Posts posted by Enki
I came here expecting to need to add an official public response to this, but I am very pleased with everyone and how they explained the rules.
BertimusPrime, I had some minor interactions with you back in 2012 I believe, but I have nothing to work with to rule in your favor for the exact reasons everyone here has explained. I am under no onus to provide the information you seek as it would violate our privacy policies. I had one lead and one opportunity to try and retrieve the account for you since we have no evidence to backup any theft claim, and that lead turned into a hard no.
There is nothing you can do now. You and your friends continuing to PM me, or posting in public isn't going to change it. People here have clearly explained why.
Today’s post topic is regarding bugs and exploits.
What is a bug?
A bug is a small bit of code scurrying around in the system doing something we did not intend. A lot like a roach or cricket crawling around in the shadows in your kitchen. You don’t really know what it gets up to until your party guests are lying on the floor in need of a doctor. It’s no secret that bugs exist within Wurm Online, but our focus going into 2023 will be to address them as we can.
An exploit however, is when a bug can provide a material gain or an advantage in skill or ability beyond what is intended. It’s not always easy to determine a bug or an exploit, but when your gains vastly outweigh the effort, you can be sure that you’ve found something unintended. If you choose to use a bug for whatever gain it may provide, then you are elevating the bug to an exploit and you are cheating.
Normal bugs should be reported on the forum so that we are aware of them, but exploits or more sensitive bugs can be reported by placing a support ticket in-game. You can access this by typing /support or pressing Escape, then finding Support under the Tools menu. If you are unable to put the report into a support ticket in-game, then you may send the information to us by email via email@example.com, or by contacting Pomona via forum PM, or her work email firstname.lastname@example.org These are the official methods for reporting bugs and exploits that will be considered for potential rewards. These exploits will be reviewed for severity, and a reward may be offered to the player who first mentioned it. Please keep in mind that making the details of exploits public will exclude you from the rewards mentioned above. You will also be subject to moderation as per the rules as we do not want the exploits to proliferate while we correct them.
We are strict about abusing exploits and will take action against the accounts in question, up to and including permanently banning the account. As part of running the game, we log quite a bit of data and can often use statistics to prove who may have been exploiting a bug. This means that we will take action appropriate for the offence.
Wurm Online needs honest people to let us know when things seem wrong. Abusing exploits can have an impact on many areas of the game. It’s up to all of us to keep things fair and help fix the problems in the game. Do not assume that we are all knowing and automatically see everything and will magically come fix it. We rely on you to alert us to most bugs that we have not caught in testing and to alert us to anyone exploiting any bugs.
Finally, when we penalise someone for exploiting a bug, we will always reserve the right to review the severity of that exploit and the severity of the punishment. Don’t complain after the fact, when someone you have an issue with is actively playing again because you knew something about them and did not bother to report them to us. If you see something, say something. All reports are confidential and we always investigate.
We are here to help, so make use of us and report bugs and possible exploits to us so we can continue to improve Wurm Online.
Thanks for reading, and happy Wurming!
Updated to clarify timeline
The Horse, The Thief, and The Cage
It is not intended that a person with lead permissions on a creature can cage the creature and ship it off to another island for the purpose of rebranding and caring for it, effectively taking it from the original owner. This unintended issue will be corrected in a future update, until then, do not cage creatures that are branded or cared for, for the purpose of cross server ownership change.
Wurm Online Team
Those who do not make Santa's list, will be making mine.....
besides, my list is much more merry and festive....
with all the blood that shall be spilt!
27 minutes ago, griper said:
They could put the confiscated stuff in a loot table that is connected to the the upcoming goblin camps.
It would be a nice lore-friendly way to recycle stuff back into the game.
I actually like your idea a lot, but I think that may be way more complicated than it would be worth.
I'll be transparent about this and say that I wasn't quite ready for this to go public for a couple of weeks yet. I think a couple of GM's may have misunderstood something I said a week or two ago, or Keenan may have even talked to them and I have not seen the memo.
I have been bugged for years by players to do this for whatever reason, and it's not too bad of an idea really, but there are still some details that need fleshed out on what items to auction, where to auction, etc.
Right now the only official stance I have is that the staff will NOT be directly benefiting from the proceeds.
My original idea was to simply account for and remove those irons from the economy.
There was never any underhanded intentions with any of this, but we have ended up with a lot of items that were not made by any nefarious means. Yes, outright destruction remains a possibility for most of the items we have hoarded from irrecoverable banned accounts over the decades, but we are always coming up with ideas to use the items for events and other more natural ways to deal with them rather than just deletion. I suppose I could just hatch a pet volcano named Lavvy to feed it all to.
/Enki (Head Game Master)
Today I come before you to confirm the rumors you have been hearing about Gumbo. Yes, it is true. I can confirm that Gumbo is permanently banned. At least that part of the rumors he has been spreading about himself is true.
Gumbo had been among us for many many years and had made many friends across those productive years. Unfortunately, Gumbo came to believe that our rules and directives did not apply to him and refused to adhere to GM given directives. Worse yet, he had become increasingly and unforgivably abusive towards our members and our staff here at Wurm Online.
Regardless of what stories he may tell you, take them with a grain of salt, because we absolutely will not tolerate the abuse of our staff of volunteers and developers who work tirelessly to keep our community a wholesome place to enjoy.
We wish Gumbo well in his future endeavors.
Enki (Head Game Master)
I never have the words for these situations, but I will say it was a grace that he was part of our community and we are forever marked by his presence among us.
[15:10:52] <Lagston> what yah need clearly is a zombie champ dragon as a friend
[15:12:35] <Enki> lol
[15:13:16] <Lagston> ever helpful ideas from laggy
Logging started 2022-07-24
[16:10:23] <Lagston> byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
Hmm, what goodie should I donate... The left eye of Sauron"? Perhaps The foot from a one legged trick rope jumper. Or perhaps the tail from a long eared falumparumpagus!
Let's see what deranged things have remained lost in my bag of voidities..
Just a heads up... Rumors of my death, life, or transmogrification into a giant butterfly are mostly exaggerated.
I will strive to make an appearance during this event.
The Ivory Whip
Astarte has chosen to pass the Ivory Whip of Chat Moderation to Belisama, making them the new Lead Chat Moderator.
All chat moderation issues or complaints should be sent to Belisama.
Wurm Online Team
Base Jumpers Beware!
Base Jumping into a properly locked and permissioned secure structure or enclosed area(i.e. center of donut structures) on non-PvP servers will be considered an exploit!
Ever since the introduction of multi-story and bridges to Wurm Online, a method to bypass the permissions system had been inadvertently made possible.
Using a tall enough structure or terrain to fall across a tile into or onto a structure or enclosed area that would otherwise be inaccessible by intended mechanics.
This method has been used several times over the years, but as this goes against the intention of our sandbox, we are putting a stop to it via the rules until such time as a mechanical solution is found.
Wurm Online Team
PvP VPN Usage & You
Using any VPN or Proxy to bypass the one kingdom online from one IP address at a time restriction on the PVP servers will be considered a form of metagaming and will be enforced and penalized.
While we know there are many valid reasons to be using a VPN or Proxy, using them to bypass our intended mechanics is not one of them!
Wurm Online Team
The Freedom Isles Society for the Prevention of Cruel and Unusual Dismemberment of Dragons, Drakes, and Creatures of Royal Lineage, or FISPCUDDDCRL for short, (Game Masters) has been closely monitoring all black market activity with regards to the sales of body parts that that have been seen coming from several chop shops that have set up in the region. After much investigation,(log reading) and many doughnut heavy stake outs,(actually this one is pretty much accurate) we have witnessed and recorded events and rituals that are otherwise impossible without the use of forbidden magics!(cheating)
We have known for some time that something unusual was going on and had to assemble an elite team of mercenaries and spend a huge amount of time to collect enough information to determine what is legitimate, by the mechanics, unique hunting and slaying, and what is definitely not. Some hunting groups we could clearly tell were hunting unique creatures as intended and then there was the other group...
During many months of detailed work of collecting physical and logged evidence, we witnessed members of this group on multiple occasions, sail onto a server, land on a section of shore, then travel directly to where we had manually placed unique creatures for monitoring. Once at the location, they stopped, looked around for a moment, then went directly back to their boat and off server. These uniques were not at their general spawn areas and were fully protected by our team. There is no possible legal way for anyone to find these protected unique creatures with the normal client and yet more than once, this group demonstrated they could via the use of a third party cheat.
Needless to say we are not happy at all with these people, using a third party hack, as we consider this to be an egregious violation of our Terms of Service as well as a despicable theft of an enjoyable part of the game that the entire Wurm Online community should have equal opportunity to access.
There is still some discussion concerning some of the people involved, but a rather large group has already been permanently banned from Wurm Online for profiting from these cheats while robbing our greater Wurm Online community of natural opportunities to participate in a very fun and engaging aspect of our game.
Thank you for your time,
Enki (Chief Bison of the FISPCUDDDCRL Lodge) (Head Game Master)
The Full Novel has been removed for everyone's mental health.
Darwin has worn out any semblance of a welcome here as we have observed him for a long time doing nothing but intentionally inciting the community and causing headaches. He has not been an active member and simply logs in and bothers people, then logs out.
We have given Darwin plenty of chances to improve his ways at the recommendation of others who had long believed he could improve, but as they say, insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome.
Beyond trolling one of our public global chat channels, Darwin was also attacking and abusing Wurm Online team members who were only trying to help him avoid violating our rules even further.
It was long past time to put an end to Darwin's foolish behavior with a permanent ban from Wurm Online since he has made it abundantly clear that he has no intention of actually enjoying Wurm Online, and he has zero respect for moderation or our community.
Extreme T.L.D.R. Summary
Darwin is a troll
“Byebee” – Dotta (Bakuretsu Hunters)
Enki (Head Game Master)
For a while, I have been semi inactive dealing with issues not relating to Wurm that has kept me from being as quick and courteous as I prefer to be with people.
During my semi away time a lot has happened among the people here and what I have found on my return has me seeing blood. There are those among us harassing, and attacking the Developers and other Wurm team members which I will not tolerate. If your name is brought before me I will simply cut you loose. I will not waste my time on you anymore.
At the same time I have been made aware of certain illicit activities occurring while I have been unavailable. Things like exploiting ways into sealed mines via means clearly not intended. We will hunt you down and remove you.
I have not been active with Discord moderation since its inclusion into our ecosystem, but I am very unhappy with the things I hear and I will turn that around. No harassment shall be tolerated there. I will not tolerate the use of inappropriate materials, harassment, or doxxing, or anything that is improper for our environment.
Make no mistake folks, I am very unhappy at all that has been transpiring, but know this, I know you have been concerned about the lack of recent public updates, and all this doom and gloom is just a mood that people feel from time to time, public updates will resume when the Dev team are ready. They are very busy and have lives too ya know. They are not all machine and computer code unlike the rest of us, and I am here to help keep the game healthy and happy.
While I stand here enjoying my root beer float, a number of people's names are already being inscribed on my ban hammer. So lets see where it falls as I slowly dig through my backlog of work!
Cadony Portal has been let go from her job.
I felt bad about it as Cadony had portlets to feed so I gave her a pamphlet about joining the turret corps.
Who knows, maybe someday you will encounter Cadony wearing a traditional suit of oaken armor out on the fields of battle!
It has been over a decade since i last actually spoke with him. Unfortunately, most of our conversations were about unpleasant official business so nothing I can really repeat in public. Mikey wrangled with us for quite a spell.
I know there is nothing I can really say or do, but I do wish him the best in his remaining time and it is comforting to hear that he is with his family.
Don't forget to bring sunscreen!!!
OH, I am told it's armor you should not forget.
Apparently my bright and shiny toothy grin isn't the issue...
You are welcome Spacy.
I would like to strongly encourage everyone to be up to date on your deed and vehicle permissions and do not be lax. 99 times out of 100 there is no chance of recovery or even assistance in such matters.
Very rarely are there mitigating circumstances that we will intervene in. You should always understand and expect the burden of responsibility to be on your shoulders as we have given you all the tools necessary to protect your work and items. So please make good use of those protections.
Enki (Head Game Master)
It's time to start off a whole new dozen Random Enkounters.
This first one is brought to you by our sponsors at Goobler. "a little elfs magical blood goes a long way" Pick up a box of their light, buttery, and crunchy crackers today! Made with fresh all natural ingredients and no preservatives after every battle on the elves factory in the Elvenwoods of Deliverance.
I spun the wheel and fell to Celebration at ... oh no.... not here again...... noooooooooo!
What transpired below is not for the weak of mind.Spoiler
[18:19:24] <Madnath> ruh roh
[18:19:32] <Enki> GREETINGS!
[18:20:03] <Fabricant> hello hello
[18:20:07] <Madnath> Ello
[18:25:00] <Madnath> Can I interest you in some cheese?
[18:31:47] <Enki> so,, its that time of year again
[18:31:54] <Enki> The end of January
[18:32:05] <Enki> and I must hold a Random Enkounter
[18:32:10] <Fabricant> merry january
[18:32:28] <Enki> well I suppose I don't have to, it's just fun raining down bloody violence on everyone
[18:32:29] <Madnath> feliz january
[18:32:47] <Enki> Since the Randomizer appears to be broken and has landed me here yet again...
[18:32:58] <Enki> You have a choice
[18:33:26] <Enki> The standard quiz show version of the Enkounter....
[18:33:34] <Enki> or... drum roll please....
[18:33:54] <Madnath> drr rrr r r rrr r rr r r rrrr r r rr
[18:33:55] <Enki> A vicious, and bloody battle of war checkers!
[18:33:56] <Madnath> close enough
[18:34:14] <Madnath> Hmmmm, are the prizes the same regardless of which option we choose?
[18:34:25] <Enki> No, they are still totally random
[18:34:43] <Madnath> I meant amount but yeah, I will let Fab choose since he missed both previous Enkounters here
[18:35:14] <Enki> We will base this one on how many kings are made by the player who challenges me
[18:35:25] <Madnath> Oooooh, interesting
[18:35:48] <Enki> So, your choice, a random set of random enkounter stuff or checkers?
[18:36:49] <Madnath> Make your choice Fab, I leave this in your hands
[18:37:06] <Fabricant> i feel like this was all set up to get us to play checkers
[18:37:26] <Enki> So did I, but I did not build the Randomizer.
[18:37:51] <Madnath> I am setting a checkers area at the pork bench outside my house, if you choose to do that
[18:38:01] <Fabricant> why your house
[18:38:05] <Fabricant> why not the half built stage
[18:38:08] <Enki> Who knows, the next Enkounter could be Lava Hopscotch
[18:38:15] <Madnath> because it's half built with no table
[18:38:19] <Madnath> but go ahead
After half an hour of arguing on where to hold the checkers match...
[18:38:34] <Madnath> dropped the checkers board in the wagon, I will try and get you both seating
[18:38:55] <Fabricant> i only grabbed basic chairs, nothing fancy
[18:39:07] <Madnath> excuse me Enki is here, we break out the good chairs and fine china, okay?
[18:39:25] <Fabricant> very well
[18:39:55] <Madnath> two chairs set up, checkers board is in the wagon already
[18:41:15] <Fabricant> you seriously expect us to play checkers on opposite sides of the table
[18:41:20] <Madnath> yes
[18:42:01] <Madnath> quick enki, take the supreme chair
[18:42:34] <Fabricant> oh i took the throne for enki but okay
[18:42:47] <Madnath> shiny chair
[18:42:49] <Fabricant> you didnt even align it to the grid
[18:42:54] <Enki> I have been tricked... you will suffer for that!
[18:43:30] <Enki> Now there's soemne who knows how to set a table
[18:43:48] <Madnath> I'd like to remind you he hasn't even put cheese on the table
[18:44:10] <Enki> You seem to be under a strange misimpression
[18:44:18] <Enki> My forte is snowballs
[18:44:35] <Madnath> Oh, fairly sure we have a rare one around for you then, once Fab is done with table fashion
[18:44:53] <Fabricant> i am compelled to decorate
[18:45:31] <Madnath> I am really scared at what you just spawned, whatever it is Enki
[18:46:05] <Madnath> are you gents ready to rock?
[18:46:24] <Fabricant> doesn't feel right to use the big boy chair but yeah i guess i'm ready
[18:46:35] <Enki> Earthquake scheduled today?
[18:47:15] <Madnath> Given our locations, thankfully we don't need to worry about those occurrences
[18:47:55] <Enki> Okay, here are the rules
[18:48:09] <Enki> wait... that's.... disturbing
[18:48:13] <Enki> and totally AWESOME!!!
[18:48:23] <Madnath> I prefered my Pacman cheeses
[18:48:38] <Fabricant> that's the ref. john cheese.
[18:48:54] <Enki> But... how did you know that you were going up against a Pacman champ!
[18:49:36] <Enki> Unless you are a Pong wizard you stand no chance against my dot chomping skillz!
[18:50:22] <Enki> Now then, If you manage to make a king piece before I do, You will get some some nice random goodies
[18:50:45] <Fabricant> time to sacrifice all my pieces to make that happen
[18:50:46] <Enki> However, if I make a king piece first, Madnath will have to handle a mob of some random things
[18:50:55] <Fabricant> oh
[18:50:59] <Fabricant> maybe i won't have to do that
[18:51:03] <Enki> hehe decisions decisions.
[18:51:13] <Fabricant> I am okay with either outcome
[18:51:32] <Madnath> I will grab some cotton and eat up now then
[18:51:38] <Enki> as am I, LETS PLAY BALL! I mean little round discs
[18:51:45] <Madnath> Fab, I just want you to know
[18:51:50] <Madnath> I have absolute faith in you
[18:51:54] <Madnath> And also, utterly 0 faith in you
[18:53:21] <Madnath> There will be someone else watching your moves to ensure no new king pieces appear from under the table by the way
[18:53:45] <Enki> Since you have decided to use the maze runner, I will have to go with the Gnomish Defense
[18:54:03] <Fabricant> ah a classic strategy!
[18:55:10] <Enki> Ooh, the Palpatine stance!
[18:55:43] <Enki> I counter with the Lassie
[18:56:12] <Fabricant> a very strong move that I had no way to predict, mainly because I have no idea what I'm doing
[18:56:43] <Enki> a lot of that going on in the world these days
[18:57:14] <Fabricant> I call this move the "mistake" because it will be a mistake
[18:57:42] <Enki> OH NO... what have you done.... PIKACHU!!!!!!
[18:57:58] <Enki> NOOOOOOOO! I did not see that coming!
[18:58:34] <Enki> My only play is the Counselor Troi Gambit
[18:59:21] <Enki> You fell for it! Now the Jedi Strikes Back!
[18:59:43] <Fabricant> Noooooo!
[19:00:10] <Fabricant> unbelievable, I've been played like a fiddle
[19:00:12] <Enki> Hmm I miscounted, you are saved!
[19:00:39] <Enki> oh lord... what have I done...
[19:00:42] <Enki> WHEW
[19:00:57] <Enki> You pulled a Jar Jar
[19:01:10] <Enki> I cannot believe you did not see my huge mistake
[19:01:50] <Enki> Now I have defended myself with the Troll stance
[19:02:25] <Enki> Nice try using an m&m ploy
[19:03:06] <Enki> Time to use the Lister
[19:03:41] <Fabricant> the only way I can save myself is to use the Calvin Klein Curtain Climb
[19:03:58] <Enki> I'm impressed!
[19:05:15] <Enki> I must stick to the basic Equestrian head on a stick play
[19:05:17] <Madnath> Oh it's getting a little spicy in here
[19:06:55] <Enki> Wow, I see you setup a perfect Mad Max
[19:07:57] <Enki> I have to run a Daniel Jackson Gambit if I am to get out of this one
[19:08:41] <Fabricant> I have no choice but to play the Patrick Swayze's Road House, the only known counter to the Daniel Jackson Gambit
[19:09:17] <Enki> darn! It worked!
[19:09:40] <Enki> Woohoo I see an escape vector
[19:10:09] <Enki> The Schwartz!
[19:11:33] <Fabricant> ahh how unfortunately, I have no way to get out of this one
[19:11:47] <Enki> There is but one hope for you
[19:11:58] <Enki> But I am not so kind as to reveal it
[19:14:16] <Enki> That! was not it!
[19:14:46] <Madnath> Oh no! Our prizes are dead and I'm about to be dead
[19:16:44] <Enki> And only a Teenage Mutant Turtle strategy could ever save this game for you
[19:17:04] <Fabricant> there's really not much I can do at this point
[19:17:15] <Enki> MUAHAHAHAHAAH Madnath are you ready to pay the price!
The Yodarians were unleashed on Madnath while Fabricant and I continued our brutal game of intense strategy.
[19:17:36] <Enki> I have acquired General Hammond
[19:18:08] <Madnath> I hope I can be both Captain Slow and Sergeant Clarkson now then
[19:18:18] <Madnath> I think I'm ready
[19:19:23] <Madnath> This works, I hate baby yoda
[19:19:44] <Enki> ooh, smooth move Captain Max Reload! I was not anticipating that
[19:19:58] <Enki> Madnath how you doing over there?
[19:20:18] <Madnath> I am starting to hurt, I wish I could have made it on the dirt so you could watch
[19:20:26] <Madnath> I left stage and they ran up here so
[19:21:22] <Enki> I have your troops surrounded on all sides now Fabricant.
[19:21:26] <Fabricant> I have no solid moves left, everything leads to my destruction
[19:21:32] <Fabricant> may as well just give in to the inevitable
[19:21:40] <Madnath> Well that's August Boar 1 - Enki 1
[19:22:11] <Enki> It is a perfect Penelope Von Shweets play
[19:23:13] <Madnath> [01:22:49] You ask Vynora for forgiveness if the aged champion Baby Yoda does not please her.
[19:23:14] <Enki> ooh clever... sacrificing a C3P0
[19:23:16] <Madnath> Vynora wants to kill me
[19:23:51] <Enki> But that gives me an Admiral Adama
[19:24:57] <Enki> And you have managed to get a Queen Amidala
[19:25:29] <Enki> Time to try an Elmer Fudd
[19:26:35] <Enki> Ooh, a perfect Goofy, but I see what you are trying
[19:27:07] <Enki> Take that.. a Mickey Mouse
[19:27:17] <Fabricant> I have forced myself into an Impossible Disco situation
[19:27:46] <Enki> There is still the possibility of pulling it off with a John Travolta
[19:27:54] <Madnath> Wait is that two Enki kings?
[19:28:14] <Fabricant> three
[19:28:17] <Madnath> Three... Erk. I will get back down to the dirt ready for the spawn
[19:28:37] <Enki> Try 3! I now have the Steward of Gondor
I just waved my wand over Madnath's way and unleashed some random things while I was busy planning Fabricant's ultimate loss.
[19:29:37] <Madnath> Oh god I am going to get wrecked
[19:29:50] <Madnath> OH GOD
[19:31:16] <Enki> I am now about to get King Arthur
[19:32:02] <Enki> Nice try, but that won't hold out against the Popeye
[19:33:20] <Fabricant> very well. I will go down fighting.
[19:33:42] <Enki> The Ewok play it is
[19:34:39] <Enki> Now all I have left to do is run the Aldeberon shuffle
[19:36:36] <Enki> Nice try but the Reemus maneuver requires 2
[19:36:58] <Fabricant> was that the sound of somebody meeting their end? hahaha
[19:37:07] <Madnath> yes, just not me
[19:37:17] <Fabricant> slain in the boat, what a shame
[19:37:29] <Madnath> our sleeping mystery man
[19:37:45] <Enki> oh dear... we now have a Napolean
[19:38:23] <Enki> arghh What have I done, I could have Walkered you in 2 moves!
[19:39:04] <Enki> Whew, one Will Robinson strike to save the day
[19:39:14] <Fabricant> I intend to draw this last part out as long as possible just to be a nuisance
[19:40:09] <Enki> Then I must bring Cat into play
[19:40:16] <Enki> Muahahahaha
[19:40:51] <Enki> Once I have Cat in play all that is left is to setup an Arnold Rimmer
[19:41:05] <Enki> And no Holly will save you now!
[19:41:35] <Fabricant> it's the controversial Susan Can I Borrow Your Coat play. it only exists to stall the game.
[19:41:36] <Enki> DOOOOOOMMMMMEEEDDDD!
[19:41:51] <Fabricant> it's over
[19:42:01] <Enki> I WIN!
[19:42:05] <Madnath> Fab I'm giving you the bill for my scale imp
[19:42:08] <Enki> Now Madnath.... hehehehe
[19:42:21] <Madnath> Oh god, more?
[19:42:33] <Fabricant> go for it
A couple of champion celebrating hell scorpions to top the event off
[19:43:31] <Enki> Fabricant, you were soundly defeated
[19:43:47] <Madnath> I wont let him live it down
[19:44:01] <Enki> But you played a long game and therefore I will anoint you with several participation gifts
[19:44:46] <Enki> And thank you for the snowball
For Fabricant's participation prizes, some lettuce, pizza, a common rake, and some needles.
Until next month!
January 31 - 23:30 - Celebration - (Winner = Fabricant, Madnath, Masterentaro)
Dear Wurmians of Wurm,
I have taken the action of banning a player due to a repeated, ongoing history of harassment of Wurm staff.
Platyna has been removed from in-game as well as the forums pending a full review of her behavior towards staff and other players.
We do not take these bans lightly, and spend a considerable amount of time attempting to provide feedback and warnings regarding repeated harassment and accusations at staff and developers.
I made several attempts to provide feedback both for and against this person's arguments. Eventually, as Platyna's actions became increasingly worse I provided Platyna with several recommendations about their behavior and the way she was treating others.
It has become obviously clear over the last few months that Platyna either cannot or will not listen, I made the decision to remove this player from the game in order to maintain a healthy community.
I will always endeavor to provide fair, balanced moderation, and our moderation leads are always willing to respond to escalated cases. There is no excuse for failure to abide by the game rules and instructions from moderation staff. Even if our system of moderation is not pristine and perfect, we have always provided avenues of approach to help with any complaints and issues raised. 99.9% of the time we come to a beneficial understanding.... then there is Platyna.... Platyna always maintained a moderate, calm, and civil discourse with me as Head Game Master, but she did not extend that courtesy to anyone else it would seem. I will not stand idly by and let anyone tear down others! Not the Wurm team, and not our members here at Wurm Online! No one should face the kind of harassment that was being thrown around by Platyna on an ever increasing basis!
As I said, this ban is still pending review, but as Platyna is already at work spreading misinformation I decided to make a public post stating the situation.
Anytime there were questions regarding our decision there were avenues to discuss them with us.
The avenues of escalation are as follows:
Please reach out to them if you ever have any issues with moderation, and we will work with you.
Enki (Head Game Master)
in GM Hall
I am thrilled to be able to reveal what I have been working on for a while now.
Sometime last year I was watching an old movie when a fantastic idea crawled up to me. Time, unfortunately, was not on my side during 2022, so all I could do was put that idea on hold. However, with the help of the developers, I will finally get the chance to work on this grand idea. I still cannot believe it took me so long to notice this about our world of Wurm Online, but now it is just so glaring that I cannot get it out of my head. So many ideas and so many great games and events have just been sitting in the stranger corners of my mind.
After a few conversations with the devs, one idea of mine clicked with them, and one of my bigger event plans crept towards the light. News of this idea and its parts had to be tightly kept under wraps. A new testing client was used to prevent anyone from finding out what I was up to. Pulling this off without anyone noticing has been a lot of fun for me as well. Raising the curtain on this too early had risks, as we had to do a lot of testing in secret, and we did not want to get peoples hopes up if we ran into any major roadblocks. It all worked as intended, so here we are now. Listening to me ramble on about my excitement is not what you are here for.
Features and creatures are what you want to know about. Ordinarily, the developers would be revealing these things to you instead of me. Only this time, these features will be an intricate part of my plans which will span all isles. Let me get on with the show and tell before zombification sets in. Shall we 'dive' in...
Using the Diving Platform is almost the same as using any raft, you will be able to anchor it in any body of water, but the ‘Dive to’ diving options will not be possible in shallow water depths. This will allow access to the underwater terrain for terrain modification, construction, and access to underwater caves, as well as several possible underwater diving levels reachable based on skill. Keep that third use in mind! The platform can be made using the same materials as a raft, plus one of several light source types, an extra wooden shaft, an extra rope, and an anchor. While the platform itself will have storage capacity like a raft, it will be more limited. You will understand why in a little bit.
Diving from the Diving Platform will grant you a limited amount of time under water, you will have to watch your breath meter closely, but the amount of time you can remain underwater will be determined by your Body Stamina, Mind Logic, and a new set of 'Diving' skills. ‘Snorkeler’, ‘Freediver’, and ‘Deep Sea Diver’. At this time only Freediver and Deep Sea Diver will be the easiest to raise as there is more use for these skills than Snorkeler.
As soon as you run out of breath, your health will immediately begin to suffer and you will need to reach the surface quickly or you shall die. The deeper you have descended, the more time it takes to get back to the surface. Your corpse will be at the surface for retrieval. Keep an eye on those sharks too! With the update that will bring these new features, sharks will now eat corpses after a while. This also goes for some animals on land including wolves, bears, and boars!
I present to you, the Diving Bell! The Diving Bell has its roots in ancient times and combined with the Diving Platform it will open up a plethora of new possibilities. At this time the Diving Bell can be equipped on knarrs, and corbitas, and more importantly, the Diving Platform. Diving Bells have a place to add an internal light source, organized storage compartments, and three seats. The Diving Bell can be made using copper, iron, or steel sheets, with rivets, ribbons, and lead for the ballast weights.
One Diving Bell provides access to a single tile on the ocean floor, but while you are descended, you may move the Diving Bell to any adjacent tile of the tile you originally descended to. This gives you the ability to harvest resources, dig, or mine within a 3x3 area per descent, as well as the ability to construct some upcoming underwater structures. Additionally, from the Diving Platform or a ship, you may choose which tile to descend to with each dive with the use of a spyglass. This way you do not have to relocate your Diving Platform or ship in order to change the destination of the Diving Bell when you descend.
Diving Bells offer you a substantially longer amount of time that you can remain underwater than freediving from Diving Platforms allow. More than enough time for one person to mine out a cave entrance and the next tile in, but keep an eye on the air meter. It will look sort of like the compass on screen, but the design of the meter has not been finalized yet so I could not show you a picture of it at this time.
Diving Bells support up to three occupants, the owner and two guests. They also function like tents and give you a place to respawn if needed, and to tie a creature to for transport. More on them in a later update. You can also log out in a Diving Bell while descended and log back in with the same amount of remaining air as you had when you logged out.
Using Diving Bells and Free Diving from the platform gives us a new area of the world to interact with beyond just the bottom of the oceans. You can also 'Dive To' intermediate layers named for their depths where you can among other things, collect bigger fish, or build and harvest from sea farm zones, including shellfish, and more.
A final quick word regarding the Diving Platform and Diving Bell on PvP. Do not let your rope get cut! You will not be able to ascend in time before drowning if diving to deeper levels. If you are using the Diving Bell when your line gets cut, then there is a chance for someone to come and attach a new line to it from a ship or diving platform above before your air runs out.
This is all very exciting stuff and still in the early stages. The Diving Bell, Diving Platform, Sea Cages, and a few other items are ready to go once added to the main client, but other features and items will be added probably in the first quarter of next year. The reason for the delay is because the Developers wanted me to be able to open up my latest treasure hunt on time, so they focused on making adjustments to the oceans, caves, and making working platforms and Diving Bells, since we needed to be able to make underwater caves that you would not drown in as well as multiple dive depth layers.
There will be new creatures added, a couple of new shark types, and some new sea creatures. Some will be dangerous, others not so much, but these will be a surprise for now. There will be a new type of cave bug and a couple of other creatures to facilitate my next surprise, though I was unable to convince the developers of the need for 'frogspiders' but those are the least significant bits in all of this.
Yes! You heard right! I said Treasure Hunt! Last time, I let you stumble across the secret treasure hunt, but this time I am telling you there will be one. Or more! You will not be able to find any clues quickly, as they have not been activated yet. Someday someone will find and activate one and start the treasure hunt, or hunts, mentioned in this reveal.
Enki (Head Game Master)