Recently was messing around with SmaugFUSS 1.9.2, and experienced something similar, but the issue was an entire area.
Was working with Gods.are, had already aassign'd it to myself, then made changes, used foldarea. On reboot of the MUD, all changes would be lost.
Ensured I had all the working permissions in the directory and for all the files (using chmod for rwx perms), tried again, still no change and same issue.
You experience any of this while you were sussing this stuff out? If not, I'm going to form a separate forum post, but figured I'd ask first.
gods.are in FUSS inherited a little quirk from the original SMAUG distro...namely that it had 2 rooms, 1 object and 1 mobile, and the vnum ranges for each were set accordingly. If you tried adding additional rooms, objects, or mobiles to gods.are, you have to make sure that you bump the vnum ranges before building in the area. Basically, you need to do the following (in this order): This assumes you want to increase the vnum ranges to 1299...suit yourself.
AASSIGN yourself the area
ASET gods.are hi_room 1299
ASET gods.are hi_obj 1299
ASET gods.are hi_mob 1299
OCREATE 1299 last object
MCREATE 1299 last mob
That should fix you up, hopefully. Maybe a 'fixed' gods.are should be included in the FUSS distro...
Hope this helps.