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[UO Herald] Coronation of Lord Blackthorn

Discussion in 'UHall' started by UO News, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. UO News

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    2012 Oct 08 19:50 GMT
    Please join us in witnessing the Coronation of Lord Blackthorn the New King of Britannia, on your resident shard. This re-enactment is for all the citizens that were not able to join us for the live party in Va.


    Baja 10-10 @ 10pm EST

    Catskills Not Announced Yet

    Chesapeake10-10 @ 8:30pm EST

    Lake Superior Not announced yet

    Legends Not announced yet

    Napa Valley 10/11 @ 7pm PST

    Pacific 10/11 @ 7pm PST

    Siege 10/14 @ 3pm EDT

    Sonoma 10-8 @ 9pm EST

    Drachenfels 10-10 @ 2pm EST

    Oceania 10-14 @ 6am EST


    Please check with your town crier for additional information regarding your shard's events.

    Continue reading...
     
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  2. NuSair

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    Shame this was posted after the event has already occurred on multiple shards.
     
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    I feel as if they jacked my list.
     
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  4. Ron Silverbeard

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    And you didnt get the monstrousus amount of 10$/hour max 20 hours a month for it!
    CLAIM IT man, CLAIM IT! ;)
    At least you can say, you did a great hjob for the community putting the list togehter AND for uo.com
     
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    Gathering my rotten fruit!

    Boooo!
    Down with the Usurper!..
     
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    Ready, Fire, Aim...
     
  7. Spellbound

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    Reload...we have a misfire:

    "Napa Valley 10/11 @ 7pm PST" on uo.com and


    Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
    Coronation of King Blackthorn
    Tuesday October 9th, 7pm PST
    Gather at Castle Blackthorn
    Black Tie Attire is Expected!

    Different day on Stratics Napa Valley EM Forum?
     
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  8. Please post the Oceania time in its local format.... it's 9:00 PM AEDST.
     
  9. Spellbound

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    Ok, aiming is a bit better now, date revised to match Stratics, now on 10/09. Thanks!
     
  10. Adrianas

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    Does this mean that Siege will get the spiffy new Blackthorn castle that everyone else already has? I sure hope so! I think they gave up on us mid-way through the events.

    Siege 10/14 @ 3pm EDT
     
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    While we can't build Blackthorn's new spiffy castle on Siege (without rebuilding the entire thing, brick by brick, from the ground up), some improvements have been made to his old digs to be in more in line with his regal duties!
     
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    I picked up one on Atlantic Sunday and I'll hang on to it for a while to see how it goes. If he proves himself to be a worthy King, I'll use it in his honor. If he proves himself to be a fraud and puts hardships on the citizens of Sosaria, I'll figure out a way to have it burning on my front lawn. Time will tell.
     
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    Lord British....... *gulp* Died??? Wth... I've been here and gone and here and gone for over 12 years, but I don't remember him dying :( In what expansion did he die?? Thanks...sorry, I know this isn't the right thread, but maybe someone will give me the "short version" of what happened to Lord British and why we are having a coronation for Blackthorn!
     
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    He did not die.

    Worse than that, he went to the Ethereal Void to guard an artifact from Minax.

    This was kind of a bad decision.

    At the time folks suggested, but I can't possibly confirm this, that this was a deal with British's player, Richard Garriott. Garriott let them use British to finish out a storyline, but not after that.

    The rulership of Britannia has gone like this, as far as I can tell.

    British to Royal Council to British to Royal Council to Casca to Dawn to (crappy and ineffectual) Council t0 Blackthorn.

    -Galen's player
     
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    Can we now have plate armor with an ankh emblem on the front, please?
     
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    And nobody could step up and address this? Even the Twitter page showed it as the 11th:

    Twitter / UOEMEvents: [Napa Valley] Coronation of ...


    So many of us on Napa were screwed out of the coronation because of a typo.


    Awesome.
     
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    Umm...it's heartbreaking to see this...ummmmmm
     
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    The time on UO.com was edited within an hour of Spellbound pointing it out (post #9). Unfortunately posts are auto-tweeted when published, but not when edited for corrections.
     
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    Dang, shame, EMs should have put a book down or popped on during the wrong scheduled time to explain.
     
  23. Nimuaq

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    uo.com should have announced the change, as you do when you move a date earlier, and while all of these announcements contain a link to the original announcement (which now shows the correct date), we should should have checked about the date too. In any case, we have contacted four players, and hoping to find others as well, so that if you join Catskills or Lake Superior coronations, we will transfer your event rewards to Napa Valley, details here: Coronation of Lord Blackthorn - to the ones who missed | Stratics: A Career Path in Gaming
     
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    Very noble of you, Nimuaq
     
  25. Woodsman

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    Would like to thank everybody involved for leaving the gate on LS open for over an hour, was able to get plenty of thrones, one for each character. Was unexpected, and I am grateful, I know on some shards people were getting confused, following the EMs out to the bridge, only to have the EMs double back to the castle/courtyard and open a gate while they waited at the bridge, gates were being closed within a few minutes, people were only getting one or two thrones, that kind of thing. Glad it was sorted out at the end.

    They listened to us, so thanks! :thumbsup:
     
  26. popps

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    Now this is REALLY disappointing as I see it !!

    Was it announced that LS would have a Gate left open for an hour or did other shards have this "special" attention ? Not to my knowledge.

    I do not think it as right to change rules in the middle of the race if that is what happened. To my opinion, ALL SHARDS and ALL PLAYERS should be subject to the same rules which should be set BEFORE they get applied and NOT after some shard has already experienced a harsher treatment only to see other shard or shards experience a more lenient treatment.

    It is not about the throne, it is about different treatment of players on different shards. I got the throne but I have seen players on my shard who were late of a few minutes and missed the gate which was only open for a few minutes. To see that some players on some shards were left empty handed because the Gate was too short lived while on LS players got multiple thrones thanking to the Gate being left open for an hour, cannot find me in agreement.
    Don't get me wrong, I am all happy that all players can get their Throne and the more the better since it is a remembering of an important in game event like the celebration of a new King.. But to my opinion, to have the Gate last a short few minutes on all shards but LS where it was up for an hour this is just not right towards all of the players who attended the Coronation on those other shards.
     
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  27. Woodsman

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    I'm disappointed that LS didn't have the warning that some shards had - we had a couple of days notice that it would happen Sunday night.

    However, you should be most disappointed about how this event was announced and how some of the times were mangled. EA wouldn't keep the UO.com times updated, some EMs have websites, some don't, some people were looking at fansites because EM websites or UO.com had issues with times, some town criers hadn't been updated in weeks, etc.

    To paraphrase somebody else: "95% of the complaints could have been alleviated if this had been announced a few weeks in advance on UO.com, if UO.com was the source for all times, if EA would spend 5 minutes a day keeping the times on UO.com updated, if the EMs and players both referred to UO.com, and if the behavior was consistent across all shards. "

    I agree with that sentiment exactly: UO.com should have been the ONLY trusted source for times and it should have been kept updated.

    I was fortunate enough to participate in the majority of coronations, and I saw so many different things going on. I saw screwed up town criers. I saw EMs run out to the bridge with followers in tow, and then turn around and run back, and players were left hanging at the bridge wondering what was going on, then somebody announced their buddy said the gate was being opened in the castle or courtyard, causing everybody to have to rush back, etc. I saw EMs properly attired as Blackthorn on some shards, and then with some kind of mangled red shading Blackthorn costume on others. I saw people running towards gates that were closed in their faces after only being open a few minutes.

    It was a cool event, but there was absolutely no reason for there to have been such inconsistent behavior at all levels.

    This was not some kind of small event being held by an EM on a single shard, this was a game-wide event that signaled a close to a major scenario and that changed the game's lore significantly.

    While I liked the event a lot, there were some simple things that should have been done from the beginning.
    1) It should have been announced two weeks in advance, instead of some shards finding out with only 2-3 days notice (LS had less than 3 days warning), or players finding out after the event was over.
    2) UO.com should be the master site for game-wide event times. No playing guessing games if times are different or not listed between UO.com, EM sites, and fan sites.
    3) Town criers on ALL shards should have been properly announcing the event.
    4) If EA is going to allow a third party site to host the EM websites, there should be a consistently updated website for ALL shards.
    5) The events should have been consistent instead of everything outside of Blackthorn's speech looking like it was being made up on the fly.
    6) Blackthorn should look the same on every shard.
    7) Gates should be opened in one place, rather than EMs literally dragging players back and forth as if it's some kind of "keep up with the EMs" game although one EM told me they were trying to make sure people who were hanging at the bridge and the courtyard saw him or her so that they would know the gate was about to pop. Unfortunately, it served to confuse many people, since it could be easy to lose the EMs in a crowd of dozens of players unless they were constantly doing all names to make sure the EMs were nearby.

    If you were a new player or somebody thinking about coming back, this would not look good.

    This was a 10-15 minute event with no action outside of EM's roleplaying two characters with a 5-minute speech and popping a gate to a statue, not some massive boss fight that took an hour and meandered throughout a large area, interspersed with other things happening.
     
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  28. Olahorand

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    This event was indeed different on the shards, I managed to take part on Europa, Drachenfels, Siege, Catskills. (Others were impossible due to time zone issues.)
    Europa:
    Missed the gate here because followed the stream of incoming and returning players to the wrong end of the city and did not know about gate at all at that time. A friendly player donated a throne deed to me later, so that there is now one in my house there. Thanks again.
    The coronation room in the castle was very well prepared - rows of seats for the players, in the first row famous NPC characters like the Gargoyle queen. Food on the tables.
    After event was an archery contest hold by Dupre and the EM in the garden of King Blackthorns castle.

    Drachenfels:
    The event happened, the texts were spoken, the gate to the statue openend - end of movie as far as I have seen.

    Siege:
    The event happened, Lord Dupre and Blackthorn responded also to players directly, gate opened to the statue, where bad thieves stole the throne deeds from some players showing that King Blackthorns words to protect the people are not worth much on Siege ... Nothing else.

    Catskills:
    The event happened, the people acting as Dupre and Blackthorn were also responsive to players and did stay in the Statue room area for a while chatting with players.

    So in my opinion on Europa the event was best prepared, on Catskills at least it was more than spooling the script and bye bye event.

    Maybe my expectations go to far - but the EMs on some shards could do better.

    (That there are differences between the EM engagement on the shards, you can see also (I assume) if you compare Luna bank and gate area on Origin with the Halloween related decoration on your shards.)

    *Salute*
    Olahorand
     
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    Well on Pacific Dupre said WOW!
    I liked it ;)
     
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    On Siege he took a bath in Gold *grins*
     
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    Yes i have seen that hehe
     
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    On Drachenfels I filmed till people were getting thrones. I got one. The EMs went on afterward to attend a memorial event for a lost player. I didn't feel it appropriate to film that.
     
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    That's absolutely ridiculous. Atlantic and Europa the gate was open for 3-4 minutes. Sonoma about 10 Minutes which was more than enough time to run all my characters on 2 accounts.

    The EMs need instructions and guidelines. How it works on one shard should be the same for all the others.

    There needs to be consistency among all the shards.
     
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    Call me crazy but I was at the Atlantic coronation and it seemed to me that the gate was open a LOT longer than 3-4 minutes. Like 30, it seemed to me. Heck, it took me longer than 3-4 minutes to find the darn statue (I had gone the wrong way to the wall). And I saw people coming in and out of the gate the entire time. Many of us stayed and chatted with our EMs and I think the gate was open all that time.

    Fellow Atlantician citizens who were there, feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.
     
  35. Woodsman

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    By the way, I don't blame the EMs. It's not their fault that there have been conflicting times between multiple websites, it's not their fault that they weren't given very specific instructions for such an event. As a matter of fact, I'm not even going to blame anybody.

    I just ask that from now on when there are short game-wide events (especially something as significant as Blackthorn's coronation), now that there is finally a decent looking website, that they post the major announcements and times on UO.com and keep those updated, maybe with a button in the sidebar so that people can easily find them, and that they make it clear to everybody that when in doubt, refer to UO.com, and that they keep the actions and locations consistent.

    This event could be a huge learning event for EA and for us as customers, because there was a lot to be learned from this event since it was focused on three things that were done in under 15 minutes (Dupre/Blackthorn speech, Blackthorn walking to a location and opening a gate, and the throne statue) and did not involve combat or players doing anything other than walking from Point A to Point B. It also did not involve any truly rare items so there should be no complaints there - this was not a case of 5 people out of 50 getting some kind of drop after an hour-long battle, this was a case of listening to a speech and going through a gate.

    While the EMs should be free to improvise a little (on some shards, Dupre was the consummate alcoholic and joked with the public before the event started, etc.) the Blackthorns should look the same everywhere, and the gates should have been in the same location and open for the same duration. There was a thread where devil99 asked about getting the throne because there was some confusion and concern over how long the gates were open and just where they were, and some were people getting the dreaded Magic Storm problem, and a lot of those concerns could have been easily addressed, and hopefully will be for future events.

    And I would like to thank Nimuaq for stepping up and trying to at least right some of the problems when nobody else would.
     
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    Negative I wasn't able to run all my characters on 1 account on Atlantic and I had them camped outside the castle.

    Bottom line is: how it goes on one shard is how it should go on another.

    The experience should be the same across all shards.
     
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    That statement speaks volumes........ Call me crazy, but I still think they should make it one per account. *shrugs*