October and September Updates!

01 Oct 2013

It is now October! We recently had some updates that require a new patch so make sure to download it from our connect page. We have seen some great changes lately including new Event Modes, the implementation of Bound items, and a lot of new stuff that helps new players. There is still lots to come in regards to new players too.









Highlights: Event Modes, Bound Items, New player Improvements, Anon PvP Mode




- We have a new patch due some of the updates today, please download it at www.L2Equanimity.com then click Connect, a link will be on that page.

- We have added new versions of existing items called Bound items, for example Bound Life Stones and Bound Giants Codexes. They are the same as the normal version in all ways except for that they can not be traded, that may not sound that great, but it actually quite helpful. In this way we can be more rewarding in some aspects of the game, and not have to worry about exploitation. For example, we are limited on the amount of prizes we can give someone for doing our custom instances because they could essentially make a million alts and keep on doing it, now if we give extra rewards in the form of Bound items, this is not a problem another example is we can not give that big of rewards for simple achievements like getting married, cause people could just keep making alts and get married getting the rewards, but with bound items we could rewards someone better for this sort of thing and it wont be a problem cause the item will be stuck on that character. So expect some things on the server to be more rewarding soon. Please note you will not be able to see these items properly unless you download our new patch on our connect page.

- Please note Bound GC and Bound GCM will have consumption priority. This means if you enchant a skill or blessed enchant a skill your Bound items will be consumed before your normal versions.

- Some other things in the patch include fixing Resist Hold Rebirth skill description, making immortal Plateau, Northern Region be referred to as Valley of Lords for PvP Announcement reasons. Tutorial Guide book has been renamed and has been given a new icon, several other small fixes/changes. There is a little more to this patch, but that will be announced later.

- Fixed a problem with Cracked Kinship Crystal rewards from PvP, when there was a 2 way war and the enemy did not flag back, it could instead take away cracked kinship instead. Thanks dublj for reporting.

- Fixed a problem with the registration NPC for events saying %map%, rather then the map name in their window when the event has already started.

- It has come to my attention there is a problem with new players getting PKed (same level, not different level which we already have protection against). I did not think it was much of a problem until i starting logging PKs and investigating them. Due to this a small section of Frozen Waterfalls (frozen valley) is now a safe zone so some people can farm in peace if they chose, to prevent this area from being abused with raids bosses, if you drag a raid in there it will be teleported back to its spawn position.

- A new notification has been added. When a player that is less then a month old is PKed they will get a notification telling them about our Safe Farming section, ways to avoid getting PKed, and our Blessing of Protection buff that prevents players from getting PKed if their level is 3 or more from each-other.

- Event Rules and Event Modes have been added to the FaQ section.

- We are having a double GCM, GC, LS, Blessed Enchant Scroll, Enchant Scroll, drop rate weekend enjoy!

- Events can now have Modes, modes can change various aspects about events, the way events have been played up until now will be called the Default mode.

- We have added an Event Mode called Limited. Limited mode makes it where your items will only give enchant stats up to +10 (like oly). Limited mode also makes clan skills and hero skills not take effect. Limited Mode was designed to give newer players a more even playing field in events, while it should give older players more of a challenge in events too, because they wont have the effects of high gear, clan skills, hero.

- Events will be Default mode 60% of the time, while 40% of the time they will be Limited Mode. This is subject to change.

- RB Event, how its usually played, NPC buffer (full buffs), no enchant or potion restrictions etc will be considered Unlimited Mode. Unlimited mode is RB Events only mode and its currently the only event that can be in Unlimited Mode, but we may try it in other events later.

- Changed event windows some to incorporate what mode that event is in, the menus have been updated, added the current Map data to other event windows that needed it.

- Fixed a problem with several CoT mobs not counting towards the Learning the Ropes 2 Achievement, thanks for the report.

- 4 new Achievements have been added, most of them are geared towards new players/helping them out though. Type .info and click Achievements to see.

- Noblesse 1, 2, 3, and 4 Achievements prizes have been boosted.

- New player bonuses have been increased.

- We now officially accept Paysafecard as a payment option, though there are some conditions, type .donate then click Payment options for more info.

- We are currently having a double Event Prize Weekend, enjoy!

- Fixed a problem with the port to the spawn area (The area where new players spawn). Thanks 5thanniversary for reporting.

- Updated notifications for FoW to include info about PvP Anonymous mode.

- Fixed a problem with top PvP lists when you chose Evas Saint and Spectral Dancer top lists. Thanks Amywhinehouse for reporting.

- Fixed a problem with players porting away from the PvP Zone while in combat, talking to the GK was already blocked, but players would open up a window before they were in combat which allowed them to bypass that check.

- Changed it to where when you become Anonymous in our PvP Area a random number will be thrown on the back of your name as well to prevent people from all trying to have the same name (through trial and error) to trick people into thinking only one person is killing everyone.

- Added a notification to players with 0 to 10 pvps when they do get a PvP to let them know about our rewards you get through pvping.

- Added a notification for when you teleport to FoR telling players that its a group area and you can get drop bonuses based on your unique player count.

- .info and auto announcement tips have been updated.

- Now when you go to the GK and choose Field Of Whispers PvP Zone, it will say how many players are currently in that area.

- Field of Whispers Boundaries have been expanded, and more mob spawns have been added as well, to see if it helps more activity in the area.

- An option has been added to .options called Anon PvP, if enabled you will become anonymous in our PvP Zone FoW, when anonymous its similar to DM/DMS, your name is fake/keeps changing, your gender can change, no clan tag, no hero glow, your weapon glows will be random etc. Hair accessories will not show up. This is a feature we added to help encourage pvp, even among clan members or ally members, when this feature is enabled, you can attack your own clan mates, and they may not even know its you.

- Fixed an issue with item drops caused by last weeks update. All items were being distributed evenly when you pick them up in a group. This made it where you could not see who was exactly picking up what. This is now fixed, thx sopranos for reporting.

- Fixed a problem that made it where players could not port to FoW from the GK in a Castle. Thanks Dunmora for reporting.

- Resurrections in castle sieges have been revised. Resurrection scrolls still do not work, but resurrection skills will work on Attackers if their Headquarters is up. For Defenders resurrection skills will work if they have at least 1 Life Control Tower still alive.

- A new castle siege rule will be put in place after August 25ths Castle Sieges. Alternative clans that are owned by a clan that already has a castle will not be allowed to sign up for a castle siege. An alternative clan is a clan that is not serious, its ran by a Clan Leader in which case is not someones main character, their main character is in another clan. The clan must have 5 or more active players, active meaning actual main characters that are played fairly often. If a alternative clan already owns a castle while these new rules are put in effect, we will not take away their castle. Though they can never sign up again to do something like that. The final decision deciding weather or not a clan is considered an alt clan or not is up to the staff, and could be subjected to more checks then whats listed above. Given that investigating a clan to check this information can take some time, clans who try to sign anyway can get punished. In the case in which we fail to catch an alternative clan sign for a siege, and they actually obtain the castle, they will get their castle removed.

- We are having a special drop weekend! The following items are x2 drop rate for the weekend! Giants Codex, Giants Codex Mastery, Life Stones, Enchants, and Blessed Enchants.

- Fortress of Resistance (FoR), has had a change, depending on the amount of unique players in your party, there will be increased drop rates. For every unique player after a unique party of 2, 7.5% drop rate is added. So 3 players would be 7.5% extra drop rate, 4 would be 15%, 5 will be 22.5%, 6 = 30% , 7 = 37.5, 8 = 45%, and 9 = 52.5%.

- Drops such as Cracked Kinship Crystals, Kinship Crystals, and Apiga, are now separated evenly among players in a party, this is especially useful for FoR, and Raids.

- Added Bolts to the supply shop for events. Thanks ElegiaWH for reporting they were not there.

- Fixed a Siege bug, which will also make it harder for one clan/ally to take a bunch of castles. Your not supposed to be allowed to used resurrection skills in a siege zone. This was reported before, but didnt have the info to back it up.

- We are currently having an Art Contest! Players can simply draw a picture or they can use programs such as Photoshop, its your choice. Winners will get prizes such as Donation Credit and more. For more info type .contest

- There was a problem where Olympiad records for fights that resulted in a DC were not recorded for Olympiad records for viewing, this has been fixed.

- Now when there is a DC in an Olympiad fight the record for that fight will specifically say "DC" in it.

- Olympiad records at the monument used to show hero records from the 1st of the month and back, it will show all their fight records based off the day the server was last restarted, so they are much more up to date.

- Implemented a notification system that can be easily be applied to many things to help inform players about important information, when they are doing something that is related to that particular notification. Our first notification implementation is the following: When you port to FoW you will be notified in a pop up window of that areas features such as its 40% better drop rate, you will have to option of closing the window or "Dont show this again" button, which will make sure you wont be notified about this again.

- Added a notification for when you enchant your gear to +7 manually (with out our auto safe service) You will be notified of the existence for our auto safe service. As explained above you will have the option to never be notified about this again.

- Updated the Blessed item Enchant failure system message, it was still saying your item is now +0, but here it becomes +7 upon failure.

- Donation Special Offers have been updated.

- We are currently having a Double Event Prize weekend. Enjoy!

- An Invite button has been added to a events .eventName (meaning .tvt while in tvt, or .ctp while in ctp) function for when it shows your teams party status, you can easily invite someone using the new invite button, Thanks velocity for the Suggestion. Also repositioned the window to not get in the way of the scroll bar.

- Our English only chat rule for shout/hero/trade has been abolished, atleast on a trial bases to see how it goes. The reason being is: will things be that much different then now? I doubt it, there is no realistic way to police the server in this way, people do it all the time and its only natural for a player to want to type in their native tongue. Other reasons also include players that dont know English that well automatically assume we are racist for this rule (lol) this is misunderstanding. Also other players who remind players of these rules rarely do it in a polite way, it usually comes off in a negative manner making it even worse for those players. All other chat rules still apply, even if its in a different language you cant bash the server and what not. If things dont get out of control with issues, we will keep this change, if not this will be reverted.

- Some hats from the accessory section of the GM Shop have been relocated to the Fishing and Spoil sections.

- Fixed an issue with Beleth.

- Fixed an issue with Elemental Stones/Crystals.