The latest Shards Online newsletter has been released with some interesting tidbits of information including the first community PvP tournament to be held on January 16th at 12:00 pm Pacific / 3:00 pm Eastern. Players will be able to compete in 2v2 battles in the single-elimination tournament and be able to earn up to 100 loyalty points and 5000 coins each with lesser rewards for runners-up.
Derek Brinkmann also wrote some first information about player run merchants that allows players to hire and place an NPC to sell goods to travelers that will also eventually be able to put a list of specific goods needed by the player.
In the case of merchants, you will find one wandering Eldeir Village seeking employment, lead him to your home, tell him exactly where he should set up, place goods for him to sell on tables or in chests, set their prices and you are in business. Additionally, you will be able to talk to him to collect your profits and even change his name and what equipment/clothing he is wearing.
Initially, he will just be limited to selling items, but in future releases, you will also be able to specify specific resources that you are looking to purchase from others.
Lastly, Brinkmann warns fans that the team will be a bit quieter than usual as they prepare for the next update that will include new maps, seamless travel ability and on squashing some bugs that cropped up recently.
Want to know more? Check out the Shards Online newsletter.