IIIAmJohnWick reacted to Aesteris in [MUST READ] NP reduction
Today marks the start of the new year, and as such everyone in the Apex team wishes you a very happy new year!
What we'll be doing today will lay the groundwork for Apex in the future. We know it may come as a blow to you personally, but everyone is equally affected.
Here are some of the future updates we will be pushing now that this band aid has been ripped off:
1. We will be adding gear to the NP store (purchasable with NP, not LP), which'll allow you to advance your character.
2. We will be adding expanded rewards for those on the monthly ranking board (up to the top 200, subject to change), indulging more of you (and more newcomers!) in some sweet upgrades by simply playing.
3. We will be adding a weekly ranking board, which will also be used to reward a whole bunch of you with some gear.
4. We will be able to activate PK more easily by triggering NP events at certain times, to quickly (re)populate Ronark Land after events (and during downtimes).
5. We will be changing how PK rewards work; You will be able to obtain gear simply by PK'ing, with special events running to spice up what you can get, consistently, and randomly.
6. We will be able to create an environment that allows us to provide you with more competition and activity throughout the whole day by giving more incentive to keep the nation's balanced.
7. We might even dabble with seasons and seasonal tournaments now that the monthly ranking will actually be that, a monthly ranking, rather than a "who's bought their medals the latest" ranking.
These updates won't come all at once, and some will come later than others, but we hope this will give you a clear view of where we want to take Apex, and we hope it gives you something to look forward to in 2019!
For those unaware, what we've done is the following:
1. Reduced everyone's national points by 90%
2. Reduced everyone's donated national points by 90%
3. Reduced the requirements for clans to advance grades
4. Reduced the cost for capes (except for the new Castellan capes)
5. Remove the medal merchants in Moradon, El Morad Castle, and Luferson Castle
NOTE: Previously purchased medals will NOT be removed, you are free to keep them, or exchange them, as you wish.
The Apex team
IIIAmJohnWick reacted to twostars in Patch notes (31/12/2018)
[Hotfix] Dark Knight Crossbows once again always trigger their root on a successful proc. Previously the official behaviour was to stun (i.e. complete loss of control with no counter), so we temporarily mitigated it by not guaranteeing the stun. As the official behaviour (and thus, ours) changed to simply root (i.e. partial loss of control with counters), there's no need for this nerf to still exist - so it will now once again always root on proc. [Hotfix] Enabled HP scaling on the Christmas event Snowmen & its Star boss. This should mean they take longer to kill which allows other players to get a chance to get credited. We're aware that players are using Smoke screen to try to prevent players from tagging things to credit, which this should help mitigate. Remember, you can easily get credit by attacking or healing a player who's tagged it. Consumable items (e.g. Undying scroll, etc.) will now correctly be repurchased with the charges they had on deletion. The Undying scroll used for the Christmas event no longer targets party members. Clan Nation Transfers have been disabled for, at least, the foreseeable future. We're currently looking into an alternative way of dealing with PK balance, but for right now the clan transfers are heavily abused for the Christmas event so it'll be disabled until we implement a better solution. Please note that you can still use the individual Nation Transfer feature, available via the Power-Up Store.
IIIAmJohnWick reacted to Aesteris in  Christmas Event
It's the holiday season again, and as such we've prepared a little something for you!
You'll find that you're now getting snowballs for PvP kills (and assists) in Ronark Land.
You can throw these snowballs at your friends (or enemies), but they are the only effective ammunition against the increasingly tough snowmen that spawn in Ronark Land bowl every now and again!
Have you thrown your (snow)balls at these (snow)men?
If you have, you'll be rewarded a Christmas Chest for doing so!
These chests contain a bunch of things - which we're sure you're all wanting to get your hands on! We won't spoil it just yet, but I'm sure the news will spread like wildfire as to what these chests contain once the first few have been opened
After a few waves of the increasingly strong snowmen, the final boss can be attacked by any skill, so anyone can join in on the fun.
We hope you guys will enjoy the 2018 Christmas event!
~the Apex team
IIIAmJohnWick reacted to Aesteris in 3 year anniversary
First and foremost - congratulations are in order for everyone! We are breaking a record every day now as the server that's lasted the longest, and we couldn't have done it without our loyal community of Apexians. We are deeply humbled by the amount of support you guys have shown us through the years, despite some of the bad decisions made by us.
So, congratulations, and thank you to everyone that's ever set foot in this place during the past 3 years!
As this is cause for celebration, from now until January 11th the following items will be on sale:
- Switching Premium (1619 -> 1149)
- VIP vault key (449 -> 299)
- Name Change Scroll (799 -> 399)
- Gender Change (349 -> 249)
- Offline merchant (249 -> 169)
Alongside this, the following items have been PERMANENTLY reduced in price:
- 2000 HP scroll (59 -> 9)
- 350 AC scroll (59 -> 9)
- Scroll of Lion Strength (39 -> 9)
- Scroll of teleport friend (35 -> 9)
As I'm sure everyone is aware, the holiday season is upon us, and fret not - Apex will be festive soon too, as we'll be releasing our Christmas Event tomorrow!
Prepare yourselves for some great fun and even greater rewards - everyone can join in on the fun; We promise!
Finally, I'd like to take this opportunity to talk about the future for Apex. We have a big rejuvenation planned for the server - changing some of the fundamental mechanics for obtaining gear, addressing current pain points, making it easier for newcomers to join in on the fun (w/o increasing starter gear!), more alternatives with regards to progression, and more things to do.
In preparation for this rejuvenation, we'll be performing a pretty big change on January 1 2019. We'll be reducing everyone's national points by over 90% (specific amount is TBD), and outright remove the current national point event. On top of this, we'll be resetting everyone's Monthly National Points, remove the medal merchants, and give clan funds the same treatment. After this has been performed, the national point event will no longer be ran continuously (it can be an ACTUAL event again, yay!). So, to compensate for the reduced influx of National Points, we'll also be lowering the requirements for clans to advance grades and tweak certain cape prices.
These changes will be complemented by the additional changes coming later in the first quarter of 2019, with the long anticipated PK expansion!
We wish everyone a great end of the year, and a happy 2019!
And for those who celebrate Christmas, we also wish you a Merry Christmas!
~the Apex team
P.S. Our staff will also be enjoying the holiday season with their loved ones, and thus it may take longer to tend to your PMs / support requests
IIIAmJohnWick reacted to twostars in Patch notes (06/12/2018)
Weekly quests should now expire correctly when logging in after the scheduled reset time. Improved database & website (forums, panel, store, etc.) performance. This consequently affects game access; throughout certain times players were unable to login while the system was backlogged with (slow) requests. This should no longer occur. Please let us know if anything doesn't work correctly with any of the websites. While we're looking at these issues, next up on my list is to swap the forums over to using an SSL certificate. The reason we don't currently is purely because of complications with the shoutbox, which is only used for staff updates now so it should be less of a concern what happens with it.
IIIAmJohnWick reacted to Wintrading in ScreenShot Movie -- IAmJohnWick Sold ! Goodbye Apexko/ApexGaming <3
Good person aswell friends with almost everyone in server. U were good for apexko and aswell the players u mentioned in ur video or, Elior, Chris , Melody
IIIAmJohnWick got a reaction from HesperiousSRB in ScreenShot Movie -- IAmJohnWick Sold ! Goodbye Apexko/ApexGaming <3
It's been a long time. I've spent many glorious years here and made many amazing friends and memories. Much love back to the KO community. Here's some moment's I would like to share ❤️
Best of luck to all in real life. ❤️ Until next time.......
Maybe we meet again........ in server restart ^^
@[email protected], you both did phenomenal work and I congratulate you on promoting the longest lasting private server thus far. I wish you many more years of success with this server and hope the community continues to grow!
IIIAmJohnWick reacted to Vivaldi in Character Sealing - a.k.a. Cypher Ring
in this tutorial I'll cover the use of "Character Seal Scroll". This scroll is an item that you can get at our Power Up Store and is used to select one of your characters to be put inside a "Cypher Ring". With this done you'll be able to move, trade or merchant your character as you wish.
In order to use it you'll have to go through these basic steps:
1) Acquire the scroll that is located at the Power Up Store, on the 4th page of the "Power-up" tab or simply type its name on the search box to quickly access it.
2) After purchasing the scroll and receiving the letter containing it, go to an Inn Hostess and select the option "Character Seal / Cancel"
3) The following window will then pop-up. Click "Seal" to start the process of sealing the character you want. Note that you can not seal the character you are currently online, only the side ones!
4) Put your Character Seal Scroll in the designated spot and hit "ok".
5) The following window will pop-up. In this window you will choose which of your side characters you'll want to seal. After selecting your desired option click "Confirm" and then enter your seal code (same one you use to normally seal items) and press "Confirm".
6) The character you opted to seal will be now inside a new item called "Cypher Ring". If you right click it it will show what is inside it. The whole description of the character inside including the contents of its inventory as displayed below:
Your character is now successfully sealed.
7) To unseal it just follow step "3" again but pressing "Unseal" instead.
That's all there is to it. A very simple process.
IIIAmJohnWick reacted to Aesteris in [Announcement] Castle Siege War timing (2 December onwards)
We'll be trialing a different timing for Castle Siege War than usual in an attempt to accommodate more players to attend (and ultimately, increase the enjoyability!)
The time we're looking at is 14:00 Amsterdam time (16:00 Turkey, 21:00 China, 23:00 Australia, 09:00 Peru, 12:00 Brazil).
We're hopeful for a greater turnout than usual (and our analysis of you guys' playing behavior seems to indicate we'll be able to do just that!), so please make a reminder to yourselves - time for Castle Siege War on December 2nd is earlier than usual.
We can't wait to see the amazing action that'll unfold.
NOTE: Today's Castle Siege War will still be ran at the old timings
The Apex KO team
IIIAmJohnWick reacted to red123 in Post-Halloween Event Decision
I'd like to see duration pot/ undy sc/ red pot/ blue pot, ... added through PK in cz and wars with expiration, definitely not in PUS or sundries.
Krowaz +14 rev would require stronger beginner items and possibly the need for lower class items to be upgraded to +21 rev, then we'd need stronger uniques to block such AP, nah it'll suck. I think item grades are fine.
Agreed we need some more farming spots and events. I wanted to get set warrior krowaz+11 but I'm so worried that price will drop alot when/if Holly armor is back. Yet I don't know when it'll happen. Hopefully soon.
IIIAmJohnWick got a reaction from Rougean in Post-Halloween Event Decision
Given the success of the recent Halloween event with the introduction of the items such as duration pot/ undy sc/ red pot/ blue pot and the past poll with majority giving a yes to the addition of these items, what is the current process in terms of implementing these items in-game for the general player base?
Furthermore, a good addition to boost this would be to create more incentive in-game for players such as re-introducing farming with a spark such as Bifrost. I understand a lot of players seek to resume farming holy armor and that's okay but perhaps create a small mob or fragment of xxxx amount enable a voucher for players to try out dragon weapons. From here, potentially creating more venue to change anvil rates for krowaz weapons to 14 REB perhaps (just a thought, not necessarily encouraging this).
Sincerely thank you for all your hard work and consideration, the Halloween event was amazing and I and a lot of the players really enjoyed it.
IIIAmJohnWick reacted to twostars in Scheduled maintenance notice (15/11/2018)
Due to issues with our disk drives (which are lately unnecessarily contributing to lag issues), our provider will be swapping out one of our (poorly performing) drives with an SSD.
This means they will be:
1. Taking the server offline.
2. Moving existing important data off a RAID array (which may cause data loss, so we need to ensure all of data is backed up & accessible in the event this happens).
3. Installing a new SSD.
4. Installing the operating system onto the SSD.
Which means that due to the awkwardness with moving the data off the RAID array, we'll need shutdown the server some time before they get started and sync raw data backups (our regular backups may take longer to restore), which may take some time.
As such, we will be taking the server down for maintenance at roughly 6:00-7:00AM server time (UTC+2), which is 5:00AM-6:00AM Amsterdam/EU-west time.
This should give us sufficient time to ensure that all of the data is backed up in time before they begin.
They should begin roughly 3 hours later, at 9:00AM server time (UTC+2). I don't have an ETA on how long they will be.
Once they're done, it's just a matter of transferring our data back (a little longer if we have to restore it), installing a couple of things (couple of minutes, tops), copying over our config & firewall settings, tweaking paths to the new locations, updating the OS (who knows how long that takes!) and (give or take some other trivial things) we'll be done on our end and can start the server back up (provided all went well).
So the server should go down at roughly: 6:00~7:00 AM server time (UTC+2) (EDIT: issues became more severe, so we're taking it down at 4:00 AM server time instead)
It will continue to be down until AT LEAST 10:00 AM server time (UTC+2).
It will likely be down for maybe 4-5 hours (EDIT: as we had to take it down earlier, 7-8 hours).
We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.
PS: Once this maintenance is over, I will be able to look at fixing forum/website performance, as lately it's been pretty obnoxious.
IIIAmJohnWick reacted to twostars in Patch notes (12/11/2018)
Fixed a bug causing offline merchants to occasionally not start. Guard Towers (and any other immovable spawns) can no longer be baited into focusing players out of range of their attacks. AoE skills are now affected by range buffs. This fixes the Warrior master 23 skill "inevitable muderus". Fixed a visual glitch with Kurian's "Pull" ability. It should no longer visually snap monster/NPC targets back. This may fix the issue experienced with Juraid monsters glitching out, but I'm not 100% certain on that yet.
IIIAmJohnWick reacted to twostars in Event end to fast
It definitely has things to improve upon. It making the bowl inaccessible to players due to client lag when loading in nearby spawns is kind've a big one.
Beyond that, issues with wasted space due to event items (which I need to find a way of moving directly into quest tracking somehow), etc are all things that hurt the fun aspect more than it's worth keeping it around IMO.
Not to worry though, we'll be looking at these issues and improving on them for the upcoming Christmas event. :-)
IIIAmJohnWick reacted to twostars in Patch notes (10/11/2018)
Halloween event has now been disabled. Thanks for participating. The bowl should be a lot less laggy again. Fixed a bug with King notices. These will now correctly show the notice instead of the "Nation introduction" prompt (for setting the King messages on the login screen). [Update] Halloween event quests & items received via exchange are now automatically removed upon login.
IIIAmJohnWick reacted to twostars in PSA: Duplicate votes don't count in elections
This should be obvious, but we've received PMs from people who claim that they should have won, and the actual winners "must have cheated".
Actually, they won (over you) because you and a friend created many accounts & characters to vote for yourself, and not a single one of these votes counted in the final tally. So they had more legitimate, unique votes.
So y'know, don't do that. And especially don't come complain to us when it doesn't work out for you.
That is all.