Eye on Community 8.6.2010
It's been another busy week here at NCSOFT, and despite being infected with an officewide plague-like flu of sorts, we're still alive! We have a lot to talk about this week, so let's get to it!
We know that many of you have been patiently waiting for your Major Crowns and Suspicious Yellow Sacks as part of the Dash of the Daevas and Fight on the Right Side events. Obviously, we've run into a few problems distributing these items as quickly as we wanted to, so we're adopting a new strategy.
For the Dash of the Daevas crown rewards, we're going to issue every active Aion account 14 Major Ancient Crowns. Grats! These will be claimable one time through the Account Management page. Our current timeframe for distribution is sometime in the next week or two.
For the Fight on the Right Side event, we're going to be issuing the Yellow Sacks through a few in-game surveys next week. This survey will also only be claimable once per account.
Another project we've been working on is one that will improve our character transfer service by adding safeguards in place to prevent negative impacts on server balance. We're happy to report that we've finished the development on the system upgrades, and they're currently being tested. Once the testing is complete, we will reopen our character transfer service with dynamic caps in place.
While you wait for more information, we'd like to encourage you to meet with your friends and evaluate your play experience and server time zone. If you are seeking to change servers, we encourage you to consider adding your leadership and fighting spirit to a faction on a server with room for reinforcements.
We appreciate your patience during this difficult process.
Question of the Week
Ratburger of Vaizel asks:
"Why does NCSOFT staff only play Elyos characters?"
The idea that the staff members only play Elyos characters is advanced frequently in our forums or in chat. This myth appears to have been propagated because some of our forum avatars are Elyos characters, despite the fact we have multiple work avatars of both races. We actually do not personally play on our work avatars. We spend our time in game on our personal characters on separate accounts with no special skills and no god mode.
The truth is we have a multitude of preferences when it comes to race, class, and playstyle. Here in Seattle, the majority of us play Asmodians. To that extent, there's a secretive NCSOFT Asmodian Legion hell-bent on glowworm destruction.
In Austin, our customer service and QA team staff members play both Elyos and Asmodians. Some enjoy PvE more, and some live for PvP and battle.
In closing, our staff honestly doesn't have a favorite race. We feel that both races have advantages and disadvantages.
In Other News
Let's have a look at what's been going on in the Aion community.
Beauty and Glamor
Ninas of Israphel has done some spectacular work in retouching her character screenshots. Enjoy!
Behind the Mask
>Melakim of Vaizel, inspired by the artwork in Aion, decided to apply her artistic skills to make a real life item that matches an item of in-game apparel. She has created a fabulous leather reproduction of the Lepharist Mask.
Find That Named
In an earlier Eye on Community, we featured a player that provided the memopad locations for Asmodian monsters. Maxy of Spatalos has put together a nice list of Elyos named monsters for use in your memopad.
Asmodian Leveling Guide
Ever wondered what the best places to level are in Asmodae? SahirraSL of Siel has created a well thought out guide for players looking to optimize their leveling XP.
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