This month I’ve mostly been working on optimizing lag and server stability due to population increases. After some hardware upgrades and new settings the stability of the servers is much better now compared to a month ago. There are far less crashes, freezes, or bad lag spikes. Still keeping an eye on things and making some adjustments as populations fluctuate.
There’s also been a few changes, mostly to game mechanics. When logging into Wellington on a floor tile it will move you outside of town rather than onto the nearest nature tile. Buckets retain their water during server resets (not just the sprite). Books can’t be researched while recently in combat. Stairs blocked by items can still be used shortly after the first attempt by stepping on them again, turning in place, or dashing. Also in case anyone missed it from a few weeks ago, pets will not attack mobs while guarding in Newbie Village. We appreciate your support, stay safe out there and have fun!
Find an altar and place three ability books onto it. If they are the same type and level then the books will be consumed and the same book of one level higher will be left in their place. If the books are different types or levels then a random book of a completely different type will appear instead. The level of the book will be the lowest level of the three books placed. This gives a use to some of the lower level books that are lying around. There was also an issue fixed with arrow towers not decaying in the underworld. Now go try and create a complete library!
A new boss is ready for public testing. Be warned, it’s not for the weak! It’s on a white map so bring a tribe or party. In addition to fixing a few bugs since last patch: a /tutorial command has been added to hide the tutorial window for new characters. Healing Rain now heals bosses for much less. Trading counter prices will now take ability book levels into account, rather than accepting all levels of a book. Ability book drop rates have been adjusted per boss: All bosses can still drop all levels of books, but currently the Felshire Castle boss is more likely to drop Dash or Frostbite, the Snake Pit boss is more likely to drop Whirlwind or Shell, and the Battlegrounds Cemetery boss is more likely to drop Healing Rain or Disorient. This will make it a little easier to hunt for most book types. Thanks for your support – have fun!
Just letting you all know there was a small client/app update today to add a party chat channel, increased myst share for parties, and some minor bug fixes. Also the Santa hat is available to everyone for a while 🎅
A basic party system is now live, so you can quickly join up with those around you to share myst and go adventuring. This can be useful for underworld diving parties, or temporary tribe alliances since party members don’t damage each other. Use /invite [player] to start a party and /p [chat] to list party members or chat to them. Myst is only shared with nearby players who have recently participated in combat. Be sure to report any bugs you find while testing. I’ve still been busy behind the scenes but I hope you are enjoying these small updates. The holiday season is right around the corner, have fun!