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Thread: Friday with Means - September 25th, 2009 - Incoming

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    Funcom employee Friday with Means - September 25th, 2009 - Incoming

    This weeks update was delayed by a significant problem found with the start-up experience in Shadowlands on TestLive that made it impossible to start a new Keeper or Shade. The oversight on the faction required for the Neutral side change forms was unfortunate but not the primary reason for the delay. Thank you to the players who brought these issues to our attention and helped us fix these before they sneaked onto Live.

    The upcoming weeks should also bring the "Sponsorship system" to the Live servers where the kind act of mentoring new players and ecouraging them to become full members of the AO world will result in a reward of free game-time. I had hoped to get this out earlier in conjunction with the evaluation of the german server but the deployment of the new billing system has resulted in delays. No serious decision will be made concerning the future of the DNW until this system has had a fair chance at helping the recruitment of new the ability to be a full subscriber for free is likely to have an effect on customer numbers. I know this is likely not what some of the DNW community wants to hear but it is the next significant step in the process of deciding on the future of the DNW server. Cost of an AO subscription has been a long term concern voiced by the DNW community...the sponsorship system is a direct action based on DNW concerns. The large percentage of players who wish to remain on a german-only server are entitled to try out the new system designed for them before any other drastic and permanent action is taken.

    I apologize for not getting back to as many people this week in PM's as I had hoped. The feedback I asked for concerning old issues and annoyances has been answered with great enthusiasm...I expect we will be busy for quite awhile with these issues...but this has gone a long way to isolating which areas are "least popular" of AO's "features". The death of "preferences not saved before first log-out" included in next week's update is a good start...we are all looking forward to making more of these go away for good.

    Let me answer several PM's at once here by saying "We have not forgotten Halloween!". Halloween is my favourite AO time of year and we have planned a raft of non-traditional goodies for this year including a new hoverbike, hoverboard, new t-shirts, placards, masks, batwings, the long awaited "Bat with Scope" for the innaccurate melee character, a new festive seasonal hoverchair, the much requested "Egina" t-shirt for our female hardcore players, Costumes (OMG Catgurlz?) and more. With absolutely no explanation or reason except that "we can" there will also be new ducks. Halloween has not been forgotten...after next week's update goes live we can't wait to start testing these new toys on Test.

    Have a great weekend everyone!
    Last edited by Uncle Pumpkinhead; Sep 25th, 2009 at 16:52:51.
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    i'ma first!

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    Funcom employee



    Edit: Dammit!! I WORK here, I heard him say "It's posted!" and I STILL didn't get first! ><
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    or not. 3rd works. So, when do we see the REAL work on Fixers? And when will you start on MPs?
    Last edited by Jandorith; Sep 25th, 2009 at 16:46:15. Reason: !first

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kintaii View Post

    sorry chief, looks like you were second
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    Love the sound of the halloween gear!
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    Oo bump for slick looks!!

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    1st page


    But no details yet on just how the sponsorship program will work? Sounds like it is all detailed out, just awaiting billing's tweaking to accomodate it.
    Last edited by vadagget; Sep 25th, 2009 at 16:57:46.
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    First to read the whole thing and not just ninja post! And those guys above are wannabies. .

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    I echo the Jandorith, WTB some info on MP fixes, and if you're going to look at -000 weapons anytime soon.

    Means, you know if you're going to open up the floodgates by requesting people send in feedback,you're gonna get drowned in what lots of people are going to suggest...

    First page? WTF? Forum trolls are slacking!

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    What about SEX CHANGE?

    Other MMOs allows you to change almost everything about your character and it was met with huge praise from the community. You can even change race in "OTHER MMOs"!

    not saying this is "other MMOs", but it should be doable right?


    I been waiting nicely for few years now.
    Last edited by madridd; Sep 25th, 2009 at 17:01:07.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Means View Post
    Halloween is my favourite AO time of year and we have planned a raft of non-traditional goodies for this year including a new hoverbike, hoverboard,
    Thank you for making something that looks even more bad*** than my Death Rider. Those new vehicles look sweeeeeet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kintaii View Post


    Edit: Dammit!! I WORK here, I heard him say "It's posted!" and I STILL didn't get first! ><
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    Are the Bat wings made out of scoped baseball bats? Because, that would be teh funnyz.
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    first page
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    Fire all your designers, replace them for Chinese code monkeys. We don't need more hoverboards, hoverbikes, luxury departments and shiny nightclubs, we need the bugs of this game fixed and the game code optimized.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Means View Post
    Costumes (OMG Catgurlz?) and more
    Oh god...

    Teh Catgurlz....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saetos View Post
    Oh god...

    Teh Catgurlz....

    My sentiments exactly.

    Between that and batwings!! I think I want Means and Kintaii to have my babies!!!

    (to be discussed at next DragonCon. :P)
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