Increase in Phishing Activity

One of our largest and longest running fansites was the unfortunate target of a hacking attack earlier this week, resulting in the tragic theft of its e-mail database. While access to a list of e-mail addresses by itself will not allow anyone to compromise a game account, this list may be used for phishing, especially e-mail phishing. We have already seen an increase in phishing activity over the past week that may be a result of this theft.

The best way to avoid phishing scams is to avoid clicking links that have been sent via e-mail to you or posted in the forums. When in doubt, we recommend manually visiting official NCSOFT websites and navigating to the suggested areas yourself.

The NCSOFT and Aion domain URLs are:

For more advice on how to best take care of your game account, review our Play Smart page and the recent .

Fly safe, and remain vigilant!

Celebrate Valentines Day with Double Experience

Greeting Daevas,

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, we want to show our players some love in the form of a double experience weekend. On Friday, February 12 at 8 p.m. (server time), we will enable double experience. The experience bonus will run through the weekend, ending on Monday at 8 a.m. (server time).

To put the start time into context, we've broken down what time the double experience will start on each server. Plan accordingly!

East Coast Servers Start Time is 8:00 p.m. EST on:

  • Azphel
  • Israphel
  • Lumiel
  • Marchutan
  • Meslamtaeda
  • Triniel
  • Zikel

West Coast Servers Start Time is 8:00 p.m. PST on:

  • Ariel
  • Fregion
  • Kaisinel
  • Siel
  • Vaizel
  • Yustiel

Oceanic Server Start Time is 8:00 p.m. AEST on:

  • Nezekan

Spend a romanic weekend with your significant other leveling in Atreia. Nothing says "I love you" like a full experience bar. Well, that and some chocolate!

—The Aion Community Team

GSU's Message on Account Security

Greetings, all. I'm Scott Jennings, otherwise known as GM Luminary, working with NCSOFT's Game Surveillance Unit (GSU). I've been asked to take some time to speak for a bit on the fallout from the war that we've been fighting in our games against real money trading (RMT) companies and others trying to violate your account security, and how you can help in the fight.

Make no mistake—it is a war. One that you, our players, see the effects of whenever you play our games or visit forums related to our games. Many of you have noticed the decrease in bots, farmers, and gold spammers as a result of our efforts.

Double Experience Weekend Incoming

Greetings Daevas,

Who's ready for another Double Experience Weekend?! That's right! It's time to once again stock up on caffeinated products in preparation for a weekend without sleep. This Friday, January 22nd, at 8pm (server time), we will enable double experience. The experience bonus will run through the weekend before ending on Monday at 8am (server time).

To put the start time into context, we've broken down what time the double experience will start on each server. Plan accordingly and enjoy the double experience!

Chris "Kinslon" Hager Named Aion Producer

Greetings Daevas,

Now that we're well into a new year, we're going to begin talking about the almost overwhelming amount of things we have in store for Aion in 2010. It's only fitting that with the new year comes new leadership on Aion. As such, Chris "Kinslon" Hager has taken a step up from Associate Producer and has been named Aion's Producer.

You may know Chris already — he's been with NCSOFT since the fall of 2005. He has worked on multiple NCSOFT titles throughout the years including Guild Wars, Lineage II and Aion. His passion for games goes far beyond his profession: He's also a hardcore gamer that plays games across multiple platforms. Some of his favorite titles include: Bioshock, Mass Effect and the Legend of Zelda series (He's never been able to decide on a favorite.)

Solorius Festival Video Contest Winners

Last week the Solorius Festival Video Contest came to an official end. Since that time, we've been watching videos in an effort to narrow these fantastic videos down to our favorite ten. On Wednesday, 12 members of the Aion team were locked in a conference room to view the videos that made it to the finals. It wasn't easy, but we're happy to announce that we've chosen our winners. Drum roll, please!

First Prize: Twas the Night of Solorius
Nikole Gamble of Minneapolis, Minnesota

Second Prize: Shugo Baby
Amanda Hampton of Salt Lake City, Utah

Third Prize: Solorius Claus
Tim Asta of Seattle, Washington

Aion: Best MMO of 2009

Aion has quickly become one of the most lauded new entries to the gaming industry last year, battling its way to the top and earning high honors from those within the industry. Everyone here at NCSOFT would like to thank our talented development team, unwavering operations folks and most importantly our wonderful community. Our fans are what make this game great and we couldn't have had such a great year without you. We're looking forward to what great heights Aion will attain in 2010.

Best Persistent World Game, Best New Game of 2009, …