Friday, November 17, 2017

Black Friday Sale Preview

We’re getting into the holiday spirit and providing some deep discounts and special limited-time deals. We’ll have the full sale details on November 24—this is just an early teaser!

Items across the Black Cloud Marketplace are seeing discounts of up to 50%, as well as some brand new items being made available. Here is just a tiny, tiny look at the some of the great deals to be found in Aion during this sales event:
  • · Kumiho Costume Set – New!
  • · Wide selection of Luna bundles – Get up to 25% Bonus Luna
  • · Costume discounts – Save 50%
  • · And a lot more!

Stay tuned for all the details when these sales go live on November 24. Sales begin on Black Friday, and end at 10am PST on November 28.
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Upgrade Arcade: November 2017

The Upgrade Arcade has returned until December 6. Level up the onscreen weapon to power up your rewards. The new Panda Power Wheels Box and Dark Wings Skin are up for grabs this time around so grab your tokens and win!

- How to Play -
The Upgrade Arcade can be accessed by clicking the smiling Shugo icon on the lower right corner of your screen. Use this icon to play, browse the prize list, or check out the Help guide.

To play, you’ll need an Arcade Token. One Arcade Token is consumed each time you begin playing at level 1, and will last until you claim a prize. This means it’s possible for you to get to Upgrade Level 8 on one token!

Click Play to start the mini-game and you'll see the weapon on the screen change before you. Subsequently by clicking Play, you will continue to upgrade the weapon and the Upgrade Level. There is a chance to fail at each upgrade level so play wisely! If you want to claim your prize, click Reward and a random item from the tier's prize list will be placed in your inventory.

If your upgrade fails at Upgrade Level 6 or higher, you have two choices. You can claim your level 1 prize, or you can click the Resume option to spend two tokens and regain your place! The Resume icon lights up to let you know it can be used, but can only be used once per play.

As you play the Upgrade Arcade, you will notice the Frenzy Meter filling up. Every token you use to play or resume will fill up the bar. Once the bar is full, Frenzy Mode begins and you have 90 seconds of boosted upgrade chances and additional Frenzy Rewards! Click away!

Once the Frezy Meter is full, you'll fill one of the stars at the top and when all four are filled you'll instantly receive a prize from the highest prize tier.

- Where to Get Arcade Tokens -

There are a few ways for you to get tokens for the Upgrade Arcade.
  1. A survey will be available for players level 30+ for (1) Arcade Token. One survey per server per account.
  2. Prestige Pack subscribers will receive an additional (2) Arcade Token via survey each week of the event.
  3. Arcade Tokens can also be purchased individually or as a bundle from the in-game shop or web store.

- Rewards -

The rewards can be viewed in the Upgrade Arcade menu and are distributed randomly from the upgrade tier you end on. Remember, you can claim your reward at any time. If you want that prize at Upgrade Level 6 without risking a failure on your next attempt, hit the Rewards button to claim it right away. Keep in mind that if your upgrade fails and you do not resume playing, through choice or lack of tokens, you will only get a prize from Upgrade Level 1.

Rewards available include Harvester Armor, Weapon and Accessory Box, Omega Enchantment Stones, Tempering Solutions, Berdin's Lucky Stars, Miinuim and much more. Panda Power Wheels and Dark Wings are also available from the event!

The Upgrade Arcade awaits you! Hurry before it's too late. Upgrade Arcade will end on December 6.
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Kumuki's Cave Returns

The Porguses have been captured by the Kumiki yet again, and again! This special Kumuki instance will have different rewards and will come and go every week. Have a look below for the schedule.

- How To Participate -

In the Capital Cities you’ll find Gretel the Mischievous looking for the assistance of any level 46+Daeva willing to help. She has a carriage that will send you to the Kumuki Cave where Hansel the Troublemaker is waiting to tell you how you can help.

Once inside, Hansel will inform you that the Porguses are being held in cages at the end of the cave, and you only have 15 minutes before it’s dinner time! Opening the gate will transform you into a Shabby Kumuki which also grants two special abilities. You can also grab a Shabby Kumuki Transformation Scroll from the Supplies Box if you need it.

Fear Grenade

Causes the target to be feared and disappear.

Stink Bomb

Causes a group of Kumukis to be temporarily paralyzed.

You’ll need to use these abilities to progress through the cave in a stealthy manner avoiding the vision the Kumukis have. Also available are objects you can use to blend in so you won’t be detected. If you’re careless and are detected too many times, the butcher will be alerted and kill the Porguses before you get there.

As you make your way through the cave, you’ll need to keep an eye out for four Key Chests, which contain the keys required to save the Porguses. Also hidden in the cave is a Suspicious Box which has the key to open the Kumuki Crate at the end.

Looking for a bit of experience while saving the Porguses? Three Nutritious Ginseng can be found in the cave, killing them will grant EXP so be sure to end their fleshy rooted lives if you have time! You can also choose to let the helpless Porguses die and kill the Kumukis for additional EXP.

For each Porgus you save you’ll earn one Poppy’s Gift Bundle (but only if you talk to them after opening the cage door), and an additional one if you open the Kumuki Crate. Each Poppy’s Gift Bundle will yield a random reward from the list below.

On the store you’ll be able to purchase Bonus Entry Scrolls to go as many times as you wish!

- Rewards -
  • Fragmented Spinel (x300) 
  • Fragmented Spinel (x600)
  • Fragmented Spinel (x900) 
  • Kumuki Cave Bonus Entry Scroll
  • Blood Mark (x80) 
  • Spinel Medal (x4)
  • Major Ancient Crown (x3) 
  • Major Ancient Goblet (x3)
  • Major Ancient Goblet (x6) 

[Event] Danuar Relic Box (x4)

- Schedule -

Here’s the full schedule that Kumuki’s Cave Returns will be running for the next month:
November 8 to November 15
November 22 to November 29
December 6 to December 13
December 20 to December 27

Be sure to check the schedule above to see when you can enter Kumuki’s Cave and help save the Porguses!
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Pumpkin Carving Contest 2017 Winners

Your pumpkin carving game was strong this season, and our inboxes were flooded with your artistic gourd carvings. Selecting the winning entries is never an easy task, but after much deliberation we’ve selecting the following as the game-specific winning entries, and the overall Grand Prize winners.

Please join us in congratulating the winners!

Grand Prize Winners
These winners were selected from entries submitted across all NCSOFT titles, and will each receive:

• 8,000 NCoin (or equivalent in Protobucks or X-Coin)
• Selected game prizing

Forthyn - Katalam

Moondust Cupperbottom - Jabbit

Lineage II
Hilu - Naia


Each winner will receive 4000 NCoin and:

• Imperial Courtier Costume Set

Shaidessa - Katalam

Blade & Soul

Each winner will receive 4000 NCoin and:

• Kindred Soul

• White Horse Mask

RiceOnFire - Eisenherz

Lineage II

Each winner will receive 4000 NCoin and:

• Halloween Costume

• 500,000,000 Adena

Iso100 - Naia


Each winner will receive 13,000 X-Coin and:

• Mischief Night Bundle

Cheesecake - North America


Each winner will receive 6,250 Protobucks and:

• Velocirex (Electrified) Mount

• Shadow Warrior Costume

FlamingoLoco - Jabbit

Thank you all for celebrating this pumpkin season with us. Winners will have their prizes delivered via in-game mail within 72 hours.
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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Limited Time Costume Rotation

Peacock's Proposal

Peacock's Crown

Frozen Aristocracy

Frozen Ornament

Visit the in-game shop or web store here to see all the limited time items. Sale ends November 10, 2017.
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Pumpkin King's Haunt

Esta and the rest of the Candy Galaxy Corporation have come to Atreia to bring tasty Pumpking Ghoulash for all, but the Great Pumpkin King has different intentions. He has stolen all of the pumpkins Esta needs to create her ghoulash! Help Candy Galaxy Corporation retrieve the stolen pumpkins and be rewarded handsomely. Other spooky bonuses and treats are available too.

- How To Participate -

The Great Pumpkn King
Levels 65+

Starting tomorrow, October 25, the Candy Galaxy Corporation can be found in the capital cities and sanctuaries inside Iluma and Norsvold. Speak with Esta and receive quests to obtain the Stolen Pumpkins from the Great Pumpkin King – the more Stolen Pumpkins required, the higher the reward. You will be able to find the Great Pumpkin King hiding in Archdaeva solo and group instances. Once found, you can use Candy Blasts to defeat the Great Pumpkin King and retrieve a Stolen Pumpkin and special bundle.*

To obtain Candy Blasts, each day Archdaevas will receive 2 Candy Blasts every 10 minutes, up to 10 per day. Additional Candy Blasts can be found inside Detonation Stations provided by the Candy Galaxy Corporation scattered around Pandamoniem, Sanctum, Iluma and Norsvold. These first-come first-serve Detonation Stations will only appear hourly between 6 -11 PM server time each day. Additionally, you will be able to purchase 10 Candy Blasts daily on the store for 240 NCoin.

*Note: Group instances require 18 Candy Blasts, and solo instances require 7.

Spooky Coffin
Levels 10+

Also during the event period you will find large candles placed around the capital cities, and sanctuaries in Iluma and Norsvold. Work with others to light the candles in the proper order to spawn an Elegant Coffin. This coffin will only be around for one minute, but interacting with it before it disappears grants you an hour long buff which provides a 400% EXP boost and 100% drop boost.

Candy Queen
Levels 65+

Next to the Candy Galaxy Corporation members you will find Guen, the Candy Queen. She may appear to be just a cat, but each day she has a special trick-or-treat goodie bag full of transformation candies for all Archdaevas.

- Rewards -

For a full list of rewards and available instances please see the thread on the forums here.

Pumpkin King’s Haunt will be ending November 8, so be sure to have a scary good time before it ends!
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

AR and VR technologies both create an enhanced experience

What is AR and VR?
By now everybody has heard about Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR), both exciting new technologies. VR is defined as a three-dimensional environment generated by a computer and this environment can be interacted with and explored. The person will become part of the virtual environment and becomes immersed in it. In this environment the person is able to not only manipulate the objects in the environment but also able to execute actions.

The word augment means to add to something and AR is something that is added to the world such as graphics, sound and touch feedback. Unlike VR where a person inhabits a virtual environment, AR makes use of the existing environment and overlays virtual information over it. With AR the virtual and real world exists side by side.

How do they function?
VR is accessed by means of a headset such as the Oculus Rift and is used mainly in two ways. In video gaming VR creates and enhances a gaming environment when used for gaming on consoles. It can also be used to watch 3D movies. VR is also used as a training tool to simulate real life environments allowing people to practice certain scenarios such as flight simulators for pilots or for real money gaming like that offered at Jackpot City NZ. VR is made possible by a technology which is known as Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML) and this creates a series of images and allows certain types of interactions and actions.

AR is used with applications on mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones and combines digital components with the real world and this enhances each component. AR is fast becoming popular and is also being used to display scores on sports games that are broadcasted. AR also makes it possible for 3D email notifications as well as alerts on mobile devices. There have also been developments in the tech industry with regard to holograms and motion activated commands.

AR and VR Combined
VR and AR can be used together; they do not necessarily work independently of one another. When used together they offer an immersive experience which is much better than when they operate independently. An example is vibration and sensation known as haptic feedback and when this is added to graphics it is augmentation. This is also used together with VR to make an environment more real by means of touch.

Both AR and VR give the user a high quality experience which is enhanced by both these technologies. With both of these technologies users are looking for a more immersive experience and in the past this type of technology was inconceivable, it is now something that users expect and look for. Virtual environments can be controlled and more enhanced interaction is a new capability. New technologies are constantly being developed and more and more products are finding their way to the virtual world.

When AR and VR are combined it is known as mixed reality (MR) also known as hybrid reality. This type of technology places a digital object into a real world environment and interacts with it using a pre-programmed scenario, such as creating holographic behaviour. MR makes use of sensors and optics which enable a user to interact with the physical and then act in a certain way.

Both of these technologies are used to enhance and create new environments allowing users an immersive experience and interaction with a simulated world or scenario.
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