November 2001 Update
Lots of stuff has happened in the last few months, so here's a rundown:
There is also a new command, bmode, which allows players to circumvent the bounce code, specifically for situations where there is no intent to kill aggressive mobs (e.g. running past aggro mobs to get from point A to point B).
Remember, though: bouncing as defined in the panic file is still illegal, and any attempts to circumvent the changes to the combat system (or bouncing illegally in any way or form) are still illegal as well. If you find any "loopholes" in the code or any situation where you feel that the code is failing, please email Mentos with a description of the situation and what you feel isn't working properly. (Logs are appreciated.)
The amusement park on Sullust was expanded by Morgan and dedicated to Feor. The new additions include a Ferris Wheel, Mini Golf, a House of Mirrors, and an Inline Skating Rink. A Haunted House is still planned.
Speaking of Sullust, Sullust droids have been removed from the game. No reimbursements are being given.
The new and improved Korriban (BEWARE!!) was just opened, redesign courtesy of Khayyin.
Bimmisaari asaari trees have been changed back so that they do not get in a hit as soon as an aggressive player enters the room. However, if players abuse this ability and begin bouncing trees again, it will be changed back.
The good news is that Ivan is currently working on the new HM quest (as the now Head of HM), and it shouldn't be too much longer. *crosses fingers*
As caretaker of the Sims, Kess is also currently working on replacing the newbie First Aid quest.
Ivan changed the loss of experience for a PK death to be based on the difference in levels between the the killer and the killed. Bugs should be reported.
It has been coded so that a non-PK should not be able to heal a PK who is currently in combat with another PK. Any abuse of this should be reported. Please notify Ivan of bugs.
MLR droids were changed to restrict the movement of PKers level 12 and higher.
All LR-series droids also now have a 'destruct' command available to the owner. The owner may command the droid to self-destruct in order to clean up an area. If the owner logs off, the droids blow-up.
Superheal, Sith cloak, anger, and lift failure messages were changed to make them more interesting. In the case of anger and lift, turning these messages on is optional. See the skills' files for details.
Khayyin changed the Mickey Rukh hat to include a new command, 'nospam'. It will block the passage of spam toys on the mud, such as warm fuzzies (which can now also be turned into a 'cold prickly' - look at a fuzzy), spaceballs, and Wellington the cat.
The 'hmbozo' command has finally been given to mortal players, at least for an initial testing period. This new command is called just 'bozo'. If the wizards deem that it causes more problems than it solves, it might be removed later on.
The command 'sell all [item] from bag' has finally been reinstated after it was lost in the mudlib reversions.
Guild changes are finally being reconsidered again. Kess and Khayyin are the current Guild Assistants, and are in charge of recommendations for Guilds. All ideas for guilds can be mailed via mudmail to 'guild'.
And lastly, Morgan had to make an emergency move of the mud server, which is no longer operating out of his office. The current location is only a temporary solution, and the Moffs are still seeking a more permanent location. If you have any serious suggestions, please mail 'Moff' and 'Senator' on the mud with the details.
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