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Vessel Vent: All aboard!

Ah, the shiny clean landscape of a new year.  I like making the first blog post of the year.  It's a little like making a big pink bunny-shaped footprint in an expanse of fresh snow.

I hope that everybody's years' ends went well; I had a lovely time visiting family, though a 24.4 dial-up connection prevented me from keeping up on a lot of the forums and, well, from seeing much of anything online at all.  Ha!

To start the year off and mark the noel on a nautical note, I thought I'd write up a Top 5 list about some vessel-related things that people might not realize about oceanmasters.

#1: Since people report bugs and things of that nature to us, we have a small collection of bugged ships in the Dread Ringers crew.  For example, there's a war brig that has two deeds, a few ships that are eternally stuck in sea battle, and one with an invisible hold.  I fondly remember one vessel that showed folks' names on board even after they'd left and logged off.  The ships normally don't stay bugged forever, but they're a lot of fun to have around.

#2: I know that a lot of folks wish that oceanmasters didn't stand on their vessels and stood about on islands instead to socialize, but there's a reason for our ships that many people might not know about: the typical oceanmaster ship is a platform on which he can place every game table, a tournament board, and other pieces of furniture that might be needed while on shift.

For example, I might get a petition that somebody is doing something suspicious in a Spades game.  On board a vessel it takes much less time to click on a nearby Spades table to check the game than it would to walk into an inn.  A ship is also a handy place to test possible furniture or clothing color bugs, in a setting that won't cause a spectacle or ruin a surprise for people, or to store event prizes so that other oceanmasters can retrieve them when it's time to give them out.

#3: El Pollo Diablo looks like and is a normal grand frigate, except there are a hundred and fifty skellies on the main deck, standing perfectly still.  The hold is empty, or at least it was until some wise guy put 1,337 pieces of eight in it.

#4: Oceanmasters can whisk aboard any ship, but only by its name.  If there are five Arrogant Guppy ships on an ocean, we can jump to the Arrogant Guppy, but we'll go to a random one, so there's no guarantee we'll hit the right ship.  We have to be careful when doing ship renames, especially when there are multiple ships with the same name in the same crew, or two ships with the same name in two different crews but ported at the same island.  That's the reason that we ask folks to specify the ship type, the crew the ship belongs to and the island at which the ship is ported in the renaming petition.  That's also why we ask for a list of ships in cases of theft- without the names of the vessels, we cannot board them and check the holds or refund them.

If you've ever been out innocently sailing and an oceanmaster appeared on your ship, looked embarassed and said, "Oops. Wrong ship." before disappearing, that's most likely what happened.

#5. Our ships look just like yours.  We too have the choices of sloop, cutter, merchant brig, war brig, etc.  We cannot make custom two-man dinghies with sixteen guns or anything like that.  So for those folks that are always asking me what oceanmaster ships look like, the answer is: probably worse than yours.  Take a normal, unpainted ship, remove most of the props, and dump a bunch of game tables in a circle around the boarding point, and you have a typical Hypnos ship.  She ain't pretty, but she helps me get the job done.

Comments:

Posted by Dewei

No Picture this time, pooh. Other then that, a fairly good overveiw of about vessels.

January 03, 2007 at 03:50 PM PST | permalink

Posted by Ruddigore

"We cannot make custom two-man dinghies with sixteen guns or anything like that."

But you can convert innocent-looking furniture and props into duty stations, as was done for the bake-off ships? Or were those custom-rigged by the developers?

January 03, 2007 at 03:53 PM PST | permalink

Posted by Darkaardvark

Forgive me if I'm missing something, but wouldn't it be a bit more efficient for you guys to have a parlor table placed on your ships instead of every separate game tables? Or is impossible to magick those things up?

January 03, 2007 at 04:10 PM PST | permalink

Posted by Kinocha

Hmm, well that explains why I get so many OM visits on my Secret Garden (Espesially Demeter, and she even leaves in battle) Most OM's I se during a /who is onboard Secret

January 04, 2007 at 08:34 AM PST | permalink

Posted by Hypnos

Props can be given functions, like the duty stations on the bake-off ships, but that's admin-only and we require help from developers.

And nay, we can't magick up the parlor tables. Alas!

January 04, 2007 at 10:47 AM PST | permalink

Posted by Dyslexic Q-Thief

"#3: El Pollo Diablo looks like and is a normal grand frigate, except there are a hundred and fifty skellies on the main deck, standing perfectly still. The hold is empty, or at least it was until some wise guy put 1,337 pieces of eight in it."

So on ships with brigand kings, do they actually have bodies, or are they just swabbies with a funny name and a diffrent face in swordfights?

January 04, 2007 at 12:37 PM PST | permalink

Posted by Shirato

I was waiting for this! I was afraid I had to come poke you about it again. *winks*

Love,
that guy from Hunter.

January 04, 2007 at 02:49 PM PST | permalink

Posted by Rubis

Hey Hypnos! I hope you liked the plush =b

January 04, 2007 at 06:03 PM PST | permalink

Posted by Pichu0102

"#3: El Pollo Diablo looks like and is a normal grand frigate, except there are a hundred and fifty skellies on the main deck, standing perfectly still. The hold is empty, or at least it was until some wise guy put 1,337 pieces of eight in it."

Did an oceanmaster do that, or did someone who glitched onboard?

January 04, 2007 at 06:28 PM PST | permalink

Posted by Altaria

I know that a lot of folks wish that oceanmasters didn't stand on their vessels and stood about on islands instead to socialize, but there's a reason for our ships that many people might not know about: the typical oceanmaster ship is a platform on which he can place every game table, a tournament board, and other pieces of furniture that might be needed while on shift.


So.. Why cant you just hang around at the Inn and you can socialize at the same time?
Sounds logical to me!

January 05, 2007 at 09:26 AM PST | permalink

Posted by Iamdaking@viridianocean

hypnos, just to ask, how did "some wiseguy" get on el pollo diablo?

January 05, 2007 at 10:34 AM PST | permalink

Posted by Piplicus

"hypnos, just to ask, how did "some wiseguy" get on el pollo diablo?"

See #4. Hypnos already answered that.

January 05, 2007 at 04:45 PM PST | permalink

Posted by Supersnailie

Good times...I'm sure :o)

January 06, 2007 at 01:11 AM PST | permalink

Posted by Laurel

"Our ships look just like yours. We too have the choices of sloop, cutter, merchant brig, war brig, etc. We cannot make custom two-man dinghies"

Pity that, because I think it'd be cool if ya had an old JUNK to sail around!!!

January 06, 2007 at 08:02 PM PST | permalink

Posted by Oceanus

I have absolutely no idea who that "wise guy" might have been. No idea whatsoever...

January 07, 2007 at 09:30 PM PST | permalink

Posted by Bisquick

I agree with Dewei...I like the visual aid here. :D I think a screen shot of the deck of the Black Ship would have been fun. A screen shot of the typical Hypnos ship would have been fun, too.

January 07, 2007 at 11:20 PM PST | permalink

Posted by Hypnos

The wise guy was some oceanmaster or other. >_>

Haha, screenshots are a good idea. I will try to post some next week.

January 08, 2007 at 03:47 PM PST | permalink

Posted by Supersnailie

I have to say Hypnos, it truly was a delight having you hop on the navy boat with me, Belle, and Theta on our quest BACK to Papaya from Remora...and thanks for answering the bot questions...those really were on my mind for awhile...I wonder, when an OM requests bot(s) on their ship are they the same bots we get, or bots named after certain pirates ;o) Ever thought of having a competition where we make an OM boat...i mean you kind of already told us all you needed...but maybe "pirate" it out for you guys?

January 09, 2007 at 11:12 PM PST | permalink

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