You’re So Critical! Art & Thought This Week

It is once again that time of the week when we all perambulate to Egypt’s newest installations, drink cheap wine, and gaze upon them officiously murmuring “It’s so post-modern.” The following Art and Thought pieces await your critiques:

  • murtha: Mosaic at OE cs 1031 6911
  • OneBanana: Windsong and Bijou 1414, 3011
  • Talos: Tomb Of Immortal at SThought 1289, 3566
  • Huggz: Dancing Waters fountain opened at 1372, 3268
  • Eimear: Windsong at 1537, 2856 RP CS
  • Eimear: Glider at RP 1244, 3355 -(north of S Worship, in the big C)

Is your piece not on the list? Please submit it to the Daily Scarab for inclusion in next week’s list!

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Travel Time Cut in Half at CSs!

The zFree Guild in River Plains recently completed a 7th Pyramid of the Distant Plains, and with the completion of this Pyramid, a bonus has now been applied by Pluribus to CS travel between all points in Egypt.

As explained by Silden, using Travel Time to travel between CSs from River Plains was previously:

  •  3h44m20s to DoS
  • 2h57m30s to MV
  • 5h32m55s to 7L.

Thanks to the 7th pyramid, travel time on the same travel routes has now been cut in half:

  • 1h52m10s to DoS
  • 1h28m45s to MV
  • 2h46m28s to 7L

And there was much rejoicing across the land!

Automated Looms within Eye-Sight

Loom Automation, the tech that will give everyone all over Egypt the glory that is Automated looms, is very nearly complete at the University of Architecture in Eastern Grounds! By contributing to complete the research, anyone will be able to go to the EG U Arch, get the tech, and build automated looms in a compound anywhere.

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All that is required is 758 eyelets, cut from ANY gemstone.

Donations of eyelet cut gemstones and cuttable gems can be made in the Auto Loom Donations chest in RP 1537, 2856, just 5 seconds from the River Plains CS (look for the Obelisk!)

Why do you want an Auto Loom? Because they are FANTASTIC. Load the loom with thousands of thread, twine or wool and the Auto Loom will spit out canvas, linen and wool cloth like MAGIC. No more END timers, no more tapping a loom every X seconds… just pure textile wizardry.

Please drop off your donations of cut eyelets and/or cuttable gems to make this magic happen. And if you are willing to join the “HELL YES I want Auto Looms, let me cut some eyelets!” crew, please /chat Eimear to get on the list of gem cutters. Thanks so much!

Art & Thought for Voting This Week

Loads of combined Art and Thought pieces this week – more Critic bang for your travel buck!

  • Madwife and Madman: Combined Formal Garden, Constellations, Tombs of the Immortal, Dancing Waters and Venery all at -326 8109 in CCR (exit the CS, run north, keep running north!)
  • Lilyoptra: Windsong in 7L at 1395, -1164
  • Istwan: Pulse of the People survey, Hexaglyph, Pathmaker and Constellation just east of South Egypt CS: 1100,-5600
  • Branco: Tomb of the Immortal at River Plains 1490, 2831 (15 seconds west of the RP CS)
  • Eimear: Prismatic Opticon at 1535, 2857 in RP 10 seconds west of the CS (at the obelisk)
  • OneBanana: Bijou table in the zFree art compound in RP at 1414 3012 (the one with the bonfire in front of it, and is apparently easy…)
  • Zhukuram: Gilder at OE 1051, 6871 behind the CS.

Is your art or thought piece not listed? These items are pulled from Egypt Today but humans miss things. Make sure yours is included: submit it directly to the Daily Scarab!

Store Opens, Includes Monkeys!!!

MONKEYS ARE HERE! The T7 Store has officially opened and among the benches, statues and other decorative items ($5 – 10USD), both t-shirts ($15USD) and MONKEYS are available to order.

  • Regular Monkeys (bought through the store for $60) are delivered via a PIN code in your receipt. You can redeem it via Utilities > Enter a Promo Code. You can choose gender when unpacking and the outfit variables are random.
  • Player Meet Monkeys (bought through the store for $75) will be hand delivered to your inventory by Pluribus. These monkeys come with a choice of gender and of outfit colour!

All monkeys come in a Monkey Bag, which you open using Special > Open the Monkey Bag. After that you can pick up and drop your monkey like any other item. Except cuter. And dancing!

The second T7 monkey, named Steve, is now at the RP Chariot, monkeying around:

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Pack Your Camels: Player Meet 7 – 9 October

The 2016 Player Meet and schedule in Aurora, Illinois has been announced. The meet will take place from 7 – 9 October (Columbus day weekend) and online registrations are now open. The $75 cost covers:

  • Friday: Drinks and snacks at Pluribus Games HQ
  • Saturday: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Sunday: Breakfast

Vegetarians, vegans and others with specific dietary requirements can message Pluribus after booking to be accomodated.

Accommodation is organised at Candlewood Suites Aurora but cannot be booked online at the discounted rate. Reservations should be made directly through the front desk Manager at 1-630-907-9977 Ext 502. You can also book through the front desk at extension 0, quoting ATITD Group for the group rate.

There’s a full schedule of events and optional events for all three days. (Anyone who doesn’t want to Art Walk or traipse through a garden is welcome to hang out with Eimear, who will not be hiking anything.)

What’s more fun than hanging out with other players, harassing Pluribus, and playing games? MONKEYS! Everyone ordering a $75 ticket to the Player Meet gets a monkey, which are now also available to everyone for $60 in the new store!!!

River Plains L1 Scarab Garden Open

The River Plains Level 1 Scarab Garden has just opened for voting. As with most L1 gardens, several entries are of the “Please make this stop; I don’t want to grow ANY MORE CABBAGE” variety, but one or two reflect real effort and are well worth your time and your vote.

The RP Scarab Garden is immediately adjacent to the RP CS and 30 more votes are currently needed.

Diamond Tipped Tools Disappoint

All that blings is not gold, it seems. The hotly anticipated Refined Smithery tech, not seen since Tale 2 and recently opened in Eastern Grounds, is now available after a quick bug fix. Refined Smithery allows the making of swanky sounding Diamond Tipped tools, but early feedback is that there is little advantage to these tools.

According to Sunstrider, posting in Egypt Today,

About the diamond tipped hatchet: it seems to reduce the basic wood timer to 37 seconds but other than that there is no difference to the usual hatchet (same quality influence i guess)… So if you got a nice woodrun spot in which you can circle around with no interruption with the normal hatchet, the diamond tipped won’t help at all.

In short, Diamond Tipped Hatchets cut more cleanly, allowing trees to recover faster, an attribute that is of variable utility depending on how you gather wood. With Diamond Tipped Hatchets costing 3 Bronze and 250 Powdered Diamonds in Tale 7, current wisdom is to save your diamonds for other, more fruitful uses.