Update from behind the construction fence!
Written by Trishin
Sunday, 16. March 2014 20:00

Update from behind the construction fence !

Housing

A quick update about our housing zones and how they will work. Over time, DAOC expanded the housing region for each realm to 9 zones, with 200 houses per zone for a total of 1800 houses. In the past, Uthgards housing zones were limited to 1,200 houses per realm. The reality is that we never had the time and man power to finish implementing even 1,200 houses per realm, the markets, or horse routes.

We're pleased to announce for the relaunch that we will keep 9 housing zones per realm and enable all houses. We have already completed all horse routes (there are literally hundreds of routes) and the housing lots are being enabled. New tools we use for SI enable us to have a more rapid implementation of that. In addition, players can look forward to using the markets at the center of each zone for their market explorer usage, or if the need arises, to recover something from their house vault if it has been repossessed, as well as visit the taxidermist NPCs or a tradeskill master. Due to the added capacity, we will revert to the proper live like payment methods available, taking rent from both the lockbox and your consignment merchant.


Crafting

Crafting will be bound to classes on relaunch. We wanted to implement that old feature for a long time but it was not really possible to change with Uthgard already running and lots of legendary crafters. You can see which classes can learn which tradeskills here

Another change to crafting you will probably welcome might be that you can't fail on grey items anymore. Previously you had quite some chances to fail on grey items. Especially as legendary crafter this didn't feel right. That is changed now.


Arrows / Poison weight

A long long requested fix. We corrected all arrows and poisons to have half the weight of what we had. Fixing such issues while Uthgard is down is way less complex as if we had to bother about vaults and inventories.


Player concerns regarding population

One of your major concerns seems to have been whether our servers are able to handle the amount of players which potentially could be trying to access Uthgard when we open up again.

Our answer to that:
We're confident that our server can handle high player numbers without any major issue. However it would be naive to completely ignore the case of implementing a server cap even though we hope this won't become an issue.

We have implemented a per-realm player cap that can be activated if there is a need for it. To lower your frustration when the cap is reached we have implemented a queue system to the game launching process which means your client won't even launch before we're sure you can join the server. You will be able to see at which position in the queue you are currently waiting.

One of the performance issues we could run into is that in the first days our patch server will get quite some load. A possible solution to this will be to let you automatically patch your client in advance before launch day. There is quite some amount of client data to be patched to get your DAoC client back to old times and Uthgards setup.

Hopefully that answers your concern about a player cap and our servers capabilities of handling a bigger amount of players.


Defense penetration

We also wanted to give you a bit of information about some of the areas we have been devoting time during the last 3 weeks (and more).

One obvious area is defense penetration and we are happy to say that this research is starting to show its benefits.
We have developed a new formula for all types of defense (evade, shield, parry) and our formula is to our satisfaction very close to the research results we compare it to. To show you how close to a working formula we are here is how much difference there is from our formula to these research results:

Block:
Max 3.40%
Min 0.01%
avg 1.02%

Parry:
Max 3.85%
Min 0.02%
avg 1.00%

Evade:
Max 2.23%
Min 0.17%
avg 0.90%

So what do these numbers mean?
Basically this is the defense difference from formula to tests which for blocking means that the max difference from formula to our research are 3.40% (ie if our formula predicts 50% chance of blocking the actual research showed 46.60%). On average this difference is 1.02%, and the closest we got to our research were 0.01%.

It needs to be said however that where our formula differs the most is in extreme situations (attacker with low attack stat and skill level vs defender with high shield and high defender stat). It also needs to be said that this formula is still being developed and the more we take a look at it, the closer we gets to what research show.

And while talking about research we want to send a big thank you to all those players who helped us research defense penetration and other aspects of DAoC which is crucial for our future development.


Bolts

Our research also made it possible to finally fix bolt damage and bolt miss/hit rates! We know this will make some of you happy!


Sidenote about news frequency

We know you are eagerly awaiting any news and we admit we have been slow to get news updates out to you. We would like to take a moment to explain why that can happen and why we don't push out news every other day/week and why we don't always respond to questions in forum:

a. Putting out news in a fast pace. The way we prepare our news statement is an iterative process and often our news are going through a lot of changes before it reaches your eyes. For those who are used to providing newsletters and similar texts know how much work can and often are put into these. It isn't simply writing some text in 20 minutes and posting it. Every news starts as draft and staff members add to it over time. We try to make them as well spoken, and as clear as possible. We also try to avoid posting news about plans underway and try to stick to things which are done implementing or which is at a state where we can be fairly certain we will be able to finish the project before we go live.

b. Posting on the forum in general. During the development of our relaunch we decided to keep our forum activity at a minimum for various reasons. One of those are that we simply want to devote time to coding, implementing mobs, items, doing research, etc. Another reason is because we want to make sure everyone is being told the same things and at the same time. The only way to ensure that everyone read our statements and that everyone knows where we are going with the server is posting our responses to players feedback is posting these responses in a news topic. We apologize if this leads you to believe we don't care about your posts or feedback. This is of course not a situation we like, however we hope you understand why we try to keep statements to news posts like this one.



We look forward to hearing your feedback.

Warm regards,
Your Uthgard Staff

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A look behind the scenes
Written by TheKrokodil
Saturday, 22. February 2014 13:41

Since the last news have been primarily about patch-level decisions, we decided to take a different approach today: How about an insight into what is happening behind the scenes on Uthgard? In our attempts to go more towards classic, we have come to the conclusion that the current v1.113 game client was way too modern for our patch-level - so we decided to go a little pre-alpha, and developed our own game client:



The client will feature the full 16 dos color set, including black and white! We will also try to make use the the entire extended ASCII scheme. That is close to 256 different symbols right there for you!











Okay, this is not really happening. But a lot of other things have actually been happening since Uthgard was shut down. Lets take a look at one of them:


Experimental Pathing for Monsters!



Remember those good old days when NPCs were walking through the dungeon walls, ran head-first through trees and jumped down any cliff just to get to you as fast as possible because they loved you that much? We’ve been playing around with the thought of pathing monsters for a long time but never finished implementing it during the lifetime of Uthgard v1. Well - now it is close to completion. As the first DAoC freeshard we will offer realistic mob pathing. Watch the video below to see for yourself. Please note that the NPCs were given quite a high load of caffeine - on purpose - to produce a higher server load; we’ll keep it a bit more realistic once it is really done. Enjoy!




This works outdoors and indoors in pretty much any zone. Of course it is still experimental and there are glitches that remain to be fixed, but we hope that you can get an idea of what we have been working on in the past few days, and where this is going.

Cheers,
Your Uthgard Staff

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Server still under construction
Written by Nayru
Sunday, 16. February 2014 22:12



Hello everyone!

We are hard at work and the world is taking shape. We've expanded our staff by adding some new friendly faces to our staff. Please welcome Gnome, Cragoon and Baiden.

After internal discussion and gathering information from players, we have decided to set 1.65 as our stated patch goal opposed to 1.69 before. This was the last patch before ToA hit live servers and is seen by us as the most consistent state of the game we could bring. Our vision for the server remains, "provide a classic experience of Dark Age of Camelot that represents the state of the game in 2003".

We have seen nice progress on implementing Old RA's which have all passives implemented and active RA's are about 70% done. There will be further tests, research and detail work going on there as its one of the more critical subsystems. Theres also quite some detail work on existing class features going on. XP gain rules have been corrected to work better and in general give more XP than before.

Original start locations have been restored, and our world reflects these changes. Cotswold, Mularn, and Mag Mell are once again growing and thriving villages, and the Shrouded Isles portal has found it's way back to its proper location. Shrouded Isles comes alive more and more each day.

As a side task, work has begun implementing all housing marketplaces, stable masters, horse routes, and house lots. All housing zones will be available to ensure sufficient house lot supply.

Also, we're excited to announce our staff has been making progress with the aid of a number of helpers in gathering important information to crack open the secrets of defense penetration. Hundreds of man hours have produced very promising results already.

We look forward to sharing more progress with you soon.

Warm regards,
Your Uthgard Staff.

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Revamp: Update
Written by Nayru
Saturday, 01. February 2014 17:59

Hello folks!

While we are working on our revamp, we want to keep you up to date!

Our current goals are the completion of missing features that have been announced long time ago. Precisely this means old realm abilities, complete classes and the Shrouded Isles expansion will be available when we're relaunching. We are also going to fix several bugs that our community has reported. We are always trying to keep the game quality at a very high level to make sure you have a good game experience. Many thanks to all of our brave bug reporters!

We are going to reserve names of former level 50 characters for two weeks after relaunching. If you want to use your old names within the first two weeks, the game account must be registered to the same email address as the old account was registered to. If the email address does not match, you will not be able to use a reserved name. Please note that only character names from accounts with verified email addresses will be reserved, since it is impossible for us to identify the owner otherwise.
After two weeks all reserved names that have not been claimed by their previous owners will be released for public use.

We still cannot estimate any potential release date for relaunching, but we will need one or two months for sure. We will keep you up to date! You can also follow our development progress in the gallery.

Kind regards
Your Uthgard Staff

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