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Messages - Pen N Popper
I really could not have said it better. I have been yearning for the RP connection that Layonara has and patiently await a new platform that can probably only pale in comparison, but still have that RP element that makes the NWN so, so good. I've been lurking now and then on the server status page and hoping to see people on, but I guess I just miss them...
Or should I say, circa 2004 - 2007. It's nice to see my character and those he traveled with still remembered in the lore books of old. Part of the many reasons Layonara was (and I'm sure still is) a great place to RP. Perhaps someday I'll have some time to play. But until then, I thought I'd check in and say hello.(Michaelis Draego, Champion of Toran)
I wanted to stop by and say HI to everyone, and ask if all was well. I dont think alot of you will know me or remeber me. I played Qualton Windword. I hope everyone is doing good, and having a great time. I will check back tommorow.
For many of you this will come as no surprise, my absences of late saying far more than words. I wanted though to remove doubts and make it official.
When I joined way back, Layonara was a different place with a different vibe but like all things it has evolved over the years. People and places change and sometimes relationships grow apart. Its hard to admit when something no longer works and that apart is far better than together.
Layonara was a salvation in my life in a time when I needed an escape from my reality. Now Layonara only serves mostly as a catalyst of angst and that's not the way it is supposed to be.
So from here forward I am stepping down as an active game master and administrator. I will still be around in the background as part of the team for Lore consultations and I still have some quest loose ends to tie up or move to other game masters. I am not leaving all together as I will be turning my concentration to the art of the MMO and writing.
Greetings Layonara Community,
It is with mixed feelings that I announce my retirement from the develoment of NWN-based Layonara after doing this for seven years and some change. This is a move I have planned for some time (and almost did several times), and which has been needed for some time, but I am only just now making it a reality. My development focus is now shifting completely to the MMO effort and Layonara's long-term future.
To keep NWN Layonara going in a development sense, I now officially pass the torch to the capable hands of Script Wrecked, who will now be responsible for all future fixes and updates.
I know you've all heard this plenty of times, but...this is not a “good-bye” letter. I am still very committed to and invested in Layonara and its long-term future. I still like to play here even (when the stars align properly), GM here and participate in this community. I do not see these things changing. My presence will remain, but my fingerprints will no longer be on the updates.
There's not a lot more to say here, so join with me in congratulating Script Wrecked on his new position.
« on: August 11, 2012, 10:33:06 pm »
I know this comes around every now and then, but I was talking to another player online not long ago about this and clarifying some ideas and came away thinking strongly enough about it to post for it.
Now I am not sure if the xp limiting factors are set in bioware code or can be altered by us so all this might be a moot point but I think the time has come for us to seriously consider changing the xp system for parties of multiple levels. I know there are issues with spawns as well and maybe we just have to wear that for the time being until we see that people arent going to abuse it.
I think we are limiting and reducing the enjoyment of Layo for our existing players by having the fact that if a level 20 char travels with a group of level 5's the level 5 chars are penalised in terms of the xp gained.
Before I go any further let me preface this by saying I KNOW! people might abuse it and powerlevel the low characters...but...we penalise those people doing that rather than penalise EVERYONE.
Here are several reasons why I would like to see this restriction removed if it is at all physically possible to do so:
Firstly; A lot of the WL's or players with high level chars I have spoken to that have gradually dwindled often complained they couldnt find anyone their level to play with to go to places they could get xp and they felt bad travelling with lower levels because it spoils their FUN and chances to earn some xp. We all know how hard it is on layo to get xp at times so any chance you get is welcomed.
Secondly; High level chars have a lot to offer low level chars, think about the rich RP situations these times stimulate. But! the low level players need to be willing to forgo any xp earning situation and focus solely on the RP which is fine sometimes and at times when you might rp for an hour and then leave and find another group heading off to do something...but now you are lucky to log in and find one other person around.
Thirdly; Our server is becoming full of individuals who never interact. if I log in on west and there is one other player on who is level 5 and I am level 27 there is no real incentive whatsoever for me to try and find that person and interract with them unless I know them well. if I join them I ruin their chance to make some xp, if they join me it would only be for the chance of RP which might be fine every now and then but sometimes you just want to do something! This situation can never support that. So what happens, both players go their own ways and do their own thing and gradually come on less and less because there is noone their level to help each other out and eventually they disappear.
Fourthly; What do PC's at the top of their game do? what incentive is there for a level 40 player to join a group of level 10's? They might enjoy some Rp but both parties know the situation is untenable if they want to get some xp or do something so invariably the level 40 leaves as they dont want to spoil the L10's fun.
Fifthly; The server community and indeed the world has changed in the last 7 years, people dont have a lot of time anymore to sit in a clearing outside Hlint and RP for 5 hours, nor really are there enough people to sustain such a RP event. These are the realities of the time.
Sixthly; I firmly believe if we remove this restriction we will see Higher level PC's interacting more with lower levels, bringing more information, more RP into the game. Imagine Vrebel with a few young low level fighters relating his experience in battles across layonara. it would be much the same as Lances and Daniella's Toranite recruits program and its success. But even now Daniella and lance can take out their recruits to RP with them and teach them in the field but the reality is they get nothing out of it beyond an RP experience because they dont earn any xp. Which is not essential! But is nice from time to time!
Seventh; I know this is an RP world, I get that, but we need to realise that people like to make some XP at times too and with a community a fraction of what it once was and the loss of many high level chars who just cant face ruining other peoples fun this may be a good bandaid solution to bring back more interaction and more RP.
*Görmungard is said to be organizing an assault against a tribe of orcs on Belinara after the next full moon of Ausir or Orn, but he has been vague as to which one.
He sends notes to his friends and comrades about this.*
//2pm EDT this coming Friday 4/27/2012, meet at Miritrix at 1pm EDT if possible
I be auctioning these Boots of Striding of the higher grade, they make ye resilient and tougher.
I be asking a starting bid of 30,000T fer them.
Auction ends after 2 full moons of Orn have been seen on the night sky.
Be reasonable with them bids ye lot.
Boots of Striding +3
+3 Constitution, level req. 13 (no these are not the Hardiness boots that also give +3 AC)
Auction ends at Wednesday 4.25.2012 at noon EDT.
Since the quest tonight is cancelled, I'm thinking of running a patrol through the Orsgaunt Mountains. High danger expected. Rp is a must. Enemies of Toran beware.
Apart from being useless in game they are also apparently completely worthless.
It seems odd that a standard iron ingot might fetch 80 true from a pawn shop but an enchanted one will cost 1gp?
At least make it 1gp more than the ingots original cost?
The Rael Kingdom, affected by the recent crop failures, has made some logistical changes.
It seems Rael has reassigned numerous wagons and convoys to to haul fish and seafood goods from its coastal cities to those cities starting to suffer shortages, such as Prantz.
Wagons can be seen traveling from Raylyn, Seawatch Fort, and even Lor to Rael's non-coastal forts and cities.
Also loads of odd mushrooms and fungi begin to make an appearance in the Prantz markets.
While food prices rise and people are worried over certain shortages, many can be heard praising Lord Rael for his leadership, actions and compassion for the common citizen.
*A note is posted around the various inns and crafting halls*
While out collecting some lichens on Krashin, Ygraine of the Ursus Clan came across a family of cats who were starving. She took them under her protection and led them to a safer place, but lost one of the cats along the way.
A reward is offered to anyone who can find and recover this lost cat.
[SIZE=10]// Since you can't interact with the npc cat, it has been given a name. Post the name here first to get a reward for finding the poor animal. [/SIZE]
My Character: Alestir Brighton
Well I was out gathering feathers north of center and went down south to windjammers day to try and get more, since I heard people payed alot for them In character so I attacked a parrot searched it didn't find anything, thought it was maybe a more rare Item but then I was attacked by a bunch of parrots! so anyway after that I walk into center noticing right away that the Angels guild npc is hostile and shes the only one so I re-log and she still is, then! from behind i'm stabbed by the ox herder and chased out of center by a very angry Ox that chases me across the land of Layonara. After waiting a day of log out assuming that a server reset will set it back I get back on and the Ox herder still holds a grudge.
So, I'm aware now that I probably shoulden't of attacked the parrot and was wondering if you could tell every Npc ive angered that I'm sorry!
*A note is posted on the various noticeboards*
Ygraine Ursus was herding a small group of large cats to a safe haven but one has become lost somewhere in Krashin on the way out. Aa reward is offered to anyone who can safely recover the lost cat for her.
[SIZE=10]//The lost creature was created from a quest scroll and will be destroyed on the next server reset. The reward will be given to the first person/group who finds the cat and brings back it's name to Ygraine (post the name of the cat here as I don't think you can interact with the npc animal). The area is around level 8 (I think) so please don't use a vastly higher character to find it.
For lower level characters in the 8-16 level range preferably, a party is preparing to set out from Fort Vehl to the Dragon Isles. Estimated departure time is in about 15-30 minutes from this post.
« on: February 26, 2012, 07:26:04 pm »
I have been wonder about this. The leveling is slow and people keep saying it isn't about the levels, but the problem I'm having is I can't properly rp when everything when everything is more powerful then me. I found that it is not about the levels once you get to a higher level and everything isn't more powerful then you. I don't like having to grind for exp but if I want to be able to rp with people I need to at least be about to hold my own in a fight so I'm not a burden on the people I'm rping with.
The layo world is not very kind to low level characters and it takes forever to get to the point where you can actually start doing things. So how can you properly rp when you can't really do anything.
« on: February 23, 2012, 09:02:35 am »
Hey Everyone *waves*
My brother and I just released a cool game to the appstore for iphone, ipad and ipod, called "Sheep in the Sky".
If you have an Apple device you can help out Layonara at the same time as getting a neat little game.
I have talked to Dan and I will donate part of the income towards the server upgrade Orth described.
Not only will the 99c you pay for the game be split with Layonara; getting the game and adding a rating will push it in the appstore ranking up, therefore making it visible to other people all over the world, who in turn might buy it, which means their 99c will be split with Layonara as well
You can get it here:
„Sheep In The Sky“ für iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3. Generation), iPod touch (4. Generation) und iPad im iTunes App Store
Or simply search for "Sheep in the Sky" in the appstore on your iphone / ipad or ipod.
Also tell all your friends and relatives about it, the more downloads/ratings the better the visibility.
And please post feedback about the game here as well, I would love to know if you like it, hate it, think its too easy, too hard or too silly. :p
Thank you all and cheers
PS. To all the Android users, we are thinking of porting the game, but its harder than it seemed to do... Ill keep you posted.
« on: February 18, 2012, 04:55:51 pm »
I've made my decision about server hosting and we're not going to see as much down time as I suspected. We do have to transfer the web/lore/forums/irc to a new server but I suspect that will only take a late night downtime of those services, I expect that will be taken care of some time in the last few days of February. The NWN servers are going to stay as is and as far as I can think, they will not need any sort of downtime.
While I worked on cutting some costs with our host provider I decided to pay for an entire year for all our servers. This comes at a much bigger front end cost of course, but in doing so I save 10% for the full year. This means we're committed to at least another year of all of our servers.
Now I know we haven't had the Donation Tracker working. I was hoping that by creating a manual PayPal donation campaign then whoever donates can post a reply to this thread (unless they wish to be anonymous) and I will confirm their donation with my gratitude and a virtual hug. I'm not looking for any specific target dollar but if I could get back $500 over the year from the community it would be fantastic. There's no timeline for this, so if things are tight right now I understand, but every little bit, even $5 helps!
For convenience I've created links to pay in four different currencies, AUD, CAD, EUR and USD. There is an area on PayPal to add a personal message, please include your forum or character name so I know who's who.
Donate to Layonara in AUD
Donate to Layonara in CAD
Donate to Layonara in EUR
Donate to Layonara in USD
Thanks to everyone for helping and once this server migration is complete I look forward to working hard on the new community site.