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Patch Notes for Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A small patch was applied this morning. It includes bonuses to enchanting, changes to rift, arena, and seige times, several bug fixes and our new combat lockboxes!

Click here to see the full patch notes!


Extended Server Maintenance, Wednesday January 30, 2012

Weekly scheduled maintenance will occur tomorrow beginning at 5:30 am Central time. A small patch will be applied - patch notes will be available tomorrow morning.

The patch will require a slightly extended maintenance. We expect maintenance to conclude by 11:10am Central.

The store will also be updated at this time. The store is expected to be back up around 10am Central. Thank you for your patience!


New Beginnings New User

2013 is the year of new beginnings! Join us for the New Beginnings Event in Aion Ascension, beginning tomorrow, January 30, to February 16! New users get some awesome bonuses from the New Beginnings Event:

First, every 20 minutes that you are logged into game, you will receive an Ascension Crystal, up to a maximum of 12 per day. These can be used to purchase armor pieces, a weapon, or accessories that will put you on the fast-track to getting leveled up and geared up in game! These crystals will show up in your quest cube!

Additionally, new users will get the bonus of a 10% increased drop rate throughout the event. When joining a party, this drop rate applies to the whole party as well! Note – the effect does not stack so having additional new users in a group still results in a 10% increase.

Handy Tip for New Users! The 10% drop rate increase also increases the rate of white drops – which are often just considered “junk.” Be sure to head back to town and sell these otherwise unhelpful items to any vendor! It may not seem worth it at first, but trust me it adds up! If you faithfully sell all of your “junk” to a vendor, you won’t be a millionaire, but you’ll certainly have Kinah to buy things you need and want as you level! Be sure to check out the Fast Track Server, where you level twice as quickly as well!

All items are level 40 items with the exception of the Shrewd Tunic, Flash Jerkin, Mercy Hauberk, and Courageous Breastplate, which are level 30. The level 40 pieces are similar to level 40 PvP (Abyss) gear items. These are to help you get into the game and on your way to gearing up quickly! Remember that the event only lasts for 2 weeks so plan how you want to spend your Crystals wisely!

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New Beginnings Current User

The New Beginnings Event starts tomorrow, January 30 and runs until February 16!

Current users level 50 and above will receive these nice bonuses during the New Beginnings Event. First, every 30 minutes that you are logged into game, you will receive a Veteran Crystal, up to a maximum of 2 per day. These can be used to purchase Kahrun Bundles, Insignia Bundles, or Relic Bundles (each bundle costs 1 Crystal).

Additionally, new users and returning users receive a 10% increased drop rate. If you group with a new  or returning user, you receive this bonus as well!


New Beginnings Returning User

The New Beginnings Event begins January 30, and returning users can get handy bonuses during the event!

First, every 30 minutes that you are logged into game, you will receive a Veteran Crystal, up to a maximum of 6 per day. These can be used to purchase Kahrun Bundles, Insignia Bundles, or Relic Bundles (each bundle costs 1 Crystal).

Additionally, returning users running an instance have a chance to receive a Returning Daeva’s Bundle from bosses in many popular dungeons! Only returning users can loot these. They have a chance to give items such as combat rations that grant boosts to hp and mp, useful scrolls, and manastones, enchantment stones, and even godstones! These drop from bosses in most instances level 25 and above (Dredgion and Crucibles not included).

Returning users also benefit from an increased 10% drop rate during the event! Continue your journey in Aion during the New Beginnings Event, January 30 to February 16!


IP Blocking to Combat Illicit Behavior

In our ongoing efforts to combat RMT, the Aion team will begin blocking IP addresses from China from Account Creation due to high RMT traffic. In the coming days we will closely monitor the effects of this action, and may block additional IPs that have prevalent RMT activity on a country-by-country basis.

We extend our apologies to any innocent players potentially affected. Again, this applies only to Account Creation currently. Existing accounts playing from a Chinese IP address may continue to play at this time.

Please note that proxies have become an integral tool for illicit behavior in MMOs, and as a result we do target them when we undertake anti-RMT efforts. However, legitimate latency reduction services are recognized, and a proxy will not be banned unless it is confirmed to be part of unsanctioned behavior.


Maintenance Wednesday, January 23

There will be a scheduled maintenance period tomorrow, Wednesday, January 23, from 5:30 AM to 9:00 AM Central Time. Thank you for your patience during this maintenance period. During this period, block lists will be cleared and queued server transfers will take effect!