Hangout of the Avatar ~ Release 27 Postmortem


Grab your purple llama and join us Thursday, March 3rd at 3:00 PM Central (20:00 GMT) for our monthly Hangout of the Avatar! Richard, Starr, and Chris will be chatting about Release 27 and looking ahead to Release 28!  And as usual, FireLotus will be taking your questions and feedback live in the chat-room and also in advance right here in the comments section.*

We will be giving out some really awesome prizes during the 2 hour extended Hangout, and all you have to do to qualify for one is to come hang out with us in the IRC chatroom during the broadcast.  As always, the link to the hangout will be posted here directly before the hangout begins.

*Please keep in mind that questions and feedback related to Release 27 specific topics will be given priority and really verbose questions may be skipped, as they can be a challenge to shorten and summarize live on the air. In brief… please keep your questions… brief. ;)


  1. PK UPK U

    question: will we be able to bind to a scene vrs just a lot or town crier? this was one of the things i enjoyed most about uo being able to have my own private bind spots.

      1. PK UPK U

        yea but im specifically talking about scenes with no town criers (i.e. not towns). in uo you could bind anywhere and have a collection of locations.

          1. Duke GréagóirDuke Gréagóir

            Is this so you can quickly get to a adventure scene, and then run encumbered back to your lot? I think it is better to only bind to towns and lots. But each their own.

          2. PK UPK U

            Nope duke — its more about collecting interesting places… i know ultima online is becoming a toxic word here but collecting rune books to exotic places was pretty amazing.

          3. Duke GréagóirDuke Gréagóir

            Thank you Pk U for explaining your meaning. I totally get the UO collecting of runes to exotic places.

  2. EclipseMaidenEclipseMaiden

    question: Since we are able to have up to three homes. Shouldn’t we be able to bind to all three homes?

    1. Lord AndernutLord Andernut

      FYI – on release there is no limit to number of NPC locations you can claim and currently you are allowed as many POT claims as you want – the only limit to both come release is how many deeds you might own.

  3. WoftamWoftam

    Q) Can you push the ability to choose different POT zone in points ahead of the post wipe schedule? It is quite a run from the entrance of some zones before you can even tell if there is a town in there. Also, introducing this post wipe could require a town owner to re-build their town due to the yet unknown entrance point positions.

  4. PK UPK U

    question: will we be able to see via over head map an indicator that shows various activities? i.e active pvp, events, anything else cool. pvp is extreamly hard to find some times id like to look at the map and say hrrm people are mixing it up over there.

  5. QuentonQuenton

    Why are items like dyes so expensive and difficult to acquire for such a small cosmetic item that offer Avatars more personality? It seems to me that getting a look at what the item would look like shouldn’t cost 250 gold per attempt when in UO you could just bye dyes and a dye bucket for 10 gold pieces and colour to your heart’s content!

    1. Rufus D`AsperdiRufus D`Asperdi

      Yes, Please. This would be very interesting.

      It would also to have totals on all the hats that were earned for each type.

      1. redfishredfish

        :/ Make gustballs have their health depletable, so they die when you attack them with a sword.

        Make it impossible to train defensive skills without something hitting you back.

  6. RonanRonan

    Question: Will Coat of Arms be available prior to final wipe, if not when, and has the way to deliver each individual one to Portalarium been determined?

    1. Rufus D`AsperdiRufus D`Asperdi

      I was also wondering about this reward recently, during the kerfuffle over Immortal Adventurer’s “Get your last name early” reward.

      As a Heraldry Geek, this reward is near and dear to my heart.

  7. Baron Drocis FondorlatosBaron Drocis Fondorlatos

    Question: Can we please get more Straight Pieces in the Castle Stone Wall Sets? There’s almost no way to use all the pieces. I have a bazzillion (check my inventory) corner pieces. Please make alternative sets that are all straight pieces.

    1. Rufus D`AsperdiRufus D`Asperdi

      I would very much appreciate this too. Straights with and without Towers, with an without ladders. 4 sets with say 10 pieces each?

      This would be simply repackaging existing items.

    2. redfishredfish

      I don’t have the sets, but I’ve been crafting walls. I’d really appreciate a Long Straight Castle Wall which is maybe 3x the size the length of a Straight Castle Wall. Or 2x, like we see with fences, although I think 3x is a good size personally. It would help cut down on the item count and also create less movable parts.

  8. JadeJade

    Question: I am dying wihtout titles to my books. I need my titles back pretty please. When will books have titles again :)))))

  9. JadeJade

    There is a problem: I buy 5 red dresses. I dye one say, green. I go to get the next dress to dye it a different color and it shows up green. You can only dye items one at a time logging in and out each time. Comments? A solution coming up. BTW dig the hot pink dye !!!! Thanks :)

  10. Mugly WumpleMugly Wumple

    You’ve decided to add adventure scenes region by region. Could you list the order of implementation?
    From Release 27 Instructions:
    “Xenos Delayed: Starting with Release 27 we shifted the focus of implementation order to be region by region. We will circle back to Elysium (region where Xenos is located) next release.”

  11. Rufus D`AsperdiRufus D`Asperdi

    Question: Can Public Vendors be added to the list of NPCs available to be placed by Governors in Player Owned Towns?

    I would like to provide a method by which my residents who don’t, or don’t wish to own their own vendor might be able to sell their crafted wares or good collected through adventuring.

    1. redfishredfish

      I think Vendors added outside of an owned lot should simply turn into Public Vendors, chests placed outside of an owned lot into public chests, etc.

      Then maybe we could also turn lots into public lots later down the road.

  12. Rufus D`AsperdiRufus D`Asperdi

    Question: Would it be possible to make a version of the Village Ring of Stones that might be placed as a Decoration in a Dynamic Template?

  13. Katrina BekersKatrina Bekers

    Q: what about peppering the hangout with funny/interesting/insightful trivia about player activity?

    Stats and records like (just ideas):

    – highest adventurer/producer level reached
    – highest skill level reached
    – most used skills (total and per-school)
    – millThemos of average player (1000 mT = the actual awesome level of Themo Lock)
    – number of player deaths per second
    – number of mob deaths per second
    – number of deaths of ghost corpion and pillar of flame
    – PK per day
    – arrows fired since wipe
    – public/private vendor transactions per day
    – resources gathered per minute
    – resources refined per minute
    – total crafted items
    – total critically crafted or fumbled items
    – amount of total gold ingame
    – most completed quest/s
    – /zone’s (and now teleport/recall) uses per hour
    – most visited scenes (regular and POT)
    – top 10 guilds by rooster size (may become too competitive)
    – total lots by size/occupancy/world distribution

    …and any other funny metric/statistic/mind blowing aggregate data you guys can come up with.

    If this gets some traction in the community, you could also save the queries in a script and run a “marquee ticker” on the bottom of the hangout video with such silly and amazing info! :)

  14. Ribbon

    Question: What are the plans for the actual meaningless pve death?

    Question: Are you gonna balance/change taming, especially for (1) preventing low level players to get/use the strongest pets and (2) preventing players with low to no taming skills to use the strongest pets? If so, how are you gonna do that?

    Question: Is there gonna be more traps (especially different kinds of traps) on the game? If so, could you tell some examples?

    Thanks for the attention.

  15. Baron Drocis FondorlatosBaron Drocis Fondorlatos

    Question: How long are the item logs kept? 20 years from now, will a container like a chest have every single transaction that’s ever occurred on it?

  16. PK UPK U

    Q: Battle Banner casts a big shield bubble when using the light version, is this intentional or a bug? if a bug is this gonna be fixed its kind of anoying?

    part 2: i know the effects were turned down on these and i agree they were to bright. but i think they were turned down to much. currently there lit up for about 1 property away, that happenes to be in view of gust ball players. is thier a plan to increase the range when performance is in line with where you all want it?

      1. PK UPK U

        Yes sorry, i figured it was a known issue. The light version ocassinally puts out a bubble that os bassically the area of light it puts out. I knotice it more when i put the banner on top of something but ive seen it on uneven terrain as well.

  17. Skyo


    Love the new idea of making root off of strength! Shouldn’t a 35 strength character be rooted for longer than 3 seconds?

    1. Skyo

      My initial question was answered by Chris on the forms. Root was bugged.


      Chris once said the Berzerker stance was specifically made it’s kind of a set yourself on fire and a way to combat archers. If I’m rooted or snared the negative effects of berserk or stance don’t directly correlate within the PvP or PvE battle.

      Can we make it so berserker stance breaks movement impairing effects?????

  18. DeliverenceDeliverence

    Question: With the stretch-goals ending and turning into regular add-ons will we be able to melt these down into store credits next wipe? Some of these items ended up being larger than what people expected like the stables which has left a number of people with items they simply can’t place.

    1. PK UPK U

      wierd.. but i can see episode 2 where you could craft dyable armor for pets.. id like to see a few very rare skinned versions that one could track down.

  19. ElnothElnoth

    Question: When the new cloned NPC towns that have been added to the game have their polish pass to make them unique, will they retain the same plot layout, or will people that claim any of these plots in the land rush be disrupted?

  20. Rufus D`AsperdiRufus D`Asperdi

    Question: Would it be possible to append the name of the town governed to the Governor title?

    E.G. Governor of

  21. Baron Drocis FondorlatosBaron Drocis Fondorlatos

    Question: When will we see all the books in the game become decorations that can be placed on bookshelves?

  22. Baron Drocis FondorlatosBaron Drocis Fondorlatos

    Question: It appears a few of the combos may have been removed recently. I see Darkness is no longer there. That one seemed like it had a lot of potential, could we please make it a spell on it’s own though? I think it would do very well in the Moon Tree by itself. Creating darkness around the caster to help blend into the dark (maybe it even removes the name of the person while stealthed)?

  23. StarLordStarLord

    Question: when will we get new recipes for tungsten (with a lot of new weapons/armor using the new alloy)?

  24. Lady CaeleeLady Caelee

    QUESTION: Can we possibly get a craftable smoking pipe to complete the mens dress outfit? Great job on the kilts BTW.

  25. AncevAncev

    Will there be incentive to keep all of my characters on one account, or should I keep my ‘good’ and ‘bad’ characters on separate accounts to prevent my good characters with shared reputation from being affected by the negative karma of my other characters?

  26. Baron Drocis FondorlatosBaron Drocis Fondorlatos

    Question: When will we be able to see what attunement is actually doing? It feels like attunement is not doing much in either PVP or PVE. Maybe it is, but I can’t see it.

  27. AncevAncev

    Question – Can you talk about Dexterity? What skills it modifies and what combat effects it has?

    1. PK UPK U

      Chris did a post about it and all the other primaryz. i wish the website had some sort of menu/links to get this information easily. i believe dex helps with crits and avoidance.

      1. Mysticvermin

        Dex effects:
        -Chance to miss ((Defender’s Dex/2)-(Attacker’s Dex/4))
        -Crit chance (8-10%, not sure how that calculates)
        -Chance to dodge spells (This wasn’t in game at the time of video. May not be in game yet.)

  28. smacksmack

    Is single player offline mode still on the schedule for R28 and what differences can we expect to see in this initial release?

  29. Sir GrantSir Grant

    Next release you are bringing in the new male avatar, along with new skin, textures and hair. Will we be able to access these outside of deleting existing characters / creating a new character?

    Suggestion for this, give everyone one potion which will let them change their appearance once! Seems like a great way to get everyone testing for possible bugs and seeing how it would affect overall performance!

  30. Baron Drocis FondorlatosBaron Drocis Fondorlatos

    Question: Are spell books still on the way? Please make sure I can hold both a spell book and a cane at the same time. :) PLEASE.

    1. Baron Drocis FondorlatosBaron Drocis Fondorlatos

      Request: Allow players to use a spell book as a PRIMARY weapon (making it more powerful than if it were used in the off hand).

  31. Myoryn_Craysley

    Question: The Shooter Jennings event was awesome and showed the largest turnout for a single event we’ve experienced so far. Did the event bring any new technical challenges to light, and did it change the road map in any form?

  32. Mysticvermin

    Question: What is the design philosophy for the different armor types ,plate, chainmail, leather & cloth? While they should be different the base sets don’t give equivalent benefits and favors heavy armor. The benefits from the Heavy Armor tree also outclass those from Light Armor. Can we look forward to a rebalancing of defensive stats and more build specific bonuses for Light Armor?

  33. SeleneNoctuaSeleneNoctua

    Question: Is there any chance we will see the brightly colored llamas from the Shooter Album Release Party available in the add-on store or the make a difference store? (Easter is around the corner <3)

  34. Mysticvermin

    Question: Changes over the last several weeks to reduce player damage output appear to stem from pvp ‘one shotting’. The current damage mitigation model puts a cap on the amount of damage mitigated which enables these large damage spikes. On the damage side the culprit appears to be charged attacks from large weapons, but we wind up with nerfs to damage across the board. Will these two core mechanics be addressed?

  35. vjekvjek

    Question: Is the current R27 taming behavior, where collars are consumed when you fail to tame, working as intended? Or should they only be consumed when you succeed?

  36. DarkStarrDarkStarr

    Just a heads up everyone. Unfortunately Chris Spears is very sick today and won’t make the hangout. This means all the combat questions will be deferred. Our apologies in advance.

  37. Daxxe DigglerDaxxe Diggler

    Get well soon Chris!

    Question: When will foods get different buff effects?

    Question: When will Tungsten and Zinc be usable in recipes?

  38. Daxxe DigglerDaxxe Diggler

    Question: When will Tea Leaves and Ginger Root be in-game? (or is it already and I just haven’t found any?)

  39. JadeJade

    Question: Been brought up before, but I believe worth revisiting. We would like deposit only Public Caches please.

  40. ShortinaShortina

    Question: When can we expect a recipe book with better readability for those of us small text and contrast challenged?

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