As one tale ends, another begins…

Since I’ve left 9Dragons, I’ve found many ways to help others, and things which are way more worthy to fight for than an unprofessional publisher/developer or a promised role of the path less taken on an ancient computer online game. I’ve kept writing on this blog because Sedbona, the creator of this blog, kind of gave the blog to me, and because we had kind of many readers/visitors I didn’t want this blog to die.

My interests went away of 9Dragons and more into more important stuff (more important because on such things there are way more people to care about than there are on 9Dragons). Therefore I wanted to turn this blog to something else, less 9Dragons and more kind of activism related. I haven’t played 9Dragons since ages, and when I tried it once again there were the same, old issues… Offline maps, disconnections on map change, little communication from the publisher and/or developer with a very limited amount of informations, ignorant and hating community members, etc. Therefore, there’s not at all a reason for me to keep using my time on anything related to 9Dragons.

However, since Sedbona has returned to this blog and even already posted an article, I’ve decided to leave this blog totally to her, so this blog can keep being related to 9Dragons as it is since the beginning, and I can focus on a very own blog where I’ll write about some things I find important to know about. If you liked my last few posts on this blog, then you might be interested in visiting it from time to time – it will contain such kind of articles.

If you like to read about my thoughts, you can find me at http://noneofusallofus.wordpress.com/

May you all find in your life what you’re looking for, and for those who still play 9Dragons, much fun while it lasts.

Namaste,
Legend

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Very First (Real) 9Dragons Private Server

Some years ago, when I used to play 9Dragons kinda daily, I thought to myself “It is just a matter of time until there will be a Private Server for 9Dragons“. I wish that would have happened back at Acclame times. Although, it doesn’t seem that much of a coincidence. If we think about it, the “new” MMORPG called Dream Dragons Online (or something like that), which isn’t new at all but merely a copy of 9Dragons with some new functions and options, appeared as closed beta just a few months before Indy21 gave up 9Dragons and Zerodin Games took it. Considering these facts and the “coincidence” of Dream Dragons Online appearing just a few months before Indy21 closed, it doesn’t appear to be that much of a coincidence either that now there’s somewhere someone with the 9Dragons server files and is able to put a 9Dragons Private Server online. As we know, the GM Tools have been leaked before as well.

However, that doesn’t have to be something bad. In fact, I think it is more worth to play on the Private Server than on the official servers. The official 9Dragons appears to be cursed – irony intended. Because no matter what publisher and/or developer is under control, the game keeps it’s prehistoric issues, and although new content gets added from time to time, the old bugs don’t get fixed. First Acclame, the worst publisher ever which kinda stole the customers money and “disappeared in the dust” just like its “spokesmen” who gave their worthless word over again. Then GamersFirst whose spokesman said over again “yes yes” but did “no no” and didn’t even had the courage to inform their moderators about their true intention – that they didn’t want to do much for one year, to see if it is worthy to keep 9Dragons. And now CamesCampus; Of course, I have to admit that GamesCampus does a lot things pretty good. Yet, they often don’t really have the interest to listen to criticism because they’re tired of complaints and therefore think every criticism is a complaint – Understandable, but not professional. Also their informative communication isn’t as good as it should be, and that is not understandable. It wasn’t understandable back at Acclame either.

To be honest, I haven’t played 9Dragons in a while, but what I hear from it… Well, there certainly are different opinions about it, so lets just say that there are many who quit 9Dragons and move(d) on. However, to those who want to play 9Dragons rather “just for fun”, they might like the 20x rates on the Private Server. An Item Mall is or will be available too, so if you want to waste some money on virtual things (no judgement intented – I wasted money on 9Dragons, too), you’ll be able to do so there as well.

The 20x rate counts for the experience and the skill rate, sadly not the drop rate as well. As far as I can tell after reading a bit on their forum, it has anything to do with the code they would need to adjust, something which is, as they say, not impossible but very hard to do.

The game itself appears to be called 9Dragons Reincarnation and/or Play9D. You can check out their website over at www.play9d.com or visit their forums at www.play9d.com/forum.

CISPA – The end of Internet privacy

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After some failed attempts to take control over the internet with SOPA, PIPA and ACTA, the US tries it once again and is poised to pass a new law that would permit US agents to spy on almost everything we do online. But we can stop them before the final vote.

Companies that we trust with our personal information, like Microsoft, IBM and Facebook, are key supporters of this bill that lets corporations share all user activity and content with US government agents without needing a warrant in the name of cyber-security – nullifying privacy guaranteed for almost everyone around the world, no matter where we live and surf online.

If enough of us speak out, we can stop companies that profit from our business from supporting cyber-spying.

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) would allow companies operating in the United States to gather accurate informations on all our online activities, and to pass it to the U.S. government without telling us that we are being watched. No court order, legal basis and due process would be necessary. And it gets worse: The law gives the government and corporations sweeping immunity in order to protect them from lawsuits for breach of privacy or other illegal acts.

CISPA will be taken forward in Congress and the vote will take place in just a few days. With a huge wave of protests we can restrain the corporations to give out private informations to the U.S. government and prevent them from monitoring our online activities. Sign the petition now!

http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_cispa_corporate_global/?cl=1737688663&v=13688

Feel free to contact Facebook, IBM and Microsoft directly, urging them again to drop their support for this bill and protect our Internet freedom.

Sample message: As a concerned customer, I urge you to immediately drop your support for CISPA and block any attempt to allow private corporations and US agencies to spy on Internet users’ private information.

Facebook:
Click here to send Mark Zuckerberg a Facebook message
Click here to Tweet directly to Facebook
Or call: (+1) 650-543-4800 and then press “7” to leave a message.

IBM:
Click here to post on IBM’s Facebook page
Click here to Tweet directly to IBM
Or call: (+1) 914-499-190

Microsoft:
Click here to post on Microsoft’s Facebook page
Click here to Tweet directly to Microsoft
Or call: (+1) 800-426-9400 and say “personal” to be connected to a representative.

Bloody Plain – Safe Zones are safe at last

Taking once again a look at GamesCampus’ 9Dragons forum, I’ve noticed a complaining topic once again. However, this topic was rather interesting than controversial.

Anyone playing 9Dragons is aware of the catastrophical PvP state.  The roles were never balanced, Safe Zones never safe and even PvP events like Storm vs Storm can be abused per bugs (disbanding Hero League) and force the main Hero Band to keep the fortress and win the event – And I won’t even start with how stressful it is to complete the Bloody Flower quest in Bloody Plain.

My apologizes for revealing the “bug” to force the defensive Hero League to win at the Storm vs Storm, but it appears to be the only way to change it. As long as only few know it, only they can benefit from it, and apperently the whole League/Band does not get punished, let alone the bug getting fixed. And as long as no one gets punished for abusing bugs, only few will keep benefiting from it – while the honest players will keep to “suck”. Therefore, I would really love to see what happens if more than “just a few Leagues” use this bug. Maybe, but just maybe, it will be fixed THEN. And if not, then at least everyone’s the same by knowing the same and being able to do the same – Instead of having just a few individuals abusing a game error and getting lots of virtual money from it.

To come back to the point… After taking a look at the complaining topic, I took a look at the latest Update Notes. However, I did not find anything about any updated Safe Zone penalties being implemented.

*sigh* Again a perfect example for the bad informative communication between the publisher and the community. I’ve noticed this already a few times at GamesCampus (as well as at GamersFirst and especially the worst company ever Acclaim). GamesCampus might do a better job (on some cases) than the previous publishers, but too often some things “just happen” (in-game or community related) without any notice to the community. I mean, the majority of the 9Dragons community does not even know that GM Venus is the Community Manager – At least it was written so once at her Facebook profile. Or one of the newest Event Notices about the current Valentine in-game Event. Knowing Indy21 for their passion for “limited time” stuff, people did not even know if the event reward epithets are temporary or permanent – Although, to be fair, it appears that they’ve edited these news and added the note of the epithets being permanent.

Back to topic, again… Since there were no “official” words about that, I’ve tested it out with a friend of mine to let others know what exactly changed:

When you’re in a Safe Zone, you will receive the following “buff”:

Safe
You are in Safety zone.
Automatic Life recovery raised by 50 and Vital Energy raised by 10.

This is just in case you don’t know where the Safe Zone begins and where you should stop attacking others.

As soon as you attack another person in the Safe Zone, you will receive the following “buff”:

Regulation for a Minor Offense
You will be attacked by Guard since you broke the regulation of safety zone. Speed decreased by 50%
Duration: 10 Minutes

If you keep attacking and kill the person, you will get the following “buffs”:

Slowness
Movement speed decreased (Description is limited – no idea by how much it is decreased)
Duration: 11 Minutes

Disrupted Nerves
Cannot move (Description is misleading – You CAN move)
Duration: 3 Minutes

Confusion
Disoriented (Description is very misleading – Game camera works reversed)
Duration: 4 Minutes

Back Flow
You attacked notorious Deviant Clans (a field raid monster) which has lower achievement level compared to you. As a penalty, you will be afflicted with Confusion; you cannot Attack, and Speed is decrased by 600.000000 or 300 seconds. (Description is lulz)
Duration: 11 Minutes

Regulation for a Serious Offense
You will be attacked by Guard since you broke the regulation of safety zone. Defense and Dodge decreased by 30% and Speed decreased by 80%
Duration: 60 Minutes

AND, as one or another description says already, you can’t attack other people anymore as long as you got the penalty.

Well, I don’t know about you, but personally I think it is about time for the Safe Zone to work properly and to be safe – as it should be.

With this upgraded penalty, people will stop to “grind” karma in Safe Zones for once, and defenseless people will have the opportunity to stay somewhere safe.

Justice has been served.

Say no to ACTA! Spread the word

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Say no to ACTA! Inform yourself and others, become active, make your voice in the internet heard! Stop the data kraken!

What is ACTA?
Acta – What is ACTA? – YouTube
Acta Demonstration Call – 11th February 2012 in Germany – YouTube (german)

More informations:
StopActa.com
ACTA: The new danger for the internet – SIGN THE PETITION (Europe)
Stopp-Acta.info
StoppActa-Protest.info

Prevent the assassination attempt on freedom. Spread the word!

We are Anonymous – Support for Romania

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As you might have heard, there are several protests going on on the world right now – Also in Romania. People are protesting in the whole country, and even the mayor of Constanta, a city close to the romanian part of the black sea, joined the protests with people dressed in Che Guevara styled millitary clothes.

With a few videos we want to support our fellow humans in Romania – As well as other countries who need some inspiring words.


In other news: http://www.romaniantimes.at/news/General_News/2012-01-18/19265/Street_protests_continue_in_Romania

NOTE:
Knowing that we do have some readers who misunderstand every word we write as they wish, let me clarify some things:

There may be a group of hacktivists called Anonymous, but Anonymous is more than just a group of hacktivists – It is an idea. The idea of freedom. No domination.

Every idea, no matter how creative and unique it is, has already existed in any similar form. Ideas are free thoughts, and free thoughts are free to anyone. WE are Anonymous. WE are legion. WE ARE ONE!

The problem in our society – no matter where you live – is that the commonality, the “simple” people, do not have a voice. But WE are the society. WE are the country. WE are the world. And yet, WE give other people – mostly one leader or a group of leaders – the power to rule over ourselves.

We are Anonymous. Anonymous is NOT necessarily a hacktivist group. Therefore, we ARE NOT necessarily hackers. We ARE NOT necessarily bad people. WE are ALL individuals. But WE ARE Anonymous. And WE ARE Legion. YOU SHOULD Expect Us.

9Dragons receives a new developer!

While I was browsing on GamesCampus’ 9Dragons forum, I found an interesting topic with the title “GameCampus/Zerodin Games“. There, a player shared his thoughts, apparently to the Game Masters. Here are some quotes of his post, with my thoughts and opinions:

Hey i just want to say whats on my mind.

This Zerodin New engine how long must we wait for it to take effect?
with new skills/ bosses to kill

When I’ve read that, I was not sure if he was talking about the “all-new” 9Dragons called Dream Dragons Online the whole 9D community is talking lately about. If this would be the case, it would be probably good to inform him that this is an “own” game of a totally different developer.

Im sorry but u guys are just making me feel like u only want our money n putting on sales in IM is good in all but with no new game content the game gets very boring.

When I’ve read that, I thought “Come on… After Acclaim, who implemented new content very rarely, and GamersFirst, who did not update the game very much, GamesCampus is doing a good job with updating the game content.” First I wanted to post that as a reply, but after I found a post written by GM Gamma, I lost my interest into that… I will come back to that later.

why do we have to be exactly like the Korean 9dragons? cuz being like that or trying to be like that is really slowing the process down for us to get content..
were the usa version mix that ish up!

Uhm… Well, to defend this player, he probably doesn’t play 9Dragons since a very long time. If he would have played back at Acclaim, he would know that Acclaim had their very own version, because Acclaim wanted their version to be something “special”, what did just lead to complications, issues and problems. Because it was a very own version (don’t ask me how “own” the version was), the developer Indy21 had to re-code their content again, everytime Acclaim purchased new content. This often led to the issues of not-working patches, or the game servers being offline for many, many hours because Indy21’s patch did not want work, or having to roll-back to the previous 9Dragons version after a patch update, because Acclaim and Indy21 just couldn’t make the patch work.

Since “our” 9D version uses the new content, which is often known from the korean version, like the User Interface, a lot of bugs have been automatically fixed. As a veteran player one surely knows that Indy21 was always a very… “special” developer. Their ability to release a game patch without any bugs is very, very low. Therefore, it is just in everyone’s interest that they don’t get more hard work to do, so that they just have to focus on fixing the bugs once, so that we, the players, won’t have to suffer after every patch, because of their incapacity to write a good code, as it often used to be at Acclaim.

I’m not telling anyone to believe me… I’m just telling you: For your own sake, do not demand more from Indy21 than they can handle – You will regret it.

I think i speak for my self n probably many others if there smart.. I wont be sticking around this game come January 31 2012 if theres still nothing new to show are hard earned levels

Uh… Talking about smart… People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

*I think I speak for myself and probably many others if they’re smart.

I do not think either staying on this game or quit it declares anyone to be smart. Everyone has his own reasons to do what one decides to do.

However…

Scrolling down and reading the replies, I found, as mentioned above, an interesting post by GM Gamma. Here is the most important quote from Gamma’s post:

As for the issue with new game engines and changes there has not been any confirmation or announcements for this. Zerodin is the new developer that is taking over for 9Dragons. It does not mean there will be any new engine changes.

Apparently, a new developer is taking over 9Dragons – A new hope for this game?

However; I wanted to find out more about this “Zerodin”, so I walked out to the mighty Internetz, met the all-knowing Google and proposed my questions. And the all-knowing Google answered:

http://www.zerodingames.com/ – Apparently, Zerodin Games is a korean developer. Taking a look at this website, and one will see some 9Dragons pictures and the text “Ninedragons” as well as “Coming Soon”.

While I was looking in the internet, I also took a look about that Zerodin Engine. Apperently, there’s indeed a game engine called Zerodin Engine, which was made for MMORPG development. And yes, your guess is right – The Zerodin Engine was made by Zerodin Games. If you would like to know more about this Zerodin Engine, then you should definitively read this article over at MMOsite.com.

So, apperently, a development team which seems to have some nice developing skills and qualities will take over 9Dragons. If they will keep using and updating 9Dragons as it is until the game dies or if Zerodin Games will even try to port 9Dragons into their Zerodin Engine to make the game competitive with nowaday’s MMORPGs, that’s probably something we will have to wait for to know the answer.

Happy New Year 2012.