Sunday, September 15, 2019

Aion on the western market and why there is no WoW killer



Over the course of over a decade, many video games, more precisely MMO-RPGs were marketed as "WoW killers" yet, to this day, none of their predictions came true and World of Warcraft is still an undisputed king and reigning champion to this day. 

As another internet user eloquently put it, "World of Warcraft is like a massive dam and every other MMO-RPG is just a salmon trying to swim and cross the damn, only to end up being smashed on its walls". With WoW recently launching its Vanilla server and starting everything from scratch, this debate came back to life once more. Turns out nostalgia is a big deal and servers were flooded when retail classic World of Warcraft launched once more. 

People came back running to play the game many of which grew up with. While we can agree that a lot of this popularity came riding on that sweet nostalgia, with people reminiscing the good old days of questing and playing with friends with no worries on their minds, 

that couldn't be the only thing making WoW this popular. It wasn't only nostalgia that made more people come to play reboot of the old franchise more than any other MMO-RPG on the market today. There are a couple of problems anyone who tries making a game to compete with WoW is going to run into. Firstly, simply the fact that every new game markets itself as a "WoW killer" is a nod to WoW's popularity and marketing for them on its own. Making a fresh MMO is a huge feat and requires plenty of resources. 

It's not as simple as making free online porn games. Once such an MMO launches it markets itself offering something new, fresh, innovating and tries to quickly create a huge player base off of that. However, what usually happens is that the initial hype quickly dies off. The game quickly loses a large portion of players and, considering that MMOs are all about large number of players, that number simply continues to drop. 

At that point, the game ends up in one of a couple of scenarios. Some companies go bankrupt and games are abandoned, some break even, going on for some time before pulling the plug before losing any money and then there are those who keep going. 

Aion falls in the third category and is still going strong, which is a success on its own. This third category, even though it doesn't take over the throne, pushes on. Sometimes budget cuts are being made to keep the business going, they might reduce staff, cut on advertising but keep everything afloat. Now, apart from having a competitor, there are multiple minor reasons why Aion wasn't as popular in the western market. Some disliked forced PVP, some didn't enjoy the type of grind to which Asian players are used to or found flying lackluster. 

Others prefer different art style or less RNG and some people simply enjoy playing best lesbian sex games instead.
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Happy 10th Daeva’s Day Card Contest

Aion is turning 10! To kick off the Daeva’s Day festivities, we’re holding a contest for all Daevas to create a card celebrating this milestone. Bust out your art supplies and get creative because Aion only turns 10 once!


How To Participate

To enter, create a card design, either digitally or hand-drawn, and submit it via email. If you’re working on a physical card, take a photo of it or scan it and include it in your email. Designs will need to be at least one panel. The Aion team will select 10 winners at the end of the contest.

Here’s a look at our previous contest winners for some inspiration.





Requirements


  • All designs must be hand draw or digitally created, and be related to Aion
  • One entry per person
  • Entries must be submitted before September 29, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. PDT
  • Entries must be emailed to aioncommunity@ncsoft.com
  • All entries must include the following information:

  • Subject must be: Happy 10th Daeva’s Day Card Contest
  • In-game character name and server
  • Attached birthday card design
  • The email submission must include the following statement in the body: “This email is submitted as an entry in the Aion “Happy 10th Daeva’s Day Card Contest.”

Prizes 

10 winners will each receive the following:

  • 1,600 Black Cloud Coin
  • (1) In-game Electronic Outfit and Hairpin
  • (1) Aion T-shirt (a real one!)

Be sure to read the official rules before entering which you can find here. We look forward to your entries. Happy 10th Daeva’s Day!
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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Shugo Sweep



Prizes, prizes, and even more prizes. Grab your lucky Daru’s foot because Shugo Sweep is back for a limited time!

Event Details
  • Shugo Sweep is live now and will run through October 9 until the start of maintenance.

How To Participate

Clicking the Golden Die icon on the bottom of your screen will bring up the Shugo Sweep board. Roll your die and whichever number it lands on is the number of spots the Shugo arrow moves. Where the Shugo arrow lands is the prize of what you’ll instantly receive! Once you land on a spot, you won’t be able to land there again. If you roll another die, you’ll land on a new spot. Once all the spots have been filled up, the board will be refreshed with a new list of rewards!

Each week (beginning Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. PDT) you’ll receive one free die roll (limited to one free roll per account per week) to win a prize! If you’re looking for additional dice to roll or would like to refresh the board without filling it up you can find both of these items available on the Black Cloud Marketplace:

Items
Black Cloud Coin
Golden Dice
70
Shuffle Card
199
Golden Dice (x30)
2,000
Golden Dice (x65)
4,000
Shugo Sweep Mega Pack
8,000



While progressing through the board you may come across Ten, Jack, Queen, King and Ace Cards. If you combine all five of these cards together you will be granted a Golden Card which you can open for a fabulous prize.

Rewards

Check each board to see a list of the rewards. The winner of the Golden Card will be rewarded with a random prize from the list below:
Golden Card Rewards
[Event] Legendary Transformation Contract (10 types)
Ultimate Manastone Selection Box
Fighting Spirit Fragments (x1,000)
[Event] Ultimate PvE Enchantment Stone (x5)
Ultimate Ereshkigal Weapon Box
Ultimate Ereshkigal Armor Box
Ultimate Ereshkigal Wing Box
Stellium (x200)
[Event] Ultimate PvP Enchantment Stone (x5)
50,000,000 Kinah Box (x2)
100% Success Enchantment Selection Box
 Ultimate Manastone Box (x3)

Shugo Sweep will be running until maintenance begins on October 9, so go round and round the board while you still have time!
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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Introduction to the Vandal



Long ago, a Muse named Irnin infused paint with Aether, ushering in a new way to fight. With the support of Lady Siel, he worked to recruit the first Vandals. Having mostly disappeared after the Cataclysm, they are emerging from the shadows and working to teach fellow Daevas the way of the Vandal.

The Muse’s second sub-class is coming with Aion: Mark of the Vandal. The Vandal is eccentric class that uses Aether-infused paint as an offensive means to fight. Every fight becomes a show and a masterpiece of color.

Overview

The Vandal is a DPS-focused class, wielding paint-slinging Chromablasters as their weapons and utilizing physical stat-based cloth armor for defense. The Vandal is a mid-range damage dealer with a few never-before-seen tricks up their sleeve – be it avoiding certain death or channeling paint attacks for extended periods of time on enemies. The Vandal is more than just style though, as Vandals can use a colorful array of abilities to assist themselves and fellow Daevas in battle.

Equipment

The uniqueness of the Vandal also extends to the gear that it uses. While the Vandal equips a Chromablaster in each hand, it’s actually a 2-handed weapon and not individual weapons like the Gunslinger or Assassin. Because of this you’ll need to find a second weapon for Armsfusion to get the most out of your weapon.

Martial Cloth is a unique type of cloth armor that Vandals will utilize. Because they’re a physical-based cloth wearing class, you’ll need to be careful when acquiring new cloth gear to ensure it doesn’t have magical stats. Acquiring new gear will be the same as other classes. That means finding them through instances and quests, or purchasing them from merchants for various currency. Similar to other physical stat classes, you’ll want to prioritize Accuracy, Critical Chance, and Attack for your Manastones.

Playstyle

The playstyle of the Vandal is similar to other quick damage dealing classes such as the Assassin and Gunslinger, while offering some utility for themselves and their group. Being a mid-range damage dealer, Vandals will find themselves between the front line and the back line during boss fights. However, the Vandal also has the ability to switch their approach and be very mobile when needed. Damage is the Vandal’s highest priority.

Unique Abilities

The Vandal brings in some unique abilities not seen with other classes. Here just a dab of what they bring to the easel.


Ability Name

Ability Effect


Target Sketching

Causes target to receive extra damage for 10 seconds.


Resurrection Chroma

Prevents the character from dying one time for 10 minutes.


Chromatic Freedom

Fires a beam of paint that petrifies target.


There’s plenty more to be discovered in Aion: Mark of the Vandal. Don’t forget to log in an create a new Vandal class character when the update launches on August 21 to receive a FREE Vandal’s Gear Pack.
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Aion: Mark of the Vandal Arrives August 21



From out of the shadows comes the powerful Vandal class! With the new Aion: Mark of the Vandal update, players can now create a new Vandal class character and experience their mysteriously potent skills that have been hidden away for centuries. Prepare to expand your adventures into the dangerous new zone of Demaha to bring order to the chaos undermining the Stellin Development Laboratory.

Vandal

Aion’s newest class is a master of paint and a little mischievous too. As the second Muse subclass, Vandals thrive on self-expression. Wielding a magical Chromablaster to paint their enemies in every color, Vandals are experts in ranged offense. Don’t leave the Vandal out of the party, because this team player also has some helpful buffs for everybody. Stay tuned for an in-depth preview on this new class.

Check out the video here:



New Zone - Demaha

Demaha, once prosperous under Dragon Lord Apsu, and decimated under Tiamat, is once again becoming a land of opportunity. Stellin Industries, a new mysterious group of Shugos who possess new technology and a lust for Demaha’s resources, have settled and are working to return the land to its former glory.

Demaha is a new max-level zone, and both factions will have access to it. This new area is inhabited by fierce new enemies and offers many new ways to engage in battle.

Altar Sieges

Scattered throughout Demaha are Altars to the old Dragon Lord, Apsu. Protected by his worshipers many centuries later, Stellin Industries has requested Daevas to reclaim these altars so the company can push forward the development of the area. Every day at 8:00 p.m. server time, you’ll be able to siege the Altars. Conquering the Apmaha Head Priest will claim the Altar for the faction and Legion with the highest contribution, helping turn the tide of battle in your favor.

Stellusia

Seated at the center of Demaha is Stellusia, the main base of Stellin Industries. This neutral area is the main hub of the Demaha region, and offers merchants and quests for Daevas from both Asmodians and Elyos.

New Instance - Stellin Development Lab

The Stellin Development Lab is a new instance for level 80 Daevas. Stellin Industries had an incident causing mutated creatures to escape their confinement. You and a group of other Daevas will need to clear out the creatures and help with the malfunctioning security systems.

Tier 2 Equipment

If you are looking to gear up your brand-new Vandal character, now is the best time with the introduction of Tier 2 equipment. The time is now to start phasing out your current gear set and replacing them with the more powerful Tier 2 equipment. If you’ve already got Tier 1 equipment on your character, you’ll be able to upgrade some of it to Tier 2 to make them even more powerful.

Lugbug’s Missions

Lugbug’s been hard at work since his days in the Abyss. He’s put together a list of daily and weekly missions all Daevas can participate in. You’ll find all the missions in a new menu, and each mission completed grants a reward. These missions range from killing opposing faction members, defeating various monsters, and more. If you finish a specific amount each day and each week you’ll receive even more rewards.

FREE Vandal’s Gear Pack Reward

To celebrate the launch of Aion: Mark of the Vandal, we’re offering a FREE Vandal’s Gear Pack to eligible players who log in to the game when the update goes live on August 21 until midnight on August 28. The free reward will be distributed to players on August 30 The Vandal’s Gear Pack includes the following items:
  • Irnin's Armor Skin Set
  • 5x [Event] Berdin's Lucky Star
  • 5x [Event] Legendary Transformation Potion Selection Box

To be eligible for a Vandal’s Gear Pack:
  • You must have a character that is level 30 or higher on your account
  • You must create a new Vandal character before the deadline on August 28
  • Your NCSOFT Account must have been created prior to August 21

This is just a preview of what’s in Aion: Mark of the Vandal launching on August 21. Be sure to log in from August 21 to August 28 to be eligible to receive your FREE Vandal’s Gear Pack and stay tuned for more details!
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Monday, August 5, 2019

New Store Items For August


Featured Costumes

If you thought the heat was dying down, think again. August is still HOT, and we’ve got plenty of summer-themed costumes on the way--including some back-to-school outfits!

Available August 2 through August 16


Items

Black Cloud Coin


Cute Swim Hat

160


Cute Swimsuit

160


Summer Sunglasses

160


Rattan Hat

320


Leopard Bikini

640


Deepsea Diving Suit

640


Deepsea Diving Helmet

320







Available August 16 to August 30


Items

Black Cloud Coin


Vintage School Clothes

640


Ebony Glasses

160


School Cap

320


Fancy School Cap

320


Eli's Uniform (female only)

640


Eli's Hairstyle (female only)

320





Available August 30 to September 13


Items

Black Cloud Coin


Butterfly Gem Outfit

640


Small Butterfly Wings

320


Elroco Hat

320


Alrion Hat

320


Abex Hat

320


Five-Star School Uniform

640


Summer Sun Uniform

640


Sunblossom Hairpin

320


Summer Sunglasses

320


Dashing Uniform

640


Dashing Uniform Headpiece

320





Starter Pack

Available August 7 to August 21
Available once per account

Pick up the Starter Pack to jump start your adventure--great for new and returning players!


Starter Pack

Black Cloud Coin


Prestige Pass - 7 Days

400


Transformation Contract (62 Types) (x15)


Transparent Transformation Scroll (x100)


Ancient PvE Enchantment Stone (x15)


Ancient PvP Enchantment Store (x15)





Whether you decide its back to school or back to the beach, there’s plenty of great cosmetic and items to be found this August!
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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Aion Screenshots


I wanted to share with you some awesome screenshots a friend of mine did in Aion.

These are awesome, especially the last one! It's such a beautiful game.
 




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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

New Store Items In July



Summer is officially here! To kick off the summer with a splash, we’re putting some new and returning costumes into the Black Cloud Marketplace, and some mounts as well. We’ll also be adding Luna Materials as a permanent item in the store.

Featured Costumes

Show off your Swimsuit body with these hot costumes below, just remember to wait 30 minutes after eating before you dive in.

Available July 5 through July 19


Items

Black Cloud Coin


Hot Swimsuit

640


Diving Helmet/Summer Headwrap

160


Beach Hat

160


Hot Shades

160


Inked Up Swimsuit

640


Goggles

160


Mariner's Swimwear

640


Leopard Swimsuit

640





Available July 19 to August 2


Items

Black Cloud Coin


Waverider's Shades

160


Waverider's Spirit

640


Cool Swim Hat

160


Cool Swimsuit

640


Vibrant Swimsuit

640


Vibrant Swimming Cap

160


Summer Flower

160


Aquablue Sunhat

160


Aquablue Swimsuit

640


Swim Class

640



Available July 24 to September 6


Set

Items

Black Cloud Coin


Sea Feast Armor Skin Set

Shoulderplates

640


Gauntlets


Breastplate


Greaves


Sabatons


Mounts & More

These mounts will be permanently available, with the exception of the Seakissed Aetherboard.

Available July 10


Items

Black Cloud Coin


Lustrous Skymane Box

1,600


Sleek Hovercycle Chest

1,600


Zedas' Wings Skin

1,200





Available July 17 to September 6




Items

Black Cloud Coin


[Emotion Card] Bluebird Bob

400


Seakissed Aetherboard Box

1,600



Kick off your Summer party the right way with these costumes and mounts, which won’t be around forever! And don’t forget to always use your sunscreen.
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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

AIONstrategies.com for all news AION-related



AION is a game that’s meant for some of the most hardcore players out there. Being one of the lesser known subscription-based RPGs in the world, it makes a lot of sense that only hardcore players are going to play it. It doesn’t have a huge player base like WoW but it still has a lot of players to keep it running even today, many years after its initial launch.

 And even though it has been released such a long time ago, it still gets cool updates, so there’s always a reason to go back to it even if you stopped playing. If you need to catch up on the latest happenings in AION, then perhaps AIONstrategies.com is a great place for you.

You might not even be aware some of the things that are happening with the game, even if you’re regular on it. There are always some updates to be seen and revisited as well as some things that you might have missed while you were checking out some of the latest skins and features. 

Other than the news, AIONstrategies.com also has plenty of strategies for how you can play the game so that you can take your AION knowledge and gameplay to the next level. Even if you’re completely new to the game, AIONstrategies.com has got your back covered. 

You’ll love checking out all the latest news reports that you can see on this blog site. In fact, there’s a high chance that this website alone will get you to play the game in the first place. It’s not like the game is being advertised at all, so there’s a good chance that you’re going to come in contact with it for the first time through AIONstrategies.com or similar websites. 

This one has been tried and tested though, so it’s the first draft pick for the website that you need to visit if you intend to get yourself started on your AION journey. 

But all of this is only meant for you if you’re looking for some hardcore RPG gameplay in AION. There are plenty of other games that you can check out, and some of them aren’t even that brutal as far as the gameplay is concerned. In the age of mobile gaming, there are many games out there that are much easier to play when you’re on the go. And of course, there are even games which have a completely different purpose than what you’re used to. 

Perhaps you’re looking to have some fun with your games in a way that you haven’t thus far. It’s pretty obvious that what’s being implied here is that you can also use your video games for adult purposes, so to say. So, if you’re looking for adult sex games online, then there’s really only one place that you can visit.

 Check out all of those amazing adult games and see whether or not some of them manage to keep your attention while playing.
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Friday, May 31, 2019

New Store Items In June



Pirates costumes, beautifully ornate, Breezy housing items and more are what you’ll find coming to the Black Cloud Marketplace this June. Take a look below for all the details!

Featured Costumes

It’s a pirate’s life out in the Aterian waters. Celebrate an upcoming event with these pirate-themed cosmetics and weapons. Later in the month you’ll find additional costumes as well.

Available June 7 through June 21


Items

Black Cloud Coin


Pirate Captain's Clothes

640


Pirate Captain's Eyepatch

320


Pirate Captain's Tricorn

320


Pirate Crew's Clothes

640


Pirate's Bandana

320


Pirate Crew's Eyepatch

320


Shiver Me Topsails

320


Shiver Me Timbers

640





Available June 12 through July 10


Items

Black Cloud Coin


Pirate's Skullspike

480


Pirate's Brutalizer

480


Pirate's Treasure Map

480


Pirate's Flintlock

480


Pirate's Spiker

480


Pirate's Jewel

480


Pirate's Cutlass

480


Pirate's Figurehead

480


Pirate's Lute

480


Pirate's Marlinspike

480


Pirate's Deck-Blade

480


Pirate's Mast-Hewer

480


Pirate's Long Nine

480


Pirate's Helmguard

480







Available June 21 through July 5


Items

Black Cloud Coin


Ornate Butterfly Outfit

640


Ornate Butterfly Hat

320


Ornate Butterfly Wing Feather

1,200


Lightning God's Raiment

640


Lightning God's Satgat

160


Rebellion's Raiment

640


Rebellion's Halo

320





Housing Items

Catch the oceanside breeze, soak in the sun, and live the ocean front life with the Breezy housing items!

Available May 1


Items

Black Cloud Coin


Breezy Window

240


Breezy Wallpaper

360


Breezy Tea Set

160


Breezy Square Table

160


Breezy Square Rug

160


Breezy Sofa

360


Breezy Table

160


Breezy Pie

160


Breezy Lantern

160


Breezy Kitchen Sink

1,000


Breezy Kitchen Drawer

1,000


Breezy Floor Lamp

160


Breezy Floor

360


Breezy Cupboard

240


Breezy Chair

360


Breezy Bed

360






Mark the dates! These items won’t be around forever so don’t miss out while they’re available.
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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

New Store Items In May



Flowers aren’t the only thing you’ll find this month. Coming to the store are delightful costumes, wings, and motion cards! There’s a lot to be found throughout the month.

Featured Costumes

Grab these new and returning costumes to celebrate the warming weather.

Available May 10 through May 24


Items

Black Cloud Coin


Bolero Topper

320


Bolero Garb

640


Bolero Accessory

320


Bolero Attire

640


Little Slugger's Uniform

640


Little Slugger's Cap

320


Springbloom Uniform

640


Poka-Dot Ribbon (Female only)

160


Spectacles

160


[NEW] Spring Straw Hat

320





Available May 24 through June 7


Items

Black Cloud Coin


Steampunk Costume

640


Steampunk Engine

320


Steampunk Hat

320


Cogwheel Couture

640


Cogwheel Cap

320


[NEW] Fairy Dress

640


[NEW] Fairy Epaulette

320


[NEW] Fairy Hairpin

320





Motion Cards

Find the right motion to express exactly how you feel.

Available May 1


Items

Black Cloud Coin


[NEW] [Motion Card] Parasol Twirl

480


[Emotion Card] Flirt

480


[Emotion Card] Forbidden Dance

480


[Emotion Card] Pop Legend

480


[Emotion Card] Hip Hop

480


[Emotion Card] Aion Boogie

480


[Emotion Card] Dance Party Bundle

960





Available May 29


Items

Black Cloud Coin


[Emotion Card] Diving

320


[Emotion Card] Bluebird Bob

400


[Emotion Card] Shy Proposal

160


[Emotion Card] Kiss

160


[Emotion Card] Hug Me

240




Wings

Impress those below and above you while you soar the skies.

Available May 15


Items

Black Cloud Coin


White Wings

800


Black Wings

800


Blitzbolt Wings Skin

1200


[NEW] Beritra’s Phantom Wings Skin

1,200


[NEW] Yume's Faerie Feather

1,200





Some of these items won’t be around forever so be sure to double check the availability dates. If you want new goods to make an impression on your fellow Daevas, get ‘em while they’re hot!
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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Server Consolidation – May 2019



To offer a better in-game experience for our players, we will be consolidating the Ereshkigal server into the already existing Katalam server on May 22. Players on Katalam (and Danaria) will not be impacted by this consolidation, however, players coming from Ereshkigal will need to be aware of a number of very important things that could affect your character (including your character name legion name and housing status), which you can read in our FAQ.

Between now and May 15, players on Ereshkigal will be able to transfer for free to either Katalam or Danaria. Transfers between Katalam and Danaria will be limited during this period to reduce impacts to faction balance.

In the meantime, we’ll be running additional server boosts for players who remain on Ereshkigal until the server consolidation on May 22.

From April 24 until the maintenance of May 22, players on the Ereshkigal server will have the following boosts:

  • +400% XP
  • +200% Drop
  • +200% Crafting
  • +200% AP

A survey can also be claimed on Ereshkigal only (one per account). The survey includes:

  • 50x Transformation Contract (62 Types)
  • 1x Ancient Transformation Contract (18 Types)
  • 1x 30-day Prestige Pass
  • 1x Daevanion Skill Box (10 Types)
  • 10x Legendary PvE Enchantment Stones
  • 10x Legendary PvP Enchantment Stones
  • 3x Ultimate PvE Enchantment Stones
  • 3x Ultimate PvP Enchantment Stones
  • 5x Stigma Enchantment Stones
  • 250,000,000 Kinah
  • 250 Gold Ingots
  • 4,000 Luna
If you have any questions about the server consolidation, please visit our Official FAQ on the forums.



Thank you!
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