In-game player tool for Ultima Online
I had an idea for an in-game tool for Ultima Online, called the event tool. This uniquely colored canvas, only superficially similar in function to Guildstones and Factions stones, would allow a number of guilds to collect their efforts into developing enhancements for player-driven events and activities.
All the Participants attached to the event tool would be able to feed the tool with such resources as logs, ingots, and gold, and these resources would automatically convert into event tool points. Event tool points would be used by the Director of the event tool to generate deeds for special Actors (superficially similar to player Vendors), house or lawn Ornaments, Props that can be carried, and even a limited amount of Adversaries.
Community leaders and Guildmasters which have groups split onto multiple Guildstones would be able to enhance play for their respective groups without conflicting with Guildwar or Faction wars mechanics. For example, a player-city could have an event stone that includes those characters on its Citizen Guildstone (which is not involved in any Guildwars or Faction Wars), its Guard Guildstone (which is involved in temporary Guildwars but not involved in Faction Wars), its Mage Guildstone (which is not involved in Guildwars but is involved in Factions Wars), and its Rangers Guildstone (a splinter of the Citizen and Guard Guildstones which maintains permanent Guildwars with role-playing groups but is not involved in Faction Wars). All these subgroups would be able to enjoy the benefits of the event tool.
Non-Participants would not be overly affected by the application of the event tool by any specific group, as event tool created entities will not be able block, attack, be blocked, or be attacked by non-Participants.
The complete event tool concept can be read at http://www.hurm.com/guild/ideas/eventtool/. Please feel free to make any comments on the BS&R message board at http://www.sitepowerup.com/mb/view.asp?BoardID=100433. (A zipped version of the current event tool documentation in RTF format, openable in most word processing programs, is available here. It is about 12k in size as a Zipped archive, and about 12 pages long.)
Purchase, Placement, and Recognition
Purchase: Deeds are sold by an NPC Stage Manager.
an event tool deed
Placement: Double-clicking a deed will activate the deed and place the event tool, as per the placement rules, below.
You are not a participant on the event tool of The Freeborn
The event tool for The Freeborn
There are two primary ways to participate with an event tool: as a Guildmember of a listed participating Guild or as the Guildmaster of a listed participating Guild. A third type of participant is the event tool Director, himself.
Members List: the following items appear on the event tools members only list. This menu is also the initial/default menu when a participant of that event tool double-clicks it.
The Freeborn (Director Nathan Harper)
Freeborn [Fre] (Emissary Nathan Harper)
Britannia Search & Rescue [BS&R] (Guildmaster Nobody)
Ordo Cuius [OC] (Brother Huberty)
You have 8,000 out of 12,000 event tool points remaining.
Guildmaster List: Clicking on the Access Event Guildmaster Functions option (located on the Members List) allows access to the special event tool Guildmaster menu for the appropriate characters.
You have been invited to join the event tool of The Freeborn. If you wish your entire guild to join respond with We wish to join.
Director List: Clicking on the Access Event Director Functions option (located on the Members List) allows access to the event tools Director menu for the appropriate characters.
5000 points have been spent for an Actor Deed. 2000 points remain.
an actor deed for The Freeborn
5,000 points have been spent for an Ornament Deed. 3,421 points remain.
an ornament deed for The Freeborn
8,000 points have been spent for an Temporary Prop Deed. 2134 points remain.
a temporary prop deed for The Freeborn
20,000 points have been spent for an Ornament Deed. 16,500 points remain.
a permanent prop deed for The Freeborn
1000 points have been spent for an Adversary Deed. 8576 points remain.
an adversary deed for The Freeborn
Upon saying this phrase, the Guildmaster or Director will be given a targeting cursor. They may then target a particular Adversary and change its behavior. The valid behavior commands/types are listed below.
I command thee to begone
Upon saying the phrase the speaker will be given a targeting cursor, which they may use to target and subsequently delete the targeted Adversary.
Event tool Actors
[I/my lord/these fools][beg of you to/ask of you/demand of you to][seek out/recover/destroy][a sword/a lantern/a staff] of [event tool name] located [nearby/at the nearest dungeon/at the closest city/at the closest Shrine] [before the hour is done/before the day is gone/before too much time passes.
Below is an example of the sort of script that may be generated.
I ask of you to destroy a staff of The Freeborn located at the closest Shrine before too much time passes.
Anyone within one tile of the event tool Actor that mentions any of the words that comprise the final script sentence will compel that Actor to recite his script. (Some keywords related to the example, above, would be you, freeborn, shrine, and time.)
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