Now, by a show of hands, how many of you clicked on this expecting this to be bad news? Ok so, as you all are aware by now, unfortunately this lore has had a rocky start. Map issues, economy issues, item wipes, etc etc... We've heard from many of you, and I want you all to know it's not falling on def ears. Now that doesn't mean that every piece of feedback we hear we agree with or can implement, but much of it I think we can. So, let me begin with a personal apology for the map issues and the economy. Those both fall on my shoulders as Senior Admin to push and make work. As far as the map, we playtested it prior to lore launch several times. We spawned literal thousands of zombies with absolutely no issues. When the server went live, we had everyone join, and that's when the issues started. Those issues were: 1.) The map had tiles on it for trees and flowers, particularly in the mall area. Apparently, even though they had grass or dirt under them, PZ was reading them as invalid, and throwing up 20-30 error messaged for each player as they loaded into a new chunk. 2.) The natural PZ car spawns were throwing up an error I haven't seen before, which was basically 'invalid car location, removing off map vehicle spawns'. Considering we didn't have any off map, I do not know how to explain that one. Combine both of those together, the errors combined were crashing the server. Since then, we have turned off auto-spawned cars and spawn locations on the map, removed the tiles that were causing the errors, and I believe Legion increased the available memory on the server itself to help. Since then, no issues with the map crashing that I'm aware of. Now, on to the economy. Mind has been trying to push this, but with map issues and other admin related items, I didn't provide enough backup for him. He is the Lore Master, and has a lot on his plate, so that's on me. To that end, for those of you who haven't heard or haven't got, we will be providing cash to each player. Please let an admin know when you are online and they can spawn it for you. I will be publishing a price list for stores and non-player owned businesses tonight (as much as I can gather right now). Player owned businesses, like our wonderful mechanics for example, can set their own prices as they see fit. Events. So events will start ramping up now that we have solved the map issues, re-spawned items and cars, etc etc. I have seen what Mind has planned for the beginning, and I believe it is freakin' fantastic. There are a LOT of layers to the onion to peel off and uncover as players, but I won't spoil it for you. ALSO! Just for those of you who are unaware or forgot, there is a criminal arc planned for this lore. While criminals are *still* subject to the Astoria Police if they get caught, there will be a large arc for them to play (and for non-criminals to interact with and/or discover). Right now, we are short on criminals. I know right? So for those of you with a hankerin for a hunk of chee.... I mean illegal stuff, come on down!!! You're the next contestant on the Price is Wrong! We are also running benign events for players to gather, such as JJ's pool tournament at Frankies, the job fair and some other things potentially in the works. Finally, we have a happy announcement to end on! The admins, in conjunction with the Rand Corporation, would like you to extend a warm welcome to our newest admin, the ultra fabulous, Star! She will be joining the team tonight (or maybe tomorrow cause a lot to do tonight), and has already been helping us on her own. Star, welcome to the team! To conclude, I would like to right the ship further, get it running smoothly, and have an excellent lore. I encourage you all to join in, have fun, and if anyone has concerns, comments, criticism, coconuts or cash, please hit me up on PM's or otherwise, and I'll do my best to help out. In honor of the late, great Stan Lee - EXCELSIOR!!!