Before we dive into the topics for today, a quick update on some upcoming developments:
Homecoming Launcher: We're just in the process of acquiring a signing certificate which we want to have in place before we open up for public testing. This is currently in the hands of our lawyers, but we're hoping to get it all sorted soon.
Page 6: Still needs a little bit more time. It's turning out to be very big, and we're wanting to get as many of the features ready to go at once in order to maximize our testing potential.
And in case you missed it, @Cipher posted a deep dive into our infrastructure and finances here earlier in the week.
🎃 Halloween Event - Starting October 6th! 🎃
It's that time of year again - Halloween is almost here! The event will be switched on during maintenance on Tuesday, October 6th and will last four weeks, ending during maintenance on Tuesday, November 3rd. Here's what you can expect:
Trick or Treating has been enabled in all city zones (note: you need to be in a zone that matches your level in order to trick-or-treat), along with the Whispered Rumor tip mission.
Dr. Kane’s House of Horror is available in the Holiday tab of the LFG window.
Both the Zombie Apocalypse and the Deadly Apocalypse are upon us!
The Halloween vendors (Malkiel Ivesse in Atlas Park, Annah in Croatoa, Granny Beldam in Nerva Archipelago, Acantha in Imperial City) have stocked up with goodies to trade for your salvage.
Atlas Park has received a seasonal makeover.
Based on your feedback from last year, Eternal Night will work slightly differently this time around and will only be active for the first and last weeks of the event (October 6th - October 13th, October 27th - November 3rd). The normal day/night cycle will be restored for the interim period.
Player Events: Request a GM
We've frequently seen players ask if GMs can come and help out with their events, so there's now a way to do just that! Head over to the Request a GM form to see the details and submit a request.
Please note that there are a few caveats:
We cannot guarantee a GM will be available at the time you are holding your event
GMs will not do anything that will create an unfair advantage (such as spawning enemies to kill), we're just there to help the events run (which can include things such as changing the time of day, using special character models, or moving players around)
New Dev Choice Arcs in Architect Entertainment
We’ve recently highlighted two more Dev Choice arcs in Architect Entertainment:
Help out Turndown Girl! (Arc ID 25717) by @thunderforce: “Azuria has become aware of the plight of Turndown Girl, endlessly rejecting Desperate Guy. Help her resolve the situation...while occasionally breaking the fourth wall and punching Fifth Column.”
The Paper Mirror (Arc ID 28570) by @12twelveletter: "You're always picking up clues and souvenirs that remind you of past adventures. One such souvenir, a book, details an adventure, before you've even had it!“
Check out GM Arcanum's post for the full details, as well as information about submitting your own arcs for consideration.
There's several other contests and events going on over the next month:
October 9th: 3v3 Tournament, Pocket D, Indomitable, 9pm EDT (sign up required, see thread for details)
October 10th: Food & Drink Costume Contest, Kallisti Wharf, all 5 shards, 9pm UTC
October 24th: Traditional Halloween Costume Contest, Kallisti Wharf, all 5 shards, 9pm UTC
All month: Homecoming Base Contest, submission deadline is October 31st
There's plenty of prizes to be won from all of the above! And don't forget to vote on your favourite costume from the winners of the 5 Origin costume contests.