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Snow Tree Question

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Endrik Siege wants to know.

So one of the new anniversary gifts is a "Snow Tree". I saw someones house on sonoma that had one, but it was set to Private and I could not go inside. My question is... Are these new trees coded the same way as the Apple and Peach trees where they cast a shadow on every level of your house underneath them, or did they actually do these right and code them so that they cast no shadow in sub levels? Does anybody have one yet who can tell me one way or another? Thanks.

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That's a good question. I believe we were planning to do a fix for them for displaying in Felucca anyways, so it'll be borne in mind.

Tim "Draconi" Cotten -
Lead Designer -
Ultima Online - EA Mythic


Thanks for the response Draconi, I hope I didnt come off too harsh in my original post. I have taken a few programing classes, and I have nothing but respect for those that are able to program... its definitely not my forte. And hearing that you are at least looking into a fix for these really lifts my spirits. These trees make awesome deco, I hate not being able to use them more.


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For the curious, this is a client related bug.

When UO was created, they chose to associate specific "flags" with every piece of tile art. For a 2D tile based game, this can be very fast and efficient, at the cost of being unwieldly and prone to conflict with later uses of the same art.

For instance, there exists flags for art like tree foliage (note that the trunk is a separate piece of art) such as... dun dun dun the "Foliage" flag, the "Background art" flag, "Weight", "Height", etc.

The 2D client has different ways of rendering the art depending on the player's position, state, info from the server, and those flags. The loss of foliage in Felucca is just a tweak in the client that disables anything with the "foliage" flag.

Shadows are yet another special case, and they play weirdly depending on the flags. We'll look into it.

(BTW, other things are directly associated with art, like item properties, resources, etc, and that just scares us)

Tim "Draconi" Cotten -
Lead Designer - Ultima Online -
EA Mythic

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