Sunday, July 31, 2016

The Third Party Aion Online Character Viewer Fiasco of 2013



Back in March 2013, a peculiar post popped up in the Aion online forums, on the official website of the game, in broken English, advertising a website which supposedly made it possible for everyone bold enough to create an account, to view all the gear of every single player in the game regardless of server. It was also possible to post images and videos to one's character and to comment on other players' profiles. In all honesty, the post had all the makings of spam, but there were a few souls online whose temerity knew no bounds and who gave it all a shot nonetheless. These players returned to the forum to sing the praise of the linked website (the actual URL of which is now wholly irrelevant), confirming that it did indeed work and that it did indeed do what it was advertised to.

The post quickly blossomed into the most prolific thread at the forum, with scores of players chiming in, some of them delighted with the analytic tools offered by the site, others complaining more or less in jest, that they could no longer hide the questionable quality of their gear from anyone anymore. The general consensus was though that the third party operation was indeed awesome and that it had accomplished something NCsoft, the company behind the game, never really did on its own.

This is where the whole affair began sliding towards ridicule, as poster after poster unleashed his/her tirade lambasting NCsoft's incompetence in the matter, everyone adding his/her specific brand of wit as an added jab in the side for the company actually responsible for the very existence of their favorite game.

Due to the massive traffic it received, the said site began crashing shortly and after a few days, it began misfiring accuracy-wise too. Suffice to say though, that for all its shortcomings, it inflicted a nasty blot on NCsoft's prestige, who by the way apparently never granted any sort of permission to the operator to use its game data, some of which did indeed represent information which could've been considered sensitive.

To make a long story short: the third-party statistics operation turned out to be short-lived, but the fact alone that even in July of 2016 there are people on the forum looking for it and complaining about its disappearance, is clear proof of the fact that NCsoft hasn't really made any progress of its own in this direction since...


Philip Thalberg currently works on The International coverage as a member of GosuTeam. 
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Weekly Server Maintenance - July 27, 2016, 6:00 AM Central





There will be an scheduled maintenance period tomorrow, Wednesday, July 27, 2016 from 6:00 AM to 9:30 AM Central Time. The game servers will be unavailable for approximately 3.5 hours.

- Changes -
  • Routine website and server maintenance.
  • An issue with entrance to Ahserion's Flight will be resolved. For affected players who were unable to enter, a mail with an Asherion's Equipment Box will be sent tomorrow.

Be sure to follow @L2andAionOps for server updates. Thank you for your patience!
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Weekly Server Maintenance - July 20, 2016, 6:00 AM Central





There will be an scheduled maintenance period tomorrow, Wednesday, July 20, 2016 from 6:00 AM to 9:30 AM Central Time. The game servers will be unavailable for approximately 3.5 hours.

- Changes -
Routine website and server maintenance.
Various text issues will be addressed.
Berdin's Favor tooltip will be updated with the correct information.
Warehouse Manager Dagfinn in Azphel's Sanctuary will be open for your patronage.



Be sure to follow @L2andAionOps for server updates. Thank you for your patience!
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Friday, July 15, 2016

Echoes of Eternity Store Update



Aion: Echoes of Eternity is now live and along with the latest expansion, our store has been updated with new and discounted items for all Daeva and upcoming Archdaevas. Here is just a highlight of what is available.


- New Items -
Berdin's Lucky Star

Berdin's Favor is a new experience boost system that can be activated with Berdin's Lucky Star. Each Star charges 4% of the EXP bar and while Berdin's Favor is active, you will receive a 300% boost in experience from hunting, gathering, and crafting!


- Permanent Additions -

Burlesque Bunny, Stormbringer's Regalia, Outlaw Outfit, Matador's Trappings, Swim Class

We've made many costumes previously only obtainable through our events permanently available on the store, including the all-new Swim Class swimwear.



Special Courier Passes & Enduring Tuning Scrolls

No need to open Lockboxes for these items any more!





- Discounted Items -

For a limited time, Plastic Surgery Tickets, Gender Switch Tickets, and [Event] Berdin's 100% XP Amulet V are on sale. Discounted prices are available until July 27, 2016.





You can see all the available items in our in-game shop or click here for our web store.
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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Aion 5.0: Echoes of Eternity is Live!



The next Aion expansion has arrived. Echoes of Eternity is now live and can be downloaded for free.

In this update, become the Archdaeva and progress to the new maximum level cap of 75, and for the first time, enter the Tower of Eternity, where all good and evil had originated from.

Enjoy the latest update to Aion and these events to get started!


- Level Up Rewards -

A survey will appear when you reach the following levels:
  • Level 68 - Enchantment Stone Powder (x2000)
  • Level 72 - Akhal's Armor Box (your choice of equipment piece)
  • Level 75 - [Event] Plastic Surgery Ticket or [Event] Gender Switch ticket (your choice)


- Bonus EXP Events -

From July 13 to August 10, 2016:
  • Players on the Fast-Track Server will earn double EXP at all levels up to level 60 instead of 50.
  • Double XP Weekends will apply to the Standard Server, Instance, and Panesterra. Bonus weekends will start at Friday 12 AM Central and end Sunday 11:59 PM Central.


- Complementary Berdin's Lucky Star -

For a limited time, level 65+ players will receive a complementary Berdin's Lucky Star to charge the new experience boost system, Berdin's Favor. The Lucky Star can be claimed via survey. For more information on Berdin's Favor and Berdin's Lucky Star, please refer to the patch notes here.


- Store Update -

We've added a few new items as well making some event items permanently available on the store. See everything we've added to the store and more by clicking here.
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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Scheduled Game Update - July 13, 2016, 6:00 AM Central



There will be a scheduled game update tomorrow, Wednesday, July 13, 2016 from 6:00 AM to 11:00 AM Central Time. The game servers will be unavailable for approximately 5 hours.

- Changes -
  1. Code Red: Ateria 2016 event will end. Please collect your final potions and scrolls!
  2. Aion: Echoes of Eternity expansion will be applied to the servers. Patch Notes can be found here.
  3. For a limited time, Level Up Survey Rewards will be available starting at level 68, 72, and 75. At level 75, players can redeem a free [Event] Plastic Surgery Ticket or [Event] Gender Switch Ticket. More details will be available after the maintenance.
  4. For a limited time, there will be bonus EXP events. Details available after the maintenance.

Additional, the in-game shop and web store will be unavailable until 12:30 PM.



Be sure to follow @L2andAionOps for server updates.

Thank you for your patience!
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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Weekly Server Maintenance - July 6, 2016, 6:00 AM Central





There will be an scheduled maintenance period tomorrow, Wednesday, July 6, 2016 from 6:00 AM to 9:30 AM Central Time. The game servers will be unavailable for approximately 3.5 hours.

- Changes -
Routine website and server maintenance.
Code Red: Atreia event will continue for one more week.



Be sure to follow @L2andAionOps for server updates. Thank you for your patience!
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