Publish Notes from 2011-11-17

Publish Notes from 2011-11-17

Publish 73

17 Nov, 2011

Shame Upgrade

Dungeon Shame has been revised. The monsters have been revised to be a little bit more challenging and scaled in difficulty for new-to-veteran players. The shame loot system has been revised so you should notice less items with throw-away intensity values on properties, and an overall improvement in the loot generated.

First and second levels will provide a good training ground for journeyman to adept skill levels while level 3 should provide a little more of a challenge. On the first 3 levels there will be a renowned monster that can be spawned at a key point in the dungeon by summoning from an altar to give you a taste of the monster difficulty at the next level.

All the monsters within the dungeon have a chance to drop dungeon crystals which can be used to spawn the renowned of each level. In certain areas there will also be a chance when killing creatures for a renowned version of those creatures to be spawned. Similar to a paragon but not as friendly.

Level 5: The monsters on level 5 are a bit heavier and harder hitting than the other levels.

Overview of Shame's purpose

  • All new MOBs to thrill and kill!
  • Each level more devastating than the last!
  • MOB corpses possibly contain Shame Dungeon Crystals
  • Shame Dungeon Crystals may be consumed to increase player's Shame Dungeon Points… or used for whatever.
  • Shame Dungeon Points spent on altars in the first three levels of Shame.
  • These altars spawn new, tenacious Elite MOBs.
  • Collect all three, if you dare!
  • Cave Troll Wall Guardians
  • You've got to pay the Troll Toll if you want to get in the bowels of Shame.
  • The price… death.
  • Can you clear Shame in just an apron? Few have tried, none have succeeded.

Bard Mastery

  • PvM Damage is now a chance to interrupt based on damage amount
  • Upkeep Cost Reduced for all abilities.
  • Mana Cost reduced from 1 for every 2 targets to 1 for every 5 targets
  • Base Upkeep Cost Reduced by 1
    • Inspire 4
    • Invigorate 5
    • Perseverance 5
    • Resilience 4
    • Tribulation 10
    • Despair 12
  • Inspire:
  • Resilience:
    • Regeneration Increased from 1- 11 to 1-22
  • Perseverance:
    • Damage Reduction/Defense Chance Bonus Increased from 1-22 to 1-30
  • Despair:
    • Damage Type now selectable through context menu on spellbook.
  • Spellbooks without the context menu can be fixed by casting the despair spell once

Alchemy/Enhancement Potions

EC Terrain Texture Updates

Some terrain types in the EC client have been updated for scaling and to improve overall detail.

Shame Itemization Upgrade

Coupled with the revamp of Dungeon Shame, Publish 73 introduces a new random magic item generation system. This new system will only create items for monster kills in Shame, and for the lost-and-found items for the Honesty virtue. Loot drops elsewhere in the game world are unaffected, though the plan will be to eventually convert loot drops throughout Sosaria to use this new system.

The new loot generator creates an exciting array of new possibilities:

  • Some magic item properties will now appear on types of items they have not been seen on before.
  • Many magic items will have negative properties, such as Cursed, Cannot be Repaired, Brittle, and Unlucky. These items will receive more power than standard items to compensate for their disadvantages.
  • Some items will be generated with item properties designed to fit a theme and work together. These items will be named.
  • Luck will play a significant role in loot generation with this system.

Here are the details:

  • Any item generated by this new system will have a line near the bottom of its tooltip:
    • Minor Magic Item
    • Lesser Magic Item
    • Greater Magic Item
    • Major Magic Item
    • Lesser Artifact (this is approximately equivalent to an item Imbued to the max)
    • Greater Artifact
    • Major Artifact
    • Legendary Artifact
  • The strength of an item generated depends partially on the strength and toughness of the creature killed.
  • There is a very small chance that a loot drop will be a very powerful item.
    • This can happen with weak creatures, but is extremely rare
    • This is more likely to happen with stronger creatures
    • Luck significantly increases the chance of this happening
  • Item Strength has these effects on loot generation:
    • Weak named items will tend to have fewer than 5 properties, leaving open slots for Imbuing
    • Weak random items will generally have 5 item properties at low values
    • Stronger items will tend to have 5 item properties
    • Extremely powerful items will sometimes have more than 5 item properties
    • Weak items tend to not be named, and to have random item properties
    • Stronger items have a better chance of being generated as Named Items
    • Weaker items have smaller chances of being generated with Disadvantages
    • Stronger items have a much greater chance of being generated with Disadvantages
  • Many item properties generated by this system have more coarse granularity of values:
    • For example, Luck only appears in increments of 10
    • For example, UO:Skill bonuses only appear in increments of 5
  • Disadvantages:
    • These appear on items randomly.
    • More powerful items tend to receive more disadvantages
    • Each disadvantage grants the item significantly more power
    • The disadvantages are:
      • Unlucky
        • Item shows “Luck -100” in tooltip
        • Item cannot have Luck and Unlucky at the same time
        • Provides a small boost to overall item power
        • Item is 25 Durability. Cannot use Powder of Fortification
        • Item cannot have Brittle and Durability at the same time
        • Provides a moderate boost to item power
          • Cannot Be Repaired
        • Item cannot be repaired by any means. Cannot use PoF
        • Provides a high boost to item power
        • Item cannot be Insured or blessed
        • Provides an extreme boost to item power
          • Items that are free of disadvantages can be generated
      • powerful items are very rarely “clean”
      • Weaker items are frequently “clean”
      • Luck has no influence on the frequency of item Disadvantage generation
  • Item Generation
    • Creatures are assigned a difficulty rating
    • When the creature is killed, its Difficulty Rating and the killers' Luck factor into loot generation
      • More difficult creatures generate more items
      • Each item receives a Base Item Property Budget
      • Each item receive [[UO:|s]] a Bonus Item Property Budget
      • The Bonus property budget may be added multiple times
      • The higher the killer's Luck, the higher the chance of multiple Bonus Budget
      • After the item budget is determined:
      • The higher the Budget, the more Disadvantage Rolls are made for the item
      • Each Disadvantage Roll has a chance of adding a new Disadvantage
      • Each Disadvantage adds a fixed bonus to the item's Budget
      • Once the final Budget is known:
      • The higher the Budget, the greater the chance of generating Named Items
      • The higher the Budget, the more Item Properties will be added
      • Finally, the Budget is spent to add Item Properties to the item
  • Named Items
    • There are 12 “packages” of Item Properties.
    • Each Package contains a group of properties fitting a purpose or a theme
    • Each package is associated with a Name Prefix
    • Each package is associated with a Name Suffix
    • Items can be generated as:
      • Unnamed (random properties)
      • Prefix Only (some properties from one package, some random)
      • Suffix Only (some properties from one package, some random)
      • Prefix and Suffix (some properties from one package, some from a different package)

The Name Prefixes and Suffixes

Prefix: Mighty Suffix: of Vitality Theme: Strength and Hit Point-related
Prefix: Mystic Suffix: of Sorcery Theme: Intelligence and mana-related
Prefix: Animaged Suffix: of Haste Theme: Dex, Stamina, and Speed
Prefix: Arcane Suffix: of Wizardry Theme: Spell casting modifiers
Prefix: Exquisite Suffix: of Quality Theme: Item Quality / Durability
Prefix: Vampiric Suffix: of the Vampire Theme: Leeches and Drains
Prefix: Invigorating Suffix: of Restoration Theme: Regeneration (incl. UO:damage eaters)
Prefix: Fortified Suffix: of Defense Theme: Damage avoidance
Prefix: Auspicious Suffix: of Fortune Theme: Luck
Prefix: Charmed Suffix: of Alchemy Theme: Enhance Potions (incl. Balanced)
Prefix: Vicious Suffix: of Slaughter Theme: Dealing Damage (incl. Slayers)
Prefix: Towering Suffix: of Aegis Theme: Mitigating damage taken (incl. resists)

Clean Up Britannia

  • Added 4 new pigments – Polished Bronze, Glossy Blue, Black and Green and Deep Violet – 1 charge 250,000 points. We will be changing this out each month so stock up while you can


Arenas Go Live

The arenas located throughout the lands will go live with this publish. The arenas are located in the Lost Lands (both facets), Haven, and Ocllo. The following additions and changes have been made after the public testing done on the arenas test shard:

  • Match hosts may now choose to allow or disallow Field Spells
  • Match hosts now choose to allow or disallow potions, or to allow only non-healing potions
  • A bug that caused some summoned creatures to attack their owner in an arena match has been fixed

Moving forward, we will continue to accept feedback and use it to make further improvements to the arenas. In an future publish, look for the addition of a wagering system.

New High Resolution Terrain Art

As I am sure most of you have noticed the difference in the terrain in the Enhanced Client. Just letting everyone know this is just the first of many more to come. Next publish we will be updating the Wall tile art, I think everyone will really appreciate the new look. Below are a few pictures of what is coming:

Christmas Gifts

  • Customizable Welcome Mats (2 styles)
  • Vocal Santa Statue
  • Customizable House type signs
  • Scrolls of Transcendence Book

Veteran Reward Items

This year for the 14th year we have added the following in celebration:

  • Greater Bracelet of Binding – This item allows you to bind with 10 people at once. Handy for those times when part of your group is lost or has issues with running into trees and being left behind.
  • Seed Box – This box will identify all seeds put into the box, it will hold and organize up to 500 seeds.
  • Shard Transfer Shields – We have added this as the 14th year vet reward. These are new art that represence a specific shard. The shield will give you a character transfer token once a month to the shard it represence. The token is account bound, so they can not be traded or sold. If you have a shield in your house and the house decays the shield will disappear.
  • Sheep Statue – This statue is a resource giver, it will give you 10 pieces of a random hide or wool. This caps at 100 resources so make sure you collect your items.

Bug Fixes

  • Then a pitcher is filled from a barrel it will no longer have 5 counts of water it will now have 40.
  • Fixed the issue with TC1 not linking to Ter Mur when wiped
  • Bird and Bovine slayers should now be factored in imbuing and insurance
  • You can no longer dye toggled quest items
  • Thunderstorm spell should now show the correct effect
  • Bladeweave will no longer function on non bleedable creatures
  • Removed Double strike from the list of bladeweave attack options
  • Added extra Weight to liquor barrels which contains liquor.
  • Even if players are on 2 or more NPE skill gain quests and complete one of them, the buff icon no longer disappear.
  • Hired NPCs no longer vanish randomly.
  • Fix a bug that players couldn't re-fill a pot of eggnog.