January 18, 2005

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Welcome to the Barren Realms MUD Newsletter:

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IDEAS -- feel free to comment on these!

Imiss: The healers/clerics shouldn't have such a long period of time in between each
spell that they cast to heal you.

Badman: clericus should be able to create balls of light

Badman: dwarves should have less lag after the kill command as they are natural fighters... either that or for kenders with a dex of 25

Badman: change the 'You bump into a wall' message for outside, something like 'You can't
step off the path'

Xer: EQ shouldnt be smashed in arenas

Disaster: a !scry room flag and/or mob flag

Disaster: versions of stay_terrain flags allowing for several distinct types, like a mob
that can wander to desert and hills but that's all.

Badman: mobs should be able to put things in containers if they are carrying them and if
they have a flag for it

Badman: don't make pills affected by how full you are OR make them puked up when you are
drunk... They're only waffer thin... :P

Badman: have poisoned water fountains that poison water containers...

Peel: a heal spell/skill for demons... devour corpse you regain 5% of your total hp for
each corpse you devour

Badman: put a help lastupdate file in the MUD which lets people know of changes - only
hints, maybe, but to give us an idea of the changing MUD ;)

Badman: have help rumors 11, 12, 13 and 14 work for help rumors 10 and so on...

Characters that need to login:

Acorn, Adriel, Atru, Blair, Brog, Camber, Colibris, Condorito, Daezylo, Dimmesdale,
Felix, Fireoak, Geech, Gilkam, Hiphop, Hocky, Linker, Lunasanura, Mahan, Majora,
Mentalkurtis, Metrius, Peken, Pogzor, Relg, Sangue, Slim, Solo, Sunspot, Thrull,
Tsaul, Ultrar, Valen, Walker, Winter, Wombat


Responses by Amystery

· Kiri has a plan to reward all players who are ?So old no one
| knows when they first entered the Realms? with special veteran prizes,
| as well as different prizes for those who have spent less, but yet
| significant, time in the Realms.
sweet, that's me!
| · Heroes who wish to run quests will now be rewarded with stars
| for quests successfully run with more than 8 participants (or 5, if none
| of them are hero alts.)

Do we get to comment on your ideas? Well, I'm going to anyway. I love
this one! i try to do it informally, but this will make it even better.
Its entirely possible other imms also enjoy seeing large quests and
would throw in their own prizes, so don't just play to kiri. Entertain
us all!:)
| · Anyone who submits an article to the newsletter about any mud
| topic and has it published will receive a proportional to their level
| slight stat raise.
I'm working on something...

| · Anyone who brings in new players (actual real players, not alts
| or bots) will have it be considered in their chances to immortal.
| Mortals who do it will be loved and adored and treated like Adonis.

Given the choice, i'd rather be an adonis...beautiful golden skin, loved
by all.
But as I'm already immortal, i guess I'll have to settle for medusa...

| Tea: make mobs agressive according to the room they are in. For example,
| bees would attack you outside the hive but not inside as they accept
| your presence...

I could see this useful in some rare circumstances, but I can't
immediately think of a way to make a mob only aggressive in a certain
set of rooms, at least not in any practical way.

| Xer: To have a Demons Donation - mabey a guardian teleports you there
| like the Revenant ppl...

As much fun as it would be to use this to ban demons from recall, i
think a room somewhere might be a better solution and let the lazy
monsters walk.

| Xer: To have Demon Shop - same as above for getting there... unless ppl
| can think of better ideas ;)

What would they buy? Or do you mean so they can sell stuff? Nah, lets
leave demons as a different play style. It keeps things interesting.
| Xer: can you make some items instead of nodrop, can they be 'Nodrop
| under lv30' so u can drop them at lv30, or something...
| Kiri ? this is interesting, but I would suggest it in addition to, not
| instead of, current nodrop stuff.

I like this, but I'd also like to see it timed. So that the nodrop wears
off after a certain amount. So you can pick up a sticky potion but after
a few hours it will harden and you can drop it. Might also be useful if
your sword got covered in blood and was so sticky you couldn't drop it
(or so slippery you couldn't hold it) but it would eventually dry and be
| Tea: if this is not already the case, have new poses every 5 levels or
| so... it would be interesting, at least... :P

Fine with me. Someone has to write them though, so get crackin'!

| Solkanar: when sleeping make prac show your available spells and how
| much you have practised them

Or maybe have it just do that when you are outside a guild? Actually my
quick check says that it already does that. You could also use the
spells command.

| Birdseye: peek should either not work when drunk, or others should be
| able to see the attempt

You've obviously never been an attractive female in a bar. There are so
many peeks that you can't notice them all. BR is like the world's
largest bar outside of germany.

| Birdseye: make tanned items a little better so the skill is useful... or
| make avian-wearable eq like wing covers, talon sheaths, etc

This has been suggested before but I still like it. tan is just an
amusing skill now, but it could be quite practical. Make avians more
into rangers who can go out and make their own equipment from the
corpses of their enemies.

| Xer: a new lavel above avatar - not sure about name - going up to level
| 500 - this also means the game is bigger, and there will be a need for
| areas... so loads of people can make them - probally will be declined -
| but just an 'idea' lol

An amusing idea and we will discuss it, but for now. Be satisfied with
how easily an avatar can slaughter you. Why do you want to see someone
350 levels higher do the same thing, but in negative hits?
An Article by Bluestar -- Interview with a MOB!

Welcome to another addition of BR News. I'm your host Blue. On today's
show we have a very, very special guest. He is one Calathar's most
valuable and world renound people known solely for his 'special'
abilities in the kitchen. Everyone, please give a warm round of
applause for The Baker!!!!

Baker: Thank you Ms.Star, it's so good to be here.

Blue: It's great to have you! So tell me Baker, you make all sorts of
delicious foods. Is there one particular recipe you make that you
can't get enough of?

Baker: You mean eat my own food? Gods no! [Starts laughing hysterically]

Blue: You don't eat your creations then?

Baker: I'll do a lot of things Ms.Star, but that is not one of them.
[Laughs again]

Blue: Why is it you won't eat your own baking?

Baker: Uhhh….[He starts shifting around uncomfortably] I'm on a low-carb diet?

Blue: I see. Well, maybe you can tell me about what makes your creamy,
big pot pies so incredibly tasty.

Baker: If I told you I'd have to kill you. It's a secret recipe with a
super secret 'special ingredient.' [He grins here, so evilly one can
feel their alignment begin to steadily drop]

Blue: I'm not sure I like how you said 'special ingredient' However,
is there anyway you can give us just one of the ingredients people may
not know are in your pot pies?

Baker: [Contemplates for several minutes before offering a response]
Well Ms.Star, as you well know, there are many, many abandoned corpses
scattered throughout the realms. It came to me one day that it was
just a huge waste to let them just….sit there without being put to
good use (as we all know, despite the Avian's claim to be able to make
good equipment out of them, there really is no use to them). Sooo, one
day I just decided to chop one up and put it in my pies. The rest,
well it's really history.

Blue: I see, so the meat in these pies is actually from corpses
scattered throughout the realms.

Baker: Only the freshest of course.

Blue: Of course...Well, would you mind telling our readers how you
make your creamy pot pies so darn delicious?

Baker: [He smiles sweetly as he replies] Love Ms.Star, lots and lots of love.
Blue: Well said sir, well said. Well Baker, thank you so much for your
time today. I certainly hope we can do this again in the future.

Baker: Oh, it was my pleasure Ms.Star. I would love to do this again
anytime you like… Well except during the Miss Barren Realms
pageant…[He then grins evilly and starts to giggle]

Bluestar: Well folks, this has been another edition of BR News, I'm
your host Blue, stay tuned next week when we uncover the hidden life
of Xor. This is one you won't want to miss!

Kiri's WWW of URLs:

The Museum of Food Anomalies


With such great items as The Circus of Disemboweled Plush Toys....


To Scale comparison of the Moon vs. Death Star


213 things Skippy can no longer do in the army



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Post by Solkanar »

Tea: if this is not already the case, have new poses every 5 levels or so... it would be interesting, at least...

Fine with me. Someone has to write them though, so get crackin'!
Where would I submit them to if I had new ideas for poses?

You tame the blizzard to make a snowcone (for %1).
Solkanar tames the forces of the mighty blizzard to offer you a snowcone.

There's a relatively poor druid one... :P
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Post by disaster »

first, read "help writesocial". there are a lot of different fields you need to write something for. what do you say kiri, submit them the same way as normal socials, or do you have something different in mind for these?
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Post by Everybody »

Poses only need two lines, I believe. What's shown to the room, and what's shown to the person doing the pose. (Since they're automatically untargeted, so you lose a lot of the options.)
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Post by disaster »

ah, ok :) demons can't pose yet, so i was trying to go from memory instead of playing with them first
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