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House of Commons from 2006-05-04

House of Commons from 2006-05-04


Calelena Welcome to another great Stratics house of commons with the developers of Ultima Online! Tonight's topic is: PUBLISH 40. So please keep your questions to this topic.
Calelena Please send those questions to [QT]Sprite or [QT]Elm - to do so type /msg [QT]NICKNAME My question here. Please only send questions to our QT's as those sent to myself or the developers will not make it into the lineup.
Calelena The full logs will be posted on http://uo.stratics.com after the chat. We'll begin with a quick intro from our guests...now would be a good time to send in those questions!
Ando Hello all, I'm Ando from the QA team :P
MrTact Greetings, I am MrTact, Lead Designer for UO. <insert self-deprecating joke here>
Mesanna Greetings I am Mesanna from the QA team
purpleturtle Hi everyone body, I'm purpleturtle, Software Engineer
Calelena *SahraSwift* Why was the swing speed formula changed to be a constant increase across all base weapon speeds? Doesn't forcing that formula to only be balanced at specific levels of SSI/Stamina really hurt overall balance, especially considering that in the future people will need to choose if they would rather have speed or some other property type? If the answer is "for understandability", why was balance sacrificed so much out for
MrTact Understandability was a big driving force.
MrTact Make life a little easier on the poor game balancers was another consideration.
MrTact But the big one was, the benefits of %-based SSI are WAY out of whack at super-high staminas.
MrTact (by which I mean, the super high staminas you can still achieve with the stat cap).
MrTact Like being able to shave 2-3 full seconds off the slowest weapons.
MrTact For most players, esp. with the most recent changes made on TC, the difference should be negligible.
Calelena *Minotaur2k* Is there any way make the ESC key a key you can set a macro to, it seems when you set it to Last Object it will play a random Macro of yours...
purpleturtle we'll consider it, but probably not at this next client patch, it's a good idea
Calelena *SahraSwift* Are the changes to make things act differently against players than they do against monsters a temporary thing until monster HP/Resists can get properly balanced with players? If not, why are you considering it a good thing to further seperate PvP and PvM game mechanics?
MrTact Preferably.
MrTact I believe I have made my opinion on differing rulesets abundantly clear :-)
MrTact However, I bowed to public pressure in this case, mostly because there simply wasn't time to rebalance the entire game for this publish.
MrTact And I did feel that I made a commitment to not mucking up PvM.
MrTact So in short: kinda took the easy road, would like to do it "for real" down the road, but it remains to be seen when that will be.
Calelena *Tygress* could you give us the complete list of all changes and additions that are scheduled for pub 40?
Ando A majority of the changes are already posted in the Pub40 thread in Dev Corner on Stratics
Ando However a more complete list should be posted in the near future
Calelena *Fizzle* the current HP formula is str/2 +50. What is the new formula?
MrTact The new HP formula is Strength + 50.
Calelena *Minotaur2k* The new P40 quest was done extremely well, can we expect this from all quests from now on? Also will there be more virtue quests and will they gain the virtues, if only to make a reason to do the quests more than once....
Draconi I think we can humbly say that we're happy to hear how much positive feedback this quest has been garnering!
Draconi As a team, we're always excited when we can deliver something like this, that helps not only bring back fond memories for veterans, but help make new ones for those new to the Ultima multiverse
Draconi As for the future, who can say what it holds? Well, maybe some batty old lady who's been wandering around lately, but that's another story entirely ^^
Calelena *RaMcHiP* Does pub 40 have anything to do with the Crone conspiracy?
MrTact It has to do with adding some functionality that will let us do some more interesting things with these in-game storylines.
MrTact I believe you will be seeing the benefits of that very soon . . .
MrTact However, is pub 40 the things Inu is all worked up about? Oh heck no. We have something a little bigger than that in mind . . .
Calelena *Dolgorath[ATL]* When will the Proficiency System be available to test? I am looking very forward to it!
Ando We're hoping to put up a Proficiencies Test Center soon after Pub40 has gone world wide to all shards
Ando It's taken a little longer than we had originally anticipated, but we are eager to start getting some feedback on it
Calelena *Tempest_SP* When taking into account SSI on weapons, it was stated that there is a minus 1 tick for every 30%. If your weapon is over 30%, does it default to 30% giving only a minus 1 tick or does it adjust up and give a minus 2 ticks? ex. 31%-60% giving -2 ticks.
MrTact 1-30% = 1 tick, 31-60% = 2 ticks, 61-90% = 3 ticks.
Calelena *JCtheBuilder* Mr Tact started with balancing all of the archery weapons, but there has been no mention of a new weapon set being balanced. Is that being pushed aside this publish?
MrTact Yes, unfortunately.
MrTact Mostly because we spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out a way to make armor not suck so much, and didn't really make any headway there.
MrTact Until we have some kind of solution for armor, it doesn't make sense to touch damage values.
MrTact We'd just have to change them all over again.
Calelena *sir_bolo* I see that the Armor Ignore change has been reverted on TC. Does this mean that the 35 direct damage cap is back (also for Lighting Strike)?
MrTact Yes, for now.
MrTact Until we have some kind of better solution, that seems to be the one the community is most content with.
Calelena *SahraSwift* A follow-up to my first question: Would it be possible to keep stamina's effect on swing speed similar to how it is now (though probably having less of an effect), and just changing SSI to work as though it were extra stamina when it comes to swing speed? I think this solves all three problems: understandability, ease of balance, and balance across base swing speeds.
MrTact Yeah I saw that suggestion. Kinda wish someone had made it earlier in the dev cycle :-)
MrTact It's interesting -- SSI becomes, essentially, "Stamina that doesn't go away"
MrTact And I agree, it would solve those problems.
MrTact We'll see what happens after the current change hits production -- we may want to explore this possibility further in a future publish.
Calelena For those of you just joining us, tonight's topic is: PUBLISH 40. So please keep your questions to this topic.
Calelena Please send your questions to [QT]Sprite or [QT]Elm, questions sent to myself or the devs will not make it into the lineup.
Calelena *Orvago* With the constant influx of new items to the game, will we ever have another "Clean Up Britannia" and if so, how soon?
MrTact That sounds like a good idea
* MrTact scribbles in his notebook *
Calelena *Magnus* Question: Concerning the targeting recticle, why is there only one used? Why not have the targeting recticle appear for all enemies attacking you, and say change the colour for what you are targeting, or for area of effect spells and such, so it's easier to tell exactly what is going on around you?
MrTact Simple answer: we feel it's safer to feed you guys the Sandwich of Big Changes in small bites.
MrTact Easier to introduce new features like this in a lightweight way, let people get used to it, tune it based on (COPIOUS) feedback . . .
MrTact THEN we can add stuff like "reticles for anything that's aggro on you" -- preferably when hundreds of you write in to ask for it.
Calelena *Dor* Will the permanent highlighting of inanimate objects that was added with the pre-publish patch be removed?
purpleturtle Yes, it has already been removed, you will need a new client patch to see these changes
Calelena *Alex_Dragondeath* How is tracking going to affect Ninjitsu?
MrTact Two changes.
MrTact One is that with NInjitsu abilities that get a stalking bonus, you will stop tracking your target after you hit.
MrTact Which seems kind of obvious in retrospect . . .
MrTact The other is that stalking bonus will be scaled to Tracking skill.
Calelena *Buttercup* What kind of feedback have you received from the "test shard" participants about the upcoming changes.
Ando We've definately had a lot of feedback about changes in Pub40
Ando On the PVP side of things, we've actually made several changes due to what players were telling us
Ando And we've managed to catch a few bugs thanks to players who were testing the changes on Test Center
Ando In addition to this, we got a whole bunch of feedback about targeting before *And* after the patch was released
Ando So in summary, lots :P
Calelena *athos* In regard to the changes to corpse skin in Pub 40, it is stated in "five on friday" that the hunger will be adjusted in the future. Japanese players would not like to see that PCs become less hungry than now. Please nerf only the effect of apples if necessary, but let PCs get more hungry. We'd like to eat more food at PC taverns or pubs, or at the player-run parties, which has nothing to do with the usefulness of the food
MrTact I think there's a happy medium there, where food eaten for roleplaying purposes need not be as filling as the special foods from ML that give you bonuses, like the curse apples.
MrTact But we definitely need to make it easier to fill up on those useful foods. Right now you can eat them more or less continuously, which is a problem.
Calelena *Quantum* Will the bug of 920 skill points be fixed in the upcoming publish?
Ando In short, yes
purpleturtle yes
Ando :)
Calelena *JCtheBuilder* Will the next client publish include a method to completely and permanently disable target rectiles and buff icons in the options menu? As it stands, buff icon gump shows up every login.
MostlyHarmless For the buff icons, inside your uo.cfg file is a line that says "ShowBuffIconsGumpAtStartup=1"
MostlyHarmless change the 1 to 0 and it won't show up on startup
purpleturtle we have added a option to disable targeting rectiles, it will be up on default
purpleturtle that will also disable all the targeting functionality
Calelena *Tygress* Why would you want everything that aggros you have have a reticle? You know how much lag and hassle that would cause during a Champ spawn or on raids or in large fights?
MrTact So you know whether you should run?
MrTact Seriously, if we ever did do something like that, I would expect the reticle would be a lot less obtrusive than the selection one, so it wouldn't be quite as hideous as you're probably imagining.
Calelena *Dragoon* Can the buff-debuff be made so it can be dragged off the play window, to the side as with status windows?
MostlyHarmless the buff-debuff widget can be dragged anywhere on the screen like you can with the status windows
MostlyHarmless the area you can grab the widget includes the interior space
MostlyHarmless you can not drag it by the gem
Calelena *LeeDrik* The game is so complicated now, is there ever going to be a way to understand things again
MrTact I am all about making the game easier to play.
MrTact It's a big driver behind many of the changes we're making.
MrTact So the answer is, hopefully yes!
Calelena *Nixon-* The elf expansion has been sucessfull, will we ever be fortunate to see things like, oh my golly say Pixies? Dwarves? Maybe even mongbat men :P
Draconi "After careful market analysis and focus group feedback, we've decided on the next, new, exciting race to be introduced into UO: Giant Turtles. Yeah? Did we nail it? I think we did."
Ando :P
purpleturtle =)
Calelena That will wrap it up for tonight. I'd like to thank the developers for coming! The log for tonight's chat will be up shortly on http://uo.stratics.com
Calelena Thank you all for joining us! You can join #Ultima-Online to chat more about the game.
Draconi The turtle moves! Good night everyone :)
Ando Bye all, thanks for coming
purpleturtle thanks everyone, i really like the turtle race
purpleturtle =)
Mesanna Good night everyone