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   | The Olympia Times                                        issue g1-67 |
   | October 4, 1995                                                      |
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   | turn 67  165 players                  "He knows, Doctor.  He knows." |

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Excerpts from the GM report ---------------------------

Gold report ----------- Common magic: 6,200 5% Pots and baskets: 1,790 1% Opium: 0 0% Trade to cities: 16,476 15% Inn income: 4,183 3% Taxes: 71,977 66% Times press: 1,150 1% Combat with indeps: 1,850 1% Petty thievery: 207 0% Temple income: 3,800 3% Pillaging: 0 0% Ferry boarding: 0 0% ---- Total: 107,633

Player combat: 25,997

finished unfinished +---------------------- galley | 55 4 roundship | 125 2 tower | 321 23 castle | 112 20 mine | 65 1 inn | 128 2 temple | 215 10

1556 chars: 927 oath (59%), 91 fear (5%), 203 contract (13%), 318 unsworn (20%)

count skill name ----- ----- ---- 94 9508 Breed beasts 68 9580 Swordplay 62 9103 Perform common tasks for gold 62 9579 Archery 48 9301 Receive vision 34 9570 Defense 33 9303 Preparatory ritual 21 9564 Mine gold 18 9563 Mine iron 14 9504 Bird spy 13 9141 Scry location 13 9536 Persuade oathbound noble 13 9565 Mine mithril 11 9101 Meditate 10 9115 Detect gates 10 9573 Record skill on scroll 9 9538 Rally peasant mob 8 9541 Construct catapult 6 9104 Appear common 6 9106 Speed casting of next spell 5 9505 Fight to the death 4 9174 Advanced meditation 4 9550 Make potion of slavery 4 9551 Brew healing potion 3 9116 Jump through gate 3 9153 Arcane symbols 3 9165 Reverse jump through gate 3 9585 Summon wild men 3 9593 Conceal self 2 9146 Heal 2 9147 Modern magic script 2 9152 Language of the Ancients 2 9154 Runes of Evil 2 9169 Shroud abilities from scry 2 9185 Aura blast 2 9190 Direct storm 2 9202 Teleport items 2 9509 Petty thievery 2 9519 Determine inventory of character 2 9537 Raise peasant mob 1 9117 Seal gate 1 9119 Notify if gate unsealed 1 9122 Notify of gate jumps 1 9142 Shroud location from magical scry 1 9143 Dispel location shroud 1 9151 Ciphered writing of Areth-Pirn 1 9170 Detect ability scry 1 9172 Farcasting 1 9178 Save speeded cast 1 9186 Absorb aura blast 1 9193 Renew storm strength 1 9304 Last rites 1 9515 Bribe noble 1 9549 Extract venom from ratspider 1 9574 Sneak into structure

Player-contributed press

Hmm, the Gauls quitting wouldn't have anything to do with the following, now would it? Don't look too indomitable to me.

7: Talia [z6p] attacks Gaulish Dolman [j70]! 7: 7: Talia [z6p], sorcerer, priest, with two elite guard, two riding 7: horses, 51 giant spiders, 49 lions, 90 giant birds, eight chimera, 7: ten harpies, 296 dragons, six orcs, accompanied by: 7: Orc [cl1k], orc 7: Achilles [fd6v], wielding Spear of Eadak [bb1g], behind 2, with 7: one winged horse, 400 crossbowmen 7: 7: Gaulish Dolman [j70], temple-in-progress, 3% completed, owner: 7: Julius Caesar [l3r], duke, with 75 peasants, 30 workers, 7: ten soldiers, 18 elite guard, 239 pikemen, ten blessed 7: soldiers, 13 sailors, 107 swordsmen, 192 elite archers, 7: three riding horses, 441 crossbowmen, 27 catapults 7: Getafix [q6v], 4th black circle, wielding elven sword [fa7e], 7: wearing enchanted armor [ix8s], behind 1, with 13 winged horses 7: Undead [jf9s], undead, with 20 nazgul, 30 dragons 7: Fulliautomatix [m5p], with seven peasants, ten workers, 7: 13 soldiers 7: Fractal Orcs [im6v], orcs, number: 8, with one riding horse, 7: two rats, four cyclops 7: 7: Talia [z6p] is victorious! 7: 7: Julius Caesar [l3r] was taken prisoner. 7: Getafix [q6v] was taken prisoner. 7: Undead [jf9s] was destroyed. 7: Fulliautomatix [m5p] was taken prisoner. 7: Fractal Orcs [im6v] was captured 7: 12: Talia [z6p] attacks Vitalstatistix [w5z]! 12: 12: Talia [z6p], 5th black circle, priest, wielding elven sword [fa7e], 12: wearing enchanted armor [ix8s], with two elite guard, six riding 12: horses, 36 giant spiders, 32 lions, 62 giant birds, six chimera, 12: seven harpies, 247 dragons, nine orcs, 27 catapults, 13 winged 12: horses, one rat, two cyclops, accompanied by: 12: Achilles [fd6v], wielding Spear of Eadak [bb1g], behind 2, with 12: one winged horse, 400 crossbowmen 12: 12: Vitalstatistix [w5z], behind 9, with three peasants, 49 workers, 12: 35 soldiers, 150 crossbowmen, 49 elite archers, two giant lizards, 12: 14 dragons, one archer, accompanied by: 12: Undead [ev3s], undead, number: 13, with one peasant, 43 soldiers, 12: two elite guard, 93 pikemen, 35 blessed soldiers, 28 lions, 12: 38 wolves 12: 12: Talia [z6p] is victorious! 12: 13: 13: Vitalstatistix [w5z] was killed. 13:

P.S. Sen never said HE was the one with those stats...

Faction [cu9] rank ------------- ---- Characters: 55 1st Men: 2,920 1st Gold: 56,291 9th Land controlled: 247 1st Skills known: 52/70 6th Spells known: 40/80 11th Provinces visited: 1,634/9,995 1st

-- The Aolian Circle [cu9]

Welcome to Gildeath - The Gateway to the North West.

The City of Gildeath and it's surrounding lands are the lawful demense of the Draconian Elite and their allies. Travellers are welcome, but please inform me when you wish to traverse my lands.

-- Draconian Elite [fg4]

So what does happen to 6th black circle mages? Oleg sees:

20: City of the Dead [cn9m], city, in province Hades [bc3r] 20: 20: Routes leaving City of the Dead: 20: Out, underground, to Hades [bc3r], hidden, 1 day 20: 20: Skills taught here: 20: Necromancy [165] 20: 20: Market report: 20: No goods offered for trade. 20: 20: Inner locations: 20: Pit of Hades [az4g], pit, 28 days 20: Home Sweet Home [d86], castle, defense 40, owner: 20: Rosebud [x8r], earl, mage, wielding Sword of Pyrellica [bz4i] and 20: crystal bow [ip1w], wearing elven helm [em5i], "ruler of Tollus 20: and Hades", with nine peasants, 42 workers, 103 soldiers, 20: four riding horses, eight winged horses, 60 oxen, five dragons, 20: accompanied by: 20: Orc [dt5t], orc, "player owned and operated" 20: Iris [g0h], with two dragons 20: Violet [t9v], with two soldiers, 11 peasants 20: Cassandra [e1g], priest 20: Anaximander [y2d], priest 20: Wereghost [gx8n], undead, "Alive and player owned", with 20: one riding horse 20: Natasha [h5k], with two dragons 20: Undead [do7m], undead, "player owned & operated", with one riding 20: horse 20: Savage [dj8e], savage 20: Quiet Place [y71], tower, defense 20 20: Warm Hearth [z65], tower, defense 20, owner: 20: Ivy [b3p] 20: 20: Seen here: 20: Savage [cf1s], savage, with six cyclops, five giant spiders, 20: accompanied by: 20: Zeegan [x7v], 6th black circle, prisoner 20: Getafix [q6v], 6th black circle, prisoner

Food for thought.

-- Oleg's Obstreperous Obtruders [iv9]


Now for sale from the Illustrated Man!

lana bark: 100 gold longswords: 25 gold iron: 20 gold yew: 20 gold

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]

Gentlewind Visitation Policy

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.

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

-- Sheriff Pelenth of Gentlewind [f3i]


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]

I am looking for an able bodied young mage to act as my Apprentice. In return for a regular income, a tower to study in, security and access to advanced schools of magic, you will be required to perform certain duties for two weeks of every month. Duties typically involve assisting in my researches, but will at times include scribing of scrolls and the occassional field trip. The other two and a bit weeks you will be free to persue your own studies (although I might ask you direct them at a certain area), or any other activities you may wish. There is a popular audience for those who wish to practise their skills performing for crowds.

-- Merlinium the Grey [i8p]

Due to a lack of contributions (none for the last half dozen turns at least), I am seriously considering discontinuing the Olympia Atlas as a publicly available guide.

If you are interested in seeing the Atlas continue, send mapping data for area not currently covered by the Atlas to sx6@g1.pbm.com.

Skulking Vermin (sx6)

-- Sludge [x0o]

___ ___ ___ / / ) / ) /___ /___/ /___/ / . _ _ /_ / )_ __ / / _ _ . __ . _ / / / _> / /___/(_>/ //< 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]


How can BtA tell when someone learns Advanced Sorcery?

They say that a flight of dragons can make lesser monsters flee from a unit simply by the awesome sight of their great wings flapping in the skies.

Of course, I don't believe a word of it

Just a bit of advice - if you read about some player offer in the TIMES that sounds too good to be true, bet all your cash that it IS in fact too good to be true.

The fate of the winds is no longer in doubt.

3 dragons and one noble can be defeated with a few tens of peasants, and I will prove it soon.

There is now a mailing list setup for general use outside of the game. This is for players who do not read the PBMGAMES forum on compuserve, or the USENET discussion groups, and is specifically dedicated to Shadow Island Games' Olympia.

To subscribe to the list send to olympia-request@candy.co.uk with the subject of "subscribe". To remove yourself from the list send the subject of "unsubscribe". (NB. The parser will only recognise "sub" and "unsub" so a subject of "submarine" will also add you to the list!! A help and file request facility will probably be added at a later date, for the players without ftp capability.)

To mail to the list send to olympia@candy.co.uk

The list is for the discussion of game tactics, hints, improvements to Olympia, and general in-game roleplaying. It is not moderated, and is not being run by Shadow Island Games, although all messages posted there will be forwarded to them.

How do you get Orcs and Savages and such to join your faction?

Be afraid. Be very very afraid. We're comming for you.

I have the power, now all I need is the time.

Always a mishap, to thwart my becoming king! Garrisoning the last few provinces has been almost a comedy of errors, but I didnt really find it very humorous!

Hey, this castle ownership thing is pretty cool.

The AOO still needs another 25 gold. Contribute now.

Damn, it *does* look like the meek will inherit the Earth.

The plans of the good people smashed by nasty tyranny, the land hopes for help to come unlooked for...

The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.

this 25 gold donated to a worthy cause

Farewell to the Indomitable Gauls. The end may indeed be near.

Someone wrote: >Will someone explain me why this group of savage destroys my Inn?

The top 10 reasons why a group of savages destroyed your Inn:

10) Room service was too slow. 9) They were bribed by Duke Marat. 8) Serving wenches not pretty enough. 7) They thought *you* were bribed by Duke Marat. 6) Celebrating Raiders' return to Oakland. 5) You didn't pay your protection money on time. 4) Two words: Bad Ale. 3) They thought it was Chateau Olympique. 2) Upset at OJ verdict.

And the number one reason why a group of savages destroyed your Inn:

1) They're savages, it's their job!

-- The Answer Guy

The drums... The drums.... They're driving me mad!!

Whalen gone? That's the end of organized resistance against the AOO. As a member of the disorganized resistance, I think I choose to be very anonymous for a while. Where is a Robert Bruce when you need one? Down with Marat Longshanks! To the bathtub with him! Oops -- too loud.

Who is running the Swishbukler? What does he hope to gain?

"Yo, ho, ho, and a bottle of bubbly! Hi, Boys! My, what big masts you all have. My name is Swishbuckler. Pardon my lisp. I just want to warn anyone near Aethelarn and IC that my ship, The GAY Terror (ga4u), is pirating these waters to steal any young morsels from the coastal areas. Don't blame me if you get stolen into slavery. Just watch out when you see my lovely pink and lace sails on the horizon!"

"I see now that all the AOO will be moving off to G2, that's good news for the rest of us"

Sorry, but I need the money!

Notice to fellow nobles: When travelling by flying horse, you may still be subject to attack by rats.

How can I learn Religion? Please Help.

The rumors are full of lies. Trust no one who speaks from the shadows. -Moulder

Since people keep asking about ranking I'll share ours, but we certainly can't come anywhere near 1st in all categories. (How the !@#$% do you get 54 characters without attacking other nobles?)

Characters: 7 67th Men: 275 40th Gold: 5,135 62nd Land controlled: 70 19th Skills known: 23/70 89th Spells known: 5/80 111st Provinces visited: 204/9,995 48th

What do you breed to get Nazgul? How good are they anyway?

Dragons rule!.

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Written 4/25, 1988 Feeling it again 10/2, 1995 Death, Boom, Boom, Boom, Death. If there is a God, certainly He is not watching.

For those wishing to know what a pirate attack looks like, I present the following for your entertainment and edification.

5: The Gay Terror [ga4u], roundship, 16% loaded, arrived from Ocean 5: [bz21], owner: 5: Swishbuckler [w0p], wearing enchanted helm [dk5w], with 5: three workers, two soldiers, 14 sailors, 21 dragons 6: Swishbuckler [w0p], wearing enchanted helm [dk5w], with three 6: workers, two soldiers, 14 sailors, 21 dragons, exited The Gay 6: Terror [ga4u]. 6: Swishbuckler [w0p] attacks Jaluish [u4y]! 6: 6: Swishbuckler [w0p], wearing enchanted helm [dk5w], with 6: three workers, two soldiers, 14 sailors, 21 dragons 6: 6: Jaluish [u4y] 6: 6: Swishbuckler [w0p] is victorious! 6: 6: Jaluish [u4y] was wounded. 6: 7: Swishbuckler [w0p] attacks Phil [c9a]! 7: 7: Swishbuckler [w0p], wearing enchanted helm [dk5w], with 7: three workers, two soldiers, 14 sailors, 21 dragons 7: 7: Phil [c9a], with 13 peasants, seven soldiers, accompanied by: 7: Tlaloc [y1f] 7: 7: Swishbuckler [w0p] is victorious! 7: 7: Phil lost 11 peasants, three soldiers. 7: Phil [c9a] was taken prisoner. 7: Tlaloc [y1f] was wounded. 7: 7: Tlaloc [y1f] went west. 8: Swishbuckler [w0p] attacks Kizarvexious [r5o]! 8: 8: Swishbuckler [w0p], wearing enchanted helm [dk5w], with 8: three workers, six soldiers, 14 sailors, 21 dragons, 8: two peasants 8: 8: Kizarvexious [r5o], behind 9, with 15 peasants, four wild 8: horses, two riding horses, one ox 8: 8: Swishbuckler [w0p] is victorious! 8: 8: Kizarvexious lost 15 peasants. 8: Kizarvexious [r5o] was taken prisoner. 8: 8: Kizarvexious [r5o] caught one wild horse. 8: Khaine The Bloody Handed [k3n], with six soldiers, arrived 8: from the east. 9: Khaine The Bloody Handed [k3n], with six soldiers, went west. 9: Swishbuckler [w0p] attacks Watt [w7t]! 9: 9: Swishbuckler [w0p], wearing enchanted helm [dk5w], with 9: three workers, six soldiers, 14 sailors, 21 dragons, two 9: peasants, four wild horses, two riding horses, one ox 9: 9: Watt [w7t], behind 8, with 14 peasants, one riding horse 9: 9: Swishbuckler [w0p] is victorious! 9: 9: Swishbuckler lost one worker, one dragon. 9: 9: Watt lost 14 peasants. 9: Watt [w7t] was taken prisoner. 9: 9: Watt [w7t] recruited 14 peasants. 10: Swishbuckler [w0p] attacks Tlaloc [y1f]! 10: 10: Swishbuckler [w0p], wearing enchanted helm [dk5w], with 10: two workers, six soldiers, 14 sailors, 20 dragons, two 10: peasants, four wild horses, three riding horses, one ox 10: 10: Tlaloc [y1f] 10: 10: Swishbuckler [w0p] is victorious! 10: 10: Tlaloc [y1f] was killed. 10: 15: Whistler [m6h] arrived from the east. 16: Whistler [m6h] went west. 18: Swishbuckler [w0p], wearing enchanted helm [dk5w], with 18: two workers, six soldiers, 14 sailors, 20 dragons, two peasants, 18: four wild horses, three riding horses, one ox, entered The Gay 18: Terror [ga4u], 18: accompanied by: 18: Phil [c9a], prisoner 18: Kizarvexious [r5o], prisoner 18: The Gay Terror [ga4u], roundship, 31% loaded, departed for 18: Ocean [bz21].

Naturally, any info on Swishbuckler and\or his faction would be welcome. His head on a platter would be nice too.

The times they are a changin'. Not since the days of the The Great Dragon Wars (in a time long past) has the great pendulum of power swung so wide. The AOO may rapidly becoming the EOO (Extinct Order of Olympians).

A prediction: A great axe will cleave asunder this great alliance, and there will be those willing to live as kings among kings and those who will seek to be kings over kings. And those who once drank from the same glass will be drinking their brother's blood.

-From the Oracle of Nath (keep in mind I only paid 2 gold for the reading)

Amra, you naughty boy! Gee, that must really sting.

Yes, there is a market for mithril and/or gate crystals. Do you wish buy or sell and what do you offer? P.S. I will sell mithril and/or gate crystals, but NOT for gold!

So long, and welcome to all the fish!

Swishbuckler has been up to his bandit tricks once more, and needs to be killed again. I'm co-ordinating the hunt and would like any information you can provide on him.

This includes the faction id and any other nobles in it, and location reports for the squares around by21 on the turns before and during each attack, 60, 61, 65 and 66.

If you'd like to provide troops, ships, money and scrying support, that would be fine too. If not, it's all the more NPs for the rest of us when we find the nest.


What is the difference between a princess and a King's daughter? Is there a difference? Why the distinction?

As a "newbie", I would like to thank those who have been providing us with advice lately.

How did roads work in OLY I?

This is not a rumor. The LC need help.

We had just offed some travelers. So it took us some time to put enough distance behind us. It was well after dark when we made camp in a small clearing. We had a simple meal over the campfire and then went to sleep. Later in the middle of the night Kor who had been the guard, woke us. He said he heard something. The fire had died, until it was just a faint red glow of embers. But if we listened, We also heard the sound. A steady beating sound. Faint and muffled, but there. A thud about once a second. It was just like the telltale sound of a beating heart. Then another muffled beating joined it and yet another. What was happening? Had our recent victims returned to haunt us? Had some demons escaped the graveyards? We spent the rest of the night. All of us on guard. Thinking ourselves being driven insane by this ghostly chorus of beating buried hearts. Imagine our chagrin when by the mornings early light we found that we had by mistake camped in a patch of Poetatos. When it comes to making camp long after dark all I can say is Nevermore.

Swishbuckler must DIE!!

Amra has been a naughty boy. Imagine stealing from the good townsfolk! What will your mother say?

Horses urgently need in the IC. Wild, Riding and War! All horse collecters should send there horses to the IC ASAP.

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It must have been the one-armed man. :(