Open Beta Coming Soon?

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Directly from the Salem Facebook Announcement:

Future pilgrims and excited colonists to be!

As you might have noticed there are no longer ships leaving daily from England to bring you to the New World. But do not fret!

Our great King Charles I has stated that He, in all His Holiness, “Can’t wait to get rid of those wretched Puritans and criminals!” — which we at court interpreted as “There will be more ships leaving soon, carrying many to the New World!”

Salem Facebook Announcement

Account Issue & A Bug Fix

Those of you who have either played alpha or Pre-Commercial Salem and have decided to recently come back and play may have find that they are unable to transfer their old Paradox accounts over to the new system.
loftar said that Paradox Connect has stopped responding as of October 2nd, and TotalyMoo confirmed that Connect is down permanently. If you are unable to play the game now, but were able to before should try contacting TotalyMoo at with your account details, although you will most likely lose your original account name.

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Ass_Kraken, also known as DDDsDD999, has managed to uncover a new server crashing bug involving looms on Sunday, October 14th, reported in IRC.
Fortunately loftar was around when Kraken accidentally crashed the server and was able to fix this bug immediately.

He had tried to contact loftar earlier in IRC about this strange and serious bug before the bug managed to crash the server. Well done, Kraken!
Let us congratulate you on your beta testing ability, please accept this fancy memorial loom picture as a gift!

“There you go again”

Just the same old same old.

There you go again!

Cheif Poop is still rambling on about his newb killing spree even after he was killed multiple times. Badich and Co. seem to have had a lot of fun with it, damaging The Apple pretty harshly, but it’s just another key to the midway; the Scalping thread still goes on forever with fabulous tribal photo-shopping (or MS-paint) skills.
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Big Apple bitten by Samsung

“Round 2″ of Russians vs Chief, that Wildvlad mentioned in MrEllu’s trap thread proved to be a fake, and it seems it had nothing to do with the Chief at all, unfortunately for them. Hopefully we will hear of a real Round 2 soon.
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There you go again!

Just another boring rehash of Chief’s rampage is told by alloin, known under a multitude of names such as Wishy, Zacchaeus, TaxCollector, King Charles and so on.

Thank You town, darkness modified by MvGulik

The difference, though, is that this self-appointed King and his slaves hide deep in the darkness town called Thank You. They claim to be collecting taxes from us puritans, who are no longer subjects after Cromwell cut Charles’ head off at Whitehall on 30 January 1649 and ended the absolute monarch forever.

Taxation without Representation

But just like Chief, they only go after the poor players for taxes and never visit rich towns even after staxjax invited them officially by giving away his coordinates for free.
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~ Editorial Notice ~
We regret to inform our readers of the cancellation of the article “Interview with the Dead” dealing with the vile child-killer known as Chief Poop, and 2 other articles on BTK due to a strange epidemic of coma attacking all three writers in charge. We suspect some foul magic is at work here.


lennfinan said he had spotted a Conquistador in Boston. But with no plate, tall boots, nor gloves.

According to Glenn, this mysterious Conquistador, who could possibly be checking if there were any demands for slaves, offered to sell his red-and-yellow-striped outfit to Glenn for a million silver and his “soul”. It’s a relief that he didn’t accept the offer, or our colony could have been doomed.


Vigilance had some fun stealing peaks. He might tell us what he was peeking at in later news. We do not know what yet, but he should be entertaining us all, hopefully.
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ometimes players surprise us with how charitable they are, but often you forget such surprises after running across horrible events or taking a look at the most active threads.

anox, a pious puritan doing good deeds in the New World, has tried to share such random acts of compassion on the forums. However, the thread hasn’t gained the sympathy of many and is stuck at one page. These actions may be too common for some puritans to talk about, but if you ever feel like sharing such experiences with others, feel free to share. No matter how much we love drama, it is nice to feel warm about your fellow players sometimes.
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Tumbleweed Rolling

he race for the next MPD award has been more heated than we had expected. Several candidates are pushing hard to win one in the forums every day, getting hinnomed one by one, but none seem to give up. Who would you vote for the next MPD award?
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The MPD Award

cammers seem to be prospering in Boston. Since most traders use alts, kinning before transaction does not seem to help. However, making a list of scammer’s names is not a bad thing and posting their names should be more encouraged. A describe option would really help as well, and hopefully we will see that implemented very soon.

The best thing you can do right now to stop scammers is to ask for their identity through forum pms and look through their posting history before making a deal. Confirm that the individual you are messaging on the forums is the same guy you are trading with in game. Many trustworthy traders make use of the forum, and value their reputations there. Still, there are some traders who love to be “notorious”, or may have many alt accounts, and will try to trick you. Following these steps will help bring us one step closer to eradicating scammers, even if it is a slow process.
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Forum thread for discussion
Failed thread but nonetheless

Flying Brazier spotted by Charmander

he Ragers of Lumberwood, yet again let rogoku, aka coonman, create another thread despite knowing his horrible reputation on the forums and IRC. According to the thread, rogoku and his mates have been threatening his neighbors of Trinity where wrath lives. Wrath is known to be naughty, “borrowing” stuff from neighbors without consent, so it is entirely possible that rogoku was only trying to re-obtain what belonged to him after being robbed.

coonman is dead again

People of Trinity do not seem to read the forums and did not respond nor ask for help from available rangers, all of which wanted a reason to smack rogoku. In the end, rogoku and Arcanist were tricked into a fight and killed by Vigilance disguised as Chief and Gunnar.

Vigi vs Yasso & Tim

Yasso, the leader of TROL has promised me on IRC that we would be seeing some new entertainment presented by them on the forums in the near future. I only hope that he will not let rogoku write up their story this time.

As of October 24th, Vigilance and Gunnar were summon-killed by Mushibag. Hopefully we can present you another story on this in the next issue.
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Misplaced posts
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exar is currently looking for a ranger to take care of a robber. He has posted a bounty of “900 gold”, people are still unclear if he means to offer 900 silver, or some other unknown currency. I hope some noble rangers will help you, no matter what you are offering, Lexar!
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arwoth and his crew planned a trap, and it seems they managed to catch a few Russian players in it. MrEllu started a thread showing the site of the crime and put a stress on one of them saying “Entering Trinsic“, which is the name of one of the bases Darwoth was using, and shows a screenshot of this familiar hermit base as the criminal’s home.
The thread itself was pretty strange from the start when MrEllu was mentioning Chief Poop in OP and more so when one of the russians, Wildvlad said “Russia VS Cheif round 2″, because most forumers who had read the thread knew that this place did not belong to Chief, unless of course he was playing with Darwoth. “Oh forum drama… first thing to read when i woke up”, MrEllu once said in IRC. How can he pretend to be unknowing, and leave his rangers uninformed?
“Russian mafia hitmen are an endless resource”, MrEllu said in one of his posts after Darwoth successfully killed those Russian rangers. Would a noble citizen choose such a phrase to talk about the noble rangers he hired with his petty amount of silver? I cannot help but doubt it.
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ylan started his literature in CoH, called “A Pilgrim’s Journal” and it currently has 5 entries. It deals with the traumatic misadventures of a young pilgrim, related in the form of a diary. The Courant eagerly awaits the next episode of this dark tale.
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re our volunteer moderators abusing their power on the forums? Maybe, maybe not. You can laugh out loud with sabinati‘s new thread in CoH on this and you may be able to find out if they are actually abusing or not. You find it bizarre? Maybe you need to learn the true fun of trolling and being trolled!
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amerZakh started making his videos again. One of his latest videos introduced the Courant in it! Thanks, GamerZakh! (you cannot die from swimming though! you get KO’d when you run out of phlegm.)

GamerZakh’s youtube video

The Invisible Hand – Market Update

©Paradox Interactive

We have again compiled a database of the items up for trade in the forums. Our selection procedure was as follows: Reject any trade threads which had dropped off the top page, remove any threads which were special requests, leaving only the active, established merchants. The minimum, maximum and average prices for items with a competitive market, as well as the change in average price, are listed below.
5 traders:
  • Nails: 10-20s, average 15.6s, -5s
4 traders:
  • Leather: 10s
  • Brain: 6-10s, average 7.5s, -14.1s
  • 0% pure iron bar: 80-90s, average 85s, -19.3s
3 traders:
  • Spanish Sabre: 65-100s, average 85s, -24.4s
  • Metal Shovel: 75-110s, average 95s, -27.8s
  • Metal Axe: 80-120s, average 100s, -43.7s
  • Pumpkin Pies: 12-15s, average 13.3s
  • Bluebeary: 18-15s, average 22.7s
2 traders:
  • Cotton seeds (price for 50): 25-100s, average 62.5s, -6.2s
  • Rabbit Steak: 2s
  • Venison Steak/2 cuts: 3-5s, average 4s
  • 0% pure ore (price for 24): 30-120s, average 75s
  • Lime (price for 24): 50-60s, average 55s
  • Rattler serum: 150s
  • Mineralogical Survey: 12s, -1.1s
  • Stringy Sinew: 5s
  • Singing Old Log: 10-15s, average 12.5s, -0.3s
  • Lovers Locket (unknown purity, assume 0%): 110-120s, average 115s, -6.2s
  • Backpack: 60-65s, average 62.5s, -11.6s
  • Conquistador Helmet: 100s, -10s
  • Sweet Bambi: 7-8s, average 7.5s
  • Walk on the Wild Side: 9-10s, average 9.5s
  • Lobster Mushroom: 3-4s, average 3.5s
  • Mushroom Pie, 12s
  • Waxing Toadstool, 2s
  • Witches Hat, 4-5s, average 4.5s
  • Cabbage Cakes, 10-12s, average 11s
  • A Side of Venison, 10-12s, average 11s

The metal market prices have dropped sharply in the last month, in part to increased competition and increased supply, as we would expect as we continue to discover the abundant mines in the New World. The Courant expects this fall to continue, and urges merchants focusing largely on base metal or metal tools to diversify as soon as possible. The highly competitive and profitable pure metal market is not represented in the above selection, and the intense competition in this sector is also causing prices to drop very rapidly.

Most other markets seem either new or relatively stable, with the exception of the Backpack market, which has dropped significantly, for the same reasons as the base metal market.

In addition to the items listed above, there were 69(!) types of item on offer from only one shop. Due to the limited nature of our data, we cannot tell how well particular items are selling, and we assume that many of the items that are only on offer once are not being sold at all.

We could not find any items which increased in value, so the following “investment tips” are based purely on our instincts and experience. Be aware that the value of your investment may go down as well as up, and the Courant is not liable for any losses incurred by the reader.

  • The pure metal market is one in which increased work (prospecting) will bring hugely increased profits – selling rods may increase competition in the long term, but the purest rods on offer will still be able to be sold for vast sums.
  • We believe there will be a booming trade in food, both base and high purity. This is already evident in the difference in the list of offered items from last month to this month. We encourage budding supermarkets and farmers to streamline their manufacturing techniques, as the profits in this sector depend much more on the efficiency of the production line than in metal. We advice those who can offer pure food to advertise this fact in a prominent location.
  • Similar comments apply to certain types of crafted inspirational, for example Mineralogical Surveys and Flower Arrangements. The market for these appears to be rather stable, but we believe there are still profits to be made here.
  • If there is a sudden influx of new Colonists, due to the Crown relaxing the borders, we expect the base metal and tools market to boom again. We suggest that merchants stay prepared for this eventuality.

There is also trade going on off the forum, conducted through the Salem IRC, for example. It is often possible for consumers to obtain lower prices by checking on the IRC, and merchants may find desperate customers in the same way.


Karen's public domain image
R.I.P. Mushibag
Slain at the hands of Time Warner Cable Internet on October 3rd, along with his alt, Raoul_Duke. Many alts were sacrificed to save him, but it was all in vain.

by Anonymous » Oct 4, 2012


Karen's public domain imageR.I.P.
Pilgrim Robed Player
Your character will be forgotten but your Scalping Screenshot lasts forever

The Chief will never forget the light in your eyes and the pep in your step when promised 200 silver to step off the boston claim. Never has somebody loved by so few provided laughs to so many. May you make it more than 4 hours in your next life.

by jwhitehorn » Fri Oct 19, 2012

Karen's public domain imageHomosexual lovers, Gunnær and Vigilance, age 10 and 58 respectively, were cut down after a night of rough yet tender loving. They were killed with Mushibag‘s sword, Akalimainijahd, given to him by Bait. The two lovers managed to whisper “I love you” to each other before their last breath.

Gunnær enjoyed pumpkin seeds, snake-skin boots and blazing braziers for the light they made while he made love with Vigilance, and for their haunting mooing sound.

Vigilance enjoyed tumbleweeds, pocket watches and singing logs for how they sang Barry White upon request and for their haunting mooing sound.

by Ass_Kraken » Wed Oct 24, 2012

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Salem’s Latest and Greatest Fashion- The Hermit

Practical Hermit Woman

Practical Hermit Man

Odd Hermit male in a schoolgirl dress

Why not? Who is going to see you? You’re a Hermit. Without pants your man-parts are free to dangle in the breeze as nature intended, and if you’re looking at your blurry reflection in a lake, well that’s free adult entertainment right there. ^_^

Halloween is almost here, please post your best Halloween look!

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An Interview with Loftar and Jorb

What is your general opinion on the current state of the game? Are we having fun yet? Have you been murdered by anyone?
Jorb: Had one fight, both of us walked away from it. He with some stuff from my farm. Um… idk. Like the general nuts and bolts of the game I really, really like, and by and large it usually feels fairly well balanced and whatnot. Like the basic grind on the farm is pretty sweet. But the game is clearly lacking at the top end of things. But, yeah, things like inspirationals and their interactions with the bodily fluids and how all those systems kind of feed into one another. Those things I like.
Loftar: Needs more content, obviously, but we all knew that. :) Indeed; I think it is our unanimous conclusion that the basic model of character development turned out even better than we actually thought. I haven’t been playing as much as Jorb, but the LP model has really grown on me.
Jorb: Myeah. Also things like fast travel and siege are just so much more contained and under control here compared to Haven.

I am a bit dismayed, as I’m sure you are, of the abuse of the fast travel system in salem, like meeting alts in Boston to exchange resources.
Jorb: Well, it’s a nice thing. Obviously it’s going to be abused to hell and back :)
Loftar: I am quite split in the issue of Boston, indeed. :)
Jorb: Yeah. The game will never have true locality as long as there is Boston… But Boston is fun :( I love going there and just watching people.

I’m sure you both have seen some discussion about claims and summoning, etc. Is it intended behavior that one can be summoned at any point on the claim?
Jorb: Nope
Loftar: It was intended, but only before we realized its full implications. ;)

How much different has it been working on Salem vs. working on Haven? Do you actually go in to the Paradox office regularly, or just occasionaly for meetings?
Jorb: Occasionally for meetings, but it feels like regularly ^^ We go there maybe…  every other week or so?
Loftar: I feel that the way we used to work on Haven was very different, actually. The pressure of actually having expectations from the ones who pay us are making a difference, for sure. In some ways good, but in other ways bad.
Jorb: Myeah. For better or worse we aren’t making all the decisions.

What’s the best thing about working with Paradox (or a publisher in general)?
Loftar: In some ways, I actually do get more concrete stuff done with expectations hanging upon me, but then again, I feel I have less peace of mind for the kind of reflections that are also necessary.
Jorb: They have certain standards. That’s a good thing at the end of the day I think.
You feel like you have to make rushed decisions to meet deadlines?
Loftar: Well, we don’t actually have many deadlines. That’s one of the good things about working with Paradox. :) But, you know, it’s hard to prioritize code cleanups and other such reorganizations when I know there are visible things that “need” to be done.
Jorb: It kind of keeps us a bit more honest in our ambitions.
Loftar: Or just general mental reflection over the state of the code. I’ve felt at many times that I’m losing my way in the local context. Doing too many small changes without integrating them fully into my mental model of the system as a whole. Then again, there are many small changes that I’ve made that I probably just wouldn’t have done if I hadn’t had those expectations, and that’s a good thing. But, well, yeah, Paradox have actually been overall rather pleasant to work with, in that they really don’t bother us that badly. ;)
Jorb: There are people who take a very material interest in our delivering. That’s obviously going to be good and bad. Generally speaking they have been fantastic and extremely understanding. And helpful and generous and a whole bunch of other nice things.

What about the way you two work together has changed? Back in the Haven development heydey it seemed that you two would get together one evening a week and work on the game until the wee hours, and beyond that, not much. 
Jorb: In retrospect I think we worked more on the game than the one dev session really gave away, though.
Loftar: Well, the main thing that has changed is Jorb moving to the other side of Stockholm. ;)
Jorb: I know I spent a lot of my spare time doing graphics and whatnot.
Loftar: Indeed. Outside of the dev sessions, I did spend a lot of my time pondering, indeed, the state of the code and doing cleanups and other such invisible changes.
Jorb: Myeah. And playing the game, obviously.

Do you guys have an office now for Seatribe? Or do you get together more frequently?
Loftar: Nah, we both work from home.

What is your biggest frustration so far with salem?
Jorb: Hmm
Loftar: Not having 48 hours a day to work on it? :)
Jorb: Idk. The general “slow” pace of development always frustrates me.
Is it completely impossible to hire any more people?
Loftar: I think it is before it has proven that it’s able to earn its keep, at least. :) There’s of course the mythical man-month problem, as well. Hiring someone would obviously only slow down development initially.
Jorb: At this stage hiring feels kind of pointless, for that matter. I mean… the hard things are basically done. It’s downhill from after multiple servers. If we could get on, say, the Haven schedule of like one nice content patch a week I’d be happy with the pace I think. Frustration occurs when we go months without meaningful content patches, and by meaningful I don’t mean the patches where I randomly add more inspirationals and whatnot.

So, how are things progressing with multi-server support?
Loftar: Well, further, at least. I think it’s not too far until I can at least have multiple servers up without travel between them. And even with inter-server travel implemented, we were planning to wait with actually allowing it, so that new servers have a chance to develop somewhat “in peace” before existing characters from other servers are allowed to set foot on them. Which means that that level of support should be enough to actually start up another server.

Do you have a plan already for the method of travel between servers?
Loftar: Primarily, we were planning to add coaches, quite simply. Initially, at least.
I’m assuming that one could not simply walk, of course…
Loftar: Indeed. :) Either way, it would be a bit boring to not make some kind of mechanic for it. It should at least require some kind of resources, I think. The coaches probably silver, I guess. I wouldn’t mind other means of travel, though.

A coach and possibly other methods like a ship or something would be available to hire for silver, and they would whisk one away immediately? Or would there be some waiting period?
Loftar: Well, I’ve just imagined them whisking you away, but then again I’ve almost only thought of it in terms of implementation yet. I haven’t really considered the actual mechanics yet.

Is there any time estimate on multiserver?
Loftar: Not really; I cannot estimate times. ^^ It’s one of my weaknesses. :)
Jorb: It’s like kryptonite.
Loftar: At times I’ve tried to make something up, but I’m always wrong anyway. :)
Jorb: … Loftar just squirms and becomes physically unable to respond ^^

What are your plans for after the multi server update?
Jorb: Meaningful gear is my plan. And mordor. And more creatures.
Loftar: The immediate other thing that Paradox wants to have ASAP, or rather yesterday, is a new, pretty client UI. ^^ They’ve drawn most of the graphics.
They just wanted a reskin?
Jorb: Some functional changes, but marginal on the whole.
Loftar: Well, it’s never “just” a reskin, but that’s what it looks like, at least. :) It needs to be coded in that it’s drawn differently. But, indeed, the functional changes are marginal.
Jorb: … but to the untrained eye it is basically a reskin. Or, perhaps rather, a skin :) Because the present UI isn’t exactly worthy of being called a skin in the first place :)
Loftar: Yes, but Ender and Apxeolog will probably have fun times. ;) Especially Apxeolog, seeing how he manages the codebase. ^^ Well, his problem. :)
Did you add minimap radar? Waypoints?
Jorb: Haha, lol. Sorry. Those are all nice things, I know.
Loftar: Not intrinsically tied to the UI changes, at least, but both of those are features that we are considering. I’d rather prioritize new game mechanics than them, however.
Jorb: We’re having at least the radar at one point or another. Not having it is retarded. But, indeed, the game mechanics feel a whole lot more important.

Do you have some specific plans for how to make equipment meaningful, or what you’ll be adding to the darkness?
Jorb: Specific to some degree or another.
Loftar: Lots, to some degree. :) But most of it is not very fleshed out.
Jorb: We know what ballpark we’re in? But, I mean… you have to understand also that that is kind of how we work. We never really know what anything is going to look like until we actually do it.
Loftar: Indeed. We hardly ever even discuss actual details and such things before the hour when we put it in. Before that, we discuss things very abstractly. And it’s hard to even communicate it without using the… language that has developed between the two of us. :)
Jorb: We talk a lot in terms of incentives and general goal-oriented reasoning. Indeed. There is a fair amount of shared context, so to speak :)

Are there any other upcoming major milestones of content that you’re pretty sure will happen, like industries you want to add?
Jorb: I’m fairly certain that I will push for more developed wood and metal industries, i.e. more kinds of metal, better mining system, more high tier resources. And similar things for wood handling. When and how that materializes I have no clue :)  Animal husbandry is pretty high up on my list as well. I want a horse and a cart.
Loftar: I’ve also started to form some loose ideas on alchemy, so given some peace of mind I’m rather hopeful I’ll be able to flesh that out to something useful.


aoul_Duke is offering a bounty of 10,000 silver for destroying the whole town of Blind The King, now run by baronbowden. He was exiled from BTK and was trapped inside, and is looking for someone to rescue him.

On the other hand, baronbowden says they are quite certain that Raoul is a thief, taking advantage of the claim permissions. Whether it was a false accusation is blurred by MPD award holder Realak taking on the mission.

Raoul said that jwhitehorn, aka Chief Poop, had agreed to take the contract, but recently changed his mind.

“I can’t believe the Chief backed out. I thought for sure he was going to be able to handle it, as big as he talks,” Said Raoul in IRC.

In attempt to excuse his actions, jwhitehorn finally admitted his own death caused by Bait.

Bait said that he would take on the mission if nobody else did within 24 hours and continued killing more of Chief’s Doppelgängers.
Forum thread

rath, one of the IRC regulars, claims to have started building walls on South Boston Beach. He is considering of putting up a sign that reads, “all pass here die”. Wrath was looking for a well-secured fortress to settle in while trying to bug new players with his walls when he was killed last Friday.

South Boston Beach after an alt massacre

Despite the situation on South Boston Beach, Wrath said that the bodies piling up at the beach, where he was suposed to have his walls up, were not because of him. Some randoms killed alts for lolz calling it the “Milky Way”. Cause of Wrath’s death is for a yet unknown and unrelated problem.

the final moment of wrath

He was known to steal from unguarded settlements nearby. He was trading in Boston Centre for overpriced wheat seeds when fate finally caught up after his crime buff disappeared.

T-T-T, or Tyrone Tyrese Thomson, provided the picture and said, “Guess theres no retarded fence going around Boston”.

T-T-T, however, denied persecuting him. “Only pmed him to go to Boston”, he said.

reg0418, who lost 3 iron bars due to an unlucky encounter with a bear, scammed someone else in Boston for 5 iron bars with 10% higher purity, and called the victim “an idiot” last Tuesday. He claims to have scammed about 1500 silver in the last few days.

“The only people who get scammed for a lot are just idiots who deserve it. I’ve been scammed before, but never for more than like 50s,” he said.

He often appears in IRC and Trade Winds, and readers who ever decide to trade with him should be wary. His bragging in IRC gets more exaggerated by the day. Just last Saturday he changed his talk about scamming as to average 1k silver a day, and added his highest as 7k.
greg0418’s post

n the last issue of the Courant, I reported about the raid on Oin32 and his friends by Verde Selva as part of a Potpourri article. darnokpl objected to the event I described and left a complaint on the article and in the Courant thread.

He was not happy about the line, “destroyed the whole camp” and challenged the town bell feature by making Oin32 or a friend of his become the rightful mayor of the town bell he placed when he raided them.

In Pre-com Beta world, Sevenless had issues with a town bell whose charter belonged to someone else.  Although we have not heard any news on this bugfix so far, darnokpl claimed it was already fixed.

I promise my sincerest apology when/if darnokpl proves the feature to be fixed already and succeeds in making Oin32 or his friend a mayor.

We do not know, however, if Oin32 has agreed to this testing, nor if darnokpl has made any progress.
The said article of the last issue with comments
Forum thread where the wager is made
Sevenless’s Paradoxplaza thread on town bell issue

here has been some confusion on certain criminal acts as to which crime leaves what kind of scents. According to an unnamed source, jorb has confirmed that the “Waste” skill in Salem is the equivalent of “Vandalism” in Haven, thus vandalizing acts such as harvesting from claimed farms or digging soil from claimed land would be using “Waste”.

However, there seems to be an oversight on mining feature and currently mining ore from a claimed mine does not leave any scents. A prompt fix is expected.

unnar, known as one of the friendliest and most trustworthy players in Old World, has written the very first piece of Salem literature recently, after his long awaited come-back.

He gives his thanks to the kind hermit Stellar, who rescued him from a cricket and gifted him a backpack.
Gunnar’s comeback thread
Salem’s first literature

  ranger collected the bounty Ikpeip had offered and the deed was dealt.The background story is not known.

The perpetrator resided in town of AS, located at South end of the lake at [-26, 95] according to his thread. Lesser bounties for damaging the town and towns people are still available.
Ikpeip’s bounty thread

rakuleg is looking for a man with the nickname Owyn. Orakuleg’s village was attacked and he was killed. He unfortunately does not remember the name of Owyn’s village, but should start with “New Kv ***”.
Forum thread

our NPCs in the game are appealing to be named, according to Dallane. Three of them stay at the port of England to see you off to the New World, wishing you luck, another stands in front of bank in Boston, helping you for your silver needs.

Tylan has shown his talent of giving them well-thought out names. Whether he will be the Godfather of the NPCs or not is yet to be seen.

jorb said, “We’re going to eventually personalize and diversify the ingame shops a bit. Names will be had at one point or another”.
Forum thread

he man pretending to be loftar, that I mentioned in one of the articles in last issue of the Courant, turned out to be an important person of Paradox.

Gordon Van Dyke is head producer of WotR and industry veteran, according to TotalyMoo.

It seems Swedes love plaid shirts so much that the community became confused.
Silence Dogood might be in a deep trouble.
Check the pic at the bottom of the page
Gordon Van Dyke

Update : Swimming and Boats Implemented

The long awaited update has finally arrived and gifted us the ability of swimming and row boats to navigate through waterways in Salem world.

Announcement thread

Some players are saddened to hear that they could not walk on water like Jesus any more, but many others stepped in deep water to congratulate and enjoy this new feature. You would love this swimming animation for sure, as long as you have enough phlegm not to drown and get KO.

above – beautifully made video recorded by Lusewing

The severity of the phlegm use is rather mild compared to the one of the Old World, and unfortunately it does not seem to be lethal enough to drown a witchy woman for her innocence as King James I of England suggested in his book THE DAEMONOLOGIE.

Some players built boats right away and enjoyed their first voyages here and there.
First Voyage by Droj
Forum thread by Droj

In case your graphics are not behaving well with boats, Jorb mentioned to update clients for a better experience. Also, don’t forget, “Ctrl + Click” to get off the boat.


Karen's public domain image

Found bones on a beach,
Made the long walk to the church.
Now my friend can rest.

Goodman Lefalas, 30, died of dysentery earlier this month. Having suffered a sword wound to the stomach, he made it as far as the ocean before expiring upon the sand.

The Goodman was a great lover of inspirationals and exploration. He had dreams of mountain climbing which, alas, will never be fulfilled. He was also highly appreciative of women, and would often idle outside of the unused building in Boston that he insisted would be the town brothel.

Goodman Lefalas is left and mourned by no kin. His friend Tylan extends an invitation to the citizens of Boston to pay their respects during this Sunday’s mass.

by Tylan » Thu Sep 27


Karen's public domain imageR.I.P. Coronado
Was just another hermit trying to mind his own business.
Should have kept up to date on the game announcements.
You got your revenge, escaped the law, but could not outrun karma…

by pushedx » Sat Sep 29


Forum thread

Bugfix: Porta-alts & Tracking

Summoning a character without a homestead will now instantly kill that character.
by jorb » Wed Sep 25

The fix is implemented due to the abusive porta-alts, which raiders seem to have used for carrying loots back and forth quickly until very the fix. Many raiders had taken it as a feature, but this new patch shows it was never intended to exist for that purpose.

When in doubt, report!
Announcement thread
First thread that brought up the potential abuse of alts by painhertz

(On Tracking bug)
This bug should be fixed now.
by TotalyMoo » Wed Sep 26

According to many in the community, there was a tracking bug where you could track by using one clue alone. It was promptly fixed as soon as it was known to exist.

“This is still a beta so you are supposed to report these things as you find them, not use them for personal gain!” Said TotalyMoo in regards to bug abuse.
the split thread for the tracking bug

Salem’s Latest and Greatest Fashion: The Style of a Fine Man

Hello Fashion lovers! Ready to drool at the hot Salem men? I hope you will enjoy the two of the sexiest male looks I’ve found. I was thinking about putting a picture of a man in just snake boots and belt but without a penis it just looks sad.

~ The Indiana Jones Look ~

I love this look. It says fun, adventurous, loaded, and it makes a man look damn fine. I can just see this guy running from a giant tumbleweed.

To pull off this look is going to take a bit of work on your part. You are going to need a Plymouth Frock, nobleman’s Jacket, pilgrim’s hat, trapper boots, pants and torch

Modeled by Spazzmaticus

~ The Manly Green Pirate ~
Now just because you don’t have much doesn’t mean you can’t look fine. Most of this look is made with snake skins that you can find for free in old tree stumps. To look like this fine man you will need a snake skin coat, snake skin boots, snake skin belt, tan pants, a Spanish sabre, and a tricorne hat.

Modeled by Mary

If you think you have a fashion forward look please post in the forum thread if I like it I may just mite write about it.