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   | The Olympia Times                                        issue g1-83 |
   | January 25, 1996                                                     |
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   | turn 83  138 players                   http://www.pbm.com/oly/times/ |

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Player-contributed press

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

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

-- The Crazy Quilters [vn7]

The Shadow Masters have claimed and now control all provinces in the fair isles of Aurnos and Celenth. If you have business in the area and wish to contact us, please do so before any misunderstandngs arise! We are a benevolent group that wishes peaceful coexistence with its neighbors. Let's chat if you plan a visit!

-- The Shadow Masters [xe5]

"Where is Ossicus?"

Just sail East young man (but please write first).

The elven staff:

Artifacts that don't come with lore sheets sometimes boost the mana of your magi. Give the staff to your magi & see what happens.

& now the usual:

Greetings Fellow Olympiads!

The Liberty Confederacy rules West 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]

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

The Bank has a request for the Nobles of Olympia. For the sum of 1,000 gold, the Bank has been authorised to obtain a Scroll of Scrying. If anysuch Noble has a Scroll to sell please send a message to y6v@g1.pbm.com

-- First Bank of Provinia [y6v]


To the Clan with No Name - A Modest Proposal

Your next target: General Norc

Put your money where your mouth is, or shut up already.

Another inquring mind asked: "what does an elven staff do ?????"

The answer is simple - elven staff stuff.

(You're welcome!) :-P

The savage prowls the swamplands... Why what's that? Ah, another 25 gold.

Ever try breeding a lion with a dragon? It's very interesting.

Someone asked: > OK, own up. Who owns the Sea Snake? Ok, I do. Has it been bothering people again? Sorry, I thought I had it train to leave ships that don't have lace sails alone.

You don't have lace sails, do you?

Someone Else asked: > "Dad, what do you do with a cursed pit?" You cast Remove Curse on it, and then you have a perfectly usable pit. If you pray while you are in it, you might even get your god to bless it, and then you'd have a blessed pit. What fun!

Oh, wait. That's Nethack4.0, not Olympia. Sorry.

Yet Someone Else asked: > Where is Ossicus? Hmm, it seems that a lot of people don't know basic Olympian geography, so I'll share the map I picked up when I started. It's not great, but at least you'll know (about) where Ossicus is.

----- Begin included map -- CLIP AND SAVE ----- This is a rough map of Olympia. It is inaccurate in some places, and is not to scale, but shows the major continents and seaways.

/=================================================\ | | /================\ | unexplored | | Map of Olympia | | . | \================/ | ooooo ooo . . . | | oooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooo | (not to scale) | ooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooo | | oooooo WC ooooooo ooooooo EC oooo oo | WC West Camaris | oooooooooooooooo oo oooooooooooo oooo | SC South Camaris | oooooooooooooo oooooo ooooooo ooo | EC East Camaris | oooooooooooo oo SC ooooo ooooooo | TB Torba Bacor | oooooo ooooooooooo oo oooooo | | oo TB oo | | o oooo oooooooo | N | . oo . ooooo . oooo ooooo | | | ooooo ooooooo | W-+-E | ooooooooooooooo ooooo | | | . ooo DR ooo ooooooooooooooo . | S | ###### ooooooooooooo | | oooooooooooooooo ooooo . | Map edges wrap E-W | oooooooooooooooooooo ooooooo oo | | ooooooooo*oooo PR ooo ooooooooo ooooo | | oooooo oooooooo ooo OS oooo oooooo | DR Drucartan | oooooo oo ooooooo oooooooooo oooooo | # Uldim mountains | ooooo oooo oooooo oooooooooooooo | | ooo oooo ooooooo oooooooooooo | PR Provinia | S oooooooooo | * Imperial city | oooo ooo . ooooooooooooo ooo | OS Ossicus | oooooo ooo oooo TO oooo oooooooooo | | o WI o oooooooo oooooooooooooo | S Summerbridge | oooo ooo oooooo ooooooo RI oooo | WI West Ilion | ooooooooooooo oo oooooooooooooooo | TO Tollus | . oo KR ooooooooo ooooooo ooo | RI Rimmon | ooooooooooooo . ooooooo . | KR Krussos | oooo . | | | | unexplored | . small islands | | \=================================================/ ----- End Included Map -----

The Peace Guy asks: > Who is the Clan with No Name? No, Who's on First.

-- The Answer Guy

Clan of no Name, do you also pee in your pants when you see you own shadow?

Yo Ho Ho

Hot town! Summer in the city. Back of my neck's gettin' dirty & gritty. Been down, isn't it a pity, Doesn't seem to a shadow in the city. All around, people lookin' half dead, Walkin' on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head.

Ooooo, Son o' Swishbuckler, you're sssooo macho. Are you going to follow in your father's footsteps and become the scourge of the sea? If so, where do I sign up?

A Poem From The Shadows

The poetry that fills these pages is written from a lack of wit; is the poorest I've seen in ages and isn't worth a load of s...

So I kill the rats, right, and they have better than 10 gold each, and I'm wondering, where were they keeping this gold, and do I really want to know about it?

Ha Ha Ha!

"another 25 gold into the pay chest, and boy do I need it, another boring month sailing to the LC"

"I want a shoehorn, the kind with teeth. People should be shot, for stating their beliefs. I want a shoehorn, the kind with teeth!"

We need a WAR!!! It is getting boring!!!

> Clan With No Name, your time has come.

World domination already? I wasn't expecting my time to come for ages yet...

OK, Answer Guy. Answer this if you can.

If you submit 60 days worth of orders for your characters. Will they execute the second 30 days worth of orders if you do not submit a turn?

This Answer Guy makes for the best reading in this publication. All else pales into insignificance. Why is not more wit and intelligence shown in other such wordings? Perchance those who write lack the necessary skills? I for one, have this turn passed, passed the 50% mark of all skills. Yet my solitary mage has reached but 20%. Where might my mage obtain such training to help him more on his way? He seeks scrolls on the why's and wherefore's of Scrying. An offer of 1,000 gold is made but for one scroll that can teach such archane magick. This monies is being turned over to the Bank in readyness for such a time when a Noble of this realm deems it fit to teach those who are lesser in the Art.

How dare you call yourself Son o' Swishbuckler. Swishbuckler was as swishy as they come. If he were alive he'd bend you over a barrel for suggesting that he dallied with women.

I begin to see why this large desert island is still unclaimed. Nice view, though.