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NEWS => NEWS => Topic started by: Aristox on March 08, 2013, 06:01:39 PM

Title: March 8th, 2013 -- A New Wipe, Same Slaughter
Post by: Aristox on March 08, 2013, 06:01:39 PM
Welcome Everyone,

I usually end these start of wipe posts with the thank you portion, but I
am going to start with it this time.

The number of people that put work into this game has dwindled pretty
steadily over the years, so the few of us left have to work harder to keep
things afloat.  The majority of the work during the wipe down time and
every other time has been done by Hoss (creation, the iron fist of justice,
keeping my stupid ideas in check), Sanjuro (creation) and Scrappinak (sys
admin).  Without those 3 we would either be shutdown completely or I
would be running the game off one of my old cell phones.  Thanks guys,
you make any effort I put in appear worthwhile.

A few people contribute in minor ways from the immortal side, but without
them things would only get worse.  Flook fills our get-crap-done role, if
there is an annoying task he is the one to carry the water.  Starmis is our
de-facto webmaster.  Flair tries to assist where he can, but we mock him
more often than not.  There are lots of other people over the years, too
many to name, so I am just listing the people that have been recently
helping out.

Next I want to thank YOU, the players.  Without people using the game,
posting ideas, posting bug reports, shouting stupid stuff and killing
everything in sight, this game would be a pointless waste of space. If you
keep coming back, we will keep trying to improve the game and at a
minimum keep it up and running.  Thanks.

Specifically I want to thank all of the people who donated money to the
game.  We are no longer running on free servers, and the cloud is definitely
not free.  We have enough money on-hand at the moment to continue
running the game for another 3 to 4 years.  Fully 50% of the donated
amount was given by one person.  Another 25% was given by another
person.  Those 2 people are keeping the game up for you. If you know who
they are,  help them gain some ranks or something because they are
awesome.

This new wipe is hopefully a transition for the game.  We are still working
on Project Lube and hope to make the next wipe start on that codebase,
but it is a large project and we have other things going on in our lives, so
do not be upset if lube slips again (pun intended).

With all the formalities out of the way, here is what you really wanted out
of this post; the changes list.  Enjoy,


General Changes:

Changes Detailed Elsewhere:

Class Changes:

Barbarians:

Black Robes:

Clerics:

Dark Knights:

Druids:

Magic Users (and all robed mages):

Paladins:

Red Robes:

Scouts:
No changes.

Shamans:

Thieves:
No changes.

Warriors:

White Robes:


That is all there is, there is no more.

Thanks for playing,
--Aristox
Title: Re: March 8th, 2013 -- A New Wipe, Same Slaughter
Post by: Dagda on March 08, 2013, 06:10:38 PM
You guys put so much into this, thank you for keeping it up and running and keeping it fun.
Title: Re: March 8th, 2013 -- A New Wipe, Same Slaughter
Post by: Jorquin on March 08, 2013, 06:11:37 PM
mountain scouts still op?
Title: Re: March 8th, 2013 -- A New Wipe, Same Slaughter
Post by: Mick on March 08, 2013, 06:12:28 PM
Cool changes.

Wrist Lantern on lvl 1 is nice.
Title: Re: March 8th, 2013 -- A New Wipe, Same Slaughter
Post by: Bakr on March 08, 2013, 06:17:23 PM
Cool changes, thanks for the work.
Title: Re: March 8th, 2013 -- A New Wipe, Same Slaughter
Post by: Gnua on March 08, 2013, 06:24:11 PM
Thanks for all the work. By the way will the stat deficiencies of the various races be published? The news post about races only posted advantages.
Title: Re: March 8th, 2013 -- A New Wipe, Same Slaughter
Post by: Ezio on March 08, 2013, 06:33:58 PM
Fun stuff. Thanks for the hard work, and the not so hard work!
Title: Re: March 8th, 2013 -- A New Wipe, Same Slaughter
Post by: Bryton on March 08, 2013, 06:38:02 PM
looks great, but shamans needed to be nerfed.

Druids para needs to be buffed because its 1000x worse then hold person and hold person isn't even a book spell..

oh and lightning storm sucks might as well remove it from the game.

and one last thing! warriors will being doing 200dam now with punch bash?
Title: Re: March 8th, 2013 -- A New Wipe, Same Slaughter
Post by: Rinad on March 08, 2013, 06:57:24 PM
what is the start eta?
Title: Re: March 8th, 2013 -- A New Wipe, Same Slaughter
Post by: Tajs on March 08, 2013, 07:10:58 PM
Thanks! I'm sure all us players appreciate that you guys (imms) actually notice us :)
Title: Re: March 8th, 2013 -- A New Wipe, Same Slaughter
Post by: RaVaN on March 08, 2013, 07:42:19 PM
Would like to say thanks myself.  This game has always been in my opinion one of the best games ever made and is the only game I do play.  So thanks to all for giving me an awesome game to while away the long cold winter!
Title: Re: March 8th, 2013 -- A New Wipe, Same Slaughter
Post by: muddeer on March 08, 2013, 07:51:49 PM
Would like to say thanks myself.  This game has always been in my opinion one of the best games ever made and is the only game I do play.  So thanks to all for giving me an awesome game to while away the long cold winter!

ditto
Title: Re: March 8th, 2013 -- A New Wipe, Same Slaughter
Post by: octan on March 09, 2013, 08:58:22 AM
After the first 12 hours of grinding and still stuck at 22 and looking at the xp thats required to even reach 28.  I think this is a sentiment shared by the majority.  This current XP system is ridiculously hard.  You have to consider that the player base is aged with jobs and families.
A better option would have been old xp tables removing the group bonus at like 25.

Anyway I hope this feeling is only felt by me and not the majority or the player base will probably dwindle if it's the latter.
Title: Re: March 8th, 2013 -- A New Wipe, Same Slaughter
Post by: octan on March 09, 2013, 09:35:23 AM
Oh, I'd like to thank you guys for putting your time into this awesome game that has kept us addicted for nearing 2 decades already! :)
Title: Re: March 8th, 2013 -- A New Wipe, Same Slaughter
Post by: Willoe on March 09, 2013, 05:29:43 PM
OC - yes, it is much more difficult to level now...Perhaps this will make less trash characters as well as make the game more fun for a longer period of time. I'm sorry you aren't enjoying leveling but I personally think that having it be more challenging is a great idea.
Title: Re: March 8th, 2013 -- A New Wipe, Same Slaughter
Post by: octan on March 10, 2013, 03:43:13 PM
"make the game fun for a longer period of time"

"but I personally think that having it be more challenging is a great idea."

Imagine this, yore level 29 and you die you instantly lose 8M and THEN you try to go solo xp with all the xp zones you did for the 84th time is maxxed.  Tell me how fun that would be.

I mean I know this is meant to stop trash chars which I totally agree.  But this gimps the soloers, this was implemented BECAUSE of the group XP (xp being too easy) thing, but having 10M xp from level 23 to 24... don't you think it might be too much?  Just imagine how it would be hard for people soloing? I play a sky scout this wipe, which cant solo anything meaningful.

Ok, lets say I SOLO and manage to kill a 50k xp mob and it takes me 5 minutes to do it because of regenning back hps etc.

10,000,000 / 50,000xp = 200 mobs
200 mobs multipled by 5 minutes = 1,000 minutes
1,000 minutes / 60 minutes = 16.6667 hours playtime
play 8 hours a day = 2 WHOLE days of leveling up just from level 23 TO 24.

and that's not including anything that happens in between like sudden deaths etc.

and seriously, this is NOT a challenge of skill or wit, its a challenge of being able to grind.  and grinding to me is not a challenge, its a waste of time.


Title: Re: March 8th, 2013 -- A New Wipe, Same Slaughter
Post by: Rhys on March 10, 2013, 09:00:04 PM
opt lfg
Title: Re: March 8th, 2013 -- A New Wipe, Same Slaughter
Post by: octan on March 11, 2013, 12:44:00 AM
Very good positive change for the death xp to be just 1/5 of the level.