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Subject:Booyah!
Time:12:39 pm
In local news, I'm even greater than I thought I was!
I have set up a WoW private server on the House of Stout LAN at our place. It runs TBC with the most recent patch (2.1.3). It seems to run well, and I haven't found any huge bugs with it (I was able to fix the problem with no quests showing up). It took me about 5 or 6 hours to get everything set up, but I'm pretty happy with the results. I have full control over the database in theory, but I don't really know my way around it yet. There is a config file that comes with the program I'm running that lets me change a few things, such as:
1. Changed all kill and quest exp to give 1.5x as much
2. Exploration exp gives 5x more (no more lousy exploration exp yay)
3. Drop rates for items and gold are 2x
4. It is a PvP server, but you should be able to make characters of both faction
5. Horde and Alliance can talk to each other, and MAY be able to join the same guild (not sure yet)
6. Reputation gains are increased to 5x as much (Screw you furbolgs!)
7. Haven't tested the mail system yet, but items sent in mail should take 1 sec instead of an hour
There have been some small issues, such as Tass's imp going HOSS on enemies instead of using fireballs (imp melee attack, wtf?), and level 1 and 2 enemies doing drastically reduced damage, but aside from that everything looks fine.
I plan on setting the server up so that people outside the LAN can connect to it before too long, and it doesn't look like that should be too hard. The only other issue is that my computer has tended to freeze while playing WoW in the past, and if it does that now, the whole server goes down (since I'm running the server on my desktop). So, I might try to scavenge together a computer to run the server, Tass says he has some stuff lying around. It doesn't have to be too great, but I want to make sure it does suck too bad.
I'll let everyone know when I get it on the Internet, I imagine that there will be people that want to connect from outside our house (Brian, Dave, maybe Sean and Vlad sometime), let me know of you do NOT want to use it at all and if there is no demand I won't need to look into it.
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rail_the_mage
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Time:2007-09-01 06:38 pm (UTC)
Just in case there is some confusion, you do NOT have to have an account with Blizz to play on a private server. Yes, it's free, and yes, Blizz isn't too happy about it. All you need is WoW, TBC, and the current version 2.1.3. Once you install TBC you should have v2.0.0, and there are about 5 patches to get to 2.1.3 from there. You can get the updates from a website like filefront even if you don't have a WoW account. There are two textfiles that you have to set the IP address in to connect to a private server, if you want to try it, let me know.
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zexenshad
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Time:2007-09-01 08:54 pm (UTC)
Hrm.... I wanna try.
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rail_the_mage
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Time:2007-09-01 09:15 pm (UTC)
I'll let you know when I get it working over the internet, hopefully it'll be within the next couple days
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zexenshad
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Time:2007-09-01 09:59 pm (UTC)
Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeet. See you in Kansas!
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nearerprefect
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Time:2007-09-01 08:54 pm (UTC)
i'll donate my old 2100 to the cause, its not great, but it runs and the ethernet port works
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rail_the_mage
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Time:2007-09-01 09:18 pm (UTC)
Cool, I just need it to be able to run MySQL 5 and a few other things, .Net 2 would be nice also, but I can probably get it to run one way or another.
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rail_the_mage
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Time:2007-09-01 11:08 pm (UTC)
Ok, it looks like everything should be working for non-LAN people to connect, Shane just logged in fine. So, if anyone is interested in playing on the server, just follow the instructions I posted above. I've made accounts for most people I could think of that might want to try it (username- Your name with a capitalized first letter, password- your name with a lowercase first letter), if you can't connect or it doesn't let you in just leave a message here or give me a call.
So far we have me- Darkova, Tass- Selessa (said he was gonna make a new char tho), Kyle- Ayabinoj, and Shane without a char yet. If you want you can put your char's name here, but to find other people while you're playing just do something like /who 1-70 and it'll show everyone logged on
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zexenshad
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Time:2007-09-01 11:12 pm (UTC)
I'm there with two characters (so far hahaha). Arks (Warlock) and Helios (Priest).
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raven_denlar
Subject:suggestion
Link:(Link)
Time:2007-09-02 06:58 am (UTC)
Maybe increase world and zone blue/epic drops by 10 to 50 times otherwise we're never going to see them with 10 people. And after all if we're going to have this thing we might as well get some of the fun toys.
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rail_the_mage
Subject:Re: suggestion
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Time:2007-09-02 07:10 am (UTC)
I'm gonna try to look into that, but I'm not quite sure how to do that yet. There is a config file that has some basic things like all drop rate % and such, but for specific rarities it looks like I'm gonna have to go into the database myself, and that'll take a bit.
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raven_denlar
Subject:Re: suggestion
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Time:2007-09-02 07:25 am (UTC)
also, 1.5x exp is nice, but that not even like free rested, also I'm lazy and jaded with leveling in the zones I've been in so much, maybe like triple exp? :). I don't know what you're going for here so maybe this doesn't fit in with your idea, but I'm lazy and thought I'd ask.
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rail_the_mage
Subject:Re: suggestion
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Time:2007-09-02 07:49 pm (UTC)
I bumped up the exp to 3x along with a couple other tweaks. I forgot to mention it above, but you can learn 4 main professions btw. I don't want to get to level 70 in a day, since I still enjoy leveling to a degree, but 1.5 wasn't too much different than normal as you can imagine. I also changed the talent point gain to 2 per level, I'm kinda debating whether or not to leave it there or at default, but it would be fun to have a lot of talents.
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rail_the_mage
Subject:Re: suggestion
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Time:2007-09-02 08:17 pm (UTC)
Ok, I just figured out how to change the drop rates on any item, the problem with world drops is that there isn't a set location for them to drop, they actually have the entry coded into to every mob that can drop them. However that doesn't pose a huge problem since you can change all the percentages at the same time. I can do it two ways though, if you really want a specific item (world drop or not) I can go in and make one creature have a 100% chance of dropping it, or if you just want a chance to get an item I can make all the creatures that drop it to have a set % chance of giving it up. I do have to do this with every item individually though, so just let me know which ones grab your eye. Right now item drops in general have 3x their normal drop rates.
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rail_the_mage
Subject:Re: suggestion
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Time:2007-09-02 08:33 pm (UTC)
ok, changing again. After talking with kyle, I think 3 might be a bit too high. I'm thinking 2 or 2.5 max. Since we're horde, a lot of the quests are new and especially for BEs. Kyle is 16 already and says everything is really easy for him in the BE land, even elites, and he wants to do pretty much all the quests since it's a new faction for him.
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rail_the_mage
Subject:Re: suggestion
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Time:2007-09-02 08:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, and also, remember rested exp is only for kills, so double both kills and quest exp (not to mention the 5x exploration) is still a lot more than you'd ever get before.
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theqmachine
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Time:2007-09-02 08:10 pm (UTC)
I do have my old desktop that's just sitting around not being used and is still really stable so assuming that running the server isn't too intense you can just use that. You will probably want to have it hard wired into the network though.
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rail_the_mage
Link:(Link)
Time:2007-09-02 08:14 pm (UTC)
Oh neat, I didn't know it was fully functioning, that'd work pretty well probably.
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raven_denlar
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Time:2007-09-03 01:04 am (UTC)
increase resource drops ( maybe already done got nice copper drops from veins)
decrease craft time
make big cheap bags purchasable
make mounts/training cheap and lvl 1 allowed

more to come probably
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rail_the_mage
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Time:2007-09-03 08:37 am (UTC)
increase resource drops ( maybe already done got nice copper drops from veins)
-Already done for mining, done for skinning as noted below, herbalism
probably isn't increased at all right now
make big cheap bags purchasable
-All the vendor-sold bags should now cost 1c, I might work on adding bigger bags to vendors later if necessary

That's all I've done for now, I'll work on the rest later
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raven_denlar
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Time:2007-09-03 04:58 pm (UTC)
oh god thank you much, your bag mod has made life so much better
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rail_the_mage
Link:(Link)
Time:2007-09-03 08:44 pm (UTC)
All drops from herbs should have a min count of 3 now
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raven_denlar
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Time:2007-09-03 01:37 am (UTC)
update increased drop doesn't work for skinning
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raven_denlar
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Time:2007-09-03 01:38 am (UTC)
also, I probably would have come up today if you guys had told me you were doing stuff
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rail_the_mage
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Time:2007-09-03 07:58 am (UTC)
sorry, Kyle was the only one that remembered that we had said we were going to do something today, so it was kinda put together at the last moment
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rail_the_mage
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Time:2007-09-03 08:33 am (UTC)
I set the min drop rate on all skinning items to 3 (most were set to 1) and any item that can be gotten from skinning now has a min 20% drop rate (will help out a lot on some of the rare tbc leathers)
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raven_denlar
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Time:2007-09-03 11:26 pm (UTC)
I think I've only been getting 2, is the max different as well?
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raven_denlar
Subject:NPC spells?
Link:(Link)
Time:2007-09-03 02:14 am (UTC)
why are the enemy casters meleeing me? enemy spells off?
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rail_the_mage
Subject:Re: NPC spells?
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Time:2007-09-03 07:59 am (UTC)
I don't think I've run across anyone yet that was supposed to cast, it'll be weird if nobody casts anything, but I'll try to look into it
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raven_denlar
Subject:Re: NPC spells?
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Time:2007-09-03 05:13 pm (UTC)
does tass's imp still go melee things?
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rail_the_mage
Subject:Re: NPC spells?
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Time:2007-09-03 08:08 pm (UTC)
yeah
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rail_the_mage
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Time:2007-09-03 07:56 am (UTC)
I got rid of the post with instructions on how to connect just in case, since I didn't want to have the IP address up here anymore. If you need help connecting or need the IP, let me know.
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rail_the_mage
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Time:2007-09-03 10:36 pm (UTC)
All the mounts should be free and have no requirements anymore.
Also, due to a mistake in one of my queries, all items in the game are now free and have no requirements... I might try to fix that sometime, but for now go nuts
Also, the bag vendors should have an 18 slot bag for free, but until the next server restart they will only have 2 at a time
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raven_denlar
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Time:2007-09-04 06:21 pm (UTC)
I decided to try the combine function on the warglaives, and now I don't have a left glaive and it won't let me buy a new one.
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