Q: My friend has the housing files on a CD - can I just use his?
A: Yes - it's a free expansion, and we want all our customers to have it. But be sure before you start that you can use his files - if you don't have Shrouded Isles, you need to use the Classic Foundations file set. If you do have Shrouded Isles, you can use the Shrouded Isles Foundations file set.
Q: /charcopy failed me! I must have typed /charcopy pervical Myname a hundred times.
A: Our copier isn't case sensitive... but it is spelling sensitive. Please check extra carefully to be sure you're typing Percival, or Morgan Le Fay, or however your server name is spelled (according to the server list on the right side of the Herald).
Q: When Foundations is formally released, will it be available by any other means besides a download? Those of us who live in technological blackholes that are confined to dial up will pay dearly in time and frustration if it's not.
A: We're planning to offer a CD at the Mythic store - not at a profit, mind you, just the cost of the CD, the time it takes to burn it, and the shipping costs. Keep an eye out here for details.
Q: (Insert question about the location of the housing zone, whether or not one can have a guild house and a personal house, etc.)
A: We have a pretty solid manual in the housing section of the Herald. Most of the questions I got this week can be answered by the manual (the which, I'm told, will be in a nice printer friendly format when Foundations goes live). The rest of the questions I got this week revolved around pricing - and I don't know anything yet for certain. I imagine just about everyone will have an opinion once we put up our first pass at costs and values =)
Q: I achieved Legendary Grand Master status last week, and was a little hurt to be left off the Scroll of Valor on Monday. Was my server forgotten?
A: Nope - the Scroll of Valor is just not an automatic process. Not everyone wants to be recognized in so public a fashion, so the Scroll is a listing of all the people who asked to be included. We just made a few changes on the Herald to make it easier for you to report your good news - after you read this Bag, click the "Community News" tab. On the right side of the "tab line" is a drop down server menu, and a link that says "Submit News." If you are a new level 50, or if your character just got married, or if you recently achieved LGM status, click that link. Next, fill out the form, and for "event type," select "Congratulations To..."
Q: My question is about the dragon. I have seen some say that the dragon AOE is purely random, nothing in particular triggering them. I have seen too other said that it is random BUT is triggered by (choose some or all of the following things) casting, debuffing, healing, running a healing chant, using a proc weapons, buffing...
A: Fear not - none of the above listed items will cause the dragon (in any realm) to breathe.
Q: I play on Mordred - is my house safe, and am I safe in the housing zone?
A: Because of the fact that there is no monster pathing in the housing zones, and the placement of objects will change drastically depending on the mood and resources of the property owners, the housing zones will not be enabled for PVP, no matter what server we're talking about.
Q: Why not develop a faction inquiry command? i.e. /faction
It would be great to know where you stand with different mobs before traveling all the way to a certain location only to find out that they are aggressive to you and you are unable to get by them.
A: That was such a cool idea that I passed it right to the content producer. As with many ideas, there was an angle I hadn't thought of. Here's what he told me: "The problem with a faction inquiry command is that not all monsters on a particular faction care about where you are.
"And not to the same degree.
"In other words, even if we returned a generic "positive" or generic "negative" values, it may not match up specifically to a particular monster."
Sorry, it's a little short today - my usual sources for information have been burning the midnight oil, lately, and will have to resume grab bag duty next week.
But I do have a pair of entertaining links for you - YouGuysAreStupid.com - read the Journal by a fellow named Jason. The next time someone tells you MMOG players don't get enough exercise, tell them that Jason is doing it for you. Go, Jason, go!
Been to www.gucomics.com lately? Woody did a comic for DAOC on Thursday about the lack of... facilities in our housing. Big smile to Team Lead Guest Akeel for suggesting the idea =) Note to those seriously wondering where the bathrooms are in the houses - outhouses are available for purchase.
Talk to you Monday!
Read it on the Herald here, if you'd rather.