Monthly Mithril Bonus Update

Posted by John Thornhill | 2021 Jan 07 17:13 -0500 GMT

We've retroactively corrected an issue preventing the new monthly mithril bonus from applying to certain subscribed accounts.

Any accounts that qualified for the bonus mithril (were actively subscribed on December 18th, 2020) and did not previously receive it should now see it in-game and will be properly rewarded going forward.

Please note that most subscribed accounts were already properly rewarded for this bonus mithril and will see no change in their mithril balances.

Emergency Server Maintenance - Ywain

Posted by John Thornhill | 2021 Jan 06 21:19 -0500 GMT
Update: Ywain is once again online!

The Ywain server is currently down to correct some hosting issues.

We are working on getting the server back online as quickly as possible and expect it online within the next 2 hours.

Thank you for your understanding and appreciate your patience as we work to get Ywain back online. 

Monthly Mithril Bonus to Subscribers

Posted by John Thornhill | 2020 Dec 21 09:59 -0500 GMT
A new monthly Mithril bonus has been added to all subscription packages!

  • Every subscribed account will now receive this bonus mithril currency automatically every month their subscription is applied or renews!
    • 1 month subscription package: 100 bonus mithril
    • 3 month subscription packages: 125 bonus mithril each month
    • 6+ month subscription packages: 150 bonus mithril each month
    • Bonus mithril will be automatically deposited 72 hours after a subscription is initialized or renewed.
  • Any accounts that were currently subscribed on December 18th will receive their bonus mithril for this current month and will receive it going forward on that subscription's renewal!
    • For example, a 3-month account subscription that was initiated on December 1st, 2020 will receive their 125 mithril bonus for the first month now, then will get their second month's 125 bonus mithril on January 3rd 2021 (72 hours after their renewal date) and their third month's 125 bonus mithril on February 3rd 2021.

Friday Grab Bag - 12/18/2020

Posted by Community | 2020 Dec 18 16:08 -0500 GMT
Welcome to the last Grab Bag of the year!  Don't worry though, the Grab Bag will return in the New Year :)

Just a note to remind people about our official DAoC Twitch stream Saturday night! Join us for a bird's eye view of the frontiers, good chat, and of course our giveaways :) This Saturday's stream is a special giveaway stream as we'll be giving away the following (in no particular order):

  • 30 Charge 50% RP Bonus Potion
  • Max Character Boost
  • Name Respec
  • 3 Month Game Timecode
  • Race Respec
Do not miss this!! It's also the last stream before the holiday break :)
Prizes are limited to one win per person. The stream starts approx 9:45PM GMT / 4:45PM EST with the first giveaway starting at 10PM GMT/ 5PM EST!

Thanks, as always, to everyone for your questions! You can submit any questions relating to current development plans, to request clarification on basic game mechanic questions, or questions on community issues through the Grab Bag Submission form. For any other feedback or suggestions please use our feedback form.

Continue on to the questions! 

Keep and Relic Adjustment Live Notes

Posted by John Thornhill | 2020 Dec 17 21:28 -0500 GMT




Relic Guard Dynamic Scaling
 

  • Based on feedback and in an effort to make keeps and a small number of relics easier to defend for outnumbered populations as well as to reduce the difficulty of attacking realms that hold 5+ relics, all Elite Relic guards, relic temple guards, and the normal but high-purple con "Elder" guards will now scale their difficulty up and down depending on how many relics a realm holds.
    • Realms only holding 0-1 relics will see the highest difficulty guards defending their realms keeps and relic temples.
    • Realms with 2 relics will see little to no change from current guard difficulties.
    • Realms holding 3 or 4 relics will have slightly less powerful but still red-purple guards defending their keeps and relic temples.
    • Realms holding 5 or more relics will have significantly less powerful, orange-red guards defending their keeps and relic temples.
  • Currently the number of guards spawned will not change but this is another lever we can investigate if the above changes do not go far enough in addressing these concerns.


Climbing-Spikes adjustment


  • Based on feedback and in an effort to allow other class archetypes room to shine in keep sieges, the following changes have been made to heavy tank climbing spikes:
    • Hero, Warrior, and Armsmans' climbing spikes ability has had its cooldown increased from 60 seconds to 3 minutes.
      • Additionally, a new debuff lasting 45 seconds is fired when climbing-spikes is initiated that increases damage the Hero, Warrior, or Armsman takes by 15% from all sources.


Protection Obelisk and Keep Upgrade System


  • A new system's first pass has been implemented that will enable players to upgrade specific aspects of a specific keep to better tailor its defense as well as to get more use out of keeps their realm owns.
  • Each feature will be added individually so that game and siege balance can be observed with these new dynamics one at a time.
  • Keep Upgrades will be purchasable at the new Master Stone Mason NPC to the left of the staircase in each realm's inner keep.
    • Please note that this feature is only available in New Frontier keeps and is not available in any tower or Knoc Meayll's keep.
  • The first keep upgrade available is a Protection Obelisk that can be purchased for bounty points.
    • This obelisk spawns to the right of the staircase on the main floor of the inner keep. 
    • When the Protection Obelisk is spawned, keep defenders can right-click their keep lord to receive a significant damage reduction buff so long as they stay in the inner keep's lord room or roof area.
      • Leaving those areas will result in the buff being removed though players can simply revisit their lord to get the buff again.
      • Like relic guards, the effectiveness of this buff will scale based on the number of relics your realm owns.
        • Realms with 5+ relics cannot obtain this buff.
        • Realms with 3-4 relics receive a 25% damage reduction buff when staying within the lord room or keep roof areas.
        • Realms with 2 relics receive a 50% damage reduction buff when staying within the lord room or keep roof areas.
        • Realms with 0-1 relics receive a 75% damage reduction buff when staying within the lord room or keep roof areas.
    • The aim of this upgrade is to improve the ability for defenders stuck inside the inner keep to take more risks and be less fearful of attacks by attackers in the courtyard.
    • Additionally, we hope to see more dynamic battles in and around the 1st floor of the inner keep as enemy realms will want to destroy the Protection Obelisk before advancing into the lord room and facing significant damage reduction buffs on their enemies while defenders will want to maintain this advantage.
  • We very much look forward to observing how this first upgrade fares and what new tactics we may see out in the Frontiers!
    • There are several other additional keep upgrades being discussed as well as more ways to redeem the upgrades - by completing myriad gathering quests around the frontier - so stay tuned!


Relic and Keep Reset


  • All of the above notes are now live but in order to facilitate these new changes and dynamics all keeps and relics will be reverted to their default state at 11 AM EST / 4 PM GMT tomorrow, December 18th.

 

 

Midwinter Festival Event

Posted by John Thornhill | 2020 Dec 17 19:58 -0500 GMT
  • Realm Point, experience, and crafting bonuses are now live!
  • Bounty points are yours if you can once more assist the surly Festival Steward and the friendly Cargomaster!
  • Celebrate Midwinter in style with our new cosmetic offerings!
  • The Frozen Medal of Honor and Frozen Cloaks of Midwinter are once again available!
  • Battleground Presents are there to be gathered and are now uncapped!
  • The Frozen Cavern instance makes its return!
  • The Traveling Merchants have set out their wares!
  • The Twelve Days of Midwinter gifts are being wrapped!
  • Enjoy a stroll through housing to see the wreath and candle-adorned doors and windows backlighting the lovely decorations and layouts of your fellow realm-mates!

The Midwinter celebrations will start today and run until January 12th, 2021.
The 12 days of Midwinter event will begin on Monday, December 21st!


Read on for more details!

Ywain Status Update, Account Center and Mithril Downtime

Posted by John Thornhill | 2020 Dec 15 10:07 -0500 GMT

Update: Maintenance complete! The Account Center is now available.

Update: In-game Mithril transactions are once again online. Account Center maintenance remains underway.

The Ywain server is back online after experiencing some hosting issues this morning.


The Account Center will be down for maintenance today from 10 AM EST / 3 PM GMT for an estimated 6 hours.

During this downtime the Account Center and its related services as well as in-game Mithril purchases will be unavailable.

Friday Grab Bag - 12/04/2020

Posted by Community | 2020 Dec 04 08:26 -0500 GMT
Welcome to the penultimate Grab Bag of the year!

Our November newsletter went out recently and included a peak at what changes and updates we're working on! If you're not signed up to get the newsletter every month in your inbox, sign up here now! 

Speaking of coming to the end of the year (and what a year!), our last Saturday Dev Giveaway stream of the year will be a giveaway extravaganza, with many prizes up for grabs! Make sure you tune in to our official DAoC Twitch channel on December 19th for that, and throw a follow to the channel so you can get notifications on when we're live :) More details on that will follow in our final Grab Bag of the year on December 18th.

Thanks, as always, to everyone for your questions! You can submit any questions relating to current development plans, to request clarification on basic game mechanic questions, or questions on community issues through the Grab Bag Submission form. For any other feedback or suggestions please use our feedback form.

Onwards to the questions! 

Friday Grab Bag - 11/20/2020

Posted by Community | 2020 Nov 20 16:11 -0500 GMT
Time for this week's Grab Bag!

Thanks, as always, to everyone for your questions! You can submit any questions relating to current development plans, to request clarification on basic game mechanic questions, or questions on community issues through the Grab Bag Submission form. For any other feedback or suggestions please use our feedback form.

Continue on to the questions! 

Harvest Celebration Event

Posted by John Thornhill | 2020 Nov 19 18:57 -0500 GMT

Event Notes


It's that time of season when the leaves have changed color and are steadily falling, when the wind arrives with a chill and the scent of chimney smoke, and the bounty of the year's harvest is ready to be served and celebrated!

Harvest Quest


  • The realms are humming with anticipation for their upcoming feasts and local festivals!
    • Help the realms' Festival Steward recover a lost shipment of food!
      • The repeatable RvR quests '[Harvest] Lost Turkey' is now available at each realm's strength relic town at the Festival Steward NPC!
        • Earn bounty points for your efforts!
  • The Harvest Event will run until Tuesday, December 1st, 2020.


Farmer's Market Festival


  • The Farmer's Market Festival makes its return to the following locations:
    • Albion: Ludlow
    • Midgard: Vasudheim
    • Hibernia: Ardee
  • Visit the Festival Matron and go bobbing for apples to earn some house trophies!
  • Let Captain Mack in Albion, Captain Marks in Midgard, or Captain Geddes in Hibernia regale you with their tales of a shark THIS big on the high seas and see if you can avenge their crews to earn the Sharkblood Bracer!
  • The Farmer's Market Festival will run until Tuesday, December 1st, 2020.


Mithril Shop Update




The General Merchant's Mithril shop has two HOT new items this month! (groan)

  • Make your character sizzle with the Wings of Flame!
  • And turn heads with the scorching new vanity pet, Moz!

RvR Bonuses


The following bonuses are active for the duration of the event:
  • On Ywain:
    • 25% bonus to RPs from kills
    • 50% bonus to normal XP gain in all classic and shrouded isle zones and dungeons.
  • On Gaheris:
    • 50% bonus to normal XP gain in all classic and shrouded isle zones and dungeons.
    • 50% bonus to normal RP gain in the capital cities.
  • In each Capital City:
    • 40% Bonus to Crafting Speed
    • 20% Bonus to Crafting Skill Gain

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