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For this month’s letter I want to go into some details on the new veteran reward system that will go live with the next game update. The update is getting ready for the test server (at least when I am writing this, there is every chance the build will already be on the test servers as you read this!)
As I mentioned in my last letter this new system offers veterans a whole new set of rewards that they can purchase from new veteran vendors depending on how long they have subscribed for.
Veteran Points and how you earn them
Players will be awarded new veteran points for each month that they have paid for (whether it is through subscription or game-cards). Each month that a player pays for will accrue a certain number of points, with the number of points awarded each month growing after each six-month period they have subscribed for. In addition there is a bonus amount awarded at each six month interval. These numbers are still subject to possible change over the next couple of weeks as the system gets put through it paces on the test server.
Month 1 to 5 – 6 points awarded per month
Month 6-11 – 8 points awarded per month
Month 12-17 - 10 points awarded per month
Month 18-23 - 12 points awarded per month
This means that players who have paid for six months will have 38 points (5x6 pts plus 8) and players who have paid for twelve months will have 88 points (38 points plus 5x8 points plus 10). So at a top level the more months you have paid for the greater value you get from the veteran system.
All the veteran points will be awarded retroactively as we have already a log of how many months a player has paid for to date. So when the system goes live players will have access to their points to use at the vendor.
The points will be available on each character separately. So you don’t have a pool for all your characters, you have the same number of points to spend on every character you have. The rewards however are character bound so you can’t just keep making and deleting new characters to try and horde veteran rewards.
The idea behind the veteran items is not to create items that make characters more powerful, but to offer convenience and social items for veteran players to enjoy, either to offer things like better travel options for their characters or to make things a little easier when they start a new alt character. So let’s take a look at the list of the rewards for the start of the system. Again, this list is subject to change as we work through the versions on the test servers, but this is the current plan as we enter testing. The prices in particular will almost certainly be tweaked and adjusted as we go through the testing.
A System for the Future
The veterans system will also be expanded upon in future updates with more items being added over time. This will give us the opportunity to allow us to reward veteran players on an ongoing basis with new rewards and new options.
The Iron Tower
The veterans system is not the only thing in the next game update. This update will also see the release of the new level 80 team instance the Iron Tower in Tarantia Commons. So what exactly is the Iron Tower?
"The grim Iron Tower stood apart from the citadel, amid a maze of narrow streets and crowding houses where the meaner structures, appropriating a space from which the more fastidious shrank, had invaded a portion of the city ordinarily alien to them. The Tower was in reality a castle, an ancient, formidable pile of heavy stone and black iron, which had itself served as the citadel in an earlier, ruder century." Robert E. Howard - The Hour of the Dragon
Under Conan the Iron Tower has found a new use as a prison for the most malicious and evil of criminals of Aquilonia. Murderers, thieves and other evil souls are here to await their judgment or carry out their sentence.
This group balanced dungeon functions as climax of the questing experience and story of Tarantia Common District. Players will have the chance to pit their wits against four boss and five mini boss encounters. There is also the possibility to encounter one of the five rare bosses on each visit. These individuals are the worst of the worst scum Aquilonia has to offer, Betty Wolfsmilk, Jack Knives, Horace the Shadow, Nightcharm and Vulferam. Approach with caution!
The tower itself though will present players with numerous challenges. Anoki the Scourge of the Common District and the leader of the daughters has bribed the Guards and has ventured into the Iron Tower.
What are her intentions? They can’t be good! If the player tries to follow her trail he will have to fight corrupt guards and a sadistic Executioner with the power to force his will on others causing them to hurt themselves. Higher up in the the tower you will encounter Anoki’s Officers who have freed prisoners and started a riot. Apparently Anoki is trying to free a mysterious prisoner but she can’t get to him as he is guarded by a strange cult that have formed around a priest of Mitra who calls himself Desumo. Gossip has it that he is here on his own free will in order to see that no one even gets close to the prisoner. Not only is he personally guarding the only way to the prisoner but it seems he has set up various defense mechanisms.
What exactly is going on in the Tower – it will be up to you to find out!
UPDATE: Some clarifications to answer some of the questions about the Veteran System:
Getting Veteran Points
At the time when the the Veteran System goes live, Veteran points for past subscriptions will be added right away to your accounts as we have already a log of how many months a player has paid for to date.
From there on, new Veteran points will be added to your account at the time when you subscribe for a certain period. So if you subscribe for 3 months, you will get the veteran points for these 3 months right away.
Spending Veteran Points
Veteran points are spent at the Veteran Vendor like a currency. So if you have 100 points and buy an item for 25 you have 75 points left to spend. The points will be available on each character separately. So you don’t have a pool for all your characters, you have the same number of points to spend on every character you have. The rewards your purchase with those points however are bound on the character you bought them for.
The only item that gets consumed is the XP potion. All changes to morph values (breast, arms, size) are temporary effects you can trigger from a spell you learn. Those can be used infinite times. All the other rewards are permanent spells or items. The cooldown reducer 'Veteran's Path" for example changes the cooldown of the Path of Asura and Patch of Comrades permanently.
Here are some details about three of the mentioned Veteran items:
Veteran Boots: Increase out of combat movmement speed (higher than any item currently in the game)
Veteran Cape: Increase out of combat regeneration (high values)
Veteran Bag: 35 slots (Between the expensive 32 and 40 slot bag)
Subject to change
Please also note that the acutal points a certain item or service costs might change while the details of the Veteran System are defined. The costs mentioned in the letter above have to be seen as an estimate which might change still.
There are also plans to offer new items and services over time. Details will be revealed as they are getting available.
Craig 'Silirrion' Morrison
Update 2: Latest new is that test server had an update today:
Update 1.05.6 Notes
Update Notes for Update 1.05.6
**These notes do not necessarily reflect the final version that will be deployed on Live**
* The Iron Tower is open! This is a level 80 group dungeon, located in Tarantia Commons.