House of Commons from 2007-07-05

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House of Commons from 2007-07-05


Destinova Welcome to today's House of Commons chat with the developers of Ultima Online!
Destinova To submit a question type /msg [QT]LBeff my question here! - questions sent to the developers will not be answered! We'll be doing a general chat today so any questions on the game are welcome.
Destinova We'll begin with a brief introduction from our guests and then jump straight into the questions. The full logs will be available at
Destinova http://uo.stratics.com shortly afterward.
Destinova Also, feel free to join #ultima-online for open chat.
Jeremy_EAMythic Hey! I'm Jeremy Dalberg, your friendly Community Coordinator!
UOCoelacanth Hello, I'm Jason Abbott, and I'm one of the engineers on UO
Draconi Hi! I'm Tim "Draconi" Cotten, resident pyromani... er, pyrotechnical coordinator and UO designer
purpleturtle Hi, I'm Sara Kwong, one of the engineers on UO with the turtles
Baron Hi! Patrick McCarthy, technical lead for UO
Destinova *Mani* Are there plans to fix PvP issues such as evasion and tamers?
Jeremy_EAMythic Give our very, very recent announcement (on the Stratics forums, to be reposted shortly) that Stygian Abyss is being delayed, we obviously have to rethink our schedule for addressing PvP issues - we don't have a specific timeframe just yet. (That also means we're not generally going to be taking SA questions tonight.)
Destinova *Magnus* Question: Are we going to get more graphic options in KR soon? Like AA and AF? I would really like to crank the game up.
Baron The way that KR's graphics are handled currently doesn't allow us to take advantage of antialiasing or anisotropic filtering.
UOCoelacanth We have structured the way we handle particle effects so that more advanced graphics cards can take advantage of more robust and intricate particle effects
Destinova *MissEcho* Why is there no decent help guides for KR use, I have been building a wiki on uostuff.com that seems atm to be the only place people can go to get basic information, when is this lack of info going to be addressed?
Baron Also, we can and do take advantage of more video RAM and faster GPU speeds
Jeremy_EAMythic We've got a basic guide up now (see the patcher!) and we'll have a bunch more coming out over the next couple weeks. The fan-created stuff we're seeing is going to be hard to beat, though - you folks are awesome!
Destinova *Bob* It was mentioned that windows in the Kingdom Reborn client would be skinnable. Is this still planned for the future?
Baron Skinnable windows are a feature we'd like to support eventually, but we won't be implementing them in the near future.
Destinova *Anon7768* Hello, What will happend if the % for people using KR is not reached? Will be 2D stopped, or it will continue with KR? Thanks!
Jeremy_EAMythic We have no intention of shelving 2D prematurely - we fully intend to continue supporting it as long as player interest justifies it.
Destinova *Malag-aste* Is the problem with elf headgear in KR being addressed and how soon can we get a fix.... I'm missing my circlet.
Draconi So, the behavior in KR is different from 2D with Elves and Circlets. KR allows us to display the helmets in all their glory, which, understandably, is very different for people who've gotten used to the circlets overriding everything. Now, one thing we would like to do is offer a switch for *both* Humans and Elves to switch helmet display on characters on and off.
Draconi While it's not a compromise - we want Elves to be able to wear real helmets - now you'll have a choice on how you want to see everyone around you.
Destinova *MissEcho* when will flexible desktop in KR be able to be maximised with the window button so that you can have full screen without losing the taskbar functions
Baron That feature will be in our next client patch.
Destinova *senj* Hi, first off great job with KR, really lovin' it! Now, are there any plans on adding any new playable races now that we've got elves? (Fingers crossed for orcs)
Draconi You know senj, thanks to KR's new abilities, I bet we could! In fact, your suggestion has made us all realize how much we want to put Gargoyles in UO. Look out Britannia!
Destinova *Flutter* How are the chances of us being able to change the faces of our current characters in KR?
Jeremy_EAMythic It's something we're looking at for our 10th Anniversary.
Destinova To submit a question type /msg [QT]LBeff my question here! - questions sent to the developers will not be answered!
Destinova *Ghost_Writer* What are the plans for the big 10th Anneversarry?
Draconi Secret stuff, and, um, face changes.
Destinova *kimmeraZion* When will the stacking issue be corrected in KR? Anything over 5 books high in my library can't be accessed.
UOCoelacanth ... assuming it passes QA
UOCoelacanth JIB just told me he's got a fix for the pesky fractured house inventory/stacks... we believe it will be in the next patch.
Destinova *Dreamwolf* With town hall Columbus just 2 days away, which dev team members will be there and what will be covered?
Draconi It looks like Jeremy, Darkscribe, and I will be hanging out with everyone :) This'll be a great chance to *show* you some of the stuff coming up in patches, rather than just typing about it here
Destinova *Maplestone* Any news on where Inu has been hiding these days?
Draconi Rehew si Nui?
Draconi Inu's managed to get released from Britannian custody, reunite with her granddaughter and her friends, and might be interfering with a certain Mad Mage's project in the near future...
Destinova *Mani* When are we going to have a Town Hall meeting in Finland?
Jeremy_EAMythic We would love to visit Europe :) We don't have any plans to get over there this year, but it's certainly something we would all like to do.
Destinova *Lucitus* Will the a lot of bugs of Kingdom Reborn be fixed in the naer future? Like invisble mounts or imps?
UOCoelacanth We've got full bug-queues here and working on reducing their numbers non stop. You'll continue to see polish and bug fixes with the upcoming patches.
Destinova *Magnus* Question: Are we going to be able to access the files to KR soon? I would like to be able to listen to the music out of game.
Draconi While we don't have any plans to support directly accessing the KR files, we think it's great you guys want to listen to the music, and want to look into hosting the more popular songs on the website. Stones ftw!
Destinova *Dolgorath[ATL]* I've noticed there is already some XML in KR. Are there any plans to allow players to make mods for KR?
Baron We don't have any immediate plans, though there are a number of features we would like to open up to player customization in the future.
Destinova *Zephyrus* i was wondering if we will ever get any other colored hooded robes cause the ones we got look awesome in kr
Draconi Well now, we wouldn't want to make the rarer items lose all their value, would we? :) We don't have any plans for new colored robes in the near future, but in the mean time at least Monk's Robes are available.
Draconi Says.... the merchant.
Destinova *AnneNomilly* I'm having a lot of trouble opening things in KR and mouse clicking. Is this going to be fixed/looked at anytime soon?
Baron That's an issue we're aware of, and we'll be looking into that soon.
Destinova *Malag-aste* When will they do somthing with these voices I keep hearing?
Draconi Soon, all too soon. In fact, you'll probably regret asking, but all things are coming into focus... crazy mages and their experiments
Destinova *Harry* Hi, are there any plans for changing the paperdoll? The paperdoll in the 2D client looked great, but the one in KR looks a lot like the old 3D one that looks really goofy. (no offense)
Jeremy_EAMythic We're working specifically on the female paperdoll at the moment, and if you're in the Columbus area, come out to the Town Hall this weekend to see the new art!
Destinova *AnneNomilly* are we ever going to be able to turn in the Ophidian items or do anything with them? The books, snake skins, orders, etc.
Draconi Okay, okay. I tried to arrange something earlier with the military - but I got assassinated by Ophidians! I mean, I finally got a rez, but do you really want me to put my neck out again?
Draconi ... That's an overwhelming YES, apparently, in #ultima-online
Draconi Soooooo, Yes. Stay tuned, the military is very interested in what you've stored up against the dark days ahead.
Destinova *Keegan_of_ElF* will there be options in the UI to change font type/size and colour?
Baron We'll be adding some font options for the chat window shortly. We're also looking into various other ways to customize the game, but no specifics there yet.
Destinova *Magnus* Question: Are we ever going to get an opening movie for Kingdom Reborn?
Jeremy_EAMythic We don't plan to do a movie, although it would certainly be cool.
Destinova *Magnus* Question: Can we get a enable/disable box for the walking sound?
Baron We'll be adding more options for audio settings shortly.
Destinova *Phantus* Can we expect some more Halloweenie fun this year?
Draconi Mwahahahaha. yesh.
Draconi Saith Count Draconula
Destinova *Malag-aste* In 2d my character as a demon can fly, I tested this in KR and I can't fly at all .. will this be fixed?
UOCoelacanth That definitely sounds like a bug -- we'll look into it.
Destinova *Quint* what actually happens to the suggestions we send jeremy, they just seem to disappear and we never hear of them again? is there any way a system could be set up similar to a messageboard that's publicly viewable that ideas get posted on and the devs give reasons why it can/cant be implemented?
Destinova *Bob* Will any of the other Virtues ever get a link to a skill or alternative use like Honor has with Bushido? (I love using Honor that way)
Draconi We all love the Virtues and want to see them grow more into UO, but there're many things right now we want to, and need to, focus on before we can address the Virtues
Jeremy_EAMythic In response to Quint: They actually "disappear" into a complicated spreadsheet, and the results end up as patch notes (at least in theory.) The system is designed for a specific kind of tracking, rather than discussion, though - the best place for discussion are your local forums :)
Jeremy_EAMythic
UOCoelacanth ready for either Quint or Phantus
Jeremy_EAMythic (heh, sorry)
Draconi You're breaking the 4th wall!
Destinova *Phantus* What have you done with Wilki and Leurocian?
UOCoelacanth We've had them on a low broil for a few days now -- and they should be just about done. Actually, they've finally taken a well deserved vacation now that KR is out. You should be seeing signs of them soon.
Destinova 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.
Destinova Also, please feel free to join #ultima-online for open chat.
Jeremy_EAMythic Thanks, all! Hope to see some of you in Columbus this weekend!
Baron Bye all!
UOCoelacanth night everyone.
Draconi Thanks everybody! Don't forget: The destruction of Luna begins tonight on TC4 - we've got cannons lined up and ready to go!
purpleturtle bye bye