Urgent: Legends of Aria is leaving Steam

Notice from July 2022

Legends of Aria recently announced that the game is being removed from Steam, but it remains listed at this time during a grace period to allow existing users time to move to standalone accounts.

New players should avoid Steam and use the normal standalone version of the game.

Existing Steam users please see the announcement posted in the LOA Discord for details on how to migrate your account from Steam to a standalone account.

Please note that Shards of Britannia staff has no control over the Steam migration process, please direct all concerns or questions to Legends of Aria staff.

Hail citizens,

We are writing to inform you of some updates regarding project funding. Firstly, thanks to everyone that contributes or has contributed to the project’s funding. We can’t thank you enough for your continued support and passion for the project.

While many of you already contribute regularly, there is a more substantial need today, more than ever, to ensure the project's financial needs are met. As we’ve mentioned previously, it isn’t cheap to host the variety of services that make this project possible.

To thank you for your contributions and to help try to incentivize patronage, we are excited to announce that starting in October 2022, we will begin rolling out updates for new Patron Benefits

What is Patron Benefits, you ask?

Patron Benefits will offer monthly donors in-game benefits such as:

  • Extended House Decay (completed)

  • Cosmetic items like wearables & house decor (work in progress)

  • Resource Box/NPC Butler (planned feature)

  • More to come later!

Note: Patron benefits are not intended to, nor do we plan to, offer options that would provide a gameplay advantage to patrons over other players.

Patron Benefits requires a registration process, so be sure to get your registration completed as quickly as possible!

To register and read more about Patron Benefits, check out all the details on our wiki page here: https://wiki.shardsofbritannia.com/en/donations

Once again, we want to thank each of you for being here with us & we hope to continue to provide you with entertainment and new memories for years to come. We hope you enjoy the new Patron Benefits!

The Legends of Aria outage has been resolved and the Shards of Britannia server is coming online now. Thanks again for all of your patience through the unexpected downtime!

The Britain moat fishing loot has been updated and Assassins have been slowed down and their numbers lowered.

Love Shards of Britannia? Want to help keep the lights on? Your support is appreciated! Visit https://www.patreon.com/shardsofbritannia

These patch notes include:

  • Additions
  • Fixes
  • Player Vendors & Pet Brokers
  • World Changes

Known Issue: We're aware of some display issues with some of the new assets and will continue to improve them and resolve issues as they come up

Additions

  • Added a new command: /timeto that will let you see how much time is left until a time in the future, for example: /timeto 8pm will tell you how long until 8pm today, or include a date like: /timeto 10/31 to see how long until Halloween; note: this uses the UTC timezone
  • Updated the Treasure Map & SOS map window appearance to use a hand-drawn map to give it more of a cartography appearance & feel

Fixes

  • Fixed an issue with Ice Fishing not completing but still consuming an Icepick charge
  • Fixed issue with Recall spell/charge not being interrupted when becoming hidden or paralyzed mid-casting in some cases
  • Fixed a decorating issue with the Small Forge & Stone Pentagram, they no longer fly up into the air when you move them around, and they should no longer sink into the ground
  • Fixed an issue with dropping items to the ground that have collision causing intersecting mobs to be moved to a nearby location unintentionally
  • Fixed an issue with being able to drop Backpack Bound objects
  • Fixed a display issue with the Stone Stove/Oven which caused the wooden panel on it to appear textureless & solid white

Player Vendors & Pet Brokers

  • Fixed an issue with vendors in rental properties having their contents packed to a backpack that goes to the floor, now they will be packed up properly and sent to the owner's Account Vault for later retrieval
  • Pet brokers that get packed from rentals will no longer demolish causing the pets to be lost; the pets will now be properly packed into the Account Vault included in the Vendor Contents
  • Fixed an issue with player vendors Decaying stage not activating properly if they are force-ejected from a house or if the house they are in decays
  • As a reminder, vendors that go into the Decay stage will need to have their contents emptied & gold collected before they decay after 7 days, this is to give players a chance to get their items and gold back
  • Fixed an issue with Vendor Upgrades on houses not being honored in some cases

World Changes

  • The Buccaneer's Den Moongate has been retired, it was not originally planned to stay around forever & the Minoc Archway to Buccaneer's Den has been fixed and moved slightly to be out of the way of any houses
  • The Buccaneer's Den Arena is going to be moving to the Arena region where the Duel Pits reside & the Buccs Den Arena island will be re-incorporated into Buccs Den and possibly used for housing and/or treasure hunting
  • Soon, the Britain Sewers are going to be opening up to everyone and we will be refreshing the spawns and including loot on the mobs spawning in there so that new players have another option to use for hunting; the Sewer Entrance may be closed for a short duration while we work on that

General improvements:

  • Fixed an issue with 'phantom collision' being created at your character's position when using the Item Preview option
  • Corrected the display names of the two commodity deeds sale listing on bank vendors to indicate which is blessed
  • Fixed an issue with not being able to lockpick some decorative containers, in towns or dungeons, that are locked and intended to be picked and stolen from

Preparations are being made to expand the remainder of the world for boating and more deep water fishing! This will happen in phases and today we have a part of those changes being deployed.

Deep Water & SOS updates:

  • Fixed an issue with some SOS maps not being fishable in some cases
  • Improved fishing net progress bar to show "Fishing for Treasure" to indicate when you are fishing an SOS spot or regular fishing
  • Improved Treasure Map image marker accuracy & increased the overall window size for better legibility
  • SOS treasures are now enabled for deep water; starting out, about half of the maps will be in a deep water location, but we may transition to 100% deep water maps in the future as we open more water territory for boating
  • Sunken Ships have been updated to a new Shipwreck scene using the new ship model with some nearby floating debris
  • The chance to find MIBs has been greatly reduced for shallow water fishing
  • MIB levels 3, 4 & 5 have been moved to deep water only and they can no longer be obtained from shore
  • Deep water fishing may now yield different, potentially better, results than fishing from shore; expect to see more deep water content as we continue to expand the available water territory
  • Monsters will now traverse to land from water if their combatant is not on the water or is onshore
  • Many water-related monsters will now attempt to traverse into the water if their combatant should board a ship or go into the water

Ship Lockdowns:

  • Large ships now allow locking down and unpacking objects to them, limited to 3 items, no containers allowed

Messenger Bottle:

  • Added a new roleplay item: Messenger Bottle (appears as 'an empty bottle'), which can be purchased from Fishing vendors
  • This can be used to send SOS (save our ship) messages or any message you should wish to write
  • Dropping a Note to it, or double-clicking the bottle and targeting a note will insert the note into the bottle
  • Filled bottles can be double-clicked to be thrown into the water where they will float away and be washed ashore someplace
  • Notes that are discovered on the shore can be picked up freely if close enough with line of sight, or can be fished out with a fishing rod
  • Note: this is just for role-playing purposes and is unrelated to SOS treasure hunting
  • Large ships now allow locking down and unpacking objects to them, limited to 3 items, no containers allowed
  • Fixed an issue causing Chum not to work in some cases
  • Fixed an issue with being able to fish & grab schools of fish

If you still experience any of these please log out and back in to receive the hotfix.

Some of the custom mobiles like the Raptor are experiencing an animation issue where they appear to glide instead of walking. We're aware and will work to resolve it.

We've identified and resolved an issue with pets causing lag in some cases.

Necromancer Updates:

  • Balance:

    • Cocoon spell: When broken, in addition to the current spell, the player will receive a stats bless.
    • Contagion spell: When broken, in addition to the current spell, the attacker will receive a curse.
  • Resurrect:

    • Using Forensic on a ghost as undead, will now attempt to resurrect. Success is based on Forensic and Spirit Speak skill levels.
  • Death Ward:

    • Death Ward should now do proper criminal action checks upon resurrection.
  • Renounce Undead:

    • To renounce your undead status, now you can go and interact with the Ankh inside Yew Abbey.
  • Souls Collection:

    • Every undead Player can now collect souls regardless of having dealt the killing blow (Including killed by pets/summons).
    • Multiple undead players can collect soul from the same body once.
    • Removed check for Spirit Speak and added to Forensic, souls collection will always succeed at GM Forensic Eval.
  • Grave Dust:

    • Doubled Grave Dust drops from Gravedigging.
    • Increased Grave Dust loot drops from undead creatures.

New Cartography Item:

  • Treasure Maps Globe: Can be crafted with Cartography from a Miniature Globe, this item can store up to 500 undeciphered Treasure Maps.

Necromancer:

  • Cocoon spell: Fixed bless, now will match Magery effects but based on Forensic Eval (+11 / 5 min at GM).
  • Contagion spell: Fixed curse, now will reverse bless effects but based on Forensic Eval (-11 / 5 min at GM).

TMaps Globe:

  • Added Line of Sight check.
  • Added Security option for Examine/Retrieve. Anyone can deposit maps.

The old Destard entrance in Yew has been retired. It now leads through the mountains to the other side.

Please update your runes if you haven't for the new Destard entrance in SE Skara Brae!

  • Farms in Britain, Skara, Moonglow & Yew have had some farm animals added
  • Skara Brae now has a cemetery residing on Iver's Rounding island which can be accessed by Ferry just NW of the Skara Brae Bank
  • Fixed an issue with the house menu option Pack & Destroy, the option has now been re-enabled
  • Fixed stationed healer in Windemere & added wandering healer spawns to Dagger Isle
  • Animate Horse: Increased stats and skills, it does not decay and you can use as a pet to fight mobs, but if you mount it, it will dispel on dismount (Also fixed a bug that would allow to cast on bonded pets which would get lost after).

  • Transfusion / Great Transfusion: Now it consumes mana and gives life in the same percentages as before.

  • Mitigate Poison: Halved the cooldown from 60 to 30 seconds.

  • Spiritual / Vampiric Touch: Increased mana/life received per hit. Increased duration 10 min at 100 and 5 min at 80.

  • Animate Dead: Increased stats of summoned skeletons.

  • Bone Armor: Increased duration 10 min at 100 and 5 min at 80.

  • Ghost Blade: Changed, is now a blade spirit in the shape of a ghost (also has curse and can only cast one).

  • Undead Meal: Undead Meal heads can now be used for necro recall/gate.

  • Holy Damage: Adjusted the damage balance received from beneficial spells.

  • Spells: Adjusted LOS requirements for some spells.

  • Quick Travel: Some spots are being added in towns/GY/dungeons for undead recall, also FE on self updated to reveal artefacts presence.

  • Added Lock Repair Kits to Tinkering recipes to repair broken lockboxes with
  • Fixed a display issue with durability description; please note: this did not affect the actual durability of items, just the warning & display text on them
  • Increased initial durability of Lockpicking Training Boxes
  • Lockpicking Training Boxes now have limited durability causing the lock mechanism to wear out over time
  • Improved Buff/Debuff icon persistence
  • Improved overweight/fatigue mechanics, fixing an issue sometimes causing players to get stuck even after they've dropped some weight
  • Improved resource display text on commodity deeds
  • Removed double Blessed tooltip on bank checks
  • Speech commands will now alert responding town vendors preventing them from wandering around immediately after you interact with them
  • Quick Travel spells now prevent targeting non-Rune/Runebook objects
  • Fixed issue with being unable to change default interaction on Runebook in some cases
  • Added missing Blowpipe to Tinker vendors

The following issues have now been resolved:

  • Cannot Recall/Gate to Yew Crypts, no error message when trying
  • Some player vendor containers may not open due to Line of Sight

Additional fix:

  • Fixed issue with being unable to change default interaction on Runebook in some cases

This patch note includes:

  • Loading Invisibility Updates
  • Quick Travel Improvements
  • General Improvements/Fixes

Loading Invisibility Updates

  • Loading Invisibility cooldown added to prevent abuse from quickly teleporting back and forth between destinations
  • When traveling within the same region, Loading Invisibility will now only apply when you are traveling a distance away that is also an unguarded destination

Quick Travel Improvements

  • Gate Travel is now permitted out of dungeons one-way, so you can leave the dungeon but cannot re-enter
  • Fixed issues with pets sometimes being taken out of bounds during teleports and requiring retrieval from the Stablemaster
  • Quick-travel spells Recall/Mark/Gate Travel will now only consume mana or reagents for valid targets/destinations
  • Moongates from Gate Travel spell will now properly show the destination name on each portal, for example, "Portal to Town: Britain" or "Portal to Shame Level 1"
  • Dispel Field will now dispel both sides of a Moongate
  • Moongates will now only confirm "Do you wish to travel?" when it leads to an Unguarded area when you are inside a Guarded area; so if you step on a red Moongate while outside of town, you don't have to confirm
  • Improved pets/followers teleporting with their owner when traveling through portals within the same region

General Improvements/Fixes

  • Added a kettle container & a couple barrel containers to Tinkering
  • Added Basket-weaving recipes to Tailoring
  • Added Cleverly Locked Box to Tinkering recipes, used for lockpicking training
  • Added Archery Butte to Carpentry recipes
  • Added a 2-day cooldown on re-listing a house for sale after it's been sold
  • Improved open & use restrictions for containers in houses to be more lenient on line of sight
  • Placed mailboxes can now have items dropped into them by anyone as if to deliver mail to you & mailboxes will now honor the Security option on them to decide who can take items out of it
  • Fixed an issue with bonuses to skills, like from the Tailors Apron, not being honored for crafting success chance
  • Fixed an issue with Orc Bombers attacking wearers of an Orcish Kin mask
  • Bulletin Board messages will now be sorted by newest-first & stale messages will be cleared after 30 days
  • Fixed an issue with interrupting Fishing not actually interrupting the reeling process
  • Improved Robe Deed functionality, no longer requires users to log out/in to refresh the appearance of the converted item
  • Fixed issue with Stealing not being prevented on containers with tinker traps on them
  • Improved smelting success of some furniture deeds made by Carpentry
  • Fixed issue with the whole stack of Shimmer Essence being consumed when dropping to mastery books, now it will only consume 1
  • Fixed issue with Lumberjacking not putting logs into the designated Harvest Bag
  • Fixed issue with Auto-Stacking Regs option moving reagents when dropping them to the bank
  • Fixed issue with not being able to trade pets that require no skill to mount & improved controlling these pets
  • Fixed issue with Bulk Order Books for sale on a player vendor being unable to be opened by buyers
  • Improved Fish filet stackable weight
  • Fixed an issue with the Invisibility spell being treated as a healing spell for Undead characters
  • Improved Item ID skill success chance for grandmasters
  • Improved Barber restyle options to preserve hair color when changing hairstyles
  • Fixed issue with default double-click action for secured campsites not being set to "Pitch Tent"
  • Fixed issue with removing a house's trash can playing a wood-sawing sound indefinitely
  • Improved the Relocate option on player vendors to alert users if the purchase failed, previously no error message was shown
  • Added nominal fee to Stablemaster retrieve pet out-of-range option
  • System messages to characters about active skill-gain have been disabled