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Lujke
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 8:49 pm    Post subject: Lost City of the Tecqumin Reply with quote

The lost city of the Tecqumin is ready to be found!

Characters of appropriate levels may start encountering hints about where to find it.

Theme: A lost city in a thick jungle. What could go wrong?
Advised level: 41+
*Parties recommended.

This area is mostly designed as a questing area for players at or near end-game. While there are certainly fights to be had and exploration to be
done, the main emphasis is story-based questing. It has a number of bits of new and custom code, which mean that some things won't work the way you
might be used to. (Since much of this code is new & experimental, it also means that it might well go wrong. Apologies in advance!)

NPCs
Many of the quest based NPCs have a lot of information that they can give in conversation, and talking to the various NPCs is necessary to follow the
main quest lines. Some of this information may only be available after you have completed other bits of the quest, so it is often worth returning to
NPCs you have talked to before, to see if you can discover anything new from them.


Some of the NPCs will stay dead for a while if you kill them, which may prevent you from finishing the quests. Killing the NPCs may be necessary to
follow certain quest lines, but killing them at whim is not advised. (It is possible for the NPCs to be dead to certain PCs but not to others. If you
are in a group with someone who has killed an NPC that you haven't killed, it should be possible to identify who has caused the problem, in case you
want to eject that PC from your group and continue with your quest.


Certain mobs and NPCs are good at finding their way round on their own, which means that not all monster movement is random or purposeless.


Maps and mazes
Some areas have maps that change from time to time. So, while mapping may be necessary to find your way round, your map might not be entirely useful
the next time you visit. It should be reasonably obvious from room descriptions which areas this applies to.

Because the map may change while you are logged out, it is also possible to log in to a room that is no longer included in the map - in which case you will be ejected to a suitable room outside of the changed area.


Problem solving

In all traps and puzzles, I've tried to make all syntax as intuitive as possible, and to include hints and multiple options for using it. I've also
tried to include multiple possible ways of doing things, where possible.

If you find somewhere that syntax is tricky, please let me know so I can try to do something about it.

If you think of an original or ingenious way that you would like to solve a puzzle or challenge, which is not coded for, please feel free to suggest it
- I'll consider trying to add it in as an option.


Visual elements

I've played around with ASCII based visual elements in some areas. These work best if you have a terminal that can display ANSI colours, including
background colours, and if your screen width is set to at least 75 (using SETENV). Where possible, I've tried to include text-only options for those
who can't use the visual features. If anyone is unable to solve a bit of the quest as a result of problems with using the visual features (e.g. if
they are on a phone client, or using a text reader), it is permissible to seek assistance from another player who can use them. I can only apologise
to anyone who can't enjoy all of the area's challenges because of this.


Context sensitive help
Some items have specific uses that only apply in certain places or contexts. Where appropriate, they may have extra hints in their
descriptions when they are in the right place or context to be used.


Fighting

Building and balancing mobs isn't my forte. Chances are mobs will need to be balanced for difficulty based on player feedback. Some battles allow for
non-traditional methods to be used to shift things in your favour. Some may be more or less unwinnable without doing so.

Depending on the route you take, it may also be possible to complete at least some of the quests with little or no fighting.


Rewards

I've tried to include a reasonable range of suitable and original reward items, and will probably add new items as options as time goes on. If
there's something you'd love to see in the quest rewards, I'll be open to considering special requests.


Have fun!
Lujke

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2017 5:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also parrots.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And, indeed, parrots.

This has been a very longterm project, so I'm delighted to finally have it in game.

Thanks are due to a number of people for helping me with stubborn bits of code:

Saide, Nienne, Ares, Octothorpe, Styx and Garrett all come to mind, though doubtless many others have contributed along the way (if only by me stealing their code).

Special thanks are also due to my sweatshop writer Jysibyll for some wonderful bits of writing that I hope may be discovered one day.

All errors and omissions are, of course, my own.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2017 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Woo woo! Way to go Lujke!
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lujke wrote:


Special thanks are also due to my sweatshop writer Jysibyll for some wonderful bits of writing that I hope may be discovered one day.


I hope so too..... so get to discovering, people! Smile

For real though, judging by the teensy peek I was allowed in order to do the writing, you won't be disappointed. Lots of cool stuff going on.

Way to go, Lujke!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Woo it's done! Exciting Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recently realised that a bunch of bugs & code copying errors meant that some parts of one of the side quests in the Tecqumin area wasn't accessible.

I think it's fixed now, so if you've been to the river & been disappointed there wasn't much to do, there's a bit more now.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As an early festive gift to all the brave jungle explorers out there, I've dropped in a bunch of extra rooms to the jungle. They were always meant to be there, but I somehow missed them off before.

Some are just for colour, others have some function for the area - though none were completely vital to any of the central quests.

Still, hopefully there's a bit more stuff to find now.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I broke the jungle, while trying to fix a bug. For the time being it probably won't be usable.

Sorry, I'm working on it.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lujke wrote:
I broke the jungle, while trying to fix a bug. For the time being it probably won't be usable.

Sorry, I'm working on it.


I think I fixed it.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A note for intrepid jungle explorers - a bug that was causing traumatic gear loss on capture has now been fixed. This is the last one that I'm aware of that has caused major issues.

Please let me know if it happens again at all. Borging/EQ loss is not an intended outcome - if it happens, it's a bug!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 03, 2018 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wait ASCII works in your compiler? I wrote a book in ASCII and it printed the unknown character icon when I read it even though my client supports ASCII and did the same for another, but with different characters.

Cool beans Lujke, I'll have to get that book back from Sadhara or Telsivar one of them has it I think.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only a partial set of ASCII characters work on the various mud clients I use. I have made use of the ones that seem to be fairly reliable, along with ANSI colouring.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A further update for jungle explorers - I'm aware that the intermittent maze failures have continued past my previous efforts to fix them. I've had another go today, and may possibly have found the root cause (At the very least, I found *a* root cause) and fixed it.

I'm really hoping you shouldn't have the same problems with broken rooms/exits in the jungle, making it more reliably explorable again.

Of course, carry on letting me know if you encounter more problems. And thank you for you patience with it.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After some feedback, I've been through and made some adjustments to a lot of the jungle mobs. A few things may be a bit tougher, but the main thing you might notice is that some of the mobs with ludicrously high xp values don't have those xp values any more.

Shame on anyone who realised the xp was ludicrously high and didn't report it...
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