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Hud update June 5

Explorers are now force green. We have introduced a month or two ago that explorers cant starve or be shot down but that left an imbalance open as they were with that invulnerable but able to attack.This gap is ow closed. Explorers can not faint but they can also not harm others.
This is a safe way for new arrivals to explore the Amazon fully. As soon as they pass the wisdom cave, they are in for the full flavour.

Why some people got force green last night

OOC post
I had hoped i was clear enough about manners, tone, civilized behaviour. Coming to a battle at Rio Solimoes, where participants yell (covering a radius of 100 meter around them with each yell) such nice phrases:
Resident1 shouts: Now he's whining like a little bitch that has a tampon stuck up in his ass Resident2 shouts: aww someone is a little pissed i see, learn how to lose fuck face Resident3 shouts: shut up SHORTDICK! Resident4 shouts: You nothing but a Fag!
lets me doubt whether i was clear enough. To calm them down i took away their ability for more pew pew. Once they reflected on this behaviour they get the permission to shoot back. 
Love for all of you
Tantrica

HUD Update May 17

Two new functions are in the HUD:
Dice and Render-Costs.

Dice is a tool that one can use for roleplay. Imagine the following situation: Player A wants to attack Player B. Player B wants to dodge the attack. If you go for not metered roleplay  the situation can soon escalate OOCly as there might be a disagreement whether the attacking or the dodging was successful - that is where Dice come into game. Here is the example how it works:

Player A emotes: /has the knife in the hand and jumps forward, trying to stab Player B in the arm
Player A clicks the spirit, selects "Dice" and the spirit returns a number in local chat, e.g. "4"

Player B now clicks the spirit too, selects Dice, and the spirit returns for example a "2" or a "6". Depending on the outcome, Player B emotes that the hit took place or was dodged.

Using of this tool is voluntarily but can provide much fun!


Render Costs:
this will give a value about the costs your avatar can have on your …

Roleplay Ban Lists?

Another OOC post :)

Connecting to my last post today i want to address something strange that i observed to sprout here in Amazon too. So called "Roleplay Ban Lists". For those who never saw it, it is this: Resident John Doe had an OOC fight with Jane Doe. And so John never wants to roleplay with Jane any longer. And to make sure that Jane knows, John places that in his profile under "Picks" - like "No Roleplay with the following: Jane Doe, her tribe and all her alts".
Then John rubs his hands and thinks "Mission accomplished".

However, that is not so. The public name and shame has come out of fashion right after we left medieval ages behind. Pillories and such, remember? Ok, in social media like Facebook and Twitter some jerks still prefer to behave that primitive but i would like to think, sincerely, that the people here are above the "Jerry Springer Show" level.
So, dear reader, if you have a "no roleplay ban list" in your…

Love out Loud

LoL - Love out Loud
This is a complete OOC statement!
I hijacked this statement from https://re-publica.com/en/17/page/motto-love-out-loud-lol To quote the organization on that website: “Love Out Loud!” is the motto of re:publica 2017, which aims to focus attention on those people, organisations, and projects which stand up to hate, violence and injustice and bring light to the dark corners of our society. They deserve our attention more than ever."
If one person spreads hate it will infect many around that person. Peers who imitate that behaviour, followers, and, of course, the people who fell victim to a hateful outburst. 
We at the Amazon have installed several levels that should help you to escalate issues. If you have an argument with a person we can support you. With the mouthpiece and with priestesses for example. However, mostly we trust in people being adults and acting mature. And, i have to say, 99% of the Amazon are very mature people. It is really fun to live with you an…

Fantasy creatures

As the discussion went lively the last weeks, let me recap the view of the administration:
fantasy appearances are allowed, magic powers are not.
We do not encourage fantasy appearance. if we did we would have magic wells, wands, floating sparkly fancy stuff and all that. however, i take a tolerant view on appearance. Because, really. in a way we are all fantasy appearances. My skin RL is not as flawless as the one of my pixelself. So in the first place, those who were all up throwing hissy fits about "look that woman there has pointy ears!" i want to remind of two simple facts: tolerance is key. And the sky is not falling. If their actions are not disturbing your peace then why bother?
However, if fantasy creatures try to dominate the roleplay, e.g. constantly pointing out "but i am a fairy.. " or simply lagging the entire area with "sparkly particle stuff" and an overly bright shiny angel floating appearance  then there is a line crossed. My tolerance …

Master Giver 'retired'

As promised, today the Master Giver has been put on 'light duties' :-)

After stalwart service - delivering nearly 1.5 million items in the last year or so - the Master Giver will now serve only Curare Darts to those who make them.

This means:-

Your Amazon Fishing Spear is now purely decorative. Throw it away and buy an Amazon Rod from the vendor at Baia Santa Rosa.Your Amazon Soup Maker will no longer make soup (although it will happily consume ingredients!). Throw it away and buy an Amazon Bowl from the vendor at Baia Santa Rosa.'Old' ripening bananas/corncobs will not deliver their crop to you - replace them with the new ones you can buy at the volcano.Your may receive a message "MasterGiver: <<item name>> is no longer available via the Master Giver. Please use the Amazon Rod/Amazon Bowl for fish/soup.
Contact Baron (edgeofreason) if you think you got this message in error"
If you were not using the Spear or Soup Maker, this means you have found a…

Hud Update - Curare Darts

your max storage for poison/curare darts is 3
a hit with such a dart will blur your vision and make you limp/slow down remarkably for 10 minutes
Within the 10 minutes a healer can cure you. how, is told when you are hit.

Update to the Trade System

It has been around a year since we last updated the trading system, and we have served nearly 1.5 million (yes, million!) trade items since the last change.

This new system will offer better performance and more variety and choice, and provides a foundation we can continue extend.

Over the course of the next week we will be deploying a major update to the trading system.

Key features are:
items now show their expiry date as part of their namea whole array of new food itemsa new Bowl which can now make soup, various stews, and a variety of vegetarian optionsa new fishing roditems are automatically returned to you if you leave them rezzedWhat changes:-
no more waiting for the 'queue' when the Master Giver is busy - you get your items right awayyou collect items from 'logical' locations, rather than waiting for them to drop from the skies.when you collect an item it will be sent to your Lost & Found folder automaticallythe HP and coin value of some items is 'tweaked…

How IC escalates quickly to OOC

Here is what happened last night (from Thursday to Friday), in a nutshell: One group stole soups from the camp of another group. When the other gorup noticed that, they went right OOCly to the Amazon chat and called the "thieves" "poor", "Low", and "sickos" - also they added that if this would be how things are, they cancel support and would no longer spend L$.
as so often, there is no "black and white" but all parties have their share:
the thieves Thieves, Culprits, naughty ones: if you plan a roleplay, always consider that it is also imposing the situation on the others. Do not simply claim "We are a roleplay region, we can do that" but check first how you could involve others into your play. For example shoot them an IM first, maybe like "Hello, we plan, in the course of the next week, to "rob" your camp off the soups - we will take care that OOCly you are not really experiencing any loss but we would love if yo…

Seekers Revolt!

Having been offered next to nothing for their blessings except ice cream and bananas the seekers now turn the tables. Playing nice? You should not count on that. Seekers have been seen to attack hunters, stealing their meat, some get tickled even and stripped naked!
How long will this situation last?
Will the residents of the Amazon also hunt the seekers?
How can the dispute be dissolved?

Questions, dear reader that we lack the answer for. Watch this space!

What is a seeker?

Seekers are women in the Amazon who were picked by monks and nuns of a secret order. The name of that order is unknown to the common mortals and only whispered amongst the members. Even the seekers themselves are not told the name of the order. It is said that no one less than Gaia herself has chosen the seekers and instructed the order to raise them. Seekers have skills that set them apart from many other humans. These traits are individual and no two seekers have the same skills. One example is the seeker Tantrica, who is chosen to be the medium of Gaia whenever Gaia so wishes. With that, Tantrica herself is not a Deity but Gaia shows her powers through Tantrica on occasion. All other times Tantrica has no special powers, except a nymph-like appearance and behaviour, which is a side effect of the divine influence. Many humans call Tantrica a Goddess, which is in fact not correct. Other seekers have other traits. You will have to find out if you are interested, who has which. How…

HUD/Spirit Update 8 March 2017

Today we deploy a HUD / Spirit update which addresses:-


'invisible' on TP bugreload ammo when downed bug.

HUD/Spirit update Feb 15th 2017

Bug fix that allowed downed people to moveLandmark for the new Jungle Mall added.

HUD/Spirit Update Jan 26th 2017

A new release of the spirit will be deployed today.

Changes include:
The God of lol is on vacation*Missed shots now count (i.e. deduct from your ammo).Autofire costs more ammo than single shotsCrocodiles do more damage* * Requested to the Mouthpiece.


HUD/Spirit Update Jan 21st 2017

A update to the Hud/Spirit is released today. Fixes include:-


Fixed the jump height restriction (visit Mr Bones to be able to jump high)Fixed a bug in promoting people to LocalFixed a bug that downs newcomers.

HUD Update January 7

The HUD (also called spirit or dot) will now "pulse", that means: change its size, a tiny bit, forth and back. This was introduced to encounter an exploit a guard spotted last night. To see if the colour of the HUD now is really made by the HUD and not a dummy attachment, you only need to see whether it "Pulses"
Also, a time-delay was introduced for the "Lol"-God to encounter resource exploits.

Cave of Plenty replaced by Cornucopia

The cave of plenty is empty and holds no more food.

This year has been declared the Year of Multiplication!

Pregnant couples seek the cornucopia at Rio Grande for free food :-)

HUD Update January 1st

Guards now have 20 HPGuard can switch at will to 'peacemaker' mode (blue dot) - in which they cannot give/receive shots but can still jail offenders.