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Hey folks,

It’s been a pretty wild weekend so far! Yesterday we had over 8,000 people trying to play the game at once. I say trying, because, well, many of you were stuck in an everlasting queue.

The ‘/coxg/’ Server & Donations
Before I go on, we need to make one thing clear: We are in no way associated with the other server that is publicly asking for donations (for a server that isn’t even online). This is incredibly dangerous, selfish, and reckless behaviour, and has a very good chance of getting not only their operation shut down, but ours as well. If you want to be able to continue playing this game, please do not engage with or promote what that team is doing.

Please note that we are not talking about the ‘reddit’ server, they are not publicly soliciting donations. We have no issue at all with anyone else setting up their own server (we would in fact welcome it - ours are getting a little busy!), as long as they are behave responsibly.

The Homecoming servers are currently being funded by a few private individuals, and until we are comfortable about opening up for public donations it will stay that way. From here on out, any discussion relating to any server that is publicly soliciting donations is explicitly not permitted on our forum or our Discord.

Homecoming Discord Server
We’re finally getting around to setting up our own Discord server. While we really did not want to cause any further divides in the community, we need to ensure the Discord server we are operating out of will never be associated with the activity described above.

Here’s the link to join the City of Heroes: Homecoming Discord server: https://discord.gg/X4fWUDV

New Shards!
Speaking of everlasting.... Today we’re going to be launching two more shards: Indomitable and Everlasting. We’re also bringing two more mapservers online, for a total of 7, which will be shared between all 4 shards. After testing various setups, we’ve landed on a cap of 2,000 players per shard, so we can currently support a total of 8,000 concurrent players.

Regarding server transfers: We’re aware this is something people would like, but we don’t have the capability for such a process right now. There are many more things higher on our priority list right now!

Double XP
In order to help balance the load between the shards, we’re going to be disabling double XP on Torchbearer and Excelsior tomorrow (edit: made a mistake here, previously it said tonight) (no specific time right now). Indomitable and Everlasting will have double XP enabled for around 72 hours from the time of this post (we’ll be turning it off on Wednesday).

Queues
As you’re all aware, we enabled a queueing system on our servers last night. This was in response to an overwhelming demand to play the game - the servers simply could not stay online and support the amount of people trying to play. For reference, we had over 3x the number of people trying to play than Bree had last weekend.

Because of that wee had to make a call to enable the queue - I know this has been frustrating for many of you, but it was simply a choice between this or nobody being able to play due to constant server problems.

However, with the two new shards we hopefully shouldn’t be seeing any more excessive queues, and outside of the weekend rush there shouldn’t be any queues at all!

Reconnecting
We released a small update this morning which should allow you to skip the queue if you disconnected in the last 10 minutes. This will allow you to get back into the game in the event of a crash, internet outage, or unfortunate mapserver encounter without having to go through another long wait.

This feature is still very much experimental, so there’s no guarantee it’ll work under all circumstances - please let us know how it works (or doesn’t work) for you!

15h Anniversary Badge
The 15th Anniversary badge (Excelsior!)  should start automatically awarding to any character that logs in starting on May 1st, and continue being awarded until the end of May. Some people may get it before then - if you don’t, please be patient. It’s coming!



More Shards?
Many people have been in touch asking if they can help support us with their hardware or resources. So far we’ve said no, but we’re reaching the limit of what we’re able to afford on our own. As such, we are now opening the doors for this kind of discussion. If you’re interested, and if you have or are able to acquire the following, please do get in touch!
  • A modern (2014 and newer) processor with at least 64 cores
  • 96GB of available memory
  • A stable connection capable of a sustained load of approximately ...
Stats
And of course, the obligatory stat roll! The following stats have been added up from both the Torchbearer and Excelsior shards.

So far this weekend, we’ve nearly doubled the amount of characters in the game. Experience and Influence has increased at an astonishing 226 million per hour over the past 48 hours.
  • Over 86,000 characters have been created
  • A total of 11,580,007,259 (that’s 11 billion) experience has been earned
  • Characters are currently holding 13,065,748,305 influence
Archetype popularity has remained consistent throughout this weekend and no changes in trends were observed. Brutes, Masterminds, and Blasters are still Dominating the competition, while the Arachnos and Kheldians still falling behind.
  • 11,323 Brutes
  • 10,815 Masterminds
  • 10,785 Blasters
  • 9,466 Scrappers
  • 7,855 Controllers
  • 6,914 Tankers
  • 5,963 Defenders
  • 5,224 Corruptors
  • 4,419 Sentinels
  • 3,918 Dominators
  • 2,982 Stalkers
  • 1,446 Peacebringers
  • 1,328 Arachnos Soldiers
  • 1,304 Warshades
  • 985 Arachnos Widows
Go. Hunt. Kill Skuls.

- The Homecoming Team
« Last Edit: April 29, 2019, 11:39:20 am by GM Jimmy »

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Re: Homecoming Server Update (April 28th): Indomitable & Everlasting!
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2019, 05:43:44 pm »
no other servers allowed, green frog bad *npc face*

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Re: Homecoming Server Update (April 28th): Indomitable & Everlasting!
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2019, 05:44:47 pm »
 86,000 characters???


Damn, that's a lot of costumes!!
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Re: Homecoming Server Update (April 28th): Indomitable & Everlasting!
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2019, 05:46:34 pm »
Hey folks,

It’s been a pretty wild weekend so far! Yesterday we had over 8,000 people trying to play the game at once. I say trying, because, well, many of you were stuck in an everlasting queue.

The ‘/coxg/’ Server & Donations
Before I go on, we need to make one thing clear: We are in no way associated with the other server that is publicly asking for donations (for a server that isn’t even online). This is incredibly dangerous, selfish, and reckless behaviour, and has a very good chance of getting not only their operation shut down, but ours as well. If you want to be able to continue playing this game, please do not engage with or promote what that team is doing.

Telling people not to "engage" with other teams comes off as is if you are actively attempting to stop other private servers progress.

You also failed to detail the differences of why publicly funding a free shard is dangerous or selfish, but privately funding one is not.

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Re: Homecoming Server Update (April 28th): Indomitable & Everlasting!
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2019, 05:46:44 pm »
Thank you guys for all the hard work you put into this project. Seeing this game again after all these years is such a nostalgia trip. You've made a lot of people very happy!

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Re: Homecoming Server Update (April 28th): Indomitable & Everlasting!
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2019, 05:48:16 pm »
Would love to get on and play, but all the servers are grayed out.

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Re: Homecoming Server Update (April 28th): Indomitable & Everlasting!
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2019, 05:49:19 pm »
Really appreciate all the time, energy, money and resources going into this endeavour!

Should we, as players, be migrating to new Shards? Up til now I've just been remaking my characters on new Shards (Excelsior) but I don't want to keep restarting toons lol

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Re: Homecoming Server Update (April 28th): Indomitable & Everlasting!
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2019, 05:50:24 pm »
I hate to be the Debbie Downer here... but seriously?  Can you turn on Double INF as well as XP?  Because seriously, Double XP is basically a hindrance without Double INF too.  It makes getting the necessary enhancements to be able to do things at your level MUCH harder when you have Double XP - especially in a New Chars environment like this!

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Re: Homecoming Server Update (April 28th): Indomitable & Everlasting!
« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2019, 05:50:39 pm »
Hey folks,

It’s been a pretty wild weekend so far! Yesterday we had over 8,000 people trying to play the game at once. I say trying, because, well, many of you were stuck in an everlasting queue.

The ‘/coxg/’ Server & Donations
Before I go on, we need to make one thing clear: We are in no way associated with the other server that is publicly asking for donations (for a server that isn’t even online). This is incredibly dangerous, selfish, and reckless behaviour, and has a very good chance of getting not only their operation shut down, but ours as well. If you want to be able to continue playing this game, please do not engage with or promote what that team is doing.

Telling people not to "engage" with other teams comes off as is if you are actively attempting to stop other private servers progress.

You also failed to detail the differences of why publicly funding a free shard is dangerous or selfish, but privately funding one is not.

Basically: Give me your money for this thing I can't prove I have. I promise I'll give you the thing.

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Re: Homecoming Server Update (April 28th): Indomitable & Everlasting!
« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2019, 05:51:34 pm »
Hey folks,

It’s been a pretty wild weekend so far! Yesterday we had over 8,000 people trying to play the game at once. I say trying, because, well, many of you were stuck in an everlasting queue.

The ‘/coxg/’ Server & Donations
Before I go on, we need to make one thing clear: We are in no way associated with the other server that is publicly asking for donations (for a server that isn’t even online). This is incredibly dangerous, selfish, and reckless behaviour, and has a very good chance of getting not only their operation shut down, but ours as well. If you want to be able to continue playing this game, please do not engage with or promote what that team is doing.

Telling people not to "engage" with other teams comes off as is if you are actively attempting to stop other private servers progress.

You also failed to detail the differences of why publicly funding a free shard is dangerous or selfish, but privately funding one is not.

I'm willing to be that if NC Soft think people are making money off the servers, they have a much bigger reason to sue and shut everything down.  Distancing themselves from people asking for money is a good way to protect themselves from legal action if the other guys get a lawsuit.

Banning mention of it on this forum and the Discord channel puts distance between the two groups, too.  If you want to donate to the other guys, go for it, but what I'm reading here is that if you do, you shouldn't talk about it here. ;)
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Re: Homecoming Server Update (April 28th): Indomitable & Everlasting!
« Reply #10 on: April 28, 2019, 05:54:21 pm »
If you want to be able to continue playing this game, please do not engage with or promote what that team is doing.

I am not picking a side, but I don't understand what's wrong with the /coxg/ server specifically, if you have the additional 'reddit' servers why does it matter if there is another server being hosted by the 4chan community? From what I understand they are launching their server off the ground and have no funding, so they turned to their own community who (I assume) actively wants a /coxg/ server rather than yours, what's wrong with that?

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Re: Homecoming Server Update (April 28th): Indomitable & Everlasting!
« Reply #11 on: April 28, 2019, 05:57:19 pm »
Wouldn't it provide more of an incentive to swap to the new Shards if instead of hurting those that are on the original 2 and have been with you since the beginning sticking it out through all of the restarts and bugs just trying to level, and instead of disabling the Double XP that you said would be on until Monday at Midnight and just provide ttriple or quad xp on the new servers. I would swap for that but as it stands even with double xp it would take too long to get back to where I am now on Torchbearer.

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Re: Homecoming Server Update (April 28th): Indomitable & Everlasting!
« Reply #12 on: April 28, 2019, 05:57:54 pm »
Interesting

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Re: Homecoming Server Update (April 28th): Indomitable & Everlasting!
« Reply #13 on: April 28, 2019, 05:58:19 pm »
If you want to be able to continue playing this game, please do not engage with or promote what that team is doing.

I am not picking a side, but I don't understand what's wrong with the /coxg/ server specifically, if you have the additional 'reddit' servers why does it matter if there is another server being hosted by the 4chan community? From what I understand they are launching their server off the ground and have no funding, so they turned to their own community who (I assume) actively wants a /coxg/ server rather than yours, what's wrong with that?
The issue is publicly soliciting funding. It's going to get everyone into hot water. Other servers doing that could bring legal trouble down on everyone.

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Re: Homecoming Server Update (April 28th): Indomitable & Everlasting!
« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2019, 06:03:54 pm »
>calls out a potential server for "publicly" soliciting funding in their own community
>proceeds to solicit funding in their own community

I get it, I do, but don't do the same thing you're complaining of others doing if its so bad.