(This is part of my journey playing through Ultima VII. You can follow the entire series on the Nostalgia Lane page.)
My growing party and I shell out a few gold to spend five hours in a nearby inn, then return to the Blue Boar Tavern to see if we can catch the evening show. We hunker down at a nearby table, but the waitress seems to keep ignoring us in favor of the other patrons, including a lady who eats on top of the harp. At least I’m amused that when I click on a seat, all four of us find seats and sit down.
Meanwhile, many MMOs still have problems with the concept of “sitting in chairs,” making me wonder how advanced we are, really.
I feed my party out of our own backpacks and just keep sitting there. I reckon I’ve spent an hour or so in this building doing pretty much nothing so far. That’s productive!
I couldn’t find any information about when the Avatars played in the Blue Boar other than “evening,” so I sat around from 5 o’clock on. The action starts up at 9pm, if you’re wondering — that’s when all of the NPCs start moving, with the dinner crowd emptying out and the evening crowd coming in. The Avatars set up on stage and — I am so beside myself in excitement after waiting so long, it’s not even funny — they just stand there.
For three hours.
And that’s it. No song, no music, no chat bubbles. Just some NPCs fiddling around. I’m really disappointed and I kind of wonder if this is a bug, because it really makes sense that there’d be a little ditty or SOMEthing here.
At least the game keeps internal logic/: