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 VOLUME TEN, NUMBER TWENTY-EIGHT                           August 17, 2003

                          TABLE OF CONTENTS
                          The Editor's Note

                        NEWS, REPORTS, UPDATES
                          Calendar of Events
                   Gangwars #1 Tourney Today at 4pm
              Immortal Application Deadline: September 1st
                            Recent Updates
                    Button & Badges Contest Results
                          Recent Q&A Topics

              Jasra Offers to Help Newbies Under Level 20 

                              Clan News

                            The PK Front
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/__|                      The Editor's Note                          |__\

Another short issue this week. It's crazy time here at my house as
Tuesday is the first day back to school and just about everything that
could go wrong last week did. But at least I had power unlike a lot of
people in the country on Thursday and Friday. If you were one of the
unlucky ones who lost power, you were in our thoughts as the news spread
and your presence in our little electronic world was missed.

There are two more weeks left in our Summer Odyssey... if you haven't
made a new character from that era lately, do it now! Comments from low
level characters in areas like Port of London and San Francisco will go a
long way toward making a true newbie's experience that much better. If
you participated in the level-to-5 contest the other night, please share
your thoughts and experiences.

A question came up at Q&A last week about older areas and updates and if
dumping ideas into the channel for an area that doesn't get frequent
attention is worthless or not. The basic response was, ALL areas should
be maintained and updated, but some do get less attention than others,
however, all bugs and ideas about how to improve an area are never
useless. It may take a while for a given entry to be addressed, but
having the feedback there means someone can take the info and put it to
use at any time.

Have a great week!

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/__|                   LegendMUD Calendar of Events                  |__\
          [All times are system time unless otherwise specified]

                       AUGUST: INDUSTRIAL ERA
                        Su  M Tu  W Th  F Sa
                                        1  2
                         3  4  5  6  7  8  9
                        10 11 12 13 14 15 16
                        17 18 19 20 21 22 23
                        24 25 26 27 28 29 30

Sunday,   August 17th      4:00 pm             Gangwars PK Tourney #1
Thursday, August 21st      7:30 pm             Q&A in the OOC Auditorium
                           9:30 pm             Industrial Recalltag
Saturday, August 23rd      2:00 pm             Industrial Tinyplot
Sunday,   August 24th      4:00 pm             Gangwars PK Tourney #2
Thursday, August 28th      7:30 pm             Q&A in the OOC Auditorium
                           9:30 pm             Industrial Trivia
Saturday, August 30th      9:00 pm             Finish-The-Limerick Game
Sunday,   August 31st      4:00 pm             Gangwars PK Tourney #3

Coming in September:
  Immortal Applications Due: Sept 1, 11:59pm
  The Official PKill Championship Tournament!

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/__|        Come one, come all, to the Gangwars PK tourney!          |__\

The time has come to represent! You and your 4 rowdiest friends are called
to compete in the Gangwars PK Tourney. Come to one or come to all 3 --
each is at 4:00 pm on the 3 following Sundays: August 17th, August 24th,
and August 31st. Winners will be crowned for both each event and the
series of 3. Whose gang will rule? Whose strategies will lead to survival?
How many carnage will be waged? These questions are yours to answer.

Be There! Sunday 4pm!

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/__|          Immortal Application Deadline: September 1st           |__\

It's that time of year again. The deadline for Immortal Applications is
September 1st, 2003. If you are interested in applying to become an
immortal, be sure to speak to the appropriate department head about your
proposed project _before_ you submit your application.

Additional information on Becoming an Immortal at LegendMUD can be found
by reading HELP APPLICATION online as well as pointing your browser to:


The individual links to take you directly to the important pages are:






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/__|                          Recent Updates                         |__\

    /\                            CODE UPDATES
   /  \     
  /    \    There was no code update this week because of the power
 /_    _\   outages in many areas of the country making coordination and
   |  |     advance notice of changes difficult. The next code update 
   |  |     will happen on Friday, August 22nd.
   |  |     
    /\                          HELP FILE UPDATES
   /  \     
  /    \         There have been no help file updates recently.
 /_    _\   
   |  |     
   |  |                          SUMMER ODYSSEY  
   |  |                      INDUSTRIAL ERA UPDATES
    /\      If you want to suggest specific improvements or new additions
   /  \     to existing areas please don't hesitate to submit them on the
  /    \    idea/bug/typo channels or drop mudmail to the builder who is
 /_    _\   responsible for the area (check AREAINFO to find out!). And 
   |  |     please don't limit ideas and suggestions to these 3 months!
   |  |     
   |__|          Fixes Sameer losing his inventory after selling him
    /\           something.
   /  \     
  /    \    BENGAL
 /_    _\        Weaponeer sells plain ol' arrows now. Sailors shouldn't
   |  |          be rude so often to the same people.
   |  |     
   |  |     PORT OF LONDON
   |__|          Sailors shouldn't be rude so often to the same people.
   /  \     SAN FRANCISCO
  /    \         Sailors shouldn't be rude so often to the same people.
 /_    _\   
   |  |     SOUTHSEAS
   |  |          Changes Pym some. Fixes typos in healer's teaching acts.
   |  |     
    /\           Adds punctuation to "You open your eyes again to find
   /  \          yourself standing in the middle of the desert."
  /    \    
 /_    _\   
   |  |                          Other Area Updates
   |  |     
   |  |     Adds in buttons & badges winners to the souvenir machine.
   /  \          Various typo fixes. Boat stuff - horses will hopefully
  /    \         destroy them more often, flags them as non-mundaneable,
 /_    _\        makes them heavier, bigger, and cost more. Tweaks calf
   |  |          control so maybe there will be fewer, since they still
   |  |          seem rather high in population.
   |  |     
   |__|     CELTIC IRELAND
    /\           Fix for Megwan yelling all the time. Scruffy-looking men
   /  \          shouldn't be rude so often to the same people.
  /    \    
   |  |          Various minor bugs and typos fixes.
   |  |     
   |  |     
   |__|                    In Progress Area Updates
   /  \     This section is intended to share what builders are working
  /    \    on behind the scenes. It is not a perfect record of progress
 /_    _\   as all builders do not commit updates every week. Badgering
   |  |     builders about their progress will get you flogged. 
   |  |     
   |  |          Kae           Larderello (Dante's Hell)


                    Button & Badges Contest Results

Thank you to everyone who participated in the buttons and badges contest!
Over 40 ideas flooded in, so the judging was very hard. I ended up
narrowing it down to 15 items, which are available as of the Friday code
update. Many of the non-winning ideas are also quite good, and may appear
in future prize machines (with rewards attached, of course!).

The winners this time were: Dolor, Masha, Mordok, Rhone, Tancred, Wren,
Raphadhu, Romanti, Bryle, Bass, Lilac, and Archaon! What were their ideas,
you ask? It's a surprise :)!! To see the winning ideas, go to the OOC
Arcade and look badge to see the contents of the badge machine!


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 /  ___  \ / __ \  /  ___  \  Logs of Q&A sessions are available on the
 | /   \ | \ \/ /  | /   \ |  web pages for those who are unable to attend
 | |   | |  \  /   | \___/ |  or had to leave early. The most recent ones
 | |   | |  /  \/\ |  ___  |  are listed on the sitemap page or you can
 | | /\| | / /\  / | /   \ |  get a complete list on the Q&A index page
 | \_\ \ | \ \/  \ | \   / |  at the url below.
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                             RECENT TOPICS

 o Changes for Create Mages?         o Awake Shopkeepers Who Aren't Open?
 o Bug with PKE Steal Fixed?         o EVENTS Command for Scheduled Games
 o Progress on Kaine's Reimb?        o Lost String Due to Scroll Use?
 o Area Updates and Idea Channel     o Pets and Hirelings, ETA?
 o Targeting Items on Furniture?     o Why Only One Slot for Arms?
 o Why Can't We Trade in Practices?  o How to Become an Imm?
 o Advantages for Long-time Chars?   o Improved Healing with Beds?
 o Are All Guns in Spec?             o Possible to be Shooter Only?
 o Using Owned Fountains in Housing? o How's the Level-to-5 Game Work?
 o Why Can't I Go PKE Past Lvl 35?   o How Do Pkok and Pke Differ?
 o How's Progress on Hell?           o Level-to-5 without XP Rooms?
 o How's PKE Going?                  o General Suggestions/Questions

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/__|      LEGENDITES: Information Regarding the People of Our World   |__\
              Jasra Offers to Help Newbies Under Level 20 

I wrote this on the news board but some people don't read the news so I'll
type it here. If any newbies ever find themselves in need of help, please send
me a tell with your level. And by newbies, I mean someone under level 20. Now,
don't send me anything asking to get you EQ - I won't do that. I'll help ya
level if you want while showing you around legend. The basics. And to those
that aren't under level 20 but know someone who is - recommend me please! If I
had this opportunity for my alt or me - someone helping me everyday (or at
least offering to help) not that I didn't - I would be very thankful to them.
I know how hard it is. This is a great offer. You should really think about
it. Its not powerleveling or anything so its cool. Send me a mudmail if you
have ANY questions/comments/ideas/etc.

Please and thank you!

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     /__|                     Clan News                          |__\

There are currently 22 RP clans and 3 PK clan. This leaves open slots for
seven (7) more clans to form. For more information, read HELP CLAN and see
the clan information list via the CLANS command while logged into the
game. For a basic handbook and reference guide for players interested in
starting and running a clan, we recommend that before you even type FORM,
you visit: http://www.legendmud.org/Reference/gm.html.

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     /__|                    The PK Front                        |__\

The Prohets lead the pack again last week with the most members who had
been active at least once in pkill. The next closest clan was the
Infernals with hte Necromancers close on their heels. The Armed Forces of
Legend, The Syndicate and the Grendels also each had a pair of members
active on the pk front this past week. The following clans each had one
member who had been involved in a pkill incident: the USL, the Society of
Allies, The Seven Circles, the Grand Coven, The Hermetic Order, The
Avengers, the IRA, the Institute of Healing Arts, Intempesta Nox and the
Knights of Legend.


In the past week there were 50 pk-related deaths involving 40 different
characters. Of those 40 characters, 20 of them were accept all and 18 of
them were PKE at the time. There were 11 pke vs pke battles that ended in
death. There are 63 PKE characters total. So come on, let's get YOUR name
up in lights! We can't report on it if you don't tell us about it!

If you witness or commit any glorious or nefarious deeds, send a short
report to us at the LT. If you are looking for a fight, recruiting, or
anything else related to PK (not necessarily PK Clan related), send it
in! It's free AND you'll get a prize token! Be a celebrity, the envy of
all your friends! Tick off your enemies or just tell your side of the
story! The possibilities are endless -- act today!!

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