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House of Commons from 2004-04-22

House of Commons from 2004-04-22


Brannoc Good evening and welcome to another great Stratics house of commons chat, tonight our guests are the developers of Ultima Online! The topic for tonight will just be general discussion so all questions about the game are welcome.
Brannoc Please send said questions to [QT]^J^ or [QT]Brekkee. Questions sent to me or the developers will not make it into the lineup, so don't bother. FUll logs of the chat will be up on uo.stratics.com shortly after the chat.
Brannoc So without further ado we'll start with a brief introduction from the developers, now would be a good time to send those questions.
Oaks Hi All. I'm Oaks and I'm a designaholic.
OSI_speedman I'm speedman, UO Server Programmer extraordinare
Vex Howdy, all. I'm Vex, a designer on UO, with aspirations to Take Over The World.
Kerowyn Hi everyone. I'm Kerowyn. Community Relations. <Insert witty comment here>
Fertbert Hi everyone, I'm a programmer and UO Live team lead.
Toes Toes Lead Code Monkey
Toes hi hi.
Niobe Hiya! I'm Niobe. Designer, UO.
MrTact I am Guest80652 --- no, wait. I'm MrTact, and I am not the Lead Server Programmer
SunSword I'm SunSword.
Brannoc
JMacAlpine my question: "I'm sure you've seen the ongoing discussion regarding archers... what are your plans for their 'big 3': fixing the crash bug, hit chance increase, and fire and forget arrows?"
OSI_speedman Well, for the crash bug... we have a possible fix
OSI_speedman But we can't reproduce it...
OSI_speedman so we are thinking about making a "test" client available to people who are plagued by this
OSI_speedman the other issues are on the map
OSI_speedman but haven't been assigned a publish yet
Brannoc <[DJ]psycho> Hows the work on Publish 24 & 25 going? Will it be released anytime soon? *cant wait*
Fertbert Publish 24 is in testing right now, we'll be posting publish detail soon, probably early next week. Publish 25 is currently in the planning stage at this time.
Brannoc *Lambana* Would you consider allowing archers to drink pots with a bow armed ?
Oaks It's definitely a consideration as we continually make improvements to the archer skill and profession.
Brannoc *Minotaur2k* Meow, So will Ilshenar ever see Dungeon or Puzzle chests for T Hunters? Or anything for T Hunters?
Oaks It's very unlikely.
SunSword He meant "no."
Brannoc
Corran Will there be a change to how easily Leathal Poison is cured in the future?
Vex That's a balance tweak we'll take under consideration for a near-future publish.
Brannoc *Barrackas* One of the stated reasons for stopping production on Scenarios was that UO needed time to become "centered" before moving forward with new live content. Is the game now at that point, and can we expect to see new content from the live team resumed? (this is excluding bug fixes, expansion packs and super secret projects of course)
SunSword We're approaching that point. Having to move almost the entire team to California, put a little hiccup in our plans to roll out the EM program in a more developed fashion, but our intent is to develop the EM program so that it provides more content activities to players, beyond the dedicated live and expansion teams.
Brannoc *Minotaur2k* So can you give us some general details on what MrTact is working on? ie PvP, PvM, a better future for all of UO?
MrTact Nope.
MrTact Seriously, there's nothing to report at this stage. When there's anything substantial to talk about we will do so.
Brannoc
MrMage When will more info be released on the upcoming expansion?
Oaks Soon.
SunSword More precisely, we should have a lot more to talk about regarding the expansion in the next 2 months.
Brannoc
SmokeSerpent Recently I shopped *extensively* for undead slayers. Not *one* of the many I saw was a post-AoS weapon. Have you verified that they do in fact spawn?
Oaks Yes we have. The large group slayers spawn much less frequently than the single type versions (Troll, Snow Elemental, etc.)
Oaks In fact, the large groups (Repond, Undead, Reptile) are only picked 1% of the time when a slayer property is generated.
Brannoc
Mega I would like to know when the other Virtures are going to be open and if there are going to be reds virtures in the next pub and expansion
Vex This is something that we have been talking about internally a bit, recently.
Vex Right now we don't have any solid plans, so unfortunately I can't say anything more than that.
Vex Finishing virtues is something we haven't forgotten about.
Brannoc *Lenar* With the so-called "Next Generation" MMOGs released and being released, such as Final Fantasy XI, World of Warcraft, Lineage II, are the UO team planning on re-inventing UO to keep up with the changing times, both in terms of graphics and gameplay? Thanks :)
SunSword The fact that UO remains strong despite the increasing amount of competition is a testament to the community and its design. However, we are always considering what will continue to keep UO strong in the future. There are plenty of good ideas both in regards to design, art and technology, that we are always considering for UO.
SunSword The best thing I've learned since I returned to work on UO is that my bosses are very open to improving UO. It continues to be EA's most successful MMO.
SunSword Right now we are returning to a fully staffed live team, and expansion team, and as MrTact noted, addition work on the future of UO.
Brannoc
Lambana Bola's are a little bit overpowered atm, could you possible consider a remounting delay after throwing a bola ?
OSI_speedman We are aware of the power of the bola and are looking into it
Brannoc <Guest7080469> What is in the future for us UO Gardeners? New plants? New resources?
Toes We're planning new content for gardeners for the upcoming expansion.
Toes There might even be some suprises coming up sooner.
Niobe The future for UO Gardeners is...growing.
Toes *groan*
Brannoc *Eowyn_of_Pacific* Would you consider allowing all characters, reguardless of total skill points, make use of the advanced character service?
MrTact We have discussed changing the advanced character system to use a reg code, like character transfer.
MrTact If we do that, we will likely not care how many skill points you currently have.
MrTact I think there's a good chance we will do something like this -- the GMs would really like us to -- but I don't know exactly where this fits into our priority list.
Brannoc <Guest7080469> Any consideration of adding new low-end Smithy BODS rewards?
Vex Hanse isn't here to speak for himself, and BODs is a system that he usually works on, so I'll go out on a limb and answer for him:
Vex I think our priorities within that system would be first to continue to improve the balance of reward for investment...
Vex And then to add BODs for other crafting skills, before going back and adding more BODs for Smiths and Tailors
Vex I don't know that we have any major BOD systm changes on the near-term schedule, but the usual Live balance tweaks should include some BOD system adjustments.
Brannoc *Ray_Corpnews* Are there any plans for a possible specialty or premium shard?
Toes we don't have any plans for a premium shard, we want to provide the best service possible to everyone.
Brannoc
Garaba Are there any improvements to golems or tinkers in general coming in the next couple of publishes?
Oaks We will be making improvements to all classes for both PVP and PVM for the expansion. Golems are on the list.
Brannoc *Rho* Will we see any new features or systems before the expansion or are the publishes between now and then going to focus only on bug-fixing and balance issues?
Fertbert You will likely see the scale of publishes scaled back a bit in favor of more frequent publishes. I do expect that each publish will contain bug fixes and balance tweaks, some publishes may contain new features or systems. Stay tuned to see how it all turns out. :)
Brannoc *Durnik* Is there any hope to remove or reduce the delay for Ethereal Mounts, making it possible to remount during combat?
Oaks Ethy mounts have the unique bonus of not being attackable, so some casting delay is needed to balance them out. It may be possible to reduce the delay, however. We'll be reviewing it with our PVP tweaks.
Brannoc <Gwen{MTC}> When will carpenters be able to make the fireplaces that we were told about before publish 21?
Vex Fireplaces were worked on during the development of House Customization for AoS. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to complete development or test them, so they fell off the schedule.
Vex Right now we actually do have a couple ideas floating around to make them available.
Vex The plans aren't solid enough to be specific about, though.
Brannoc <Noxin-L2> My character has Gm cooking, but I feel left out of the upcoming publishes, is there any way you can create some kind of PvP chef abaility, such as throwing pies? also could they be neon pies?
Vex Hmmm...explosive muffins...
Vex Well, I don't know about the possibility of *combat* Chefs...might be a bit of a stretch, you know? :)
Vex However, cooking is a long neglected skill. Not only is it important to many of our North American players,
Vex but we have also gotten some requests from our Japan offices for enhancements to cooking as well.
Vex So I think we'll be looking to enhance cooking somehow, somewhen.
Brannoc *Caretaker* How do you like your new work enviroment? And if possible could you make some pictures from your new workspaces and post them on stratics?
MrTact What, so your image recognition missiles can home in better? No way, man.
MrTact Seriously, it's pretty nice.
MrTact California is WAY colder than we were led to believe, though.
MrTact We're considering a class action suit.
Niobe It's not /that/ cold here!
MrTact You have never lived in Texas, I'm guessing.
Vex We are borg. Your bioligical and technological distinctiveness will be added to our own. Resistance is futile.
Vex Er... I'm just being silly about the new digs. This is the first time I've worked out of a cubicle. So, I was a bit apprehensive at first.
Vex But the facilities here at EA HQ are very nice indeed and I'm getting settled in well. :)
Oaks This place rules.
Fertbert Indeed
Brannoc
Schimmy How about some enhacements to fishing!
Oaks Our primary goal with fishing would be to make it more interactive and exciting... so should we address fishing in the future (and I'm not promising that we will), that'll be the plan.
Brannoc And that's it for the night golks! I'd like to thank everyone for stopping by (especially the devs), be sure to join us next time!
Fertbert Thanks for joining us!
Oaks Ninjas.
Niobe Night everyone!