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Thoughts from ChangYou's Zentia Dev. Team about F2P gaming, and living life in the game industry including happenings, experiences, and all other things gamer. To find out more info about Zentia,check out: http://z.us.changyou.com/

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Zentia's 1.2 Expansion is on the Horizon

Posted by ChangYouZ Thursday January 27 2011 at 1:40PM
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1.2 Expansion to hit servers February 9th

Super secret information about the 1.2  expansion has just been released to the public.

In Febraury, the 1.2 expansion of Zentia will be released live on the servers. This expansion offers a host of new experiences. Although, I can't give every secret away, I can give a few spoilers. 1.2 will have new zones, mounts, and pets. The level cap will, once again, be raised.

As if that wasn't enough, there will be a new consignment system - no need to spend hours peddling on an alt. You will now be able to sell items server wide. On top of that, you will now be able to marry someone in Zentia! Stay tuned for more updates and all the excitement to come!

To check out the 1.2 teaser trailer head here

New GM Quest Event

For years, the world of Zentia has been under attack by all sorts of demons and minions of evil, and until now, Zentia’s heroes have been able to keep the destruction at bay. However, on January 27, 2011, Zentia’s citizens will experience a new source of fear and chaos as one of Demonor’s generals will be leading a new invasion of Serene City!

Demonor’s 3rd General is furious at the lack of progress of the destruction of the mortal plane of Zentia, so he has decided to take matters into his own hands. He discovers a small overlooked portal in Serene and leads his demonic minions through. What follows is a massive invasion of the entire Serene City district, with the General ordering battalions to overtake many of the key areas of Serene.

Word is the invasion will start from the South Fortress gate, south of Mulberry Village. A woman named Weaver Sara in the weaving shop just north of the gate reportedly knows something, so all heroes should seek her out at 1pm Pacific on January 27. Head to the Forums for more info.

Animation Showdown - Make your own animations!

Posted by ChangYouZ Friday January 21 2011 at 12:48PM
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Zentia has a neat little feature where you can animate your player using an item. You can choose an animation for upper body, lower body and all other sorts of things. Needless to say, you can create some very goofy animations for your character.

The Zentia Team challenges you to make the wackiest, most hilarious animations you can! We are giving out Level 8 Animation Paper codes in the Jan Newsletter and on the forums. We want you to make your best animations and submit them as a video! Top 5 winners will receive a Red Phoenix pet which is a 6666 exemplary pet. All who enter this competition will receive a gold chip! Go out there and get animated! If you are new to the game and haven't received a code PM Katealyst on the Zentia Forums.

We have already had a ton of great entries and the contest has just started! Here are some of the entries, can you beat them?

1. Itz_Ruin's Video
2. LeiFang's Video
3. Avandar's Video
4. Darkendsoul's Video
5. Justaoldguy's Video
6.Stef-poke's Video
7. Gedatsu's Video
8. Ikke715's Video
 


Keep on gaming,
 
Zentia Community Manager

Culture Corner #6: Happy New Year (Part 1)!

Posted by ChangYouZ Tuesday January 4 2011 at 3:57PM
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Culture Corner #6: Happy New Year (Part 1)!
 
Welcome to the Culture Corner
 
Welcome back to the Culture Corner with Tao Jones. If you’re new to the Culture Corner, this is a little column that is your guide to the world. It’s great to be a hero, but if you don’t understand what it is you’re trying to save, then it’s a little harder to appreciate it. That’s what I’m here for. Each column, I’m going to take a part of Chinese culture in our games and explain it in a little more depth.
 
What Day is the New Year?
 
Happy new year, Zentia players! I hope you all had a great weekend and that nothing important was folded, spindled, or mutilated during the revelry. We wish you the best in the new year. Of course, this article isn’t being written just to wish you all a happy new year. If you wanted that, you could go talk to just about anyone. You’re here to learn a little something, right? And I’ve got a feeling you probably already know what it is.
 
As I’m sure you’re aware, there’s a separate Chinese New Year, though because it isn’t celebrated only in China, it’s also called the Lunar New Year. The Lunar part refers to the Chinese calendar being based on the phases of the moon. More specifically, every month starts on the first day of the dark moon phase. This creates years that aren’t exactly the same length as that of the Gregorian calendar we all use, so the Chinese New Year ends up falling on a different day every year. However, it usually ends up falling somewhere between late January and mid February. This year, the Chinese New Year will fall on February 3, marking the official start of the Year of the Rabbit.
 
The Chinese Zodiac
 
That’s another thing I’d like to talk about today, actually. I’m sure everyone’s aware that the Chinese Zodiac, known as the sh?ngxiào (??) associates every year with a particular animal, but it’d be good to hear a bit more about them. I’ll start you off with a basic list. A few of these are ambiguous, since when the tradition of the zodiac became established, the same word was used for what we now consider to be separate animals. There are twelve animals in all:
 
 
Twelve types of animals, rather. Don’t try to act cute.
 
  • The rat (or mouse.)
  • The ox
  • The tiger
  • The rabbit
  • The dragon
  • The snake
  • The horse
  • The sheep (or goat.)
  • The monkey
  • The rooster
  • The dog
  • The pig.
 
Every year is associated with each of those in order, so 2010 was the Year of the Tiger, 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit, and 2012 will be the Year of the Dragon. 2013 would be the Year of the Snake, but because Earth’s crust will crack like an egg, be torn apart by earthquakes, explode, get sucked into a black hole, then finally collide with a planet known only as Nibiru on December 21, 2012, it seems silly to keep counting years after.
 
Don’t count on Santa to make the usual rounds on the 24th either. He’ll have other things on his mind.
 
But let’s say a few of us manage to survive the world-shaking cataclysm four days before Christmas next year. Eventually, it’ll be the Year of the Pig, then it loops back to Year of the Rat after. People born in each year are said to have certain character traits. For instance, people born in the Year of the Rabbit are thought to be good friends and shy. In this way, it’s a lot like the Western zodiac, where the time you’re born is supposed to describe your personality and outlook on life. Of course, like the Western zodiac, it’s also a little vague and untested by the scientific method. It’s great to learn about other cultures, but don’t think they’re somehow more true and mystical just because they’re from a foreign place!
 
 
Getting back on topic, you might wonder why every year is paired with an animal. It’s entirely possible you might be wondering about this because I suggested it right now, but I’m going to answer it anyway. But I'll answer it in the Zentia forums. Follow the link to get the full story and join the discussion!
 
Getting back on topic, you might wonder why every year is paired with an animal. It’s entirely possible you might be wondering about this because I suggested it right now, but I’m going to answer it anyway. But I'll answer it in the Zentia forums. Follow the link to get the full story and join the discussion!
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Getting back on topic, you might wonder why every year is paired with an animal. It’s entirely possible you might be wondering about this because I suggested it right now, but I’m going to answer it anyway. But I'll answer it in the Zentia forums. Follow the link to get the full story and join the discussion!
Getting back on topic, you might wonder why every year is paired with an animal. It’s entirely possible you might be wondering about this because I suggested it right now, but I’m going to answer it anyway. But I'll answer it in the Zentia forums. Follow the link to get the full story and join the discussion![B][SIZE="4"]Culture Corner #6: Happy New Year (Part 1)![/SIZE][/B]
 
[SIZE="3"][B]Welcome to the Culture Corner[/B][/SIZE]
 
Welcome back to the Culture Corner with Tao Jones. If you’re new to the Culture Corner, this is a little column that is your guide to the world. It’s great to be a hero, but if you don’t understand what it is you’re trying to save, then it’s a little harder to appreciate it. That’s what I’m here for. Each column, I’m going to take a part of Chinese culture in our games and explain it in a little more depth.
 
[SIZE="3"][B]What Day is the New Year?[/B][/SIZE]
 
Happy new year, Zentia players! I hope you all had a great weekend and that nothing important was folded, spindled, or mutilated during the revelry. We wish you the best in the new year. Of course, this article isn’t being written just to wish you all a happy new year. If you wanted that, you could go talk to just about anyone. You’re here to learn a little something, right? And I’ve got a feeling you probably already know what it is.
 
As I’m sure you’re aware, there’s a separate Chinese New Year, though because it isn’t celebrated only in China, it’s also called the Lunar New Year. The Lunar part refers to the Chinese calendar being based on the phases of the moon. More specifically, every month starts on the first day of the dark moon phase. This creates years that aren’t exactly the same length as that of the Gregorian calendar we all use, so the Chinese New Year ends up falling on a different day every year. However, it usually ends up falling somewhere between late January and mid February. This year, the Chinese New Year will fall on February 3, marking the official start of the Year of the Rabbit.
 
[SIZE="3"][B]The Chinese Zodiac[/B][/SIZE]
 
That’s another thing I’d like to talk about today, actually. I’m sure everyone’s aware that the Chinese Zodiac, known as the sh?ngxiào (??) associates every year with a particular animal, but it’d be good to hear a bit more about them. I’ll start you off with a basic list. A few of these are ambiguous, since when the tradition of the zodiac became established, the same word was used for what we now consider to be separate animals. There are twelve animals in all:
 
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Twelve types of animals, rather. Don’t try to act cute.[/i][/center]
 
The rat (or mouse.)
The ox
The tiger
The rabbit
The dragon
The snake
The horse
The sheep (or goat.)
The monkey
The rooster
The dog
The pig.
 
Every year is associated with each of those in order, so 2010 was the Year of the Tiger, 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit, and 2012 will be the Year of the Dragon. 2013 would be the Year of the Snake, but because Earth’s crust will crack like an egg, be torn apart by earthquakes, explode, get sucked into a black hole, then finally collide with a planet known only as Nibiru on December 21, 2012, it seems silly to keep counting years after.
 
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Don’t count on Santa to make the usual rounds on the 24th either. He’ll have other things on his mind.[/center][/i]
 
But let’s say a few of us manage to survive the world-shaking cataclysm four days before Christmas next year. Eventually, it’ll be the Year of the Pig, then it loops back to Year of the Rat after. People born in each year are said to have certain character traits. For instance, people born in the Year of the Rabbit are thought to be good friends and shy. In this way, it’s a lot like the Western zodiac, where the time you’re born is supposed to describe your personality and outlook on life. Of course, like the Western zodiac, it’s also a little vague and untested by the scientific method. It’s great to learn about other cultures, but don’t think they’re somehow more true and mystical just because they’re from a foreign place!
 
Getting back on topic, you might wonder why every year is paired with an animal. It’s entirely possible you might be wondering about this because I suggested it right now, but I’m going to answer it anyway. But I'll answer it in the Zentia forums. Follow the link to get the full story and join the discussion!

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