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NEWS [UO.Com] Publish 84 to all Shards Tomorrow

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  1. UO News

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    Publish Notes
    2013 Oct 21 20:42 GMT
    Tomorrow (October 22,2013) during normal maintenance we will be publishing Publish 84. We have adjusted the Bards peacemakings AI per the feedback we have received. Along with the next phase of the global arc of the invasion please take a few moments to read the new fiction,

    Enjoy,

    UO Team




    Enter the Lady

    Walking through the den brusquely, the scarf covering his face flapped slightly in the ocean breeze. Despite his vocation he'd never been a fan of the Den...far too tempting for some of it's denizens to pull a dagger on someone without bothering to know they shouldn't...and while he could handle himself, he wasn't in the mood. Something of his manner must have put out that aura though, because he remained unmolested as he made his way into the tavern, and pushed the door open roughly. The loud noise and carousing ceased for a moment as all eyes turned to the door, but with only a moments glance all of them returned to what they were doing...save for one man, grinning at him through a face full of rotten teeth.

    "Oi, now there's tha lad I be waitin' fer." He slapped a grimy gold coin onto the scarred old table and folded down the dirty cards in his hands. "Yer come wif me, an we'll square yer away." He slapped a meaty hand on the man's shoulder as he led into one of the backrooms, and closed the door behind him. Inside, the man took off the scarf and dropped a satchel down that made a clinking noise as it did. "Yer din' have ter much trouble, now, did yer Ricky?"
    Shanty took a seat at the far side of the table as he spoke. His breath stank of ale and rot, and Ricardo wrinkled his nose into a sneer. "I didn't have too much trouble, but I do have questions. And if you answer them all and I like them, then those can serve as the bonus. If I don't, I'm walking out of here."

    The man seated at the other side of the table guffawed, laughing heartily while his face turned red. "I hope yer won't be walkin' ou' wif that bag, since yer already got 'alf yer pay. Bu' go'head an' tell a tale ter amuse Ol' Shanty, will yer?"

    "I didn't have much trouble getting in...and the trouble wasn't with the operation either." Taking a moment to glare at the craggy old man, he narrowed his gaze. "I don't have a lot of patience for not being told all the information, though. And I'm left with a question." He opened the bag, and dragged out a sword, and dropped it unceremoniously on the table. "And I think you're smart enough to know what the question is just from this."

    The sword on the table was a fine example...hammered Minocian valorite, a solid piece of metal with razor sharp edges...and a crest engraved onto the blade near the hilt. The crest was a square of alternating light and dark rays, eight of them in all, providing the background for an almost cross shaped design with a silver serpent wrapped around it. The symbology was something anyone in Britannia would recognize...and so was the central theme.
    Shanty looked over the blade and his sickening smile got even wider. "If yer 'ave tha', then yer must know yerself already. Did yer thin' we sen' yer ter some rich ol' noble's private dungeon or sumthin'? Don' ac' the innocen' now, Ricky."

    Ricardo scowled with his eyes narrowed as he listened to the reply. "If that's your answer, then I'm not sure I'd believe what you might have to tell me about what this is, then...because I've enough of an inkling to know its power." Ricardo slipped a beautiful gem out of an inside pocket, and was holding it in his hand. "And I'm certain I don't trust you or your benefactor with something like this. So I think I'll take my leave...and take this as mine for now."

    With that, Ricardo turned, but didn't manage to even take one step before a snap broke the silence in the room and his wrist was seized by a sharp pain and yanked him back into the room. He looked up to see that a whip was wrapped around his forearm, and a woman in black leather stepped forward out of the shadows where she'd been concealed by some form of magic. Her voice was sonorous and sultry, but held within it an undeniable edge that could be used to cut granite. "I think that perhaps you'll find that that belongs to me, my dear little thief." She knelt down with a serpent's smile as she pried the crystal out of Ricardo's hand, and unwrapped the whip, securing it back at her hip and peering at the crystal for a moment before pocketing it.

    "Run along, now. You're a smart boy, so I hope I don't need to tell you the kinds of things that might happen if you try and go against me." She pulled the thief up by his collar and brushed him off with a smile that belied the words she spoke. "I'll just leave it to your imagination."
    Ricardo was as pale as a sheet as he frantically stumbled out of the room, the woman's laughter mingling with Shanty's, and sending him fleeing to the gate as if he'd seen a ghost.

    Continue reading...
     
  2. MedeaDF

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    Woah! Ricardo FTW! :loser:
     
  3. Mr Nice ATLC

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    Can not wait! If players need a guild on Atlantic to run the invasions with you may be considered for ATLC. ICQ - 647700744
     
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    *smiles* Good timing...
     
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    I am pretty sure this fiction is written about me. :hula:
     
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    Could we maybe have a chance to test this before it goes world wide?
     
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    And what about their discord ability?
    It ought to cause trouble to tamers. :(

    I'd hate to see my tamer friends lose their favourite beast due to that.

    Otherwise, YAY! Can't wait to introduce my double axe to those miscreants and the defend the realm of the evil and fair Lord Blackthorn.
    All hail King Blackthorn!
     
  9. MalagAste

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    And what of the satyrs getting people guardwhacked????? Yet another publish pushed out the door too soon...... *sighs*
     
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    No. You may not test this change.
    Don't you remember? There's nothing to test in this publish.
     
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    Didnt Kyronix already say this is getting fixed?
     
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    Ive seen the stages, and i just look forward to the publish to come ww =)
     
  14. Kyronix

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    We pulled the provocation AI from the Satyrs. Forgot to mention that, sorry!
     
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    Also in another thread, someone posted mobs in Britain spawning in unreachable locations....

    has this been fixed as well?
     
  16. MalagAste

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    Bet not and I"m betting they spawn in the over 40 locations in Trinsic that have LONG been unreachable... thankfully the invasions won't be in Serps since we all know how buggy that place is.
     
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    Don't worry they fixed all the bugs, past and future, in the huge bug fix publish a few months ago.
     
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    cant you still just X axis bug yourself down into there?
    para field on self, log out and in and your downstairs.

    or has that been fixed?
     
  19. CovenantX

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    that's been fixed, but in that location you wouldn't beable to cast field spells anyway.
     
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    One thing they need to do before pub is make it so that 2 cities in each facet are being invaded
     
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    Otherwise you and Lord Frodo have nothing to complain about... oh wait, you will always find something. :p
     
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    Friend of mine got to 100 pts on origin few minutes ago.
    Very Cool Robe
    [​IMG]

    I'm up to 76 pts, so close...
     
  23. Eaerendil

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    How long did it take to get the 100 pts? I farmed hours and hours and may have gotten about 15 pts :sad2:
     
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    i would say 4 to 5 days of hardcore playing, would net you 100 items, it's not a easy task, takes lots of time invested!!
     
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    Good to know. I hope this becomes a permanent system or I see a lot of people that will walk away with no major items after hours upon hours of play.
     
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    So far no sign of any spawn on Baja. Found it easy on GreatLakes.
     
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    Ask for 'news' from the town criers
     
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    have, they have been announcing the Em events, but nothing on invasions. Ive had several people explore tram and fel and no sign of the it.
     
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    Ahhh, another event that I cannot do on my bard. Yay!
     
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    4-5 hours of hardcore playing to get desired item. my wife thanks you.... *sarcasm*

    yet another grind. why not just use the doom rng and drop the items instead of another trading stamp event.
     
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    It's already been said it will remain in the game (not necessarily the invasions, but the arties and turn ins).
     
  32. Uriah Heep

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    Ask around in chat, there are runes out there from longlong ago to the inside of the walls in several cities
     
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    Well, I'm sure I can still get in there... but with a captain and a group of minions in that small room.... I don't think I'd want to fight them in there.
     
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    Bard masteries still work, and got a Minax artie off my first Captain using Tribulation and a mare.
     
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    Well thats strange ... just logged in on Baja, and walked from the Minoc moongate to Vesper Ironwood Inn - and everyone seemed to be announcing things!

    Ran past a house, the Sherry statue kicked off :

    Some of the latest news!
    October Events Now posted in Baja Forums for your viewing pleasure!
    Hear ye! Hear ye!
    To Arms! To Arms! The City of Britain in Trammel is under attack!

    Got to the Inn and both criers joined in...

    Nadia: Some of the latest news!
    Nadia: Event 10/26/13- Losing my Head over You!- 7pm PST- Meet at WBB!
    Nadia: Hear ye! Hear ye!
    Nadia: To Arms! To Arms! The City of Minoc in Felucca is under attack!

    Dona: October Events Now posted in Baja Forums for your viewing pleasure!
    Dona: Hear ye! Hear ye!
    Dona: To Arms! To Arms! The City of Britain in Trammel is under attack!


    I never even needed to ask for news, they spammed me with it constantly :)
     
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    I dislike grinding too, but in this case, since I can see plenty of RP uses for items with Minax's stamp on them as well as the Blackthorn artifacts, I'm not too bothered.
     
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    As much as I hate Minax, I hate Blackthorn even more.
     
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    I was thinking the same thing as I read it!
     
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    And yeah I'll never trust Blackthorn again.
     
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    Peerless bosses are easier then these things doh!!
     
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    True that! I couldn't even finish the last scenario with any of my characters to get the salvager of the deep title so count me out of this one. I ran across a wizard captain today on my pure mage and even with several people (including two greater dragons) trying to help me stay alive I died at least a dozen times... when he says "I'm going to burn you to ash!" he's not kidding... after dealing with 200 or so chain lightnings I gave up and went fishing. ;) I'll sit this one out too, thank you very much! I just hope it doesn't go on too long!

    -P.E.
     
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    I really enjoyed doing the invasion on my shard, but yeah we got a problem. I don't want to be a "debbie downer" but if these captains continue to be as tough as they are...smaller shards are just going to throw in the towel. It took most of our shards population this A.M. almost 2 hours to just clear 1 town. How often do we really think that's going to continue? I say 3-4 days at most before the invasion is just done with besides the few people who think they can solo it.
     
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  43. Eaerendil

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    Good evening!

    First of all, I would like to say, that the invasions are really fun! I enjoy it! Thanks, Devs! Pretty cool innovations you gave us recently.

    Here is my impression: Started my first session at about 4 p.m., now it is 7.30 p.m. Played three and a half hour with my tamer with 2200 luck. I was able to join two invasions from the beginning to the end in those 3.5 hours. Each invasion gave me 3 or 4 drops, recently. So, I got 7 drops in 3.5 hours. I was fighting with a group of about 10-15 people. Each city takes long to clean up...

    If I am able to join 1 hour at a usual working day (which is much, because of family duties and other things), I would be able to 2 drops each day. I know, you need larger numbers to evaluate the chances. But its a try. Hence, I will need 50 days of grinding (when having 1 hour each day).

    What I want to say: This whole invasion, this really fantastic and exciting idea, makes only sense, if you let it turned on for about 3 months (or more!). Otherwise, it will produce much frustration.

    So, thanks again, Devs. I love it. I want that hooded robe AND the epaulettes. I need min. 100 days of daily grinding. It would be a very good idea, if you could tell us, if you are planning to let this invasion be turned on for 3-4 months. So we can decide whether it is worth grinding or not ;-)

    Thanks everybody!
     
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    As I've said before, after the Cities are no longer invaded the creatures, Minax artifacts, and Blackthorn artifacts will have a permanent home elsewhere.

    Glad you are enjoying yourself :)
     
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    Thanks alot, Sir! I really appreciate your fast and kind reply. That means: If I can only gather 50 items, because my child gets born in 2 weeks, I will be able to gather the rest of them elsewhere and to buy - together with my first 50 items - the robe? THAT would be very nice :)
     
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    This is awesome fun!!!!
     
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    Yes, and congrats on the new baby!
     
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    New Mag on Atlantic:

    [​IMG]
     
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    YOU make me happy!!! AWESOME!

    :danceb:
     
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    I am not sure if I like the invasions yet. I have only been to one so far. So I'll have to wait and see how it is for me personally.

    But 2 things that I know annoy me somewhat. First is luck having an influence on drops...just annoying. Secondly why does it seem lately that you cannot outrun these things. The halloween zombies are the same way. They stick to you like glue and are super fast! Makes trying to get rezzed, dressed or trying to manage attackers really difficult!