Tynian: Version 3.85
Sun Dec 2 23:20:32 2001
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Moved the Sentry-to-unaligned PK penalty from 300 hours to 250.

Created new item type, the crystal sphere. This magical item can
be used by any class that has practiced the 'sphere use' ability, and is
triggered by the 'empower' command. The spheres are not strictly
random.

Created new item type, the spell crystal. This item is not
strictly random, and not currently documented. I want to give you a
chance to figure out what they do, how they are used, and the possible
benefits. Once they have become better known, they will be included in
the helps. Spell crystals are unstable, and will eventually decay if
they are not used.

Reduced the experience penalty for killing a mob that just
re-popped.

Fixed several bugs with the mage code and hunt.

Made some changes to the object spell casting code, to work with
spheres. It is possible that these changes have impacted other spell
casting items (e.g. wands, relics, etc.), but cursory testing showed no
issues.

Made a change to turning, dealing with unaligned casters. Still
needs to be tested.

Re-wrote some of the code dealing with cleaning up objects dropped
on the ground. Testing looks fine, but please let me know if you notice
strange things happening with decaying equipment.

Lowered retention of ideas to two months, in order to shorten the
list to a managable level. Unfortunately, I annotated most of the
messages on the list at the same time, which started the purge timer
over for a majority of the list. I may increase this back to 6 months
in the future.

Updated HELP ITEM USE TABLE, HELP MAGIC ITEMS, HELP EMPOWER, HELP
SPHERE USE.

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