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  1. So, since my return I have been considering what project to throw my obsessive energies into. On the one hand, I’ve realized that my sweeping Lost Path Adventure clickie quest only encompassed lands that MP3 could reach, and that a Loreroot and a GG quest are begging to be created. On the other hand, those would not address the most pressing need of the realm, that being the dwindling population. You all may be slow-boiling lobsters, but my 8-year absence gives me a disturbing perspective. With the GWI project stalled, it would be premature to try to draw in more players. The process needs to be, in sequence: 1) Fix the bugs, soft locks, and polish the rough edges. 2) Create a more engaging initial experience, with better tutorial function to create an understanding/appreciation for the game 3) Only then wage a publicity campaign, focusing on text-based venues like Facebook 4) Deal with wrinkles as we get feedback, smoothing the path of integration. I am hereby offering my services as Project Manager for GWI. I’m not asking for coding tools (yet) but rather for some authority to act as Creative Director, and be able to ask for help to change things without running polls and surveys at every step of the way. An important function here would be to put a buffer between the critical voices of veteran players and the admin/coders doing the hard work. There is little risk in this path, because a) there’s not much I could do to screw it up permanently, and b) change can and will continue, as long as we persist. Am I qualified to take on such a role? If the complexity of my Lost Path adventure is not proof enough, I offer my past RL experiences as PM/QA/R&D driving the technical side of creating a multi-million dollar business unit within a large corporation, small business owner/operator, university adjunct professor, leader of cub scouts and baby soccer, cat herder extraordinaire at various times as committee chair and/or board member at our church, writer, and survivor of fatherhood. I also wasted much of my youth creating and running D&D worlds. Here are some high points of my proposed plan, in those 4 phases: 1) Fix the bugs, soft locks, and polish the rough edges. The riddles must be fixed – they are a major negative right now Tools must be shorter duration, but replaceable to avoid soft lock The arena error messages need to be gone Does anybody make the balloon work? I’ve not managed it yet. 2) Create a more engaging initial experience, with better tutorial function Scenario-setting intro – tell the story of a castaway, marooned in a strange place Ask a bunch of leading questions that help solidify the player's RP character in their minds Door-bell – new players trigger STORM and red admin message, to draw help Recruit more alts to greet and interact with newbies Get some role-play and combat happening on the island Lots more help and explanatory clickies to spoon-feed the cautious players Bling and flashes and action Bird nest talks about creatures Shells scattered everywhere, linked to the newbie power-ups and creature slots Each shell adds a layer of spin/understanding of the energy process “I am the soul of a creature past. I will manifest as you choose.” “Do not fear harm, you are in a place where all that is behind you.” “Be brave. The spirits of your friends will always be with you.” Etc. With a dozen shells scattered around the island, are a tutorial Get some more diverting mini-quests going right there on the island 3) Only then wage a publicity campaign, focusing on text-based venues like Facebook We need an active Facebook page to “sell” the game concept People who engage in Facebook and the like will be more attracted to MD It must accurately pitch the differences and virtues of the game Not an arcade shoot-up, rather a mind-trip etc. etc. If every player got every friend to “like” that FB page, we could get in a wave If GWI is engaging enough at that moment, it could snowball 4) Deal with wrinkles as we get feedback, smoothing the path of integration. We will learn to target our advertising, and reduce newbie surprise The MP3/MP4 training problem might be solved Overcrowding of the space/server resources might be new We might need more resources, RP items generated, avatars, etc. We will learn about hurdles and integration issues and fix them Others with different interests will continue refining other aspects of MD according to their own creative vision. I have some passion for this project. I hope you will all support me in this effort. Thank you.
    8 points
  2. Summer is coming, the sun is up in the sky and so is morale... For this quest you have to create a bathing suit for one of your creatures. Not draw, mind you, create. You can use whatever material and technique you wish, the more it is related to the creature you picked the better. One piece, two pieces... Three? Your call. Don't worry, you don't have to wear it, although... 👀 Like all creative quests, the picture you take should include a visible MD sign and your name. Please send your submissions to me and Fyrd Argentus via forum PM, the deadline is June 20, 19 server time. On that evening we'll have a nice parade and the best suit will be chosen (public vote + 'passion for fashion' jury). The rewards depend on the number of submissions. Base reward (less than 5 submissions): 10 gold coins for the 1st place, 30 silver note for the 2nd place, 10 silver note for the 3rd place. 5 or more submissions: Additional prizes for all, including a WP for the 1st place.
    5 points
  3. jakubhi

    NC Land Cleanser Issue

    I had the same problem while using LR Land Cleanser. Seems like no matter which land's Land Cleanser you use, the problem will still be there.
    2 points
  4. An additional observation: Nepgear is the first to ascend the coloured elemental to its maximum without the use of Wish-Points. One must wonder how many Wish-Points have been used to ascend these beings, but I believe no fewer than three have thus far been used in this manner.
    2 points
  5. I have been told I own some items that are far too delicious to not stir envy; therefore, I have decided to get rid of them, because of my fear of the evil eye. This contest has as rewards only common and uncommon RP items, your choice. The aim of this game is to create a structure made of words, with your name at its base; words can be written horizontally or vertically. However, in case they are laid horizontally on 'pillars' of different heights, they may fall diagonally or even in arcs - use this for enhanced effects. There should be no repeated words, save for unavoidable necessity and clever use; there should be no space between the words either, for extra durability. The idea behind the structure is that you create a ward of words, so it has to be strong and protect you. That doesn't mean it can't be fancy, and so bonus points will be given for various clever ideas, such as: only architecture related words, MD player names only, only words that start with a letter, structures that mimic a colisseum or a cathedral etc etc. However, the most important thing is that the outer shell/walls of this building is acting as a magnet to words that are similar. For example, if there is 'constable' in your outer wall, it will attract 'stability' to it and that means extra points. If it attracts 'corrosion', it means less points. More points, more items to win. Of course, the more positive boons, the more points, so you'll have to make a large structure (because words can bind only to outer walls). The positive boon list is: syntropy, stability, durability, intricacy, protection, cement, density, maintenance, design, defence, ward. The negative boon list is: entropy, corrosion, collision, humidity, ultrasonic, abrasion, attack, wind, rust, mould, weapon. These attach to syllables, so mnemonic will attract ultrasonic. You only get to design one structure UNLESS you get three upvotes (because it will be posted in this thread). 3 upvotes mean you get to design another one, if you wish to; it doesn't mean I will give you more points, though (also, how you get those votes is not something i care about). This will run for at least one week, but will be extended if there is extra interest. Although I've written a wall of text, I'm sure I left some questions unanswered, so feel free to get more details. (very silly examples in the image below; also, list of boons is 'wrong')
    2 points
  6. June 20 all day long, to recognize the fulfillment of spring's promise, and the beginning of summer. Come to the GoE and present -- whatever you want, to honor the occasion. You can present a ceremony, a dance, a literary work, a song, a game, a vaudeville act, or whatever you wish. Use in-chat links to present artwork etc. There will also be minor events and activities all day long. Please join in and host some games yourself - I can't be in the realm all 24 hours. Everything I (or anybody) can capture on the AR, or you post in a reply below (especially for prepared works) will be given time for judging by up-arrows (let's say end of June). (Of course, these are forum votes, not alts). The entry with the most up-arrows (minus its down-arrows) will get a wishpoint (provided it gets at least 12 up-arrows) OR AT YOUR OPTION, A RUSTY (donated by lashtal)!!! Smaller prizes may be awarded at my option, and if you see something you really like, feel free to donate to that participant yourself! Let's join together as a community and make the beginning of summer something special.
    2 points
  7. Item 15 not rewarded as it costs 7 plushies per RP item. Confirmation asked for in PM's. Done Done Done Sent, I have taken the plushies! Done Done All done!
    2 points
  8. All events and quests ran during this day with more than three participants will be eligible for a Wishpoint for their creator!
    2 points
  9. What about reddit?
    1 point
  10. Fyrd Argentus

    Temp Fix for MDA

    Well, I meant just general organization, indexing, helpful hints, whatever it takes for someone first entering the site to know what it is they are looking at and how to find what they want. Hopefully something more than a "Read Me" file, but that's the idea.
    1 point
  11. Fyrd Argentus

    Temp Fix for MDA

    So we're debating what to do about the broken bookshelves in the MDA. For a temporary fix, let's just have one section be a link directly to MD-Archives.com, one a link to the Forum, one a link to the Facebook page (which incidentally needs to be taken over and revitalized) and the third a menu to other possible related or useful sites such as Discord and other internet resources. The next step would be to make sure MD-Archives.com has the most user-friendly interface & inline help we can give it. Only then should we worry about making a pretty bookshelf facade for the articles.
    1 point
  12. This is particularly an issue when scrolling down through 6 feet (2 meters ) of inventory stuff, then you go back to the navigation screen. You find yourself at the bottom of 6 feet of blank space, and need to scroll back to the top again. You could fix this by automatically starting new screens/refreshes at the top of the window, instead of preserving previous position.
    1 point
  13. I've seen this before too, under similar circumstances. Reasons given for not getting won/loss counts are wonky. I thought I filed a bug report... Yeah, here it is...
    1 point
  14. Thanks I have sent you both a forum PM about this.
    1 point
  15. a) Winderwild mark is current GG, but they are only found in Marind Bell. b) The mark for Marind Bell, for archers, is "MarindsBell" with an S. Yes, I often add the S but I think I'm wrong -- the map has no S.
    1 point
  16. Please cite them when posting do we can verify bids are valid thanks.
    1 point
  17. Here I'll post a schedule. Please PM directly with slot requests and questions - try to save REPLY for actual entries. 0:00 Fyrd Opening Words 0100 0200 0300 0400 0500 Fyrd Sign-Off and 1st Acoustic Remains 0600 0700 0800 0900 1000 1100 1200 1300 Ungod will present a Play. 1400 1500 Fyrd Returns, Second Acoustic Remains 1600 1700 1800 1900 (Deadline for submission for 2300 Event) 2000 2100 2200 2300 Lashtal's Bathing Suit Competition. See link for details https://magicduel.invisionzone.com/topic/19648-quest-time-to-take-a-bath/ . 2400 Fyrd Closing Words, Final Acoustic Remains TBD Fyrd's Mind race - compete for speed on the puzzle on Berserker's Way. Ssclorp claims 13 minutes for all shards. TBD Fyrd's "Drunken Charades" (well, sorta like Taboo). Everyone is encouraged to bring beverages that will keep all our tongues tied up. TBD Fyrd's "Pass the Gas" (hot potato). You're encouraged to bring extra RP items of the stinky kind to confuse/complexify things.
    1 point
  18. Mallos

    The Caretakers Shovel

    I can only express my discontent at not one but two Caretakers attempting to engage in such irresponsible actions
    1 point
  19. I'm trying to develop this scene (Coord: 3_3x-3_1) as a meeting place for role players, and a help-spot for newbies. I am currently operating a lost-and-found/free table/prop box using the hanging mug rack clickie on the tree. You could use this art, especially if there was an option to still use it as a clickie, or create a new bit of art (Aia did a good job activating as much as she could here for me). I am at this moment the only user of this clickie and can recreate the info thereon as needed. I would like to automate this process using a "Treasury". Title should be something like "Hung on Tree (Props / Lost & Found / Free Stuff) I'd also move the "job needed" advertisement for young creatures that no veteran wants here, and some consumables. Storage size 500/50 would be ample. This would be for Legend Speakers business, of course. I consider this a semi-altruistic way to help the realm, so am asking if a single silver a week could keep it open. Free would be better.
    1 point
  20. Chewett

    Unique Land Resources

    I was wondering about clay for for MB too, interesting!
    1 point
  21. Nepgear

    Unique Land Resources

    I was thinking, maybe we could make actual bricks... MB: Clay -> Brick. Tool: Some kind of shovel Processor: Furnace The reasoning behind this is that clay is most commonly found in/near riverbeds and lakes, which MB has plenty of. Molding that into the shape of a brick then burning it at the right temperature should yield some solid bricks we can use. Ah, Fyrd beat me to it with the clay idea, oh well
    1 point
  22. Marind Bell... Fine grades of clay harvested from the banks of the river Pottery shaping tools for roofing tiles, sewer pipes, pots, cups, and dishes. A kiln to fire any of the above.
    1 point
  23. Continued experimentation. Sometimes on defense it gives a won fight point, sometimes not. Sometimes it denies it because I'm capped. Sometimes it denies it because I supposedly have no surviving creatures, but I actually do. Not happy making. Yes, all this while I'm capped, but it wasn't making sense to me before that either.... I achieved a won count on offense, using life steal elementals. It says I got negative xp reward, and gave me the win count.
    1 point
  24. Pipstickz

    What are all the stats?

    Regeneration is a combat stat. It heals your creatures after you fight with them. Some creatures have it naturally, others may need to borrow yours via influence. Energetic immunity is a stat that buffers against the negative effects of walking. In particular the higher your EI the less VE you lose by walking in places other than your homeland (doesn't work for No Man's Land citizens). Trade sense is a stat that buffers against shop prices. The higher your trade sense, the less WI you need to buy armour. Briskness will increase the amount of heat you can harvest with your Erolin Device. Initiative is a combat stat. It determines which creature will move first in a battle. Defence & Attack are interlinked combat stats. If my creature has 10 attack and yours has 2 defence, my creature will do 8 damage to yours (if it uses the "damage" ability). Power is both a combat and non-combat stat. Mostly it's used to influence creature abilities such as heal, lifesteal, martyrism. Outside of combat it can also influence some spells. Luck is both a combat and non-combat stat. In combat it will randomly affect your creature's performance, usually helping in an unpredictable way. Outside combat it can give you little surprises sometimes just for walking along. Volition is gained simply by walking. Gaining more of it has no direct effect as of yet, though it's a good way to compare who has moved around more in the past. Cartography lowers the AP cost of moving between scenes. If a scene costs 50 and you've got 40 cartography you'll still need at least 50 AP to move there, but it will only cost 10. The following are stats related to resource gathering, or some to crafting. As far as I'm aware they all do the same thing but for different resources. The more of a particular resource-related skill you have, the more efficiently you can use the tool that lets you gather that resource. Some are easier to guess what they're for than others, but I'll leave it to you to figure out which is for what. Some stats cover multiple tools or activities. All information is based on my own incomplete knowledge, so feel free to correct me.
    1 point
  25. After reading this a few times, to really let it sink in, I have to admit I have nothing but support for this venture. That being said, I have just one slight bit of advice for your suggestions. I love you to death, but advertising on facebook would be advertising to a VERY specific set of individuals. There's nothing wrong with that per sé, but we want to be aware of exactly who we target for ads. That being the case, I think we have the most promise in two places. The first being the most obvious, Discord rooms dedicated to the Mental, Spiritual, and Cosmic in general. 5D rooms etc would be great targets (and one of my regulars when I do advertise, because yes, I do my own advertising). Secondly and equally importantly would be the woke, spiritual, and alien sub sections of tiktok. Facebook isn't just outdated, it would be (in my humble opinion) a crowd that's... Slightly outside the range of what we're looking for. Discord and Tiktok are relatively consistent, in that they keep drawing in a newer, more thought driven crowd. Just my humble 2 cents. I'd be happy to support this venture regardless of whatever path you decide to take.
    -2 points
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