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Gazette 1997-06-06
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  The Avatar Gazette                     Vol IV, No. 2 June 6th 1997 
   (A Sunlight Through The Shadows Production)
  The Avatar Gazette is published once or twice a month by AsaMaro in
  conjunction with (and full permission of) The Avatar Staff

  The Gazette is written in 100% pure ASCII to assure maximum 
  compatibility for all readers using whatever system they use

  Subscribe by writing to gazette-request@walrus.com and including the
  following in the body of your note:  subscribe gazette AS <your email
  address> <real name - mud name>

  You can now view the newest issue of the Gazette online on Avatar
  by typing 'help newgaz' anywhere in the game!

  Telnet to Avatar at: avatar.walrus.com 3000
  The Gazette Staff -      Editor: AsaMaro        Co-Editor: Comwood
  The entire contents are copyrighted (c) 1997, Joe DeRouen and Kevin
  Jagh, All rights reserved.  Individual articles not written by Joe
  DeRouen or Kevin Jagh are also copyrighted (c) 1997 by the individual
  in question.  Any unauthorized reproduction (or changing of said
  contents) of the Gazette without fully expressed written permission
  will result in prosecution to the fullest extent of the law. 

                Table of Contents

           Page     1      Introduction
           Page     1      Table of Contents
           Page     1      AsaMaro's Editorial 
           Page     2      Comwood's Editorial
           Page     3      Back Issue Information               
           Page     3      Avatar Web Page Information
           Page     3      Angel Bio: Thandor
           Page     4      Interview with Snikt by Barlof
           Page    12      Second Time 'Round by Kundras
           Page    13      A Day In the Life of a Magman by Glorfindel
           Page    13      Mudder's Rhapsody
           Page    16      Intellitech Walrus advertisement


                          * Happenings . . . *

With this issue, Comwood joins the Avatar Gazette staff as Co-Editor. 
Comwood should be a great asset to the Gazette, and, with his help, we
should be able to get this thing out on a more timely schedule.  (Maybe
even the twice-a-month I used to do before real life got so . . . real!)

You might have noticed that only Comwood and I are listed as part of the
staff.  Marat should be rejoining the ranks soon, but Contenda - long a
great help to both the Gazette and myself and a personal friend -
doesn't currently have the time to devote to it.  That means, yes, we
need writers!  If you write well, and can devote enough free time to
writing at least one article per issue, then we may even have a staff
position open for you.  Write me at asamaro@walrus.com and we'll talk. 

All other submissions, please write both myself (again, that address is
asamaro@walrus.com) and Comwood (comwood@escape.com) with your work.
Please send it to both of us, as one will catch it if the other is busy,
and it has much less of a chance of getting lost in the shuffle that

That said, I'll end my editorial and urge you to continue onward and
read this month's stories and articles.  Special thanks to Draeger - er,
make that Kundras - for his excellent contribution!  Nice to have you
back, my friend.

 --AsaMaro, June 6th, 1997


                          * A New Arrival *

As AsaMaro has stated previously, I have joined the ranks of the Gazette
as Co-Editor. I am excited about taking on this new task of helping to
improve upon an already supberb publication. It is my intention to help
us to bring to you a bi-monthly edition of the Gazette with some new and
improved editions (what you ask... well you'll have to read to find out
:) ). For those of you who do not know me, let me tell you a little
about myself and how I came to play here on Avatar. 

About 4 years ago I came from a once great MUD called DragonMUD. Before
that I had basically skipped from one small MUD to the next. Dragon
avged a good 80 players a day, which at the time was a phenomenal
accomplishment. When DragonMUD closed, I found myself at the doorsteps
to Farside. There I made a vow, "I will never play another MUD except
this one".  FS was small compared to what Avatar is now. Heroes were
Heroes, no sub-levels. There were no Lords or Angels, and the Immortal
list was very small. In my tenure there I ascended through the Immortal
ranks to a Senior position and from there I saw the potential for great
things to come. Unfortunately before FS became Avatar, I had to leave
but I stuck to my vow and never played anywhere again. But before I left
I wondered to myself, "Would Avatar (FS) be as popular as DragonMUD once

I returned here maybe 6 months ago to find out that Avatar not only beat
out DragonMUD's popularity ten-fold, but also excelled at bringing more
of any game I know to the user. Somewhere in my mind I always new it was
possible, but I never imagined how quickly Avatar would become "The MUD
of all MUD's". I didn't have to look far though to see why it has become
as powerful as it has, just behind the clouds of the Immortals. Through
the years, they turned a great MUD into the best MUD, and I'm proud to
be (once again) a part of that staff. 

Realize also that you the player have helped to make Avatar what it is
today too. Without your comments, without your suggestions and without
you losing yourself in this alternate realm we're just a bunch of
Immortals throwing lightning bolts at each other (yes... we really do). 
Let us all work together to make Avatar an even stronger MUD then it
already is (avg. 500 by the end of the year? :) )

In closing I'd just like to say....It's great to be back. Oh, and look
for some stories about the golden age of Avatar (FS) appear in future

 --Comwood, June 6th, 1997


                 Back Issues of The Avatar Gazette

Back issues of the Gazette are now available via anonymous FTP at
ftp.walrus.com /pub/avatar/gazette.  There's a lot of other good stuff
available there as well.  Check it out!

                        Avatar's Web Page

While you're scuttling about the Internet, check out Avatar's Web Page at
http://www.walrus.com/~avatar.  Szi has recently added a lot to the page,
so even if you've been there you should definitely take another look.



Name: Thandor   RL Name: Shane King  Age: (Game) 146 - 258 hours (RL) 18
Race: Gnome     Class: Cleric        Current level: 800 (Angel)

Real life interests: Huh, real life, what's that?  Oh you mean what do I 
do when I'm not using a computer! Well computers are pretty much my life
at the moment ... yes, I'm your typical computer nerd I'm afraid to say.
I'm currently studying 1st year Science/Engineering (No prizes for
guessing what area I'm planning to major in :P) at the University of

Well, my interests outside of computers I guess would be football (Aussie 
Rules) and cricket. Oh and I do like role playing, and watching the
X-Files and the Simpsons (After all, I am Homer's Donut Angel!)

Advice to Players: Well, I give plenty while I'm on Avatar, so if you want 
any advice, see me or another angel while you're playing and we'll try to
help out. Other than that, try not to ask everyone in sight to help you
level, get you equipment, etc etc, because you'll find nobody will ever
want to if you carry on like that. However, I would say almost NEVER knock back an offer of
assistance. Also, remember that people are more likely to group with you
if you have something to offer the group ... nobody likes someone coming
along for the ride who just sucks up xp. Convince the group you can help
them out (And if you can't help out a group, you don't suck - you probably
just have poor equipment - explore, ask around, look what other people
are wearing, and see if you can get yourself better gear. And there's
always the donation room if you're stuck)

Where Does my MUD name come from: Well, that's a long story. It's not 
actually my invention, someone else came up with it first but I, um,
borrowed it :) However, I dont think I'll give it back, because I seem to
be too infamous on Avatar now to warrant restarting with a new name. It's
the old story of when you start your first character, you dont expect to
keep as long as you do. My plan is that one day you'll be able to look
Thandor up in a dictionary, and it will say Thandor, n. Donut Angel to
Homer Simpson! (Well, maybe not, but its a nice dream :P)


An Interview with the Imp
By Barlof     

     In the past eight months that I have made Avatar my home, I have
witnessed tremendous growth and change in our beloved world.  Perhaps the
most startling of these changes lies in amazing expansion of Avatar's player
base.  Through the dedicated effort of the Avatar staff, the MUD's
popularity skyrocketed in the last half year.  Player count grew as more and
more players visited and stayed after experiencing the quality of Avatar's
design.  Today, the growth trend shows no sign of stopping.  At writing, the
about 80 names grace the lordlist while the herolist reveals more than 1100
characters.  With each passing day, more names continue to join these ranks.
     Some amount of growing pains accompanies the rise in Avatar's
population.  Tension blooms in some areas of interaction among players and
staffs.  Issues such lord/hero leveling and game development stir sharp
passions and even sharper rebuttals.  At certain times, the conversations
among competing claims resemble more like argumentative battles over
minutiae rather than like meaningful disussions of differences.  I think
this is a shame.  I think much of the tension stems from a general lack of
information.  Avatar has many newcomers who do fully understand the running
of this MUD.  Avatar also has many imms who are so busy that disemination of
information becomes a lost practice.  As a result, many questions without
answers become sources of confusion and antagonism.  You know these
questions as well as I: why is this done this way, is someone fixing this
problem, how come no one cares about this situation, how come my suggestions
are ignored, etc. etc.
     This article represents my hope that a centralized set of answers will
quell many of the misunderstandings prevailing through Avatar.  Snikt has
graciously alloted a significant portion of time from his busy schedule to
provide answers for my lengthy interview.  While admittedly incomplete in
covering everybody's issues, I believe that the interview explores many of
the most important topics and concerns in Avatar.  Snikt's comments offer
surpising revelations on many subjects such as his lack of desire to make
the game more difficult.  His answers also point to many unnoticed
priorities such as securing funds for the maintenence of Avatar.  I hope
that the readers of this article will leave with two distinct impressions:
one, the importance of money, especially contributions from players, to the
welfare of Avatar; and two, the proper manner in which to conduct productive
discussions on the Avatar listserv (subscribe to avatar@walrus.com or
hero@walrus.com).  I have learned a tremendous amount from Snikt's answers.
I hope you do too.
     Gazette> How many people serve as coders for Avatar?
     Snikt> Mendek, DaWiz, Jean, Ironhand, Ferret and myself all have coding 
     Ryu, Mistyblue, and Amadeus have all submitted code many times in the 
     past from their projects.
     At some point Jubei and/or Archmage may come aboard.
     Crom and Mega advise.
     G> Are they all full-time participants in the coding process? 
     S> No, I only consider myself and DaWiz "full-time".
     G> How are their projects assigned?
     S> On a volunteer basis.
     G> Do they work under a deadline on these projects?
     S> No.
     G> How were these people picked to serve as coders for Avatar?
     S> Coding ability and dedication to the concept of Avatar 3-5 years from 
     G> Is there a likelihood of increasing the coding ranks in the near 
     S> Near future, no.
     G> If a volunteer is interested, how would she go about to become a 
     coder for you?
     S> Understandably, I have a great deal of trepidation in giving coding 
     access to other people due to the problems we've had in the past with 
     theft or defamation. Basically one has to prove that they enjoy 
     working with the team, working for me, and have loyalty to the concept 
     of Avatar.
     Talent in coding helps.  :)
     G> In order, what are the three most important specific tasks facing 
     Avatar today?  (This can be real life things like finding money or 
     game things like recoding spells)
     S> * I would have liked for more players to help with the costs of 
     running Avatar, namely the monthly charges and the cost of the machine.
     * Bringing AvII to daylight.
     * Making the combat system work.
     G> On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 as most important, how important is 
     class development on your list of tasks?
     S> 8, but the priority of GETTING it done is much lower.
     G> Why do you prefer to keep pure classes instead of development 
     towards subclasses?
     S> Subclasses take (the best usually) skills from other classes and lump 
     them together. The concept of Paladins would destroy the desire to 
     play Wars or Clerics imho, as it generally takes the best from each.
     G> How does this preference shape your vision for rangers, martial 
     artists, and psionicists?
     S> It destroys it. The current implementations are pathetic. Envy Psions 
     are just weak mages with a bunch of skills that were renamed (from 
     mages, clerics and thieves). Mars were original (Strahd) but since the 
     developer of that class is no longer here, they have lost the driving 
     force behind them. Rans were submitted and the developer is also gone. 
     There is no energy, no vision, behind these classes, and no one has 
     submitted the code necessary to make them work. I can accept ideas and 
     revisions from others, but I'll end up doing the work to implement 
     them, and that is a fatiguing concept given how much else needs to be 
     fixed imho.
     G> Of the effort made, martial artist (or hybrid) so far has received 
     the most discussion and attention-how do you feel about the proposals on 
     the table? 
     S> I've ignored them all and will continue to do so until Crom or Jubei 
     makes the final presentation for my review.
     G> Are the efforts currently being made helpful to you in terms of
     retooling martial artist?
     S> Yes.
     G> Do you really give a damn about Samurai's?
     S> Yes, I believe they can be made to work, but I need to expend my 
     limited energy on other priorities imho.
     G> What would be your personal ideal for the direction of martial 
     artist development?
     S> Someone has to convince me how a Bruce Lee type would survive against 
     a SAME LEVEL warrior in magical accouterments or a mage blowing out 
     his mana.
     G> How would you like to see rangers developed? 
     S> Rangers need to determine their nature. Druid or Ranger. They need to 
     have a strong enough background and skill set that makes it worthwhile 
     to develop them and yet doesn't blow out the war class. Combat mercs 
     makes this a hard class to flesh out imho.
     G> And psionicists?
     S> Without the concepts of telekinesis and/or mind control, Poisons lose 
     a lot of their stereotypical abilities. They need to find 
     justification in their other skills, which just aren't coded right 
     now. Imho, the only cool skills the Psions have had to be devved by 
     myself (transmute, detonate, deception)... all the others were 
     ludicrous and pathetic copies of other classes or simple stat 
     G> Is class specialization and exclusivity important to you?
     S> Yes. However, I feel it's important to allow multiclassing at an 
     exorbitant cost (mages swinging swords, warriors with spells). This is 
     shown in how the heroes continue to evolve.
     G> If so, how do you think "class defining" skills and spells will 
     work out in future?
     S> I want to have the "really cool stuff" class-specific, so that no 
     matter what level you are there will always exist some interclass 
     G> Should Avatarians bother proposing new classes?
     S> Yes, but ONLY if they make me SEE the class. I mean, if they propose 
     "Dargoths" I want to have a mental image in my mind of how a Dargoth 
     would react to various actions, and also, they need a fully justified 
     skill set, with skills or spells every level or so, and ones that 
     aren't copied from other classes.
     G> If yes, what sort of class suggestions would be more welcomed than 
     S> Only ones which meet the above criteria.
     G> On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 as most important, how important is 
     race development on your list of tasks?
     S> 8, but low priority.
     G> You have demonstrated an aversion to new race proposals in the 
     past, why is this so?
     S> I disagree. I welcome the concepts of Gargoyle and Griffin, I don't 
     welcome rehashes of Elves, or variations of sprites.
     Again, races should be discreet from each other in a way that evokes a 
     well-developed mental picture.
     G> If your answer is that you wish to avoid redundancy, then are you 
     planning on making changes to very similar classes such as the ogre, 
     troll, orc and trog?
     S> Ogre - large carnivorous stupid humanoid, living in pairs or singly.
     Orc - tribal pig-human. Breeds faster, dies faster. Better wars, worse 
     Trog - tribal subhuman. Think Neanderthal. Caveman.
     Troll - This one is harder. There are two concepts at war. The `gaxian 
     rubbery, green trolls which regen and feel like squid, and the 
     Shanarran Rock Troll, noble creatures shunned due to their fiercesome 
     nature and repugnant ugliness.
     Giants - Reclusive giant humanoids. May change this eventually to 
     concept of "Cyclops".
     G> Would you be open in any way to new race proposals?
     S> Certainly. Would like to see someone develop histories for all (I 
     think Ragnarok is working on this actually). Also, see comments about 
     G> What sort of race proposals would you welcome seeing in the open 
     forum? (again assuming all are coherently argued)
     S> Same development needs to be done as would be done for a new class.
     G> So far, very little differentiates the races except stat maximums 
     and experience-do you see a move towards greater distinction between 
     races in the future?
     S> Certainly. Eventually I will enable the internal clock to moderate 
     various racial functions (it is human moderated right now), such as 
     damage, gains, exp, tohit, etc.
     G> If so, how would you imagine this would be done?
     S> Charisma (to be implemented - tbi), will determine how a creature 
     reacts to you (ie, this concept will replace the concept of "aggie"). 
     There will be a lookup function driven by racial antipathy.
     G> Avatar is gaining more and more people with each passing day-on a 
     scale of 1 to 10 with 10 as most important, how important is 
     alleviating crowding to you?
     S> Alleviating? I'm TRYING to crowd us. Crom is working on new designs 
     with Mega to ensure there is enough space for everyone without kill 
     stealing or bad blood.
     G> There is an unprecedented number of heroes right now-would you 
     consider adding new areas for heroes soon?
     S> Yes, but that is Crom's bastion of responsibility.
     G> Will there be any new area added to Avatar in the near future? 
     S> Unsure, you should ask Crom. Everytime I consider doing one, something 
     in the code grabs my attention.
     G> Are you open to submission of areas by heroes for Avatar now?
     S> No, unless they are an Immortal. I feel it is a conflict of interest.
     G> A significant part of the mob shortage comes from lord-led groups 
     sanitizing areas, will something be done about this contentious issue?
     S> Yes, but I have not decided how to approach the solution.
     G> Ranking between 1 and 10 with 10 as most important, how important 
     is raising Avatar's difficulty level right now?
     S> 2.
     G> What are some resorts that you are looking into to make Avatar 
     more difficult?
     S> Actually, most of my current plans include making it easier for 
     intelligent players (note I said intelligent, not newbie, stupid or 
     G> How near on the horizons are changes to death losses coming? 
     S> Hrm. Several months or next week, depends if the mood hits me. It's a 
     low priority until someone brags on channels again (tarzan) about 
     having 1000 deaths.
     G> What would these changes consist of?
     S> Making is so if you brag about 1000 deaths it means you've obliterated 
     your character.
     G> Are the changes in death losses certain or are they open to 
     S> Since they don't exist yet, they are open to debate.
     G> Given the choice, would you rather make dying more punitive, more 
     likely, or both?
     S> Punitive, but only in the long run. Anything I do will affect all 
     players, not just the seasoned Hero, so this needs to be kept in mind. 
     I don't want to hurt newbies since they may just be getting a taste of 
     RPGing for the first time. It should be less of a challenge for them 
     as they learn the paradigms.
     G> Besides combat difficulty, are you exploring other ways to make 
     Avatar more challenging?
     S> I always am looking to improve the mud.
     G> On an order of 1 to 10 with 10 as most important, how important is 
     developing the lord levels right now?
     S> 10, but it conflicts with major priorities and efficiency. Any time I 
     spend on Lords I'm serving approximately 67 Lords out of a playerbase 
     of 7000 pfiles. While these are usually the most dedicated players, 
     that is a really small percentage when a fix to combat would affect 
     100% of the players.
     G> Why is morph currently disallowed?
     S> Because I haven't come up with a std. for it yet. 
     G> When will this problem be likely fixed?
     S> When I implement the advance_reset concept into the code it should fix 
     it if I also have time to examine the long term gains of fMana classes 
     (spellcasters vs. grunts).
     G> What is your global philosophy pertaining to the development of 
     different levels (low mortals, heroes, lords, etc.)
     S> Depends on the mood. This is a difficult question to answer except in 
     broad terms as it is really too generic.
     G> What can lords expect in terms of near upcoming changes to their 
     S> Backstab increases.
     Genesis and morph fixes.
     More areas.
     Better eq.
     New skills as the ideas evolve.
     G> Will lord play ever be made easier?
     S> No, it is unlikely unless I have introduced a bug.
     G> Do you have plans to speed up the rate of regeneration for lord 
     hit points and mana?
     S> Only with the use of infirmaries at present. There is a possibility 
     that someone will come up with an acceptable skill also.
     G> If no, should Avatar expect longer regen time to continue as a 
     S> No. Wasting 30 minutes regenning is boring, and was not the intention. 
     However, I don't expect to see someone level more than 3-5 times a day 
     as a Lord.
     G> Will lordskills and lordspells be revisited for enhancement or 
     S> Always, just like the rest of the mud.
     G> Are you open to the establishment of a lord forum of some sort? 
     (mailing list or lordmeetings or something else)
     S> Yes.
     G> In the past, you have been very accepting of multiplay-what shapes 
     your opinion on this matter?
     S> I feel that we should develop a game based on player choice within 
     certain guidelines. If you want to play an Orc Mage, so be it. If you 
     want to play a Warrior with spells, so be it. If you want to solo, 
     tough, play Zork. If you want to multiplay though and solo that way, 
     so be it, I understand the difficulty in getting a party together (and 
     not wanting to kill them irl sometimes, let alone the game). 
     G> Discounting those who refuse, what do you say to those who cannot 
     S> What am I supposed to say? What am I supposed to say to someone on a 
     timed link, or 2400 baud modem? I develop the mud to my own 
     specifications, "your" connection to it is your responsibility.
     G> Do you think people who multiplay have a significant advantage 
     over those who don't, or do you think there's little difference?
     S> Certainly, if your goal is to level. If your goal is to socialize, 
     G> The trend on Avatar seems to be moving towards having multiple 
     drones for healing-is this a trend you welcome?
     S> No. I welcome solutions that do not impinge on the choice to play 
     G> Your joking comments aside, how important is count to you and why?
     S> Moderately. Count is an indication of how well we are "paid". A high 
     count indicates that we've done our job well, and we are trusted. A 
     low count is rarely indicative of a good administration, although it 
     can be.
     G> What is your ideal count, or in other words, what is the target 
     you hope to reach for Avatar?
     S> Depends.  ;)
     At various times in our history it's been 10, 20, 40, 80, 100, 150, 
     200, 300, 400, 500, 600. notice a trend?  :)
     G> Do you account for multiplay when you use count as an assessment 
     of Avatar's performance?
     S> Rarely. When we disallowed multiplaying it was determine that it only 
     has a factor of about 15-30%.
     G> How happy are you with the current use of Avatar's various 
     listserv forums?
     S> They are doing what they are meant to be doing, discussions. One of 
     the legacies passed on to me by the old Imp and by the Merc team was 
     the concept of mailing lists for participants in the dev and playing 
     of a mud. I think it works out well for the most part, and enhances 
     the atmosphere, although there have been misuses at times.
     G> The forums tend to swing between silence and discussion of the
     minutiae-do you see any way of changing this?
     S> No, although I would like to see forum more used. I doubt it ever will 
     be heavily trafficked as players only participate in the mud 
     environment once they are heroes (generally).
     G> What sort of comments or proposals help you the most from the 
     listserv forums?
     S> Comments - constructive comments are always welcomed, and ones with 
     solutions welcomed even more. Complaints are not welcomed if sent in a 
     derogatory or hostile manner, and/or they are sent without a proposed 
     Proposals - while it is my job to balance and oversee the mud, it 
     would help a GREAT deal if players would propose ideas AFTER 
     considering the implications to the mud at large, and how it would 
     affect the environment and balance. 
     G> What sort of emails do you most dislike finding in your inbox?
     Twink ideas.
     S> Complaints without respect or solutions for the recipient.
     Email that uses "u", "2", "kewl" or horrible english UNLESS the sender 
     uses english as a second language.
     G> There tends to be significantly more activity on the hero list 
     than the avatar list-do you see a merger of the two in the future?
     S> No, I expect heroes to care more about the future direction of the 
     mud, and therefore they are privvy to information and discussion a 
     common player shouldn't have.
     G> Or would the change be even more dramatic? (builders list, open 
     list, lord list, etc)
     S> I need to set up a list for Mega and the other Builders.
     The forum list IS open.
     A lord list is certainly possible, but I need a builder's list first, 
     and the aliases are costing me money each month to maintain as it is.
     G> Last question: you may be the imp, but Avatarians have a way of 
     being difficult or obstinate-what would be the one request you would 
     make to the people here?
     S> Other than sending a least a post card to the Tshirt address to say 
     thanks for spending all the money and time that we have spent on 
     making the mud?
     Continue to help us remain fair, to respect our game development and 
     help correct it when it needs tweaking, and to trust that we do this 
     to provide a superior gaming environment for everyone.
     G> Thanks Snikt!


                     Second time 'round
                         by Kundras

     A steady rain fell from the wind-driven clouds cavorting across a
darkened sky. The weather was chill, and every so often the soft drumming
of the rain was interrupted by the loud report of an errant bolt of
lightning thrown by some nameless god. Folk huddled indoors and lit
candles to block out the night, while hapless adventurers caught in the
rain sought shelter beneath the spreading boughs of a huge tree. In short,
a more miserable night had not been known in the lands of Avatar for quite
some time, nor was it likely that such a widespread storm would reoccur
again soon. 
     At sea the storm's intensity seemed doubled. Blue-green waves capped
with frothy whitewater churned fitfully and flew many spans into the air,
whipped by the strong winds. These waves beat at the rocky cliffs of an
island that sat far into the southern sea. Upon that rocky isle sat a dark
keep, its aged stone walls weathering the punishment of the storm. The
image was one of desolation, but the keep was in fact very much in use. 
     "No, you fool, you're saying it all wrong!" wailed a short, wiry
creature that could only be a gnome. 
     "Me!" came back an indignant reply from another short figure. "`Let's
just come here and try it!' you said. Like raising the dead is really that
     "Well, it would be if you just got the ceremony right," came the
subdued, indeed somewhat miffed reply. 
     The second gnome gave a sharp snort. "What exactly _do_ I need to do
then?" he said acidly. He gestured to a table amidst a clutter of books,
potions, alchemy apparatuses, and other such miscellany.
     The first sighed a put-upon sigh. "Look, its very simple. We collect
everything we can that represented the deceased," he explained, nodding to
an odd assortment of items lying on the table. "Then we chant the special
chant that _you_keep_saying_wrong_ and let the Gnomish Revival Table be
struck by lightning." 
     The second pawed through the collection on the table.  Strange odds
and ends decorated it, from a glittering sunfire jewel fragment to some
motley fur that seemingly belonged to a wolf. The largest of the items was
a youthful fir tree, standing perhaps four feet high. Seizing one item, a
tattered book that looked to have been neglected for quite a while, the
second gnome muttered "Are you sure this guy is worth reviving anyways?
Looks like quite an oddball to me. Not properly gnomish at all. I think he
was human, even!" 
     "Yes I'm sure, you numbskull of an assistant! Now help me get the
ropes around the table so we can winch it up to be hit by lightning..." 
     Chaos reigned for a short period of time as the two gnomes tied
elaborate knots to thick ropes hanging from the ceiling.  This done, they
scrambled over to a large winch, and proceeded to (try) to lift the stone
table. Apparently they forgot that stone is, in fact, rather heavy, for it
took much cursing and swearing before they got the table several feet into
the air. 
     "Now for the chant," the first declared, glaring at the second. "Do
it right this time!" 
     "All right, all right," the second grumbled. "Here goes : 
          Soul of the Past, Ranger of Yore,
          Come again to forage and wage
          War on all monsters that roar.
          Once you built fair dwellings, 
          No longer is it so.
          But still come again, as a ranger
          and ... uhm... uhm. With your wagon..
          Uhm.. No, its as a dragon, NO!, its as, uhm, its --"
     Suddenly a bright bolt of light came piercing down from the heavens
above. The miraculous Gnomish Lightning Rod collected the lightning and
bore it straight to the table. A tremendous acrid flash lit the room,
throwing the two hapless gnomes into a heap on the floor. The candles
guttered and went out, and blackness took over the room. Almost. Slowly,
two red eye slits widened and stared neutrally at the cowering gnomes. 
     "Now you've done it you thickheaded buffoon! You've summoned up
Draeger as a Dragon!" shrieked the first gnome in terror. 
     The second opened his mouth with a sharp retort on his lips, (gnomes
seldom stop arguing), but was stopped by a deep, booming voice. 
     "Alive again! Never did I think that I would see the day when I would
travel the lands once more. I owe you thanks, my gnomish friends." the
voice said in what might be construed as a friendly tone.  About as
friendly as a dragon can get, anyways.
     The second gnome puffed up proudly. "It was all my idea to bring you
back as a dragon! I --" he halted momentarily at a kick and a furious look
from the first.
     "-- Anyway, I, ah, h-hope your n-not angry with b-being a D- dragon,
Draeger!" the gnome ended, edging behind the first fearfully.
     The dragon laughed, a strange sound. "I don't mind. Though the name
Draeger no longer fits. It was used by myself as a Ranger; and Draeger a
ranger will forever stay." The Dragon paused in thought. When he spoke, he
proclaimed it loudly, to the fitful skies overhead. 
     "I will call myself Kundras. Kundras the Dragon Mage!" 

     "So ends the tale of how Draeger the Ranger
               (tired of no danger), 
          came back as Kundras, Dragon Mage."


                "A Day In the Life of a Magman"
                        by Glorfindel

You try to stand and defend yourself against Glorfindel, but can't!
Glorfindel trips you and you go down!
Glorfindel's pierce ---=> ATOMIZES <=--- you! 
Glorfindel's pierce >>> ANNIHILATES <<< you!
Glorfindel's pierce >>> ANNIHILATES <<< you!
Glorfindel dances away from you, then lunges back at you!
Your pierce decimates Glorfindel.
Glorfindel's pierce *** DEMOLISHES *** you!
You miss Glorfindel.
Glorfindel's pierce >== OBLITERATES ==< you!
Glorfindel has a few scratches.

Glorfindel's pierce >== OBLITERATES ==< you!
Glorfindel's pierce *MANGLES* you!
Glorfindel skillfully dodges your assault.
You miss Glorfindel.
Glorfindel's pierce ->>> ANNIHILATES <<<- you!
Glorfindel's pierce ->>> ANNIHILATES <<<- you!
You almost clip Glorfindel but he dodges at the last second!
Glorfindel's pierce *** DEMOLISHES *** you!
You are DEAD!!

        How's that for you?  A few seconds ago you were wandering
the volcano, peacefully.  Magma flowing by like a swift river of
fire, the temple of Zin floating off in the distance.  Life was
good.  You had not a care in the world.  Keyword in that sentence--
HAD.  Everything was hunky-doary until, out of nowhere, this
experience-hungry adventurer comes running at you, sword drawn and
ready.  Before you know it, you're lying on the ground making a
worthless attempt to defend yourself.  Sure, you're a level 42
magman, but that doesn't help a whole lot.  In a matter of minutes,
you're reduced to a pile of stinky magman-stuff.  SLAUGHTERED, LOOTED,
and DISCARDED--what a life!!!
        But that's not the end of it.  As a registered mob of AVATAR,
you can't even appreciate the afterlife.  Well, you can, but make it
quick-you've got 3 minutes.  After that, you're ripped from your grave
and thrown back into the Trials of Zin like a fish is thrown back into
the sea.  It'll be only a matter of minutes until, once again, a savage
group of level-crazy mortals hunts you down and beats you senseless.
They said the life of the working man wasn't easy, but come on!!!
        You know, it wouldn't be so bad if the people just gave a little
appreciation for your efforts.  They run around killing you, your friends,
and your family, and sure, they get stronger and more powerful, but what
do you get?  Nothing, absolutely nothing.  Players get HOGs when they
are temporarily given the will power of the gods, but this just makes them
even more blood thirty!  As a mob, you miss everything.  No HOGs, no
restores, no National Mob-Appreciation Day.  The only time you can even
speak is when one of the immortals get bored enough to possess you for
awhile, and even that only ends up getting you killed more.  Face it,
life as a mob sucks.  And we wonder why there are so many aggies around...
        So, the next time you go out mob-bashing, try to take into
consideration the stuff they have to go through.  It's not easy being
a mob, so cut 'em some slack!  Smile or say hello to the next mob you see,
before you beat them to a bloody pulp.  Maybe strike up a conversation with
them, get to know your prey a little better.  Who knows, maybe you'll make
a friend or two!  Even if you end up killing them in the end, they'll
appreciate your kindness.  Remember, mobs are people too!

Top 11 Mortal Peeves  

  Mudder's Rhapsody
  'MUDder's Rhapsody' By: anonymous (shamelessly edited by SirChumz)
  To the tune of 'Bohemian Rhapsody' By: Queen

  Is this the real life,
  Or a virtual reality?
  Caught in a MUD slide,
  No escape from this fantasy.
  Open your eyes, look up at your CRT.
  I'm just a MUDder,
  I need no sympathy
  Because I'm easy come, easy go,
  Gotta use my macro.
  Any way the link goes,
  Doesn't really matter to me... to me

  Immo... I just killed a girl.
  She had 'mudsex' with me,
  Then I found out she's a he.
  Immo... he was logging it
  And now he's posted it on rec.games.mud...
  Immo... ooh ooh ooh oooh,
  Didn't mean to make you 'slay'.
  If I'm not logged on at this time tomorrow
  Deny me, deny me... and eat up all my items...

  Too late, my account's run out.
  They've kicked me off the net;
  I've no client to connect.
  Goodbye, everybody, I've got to go,
  Gotta leave you on this MUD and face the school.

  Immo... ooh ooh ooh ooh
  I don't want to go.
  Sometimes wish I'd never logged on at all...


  I see a silly char-description of a man.
  Gotta MUD! Gotta MUD!  Will you gimme some e-q?
  'Thunderbolt', 'call lightning', very very frightening me!
  TinTin++!!  (TinTin++!)  TinTin++!!  (TinTin++)  TinTin++, let me go.
  Where did it go-o-o-o?

  I'm just a MUDder,
  lowlife of society.
  He's just a MUDder,
  Sitting at a CRT.
  Spare him his eyes from radioactivity.

  Easy come, easy go,
  'Cause I've got a macro.
  No!  We will not let it go.
  'Let it go!'

  'Must reboot.'
   We will not let you go.
  'Let it go!

  'Must reboot.'
  Will not let it go!
  (Let it go!)
  Will not let it go!
  (Let it go!)
  Will not let it go!
  Let it go, go, go, go, no-no-no-no-no!!

  It is lagging, it is lagging, it is lagging, let it go.
  Some HERO chats that he'll do a CR for me, for me, for me!


  So you think you can *bonk* me and stroke on my thigh?
  So you think you can slap me, pretend you are (HIDE)??
  Oh, mudder. Don't do this to me, mudder.
  Just gotta log out, just gotta get right off of this port.

  MUDding really matters,
  Anyone can see.
  MUDding really matters to me.
  Any way the link goes...


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