Burn back the darkness at the Shadowguard Festival: August 30 – September 14

Burn back the darkness at the Shadowguard Festival: August 30 – September 14

Light up the night for some unique firework rewards and stacking doll décor for your house!

Starting at 12:01 AM UTC (-7 PDT) on August 30 and going to 11:59 PM UTC on September 14, you can participate in Falcorth Plains’s Shadowguard Festival!

To visit the festival, either take an event world gate at Austera, Marianople, Growlgate, or Diamond Shores to Falcorth Plains, or visit the area by foot. During the event, Falcorth Plains will be in Festival Law, which prevents PvP from taking place (except Guild Dominions.)

Daily Quests for Shadowguard Festival Coins (Level 10+)

  • Make fireworks with Kayman by combining Snow Lion Fur and Gunpowder.
  • Visit Fireworks Merchant Vukoph to craft a firework tradepack.
  • Deliver the firework tradepack by speaking with Fireworks Merchant Vukoph, and then traveling up the cliffs to Zeta.
  • Celebrate in style with Zeta by detonating your newly delivered fireworks!
  • Deliver 100 lumber to Tehasha to aid with the festival.
  • Help Umta lure and capture baby falcons to conserve the species.

Special Events

While the festival is ongoing, a special, new Shadowguard Rift will appear in Falcorth Plains at 11 PM in-game time, each in-game day. Retrieve the special rift quests from the Shadowguard Rift Recruiter in Falcorth to receive both Shadowguard Coins and up to 600 Honor for completing the quests.

If you consider yourself a brave soul, you can also visit Floors 2 and 3 of the Ayanad Library to kill monsters for Spirit Crystals. Visit Tehasha to begin this adventure! Collect 30 of them to receive 300 Honor and 30 Festival Coins.

Applications for the Blood in the Sand tournament are now open!

Applications for the Blood in the Sand tournament are now open!

The day has come, heroes! Applications for the Blood in the Sand tournament are now being accepted.

Assemble your teams, plan your group composition, and get your applications in early! Once your application has been submitted, the ArcheAge staff will review your team and let your captain know if the team has been accepted or turned away via their contact email address as soon as possible.

If your team has been turned away, fear not! You are welcome to adjust your composition, team name, logo, or other information and apply again after you hear back from us as long as it’s before the end of the application process. This gives you a chance to assemble a team with a good chance of getting into the Top Eight.

For more information on the Blood in the Sand tournament, make sure to read our announcement article. It contains all of the requirements you need before applying.

If you’re ready to fill out your team’s application, get started right here!

Get on your Nerdi Gras and join ArcheAge at DragonCon 2016!

Get on your Nerdi Gras and join ArcheAge at DragonCon 2016!

If you’re in the Atlanta, Georgia area this September 2 – 5, make sure to join us at DragonCon 2016!

We’ll be kicking off the convention right with a whole panel dedicated to what’s coming next in ArcheAge, and you’ll be able to meet our very own community manager, Seraphina “Celestrata” Brennan while you’re there!

Keep space open at 2:30 PM on Sunday, and make your way over to the Augusta in the Westin to join us for a full hour panel dedicated to ArcheAge. We’ll be taking your questions, giving away some unique prizes (including Update 3.0 posters signed by the XLGAMES and Trion teams), and you may get a sneak peek at some amazing new stuff…

If you miss Seraphina at the official ArcheAge panel, you can also catch her at these other panels during the convention:

  • Women in the Video Game Industry – Friday, 5:30 PM
  • Gender Issues in Online Communities – Saturday, 11:30 AM
  • Social Media in the Video Game Industry – Saturday, 1:00 PM
  • Inside the AAA Game Studio – Sunday, 5:30 PM

Make sure to keep an eye on the Daily Dragon Newspaper as these times are tentative and the official schedule is subject to change. We can’t wait to see all of you there!

ArcheAge Version 2.9, Build 9.2 Patch Notes — The Shadowguard Festival

ArcheAge Version 2.9, Build 9.2 Patch Notes — The Shadowguard Festival

Our daily event schedule now has different times in North America and Europe!

A highly community requested feature is finally here! North America and Europe now feature event times better customized to their audiences, with events occurring throughout the day and primetime hours.

To see what events happen at what times on your server, read the full schedule here.

We’re public testing the Skill Queue and Korean Skills!

Skill Queue and Korean Skills are now available, and we’re looking for your feedback on how they are performing. Please join us in the Official Discussion forum and offer your feedback on this new style of combat in ArcheAge!The main skills affected are:

  • Triple Slash
  • Endless Arrows
  • Rapid Strikes
  • Mana Stars

Two new limited time events have been added!

The Masked Daru needs YOUR help in removing new threats from Mistmerrow, all while Mirage Isle is celebrating a new style of fishing event. Try your hand at one of these quests today, before they end on August 31 at 11:59 PM GMT (-7 PDT)!

Fish for Tokens on Mirage Isle

There are tokens out in those high seas, and they’re all floating by Mirage Isle! If you want to fish ‘em up, you’re gonna need a special rod for that work.

Stay logged in for 10 minutes and the Divine Clock will offer you a special fishing rod that you can use to catch these tokens on Mirage Isle! Be quick about it though, as the rod will only last for 30 minutes.

Catch 25 tokens to earn a reward crate which could hold Lunarite, Point Fragments, Merit Badges, Warrior’s Medals, or Mysterious Garden Powder. Rarely, the crate could even offer Regrade Charms, including Red and Superior Red, or a Full Kit: Tidal Bungalow. Remember: Full kits don’t require materials or labor to build; they’re immediately ready the moment you put it down!

Defeat new foes in Mistmerrow

The Masked Daru is back, and he needs YOU to help protect Mistmerrow from a new set of threats. Visit him at your faction’s base of operations in Marianople, Austera, or Growlgate to kick off two new hunt quests in Mistmerrow.

After Kadum falls or 30 minutes after he spawns at the end of a Mistmerrow battle, Red Dragon Hatchlings and Enraged Tuskbarks will appear in the area. Lend a hand in their defeat to complete these quests and earn Merit Badges, Honor, and a Brave Hero Token. Once you complete the quests once, you won’t be able to complete them again for another 2 hours, enabling you to complete these quests 3 times a day.

During the event you can exchange your Brave Hero Tokens with buffs from the Vibrant Greenman and Evergreen Yata, or you can save up your tokens to earn a Duun’s Blessing for your regrades or a Bound Serendipity Stone for a statistic reroll!

The Shadowguard Festival will be making an appearance on August 30th, so look for more information that festival coming soon!

General Changes

  • The tooltip of the Blank Territory Work Permit has been adjusted.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where the Arena UI could bug out and lose its background.
  • Fixed an issue where the state bar for each faction is not displayed appropriately.
  • Fixed a bug where gear that is not equipped is shown as a equipped on the shortcut key bar.
  • Fixed an issue where error messages could be shown in the chat.
  • Fixed a crafting bug where accessing recipes through the higher tier button would disable crafting.
  • Fixed a bug where the “Auction Duration” text was showing the wrong time.
  • Corrected the translation of “Auction Duration” when interacting with the Siege Pedestal.
  • Adjusted the color tagging in the tooltip of the Marauder’s Glider.

Bugira’s Lost Treasures Fishing Event has been temporarily disabled

Bugira’s Lost Treasures Fishing Event has been temporarily disabled

Greetings Adventurers!

Due to an issue found in today’s event, we will be temporarily disabling the Wrapped Treasure Fishing rod until further notice. In doing so, players will not be able to participate in the current event, Bugira’s Lost Treasures. We will be working closely with the team at XLGAMES to address this issue and get this limited time event up and running once more.

We apologize for this inconvenience, and we will update this announcement as we have new information to share.

The ArcheAge Team

Sharpen your blades, the Blood in the Sand tournament is coming…

Sharpen your blades, the Blood in the Sand tournament is coming…

Do you think you can organize an elite team of warriors? Do you have what it takes to go toe-to-toe with the best ArcheAge fighters in the world? Find out by participating in our very FIRST set of regional PvP tournaments!

During September and October, get ready for Blood in the Sand to hit both our NA and EU regions. These fights won’t be your usual arena matches. Instead, get ready for an intense 10 vs. 10 brawl where only one team will be crowned the Erenor Champions for an entire year! Our top 3 teams will walk away with special tournament rewards to use on your home server!

Tournament sign-ups will begin on August 22! European matches will be played on September 17 & 24, while North American matches will be played on October 1 & 8. If you’re looking to create a team, here’s what you’ll need to know:

Tournament Format:

  • 8 teams will be accepted per region (NA & EU). All teams will be chosen by the ArcheAge staff – we’re looking for the best of the best in each region.
  • Matches will take place on the Event Test Server.
  • Teams will consist of 13 players: 10 combatants and 3 alternates.
  • First Round matches will be a Best of 3 series.
  • Semi-Finals and Finals will be a Best of 5 series.
  • Matches will be a maximum of 10 minutes.
  • A match will end when one team is entirely dead, or the match clock has expired. If time runs out, the team with the most members standing wins.
  • Players must remain in the bounds of the Arena during the fight.
  • Divine and Epic level gear will be provided, but the tournament will not use consumable items or resurrections. In this arena, there are no do-overs.

Team Requirements:

  • Teams must have 10 members and 3 alternates.
  • Each team must have a designated captain and co-captain.
  • Teams may be created with any player from any server in your region. They don’t have to be your guildmates or server neighbors to be recruited.
  • Team members will be classified into 4 archetypes based on their desired weapon: Melee, Magic, Healer, and Ranged.
    • No team may have 50% of their composition as one archetype.
    • Team members will be able to change classes during the tournament, but they will not be able to change out of their assigned archetype.
    • Team members will be assigned gear by Trion. Gear will be standardized based on archetype and all archetypes will have 2-4 pre-set gear choices. Gear cannot be upgraded or augmented and will be wiped between matches.
  • All team members must have active ArcheAge accounts in good standing.
  • Teams must submit a custom team name in their application along with a 3 letter Acronym. Team names must abide by the Code of Conduct.
  • Teams must include a team logo as a UCC in their application. UCCs must follow Code of Conduct rules and should represent your team name.

Of course, we don’t want to interrupt your forum-warrioring general discussion post with our match of champions. If you just want to spout words, buttercup, by all means, continue bashing those keys. But if you want to prove your skill to the world, then begin assembling your teams! Applications open on August 22 and will close on September 9!

Livestream Recap, August Update Edition: August 12, 2016

Livestream Recap, August Update Edition: August 12, 2016

Greetings Adventurers! Here’s a small recap of the topics we covered on today’s livestream!

The August Update is coming on August 17 – Next week we’re releasing the August Update and it’s going to contain two major new features: the highly-anticipated split event schedule and a public testing phase for the Skill Queue and Korean versions of skills. If you want a sneak peek of the patch notes, look no further than your local public test server.

For more information on how daily events will be changing in ArcheAge, make sure to read the new event schedule right here.

What’s this about the Skill Queue Public Test? – In order to really see how Skill Queue works, we need to test it in mass combat and with real players playing on real servers. We’ve been testing and working on the system for months, and we’ve done focused tests with players on the ETS server (thank you ETS testers!) but now it’s time for the system to visit the live servers.

We’ll be monitoring the system, and your feedback, closely, but we want to hear what all of you think of the new skill queue for at least a month. Next week, before the update, a thread will be opened to collect your thoughts and feedback on this new style of combat. We look forward to your thoughts and opinions after you get a chance to try it out.

For those of you who are unsure what Skill Queue and Korean versions of skills are, this new system will allow ArcheAge North America and Europe to behave more like its Korean counterpart in terms of combat. Currently, we’ve taken 4 skills and changed their functionality to improve battle for those with high ping times. They are Triple Slash, Rapid Strikes, Endless Arrows, and Mana Stars.

In our current version, a press of a key will unleash all three strikes of Triple Slash at once, or a flurry of Rapid Strikes, or a volley of Endless Arrows. In the new version, a single key press will result in only one action being performed – a single slash, a single arrow, etc. This will allow players to better weave skills together during combat, such as executing a heal between Triple Slash hits.

Skill Queue will allow players with higher pings to continue to fight on the same level as their lower ping counterparts. This way no one is at a greater disadvantage while in battle. The system will also dynamically speed up or speed down combat depending on who is involved and what their ping times are. After this update, you may notice some skills will fire more slowly when you are alone versus when you’re in a mass combat situation. That is the skill queue attempting to adjust your combat speed to match the others in combat.

Again, we look forward to getting your feedback on this new system!

Two new limited time events! – Do you like fishing? Do you like killing gigantic monsters? If so, you’ll enjoy the two new limited time quests entering the game with the August Update! For more information on how to participate, check out the PTS Patch Notes.

What’s coming in the ArcheAge Anniversary Update and Player Q&A – We ended our livestream with a barrage of information that covered many major topics in the community. We talked about the September Update and some of the upcoming additions in that update, including the ability to wear underwear, sort your teleport book, set the way you auto-roll on loot received by a party, migrate your base statistics to further customize your character, increase the speed on submarines, add awesome weapon glows to regraded weapons, and more. You can hear the full list of features in the livestream.

We also answered a slew of questions from the community. To hear that list (it’s literally a constant barrage of information) definitely drop by the livestream.

That’s all for this week, Adventurers! We won’t be around next week as we’ll be traveling to Gamescom, but we’ll see you again in two weeks on August 26! If you missed the livestream, remember, you can always watch the replay live on Twitch or YouTube.