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   | The Olympia Times                                        issue g1-50 |
   | June 7, 1995                                                         |
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   | turn 50  191 players                                                 |

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Notice of rule changes: -----------------------

As of this turn, the following rule changes will be in effect:

1. The TELL order is gone. It was a late addition to G1 and was a mistake.

2. Speedcast won't reduce a spell's casting time below one day.

3. Speedcast will not work on the Trance spell.

4. Farcast spells which depend on the presence of a target in the destination province will use up the farcast regardless of whether the target is found. This parallels the way speeded casting now works.

5. Magic use of any kind is banned in the Imperial City safe haven. This parallels the no-building and no-combat ordinances.

6. SEEK is changed to have a 10% chance of finding a hidden noble per day (note that the week-long success rate is approximately the same as it is now).

The parameter to SEEK is optional. SEEK without specifying a target will seek for any hidden nobles. If the target noble is omitted, SEEK will have a 5% chance of finding any hidden nobles present.

7. Magical barriers can't be placed around buildings, only provinces or sublocations.

8. Control units are no longer be exempt from attacks in Hades or Faery.

9. Units which have health "n/a" require a hit of 50 points or more to kill instead of the current 1 point. This will not affect combat (i.e. attack), but rather TERRORIZE, Aura blasts, Lightning bolts, and other means of directly applying damage to a character.

10. RAZE must be executed by the owner of a structure.

Player-contributed press

Because of fear of unrest and a large influx of immigrants to a continent with low resources, visitors to DRUCARTAN are asked to procure a visa before entering the area. ****THIS INCLUDES THE "DRAGONRIDERS" :-)*****

If you want a visa, please send a message to John Sen[m6f], describing the nobles in the party, the size of the party, and the reason for visiting Drucartan. There is no fee, and requests will only be refused in rare ( i.e. I am bringing 2000 men (or dragons) to kill all nobles ) circumstances.

ANNOUNCEMENT: ==============

The Sen Clan would like to speak to any factions living on the island north of central Drucartan

-- The Sen Clan [di4]

Call me Ishmael. Some years ago--never mind how long precisely--having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen, and regulating the circulation. Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off--then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.

-- Phaze Shifters [gk7]

Illustrated man! My mail is unable to get to you! Please send me my map! at, 2811 Verano Place Irvine, CA 92715 :)

-- Circle of Hope [lp3]

The Isle of Pallia is claimed by the Jade Lotus Society and Trees R Us. Please notify us prior to landing, so that no unfortunate misunderstandings occur.

Quetal (y7k)

-- Jade Lotus Society [va5]

---------------------------------------- S. CAMARIS Update: PEACE RULES! ----------------------------------------

The Alliance of the New Moon has kept their promise, and have reinstated us in the castle here. We look forward to working with them in the future. Now we've got to replace all those garrisons we just zapped!

-- The Crazy Quilters [vn7]

Desert Invaders Strike Rimmon! Details Next Issue!

-- Captain Tarkus [c1s]

I be sailing South fer now. Thar are waters to me liken down that a way. Any wants to go?

-- Claw Tradewinds [m1b]

Pilgrims Aid Society

Does anyone know which city buys licorice or jade statues? I seem to have large quantities on hand.

-- Akmall Benhalla [p3p]

Arr, back to the open sea! Queenside is a beautiful place (or so Grimly tells me), but I'm not a man who likes to be cramped up in a stone box!

We're heading north, ever north. The sailors are nervous, I can tell. Between the legends of falling off the end of the world, and rumors of great mountains of ice, we'll have to watch for mutiny.

-- Farseeker [q7b]


Visitors are welcome to the area controlled by the Cohorts of Colossus [vo4], as long as they obtain travel permits first. Not all requests will be granted. The affected area includes the land provinces bounded by bx25 and bz27, and the province by24.

To avoid possible misunderstandings, do not enter this area without a permit, nor collect resources without express permission. Violators of this policy may be subject to arrest.

I only rarely refuse reasonable requests, and then only because I've already granted my quota.

This policy helps ensure the security of all nobles within these lands. If you are interested in a franchise on collecting resources in one of these provinces, please contact me. I have friendly arrangements with several factions along these lines.

-- Sheriff Pelenth of Gentlewind [f3i]

This is monthly notice if you wish to visit the environs of Cycarth and Redwine please be courteous enough to let m9l know (you can reach him at heyman@camis.stanford.edu. I do not currently plan to restrict access, but would like to know who is wandering around in my front yard. I would especially like to know if you plan on using any of the natural rsources (peasants, wood, and the like) in the provinces bt25 bt26 bt27 bu25 bu26 bu27 bv25 bv26 bv27 bw25 bw26 and bw27.

-- Darkman [m9l]

The Olympia Atlas is accepting contributions, and is available for download! Be the first to contribute information for unexplored lands (Faery).

In the tradition of Oleg's Map (tm), the Atlas is a compilation of geographical information useful for explorers, traders, and adventurers. Best of all, it's absolutely free!

To contribute to the Atlas, simply send turn excerpts (cut out all the incriminating parts) that contain the following information:

o) Mapping data (region & route info) o) City market reports o) City skills lists o) Inner locations

and send it to sx6@g1.pbm.com. We'll include it into the next version of the Atlas.

The Atlas is available by ftp from your nearest PBM ftp site (ftp.erg.sri.com in the USA, check the PBM FAQ for other sites), in the directory /pub/pbm/olympia, as atlas.X, where X is the turn of the last update.

The Atlas is also available on the PBMGames forum on CompuServe, in the fantasy games section, as atlas.oly.

Brought to you by the Skulking Vermin (sx6)

Note!! Due to Real-Life (tm) commitments, the Atlas will be appearing irregularly, as I have time to assemble contributions.

-- Sludge [x0o]

I am still looking to buy 2 winged horses in the imperial city I will pay 400 each for them or I will make a ship to order.

-- Joao Ferreira de Alimeida [f0w]

I would like to thank pubically the Companions of Caerleon & the Iron Nation for the generous aid they recently gave to me. I know little of the AOO/IN war, as that was before my time. But from my own experience I can say that these gentlemen are a most noble & goodly sort. That they went out of their way to help strangers in distress speaks well of their honor.

-- Manescent [g0y]


The Brotherhood of Ormos claims the city of Avalon [ao0k] and all lands and resources inside the boundary of [bp05]-[bp08]-[br06] -[br09] inclusive, as its sole and lawful demense. Those wishing to visit Ormos are required to request a visa and await clearance before attempting to make landfall. All unauthorized visitors are unwelcome and looked upon with extreme prejudice. Captains needing to make landfall at Avalon for emergency repairs will not be molested, but are still required to contact me for a visa.

-- Pelinore Dragonslayer [p4s]

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The First Bank of Provinia has offices in some of the major cities

on the continent of Provinia. The FBoP offers the following facilities.

o Excellent Interest Rates on Bank Accounts. o A Fast and Efficient Courier Service. o Special offers for New Olympia Players. o Money Transfers. o Short and Long Term Loans. o Insurance Policies. o Pawn Broking Service.

Call in at your local branch for further details.

-- First Bank of Provinia [y6v]

"In the future would AOO sympathizers please tell us when you are given a castle by the AOO to avoid these sorts of mix- ups?"

Right, and once you've done that, the Gauls have some really nice land you might be interested in down in Summerbridge.

For the record, the Gauls captured the castle of the Nameless Ones, stole their money from the turn, took stuff from the garrison, and left a rude bunch of about 100 savages as houseguests in the castle. Boy, if that's a clerical error, I'd hate to think what might happen if they actually didn't like you. Not a shred of compensation for the Nameless Ones either. And they call the AOO bandits. Sheesh!

-- Taira Yoshinawa [t6k]

I will soon be in the IC selling weapons and wood. Place your orders now. longbows at 45 gold each pikes at 6 gold each wood at 7 gold each crossbows at 7 gold each Don't miss out. JORAALS WEAPON SHACK.

-- Joraal [j4h]

A Concerned Olympian rumors: > What's this stuff about some B A killing off one noble a turn? Sure one > can use aurablast, but you'll have to use a hellofalot of magic points to > get anywhere close to killing people, don't you?


-- Bastrestric ther Archymonaged [x9i]

There have been rumours of strange rumblings off the south coast of Rimmon. Some fear it is the rising of the dark city of black R'lyeh. They even say the Great Cthulhu will rise and stalk the land. The Sons systematically deny any involvement in any such activity and want all factions to know we just want to live in peace.

Azathoth, Leader of the Sons of Cthulhu

-- Azathoth [e2w]

If you're interested in North-Central Ossicus (roughly bu56 to bw64), you should contact me.

-- General Norc [z1a]


Wanted Dead:

Bastrestric ther Archymonaged

For continuing crimes against nobility, and for questioning in the untimely death of the dearly departed Miyuki-san.

Location reports should be placed in the Times


By the way, as if this wasnt obvious,


Just a friendly reminder...

Well, it's been relativel quiet, our lord hasn't actually managed to kill any more of our own nobles this month. He has, however, begun mumbling indistinct, disturbing notions concerning "exploration". This from the man who can't even plot a move from the town to the mine without killing someone! Needless to say, this is making the lads even more jumpy than usual.

Members of the exiled Caledonian royal family have been seen in the Imperial City. The current state of the once proud scions of the ancient lineage of Caledon should bring a tear to the eye of any sympathetic noble. Rumor has it that their leader, the former Highland Duke Kane of Dunsanain, is seeking to build, buy or find a roundship or a galley to transport he and his retainers to some unsettled part of Olympia. Anyone who has knowledge of where such an item can be found should contact Kane as soon as possible. The same goes for anyone who may wish to join him on his journey.

Elvis has left Tollus!

"So, you think of yourself as a Dragon Slayer? Beware what you wish for, boy, it might be true"

Error #42: Flying forces should beware of SAM sites Error #43: Never, never, never fly to sea, and then move... Error #44: Remember that flying forces fly only 2 feet off the ground. This means that you are not safe from rat packs (etc.) while airborne (either that, or they have great AA)

Worried factions want to know! what can we do to keep our magi safe from the arch-twit of the Chateau? Experienced gamers! don't leave us in the lurch: publish your knowledge so the AOO won't have any easy targets!

rumor has it that chateau olympique is vulnerable to a massed surprise attack from across the sea via the IC. concentration of aoo dragons at the foul keep would seem to add verisimilitude - or else confirm aoo paranoia. then again, it's only a rumor...

Madness takes its toll. Please have exact change.

Clifford's City Market Database: 117 city market reports and growing. Send in a city market report not yet in the database and for EACH report, you will receive a report each week on the commodity of your choice. For further info, write to w4t@g1.pbm.com.

And the cold rains came, And the serpent was still, And the hot rains came, And the serpent was still, And the men though it safe to trod the land again And then the rains stopped.

Come to Fangorn Tavern and have a drink that will keep you green and growing. Harooom! - Treebeard, proprietor

Even false things are true. This is especially true when false things are worth 25 gold. Do you even care what is false? What is true? Everything is true.

(Overheard in a shabby dockside tavern): "About damned TIME we found that stupid route! I got mighty sick of seein' the same shoreline over and over and over and over and over...!"

Aric sat, massaging his temples, in a throne room surfaced in irridescent white alabaster. His dreams and hopes that he had as an adventurer had all come true, and now he had gotten all that he had wished for. The work of controlling his kingdom was enormous, as were the rewards.

Does anyone know what the largest army ever assembled in Oly II is?

I'll bet the army being put together to take out Chateau Olympique is bigger.

The blood will soon flow on West Ossicus. The AOO factions do not like the idea of any Liberty Confederation near their coasts.

Attack most foul!! I was innocently exploring the northern lands when my nobles were attacked without any warning! Both were killed. I am most upset with the cowardly attack upon my nobles.

Magical barrier in the Atnos Channel! Captains beware!

It's Dogmatix versus Goliath, and somehow I think Goliah is going to win!

> The Indomitable Gauls would like to publicly apologise to > The Clan With No Name. Due to a clerical error we seized > Elakain Castle and not Castle Sado last turn. Apparently > Taira Yoshinawa is handing out castles down on Ilion and > we simply weren't informed of the ownership change prior > to our attack. Oh, and sorry about the savages, hopefully > you can retake the castle before they tear it down... In > the future would AOO sympathizers please tell us when you > are given a castle by the AOO to avoid these sorts of mix- > ups?

Think nothing of it! When you don't read land claims (Times 43) and attack strangers without warning, this is the kind of thing that happens. I understand completely, it's only people like you protecting the rest of us from AOO banditry.

As for me owning a castle that used to be the AOO's, it's a fair cop, I'm a Bad Person. After all, where would we be if EVERYONE had a castle that used to belong to the AOO? They'd rule the world!

Erik the Well Read, Hero of Atnos.

Mendels Magnificient School of Magic Offering correspondece courses in Magic [160] If you are out in the boonies away from the luxuries of a civilized tower to study write to Mendel for your magical needs scrolls of all sorts shapes and models. Reply here or stop by the shop in the IC.

"Fascinating" mused the tall noble with the elven ears. "Months now without sight of another living creature. No other nobles, NPC's or monsters...Perhaps that's why these are called the Silent Plains." -Diary of the Misplaced Colony

Prayer overheard in Provinia: Oh Lord, Grant us escape from the Woman's Scorn, Hell's Fury holds no secrets nor terror for us.

How does breeding work? Is it a subskill of Beastmastery? Do you have to have "male" and "female" or does it just assume that two is OK?

* Market Survey: I am interested in the further profits of bounty hunting. Serious reward offers considered. Satisfactory payment procedures required. Please submit "serious offers". I am currently interested in the rewards associated with killing Marat and the other AOO scum. Perhaps some of the forces attacking the AOO would like me to create a diversionary or real attack. Old book skills and gold would pay for a powerful force for several turns. Easier targets will command a smaller fee. I will contact you directly if I am willing to pursue your target. I am currently available. * Low Profile Bounty Hunters

A notice for newcomers to Provinia. The resources in bx23 are being used at the direction of Duke Marat. Bellabane [o3z] Forester of the Wheel

"This does go on, doesn't it?"

"Getting bored?"

"Well, there's that interesting looking procession over there. Why don't we talk with them?"

"And say what? We have nothing anyone wants. We haven't learned anything of interest. What is there to say?"

"How about good basic stimulating conversation?"

"Not in *this* world, it would appear."

"And you're not helping matters any, brother."

Has peace broken out in Camaris or what? Oh well, nothing like a good war, especially when you not in it!

Drucartan will fall in the fall! North to South, East to West, Will the land withstand the test? --The Dragonriders

Come celebrate week 52 with us. All are welcome for this week. Religious and secular celebrations and parties are planned. Various contests of skill in combat and magic will be held, and prizes awarded.

I am interested in running trade routes for some noble who is established. Please respond through times.

Is it better to have 25 pikemen or 15 elite guards? 20 crossbowmen or 10 elite archers? Which is better in battle?

Everytime I read the Times I wonder if there are any areas not controlled by anyone. What did happen to those who didn't thoroughly read the Times and stepped into controlled space? Where they attacked? Shouldn't it be possible to set signs like" Do not enter!" ? Or couldn't they say by22 is my territory instead of all west of Canberra belongs to me? end

Ha ha ha, poor AOO propagandaists! First they try to put forth their views to convince everybody that if they only knew the AOO, the masses would realize that the AOO are not evil thugs. Then, to their shock, they realize that what they considered to be proper activity most Olympian nobles find appalling. LOL, that's a hard lesson. Go back to bogus propaganda dudes; you're nauseating when you try to be honest.

Then the Sen Clan makes a generous offer of vassalage to the masses only to be soundly rejected by no doubt savvy newbies who know better then to offer their brains to the Sen on a silver platter. No wonder the anti-AOO propaganda's slacked off: you guys are doing such a good job!

-Samual Adams (back from his vacation & ready to annoy again)

As long as any faction holds the castle and garrison of the Impreial City, that faction will never completely go away.

"... and then there was the time I visited DRUCARTAN, Oh my what a lovely unpopulated place to freely roam and explore. As you may know it has the best combination of region types in all of Olympia. Yes, yes, its true, the perfect place for the enterprising young trader to settle down and start an Empire."

"Speaking of perfect places, I hear GREATER ATNOS is getting less and less crowded now that the local populace is taking charge and chasing varlets and ruffians out of the area. Bravo! I say, it'll return the once fair land to its former glory as a major hub of industry and commerce yes, yes it will."

"Well I'd best be moving along, rumor has it there's been some kind of Major discovery in KRUSSOS just South of here. Wouldn't want to miss out on a Valuable opportunity now would I no, no, certainly not."

And with that the Ancient One turned and vanished in a cloud of thin green smoke.