Eye on Community January 2011
First, on behalf of everyone here at NCSOFT, we wish you a happy new year to you and your family. May 2011 bring you everything that you have ever wanted in your personal, professional, and gaming lives!
As you know from our last issue of Eye on Community of 2010, we decided to move from a weekly to a monthly format to provide you more meaty content and a more interesting read. This issue was pushed back due to legal reasons. This threw a slight kink into the systems. However, moving forward we're going to work around those issues to bring you quality news and content. We apologize for the inconvenience.
This issue marks the start of this new format. In this revamped Eye on Community, the column will contain cornerstone topics and standalone feature articles. Cornerstone topics include the monthly summary (which you are currently reading) and community news, creative highlights (videos, screenshots, music, and so), and contests.
Standalone articles will vary from month to month. They might feature a player or a Legion, provide news from Korea (patch notes, videos, fan creations), share topics and quotes of the month, offer players' tips, focus on the most popular items recently sold on the Trade Broker, or deliver whatever other interesting information that pops up for you. The standalone articles will provide variety, so we give you as much entertaining and interesting information to read as possible through Eye on Community.
Let's come back to the highlights of this month, shall we?
The Aion 2.1 Part 2 update headed to the North American and European live servers on Wednesday, January 26, 2011. Aion 2.1 part 2 focuses on crafting in Aion, and includes new crafting recipes.
Regarding rifting, we also posted a Rifting Trial Update. The trial has ended and the rifting buff settings have been restored to the levels they were before the rifting trial began. We'd like to thank those of you who have participated in our rifting trial and are now hard at work analyzing this data. We'll be releasing more information as the team progresses through the rifting buff proposals created based on the survey feedback.
See you next month for our next issue of Eye on Community! In the meantime, have fun, and see you in game!
Topic of the Month
Aion® 2.1 Part 2 Patch went live on our servers on 26 January 2010. This patch is a third major upgrade to game systems in Aion; 2.0 Assault on Balaurea increased XP gain, 2.1 Part 1 increased loot drops and 2.1 Part 2 focused on improving the crafting system in Aion. A full list of the changes introduced in this patch is available in our Aion 2.1 Part 2 Release Notes.
Some of the highlights of 2.1 Part 2 included:
Reduced the quantities of materials needed to make 593 Elyos and 593 Asmodian kinds of crafted weapons, armor, and accessories of level 45-55.
Increased the chance of gathering rarer/more powerful materials from specific resource nodes.
Increased the drop rates of crafting materials, including Balic materials dropped by the Balaur.
Highlight of the Month
First Down of Mastarius in the West Interview
As you might already know, on Sunday December 19, 2010, Mastarius was taken down for the first time in the west on the French Server Suthran.
For those of you who never had the chance to meet Mastarius, he appears in the terrestrial Abysses when the two fortresses of Gelkmaros are under Elysean occupation. As you can imagine, having access to him is quite an achievement in itself and killing him an exploit!
We thought it would be interesting to go back to this event and interview one of the raid leaders to share with us the story of this fantastic adventure.
Can you introduce yourself? What's your Legion and what is your role in the alliance?
My name is Ansea. I'm in charge of the leader raid groups for Origine online in Aion. I'm part of the famous Origine online legion. We have been playing Aion since 20 September 2009. Our legion has been a core member of the Elysean alliance of Suthran since the beginning. Celestin, another member of the legion, is the founder and the political leader of the Elysean alliance. Origine online's raids, along with other veteran raids, are essential in faction vs. faction large-group play.
How long did it take to plan this raid on Mastarius? What were the biggest challenges you faced during the preparation?
Our preparation started two weeks before the victorious assault. We talked often with Oxandia (who's in charge of the MMORPG section for the Origine online website) about mounting another assault to defeat Mastarius using the information we gathered on our first try. Thanks to those discussions, we managed to re-motivate the Elysean War Council of Suthran and convince its members that we were now able to make a successful attempt. The will to win was so strong that we didn't need to argue much! Then Celestin and some others (including Assyl from Option and Aeternam from Creed) used their pull and charisma to mobilize the whole faction to help. (Some players were concerned about the length of the event because they knew that Origine online raids can last for up to 4 ½ hours!) On the day of the Mastarius attempt, Oxandia and Assyl spent a few hours putting the finishing touches on the assault.
What were the differences between this raid and the one you led last year on the Divine Fortress? Did you encounter any particular difficulties?
From the point of view of factionwide raid administration, setting up cohort leagues that helped players to find a raid quickly facilitated the raid. Also, Celestin created a faction TeamSpeak setup that made coordination easier.
As to game strategy, this raid was riskier than the Divine one was. In order to see Mastarius pop, you can't just wait for the exact moment. We needed to take control of the two Asmodian fortresses in Gelkmaros under one hour and then defeat Mastarius in enemy territory. And on top of all that, unlike during the Divine Fortress raid, where neither Balaur nor Asmodians could help the Dux, Asmodians can use an object to improve Mastarius's abilities and make the attempt harder.
Therefore, we had to clear Mastarius's zone of any hostile mobs before he would even appear, and that deprived the Elysean in charge of taking the second Asmodian fortress some manpower.
Personally, this raid was more about my own management of raid groups under my direct leadership because, unlike during the Divine Fortress raid, I wasn't in charge of leading all of the Elysean out loud on TeamSpeak. The Origine online raids were supposed to protect other Elysean raids during the siege of the Asmodian fortresses. Then our task was to force our way into the fortification while protecting the center of the enemy territory to prevent any Asmodian intrusion in the combat zone. We were so dedicated to our task that some of us, including me, saw Mastarius only in the last 30 seconds of the fight!
Some folks say Mastarius drops the best rewards in game. What was the loot and who were the lucky ones that got loot items?
Hmm. I'm afraid I can't answer that question. I think we got some armor pieces and an eternal-grade tome. To be honest, when the loot distribution took place, most of our raids had returned to defend the Upper Abyss against the few Asmodians that reacted! We sent an Origine online representative for every Origine online cohort that attended to roll for loot. Unfortunately, the representatives were even more unlucky than I normally am!
Personally, I would have preferred that all players who participated in such an event received a token giving each of them a chance to get something, but I don't make the rules!
What's your next target?
We're closely watching everything new that's been implemented with the recent Korean release of Aion 2.5 (described in the Aion Online PowerWiki).
In Other News
Let's have a look at what's been going on in the Aion community.
[Story] Adventures in Atreia
It's been a while but Gertrude of Perento has updated her adventures through Atreia story, go check out part 5, or read all 5 parts if you haven't already.
From Daevas to Daevas
"I really enjoy especially the double-XP-crafting week :D" Evita Spatalos
"I'm old and active veteran player, who still enjoy everything." Rillas Perento
"I want that GS for my temp :D looks cool by the way, I hope I have my temp 55 before the update." Unexist Perento
"Bugger you boys! I'm glad they finally have something girly and cutey lookin' for me to wear *pokes tongue*" Bunny Telemachus
Artwork of Note
We call this piece of artwork, "The Lonely Sorc"
By: Allenia from Perento
Another great drawing submitted to us, we call this one, "Chanter of Battles"
By: Nakiami from Perento
Artwork for free, as Frawd likes to put it, is accepting requests to draw your avatar.
By: Frawd of Israphel
Lastly, we enjoyed this piece and are titling it, "Ganked" (Only because it was already called that.)
By: Zaeres of Vaizel
Thank you to those who submitted artwork to our community inbox or on our forums. Keep up the good work. If you would like your artwork to be highlighted please post samples of your images in the forums and send us a PM or email us at email@example.com
The Atreian Stock Market (ASM)
My name is Snippit Magee, and I represent the newly created Financial Advisory Board. We're here to keep you in the know of what's hot on the broker and what you should sell quickly! Since we're a new team, we have only been able to start collecting data recently. But, as we grow and continue our financial projections, our Kinah Forecasting will get better. To get us started, we'll keep this report short and sweet this month.
For the month of January our Hot Items were Stigma Shards, Greater Running Scrolls, and Aether. This is rather obvious as you would buy stacks of these.
The highest priced item that was sold ended up being a Master Nanyu Bow with a price tag of 149,999,999 Kinah.
Until next time, keep your Kinah close to your pocket!
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