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  • Old News: April 1999


    April 28, 1999

    New Test Client Released   (0:22 am CST)
    The following was posted to the COB Dev board
    A newer build of the 800x600 client we are testing internally is now available for players to try out.
    Test 800x600 Client

    Changes include:

    • Improved memory usage, reduced CPU overhead
    • Crash fixes
    • Circle of transparency is now toggleable by a user defined macro under player options.

    Instructions on use are provided in the readme1st file on the site.

    Pandemonium

    Programmer
    UO Develeopment Team

    In a followup post, he noted that ghosts will now be able to use Circle of Transparency to see themselves beneath normal trees, but still could not see themselves under 'jungle' trees.

    -- Posted by PGoH

    April 27, 1999

    Housing code additions on Test Center   (11:11 pm CST)
    -- from UOVault
    We're about to put up some new features on TC to test out. I'd appreciate it if those of you who have a house on TC would thoroughly test out the following:
    1) Interior lockable doors.
    - If you are the owner of the house use your house key on an interior door. You should get prompted to key the door. Let me know how it goes. If you have any errors or weirdness...etc..

    2) Banning by account.
    - If you have a house that already has bans in place, see if they still appear on your ban list. If you own a house, try banning and unbanning and make sure it still works.

    Make sure all house functions still work normally (i.e. the house sign, speech triggers, etc...)

    Another minor addition is that now when you cut a stack of fish, it cuts all of them and gives you the steaks, not one at a time.

    You can contact me at sunsword at owo.com.

    -SunSword

    -- Posted by PGoH

    Classes starting for newbies   (2:26 am CST)
    -- from http://uo.stratics.com/
    Just starting out in the world of Brittannia? Having difficulty learning what to do and how to do it?

    Classes for newbies Saturday the 1th of May at 3pm eastern standard time in the PK free city of Eutopia. Food and Drink will be a available for free. ICQ me at 18407673 for more information.

    Thank you
    Rocky-Mayor of Eutopia

     


    -- Posted by PGoH

    April 26, 1999

    The Following Items Are Currently Under Development   (6:23 pm CST)
    -- from http://update.owo.com/indev.html
    The following are targeted for the short term:

    • You will now be able to get different types of meat by carving corpses (eg, plucked birds or hams).
    • House bans of players will now be by account instead of by character. All current players you have in your ban lists will still be banned, but it will not automatically convert them to account bans--you will need to reban them for their whole account to be banned.
    • All house deeds (redeeded, bought, existing, new, whatever) will remain with the ghost when you die, and will not be stealable.
    • Healing delays have been adjusted:

      • Healing someone else now takes 5 seconds. Healing yourself still takes 15 seconds.
      • Curing poison on someone else now takes 6 seconds. Curing it on yourself still takes 18 seconds.
      • The delay for resurrecting with the healing skill is now ten seconds.
    • Taming fixes:

      • "Death taming" is fixed. Dying while taming a creature will abort the taming process.
      • Pet follow speed has been increased.
    • The range for snooping will now be 1 tile.
    • Using the paralyze spell on an innocent will now make you eligible to receive a murder count.
    • Bandages will now automatically stack when you make them. There will also only be one type created (instead of two types that do not stack together, like now).
    • Using scissors on hides will make cut up leather which is lighter.
    • Attackers will now receive a message when their poisoned weapon poisons a victim.
    • Line of sight checks will be added to the following skills, preventing their use through walls:

      • Fishing
      • Mining
      • Provocation
    • The following beneficial spells will no longer be
      reflectable, and will not remove magic reflect if the
      target has it:

      • Agility
      • Strength
      • Cunning
      • Protection
      • Bless
    • Spam and overlong delays are being removed from the following skills:

      • Alchemy
      • Lumberjacking
      • Mining
      • Tailoring
      • Blacksmithing
    • NPC shopkeepers will now buy the following items:

      • Warforks
      • Sashes
      • Hatchets
      • Surcoats
    • The duration of strength and agility potions will increase to 2 minutes.
    • Tinkered lockpicks will now stack correctly.
    • The armslore skill will be revised so that its messages will better match the current damage ranges of weapons.
    • The chance of monsters poisoning you when they hit has been tweaked down.
    • Tinker tools and metal chests will become craftable.
    • It will be possible to set the client to use an 800x600 game area.
    • Interior lockable doors will exist. Use of a house key on a door will allow you to rekey that door and will generate a new key for it.


    The following items are longer term:

    • We are revising the way tinker traps are dealt with for the purposes of murder reporting.
    • Alchemy and necromancy have gone back to the drawing board as we work to make them the best additions possible.
    • A house auction system will allow you to buy and sell player-built buildings on the open market.
    • Changes will be made to boats to minimize crowding along the shores, and problems with losing your boat.
    • Order/chaos warfare will be revamped.
    • It will be possible to declare public buildings to be guard zones.

    -- Posted by PGoH

    Bug report - Warning to those that use purple potions   (3:50 am CST)
    -- from UOVault
    A few days ago, an upstanding player was banned for supposedly using the 'last target' function from a third party program. What happened was that he had chased a known looter into his house and began throwing purple potions on the doorstep and the front part of the roof. When the potion explodes, it looks as if it has fallen into the house and onto the player inside, however after testing in front of counselor Everquestbane and even showing GM Cochese himself, it was found that it did not cause any damage. What it did cause was GM Cochese erroneously banning Majestio for supposedly using a 'last target' function.


    Kalodar, Catskills

    -- Posted by Balandar

    April 22, 1999

    United Pirates Boat Race   (10:37 pm CST)
    -- from http://uo.stratics.com/
    Hear ye, Hear ye! May the races begin!

    I proudly announce the first boat race of Catskills, organized by the United Pirates! The race will start on Sunday, April 25 at 3 pm EST (21:00 CET). The meeting point is the Jolly Roger Inn of the United Pirates.

    A map to this place can be found on our homepage http://www.extraweb.com/ultima/pirates/

    You have to apply for the boat race by simply sending one email per boat to hawkeyepike at hotmail.com, telling the names of the crew members in your boat. No fee has to be paid!

    You may participate alone or with a crew. However, you must have one boat in your crew, and the winning crew will receive a valuable prize! After the starting signal sea battles are allowed. Blade Spirits and Energy Vortices may not be casted! Also try to avoid to wipe out a whole crew.

    A detailed description of the event and a map describing the course with its checkpoints can be found on our homepage. I hope many role-playing guilds will attend at this event.

    Hawkeye Pike
    Captain of the United Pirates

    Thank you Hawkeye and The United Pirates. Good Luck to all!

     


    -- Posted by PGoH

    A few more additions   (10:31 pm CST)
    -- from In Development
    >

    • Bandages will now automatically stack when you make them. There will also only be one type created (instead of two types that do not stack together, like now).
    • Using scissors on hides will make cut up leather which is lighter.
    • Attackers will now receive a message when their poisoned weapon poisons a victim.
    • Line of sight checks will be added to the following skills, preventing their use through walls:

      • Fishing
      • Mining
      • Provocation
    • The following beneficial spells will no longer be
      reflectable, and will not remove magic reflect if the
      target has it:

      • Agility
      • Strength
      • Cunning
      • Protection
      • Bless

    -- Posted by PGoH





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