House of Commons from 2003-08-07

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House of Commons from 2003-08-07


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 'Publish 19'
Lord‑Xanthor Please /msg /query [QT]Grayred, [QT]Malaki, [QT]Ling_ma.
Lord‑Xanthor *Oisin* Before Pub19, the top damager's luck was used to generate loot and calculate artifact spawn chances. Is it the same after Pub19, or is it random now?
MrTact Luck did not change in pub 19
Lord‑Xanthor *Andurlin* PvP on all shards is now very limited due to trammel and sometimes hard to find a fight, does your team ever consider opening up an all pvp shard to address the pvpers concerens, maybe a preuor shard?
Fertbert You may find the PvP you seek on Siege Perilous, our all felucca ruleset shard.
Lord‑Xanthor
Lambana will you consider making artifacts cursed in felucca ?
Vex That's not something we think is really necessary at this time
Lord‑Xanthor *godski* How scalable are the new BOD books? Can the same idea be applied to any sorts of items? You just know people want some sort of ring and bracelet "books" as well as tmap books among others.
Hanse Alrighty
Hanse heh
Hanse The books I wrote are specific for BOD's.
Hanse Although, it's a simple system that could be adjusted to other items.
Sannio Jumping back to the Siege Perilous answer for a moment: If you'd like to find out more about this specialty shard, please visit http://guide.uo.com/siege_0.html
Lord‑Xanthor *Minotaur2k* Many people since Publish 19(myself since AoS) have been getting nothing but Iron Smith BODs there seems to be a problem with the system, do you plan to check on it?
Hanse I've read many threads on this topic.
Hanse Most of them say "I'm getting bad." and "I'm getting good." evenly...
Hanse We're not seeing any issue with the current distribution, although we do understand the frustration of the randomness of the system.
Hanse We've brainstormed on ideas and may have something in the future on our website on this topic.
Lord‑Xanthor *angelus_* Are rares still spawning as often now pub 19 is introduced
Hanse Rares that spawn at locations and are stealable were not modified for publish 19. They are spawning as they have in the past.
Lord‑Xanthor
Krump Currently if a house collapses, all the items in the moving crate stay there. Are there plans to change this, to make the items free lootable? Or is IDOC'ing just completely nerfed? That was the best skill ever *grin*
Vex It was not intended that items in a house crate would be unlootale after a house collapse. We should be able to get the fix for that bug in one of the next couple publishes.
Lord‑Xanthor *Barney_Wobba* We want to know if there are any changes planned over the next few publishes for improving the faction system, and if so what time scale has been attached to them. Factions need a bit of a boost, and though p19 has helped a lot we really would all love to see something new, and fixing many bugs that have been ignored for some time.
Vex For the immediate future, we'll be fixing some faction bugs as part of our normal bug fix efforts. More significant changes to the faction itself beyond fixing broken things are most likely to happen later in the year.
Lord‑Xanthor Please only message the people with [QT] in theirnames. Any questions sent to me or the dev will eb ignored. Thanks =)
Lord‑Xanthor *UOnuts* Any thoughts about looting right improvements?
MrTact I have been discussing this with the designers this past week in response to the recent board posts about PS "kill stealing"
MrTact Collectively, we feel the looting rights are in a pretty good place right now, so we're probably not going to make any changes to it, at least for a while.
Lord‑Xanthor *Akara* Are there going to be anymore events like the Lord Blackthorn/Dawn event?
Sannio Most likely, yes. We've been having two or three such events a year for the past two years or so, and people seem to like them a lot. We've had to juggle manpower a bit with some of them to help bring things together, but many of you have seen we recently solicited for "Event Moderator" positions. Our plan right now is to look into using these EMs for a different sort of event later on this year. Please keep an eye on UO.com for related news.
Lord‑Xanthor *Aexial_Derull* Are player races actually in consideration, or was the question posed earlier this week simply that, a question.
Vex They're not in consideration in the sense that they're likely to appear on "In Concept" for any of the next few six-week publishes.
Vex Rather, they're a topic of discussion that comes up in our design meetings often and they're something we'd like to consider for long-term plans.
Vex SunSwords questions on the boards were prompted by such a discussion -- his questions were basically questions that designers posed and didn't necessarily agree on.
Sannio Some people seem to not have received the tail-end of my reply up top. Here it is again: Our plan right now is to look into using these EMs for a different sort of event later on this year. Please keep an eye on UO.com for related news.
Lord‑Xanthor *linuxkungfu* The publish 19 patch was supposed to fix the boat refresh bug. When I click the gangplanks on my boat I do get a message saying your ship's contents and age have been refresed. However when clicking on the tillerman the age still remains "slightly worn", not "like new"
MrTact That's because his item properties are not updating. We'll fix that in a future publish.
MrTact A temporary workaround is to recall off & recall back to your boat, or sail across a server line.
MrTact There is a *legitimate* issue with refreshing though . . . apparently you can't refresh off the plank unless your main boat key is in your backpack & not in a subcontainer
MrTact These combined are a real nuisance, I know, and we're looking into getting them fixed as quickly as we can.
Lord‑Xanthor *Calculon* Since AoS Golems have become extremely useless. They lose the mana link with their owner shortly after consruction and are thus easily destroyed by ettins and trolls. Also, they have never gotten the bonding ability of other pets and must be gated around. Will golems ever get improvements or at least bugfixes?
Vex Bug fixes, yes. About new golem-related features I can't say. They're not on the schedule, but they are on my personal wish list.
Lord‑Xanthor *[MV]Vedrix* With the increase of resists on normal non-runic armour, is there a plan to increase the potential of runics (total resists)?
Hanse The potential is already much higher than non-runic items. It's just the average rolls below exceptional non-runic bonuses.
Hanse We're looking at the issue, but no solution has been reached yet. I keep a sharp eye out for good ideas on the stratics boards, as do the other devs that read those boards. :)
Hanse So, if you have a good idea, please post it...Thanks!
Lord‑Xanthor *Nadia* In the past OSI has commented that it was at GM that one received a slightly improved chance of being offered better BODs but it was stated at the recent Gencor that it's 100.1, which is correct and care to elaborate?
Hanse I wasn't at Gencon. I have no idea who was speaking on Bod's there.
Hanse The increase is at 100 and not at 100.1.
Hanse You have a higher chance of getting a colored BOD at GM and up.
Lord‑Xanthor *Angel-O-Mine* Does Luck have anything to do with getting better Bods?
Hanse Nope.
Lord‑Xanthor *SmokeSerpent* Is there any new news regarding the craftables that were almost accidentally added with Publish 19?
Hanse Sunsword questioned me about them.
Hanse It was an inquiry!
Hanse Anyway, what happened was the items were added to crafting to make them repairable...
Hanse The side-effect was that players could craft colored masks.
Hanse We realise that many people enjoyed that addition, while it was on Test Center.
Hanse We also received some upset messages that folks were getting more neon items to wear. :)
Hanse So, since folks can already wear those colors, we may see this decision reversed in the future...
Hanse I'm not sure when, though.
Lord‑Xanthor *Drull* Is anything being done to help out us laggers on 56k, and if so what?
MrTact I have heard reports that modem play had backslid somewhat after pub 18.
MrTact It is my intent to assign someone to look into that soon.
Lord‑Xanthor *Drull* Whats up with the shards not allowing people to login, where it hangs at "entering britania.."? is this going to be fixed anytime soon or.. ?
MrTact We have found the problem & think it might be fixed with the most recent emergency publish.
Lord‑Xanthor *tbhawke* Will fletchers, tinkers and carpenters recieve their own bod system?
MrTact In case it's not, we have a stopgap solution in place until pub20, when it will be fixed with prejudice.
Hanse I've not been given the go-ahead to add that into the game.
Hanse I would like to add those systems in. The design team has many ideas for those systems. :)
Hanse We've also learned a good deal from the other BOD systems. I'd like to tweak those, as well.
Hanse Nothing is on our schedule to do that yet, tho.
Lord‑Xanthor *Burz`Burguul* What about Phase III? Is it really coming out on Pub20 that is planned to mid-august?
MrTact Yes, it really is.
Lord‑Xanthor *Jammer* can we have any new information about EM's job? Are they going to do quests as much as seers used to or are they just there to help OSI in quests?
Sannio Without giving too much away, the EMs will at least initially be helping out with official OSI-created event activities. We'll have to see how things pan out.
Lord‑Xanthor *Valador* every now and then(not everytime) when you die. you lose lose an insured item somehow. will this be looked into?
MrTact Not only will it, I actively AM looking into it.
MrTact Obviously we're very concerned about this possibility.
MrTact I found one issue that can cause this to happen -- the infamous "drop what you're dragging when you die" bug
MrTact I have a fix for that that is in testing, hopefully that will be in pub 20.
MrTact However, most of the reports I've seen don't sound like that's what's happening.
MrTact My best guess right now is that items are not reinsuring correctly, and players are missing the notification (because they should have enough cash, & the message is subtle).
MrTact I may have some stuff going on this weekend where players can help me research the bug. Keep your eyes on UOHall for details.
Lord‑Xanthor *Newman* Quick question for MrTact: DId you find anything usefull on the bugged Rune Books? I have 5 on napa I can show ya. It really annoying =/
MrTact Yes, I found the cause for default locations ending up with the wrong world.
MrTact Unfortunately, it's not an easy fix & we're well past the development cycle for pub 20.
MrTact I will be working to get that fix into 21 and then we'll see where that gets us.
MrTact Part of the problem with rune books, I think, is there are a few bugs that are colluding to make the problem exceptionally annoying to find.
MrTact Gonna have to track em down and stomp em one at a time, as a major runebook rewrite is out of the question right now.
Lord‑Xanthor *Blackheath_THB* Any chance of Mongbat Lords entering the game soon?
Hanse I am the mongbat lord. :P
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
Lord‑Xanthor Please join #ultima-online for continued, unmoderated chat
Lord‑Xanthor the log will be posted shortly at http://uohoc.stratics.com
Fertbert Thanks all!
Sannio Thanks for coming, everyone!