Asheron’s Call October 2009 Event Release Notes

I don’t usually make a habit of posting release or patch notes for the games I play. For the most part these tend to be fairly widely reported if the game is popular. But on this occasion I think there’s merit in reporting the release notes for the tenth anniversary of Asheron’s Call.

It’s worth noting that the monthly events are one of the things that are unique to Asheron’s Call. No other MMORPG releases new content along with updates to the storyline each and every month. Sure a lot of games patch monthly, or even weekly in some cases, but new content? That is the strength of Asheron’s Call, and probably the major reason the game has survived to this day in a world of new shiny.

Without further ado, here are the release notes for the tenth anniversary event.

Happy 10 Years Dereth!

Greetings and welcome to the Release Notes for the 10th Anniversary of Asheron’s Call! It has been an incredible journey so far, one which we hope continues for a long time. As our way of celebrating this occasion, we have made some really exciting additions to the game. We are really excited about these changes and what we have in store going forward. Most importantly we want to thank all of our players. Without you, none of us would be here working on the game we love. Thank you!

So without further delay, lets see what is new and exciting this month in Asheron’s Call!

Two Handed Weapons
The Viamontian masters have agreed to offer training in the art of Two Handed Combat to the peoples of Dereth. Due to the expanded use of Two Handed weapons they have become more readily available and will be available in all tiers of loot.

This new skill can either be used as a new player, or can be trained via the training temples already in-game.

Gearcrafting
With the return of the Gear Knights to Dereth also comes Gearcrafting. This skill is used by the Gear Knights to augment their abilities through a variety of implements and trinkets. The clever peoples of Dereth have quickly learned and adapted Gearcrafting.

Implements have been crafted to Expose Weaknesses of creatures through Creature Assessment, so that Leaders can increase the moral of their fellowship and with it their Health, to enhance both the Stamina and Mana of a party through tokens of Loyalty and in combination with Virindi magic using Deception to enhance understanding of Arcane Lore.

Gear Knights bring a variety of technological trinkets to Dereth. These trinkets may be imbued through the use of Gearcrafting to unlock latent magic. These magics enhance Health, Stamina, Mana, XP Gain, Damage and Damage Reduction.

You can read more about Gearcrafting here.

Quest Journal
Players can now keep track of all their quests in the game via an editable in-game quest journal. You can read more on the Quest Journal here.

Augmentations
Eleven New Augmentations have been introduced with this Update! These Augmentations include:

  • Foci Free Casting for War, Creature, Item, and Life magic.
  • Weapon Master Augments that will increase all Magic, Missile, or Melee skills by 10 points.
  • Damage Boosting and Reducing Augmentations that can enhance players Damage Rating.
  • Augmentations that will increase players Critical hit Frequency and Critical hit Multiplier.

Gear Knights
Gear Knights have returned to Dereth!  Originally encountered by the Empyreans before the Olthoi Invasion, this race of mechanical beings has reopened their Portals to Dereth, seeking lost compatriots and vengeance against those who endangered them.  Will you seek to do battle with this new threat to the peoples of Ispar?

New Quest Hubs
Players can now explore low and high level versions of the new Gear Knights, via quest hubs.

Quest XP
Quest XP will now pass up from Vassals to Patrons to Monarchs. This will help encourage more questing.

10th Anniversary rewards
For those with existing characters on actively subscribed accounts when the 10th Anniversary goes live, you may find yourselves with a new companion on your adventures through Dereth.


Special Live Events to celebrate 10 years of Asheron’s Call

On November 2nd, special Live Events will take place all day long. Asheron has discovered that the portals of Dereth have become unstable after being open for 10 years. This is causing portals from the past to open in the present. Creatures from the past 10years are suddenly going to appear all over Dereth. Asheron, Elysa, Borelean and others will need players help to contain this “invasion” from the past.

Miscellaneous Changes/fixes

Throne of Destiny
With this update, every player will now have access to all Throne of Destiny Content. Please be aware that the migration of accounts will still be a Premium Service.

Nvidia/Sky Flickering
Good News! After many, many long hours of work, this issue should now be resolved!

Chat
For some time now, we have been trying to discover the cause of some players having trouble entering chat when logging into the game. While we were unable to determine the root cause, the team has added a retry on entering chat when players are logging into the game. If a player does not enter chat when they first log in, the game will see this and retry up to three times for them. This should help resolve the issue.

So there are just some of the things we have in store for Asheron’s Call in October. Please remember that along with everything listed here, there are several new quests and exciting things going into the game for the October Event.