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Anarchy Online - Patch 18.7.0 - Major Changes
Posted by
William Ohmsford on Tuesday April 21, 2015 at 4:44 pm

Although this patch is not the anticipated Engine Upgrade it is pretty big and contains a bunch of changes which include Professional Rebalance.

From Michizure the Game Director for Anarchy Online
Michizure wrote:Patch Date: April 21, 2015
  • New Player Experience
    • New citizens of Rubi-Ka will start their journey in Arete Landing
      • Explore a new starting playfield!
      • Enjoy a new series of quests to guide new characters to the ICC HQ
      • The 30 first levels, players will get an increased amount of xp for completing missions.
      • All missions will now give players 1000 credits extra as a reward.
      • Inventory save should now be more effective for the server.
      • New characters now start out with 1 meter/second higher run speed than before.
    • ICC HQ has been overhauled
      • Added general stores to ICC
      • Moved the Jobe whompah from Borealis to ICC
      • The subway entrance is now located in ICC HQ.
      • A FC shop/Phasefront dungeon has now been added to ICC HQ. Here you will be able to see items that you can buy in the FC shop.
      • The unicorn Lander in Andromeda has been moved to ICC HQ and now has a proper door.
      • Fast-access to Temple of Three Winds/Inner Sanctum will be exclusive to ICC
      • Zyvania Bagh, Des Morck, Cody Monkie and Windcaller Karrec have moved to ICC HQ.
    • Battlestation Changes
      • Battlestations will allow you to choose which team you fight for, either Red or Blue
      • Mechs/Turrets should be unavailable in the Battlestation Decontamination room
      • Battlestation signup area now has an OFAB shop area in the duel room and this room has now been made bigger. Separate rooms for the signup terminals have been removed and the terminals have gotten a new visual appearance. The notum miner playfield now has a terminal.
      • Using a Teleporter in the battle station should lock Treatment for 10 seconds, the player will not be able to use a teleporter again for 10 seconds.
      • Using the stuck command in Battlestation should no longer make you lost in space.
      • You should no longer be able to fall through the glass floor outside the battlestation's core.
      • Glass windows have been removed from the battlestation's wings.
      • The "thumpers" have been replaced by large pillars
    • Parry/Glance Changes
      • Parry has been renamed to Deflect.
      • Deflect is a defensive stat that and not a melee special. Deflect increases the chance that incoming attacks become Glancing Hits. A Glancing Hit deals 50% damage. Glance chance is 0%->10%, between 0->3000 Deflect skill.
      • Fast Attack: Glancing hit will deal normal damage.
      • Fling Shot: Glancing hit will deal normal damage.
      • Sneak Attack: Glance is 50% damage.
      • Aimed Shot: Glance counts as a miss with 0 damage.
      • Backstab: Glance is 50% damage (on the damage calculated before applying the backstab multiplier).
      • Brawl: Glance is 50% damage.
      • Burst: Per bullet: Glance is 50% damage.
      • Dimach: Glance is 50% damage.
      • Full Auto: If a shot is glanced, all subsequent bullets will do 50% damage.
    • World Changes
      • All areas with Whom-pahs have gotten new whom-pahs.
      • Most areas on Rubi-Ka should now have their player city plots removed.
      • A huge amount of trees and objects have stopped floating... Someone must have killed the floaty leets in those areas...
      • All outdoor Jobe NPCs will no longer sell items
      • The sky is suddenly more detailed
      • One of the tower fields in Central Artery Valley should no longer be partly behind the zone border.
      • One of the tower fields in 4 Holes should no longer be on top of a cliff that melee characters cannot reach.
      • The Phasefront Vendor Area ha


Anarchy Online - Halloween 2013
Posted by
William Ohmsford on Sunday October 20, 2013 at 1:00 am

According to Genele on the Anarchy Online Public Forums
Genele wrote: Halloween
Link to AO's website announcement with pictures.

Tuesday the 22nd of October this year's Halloween celebrations begin in Anarchy Online.
We invite you to join for events, special offers and free gifts!
Our Halloween celebration lasts for two weeks, until the 5th of November.


Unclepumpkinhead returns...
We never get tired of our evil uncle and he will return to terrorize the citizens of Rubi-Ka. This year he has beaten up some Omni-Tek prison guards to steal prisoner outfits… He has also been in his basement and picked up some old school goodies.


Enigmas vs Entvines
The Enigmas still need help with defeating the Entvines. Talk to Frankenleet or Draculeet to learn the location of the Enigmas' secret hangout. This year the Entvines will drop high QL Miy back armors. Don't miss the chance to challenge your fighting capabilities and earn a t-shirt to brag about your great success.


The Itemshop

Everyone will be able to claim their very own "Signal Beacon: Lightning" which can be used to create special lightening effects for free.

Subscribers will be able to claim an Enigma social pet for free.


Special Offer

Starting today and lasting until the end of the Halloween celebration on the 5th of November we wish to offer you great deals on either becoming a Member or extending your Membership in Anarchy Online:
  • Buy three months of Membership and get an extra month for free plus the unique Halloween-themed Sky Sweeper flying broom stick and the exclusive horrifying Entvined Facemask.
  • Buy six months of Membership and get two extra months for free plus the Sky Sweeper, the Entvined Facemask and two Combat Nano Cans with Premium Experience Boost, which give you 50% more XP for four hours each!
  • Buy twelve months of membership and get four extra months for free plus the Sky Sweeper, the Entvined Facemask, two Combat Nano Cans with Premium Experience Boost and a Package with 5000 Victory Points, which can be used to get great gear and armors.

Click here to become Member now or to extend your Membership!


Server Merge - Changes at Funcom
Posted by
William Ohmsford on Sunday March 10, 2013 at 5:32 am

I'm a little late posting this since, well, the merger has already happened and a lot of the changes announced at Funcom are already starting to roll out. But...

The Anarchy Online Worlds were merged together on February 26th 2013. Marking the end of a multi-world system for Anarchy Online. The population of the game has shrunk over the years, what with expectations declining with the length of time it has taken Funcom to produce an Updated Graphics Engine which was first promised around 2004. The merger marks a change to the game with all players now logging onto the same server. As well Funcom has promised to give more character slots away instead of just allowing the 8 total currently allowed. When this will happen is up to Funcom.

As well Funcom announced an Internal restructuring of the Company. With this restructuring all games are moving under a single development team. As well the Development teams in Montreal are being moved to Raleigh-Durham North Carolina in the United States to join those from any other location. This basically makes the Montreal Studio which opened in 2008 be left with only Mobile Gaming Development. Where this leaves us is anyone's guess. 3 titles are currently live and this new Team will have to maintain all three titles, Anarchy Online, Age of Conan and The Secret World. Joel Bylos has been named the Game Director for the new merged team, he was previously the Game Director for The Secret World, and before that he was Creative Director for The Secret World and Lead Designer for Rise of the Godslayer expansion for Age of Conan.


Holiday Bash 2012
Posted by
William Ohmsford on Saturday December 15, 2012 at 2:41 am

The Advisors of Rubi-Ka have announced their Holiday Bash for 2012.

The Festivities start Saturday December 15th on the Rimor Dimension at 12:00 Noon EST and go until Noon EST on Sunday.


Something Wicked This Way Comes 2012.
Posted by
William Ohmsford on Saturday October 20, 2012 at 3:39 am

Yep that's right its Halloween time again and that means Good old Uncle Pumpkinhead will be roaming the lands of Rubi-Ka. Time to kill him and collect your phats.

Halloween Party Information:
ARK and Gridstream Productions
Date: Saturday October 27th 2012
Tme: 15:00 EDT - 23:00 EDT (that's 3pm to 11pm EDT)


Something Wicked This way comes...
Posted by
William Ohmsford on Tuesday October 25, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Its Halloween Time on Anarchy Online...

The Ghosts and Goblins of Days Past will be spending time on Rubi-Ka as well as the Infamous Uncle Pumpkinheads.

Funcom has also announced a Halloween Party for Rubi-Ka:

RIMOR: OCTOBER 29TH, 17:00 GMT TO 20:30 GMT
ATLANTEAN: OCTOBER 29TH 20:30 TO MIDNIGHT GMT

Check out the official information for the Halloween Update Here


Its Been Awhile.
Posted by
William Ohmsford on Friday July 22, 2011 at 6:46 am

Yup it has been awhile since this site's news was updated.

I had taken a break from all things AO while delving into World of Warcraft to the detriment of just about everything :P

Anyhow I started back in AO which to say the least is in a bit of a sad state. Although it continues to be updated and patched the population has fallen considerably over the years to a point that well, its pretty lacking now. Mostly I think this is due to the Graphics Update still not being in the game, although I still to this day say for the age of the Game (Anarchy Online celebrated 10 years in June of this year) it still looks rather good. Hopefully they will get that graphics update done and ingame so that some folks will come back and try it out.

Some changed I noticed since I returned....

Tradeskill Composite Nanos ... Such as A composite nano which allows you to buff all your medical skills (Treatment and First Aid for 2 of those skills), a Composite nano for Tradeskills (like Pharma Tech).

Funcom of course made AO also a Free to Play game many moons ago and that is still going on. As well as they have added an ingame store to the game which I really haven't looked at. As a paid account I don't feel the need to furnish money to Funcom in this fashion.

Anyhow figured I'd post an Update.


Free Accounts Continue again
Posted by
William Ohmsford on Wednesday June 3, 2009 at 9:12 am

Funcom has announced that the free accounts will continue through 2010. These base accounts include the Base Anarchy Online and include Notum Wars. Characters can advance to level 200 and are not limited in chat or equipment.


New Teaser of Graphics Overhaul
Posted by
William Ohmsford on Friday January 25, 2008 at 2:53 pm

Funcom released a teaser video to the Long awaited overhaul to the Graphics engine to Anarchy Online. We have a copy of it in our Movie Gallery feel free to check it out The images are just amazing.

According to Silirrion on the Official Forums the new engine is coded to allow DirectX 9 to be used which means the GPU actually seeing some action.

Sillirion Wrote: We arent developing specifically for DX10 no, it will be updated to DX9 with the options for later development down the line. The first priority is bringing it up to date in the first place. So the new engine will not require or utilise DX10 when released.

I will work on adding some captures from the video and if I find the time some captures from ingame now to show the changes between now and the new engine.


Free Accounts Continue
Posted by
William Ohmsford on Sunday January 6, 2008 at 5:23 am

Funcom Announced that the Free Play offer which started 3 years ago will continue through 2008. The program allows access to the base Anarchy Online game for free to anyone wishing to try the game. The Accounts are ad derived meaning players are subject to ingame advertisements which offset the costs of the game.

We're happy to announce that due to the steady growth and outstanding contribution of our free players to the community, we're extending the free play program for another year.
We'll also continue supporting the froob players with improved content and some nice treats throughout the year, and we'd like to thank you all for making this program a resounding success.


New Rewards/Purchase System going into AO
Posted by
William Ohmsford on Saturday August 11, 2007 at 6:40 pm

Funcom News Item

Funcom Announces: Durham, USA - June 27, 2007 - Funcom is proud to announce the introduction of a additional business model for Anarchy Online, exactly six years after the launch of the world's first sci-fi MMO. Set to launch this summer, Funcom now introduces a point-based system where players can purchase selected virtual items, as well as new content and services. The new approach comes as an addition to Anarchy Online's existing business models, and it is a current Funcom focus to only introduce items which do not affect gameplay balance.

The first virtual items to kick off the program will be the introduction of jetbikes and hover boards, giving players the chance to cruise around Rubi-Ka in an all new fashion. In addition Funcom will offer previously released scout-mechs, luxury apartments, Leet pets and various sets of social clothing. By using points the players can also get access to previous and upcoming expansion and booster packs, as well as new services like changing in-game names or moving to another server.

"Funcom has long been a pioneer on new MMO business models, and with the introduction of virtual item sales we are once again moving our game in an exciting new direction," said Trond Arne Aas, CEO of Funcom. "Selling virtual items and smaller content upgrades is now a prevalent MMO business model in Asia. This has yet to be fully explored in the west, but we believe that the time is now right to test a limited version of such a model. At the same time we remain committed to the overall evolution of the game, making sure that Anarchy Online will be a success for many years to come."

"Celebrating six years is a fantastic milestone for Anarchy Online, and we are genuinely honored to still entertain so many people," said Craig Morrison, Producer and Director on Anarchy Online. "As we now introduce a new addition to Anarchy Online we have ensured that our paying customers get certain privileges. At the same time we also want to show our commitment to taking the overall gameplay experience forward. I am therefore glad to announce that we are developing a new graphics engine for the game, replacing our entire server farm, as well as developing exciting booster packs which include new playfields and more."

The Funcom points can at first be purchased in 10 and 20 USD / EUR packages. As an example of the price a new jetbike starts as low as 3 dollars, while a complete set of bikes can be bought for about 10 dollars. Players who are paying subscribers of Anarchy Online will get a set of monthly points included in the subscription price, and longer pricing plans like 6 and 12 months gives extra points. As an added incentive Funcom will send points to the player account upon receipt of subscription dues.
For more information about the game please visit http://www.anarchy-online.com

Also, check out the Letter from the Game Director about the past present and future of Anarchy Online


Server Change Over
Posted by
William Ohmsford on Friday August 10, 2007 at 10:02 pm

The Server Change over occurred, the Servers came back up. They went back down for several hours due to some issues.

Players today reported more issues with lag and disconnects so I'm not sure its safe to play the game yet :p Historically FC takes about a week to iron out Hardware issues with their game so we'll have to see. On the brighter side there has never been a Rollback to the game in the 4+ years I've been in it so it isn't a OMG don't play we might see a rollback like it used to be in AC :p

Anyhow just an update


Funcom Announces 48 Hour Downtime
Posted by
William Ohmsford on Wednesday August 8, 2007 at 3:14 pm

As Posted by Pharamond *FC Community Manager* :

Pharamond wrote: As previously indicated in the launcher, we're bringing down the servers for hardware upgrades and for the 17.5 patch tomorrow, 7 August 2007, at 9am Oslo time. To figure out what that is in your local time, click here. We're planning for 48 hours of downtime, but will update the thread(s) should troubles occur.

The forums for Anarchy Online, Age of Conan, and Dreamfall/TLJ may also experience some sporadic downtime, and the game websites may also be affected.

The official downtime discussion thread is here: http://forums.anarchy-online.com/showth ... p?t=502930

And The Official "What Are You Doing During Downtime?" Off-Topic Discussion Party Zone is here: http://forums.anarchy-online.com/showth ... ?p=4825880


The Regs Announcement: Org Tax Lifted
Posted by
William Ohmsford on Sunday January 9, 2005 at 6:22 pm

It is my pleasure to announce that we have removed the current Org Tax. Members will not be charged for time working towards advancing themselves. However feel free to continue to donate money to the Org to help us advance.

Good hunting Folks.


Funcom Announces new Community Manager for Anarchy Online
Posted by
William Ohmsford on Wednesday December 1, 2004 at 9:31 pm

Funcom announces Silirrion will be the new Community Manager for Anarchy Online.

Funcom announces Craig Morrison as the new Community Manager for Anarchy Online. Craig comes to Funcom from the Daily Telegraph, one of the largest circulation daily broadsheet newspapers in Europe. He has also been a freelance associate editor for the online gaming website network IGN / Vaultnetwork since 2002. As well as reviews and editorial writing, Craig has been site manager for AOvault and other Vault sites.

For the Full Story Please see The AO Site News


Cz Steps down from Funcom as Community Manager
Posted by
William Ohmsford on Monday November 29, 2004 at 12:03 pm

Oh what a day its been. Today Cz the Community Manager of Funcom has announced he is leaving Funcom for other avenues.

Although he didn't comment on the other avenues it seems he plans to continue to play Anarchy Online.

A little History...

Cz started at Funcom not long after the launch of Anarchy Online which he became the Community Manager of the new game. Anarchy Online Turned 3 Years old this year. Sadly after 3 Years Cz has decided to leave Anarchy Online. I wonder what the AO forums will be like without his wit and humor :(


Anarchy Online : Alien Invasions
Posted by
William Ohmsford on Tuesday August 31, 2004 at 7:55 am

Funcom has announced Anarchy Online : Alien Invasions will launch on September 1st 2004.

Alien Invasions brings to us the World of Rubi-Ka under attack by an Alien Race. More Information can be found at The Official AI Site


Funcom introduces 4.95 USD/EUR spring campaign for Anarchy O
Posted by
William Ohmsford on Thursday April 29, 2004 at 8:37 am

Durham, USA - April 29, 2004 - New players can now download and buy the Classic Edition of Anarchy Online for just 4.95 USD/EUR. It includes an updated version of Anarchy Online as well as 30 days of included game time.

In addition to this great offer for new players, Funcom is inviting hundreds of thousands of previous players to revive existing characters during the campaign period at only 4.95 USD/EUR (regular price 14.95) for a 30 day period. The offer to previous players is open to everyone who ended the game in good standing before 1st January 2004.

With an even better value, previous players also get the chance to buy an upgrade to the Deluxe Edition of Anarchy Online with 30 days of game time included for only 14.95 USD/EUR. This is a savings of 29.95 USD/EUR. The normal pricing is 44.90 (29.95 for the upgrade and 14.95 for 30 days).

Anarchy Online - Deluxe Edition includes:
Anarchy Online (Online Game Of The Year 2001 PC Gamer US)
Anarchy Online - Notum Wars Expansion pack of the year 2002, Computer Gaming World
Anarchy Online - Shadowlands Expansion pack of the year 2003, IGN.com 11 Editor's Choice Awards, 87% review score average

The offers end on 1st of June 2004, 12:00 CET, midday European time.


The Regs Join the Council of Truth
Posted by
William Ohmsford on Monday April 26, 2004 at 7:57 am

The Council of Truth has been reinstated and The Regs have sent two representatives to ensure the Council speaks for all the Clans (us included).

William "lilwillie" Ohmsford and TwilightStar are the two representatives for the Regs on the Council.


New Chat System
Posted by
William Ohmsford on Wednesday April 14, 2004 at 1:45 am

The chat interface is receiving a major facelift in release 15.5.

Please note that once 15.5 is released only the new chat system will be available.

The New Chat System

In a nutshell, the new chat system will add support for multiple chat widows. Each window supports multiple tabs, and each tab can be configured to display one or more of the various chat channels available. It also provides for detailed logging of any chat window text and a log viewer.

At first glance you may not notice much of a difference between the old system and the new one. The new text has a smart black 'shadow' that makes it easier to read, and there is also an "i" button at the end of the chat input bar. The chat window is similar to the old, except for the aforementioned changes. In fact, the provided Default Chat Window configuration has been pre-configured to work in a similar manner to the one in use prior to release 15.5.

Important
If you need to return to the default standard settings then the following method should work for you:
1. Exit Anarchy Online, if you are logged in
2. Locate your Anarchy Online folder.
Usually it can be found here: "C:\Program Files\Funcom\Anarchy-Online"
3. Rename the Prefs folder to Prefs2
4. Restart and login to the game. Your settings will have been reset to the default ones.

Major Changes

There are a few major changes you should be aware of before going any further.

First, you will notice that in the input bar it says Vicinity which means that the vicinity chat channel is your current chat destination for that particular chat window. In order to chat in a different channel, you can press the Enter key to initiate talking and then immediately hit the Tab key to display a drop down box with the list of channels you can switch to. This drop down box is navigable with the Shift + Up / Down Arrow keys, or you can simply Left Click on it with the mouse.

You can get more information on the Changes Here