Tibia: How to let the bunny slip away

BEWARE OF SPOILER!!!

Markus was a bit angry with me, because I suddenly fell in some kind of euphoria. He told me this wouldn’t happen in a single player game. Knowing myself I can assure you, it even happens if I don’t play at all. If I follow a train of thought, it’s difficult to stop me and can have unpleasant side effects. This time I felt awfully clever, when I found out how to get the Tibia achievement “bunny slipped” and my dogs and cats had to wait half an hour for their dinner.

This is how I found out: I went to Rottin Wood after I had done the missions. I said “lucky charms” he was chewing my ear off about it and then he asked “are you in for it?” In the meantime I had decided not to kill cute bunnies so I said: “no”. He held me a speech about how to make fake lucky charms. I thought okay, I’ll try that, said “lucky charms” again, and accepted the task. Went to Venore and bought the ingredients Rottin Wood had told me about. I used the ribbons on the ingredients. I got a thingy, it didn’t look like a fake rabbit food yet but on looking at it, the thing described me how to finish it. Luckily I knew a guy that had used the missing ingredient in his house decoration. I told him about it, and he gave me what I needed for free. (Yesyes Harmonians are very nice.) I used the thingy on the missing ingredient and finally had 7 fake lucky charms, went to Rottin Wood, said: “lucky charms” and got the achievement.

Looks just like a lucky charm but has a different description. It doesn't stack with normal lucky charms.

Congratulations to mastermind Blaismera, she's bunny slipped

Tibia: it’s paradox

The paradox tower quest of Tibia is an old quest. It takes around three hours because the player has to go to the Plains of Havoc first, then to Edron, then to Kazordoon, get’s teleported to Hellgate, has to walk to Mintwallin and back to Kazordoon. Every time a player gives a wrong answer to the Riddler, he gets teleported to Hellgate, so if someone has bored Typona too much or is a bit stupid, the quest can take up to 7 hours.

I did it at level 30 on my knight Blaismera with Harpyk (level 102 paladin). All went well, Harpyk provided us with coconuts, no giant spider thought I’m tasty. Blaismera was wearing Blamina’s boots of haste but was still crawling.

Watching the grass grow or not grow in the paradox tower. The test of patience. As soon as it starts to grow I (Blaismera) move diagonal on the spot that is marked with a red X. It is a lever under it or such, that makes stairs appear on the spot where Harpyk stands.

The whole tower is a protection zone. Don’t eat while you’re in it. And most important: don’t eat the fruits you have to offer (melon, banana, cherry, apple, grapes, and coconut).

The infamous ghoul: pull the lever and wait until the ghoul pushes the crate in the upper left corner. He moves randomly and it can take some time.

Here you can see, that I did not play for some years. In the meantime talons got an NPC price, 320gp each. So 32x320 = 10240gp. But the difference is not much and talons just do not fit my house decoration anyways. The letters stand for gold, talons, wand and phoenix egg. If you step on a tile with the according letter the chest gets emptied, that means if you step on a T you will not get talons.

This tile thingy is very tricky, if a player steps on more than two letters he will get less or none reward. If he doesn’t understand that he DOESN’T get what he steps on, he get’s the wrong rewards.

The phoenix egg reduces the cost of the blessing “the spark of the phoenix” (Kazordoon) by 10%. And it looks very nice.

Tibia: the update drama (winter 2010)

Online gamer don’t like changes. This time Cipsoft changes the whole spell system. They bring cooldown in. Games like World of Warcraft already use spell-cooldown, but I doubt WoW really invented it. Anyways… Cipsoft is quite brutal and changes the cooldown of area effect spells like hell’s core, eternal winter, wrath of nature and rage of the skies to 40 seconds. From zero (or rather 2) to 40 in one update, that doesn’t make the mages happy. Especially the sorcerers are worried and many talk about quitting. The other spells get a cooldown too and the game company already stated, that the players should rotate spells now. Unlike in many other games it’s not possible to click on hotkey bars, mages that only have five fingers on one hand and only two hands in all will get problems. Botters won’t get problems, a bot has as many fingers as the cheater likes. So after the bots adapt to the update, they will be back and even get a bigger advantage over normal players than before. And this part of the update really worries me.

The cooldown of some healing spells (I ride on a boar).

I predict some character deaths after update. But I guess we’ll adapt sooner or later. I’ll just chose the two to four attack spells I’ll use the most and won’t try the impossible.

The cooldown of some attack spells (druid) on Tibia testserver in winter 2010.

Except of that, there will be more “world quests” (=less real life ;) ) and “mounts”. Mounts are cute.

Taming a bear on Tibia testserver winter 2010 and bear riding with a summoned boar.

Edit: Some players already hunted yesterday and survived it. One said he rotates the spells. How he does that? No idea. We use different config files for different vocations or even different characters or for war and peacetime and no, Tibians can’t change the config fils while they are online. I guess we’ll have to make different hunt configs in future, teamhunt config, dragon lord config, wyrm config and so on. This is a bit tiring plus I wonder why we can’t change the config file. We were able to do that ingame in cube and other shooter games many years ago with a hotkey.

Edit the second: I just had some good laughs reading the Tibia forums. One of the new Tibia rules states now: “Also statements that imply that somebody has violated a Tibia Rule, is going to violate a Tibia Rule or supports the violation of a Tibia Rule are illegal.” So Tibians may not say anymore that someone does something illegal.

Tibia: rule changes

Before I start my rant, that will soon be illegal… something to make the atmosphere less tense.

Channel Help saved at Tue Nov 30 20:50:05 2010
20:30 Welcome to the help channel.
In this channel you can ask questions about Tibia. Experienced players will gladly help you to the best of their knowledge.
For detailed information about quests and other game content please take a look at our supported fansites at http://www.tibia.com/community/?subtopic=fansites
Please remember to write in English here so everybody can understand you.
20:42 Player [23]: BOTTERS IN EDRON ORC CAVE HIS NAME IS (name removed)
20:42 Blamina [93]: you can report botters with rightclicking on their character
20:43 Blamina [93]: (rightclick+ctrl if you use tibia classic control)
20:43 Blamina [93]: chose “report offence” out of the menu
20:44 Player [23]: RIGHTCLICK
20:45 Blamina [93]: not by yelling rightclick in help channel but by using the right button of your mouse
20:47 Player [23]: It does not go out at all
20:47 Player [23]: :S
20:47 Player [23]: I do not deal
20:48 Player [23]: Do I write rightclick and then the key of ctrl?

This player would actually never get any problems, because Mirade wrote “concerning Rule 4b) Slandering or Agitating against CipSoft:
This rule is not meant to keep players from stating their opinion. As the rule says, it mainly refers to: “Publishing clearly wrong information about or calling a boycott against CipSoft or its services.” It does not refer to constructive criticism or the usual ranting posts like “this game sux”, for example.”

That means: kids that can neither write English nor have elaborated opinions won’t get any problems with the new rules.

Reading hurts.

The full version of the new rules can be read here and here.

Many players see problems in the new rules concerning the statement rules. In future it will be allowed to use any language ingame. I could be wrong here but I don’t see a problem with that. On German servers the new main language will become Polish though and on servers in the United States the main language will be Portuguese. The NPCs will still speak English. This could become … interesting.

The next bones of contention are the new rules concerning cheating. It will be allowed to use multiclienting and to jam a key of your keyboard and go away. This annoys many players, that never cheated. I wonder if teleporting will be allowed now. I hoped they would allow it but if they watch upon it as a bug, it would still be illegal. The main problem I have with the new rules is, that they are completely wishy-washy and can be interpretated however CipSoft likes it. There we come (again) to the rule 4.b. also known as “Stasirule” (“Stasi” was the secret police of the GDR).

4. CipSoft
b) Slandering or Agitating against CipSoft
Publishing clearly wrong information about or calling a boycott against CipSoft or its services.

Oops, I just did something illegal, I called it “Stasirule”. If I would do this after the update I’d get a ban.

Okay, maybe to all men too...

The background for this rule were the strikes, riots, and civil commotions on pvp- and hardcore-pvp servers (pvp= player versus player). Why I use those words? Obviously someone took it very serious, if the game company made a new rule that puts an end to freedom of speech. Players were not happy about the changes in the combat system and asked for a boycott, sometimes enforcing the boycott by killing the characters that logged on as strike-breakers. Somehow I have the feeling that the combat system might really gone worse over time, I don’t think players would waste their time in a strike for no reason. With Tibians you’ll never know though. CipSoft has a lot of problems with DDOS-attacks and that’s another reason for the rule changes.

5. Legal Issues
c) Attacking CipSoft Service
Attacking, disrupting or damaging the operation of any CipSoft server, the game or any other part of CipSoft’s services.

It’s deadly for an MMORPG if the players get kicked 20 times in a rown off the servers. And things like that happen often enough in Tibia. There used to be no rule against it. Which was rather strange.

Tibia: Völkerverständigung? Haben wir gelacht

Gestern in Tibia einem Computerspiel, oder genauer einem Massen-Mehrspieler-Online-Rollenspiel (MMORPG) wurde ich in einen privaten Kanal von zwei männlichen Deutschen eingeladen. Der eine machte eine Quest (eigentlich heißt das “Suche”, bedeutet aber eher Aufgabe/Mission) und wollte beraten werden, obwohl man eigentlich alles auf einer englischsprachigen Seite nachlesen kann. Das kann heißen, dass er kein englisch kann, muss es aber nicht, manche sind auch einfach nur zu faul, zu lesen. Als er dann damit fertig war, sagte ich ihm ich hätte das Ende der “Suche” mit einem Service gemacht. Der Service wird von einer polnischen Gilde angeboten. Ich sagte wie der Leiter heißt und dass er nett sei. Da sagt der andere Deutsche, der Serviceleiter habe das Benutzerkonto gekauft und sei nicht der echte Besitzer. Worauf sie beide tröteten, dass das typisch für Polen sei. Ich darauf… wie auch immer, der neue Besitzer sei jedenfalls nett. Beide Deutsche lachten darauf hämisch und verkündeten es gäbe keine netten Polen. Dann nannte ich einen polnischen Charakternamen und sagte, der sei an Schweden verkauft. Woraufhin sie wiederum hämisch verkündeten, dass sei typisch für Polen.

Also nach der Meinung dieser beiden deutschen Herren ist ein Pole, der ein Benutzerkonto kauft böse und nicht etwa der Verkäufer. Wohingegen ein Schwede, der ein Benutzerkonto von einem Polen kauft, nicht böse ist, der Verkäufer aber schon. In der Gilde des verkauften polnischen Benutzerkontos gibt es auch noch ein ehemals brasilianisches Benutzerkonto, das nun einem Schweden gehört. Wahrscheinlich hat ein Pole das nicht verhindert und ist deshalb total böse.

An dieser Stelle wurde ich wiederum ganz böse. Wahrscheinlich habe ich irgendwelche polnischen Vorfahren von denen ich nur nichts weiß. Als ich mich neulich mit einem Chilenen auf einem Nachrichtensofortversandsdienst (jaja so heißt das auf deutsch) über dieses Thema unterhielt, zeigte der mir an dieser Stelle ein Hitlerbildchen.

Napoleona Blanaparte heiratet einen Polen. Nehmt das ihr Deutschen!

Heute Morgen als ich auf der Weide rumlief, fiel mir dann auch ein, warum ich damals nie wieder auf den Server Solera gegangen war. Das ist ein amerikanischer Server und man sollte meinen, dass man dort keine Nazis trifft. Weit gefehlt. Ich traf dort eine Horde kanadischer Kinder aus Québec, die mich sowohl dafür, dass ich in Frankreich wohne, als auch dafür, dass ich aus Deutschland komme, mit freudigen “Sieg hail”-Rufen feierten. Da läuft doch auch irgendwas ganz schief. Mich verstören oder/und ärgern solche Sachen. Ich könnt ja auch mal wieder aufhören das zu spielen und nach Wikipedia zurück, wo man mir sagt, andere Sprachversionen als die Deutsche brauche man doch sowieso nicht und die anderen Sprachversionen würden nun die Deutsche nachahmen, denn die sei auch die Beste. Am deutschen Wesen mag die Welt genesen oder so (Emanuel Geibel, 1815-1884), das kriegt man nicht aus den Deutschen raus. Aber wenigstens ärgert man sich bei der deutschsprachigen Wikipedia, ohne auch noch dafür zu bezahlen.

Ich hab auch den Verdacht, dass die (wir, ohgottogott) das an die US-Amerikaner weitergegeben haben. Immerhin erzählt mir fast jeder Amerikaner, er sei zu einem Viertel deutsch.

“Haben wir gelacht” ist übrigens auch eine Textzeile aus einem Lied von Rio Reiser (1950-1996).

Tibia: Bearlightning

The Tibia “world quest” Lightbearer Event started on November 11, 2010, and ended on November 15. 29 servers succeeded. Amoung them Harmonia and Magera. It was the second time this event was held, for me it was the first time though. Many people didn’t sleep for 4 days, and yes, that’s not really cool. On Harmonia it was organised by Zinina, Fidelie and Arthur-Mystic Archer.

On the first day someone noticed, that the schedule was wrong. There was a gap of one hour in the middle of the night. On the second night I did the gap run, it was a “full run”, which means I was supposed to light all basins. I missed the first basin because the time had changed while I was off and I have no telepathic connection to the Tibia forum. Luckily Korgue had lit the first basin. I asked Silouette (level 168 elite knight), if she could help me and she ran with me. Without her I’d been dead at the first basin.

Getting the achievement Keeper of the flame at the basin on Goroma.

A full run started in Yalahar at the hellspawns, continued on Goroma, Tarpit Tomb, Hellgate, the prison of Kazordoon, the single demon spawn in the hero cave in Edron, Formogar Glacier, Drefia, the Plains of Havoc and ended in the Forbidden Lands. In the Plains of Havoc we met Zendilione, who was a big help there.

Mignight warriors spawned when I lit the basin.

I didn’t light all basins on that official run, because some were just lit by random highlevels that held a constant procession from basin to basin. I waited till the last night, in which my ingame daughter Hase (now level 101 elder druid) did a full run. And somehow I managed to get me killed with the help of 7 duskbringers at the hellspawn basin.

Hase at the basin in Yalahar. Hugi Bugi, Sir de Bil and Ilumo are friends of mine/ours.

Treplonic Thunderheart was camping in the Forbidden Lands, which was good for the runners, because he killed the mobs around and good for himself, because he could get some midnight shards that way.

Last basin in the Forbidden Lands.

Here I get the statue as a reward. On the left you can see Fidelie, one of the organisers of the event on Harmonia.

After the event Hase’s comment on forum was: “next year we will light all the bears again! because we are the bearlighters!”

Tibia: Banshees ban and postmen post

Badn and me prepared a banshee quest in Tibia. I had already done that quest years ago, lost most of my maps and so on. When we checked the magic walls at the entrance, the area was free of “esteemed newcomers”. That was different yesterday evening, when we actually did the quest. It starts in Ghostland, an area west of Carlin. The magic walls at the entrance of the quest can be removed with two levers. If someone steps on a certain tile in the cave, the walls close again. And closing the walls is one of the favourate leisure activities of those above mentioned esteemed newcomers.

One small step for Badn

One huge leap for... at least Badn has no inferiority complex.

We did the banshee quest with many players. It was a pain. Katie Iceheart and Luna Bonita died. Katie couldn’t come back because he had disturbed the monks upstairs on the Isle of Kings once. The rest finished the quest without further problems (confusion and impatience don’t count as further problems). We had the usual person-that-doesn’t-understand with us. I think you got to have one on every bigger quest.

I am very proud of my noobknight Blaismera. She did the postman quest all on her own, even the mission in Mintwallin (Invisibility for the win). She advanced from level 26 to level 27 in Mintwallin and got magic level 4 there. Minotaurs are nice.

Typona is the Tibian goddess of typos. Blaismera found a book of one of her followers in the Tibia Postal Service Headquarters. He must have dropped it there, it was lying on the floor.

Uhgly bonelord stollen ki. Typona must have been very excited about this.

Blaismera advances. Here you can see her equipment too. I got to admit, she is well dressed for a level 26/27.

A letter from his Moohmy

Blaismera becomes Archpostman.