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---- Sep 19, 21 [2938] From Valront: Tracked down buggy color spray/eyebite interaction that could cause permanent blindness on characters. (Ciella) Added 'ssoul' to future soulstones for real this time. Changing a minion out of tank or protect roles while in combat now comes with significant lag for both the controller and the minion. Most minions that are not in the tank or protect role now take significantly reduced damage from most area effect damage sources. Ignore should now partially work in groups. Consume will no longer destroy most corpses with equipment inside them, reducing on-the-ground scattered equipment litter. (Thanks Kehlani for string help.) From Draak: Added sound for lightning arrows. New leathercraft item: girdle. This is a heavy ac waist item, regular leathercrafted belts are now low ac. Minor small fixes to scrap and a few other crafts, including an out-of-the-way string error when stopping bonecraft. (Shryth) Fixed the permanent prison issue with prison spells. (Ciella) Ebon steel is now called shadow steel to prevent parser mix-ups with ebon mithril. Changes to mage cold spells: Frostbite does additional damage to prone or sleeping creatures, but less to flying creatures. Targets that are knocked down by frostbite take extra damage. If a target is affected by chill touch or a similar chilling spell, frostbite has a greater chance of knocking them down. Mage spell combos should now give bonus exp. ---- Sep 11, 21 [2935] From Valront: You will now be notified when you qualify for a Cry of Victory. Minor string updates to leadfoot. Added 'ssoul' to insult string of all soulstones - this will not impact previously generated souls, only souls going forward. (Lexie, Shryth) Wands will now display how many charges are left after you use them. (Shinobi) Finger command no longer available, use profile instead. Shadow Mastery now functions as a monster lore skill for shadow type creatures. Dread Portent now detects hidden ethereal creatures. (Thanks Shryth.) Low level warrior hint strings finished - please mudmail valront any typos in the strings. (Thanks Shryth for helping proofread the strings for me!) Sense Life now only detects hidden living creatures after all its sense life not sense everything that isn't undead. Add new level 15 obscure mage spell 'Lightning Arrow'. It turns out vampiric vines and poison ivy are violent to their very essence as such they will now die when the area around them becomes too peaceful and tranquil. From Draak: Fixed a string error with beam channel casting and evasion. (Lokar) New leathercrafted item: kneepads Skill guild requirements added to help page headers. Improved weight checks for leathercrafted items so you can't make weapons you can't wield. (Uicli) Various tweaks to metallurgy costs, generally down-trending. Fixed a bug with bonecrafting and manually designated levels. (Kristy) Thief skill salvage equipment is now level 27. New level 28 thief skill: scrap equipment, dependent on salvage equipment and metallurgy, allows you to strip down metal equipment for scraps that can be smelted and reused for metallurgy. ---- Sep 05, 21 [2932] From Draak: New channel cast runes: Shul, Arim Various level-related updates to crafting skills, including fixing a weird bug that set negative dierolls on woodcrafted ammo. Shield rims without effects should no longer add hp. (Ivey) Cleave can hit more targets with a flexible weapon, and double attack is more likely to trigger with a flexible weapon. (Uicli) The internal mechanisms of lapidary have been changed. Players should notice no differnce in performance, save for improved strings for cat's eye, star and rutilated gemstones and prices. Please mudmail Draak if you encounter an issue. ---- Aug 28, 21 [2929] From Draak: New forged item: mining helmet (Shryth) Tailoring now accepts designated levels and player targets, but you must specify the color and fabric type first. (Asclepius) Tailored kilts now have a stat based on their type. Finishing totems and fetishes should now give experience points. (Nermthegerm) You can no longer set KEEP flags on ammunition, because it would be a nightmare trying to make it behave properly with autoreload, and it is meant to be flung at your opponents. A god's favored unguents will now correspond with a brew affinity instead of the god's favored composition. This should it easier for worshippers of certain gods to make unguents. Leathercraft, tailoring and woodcraft should now make total level items instead of primary level items. Dragonscale armor and bonecrafted equipment should also make total level items. Please let Draak know if any equipment with weird level/class flags shows up. ---- Aug 22, 21 [2926] From Draak: Dragonbreath rust attacks will now affect weapons as well as armor, and scale with level. Though the affect is more pronounced, armor values and weapon dierolls cannot be reduced below 0. You should be able to brew cure spells again. Archery contests will no longer allow you to enter the range unless you are wielding a ranged weapon. Higher ranks in the alchemists guild reduce costs of bottling. Added 'set autocraftid'. When active, you will automatically identify items when you finish crafting them. Stomp damage has been tweaked, and it should do more movement damage on a critical hit. Adjustments to incarnates to better balance their abilities. New cleric spell: sunbeam! Radiant orbs does extra damage to shadow mobs. Grenades are now more powerful and do extra damage to plural mobs. As a trade-off, mobs that are alert (have been recently attacked) can avoid damage from grenades. Expect adjustment to how this works for the next month or two. From Brak: Various exclusions from the global high usage potion denter including those that are brewed by players, have low level spells, or have a timer. ---- Aug 21, 21 [2924] From Brak: Reduce maximum movement cost for skining. Secondary spells on potions are now lower level than previous ones. (Valront) High usage potions now have a less effective cast level (Valront) Reinforce armor is now learnable for those of sufficient level and rank in the Smith's Guild. This gives non-warriors the opportunity learn it. ---- Aug 14, 21 [2921] From Draak: Exp gained from crafting has been bumped up. Crafting higher quality items will generally result in more exp. Idomitable will's cooldown bonus against being shadow bound or entangled has been strengthened. New enchantment: thermography. This mage skill can enchant pieces of head gear with a permanent infravision spell. This requires gold and a spellcomp with an affinity for infravision. List switches should now work better when looking up class flags on items. For looking up cast/skill level effects with list switches, mcl, ccl, tsl, wsl, ncl and dcl will be the preffered abbreviations. Thanks to Lokar for assisting with the diagnosis. ---- Aug 07, 21 [2919] From Valront: Recast will no longer work while you're mortally wounded. Prevent deanimated bone guardians being infinitely reusable. (Leos) Fixed an issue with mobs using skirmish. The good news - mobs who are shadow bound or entangled should no longer use skirmish. The bad news - more mobs will probably skirmish now. Try not to die. From Draak: Improvements to craft quality skill checks. (Victorious) Enchantments that require spellcomps will give more detailed failure information for why a material cannot be used for enchanting. Tweaks and additions to flamestrike's interaction with cleric curses. ---- Aug 01, 21 [2917] From Draak: The list of maintainable spells on the help page is now autogenerated from metadata. The level calculator is now a bit more forgiving when determining if you can improve the quality of a crafted item. (Fumo) Objects with the FRAGILE flag are now destroyed when thrown at enemies. (Lokar) Impale and crippling strike no longer work on plural mobs, while cleave and whirlwind do extra damage. Fixed a bug that let people walk out of crystal and ice prisons under unusual circumstances. New forged weapon: chain whip Sky iron is now easier to forge with, but is still high difficulty so it will more readily yield mastercraft items. The Field of Fonts should have more plashets (local portals) now. Rejuvenate hp recovery is now twice as effective outside of combat as in. ---- Jul 31, 21 [2915] From Brak: Add throw strings to the 'miscellaneous' spam filter. (Colonel) Strawmen now protect by default instead of tanking. Minions no longer count toward the movement cost of tank rescues. (Valront) New last stand skill which should help with tanks getting one-shotted in high level groups. From Draak: The event command can be used while hidden now, with the exception of joining event areas. Clothing created by the livery skill can now have its quality improved. Moondust now has more consistent levels. Minor tinkering with warrior skills. A bit of retooling to flourish, its demoralization effect will work against more opponents, but only if they've not been recently flourished. (Don't forget to feint to clear the flourish timer on enemies!) ---- Jul 19, 21 [2914] From Brak: Last stand got accidentally enabled last weekend, but it wasn't quite finished. It's disabled again for now. Tank rescues now cost movement based on the size of the group. Player tanks now cover up to 16 people in a group before becoming less effective. See 'help tanking' for more details. For a 17+ group you will need at least two player tanks to ensure 100% coverage. ---- Jul 18, 21 [2911] From Draak: Added 'news jackpot'. (Lexie) Windbreaker should no longer be recastable. (Zuri) Group mobs should have less hitroll now, and their armor will scale less aggressively. Fixed a bug that prevented gathered woods from having a taste. FYI not all woods have a taste. New forged jewelry: armband You can now add brooches to tailored cloaks, jackets, shawls and other outerwear. Adjustments to the essence enchantable wear slots for some classes. Improvements to the dclient sound handlers, and more music and ambient tracks. Thanks to Shadowfax for his contributions. Adding sky iron/silver-based studs, spikes or scales to leathercrafted armor will make them inherit special damage types if there is sufficient composite left to do so. Tweaks to weapon dierolls for forged weapons. The number of dierolls should generally be higher, especially if you have high weapon forging skills. From Valront: Flesh beast and Bone Guardian no longer destroy corpses, or dump corpse contents on the ground. Scrolls that cast spells that are curses or start combat should now require you to specify a target if you aren't in melee, regardless of which spell is top of the scroll. ---- Jul 17, 21 [2909] From Shadowfax: Added high contrast (colorblind) mode. See help page for what it does. From Brak: Plural mobs are now notank. Add new last stand skill which is designed to help with tanks getting one shotted in high level zones. ---- Jul 11, 21 [2906] From Draak: Fixed a bug with combining metals that prevented them from counting towards Smith Guild jobs. (Dizzy) Socials cannot be used while sleeping, except for a few that make sense. Tweaks to scoring for the weekday archery contest. This should push people towards having somewhat higher scores. Thirsty Thursday tasks should now clear when remove poison or cure poison clears your drunkeness. This previously only happened with purge blood. (Druidia) ---- Jul 04, 21 [2903] Exp lost on death is now limited to the lower of your practice cost or 20 mil, with exceptions for certain critical group roles. Leaders of groups of 4+ only have half the exp loss limit on death, as do non-leader tanks providing they have been tanking for at least a few ticks. From Valront: Minor string change to sickening touch damage over time effect. Bravery is now recastable, but can no longer be cast in combat. Other people using groundstrike with fire weapons will no longer print strings that indicate you're also ground striking. From Draak: Fixed a bug with cleave improving without any valid targets. (Tarik) Tweaks to the metal supply crate to make it more generous. Extensive changes to 'craft quality'. The profession point cost has been drastically reduced, but it now has a gold cost. Encounters in the Field of Fonts will scale to accomodate groups of two. The Thirsty Thursday newbie gift task should now trigger for both exp and gold gifts. (Pug) Updates to some of the weekday event help pages. Damage weaknesses from itching skin and vulnerability lessened somewhat. Fixed a botched, redundant string with forged jewelry set with necromancer soulstones. (Necrosabor) New credit buy option - herbal supply crate. These contain only herbs, but you get more ingredients than with brewing supply and poison supply crates. If you enter an archery contest with an active bull's eye boon, its duration will be slightly increased to prevent it from wearing off in the middle of the contest. (Asclepius) ---- Jun 20, 21 [2900] From Shadowfax: Fix bug that displayed Purnima jobs irregardless of player's planar position. Lapidarist jobs no longer display irrelevant area data to newbies. Fix bug incorrectly displaying Purnima jobs as non-existant guild jobs. (Ivey) ---- Jun 12, 21 [2898] From Brak: New 'alias removeall' and 'alias removeall fkeys' commands. ---- Jun 06, 21 [2895] From Draak: New forged weapon: halfspear Improvements to stats transferring to shields from high quality rims. (Ivey) Poison mushroom can no longer be put on spellstaffs, to prevent MASS MUSHROOM MADNESS! Cleanup of weather/wind/terrain ambient playback for dclient. ---- May 31, 21 [2893] From Draak: Create water strings on characters added to spam extreme. New heraldic beast: hippopotamus. Searching will no longer show minion creatures. (Wu) A few tweaks to what spells can be groupcast. If a spell can be groupcast, it will show up on its help page. Help pages will now show if a spell can be maintained. A few minor changes to the levels of some spells and skills, to flatten a few pain points in the practice curve: 'remise' lowered from 23 to 22 thief. 'contortionism' raised from 22 to 23 thief. 'berserk' lowered from 22 to 21 warrior. 'prepare ghoul' raised from 19 to 20 necromancer. 'earthquake' lowered from 22 to 21 druid. 'release sunlight' lowered from 24 to 23 druid. Blue dart mana cost raised slightly, magic missile, thistles and coldfire mana cost lowered slightly, lag for inflict wounds lowered. Adjustments to woodcrafted shields: Kite shields are now two-handed shields. Kite shields and round shields will have about half the armor of tower shields and heater shields, respectively, to give more room for carving, enchantments, etc. (Ivey) ---- May 20, 21 [2892] From Draak: Added MSP sounds for wickercraft. Fixed string irregularity with accio and up/down direction. (Malificent) 20 entries displayed.

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