A New Dawn Hype

31 August 2017 (09:24) by Gamemaster Knighter

A New Dawn - Our Biggest Expansion Yet

We decided to sit down and chat with some of our CM's, Dev's and a few players to gather the Top 5 Reasons Why A New Dawn will be Archlight's Biggest Expansion Yet. These we're top reasons they mentioned.

1. New advanced, wide screen, and extremely customizable client in the Archlight World.
2. Improved and more accurate balancing formula for all vocations, ensuring exceptional future balance checks.
3. Largest Pre-Created Character base in Archlights 2 years running.
4. Infinite Content Scaling through Greater Dungeons
5. Massive $1500 PvP Tournament September 16th

Archlight Online - A New Dawn launches in less than 36 hours.

A New Dawn Patch Notes

29 August 2017 (22:04) by Gamemaster Knighter

A New Dawn Patch Notes

Please remember, these are ALL subject to change, and more will be added before launch

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Chance to obtain dungeon medal increased in dungeon and hardcore dungeon boxes
Chance to obtain Large stat stone increased in hardcore dungeon boxes.
A new NPC - Rift One Handed Forger has been added. He creates 1 handed items that cost half as much. (Daggers, Guns, Guardian Weapon and Shields).
Archer Trinkets removed from shop and NPC's
Experience Boost from 40:00 > 42:00 Stamina lowered from 50% to 20%.
Monster Essences are now twice as likely to spawn when a monster is killed.
Gold Monster Essences now give half as much gold as before.
Max level on Archlight is now 1500 (This is when your character Awakens).
New Characters start with 40:00 Stamina
When you join a chat channel it now mentions the Discord as this is where the majority of our community chats, many new people still dont know about it.
Experience and Loot bonus from guild level lowered across the board. We are working on adding in more benefits to guilds including guild dungeons and region control.
Corsairs now receive a gun + dagger from quest chests
Rogues now receive 2 daggers from a quest chest.
Scaling of awakening experience drastically lowered, IE the first awakening level will be slightly harder to get, but you wont hit a "brick wall" like before.

All Rift Equipment Sprites have been replaced with custom Rift Set.
All Monster Tier Sprites have been replaced with custom ones.
All Dungeon Tier Sprites have been replaced with custom ones.
All Soul Rune Sprites have been redone and replaced.
Archlight Key Sprite has been replaced.
Renamed Fake Archlight Key with Broken Archlight Key. 5 Of these make an Archlight Key.
Fixed the idle animation issue (if you weren't moving, animated outfits wouldn't animate, for example the flames on the inferno outfit wouldn't be burning.
Awakening Spells Panel added as Icon on Client.
Hellflayers health, damage, loot and experience nerfed by 50%.
Many bosses and creatures have had their sprites replaced. Wont spoiler which.
Master Tasks energy rewarded changed from 10 > 15.
Big Game Tasks energy rewarded changed from 10 > 15.
Rogue and Corsair added to Seven Trials Entrance.
Seven Trials now requires 1 gold ingot (1kk) instead of a dungeon medal.
Dracona's Lair and Abaldar's Mansion will open after 1 week.
Voodoo + Sharptooth quests added to Archlight and their sets.
Heroes Quest, AKA 500 quest, is now 750. The entire quest has been revamped from scratch and is much more engaging.
Now every 100 levels you will have a new dungeon you can challenge from 250-1500. Once Awakened at 1500 you will have access to 10 new dungeons. These dungeons are called Greater Dungeons and scale based off your power/your team's average power.
Voodoo/Amazon Quest reworked to be more interactive summoning of bosses.
Boss Events (Abaldar/Dracona - and more to come) now scale based on the collective power of everyone in the event. This means they will be more do-able when the server is at low time, and more challenging when at high time. Having more people will still always be more beneficial however.
All creatures except dungeon/quest creatures now force spawn.
There are now 5 tiers of Dungeon and Monster Sets. All tiers are now easier to obtain than before from Dungeons or Monster Essences.
Resistances on equipment has been lowered by 40%.
Resistance from gems has been lowered by 20%.
Haste from gems and stats has been lowered by 15%.
Archers base auto attack damage increased by 15%.
Demon Backpack and Crystal Backpack now require the same materials.
Crystal Backpack requires 50% the materials as before.
Brocade Backpack (From Tanning) now gives +1% PvP Power and PvP Resistance.
Crown Backpack (From Tanning) now gives +2% PvP Power and PvP Resistance.
Demon Backpack (From Tanning) now gives +3% PvP Power and PvP Resistance.
Orin's Bolt, Yurlia's Light, Spark Sphere, Golden Scorpion Amulet, Engraved Wedding Ring, Refreshing Amulet and Ring of Skills all removed. Promotion Items (Inspiring Light, Refreshing Amulet and Refreshing Ring) all now use adaptive skill value. So you can use them on any vocation and will not need to buy each for alternate vocations/voc changes.
All adaptive armors now give a 1:1 skill doesn't matter on the class.
Made over 100 items now stackable.
Bows and Crossbows now behave like Guns in which they do not require ammo.
Bows and Crossbows now have their own attack value, and range. In general, Bows have twice the range, but slightly less power. Crossbows have less range but more power. This affects your spells as well.
Archers can now use trinkets like other classes.
All Staves/Wands are now 2h.
All Staves/Wands now have a defense value.
All Staves/Wands have had a dramatic increase to their Magic Attack.
All Staves/Wands now scale based on the players Magic Level.
All Staves/Wands now hit random variables, same as other vocations instead of a flat~ fixed amount.
Summons now scale based off your characters strength
Summons now scale based off your characters strength

Character Creation

27 August 2017 (00:43) by Gamemaster Knighter

Character Creation has been open for 2 days now and we're already on track to be BY FAR the biggest era of Archlight Ever! Have you reserved your character name yet!?

ArchlightOnline.com - A New Dawn releases September 1st at 10am PST / 1pm EST / 19:00 CEST

Be sure to check our facebook page for the following giveaway!

As always, we will also be giving back to you the community! We will be giving away 10 Launch Bundles worth $20 each! Winners will be selected August 31st (The day before launch) and posted on facebook!

Each person can have up to 6 entries to win!

Like this post = 1 entry
Tag a friend in this post = 1 entry
Comment with your character name = 1 entry
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26 August 2017 (07:36) by Gamemaster Knighter

One crucial thing for Archlight is that through any Era, we ensure that every player knows every dollar they spend in support of our project will never be lost. We are proud that every single dollar donated for since our first launch in August 2015 is still in the account of the player who has purchased those points. And years from now it will remain as so. Additionally promotion tokens will be compensated based on points donated. What this means is even for the players who did not donate 80 euro donations but multiple smaller donations, you will receive promotion tokens for the thresholds you have donated for (REJOICE).

To prevent flooding of the market we, like in every era, give back points over a spread time. This helps even the playing field for all the new players on Day 1 especially. We have had the opportunity to test this 3 different ways now, and have decided on what we think is the best way for the new incoming player base and the returning one. Essentially, for every 1000 coins you get redeemed, you will receive a promotion token that can be redeemed in game for bonus rewards.

The time table that coins will be "resurrected" is shown down below! 

1 Hour Before Launch - 2000 Coins Unlocked + 2 Promotion Tokens!
48 Hours(2 Day) After Launch - 3000 Coins Unlocked + 3 Promotion Tokens!
5 Days After Launch - 4000 Coins Unlocked + 4 Promotion Tokens!
8 Days After Launch - 5000 Coins Unlocked + 5 Promotion Tokens!
11 Days After Launch - 5000 Coins Unlocked + 5 Promotion Tokens!
14 Days After Launch - 5000 Coins Unlocked + 5 Promotion Tokens!

All points after this will be unlocked at an accelerated 2-4x Rate

Legacy Rewards Unlocked
All Legacy Rewards will be unlocked on September 18th. Two Eras ago we introduced Legacy Rewards about half way through the Era. The reason we are releasing all the legacy rewards at one time on the 18th like last era is due to the fact that it is an added boost of items that was more balanced in the middle of an Era, not on launch day. 

A New Dawn

19 August 2017 (05:32) by Gamemaster Knighter

We are very excited on the way the client has turned out, and thus the future of Archlight. We have made dozens of improvements on not only the ArchClient but also the ArchBot and ArchLauncher over the past 2 weeks, and plan to make many more. One asset our team has always had is we work hard, and efficient, and improve what needs improving. We have no plans of slowing down.

We wont get too deep into this, but essentially we have decided that we will not continue the Seasonal Concept for Archlight. This is due to a large mixture of reasons, all stacking up prompting us to not continue the Season concept. We wont get into every reason, but the main one's we will explain.

The first is that the Seasonal concept seems to be too complex for many OT players. Not for all, but for the vast majority. This could be due to them simply not taking the time to read news posts, or watch videos explaining it, but we've noticed many who did still didn't understand it. We cant tell you how many times a day we received the exact same questions that we're answered 3-4 different times in videos, posts, etc. It caused many players to be very confused and leave due to confusion.

The second is that the amount of content we can make for a Season will never be equivalent to Archlight itself. What we made for this pirate season was hundreds of hours of work between all the staff. We made some pretty cool stuff, some fun quests, cool spawn locations, a good amount of diversity, cities, etc. But we simply cant continue to do that for every season, we hoped we would, but resource wise we cant. However, this has been a great trial and practice for many of us in our team. We really enjoyed making the content that we did and am very excited to do a similar style of content on Archlight, primarily the quests we created like Sharptooth Isle.
Now we have some exciting or disapointing news depending on the person. I know the vast majority finds this exciting, but i know some players find this disapointing. We will be wiping Archlight on August 27th, and Dawn of Archlight will begin on September 1st. This is for a collective of reasons, the primary being the amount of changes that have occured to Archlight. Obviously, as many of you have experienced by now, the new client has brought on many, many changes to Archlight, primarily being the lack of a fully-afk-capable bot like Xenobot was. This is a very positive change for the future of Archlight, however, it also has made certain content require a revamp. Not only that but it has made some things that were much easier able to be achieved before, much less achievable, and will require a further huge revamp for Dawn of Archlight. We know this will disapoint some of you, but i can assure you the way Archlight will be with the new client, limited bot, and the change in content will be nothing but a majorly positive experience gameplay wise.

Previously we had stated that seasonal characters would roll over to Archlight, as we planned on Archlight not wiping, however between what was mentioned above, and from the playerbase, we feel a wipe of main Archlight is neccesary, thus seasonal characters will not roll over into it. So what does this mean. What this means is that Seasonal Badges will be more useful than ever for you seasonal players. Seasonal rewards will include a outfit, a pet, and several "boosters" which will be very valuable on a fresh launch. We encourage players to earn and stock as many seasonal badges as possible for the launch boosters.

All points on any seasonal account will remain on that account, all seasonal accounts will be moved over to Archlight (minus the characters). All points will be refunded to the account, and seasonal badges will be added to the account as well. This will go the same for all legacy rewards on the seasonal account!

So let's chat about some of the stuff we have done, added and changed for Dawn of Archlight!
Our Mission
Our mission going into Dawn of Archlight is "To provide constant, non-repetitive content to ensure a half a year+ era". All our changes, and reworks, are to make as many features on Archlight less reptitive, more unique, and more exciting. All our additions are to end the "cap" on high levels, we dont want any limit on challenging content for top tier players, and lower the limits of repetitiveness to progress as a top player. Ironically, xenobot was what caused alot of our content to be reptitive, the reason being we knew that many would use full script and afk bots for many features on Archlight, thus we had to extend the amount of all that content to compensate for the fact that many were botting the content, now with the ArchBot the afk-scripting has been drastically limited, allowing us to make content less repetitive, more manual, and longer lasting/entertaining.
Cosmetic Tokens

We have decided instead of selling future outfits for points, we will be giving out Cosmetic Tokens for all future donations for free to purchase these Outfits. Like promotion tokens, these will all be given back on future expansions if any. These tokens will not only be able to purchase our Unique Custom Sprited outfits, but also mounts and pets. This is something we wanted to give as an extra added bonus to all supporters, some dank new outfits, mounts and pets.

Mastercraft Changes and Additions

Mastercrafted Equipment has always been a massive gap in play for many on Archlight. You would get to tier 4, then grind for many days, or even weeks for some, to get just one piece of mastercrafted gear. Due to this gap, we have created three tiers of mastercraft equipment. Each with their own entire sprited set. Each tier will require the previous tier to craft. This will curve out the gameplay more naturally, and also allow people to start investing in their mastercrafted set earlier on. Additionally, due to the changed nature of Archlight (limiting the bot, and other gameplay functions to be more manual based), the recipes for mastercrafted gear will be significantly cheaper. Mastercrafted Tier Equipment will also now include several quest items as well to forge.

Balancing Improvements and Change
The Future of Archlight Balancing has been totally revamped. We have developed a new system where all weapons will now use Attack Power or Magic Power only. Magic Power on all wands will be equivallent to the Attack Power on respective weapons. Bows and Crossbows will now also behave the same as Guns do, in which they do not require ammo, and instead fire their respective ammo automatically like guns. All spells will now use the same formula, instead of the very messy tibia formula system (in which each class has their own type of formula, which makes perfect balance nearly impossible with how many different factors we have on Archlight). This new formula will make balancing extremely easy and significantly more accurate. We are very excited about this change and the future balance of all vocations on Archlight.
Crafting/Gathering System Overhaul

Crafting System Overhaul and Crafting Sets. The crafting system has been rather bland in the progression, for many it is simply crafting low tier things for 1-2 weeks until you can craft the only thing that's interesting from the crafting tree. We will be overhauling this to include more unique steps, and actual crafting tier sets that you can create and use (and not be completely worthless). We have added in 4 tiers of crafting armors.
Gathering System Overhaul. Mining will no longer be just in one big mining cave. Mining Nodes will now randomly occur in many different spawns in Archlight, rarer nodes being in more dificult areas. The harder the dificulty of the node that higher chance it will be a rarer node with rarer/stronger materials.
Revampped Content

Revamped Quests - Many of the older quests on Archlight have been majorly revamped such as the 500 quest, giving it completely new mechanics, puzzles and boss fights.
65 new and edited wildbosses added, all with their own unique mechanics like on Seasonal Archlight.
Awakening Level Scaling has been slightly lowered, in other words you hit less of a "brick wall" once around 15-20 awakening level. This will make it a smoother transition and scaling of experience required.
Over 36 spawns have increased in their spawn "diversity". Many spawns that only had a single creature - IE draptors, hellfleshed demons, etc - have had other creatures now join them to increase the diversity of the hunts.
Archlight Arena has been redone to have monsters with unique mechanics, requiring the player to move around the event and position better. Additionally, the arena will be more expensive, but yield a much higher reward, this is so that it doesn't require being re-done dozens of times a day for things like Mastercraft Equipment. Arena creatures will also have a much higher experience yield than normal creatures.
Endless Content

Greater Dungeons. These have been teased before in the general chat and in Q&A's. We will be introducing a new system in Dawn of Archlight which will be Greater Dungeons. Essentially what greater dungeons are are instanced dungeons in which the creatures, bosses and rewards are instanced in based on your character/groups average power. The stronger your groups power, the stronger the creatures you face will be, the more experience you will earn, and the better the loot you will get will be. We're very excited about this as it'll add Uncapped content for top tier players, and constantly provide new challenges.
In-game Sprites Reworked

We have redone every single monster/dungeon tier equipment sprite! This was due to a very popular vote to redo all of these, so we did it!

Enchantment runes we're always confusing, primarily due to limited sprites, we completely replaced all the runes with our own enchantment runes. We currently have 5 tiers sprited. This also means that base level enchantments (a weak version fo current enchantments) will be very easy to obtain for newer players, to learn and understand the enchantment mechanic. Having additional sprites means we will be able to make other in-game ways of obtaining enchantments using a tier system.
Combat Mechanics Reworked
Rework how paralyze works - Paralyze is essentially just a slow based on how quickly you, or your bot, can heal yourself to remove its affect. We will be changing paralyze to function much more similar to a slow in majority of MMOs. Paralyze will no longer be able to be cleansed by healing yourself, however, paralyze effects will be drastically reduced, not only in % of speed removed, but the duration of these paralyzes. Alot less creatures will have paralyze abilities as well. We think this will make pvp much more interesting and unique and add a new level of skill to timing slows and trapping enemies.
The Archlight Team is bigger and stronger than ever and we have way more announcements and teasers to come!

Patch + Client Build

15 August 2017 (21:47) by Gamemaster Knighter

Patch 8.0.5 and Client Build 1.0.7
(Releasing 8.16.17)

Patch Notes
New Imprint System Released.
Using a Mimic Scroll you can copy the upgrade rating, gems and enchantment on a weapon or armor and transfer it to another weapon or armor. These can be purchased from the Token Exchanger for 5 tokens.
Item Discovery and Rarity System
Equipment will now have an option to be "discovered" by using polishing oil on it. Discovering an item will show its true strength and rarity. When an item is discovered, it receives a random rarity and stats based on the tier of the weapon (stronger weapons will by nature have higher stats). Polishing oil can be purchased from the Token Exchanger for 2 tokens. Not all items may be able to be discovered right away, they will all be added within the next 1-2 days though.
Prismatic Tokens can now simply be used on the armor to enhance it.

Client Notes
You may need to delete your spell-shooter settings and make them again due to some changes we made to the bot files.
Added kickstarter mounts and outfits!
Added use ability to many items.
Added stack ability to over 60 different items.
Loot Channel Added
AutoLoot Function Added

ArchBot 1.2 Change Log:
Added direction to spell shooter.
Fixed focused art.
Fixed SoulRune problem where it was trying to shot in PZ.
Fixed SoulRune Combo + ComboSD + Spell problem where it wasn't shooting Soul.
Changed change hands for change ammo, corsairs now can auto refill their arrow slot.
Fixed alot of errors in AutoSpells, where sometimes you wouldn't even shot it.
Added Cunning Blades to Auto Spells.
Removed (for now) the pathing system.
Spells + Healing should work now with druids transformed.
Added option "atHP" to soulrune for guardians.

Corsair Spotlight

10 August 2017 (02:14) by Gamemaster Knighter

Corsair Spell Spotlight - Corsairs Gamble

Level: 1500
Spec: Gambler
Cooldown: 5 minutes
Duration: 5 minutes
Description: The Corsair rolls his dice, on a 1, 2 or 3 he receives no buff. However, on a 4, 5 or 6 him and his party receive the following buff for 5 minutes:
4 - +10% Resistance
5 - +10% Experience Gain
6 -  +8% Damage Dealt

Patch 8.0.4

09 August 2017 (18:58) by Gamemaster Knighter

Patch 8.0.4 (Live 8.09.17 - 11am PST)

Rare Goods Collector Added
Awakening/Specialization NPC Added
Awakening Spells for Corsair and Rogue Added
Shadow Step Added Ingame
Rogue - Smoke Bomb, Shadowfang, Blink Step, Death Blossom, Jugulate, Slice and Dice
Corsair - Extra Shot of Gin, Extra Shot of Vodka, Gauss Barrel, Second Wave, Explosive Shot, Corsair's Gamble