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House of Commons from 2003-07-03

House of Commons from 2003-07-03


Lord‑Xanthor Good evening everyone, thank you for coming to tonight's Ultima Online open house. This Stratics House of Commons chat is a direct connection between you the players and the designers and programmers of Ultima Online.
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Lord‑Xanthor Enjoy tonight's chat...
Lord‑Xanthor Tonights Topic is 'Bod Books & Vendor Changes'
Lord‑Xanthor Please /msg /query [QT]Elfiwolfe, [QT]Ling_Ma, [QT]DrGhost .
Cynthe_OSI Actually, since we're short on a few key devs for those features tonight, let's open up the topic to include everything about Publish 19. :)
Lord‑Xanthor *Thalestin-ElF* Hello, will uo be adding a powder of temperment for tailored things such as hats and the leather armour
Lord‑Xanthor Thalestin-ElF* it would be nice to see a skull cap being usable:)
Hanse No...
Hanse Temperment is for metallic objects. :)
Lord‑Xanthor *GuitarRocker14235* When can we expect Publish 19 and the Bod Books and Vendor Changes
MrTact If all goes well, pub 19 will go out next week.
Cynthe_OSI *brosses fingers*
Cynthe_OSI *crosses, even*
MrTact We do still have a few bugs to squash though (at least one of which was found on TC by players ;-)
MrTact So that's what we're shooting for
MrTact BOD books will be out with pub 19 (& are active on test center right now)
MrTact Vendors have been pushed back. They will probably go out with pub 20
MrTact (This includes bulletin boards, for those who have been asking.)
Lord‑Xanthor *Bender* It was announced that the new craftables (tribal masks, deer mask etc) on TC5 would not be craftable when Pub19 goes live on the real shards. Is there any chance you could leave them craftable? In the opinion of a lot of players having them craftable with the new exceptional bonus was a great addition. I myself was looking forward to having a deer mask to wear with decent resists.
Hanse You crazy folks with your pink deer mask outfits!
Hanse Actually, I posted on stratics that I misread the bug report.
Hanse Those items should be only repairable...as some magic items cannot be repaired
Hanse So, to make them repairable, I put them in the crafting system.
Hanse Which folks proceeded to take full advantage of on TC5... :)
Hanse I believe there's some fun there to be had...but QA expressed concerns on our timeline to get publish 19 out the door...
Hanse So, the items were pulled from crafting and are only repairable. I'll lobby for their addition to the crafting system in a future publish.
MrTact Me too!
Lord‑Xanthor *Enyo* With all the recent changes for other fighting skills, what abilities/improvments can we expect to see for archers? When changes are in store for bows etc?
MrTact We have archery love on our long term plans list.
MrTact It will be a few publishes before we get to it, though.
Lord‑Xanthor *Kiara* is it possible to make bod books dyable? (for even easier organization!)
Cynthe_OSI In the current design BOD books won't be dyeable, but it was one of the first questions asked when we had a team meeting to check out the new design. :) It would definitely be a cool feature to add, and it's possible we'll get it into another publish, but -- MrTact or Hanse correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think it's been specifically scheduled for an upcoming publish just yet.
Hanse Yes, it is...but not for publish 19
Hanse *on the dyable stuff*
MrTact There's all kind of stuff we want to make dyable
Lord‑Xanthor *XenaDragon* Can you explain why I cannot drop a bulk order deed in a bod-book when the book is inside a secure chest?
Hanse :)
Hanse Yes, I wanted to limit exploits as much as possible with BOD books.
Hanse I've limited bod books to your personal backpack to avoid exploits with paging, gump resets, bod amounts, throwing trash bod's into books, etc...
Hanse It's quite a complex system and I tried to make it as foolproof as possible... Please get on TC5 and break them... :)
Lord‑Xanthor *Blackheath_THB* Now that BOD books are becoming a reality, is there any chance of similar books for other things? An atlas to store treasure maps in would be great!
MrTact Hmm, I think I've seen this question before
MrTact The answer is, depending on whether the bod books are as successful as we think they are, yes, we will probably do more "mass storage" specialized containers
MrTact They are nicer for you guys & they save on server memory, so it's win-win for everybody.
Lord‑Xanthor *Buster* Greetings. Is the format we are seeing for guild titles on test5 what we`ll finally see in pub 19?
Hanse No. We know that the titles are not what players want.
Hanse We'll be looking at changing it to get a better format next week.
MrTact That's what you get for having a non-guild player (me) do the fix!
MrTact Sorry!
Lord‑Xanthor *Enyo* Why is a fix for the bug in recall/gate to default Runebook location not in yet? Also, can we expect to see a change so Chivalry users can take advantage of rune libraries?
MrTact Because that was Fertbert's bailiwick & I haven't assimilated all his tasks yet since he went to the client.
Lord‑Xanthor *Thomas* With resistance bonuses going up for exceptional armor, some people believe this will make runic made items less enticing, even with their special properties. Are there plans to address this concern? Perhaps making certain hammers give specific properties, giving more control on what is made?
Hanse If you were restricting hammer powers to only resistances, yes...
Hanse But that's not the case...hammer powers include all possible properties on the class of item you're crafting
Hanse We understand that you would like to see an increase of powers to the hammers to match exceptional bonuses.
Hanse But crafting itself seemed "nerfed" by magical loot drops and we needed to make crafting a viable profession with AoS magic system changes.
Lord‑Xanthor *Coop* When partied in the gauntlet, people designated as healers NEVER have a chance at getting an artifact because even tho they are partied and can loot, they didnt "earn" looting rights. The healers are instrumental in killing Dark Fathers, yet have no shot at the artifact.. Why? Wouldnt it be better to make the game recongnize them as being in party and thus "earn" their right to loot = chance at the artifact?
MrTact While I was working on tweaking the looting rights to solve the power scroll problem, I noticed that.
MrTact Frankly, I agree that it's not really fair, & I will be pushing to make some kind of change to that in a future publish.
MrTact Obviously it has some grief potential, so we'll have to give some thought to how we go about it . . .
Lord‑Xanthor *Noxin* Some of the new walkthrough tiles are very buggy, it seems like some of them converted okay and are able to be walked over, but others remained as blocking, such as brambles, with the new rubberbanding effect this is very irritating. Will these be fixed before it goes live?
Hanse The patch affects publish 19 servers.
Hanse The blocking items that cause rubberbanding on public servers is because those servers do not have publish 19 yet.
Hanse Also, some items do not render properly in the client (ie: your character looks goofy when standing on them) that we did not unblock...
Hanse So you may see some inconsistency with blocking and non-blocking items and publish 19.
Hanse This is just the first pass on these items and they will be tweaked in another publish.
Lord‑Xanthor *JCtheBuilder* In the latest bug fix list it says, "Players can no longer mount horses while the horse is being attacked" Why is horses the only mount affected by this change?
Hanse Mountable mongbats? *runs*
MrTact Actually, I think it applies to all mounts, though I'm looking at the bug entry right now and it specifically says "horses"
MrTact I will check & post a followup on the boards.
Cynthe_OSI I checked on that one just today before posting, but there were two bugs involving mounting pets in combat, and there may have been some confusion.
Cynthe_OSI I'll post a correction once MrTact tells me what he found. :)
Lord‑Xanthor *Thomas* Since the last time you guys put up your proposed vendor changes, what additional changes are now on the plate given the extra dev time you now have til Publish 20?
Vex I'm not able to go too much into specifics right now, until we're more sure what we'll actually have time to accomplish.
Vex Right now the biggest part of the new changes, and our most favorite, is the public bazaar idea.
Lord‑Xanthor *firefrog* any thing about tinkers or bowyers getting some sort of runic? because alot of people like archery and there are some weps u can tinker
Hanse Possibly
Hanse It depends on how we would introduce the item... The historical system is the BOD system...
Hanse It would be best if we left this suggestion open for discussion in the future, when we're ready to look at this feature.
Lord‑Xanthor *Tolkin* is there a cap on how many deeds a bod book can hold?
Hanse 500
Cynthe_OSI try to keep your answers shorter, please, Hanse... we don't have all day. ;)
Hanse okay....sorry
Cynthe_OSI lol
Hanse .5k?
Hanse 101 items in backpack at maximum deeds!
Lord‑Xanthor *Thomas* With magic items possibly spawning in dungeon chests now, can we get a word on the max intensity chances the chests could spawn? What's the highest possible?
Hanse Well, I had to make sure the chests wouldn't spawn with outrageous loot.
Hanse This is because I wasn't sure where all those chests spawn and if they'd be too easy to loot.
Hanse A little more time to research and I could have found that information out... but it takes a while to cross-reference with monsters that spawn in the area...toughness...difficulty the reach the area...etc
Hanse So, I put it below 50% intensity...
Lord‑Xanthor *[DJ]psycho* Will we see any changes to PvP in the next publishes? after AoS our guildwars went down from 140 to 30... coincidence?
Vex It's very likely. In addition to the ongoing combat balance tweaks that Evocare is doing with each publish, there are very likely to be some more broad PvP related changes coming up.
Lord‑Xanthor *GuitarRocker14235* How will bod books be acquired?
Hanse You can craft them through inscription. It takes 10 scrolls to craft. :)
Lord‑Xanthor Just a reminder to please only message teh people with [QT] in their names. Questions sent to Anyone else will be ignored.
Lord‑Xanthor *Flutter* How about damage numbers over our pets and their targets just as they are over ours and our targets?
Vex That would be very nice to have. I'll put it on our wish list. No promises it'll make it into the game as a feature, but it could happen.
Lord‑Xanthor *Coop* I've been reading alot of posts about Peacemaking being overpowered because of AoS.. are there any Devs that think this as well? Are you guys looking to balance it.. again.. any time soon?
MrTact An interesting thing about that . . . just GARGANTUAN thread . . . was that there was a substantial percentage of people who were actually IN FAVOR of the "nerf"
MrTact (You know who you are!)
MrTact While I don't think this particular change was appropriate (and we're very much opposed to unannounced nerfs in the first place, btw) . . .
MrTact I DO feel there is some merit to the argument that creatures should not just stand there stupidly while you whale on them.
Hanse whale=wail
Hanse but in Tact's case...whale
MrTact I, for one, would be interested in hearing what the community has to say about possibly making some adjustments to peacing in the future.
MrTact Nothing as drastic as "it just stops working" . . . I believe there was one player-proposed suggestion (by a tamer, no less) that looked pretty good on paper.
Lord‑Xanthor *LivingDeath* whats bod book?
Cynthe_OSI http://update.uo.com/design_444.html
Cynthe_OSI :)
Lord‑Xanthor *Argyle* I know it isnt exactly on topic, but when can Siege expect some work on the skill gain system (resist above 90 now, and other skills that require faction stat loss)? It has been broken since Publish 16, nearly a year.
MrTact We have resisted fixing that specific problem because we want to overhaul skill & stat gain in general.
MrTact I will be pushing very hard to get that into publish 22.
Lord‑Xanthor *Broughton* vendor changes- What kind of considerations, if any are going to be given to rune libraries?
MrTact I will refer you to my earlier comments about bulk containers for stuff other than BODs
MrTact I think that's probably the most interesting answer.
MrTact However, I should point out that the rune libraries I have visited recently I don't believe will be impacted as badly as people are anticipating.
Lord‑Xanthor *Thomas* Short but big question. What -is- Ultima X: Odyssey?
Vex I can neither confirm nor deny that there may or may not be the hypothetical possibility of some person, place, or thing named "Odyssey" at Origin. :P
MrTact No comment
Cynthe_OSI Noooo comment.
Hanse My mongbat says to comment...
Hanse Oh wait...it says...no comment
Vex Er, what they said.
Cynthe_OSI Your mongbat has no comment.
Hanse Uhm...I think it says I should eat yew bark on a full lit moon.
Hanse I really have no idea what my mongbat is saying.
Lord‑Xanthor I would like to thank everyone for coming tonight!
Lord‑Xanthor And thanks to all of the OSI folks for spending their personal time talking to us
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Lord‑Xanthor THANKS