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  1. The Hireling is a stationary NPC similar to a Merchant. For pay the hireling produces low quality bulk goods like planks or bricks from raw materials. The production cost should be significantly higher than hiring a real player to make the same goods. Applying a Hireling contract (purchased from a Trader) to a Work Station creates the NPC. The Work Station is a player created object composed of a BSB (for holding the raw materials), a large crate (for produced materials), a wooden table, and enough planks and nails to hold everything together. When supplied with wages in the form of coins the Hireling begins producing the goods from the raw materials for a limited amount of time. The intent is not to damage the market for bulk goods but to create a fun mechanic for populating workshops. Hirelings occasionally joke, complain, talk about their work and tools, speculate about server events like rifts and unique spawns, criticize the skinflint boss (that's you), and otherwise chat to relieve the boredom of their repetitive work. Their activity produces the same sawing, chipping, carving, etc. and entries in the event log as the same player activity. The goal is to enliven work spaces that are usually empty and rarely have more than one person using them. Details of which Hirelings know how to produce which products (I am inclined to require them to specialize to some degree), whether they require tools, and such matters I leave to your imagination. I expect people will have lots of good ideas about those things.
  2. No rain indoors. Best update ever. Thanks!
  3. Haven is no longer stuck to Sol. I haven't done the work to establish new orbits for any of the moons but from casual observation Haven's orbit appears to be coplanar with that of Jackal. You will see Haven transiting in front of Jackal now and then.
  4. Those of us who occasionally leave our mines and look toward the sky have noticed that the regular eclipses of Sol by Jackal no longer occur. In fact the motions of the moons are significantly different since the release of the new client. The backdrop of stars has shifted too. Before I invest *alot* of time in screen shots, vector algebra and spherical trigonometry it would be good to know if these changes were deliberate or if they just happened inadvertently. The latter is a very real possibility since a change in direction of star motion was one of the last fixes put in before the client release. The star motions weren't automatically right in the new client so it is reasonable to think that active attention would have been required for the moons as well. And the nature of their current motions opposite that of Sol and the stars inclines me to think they could use a correction too. Could someone on staff please drop a reply indicating whether or not the new motions of the moons are the intended ones?
  5. table cloths and book ends?
  6. That "eat from a locked container" feature is pretty good! Any chance it could be extended somehow to drinking too?
  7. I see that shiny ground alot when it's foggy. It usually flickers on and off depending on viewing angle.
  8. FWIW the stars are still rotating from west to east when they should be going north to south to be consistent with the motion of Sol. And the orbital planes of the moons differ greatly from those on the stable client (although I suppose that might be intentional). In case anyone cares.
  9. I noticed that the stars are rising in the East and setting in the West. That would be appropriate for Earth but it is incompatible with the motion of Sol in the sky of Wurm; it rotates around a point in the western sky.
  10. Am I the only person getting a Not Found response? It cleared up a while ago
  11. The .MAP file generated by Export from the village plan encodes pottery brick walls the same as wooden walls. The first sample below is an export showing a tile with wooden walls on all levels. Actually the walls on the two lower levels are pottery brick. The second sample shows the same tile as it was originally planned in DeedPlanner. Note that the lower story pottery brick walls are saved with a "pb" prefix. Export <tile height="-977.0" x="33" y="27"> <ground id="pl"/> <level value="0"> <hWall id="wArch"/> <vWall id="wArch"/> </level> <level value="1"> <hWall id="wArch"/> <vWall id="wArch"/> <floor id="wFloor" orientation="UP"/> </level> <level value="2"> <hWall id="wwWindow"/> <vWall id="wWall"/> <floor id="wFloor" orientation="UP"/> </level> <level value="3"> <roof id="wRoof"/> </level> </tile> DeedPlanner <tile caveHeight="5.0" caveSize="30.0" height="229.0" x="33" y="27"> <ground id="pl"/> <cave id="sw"/> <level value="1"> <hWall id="pbWindow" reversed="true"/> <vWall id="wArch" reversed="false"/> <Floor id="wFloor" orientation="RIGHT"/> </level> <level value="2"> <vWall id="wWall" reversed="false"/> <Floor id="wFloor" orientation="RIGHT"/> <hWall id="wwWindow" reversed="false"/> </level> <level value="3"> <roof id="wRoof"/> </level> <level value="0"> <vWall id="pbWindow" reversed="true"/> <hWall id="pblArch" reversed="false"/> </level> </tile>
  12. Well, the moons are moving apart now. Any risk of geological disturbance, which was probably low, is probably past. Be assured that your likelihood of dying in agony trapped in a collapsed mine is now barely any greater than usual. I will not publish any more forecasts for astronomical phenomena until some clarity emerges about the behavior of moons exhibited in the new client. And for that I have high hopes! Will we some day be able to pick out the constellations for which the Starfalls are named? Will tiny dim orbs, presumed sister planets to our own ,some discernable perhaps only by spyglass, wander slowly among the stars? Will fiery comets blaze in terrifying splendor across the sky? And what could it all mean to us lowly Wurm-bound beings? Will our Philosophers after diligent study compose tomes of Lore recording the effects these changes in the heavens necessarily must exert upon our daily lives?
  13. Three moons rising.
  14. Yes, please don't assume that other people will be able to get good screen shots. Wurm weather is terrible this time of year. If you get a good view please capture and share it. The moons have already bunched up pretty nicely and will continue to close in on each other for the next three hours or so. Just before sunrise is the best time to watch. One more thing - the moon motions are different on the unstable client so you will need to use the production client to view this conjunction.
  15. One more thing ... since the almanac is a container it must be empty to be sold on a merchant. What's that? Merchant. It's a ... never mind.