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Post  Ragdoll_Knight on Mon Nov 15, 2010 10:50 am

I'm sure there's not a mage around here that hasn't spent an entire hour IG hunting through bookshelves for exp while the server is empty, I know I have, and let me tell you, finally finding one of those books and having it be a blank Generic Tome is slightly unsatisfying. I mean, you pass a spot DC of at least 15 (pretty high for a level 4 wizard lol) and not only do you get trash, but you have nothing to read while you search for more. Now, I think we can fix this pretty easily, after all we already have so much material for books, we could have 5 very easily and that's just from races, like a History of the Dwarves, which would containcommon knowledge about their kingdom, their lands, important events, etc. Even more if we start adding Lore about creatures, like dragons, or adding books that are about myths and legends, which can be used to say "vampires and werewolves aren't real" or "go here to find some ruins"
Even books about the city would be cool, travel guides and such, not just "these are the shops and the baths" but also "this is where the current Lord of Dohral was born" or such things that would help make the gameworld more 'real'
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Post  Ragdoll_Knight on Mon Nov 15, 2010 11:02 am

Tomes about each School could be made, like Karl's Compendium of Conjuration, which players could read to learn about applications of each, like binding an fire elemental to a torch or lantern to create an unending flame. (Just an example, but I think this is a handy idea, could be done with a bag of capture, a lantern/torch, and a research desk)
Or Earl's Illumination of Illusion, which could reveal a component for an illusion school custom spell. Twisted Evil
And Advanced Enchanting, which describes how the Wand/Magic Staff making works
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Post  Eriniel on Tue Nov 16, 2010 5:26 am

Books, yes we need books...

Books can be added via Log Book system (that fresh logbook you get on entry)

Or DMs can add by just copying text to the Description of a Book item.



Either of these can be easily added to the random book system to replace those generic books. (Text files can be added too but not sure how we'll collect them.)

Secrets can be hidden within books dependent on class,level,skill,language,race, etc...
Spells, Prays, Recipes, etc can also be attached to be added into the player's spell book.

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Post  Ragdoll_Knight on Tue Nov 16, 2010 8:06 am

So I can just write some books, DM style, and they'll be added into the system automatically? Or do they still need to be replaced via toolset?

Also, how would I go about adding secrets?
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Post  GM_ODA on Tue Nov 16, 2010 8:35 am

We very much want books. From the start, however, I did not want all those books "written in a single voice" - hence I've held off on creating a great deal of them myself to date.

For those interested in writing such works, I have a general timeline to follow (or at least avoid colliding with) and a world map - just PM me.

That said, YES - DMs can create books in game and they can be made part of the treasure system with ease, thanks to another fine Eriniel design feature (or two). king

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Post  eve_of_disaster on Tue Nov 16, 2010 12:16 pm

Wait.. If I write in my logbook, books with my story can start spawning randomly in shelves around AR? o.O
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Post  Eriniel on Tue Nov 16, 2010 6:00 pm

Yes if the logbook or DM made book is placed into a special container it gets added to the Random Book item's database of choices.

These books can turn up anywhere, there are only two book in the random book list at the moment, you will probably have run across 'Puff the Dragon' and 'Bane's guide to Werewolf slaying'


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Post  eve_of_disaster on Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:02 pm

Eriniel wrote:Yes if the logbook or DM made book is placed into a special container it gets added to the Random Book item's database of choices.

These books can turn up anywhere, there are only two book in the random book list at the moment, you will probably have run across 'Puff the Dragon' and 'Bane's guide to Werewolf slaying'

What special container?
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Post  Ragdoll_Knight on Wed Nov 17, 2010 7:50 am

Is the database cleared at reset/update or is it permanent?
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Post  Eriniel on Wed Nov 17, 2010 8:48 am

permanent

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Re: Books and Lore

Post  GM_ODA on Tue Jan 27, 2015 4:40 pm

BUMPITY BUMP BUMP!

THIS IS WHY YOUR PCS SHOULD BE WRITING IN YOUR LOG BOOKS!!! YOUR stories could be the stuff of legend!


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Post  Hacatsu on Tue Jan 27, 2015 8:39 pm

With one of my PC's, I've been writing detailed information about different creatures in the region. There should be a place where you could store those books permanently.

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Post  Elgate on Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:18 am

One of my characters is writing travel guides and the like- but the library doesn't work at the moment, I don't think?
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