Hoggle posted on the Sentinel some great selections from the Stripgenerator comic strips he and other clanners (including Daimoth, Largo, Gorvin, Skirwan, Reckinyards, and Batkat) were creating some years ago.
Later in the thread, Hoggle supplies links to the collections and wonders if there might be more out there to find...
Some of us gathered in the Fairgrounds last night to discuss recent concerns.
A transcription, Fishwrap-style, is included below.MORE...
Chaos Storm #1042 has swept the Lok'Groton island chain. Please post any changes you have observed and wish to share with others in the comments. If you don't want to read possible spoilers, please do not read any further!
Delta Tao's "What's New" for v1042:
But now the days grow short
I’m in the autumn of the year
And now I think of my life as vintage wine
From fine old kegs
From the brim to the dregs
And it poured sweet and clear
It was a very good year.
— Ervin Drake (1919–2015)
* No significant changes this version.
* No crashes in 1,693 days, and counting. (A record!)
* Today marks the 1042nd week of the game’s existence, more or less. This means that Clan Lord has been up and running, almost continuously, for just over 20 years. Happy anniversary to us!
However... as you will have noticed, the Account Portal has been out of order for some months now. Unfortunately, we’ve concluded that, for reasons of time and resources, we are unable to revive it. This means it’s basically impossible to sign up new players, or for existing ones to modify their accounts, add new character slots, transfer characters, etc.
Moreover, we have to recognize the writing on the wall for our current Mac and Windows client apps. Both are technologically out-of-date by decades, not just years. We’ve nursed them along as much as we could, but without drastic rewrites they’re not likely to survive more than, say, 12–18 months.
Even if we had the time, skill, and resources to rewrite the clients (not to mention our associated internal world-building tools), we’re still stuck with game assets — primarily artwork and sounds — that, although they may have been acceptable or even ambitious back in the late 1990’s, are nowadays woefully inadequate. They would all have to be redone, from scratch, to look and work reasonably decently on modern hardware.
Finally, even the least observant of players will have noticed that the pace of world enhancements has lately slowed to a trickle. Many of the volunteer GMs and their helpers and the artists and contributors who had put so much time and effort into the Clan Lord world over these last 20 years or so, are now inactive. Without their enthusiastic participation, the game world stagnates.
We have enormous gratitude to all our dedicated players and wonderful collaborators. We’re interested in your thoughts; we’ve started a discussion on the Sentinel, where together we can work out the future of Clan Lord.
A chat tonight with Pengy
Tas Furfoot sent the following report to TMN:
Taryn hunt in Village. But we were fighter 'lite' but healer heavy (like more than 4... maybe 6? I forget!) even hadda Mystic with us, a REAL one as Connie would have put it (Drabby). I had nice things to say to SunBlaze's custume! We died lots, and Taryn delegated and made me a rod! For a while that worked pretty well, except I can't rod more than 2 things at once and we got 3+ things sometimes . . . then it went to pieces . . . kinda. We got most folks out except those who needed to leave earlier.
Same hunt: waiting patiently to rescue... Chmee, Tas, and DC next to portal to Village in east town:
Tas Furfoot sent the following report to TMN:
There was a notice of a raffle taking place during Zombie Nite. Here are some pics. I helped Coldy keep track of what he was giving away. I got a keg of black beer which I shared with everyone afterwards (and falling to it, of course). It worked out great; everyone got something. Just enough folks and stuff to give away. Ok ok, I'm not sure Shadowmutt got anything....
Tas Furfoot sent the following report to TMN:
Lori, kinda, dared Connie to do a depart hunt cause Lori said to Connie, "I've never departed on your hunts.' So Connie took that as a dare. Yup, we departed by going to Ash Town. Then we went to Metz. And I found a new costume. Sorry no photos of departsville with Lori. SO i can't PROVE we did it . . . well, maybe in the logs . . . so this is us headed to Metz Forest. Two BBers, a ranger, Connie, and Lori and Tas. What could go wrong? We survived!
K'vynn sent the following report to TMN:
So, Killian posted on Koppi (and Connie let me know) that if i moved the portal to CD he'd pay me 40k. Connie mentioned a commission, i didn't pay too much attention to that . . . Well, that's hard for any poor mystic to resist you know. Although, I'd been happy to move it back if paid to do so. And from what Connie told me, some groups are able to make the entire trek back to village through the Mountain, so I didn't feel too terrible about taking the money. A poor mystic has his research to do and stuff.
I finally managed to catch up with Killian; unfortunately, but maybe fortunately, Connie were misreading when to do what I needed her to do (yup, she were helping) . . . maybe I should have given her some moonshine or something . . . maybe it was cause she didn't get her cut first . . . I were thinking I'd pay her her cut after we did it . . . anyhow, long story short, I broked my stone and thus lost my mark to CD. Porting is easy. Timing is hard for a semi-sober-drunk dorf. Of course, she'll say it's all my fault and I'm not a REAL mystic, but that's OK.
So, fortunately I have a spare--but the portal remains and I was kind enough to give Killian most of his money back.
I was a bit tired from being in the library so long anyway and then there was some excitement east of town--from East Field. I scanned a few times and decided after one BBQ bolt event and Xenos repeatedly asking me where Mork was while I was fallen--I decided if i were going to find Mork, I'd need to get paid. I thought 100c was reasonable. Well, that didn't go over well, I'd have to pay for his healer services from now on if I did that or something to that tune, 500c or something. Which is fine, I'm useless anyway, right? And Stora's free, just give him a beer now and then. Besides, I was sure Mork would be fine, he always comes back up on his 4 blue hooves . . . er . . . feet. I was too tired to remain, but here was one of my scans from the safety behind the east town pf.
Hoping to get out a little more often, but timing just hasn't been good for me lately.
Milk! Kudos to ThoomCare, that old fishwrap, for still posting stories. Enjoying Connie's adventures. Would like to see Misadventure post some!!! (Open Hands).
Hope the late night party survived the orga and weren't ported and spitted and eaten in OV.
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Connie Crete sent the following report to TMN:
Here's what did and didn't happen...
Our small mosey were jest askin ta git kilt. Also both Lorikeet and Fiona hates DTN with a purple passion o a thousand blazin suns so dont go when they comes outta politeness.
Got ta DTN1 and cleared it. I raised up Umbutch what that allays makes tha spawn happens. Seems tha fighterhealermystic subclass kin repeatedly raise her.
Then Prae falled causn he's got so lil higgy and healed him up.
What did happen I dont got pitchers fer. Basic . . . mowed through dtn1 and 2. Got cocky in 3 at tha 3/4 boundary. Departed. Went back fer round 2 and lured more o town. Got ta tha 3/4 boundary agin. Pressed inta 4. Died. Town rescued. Almost kilt town. Bah. Pesky hard ta keel town. Recovered. Played around until time. Came home. I were ultimately foiled in my quest ta depart alla town. Mebbe next time.
I'ma still workin on takin pitchers while fightin and there be sumthn bein said or a live critter in tha shot. Ya gotta suffer through my shaky camera handlin.
Crius yells, "It’s 4 o’clock, and all’s well."
Stora has fallen to loneliness in Puddleby.
Our last two moseys was ta Ash. Since tha pepples on tha first mosey wasnt around fer tha second one, nobudy new we went ta tha same place twice inna row. Tha first mosey were jest fer darshak doggies. I tried ta keep healin Manj while Warp rodded and Tas healed him. I thinks we made it through 50 doggies or 2 snells dependin on how ya counts.
Then tha next mosey, had a slightly bigger group and figgured we could attack Ash City. Nippy volunteered ta be tha token ranger. Kyvnn came slummin agin even though his usual new best friends werent around.
As were standard we made it ta barrels first ta git tha retreat cleared. Then were ditherin over visitn Fluffy or goin ta houses and boats. Hah! like there's ever any question on visitn Fluffy or not.
I tried ta git a good pitcher o tha temple, but cut off o tha disco horns causn is a big buildin.
We made it inside and started takin tha second floor but had ta retreat. Nippy went through mustabeen 50 chains ta git us back ta town. After clairbreak, we went back causn Garrick and Onashi wasnt on tha chainride home.
We got there and visited with Fluffy. She were super excited ta see us. After jumpin up and visitn with everyone, she were tuckered out and tooked a nap.
We came home and a good time were had by all.
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Connie Crete sent to TMN the following report:
I knows its been a while since tha last report. I gits distracted bashin and dont do so good with tha reportin pitcher takin.
Our mosey tooked us ta tha rainforest. We sumhow ended up with nearbout everybudy (Stora dont git outta town much). While technical, were (not we're fer ya grammarians) strong enough fer bigger things, is more a case o "Where aint we been inna while?". Also, didnt wanna scare Lorikeet too bad (everybudy else has internalized my plans fer keelin alla town - she jest knows innellectually) . First (tha gray pitcher) we did tha pit dive - because no one in their right mind would do a pit dive rather than go tha long way through gloamins. Then, ta keep pepples on their toes, we charged tha yorilla camp.
Tha handy thing about champeens is they gots tha ability ta brick on demand. Xrak came along causn he felt bad that we dont got no token ranger. Honest what does better is more bb'ers causn then less likely ta git bored healers. Is tha conditionin aginst red I think.
We dropped Abox off in tha water ta git home at Clairbreak and perceeded on our way. Tha grand plan were ta git ta Tepui. Thing is, um, I dunno my way around tha RF after tha Tree o Patience. It's all a big ol blur. So anyway, we were workin our way toward Tepui but got distracted by a web place that I honest aint never been. So we saw that and I were sightseein rather'n takin pichers. Then there were a secret (ta no one but me) lil tunnel that I aint never been so were sightseein rather'n takin pitchers. And then we were at Tepui. Had a grand ol time and realized we didnt got no vine ta git out tha south door. So we EPS'd home.
Fer future mobs: tha bigger ya gits tha more likely I'll be keelin ya at book2 or OS (goin tha long way through DP because I dont trust tha "its jest 3 EPS snells" route and ta keel time). These threats is gonna happen spontanious so's no point in plannin. Jest lookout anytime I has 4-5 healers and a big ol op mob. Lil op mobs is jest fer slates and Serra and RF.
Schedulin goes: (7-9 Lori time) Tues: DM/FB mosey - and stays close-ish ta town untl ifn any o DM that shows up at half past wants ta join so not so big or adventurous. Usual small causn ongoin other moseys which be way better, safer and more better larnin fer time spent. Fri: Biggest mosey o tha week fer us causn few concurrent moseys. Sun: small-tiny moseys fer mostly coinin or "where aint we been in tha last 6 git tagithers that nobudy's hunted recent.. ok, Snaggy agin"
*Disclaimer: We is technical an invite only group. But we'll invite anybudy that wants ta come. Big Huge Problem: Ima actively tryin ta keel tha party and cause a depart. Also retreatin be dun mostly when one healer's left standin what happens ta have a chain. This aint fer tha faint o heart. Nor be it fer tha departophobes.
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Tas Furrfoot sent the following report to TMN:
We've been missing Connie cause she's stuck on top of a bookcase in the library for the last couple of hunts for nearly a week now and her interwebs are all wonky; but, FB and FB/DM hunts continue and been either kidnapped by or kidnapped folks anyhows and we still go out and have some fun.
Last night we took a shot from southern? estuary (entering from savanah/dunes) after Manj and Manqy and I kidnapped Abox and eventually Mork for some fun and falling. Shaky bailed us out a few times, but in all we had some fun and missed Connie so we took a picture to share with her and thought it'd be cool to send ya a report that we're thinking of her and everyone else around that area.
We know Connie's bookshelf is drip dry, but the library around her gots some water she's waiting for it to recede so she can wade out to the nearby store and get more beer 'n and we hopes anyone else flooded or damaged in the library is doing OK. Missing Fiona, hope she's OK - I think we last saw her on Tuesday. Dunno who else, hope they're ok... keeping them in our thoughts.
Our best from Falinea's Blade and Dwarven Militia to all those affected by that nasty library storm.
P.S. Yup, Tas sees a PF, he has to take it. So we pf'd our way through! Huzzah! Unfortunately, we didn't find Mork any dispatches, we kidnapped him late and Tas was having so much fun he almost forgot to take a beer break. *gasp*
P.P.S. Connie from the library is asking after Shiner and Kaitlyn if they're OK too.
Beer 'n Cookies,
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Coldy sent the following report to TMN:
I am writing to report that Puddleby's bath house is now offering flea killing powder in their baths to combat a certain blue fen's "killer" fleas.
For everyone's safety, I would encourage all who have been near him recently to take a bath with this powder!
Coldy, (a blue fen...)