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New Equipment - Status Update

This is just a quick blog post to let you lot know of the most recent status updates on Improbable Island.

The hardest part of this was figuring out how much everything would cost.  I obtained the help of a good IRL (when did we have to start qualifying "Friend" with "IRL?"  Anyway,) friend of mine (who also happens to run a catgirl-orientated website) who figured out an algorithm for me.  I then tweaked it slightly to reflect the Island's unique quirks, and the result is that I can simply enter the equipment level, name, and effects, and the algo will tell me how much it'll all cost.
Thank you, Mr Sleep - without your assistance, this would have taken a damn sight longer.

Current status:
WEAPONS: Done.  Over 80 unique weapons, each more ridiculous and extravagant than the last.

ARMOUR: 60% done.  Over 50 unique sets of armour, some including life-support systems, some including automatic counterattack measures, some just plain silly.

GLOVES, BOOTS AND HELMETS:  About 20% done.  Most of this will be entirely new material.

The new Equipment table will not have any rarity values - Bill (I might sack him and employ a Sheila or Sharon or Shawn instead) will have an unlimited supply of each item.  When the new Equipment table is installed, you'll lose whatever equipment you currently have, and will gain a full refund of the original purchase price, which you'll then be able to use to buy new equipment.  It'll necessitate a couple of hours' downtime.

The PVP bug in the World Map module has been mostly fixed.  The upgrade will necessitate rebuilding the map, and I may take the opportunity to expand it a little.  Either way, it will result in a couple of hours' downtime, during which time I'll also apply the new equipment table.

The PVP bug in the Dwellings overview screen is still at "scratching-of-the-head" stages.

We're okay.  We're not stellar, but we're okay.  Don't feel as though we've got more than enough money so you don't have to donate - but don't feel as though we're gonna go down the toilet if you don't donate, either.  In short, you lot can keep up the current steady flow of donations, and we'll be good.

It's been a while since we've had a Newbie Tuesday, and the coffers don't quite stretch to a decent one right now.  Could I bother you guys to post a link in your blogs, if you've got one?  Ta.

I've made a new theme for Improabable Island, and will be releasing it soon.  This one will be ad-free, so it'll be for donators only I'm afraid.  If you're thinking of donating just to see this theme, please don't just yet - it's not finished!

I've been thinking of running a more slow-paced server that resets once per month.  I'd run it alongside the original, for people who just can't get enough of Improbable Island as well as people who favour a less intense game.  Let me know if you think this is a good idea.

An Interview with The Watcher is coming soon.  I've been writing occasional annoucements as her, trying to get into her character, that kind of thing.  Expect The Enquirer to become more of a roleplay environment before too long.

So, um, yeah.  This is what I've been working on, Improbable-wise at least.  I'd say a bit more about what else I've been doing, but I don't think it'd be as interesting. :)

Have fun!

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New Equipment - Status Update
Authored by: Deadmeat on Tuesday, May 13 2008 @ 04:57 PM UTC
Wow. this can only make a good, silly game sillier and better.

One thing I'd ask, though:
   Don't mess with the rarity values. As they stand, they enforce an interesting "Gift Economy,"  and promote social interaction. (Hey, if you can give away better armor than you can buy for yourself, you want to have lots of friends around you, so that at least a few will be of an appropriate level to gift you when your time comes to need it!) I think that if you remove that aspect from the game, you'll lose something that helps to make this community unique.
  In fact if you could track these acts of generosity, rather like Glory  is tracked now, and display those generosity scores in the Hall of Fame, You'd find some interesting things out...

That's just my $0.02 USD. Use it as you will...

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The New World (Island) Order
Authored by: huehueteot on Saturday, May 31 2008 @ 12:30 AM UTC
Caveman Joe:

I have a couple of questions about what is coming.

1. What will happen to the Clan Buffs in the reorganization?

2. There is an inherent unfairness in only letting the credits for donations survive the change.  Some of us, like me, are on fixed incomes and don't have the ability to donate except under very rare circumstances.  Usually it would be a choice between donate or eat at the end of the month.

3. What will happen to stats that have been purchased by hard earned cigarettes?

4. Somewhere I saw that you operate under the Creative Commons licensing.  Does that mean that the program is open source?  Or something similar?

General comments.  Starting over will be a biggie to some players and they will probably leave the game.  Others will keep playing for the comradery and the just plain joy of the fun involved.  Hopefully those that leave will not be missed.  (I strongly suspect that there won't be that many that leave due to the changes as most of the players seem to be here for the intangibles. 


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Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, August 31 2011 @ 07:25 AM UTC

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Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, April 01 2012 @ 08:08 AM UTC

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