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Discussion in 'UO Developer Feed' started by UODevTracker, Apr 12, 2010.
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The second part of the quest was to find the spot to place the outpost. That spot was found on Sunday (I even had an alternate ending for those who did it on Sunday *takes bow*).
Phase 3 is trying to find an ink that will deed a house in the abyss. The consolation prize for not winning the lottery is that you get another shot at the war chest. (In fact, if you do win you still get a shot at the war chest).
You can still do the first part of the quest... the sequence is now Part 1 - Part 3.
Doing Part 2 did not affect your chance to win the house in part 3, though Part 1 was required. Part 2 has it's own rewards, as many people have pointed out.
For those who want a peek under the hood of this contest, the Part 1 puts you in a list of eligible winners, Part3 gives you a lotto scratcher to see if you were chosen. The quest is smart enough that each character can only be registered once so doing Part 1 over and over will just give you a pile of lamps but will not make it more likely to win.
Well, I'm sorry to hear that. I can understand how people needed time to get a payday and stuff, that is why I put part 2 in there, to basically stall before the drawing began. As far as the announcement coming out on the 6th... yeah, Cal, Bonnie, and I were pretty angry about that too.
For what it's worth, the chance to win part 3 increases each day you do it and I will be very surprised if anyone wins on any shard until late in the week. I did that to help people have more of a chance to do the first part and participate, without just making the contest feel like it was going on forever.
OK, for the math fans out there, I will just tell you all how it is working under the hood. Basically I built a list of player characters who are eligible by registering them when they complete part 1. In part 3, I take the number of characters in the list and then multiply that number by another number... the first day is 1,000,000. So, if 1000 people are registered, then the first day we roll a number between 1 and 1,000,000,000, if I rolled under 1001 then someone is a winner for that day. If they do the quest on that day, they win and the contest is over. The next day we roll again, but this time the list has 1001 people on it (because someone new did Part 1). Day 2 we multiply the number in the list by 100,000, and roll on 100,100,000. If we roll under 1002 then someone has won... though they won't know it unless they do the quest ***on that day*** with that character. So, any day might be YOUR day. The multiplier is divided by 10 each day till we are just multiplying the list by 1 next Monday. Every day after that we multiply the number in the list by 1 until we have our winners.
That is the main reason you can only do it once per day... because we roll at server up and that character is the pre-ordained winner all day, it's just that nobody knows it. It also means that it doesn't matter what time of day you do the quest as long as you do it sometime on the day that we picked your character.
OK, I spilled it, that's how it works. Have fun!