Mini-Update Notes from 1999-10-15

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Mini-Update Notes from 1999-10-15


  • For the next two weeks, all trash barrels in Britannia will now be ticket barrels. Newly placed barrels will also be ticket barrels. To place a ticket barrel in your house, you can say the words, "I wish to place a trash barrel". We have also placed bright purple colored ticket barrels in the following locations on each shard:
    • Near the Counselor Guild Halls in Britain (2), Jhelom, Magincia, Minoc, Moonglow (inside), Nujelm, Serpents Hold, Skara Brae, Trinsic (2), Vesper, and Yew.
    • The East Side Park in Britain
    • Center of Town in Jhelom
    • The Counselor Hall in Magincia
    • Center of Town in Minoc
    • The grassy area near the Moonglow Bank
    • Center of town in Nujelm
    • Center of town in Occlo
    • The Main Walkway in Serpents Hold
    • Near the jail in Trinsic
    • Main Street in Vesper, south of the bank
    • Near the Winery in Yew
  • In order to participate in the event, you must place items in a ticket barrel. The ticket system will be available for approximately two weeks after which time, the public barrels will be removed all remaining barrels will once again become normal trash barrels.
  • Ticket barrels placed in houses can only be used by the house owner, characters on the house owner’s account, or friends of the house.
  • Only one person at a time may use at ticket barrel. If two players each place an item in a barrel at the same time, one of them will receive a message telling them that they cannot place the item yet. The item will be returned to their backpack.
  • After placing an eligible item into the ticket barrel, you will be asked if you are sure you want to place the item in the barrel. If you select "yes", you will receive a ticket credit based on the value of the item. The item value determination is set by the base price of the item being discarded. This will not always match the gold value offered for the same item by NPCs.
  • Magic items will receive increased ticket value above the standard base NPC sell-back value. The amount of increase will be based on the power of the item.
  • If you have difficulty placing a polearm into a ticket barrel, place the polearm in a bag first and then place the bag in the ticket barrel.
  • You can view your total tickets by double-clicking on the barrel. The window will remain open for 30 seconds and while it is open no one else may use the barrel. There is also an option to turn off the confirmation window.
  • When throwing away an item, it will not remain in your backpack. Choosing to “cancel” the ticket transaction will return the item to your backpack.
  • You must be able to carry the items or container being returned. If you cannot carry the additional weight, the barrel will attempt to return as many items to you as possible.
  • If you choose to cancel the ticket transaction and are too encumbered to carry the returned item, a message will be displayed stating that the item cannot be returned. You may retrieve your items through the ticket barrel options menu after removing your excess weight.
  • To return canceled items from a ticket barrel, double-click the barrel and select the options menu. Clicking on “Return held items to me” will allow the item(s) to be returned to your inventory.
  • In some cases, house owners taking containers from the ground may find a canceled item exceeds their total encumbrance limit. In this event, destroying the ticket barrel by chopping it will move the item to the ground. You can then place a new ticket barrel.
  • You can place a container (bag, chest, etc.) holding eligible items in a barrel and receive tickets for all of the items in the container.
  • Some items are not eligible for the event and will not return any tickets. If these items are placed in an event ticket barrel, you will be warned that they are not eligible for the event and asked to confirm that you wish to place them in the barrel. These items include:
    • Gold
    • All other stackable items, such as, but not limited to: fish steaks, reagents, ingots, cloth, bandages, etc.
  • Some items are not eligible for the event and will not return any tickets, nor will you be permitted to place them in ticket barrels for the duration of the event. You will be warned that the value of these items is too high and they will be returned to your backpack.
    • House, ship, guild and any other deeds
    • Treasure Maps
    • Body parts
    • Order/Chaos Shields
    • Model Ships
    • Keys
    • Contracts of Employment
    • Spellbooks
    • Newbie Items
    • Items stolen in the previous 2 minutes
  • Don't worry about accidentally throwing away your favorite item. There will be a separate confirmation window anytime you place an ineligible item in a ticket barrel. If you do not wish to be asked to confirm, simply turn off the confirmation box.
  • Double-clicking the barrel with bring up an options menu that lists the number of tickets you have and lists the prizes. It also contains following choices:
    • Transfer Tickets – Allows you to transfer all of your tickets to another player. There is no confirmation after selecting another player and using this option will transfer all of your tickets.
    • Turn Stackable Warning Off – If you select this, you will not get a confirmation window when placing a stackable item into a ticket barrel.
    • Turn Stackable Warning On – Selecting this will enable the confirmation window for stackables.
    • Turn Non-Stackable warning Off – Selecting this will turn off the window that tells you how many tickets an item is worth and asks for a confirmation. You will still receive the ticket value for items you place in the ticket barrel.
    • Turn Non-Stackable Warning On – Selecting this will enable the confirmation window for eligible, non-stackable items.
  • To view the prizes in detail, you can click on the "View Prizes" link in your ticket display.
  • To claim your prize, click on a ticket barrel to view your tickets and select the prize from the list displayed. Your ticket total will be debited and the item will be placed in your backpack.
  • You may only have up to 1 million tickets. If you have 1 million tickets, you must trade them in for items before you can accumulate more.
  • At the completion of the Ticket System phase, you will be awarded one gold per ticket for any unused tickets up to a maximum of 9,999 gold.
  • What are the Prizes?
    • All prizes are "blessed" - they cannot be looted or stolen. It is important to note that placing "blessed" items in a container does not "bless" the container. If the container is stolen or looted, you will lose any "blessed" items within. For a translated list of prizes click here.
    • Small Ticket Items
      • Hair Dyes - These hair dyes of unusual color will allow you to permanently change your hair color. One use only. (10,000 tickets)
      • Facial Hair Dyes - These hair dyes of unusual color will allow you to permanently change your facial hair color only. One use only. (10,000 tickets)
      • Hair Cut Deeds - This deed will allow you to permanently change your hair style. One use only. (30,000 tickets)
      • Facial Hair Change Cream - This deed will allow you to permanently change your facial hair style. May only be used on male characters and has one use only. (30,000 tickets)
    • Medium Ticket Items
      • Singing Crystal Ball - This crystal ball plays random sounds within the game. It will only work when locked down and will play songs only to other players who are nearby. To turn on the crystal ball, it must be double-clicked and then locked down. (100,000 tickets)
      • Furniture Dye Tub- These dye tubs will allow you to partially change the color of certain furniture such as chairs and tables. You can change the hue of the tub with regular dyes. The tub has unlimited uses. (100,000 tickets)
      • Phoenix Armor - A random piece of red ring armor. As these pieces are random, it is possible to be awarded a duplicate prize. (100,000 - tickets)
      • Mini Monster Statues - One of 14 random small statues that come in a variety of shapes and colors and will emit monstrous sounds when approached. They can be placed in houses. To turn on a mini monster statue, you must double click it while it is not locked down. To then activate the statue, place it in your house and lock it down. As these are random, it is possible to be awarded a duplicate prize. The statues types are listed below: (100,000 - tickets)
        • Dragon
        • Skeleton
        • Troll
        • Orc
        • Daemon
        • Ettin
        • Earth Elemental Gargoyle
        • Gorilla
        • Crocodile
        • Liche
        • Lizard Man
        • Ogre
        • Ratman
    • Large Ticket Item
      • The Bless Deed - This deed will allow you to "bless" one item to ensure that it can never be stolen or looted. This deed will not work on keys, containers and stackable items. The item to be blessed must be either in your backpack, or currently worn or equipped. This is a one use only item. (500,000 - tickets)


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