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the adventures of reine du fromage de blight

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Author: velveeta

real world news for istarians!

Posted by velveeta Sunday May 23 2010 at 12:25PM
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(An email will be going out soon to all active customers, but we wanted to let our community know via the forums as well. Please help us spread the word by sharing with people in game, as well, if you know of friends who may be interested in attending.)

A few weeks back we began talking about a gaming event coming in June called the Looking for Group Expo. At that time we were excited about the event because Istaria had been among the games listed as nominees for "Indie Game of the Year", and we asked that you vote for Istaria in that competition. And vote you did! While we won't know the results of the vote until the event itself in June, right now we have some even more exciting news to share with you.

Virtrium team members have been invited to attend the event. In fact, Virtirum's producer and designer, Heather "Velea" Rothwell, will be among the list of featured speakers at the event! Anyone attending will have a chance to talk with Velea about Istaria, both past present and future, at the 10 am "Developer Session" on Saturday, June 26th. Her talk will focus on how Virtrium has changed the game over the last two years, but an open-ended question session will follow the talk.

And if this weren't enough, we've also been given ten (10) VIP Passes to give to our fans so that they can attend the event free of charge! So starting today, anyone interested in attending the event should submit a ticket to us at Support Website with the subject "Looking for Group Expo Pass", under the category "Looking For Group Expo". Passes will be given out on a "first come, first served" basis to anyone with an active, paid subscription to the game. Only one pass per person will be given out in order to allow as many people as possible to attend the event; multiple subscriptions will not entitle someone to multiple passes. We will notify winners of the passes starting on June 4th. Winners will then have until June 11th to submit confirmation of their travel plans (a copy of an itinerary attached to the support ticket is fine) for us to reserve the pass. Should we not receive such confirmation by June 11th, we'll begin contacting those who submitted the 11th ticket, etc, until all passes are given out.

Registration for the event continues .........

my ludus is bigger than your ludus, part 4

Posted by velveeta Saturday May 15 2010 at 2:27AM
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let's finish up the arena series with a look at the coliseum, the place for individual and small team (up to 3, i believe) pvp combat.

the bridge to the coliseum is behind smeggie's tent, which is next to the port pad:

coliseumbridge.jpg picture by velveeta3

running running running on the bridge eventually brings you to the other end:

coliseum.jpg picture by velveeta3

as you can see, the coliseum is more the traditional venue.  inside the walls are seating areas and the battle stage.  within this area, the combat takes place and if a combatant, accidently or otherwise, leaves the arena area, he is presumed to be withdrawing from combat:

battlearea.jpg picture by velveeta3

combat takes place in the ring.   combatants usually agree on rules before the match, altho 'anything goes' matches do also take place.  on the order shard, there is a regular saturday night 'fight club', where anyone can come to challenge and be challenged.

in order to get into a match, you have to speak to a recruiter for the team you want to be on.  the recruiters for this arena are located on either side of the building, just outside the entrance archway:

viewfromthespectatorseats.jpg picture by velveeta3

i am certain by now you know the right clik, greet, and get routine, so i will spare you that, but that is what you do to join a team:

colirecruiter.jpg picture by velveeta3

after that, you and your friends can proceed to whip the crap out of each other:

to your heart's content!  they even come with a halftime show:

put on by entertaining bipeds.

so, now you know where to go to settle those annoying lil disputes between friends in istaria.  if you are ever on order on a saturday night and need a crafting break, come on by......just remember the first rule!

my ludus is bigger than your ludus, part 3

Posted by velveeta Wednesday May 12 2010 at 2:00PM
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let's talk about the aradoth arena area, shall we?  here is a reminder of what you see when you pop out of the battle isles pad:

aradothbridge.jpg picture by velveeta3

the bridges to the battle areas are long and not what you might call scenic, but eventually you get to a large, seemingly empty island, where the road splits into two and heads off to opposite sides of the island:

aradotharena.jpg picture by velveeta3

the island is divided into 2 parts, and each team gets a side.  aradoth arena is for full scale battles between large groups.  it is intended to test groupings, like mixes for possible raids and such.  it provides a wide variety of terrains and geography to plan ambushes and the like.  i can't even fight one on one, so those of you with a head for strategy will get what i am trying to say.

anyhoo, in order to get things started, you pick your teams and sides and head off down your appropriate road.  once you get to about the midpoint of your territory, you will see a raised platform with an arena recruiter on it:

aradothrecruiter.jpg picture by velveeta3

okay, i have to confess that i have never been on an aradoth arena event, and i am just going by what i have heard about how it works, so please DO NOT take the following as gospel truth!

based on how the game and the coliseum recruiters work, i am going to make a hugh leap of faith as to how the aradoth recruiters function.  i am sure there is a team size limit, but each member of the team would greet the recruiter in the standard way and recieve the following text:

recruitertalk.jpg picture by velveeta3

once the teams are set and ready to go, the game informs both teams that the battle has begun.  it is then, apparently, just like a paintball game, only you get to use spells and melee in addition to ranged weapons.  both teams spread out over the island as they see fit, and the winner is the team with the most left standing.  in the coliseum, there is an option to concede defeat at a certain point (a percentage of hp loss on the part of the loser) - i am sure there is something similiar at the aradoth arena, but i am unable to confirm this.  i also believe there is a 'draw' option, in case the combatants are so evenly matched.  so i believe teams have the option to fight to a draw, to defeat, or to the death, if desired.

okay, that is basically it as far as i know about aradoth arena.  i live on the blight shard, and we have a historically low population (being the test shard, peeps can be reluctant to play on it - which suits us just fine, mostly....  we are a very 'frontierish' clan!  lol), and have never even heard of the aradoth arena being used.  so lastly i will talk about the arena area that is used fairly frequently even on blight - the coliseum arena.


PS - the splash screens in horizons can be funny and they can be informative.  here is a particularly sterling example of the breed:

loothotkey.jpg picture by velveeta3

this is a handy hotkey to create........

my ludus is bigger than your ludus, part 2

Posted by velveeta Wednesday May 5 2010 at 4:31PM
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so, here is a reminder of what you see when you pop up on the arena port pad:

arenaport.jpg picture by velveeta3

let's work our way in a counterclockwise fashion, as the arena master is a very important npc....

ahead and to the left, you can see the start of the bridge to the aradoth (largescale) battle arena:

aradothbridge.jpg picture by velveeta3

i will talk more about this arena area in a later post.

the building you see in the above screenie is the tavern/vault:

challengetavern.jpg picture by velveeta3

this particular tavern also has a vault, which is handy because it does not sell food.  but you do get all the benefits of eating whatever food you bring with you in a tavern, which is nice for those who get a lot of dps trying to beat up their fellows......

behind and to the left of the tavern is the destroyed bridge to the dalimond arena:

 destroyedbridge.jpg picture by velveeta3

the withered aegis overran the arena and blew up the bridge, so the gifted could not rally to get it back.  you can actually travel on the bridge for quite a way, but it is mostly underwater, and you have to know when to turn back - there is a nasty dropoff that will cause you to drown before you can get back to shore:

underwaterbridge.jpg picture by velveeta3

moving back to the port, behind the blue tent is the bridge to the coliseum (smallscale or individual) battle arena, which i will also cover in a later post:

coliseumbridge.jpg picture by velveeta3

so, that only leaves the arena master.  allow me to introduce smeglor.  smeggie's primary function is to provide you a way to switch your adventure skewl without leaving the arena islands, but he also is the one to explain how things work when you greet him:

greetarenamaster.jpg picture by velveeta3

as usual, you have to click the explain link:

mastertalk.jpg picture by velveeta3

to start the spiel:

mastertalk2.jpg picture by velveeta3

mastertalk3.jpg picture by velveeta3

mastertalk4.jpg picture by velveeta3

mastertalk5.jpg picture by velveeta3

but, as i said, smeggie's most important role is as master adventure trainer.  cliking the change your current school will bring up the list of skewl links:

mastertalk6.jpg picture by velveeta3

and cliking on a skewl you already have (smeggie does not start you on a new skewl, he only allows you to access ones you already have at least a level in) will change you to that skewl.

that's enough for right now, think i will talk about the aradoth arena next.....see ya soon!

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