Fixing NPCs is easy do it while you're doing the other work.
Fixing HPQ you don't have to,just ask for help in Ragezone.com lol you don't have to do everything alone bro..
Adding more shops? what you mean,where?
Server online/offline on homepage is also easy function whice you can find in less than 1 minute in google.com,why you're trying to program it your self while you can find for such thing in 2 seconds,that's too much stress...
@Tiger: If Chao codes OldStory himself he understand what he is doing, what codes means and does. When there is a bug it is easyer for him to fix. Also you get more experience with coding so its better for the futher of OldStory to code evrything by himself.
@Chao: I think it doesnt matter what you fix/do the first. Just look at the players level, whats important and what to do first. Like the log in issues is a very important thing to fix first, mayby the server status is easy to code and it only takes 1 min doesn't matter. It is better that OldStory got a server online status like 99,99% so people can play when they got time.
Well actually there's a lot more that goes into adding pirate than you would think. It could take me a lot of time that I just don't have (new client, new source code, new installer, new php, new database)
I have a suggestion...can you add an alternative PQ? like if you said you can't get CPQ working can you do a Deme Boss PQ? I'll explane..like you got 5 rooms and ea room has a level requirement like room 1 30-35..and such...but with no bosses..with the original Carnival PQ mobs (Teddys, Trojans, Such....) hows that sound? possible?