Merry Christmas Renaissance After a month of development we are proud to release our new holiday event system. This system is a combination of 2 years of holiday event development that will better suit our much larger playerbase. There will be aspects of world hunting, dungeoneering, strategy, character development, tasks based goals, and ironman challenges. A complete guide to the new event system will be posted soon. The Christmas event season is planned to last 14-20 days. You can read more about the holiday events here Christmas Monsters - Bosses Bad Santa Santa's Battle Mount Dark Elf Commander Dark Elf Spirit Grinch Christmas Monsters - Mini-Bosses Blitzen Comet Cupid Dancer Dasher Donner Prancer Rudolph Vixen Dark Elf Battlemage Dark Elf Knight Dark Elf Ranger Yeti Elf Battlemage Elf Knight Elf Ranger Christmas Monsters - Foot Soldiers Corrupt Soul Dark Elf Archer Dark Elf Axer Dark Elf Fencer Dark Elf Macer Dark Elf Mage Evil Polar Bear Ice Golem Snow Vortex Elf Archer Elf Axer Elf Fencer Elf Macer Elf Mage Christmas Monsters - Helpers Good Polar Bear Ridable Polar Bear Christmas Reward Vendor Updated the Christmas reward vendor for the 2014 holiday season. Snow, 10 Coins, Blessed Christmas Tree Deed (Has ornaments when placed in december), 30 coins Holiday Wreath Deed (Can be dyed), 50 Coins Red Poinsettia Plant, 65 Coins Potted Plant Deed (7 types, 4% chance for a rare type), 80 Coins Mounted Good/Evil Polar Bears, 150 Coins Polar Bear Rugs, Deeded Item, 250 Coins 3x3 Christmas Rugs (Deeded Item), 300 Coins Christmas White Hair/Beard Dye 500 Coins White Hair Comparison Addons Adjusted Polar Bear Rug, Bear Rugs, Large Bed Deed and Small Bed Deeds to retain their color through the placement/chopping process. Administration Player accounts can now be flagged with an "Events Restriction" which will disallow participation in CTF or Holiday events. Note: This is reserved as a punishment for abusing these systems by exploiting bugs or other deviant behavior. Armor Based on additional research into the 1999/2000 Era of ultima online we have determined that our dex penalties for various armors were incorrect. The Dex penalty for Ringmail Armor, Ringmail Legs, Ringmail Gloves and Ringmail arms have been removed. The Dex penalty for Chainmail Armor and Chainmail Legs have been removed. The Dex penalty for Bone Armor, Bone Legs, Bone Arms and Bone Gloves have been removed. The Dex penalty for Platemail Chest has been reduced from 8 to 5. The Dex penalty for Platemail Leggings has been reduced from 6 to 5. The Dex penalty for Platemail Gloves has been increased from 2 to 3. These changes will be retroactively applied for all existing armor of the above listed types. Thanks Hgugob for bringing these to my attention. The information that was used to make these changes can be found here. http://www.uorenaissance.com/stratics/armor Combat The combat changes that were being tested in patch 58 have now been applied to the live server. This includes the changes to combat damage calculation (dice rolls) And the change to armor property/magical/crafting bonuses. You can read more about the changes here and here Factions Fixed a problem in which crafting a faction weapon, using a faction crafter, in a faction controlled town would not provide you with the option to bless the item. This was due to a few shops lacking a blacksmith NPC and the range to the NPC's not being large enough. All faction controlled towns that have shops with forges/anvils will now have blacksmith NPC's The range at which you need to be near a NPC has been expanded from 12 to 20 tiles. Thanks Sandro Houses Fixed a problem in which the house courtyard disable option was requiring a 24 day cycle time, vs 24 hours. Thanks Darkwing Items Added a special type of mounted polar bear head to go with the Christmas rewards. Added a new type of rare potted plant, the snowy tree. These can be found very very rarely when using potted plant deeds. Clothing Bless deeds are no longer blessed. Pets Adjusted the pet bonding delay from 7 days to 2 hours. Note: With the customization's to pet bonding on Renaissance this arbitrary delay no longer applies. Bonded pets require additional items, and additional bonded pets require the completion of a quest. The 7 day delay no longer has a purpose as it has been replaced with other mechanics. Resolved a problem that was still allowing players to release a tamed aggressive animal in town limits. Slayers Ore Golems and Ore Golem Lords are now covered under the Elemental Ban slayer. Spells The explosion spell will now count as a harmful act when targeting, rather than when the damage is applied. Thanks Mordechai Young Program Extended the point at which young players can no longer join the program from 14 to 31 days since account creation.