Alpha 1 preparation: Media of the month contest and Improved media section!
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In preparation to the coming Alpha 1 start, and NDA lift, in mid-September, we are introducing:

Media of the month contest!

Every month, users can vote on their favorite media (image/video, anything in the media section). Was it a cool picture of a massive city sige? Rare cosmetics? Anyone can vote, and anyone can upload their own candidates. The first contest will start when Alpha 1 starts! :smile:

The winner will get a cool MOTM ribbon above their avatar. :smile:

As a bonus, the winner of the first contest will also get a free 3-month premium membership. Later winners may also get some cool free stuff, though this can vary from month to month.

The MOTM vote button, which can be found inside most of the categories in the media section.

Improved media section

  • We've added a lot more categories, to make it easier to...
AoC Gamescom 2018 Stream Highlights
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Special Announcements:
  • Over 500,000 players are registered on the site with Alpha 1 beginning in September.
  • Public Roadmap of the game's development to be unveiled at PAX west.

Player Choice playing a key role:
Steven and Jeffrey insisted on player choice, the goal being to offer various choices to the player (in regards to crafting, exploring, etc.). As such, they hope to steer away from standard progression paths by implementing the following methods:
  • Diversified progression paths.
  • Advancing the economy of the world.
  • Contributing to a node as a citizen.
  • Focusing on your interests within your freehold.
Everything contributes to the development of the world, resulting in each server being different.

Games that AoC draws inspiration from:
When asked regarding games that AoC derived inspiration...
Update from Steven regarding region blocking and EU publisher situation
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Good news today! Lately the community has been worrying that we may not be able to chose ourselves what region we want to play on. (as some from Europe might not want to play on EU servers..) Thankfully, today's update from Steven, on the official Discord, puts that to rest. There will be no region or IP blocking. He also confirmed that Intrepid will handle the game client packaging, so my.com won't be doing that either.

Yesterday he also dropped a small update, reassuring fans that the game will stay subscription based, with no box cost, and a cosmetic-only marketplace, the same as in NA.

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Welcome to our new Guild portal!
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After a long time of developing, I am pleased to announce our new guild list! This is in an effort to make it easier to find a new guild, or recruit to your guild. Of course, as it is brand new, there are not many guilds there yet, but I hope that very soon it will be packed with guilds! The AoC Dungeon strives to be the best website for your Ashes of Creation needs, and this is just one of more stuff to come. This is the first edition of the guild list, and it will be improved further as feedback comes in.

You can filter the search on the front page, to limit the search. Only a few filters are added now, but more coming as needed.

Promoting your guild in the top image slider
You may also promote your guild in the top image slider, for more visibility. For now, until there are at least 15 guilds on the list, it will be given as a first come, first...
Intrepid Partners With My.com for EU Publishing Rights
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Today the announcement was made that My.com would take over publishing duties for Ashes of Creation for Europe and Russia via my.com and mail.ru respectively. The duties will include billing, server infrastructure, community and customer service. Originally Intrepid Studios had made public that they themselves were planning to publish Ashes Of Creation in Europe.

The announcement was met with an uproar from the Ashes community. Many European players are already familiar with My.com from recent MMOs like Revelation Online, Warface, Skyforge and many more. From accounts of community members on this site and reports online, the publisher My.com does not have a quality track record. From leaks of customer credit information, to poor customer support and unfinished localization's of launched games.

Steven Sharif founder of Intrepid Studios was quick to defend his decision on discord and other sites. Here...
Action Combat Preview - August 17th Livestream and Special Guests
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Special Announcements:
  • Intrepid Studios is coming to Europe at Gamescom in Germany (21st August 2018).
  • Name Reservation will be available sometime during Alpha 1 Phase 2 (Hopefully).

Alpha 1 Testing Phase Breakdown:
The Ashes of Creation Alpha 1 is set to begin during the third week of September and will go on for almost 7 months. The Alpha 1 test will focus on three major tests:
  1. Open world Battlegrounds
  2. Castles and Sieges
  3. City 'Horde' Mode
Open world Battlegrounds:
Offering variable combat modes with testing upto a 100 players. They'd like to provide consistent Battleground testing where players will be able to complete a match and instantly queue up for another to ensure heavy testing of the feature. Focused on Matchmaking.

Castles and Sieges:
The objective is to test stability with upto 200 players to ensure...
The August store update, and PAX West 2018 cosmetics, are now live in their store!
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We had to wait a few extra weeks for this update, but looks like it was worth the wait. What is new for this month is that the Intrepid pack no longer includes Alpha 1 access, and thus the price has been reduced from 500 USD to 375 USD. In addition, you no longer gain entries to Alpha 0 raffle, as that phase is closing in a month.

For the other packs, this is business as usual. The packs are the same in terms of the other content (test access, game-time, embers etc), while the cosmetics rotate each month. If you have already bought a pre-order pack, don't worry: You can still purchase the new cosmetics. It will be available as a addon, so you won't have to buy the whole pre-order package again.

For a closer look at the cosmetics, check out our media gallery.



PAX West 2018 Attendee Package - 265 USD
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Post your questions now for the official livestream, which airs on August 17th
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It's this time of the month again! Post your questions for the official AoC livestream, which is going live on August 17th at 21.00 GMT. And don't forget that we get to see some live action combat footage!

https://forums.ashesofcreation.com/...al-livestream-august-17th-2-pm-pst-q-a-thread

There will also be a Q&A channel on the Discord at the 17th, but I recommend posting it in the forum thread as well.
Alpha 1 Phase 1 coming next month - Phase 2 planned for early Q2 2019
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Finally we got the newsletter from Intrepid, which provided us with some great information. The biggest news is that Alpha 1 phase 1 is confirmed starting week 3 of September! Phase 2 is planned for early Q2 2019.

As announced previously, Alpha 1 sales in the store is closing soon. They have currently over 8500 participants so far, of the cap of 10 000 participants. The last day for Alpha One pre-order packs ends on August 15th, which is also the day the pre-order cosmetics updates on all the packs. So if you want to upgrade your pack to get Alpha 1 access, this is the time.

Phase 1 of Alpha 1, coming in the 3rd week of September, will be focusing on action combat and PvP related mechanics in the game. Testing action, siege systems, adaptive AI in the horde mode and more.
Confirmed so far:
  • Open World battlegrounds
  • Castle Sieges (Guild vs Guild)
  • City Defense "Horde Mode".
More info to be announced at their PAX Panel next month...
The AoC Dungeon is now an official Ashes of Creation Content Creator!
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Good news everyone! 7 months after going live, The AoC Dungeon is now an official Content Creator for Ashes of Creation! I have some pretty cool plans for the site, and I can't wait to show you. Our main focus will continue to be providing quality news content and articles. In that area we have recently also gotten a new editor on our team: @Kirby . You should check out her fantastic newspaper if you haven't read it already. Of course our website has lots of other interesting features, and some big ones that will be revealed very soon... :winking:

Also don't forget to check out our Discord channel, in which we have seamless integration between the website and discord with real time notifications!

Thank you to all the fans who visit our website, post in our forum/discord, follow us on Twitter, and in...

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