Zone Experience Bonus Change

- Starting next patch, the total amount of experience required to reset zone penalties will be slashed by ~1/3. Happy hunting!

Also, a third raid encounter within the Temple of Elael goes live next patch.

  13 Dec 2013 - Slaariel


Pariah Augmentation Quest

The quest for those who are not sworn to any gods (Pariahs) have had their augmentation quest added to the game!

Can thank GM-Nowaij for this one!

  22 Nov 2013 - Woldaff


Patch Notes 11/20/2013

Thanks to Haynar, we now have 1925 spell descriptions. Look for the new descriptions on items or by Alt clicking on a spell gem.

Bug fixes:
In a whirlwind of debugging, I've found and fixed two nasty bugs as well as optimized some code. The first is mostly applicable only to newer content which uses the custom AE mechanics.

  • Fights with custom AEs will perform considerably better and should no longer cause zones to freeze for seconds at a time.
  • Fights with random NPC teleportation will no longer potentially cause the zone to permanently hang until manually rebooted. Additionally, the code for this has been optimized significantly.
  • Both Blazewind and Custodian's scripts have been streamlined a bit to reduce the number of packets being sent to clients which should alleviate some lag.

  20 Nov 2013 - Jumbers


Patch Notes November 11, 2013

HALLOWEEN HAS ENDED!

This patch most includes dev-side changes (new items, NPCs, mechanics, and so forth).

Here are some changes that were apparently not announced loud enough last patch:

- SOME low-level loot has been added and moved around. Some items were moved FROM some zones (for instance, Cesspits) TO some other zones (for instance Oggok Mines, Shrouded Isle, and Warrens) coinciding with the debut of several new low-level targets for new adventurers. Happy hunting!

- Spells that were erroneously using Environmental Effects as spell particles have been fixed! So if you have been playing with Environmental Effects off to stop the visual spam from these spells, you may now turn all the campfires in the world back on without fear.

  07 Nov 2013 - Slaariel


Amnest_

Whenever someone picks a particularly terrible last name, or picks a bad last name multiple times in a row, the staff of SoD routinely replaces their last name with an underscore to prevent them from picking another last name.

Every few years we wipe all underscores and give anyone who has received an underscore the opportunity to pick a new last name. Today is that day! If you have been underscored in the past, feel free to log in and pick a new (and not horrible) last name.

  04 Nov 2013 - Woldaff


Feeling the post Account Drive blues?

Join us this Monday, November 4th at 8pm EST (don't forget to set your clocks back in the U.S.) for some GM Events! This is in honor of the 10.5 year anniversary of Shards of Dalaya's earliest recorded raid on May 04, 2003. Anticipated events include Dice of Misfortune and Amnest_, possibly more!

  31 Oct 2013 - Olive


Patch Notes 10/22 - 10/29

The patch on the 22 was partially reverted due to a bug with pets. All these changes are now live:
-Some Enchanter Spells now have new SoD related lore names, but the effects remain unchanged
-Swarm Pets have gotten a cosmetic overhaul with our first global scripts!
-Young Mammoth Pelts are dropping again
-The Void Worm has had minor damage output tweaks
-The quest to open The Temple of Elael has been adjusted and should no longer require 200 farmed items.
-The proc on Rat-Claw has been changed back to Envenomed Bolt by bewildering popular demand.

  31 Oct 2013 - Olive


EQMac Closing

The last day, there has been a bit of a confusing bump of people asking about playing SoD on a mac via Wine and Crossover. Unfortunately, I recently found out that it stems from the closure of EQMac. From a community that knows what it is like to pour yourself into a game community and character - we are sorry for the closure.

We would like to extend a hand of welcome to any of the EQMac community who might wish to try out Shards of Dalaya. We are in the midst of an account drive bonus week, which means that experience is doubled, groups are easier to find and more staff and GM events are happening. Because of the closure, we are going to extend this exp bonus by four days. Also, on the eve of the actual EQMac server closure, we shall be running another bonus week specifically to welcome in anyone who moves over.

Finally, be sure to include "EQMac - YourCharacter" as your reference in your account creation window. We hope to have a bit of a surprise lined up for refugees, and this should let us keep track of who is who. If you already have an account, feel free to shoot us an email (woldaff@shardsofdalaya.com) and we will manually flag your account as coming from the closure.

You can find the starting guide here: http://wiki.shardsofdalaya.com/index.php/Starting_Guide. Also, we have people standing by live in IRC willing to help walk you through installation or answer questions about the game here: https://shardsofdalaya.com/cgi-bin/irc.cgi.

  19 Oct 2013 - Woldaff


Patch notes October 1st

-This year's Halloween Event is now live!
-The Block skill mod now affects shield Block
-Riposte procs will now affect the primary target only
-Horok proc will now stack properly
-The Althuna quest aug event may now be attended by Althuna sworn characters
-New fame reward swarm pets are live!
-New scores on the Leader Board!

  02 Oct 2013 - Olive


Server Q&A and Patch Notes

For the first time in over 6 years, we're doing a question night tomorrow, Friday September 27th at 8:00PM EDT. We'll be taking about the lore of the world, long term plans, as well as general questions about the server as a whole. It will be both a fun and informative night!

For those of you who won't be able to be on during the Q&A, you can submit your questions in advance to the following temporary email: qa@shardsofdalaya.com After the night has concluded, we will be posting the full transcript on the forums.

Patch Notes Sept 26th:
-The name filter for character creation has been totally redone. A lot of poor automatic filtering was removed. The naming policy remains the same and can be found here.
-Exp bonuses for zones should now reset properly.
-Spells from the last patch should now be on the patcher for people to download.
-There was a bug in the resetting of new area exp bonuses. They have not been resetting properly for the last two weeks or so. This has been fixed, and bonus resets should again be working properly.

-Weapons no longer proc on a successful riposte. Our rational is below:

Procs on ripostes put huge restrictions on the kind of procs we can put on items. This is the exact reason why live ended up taking them out too, by the way. Every time we make an item, we have to say to ourselves "sure this proc is fine when the guy is meleeing, but can he pull a bajillion mobs and become invincible?" That is a problem, and leads to less fun items being made. And there have been multiple examples of this being a problem with lifetap, AE and stun procs in the past.

So what does this change mean? More interesting and powerful procs in more situations in the long run.

We added a flat aggo bonus on riposte to compensate warriors for the loss of procs (since that class depends heavily on procs for hate.) We are also going to be parsing the (albeit marginal) loss of DPS this has caused, and will be raising proc rates across the board on all items to compensate. If there are specific weapons that were balanced around proc ripostes (which reems unrealistic, but hey) we will happily lower their delay or change them as needed by next patch if they are brought up in the balancing discussion thread on the forums.

  26 Sep 2013 - Jumbers


Account Drive and Patch Notes

It is that time of year where the community of Shards of Dalaya reaches out and invites new players to give our game a try! For current players, you can find out how to participate in the drive here.

For new players, Welcome! Please feel free to check out the webpage and see what we are all about. You can also find a great installation and starting guide on our Wiki here and a collection of starting city guides here.

So be sure to check out the post about our upcoming festivities and bonus period, and enjoy the festivities!

Patch Notes September 23, 2013
-Somatic Bond will now stack with other proc buffs.
-Blood Ritual self-damage will only fire once on AE spells (ha ha).
-Halfling swarm pet damage increased.
-Non-halfling swarm pets released in the near future.

  24 Sep 2013 - Slaariel


Upcoming Server Question Night

For the first time in over 6 years, we're doing a question night on Friday September 27th at 8:00PM EDT. We'll be taking about the lore of the world, long term plans, as well as general questions about the server as a whole. It will be both a fun and informative night!

For those of you who won't be able to be on during the Q&A, you can submit your questions in advance to the following temporary email: qa@shardsofdalaya.com After the night has concluded, we will be posting the full transcript on the forums.

  23 Sep 2013 - Jumbers


ACCOUNT DRIVE 2013!

It is that time of year where the community of Shards of Dalaya reaches out and invites new players to give our game a try! For current players, you can find out how to participate in the drive here.

For new players, Welcome! Please feel free to check out the webpage and see what we are all about. You can also find a great installation and starting guide on our Wiki here and a collection of starting city guides here.

So be sure to check out the post about our upcoming festivities and bonus period, and enjoy the festivities!

  20 Sep 2013 - Woldaff


Here are the Leaderboards

Congratulations! You've got the HIGH SCORE in Dalaya!

HOORAY!

Boards will be added and rotate eventually over time. Some boards are initially populated, others will populate when players take action (kill Traekoth to get on the Adepts board, for instance).

Y O U W I N ! !

  07 Sep 2013 - Slaariel


Patch Notes September 1, 2013

- A huge memory leak every time a pet was spawned has been fixed which should dramatically reduce how often zones like Athica or Tears of Elael crash. (You're welcome)

- A new Shaman tome has been added

  02 Sep 2013 - Jumbers


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