I think in one respect, Conteck did have a point - he was trying to TALK to another player. So was I, as it happened, at the same time. I was attacked too, and though I managed to evade death, I had to abandon unfinished my conversation, with a newly-graduated player about his choice of guilds.
In other MUGS which I have played, there has been one room where it is absolutely safe to talk; Avalon has no such room, although I think when I first started the Meeting Place may have been set up in this way. Perhaps, with the increasing aggressiveness of the Sorcerors, it is time to have such a room?