According to town gossip, Vanner has quit and left his items in "lost and found" for other people to pick up when the timer runs out. He is said to have dropped the stuff in the morning of October the 26th 2012. Items in lost and found are kept for one month or three months game-time. Assuming a month is 30 days, that is 72 real hours for one game month and 216 real hours for three game months, or exactly 3 and 9 real days.
The timer on the post above means he dropped it before 7.40 am pacific time, with some error depending on how it rounds to the nearest hour. He might have dropped it earlier, I will be asking around. But since some of the cheaper stuff will be released monday, it will provide a correct time for when the really expensive stuff is released the following saturday.
There is a 3-second logout in the tavern so it is safe for anyone trying to grab these. Some players could theoretically block off the tavern with players andor an artificial barrier, but a polymorphed minotaur could also bust through. However, with the current community I predict the item-grab to be civilized... at least among the game's high-levels.
Vanner quitting has led to the return of two people who he used to kill:
His power unchecked, Hate has once again declared himself King.
Update: Confirmed to be between 6 and 6:50 am pacific time
It is fun to drink a polymorph and temporary become the most powerful creature in the game. I found two tricks to make playing a minotaur easier;
1. His major weakness is health recovery. But he can wear two healing gloves. Combining with the rest bonus from standing still will allow him to heal from 0 to full health in about 10 minutes, rather than 30 minutes. He also has a chance of consuming a normal healing potion.
2. He has hard hitting attacks but a slow attack rate. Axes about every 5 seconds and headbutts about every 10. This means hit-and-run tactics work well - running away from monsters, charging in to attack, then running away again.
I killed the Grand Shaman with help from another player. I think it is possible to solo the room as a minotaur with the right technique and items, I will post a guide if I manage it.
Trying to work out what he meant, I found a passage of several doors in the orc cave, followed by a descent:
The feature which seemed to most impress people was the smooth lightning from the torches. Perhaps because it contrasts so strongly with pixelated graphics.
Unfortunately the final door closed as I was peaking through. All I could do was listen to the screams of Nightman, Vanner, and Jasimae:
Just joking, they survived:
The Grand Shaman has a spawn timer of about 25 minutes and is normally surrounded by Shamans. None of the new items dropped in the first two kills, but a few people stayed to farm him so I suspect at least one has been discovered by now.
I gather that the keys to the doors are dropped by shamans and disciples. There are many additional disciples in the lower level. There could be an emerging market for keys, but high-levels could also keep control of the circle to avoid having to unlock the doors.
The area would be a very high risk if sketchy players are online. The lower floor has just a single exit, with doorways narrow enough for one player to block.