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   | The Olympia Times                                        issue g1-58 |
   | August 2, 1995                                                       |
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   | turn 58  178 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]

To our anonymous detractors the Circle of Hope says:

ppppppppppppppppppppppppt! :)

-- Circle of Hope [lp3]


Now up for auction in the IC: one scroll of Weathermagic! The scroll will be offered by means of a Dutch Auction. That means every month I will lower the asking price by 50 gold from its current level, until someone snaps it up. If you want to be sure of getting it, contact me and we'll make arrangements.

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! All current orders have been mailed.

-- The Midnight Carnival [nx2]

Wanted: 500 stone 10000 man-days of work 1000 gallons of orange paint 200 gallons of purple paint (for the polka dots) 5 multi-colored propellors 1 large round table 50 dining chairs 49 whoopee cushions 11 "buckets-o-vomit" 7 trip wires 392 "there's a fly in my" ice cubes 120 "spill-o-matic" wine glasses

-- The Merry Pranksters [qd3]

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

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

-- The Crazy Quilters [vn7]

Those who wish to travel to Our blessed realm of the sky to learn Our secrets of the weather We impose on the ground below are most welcome! Our kingdom of the Cloudlands is free of strife and will remain so forever. In order to achieve this and allow the studious the peace they need to contemplate the miricles We work We do impose a fee for entrance. For those who wish to remain longer term residents of the clouds, We do in our wisdom provide facilities for study and recreation. Let it also be known that those who dwell on the ground beneath the entrance to our blessed realm will allow safe passage to any accompanied by Our own ferry master so long as you respect their realm and plunder not their resources.

-- Cloud King [q0k]


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]

Any ships for sale out there? One cannot conquer the high seas without an armada!

-- Pepe the Magnificent [x4h]

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]

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]

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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 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]


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]


As far as I can tell, the AOO control the Cloudlands, Hades, and Faerie.

Marat must be hassled! Annoyance to the tyrant!

Storm clouds are gathering above Sounds as if they're having a party

Fury at Chateau O! Marat's hamster shipment vanishes!


I am sure that breeding my elephants with winged horses is a good idea.

What do I do with this Suit of Powered Armor that I found?

Here's my ranking, if any of you care:

Characters: 5 108th Men: 24 152nd Gold: 716 133rd Land controlled: 14 52nd Skills known: 20/70 100th Spells known: 8/80 83rd Provinces visited: 48/9,995 128th

Okay, here's our totals: Characters: 12 27th Men: 152 65th Gold: 4,671 55th Land controlled: 20 45th Skills known: 22/70 84th Spells known: 3/80 137th Provinces visited: 113/9,995 90th As you can see, currently, we are the stupid, stay at home type :)

We ve arrived at last! Our new home awaits us, as we begin to explore with hope and trepidation. Hopefully the locals will be more welcoming to travelers than they were on Provinia.

Of course, when we return to Provinia, it won t matter whether they welcome us or not...

Is it possible to fly fast enough so the AOO can not catch you?

Note found "pinned"* to a body in Faerie:

Don't Mess with the Killer Faeries**

* -- pinned with a 9 inch stiletto. ** -- authorities disagree whether this refers to a particular "band" (gang - ed.) of Faeries, or refers to the dread Africanized Faeries.

Awful lot of Buy orders in the IC. Could it be because the *%*#@ merchants can't get there from the west?

Has anyone else found undersea cities?

Anyone know of a city that buys pearls?

Wanted: A princess so pure that she can pea through 20 matresses. Reward. Contact: Marat c/o _The Times_

They say there's a monster underneath my bed. Its breath is bad and its eyes are red. And if it catches you, you're better off dead. But it looks rather like Marat, now, doesn't it?

Will Olympia have peace at last? Will the AOO and MAFOC forces lay down their arms - or will they simply unite and destroy the rest of us?

Be afraid - be very afraid.

I would like to buy small numbers of different beasts(e. g. 3 Nazgul or 3 giant birds) in the IC area. Please post what you want to sell and for how much, and I will contact you.

Quoth the Sage, "If a tree falls in the forest and kills a mime, does anyone care?"

The dark woods will soon be clear cut because the neighbors find all the strange noises to be really annoying.

Coded message: adfes freds deel thudifh dfhes AOO xchsjdk fees st sww af gdr fgrht sddsw fghted es fgkmc. read ES12

What's the use of a magical weapon? You pay 500 gold and get a weapon that can hardly impress a giant bird, let alone a dragon. Aside from auraculum, I guess the work of an artifact constructor is the most unrewarding among all mages.


Of course not! Why would we do some thing like that? Someone might acuse us of keeping baby orcs in there or something... I think that WE will continue to keep the DOOR open as an invitation to all. Maybe someone would like to borrow a shrit or something... :-)

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Guardians of Light Unite! Stop the scurge of the AOO; Don't sell your souls of the Chaos of MAFOC; Join the Guardians of Light;

"What? No additional weather magic spells to be researched? And I was so looking forward to Reveal Storm Here! Well now I guess I'll have to find a real job. Could anyone use the services of a weather mage?" -Please send replies to Provinia Employment Commission

Visit Lance's Petshop at IC, it has everything you need except animals, which we buy at best prices (well, the best prices I've seen for rats anyway). Turn your small furry pests into gold today!

The dark woods are quiet.

Can a ship move if it is weighing 175% of its maximum carryload?

From Times 57:

"Did anyone ever breed a winged ox?"

Oxen have an interesting property that non-farm dwellers should be aware of when considering them as breed stock. I'll let you consult your local dictionary for particulars. Look under gelding. Of course, here Atnerks rules, and his may be a kinder and gentler reality.

Torba Bacor is inhabited...that is, the structures that were left after the razing parties pulled down both castles are inhabited, and by noble-eating monsters, too. I heard they've et one burrahobbit and 13 dwarves so far, plus a couple of the castle razers.

I'd be careful, if'n I was you.

I can't say I like BtA, but Dogmatix is no better. Good riddance!

Why kill Newbies? So that some day he can't come kill you.

Is it true that the use of aura blast is addictive and after using it once you must use it every month else lose health and possibly fall sick?

From an "old hand" that's seen a lot of unAsked fOr trOuble:

Characters: 18 12th Men: 509 22nd Gold: 4,812 53rd Land controlled: 4 76th Skills known: 43/70 13th Spells known: 14/80 48th Provinces visited: 484/9995 12th

Mighty MAFOC: Where fore art thou MAFOC? Who can save us from the cruel chains of Marat other than MAFOC? Or are they not so mighty as they claim?

Beware ye damned Necromancer, for mighty Greater Demons wait for your soul in Hades and not even you can survive their onslaught. -Guardians of the light

What do you get if you breed rats and flying horses?

Vassels unite! no longer need we toil for little or no credit or power! Strike down family anonymous!

Ah le Canada c'est un peu loin, dommage! Aux prochaines vacances, peut-etre...

For those of us never likely to learn it for ourselves, would someone tell us what auraculation is?

- Befuddled in Provinia

Characters: 16 18th. Men: 490 26th. Gold: 14,054 27th. Land controlled: 27 37th. Skills known: 31/70 42nd. Spells known: 20/80 27th. Provinces visited: 666/9,995 5th. Thanks to all who have shared their data.

Characters: 6 85th Men: 133 68th Gold: 871 121st Skills known: 15/70 121st Spells known: 5/80 114th Provinces visited: 32/9,995 140th

We are the guardians of the Light, a group of 'newbies' who want to change things. Sure we don't have the muscle yet, but there are enough of us that we can cause big problems for any large allience that tries to step on us. And when we are ready, you're going to go back to the pits of hades that spawned you.

I object to self-referential posts that exist only for the 25 gold.

Look closely at your "controlled" lands Mr. Anonymous, for soon they will be taken by your own mindless slaves

Hey, watch who yer calling mindless buddy!

Is fishing a reasonable way to make cash?

Is there really going to be a Game II soon?

------------ / \ / REST \ / IN \ / PEACE \ / \ | Dogmatix | | murderer | | executed by | | aura blast | | | |Fierce Winds, Year 8| *| * * * | * _________)/\\\_//(\/(/\)/\//\/\|_)_______


Warning: Visitors to Faery will be treated with extreme hostility. This means you. **

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

COMPROMISE, n. Such an adjustment of conflicting interests as gives each adversary the satisfaction of thinking he has got what he ought not to have, and is deprived of nothing except what was justly his due.

CONSULT, v.t. To seek another's approval of a course already decided on.

CONTEMPT, n. The feeling of a prudent man for an enemy who is too formidable safely to be opposed.

CORSAIR, n. A politician of the seas.

COWARD, n. One who in a perilous emergency thinks with his legs.

more next time. . .

Has anyone else seen the large stack of savages that's moving around in southern provinia ?

BtA to Little Caesar, The Shape of Things to Come:

In the world there will be made a KING who will have little peace and a short life. At this time the ship of the POWERFUL will be lost, governed to its greatest detriment.

Arrived too late, the act has been done. The wind was against them, letters intercepted on their way. The conspirators were fourteen of a party. By PELENTH shall these enterprises be undertaken.

How often will you be captured, O city of the SUN? Changing laws that are barbaric and vain. Bad times approach you. No longer will you be enslaved. Great OLEG will revive your veins.

A coffin is put into the vault of iron, where seven children of the KING are held. The ancestors and forebears will come forth from the depths of HELL, lamenting to see thus dead the fruit of their line.