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Update of the Rules

The name- and game rules were extended and made clearer.

The rules correspond now to the usual ways of playing Illarion and should mean no change for most players.

New are the rules about emotes and considerateness. We ask for attention.

written by Estralis on 16. May 2005 05:40 pm


Carpentry re-installed

Carpentry is back - a new round of bug-hunting is opened (do not really hope so).

Some hints shall help:

Take the leading tool into your hands, keep all needed ressources in your belt.

For we lack of some graphics, we used similiar items or a major item from the production-step before.

I.e. we need a graphic of a pickaxe-head, so we took a iron-ingot instead.

For bug reporting please use our flyspray as requested before.

Have fun with our new carpentry.

BTW: Beside the smithing-Skill there appeared a "blacksmithing"-Skill during the last days. This skill only came from a bug so it will be wiped during the next days.

written by Falk on 16. May 2005 05:35 pm


Carpentery deactivated

The whole economical area of carpentery will be deactivated from now on. This part will be scripted new.
With the temporary deactivation we have to ensure that no longer users will no longer take advantage from those buggy scripts.

The duration of deactivation of this economic sector can't be predicted, but has to be included some days.

written by Falk on 13. May 2005 10:40 am


Bug tracking tool

We installed a bug tracking tool to more
effectively identify, track down, and remove all bugs
that we implemented earlier. We ask you, the players,
to participate in that, because the more users we have
informing us of what is wrong the faster we can

When reporting bugs, please make sure that the same
thing was not reported before. Please describe as
detailed as possible what is wrong and add comments if
you feel that an existing bug report does not cover
everything. If you are not sure whether something is a
bug or not, post that also.

written by martin on 11. May 2005 12:27 pm


Huge Update

Dear players,

We informed you several months ago that there will be a huge update which will
require us to perform a complete wipe of all characters("charwipe"). This moment
has come now. Along with that wipe (all of your items, skills and attributes are
reset to zero!), there will be several changes (which, of course, made that wipe

To start with, there is a new semi-automatic account system which means that
there are definite accounts and characters in that account (5 at maximum per
account). You can put 5 of your old characters into this account by yourself.
Account management works on a web-based platform that can be accessed here
( In order to play now, you need to create
an account (the account name is not necessarily related to the character's
names!) and add your old characters. The next step is to redistribute the
attributes (strength, dexterity, ....).Be wise and think about what you are
doing; all of the attributes are used in one way or the other; a hunter without
perception is a blind hunter! (You get the idea...) When this is finished, you
can log into the game. Note that the password of each character is the account
password, that means: Choose a good password and don't give it away! (We will
NEVER ask for your password!) Once someone has access to your account, he has
access to all of your characters. The approving of accounts will now work via a
web-based interface for us as well, which hopefully leads to much faster account

Concerning the distribution of attributes you should hold in mind what they
mean. A magician will need lots of intelligence but not physical strength. A
fighter will need a lot of strength and constitution, but not a very high
intelligence. This should be common sense. However, there might be problems to
determine what the attributes "essence", "agility" and "dexterity" mean:

Essence represents a characters "magical/mental" constitution. Agility
represents the overall flexibility of the body. Dexterity represents how good
your character is when it comes to crafting things.

A second important change will be the enlargement of the map. It is much bigger
than the old one and it has changed therefore. You will have to explore
everything and we wish you good luck and a lot of fun while doing that. There
are lots of new places, hidden and obvious, and there is a lot to explore.

The next important change is the introduction of language skills. This was
planned a long time ago and we were able to implement it now: There is a "common
language" which all characters speak (and understand) from the very beginning
perfectly. If you do nothing, nothing will change compared to the situation
before the update. However, if you play a dwarf and wish to speak dwarf
language, simply type the command "!l dwarf". From there, your character will
speak with a dwarfen tongue (which is visible by the tag "[dwa]") until you type
"!l common" again. (The commands are: !l common, !lhuman, !l elf, !l dwarf, !l
halfling, !l orc, !l lizard)

Another change that will be of importance is the way you are able to interact
with NPCs. You are used to "use" NPCs by shift-clicking on them. While we still
have the option to re-introduce that again(it does not work now!), there is a
new way for you to communicate: By language. You can simply type in commands and
they will listen and talk to you. For example, if you say "Greeting", an NPC
might respond with: "Greetings, stranger, how are you today? Do you want to sell
something?". You may say "Yes, I want to sell 5 swords" (or anything else) and
as soon as you say that, the NPC bought the swords, gave you the money and
that's it. Furthermore, the NPCs have only limited amounts of wares and money,
that means: If you sell or buy too many goods in a too short amount of time that
can lead to a problem. However, most NPCs will also be able to tell you more or
less interesting stories and so on, so listen to them carefully!

Furthermore, there is a system of item breakage/aging and their quality. This
means that an item does not decay instantly but it has hitpoints. The more often
it is used, the older it gets. This means that you might want to use your
expensive sword only when it is needed in order to not destroy it. From a
technical point of view, this is a deep cut because our old concept was that all
items are stackable; now, most items are not stackable anymore.

Also, you cannot put bags into bags hereafter to prevent unrealistic and
infinite series of items put into each other. Moreover, the space in your depots
is limited as of now.

The magic system has changed in some ways. First of all, the skill handling is
different now, not every rune is represented in one skill anymore. Furthermore,
there will be new and interesting spells, along with changes in the old spells.
Also, there will be new magical disciplines: Bard magic and priest magic.
Another change is the way you gain runes, but you'll find out yourself
hopefully. The magic system will soon include bard and priest magic with
numerous spells. Due to the short amount of time we had in preparation for this,
the magic system is not entirely ready yet.However, it will only take a short
amount of time until you can become a priest or a bard (within some days). If
you want to play one of these two character types, we'd recommend to wait for
the scripts to be implemented. As soon as this happens, we'll inform you.

Since NPCs now react on spoken language, here are some simple guidelines for
communication with them: They react, as you may have guessed, on certain
keywords or combinations of them. For trading, there are simple rules: "Can you
give me a list of your wares" or "Can you list your wares" will show you the
wares an NPC sells (or buys); note that not everything he sells will be bought
and vice versa.

"What is the price of a [ware]?" will result in the NPC telling his actual

"I want to buy a [ware]." will result in buying a [ware] immediately (if you
have the money and the NPC still has enough [ware] to sell).

"I want to buy 10 [wares]" will result in buying 10 [wares] at a time. The same
is valid for "I want to sell..."

The NPCs will also react on other keywords and questions, but you will find that
out for sure. They can give valuable hints on some things.

Some minor changes include: Depots are hereby opened by right-clicking on them,
just like any other container. Some of the graphics have changed, hopefully the
new female elf finds more fans now. Scripts only used to be invoked by shift-
clicking earlier; there are a lot of new ways to start scripts now, meaning that
there are a lot more scripts involved in general (server side). The file
"itemnames.dat" became obsolete with this client. The client connects to a new
IP, if you use a firewall you will have to reconfigure it.

Now we come to the technical changes: First off, you hereby connect and play on
the new server hardware, located at the Technical University of Vienna, Austria.
This means that we are now, for the first time, playing on the server hardware
owned by the Illarion community, which is much faster than the old hardware. We
already presented the technical details on that. Furthermore we changed from a
MySQL-database to postgreSQL for some technical reasons, mainly because the old
DB had some problems and we can keep the new DB consistent easily. The last
change was to introduce a new, professional scripting language. We used to have
a self made language, which was slow and inflexible by any means. Now we use
"Lua", which is a lot more flexible in its usage, which is precompiled and which
therefore is a lot faster.

To close with, here is a little outline on our next plans:

Firstoff, we are aware of the fact that a lot of bugs will pop out of nothing.
This is not directly intended, however we produced them ourself and it costed a
lot of effort to hide them.More seriously, we now have a tool, namely the new
scripting language (Lua), which enables us to easily implement new features
continously. More than that, we have a basic map editor which produces maps that
can be read by the server, which gives us the opportunity to add new detail to
the world from time to time. This also means that this was not "the change", but
just the beginning of a period of frequent changes (remember that we had no
updates for a long time now, which mainly was because of the changes due to the
server switch, implementation of the new scripting language and switch to a new
database). There is still work going on to produce a new client which we look
forward to finish. We will also try to constantly add new features like a key-
lock-system and things like that.

That's it for now, I think there is a lot of new things for you to find out and
play with, we hope you enjoy the new Illarion. If you find anything that does
not work as intended, please let us know.

The staff of Illarion

PS.: Our thanks go out not only to the staff members who helped preparing this
update, but also to the numerous players who were a great help by designing the
map, writing some scripts, contributing graphics, helped testing the account
system, helped testing different things on the testserver and so on.

PPS.: The first thing you will meet is a new NPC. If you have no idea what to
do, ask for "help". You will have to tell him if you want to become a magician,
craftsman or fighter. Of course, you can change your mind later, nothing is lost
by declaring that!

written by martin on 24. April 2005 11:28 pm