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   | The Olympia Times                                        issue g1-56 |
   | July 19, 1995                                                        |
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   | turn 56  184 players                                                 |

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Visitors to DRUCARTAN are asked to procure a visa before entering the area. Drucartan is a very peacefull continent, where AOO and non AOO factions live in peace and harmony. No noble has ever been attacked in Drucartan by another noble.

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.

-- The Sen Clan [di4]


One of my men has had a problem, says we havent paid him enough. Of course he doesnt tell us until he runs out of money, then he just bails out, refusing to take orders from me. What can we do to get him back?

Please reply soon!

(In other words, I have a contract noble that ran out of money and desterted. How do I regain control of him? Thats for helping out - I promise to pay closer attention next time...)

-- Catechu Men [gh4]

Captain Ahab had tasted a little adventure, and liked it. So far nothing bad had befallen him, or the Pequod. He wondered how long his luck would hold out. No matter - this month promised to be quiet. "What shall I do?", he wondered. "Fishing! Of course! Maybe I'll even try a little whaling while I'm at it!"

-- Phaze Shifters [gk7]


Now up for auction in the IC: one scroll of Weathermagic! Write the Illustrated Man and say how much you would like to bid. We will change the selling price to match the highest bidder!

Maps are available! Get yours today from the Illustrated Man [s5e] in the Imperial City! If you're a new player, only 75 gold plus your surface mail address for all the info known about Provinia and the world! For experienced players, ask about a blow-up of your area!

-- The Midnight Carnival [nx2]

---------------------- S. CAMARIS Update ----------------------

Monthly notice: any new visitors to our fair isle should notify us in advance.

-- The Crazy Quilters [vn7]

From TIMES #55: "Even the Iron Nation folks recognize that when I give my word, I keep it. It really is that simple. -- Sheriff Pelenth of Gentlewind [f3i]" RESPONSE: I can't argue with that, truthfully. Although we have certainly had our differences with the good Sheriff's faction and the AOO, they _are_ one of the few AOO factions whose given word is worth more than sour owl spit. (Unlike Marat & cronies, for example...)

-- Mstislav the Dour [p2s]

Greetings Fellow Olympiads!

The Liberty Confederacy rules part of Northwest Ossicus. Peaceful, law-abiding travelers are welcome. Bandits, pirates, & their associates are advised to avoid the area for their own protection. Investors of any kind (merchants, inn-keepers, temple-builders, tower owners, miners, etc.) are especially welcome to civilize this untamed land. Travelers wishing to exploit the resources of these lands should contact us so we don't have harvesting conflicts. Unapproved harvesting is frowned upon.

-- General Norc [z1a]

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]


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 bx25-bx27, by24-by27, and bz27.

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]

___ ___ ___ / / ) / ) /___ /___/ /___/ / . _ _ /_ / )_ __ / / _ _ . __ . _ / / / _> / /___/(_>/ //< of / / (_)|// / // (_>

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 Special offers for New Olympia Players. o Excellent Interest Rates on Bank Accounts. o A Fast and Efficient Courier Service. 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 [v0z]

__ __ / /\______________________________________________________________/ /\ \_\/ \_\/ | GateMastery, the final frontier? | |<--------------------------------------------------------------->| | | | The Gatemasters are here to help *You*. | | | | Here is how it works. We have already located fifteen gateways| | and are rapidly pinning down many more. We want to help | | you help us. Send us in your gate readings and we will send | | you back other information we have that will help you to | | pin point the gateway. If you can pinpoint a gateway that | | we have not, then you get to become a full Gatemaster will | | access to all the gate information we have. | | | | Why do we do it this way? Well there is a large effort that | | must be made in locating gates, and we don't think it's fair | | that people free-load. So long as you are actively trying | | to locate new gateways, you will continue to get help. | | essentially people get out what they put it. We work this | | way to encourage people to contribute. | _| _| / /\______________________________________________________________/ /\ \_\/ \_\/

-- Cloud King [q0k]

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]

Are there only two types of ships? Through devotion, hard work, and maybe a little magic, can't a faster, stronger and bigger ship be built?

-- Pepe the Magnificent [x4h]


The last version of the Olympia Atlas available at the ftp site is dated Turn 37 (March 15), yet the Skulking Vermin (sx6) persist in asking for contributions as if it were a viable project. Surely seventeen turns/four months is ample time to produce some sort of an update.

Marat must die! Death to the tyrant!

Is it true that Winged Horses can be captured in the cloudlands?


What can I do with the 4 Elephants I captured last turn?

Anyone willing to sell a pair of Nazguls please say when, where, and how much. TIA

Da castle is done! Da castle is done! Oh frabjous day, calloo, callay!

Q: How many longtime players does it take to kill a newbie?

A: Depends on the newbie.

Methinks the Sherrif doth protesteth too much.

Newbie Advice #273: Flying horses can only fly for 14.99 days over water, without rest. Violators of this basic physical law are dealt with _most_ harshly.

Newbie Advice #274: Note that no noble skill "swimming" exists. Finding youself in water without a boat is fatal.

Newbie Advice #275: Flight, from the sea, into provinces with cities is impossible. The port authorities will not allow it. You MUST fly into the city, and then exit the city into the province. See Advices #273 and #274 regards the penalties for ignoring this.

Newbie Advice #276: Having a flying mount is no protection from monsters for the noble travelling 'light' on defence. In Atnerks' wisdom, he commanded that flying horses should fly within inches of the ground at all times, so that wolves, rats, wild men and others could molest the flying traveller.

Newbie Advice #277: Three of a kind beats a pair.

for general edification & gossiping: Characters: 8 49th Men: 55 102nd Gold: 3,429 66th Land controlled: 32 24th Skills known: 26/70 60th Spells known: 17/80 33rd Provinces visited: 116/9,995 85th

End barriers in the Atnos Sea! Free navigation!

Marat! Beware of bathtubs!

Recruiting from inside a tower doesn't work very well. If you want to attract peasants, you have to go out amoung them. Icky-poo.

Crunchy frog???

That is a cute little fleet just off West Camaris. A few galleys should make it cuter.

Great. The giant birds are here, the dragons are coming, and *now* we find a yew grove. In a word, yippee.

Hello! It is my first turn, and I'm already having a blast!

Quoth the sage, "The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it."

Many complain that the AOO controls Faery... but of course no one who complains will do anything about it. They'll leave the hard part for someone else.

>So, anyone willing to compare rankings? Sure. Characters: 4 134th Men: 0 163rd Gold: 3,968 59th Land controlled: 0 69th Skills known: 14/70 126th Spells known: 10/80 64th Provinces visited: 86/9,995 106th

Mayday, mayday, mayday.......position cd44....taking in water..mayday,mayday, mayday.

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> The vassels who have no name will rise > up in revolt (its hard to work for a fool).

No, Mark, much as I'd like to join the list of people you've provoked into pointless wars, it'll take more than anonymous sniping. The problem is that your land isn't worth my time to conquer - you'll have to get moving on the "newbie investor" scam before I'll come to Ossicus.

By the way, it's considered foolish to use "its" when you mean "it's"...

A newbie's question: How large is the world? Has anyone reached the northernmost row of provinces?

The peaceful sounds of summer are heard through the dark woods.

Un indice (au cas ou Pierre aurait pris son conge annuel): le restaurant doit se trouver dans l'un des departements suivants: Ain, Alpes de Haute Provence, Ariege, Gironde, Puy de Dome ou Vienne. A moins qu'il ne soit en Suisse...?

I can't say what it takes to be in first place in any category, but to be in 69th place in land controlled, you need 0.

How does breeding work? You have two of some animal and you use this skill to get a third?

Will the faction owning [ie4h] please identify themself? Speak now or forever rest-in-peace. I assume [ie4h] is NPC, but it's best to make sure first.

You know, it's amazing how reasonable people can be when you talk to them, instead of just walking in and helping yourself to anything that looks useful. Let's Make A Deal isn't just an old game show.

Make POTS EXPLORE Make MORE &^%$*&^(% POTS, then Sell POTS EXPLORE Life sucks!

Dear Mom and Dad,

I know I'll be happy here in my new home. The peasants here are almost as happy and clean as the ones you have. I've got a lovely spot in the mud in this lovely province, and I can hardly wait until the peasants I've collected develop a real work ethic. Then I can start them cutting trees till thier hands bleed. It's all so exciting.

Your loving son

PS could you send me a few gold, just to tide me over until I get to town to sell some lumber?

Anyone who says he can see through women is missing a lot -- Groucho Marx

From a satisfied customer: the AOO are swell guys! (Just don't have anything to do with them)

People keep talking about gaining noble points by killing newbies. How do you gain noble points by killing someone?

So is Puck an AOO guy, or someone else?

" Still at sea and no sight of land, Oh well just have to eat another cabin boy"

Here is the information on where our faction ranks in the various categories: Characters: 16 16th. Men: 470 25th. Gold: 13,209 27th. Land controlled: 23 39th. Skills known: 30/70 42nd. Spells known: 19/80 28th. Provinces visited: 630/9,995 6th. We appreciate anyone else who shares their information.

Vivimos en la lucha por el castillo del monte Olympica.

Some appropriate quotes from THE DEVIL'S DICTIONARY by Ambrose Bierce

BARRACK, n. A house in which soldiers enjoy a portion of that of which it is their business to deprive others.

BATTLE, n. A method of untying with the teeth a political knot that would not yield to the tongue.

BOUNDARY, n. In political geography, an imaginary line between two nations, separating the imaginary rights of one from the imaginary rights of the other.

more next time. . .

He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you. --- Fred Nietzsche "A Conversation with Duke Marat"

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Practice safe government... Use kingdoms!

"Would I had phrases that are not known, utterances that are strange, in new language that has not been used, free from repetition, not an utterance which has grown stale, which men of old have spoken."

Egyptian Inscription Recorded at the Time of the Invention of Writing. (no doubt lamenting the difficulty of submitting clever rumors to the Times at the last minute)