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Priest / Martyr Merge + Channel Changes

April 09, 2017 Author: Lasher Category: MUD News

Priest / Martyr Subclass Merge:

The Martyr and Priest classes have been merged with the subclass skills of the two combined into Priest. If you were a Martyr before this reboot then you should have received a note explaining the change. If you were a Priest before the reboot then you gained:

Humility, Sacrifice life, Heavenly Smiting, Serenity

Be sure to read the helps on these and if you just got these skills for the first time you will need to practice them. If you were a Martyr then any percent practiced in these should have carried over.

Holy Preference / Unholy Preference - New Priest / Harmer Ability:

There is a new Priest ability called ‘Holy Preference‘. More information is in the helpfile but the short version is that this a passive ability that causes Protection from Good to be ignored on the target, unless the target is also a Priest (and some mobs can be priests).

There is a new corresponding Harmer ability called ‘Unholy Preference‘ that causes Protection from Evil to be ignored on the target. Again, more details in the helpfile but this does *not* stack with Desecration. I realize that for max-stat Harmers this does nothing at all as you can have Desecration up 100% of the time, but it will help at other levels and stat ranges.

Channel Changes:

There is a new feature to allow you to turn off a channel for a set number of minutes rather than permanently. This only works on regular channels, not channels tied to a specific feature such as auction. As an example, to turn off gossip for 10 minutes use:

 gossip *off 10

If the channel is already off then you are basically setting a timer to turn it back on in 10 minutes. The timeout shows in the ‘channels’ command and if you manually turn on the channel in the meantime then any timeout on the channel will be cancelled.

Gossip channel is relatively quiet these days and with this new feature in place to turn off the occasional temporary “explosion” on the channel, we would like to encourage more discussion on gossip rather than sidebar channels. Between that and clearing up a couple of channels we just no longer need, the following channels have been removed:

Debate, Mxit, Sports, quote, Gsocial, Nobletalk, Advice and Gametalk

Obviously we’re not going to tell people to move conversations to channels that don’t exist so this can be considered a loosening of the the channel rules in terms of where conversations take place. It does *not* change any of the rules about excessive trolling and spamming.

These channels have also been removed from ‘gamestat 12′ and from colorset options.

Other Changes in this Reboot:

  • The amount by which align impacts Paladin damage has been increased. This means that extreme align Paladins will do more damage with spells (approx 25%) then before the change. Paladins closer to neutral will do slightly less damage than before. I have seen suggestions to remove this alignment bonus / penalty completely but would rather keep it and make it more worthwhile.
  • The Blazing Fury spell has been added to the list of spells that cannot be used on clan items (staves, scrolls, etc). This was an earlier oversight as the other higher level paladin attack spells were already on the list. No impact to existing items in the game.
  • The ‘Desecration’ and ‘Party Sanctuary’ spells can now be cast while in combat.
  • Made ‘Curse of Sloth’ duration more based on stats and greatly reduced the recovery timer (Kane). Made the same changes to the ‘Flank’ skill.
  • When using Hammerswing, the hammer will start to slow down after the first 3 opponents in the room and do less damage to subsequent targets Overall damage over time (number of rounds) does still increase regardless of number of opponents.
  • The ‘Sacrifice Life’ spell will now show the actual amount healed. (Daresia)
  • The base percentage on Precision (soldier skill to ignore dodges) has been increased, particularly in PVP.
  • The ‘pkoff’ setting will now be set by default for new users. This is the one that prevents you from attacking another player via area attacks etc. (StarsOcar / Arcidayne)
  • Someone who is hardcore should now be able to attack OPK players but with the usual level checks in place. Someone who is OPK should be able to attack hardcore without level checks in place same as everyone else. (XiQuan)
  • When you Superhero you will now get a full restore. Not a big deal but with sometimes large amounts of HP being restored from saved stats this will allow a new superhero to enjoy their own double without having to spend 5 minutes healing. (DjVoltron / Soleila)

Avenger / Inquisitor Merge.

February 12, 2017 Author: Lasher Category: MUD News

Avenger / Inquisitor Merge:
The Inquisitor and Avenger classes have been merged with all of the subclass skills of the two combined onto Avenger. If you were an Inquisitor before this reboot then you should have received a note explaining the change. If you were an Avenger before the reboot then you gained:

Flay, Lash, Interrogate and Tortured Visions

Be sure to read the helps on these and if you just got these skills for the first time you will need to practice them. If you were an inquisitor then any percent practiced in these should have carried over but you will need to practice Righteous Anger.

Holy Reprisal - New Avenger Ability:
There is a new Avenger ability called ‘Holy Reprisal’. This is an automatic passive skill like weapon skills or fast healing which means that you don’t have to cast it as a spellup. You do still have to practice it for it to start working.

This skill will give you a damage bonus against any player or mob that initiates combat directly against you. This skill is not like revenge - when the fight stops the list of attackers is cleared. The main point of this skill was to give a damage bonus against aggressive mobs, the PK benefit is just a bonus.

In terms of activating this skill, it does not trigger if the attacker has revenge against you or when the Safeguard skill is used to rescue someone. If someone attacks a group member present in the room at the time of the attack then you do get Holy Reprisal against them too. When a group member is attacked rather than the Avenger directly the reprisal is not as powerful, but still enough to punish them for attacking your group.

Other Changes:

  • The ‘Tortured Visions’ ability now has no lag when casting but has a small recovery on failure of one round of combat. This means that you can try (and retry) the spell without it affecting other combat abilities but can’t just spam it with zero lag. The base amount of intelligence it removed has also been increased slightly.
  • The ‘info other’ channel has been removed as it was no longer needed. The double exp messages previously in there are now part of info global. The only other thing it was used for is remort / retier info which is now under classchange. The ‘levels’ info might have been more logical for that but I wanted it to be possible to get the info on ‘major’ levels such as remort and retier without having to keep on all the other level info spam.
  • Added a few new builder lua prog commands on the test port over the last couple of weeks so check them out if you’re a builder.

Server Move, Classchange Costs, Info channel redo, epic deaths, other.

January 28, 2017 Author: Lasher Category: MUD News

Aardwolf Server Move:
Aardwolf moved to a new server tonight - the domains should update shortly but the new I/P address is The domain ‘aardwolf.net’ can be used to reach the server immediately as DNS on that was updated weeks ago.

Other than a general technology refresh this server will allow us to experiment with ‘instances’ and some other ideas we haven’t been able to touch because of memory constraints on our previous server.

Aardwolf Update - January 28th 2017:

Quite a few unrelated but important changes this reboot. The list is below:

  • There is now a ‘who wanted’ option.
  • The speed at which the Navigator “Timeshifting” spell reduces lag is now based on stats and is generally lower than before but now has 100% uptime. At max stats it is very close to what it was before so this is a minor buff overall. Navigator is clearly not one of the classes most in need of attention - this was a fairly quick fix to help depend on recoveries less, nothing more than that.
  • The ‘parry’ skill has been modified so that proficiency in your own weapon is far more important than the attacker’s weapon. This means that it is now possible (but still more difficult) to parry attacks with weapons you don’t know.
  • When dying in an epic area your chances of losing a stat have been greatly reduced. We have not removed the chance completely but it’s about 10% of what it was before the change
  • The starting cost of a class change is now 5,000qp and it will decrease 100qp per day over 50 days until you reach and eventual cost of zero. The previous 2,000qp minimum has been removed.
  • The way daily prayer reset tokens work has been changed so that they no longer reset your original timer. For example, the means that you can use a token with 3 hours left on your timer and the timer will still be 3 hours. Note that when you use a token it now does the new daily blessing immediately rather than simply resetting the timer - this was the only way the new timer could work.

    This also opens the potential for being eligible to receive a new DB while you already have effects from the previous one (you use a token close to original expire time). If this happens the game should warn you and require a ‘confirm’ option to overwrite the previous blessing.

  • Ambush will now completely ignore the HARDCORE flag - this means that you can only ambush a person in a room if you would be able to attack them normally in that same room. OPK and all other flags (should) work as before.
  • The OPK flag now shows in ‘whois’.
  • The ‘keyring data’ option now shows the actual color codes to make it consistent with invdata. If you want to see the actual colors, use ‘keyring data ansi’. Made this same change to the ‘vault data’ command.
  • There is now a 3 second period after a successful backstab during which you can’t flee. This closes a loophole with quickstab being able to backstab (no lag), flee, and repeat for each mob in the room with no delay. I did not add the delay to ‘retreat’ as retreat already has a skill delay. So now we have a ‘no flee’ recovery maybe it should be set for a while when you initiate pk on someone, or maybe not, just a thought…

Info Channel Rewrite / New Filters:
The way that the ‘info’ channel works has been redone. If you type ‘info’ now you will see a matrix of settings for on/off on each type of message but also for being able to make each type of message include friends or clan members only.

New Aardwolf Info Channel

If you set both options then friends _and_ clan members will show, not only people who are both. If you are not in a clan at all you’ll only see the ‘friends’ column. The previous ‘clanonly’ filter is no longer used - if you had that set then your levels, deaths and powerup info channels have been set to clanonly.

  To change options, Use the syntax:

       info [channel] [friends] to toggle on friends only.
       info [channel] [clanonly] to toggle clan only options.

  You can also abbreviate these 'fr' and 'cl'.

When you view history for info you now view each type separately. You do see everything, not just what was filtered and shown to you. The syntax is:

info -h [channel]

The ‘channel’ value is any of those shown when you type ‘info’ with no arguments.

Messages that previously went to info and couldn’t be filtered such as marriage, season changes and double exp are on a new ‘info global’ setting so there is probably some clean up to do between this and ‘info other’. The ‘notes’ info channel is also global as that is based on whether you are subscribed to the board not who posted it.

Bugs Fixed in this Reboot:

  • When PK was changed to not create a corpse that was for convenience only and rot-death items were still supposed to have had the timer set.
    This also introduced a bug with clan keys and raid items not being removed in a PK death, including a suicide. I (hopefully) fixed this in a way that does not cause rot-death items to be removed in previous scenarios that didn’t produce a corpse such as morgue rooms, but needs testing. Sorry it took a while to fix this pretty serious bug, was super buy over the holidays and it was a fairly complex fix.
  • Fixed the 7 digit note numbers on personal - will correctly loop at 999,999 in future. Not going to fix the exiting note numbers so it will be ‘untidy’ for a little while until those personal notes expire.
  • Fixed a bug with the default ‘elemental focus’ type not being used correctly.
  • The ‘pkstats’ command was giving incorrect message for non-clanned or NOPK clanned players with OPK flag. Now fixed.
  • Fixed a bug with items carried and weight carried when a player dies to a mob with items on the keyring.
  • There was a bug in campaign rewards with practices not counting in your total for rebuild. For someone who does a lot of campaigns, this could result in negative practices showing in rebuild stats.

OPK (Open PK) and other changes

October 24, 2016 Author: Lasher Category: MUD News

Open PK (OPK) feature added to Aardwolf:

There is a new feature called ‘OPK’ which is an abbreviation of ‘open PK’.

A player can flag ‘OPK’ at any time but, once set, cannot be removed for at least 3 days or until you remort. When the flag is manually removed, there is a 24 hour timer before it can be added again. The most important things to know about the flag are:

  • You can be PKed by other OPK players in any room in the game that is not a ’safe’ room or similar.
  • There are no clan restrictions on using this. The game considers you a regular PK player regardless of clan. This means that any other ‘PK’ player (not just other OPK players)s can attack you in a PK room. Only other OPK players can attack you in a non-pk room. Other than this, who you can and can’t attack follows regular PK rules including level checks, not being able to kill people in same clan, etc.
  • While you are ‘OPK’ flagged, you will receive a 10% exp bonus for all kills, enhanced campaign rewards similar to hardcore and will receive, on average, 2 extra qp per quest. We will probably end up tweaking the numbers for both hardcore and OPK but right now these are decent bonuses for the added potential of interruption to your playing but intentionally less then hardcore bonuses.

A few other housekeeping items related to Open PK:

  • You cannot be hardcore and OPK at the same time.
  • OPK (and Hardcore) players will no longer show their location in ‘where’ unless they are either in warfare, in a clan room, or you have revenge on them. Oracles and Ninjas can see full location.
  • Hardcore players, Hardcore kills, OPK Players, OPK kills and regular PK kills now show in gamestat 5. Pinning down exactly what is considered a “OPK kill” vs a regular PK can be tricky. A kill is considered ‘OPK’ if the two players wouldn’t have normally been able to kill each other without the flag but it doesn’t check every single scenario - mostly if the players in a non-pk room or are in a PK room but one / both of them are not clanned. There are probably other scenarios where it technically isn’t an OPK kill (such as revenge), but this is close enough to get a feel for activity level of the new feature.

Other PK related changes:

  • To prevent ‘griefing’ on corpse retrievals and genally make PK less of a pain, you will no longer have a corpse to collect after being PKed. Equipment will be kept on you as if it were a warfare or combat maze kill. You do still get transported to your morgue with hp/mana/moves at 10. The grace period on OPK kills has also been increased to 10 minutes.
  • Using ‘who pk’ will now also include OPK and hardcore players.
  • Hardcore mode now has a bonus qp for each quest completed at an average of 3qp per quest.

Keyrings and other changes unrelated to OPK:

  • Made a couple of changes to the way keyrings work. When you die, a container will be created called, for example, Razor’s Keyring. Whatever items were on your keyring at the time of death will be in this container. Whenever this container is returned to you, the items will be quietly transferred back onto your keyring. Rot-death keys will *not* be purged on keyring so this transfers over the bag ‘loophole’ which I don’t have much appetite for fixing after all these years.
  • If someone else loots your corpse then your keyring will sit in their inventory as a normal container until they return it to you, at which point the items will transfer to keyring again.
  • Changed the way ‘Elemental Ward’ works - it will remember the last damage type you chose and automatically use that same damage type if you cast the spell with no arguments. This makes it more useful with the ’spellup’ command.
  • The Air Focus, Fire Focus, Earth Focus and Water Focus spells have been removed and replaced with the single spell ‘Elemental Focus’. When you cast it you now have to specify which damage type you want to focus on. As with Elemental Ward, it will remember the last damage type you used and default to that if cast with no arguments. Also to clarify, this effect does increase melee damage too, not just spells, so with the recent increase it is fairly significant.
  • Any percent practiced you had in air focus is now elemental focus. The game will estimate practices spent on the other 3 and add some practices for them at login.
  • Allspells will no longer show spells that have been removed.
  • Invsort by weight should now correctly display the weight of aard bags and other containers that have items in them and a weight multiplier.
  • Setwanted will now show the player name that set the flag in the info message.

Subclass skill changes, Other updates.

September 25, 2016 Author: Lasher Category: MUD News

In addition to the stats saving across each remort, a number of other changes were added to the game today:

  • When you superhero loud, you will now be given 200 additional trains.
  • Channel history size for global channels such as gossip, auction, etc is now 200 lines, was previously 100.
  • There is now an ‘invsort weight’ option that will show inventory sorted in descending order of weight. Works on a container, for example, ‘invsort weight bag’. Also works with ‘vault sort’ and ‘keyring sort’.
  • When viewing inventory, keyring will now always show even if it has no items on it. Always showing it is best way to inform / remind people that the feature exists at all.
  • The change mentioned to Hammerswing last reboot is now in - no change at all to Hammerswing when solo. When using Hammerswing in a group, you will only hit targets you are directly in combat with, which means that either you are targeting them or they are targeting you.
  • Elemental Ward has changed a little - you have to specify one elemental damage type (air, earth, fire or water) when you cast it, but the protection for that one type has doubled. There is no output to the room when you cast this - others will not know what type of ward you have used.
  • Elemental Ward and the Elemental Focus focus spells can now be cast at the same time and no longer have a recovery time. They can also both be cast during combat.

I’m going to improve the syntax on these so elemental ward remembers the last type you gave is so it will work better from ’spellup’ then do the same with the focus spells. Don’t want this to hold up the reboot though so it will be in next reboot.

  • The ‘Precision’ skill no longer has a cooldown. The effect of precision is already stat based so having a cooldown also based on stats makes less sense now than it must have whenever I wrote the skill.
  • When you are in character creation mode after tiering, you will no longer be asked your MUD experience level.
  • There was an older bug where you could wear an item with a skill bonus before you have the skill then remove it after you gained the skill and would end up with a negative bonus. Good example was the Rudolph Nose (+6 to toxic cloud) worn before level 175 then removed after level 175. Should be fixed now.
  • Fixed a bug with quest appraise showing incorrect stats for bag at level 201 as a tier.
  • Fixed a bug with new tierpins not showing in owned.

Stats now saved across every remort.

September 25, 2016 Author: Lasher Category: MUD News

Major change to save stats across every remort:

  • The way stats are stored across remorts and tiers has changed. Whenever you remort, *all* of your current stats will be saved. When you reach level 201 on your next remort, those stats will be restored. If you do not have a free rebuild at the time you superhero, you will be given one. This is not a +1, if you already have one then you don’t get another.
  • The goal of this change is to allow someone to do some powerups at level 201, maybe experience a superhero group run or two, and not have those trains or stats be wasted. It will break up the grind rather than having to immediately remort as soon as you hit level 201, or have time spent at SH wasted. It also gives the option to save base stats rather than hp, mana or moves across tiers. If you have saved stats, the ’stats saved’ command can be used to display them.

The next few paragraphs get really into the details and get quite complex. If you don’t understand all this, the basics are that stats are saved across remorts and, when you reach level 201, whichever is higher of your current *total* stats vs your saved *total* stats is restored. It’s hard to mess up unless you remort at level 201, put all your trains into hp/mana/moves then leave yourself with no stats when you reach level 201 next time around - don’t do that!

  • To get into some more of the details, your trains on hand and practices on hand are also restored so there is no way to “double spend” your trains by rebuilding at level 200. The only exception to this is that any trains on hand at the time you superhero that are instinct eligible (previously unspent / not from a rebuild) will get added to the restored trains on hand.
  • Because trains on hand are stored across remorts, the ‘auto instinct deposit at remort / tier’ is no longer necessary and has been removed. If you try to remort with rebuild trains on hand (cannot be saved) then the game will advise you to spend them on stats instead.
  • There is a ‘norestore’ option to superhero that also requires the ‘confirm’ option to be added. Taking the norestore option will mean that your previous stats will NOT be restored and will be overwritten by your current stats when you remort. This is irreversible, there will be no manual pfile edits because someone did not pay attention. The main purpose for this existing at all is if your current stats are close to the stored stats and, for whatever reason, you prefer the current stats.
  • When you superhero, if the total cost of your current stat (in trains) is higher than the total cost of your stored stats, the game will warn you that you might want to consider taking the norestore option to keep your current stats, then will require the ‘confirm’ option either way. This is based on current training costs including wishstats / tierstats.
  • Because I had to calculate these anyway I figured might as well make them visible in a command, so the ‘train totals’ command will show the total train cost from your base stats to your current stats based on current training costs. If you have saved stats, it also shows the same for your saved stats. This is useful to help you decide which set of stats to keep.
  • If you are a tier with previously saved hp/mana/moves or on a t9 redo, those stats will restore the next time you reach SH and from that point on you will be under this new system.

Game Update - Sept 11th 2016

September 11, 2016 Author: Lasher Category: MUD News

Game updates made on 11th September 2016:

  • Double experience from someone doing superhero loud is now 15 minutes rather than 10 minutes.
  • There is no longer a minimum level 15 requirement to join a clan. The original reason for this many years ago was to stop “casual alts” from stacking up the numbers but level 15 is just a matter or minutes for anyone who knows the game well and the rule keeps out longer term characters chose to stay low level for whatever reason.
  • Two changes to quest timers - when you fail a quest because you run out of time, you can immediately quest again. As Tyebald mentioned, you’ve already waited more than 30 minutes now that quest durations are longer. If you “fail” a quest because you accidentally quit / get disconnected then it will be considered a regular 15 minute quest fail rather than adding a full 30 minutes.
  • When you use a staff, you will only hit targets that are directly in combat with you (you are hitting them or they are hitting you), or valid targets not fighting anyone. The lag on staffs is back to the normal one combat round.
    The reason lag was increased on staffs originally was massive damage being done in large groups with everyone using staffs and, in large groups, getting hundreds of spells cast per round. This change fixes that without the penalty for solo users and smaller groups that the increased lag created. Advance Warning: This same change is going to be made to Hammerswing once it is tested out live.
  • Fixed a bunch of typos previously reported. Not going to list every one but if you posted something that never got addressed it was missed.
  • Fixed a bug in ‘quit check’ causing color bleed on some nosave magic items.
  • Help search and showing helps that don’t display a header will now show tags when ‘help tags’ are on.
  • Wimpy is no longer reset when you remort / retier if you didn’t actually have a wimpy value set.
  • The skills Poultice, Lay Hands and Treat Wounds will now show the amount healed if you don’t have ‘nohealamt’ config option on. (Redryn) Lay hands also now has a message when you are already fully healed.

Titan’s Keep / Genie’s Last Wish

January 17, 2016 Author: Lasher Category: MUD News

Having a reboot where we add a new epic area is pretty rare. This reboot, we’re adding two!

A Genie’s Last Wish - high level epic area and goal:

The beautiful genie is in need of someone to free her from her entrapment. Many years ago she was taken prisoner by a heinous genie general and everyone who has ever loved her has died trying to save her. Left unchecked, the general’s armies will continue to grow. If he becomes too powerful, he will attempt to usurp control of the entire genie kingdom. If this were to happen, the future of the genies would be a very dark one indeed. A strong warrior is needed to abolish this evil general.

Are you capable enough to help?

Level Range           : 200 to 201
Goal Difficulty       : Very Difficult
Goal Recommended at   : Level 200
Goal Min Level        : Level 200
Goal by               : Wire and Nikkei
Area Author           : Wire, Nikkei and Trollemite

Note: This is a very high level area that requires a large group of powerful characters to complete. This area is a morgue area- unclanned/outcast players dying in this area will suffer usual death penalties but will wake in the Aylorian Hospital with all their equipment.
(minimum size of group needed: 10, no maximum)

Titan’s Keep - High level epic area and goal

Faced with the growing threat of an impending demonic invasion through the rift in the Crystal Mountain, an unlikely old power has emerged once more: The Titans. An ancient race whose powers once rivaled the gods, they had disappeared without a trace during the Old Wars.

For reasons unknown they have now returned in force, establishing a Massive Keep at the peak of the Crystal Mountain. Rumor has it that they are amassing an army to march against the source of demons itself, and seal the threat forever.

Word from the underworld has it that skilled mercenaries are sought at the Keep, though there do not seem to be any reasons why the Titans would hire an ordinary adventurer. Vague promises of untold riches and raw power are whispered in the night like a siren’s call, and some of the bravest have already begun their journey to seek its source.

Are you bold enough to venture into the domain of the Titans?

Level range         : 201
Goal Difficulty     : Extremely difficult (Mini-epic)
Goal recommended at : 201 Maxxed
Goal Converter      : Redryn / Koala
Area Author         : Redryn / Koala

Note: There is a limit on the number of players that can attempt the goal at any one time, based on tiers.

Keyrings feature / Afterglow Area and Quest

January 09, 2016 Author: Lasher Category: MUD News

Keyring Feature:

There is a new ‘keyring’ feature. This feature is intended only for convenience and organizing inventory. It will not allow you to save with keys or carry more items. Keys on your keyring are still considered inventory and will still go into your corpse if you die.

There is no gold or trivia point cost for the keyring as we are just making it a standard game feature. The command itself is very similar to vaults:

     keyring list       : show items in your keyring.
     keyring get        : Retrieve an item from your keyring.
     keyring put [item] : Place a specific item on your keyring.
     keyring put all    : Put all available keys on your keyring.

Using ‘keyring put all’ will put all eligible items on your keyring but will not give a message for the rest. The more specific syntax to add [item] or all.[item] will give a message.

Whenever you use a command such as ‘unlock’ that looks for a key, your keyring will also be checked.

You can also use the same ‘keyring filter’ and ‘keyring sort’ options as those now available for vaults. Invmon has new tags 11 and 12 for items being placed onto / removed from keyring.

Getting into the details, in most cases the keys are considered “carried” but it depends on the action. Mobs looking for items carried will see them and you can use them as if they were in inventory. In other cases, they are more like worn items in that you can’t drop, donate, sacrfice, them etc without first removing from the keyring and items on your keyring cannot be seen with ‘peek’.

As this new feature settles in you may find some items that are used to unlock doors but are not actually keys won’t go on the keyring and need to be flagged. Post them to the bugs board as they come up. Mobprogs should be fine but if you encounter any issues where a previously working goal is suddenly not working because the mob can’t find your key, post that too. In the meantime a workaround would be just removing it from the keyring.

Afterglow Area and Goal:

Although the powers of Master Mages Fahlyk and Fahlen were released in Dusk Valley, the brothers were not completely destroyed. After regaining their powers they both conjured a devastating blow. The amount of energy was so great nearly everything in the Valley was destroyed and a bright aura was left in the sky. The Great War had finally ended but neither side had won. The remaining residents of Dusk Valley were forced to settle elsewhere. The brother’s mutual hatred had not lessened though and over time they both passed away.

Nearly one thousand years after the destruction of Dusk Valley, time seemed to heal the devastation wrought during the Brothers’ war. Trees grew tall and strong, streams filled the crevices in the land, grass covered the valley floor and fauna cautiously populated the region once more.

Upon hearing of the rebirth of the Valley, the Relyks returned to the area to start anew. Although many centuries had passed the aura covering the valley remained. The region became known as Afterglow. The Relyks in the area have built a large mansion to honor their master. Those who have contributed to the community are scribed into a great book. Are you honorable enough to contribute to Afterglow?

Welcome to Afterglow, adventurer.

Level Range         : 200-201
Goal Difficulty     : Medium
Goal Recommended at : Level 200
Goal Converter      : Shaelynne
Area Author         : Shaelynne

Other changes in this reboot:

  • Domain flagged some epic quest items to be level 211 and here only earlier this week but not everyone got their items updated. That should be fixed after this reboot and all items in the list Domain posted in mudinfo note #1661 will now be level 211 and hero only. The level is so that all tiers can wear rank equipment and the hero only flag is to prevent it being worn at much lower levels now that the base level is lower.
  • Your run prefix will now be skipped if you are already at Aylor recall.
  • The bypass bug should hopefully be fixed now. If you have bypass at 100% and the stats to cover the areas you have listed but still get a target in one of your bypassed areas, please post to bug board.
  • A few cleanup items from the last couple of bigger additions to the game:

  • You can now use an item’s unique id when retrieiving items from your vault. For example ‘vault get 1693141671′.
  • You can now sort inventory in a vault using ‘vault sort [option]‘. Options are the same as those available in ‘help invsort’.
  • You can now ‘vault filter [filter option]‘ using the same options as seen in ‘help invfilter’.
  • The ‘invdetails’ command used by clients for plugins will now show

    enchants using this format:

    {enchant}Solidify,stat,hit roll,1,Lasher,T

    Data is: spell, type (resist or stat), stat name, amount, who cast,
    (e)nchanter can remove, (t)ponly or (n)ot applicable.

Disenchant / Radiance Woods / Other Updates

December 19, 2015 Author: Lasher Category: MUD News

Disenchant Feature:
Items that have solidify, illuminate or resonate cast on them after this reboot will have the stats the came from each enchant stored on the item.

Using this data, there is a new ‘disenchant’ feature that allows you to remove a specific enchant on an item to try again. The first time each spell is removed from an item, it can be done by an enchanter free of charge. Any removal after that costs 3 trivia points. If the first disenchant is done by someone other than an enchanter the command will warn you but still allow it with the confirm option. The identify spell / command shows the enchants and, for each one, shows whether it can be removed with TP only or free of charge by an enchanter.

The syntax for this command is ‘disenchant [item] [spell]‘. Using this command will show an abbreviated identify screen and the bottom section will show the cost. Repeating the command with ‘confirm’ will do the actual disenchant. I strongly recommend that you use the first command to make absolutely sure you are disenchanting the right item at the right cost rather than using ‘confirm’ to begin.

The disenchant command does include the toggling of flags necessary to try again. For example, removing solidify will remove the solidified flag and also put invis back on the item. Removing illuminate will remove the illuminate flag and remove glow so the spell can be cast again.

If the items added by an enchant have since been removed (failed enchant armor etc) then disenchant is not possible and the stored enchant data will be removed.

Example of Identify

There was some controversy around this command on the test port. Some feel it will make max enchants too easy and kill motivation to run epics once everyone has max gear, others think it’s still too expensive.

We can always experiment with settings and prices as necessary. Having this code in place also lets us tweak enchants without worrying about “breaking” existing equipment. If I improve solidify next week then solidify only can be removed and recast.

Unfortunate that on this specific change existing items WILL get left behind but it’s been many years since a change was made where you couldn’t just upgrade. Continue using what you have which will work exactly the same as it did yesterday, or get new gear to min/max every last stat. Not to imply there’s anything wrong with that btw, I play that way too, it’s just not going to be “free” this time. All kinds of possibilities open up with the code behind this, looking forward to building on it.

Radiance Woods Area:
During low tide, the dense trees of Blake Forest give way to a relatively unknown place called Radiance Woods. The magic once sealing off the woods from outsiders has been lifted. The wood nymphs and faeries that live here are welcoming. The timing, however, is not a coincidence: the shadows have corrupted the woods and they are desperate to save their home.

Years ago, life in the woods was vastly different. The village thrived and families loved to visit the forest. Travelers from near and far came to view the manor and participate in annual festivities that took place as spring turned into summer. It has been just over a century since a stranger found their way into the woods. Over time, fact turned into fiction, and the faeries and wood nymphs of Radiance Woods became nothing more than a fable to enjoy before bedtime.

As more shadow faeries take up residence, the corruption spreads and diseases those within. Radiant faeries are falling sick and turning towards the shadows. The trees are beginning to perish, animals are acting bizarre, and the protection spell that keeps out the darkness is succumbing to the corruption. In an effort to reclaim their home, the nymphs have removed the magic isolating the woods to outsiders and have sent word they need assistance. Queen Aevintyri can not save the woods without help from an outsider.

Will you be the one to stop the shadows? If you consider yourself intelligent, brave, and loyal, seek out the lovely witch, Luama.

Level Range         : 200-201
Goal Difficulty     : Medium
Goal Recommended at : Level 200
Goal Converter      : Shaelynne
Area Author         : Shaelynne

Game changes this reboot:

  • Radiance Woods is new area by Shaelynne for level 201. It does also have a goal. You can get a feel for the story and goal using ‘help radiance’. Definitely recommend you turn on room descriptions for this one. As a reminder, ‘brief 0′ to always seem room descs or ‘brief 1′ to only see room descriptions in a room you haven’t already explored.
  • Increased the base chance of Illuminate, Solidify and Resonate to add any stat at all. With 100 luck for example it was previous only around 10%, it’s now 35% and scales higher with luck. Doesn’t ever reach 100% though, that’s where Enchanter’s Focus comes in. Note that this has nothing to do with how many stats are added, only the chance to get any stats at all.
  • I have multiplied the costs and prizes on the Aardwolf lottery by 10. This means that a ticket costs 10,000 gold and the minimum jackpot is 40,000,000 gold. If all tickets get sold (rarely happens), the jackpot would be 400 million. This does not affect rollover counts but the new jackpot does apply to the next draw so any tickets already on hand are included.
  • Using ‘who from’, ‘who www’ and ‘who afkmsg’ will no longer include players who do not have that field set. (Fantomex) was last note I read on this, feel like it has been posted before, sorry if I should have given credit to someone else.
  • The Level field in rankings has been increased to 6 characters. This should include rankings commands, metarank and ‘toprank’. Let me know of any places missed.