Server Patch 95 - Forge of Virtues - Publish 2 - July 26th 2021

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  1. Chris

    Chris Renaissance Staff
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    Animal Lore
    - Updated the animal lore gump to include a reference to the amount of previous owners that a pet has had on the 3rd page of the gump.
    - Added a 4th page to the animal lore gump for any tamed animal that has 1 or more friends.
    - Resolved some minor coloring issues with the gump where cliloc and non cliloc data was mixing. (Aesthetics)
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    Animal Taming
    - Added two additional messages to the taming process to indicate that the animal you are trying to tame has been tamed by someone else.
    Note: There will be a message for an animal tamed once, and a different message for an animal tamed 2 or more times previously.
    Note: This change requires a bit more testing and will be moved to patch 96.
    - Allowing players to clear the friends list of any controlled pet by using the friends command and targeting yourself. ​

    Pirate Bazaar Vendor
    - Add a new vendor in Papua that will deal in antiquities for players to purchase.
    - Designed a new type of vendor gump that is easier to update and providers more information to players.
    - This vendor will also be used by players to select their seasonal rewards.
    Note: Prices and detail pages are still in development and contain placeholder prices and testing information. Player comment is welcome on the prices for the rewards as we roll out the AMIB system update.
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    Fishing
    - Moved the various items that can drop from high level fishing onto monsters into their monster backpack. ​

    Clean Up Britannia
    - Resolved a small problem with how accuracy modifiers were handled when turning in magic weapons. ​

    Custom Regions
    - Implemented a flag on custom regions that will allow for explosion potion damage to be scaled.
    - Implemented a flag on custom regions that will allow for earthquake damage to be scaled.
    - These features will be used to provide balance in the Ancient MIB Instances.
    Note: They will not be seen in the overworld.​

    Copper System
    - Players can now use donation copper to purchase a lockdown expansion service for a house of their choice.
    - Players can now use donation copper to purchase a secure expansion service for a house of their choice.
    Note: These services can be purchased with copper earned from the Clean Up Brit System, or donation copper.
    Note: The changes are applied directly to the house, rather than a transferable expansion item and must be requested by the home owner. ​

    New Items
    - Decorative Snow Carpet Tiles (Holiday Store Reward)
    - Winter Holiday Trees (Holiday Store Reward)
    - Decorative Holiday Wreaths (Holiday Store Reward)
    - Ethereal Polar Bear Mount (Holiday Store Reward)
    - Animated Christmas Lights (Holiday Store Reward)
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    Christmas Reward Store Updates
    - Extensive updates to the Christmas Reward stores for the next 5 years.
    - The stores are designed and stored ready for the yearly store rotation.
    - This should cut down on delays related to store updates for Christmas
    - Released 3 new holiday hues, Festive Red, Ice Blue and Mistletoe
    Note: Prices subject to change but mostly correct. The 2020 store will be active with patch 95. The 2021 store will be active Mid December.
    Note: The lottery remains unchanged for now but hopefully we will apply some changes to that by December.
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    Expanded Special Attack System
    - Continued work on the new custom special attack system for UO Renaissance as part of the Forge of Virtues Expansion.
    - These attacks have been extensively designed so they are portable and can be implements in various forms on any new or old monster.
    - They will provide the staff and seers with unique tools to craft interesting challenges for our players.

    Cannon Wall
    - This special attack is placed in a location to provide an environmental blockage that can damage players that get to close.
    - Can face the 4 cardinal directions and damages players who are hit by the cannon balls.
    - A new barrier to be used in the Pirate Bay Ancient Message in a Bottle.
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    Molotov Cocktail Attack
    - Allows a monster to throw a Molotov cocktail at any player in the indicated range which explodes into a mix of damaging fields.
    - Anyone standing on the fields will take damage over time as long as they burn.
    - Fields will spread away from the point of impact in the direction the Molotov was thrown.
    - A new attack used by the Pirate Bartender MiniBoss
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    Powder Keg Attack
    - Allows a monster to throw a lit powder keg in the direction of a nearby player or tame.
    - After a brief period the powder keg will explode damaging everything in the nearby area.
    - A new attack used by the Pirate Overseer MiniBoss
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    Poison Blood Attack
    - Allows a monster to bleed poison fields that cause a player standing on top of them to be infected with the designated poison level.
    - These will replace the normal blood players might expect from monsters.
    - This type of blood can even be produced from these monsters fighting controlled pets, or other monsters.
    - A new attack used by the Ooze Monster and other minions.
    (Add Picture)​

    Flame Cross Attack
    - Allows a monster to throw a fireball at a nearby player or tame that will explode into a cross formation that damages anything in its path.
    - Can be customized with a variety of lengths colors and target ranges.
    - A new attack used by the Ancient Drowner
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    Underground Summon Attack
    - Allows a monster to summon help from the depths in order to assist with combat.
    - Can be provided with an array of monsters to randomly rise from the ground at various depths.
    - A new attack used by the Ancient Drowner.
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    Earthquake Attack
    - An improved version of the Earthquake attack that can be customized in range, and effectiveness.
    - Will no longer kill players if the damage is greater than they could normally survive.
    - Allows for a hard coded damage range or a percentage of damage from each target.​

    Misc Changes
    - Taming Quest: Fixed a problem where the entrance gate for the taming quest would return you to the event lobby, not where you started the event from.​

    Young Program
    - Removed young status from players who failed an afk check, addressing any issues where they could not leave jail easily
    - Extended the period in which players can join the new player program to better accommodate new players and returning players who had limited game experience.
    - Extended the period in which players can be in the young player program to 1000 total hour per account.
    - Doubled the amount of times players can ping/pong in and out of the new player program.
    - We want to encourage all players to take as much time as they need to learn this era.​

    Public Moongate / Event Center
    - Added a destination for the event center lobby to the location list.
    - The event center gates will only appear when scripted events are running.
    - Outside of those situations players will need to use moongates to access the event center.
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    Pirate Bay Ancient Message in a Bottle Renovation
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  2. Kiryana

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    Ethereal Polar Bear solid price tag and a new tram. Great job Chris & co. The updates are very enjoyable. Thanks for this.

    God Chris bless UOR! :p
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    oh i liked this the ethy polar bear and the snow carpet.
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    Whew! 5,000 HCs is a solid price tag indeed.

    I would recommend that the next group of new rewards go to the platinum store to give people an incentive to keep their characters logged in and boost the online player count.

    I like all the changes in general. Some people may object to the longer new player period but I think it's a reasonable change to boost new player retention considering the overall diminishing Ultima Online player base. I left the new player program well before my hours ran out on 2 of my 3 accounts and I assume most people will do the same, however it's better to give those that need it as much time as they need rather than seeing them quit. Overall in 2021 it's probably ideal for players to leave Ocllo with enough gold for a small house.
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  5. Heresjohnny

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    5,000 x 5,000 = 25m

    HC has been hovering around mid 3's for the last several months. I assume it'll go up a bit as we get closer to mid December. Probably around 17-20m value with the price tag in screenshot.

    Either way, I am 100% sold after seeing it in-game. Great updates!
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    Thanks for the correction! That's much more appropriate.
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    This looks F.... awesome.

    Well done :)
  8. Codus

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    To clarify... EC is open 24/7 via regular moongates. The green town gates will pop up only for scripted events (CTF, etc)?
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    I don't know what you mean. Like people marking runes within the event center? Recalling/gating into or out of the Event Center shouldn't be possible, and it's not accessible via public moongates.

    Some instances (Christmas scrolls come to mind) exit into the Event Center. Those people can theoretically stay as long as they want but once they leave they shouldn't be able to return except via a green gate open only during events (or doing another scroll).

    You tricked me into logging in to confirm that public moongates do not, in fact, allow people to enter the Event Center. Congratulations lol.
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    Chris's post says:
    "- The event center gates will only appear when scripted events are running.
    - Outside of those situations players will need to use moongates to access the event center."

    People's "concerns" with the EC is safe trammel trading and banking and idling. Not the green gates themselves. 24/7 access via green gate in town or public moongate is essentially the same. I was just trying to clarify if I read it correctly, that the although the green gates will pop up for scripted events, access to EC via public blue gate will be 24/7.

    Welcome back! But the point of his post is that's how it will work once the patch is live. It's not yet live.
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    Naa he's referring to the green gates as moongates I think, you're misinterpreting him.
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    Pretty sure he's right. Chris has been saying for a while now that with this patch, there will be an Event Center option added to the blue moongates. So there will be access any time from there.
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    <<< if this is true, then this is bad because trade will continue to take place in a zone where theft is impossible!

    I would vote for the automatic opening of green portals, only for the duration of events, in order to at least slightly increase banking traffic. After all, trading in a bank through a trading window is also safe and an item after a transaction cannot be stolen for a short period of time.

    ... of course people are tired of low-skilled thieves who use theft skills frivolously and only make people nervous for no reason, bad, bad ignorant! Bad effect on the noble and respecting the profession gentlemen crooks. The low ones do not think about the factor that every unfortunate little thing interferes in the future with noble lovers of the profession. The thief should respect his victim as much as he should and think about maintaining a healthy ecosystem of thieves of associates.

    And the fact that some have a set of thieves' skills and use it frivolously, nevertheless indirectly, but introduces them to the profession, only the quality should influence the result positively, and there is little quality and respect on the part of low, always annoying individuals.

    Let them try irl to approach a passer-by and obviously start checking his pockets, no, it's scary! Blunt griefers. (Well, okay, I've already moved off the topic, but still!)

    The event is a green gate, no event, no green gate!

    More freedom for professional thieves!
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    Yes. This was the main concern of most people. Not that the "gates are ugly" and we want them gone. But the EC is trammel and we want it limited. I am just trying to understand from @Chris if the blue public gate option is there 24/7? Based on these patch notes, it appears so.

    This solves the problem that EC gates had to be turned on by staff and so its less stress for an events I guess. But it doesn't solve the player base concern of a safe place to afk. bank. or trade.

    Still looking for clarification on when which option will be available and if I understood the notes correctly.
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    Yes, Green gates will be available for much shorter periods of time primarily during the signup and spectator periods of the events. Outside of those windows players can access the event lobby via the moongates.
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    This is a longer term project. We have slowly removed as much of the benefits of the place while still allowing it to fulfill its purpose of allowing community events. You cannot gain skills in there, cannot decay murder counts, it can affect your monthly platinum rewards, etc.

    We accept that it is a safe space for players, but we tried the alternate route years ago and it did not go well. So we need it, but are open to ideas to keep it from being a safe idle zone.

    In a recent patch we added a new feature that allows us to re-locate players when they log in solving the problem of having to boot people from the arena.

    So as always it is a work in progress, but needed to support our event goals, player run events, etc. It is also much easier on the staff to do 1 gate to a player run event, and then direct people to the moongates to access it. This used to be a huge timesink for the staff.
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    thanks for the reply! Great work on the patch. looking forward to eating a canonball
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    would the solution to the ec, and it nerfing thieves be, no bank in there? you gotta bring it through a public gate to go trade there?

    and awesome work on the amibs !!!
    water tiles next!!!
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    Literally these are moongates to Trammel...

    I understand this and the volunteer staff has been very active recently in creating and operating fine new content for the player base. So if 24/7 access to the Event Center is what's required to let the staff continue in their great work, that's understandable. But an event center with guards rather than technical restrictions on theft and attack would seem to be more appropriate for a shard whose founding ethos is "without the influences of Trammel."

    A UOR which continues developing at the cost of a slice of Trammel available is better than one without an Event Center, it's true. But this kind of thing should be handled with guards, not with technical restrictions on theft and combat. I know reds are allowed to participate in events but couldn't the guards be programmed to treat them as blue within the Event Center only, so long as they keep Lord British's peace? Could add a gump warning explaining this to players as well, that red players are protected from attack by Event Center guards. As it is the exit for the X-Mas scrolls is cordoned off from the rest of the Event Center so thieves wouldn't be an issue for those folks (could even add a mechanic that bounces people out of that section maybe so thieves couldn't hang around from previous scrolls?), and Halloween/resist party participants shouldn't be carrying anything anyway.
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