News Roundup Week #2 of May 2017


Galahad Patch #6 / Version 1.0.319 / REV 84315 / 11 May 2017

We skipped a few weeks since we last spoke on the subject of news.

Well, here is the writeup since last time!


Official News

Hellgates: Upcoming New Map and Improvements

Comment: Long overdue re-design of the hellgates. I recommend reading the official post yourself, because its quite interesting but check below for the TL;DR.

We will get an all new map with minibosses in the corners and a final boss in the center that spawns after all minibosses are down. Hellgates will be split into 3 different types:

  • Ashen: 2-player teams yellow zone rules (knockdown & teleport out), T4 mobs, 700 item power soft cap, x1.5 fame modifier, hostile counter on, portals spawn in green zones
  • Ignited: 5-player teams yellow zone rules (knockdown & teleport out), T5 mobs, 800 item power soft cap, x1.5 fame modifier, hostile counter on, portals spawn in yellow zones
  • Infernal: 5-player teams black zone rules (death & full loot) ; essentially the old HG rules, no item power cap and no hostile counter; fame value modifier x2.5

Also, the new HG map looks like a dog-face, doesn’t it?

New HG map layout:

Community News

Upcomming content patch: Hector

Comment: SBI is internally prepping for the next big content updated which is called Hector. No official news or testserver content is released yet, only a few teaser dev-comments on the forums. My guess is that this will be one of their last big content patches before they start drumming the marketing machine for release, which is exactly 2 months from today btw.

  • Bercilak commented on the official Albion Discord channel that they are internally trying to get Hector out somewhere between  week #4 of May and week #1 of June.

Albion Online Twitch Channel

The official Albion Online Twitch Channel is showing recent activity.

Comment: Content includes community talk shows with Kostan #1 #2, some GvG shoutcasting, and a showcase of the upcomming HG content. Seems like they are starting to get a bit more into the regular twitch content.

Guild Spotlight: Say My Name

Comment: Frenchie HC style guild according to UrzaKe’s writeup. I love their logo, its so incredibly internet random.  A danger sign that contains walter white, a french stache and bones, WTF ?

Other News

We are ramping up the releases of content on this blog. Most of what you see currently is purely test content. We will hopefully launch properly in a few weeks. Once we do, we’ll post it on the forums and so on.

PvP Leaderboards Week #2 of May 2017


Current Patch: Galahad Patch #5 / Version 1.0.319 / REV 82981 / 27 April 2017

It is monday again. Monday is PvP Leaderboard day.

It’s juicy. Check it out below.


Largest Battles

Comment: Holy shit! 23.89m? We might have to talk about this battle on this weeks show! Not to mention the second battle at 9.94 as well. Both battles broke the previous record of highest fame per battle. Looking at the 75% of largest fame donators for this battle we see Ad Honores with 5.6m+ fame, Envy with 4.7m+, Metatrone with 3.9m+,  Indy Veni Vici with 3.2m+. All of those guilds, except for Envy havent been present in any PvP rankings in the past. New guilds forming or did an alliance decide to go take a stroll in the black zones? Will post more detailed analysis later.

(edit: reason for the massive battles were a french community event)

Largest Battles – Week #2 of May 2017
Started (UTC) Players Total Kills Total Fame
12.05.2017 19:25:23 254 290 23.89m Details
12.05.2017 21:17:37 140 109 9.94m Details
08.05.2017 01:35:07 161 73 5.14m Details
12.05.2017 21:01:32 87 32 4.14m Details
08.05.2017 19:54:39 100 87 3.64m Details

Top Kill Fame (Player)

Comment: New weekly record at 5.47m for reizerrr, grats! Most players this week are members of THE ABYSS and Red Army and they are doing the GvGs. This week reizerrr managed to score big in GvG fights by killing numerous players in 6.2 – 7.2 gear with a large chunk of the killfame coming from a lot of 200k-ish fame kills.

Top Kill Fame (Player) – Week #2 of May 2017
# Player Alliance Guild Fame
1 reizerrr [RUS] THE ABYSS 5.47m
2 babanababah [RUS] THE ABYSS 4.98m
3 Aggressor [RUS] THE ABYSS 4.89m
4 Mohicans [RUS] THE ABYSS 4.47m
5 KingMoJo [OOPS] Red Army 4.45m
6 Ketka [RUS] THE ABYSS 4.44m
7 Derrick [OOPS] Red Army 4.38m
8 Fulise [FAME] Ad Honores 4.02m
9 GRRRRRRRRRR [OOPS] Red Army 3.87m
10 Hoba [OOPS] Red Army 3.72m

Top Kill Fame (Guild)

Comment: Old faces in the top spots, Red Army closely missing the 80m again. New and unexpected this week: Ad Honores. Check back during the week to get a more indepth story.

Top Kill Fame (Guild) – Week #2 of May 2017
# Guild Fame
1 Red Army 78.26m
2 Envy 66.77m
3 Ad Honores 45.66m
4 Nilfgaard 42.44m
5 Articulo Mortis 35.62m
6 Tea Party 33.21m
7 THE ABYSS 31.54m
8 Echo of Silence 31.02m
9 KDS 28.06m
10 ZORN 26.79m

GvG – Most Attacks / Defenses Won

Comment: Red Army still on top. ZORN and others possibly taking advantage of Nilfgaard quitting. THE ABYSS players made it into the top#10 killfame this weeks, probably due to their GvG wins this week. Interesting sidenode: Ad Honores is not in this top#10, but they made it pretty high up in the top#10 kill fame (guild) this week. 

GVG – Most Attacks Won GVG – Most Defenses Won
# Guild Att. won # Guild Def. won
1 Red Army 23 1 Red Army 22
2 ZORN 21 2 Say My Name 10
3 Envy 11 3 THE ABYSS 9
4 THE ABYSS 11 4 Envy 8
5 KDS 8 5 Tankui Russia 8
6 Echo of Silence 7 6 Articulo Mortis 8
7 Nilfgaard 7 7 Echo of Silence 6
8 Say My Name 6 8 Core 6
9 Tankui Russia 6 9 Nilfgaard 6
10 Gentlemen 5 10 KDS 6

Allright, thats it for this week.

Come back a little later this week for the deep dive into the 29m fame battle and don’t forget to listen to our show where we will also talk about this weeks large battle for sure. If we are lucky we can get the people involved to comment during this week. If you have insight or attended above battle, please hit me up on discord, on the official AO forum or shoot me an email.

Have a nice day :)

PvP Leaderboards: Week #1 of May 2017

Current Patch: Galahad Patch #5 / Version 1.0.319 / REV 82981 / 27 April 2017

A new week, a new PvP Leaderboard! Yay!

Let’s go look.

Comments, corrections and feedback as always -email- // discord


Largest Battles

Comment: We saw a nice 6.78m fame battle this week, doubling all other battle fame, featuring  11 different guilds. Largest score goes to Tea Party with 56-10 K/D and Echo of Silence taking a ball to the face at 32-70 K/D. Ouch. Most people are smacking each other in 6.1 and 6.2. Big deaths fame wise are artifact weapons and 6.2+ gear guys. Check out the details below.

Largest Battles – Week #1 of May 2017
Started (UTC) Players Total Kills Total Fame
01.05.2017 01:33:47 234 138 6.78m Details
07.05.2017 17:35:19 143 41 3.35m Details
06.05.2017 22:53:59 89 36 2.95m Details
02.05.2017 03:51:46 66 37 2.67m Details
06.05.2017 11:53:47 10 9 2.56m Details

Top Kill Fame (Player)

Comment: Average killfame of the top#10 is about 3.5m again. Similar to last week. Jokeroyuncu and ZoN made it back into the top#10 again from last week, with Joker securing a better and better spot every week for 3 weeks in a row. Respect. SirGalaahad on #1 this week wrecking in hell gates with his friends Far & Ninja from Grief. Those juicy 7.1 and 7.2 killfame numbers! Some of the players from the last weeks are missing, specifically the Tea Party and the Red Army guys.

Week #1 of May 2017
Top Kill Fame (Player)
# Player Alliance Guild Fame
1 SirGaalahad Tetra-Phi 4.10m
2 Jokeroyuncu Articulo Mortis 3.82m
3 ShinnoK [FAME] Envy 3.78m
4 HAEL2K [FAME] Envy 3.53m
5 Far Grief 3.45m
6 JapaneseNinja Grief 3.37m
7 KingMoJo [OOPS] Red Army 3.36m
8 ZoN Articulo Mortis 3.18m
9 Norzor [OOPS] Red Army 3.17m
10 reizerrr [RUS] THE ABYSS 3.08m

Top Kill Fame (Guild)

Comment: Red Army and Envy sharing the top spot with almost 73m kill fame this week. Nilfgaard dropping to rank#4 from last weeks top spot. New guilds in the top#10 this week: ZORN, Ad Honores, THE ABYSS.

Top Kill Fame (Guild)
# Guild Fame
1 Red Army 72.83m
2 Envy 72.70m
3 Articulo Mortis 55.12m
4 Nilfgaard 48.11m
5 Tea Party 40.85m
6 Echo of Silence 40.17m
7 Say My Name 32.89m
8 ZORN 26.11m
9 Ad Honores 23.21m
10 THE ABYSS 19.86m

GvG – Most Attacks Won

Comment: Red Army at #1 again this week. Thats 3 weeks in a row now.  Fewer GvG attacks won total compared to last week gave you a spot in the top#10 this week. New Guilds in the top#10 this week: The Fleet, Mercenarios, KDS. It seems like some of the kill fame isnt coming from the high level GvGs this month, but from hellgates and open world.

GVG – Most Attacks Won
# Guild Att. won
1 Red Army 15
2 Nilfgaard 11
3 Envy 10
4 Echo of Silence 8
5 Articulo Mortis 8
6 Say My Name 5
7 Gentlemen 5
8 The Fleet 5
9 Mercenarios 4
10 KDS 4

GvG – Most Defenses Won

Comment: Similar to attacks won, Red Army is also in the #1 spot on defenses this week. Some heavy fighting going on for RA. 21 Defenses Won + 15 Attacks won = 36 total win GvGs ; not counting lost ones thats more than 4 GvGs per day on average. Whew Red Army! Doing some work.

GVG – Most defenses won
# Guild Def. won
1 Red Army 21
2 Echo of Silence 14
3 Envy 13
4 Articulo Mortis 8
5 The Fleet 8
6 Say My Name 7
7 Nilfgaard 7
8 Exertion 7
9 Core 5
10 THE ABYSS 5

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Weekly PvP Update – Week#4 of April

Current Game Version: Galahad Patch #5 / Version 1.0.319 / REV 82981

Ladies and Gentlemen,

the calendar turned to another week and thus it is time to review last weeks PvP leaderboards. This weeks special bonus includes a comparison between march and april 2017.

Please send corrections, comments, additional hints or links as always to me here: email@emailadress

Let’s do this!


Top Kill Fame (Player)

Comment: The only repeat offender in this weeks Top#10 Kill Fame is Jokeroyuncu, good job! Virtually all of the high scoring kill fame players last week are part of GvG teams fighting in and against 7.2 or higher, scoring 400k – 600k per kill. We should see even higher numbers soon as guilds start to gear their top teams in T8. [ENVY]’s GvG team had a smashing week with 4 out of the top 5 players ranking high this week.

Week #4 of April 2017 Week #3 of April 2017
Top Kill Fame (Player) Top Kill Fame (Player)
# Player Fame # Player Fame
1 fonzieman [ENVY] – Tea Party 4.06m 1 KingMoJo [ENVY] – Red Army 4.41m
2 Talagul [ENVY] – Tea Party 4.03m 2 Derrick [ENVY] – Red Army 4.40m
3 Gooch [ENVY] – Tea Party 3.82m 3 Jabka [ZERG] – Nilfgaard 4.35m
4 Soghin [ENVY] – Tea Party 3.71m 4 Norzor [ENVY] – Red Army 4.26m
5 Jokeroyuncu [SW] – Articulo Mortis 3.71m 5 9thWonderBanger [ENVY] – Red Army 4.26m
6 Bloodjer [ENVY] – Tea Party 3.68m 6 Jokeroyuncu [SW] – Articulo Mortis 4.02m
7 FuS Exertion 3.28m 7 WoFElder [ZERG] – Nilfgaard 3.97m
8 ZoN [SW] – Articulo Mortis 3.21m 8 Truegod [ZERG] – Nilfgaard 3.70m
9 Kubb Exertion 3.04m 9 NINJAO [ZERG] – Nilfgaard 3.50m
10 energylegs Exertion 3.04m 10 Toriblacklol Whisper of Loudness 3.47m

Top Kill Fame (Guild)

Comment: Last week we saw Nilfgaard and Envy hitting almost exactly the same total killfame at 53.00m and 52.98m fame respectively. Compared to last week Nilfgaard managed to score an astonishing 30m less in killfame – [reason needs research still]. Almost all of the top#10 guilds from last week made it into this weeks top#10 again, with the exception of ‘Old School’ dropping out and ‘Honor and Glory’ making it into the top#10 this week.

Top Kill Fame (Guild) Top Kill Fame (Guild)
# Guild (April Week #4) Fame # Guild (April Week#3) Fame
1 Nilfgaard 53.00m 1 Nilfgaard 80.49m
2 Envy 52.98m 2 Red Army 50.65m
3 Tea Party 45.30m 3 Articulo Mortis 44.77m
4 Articulo Mortis 44.12m 4 Envy 43.48m
5 Echo of Silence 42.71m 5 Echo of Silence 42.77m
6 Exertion 40.67m 6 Tea Party 41.04m
7 Red Army 37.04m 7 Exertion 33.72m
8 Core 35.66m 8 Old School 30.21m
9 Say My Name 33.51m 9 Say My Name 27.57m
10 Honor n Glory 20.12m 10 Core 26.82m

GvG Most Attacks Won

Comment: Red Army and EOS sharing the top spot at 14 GvGs won this week, followed by Exertion. Exertion increasing their efforts this week. [some kind of further research for the reasaon should be here].

# Guild (April Week#4) Att. won # Guild (April Week#3) Att. won
1 Echo of Silence 14 1 Red Army 18
2 Red Army 14 2 Echo of Silence 11
3 Exertion 10 3 Articulo Mortis 10
4 Core 9 4 Whisper of Loudness 9
5 Envy 9 5 Nilfgaard 8
6 Nilfgaard 9 6 Exertion 8
7 Say My Name 7 7 Gentlemen 6
8 Articulo Mortis 7 8 Envy 5
9 Whisper of Loudness 7 9 Infinite 4
10 Gentlemen 4 10 Say My Name 4

GvG Most Defenses Won

Comment: Red Army still in the top spot week over week, with more defenses won than last week. Red Army under pressure? With almost 3 won defenses a day for last week, Red Army certainly has both their hands full with action. Some might call it an outright war against xx? While we were a bit concerned about Articulo Mortis last week it seems like the number of attacks on them has decreased [reason?].

[some kind of further research for the reasaon should be here].

# Guild (April Week#4) Def. won # Guild (April Week#3) Def. won
1 Red Army 20 1 Red Army 16
2 Exertion 15 2 Articulo Mortis 14
3 Echo of Silence 12 3 Exertion 11
4 Articulo Mortis 12 4 Nilfgaard 9
5 Envy 7 5 Echo of Silence 5
6 Core 6 6 Mercenarios 5
7 Nilfgaard 6 7 SUN 5
8 Say My Name 5 8 Luna Prima 5
9 The Fleet 5 9 Whisper of Loudness 5
10 Whisper of Loudness 5 10 Core 4

Largest Battles

Comment: Last weeks largest battle at 3m total fame fell much short of previous weeks massive 9m and 6m fame battles between Red Army, Tea Party, Nilfgaard and … (insert video links 1/2/3). Last weeks top battles include Echo of Silence and Old School taking a slap on the butt at 3.02m total fame and Team Casualty and Tea Party getting plowed for 2.79m total killfame. 

Week #4 of April 2017
Started (UTC) Players Total Kills Total Fame
24.04.2017 02:09:43 170 75 3.02m Details
24.04.2017 01:56:57 138 80 2.79m Details
27.04.2017 23:46:25 12 4 2.22m Details
24.04.2017 02:24:30 147 48 2.09m Details
29.04.2017 18:55:56 52 30 1.97m Details
Week #3 of April 2017
Started (UTC) Players Total Kills Total Fame
23.04.2017 17:02:21 216 139 9.35m Details
23.04.2017 18:14:16 226 93 6.49m Details
17.04.2017 01:39:05 130 96 3.19m Details
18.04.2017 21:10:08 87 42 3.13m Details
19.04.2017 20:51:14 103 40 2.61m Details

 

Week #3 of April 2017

Official News:

The Testserver has been updated with a new Test Version.

Comment: Mostly fixes, but two interesting game-changing updates. Read below.

Groups of 10+ players in black zones will be displayed on the minimap.

Comment: Accoding to the patchnotes they will test how displaying zergs (greater than 10 players) showing up on the minimap in blackzones influences black zone dynamics. This test will run for a duration of 2 weeks once the patch goes live. It works similar to the old dots on the minimap, but instead of one dot per player, we will see one large dot per zerg. If you happen do play after the patch goes live, remember to leave feedback.

Guild Rank Permission Adjustments

Comment: In my opinion a welcome change to allow for more ranks to be given to guild members. This change will help preventing one of the worst case scenarios for guilds which is officers dropping the home plot to enemy guilds.

Details:

  • “Right Hand” can now manage alliance features in addition to the guild leader.
  • “Master of Coin” can now linger give up territories, destroy buildings or take control of buildings. Main distinction from the “Officer” role is being able to manage guild tax and guild account as well as the ability to kick players from guild.
  • “Warmaster” can no longer give up territories, destroy buildings or take control of buildings. Main distinction from the “Officer” role is being able to declare GVG attacks and kick players from the guild.
  • “Officer” can now promote & demote players up to “Guardsman” rank.

Other Changes

Reduced time to teleport out of a dungeon from 60 to 30 seconds (teleporting out of a dungeon is less safe than logging out but had the same time investment).

As always,  you can find the full patch notes and fixes at this link: http://staging.albiononline.com/

Other Official News:

Guild Spotlight: “Haus Stark”

Comment: Nice read, but no juicy gossip content ;). Small Scale German Guild with about 50 active members. Check them out if you speak german!

Albion Armory: “Infinite Sword Swinger”

Comment: Lol that name. Otherwise an okay read if you want to learn how to use a build that consists of Clarent Blade, Sarcophagus Shield, Guardian Helmet, Assasins Jacket, Knight Boots. The comments to the news suggest that this is a fairly common and know build amog the pvp crowd.

Unofficial Community News

Caerleon Duel Tournament

Endymion hosted a duel tournament on 22/04 at XX UTC. You can find the link below. There are two brackets, one capped at 900 item level and one uncapped for show-off purposes. Main prizes include siver and other stuff […]

Leaked screenshot of the new character bars UI design

Source: Initilal thread by Rosalia.

Comment: Finally a mana bar! Looks cool imo.

[end of post plug … ]

Patchday: Galahad Patch #3 / Version 1.0.318 / REV 80756 / 05 April 2017

Patchday Comment


Most of what was on the testserver made it into todays patch.

The big points of this patch are the changes to the reputation balancing and the new feature that prevents dreaded players from entering the royal continent.

Changing the nurturing cycle from 24 to 22 hours and counting picked up silver before deducting tax are long overdue implementations as well.

Check the patchnoes out below.


Source: http://live.albiononline.com/

Galahad Patch #3 / Version 1.0.318 / REV 80756 / 05 April 2017

Changes
  • Reputation system changes:
    • Changing your flag to red no longer resets your reputation to 0.
    • High reputation PvP defensive buff (crime protection) is only active when flagged blue.
    • As you can now always flag blue, you NO longer get any reputation from gathering/mob killing while flagged red.
    • Increased flagging duration for PvP from 5s -> 15s.
    • Lowered reputation gain, especially for higher reputation ranks.
    • Players with dreaded reputation level cannot enter the Royal continent.
  • Removed music from T5 Heretic Expedition in the Lumberjack Miniboss area.
  • Added music to the T4 Undead Expedition (solo and group) Mage Boss area.
  • Changed animal nurturing and crop watering cycle from 24h to 22h.
  • Silver rankings will now count gross silver picked up (before guild tax).
  • Increased the resource value of T4 Level 1-3 resources, so that enchanted items item values match up with higher tier items (e.g. T4 E1 equals T5 E0).
  • Increased the item value of artifacts by a few hundred silver to balance the value to other items.
  • Changed zoning shield expiring distance: 170 -> 120
  • Configured world bosses to ignore time zones.
  • Removed unnecessary artifact bonuses from Destiny Board nodes for swords, spears, quarterstaffs and plate boots.
  • Added camera shake option.
  • Reverted expedition penalty debuff handling.
  • Added auto deny guild invite option.
  • Added sounds for missing farmable animals: ox, horse, direwolf, direbear, direboar.
  • Players cannot no longer respawn at a guild territory if your reputation does not allow you to enter the area.
  • New characters start initially with 0 crafting focus.
Fixes
  • Fixed an issue where dying in expedition plus disconnecting allows to teleport to home without losing equipment.
  • Fixed an issue where players were able to get up from a knockdown fast even though the mob was still in combat with other players.
  • Fixed an issue where crafting the Undead Horse did not work.
  • Fixed an issue where amount of silver dropped by killed players is no longer affected by mob difficulty of area.
  • Fixed an issue where sending invitations disabled keyboard.
  • Fixed an issue where the Grip spell from the Undead General didn’t deal damage and didn’t stun the player.
  • Fixed an issue with minor rounding errors for resource values.
  • Fixed an issue where the loot from castles in the lower outlands was set up wrongly.
  • Fixed an issue where Windwall cast triggered a move command too.
  • Fixed an issue where Gathering Gear Backpacks didn’t affect T5 and higher base resources. Instead only worked on enchanted for T5+.
  • Fixed an issue where the crafting specialization for gatherer gear shoes on the Destiny Board also rewarded armor crafting specialization.
  • Fixed an issue where muting players also blocks messages in the say-channel.
  • Fixed an issue where Howl cast triggered a move command as well.
  • Fixed an issue where spell info tooltip was not closed after destiny board was closed.
  • Fixed an issue where player got a penalty when leaving a single expedition while being dead.
  • Fixed an issue where crafting royal set gear was not possible even if all requirements were met.

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Community News: Week #1 of March 2017

Today will be the fist post in a series of test posts to get this site started.

Consider this site in early alpha state.

Make sure to sign up to our newsletter to recieve your weekly Albion News update to your mailbox. [actually, there is no thing to sign up yet, but there will be]


#1 State of the Game Update

Bercilak just posted a State of the Game: Galahad Update on the official forums.

Its a nice update on the current status quo and their plans until release mid july. You should really go ahead and give it a quick read yourself as it contains a lot of juicy bits of information.

Link

Most of the initial comments seem to be positive regarding this progress update, while some members of the community voice their concerns, pointing out various things that will not make it into the game for release. Especially critiziting SBI’s prioritzation of features.

I find one quote by Korn in response to a user questioning the descision to give the players a free mount after completing the initial tutorial noteworthy as it confirms a commonly discussed viewpoint among players (emphasis mine):

This is a very valid concern, that we also share.

Hence, the tutorial mount will be very bad stats-wise, much worse than a T3 horse or the founders mount. Think of it as a T1 mount.

The reason why we want to do this at all is not so much as a reward, but rather because the game is extremely tedious early on without a mount.

While it may sting a little for some legendary founders who payed 100€ for their founder pack because it includes a founders mount, I see it potentially extremely helpful to enhance the new player experience.

Other responses are slightly harsher in their tone demanding SBI to prioritize Guild Quality of Life features above the new Black Market NPC feature. This is however an ongoing debate and we may look at this debate in detail at a later point in time.


#2 Other Noteworthy Dev Responses This Week

Most of the Dev responses this week are adressing various bug reports for farming and mounts.

[other things will be here]


#3 Show Updates

There may be potential news later.


#4 Guild Gossip

[… other potential segments below…]


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