Event Tool

In-game player tool for Ultima Online

I had an idea for an in-game tool for Ultima Online, called the “event tool”. This uniquely colored canvas, only superficially similar in function to Guildstones and Factions stones, would allow a number of guilds to collect their efforts into developing enhancements for player-driven events and activities.

All the Participants attached to the event tool would be able to “feed” the tool with such resources as logs, ingots, and gold, and these resources would automatically convert into “event tool points”. Event tool points would be used by the Director of the event tool to generate deeds for special Actors (superficially similar to player Vendors), house or “lawn” Ornaments, Props that can be carried, and even a limited amount of Adversaries.

Community leaders and Guildmasters which have groups split onto multiple Guildstones would be able to enhance play for their respective groups without conflicting with Guildwar or Faction wars mechanics. For example, a player-city could have an event stone that includes those characters on its Citizen Guildstone (which is not involved in any Guildwars or Faction Wars), its Guard Guildstone (which is involved in temporary Guildwars but not involved in Faction Wars), its Mage Guildstone (which is not involved in Guildwars but is involved in Factions Wars), and its Rangers Guildstone (a splinter of the Citizen and Guard Guildstones which maintains permanent Guildwars with role-playing groups but is not involved in Faction Wars). All these subgroups would be able to enjoy the benefits of the event tool.

Non-Participants would not be overly affected by the application of the event tool by any specific group, as event tool created entities will not be able block, attack, be blocked, or be attacked by non-Participants.

The complete event tool concept can be read at http://www.hurm.com/guild/ideas/eventtool/. Please feel free to make any comments on the BS&R message board at http://www.sitepowerup.com/mb/view.asp?BoardID=100433. (A zipped version of the current event tool documentation in RTF format, openable in most word processing programs, is available here. It is about 12k in size as a Zipped archive, and about 12 pages long.)

Purchase, Placement, and Recognition

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Purchase: Deeds are sold by an NPC “Stage Manager”.

Placement: Double-clicking a deed will activate the deed and place the event tool, as per the placement rules, below.


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There are two primary ways to participate with an event tool: as a Guildmember of a listed participating Guild or as the Guildmaster of a listed participating Guild. A third type of participant is the event tool Director, himself.

Members List: the following items appear on the event tool’s members only list. This menu is also the initial/default menu when a participant of that event tool double-clicks it.

Guildmaster List: Clicking on the “Access Event Guildmaster Functions” option (located on the Members List) allows access to the special event tool Guildmaster menu for the appropriate characters.

Director List: Clicking on the “Access Event Director Functions” option (located on the Members List) allows access to the event tool’s “Director menu” for the appropriate characters.

Event tool Actors

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This BS&R page was last updated on Sunday, 25 March, 2001