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Homecoming Server Update: Super Packs
« on: May 05, 2019, 04:38:12 pm »
Hey folks,

We’ve got a couple of exciting things to discuss today!

Super Packs
We’ve just made 3 types of Super Packs available for purchase at the Auction House. Before I get into more details, I’d like to make a few things clear:
  • The value of each Super Pack is roughly equivalent to 10 Reward Merits & some goodies
  • Each pack contains 5 things
  • The prices are likely to increase over time and without notice
  • The drop tables may also change without notice
  • It’s possible you may encounter issues, packs and items may disappear before or as you claim them - until this has been tested thoroughly, use them at your own risk as there will be no refunds for lost influence or items
  • The money spent on these packs is removed from the game, it isn’t going to another player (essentially, this allows us to combat inflation)
Super Pack: Heroes and Villains
  • Cost: 10 million inf
  • Contains most of the items listed on this page
  • Some items (such as the costume pieces) aren’t included as they’re now free
  • Other items (such as Brainstorm ideas) have been added
  • Drop rates are generally more generous than they were on live
Super Pack: Rogues and Vigilantes
  • Cost: 10 million inf
  • Contains most of the items listed on this page
  • Some items (such as the costume pieces) aren’t included as they’re now free
  • Other items (such as Brainstorm ideas) have been added
  • Drop rates are generally more generous than they were on live
Super Pack: Lords of Winter
  • Cost: 25 million inf (price will be reduced during the Winter event)
  • Contains extra-special Winter enhancements
  • Contains some Winter-event themed goodies (temporary powers, candy canes, etc)
  • Also contains most of the same filler content as the other two packs
Full details on the drop rates will be added to the post below at some point soon™.

Server Balance & XP Bonuses
Everlasting shot up to 2nd place fairly quickly after being designated as the RP server, with Excelsior and Indomitable now being the two quieter servers.

As such, on Monday we will be making the following changes to the XP boosts:
  • The 50% general XP boost will remain on for the foreseeable future (not just on weekdays) to make up for downtime you’ve been experiencing
  • The -50% XP cut in AE will also remain on for the foreseeable future
  • Excelsior and Indomitable will both have an additional +50% XP added (for a total of +100%), however this additional bonus is not guaranteed for any length of time - once we’re happy with the load on each of those servers, it’ll be removed
Architect Entertainment
As mentioned above, the AE XP reduction will be remaining in place for the foreseeable future. Soon, however, we will be making a change to allow any arcs flagged as ‘Dev Choice’ to give full XP like any other non-AE mission.

To reiterate, the primary reason for the XP reduction is that the traditional farm maps used by many players put an incredibly high strain on the server’s CPU (this isn’t related to any memory leaks as some have suggested). It was causing everyone to have a degraded experience, which just isn’t fair.

In addition, some of you may have experienced issues editing and updating AE arcs you uploaded in the first week or so of the servers being online. This was caused by the AE databases not being shared by the different shards when we first brought Excelsior online. We’ve since rectified this issue and all new AE arcs are now fully accessible across all shards, but there are some older arcs that have been stuck in limbo.

We’re looking at various options for fixing this and aren’t completely certain on which route we’ll take first, but we would like to request that everyone make frequent offline backups of their AE content for the time being, as we may need to wipe some or all of the AE database in order to fully resolve this issue. If a wipe is required, we will give you a minimum of 3 days notice.

Rumours & Clarifications
This is a rather unfortunate topic, but one we need to tackle. Certain members of various groups have been spreading misinformation about the Homecoming servers, i25, and the Homecoming team, so we’d like to quickly clarify a few things.
  • We have no plans to roll back to i24
  • i24 is in no material way more (or less) optimized than i25 (i25 has some very minor optimisations in very busy environments, such as the ITF, but that's it)
  • We intend to continue developing off of i25, there’s no basis to the rumour that it cannot be updated
  • We have no plans to perform a character wipe unless absolutely necessary (read this for further clarification)
  • We have no issues with anyone else running servers, but we have no interest in helping any groups whose behaviour puts us at risk
  • Nobody is making any money from this - it is in fact costing us quite a bit
  • We will not be publicly soliciting donations until we feel it can be done without putting the server at risk
  • We are not withholding anyone’s character data from the live server - we do not have access to this data, nor do we want access to this data, as it would almost certainly get the server shut down
Coming Soon...
Finally, a quick heads-up on what’s happening over the next week.

Patches
We intend to push out a client update at some point in the next few days with some fixes. We’ll be posting another announcement when the patch is ready, but we just wanted to make you all aware so you weren’t surprised by a sudden download!

As always, until Sunrise is released we recommend everyone sticks with Tequila & Island Rum. The patch should download and apply fine if you’re using other launchers, but we can’t guarantee it’ll work.

Server Changes
As you may have noticed we’ve had a couple of unstable periods and unscheduled maintenance windows lately. These have primarily been down to us experimenting with different configurations options to increase the performance and cost-efficiency of our set-up.

These are likely to continue for at least a couple more days, so apologies in advance for the inconvenience!

Stats
We are aware you guys want more stats in these posts. We’re working on a way to make stats easier for us to gather (doing it across 4 servers is a bit of a pain!) to satisfy your deepest statistical desires for future news posts.


That’s all for today! When the servers come up, be sure to… Go. Hunt. Kill Skuls.

- The Homecoming Team
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Re: Homecoming Server Update: Super Packs
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2019, 04:38:33 pm »
Reserved.

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Re: Homecoming Server Update: Super Packs
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2019, 05:04:46 pm »
thank you for all you do. 

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Re: Homecoming Server Update: Super Packs
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2019, 05:08:54 pm »
Thanks so much guys!

For those of us interested in helping with future development, is there somewhere we can go to get involved or will that remain closed to the existing SCORE group?
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Re: Homecoming Server Update: Super Packs
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2019, 05:09:24 pm »
It is genuinely exciting seeing things happening to make this a permanent revival.

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Re: Homecoming Server Update: Super Packs
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2019, 05:13:45 pm »
You guys are doing a fantastic job! Thanks for doing all that you do!

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Re: Homecoming Server Update: Super Packs
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2019, 05:16:39 pm »
Thanks for everything, its so good to be home!

Excited for the future!

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Re: Homecoming Server Update: Super Packs
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2019, 05:22:33 pm »
Thanks for all the hard work its appreciated!  :)

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Re: Homecoming Server Update: Super Packs
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2019, 05:27:55 pm »
So after buying at the Auction House. Do we need to do anything else to claim our pack?How will we know we got it?

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Re: Homecoming Server Update: Super Packs
« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2019, 05:31:21 pm »
Check under special tab

In all honesty, not worth 10mil and I regret buying it now.

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Re: Homecoming Server Update: Super Packs
« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2019, 05:34:26 pm »
Holy shit did I misread that post....only 5 things? really?

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Re: Homecoming Server Update: Super Packs
« Reply #11 on: May 05, 2019, 06:06:24 pm »
Thank you guys. Good to be back!

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Re: Homecoming Server Update: Super Packs
« Reply #12 on: May 05, 2019, 06:20:06 pm »
What about all these other pool power sets im seeing in pines hero creator? Those must surely be issue 25 as i don't remember them on i24 beta. Force of will, gadgetry etc. Will we be getting those?

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Re: Homecoming Server Update: Super Packs
« Reply #13 on: May 05, 2019, 07:06:41 pm »
Thanks for all the hard work folks!  I am waiting till the AE stuff gets settled before I start messing around but I love the idea of telling strange and wild stories in the magical world of CoX

I never really got to mess with it on the OG servers.

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Re: Homecoming Server Update: Super Packs
« Reply #14 on: May 05, 2019, 07:27:15 pm »
What about all these other pool power sets im seeing in pines hero creator? Those must surely be issue 25 as i don't remember them on i24 beta. Force of will, gadgetry etc. Will we be getting those?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KM2K7sV-K74