Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Changes in the Amazon Roles

Changes

We are making some changes to the way roles work in the Amazon.  We have been running with the current roles since the Amazon started and we think it's time for a refresh, so we have added some new roles and changed some of the existing ones slightly.

If you come to the Amazon to hang out, explore and enjoy the nature, nothing has changed for you - other than that you are better protected against being accidentally shot than previously.

Changed and New Roles

  • Born in the Amazon becomes Amazon Native
  • Lost in the Amazon becomes Amazon Lost
  • Exploring the Amazon becomes Amazon Explorer
  • Shaman becomes Amazon Healer
  • Amazon Raider becomes Amazon Rogue
  • New role - Amazon Settler
All the roles are explained in detail on this page

What else changes?

  • Everyone is reset to the default role of Amazon Explorer
  • To get one of the other roles you need to visit first the Wisdom Cave then find a Seeker.
  • When you successfully complete the Cave of Wisdom you will get extra "Locations" in your HUD
  • Seekers will now check:
    • Appearance
    • Roleplay
    • that you have passed the test at the Wisdom Cave
    • Additionally. if you want to be a Healer, you need to make a potion - the Seeker will tell you how.
  • There are some minor changes to Health Points and Shots, but these only really apply to the changed role 'Amazon Explorer'.
  • Roles other than Amazon Explorer have some 'extras':
    • The ability to 'set home' using the HUD - with a quick TP there
    • Additional locations for quick TP
    • More shots
  • There is a new 'check' option in the HUD which reports those within range who are wearing the HUD.

Why change?

It's time to refresh things - we have learned a lot about how people like to play here since we opened, and we are changing the roles to give a rounder experience for everyone.
  • We noticed, for example, that we have a lot of Shaman - and we think many of those take that role because they do not like so much to fight.  The Amazon Explorer role gives higher Health Points so may be a better choice for those players.
  • We noticed that we have a lot of non-native natives :-) So we have introduced the role Amazon Settler to accommodate people who want to live here without 'going native'.
  • We noticed that the Raiders had become a 'faction' rather than a role - the Amazon Rogue is a simple 'predator' role for anyone who likes that type of play, either as a lone wolf or as part of a faction like the Bandits or the Corsairs, or many others.
  • We noticed a lot of claims "so and so is not wearing a hud" - mostly these are due to misunderstanding weapon and HUD messages. Now there is a way to check.

What does it mean for me?

First and foremost, your existing role in the Amazon River group will be reset to "Amazon Explorer".  If you want a different role you will need to make sure you meet the criteria, and then approach a Seeker to get 'promoted'.  be sure to check the Amazon Roles page to understand what you need to do to qualify.

You can of course stay as Amazon Explorer and still be a member of a tribe or faction as you are today - the only difference you will notice is in shots and health points.



Tuesday, May 19, 2015

New for you: Amazon Messenger Service!

Do you not hate it:
you just kidnapped some prey and you have no way to transmit a message really anonymously?
Or you fell in love with that other special person but there is no way to express this as 'secret admirer'?
Or you are stranded at the Amazon River and desperately seek a way to contact those who are still at home that they come and search for you?

Lighten up! Rescue is here!
At the Amazon Messenger Central Station, brought to you by the Paw Me, you can now easily book the messenger service. We offer two flavours:
  • Normal Mail
  • Anonymous Mail


Normal Mail:

you pay the box, drop your notecard and we will do the rest. We will take the notecard and give it to the person that you named inside said notecard.
Attention: we will NOT do the “lazy drop inventory way”. We need from you these data:
Username
Displayname
If Amazon River: location (e.g. near the volcano, or at the Wari camp)
If outside, somewhere on the grid: S-URL.

We will do at most three attempts to deliver your message. If all three attempts fail we will leave a note behind for the recipient to pick the letter up at our office.

But wait, there is more:

Anonymous Mail:

works like normal mail. BUT:
we take the content of your notecard (text only, no items in the NC) and copy it into a blank notecard of ours. That way, one can not trace you back as sender!


((OOC & technical stuff:
Both services: we will not forward messages that are against ToS, obv.
Both services: if you forget to tell inside the notecard to whom we shall give it, your money and your letter are lost, duh!
Both Services: Mark the notecard either 'Normal' or "Private"
Normal mail: your notecard must be with permission set to "transfer" at least.))

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Weapon messages explained

As there is repeatedly confusion about "weapons" and "hits" and all this, here is a sample, in the hope it helps those who often feel the need to call for a guard. This is a local chat about the "combat", First the message as a whole:

[02:52] Amazon River HUD V0.97k beta: you got hit by a weapon
[02:52] Amazon River HUD V0.97k beta: you shot
[02:52] Amazon River HUD V0.97k beta: you shot
[02:52] Primus Long Rock 5.5: Direct hit on pacov75 Resident
[02:52] Amazon River HUD V0.97k beta: Hit on pacov75 Resident
[02:52] Amazon River HUD V0.97k beta: you shot
[02:52] Amazon River HUD V0.97k beta: Hit on pacov75 Resident
[02:52] Amazon River HUD V0.97k beta: you shot
[02:52] Primus Long Rock 5.5: Direct hit on pacov75 Resident
[02:52] Amazon River HUD V0.97k beta: pacov75 Resident is down - click on them for a menu

Now explained in colors:

[02:52] Amazon River HUD V0.97k beta: you got hit by a weapon <-- someone has shot at me
[02:52] Amazon River HUD V0.97k beta: you shot <-- i have released a bullet or arrow, the HUD noticed it.
[02:52] Amazon River HUD V0.97k beta: you shot <-- i have released a bullet or arrow, the HUD noticed it.
[02:52] Primus Long Rock 5.5: Direct hit on pacov75 Resident <-- this message is pointless, useless, and has no meaning at the Amazon. it is my private weapon HUD, that comes with most weapons. their measurements and judgement are NOT considered here at all.
[02:52] Amazon River HUD V0.97k beta: Hit on pacov75 Resident <-- i landed a hit, the Amazon HUD  of the target has acknowledged it. 
[02:52] Amazon River HUD V0.97k beta: you shot <-- i have released a bullet or arrow, the HUD noticed it.
[02:52] Amazon River HUD V0.97k beta: Hit on pacov75 Resident
[02:52] Amazon River HUD V0.97k beta: you shot <-- i have released a bullet or arrow, the HUD noticed it.
[02:52] Primus Long Rock 5.5: Direct hit on pacov75 Resident <-- this message is pointless, useless, and has no meaning at the Amazon. it is my private weapon HUD, that comes with most weapons. their measurements and judgments are NOT considered here at all.
[02:52] Amazon River HUD V0.97k beta: pacov75 Resident is down - click on them for a menu

So, before you think something is wrong, check first your log for these:
[02:52] Amazon River HUD V0.97k beta: you shot 
If you have no lines of that, your weapon has not been recognized by the Amazon HUD. In this case, do NOT read further, but go to the arena, test your weapon there.

You have this line, then check for that:
[02:52] Amazon River HUD V0.97k beta: Hit on pacov75 Resident 
If you see these lines, your target IS wearing the Amazon HUD too. Otherwise this message woud not appear at all. If you do not see the yellow line (but the green you see!!!) then there are several possible reasons:

  1. Lag? 
  2. your victim maybe wears a shield. Try CTRL ALT T to make invisible obstacles visible. If your victim is in a shield, tell them they are lame losers and leave them alone
  3. your victim does not wear a HUD - small chance, the HUD autoattaches. also on take off. But if indeed they do not wear a HUD, figure out why, we want to know and optimize for such cases too! 


I hope this helps.

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