Design Notes

July 03, 2018

Patch Notes Extras! - Screenshots!

Screenshots 101
It’s said a picture is worth a thousand words.  This is usually true.  But are those a thousand good words, or swear words is the question.  So today, let’s go over how to give the best possible screenshots for your bug reports!

The first thing we need you to know is we aren’t going to hack your computer to look at your screenshots. If the “link” you send us begins with C:\\ or file:\\, this is not a URL we can look at, it is the file location on your computer.  Once you have taken your screenshot, we need you to upload the picture to a public hosting site so we can see it.

What do we mean by public hosting site?  A website where the picture can be viewed without requiring us to download anything, or to have an account.  We highly recommend Imgur and LightShot.  

What other sites can you use?  A lot of people like to use Twitter and Facebook.  Both of these platforms have what can be serious drawbacks.  Twitter pics tend to be too small to be able to see fine details on.  And too many times, Facebook pics are behind a lock and we cannot see them.  If you do plan to use either of these, please try to get a good quality shot and set it for public viewing.

What makes a good quality shot?  First of all, don’t crop it so tight we cannot tell what it was supposed to be of.  It’s best if you just go ahead and screenshot the entire screen, and use circles or arrows or even stickers to point to the spot you want us to look at.  This is especially true when you are reporting about things on a map.  Too tightly cropped and we can’t tell what room you are in.  

Can you recommend a really good screenshot tool?  Absolutely.  My personal favourite is ShareX. You can get it here:  https://getsharex.com/
ShareX allows you to take the screenshot, edit it and upload all in one easy to use window. It’s free, customizable and can be set to upload to a variety of sites.  

Another really good tool is LightShot.
You can get it here:  https://app.prntscr.com/en/index.html
LightShot is easy to use and allows you to edit and upload directly to prntscr.com. 

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July 03, 2018

AQWorlds Patch Notes

Check the list of bug fixes to see what the team has addressed

Reens, Cemaros and the AQW Bug Hunter team are busy squashing the bugs you submit each week to the Bug Tracker at www.Artix.com/bugs.

Please do not send non-release bugs on Twitter.  They will get lost.  Make sure you send bug report forms!

Check back weekly to see if the bug you reported has been addressed.  Please remember that not all bugs are "easy fixes" so some reported and confirmed bugs from each week may not be on the fixed list as they will require more time or a different person to fix them.

If you would like to know how the reports go from you to fixed, check this page:
http://www.aq.com/lore/guides/BugReportFAQ

Bug Fixes:

  1. The Gender Swapped Gravelyn armor was added to the Champion of Light badge shop.
  2. “Punk Shadowfall” quest fixed.  Gravelyn no longer absolutely refusing to be slimed.
  3. Cutscene replay buttons in Chaosbeast and Falcontower fixed.

Art Fixes:

  1. Dragon of Light female chest has been fixed.
  2. Sepulchure’s hand on the surfboard repositioned.
  3. SoulWeaver (female) and variants have had the arm reattached to the body.
  4. DoomKnight Naval Commander fixes:
    • Female arm reattached.
    • Coat tails lengthened.
    • Male face shadow bleached.
    • Gloves on both male and female now red, and the holes patched.
  5. Doctor What (female) waist no longer looks like a magic trick gone wrong.
  6. Rampage BladeMaster (male) pants recoloured.

Not Fixed & Why:

  1. Guardian of Light helms:
    • Scarf cutting into shoulder - is because of how layering works
    • The beads floating - this is why there are two variants of the helm.
    • The facial hair is the way the artist sent it, so it was intentional.
  2. World Sealer glows are intentional.
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June 25, 2018

AQWorlds Patch Notes

Check the list of bug fixes to see what the team has addressed

Reens, Cemaros and the AQW Bug Hunter team are busy squashing the bugs you submit each week to the Bug Tracker at www.Artix.com/bugs.

Please do not send non-release bugs on Twitter.  They will get lost.  Make sure you send bug report forms!

Check back weekly to see if the bug you reported has been addressed.  Please remember that not all bugs are "easy fixes" so some reported and confirmed bugs from each week may not be on the fixed list as they will require more time or a different person to fix them.

If you would like to know how the reports go from you to fixed, check this page:
http://www.aq.com/lore/guides/BugReportFAQ

Bug Fixes:

  1. Removed rare items from Seraphic War Chest Shop - Paragon Jester Helm, Legion Bunny on your Back, Seraphic Bunny on your Back.    
  2. Surfboard of the Nation and Surfboard of the Legion re-added to their respective shops.    
  3. Saturday... Chakram Dagger! quest description updated.    
  4. Valencia’s Realm Gems text box fixed and cleaned up.   

Art Fixes:

  1. Paramount Edge repositioned.
  2. Dark Hood of the Fallen non-CC bit fixed.
  3. Mexico Spirit Cape changed to correct flag colours.
  4. Argentina Spirit Cape changed to correct flag colours.

Not Fixed & Why:

  1. StormBringer armour skin is not CC because it was not intended to be CC.
  2. Thyton’s Magitech Scythe being a sword was intentional.
  3. Prime Galactic Scythe and Void Avenger Scythe are held the way the artists intended.

*See also This Previous Post for more info.

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June 18, 2018

AQWorlds Patch Notes

Check the list of bug fixes to see what the team has addressed

Reens, Cemaros and the AQW Bug Hunter team are busy squashing the bugs you submit each week to the Bug Tracker at www.Artix.com/bugs.

Please do not send non-release bugs on Twitter.  They will get lost.  Make sure you send bug report forms!

Check back weekly to see if the bug you reported has been addressed.  Please remember that not all bugs are "easy fixes" so some reported and confirmed bugs from each week may not be on the fixed list as they will require more time or a different person to fix them.

If you would like to know how the reports go from you to fixed, check this page:
http://www.aq.com/lore/guides/BugReportFAQ

Bug Fixes:

  1. Cutscene issues in Newfinale fixed.
  2. Arrows that flew off have been replaced in Newfinale.
  3. Carnage has his buttons back.
  4. Watchtower random spawns removed.

Art Fixes:

  1. Enchanted Void Overlord hand CC fixed.
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June 11, 2018

AQWorlds Patch Notes

Check the list of bug fixes to see what the team has addressed

Reens, Cemaros and the AQW Bug Hunter team are busy squashing the bugs you submit each week to the Bug Tracker at www.Artix.com/bugs.

Please do not send non-release bugs on Twitter.  They will get lost.  Make sure you send bug report forms!

Check back weekly to see if the bug you reported has been addressed.  Please remember that not all bugs are "easy fixes" so some reported and confirmed bugs from each week may not be on the fixed list as they will require more time or a different person to fix them.

If you would like to know how the reports go from you to fixed, check this page:
http://www.aq.com/lore/guides/BugReportFAQ

Bug Fixes:

  1. Ragnar has been informed of the need to update his information now.  (Upgrade Bonus button goes to correct DNs now)
  2. So has Drew Dreschel. (FB button works again)
  3. Dage Birthday items (seasonal) removed from permanent shops for now.
  4. Typos!  Typos!  More typos!  And a couple more typos too.

Art Fixes:

  1. Sanctified Wings OnMove has been updated to be more wing-like.

Not Fixed & Why:

  1. Cyclops Warlord in /mobius was pulled for two reason.  It is not used in any storyline quest originating in this map.  Because the map is low level, and this is a boss room, it was killing players who only have AoE classes. He is where he belongs, in /faerie.
  2. Pets with CC parts break. There isn’t a way we can fix them reverting to their base colours when you change rooms at this time.   
  3. On a related note to that many pets do have animations, but are not actual battle pets.  Battle pets are clearly marked as battle pets in the item description.  You may also refer to the full list of battle pets located on the AQW Wiki. BATTLE PETS LIST.
  4. DoomLord’s Rune is where it was intended to be at.  See THIS POST.
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June 04, 2018

AQWorlds Patch Notes

Check the list of bug fixes to see what the team has addressed

Reens, Cemaros and the AQW Bug Hunter team are busy squashing the bugs you submit each week to the Bug Tracker at www.Artix.com/bugs.

Please do not send non-release bugs on Twitter.  They will get lost.  Make sure you send bug report forms!

Check back weekly to see if the bug you reported has been addressed.  Please remember that not all bugs are "easy fixes" so some reported and confirmed bugs from each week may not be on the fixed list as they will require more time or a different person to fix them.

If you would like to know how the reports go from you to fixed, check this page:
http://www.aq.com/lore/guides/BugReportFAQ

Bug Fixes:

  1. Akriloth in /aqlesson now has a portrait. (He didn’t previously because Akky was supposed to be the biggest, meanest dragon who ever lived, so you weren’t supposed to know his actual size.)
  2. Fall Dryad Pet has been moved back off you a bit.
  3. Crusader Cloak has been reduced to 1 layer when moving.
  4. Dreadnought's Bank Vault hitbox has been made the size of the item.  Now you actually click on it no matter where you click on it.  (yes that does make sense!)
  5. How you obtain the Loremaster houses (other than the tent) had to be revamped.  The “upgraded” ones are now on quests.
  6. Book of Lore story entry for Poison Mistess now takes you to the proper map.
  7. Various typos.  Always more typos!  
  8. Zuthier has been convinced that you can do both sides of the storyline again, and is no longer holding the Solaris shop hostage.  Her back button works now as well.

***Special note for Mobius - Once you have completed the storyline and ended the chaorruption, the map will revert to normal for you, no more purple rooms. 

***Special Note for Battleontown - Warlic's Cutscene #3 has been fixed, but will go in later when Daimyo's birthday is removed. 

Art Fixes:

  1. Lunar BlazeBinder Hair has been brushed to be sleeker.

Not Fixed & Why:

  1. Drakonnan Armor skin (arms and legs) not being CC is because that is not skin.  It’s yellow tights under the armour.  (Think Superman outfit but in yellow)
  2. Fishing mini-game is not affected by boosts because this one is coded differently to be able to give the fun game ranks as well as the actual rank.
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May 28, 2018

AQWorlds Patch Notes

Check the list of bug fixes to see what the team has addressed

Reens, Cemaros and the AQW Bug Hunter team are busy squashing the bugs you submit each week to the Bug Tracker at www.Artix.com/bugs.

Please do not send non-release bugs on Twitter.  They will get lost.  Make sure you send bug report forms!

Check back weekly to see if the bug you reported has been addressed.  Please remember that not all bugs are "easy fixes" so some reported and confirmed bugs from each week may not be on the fixed list as they will require more time or a different person to fix them.

If you would like to know how the reports go from you to fixed, check this page:
http://www.aq.com/lore/guides/BugReportFAQ

Bug Fixes:

  1. Maul map now has static spawn monsters.
  2. Thunderfang map no longer causing players to go invisible plus some other small tweaks.
  3. Replay cutscenes in AQ Lesson are really working now.  HONEST!

Art Fixes:

  1. Enchanted Void Overlord female red chest outline fixed.  This one had hidden symbols in it so apologies for it breaking again after the last fix!
  2. Baby FlameTongue eyes now stay the same through the blinking animation.
  3. Zorbak’s Baby Dragon pet has been convinced to be a little less friendly.
  4. Renegade ShadowSlayer female morph helms. We brought in a better makeup artist for the eyeshadow and jaw contouring. 

Not Fixed & Why:

  1. Dark DragonGuard set.  As the name states, it’s Dark.  This is exactly how it was intended to be.  See also Bug, Opinion or Engine Limitation.
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May 21, 2018

AQWorlds Patch Notes

Check the list of bug fixes to see what the team has addressed

Reens, Cemaros and the AQW Bug Hunter team are busy squashing the bugs you submit each week to the Bug Tracker at www.Artix.com/bugs.

Please do not send non-release bugs on Twitter.  They will get lost.  Make sure you send bug report forms!

Check back weekly to see if the bug you reported has been addressed.  Please remember that not all bugs are "easy fixes" so some reported and confirmed bugs from each week may not be on the fixed list as they will require more time or a different person to fix them.

If you would like to know how the reports go from you to fixed, check this page:
http://www.aq.com/lore/guides/BugReportFAQ

Bug Fixes:

  1. Shattersword Defiler Kamas have stopped dropping.
  2. Mesmer Pet name now showing on character pages properly.
  3. Frozen Hatred Daggers can now be purchased from the shop.
  4. Chaos War map tweaked for smoother personal progress.
  5. Warlic has been convinced that you really do need the quest item for “Speak To The Blue Mage” quest.
  6. "Run or Fight!" cutscene in orecavern no longer skipping ahead on it’s own.
  7. Mozzy Mogbourne’s Talk button no longer skipping frames.

Art Fixes:

  1. Edge of the Fyreborn has had evil pixels removed.
  2. Emerald Acolyte (female) has also had evil pixels removed.
  3. Extra gold arrow in map Ultradrakath removed.

Not Fixed & Why:

  1. Crag & Bamboozle pet’s ! quest bubble disappearing.  This pet is old with some wonky code.  Click him again and the ! quest bubble will return
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May 14, 2018

AQWorlds Patch Notes

Check the list of bug fixes to see what the team has addressed

Reens, Cemaros and the AQW Bug Hunter team are busy squashing the bugs you submit each week to the Bug Tracker at www.Artix.com/bugs.

Please do not send non-release bugs on Twitter.  They will get lost.  Make sure you send bug report forms!

Check back weekly to see if the bug you reported has been addressed.  Please remember that not all bugs are "easy fixes" so some reported and confirmed bugs from each week may not be on the fixed list as they will require more time or a different person to fix them.

If you would like to know how the reports go from you to fixed, check this page:
http://www.aq.com/lore/guides/BugReportFAQ

Bug Fixes:

  1. Facebook login button fixed.
  2. Replay cutscene button on Iadoa in /aqlesson fixed.
  3. Cutscene at /ravinetemple no longer dumping you in a blank room.
  4. Portal in /twilight now sends you to the /nexus again.
  5. Typos.  Always typos!  MORE TYPOS!

Art Fixes:

  1. Helms from Void Dragonlord bonus package fixed.
  2. Female Void Dragonlord fixed.
  3. Slayer Recruit's and Noble Recuit’s helm fixes to put chin piece in place.
  4. Human looking Aria in the Pet Store in Battleontown has regained her mouth and stopped giving people the evil eye. (Which version you see depends on where you are in the story)
  5. Gravelyn in /gravestrike and /shadowstrike has been convinced to stop flirting.

Not Fixed & Why:

  1. Moonstone Cultist armour is non-standard.  It has a skull head.  The neckline is shaped for that head, not for when you equip a morph helm.
  2. OverSoul Paladin is also a non-standard armour.
  3. Enchanted Void Aura Cape, Enchanted Void Cape, Enchanted Void Dragon Cape - we cannot make the green fur CC as there is simply no available options to set the CC to.  Anything it could be set to would make the same colour as something else and that is not how it was intended to be.

This is exactly the way Milton sent the file, so it will have to remain as is.  See this Design Notes post for more information about this issue.

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May 07, 2018

AQWorlds Patch Notes

Check the list of bug fixes to see what the team has addressed

Reens, Cemaros and the AQW Bug Hunter team are busy squashing the bugs you submit each week to the Bug Tracker at www.Artix.com/bugs.

Please do not send non-release bugs on Twitter.  They will get lost.  Make sure you send bug report forms!

Check back weekly to see if the bug you reported has been addressed.  Please remember that not all bugs are "easy fixes" so some reported and confirmed bugs from each week may not be on the fixed list as they will require more time or a different person to fix them.

If you would like to know how the reports go from you to fixed, check this page:
http://www.aq.com/lore/guides/BugReportFAQ

Bug fixes:

  1. Furry Li'l Top Hat Nibbler gold boost fixed.
  2. Black Dragon Ninja sword rarity changed to Rare.
  3. Omniramis WingMaster Horns and Omniramis WingMaster Locks names were backwards.  Not anymore.
  4. “Recycle, Rebuild, Rescue” quest reworded to be more clear on instructions.
  5. Various typos.

Art Fixes:

  1. Elite Beastmaster male hand now turns correct CC colour.
  2. Eye of Astaroth Blade Pet untilted.
  3. Vampire Dragon bank pet no longer being overly affectionate.
  4. Cyber Blood of Nulgath female eyes now correctly CC’d.
  5. Dark Bloodtear lightning animation now consistently coloured.
  6. Djinn Summoner Scarf CC issues fixed.
  7. Dark Noble Garb female fixes - busted back arm, pink outlines, skirt misaligned.

Not Fixed & Why:

  1. Shielded DragonKnight’s shield - this is a non-standard armour.
  2. Crows Team male purple part showing near shoulder area is intentional. It’s part of the shoulder pad.  Female doesn’t have it because she doesn’t have shoulder pads.

Since I've run out of idea for the Extra section and haven't been getting a lot of questions, it will now be swapped out for the Not Fixed section.  This will not include any reports that need someone other than Reens or myself to fix them as those get sent to the person who needs to look into them.

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April 30, 2018

AQWorlds Patch Notes

Check the list of bug fixes to see what the team has addressed

Reens, Cemaros and the AQW Bug Hunter team are busy squashing the bugs you submit each week to the Bug Tracker at www.Artix.com/bugs.

Please do not send non-release bugs on Twitter.  They will get lost.  Make sure you send bug report forms!

Check back weekly to see if the bug you reported has been addressed.  Please remember that not all bugs are "easy fixes" so some reported and confirmed bugs from each week may not be on the fixed list as they will require more time or a different person to fix them.

If you would like to know how the reports go from you to fixed, check this page:
http://www.aq.com/lore/guides/BugReportFAQ

Bug fixes:

  1. Green Dragon Battle(t) Pet now battlepets with animations.  Fixed the name to remove the extra T.  Fixed a derp on the wing flapping.
  2. Various typos.
  3. Multiple changes to map Pirates.
    •    Elissa Keelhaul finally convinced to reopen the Pirate Shop.
    •    Rahkam has stopped playing with the Time Travel Fairy.
    •    Kaiju chests updated. See Extras for more info on them.

Art Fixes:

  1. Semiramis Cape and Omniramis Cape have had the evil pixel removed.
  2. Zealith Reaver Wings no longer turn sideways when you move.
  3. GrimHero Blade grip adjusted.
  4. Dark Harbinger Blade & Dark Harbinger Blades now glow.
  5. Flame Dragon Wings no longer turn sideways when you move.

 

Extras! -  Short Week!

Burning Flame Mace,  Vampirate Eternal Flame Mace, Lycan Eternal Flame Mace and Void Monk's Flame pointing downwards are not a bug.  This was intentional.

Kaiju Chests in /pirates.

Chest A gives quest for merge shop resources. You must be a Heroic Naval Commander to do the quest.
Chest B gives original Naval Commander Class and shows if you have Heroic Naval Commander.
Chest C gives original Naval Commander Class and shows if you have Legendary Naval Commander.

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April 24, 2018

Cache & Browser Issues

Hello again!  It's time for a reminder of my (least) favourite thing and an update to it as well.  Yes, that's right.  I'm here today to remind everyone to clear your cache!

You may use our handy-dandy Cache Guide for how-to instructions for the most popular browsers if needed.  This guide shows you how to clear your cache and what needs to be cleared on each browser.   You absolutely need to tick "Cached Images and Files".  You may want to tick "Browsing History".  You do not want to tick "Cookies and other site data".



Please note that many pages use cookies for little things like how often you visit and to store your log in information, or to show you special offers.  Please make sure you are NOT ticking "clear cookies" on any of the browsers as this will clear your saved passwords, and may cause other fun like offering you the bonus AC coupon again when you have already used it.

A stuffed cache is the single most common cause of the bug reports I read.  This also causes more problems than I can count.  

What kind of problems?  Glad you asked!

  • The quest didn’t give me the item!
  • I can’t move right!  (invisible walls, char goes where I didn’t click)    The game menu won’t load!
  • Maps are taking a long time to load!
  • "Map files loading ... failed!" issues.
  • Loading to a black screen.
  • Error 1337!  (If you’ve ever had this one, you REALLY need to clear your cache badly!)
  • I can’t connect to the servers! (Okay so this is step one in a process, but it fixes it more often than not.)


Now for the update part!  

Ever since Flash version 22 and Chrome browser dropping default support for Flash, Chrome has had a progressively more difficult time dealing with Flash and thus the game.  A lot of the issues Chrome experiences can be reduced by keeping your cache clear, but it may get annoying enough that you might want to consider playing on a different browser.  Since different browsers and their versions interact different with your OS, we really can't recommend which one to try.  

Tags: Cache, Cemaros,
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April 23, 2018

AQWorlds Patch Notes

Check the list of bug fixes to see what the team has addressed

Reens, Cemaros and the AQW Bug Hunter team are busy squashing the bugs you submit each week to the Bug Tracker at www.Artix.com/bugs.

Check back weekly to see if the bug you reported has been addressed.  Please remember that not all bugs are "easy fixes" so some reported and confirmed bugs from each week may not be on the fixed list as they will require more time or a different person to fix them.

If you would like to know how the reports go from you to fixed, check this page:
http://www.aq.com/lore/guides/BugReportFAQ

Please don’t report non-release bugs on twitter folks!  There is a very good chance they will get lost there.  Please use the Bug Tracker!

Bug fixes:

  1. Gold boost on Rainbow Starsword and Dual Rainbow Starsword fixed.
  2. Removed rare items from Darkblood War Merge shop.
  3. Icewind War no longer locking you out of the boss room.
  4. Bulletproof Blob and Locked n' Loaded Blob fixes refixed.
  5. Caladbolg (dagger) renamed to Dual Caladbolg.
  6. Agaea in /artixpointe is now a Gear Vendor instead of a Weapons Vendor.
  7. New Drakath Epic Armor character page badges that were showing incorrectly should all be picked up now.

 

Patch Notes Extras - This 'n' That

Elemental Dracomancer face on the character portrait is a dragon because your true form when using this class is a dragon.  The human is the disguise.  

Dreameater Armour female skin tone not being CC is intentional.  This is how Tana meant for it to be.  The armour itself has no ear, so if you use a helm that did not come with the set and an ear is showing, it will be your skin tone.  This is not a bug.  

Helms with extra long hair not alway showing the back part is part engine limitation and part client side graphics.  These helms use a layer that did not exist when the game models were first created.  This means there will be issues with it from time to time that we cannot correct currently.  Mostly, it causes the longer part on the hair which goes behind the player to not show up.

Character Page Models are a bit wonky because of sizing issues.  It’s the reason capes appear slightly off, and pets do not appear where they do in the game.

Fuzzy or distorted backgrounds on high resolution. This is a bit of a tradeoff.  In many of the high traffic areas or where lots of small details were needed, bmp images were used for the backgrounds to save on lag.  We do know that at some of the larger screen sizes and resolutions, they don’t look as sharp.  But the amount of lag saved still makes it worth it.

House Spaces - The new expanded cap for house spaces is in effect on both PTR and old servers, but you can only purchase above 40 on the PTRs.  If you purchase spaces on the PTRs and place items there, they will show when you go back to the old servers.  You can also place items on old servers once you have purchased the spaces on the PTRs.  This is an incentive to get people to test there. 

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April 16, 2018

AQWorlds Patch Notes

Check the list of bug fixes to see what the team has addressed

Reens, Cemaros and the AQW Bug Hunter team are busy squashing the bugs you submit each week to the Bug Tracker at www.Artix.com/bugs.

Check back weekly to see if the bug you reported has been addressed.  Please remember that not all bugs are "easy fixes" so some reported and confirmed bugs from each week may not be on the fixed list as they will require more time or a different person to fix them.

If you would like to know how the reports go from you to fixed, check this page:
http://www.aq.com/lore/guides/BugReportFAQ

Bug fixes:

  1. Removed rare items from Enraged Constantin.
  2. Removed the non stacking Gold boost from the Ice Treasure Chest Quest.
  3. Fixed the Exp boost on Staff of the Northstar.
  4. Removed the rare items from Blood Moon Vampire and Lycan Shops.
  5. Bulletproof Blob and Locked n' Loaded Blob have been convinced to stop stomping your toes.
  6. Elissa Keelhaul Pirate shop now recognizes all 4 variants of Pirate class.

Art Fixes:

  1. Prismatic Maugs Slayer female red line on coat panel is now CC.
  2. Dark Crown of Envy repositioned.
  3. Cape of Envy repositioned.

 

Extras! -  Tell me what you want to know!

Hi again!  So most of these extras have been based on the reports we get, and why something is the way it is.  This week, I want to do something a little different.  This week, I’m asking for ideas on what types of questions you guys always had about things.

Is there something specific you always wanted to know about?  Shoot me a tweet at @Cemaros_AE with  your questions.  

I’m not going to be able to answer the questions individually as they come in, but what I will do is collect them and answer them in future Extras.  

Sound like a plan?  Excellent!  Send me those questions!


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April 09, 2018

Patch Notes Extras!

Lag Monsters Identification Guide

Hi again!  This week, let’s talk a little about everyone’s least favourite monsters, the Lag Monsters.  Now some of you may already know that there is actually more than one type of this monster.  For those that don’t, here’s a short guide on how to tell them apart.

 

Server Lag Monster:  This monster shows up when commands are sent to the server, such as saves, buying and selling.  When a lot of them happen at once, this monster attacks.  This monster can sometimes be avoided by playing on less populated servers.

Database Lag Monster:  This monster is most likely to attack when servers are restarted, such as for updates, when everyone is trying to log in at the same time. This monster usually makes brief appearances and then goes back to sleep on it’s own.

Graphics Lag Monster:  This monster is a particularly obnoxious breed as it manifests different to different people.  It generally appears around highly animated items, or lots of action on screen.  It has been found that this one can often be tamed by a decent video card, and making sure your drivers are up to date.  Can also be affected by CPU speed.

Cache Lag Monster:  This monster is a sneaky one.  It sits around and waits while you fill up your browser with all kinds of information and then just appears and wrecks your day.  It will cause everything you do to be a little bit slower, and slower, and slower.  The good news is this one can be chased away by clearing your cache.

Tab Lag Monster:  This monster appears most often when 3 or more tabs have been opened.  It’s also far more likely to put in an appearance when those tabs have streaming content on them.  It’s like a summoning ritual.  The more tabs open = the stronger it gets. And the last thing anyone wants, is a lag monster, let alone a super strong lag monster.  

Flash Tab Monster:  This is a rarer version of the Tab Lag Monster.  This one attacks when you are tabbed over, and return to the game screen.  It will either freeze your graphics and you may need to drag the tab to a separate window, or it will try to play everything you didn’t watch at the same moment. 

Tags: Extras, Cemaros,
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