do something like this. I really like the idea of this but there will NEVER be another contest like decorating banks.


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    When will I get my ridable Great Hart? Tameable, plase, and chance to find a white one, please. (Pcuvush)

    Mesanna: Ridable Hart, probably not but a special spawned hued one is a possibility in the future.

    Once there was the idea to add pixies as a playable race - there was a poll, if I remember correctly, dwarves and orcs as other options. Has this been shelved, or is there still a chance to add them? (Pcuvush)

    Mesanna: Right now a new playable race is not on the plans. I am not saying we will never do one again but have a lot of other things in front of it right now.


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    I roleplay as an orc on Europa (Xug'Klerg) and he wants to know if he will ever fully become an orc? We would both like this...(Velvathos)

    Kyronix: Adding additional playable races is an extraordinary task that requires a lot of development time due to the far reaching impact of such an addition. Consider how different gargoyles are than humans/elves and how they have their own equipment, skills, etc. So to do it right would take a great effort that may not benefit the entire player base as effectively as focusing elsewhere. There are currently a number of ways that players can roleplay other races (Which I’m sure you are already utilizing) so enhancing that ability would be more feasible than a full blown additional playable race.


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    Since the addition of the Raised Garden Beds into the game, the need for fertile dirt has increased. However as best I can tell, the spawn rate has not. I love my raised beds, especially when I can plant them all with the fertile dirt, I just don't like buying it in Ter Mur. Is there anyway we can get some more dirt? OR reduce the number of dirt piles it takes to grow each plant? (Kahlan)

    Kyronix: This is a reasonable request and will consider it when adding it future loot drops to various areas.

    Can you tell me how iron beetles are supposed to work? I thought they mined ore but when I bring mine out, it does not mine or do anything really. I've stood alongside mountains, inside caves (Where you can mine the floor), and still, it does nothing. The owner is a GM Miner. (Thumper)

    Misk: The Iron Beetles likes to dig up and eat ore so it tries to mine when it is in an appropriate area. They will attempt to mine in the immediate area at random intervals (maximum of 5 minutes). Sometimes they don’t like the taste of the ore that they dig up and simply leave it on the ground instead of consuming it. When the beetle eats ore, its body hue changes to the ore color that it has eaten. The Iron Beetle can only mine near valid mining tiles and the mining skill of the owner does not affect the types of ore that the beetle will dig up.

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  2. Cetric

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    An extraordinary amount of pvp and felucca talk as of late on the boards and otherwise, and still not a single mention of any of it.


    Just wanted to take a moment and point that out.

    Thanks
     
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  3. Poo

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    there has also been a extraordinary amount of talk about Petra's birthday and not one mention of a coloured hued Petra OR a ridable one.... the dev's just dont care and/or listen to us!

    hehe
     
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    I would rather wait until something is made benifitial to everyone than something just being thrown together we may not all agree on.
     
  5. Logrus

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    Don't feel bad man, for SA, I tried to pitch rideable nobles, but couldnt get the higher ups on board.
     
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    I'd have to see pics or it didn't happen.
     
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  7. Cetric

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    A Rideable Petra is what you want ehh? Does petra know of this? Are you trying to tell us something?
     
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    Careful...
     
  9. Good Grief

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    I'd like a rideable Petra :smooch:
     
  10. Uriah Heep

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    Can we have a contest about FINISHING the ones that were started and then dropped by the wayside? And perhaps even using the CORRECT design that was submitted, instead of the wrong one?
     
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    PvP?????? Felucca?????? What's that? There is no need for that in UO.
     
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    You can already turn your character into a "full fledged" orc in the EC via the Body Sculptor NPCs... and could since the Kingdom Reborn Client was in use... just sayin'
     
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    I really like the idea of this but there will NEVER be another contest like decorating banks
    And may I ask why haven't you finished the ones that were submitted and who had won, seems that the developers cannot finish something's they started.
    I don't know of any other shard which is not finished but this particular bank is on Legends
     
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    Yes please please please Mesanna come finish Brit bank, it was started and never finished, and while you're on Legends can we have a prettier Luna bank too? We all feel like Legends gets left out of a lot of stuff. Our Brit bank never got finished, yes I know the person who started it is gone now, and it's not anyone's problem to fix but we'd like a moongate and some benches and flowers too, we've waited years and we've been really good.... well mostly good.... ok we tried to be good.... ok we'll try harder in the future. :)



     
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    *signs petition to get Legends Brit bank finished and with the correct design.*

    Only seems right to award what was promised.

    I, myself recently realized I had screwed a contest winner. I cannot change that but was quite ashamed and did what I could to try to set it right. My point being it is NOT TO LATE.
     
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  16. Coldren

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    Might be simplest to make a permanent Polymorph potion that turns them into an Orc, and can be undone if they drink another.. More universal than a face remake in EC. Technically, it could just be treated like a permanent buff. Craftable by Alchemists.

    I suppose this could technically be done for any of the Polymorph options.. Player Liches, etc.. They always look the same as what the spell turns them into, unable to change their appearance through equipment, but might not be a bad compromise.
     
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    We can be orcs now, anyone remember the orc flippers from a while back? work from that, and make them available again to whoever wants to be an orc. Should be able to work the coding a little to make lich, troll, whatever yta want
     
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    Apparently it took 2 questions the squash the orc questions! Nice!
     
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    Only if the permanent morph form be able to ride mounts, because as it is right now, a polymorphed player cannot ride any mount ... Ps : as I think more about it, a orc riding a horse does not look very RP tho lol ,
     
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    Exactly what I was thinking. :)
     
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    An Orc on a black hued boura...or ridgeback
     
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    Hehehe normally only post on more serious threads that I feel I can contribute to, but this one is just FUN. I must admit I really do miss seeing all the Orc players from back in the day. Not only where they a great bunch of people, but man they looked cool doing it also... the orc helm has to be up there as one of my favorites. If you think about it Orcs in general are great NPCs they have such a wide variety of skills, abilities, and looks, I almost always enjoy fighting them.

    *Orc's on Swampies (not a huge fan looks wise personally), Beetles, Ostards, and Cu Sidhes would all work in my opinion, I can definately agree with you on the horse issue. I'm sure I am missing some and will admit lore wise they might not all make sense (I'll leave that to the experts), but I for one can certainly picture it, and it makes me smile.*
     
  23. Tazar

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    My orc rides a Warg (Cu-Sidhe) that's bubble-gum pink... it clashes horribly with the green orc. I just use the Mask of Orcish-Kin to complete the character look. I do wish the mask were properly craftable/enhancable/imbuable/reforgable though...
     
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    I think you missed a publish note somewhere. You can make orc masks, reforge them and imbue them. Can't enhance though, they're cloth, not leather.
     
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    Maybe devs could make colored cloth with properties hehe much like the leather
     
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    Would be awesome!! I second this! But rather then resists maybe magical properties..mana regen/casting focus/int bonus..since cloth is technically for mages :)
     
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    But what would drop lets say barbed cloth ? a Greater Sheep ? lol

    Im kidding maybe they could add colored cloth with the tailor bods
     
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    A Velcro monster? :p
     
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    I have a cool idea for tailors, let them craft costumes. Similar to polymorph for mages, tailors could craft lich costumes, or for those wanting to role-play as orcs, an orc costume :)

    It would be more permanent than polymorph in the sense that you'd remain in that "form" for as long as you're wearing it. And, of course, anyone could wear it.
     
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    I had no idea that this was even an issue.

    And the felucca content requests get harsh jabs. Geez.....
     
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    I like the barbed cloth hehe ..no I was thinking more along the lines of farming mages..evil mages, juka mages pretty much any human type magical character u can cut up their robes and make "magical cloth" (which the universal cloth) then enhance them with magical gems (arcane stone for lrc) etc etc
     
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    This is something that the KR client allowed, but was taken out when KR was retooled into the EC. Several homeowners found expanded ability quite useful.