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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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New Year's Promotions!

Posted by ChangYouZ Thursday December 30 2010 at 5:44PM
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Help us ring in the New Year and look forward to another great year of gaming. From January 1st through the 15th, retweet the message "My New Year's Resolution: Play more Zentia!" and receive a Swift Cushion!

This week marks the beginning of the Zentia Twitter Retweet Contest. Want to win a Swift Cushion mount to use in Zentia? Simply Re-tweet the tweet below. Contest ends on Jan 15th.Winners will be given their code by January 25th through a Twitter direct message. You must be following Zentia on Twitter to receive this direct message. There are only 200 codes.

Tweet to Retweet:
My New Year's Resolution: Play more @Zentiathegame! http://ow.ly/3wdLv

 


 

12 Days of Christmas Event

Posted by ChangYouZ Thursday December 23 2010 at 11:46AM
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Katealyst here bringing a seasonal greeting!
Enjoy it while you can, this holiday's fleeting
Perhaps you're one of those who deck the halls
Or peacefully watch as gentle snow falls
And while we all enjoy our winter wonderlands
And hang our lights from most tangled strands
You'll see there is always more joy to be had
So when they're gone, you shall not be sad
For I plan to bring enough festivity for a year
And you'll find yourself stuffed full of holiday cheer
To help make the most of this wondrous time
Another fun contest, if you're so inclined
What you must do to achieve victory
Is follow our take on a song old as history
Zentia brings you twelve days of Christmas
With fun and prizes you won't want to miss this
While I cannot reveal where they're all hiding
I'm sure you'll find them with a seasonal tiding
Down below you'll find important information
So hurry along and adventure without hesitation!
 

Objective: Find the items that are referred to in the song lyrics posted on Facebook, take a screenshot of them, and then post it in the forums here. If you complete all 12 days of Christmas, you will get a Tiger Mount.

The Song so far:

On the first day of Christmas, the Immortals gave to me
A Clamshell worth 80 thousand XP

On the second day of Christmas, the Immortals gave to me
Two candles blazing
And a...

On the third day of Christmas, the Immortals gave to me
Three Pale Belly Aides
And a...

On the fourth day of Christmas, the Immortals gave to me
Four  bags for gathering
And a...
 
On the fifth day of Christmas, the Immortals gave to me
Five fierce wolves
And a...

On the sixth day of Christmas, the Immortals gave to me
Six sturdy chairs
And a...

On the seventh day of Christmas, the Immortals gave to me
Seven bags of grain
And a...

On the eighth day of Christmas, the Immortals gave to me
Eight Talismans Spinning
And a...
 

On the ninth day of Christmas, the Immortals gave to me
Nine desks for learning
And a...

More to come......

Day/Prize breakdown:
1 Day: XP Pack
6 Days: Gold Chip
9 Days:  Cloth Tiger
12 Days: Tiger Mount

It is not to late to enter this contest. You will have a full week after Christmas to complete all of your screenshots!

Double Holiday XP

As if we weren't bringing you enough holiday love this year, from December 24 through the 27 you will gain double XP! So be sure to log on and stuff your stocking full of extra XP while it lasts! Check out the forums for more details.
 

Keep on gaming,
 
Zentia Community Manager

Zentia PvE Server Now Open - $2,000 Giveaway

Posted by ChangYouZ Thursday December 16 2010 at 2:44PM
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Zentia's First PvE Server

Over $50,000 Worth of Prizes to Claim For the Holiday!

For all of you who have continued to grow ever wearier of the conflicts between you and your fellow Zentians, we come bearing gifts. We realize that for many of you, the trials and tribulations of combating endless hordes of demons sufficiently sates your hunger for battle. In light of this, the decision has been made to make the Spoon server a PvE server -- a land where one can venture without trepidation, free from the worry of falling prey to an unwelcome ambush. Happy travels, Heroes.

Amazon $2000 Giveaway

In celebration of the new PvE server and the Holiday season, the Zentia team will also be giving away $2000 worth of Amazon.com gift cards from Dec. 1st to Dec. 31st, 2010. Four lucky winners will have the chance to win a $500 gift card to close out the Holiday season. Players can qualify for the drawing in one of 4 ways. For more information, please visit the Zentia forum.

New Winter Token Shop Items

We’ve filled Zentia’s Token Shop with a load of Christmas goodies! Put on your Santa outfit and ride a one-reindeer open sleigh or get some snowmen pets and transformations and wander about in Frosty style! For those of you who want a truly impressive mount, we’ve added the Azure Deer to the token shop. This is the first permanent combat mount we’ve offered, and it’ll only be available for a short time. We’ve also got a permanent Santa Hat for year-round cheer. These items will be gone come the new year, so get them now!

Culture Corner #5: It’s Talisman Week!

Posted by ChangYouZ Friday December 10 2010 at 4:28PM
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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.
 
Talismans and You: An Owner’s Guide
 
Every player character in Zentia owns a talisman. There are many like it, but this one is yours. Your talisman has the ability to grow, unlike other pieces of equipment. Using various stones will help your talisman gain power and enhance its ability to make you a better player. Proper care and maintenance of your talisman should provide you with years of capable service, or at least until you find one more to your liking.
 
Talismans are one of the most important pieces of equipment in Zentia. They allow you access to your magical abilities, but most of them also grant you a new power. You’d have a much harder time without them. But what are they? Well, the general concept of talismans isn’t exactly something unique to Chinese culture. Talismans are more or less what’s written on the label. They’re magical items with magical powers. However, they aren’t the same kinds of talismans familiar to most western audiences. You won’t find any magic wands here. Instead, the Taoists of Zentia use steles, scrolls, sword sets, divination tubes, gourds, mirrors, banners, and bells. A few of these actually don’t seem to have any notable special significance in Chinese culture, but there’s enough unique stuff here that definitely warrants some discussion.
 
You can find further discussion in the thread in the Zentia forums.
Talismans are one of the most important pieces of equipment in Zentia. They allow you access to your magical abilities, but most of them also grant you a new power. You’d have a much harder time without them. But what are they? Well, the general concept of talismans isn’t exactly something unique to Chinese culture. Talismans are more or less what’s written on the label. They’re magical items with magical powers. However, they aren’t the same kinds of talismans familiar to most western audiences. You won’t find any magic wands here. Instead, the Taoists of Zentia use steles, scrolls, sword sets, divination tubes, gourds, mirrors, banners, and bells. A few of these actually don’t seem to have any notable special significance in Chinese culture, but there’s enough unique stuff here that definitely warrants some discussion.[B][SIZE="4"]Culture Corner #5: It’s Talisman Week![/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]Talismans and You: An Owner’s Guide[/B][/SIZE]
 
Every player character in Zentia owns a talisman. There are many like it, but this one is yours. Your talisman has the ability to grow, unlike other pieces of equipment. Using various stones will help your talisman gain power and enhance its ability to make you a better player. Proper care and maintenance of your talisman should provide you with years of capable service, or at least until you find one more to your liking.
 
Talismans are one of the most important pieces of equipment in Zentia. They allow you access to your magical abilities, but most of them also grant you a new power. You’d have a much harder time without them. But what are they? Well, the general concept of talismans isn’t exactly something unique to Chinese culture. Talismans are more or less what’s written on the label. They’re magical items with magical powers. However, they aren’t the same kinds of talismans familiar to most western audiences. You won’t find any magic wands here. Instead, the Taoists of Zentia use steles, scrolls, sword sets, divination tubes, gourds, mirrors, banners, and bells. A few of these actually don’t seem to have any notable special significance in Chinese culture, but there’s enough unique stuff here that definitely warrants some discussion.

Producer Blog: Talismans

Posted by ChangYouZ Tuesday December 7 2010 at 5:36PM
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Producer Blog: Talismans
December 7, 2010
 
 
Hi fellow Zentians.  We’ve designated the week of December 6-13 to be Talisman Week, so today I’m going to be teaching you how to acquire, activate, transform, and smelt your talisman.  Talismans are one of the most important systems in Zentia, so sit back, break open a bag of your favorite munchies, and get ready to learn a thing or two about these powerful, funky weapons!
 
The Talisman is the source of power for every character, and each class uses a different one.  While Talismans appear as simple everyday items, such as a gourd, a bell, or even a really big rock, the powers they provide are anything but mundane.  Who would have thought a gourd could shoot out fiery monkeys, a rock could summon a god to smash enemies, or a bell could resurrect the dead (ok, maybe people could have guessed that one)?
 
The Talisman is so important to your character that you’re given a newbie one upon creating your character, so you’ll be able to start using your powers from the very beginning.  As a beginning talisman, it only provides a couple of simple stat bonuses.  After you’ve progressed a few levels, you’ll acquire your next newbie talisman from Taoist Koo.  This one is more powerful and upgradeable as well!  Once you leave Mulberry and get to Serene City, you’ll acquire your Rank 1 talisman from Captor DJ as a reward for one of the quests he gives you.  This is the first fully transformable and smeltable talisman you’ll receive, so it’s pretty significant.
 
All Rank 1 and above talismans can be activated, transformed, and eventually smelted to make your character more powerful.  Activating a talisman is the first and most common form of upgrade.  By talking to a talisman Taoist and using the appropriate stone, you can activate different stat bonuses and even additional skills.  Each talisman has a limited number of bonuses that can be activated.  Once you’ve activated them all, you can then use the same process, albeit with a different type of stone, to transform the talisman into a more powerful one, a Doom talisman.  It will keep all of the previous bonuses and unlock additional ones that can be activated.  Eventually, you’ll max out even the highest version of that talisman, the Draco talisman, and want to move on to a different one.  Then you can smelt it, again using the same process, to destroy the talisman and permanently acquire its unique skills as your own!  All of the talismans and the items used to activate, transform, and smelt them are acquired in-game through various quests, instances, NPCs, and the token shop (and for a limited time, the main 8 Rank 1 talismans are available in the token shop as well).
 
Now let’s talk proficiency.  Proficiency is like the talisman’s experience level, and as you use your talisman, it increases in proficiency.  You can view your talisman’s proficiency level, skill points, and talents in the class talisman window.  Each time you fill up the proficiency bar, you’ll gain a skill point.  You can then assign this point to one of the talents.  These talents add yet more bonuses to your character.  And as you fill up a talent with points, you’ll be able to unlock even more powerful talents!
 
Finally, make sure to check out the Talisman tab in the token shop.  As I mentioned above, many of the items used to upgrade your talisman are sold there, and during Talisman week, you’ll be able to purchase your class-specific Rank 1 talisman for 99 cents.  You might be asking, “Why would I want to buy it if I can get it by questing?”  Good question – many players don’t realize when they first start playing that they can smelt their talismans when they no longer need them.  Many of them just throw the talisman away.  Since you can’t acquire the talisman again because it’s a quest item, we’re offering players a second chance to smelt their old talismans and acquire their skills!  Once you have the talisman, you’ll obviously need the necessary stones and jades to activate, transform, and smelt it.  Of course, you can find these in game, but the token shop is a much easier way of getting these items, as they normally require a considerable amount of either gold or questing time in game to acquire.  What’s more, we’ve also added special talisman packs to the shop that provide discounts on the most popular stones and jades.
 
Well, hopefully you’ve learned a thing or two after reading all of this.  If you still want to learn more, check out the talisman guide on the Zentia web site or head on over to the forums to ask your fellow Zentians.  I’m sure they’ll be happy to help.  Happy smelting!
 
David Markowitz
Zentia Associate Producer

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