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24th Dec 2021 announcement

We'd like to welcome the newest member of the team, Wize! He has extensive software development and unity experience, and will be focusing primarily on Unity for the moment (as we heard some of you wanted to see the map expand....). Please give him a warm welcome!


24th Dec 2021 patchnote

Pending a nightly restart, the following changes have been made:

Bone Crafting has been introduced! This will allow players to harvest bones and ethereal bones from gravedigging, and craft bone armor, as well as bone crafting stations for their houses. Bone Armor will become more useful, as players with > 80 Forensic Evaluation (e.g. Necromancers) may meditate in Bone Armor and will enjoy the benefit of the passive mana regen being cut in half compared to non-necro players. Bone items require both Tailoring and Forensic Evaluation skill to craft.

Additionally the following changes have been made:

A bug allowing players to actively meditate in armor heavier than leather has been patched. The Necromancer spell Death Ward now lasts 5 minutes, with a one minute cooldown.


24th Dec 2021 announcement

Happy holidays from the Shards of Britannia staff!

Twelve days of Xmas is about to commence. Santa has set up shop outside of Britain in Paws town. For naughty Britannians, Evil Santa has set up shop outside of Minoc next to the Buccaneer's Den archway teleporter. You will be able to talk to Santa each day, per account, to receive a gift. There may be appearances of Krampus or other evil holiday spirits throughout the event as well, stay tuned for more updates.

Note: Santa will not start handing out presents until 9am UTC Christmas Morning, but if you are logged in starting at midnight UTC on Christmas Eve you will get a gift to open early! :)

Event details from Discord: https://discord.gg/CuwaP9sbep?event=922085498011398165


22nd Dec 2021 patchnote

  • Some noxious decay bug fixes have been added to avoid the "endless heal" scenario.
  • A bug causing the faction pillar to be a stingy bastard has been fixed.
  • Fey slayers have been removed from crafting tables, as we have very few fey mobs at this time.


22nd Dec 2021 announcement

As you may have seen, an article was published today announcing a business deal between Citadel Studios and another game company. This was also the first we have heard of this news at Shards of Britannia, as we find out news the same time the general public does. There's been no mention of what this means for the future or if any changes are expected for community servers. Due to that, we are continuing business as usual. We will, of course, keep you updated if we learn of any other news or updates, but for now we don't know anything more than what's been said in the article posted. Rest assured, our work will not stop and we will continue to push forward. That's all for now, thanks for reading!


22nd Dec 2021 patchnote

  • Fixed an issue preventing skeleton keys from receiving their decay timers, this was an unintended side effect of another hotfix recently
  • Fixed an issue with being able to use objects inside of secured containers when you don't have permission to
  • Fixed an issue with being able to open Lottery Boxes when they are not inside your backpack
  • Fixed an issue with not being able to use/decorate locked down objects that are stacked on top of each other due to line-of-sight, you should now be able to use/decorate objects up to the ceiling


21st Dec 2021 patchnote

  • Fixed an issue causing players to see "you can't do that so quickly" erroneously, as well as preventing players from teleporting in quick succession
  • Tracking distance is now greatly reduced when inside of a Dungeon as part of the ongoing balancing


21st Dec 2021 announcement

The server will remain offline for up to 2 hours during the next restart window (9am UTC on 21st December) while we conduct some extended maintenance.

Thanks for your patience.


21st Dec 2021 announcement

On Christmas Eve, the gravedigging vendor will cease to sell Santa's Candle, the item used to trigger the Santa Claws boss event. After Christmas Day, he will be gone for good, along with his Ethereal Reindeer.


18th Dec 2021 patchnote

The Colosseum can now only be reached by using the skiff at Buccaneer's Den docks, or the skiff at Britain's docks south of the bank (the larger docks slightly to the south-east, where the Town Crier calls out the latest gossip). To be clear, skiffs are the smaller boats, not the big ships.

To leave the Colosseum's island, 2 different skiffs are available to take you back, north to Britain, or west to Buccaneer's Den.


15th Dec 2021 patchnote

We've deployed a hotfix for the issue preventing players from releasing objects with collision. The full fix requires a server restart, until then, you can say "I wish to move this" to bring up the Decorating Tool and use the release button from there and it will work.


14th Dec 2021 patchnote

Pending a restart:

  • Faction guards are now mounted and quite fast.
  • Faction members' names will now be displayed in special colors: Minax - Cyan; Shadowlords - Green; True Britannians - Purple
  • All warhorses purchased from here on out will only be rideable by faction members.


13th Dec 2021 patchnote

The following changes have been made to help prevent getting items stuck inside of house walls causing them to be unable to be retrieved.

  • Can no longer drop items in places that are blocked or that you cannot see
  • Can no longer release locked down items that are in blocked locations or in a spot you cannot see

Note: In some cases, to decorate and move objects on top of each other you may be required to place items in an open spot first and then use the house Decorate Tool to move them to the desired place

Item Collision issue:

  • Fixed an issue with object collision not being updated/removed when moving or picking-up items that have collision


13th Dec 2021 patchnote

Notes:

  • Escorts and pop-up Orc Camps have been re-enabled & town vendors are vulnerable again
  • Vendors & dungeon chests have been respawned

Fixes:

  • Fixed issue with SOS treasure not being created in some cases
  • Fixed being able to drop items into other beings' backpacks in some cases
  • Fixed Fame & Karma values not being rounded
  • Fixed Meditation being interrupted when switching targets
  • Fixed issue with Magic Reflection not causing notoriety actions in some cases
  • Fixed issue with some Ostards not being able to traded, bought, and/or controlled by players with no or low taming skill
  • Fixed issue with being able to loot equipped items from dead NPC paperdolls (special items obtained this way are subject to removal)
  • Fixed issue with skeleton key being used inadvertently in some cases
  • Fixed issue with not being able to trade Fire Beetles or other pets in some cases due to "having items on them"
  • Fixed issue with stacked objects not showing the count in it's name in some cases
  • Attempted to fix edge case with releasing a pet sometimes causing notoriety action erroneously

Changes:

  • Increased leash distance for pop-up Orc Camp mobs
  • Pet abandonment time limit increased from 3 days to 7 days
  • Blank Scrolls inventory minimum increased from 20 to 333 on Scribe vendors
  • Create Food spell now creates food directly in your backpack if you have room instead of requesting you to target the ground
  • Escorts will now show how much time is left before you can accept another one
  • Armored Saddles now have durability that decreases with each successful bola hit you take
  • Removing saddles from pets will no longer refund the deed
  • Warhorses now have passive bola resistance due to their built in armor
  • Players will now be kicked off their mount if they somehow manage to mount while the pet is paralyzed or disabled; it is not intended to be able to mount & move on a paralyzed pet


13th Dec 2021 announcement

The Halloween Candy vendors will be available until January 1st, so be sure to spend your candy as soon as possible!


13th Dec 2021 announcement

Soon you will begin seeing server alerts for ongoing miniboss events that will occur in various areas of the overland on a regular basis. At this time, there will be four different miniboss events available. You should see one happening every day or two once they've been implemented. These events will require a decently sized group to complete.

These bosses potentially drop several brand new rare items created by team member Transcendence. Some are decorative, others are useful.


12th Dec 2021 patchnote

An exploit causing faction players to receive quite a lot of silver upon depositing silver into a controlled town stone has been fixed. This exploit has existed since factions were released. As a result, upon next restart, all players' faction silver will be reset to 0. This exploit was only recently reported to us despite being around for so long- to avoid future wipes, please report anomalies promptly so that we can fix them immediately.

Additionally- purchasable faction guards have been beefed up a bit.


11th Dec 2021 patchnote

  • Bonded pets will no longer release themselves when starving
  • Pet hunger rate has been decreased greatly, now starvation will occur at 72 hours without feeding, instead of 16 hours

Note: Bonded pets will still continue to experience hunger, but it has no effect at this time. In the future, hunger may factor into controlling your pets.


11th Dec 2021 patchnote

As you may be aware, we're working to isolate the root cause of the recent crashes. Through the process of elimination, we are making a change to the town vendors, and they have are now invulnerable again for the time being. As a result of this change, the Escort NPCs are disabled, as well as the pop-up Orc Camp spawns.

This change is temporary while we monitor the servers for a short period of time. We appreciate your patience and support!


11th Dec 2021 knownissue

Occasionally a visual client bug occurs when using Organize Backpack option where it organizes the items but they continue to appear in the old position inside your backpack. If that happens to you, you can simply pick up the bags to refresh the items and show them in their correct position.


11th Dec 2021 patchnote

  • The time to capture a town once the sigil is deposited into a faction stone has been reduced from 24h to 8h
  • The time between when a town is captured until it is once more vulnerable has been decreased to 36 hours to compensate


9th Dec 2021 patchnote

The True Britannians faction mob has been changed from Drakes to Dragons.


9th Dec 2021 announcement

Britannians: prepare to win it big! Buck E. Bees has opened a franchise of his famous casinos in Minoc! Located just south of the Minoc tinker shop, several games are available to play:

  • A weekly lottery: 1,000gp per ticket. The winner takes home 50% of all collected gold.
  • Slot machines - A possible payout of 100,000gp!
  • Casino dice - A cheaper game with better odds and a chance to win 2,500gp!


8th Dec 2021 announcement

We are excited to share that housing is going to be enabled in all online regions at the end of the month/beginning of the new year. This means you will be able to place houses around Britain, Minoc, and Cove regions.

Leading up to or at that time we will be enabling the Large Patio house option. We're still working out some kinks with another house model, the Small Workshop, and hope to have that ready by then as well. There's currently no news on any other house models becoming available.

To aid with moving we are also working on some tools to help with packing up house contents and making moves easier for players that don't have another house to use for storage and wish to relocate.

You may be asking yourself, "when is the rest of the map going to open?" We don't have any news at this time in terms of opening up the rest of the map, but we would love to expand the world as quickly as possible.

We will continue to keep you informed of any news that becomes available and we appreciate your support and patience.


8th Dec 2021 patchnote

  • Fixed an issue preventing players from reporting player murders if a monster or NPC gets the killing blow
  • Fixed an issue with treasure chests in dungeons not decaying if untouched for a period of time; additionally, random Orc Camps now spawn in overland with a chest of difficulty levels 3 to 5 (overland chests do not offer uncommon items like dungeon chests)
  • Fixed an issue with the Stuck Menu not responding to button presses in some cases
  • Fixed an issue with not being able to place the decoration Tattered Green Banner


8th Dec 2021 patchnote

Orcs have been spotted setting up camps around the world and taking human hostages. Keep your eyes out for suspicious activity.


7th Dec 2021 announcement

The Santa Claws boss is now player triggerable. You must purchase Santa Claws' Candle from the gravedigging vendor, then place it under the Christmas Tree on the western side of the Yew area (where the spawn previously was). It takes 6 players nearby to activate. Once you've assembled, double click the candle.


7th Dec 2021 patchnote

After the restart, the following items have been addressed:

  • A bug causing Faction Mages to persist beyond 24h has been resolved.
  • Several faction sigil system bugs have been squashed. As a result, you may encounter the following scenario: 1. You steal a town sigil and deposit it in your faction stone 2. Someone else steals that sigil from your faction stone 3. Before they can deposit in their faction stone, you try to deposit a DIFFERENT faction sigil. You will be prevented from doing so until either they deposit that stone or you take it back.


6th Dec 2021 announcement

Pending a restart, a new Necromancer spell has been added. It requires GM Forensic Evaluation, Spirit Speak, and Magery to unlock.

The spell is called Death Ward, and may only be casted on yourself. For its duration, if you are killed/ brought below 0 health, you will instead be returned to 1 HP (at which point Death Ward will be expended and you will once again be vulnerable).


5th Dec 2021 patchnote

Pending a restart:

  • A stolen town sigil will now show the town's name.
  • Faction mobs to kill for faction silver have been added. Drakes are associated with True Britannians, Daemons with Shadowlords, and Ogre Lords with Minax. Killing an opposing faction's mob grants you 30 silver. Faction mobs will still attack their associated faction players.
  • Other random bugs with the town sigil system have been squashed.