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is Christmas coming?

Post by mcnail on Sun Nov 20, 2016 4:49 pm

just wondering if you had given any thought to Christmas fun this year...if so any idea when you might kick it off

so much fun last year as there was this past halloween


thanks

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Re: is Christmas coming?

Post by dungeonmaster on Sun Nov 20, 2016 7:53 pm

yes, Virginia.
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Re: is Christmas coming?

Post by dungeonmaster on Sun Nov 20, 2016 11:59 pm

Due to changes we made during the year...most of the previous work is not particularly useful this year. This year's incarnation will have its own setting--you will be have the choice of playing the Christmas monsters via taking an obvious path or just playing the regular dungeon. Those choosing to play will be competing for Christmas Presents and Stocking Stuffers. There will also be some additional holiday themed items available only in the holiday area.

Overall, last year's extravaganza was TOO MUCH. Too many mobs. Too many items. Too many stat raisers. Too many wishes granted. I am reigning this party in, but hopefully it will still be fun.

Needless to say, all this takes many hours to produce. I hope to have something ready soon.
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Post by miger on Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:17 am

Last year I recorded where the Christmas monsters appeared. Will that hold true for this season or was it a waste of time?

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Post by dungeonmaster on Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:38 am

I won't be changing any of the monsters, but I won't be using all of them either.  You won't get any Christmas monster quests this year-- since they will not be in the regular dungeon. This also applies to items.

Most items are getting make overs.  Some of the items will be cash only-- overall the emphasis on items is down this year.  The monsters themselves will be worth greatly enhanced experience and extra coin. I must warn everyone, that each incarnation of the big guy has been greatly enhanced. He is no push over, to be sure.
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Post by dungeonmaster on Fri Nov 25, 2016 7:07 pm

RL has completely destroyed my free time. I have Christmas stuff done down to 8. I hope to finish up by Monday.
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Re: is Christmas coming?

Post by dungeonmaster on Sat Nov 26, 2016 2:13 pm

the cosmos aligned properly this morning granting me 4 uninterrupted hours of implementation time.

enjoy Christmas, it is live.
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a couple of things i have noticed...

Post by mcnail on Sat Nov 26, 2016 7:01 pm

when you get a free resQ with no con charge it does take a con...and when i have left the game i have lost holiday items...multi christmas presents, snow globe...ivy lost so far

just a heads up

thanks for the holiday fun

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Post by dungeonmaster on Sat Nov 26, 2016 7:04 pm

ahhh-- I need to get jude to remove the items from the naughty list. You aren't supposed to get a free raise in Xmas land. Must be using the code from the starter dungeon for some reason. I'll get Jude to look at it. Thanks for the reports.
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Re: is Christmas coming?

Post by miger on Sat Nov 26, 2016 11:16 pm

Not certain what happened in Christmasland off of level 1, but the large group that had astral dragons (not sure what mons were in 1st two slots) would not let me hit them and swiftly killed my two chars when I tried. The $50M each for the rescue was a bit steep plus two con of course. And that was level 1?? Unless I am missing something, I am not likely to try that holiday option again under such conditions - couldn't hit, swift death, expensive res, and con loss.

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Post by dungeonmaster on Sun Nov 27, 2016 9:43 am

This should not be happening. There is an area on level 1 that is labeled clearly called the polar express. This area is used to quickly access levels 5-13. My guess is that you went to level 11,12,13 and got tangled up with Peppermint Dragons.

In general, trying to swing on dragons is unwise. Make sure you are reading the signs. They are there for your illumination and protection.
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Post by Jude on Sun Nov 27, 2016 9:57 am

I have removed the Christmas items from the naughty list.. the game should no longer be consuming the special holiday items upon player login. (Sorry I was slow on the draw with this change!)

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Post by miger on Wed Nov 30, 2016 3:45 pm

Is Christmas really here?
I found the Candy Cane Archway and walked the Polar Express to reach level 5 passage. But in an hour of running levels 5 & 6, which were exactly like the normal levels 5 & 6, I saw no (zero) Christmas encounters.
I am confused as to what is the Christmas game.

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hmmmm...

Post by mcnail on Wed Nov 30, 2016 6:52 pm

seems that you might be right about 5 when i tried six i got stuck in a hallway what appears to have no exit however i did find holiday encounter on 7...i had not run those from the express before you brought it up in game...i have run 8 - 13 and they seem fine at least special encounter wise


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Post by dungeonmaster on Wed Nov 30, 2016 8:30 pm

Another goof on my part.

I accidently aimed those transporters at the regular dungeon, not the holiday dungeon. They go to the land of elves and toys and peppermint now.
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Post by dungeonmaster on Wed Nov 30, 2016 8:38 pm

How the Christmas dungeon works...

It is a new and very generic small dungeon. Mapping should not be required. There is an exit on each level, but word of recall is a good idea. The level is pretty much the same encounter wise as the regular dungeon, except it houses Christmas monsters. Santa Claus is a "boss" on each level, and each level has their own version of the big guy-- hence the 15 incarnations.

Only Christmas monsters give Christmas goodies.
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Re: is Christmas coming?

Post by Jude on Wed Nov 30, 2016 10:37 pm

Followup:  the city guards, er, I mean, Santa's elves will truly perform rescues *for free* on all of the Christmas levels now.  (The mortician still requires a con for the raise though!)  

I also took this as an opportunity to improve the city guard routine a bit.  (There is another note on that..)

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Re: is Christmas coming?

Post by miger on Thu Dec 01, 2016 12:25 pm

I would respectfully suggest that there may still be something wrong with Panda Express level 5 and 6. When initially entering level 5 in the fog area, if you either step backwards one step, or go straight forward, you enter a very large area that is void of any fights - normal or Christmas. It does have walls, and turns, but no fights at all.
Same is true for level 6 - no fights. I have not yet checked out level 7.

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Post by dungeonmaster on Thu Dec 01, 2016 2:51 pm

Mike.  level 5 Xmas is working exactly the way it is supposed to.  It is the only level I put in with a little trick.  in the darkness -- see if you can figure it out.

I just reloaded the maps again-- sometimes changes I make don't seem to load to the server. I will verify the integrity of the current maps now.
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Post by dungeonmaster on Thu Dec 01, 2016 4:41 pm

Everything appears to be working fine with the maps on 5 and 6. IDK what went wrong before.

I expanded a couple of the smallest Christmas Dungeons, to give you more things to explore.

I added a couple more exits... some may not be the best idea to take if you are already in over your head!

I am working on increasing the number, density and variety of the holiday mobs on each level. This is a work in progress.
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Re: is Christmas coming?

Post by boxripper on Sat Dec 10, 2016 2:50 pm

up til xmas uber-- the inability to cast displacement and/or teleport in the xmas area hasn't been a major problem.  with the number of scatter TP's that are placed in the uber area (some of which seem to target X14 and X15 and even the Uber Area on Regular 15 {OUCH!} ) this has become a major PITA.  The ability to locate helps... but why can't I do a displace to their location?

Mrs Claus is the nastiest of the Claus monsters by a factor of about 10 fold over even level 15 santa claus.  Is this intentional?  She is on par with Shiva/Hades ...

Having Wrapping Paper Tiger give out paper items is a work of genius. I applaud your efforts. lol!
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Post by dungeonmaster on Sat Dec 10, 2016 4:56 pm

always nice to be appreciated... thanks Jake.

Yes.  The MRS is quite nasty-- hence all the warnings you had to cross before you get to an area where she might be.

Her special item is interesting, but hardly worth the hassle of killing her ... so your best bet is to just stay away.


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Post by dungeonmaster on Fri Dec 16, 2016 4:46 pm

From time to time, the Xmas Elf will bop into the game and give away prizes to all the good little gamers he finds in the game.
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Re: is Christmas coming?

Post by dungeonmaster on Sun Dec 18, 2016 10:17 am

fixed a data construction error that was precluding santa from dropping certain items on 10-14.
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Re: is Christmas coming?

Post by dungeonmaster on Wed Jan 04, 2017 3:42 pm

I will be closing the portal to Xmas Land on Twelfth Night. (two days hence) Grab your last goodies and reap your last bonus experience from the land of candy canes and peppermint whilst you still can!

We will run the program to total up presents and stocking stuffers and announce a winner.

First Prize: 25 Levels, 100 hit points and -20 years AND 1B Gold. (you can split them up: IE hits on char A, levels on char B and de-age char C -- note: if you split up the levels and hits, you char will NOT gain the hits he/she should have gotten from the gaining of levels.)

Second Prize: Your choice -10 years or +100 hits to one char AND 500M Gold

Third Prize: Your choice -5 years or +50 hits to one char AND 250M Gold

I will trade in the gold for CON for anyone that would rather have CON. 1 CON for 50M in Gold.

All Xmas items will disappear on January 19th in the evening hours.
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