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    Freedomites, Epicurians, Chaotians lend me your vocabularic comprehension! Hear ye hear ye! In the year of our lords and dark demoness' 1062 the peoples of the Wurm realms have been subjected to a vile plague that threatens our populations. Our top priests have identified the source of this scourge and have given it a name. Toxic Player Syndrome. They also recommended ostracizing the infected vermin from our sewers. Toxic Player Syndrome is a social plague spread through contact with contaminated ink used primarily when inscribing documents in far away lands. We do not support the use of documents outside our realm, or far away lands for that matter. Still, this plague washed up on our shores and threatened to infect our peoples with no regard of nobility or cleanliness. Victims of the plague may exhibit symptoms such as bloodshot eyes, unusual facial hair growth, clumps of hair missing from head, loud voices in unusual octaves, and uncontrollable bouts of cursing and screaming. Our healers will do their best to reach your afflicted ones and provide treatment or carts to haul off those who have achieved a pungent stature. Remember to bathe no less than once per year to ward off these foreign borne maladies. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Plague Carriers of 1062 Mechanic Dingov Mattown ...some other people for other reasons just for the heck of it. (because they needed to be removed!) ------------------------------ For the rest of the universe! Greetings Wurmians! During Wurm year 1062 someone thought it would be oh so funny to breach the access of accounts of our members by violating the security of their private forums. We have identified the culprits and are removing them and others from Wurm Online as to protect our community from these unscrupulous individuals. This violation occurred through resources not connected to Wurm Online or its services and there has been no breach of our security, but this is an attack on our active players and we will not willingly tolerate this kind of behavior. If you have shared your accounts with these individuals we strongly urge you to secure those accounts as Wurm Online and Code Club AB are not liable for losses incurred from account sharing which we do not offer support with. We are doing our best to help the affected individuals regain their accounts and items so that they may continue with their lives. Appeals of shared account bans will be processed normally for review. Appeals of those directly connected to the violations will not even be entertained. Thank you, Team Wurm Online P.S. Some feel that we should have stopped PVP in Wurm Online due to this situation that occurred against one of our pmk kingdoms. I would like to bring a touch of clarity as to why this was not done. This occurred due to a 3rd party system that we have no control or support for and was ran by players and was their sole responsibility. It would have been a horrible precedent to interfere with the proper operations of Wurm Online for such a thing. We have options that do not require us to cancel a vital component of Wurm Online on knee-jerk reactions. We have also noticed that there is also misinformation spreading among players about our actions as moderators. The facts are simple. The damage was done even before the affected could alert us. We as moderators have not been sitting idly by and letting these "cheaters" "get away with it". We searched for the lost items and as soon as we could we confiscated them. I hope that at least clears up a bit of the misinformation. ------------------------------ For those who find themselves banned! Greetings Earthanoidal creature! We will not play these games with you. You have done something vile and reprehensible that we will not stand by and tolerate. We will not entertain the notion that metagaming access to other player's accounts is acceptable behavior. We do our best to provide an entertaining and encouraging environment in which to spend your time with us and our members. You have gone beyond acceptable social behaviors and committed acts that are both illegal and deplorable. Do not expect any personal correspondence with us as you know very well what you did and why you have earned your bans! Some of you are banned due to the recent attack on one of our player made kingdoms in a pvp environment via metagaming, and some of you are no longer welcome in Wurm Online for the consistent bad behavior and gaming of the system to avoid penalties. Do not expect any personal correspondence with us as you know very well what you did and why you have earned your bans! We will gladly continue on without your metagaming and abuse of our system. Good Bye, Team Wurm Online
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    "if its in the game and it is not patched you should not get into trouble for doing it. that simple" "how is doing what is in the game a bannable offence its the game at fault not me" So you think that just because you can do something you should be allowed to.... Well, let's give this some perspective and see just how sound an argument that really is shall we! I could go drinking and driving! I could go jump off a cliff! I could check the blades of my mowers while they are running! I could look directly at the sun! I could go drink milk! I could go lick a frozen metal pole! I could go rob a bank! I could go build bombs! I could go play with a wild skunk! Any of this getting through? No!! Well, let me elaborate.... Life is a sandbox too! All of these things above I can do because the mechanics of life allow it! This does not in any way mean that I should do these things. Every single one of these sandbox actions have consequences socially and or legally! After all, the police do tend to get uppity if you rob a bank! I can just see trying those above quotes on a police officer. Wurm Online is also a sandbox with a massive amount of mechanical freedom, but just as in life there are expectations to how you should behave. We have discussed social behavior many times in a lot of threads in GM Hall, and Rolf himself once said that just because you can do something in Wurm, does not mean you necessarily should. It is impossible to have a true sandbox without some guidelines to allow our society to function. For the most part these guidelines are called the rules, and the sad truth is that the Game Masters of Wurm Online are the police in Wurm Online. One of our functions is to hold you to certain expectations and not allow anarchy as it only sews fear and anger. It has not been that long ago that we banned a number of people for rather malicious activities involving our PVP community. Their actions have prompted us to label them Toxic Players and we removed them from the game for their Extreme Disruptive Behavior. I am surprised to see someone following in the footsteps of those we have removed already. I refer to the incident reported here in these forums. Keep in mind that we recently removed a couple of people from the game for this very activity. Chaos is a chaotic ecosystem. It has been a very enjoyable experience in the past, but it has a major problem with its situation on the Freedom Cluster. That problem is thievery. Nothing is safe in a PVP environment, so it is a bit surprising to say that theft is a problem, so let me explain. Are you okay with someone entering your town, acting like your villager, and then robbing you blind only to leave to another country where you have no chance of getting revenge or possibly your stolen items back? If you said yes, then your brain is not firing on all cylinders and you should take it in to the shop for a tune up. We expect there to be raiding and looting and killing and slaughtering and pillaging and banter and all that goes with PVP, but infiltrating a PVP village for the purpose of looting it is not acceptable. This is NOT PVP! PVP is raiding a village like a... raider.. or a pirate... or an enemy. Becoming a villager under any pretense to gain the trust of a village and then abusing the permissions they have given you to steal from them or cause harm to them is not in any sense a PVP action! It is an utterly reprehensible action that we do not accept as an expected behavior! Thank you for reading these words of wisdom, poetic they may not be. In best regards, Enki (Head Game Master) your ego-maniacal chief of rule enforcement for the worlds of Wurm Online.
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    Greetings and Happy Festivations! This last year has been a long and dusty road, but we have made it through and are preparing to tackle a new one. At this time we start beating out all that dust we have picked up on the trail over the last year and need to close out some of the rockier parts of the old year. I refer directly to the Niru incident. Officially, we are done with this individual and all of the accounts and items that were associated with the individual are and always have been the property of Code Club AB and may be used, dispensed, or removed at Code Club AB's discretion as defined in the EULA that everyone agrees to upon playing Wurm Online. After a long period of open claims being taken in by forum thread and forum pm has finally passed I have decided to finally begin closing this chapter. First, a handful of claimants who lost items and properly noted their losses to us when asked will receive items that we were able to seize in Niru's possession. You will not receive all of your item losses, only those we were able to successfully show were yours. Second, we will be conducting an auction on all of the items that were seized with no proper claim received for. This will start with a listing of items for overview, and then after a week, an auction/s will commence. Third, all of those who lost silvers in transaction with Niru and properly posted a claim in the forum thread or forum pm will receive a percentage of their losses back. The proceeds from the auction will be returned in percentage to those with silver related losses. I cannot stress enough not to get hopeful and expect a full recompense. This is not a reimbursement and I am not setting any new precedent as this is normal procedure for us to attempt to return losses seized in regards to scams. I will not entertain any attempts to apply this situation to other cases in an attempt to retrieve long lost items or accounts. This was a special case of scamming and is in no way similar to other cases such as bans due to rule violations. Thank you, Enki (Head Game Master)
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    There have been some questions regarding the current plans with Wurm, so we'd like to take the opportunity to outline our focus and a rough roadmap for the next few months. Currently we have two projects as our main focus, the new client renderer and the cooking update. The cooking update has a tentative release date of mid November, with public testing opening up towards the end of October. We are currently ensuring that the recipe system works and that all foods have adequate information. Included in this update will be some expanded changes to the Rift system, including uses for the new Rift materials that you’ve been able to gather recently, as well as some small extra mechanic changes to them. As well as this there will be some changes focusing heavily on the Epic servers, including large amounts of planned bug fixes and improvements to the mission system and further Epic specific features to be introduced. The unstable client has most of the major bugs and crashes addressed at this point, and we really urge you all to try running it. There is currently a known bug which causes random disconnection issues, once that is fixed and barring any further large crash bugs or issues we will be moving the new renderer to the stable client and releasing client update 4.0, so please do take the time to run the unstable client and report any bugs. As stated the last time we did a push for testing of this client, not testing it out now on your system may affect your play if a previously unreported bug shows up when the client moves to stable and the current stable client is no longer available. This brings us to November, and the next series of projects after the cooking update is finished and live. Most of these have been started on in some form already, but will be the main focus for the months following the cooking update: In-Game UI Overhaul Tutorial Revamp New Web Based Account System Updated Web Shop These projects are massive undertakings in themselves, and we will all be working on bringing these long desired systems and updates into the game, with the aim of these projects to allow greater account control, easier play ingame, and a more informative and engaging tutorial. This of course is not all we'll be working on in this time, we have several features in the works as well as always adopting suggestions and ongoing bug fixes - not to mention WU specific changes like the modding api and better mod support. If there is enough interest, we may start writing a dev blog every now and then focusing on mechanics discussions, development decisions and just generally giving more of an insight into why we decide to do something the way we do it. If you would be interested in that sort of thing, do let us know - otherwise we’ll still be posting news and teasers for upcoming patches and projects in the weekly news posts.
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    Disruptive Player Behavior A situation had recently arisen that required the enforcement of the Disruptive Player rule regarding the home servers of Serenity and Desertion on the Epic cluster. As moderators we strive to do our best to balance the rules in cooperation with the mechanics that are provided. As stated by Rolf in the Disruptive Player regulations the mechanics are not always able to cover all possible scenarios that can arise, and that is where the rules come in.Whether you believe in fair play, or you enjoy playing a more rebellious role, the rules apply to everyone equally. We must take action for or against you based on the facts of the case regardless of your position or situation. Unfortunately, people who decide to abuse the system sometimes prefer to be less than truthful in the matter and twist the facts or out right lie to us and the community in a vain attempt to avoid penalties.In the recent Disruptive Player situation the facts are that the avatars used to attack the same kingdom were shared so much that identifying the involved led to requiring a sweep of bans. Of course, we as moderators recognize the sad truth that an innocent can get caught by such a sweep, but it is our official stance that you are responsible for any avatar sharing and you can easily catch warnings or complete bans for actions taken by others that you have shared your avatars with.It is not our place to tell you who and who not you may be friends with, but if you run with nefarious individuals, chances are they will not have your best interests in mind.A deliberate effort to lie to our team by at least some involved including the mass harassment of our team has caused us to throw out any appeal of the decision for the recent 60 day bans. Once you or one of your group begin attempting to deceive us then any appeal becomes forfeit and we may increase any penalties given and any further communication on the matter will be ignored or completely removed. Until such time as we can scoop out your brain and mail it off for testing, our judgments will remain based on the facts that we have. Item security.Recently we have encountered a case of a person having their horses killed because they had their wagon permissions set incorrectly. Please be diligent in your security measures. Wurm Online is an open world and as such there will probably always be some people who do not have your best interests at heart when they are passing through your deeds. Being neighborly! From time to time we end up looking into area disputes on the Freedom cluster. The disputes range from highway changes, new roads, canals, tree cutting, etc. This is partially why we have the “Play Nice or we will rip your heart out” rule, as it allows us to mediate any serious issues, but at the base of all of them is usually a lack of communication. While we respect your privilege to do work within a certain range of your deeded areas, we expect for you to cooperate and communicate with your nearby neighbors as best as possible so that you can adjust or adapt to their plans and needs, and they vice versa. Even if it takes you awhile to get into contact with your neighbors, you should always be neighborly and give them a heads up to any projects you are working on that may affect their time and enjoyment. Projects such as road changes, terrain changes, fences, etc. Anything that will affect land near them or access near them should be discussed. Not only does such communication make the social environment much better, it will improve interaction and teamwork on large projects, but most importantly it will avoid creating a situation that needs a moderator to get involved in. Please keep these tips in mind when you are working near others on the Freedom Cluster. We hate having to ban people just because they are being jerks…. Oh wait… well… at least you would likely not enjoy being considered a disruptive jerk and getting banned, because trust me, we do enjoy banning disruptive jerks! Thank you, Enki (Head Game Master)
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    We are well aware that we have a lot of very creative individuals among us, and sometimes something interesting is discovered that needs to be fixed right away. Unfortunately, some people think it is okay not to report these anomalous situations that can be exploited for their own gains. This is deplorable behavior and takes the enjoyment out of the situation for the rest of us. We have clear rules when it comes to cheating and exploiting and the penalties you will receive. We even have rewards for the first to report serious bugs to us. Situations do arise that a very few decide they would rather exploit it for all its worth before reporting. It is sad really, but we will find out about it. Mechanics abuse means we spend more time running around after abusers like babysitting toddlers rather than devoting our time to PVP improvements. This will not be an all inclusive list of known exploits, but listed here or not, we retain the right to remove anyone from Wurm Online who our logs and information show exploited any given situation with malice or intent to gain. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ A current bug still to be corrected involves battlecamps. Someone/s has found a way to conquer without sending alerts across the server. This is an exploit. Stop it! Another annoying bug that has been abused is entering secured mines without going though the entrance/mine door properly. This is an exploit. Stop it! ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Some sage wisdom.... "if you have to ask whether something is an exploit, perhaps it's not something you should be doing"
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    Thought I'd draw something wurmy, so here ya go. High res image available on request, vignette border darkening can also be removed if needed.
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    Well it has been a few months now since the last roadmap was put out, and with WU once again being brought up to the same version as WO I’m told it’s about time I sit down and give you all another update on what’s going on, what’s going where and when it is or isn’t going where it’s going. In the last roadmap post I talked about the two main focuses at the time being the cooking update and the unstable client. One of those went live as planned, one is still kicking us around with a bit of trouble. In the time since, we’ve managed to track down the disconnect bug for the unstable client that was running amok at the time, and now all that remains is sorting out the last bit of performance issues the client is causing a lot of people. As was said in the weekly news a little while ago, we’ve managed to trick Samool onto the team to help out on the client and so far he is doing a wonderful job plucking away at bugs and issues and working on debugging the current major issues with the unstable client. Looking back on the time since the last roadmap, there have been a fair few updates - including the massive cooking update that has gone down well with everyone, new storage items, faster boats, unicorn equipment and fancy hell horses, new building materials, wide mine entrances and updated siege mechanics to name a few. Not to mention the 20 other things not listed above and over 200 bug fixes. In the near future we have the almanac, highway system, more cave reinforcement options, siege mechanic tweaks, kingdom influence changes, and more bug fixes coming - and possibly a bonus feature that uses the new highway system which should be a bit of fun. Beyond that we currently have many projects ongoing besides the major 4 that were touched on in the last roadmap. Those major 4 - UI, tutorial, account system, and web shop - are still our priority for the next months and work on all four of these is ongoing, but as they are large projects they will still take a bit of time to be completed. Work on the new UI is at the stage of sorting out the backend framework, focusing on getting all of the basic features that we want every part of it to have (like resizing and scaling properly, moving windows anywhere, docking and undocking tabs from windows) and once that is all out of the way work will begin on designing the actual windows that are used for different actions and features. The account system is well underway, with work ongoing for getting the game servers and the account system connected and working together so various things regarding accounts and characters can be managed from the web and update on the servers instantly. The web shop we are working on updating more with plans to look at having items directly available from the shop instead of just silver. The items that will use this new system will be specific cosmetic items that aren’t available in game via any other means, such as the upcoming golden mirror. As for the other ongoing projects, there is the meditation rework based on the discussion on the suggestions board, which was originally planned to launch with the UI changes but given the delays in that we're moving towards an interim UI for it. Also ongoing is a rework of Valrei and missions, with some of the urgent changes already implemented. This project is at the end of the discovery phase, with a proposal prepared for internal review prior to public feedback in the future. As well as the above, we are also looking at all of the gods and their spells with proper balance between the gods, and some interesting creature AI changes. Some public discussion and feedback regarding ideas for the gods balancing will be on the forums sometime in the next month or so, so watch out for that. The creature changes I am particularly excited about, as I have spent some of my spare time in the last few months working on prototype creature changes that I have tested with some players in WU - focusing around changes that make the creature put up an interesting and difficult fight (that scales well to the number of people attempting to kill it), without having to rely on extremely high damage or armour. The first creatures due for upgrades will be some of the Valrei creatures on Epic servers and depending on how they perform once live, their new smarts will slowly spread to other creatures like uniques and rift mobs. Following after the Valrei changes will be continued changes to the Epic cluster which will aim to bring back some unique features to the cluster and make it a more appealing option to some players, as well as some ideas to make it easier for new players to jump into the action. These changes are still in the planning phase at the moment, but you can expect to hear more about it after the Valrei update goes live. As always these are just the major things that stick out at this time, there are also many other things on the to-do list, and some more interesting things that are already underway but yet to be teased - not to mention the never-ending fixing of bugs that is always ongoing. We hope you’re all enjoying all the new stuff that has come out in the past months, and hope you’re excited for the new things we’re all working on - I know I am.
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    Hello Everyone! As many of you already know, Wurm is now mainly being maintained and developed by a group of volunteers from the player base headed by our Product Manager Budda, most of which are under contract. My involvement and role in development is diminishing as I've been at it for 13 years now and I feel a bit of a drain. Hence, I am educating myself in new areas since WU brought in some breathing room for Wurm. I will remain CEO and do administrative tasks and stay involved in discussing the direction of the game but this group of active contracted players will henceforth be the ones taking strategic and day-to-day decisions much based on your input. This feels like a the natural way of developing the game and will be good for the longevity of Wurm and its continuous progress. I want to expand my knowledge and work on non Wurm projects for a change and I think the dev team has proven a lot and matured quickly since this spring when it was formed. Wurm is doing well financially and will be around for years to come. In case you are an able coder interested in becoming a volunteer and help improve the game and possibly do some bounty coding, don't hesitate to contact Budda. Long Live Wurm! Rolf
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    Milosanx on a rare trip down to water level Hey everyone! This week saw the changes to conversion come live, and the positive feedback has been noticed! We're working on a few things and will have more to share as they flesh out, but one thing is coming to the test server this weekend! but first... Patch Notes The Cowtapult! Those of you who follow us on Facebook may have already seen this, but we've been hard at work improving siege weapon mechanics, and first up is the catapult and trebuchet! Catapults and trebuchets should damage creatures, houses, fences, bridges and items that the projectile hits Clarification: It will hit ALL walls if it hits multiple. It will only hit one non wall item on the tile it lands on The new mechanics for them operate similarly to how they currently work, with focus on improving how the physics calculations are performed and remove those weird cases where they don't hit anything. We'll be setting up some testing scenarios such as house on a tall dirt wall and such over the weekend for you to check out, but we'd also like to know what scenarios you want to check out, so feel free to share ideas that you'd like us to setup for you to test. Our priority is getting all of them tested with different projectiles, distances and skill levels in PvP and PvE Scenarios both on and off deed to ensure they're balanced when they go live, so stay tuned for the test thread opening some time this weekend Variety is the spice of life Not one to rest on their laurels, the devs have been working hard on a long desired addition to the building, new house walls! This is a huge addition, with six new building types: Rendered wall Marble wall Pottery brick wall Round brick wall Sandstone brick wall Slate brick wall Pottery and sandstone Round stone and Rendered Marble and Slate That's not all though, there's new fence types to match the housing types, as well as a few additions and changes the paving! there will be a few new paving types, as well as a few changes to existing ones: Round cobble will use a new item round stone (same as round brick housing) Rough cobble will use Colossus bricks Slate slabs will be created by a chisel on combined slate shards like other slabs and some new pavement types you'll have to wait and see! The basics are up (without graphics) for internal testing, we'll have more info on the new types and a full list in next weeks news, this was far too exciting not to share though! Community Content This weeks community content is about a lost horse! Poor Rageed traveled off on his own one fateful night, and sparked fear for his safety in the heart of Ayuna, who cared for him. Luckily though, he was recovered safe and sound! Have you had a favourite pet? That's it from us this week, I'll see some of you on test, but until then, keep on Wurming! Retrograde & the Wurm team.
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    We Are Live! What's an Impalong? It's a community event that's hosted on someone's deed, where crafters and priests from across Wurm join together to improve/enchant others' gear for free. In addition to the imping/enchanting, there are various other things such as games and events, prize giveaways, contests, and sometimes even GM's drop in to spawn a few mobs on unsuspecting Impalong-goers. The Deed The deed is outfit with a variety of accommodations to facilitate the running of the Impalong. The crown of the deed is the main Impalong hall centered in the deed, that provides 3 floors for crafters and priests to do what they love best. Next is the mighty Blackmoor Arena, a sprawling set of stone walls and halls set around Blackmoor Castle, with the purpose of providing ample room for both spectators and the epic battles between the gladiators that entertain them. Lastly, there is the Freedom Inn, a towering structure that is able to accomidate 50 guests all housed in their own rooms, which accommodations provided where they can store their belongings in safety. Please PM me or one of the other staffers for a room. Main Impalong Structure Rules Events/Games Calendar Dec. 18th - Doors Open, Welcome! Dec. 19th - Scavenger Hunt Dec. 20th - Dec. 21st - Dec. 22st - Dec. 23rd - Dec. 24th - It will be Christmas soon! Dec. 25th - Merry Christmas! Dec. 26th - Fighter's Tournament, Part, I, II, III Dec. 27th - Dec. 28th - Dec. 29th - Dec. 30th - Dec. 31st - Fireworks Show Jan. 1st - Last Day Materials Provided (donations are also accepted) Impalong Staff (PM one of them when they are online in local to assist you with returning your items, give you improving materials, refuel forges, or assign you a room in the Inn) Impers Token of Blackmoor Make sure to collect a reed pen with our very own Blackmoor Heritage Wine. Just a small token to remember us by, and to say thanks for attending! Donator List Location The deed is located at S-25 on the Independence server, and is fully accessible from sea! If you have any questions feel free to post in this thread, and I will add the answer below here!
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    Sermons at the Amish Sanctuary Hi Wurmians! Another week hard at work in the kitchens of Wurm, with the in-house testing nearing completion before public testing on a brand new test server! We'll be resetting the test server map for a brand new one prior to the public testing of cooking, something new to explore! (In house testing doesn't mean the system is bug free, and we'll need your help testing it when it goes public, it just means that you're slightly less likely to die when lighting an oven... slightly) Get decorative! As part of our improvements raised by the fountain pan removal, I'm pleased to announce what is most likely the final change brought in to balance out the functionality lost from the removal of these pans. ***Drum roll** With the upcoming cooking update, all decorative items on a deed with over 30 days upkeep will no longer take decay ticks! That's right, decoration items, such as banners, chests, anvils, barrels, statues, etc will all be decay free as long as deed upkeep remains over 30 days! Under 30 days decay ticks will occur as normal, and use of items will damage them too, of course. Hopefully this makes decorating your deed much more enjoyable, and removes the need to spend hours repairing things if you don't play often. Measuring up This weeks teaser covers a new utensil, the Measuring jug! To aid with measuring precise amounts of liquids, a measuring jug tool has been added. This allows a pre-set amount of liquid to be taken out of a larger amount. The measuring jug is a pottery item, with the initial version being made from clay with a hand. Creation mechanics are the same as all other pottery items. To use the measuring jug, r-click on it and select ‘Set volume to’. This allows setting the capacity to any of the following weights: 0.01 kg 0.02 kg 0.05 kg 0.1 kg 0.2 kg 0.5 kg 1kg 2kg 5kg 10kg Note that Wurm uses weights for everything involving cooking; to simplify matters, it is assumed that all liquids have a density of 1 kilogram per litre. Once the volume of the measuring jug has been set, it may be activated and filled from a source of liquid; it will then contain the selected amount (assuming the source contains at least that much). Several iterations (using different volume settings) may be necessary to get the right amount for a particular recipe. The measuring jug must be empty to adjust its volume. Humpty Dump-ty Not forgotten, we're working on setting up an automated system with regularly updated dumps! This means the setup is taking a little longer, but they should be up soon, here's a sneak peak of Xanadu! Community Content. Nicrolis was showing off his graphics capabilities and snapped this awesome screenshot maxed out on graphics with 4k resolution, I have to say it really does show how beautiful and serene Wurm can be! Open the spoiler to check it out. That's it for this week though, we'll have some more news for you next week, so stay tuned! Retrograde & the Wurm team.
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    We are the Factional Fight Brothers and we love discussing all things Wurm! Join us as we construct great projects while we dream about what the future may hold for the game we love. If you enjoy our videos, please visit our YouTube page and subscribe to our channel. Hitting the like button also helps out our channel so much: http://www.youtube.com/factionalfight Also, come visit our patreon page where you can get early access to all of our content as you help support us in making these videos! https://www.patreon.com/factionalfight We Found a Hidden Teaser in the Weekly News!! You won't believe what we found! Some hidden images in the Weekly News that leaks a few of the upcoming changes to Wurm Online! We love these little easter eggs and look forward to hearing what you think it all means. August Update - This is a Game Changer! We think this update will profoundly change the game for us in a good way. Tell us what you think about this update! Bonus Video 5: Controversial Topic...Trellises! In this weeks Bonus Video we discuss the recent changes to trellises and the impact it had on the community. How can the devs alleviate these issues as new upcoming features are implemented into the game. Episode 5: UI, Highways and Animal Cages! Big Changes are Coming to Wurm Online! Bonus Video 4: Let's Discuss Some Suggestions and Ideas Episode 4: How to Build Your Dream Castle Bonus Video 3: Quick-Fire Questions while Finishing the Barracks Episode 3: Interview with Retrograde Bonus Video 2: Quick-Fire Questions with Retrograde Episode 2: Let's Start Construction! Bonus Video 1: The Mortar Making Factory (Previously Unreleased to Youtube) It's a Celebration! Episode 1: Factional Fight Returns Youtube Introduction Video: Factional Fight is Back Teaser:
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    I moved to Exodus from Chaos last year, lived with some friends at The Old Contemptibles for a while but couldn't quite deal with the old itch to have a project to work on. So in November Magranon's Rest was born as a "bit of a project to play around with no big deal". Thankfully i took many screenshots to show how much i lied to myself in that first day. So i found my location, spoke with the locals Mappy and Cyborg over at Centrum about giving them a new, slightly insane, neighbour and got to work: Deedplanner image of the start. I made some calculations after opening an entrance at the base of the mountain, exactly 900 slope from the top edge of the mine entrance to the height of the token. This will be important later Marked out the deed border with banners temporarily and set up my temp workshop, The Gravy House. I started a ramp around to use the dirt i'd dug up and then realised it would take far too long to dirt ramp up, so for the first...2 months i believe, WALL LADDER. Here began the true first stage of madness, the decision to hollow out the entire mountain, deed is a 51x51 and by the end of these images i have a mine well over 1000 tiles. Naturally that wasn't enough for me so i also mined the ceilings up, then lowered the floors to max ceiling height. At the time of writing this, the floors are about 1/3 completed levelling down. Sorry about the lighting, mines are derpy to take pictures of. How i fuel myself, boozebed. Here we have a rare sighting of another person stupid enough to show up and work with me, believe this was Mappy...possibly Cyborg. Yes i conscripted my neighbours. Mad attempt to deal with the lighting or i screwed up and needed ash for concrete? You decide. I tried to be smart by only storing 50+QL rocks...i still ended up with about 50,000 xD This is how it looks at the moment for the entryway, after this pic you must suffer through several boring and samey images of a cave ramp. Why you ask? The reason is simple, because i spent weeks making this god forsaken ramp and it is BEAUTIFUL. MARCH 19th EDIT with unstable client dynamic lighting! Understably, I hope, at this point i wanted to give up on life and settled instead for putting the mine on hold so i could BE OUTSIDE. Starting with a platform up at the token level. Strategic lava tiles are used for destroying insolent ore veins on my ramp. That top platform became a farm for a while, man's gotta eat. Now i realised the time had come to begin the first platform of three that will eventually stack together to reach the token height. Needed more dirts and ended up with the start of a moat. Hmm...water....idea forming perhaps. Gonna need to fill this in... Wheeeeeee dumping dirt out is so much more fun than levelling! Somtimes i just sorta get distracted by my own ideas. This one was...."hmm should i surface mine another platform above the token area? It ended in my planting the one and only tree at Magranon's Rest. Lovingly wild growth casted and enchanted by Shellbee. Then those damned horrible evil devs gave us three wide mine entrances and i HAD TO HAVE ONE. Problem was it looked utterly terrible without flattening out the tops of the entrances as well as the bottom. This whole process took 2 days because....digging the goddamn dirtwall back down, also i screwed up like 3 times. It's beautiful...... With the addition of the bridge and needing more dirt I went back to that water idea from earlier CANAAAAALLLLLL. Reasonably certain I drove a number of my alliance insane with my canal madness. Not just dug, but also dirt casted to rock level depth. Shout out to Bonefly of Black Brigade for not murdering me for slapping a canal in front of his deed o.o Place is finally starting to come together That rock layer on the West side was in the way. It had to go. Deedplanner screenshot That's it for now folks, about 4 months of my "small project". I will continue to chronicle it and get those platforms raised! At the time of posting this the first platform is complete and filled with dirt but it's night time and i refuse to take screenshots in that lighting so that one can wait March 9th post - Plotting out the Nomads and Centrum Canals. March 10th post - Diving board! March 14th post - Canal progress allows caravel now! New bridge up across to Nomads March 20th post - Spring arrived and i updated with new paving, smoothed out canal and the start of the horrors of making slate slabs for the walls. April 14th post - Alright heres a little preview of the work Angelklaine has been doing in the mine while i've continued to play in the dirt. New slate gatehouse out of the south end of the main cavern and the new marble bricked outer wall in Stable and Unstable clients respectively April 22nd Gatehouse rebuild in marble. April 24th Deedplanner shot April 25th Mine Update Guest Houses are up, getting started on my underground city May 20th Canal Update Starts at East coast here next to Black Brigade. View from east entrance bridge. View at the BB/MR perimeter bridge From the main entrance of Magranon's Rest The long run up to Centrum Universi (i'm gonna be digging them a moat the whole way around while i collect dirt :P) Centrum corner section And connecting onto Nomad's docks, through which there is entry to Lake Serpentine Now i got a loooooooooooooooooot of dirt to start using and don't get me started on deciding what to do with the mine walls.....i'll probably clad it all in marble... May 28th completed roads/canal update Alrighty the time has come for me to get back to the dirt raising, so here's a couple pics of the new view from the wall platform with shiny new slate roads. With the East coast <-> Lake Serpentine canal done i'll be collecting dirt by building a moat for my neighbours at Centrum Universi so once i finish using this lot of dirt up i'll be completing a ring road around CU replacing the old cobble one too New road/bridge layout with my towers and mailbox icons added in too. I think thats enough messing around with off deed stuff for a while! May 30th Dirt all used up! So i took all the dirt from the canal and the road works. Which was something like 160 crates of dirt. This is a picture from the east side of the wall after i finished raising all the outer sections by levelling Then after i dropped ALL that dirt into it, this is how that looks from the opposite corner I think i need a little more dirt... Looks nice from outside at least June 14th - little paving update to the tunnels I have returned and the digging continues, doubt i'll have much to post here in terms of screenshots for a while, all i'm doing is digging a wagon at a time and dumping it over the edge to fill in the 2nd platform. I did play around with new cave paving though Tunnel looks like this now. June 20th - Paving and cladding the cavern I was really pleased with how my playing around with paving the mine went so i took some time out of digging the entire desert up today to start work on more paving and cladding. Looks pretty damn awesome if i do say so myself. Only problem now is how much more that bit of broken ceiling i can't fix bothers me! June 22nd - Did a little video of the cave and tunnel ramp. Jberg delivered a beautiful shot as seen from GM flight July 4th - third and final platform wall being raised I got a little bored of dumping dirt and watching it trickle into the pit so i decided to just raise the third platform outer wall and dump dirt from the top. Looks pretty nuts so far, if you zoom in the tiny little speck a mile up next to the wagon is me xD Gives you an idea what the final completed height will look like from the outside at least. July 14th - Cave Warehouse Update Welp i'm gonna be offline for another couple weeks, moving house big stuffs! So here's what i worked on this week at least....sadface that the unstable client lighting got changed and now it's all dark again Finally started giving myself a warehouse / place to live that isn't the token house. Was hard to get a nice pic of the ground floor warehouse because for the some reason the items have about a 5 tile draw distance so you can't see the signs, crates and bsb's. So i just took a pic of the billion rock shards xD August 6th - My return from 3 weeks away moving house. I'm back everyone! While I've been moving house my Fire and Sand alliance pals have been setting up something special for later events at my deed check it out! The Armoury The building that the first picture is taken from - Public Barracks Helpy helpers who have helped @Arium - Initial cave mining and ceiling raising. Claimed and collected Finndar's dirt donation. @Cyborg - Mining @Mappy - Mining, dirt donations and helped put up the guard towers @JakeRivers - Not honestly certain if he knows how many supplies i "borrowed" from ToC @Mypoppy - Dirt Donation @SomebodyX - Does stuff on occasion, honestly not sure why i don't KoS him for being my only citizen who's never here. @Zivirt - I steal his account to do skills i'm too lazy to grind myself. @Szai - Dirt Donation @Wulfgarr(Thunderstruck) - Dirt Donation @Tiranille - Dirt Donation @Angelklaine - Actually came over and joined the village for the opportunity to help with my mine! @kilgharrah and @Kialexia - Dirt digging and huge donation of dirt out of their own pocket! @koroth - Came by on a Nahjo priest Sirona and casted dirt while he stayed @armyskin - "did like 3 hours of levelling total" - his words. Has since spent many hours levelling cave floors. @Fhylli - Levelled outer dirtwall of platform 2 with me. @Finndar - Donated a large sum of dirt. The following players built two impressive new structures at MR for future events: @Alagrexa Tiranille@Grumpled@PingvinenGlory@BaddbobSomebodyx @Robus@Rocklobstar @Roysta@Theodein(Snoo)@SugarFoxx@TulemeesArium @Melloyello If i missed someone do yell at me. If anyone wants to come visit you've got the location up at the top of this post South end of the NE desert. Deed is open access and if i'm online i'll even feed ya Edit - Forgot a shout out to Tovarishtito, who sold me about a thousand reinforcement beams for nice price and delivered right to my door.
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    Maybe slightly off-topic, but related to the original post in a way: I once played a different online game and was part and later a leader of a guild. In our guild we had a player - a relatively young fellow - who loved playing in a role of a "tank". He wasn't the best tank we had, but he was certainly not the worst and he was visibly improving from week to week... working very hard at getting better. His joy from being part of a large guild and having an increasingly important role was very visible to us all. One day, he simply vanished. We learned quickly that he passed away. It turned out that the player was a very sick person with deteriorating health who was in late stage of his illness. He was bound to a wheelchair and had increasing trouble performing many every day actions... except playing on the computer. The game we played - especially our guild - became very important to him, as it was his only source of entertainment that he could indepenently enjoy. His parents told us later that he often spoke of us and considered our acceptance of him a very important factor in his life. Of course, none of us knew he was sick... We were all nice to him, but none of us formed a close bond with the player, nor stopped to chat at length. While my relationship with him was very friendly, to this day I wish I spent a bit more time making him feel a bit more special. So... Don't forget to love people. They leave so fast...
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    (and without the darkened edges https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1365803/Games/Wurm/Wurm - pictures/Favorites/wurm.20170801.2125_1.png )
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    Today I had to remove one of our Game Masters for violating our internal code of conduct concerning actions they had taken in the past. I had only recently been made aware of the action committed, and while the action itself was outside of the game and ultimately resulted in nothing as far as I know, the fact that it happened was not something I could support one of our team members doing. I have long held internal guidelines of conduct to which I hold our team members to a higher standard than I do our players. The action that took place I would not have even concerned myself with if it had been a player that committed it. It is public knowledge what happened now, so I can say that the action that was committed was that one of our members who was a brand new Game Master at that time in 2015 was given access to a third party kingdom forum by one of their disgruntled members. Their regular member forums were accessed by him. He did not hack, he did not break any rules, he simply did something that had the potential to gain an advantage over an adversarial party in game. As I said, had this just been normal people I would not have cared one bit. His work with us has been solid in his Game Master responsibilities and I have nothing but good admiration for the energy and effort he has provided us. For now though, he understands his mistake and accepts the consequences. To stop the rumors... NO, he is not banned from Wurm Online. NO, he has not been "fired" He violated no rules, he only committed an out of game act that I could not support and as a consequence I have removed him from his responsibilities. Perhaps down the road he might be willing to return with a better understanding of what I expect of our team members. For the time being other team members are stepping up to help cover all the internal management and duties that he performed for us. /Enki (Head Game Master)
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    Karma - Angelklaine Hi Everyone! A surprise in this weeks news with a long suggested and requested addition finally coming, and that's not all, we'll recap what's been going on this week as well! But first... Patch Notes A crate surprise With the launch of 1.3 we introduced several new storage options with the barrel and wine barrel rack, the planter rack, and the amphora rack. Today we tease a new rack coming, one that's been asked about for a while now, the crate rack! The crate rack will hold 30 large crates and a whopping 50 small, stockpiling just got a whole lot easier! Highway testing We've had a few races this week using the new highway routing system which is a lot of fun and really easy to follow. We'll be continuing to hold random events with a little notice, but we also encourage you to jump on and try it all for yourself. It's a huge system with a lot of possible uses so make sure you spend the time learning it! For testing and a guide check out this thread here: Midsummers event all wrapped up! I'd like to thank you all for attending the Midsummers event and providing your feedback. It was a lot of fun and I've learned some valuable lessons for future events (not so long!) We have some more events planned in the future, so stay tuned for those. Unstable client! The unstable client is extremely close to going stable and replacing the existing one, so it's incredibly important that you try it and report ANY issues you have with it. if you have bad performance, crashes, anything that could hinder your play compared to the stable client it's incredibly important that you do report these before it goes live as the stable client. Failure to do so may impact your play if any issues arise from the use of the unstable client and we definitely do not want that to happen! The unstable client link can be found here: http://www.wurmonline.com/client/wurmclient_unstable.jnlp Community Content - Tapestry comp There's been some amazing submissions to the tapestry competition, (I'm torn between so many!) I thoroughly advise taking the time to look through them. I may have to nag Saroman about more than one winner... Not only are we working on the highway system, work continues on the valrei overhaul, the creature movement changes and the new skill coming to the game. There's a lot in the works, and I'm keen to share all the information on them as they near completion. Until then though, keep on Wurming! Retrograde & the Wurm team.
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    The circumstances of my life and the global, environmental, and political climate of the world pushed my subconscious to desire to (again) seek out the safety of Wurm's mantle. I live in a dank metropolis and can't currently move due to financial and health issues. I yearn to run through open, unrestricted, unpolluted fields (good luck being able to do that in our world), to encounter mystery and surprises, to travel. I want to live in a rural area and have a cozy tiny house, off grid, with a lush backyard and a chicken coop. Yes, that is one of my main dreams. Wurm offers this to me. It may be just "Java", but you, Wurm, give me serenity and beauty, my own crops, animals to care for, seas to cross. All of us here are seeking something, and there is no shame in any of it. Some of us are quite addicted, and addiction comes from some deep place, and I honor it. I honor it in you. How many of us here seek respite in an isolated deed and do not care to interact? No shame. I honor all of it. How many just want someone to chat with about stupid things while entertaining their DNA's yearning for "hunting and gathering"? It's all honorable. Some of us may be in a good place behind the screen. Others may not be. We're all here in this moment in time, and I like to pause and marvel at it. In my heart, I don't feel that we'll always have the internet (where the world is going and etc). But that we got together in this alternate universe and created and communicated with one another using something akin to telepathy - is nothing short of a wonder. Poignant post? I have that touch, I guess. May our Wurm remain green, its seas alive, its bounty available to everyone regardless of income, its kings and queens loyal to their subordinates, and its Impalongs plentiful. <3 Thank you Wurm Online <3
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    I've been playing Wurm Online for 9 years and so far, I hate it. I'm going to give it a try for another 9 years. Will update you then.
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    Prenote: Terms such as "Offensive CR" and "Defensive CR" are used throughout the suggestion. This does not necassairly mean actual CR codewise but rather modifiers that gives bonus hit chance for offensive actions or miss chance for defensive actions that would equate to the CR mentioned. Basics All 5 paths (Love, Hate, Insanity, Power, Knowledge) got their own individual passives. These passives scale linearly based on player level starting with level 2. (10 levels in total) Meditation abilities are not dispellable... since they arent spells. The max cooldown between path levels is reduced to 1 week and thus lets players experiment with diffrent paths without feeling they are horribly gimped by doing so. The skill level is what truly restricts the player. Love performs 3x healing for all non-spell sources. (+20% per level. This includes cotton, lifetransfer, regen and mycelium absorbation) Hate gets 20% dmg bonus and 20% offensive cr bonus. (2% per level. does not stack with passive faith bonuses.) Insanity gets 20% dmg reduction (2% per level.) Power gets 30% stamina reduction (3% per level) Knowledge gets 25% skill increase (2.5% per level) Now with that out of the way, here comes the fun stuff. Each path has 4 abilities that are choosen when to unlock. New ability choices are given at level 4, 7, 9, 11. One ability is unlocked at a time. Love Refresh Unchanged. Enchanted tile same functionality except that enchanted tree tiles yield 3x harvest. Love effect When used on the ground it makes all hostiles in local friendly for 10 minutes. If used towards a specific non-unique non-tamed non-valrei non-human creature it will perform a strong charm/dominate effect and turn it into a pet. Includes unusual types of creatures that normally cant be turned into pets, like whales and kingdom animals. (sidenote: You can currently ride aquatic creatures like crocodiles in water. Human and Humanoid isn't the same thing.) Cooldowns are unchanged. Soothing presence Permanent aggro-range reducing buff (similar to the newbie buff). Also makes taming and breeding easier. Power Erupt/Freeze Allows the creation of lava on rock/cliff tiles aswell as turning lava into rock. Same timers as currently but domain influence doesn't matter. Erupt only works inside your own kingdom like currently. Erupt can also be used on forges and ovens. Thereby lighting the oven/forge, fueling it and turning all items inside them searing hot. Freeze can be used on any container and instantly cools all content within. Elemental Immunity / Lava Walker Passive buff that gives permanent 50% reduction to all sources of fire, ice, acid and water. Active 30 minute ability with 3h cooldown. 50% reduction to all sources of fire, ice, acid and water. (the passive and active ability stack as additions. thus giving full immunity togheter) Might 2 hour ability with 4h cooldown. 50% increased carrying capacity and 50% longer stuns. Wanderer 60% stam reduction for movement (includes walking, swimming, riding, sailing, climbing, dragging). Does not stack with the level-based passive. Knowledge Get Info Combination of level 1 and 3 get info. Thus giving general information, affinities and carrying weight all at once. Also gives +4CR in combat against that specific target for the user. 1h cooldown and the effect last 15 minutes. Survey Area Slightly modified Get info level 3. Informs you of all creatures and settlements in local aswell as showing all tracks of the past 3 wurm days (same as tracking) at your location. 1h cooldown. No skill loss Unchanged. Attention to detail Passive that gives +2 radius for prospecting/analyzing, 10% higher chance for rarity rolls to succeed and +2 passive CR. Hate Rage Rage: Gives 4x increased damage from bashing and 25% dmg bonus to siege engines for 15 minutes. 1h cooldown. Frenzy +50% attack speed and -35% defensive CR for 1 minutes. 15 minute cooldown. (also modifies minimum swing timers) Roar Turns all agressive entities in local passive against the character for 2 minutes and breaks their combat with the character. (This includes guards and kingdom animals) Also provides 2 defensive cr for the duration. 30 min cooldown. Targeted at the ground. Hatred Passively adds a 1 minute debuff to anything that hurts you. If the person who gave the debuff attack the person/creature with the debuff they receive +2 offensive CR. Insanity Break Reality Teleports the character to a random tile on the server, heals all wounds, removes all spell effects, gives a 10 minute +25% speed boost and +5 CR. Also performs a Fill effect. Same restrictions as normal teleports. Makes the eyes of the user go black for the duration of the effect. Unstable Passively gives 15% dmg reduction in two resistances that shifts to random new ones every minute. Imagination Activated ability that removes the largest wound of the user and gives single-target spell immunity for 5 minutes. 45 min cd. Also spawns 2 random insanity illusions that only the user sees. Nightmare Activated ability that spawns a neutral shadow being (translucent and black shaded fog spider, wolf or wraith) that attack the closest hostile entity with the power of a dominated troll and dissapear after 30 seconds. 30min cooldown. Summary Poor abilities removed New abilities added Choices Rewards the player from the get go and keeps giving more things as skill and level progress. Thus keeping it very newbie friendly More choices in how the player wish to progress and if they want to try a new path after achieving high skill it wont take long to get high meditation level again.
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    Black Pearl, by Brocules Hi all, Coming straight off the back of an update with lots of cool new things, we're here with this weeks Valrei International, keeping you up to date with what's going on, so lets get into it! But first... Patch Notes Personal goals A few have noticed that their personal goals have changed, and have enquired as to whether this was intended or a bug so I'd like to go into the mechanics of it a little bit and break down what's happened. The way the personal goals work is they are generated from the list each restart, not saved to a database entry, so when new goals were added along with the 1.3 cooking update, the generation was altered. Unfortunately there's no way to rectify this without them changing again, so our plan is to wait until we have more achievements to add and will simply time it all together to minimise the impact of them changing (we'll also give warning!) PayPal issues Currently we have some ongoing issues with PayPal transactions, the issue appears to be on their side and they are currently investigating, we've manually processed the payments made over the past few days. UPDATE: The issue has now been resolved: New animations So with this update a whole bunch of new animations have come! With new fighting animations, as well as general actions, the aim is to improve visual feedback from the game, rather than relying heavily on the event window. More animations will be coming in the next few weeks too, so keep your eyes peeled! Cave testing We ran a short wide cave entrance testing period on Oracle yesterday, and I'd like to thank everyone who attended and checked them out, a few bugs were found and squished in good time, and we're thrilled we were able to release them today. This also raises the question about widening entrances on heritage sites, and after speaking with the GM team, we will be providing support for removing reinforcements on the entrances of heritage sites only. If you wish to widen a heritage site tunnel please log a support ticket and a GM will attend when available. New containers Today's patch saw two new containers come in, the storage unit and the Alchemists cupboard. The storage unit comes with 3 internal containers and is designed to store large capacity and unwieldy items such as saddles and fishing rods, they can hold a fair bit (about 1.5-2x a raft) and look pretty awesome if I may say so! The alchemists Cupboard can hold 10 different liquids, up to 2kgs per flask, and greatly slows decay on its contents. This adds a really nice look to a study in my opinion Community Content This weeks community content is from Brocules, who would like to celebrate the deed of Black Pearl turning 5, and you're all invited! The plans are as follows: I'll be aiming to attend too! (who can resist free booze?) so I hope to see you all there. That's it for this week, there's lots to play with in the latest update and I look forward to decking out my house in the new storage options. Until next time, keep on Wurming! Retrograde & the Wurm team.
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    ****Please see 1st comment for all update information postings**** >>>>>XANADU MAP HERE<<<<< How do you get a deed added or removed? Adding your Deed You must be the mayor or have permission to request deed be added. Map updates will be made every couple of weeks if not more often just depending on amount. Single click anywhere on the map. Your clicked map coordinates will appear in the lower left hand corner on your screen. This will be your deed's coordinates throughout time, map dump to map dump. Post these coordinates below and we will add them to the map asap. Check out full instructions here : How does this work? Removing Disbanded Deeds We will update the map every other week with any disbands, if you know of any who are on the map as of now please post so we can get rid of them. (It should be up to date with any posted on the forums since May) Adjusting a Deed If your deed is currently on the map, but the coordinates are off please post that it is an update "To deed name" and not an add so we can just adjust the current mark. Adding Market Annotations Markets are now able to be seen by a white border around their marker. In order to qualify as a market there needs to be a minimum of 6 stocked merchants. While small sales areas are lovely and a great assest to traveling players, at this time only those deeds who offer multiple merchant options will be marked special. This will possibly change in the future with coming updates/colors. Adding Bridges Coming soon Adding Guard Towers Coming soonish Adding Highways Coming soonish Xanadu Community Map Contact: Aniceset Technical Support: Jackjones
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    why i dont want to cook in choresonline, and most of these are flat out nerf or render meditation skillbased abilities utterly pointless.......................................
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    The Golden Hive Market - Alyeska and Xallo Hi Everyone! Some big news this week, with a long awaited request finally able to be revealed! But first... Patch Notes What's that sound? Bridges underground! Thought the new bridge types was all the coming things for bridges? Guess again! Since bridges first came to Wurm, many have asked about the possibility of underground bridges, and with the coming update, this will be a reality! Bridges underground will check for clearance of the ceilings, but apart from that, will operate exactly how they do above ground. I'm keen to see what you all come up with, that's for sure! DNS Issues I'd like to thank you all for your patience and understanding during the server connectivity issues this week, you worked very hard to help each other stay connected. We hope you all enjoy the extra premium, and spend the sleep bonus wisely! As an additional reminder, if you did name any hard coded changes to get around the issue, please make sure to change those back! Linton reworked! Linton, aka the barren starter deed, has had a makeover! The team consisting of Griphyth, Faeran, Killroth and Karena have spent a lot of work building this up into an amazing starter town, with possibly the best lookout I've ever seen! I'm sure you'll all agree, it's a huge improvement on the original deed, and I'm thrilled with the results! Highway info! So with the upcoming release of the highway system we've started a thread with the information of what's behind the highway system, there's a brief rundown with a more in depth document available, so feel free to read through and ask any questions. Don't forget though, it's currently live on the test server, and we'll be working on a more official testing period soon! Community Content This weeks content is more of a question, with the suggestion of adding a specific sub-forum for videos, this would be a great opportunity for posting video tutorials, showcases, and plenty more! Would you like to see that done? let us know here! That's it for this week, I'm sure you're all excited for the bridges coming, I know i am! Until next time, keep on Wurming! Retrograde & the Wurm team.
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    I reached out to CC after this auction, but received no replies, so I'm going to donate the 50s to players for game time. I don't want anyone PMing me for themselves. I'd like long standing community members to send me PMs, here in forums, to suggest players that could really use a free month of prem time. I won't post any names here. Will just post here when the 50s is spent. Thank you!
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    Am alive and kicking! Thanks! Learning new stuff for instance Unity because I suck at c++ although Unreal does seem to be better at certain things. Afraid you can't expect anything new in a good while though, so it's notsoon(tm) Have a nice weekend!
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    Finally got around to grinding out my first 100 skill. [06:56:53] Carpentry increased to 100 [07:00:57] Your title is now Legendary Architect. Shout out to Pingpong who had to listen to me whine thru the later stages of the grind. Glad this grind is over so I can get back to grinding if that make sense. Time to break that 10k skill point barrier.
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    On August 5, 2007 these two soldiers were killed by a rocket attack in Baghdad, Iraq. Today is the 10 year anniversary of their deaths, and I wanted to share this with others to help keep their memories alive. The first one, Justin Blackwell was 27 and had a son that was born months before that deployment, as well as two daughters aged 2 and 8. He was a good friend of mine, and was considered the unit's 'class clown', always good for a laugh. The second soldier, Jeremy Bohannon turned 18 years old not long before the deployment. I personally didn't know him that well, he was new to our company before we headed to Iraq on 7/7/07. But tho he was the quiet type, he was also very friendly and helpful to anyone that needed it. All three of us were in 59th Military Police Company, 759th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, at Fort Carson, Colorado; I was their combat medic, taking care of them and all others in the company before and during the deployment. Unfortunately there isn't much that can be done in the case of a rocket attack. I know the pictures aren't the best quality, but I move them to every new computer I get so that I can remember them as they were instead of what I saw on their last day.
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    What is a Heritage site? A Heritage site in relation to Wurm Online is any construct deemed of community value by the Game Masters. What makes a 'construct' or location a Heritage site? Most current heritage sites are tunnels or canals built for the express transit across a terrain that saves people travel time by making it possible to bypass some form of terrain restriction. Heritage Sites are not always about travel time reduction. Some are memorials or can be a terraforming construct of unique significance. All Heritage sites are built by members of the community for the benefit of the community. What are the criteria for applying for Heritage site status? a. Must be of value to the community. (ie. a canal that residents of the server use routinely for convenience.) b. It must look nice! (We do not mean structures that must be maintained, but the terrain must be made to be distinct and noticeable.) c. There must not already be an existing Heritage performing the same function as the one you wish to submit. d. It must always be public access! e. If it is a tunnel or canal all interior walls must be reinforced. How long does the application process take? It is not uncommon for heritage applications to require extended review, but the average for heritage application reviews is about one week. What does having a location accepted as a Heritage site actually mean? We will always post Fantastic GM signs around a protected Heritage location, and should something happen to the Heritage location we will work with the original builders if possible to restore the Heritage as it was intended. Heritage sites should not be modified or harmed. Any needed modifications must be approved by the Game Masters. What if a Heritage Site is damaged? A support ticket should be raised and a Game Master will work to restore the Heritage site and or contact the original builders for assistance in correcting the situation. What if I want to modify a Heritage site? Acceptable modifications would include updating to any new mechanics. Unacceptable modifications would be structural changes to the Heritage unless it was a Game Master approved request from the original builders. All intended changes must meet with the approval of the Game Masters. Can I deed a Heritage Site? Heritage approval does not prevent a heritage from getting a deed placed on it somewhere. It is not against the rules to place or extend a deed over a Heritage. Any deed that intersects with a Heritage must apply highway rules in that no attempt to block access to the heritage must be made and K.o.S. via Deed Reputation mechanics may not be used. If you have a deed over a heritage area, you still retain the deed permitted right to work the land as you see fit as deed owner except for the actual surface areas marked by GM sign that are significant to the Heritage. (ie. canal entrances) Deeds may not be used to mine into or disrupt a heritage cave or canal.
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    Crystal Bay Estates - Finndar Hi Everyone! Patch day has come and gone, and the java update issues have been addressed. We're aware of the horse and cart issues, as well as the water sources, and will be looking at that over the weekend. There's lots to share this week, so let's jump in! But first... Valrei overhaul So we mentioned we'll be sharing some more details about the valrei system and the planned overhauls some time ago, and now it's time to share! So let's jump into it. We have some planned changes for Valrei, the mission system, and Epic in general. These changes are well underway and due in the next few weeks to a month or so. To start off, with the larger number of player gods that have been added to the game over the past few years, it is necessary to look at how those gods impact the Valrei board. Coming with this set of changes will be player gods being removed from the Valrei board once they are changed from demigods into full gods. When a player uses a Key to the Heavens, they will still be added to the Valrei board as a static entity paired to their god, but once their god wins a scenario may become a full god and removed from the board. When this happens the player god will still generate missions for players to complete, but these missions will not directly affect the Valrei board in any way or give scenario points. Scenario rewards are also being changed slightly. Coming with this update will be a requirement for players to be premium in order to be rewarded scenario points as well as karma upon completing a mission. If the player that participated in the mission is non premium, they will only be rewarded karma and sleep bonus, but not scenario points. At the end of a scenario, there will be 3 tiers of rewards The top tier will be available to those with the top 20% of scenario contributors, and contain the highest rewards of a single use tome, or a small chance of a Key to the Heavens or dragon egg for those in the top 5%. After this tier will be a second set of winners for the top 50% of contributors where there will be 3 prizes of a yet to be announced item. The final tier for the full 100% of contributors will have 5 chances for either the above unannounced item, or a moon metal lump. This will only impact the Epic servers, as Freedom does not receive scenario rewards. In addition to the above is a full rework of all mission types, difficulty and rewards. Some existing missions will be removed, some new mission types will be added, and we’ll be going over all mission types to make sure that their difficulty to complete, and reward amounts (of karma, sleep bonus and scenario points) scale properly to the difficulty of the mission. As a larger overall change to this system, the difficulty tiers will be changing from a system of 1-4 to a system of 1-7, where the difficulty of the mission is determined by the number of successful missions in a row for that god as opposed to the number of source items that god is currently holding on Valrei. This means as more missions for a given god are completed, the difficulty and rewards of the mission will increase. This applies both to Epic and Freedom, where an additional bonus on Epic will be increased help for the given god, reducing their move timer more depending on the mission difficulty. Similar to now, some missions will be available in friendly territory, and some will be available in enemy territory only according to the difficulty. As mentioned above, the sleep bonus and karma rewards for participating in a mission will be changing from a flat 1000 karma and 30min sleep bonus per mission, instead scaling with the difficulty of the mission with the very low difficulties giving less than the current defaults, and the higher difficulties giving more than the current defaults. There are also more changes planned for Valrei and Epic in general, but we’re not quite ready to release details of these changes yet. More info about these will come in the near future. All caged up A long requested addition is the ability for creatures to be loaded into vehicles, and I have a very special surprise this week, without further ado... That's right, in a coming up date creatures will be able to be loaded into cages, and onto vehicles! Different creatures will take different volumes, and they will need to be led prior to being loaded (meaning no ships full of spiders!) Upon crossing servers they retain all info about traits. Parentage and cared for status will return upon returning to the original server. Highway testing push we're gearing up our public testing of the new highway system in anticipation of releasing it with the next big update! We'll be looking at how best to organise public testing, but the best thing you can do is jump on the test server and play around with paving the catseyes and building highways! The ongoing discussion thread with the technical gory details can be found here: Wonders of Celebration Iberis (known ingame as Hexd and Mizova) is at it again! This time she's taking her sightseeing tour to Celebration and is looking for your input on what's great to see across the server. If you have a suggestion, or know a landmark she might want to check out, let her know! Community content This weeks community content is a video by qwizat, with a tour of his twin deeds eden and dune. His village is open to all new players, so if you're looking for somewhere to start your journey, contact him! There's a lot coming in the next few updates, and we haven't even begun to tease you all about the new skill coming to Wurm, what is it? You'll just have to wait and see Until then though, keep on wurming! Retrograde & the Wurm team.
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    BEEP BEEP - HERE COMES A LIVE UPDATE FROM THE WURM ONLINE TEAM; MACROS ARE STILL NOT ALLOWED. DO NOT MACRO. THAT'S ALL FOR THIS UPDATE. JBERG OUT.
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    Hi Everyone! This is just a quick news this week to wish you all a wonderful Christmas, and an awesome new year. There won't be any news next week and possibly the week after as I will be away with family, and letting the devs relax. The Christmas gifts are now available in game, I won't spoil the surprise, so if you want to find out yourself, don't read this spoiler! On behalf of the Wurm team, I'd like to thank you all for your feedback, voices, and input in the past year. A community is only the sum of its people, and by that qualifier, ours is pretty damn awesome. I'd like to wish you all have a very safe and happy Christmas, and not get too drunk on any strange recipes found on troll corpses over the holiday period. 2017 is already shaping up to be massive, and I'm honestly really excited to see what comes of it. Until then though, Keep on Wurming! Retrograde & the Wurm team
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    Fairyshine's Pink Palace (Party goats?) Hi Everyone! This week marks what will be most likely the final server update prior to the release of 1.3, (with the exception of a hotfix or two) as the dev team shifts focus on ensuring all features in 1.3 come out smoothly, so a few patch notes then on with the news! Herb gardens! Of course, cooking just isn't the same without all sorts of herbs and spices, and a long requested feature is the herb garden, so this week we'll be looking at those. The following is an excerpt by Pandalet, with information on spices (Thanks Pandalet for the hard work!) All herbs and spices may be found by foraging or botanizing. In addition, some may be planted in a pottery planter to create a harvest-able bush. Herb bushes planted in planters will die over time, although regular harvesting will make them last longer. Some potted herbs The following herbs are available: The following spices are available: As you can see, there's a lot more ingredients to play with, and brings a whole new area to gardening! All abuzz A few have been asking about domestic or wild hives, and commenting that they'd like to have domestic bees. This is possible, and will be a part of the 1.3 update, I'll sit down with Tich this week and get all the low down on the rumours buzzing around (okay okay I'll stop the puns). New Test Servers As previously mentioned, we'll be updating our test servers for this new system, so I'm pleased to announce the names of the test servers, Baphomet and Oracle! We're in the process of having them set up by our dev team, then will ensure everything runs smoothly before opening them to players for testing the cooking features and other parts of the 1.3 update! This weeks community content comes from a massive Wurm Unlimited project on KangaWU, with a network of bridges spanning a whopping 231 tiles, or 11% of the map! Why would anyone build such a massive bridge system? Unicorns of course! That's it for this week, I'll continue to work on bringing you all the sneak peeks and insight into what's coming with 1.3, and make sure you're as prepared with knowledge and excitement as possible! Until then though, keep on Wurming! Retrograde & the Wurm team.
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    A couple of years ago on Xanadu there was a lot of people not really finding anything to kill in areas they were trying to hunt in, despite the server having a much higher total creature population than any other server. At that time there was some investigation into these claims, to see just where all the creatures were and what they were doing – and that lead to a few tweaks on how the creatures spawned to help make things feel a bit better. Just recently I saw another comment that was much the same as comments a couple of years ago before those changes, talking about not seeing any mobs to kill in their area and finding nothing substantial when out hunting. For a little while now I’ve had various plans to update the creature system in Wurm in a couple of ways – so this seems like a good place to start on what those changes are, why I’d like to do them, and how they might help out on any issues players might have relating to current creatures. Current Creature Capabilities First off, back when this was first looked at there was a new command added to the game for the devs to use to make the server dump out a map with all the current creature locations for the entire server. This map was used to find where problem areas might have been in how creatures spawned and moved, and to see why people were finding nothing to kill. The output of such map looks something like the below, and shows a marker on every tile where a creature is currently sitting. Typical creature distribution in an area with little to no deeds. With this view of everything on a server, it gives us a better look at where creatures are, how they are moving, and where they are avoiding. As expected and experienced by players, the areas near deeds and well travelled highways tend to be very sparsely populated by creatures because of a combination of players killing creatures they see, spirit templars and guard towers, and large amounts of areas being taken up by deeds and buildings where creatures do not spawn. In the creature pathing code you also have a tendency for most creatures to try and avoid deeds if possible – this doesn’t always happen as anyone with spirit templars will know, but they do try to avoid guarded deeds when they move. Adding onto this is the fleeing mechanic that controls how creatures behave when getting near other hostile creatures or near players. How areas around some deeds may look. Happy hunting to those that recognise their deed. With herbivores not liking the presence of players leading to them running away from them and other aggressive creatures, combined with them generally not spawning too close to deeds and buildings, and add in player’s proclivity to kill anything they see anywhere near their deeds, you can get some areas looking like the above – creatures finding their safe spaces in areas of land between deeds that are less travelled by players. Now as if this isn’t enough, carnivorous creatures also like to hunt – and where do they go to get their feast on? To the large grouping of herbivores running away from the nasty players. All of these interactions can compound with each other until you get the odd worst-case scenario that pops up in a couple of small areas on each map. A piece of land squished between a large deed and a cliff. Farm animals galore. This isn’t so much a widespread problem however, a large percentage of the map looks like the very first image above – good distribution of creatures across the large majority of the map. That’s not to say that some things cannot be improved though. Corralling Confined Creatures There are a few main areas where we could improve how creatures spawn and move around. The first is one that a large portion of the playerbase experience, and that is creatures that are penned up and stuck on deed trying to path their way outside of those pens and eventually all ending up stuck in various corners. This feature isn’t something that is unique to Wurm as I have seen the same behaviour in penned creatures in other games, and it comes with an interesting explanation. When a creature chooses a place to go, it will pick a tile in its range and then try its best to get to that tile – if it can find a valid path going around obstacles, through unlocked gates and around houses it will – but when it can’t it will most of the time just sit still instead, trying again for a different tile in range later. Now when a creature is inside a pen there are a lot less valid tiles that it can move to. It can move inside the pen and that’s about it. If your prized cow is sitting in the center of a large pen it can move to every tile around it since its max range is still inside the pen. But after that movement the cow is now closer to the edge of the pen, and half of the tiles it can try to move to are outside of the pen – so half the time when it picks a new tile to move to, it will do nothing. Leave that running for long enough and the cow will eventually run itself into a corner tile, where 75% of the tiles in range are outside of the pen – so 75% of its new movements are doing nothing because it is trying to get to an invalid tile. Left: All tiles in range are valid. Center: Some tiles outside of the pen are invalid. Right: Majority of tiles in range are invalid. A potential fix to this is actually reusing movement code that some other creatures use. Instead of picking a tile and trying to make their way to it, when these creatures have nothing better to move towards (like an easy kill while hunting) they will pick a direction and walk in that direction, turning every now and then, bouncing off obstacles like walls and fences, and just generally wandering aimlessly. Applying this code to penned creatures would mean less movement checks that end in them stuck in one spot, and more randomly moving around their available space – they will be able to walk up to the edge of their pen, then turn in a direction away from the fence or wall, and carry on in that other direction. Looking at it from a different direction, another way to possibly fix this issue would be to make creatures want to avoid tiles that already have other creatures on them or nearby them when possible. Ideally this would make bunched up creatures naturally spread out when they have no specific tile they are pathing towards leading to more evenly spread pens, and would also help out with another issue described above with creatures naturally gathering at certain points on the map in large groups currently. Counseling Cowardly Creatures For the issue of creatures seemingly grouping up at similar distances from active deeds as shown in the map view with deeds earlier, one easy change that we’ll be testing is simply tweaking the range that these fleeing creatures react to players. This will make them far less likely to scatter from an area around a deed, and instead just try and keep their distance from players when they are in a more realistically visible range. Adding onto this is a new system I’d like to try on these creatures to make them a bit more smart in choosing where they are running to when fleeing. At the moment when a fleeing creature is picking a new tile to run towards, it will take a look at all of the creatures it can see in range, and will attempt to run directly away from the first player or aggressive creature is sees in that list. This can mean that in their fleeing from one creature, they might run directly towards another that they would also rather not be near. To get them to choose their destination a little bit smarter instead of just running away from the first creature in their range, all of the tiles in their range will be weighted based on the relative distance and strength of enemy creatures nearby. This will give them a clear list of lowest risk tiles they should path to which can be used to decide where they move. Blue: Creature, Orange: Enemies, Green: Lowest risk tiles to move to. As a secondary addition to this heatmap-like system that we may test down the line would be to include other non-aggressive mobs to the tile weighting, making creatures less likely to travel to a tile that already has some other creatures on it. Changing Creature Creation In a similar manner to the above heatmap system to be tested with fleeing creature movements, in the near future I’ll be testing out another heatmap system for creature spawns. This would be a cached version of all the map tiles with a weighting based on deeds, guard towers and highways. Tiles closer to guard towers or deeds with templars would be weighted based on their distance to the deed/tower and the number of templars or tower guards. What this would allow is more precision in spawning creatures based on how safe or wild the area is – areas closer to deeds and towers tend to be more safe, so more passive and weaker mobs would spawn in those areas. Moving further out from these areas would take you farther into wilderness with stronger creatures spawning. This heatmap could then also be used to pick out best areas to spawn uniques or future more difficult creatures that we think up. We’d be able to safely spawn uniques out in the relative wilderness, out of the way of deeds and the destruction uniques may cause to them. This would ideally cause a more fluid system for hunting, with lower skilled players being able to feel relatively safe in areas that are well guarded or well travelled, while seasoned hunters will have a better idea of where they can travel to have a real fight. Finally, just in relation to creature numbers and how rare some creatures are compared to others – we’ll be taking another look at those after the above changes are live and working. The current hope is that the spreading out of these wild creatures more will make it more obvious what creatures are around and what creatures are actually pretty scarce. From there we can once again look at tweaking the percentages in what some creatures spawn. As for now though, we’re currently testing some of the changes and ideas talked about here on the test servers, with some of them due to be put onto one of the smaller Freedom servers in the near future for some better live testing. Once they are confirmed to be working as intended and not causing any extra stress on the servers they will be rolled out across all of the servers. We hope they’ll make a nice difference to your farms and hunting experiences. // TODO: Insert outro here. // @author: Budda
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    The White turtle castle - Gofs (Picture by Evening) Hi everyone! Another week down, and we've been hard at work! Want to know what? Just read on! But first... Patch Notes WU update The beta version of the next WU update will be coming early next week, with everything up to yesterdays update going into it, this means the new bushes and almanac features will be coming, with the new bridge textures and features coming in the next update. Combat log updates With the next update we'll have a big change to how the combat log works, with the addition of more colours to differentiate different actions and also your relation to the other parties of the fight! Not only this, but these colours can be set by using the text colours of the client as shown This means that you'll be able to customise your combat log to suit your personal preferences, and keep your eye on the fight that much better! Creature combat improvements Work has begun on improving creature combat, and first off the rank is the Uttacha! These combat improvements will be coming to Epic in the next update, if you want to find out what the new moves are, you'll have to wait and see for yourselves! Map Dumps Just over six months ago we released the last map dumps, and I'm pleased to say new ones are in the works! We don't have a release yet, but they may come in with the new highway system being launched, so keep your eyes peeled! Paving on bridges Final touches with the big changes to bridges are in the works, with underground bridges and the paving under testing and tweaking, I'm super keen to see this come, and can't even begin to imagine all the plans you have currently going on, I want to see them all! Midsummer fun Midsummers is a big tradition in Sweden, and we've got a special event planned for it! On the weekend of the 24th of June we'll be launching an event on Xanadu, with a unique prize for completing it. What is the prize? You'll just have to wait and see... Factional fight is back! I'm thrilled to see the Factional Fight guys back in action, with their awesome new introduction. Anyone not familiar with their videos will HAVE to spend the next few days brushing up on them all, they've been companions to many a wurmians grinding days, and I can imagine we're all keen on seeing their new video next week! That's it for this week, I look forward to sharing more with you all next time, but until then though, keep on Wurming! Retrograde & the Wurm team
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    Hi Everyone! Another week has come and gone, and it's time to share with you all what's been happening on our side of things, so buckle up! Roadmap Of course the big talk of the town this week is the roadmap for the next few months. While it doesn't list everything we have planned (There are plenty of other updates and projects in the works) but these are the big ones, with of course most focus being on the UI and tutorial, but the other works are equally important, and we'll be sure to have long periods of testing and feedback before they're fully introduced. Web shop items A lot of discussion has revolved around purchasable items from the web shop. Our plans for stage one are the Golden mirror, which will allow players to change genders (and then looks) which has been a long desired item. We also plan to include several trader items as well. Beyond that we will continue to look at potential items and the best way to implement them. There have been many thoughts on this (both positive and negative) and they are all things that have been raised and discussed internally as well, we will take these steps slowly to ensure they come out and integrate as smoothly as possible, without compromising the core of Wurm's focus on player created worlds. GM auctions Step right up! As you recall we mentioned our plans with the aftermath of a rather nasty charge-back case to auction off seized goods in order to provide some compensation to the players affected. This weekend we're launching the GM auction house, with the first wave of listings going up around the time of this news posting. The unique twist on these is they are available on both Epic AND Freedom. That's right, it doesn't matter what server you're on, a GM will ensure that your winning items are delivered to you! All proceeds will be split up and shared with those affected by the actions of this banned user accordingly. for the full overview of them please read the sticky at the top of the official auctions section: Underground decorating Along with our teaser of tiled walls now comes an awesome new feature, underground paving! You'd be forgiven for thinking this was simply in a large house, but with the next update you'll be able to pave underground tiles as well in 3 easy steps! 1. Reinforce floor 2. prepare reinforced floor with mortar 3. Pave prepared floor with pavement of your choice This really expands how you can design your cave, and that's not all! With next update Tile borders will be visible in caves. This means you can tell the slopes underground! We're also planning the ability to build fences underground on deed only, to avoid potential issues. As is often the way with works in progress and feedback, we've changed how the decorating of reinforced walls works. Instead of creating a special reinforcement, using a trowel on an existing reinforced wall will give the option to begin building a clad wall, which will then be used to build on and create the finished wall. (Half finished walls have their own texture too) Affinity changes So as many of you probably know, some calculations in determining what affinity players get from meals led to some players not being able to get all possible results. Naturally this is an issue we needed to address, but the problem we faced was how. Changing any calculation would mean all players affinities would change, and given how much work you have all put into finding them, was not an ideal situation. The system was fixed prior to it going live to WU, so we knew the replacement system worked, but the problem was applying it to those who felt they needed it, so we created a simple toggle for players to switch from the current system to the new one. Those who have spent time working on finding all their affinities, and who have no desire to switch to the new system may stay as is, and not have a single thing change for them, but those who could not get an affinity they wanted, or who felt limited by the potential bugged affinities will be able to change the affinity system for their character via the profile menu (as the picture states, once you switch to the new system you cannot move back to the old). As an aside note with the new system, rarity of cooker (campfire, oven, forge) will not affect the affinity given by the end result, so if you choose to switch to that system the rarity will only increase the timer duration, not what affinity it gives (it does both currently). Once this is introduced, all new accounts will by default be on the new system, we feel this accomplishes the double task of fixing affinities for those who wish to have them fixed, and also allowing those who have found what they want and wish to keep it to do so. Community Content This weeks community content is from a forum user Iberis, who is sharing her (apologies, my animal husbandry is low) adventures across Freedom and Chaos, and some pretty awesome PvP videos too (no swearing!) Check out the videos and blog posts from the forums here: That's it from me this week, I hope you all have a safe and happy weekend, and as always, keep on Wurming! Retrograde & the Wurm team.
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    Elentari is a monster Hi Everyone! I hope you all had a good Easter break, I know I did! We're still in the follow up phase to our latest update, addressing a few bugs that have arisen as well as the usual post-live tweaks, but that doesn't mean we haven't been hard at work, but first... Patch Notes Reinforcing in style Reinforced walls are quite boring, and with the introduction of new house walls, our devs got to thinking.... Coming soon to a cave near you, we'll be introducing stylish reinforcements! These will be created with improved reinforcement beams and really decorate your cave! We're also looking at cave floors as well, but no confirmation on that yet. CA Help Merging following some back end changes for us, we'll be merging CA help across all freedom servers next update. once it's done we'll monitor it over the next week or so to ensure that it still flows smoothly and will be able to revert it if it proves to be too chaotic. With this done we'll also begin looking at options for addressing CA help on Epic servers, and will be working towards a resolution that improves new player experiences on Epic servers while still meeting our conduct requirements. WU beta We're still in the process of ironing out some bugs appearing within the new housing update, and once theyre done we'll have a beta up for WU, we expect that to be available within the week, with the live version following shortly after Gloomshade revamp Excited to play with the new walls, Enki and I had our turn updating the starter deeds, and this time it was Gloomshades turn! The HotS Elevation starter deed has been given a bit of a revamp, and I'm totally biased) Community Content This weeks community content I found while looking through the huge collection of WU screenshots, and it has to be the most amazing wagon design I've ever seen. I don't know what server it's from, but if it's yours, let me know so I can update this! Future PMK's, take note! That's it for this weekend, I hope you all have a good weekend, and as always, keep on Wurming! Retrograde & the Wurm team
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    Dusks return - Araninke Hi Everyone! Another week down and we're already in February, time is going far too fast, but there's work to be done. Here's what we've been up to! Alchemists Cupboard Ever get sick of storing small amounts of dyes and liquids? Well the Alchemists Cupboard will be right up your alley! The design will be with a focus on storing small amounts of non food liquids with greatly reduced decay, saving you a wax sealing kit or ten! The Alchemists cupboard is awaiting a new model, so stay tuned to see it! Recipe sharing Initially the temporary restriction on sharing recipes was until the system came to WU, giving us a reasonable time frame to allow those who wish to explore the system the opportunity to do so. As 1.3 for WU has been delayed over the past few months, we've decided to remove the restriction now, effective immediately. What we would like is that recipes are shared on the forums with the use of the spoiler tag, and I'd advise that you keep it 1 recipe per spoiler, meaning those who wish to learn one meal don't get the rest ruined. Upcoming updates Two suggestions made recently (one being quite a long term one) are going to soon find their way in the game! Rift Loot and participation At the end of a Rift, if you have more than 60 participation (phenomenal), the lump you receive will be less random ql and weight, and more dependent on your participation score (with a slight amount of random on top of it). Also at the end of a rift, if you have more than 60 points, you'll get an amount of rift resources scaling to your participation points (up to a max of 20 at a participation score of 360). Each of these items will be random between the three rift materials, and the ql will scale based on participation too. Higher participation generally will mean more rift material bits at a higher ql (though there is a slight random added to the final ql of each bit). In line with this, we'll also be tweaking the participation gained from Light of Fo, with a maximum of 15 participation, based on how many players it heals. Blessed Lamps A long standing request is for a way for off deed lamps to autolight. While the suggestion usually considers courier or light token, we've decided to go with bless, as this is available to all priests. Lamps on a paved tille and bless will auto light and not use fuel. This means that highways and off deed areas can remain lit at nights, and provide a much improved experience when travelling. There's some ideas for tunnels, but nothing is set in stone yet, we'll continue to discuss the possibilities and will provide info when it comes. We of course spend a lot of time discussing suggestions, and many of them are good ideas, and would mesh well with the game. The reality of the situation is however many suggestions are incredibly expansive, or require significant investment of dev time, or simply aren't a priority or the focus of the dev team at the moment. We appreciate all time taken to suggest things, and look forward to not aonly seeing more suggestions and discussions, but also to seeing them come into the game! More animations! Saroman has been hard at work with new fighting animations being added, designed to give more visual feedback over what's occurring, the new animations include: Kick Dodge Parry with shield Parry with weapon Shield bash Focus And some more to come. Hopefully this improves how combat feels a bit and creates a bit more immersive action when fighting! Community Content This weeks community content is a little late, but I'd like to recognise Zakerak for his ship impalong, which finished up this week. For the past few months Zakerak has been hard at work imping ships of wurmians who drop by, he's serviced dozens of ships, if not more, and I think that acts like this are awesome, and really show what this community is about, so thank you zakerak! That's it for this week, I'm sure you're all excited to see these things come to the game, and so am I! Until then though, Have a great weekend and keep on Wurming! Retrograde & the Wurm team.
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    Not sure what you guys are on about, there was even an admission of failure on their part for trusting the persons with such permissions. Nothing wrong with a simple announcement to warn others about folks like this. Indeed it was failure of the owner to secure the items properly but that doesn't change the fact that the action was still done.
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    In my opinion, the problem doesn't lie with PvP in this case. It lies in the fact that the stolen items were taken to Freedom, where there is absolutely no chance of the kingdom getting them back. If the thief had stayed on Chaos with everything, it would have been a nice challenge for the kingdom to track the guy down and kill him to get their stuff back. *That's* what PvP is all about. NOT robbing your own kingdom blind then bolting to Freedom--where the mechanics aren't there to have any fair shot at getting anything back--to hide out with the loot. PvP should stay on PvP. That's my opinion.
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    Trollwood Keep - Amadee HI Everyone! This week we touch on some more content coming in the next update, with the almanac! There's also info on CA help for the Epic cluster, so why are you still reading this? The almanac An ages old tool for farmers and other crop growers, an almanac is a calendar with important information such as tides, astronomical data, seasons and crops. For Wurm, it will be used to check up on when bushes, trees and trellises will bear fruit! That's right, you'll be able to keep a record telling you when every harvestable item is ripe, and for how long it will be ripe. The almanac will require studying a bush, tree or trellis during its harvest season to collect the information on it, and skill will determine just how much information you can collect and ql of the report will determine how far in the future you can see harvest times. These reports are then stored inside the almanac. Once collected, anyone may use the almanac to check on harvest times and read up on information about the reports they have stored inside. You can even check with a handy command of /almanac (You will need the reports in your almanac to see each harvest season though!) The almanac will also include little bits of information on each harvested produce, with a definite Wurmian twist. New Bushes Those of you with a keen eye will notice something in the above picture, and that's three new harvestable bushes! Blueberries, Raspberries and lingonberries will become bushes that have their own harvest times, Epic CA help This next update we'll be introducing a new CA help for epic, JK help, MR help, and HotS help! These help channels will be across all epic servers, but restricted to each kingdom, names will also not show the server tag, so you can still help while raiding! It's the first step towards improving our support for new players on Epic, we'll have to wait for this to go live before testing (as we don't have 4 test servers to setup the scenario) and we'll continue to adjust anything we need to. WU beta to live delays Due to the last update, we'll be including some last minute fixes and tweaks in the beta, which will extend it to next week, this is to make sure we don't have to force another update our beta version before going to live, sorry about the delay, but delaying is smoother than a second update later on in case something breaks! Caption this Winner The winner of this weeks caption this is Mordraug! We couldn't go past this one PvP updates Ongoing PvP updates include continued balances and tweaks to the catapulting and siege weapons, and also a discussion on changes to how kingdom influence works on PvP servers. These projects are aimed at improving foundation mechanics as we take steps towards the larger overhauls, projects are in the works and we'll be looking at a bigger roadmap to show what is currently being worked on and what is being planned. Check out the kingdom influence discussion here: Community Content This week I'd like to take a moment to put the spotlight on Wurmhole, who opened a thread offering to pay 1 months premium for five players, and asked others to nominate people. While I missed the pm about pizza (damnit!) I think this is an even better use of the income from this sale, and it's amazing to see Wurmians come together to recognise other players, new and old alike for their work in helping one another and I'd like to congratulate those who received the premium time, you've certainly earned it! That's it for this week from us, there's more to come in the oncoming weeks before the big update, and we may just be saving the best for last! What is it? You'll just have to wait and see! Until then though, keep on Wurming! Retrograde & the Wurm team
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    House of Kha - Affliction Hi Everyone! Another week down and more action on the test server, with siege weapon testing underway and some people snooping around at the updated housing (no graphics yet though!). Time to fill you in on what's been going on in the world of Wurm. Samool Joins the dev team! I'd like to give a big welcome to our newest volunteer dev Samool! Samool has been a member of the volunteer team for some time, and has stepped in to help with optimising and improving the new client. I'd like to give him a warm welcome to the dev team and look forward to seeing his work on the new client come out! Sandstone Some clever people on test have worked out we have a new rock tile, Sandstone! Sandstone will be randomly seeded on rock tiles throughout the world, and have 40-50 hits in each, and the shards can be made into sandstone bricks or slabs. Check out a preview of the sandstone slab tile here: Siege weapon testing Siege testing on the test servers continues, with several changes already in, and battering rams now added! There's been a lot of work on improving how catapults and trebuchets work, improving the usefulness of archery towers and turrets, and now battering rams have been added to testing. I've been building some test scenarios for the weekend of testing, including deed walls and token pits, so make sure to jump on and check it out! Full thread can be found here: New pavement Along with the new walls, is new pavement! Adding to the potential pavement list is Slate slabs (existing slate slabs will be changed to slate brick tiles), sandstone brick and slab tiles, marble brick tiles, and pottery brick tiles. This means a lot more new options for decorating your deed, and making your place truly unique! Cave dwelling changes Of course, some have asked about how the additional houses will have any effect on underground housing, and the answer is, yes! With this update all housing options will be available for underground dwellings, meaning you can build your underground village just how you want it! Dredging changes Also in an upcoming patch, we'll be improving dredging with some long desired changes. Dredging will now have an option to flatten or level tiles, and also dredging will deposit dirt straight into your boat! This will only work if there's space in the dredge, but these two changes will definitely make dredging a lot easier! Hedges Removing hedges will become a lot easier next update, with the ability to cut down a hedge with an axe! The damage dealt will be dependent on the ql and height of the hedge, but should improve removing those pesky remains from fallen deeds. Community Content This weeks community content is another video by kaydawg, with his video of setting up in Wurm online. I thoroughly enjoyed the introduction and will definitely be waiting for more! A close second is the timelapse video of MootRed's new deed, i have a special spot for timelapse videos, they really show just how much can be done in the game! that's it for this week from us, we're working towards a big update with a lot of awesome changes, so stay tuned! Until then though, keep on Wurming! Retrograde & the Wurm team.
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    First of all, saying you are asking for input, then locking the thread 2 hours after you started it doesn't look like input asking. Most of european playerbase is left outside, because is a Sunday morning, and people have some things to do before logging in and reading the - literally - over night news. Second, asking for input should be done with some time before implementing a change, if you really care for any possible input from your players, and not just trying to make them believe so, 2 days before such a major change. Third, locking the thread right away - a thread you started - and saying the thread will be removed (??) is an easy way to silence everyone who had something, anything, to say. Four, do we really have so many paying players left that we need to drive them away by any means? Seriously, almost everyone has a Nahjo priest, and at least half of them will drop premium on those toons. And I don't know how many have multiple priests and will let them go just because. Fifth, we need bugs addressed and things fixed, is not players' fault a feature came out along with a player God, and was the way it was working, game mechanics wise. If you need to fix something, fix the broken religion, fix the neverending Gods coming live every other day and Wednesday at noon. Sixth, I have a question: have you ever grinded channeling of a priest, any priest, even the "easy" Nahjo one, to 90, at least? You, on your own, saccing and casting for countless hours, to see how "easy" it is, crops or no crops? Oh, and yes, I am one of those europeans left outside of your "input" thread, because my opinion doesn't matter if I'm not logged in 24/7 or just at the same hours with the other hemisphere.
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    i think the wrong meditation path is being nerfed
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    Pavings changed to slate, on bridges, tunnel and ground,
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    Rendered lighthouse - Yaga With this weeks update out of the way, we begin to look forward to our next content update, so updates will be light until then (if at all), but there's plenty coming! We'll be showcasing a few things over this period, detailing what to expect and just how awesome it will be, but first... Patch Notes Eye of the...cat? Some keen eyes spotted glowing green objects in last weeks shots, and I'm sure many of you have been wondering about their function. Today we unveil the beginning of our plans for a revamped highway system! Freedom highway rules have long been a necessity to ensure ongoing infrastructure does not disappear overnight, but often winds up being a slow process with paperwork and permissions. With this in mind, we've been taking steps to return the majority of control into players hands with highways, with a new highway system. Those items are called catseyes, and are the foundation of a huge new highway system, allowing players to build, link, and protect highways across all PvE servers without requiring GM assistance and permissions. The system will involve connecting existing routes to highways and also come with a waypoint system, providing markers to local villages (when opted in) and starter deeds. Navigating your way around the server, identifying the nearest starter town and local villages will be a breeze. Villages can also choose not to be included in the waypoint marking, although any highways running through a village will mean KOS is not possible (this will now be enfored with mechanics rather than general rulings). Altering the highway is not possible without removing link protection and rerouting meaning less paperwork for the GM team and also smoother operations for you all. This won't mean the elimination of all highway rules, wanton destruction of highways and other abuses will still fall under freedom rules, but less necessity in requiring GM approval, and also allows caves to be protected too! What will change with this is the redefining of what consists of a highway, In the past single paved roads bordered by sand (gravel is okay!) have also been included, with the release of this it will be strictly 2 or 3 tile wide paved roads, so if you wish to update any single tile paths in your area in anticipation of this new system please do log a support ticket. There will also be an overlap period to allow existing highways to be marked with the new system upon its release, giving everyone plenty of time to understand the new system when it launches (we will be working extensively with the wiki team to ensure that all information is provided prior to the update) so don't worry about being caught off guard WU live The latest beta will go live to Wurm Unlimited some time next week, stick in our discord or follow us on Facebook to know the exact date closer to its release Dev team expansion This week we’d like to welcome Keenan to the dev team even more than currently with his contracted hours increasing so he is now officially a part time developer for Wurm. His focus in the short term will be mostly on backend systems and a few different projects that have been sitting on the backburner waiting for someone skilled enough to take control of them, but we wish him luck in his work and having to deal with Budda on a more regular basis. We’d also like to welcome Ausimus to the team who has recently joined as a volunteer developer as well. After much experience working with Wurm Unlimited code and creating mods, he has already made his mark with a couple of bug fixes that went live with this weeks update. Community Content This weeks community content is already extremely well known, her project has been features in massively OP, vice, and several other sites too, so I'd like to take a moment to show you all just how awesome it is!z Our very own Malena has been hard at work in recreating the world of Ultima Online in Wurm, and it's amazing, check out the first video in her series here!: Check out the full thread of her adventures here! Caption this!Following from the awesome captions from our last contest, I've decided to host another, with this weeks top caption receiving a key for 1 months premium.This caption comes from the citizens of san escobar, with the amazing Wurm car! That;s it for this week! Next week we'll cover a few more things coming in the next update, so I'll see you all then. Until then though, keep on Wurming! Retrograde & the Wurm team
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    Foggy eclipse, by Nordlys Hi everyone! Another week down, and we move even closer to 1.3 coming live to WU! There's still lots coming to WO though, and I'm excited to share it, but first... patch notes Just to clarify, the base boat speed without wind hierarchy is still: Knarr Caravel Corbita Cog All that has changed is that minimum speeds for the slower boats has been tweaked upwards. This cave entrance ain't big enough for the both of us, yet... Ever feel that one tile just isnt wide enough? Well soon you dont have to worry about that! Thanks to some very hard work, we'll be introducing two tile wide caves! A few things to note: Two tiles is the maximum The bottom slopes MUST BE EVEN before even opening the second one (no tricks of opening to auto flatten the bottom!) Mine doors cannot be used with this system. That's not all Another popular suggestion that's been floating around has been a little more bling to a specific mount... That's right, Coming soon unicorns will be able to be equipped with gold and silver shoes, bridles, saddles and receive the speed bonuses from them! Barding will not be able to be equipped, and the speed will be somewhere between a horse and a hell horse. WU Alpha The alpha testing for the 1.3 WU update is going smoothly with a few bugs reported to be addressed this weekend. We'll also be likely updating WU to the current patch that came out yesterday in the alpha. We're giving away some Steam keys for Wurm unlimited via Twitter and Facebook, so be sure to jump on and share your favourite Wurm tip to be in the running, we'll be giving away more over the coming week too! Community Content This weeks community content has had a fair few contenders, with some amazing shots and locations shared with me, but the one that's blown me away the most has to be the screenshot from @Kasumiof a foggy walnut forest on the unstable client. The atmosphere it sets just excites me and I can't wait until the unstable client is stable! Want to see your content in the weekly news? Shoot me a PM or post it on the forums and you just may wind up featured! That's it for this week, I for one will be trying to keep cool, and looking forward to riding my unicorn with sparkly shoes around! Until then though, Keep on Wurming! Retrograde & the Wurm team.
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