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November store update!
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Glorious Ashlings!

The November cosmetic skins are now live in the store!
  • If you are a Kickstarter or Summer backer you can purchase each of these items as add-ons!
  • If you have a previous months Pre-Order pack you can purchase the items from the same pack tier as add-ons!
  • Remember these cosmetics are skins and will apply over an in-game item! No P2W!
You can take a closer look at the cosmetic skins from the media gallery!



Wayfarer Pre-Order Pack - 75 USD


  • Access to Beta 2
  • 2 months of game...
The release phases of AoC (Updated 6/12-2018)
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With the alpha testing underway, let's have a brief look at the different phases, and their ETAs.
For more detailed info on Alpha 1, check this article.
  • Alpha 0 (Dec. 15 2017 - Sept. 2018) Completed
    • Covered by NDA.
    • You can gain access through community raffles on their official website, Twitch stream giveaways, discord giveaways etc.
  • Alpha 1 Apocalypse "Stress Test" (Sept. 7 2018 - Oct. 18 2018) Completed
    • Short test phase ahead of Alpha 1 (now known as Apocalypse) to stress test the servers.
    • Visual NDA in effect for the first month.
    • Access based on Kickstarter backer tier, then summerbacker, then website pre-order pack. 1st week ~450 testers, 2nd week ~2000 testers, 3rd week ~5000 testers.
    • Squad play (matched with random teammates) added during the last weeks of stress testing.
  • Apocalypse - Battle Royale arena (Oct. 19th 2018) In Progress
    • Previously known as Alpha 1 Phase 1.
    • 100 players in a last man standing mode.
      • Squad play has also been added.
    • Action combat only.
    • There is no NDA this phase (and all other phases after that).
    • Planned to be online 24/7, with several server locations in NA, as well as servers in EU and OCE.
    • Part of the Braver of Worlds+ Kickstarter packs. It was also part of the Intrepid pre-order pack, but it is no longer being sold.

Site update coming very soon! [Xenforo 2.1]

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So there is a substantial update coming to Xenforo very soon, it is currently in the last stage of beta, so I'm expecting it in December, or January at the latest. It is the first large feature update since Xenforo 2.0 was released last year.

Some of the news:

Push notifications
As you would expect with push notifications, you do not necessarily need to be viewing the forum when the notification is received, nor does the browser even need to be active, as demonstrated here:



Naturally, clicking on the notification will take you straight to the content. Also, it can be disabled if you do not want to use it.

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October store update!
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Glorious Ashlings!

The october cosmetic skins are now live in the store!
  • If you are a Kickstarter or Summer backer you can purchase each of these items as add-ons!
  • If you have a previous months Pre-Order pack you can purchase the items from the same pack tier as add-ons!
  • Remember these cosmetics are skins and will apply over an in-game item! No P2W!
You can take a closer look at the cosmetic skins from the media gallery!



Wayfarer Pre-Order Pack - 75 USD


  • Access to Beta 2
  • 2 months of game...
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse announced! 31/10 full stream recap
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Main headlines
  • First Alpha 1 Phase 2 gameplay shown. Phase 2 is planned to start in March-April 2019.
    • Phase 2 will be the traditional MMO experience, with progression, node system, open world etc. More info on what is included in this phase, can be found here.
  • Alpha 1 Phase 1 is renamed Ashes of Creation Apocalypse. Will feature the battle royale, castle siege, and horde mode. Will be a free to play side-arena, playable by everyone.
  • October cosmetics showcased.
  • New website coming soonTM.

Alpha 1 Phase 2 gameplay. This is with medium graphic setttings, but already looking...
Steven answering questions while playing with Krojak [text breakdown]
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Steven Sharif joined Krojak for some fun squad play, while also taking the time to answer some questions!

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Time to find some tasty items..

Krojak:
I had a blast playing, but playing squad play when solo is a challenge, due to no voice communication option. But aside from that, it's awesome!
Steven: We tried to implement the voice chat, but that there were some slight issues, which will be fixed tomorrow (October 23rd), I think.

Krojak: What are your plans regarding server status and server up-time this week?
Steven: We have a lot of things we need to fix Monday-Wednesday, and then we hope on Thursday (for the Thursday to Sunday session) to have those fixes implemented.

Steven Sharif said:
I hope that people are enjoying the world, the look of the world, the art etc. This build is a...
Ashes of Creation enters Alpha 1 Phase 1 - NDA lifted!
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Rejoice dear ashlings, Ashes of Creation has now officially entered Alpha 1 Phase 1, and with that the NDA has been completely lifted. This also means that all Alpha 1 backers have been invited to test the battle royale combat mode (~ 10 000). In addition, all Alpha 2 backers have been invited for this weekend test as well. In the coming weeks they will also be inviting beta backers, all Alpha 0 backers, and eventually all registered users on the Ashes of Creation website.

Steven Sharif said:
We are happy to announce the testing is going very well and we are collecting a lot of useful data. Everyone at Intrepid cannot thank our Glorious community enough for their help in making mmos great... once more."
Everyone who is eligible should have received their mail yesterday/today with access code and download link.

You should also go ahead and check out our stream section! When I'm writing this, Steven is currently live playing at one of the streams...
Battle royale squad play stream footage! [Round-up of all the videos from October 14th]
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Yesterday Steven decided to drop the NDA temporarily for official content creators, which resulted in lots of streamers providing live gameplay footage from the battle royale squad testing. The test lasted for about 3 hours, providing Intrepid with tons of useful information.

Steven also shared on Twitter that next week, also those who are not official content creators, will be able to stream and share their content from the Alpha 1 Arena test.


Check out all the awesome videos from yesterday:

itsZiz having fun in the stress test yesterday, finally being able to stream it to the public!

itsZiz:

khasino:

Paradox Gaming Network:

DPantomtv: ...
Our partner program has been improved and re-branded!
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The program is intended for content creators looking to cooperate in building up our communities. Currently we are looking for streamers and video content creators, though this may be expanded in the future.

What we can offer for you
  • Streamer specific features (Twitch, Mixer.com, Smashcast.tv):
    • Featured on the streams page on our website. It will appear at the top of the section, then all non-featured streams will follow after that.
    • Only featured streams get notifications through the Discord and our live-stream channel.
  • YouTube/video content creator specific features:
    • Only featured YouTube channels get notifications through the Discord and our youtube channel.
  • Shown in our widget...
Ashes of Creation Alpha 1 stress started today - NDA still active
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Last night at ~0300 CEST, the Alpha 1 stress test for Ashes went live. The stress test will include a limited number of testers, which will increase each week. The first week only has about 450 testers (but this may be increased), the second will increase that to over 2000 testers, and finally 5000 testers for week 3. The point of this stress test is to test their server backend, login-system, matchmaking, etc. All those underlying mechanics that need to be working properly before they open the gates for all those with Alpha 1 access.
The participants are chosen from Kickstarter backers, then summer backers, and finally the pre-order pack backers. If you are not selected in these weeks, don't be alarmed: After about 3 weeks of stress testing, Alpha 1 will be open to all those with access to that phase.

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NDA is still active folks, hold your streaming horses!

As for NDA, Steven confirmed on Discord yesterday that there is still an active...

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