You had cake, wonderful new outfits, a fierce wolf to expand your mounts’ collection, and even learned a lively dance to showcase at your summer parties! Although it is normal to think nothing can top this celebration, you may be very wrong as we are glad to announce the upcoming arrival of the next Allods Online update!
The party is almost here and everyone is invited! To go along with the festive events, we are celebrating Allods Online’s 2nd birthday with Item Shop bonuses that will blow your mind! We know birthdays are about gift giving but sometimes receiving a Gibberling mask that you already have just doesn’t cut it in the excitement department. Sometimes we need to treat ourselves to something we truly desire and our anniversary sale will please you in all the right ways!
From Friday, 10th of May to Monday, 13th of May, ALL Item Shop items will be 20% OFF!
Be sure to take advantage of this once-in-a-year opportunity to stock up on Elixirs, Crystal Chips, vanity
items, extra storage, and any other items that will satisfy your cravings.
Please remember that items purchased with Premium Crystals will be bound to your character.
Celebrate Allods Online’s birthday with the amazing 20% discount on ALL Item Shop items between
Friday, 10th of May to Monday, 13th of May!
*Discount does not apply to the purchase of coupons or Pouches of Gem Shards.
*Sale will be updated in the Item Shop in the latter morning of May 10th and removed in the latter morning of May 13th.
You have been invited to Allods Online 2nd Anniversary Celebration starting Friday, 10th of May! Meet beside Aidenus Tower or in the Old square of Nezebgrad to attend the party! You are allowed to bring guests with you, but ensure you are dressed in your best attire to join the festivities!
Aidenus and Yasker.
PS: Clean Gibberlings compulsory.
We are happy to invite all Sarnautians to the finest party, celebrating the 2nd Anniversary of Allods Online Official Release!
For two years we have brought you the most exciting expansions to the game, with new lands, class spells, allods, confrontations, events and fun! With Lords of Destiny you met the mysterious Tekyans and discovered the stunning environment of Pearl Ring, Crystal Mountains and the new Astral instances. Let’s not forget about another feature that was a feast for the eyes that brought new action to your adventurer’s life! Tep’s Pyramid is now the place to be for the daring guilds of Sarnaut, as the Dominion also brings a new level to PVP activity! And much, much more is to come in the future and we are glad to have you as a part of the Allods Online Community!
But let’s focus on our celebration of the month! You missed the opportunity to tame the FREE Grey Wolf last year; it will be back! You wanted to show off with an amazing outfit? A new costume and headgear will be available too: The Set of the Noble Hero! And many more rewards for your characters!
We will bring back one of your favorite events, with the return of Vladimir Jubilein in the Old Square, Ivan Godovikov besides Aidenus Tower and the exquisite Prekasa and Inga who will remind you of the anniversary dance! So gather the Anniversary coins you have looted all across Sarnaut, and get your hands on the hottest accessories in Allods Online from the 10th of May until the 10th of June!
To participate in this event, all you need to do is log into Allods Online between the 5/10/13 and 6/10/13 and begin mercilessly slaughtering your foes! Collect coins from your fallen enemies and bring them to your capital city to trade to special NPCs for each faction! Of course, those of you who have been collecting coins and stashing them in a safe spot the past few weeks can also use those too!
Coins you collect can also be traded up for a higher currency.
10 Special Copper Coins can be traded for 1 Special Silver Coin
10 Special Silver Coins can be traded for 1 Special Gold Coin
10 Special Gold Coins can be traded for 1 Special Platinum Coin
Once you have them make sure to visit the special event NPC for your faction. For the Empire it’s Vladimir Jubilein, for the League it is Ivan Godovikov.
Although the NPC will be providing you plenty of items to look at, we will be sending FREE special rewards for our loyal community! Because you are the best of the best and have accompanied us for the past 2 years (or even more), players with characters created before the 9th of May will receive:
- 250 Premium Crystals on their account
- An Anniversary Gift send by mail in-game to each of your characters!
And what does this Anniversary Gift contain?
Anniversary Chest (3): gives a new piece of equipment (rare quality) or gold for your character level 51 and under.
For characters level 52 and above, the chest will give you a quest allowing you to receive a glyph from Valya Skomorokhova (Elven District for League) or Zinaida Krichalkina (Yasker Tower for the Empire).
Bound to your character.
The Anniversary chests are given to the Progenitor and Reincarnations.
Speck of Light (1000): increases your attacking and healing skills in combat. Once activated, the speck is destroyed. A speck goes off 10 to 30 seconds after combat begins or the previous speck is destroyed.
Bound to your character.
The Specks of Light are given to the Progenitor only.
Incense (10): extends the duration of your Patron’s blessing by one day. Patron’s blessing allows you to use special Patronage abilities and makes your Astral travels more comfortable.
Bound to your character.
The Incense pack is given to the Progenitor only.
If you are only joining us now, don’t worry, you will receive plenty amazing things in the future, on top of taming the Grey Wolf this spring!
We hope these anniversary gifts will show you our appreciation to all members of the Allods Online community! Thanks to your support, our game grows bigger and we hope to reach new heights together!
A peek behind the scenes at how a game is made is an exciting experience! We showcased the Developer Diary videos earlier this year, explaining the reasons behind the Xadaganian girl revamp, how they draft new zones and so on! Today, we are sharing with you the diary of Arkady, the Game Designer, explaining how raids are created!
Settle back with a nice cup of tea or coffee and learn more about the creation of this exciting activity!
My name is Arkady, and I happen to be a Game Designer. A better, but not complete description of what I do, is the development of game mechanics design. However, we are not going to discuss my field of action today. We’re going to talk about raids, in the development of which (among other things), I am a part of.
Raids, also known as group adventures, are PvE activities for groups of up to 24 players (for the moment). But you might already know this. In this article I am going to tell you about things you do not yet know about. Curious? Shall we start then?
How does the creation of a raid begin? First you have to pick a whiskey brand, at least, some say so. I wouldn’t know about that, but what I know for sure is that it’s actually a Scriptwriter who’s at ground zero of it all.
The Scriptwriter’s task is to make sure there’s a common sense to everything we do and bring it all into sync with the Allods Online universe. This is where a raid springs from. The Scriptwriter develops the plot and sets the mood. It normally goes like this: “Friends and colleagues! In our new Raid we should elaborate on the subject of Tep. He is a very important character, we ought to favor him with our attention”.
To cut a long story short, we develop the plot a couple of updates ahead, and we pick a villain to be subdued. Today we are going to discuss a raid where we bring low Tep and his minions.
The Scriptwriter provides us with one simple fact: “We battle Tep,” – and with a few extras. For instance, there’s a list of Tep’s minions that includes their backgrounds, basic qualities, likes and dislikes and so on. Also, there’s Key Keeper, who’s malign, but faithful to Tep, fond of engineering and knows well how to disassemble and reassemble a golem.
Here’s where the Creature and World Object Design Leads step in. Together we decide how much we are able to do. This is one of the most important things – how much we’re allowed to create. We are limited by our deadlines and other stuff we have to work on. For instance, we had to create new mounts and costumes simultaneously with the Raid mobs. Having all this on our plate, we must set priorities – what needs to be done in the first place, and what can be prioritized. High priority things push the raid down the queue.
Thus, the discussions held together with the Creature and WO Designers is vitally important. It sets our immediate and potential goals for the near future and helps develop the schedule for any new things that need to be created and some old things that could be redesigned.
That’s correct, we create the new, but we also modify the old. Skin modification is the process of “dressing up” an old model with new textures, visual effects and animations. The most obvious case is the mount with its kaleidoscope of color patterns. The first raid boss called Bouncer is a direct offspring of good old Squealer.
This discussion results in a list of raid bosses and the estimated size of the raid. Concept creators enter the field now. They create the concept sketches of the future models and animations. This is one of the most complicated points because of the sheer volume of what must be done. We need to elaborate how a boss should behave, what actions it should perform: Will it freeze to the ground or move about? Will it use physical or magical attacks, et cetera. All this has a significant impact even upon the rough draft sketches, not to mention further modeling and animations.
At the same time we start building up the location and the visuals and develop the scenario of the raid. The location’ size is highly important, for it depends on whether the raid group will have to run about much or not, kite or split the additional mobs, or if any pools will be splashed… all this needs careful thought before designing the gameplay.
The environment is constructed very carefully and may undergo numerous transformations. For instance, when Tep’s Pyramid was being developed, its interior was reworked five or six times. The reasons vary: the scenario was rethought, the Mood of the Raid changed, the boss’ list of abilities extended…
The most frequently modified parameter is the Atmospherics, that is: the light options, the air clarity, the general mood. The first version of atmospherics in Tep’s pyramid looked like this:
As soon as the processing of all the necessary components has started, I lay down the Raid Design itself. In our particular case it contains the general plot, the subject, the list of bosses, gameplay drafts (they go like “Nihil casts AoE; route, devices; Bouncer – tanks”). Before it is submitted, a few concepts and details are subject to modification.
Now, here’s my favorite part: Boss Fight Design. The first rough draft may take up to a month to complete!
The draft basically covers two points: what the players do and how they do it. The first is the basic description of Players’ Actions. Sihal, for instance, has four stages, each of which requires certain gameplay. Stage One: Players meet the boss. Stage Two: They focus on additional mobs, switch tanks, deal damage. Stage Three: Active healing and Sparks transmission. Stage Four: Damage, damage, enrage. To get to the point, my task is to make players play this particular instance.
The WAY they do it, the second point, goes down to achieving the goal described above. I describe the principles that direct the players to play exactly the way it was meant to be played. There are two ways to acheive this: encourage the correct gameplay and punish the incorrect. The carrots work better than the whips; however, it is perceived a bit differently in the game.
To tell you the truth, I’m absolutely sure that carrots and whips need to be finely balanced when designing the boss fight. I’ll explain. Figure a random boss who splashes in pools that increase damage dealt to him. The players need to lure him right into the pools, while each step deals damage to them. Thus, we have carrots – increased damage to the boss while he’s in the splashed pool, and whips – it costs players hit points to use the feature. However, if the whips are too painful – that is, too much damage is received – the players are not going to use it.
The same boss casts an aura that stacks poison on players within a 10-plus yard radius. Extra damage equals whips. To make the poison debuff fade, players have to slip out of the area. They run out and away from the boss, who, in his turn, ends up out of his extra-damage pool. Voila, carrots make players ignore the whips.
All this makes up the Boss Design. At the same time, we need to decide whether we should let the players fight the boss strictly in the pre-designed way, or we should allow them to develop their own strategy. On the one hand, forcing players is not nice at all. On the other hand, the single way is easier to balance and pre-calculate. Besides, if there are multiple strategies, one of them is bound to be more efficient. One design covers all raid bosses. Despite a diversity of features they all should work in one style and accord.
Another important thing to be carefully considered is Class Abilities. It’s not a good idea to fix up a boss with a powerful area of effect spell that reduces players’ hit points by 146% – not all classes are able to reduce incoming damage of this magnitude.
By the time the designing routine is over, the creature concepts must have already been finished. In a perfect world, even the models should be created. Now there’s this epic moment to proceed to a most difficult and complicated stage – The Effects. That is, visual effects of spellcasting, spells, abilities, buffs et cetera.
Sometimes a visual effect can be implemented using an existing engine, this is a welcome but rare case. If a solution does not turn out to be this simple, it’s time for workarounds — a non-standard means of solving non-standard problems.
(1) Energy flows appear from the thin air, concentrate (2), move down with the rays (3) that eminate from the sphere (4). Sparks dance around the sphere.
It took me over two weeks to create an Out-of-the-Box solution for the Spark in the third phase of Sihal. It had to appear from a broken generator and into the first illusion to destroy it, on to the second illusion and so on. It’s not as simple as it looks: a creature can cast a spell on another one, but it’s tricky to send a visual effect roaming from point A to point B, especially if they are not interconnected.
Sometimes the Resources of the engine and the in-game mechanics are not up to the design, and it has to be reconstructed to ensure game client does not slow down or lag.
Effects are the last (but not least) thing that is created by other teams and does not depend on me to develop. Actually, there are also sound and music, but they’re recorded after the fact. When the effects are ready, it’s my turn to enter the stage and put down in detail the Game Mechanics.
What are Game Mechanics, exactly? They are a list of commands supported by the server and the game client. These commands define the movements of mobs, describe their spells and abilities, everything. Nothing is going to work if the mechanics are not thoroughly described. This is the important, crucial part of the job. Mechanics are the core of the game.
Raid Mechanics take a pretty long time to develop. The more complicated the raids become, the more complex the Raid Mechanics get. Each new raid involves something brand new, original, never-done-before, so we create, invent, build up, drink blood, eat brains and succeed.
Let us study a simple case – A Mage’s Fireball. This is a ranged spell (its distance is, say, 40 yards), it has a certain visual, aimed at a single target, and it deals Fire damage. It is described as follows in the editor:
Pretty neat, huh? Now figure a spell that casts selectively upon targets whose hit points are above a certain level, and then applies Buff A if the target’s hit points are lower than 50%, or Buff B, if their hit points are over 50%. Buff A stuns the target and may be healed, but it damages everyone in the area when cleared. Buff B deals damage over time, and upon fade casts a pool around the target. This pool applies Buff C to everyone who steps in it, and when Buff C fades, it increases the damage dealt by the boss to the target. This all is described as one single spell. Not so simple now.
To make the work more structured, for every single boss we create a Workspace, where we store all of their abilities, spells, additional mobs, all the phases and stages, and the rest of the things connected with that particular boss.
The Game Mechanics Designer’s primary task is to create a concise description that would not potentially cause bugs. A 10 step description that includes checks and sub-checks is more dangerous in terms of errors than a simple 2-step-1-check listing.
A bug-hazardous code is a code which won’t allow full apprehension of the mechanics – the Fireball is least bug-hazardous, while the complicated spell might cause a few. Each of the classes has its own peculiarities, such as spell protection, physical protection, different types of bubbles and immortalities, resistances and a lot of Rubies. To make sure a spell is 100% bug-free, one has to test it through and through in all the possible combinations.
There was once a Boss whose mechanics were bound to work alright, but for an unknown reason, it kept failing. The reason was finally found. It was one of the Paladin’s abilities that forcefully applied an effect to targets, and its high priority overlapped with Boss’ actions. The funny thing is that this ability had never triggered any such things before.
Of course, there are special scripts, bots, testing programs and servers that test such things, but sometimes this is just not enough. For a good designer it is vitally important to know how it all works, and to be able to test it manually.
Raid mechanics development includes A Few Steps: gameplay rough draft, test version, polishing. First, we place a few identical mobs with no objects or skins on a plain surface, attach Bosses’ mechanics to them, gather a group of the designers and a couple of assistants and playtest the raid to see if our ideas are working out. This way we develop about 99% of the mechanics, then we add the models, most of the effects, and get to the Adjustments. We define the damage, hit points, schedule time to summon additional mobs. After this the time comes to gather a proper group of six players (Tank and Healer included) to hold another play test which may result in more changes and alterations in the mechanics.
Nihil has suffered many changes; the way it is now is the sixth revision of the mechanics. In the very beginning she had no phases, her spells cast instantly, and players had to be under shield and jump away from black holes. There was a special device to aim Nihil’s cannons at herself. We took a couple of play tests, and saw how complicated it was all at once, so we decided to divide the fight into phases.
The last step is The Polishing. We replace draft figures with final ones: the damage, hit points, time counters. See that the effects and the sounds are finalised and well linked. Figures are the most difficult part. It looks simple: the boss deals 200000 damage. However, The Basic Damage is to be modified by a lot of stats, both boss’ and players’: boss’ level, type (boss, raid boss, common mob etc), its difficulty, stat modifiers; players’ level, resistances, Rubies, stats. We enter “damage 19” in our editor, and after all multiplications, calculations, reductions and scaling, it results in 200000.
Thorough tests are needed to check the whole volume of work done. We invite a few players to our office to hold Real Time Play Tests, which show exactly what’s come out really well, and what hasn’t. The result of this test changes a lot. For instance, we once playtested Sihal, and I hated the looks of his attack, so we swapped his tentacles for claws:
After the polishing is done, we pass the raid to the QA department for a few weeks for testing. They look for minor bugs and discrepancies.
Before we distribute the new content, we bind one last Spy function to each boss. It records boss fight history, so we can always look up what players do to our creatures and how they do it. We also monitor raid groups, wipe frequency, damage done by different classes, spells used. This helps estimate the effectiveness of classes and boss design quality.
Raid creation is a long and complicated process that involves a lot of difficulties and risks. About a hundred people work on it, from artists to QA, for you to enjoy the game and have fun.
I hope you have liked my story! See you!
Hands are trembling, a bead of sweat is forming on the base of your forehead,
Your legs want to flee and your mind is already somewhere else…
It’s time for the Historians’ Great Exam!
From Friday, May 3rd until Monday, May 13th the Historians challenge you for Allods Online 2nd Birthday Celebration!
Economics, geography, history, events and practical work: be ready to be tested on everything related to Sarnaut! Historians will accept no failure!
Now you are feeling the pressure, right?
Read every book you can find, sharpen your pencil and take your chance to be one of the 20 winners!
The Exam will be divided into 5 parts:
– Practical Exam where you will have to take some screenshots!
The Historians will then choose the best entrants that scored the most points and examine your screenshots.
Who will prove themselves the most brilliant student in Sarnaut? A Gibberling who wants to make his renowned ancestors proud? An Orc who wants to show to the Empire that he is more than just muscle? An Arisen, so confident his science will win?
Take part to the Historians’ Great Exam!
A friendly hint; do not forget to craft some Intelligence Potions for the Historians’ Great Exam!
Please send us your entry between today, Friday the 3rd of May and Monday the 13th of May.
Fill in the Application below with your answers:
If you’re smart enough to be one of the 20 winners of the Historians’ Great Exam, you can choose one set of rewards:
|Winners||Rewards set 1||Rewards set 2|
|From 1st to 5th||
- 5 Concentrated Catalysts
- 1 Magpie Helper
|From 6th to 11th||
- 5 Strong Catalysts
- 1 Magpie Helper
|From 12th to 20th||
- 5 Strong Catalysts
- 2 Medium Sack of Mount Feed
The event takes place from Friday, May 3rd until Monday, May 13th.
Good luck, young padawan!
With the sun shining brighter than usual this Spring, all adventurers are eager to discover new places with only a backpack, hoping to fill it with dreams and many treasures!
But if you were worried about spending too much time collecting your findings, rather than admiring the landscape or slaying some zombies, we have an amazing offer for you!
From Thursday, May 2nd until Wednesday, May 8th, rediscover the Temporary Astral Servant and the Temporary Magpie in the Allods Item Shop!
You will have the chance to tame the 7 and 25-Day Magpie that will pick up the loots for you in a blink of an eye when you are busy fighting your ruthless enemies. This is a great opportunity to test these assistants before adopting them for good!
Helper: Magpie – 25 days: allows you to summon a Magpie helper for 25 days upon its activation. When summoned, the Magpie will collect loots until your bag is full.
The Magpie can be sold or exchanged, unless obtained through Premium Crystals or activated by right-clicking on the icon.
Helper: Magpie – 7 days: allows you to summon a Magpie helper for 7 days upon its activation. When summoned, the Magpie will collect loots until your bag is full.
The Magpie can be sold or exchanged, unless obtained through Premium Crystals or activated by right-clicking on the icon.
The Magpie will collect your loots if you don’t want to lose time while killing off your enemies so you can continue your rampage!
And who do you call when your bag is full of loot or ores? You guessed it right: the Astral Servant! Along his peers, he will make a comeback for a limited time as! So why don’t you try out the 7 and 30-Day Astral Servant and see the wonderfulness of this creature!
Astral Servant – 30 Days: summons a 30-day Master goblin that provides instant access to mailbox, bank, auction and Currency Exchange, teleports to any location, buys items and sells Myrrh. Only player who summoned the Goblin can interact with him.
When you obtain this Astral Servant from the Item Shop, it will be bound to your character and the timer will start.
|Astral Servant – 7 Days: summons a 7-day Astral servant that provides instant access to mailbox, bank, auction and Currency Exchange, teleports to any location, buys items and sells Myrrh. Only player who summoned the Goblin can interact with him.
When you obtain this Astral Servant from the Item Shop, it will be bound to your character and the timer will start.
The ingame text says the Astral Servant will be consumed after use although the Astral Servant will not be consumed after use. Instead, it stays in your character’s bag until the item duration runs out.
Thanks to these servitors, you won’t worry about the number of Master goblins left in your bag, and you can use these 7 and 30-day Astral Servants any time you want during the day, and whenever you want during the length of its service! If you never used them, it is the perfect trial for you!
Let’s recap: you can have you own personal Goblin Banker and just enjoy your time admiring the wonderful landscape of Allods Online with your Magpie helper doing the looting so you’ll have more spare time to slay more monsters!
Don’t forget you can obtain these items with gPotato, Gem Shards, or Premium Crystals. The items will be bound to your character if you use the Premium Crystals currency!
Get your hands on Temporary Astral Servant, and the Temporary Magpie between the 2nd and the 8th of May!
“Allods Online” is a game that is constantly evolving. But there can be no development without adding a lot of new content that fills and spreads through the whole game world. That is why the Allods’ Team never ceases the creation process. And now, thanks to the Developer Diary, we are able to showcase how new content is imagined and created by this amazing team!
Let us present to you the latest entry of the Developer Diary: the Astral Allod creation!
In this article I’m going to tell you how I build Astral Islands. By the way, a brand new one is set to to appear in the game pretty soon.
It all starts with a concept
I always store a few ideas of how I think new islands should look. They come into my head in the course of my everyday life: on my way to work or during my vacations with friends. While reading a book or watching a movie, I collect my greatest impressions to incorporate them into my future creations. The tiniest things may inspire me, whether it be an interesting story or a bright visual image that sets an atmosphere.
For example, the concept for one of the islands was born by mixing up two images: a June city lost in the jungle and snowy mountains with a temple. And so the allod appeared: an ancient city in a frozen jungle.
During the pre-production stage I pick my favourite idea and start developing it. This produces the Reference: a very important component, a connection between allod elements and the real experience of a player. When in the game, players meet things they have come across before, and these allusions to something already known brings positive emotions, making them believe in whatever is on the screen.
The Reference helps bring a story from real life into our game world. Our Emerald Isle is a recognizable allusion to the Wizard of Oz, that is so familiar since childhood. The game gives a wonderfull opportunity to follow in Alla’s footsteps along the Yellow Brick Road and meet Tin Woodman, Scarecrow and Lion who turn into hostile and dangerous bosses under the influence of Mysterious Astral.
After the concept of the island is decided, I begin to work it through and expand on its background. This is a very creative process that is a lot of fun. I put down detailed chronicles of the events and describe the zones on the island.
This stage involves the Scriptwriter. We strive to make a deep and fascinating storyline. The story is important, for all the details such as mobs and bosses, scripted events and NPCs, will deeply support it. We decide what places players will visit on the island and what and who they are going to see there. This will help with the further design of the monsters, bosses and topology.
Look before you leap
When the storyline is finished, we can get down to the topology. I use a special Map Editor to make a rough draft of the island. Since I am going to make a city-like island, I have to lay the main road, a big temple, a couple of city squares and a huge portal at the end of the island – its landmark.
A landmark is a unique object that serves as a reference point and is often noted by the players. There is such a mark on every island, like the Mana Station in Zone 51.
Landmark: Huge June Portal
When the draft is ready, I focus my attention on the details: I place small and medium objects (trees and buildings). In case of the Icy Isle these were mountains and hills. But all this is still a draft! It still requires a little more work.
After my draft of the island has been accepted, the time comes to switch to designing Bosses and Mobs. Here the background of the island helps a lot, for the mob hierarchy was created at that stage. I want to give unique abilities to all the mobs and bosses to bring new challenges to the island. Now players will not resort to a “button mash” strategy and will have to invent some new tactics to fight these enemies.
I assign some unusual mechanics to one of the optional bosses, such as the Cayman on a beautiful Koch-Itzmahl Island.
On my island I created a golem who throws enormous fireballs, so players have to run about all the time to avoid them. If players manage to defeat the boss quickly, it gives them bonus damage and healing for easier exploration of the island.
I invent special abilities for mob packs to stimulate the players to think harder, plan more accurately and work as a team. There is usually one of the mobs that increases the others’ damage, controls or weakens the players or casts area of effect spells upon death. It isn’t always for the best, however. My experience shows that players may sometimes misunderstand the mechanics, so they should always be crystal clear to them!
Strike while the iron is hot
After the design is completed, a new stage of production begins. This is the time for all the ideas to come to life. When my design gets the green light, I start working on the detailing of the map and the mechanics implementation. I can assign special tasks to programmers in case I need any new game mechanics introduced (e.g. mechanics for The Poison Wing).
Pretty often, when standard mobs are not enough to fill the island, I ask designers to create some brand new ones. My favorite demands are often connected with the final epic boss, like the one in Zone 51. This time is not an exception! There will be a totally unique last boss and a unique place to fight him.
During the final stage I spend a lot of time with the artists. Together we adjust the lighting and choose colour shades. The artists produce concept art of the new objects, locations and creatures. Here is the concept for the Island’s final boss:
To develop mechanics I use special editors that help tune mobs and bosses just as I wish. I set their abilities and script their behavior that can be corrected during the numerous playtests to come. Another important thing is the visual appearance of monsters’ spells and abilities. That is how it all looks in the editor:
Finaly the island is ready for the Playtest. It means that all the work of the designers, artists and scriptwriters has ended. The island is filled with decorations, scripted scenes, monsters, NPCs and even some easter eggs!
I test the island personaly a few times. Then we gather a group of people who have worked on the island and play together. We mark all the good and bad things, think of suggestions on how to improve on the bad or alter the gameplay and mechanics. But the last word always belongs to the creator of the Island’s concept. When we finish, the island goes to QA Team for bug testing.
The creation of an Astral Island is a fascinating and exciting process. It requires a great deal of inspiration and imagination because this all is in the hands of one person. This is such a good opportunity to create an adventure of your own and share it with other players. I enjoy reading the Allods Online forums; particularly threads where the players discuss Astral islands, including mine. The comments are a very valuable resource for our team. They help make Allods Online better and more enjoyable. Travel through the Astral and share your impressions, discuss your ideas and thoughts as all of them can find their future in the Astral!
To go in line with the glorious Prophetic Card event going on now until May 1st, we’ll make the next 3 days a special one with Lucky Moment bonuses to help you gather as many Prophetic Cards from monsters as possible!
There will be something for everyone regardless what your ingame desires are as everyone will enjoy Double Experience, Double Gold, and Increased Drops!
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse has long been thought to be just a legend to scare little Gibberlings who dare to not finish their plates. They gallop through the allods looking for those who they deem should not survive; the few people who have glimpsed these malevolent creatures can’t decide whether the horsemen or the mounts are scarier! Pestilence, War, Famine and Death are their names to strike terror upon first glimpse!
Don’t go down on your knees and prepare your survival speech just yet, as you may soon find yourself as one of the horsemen bringing the Apocalypse to your enemies!
The new Prophetic Card won’t only bring chaos, but many rewards for those who manage to decipher it: vanity costumes, crystal chips, gold dust, some great new shoulder accessories, other great prizes and… the set of the Doomsday Horseman! Before showing you what we’re talking about let’s get to the details of the offer first!
From Thursday, April 25th until Wednesday, May 1st you will be able to loot the amazing Prophetic Card of the Infernal Treasurer, giving you a chance to win exclusive (but evil) pony mounts and a mysterious costume!
To unravel the treasures of the Prophetic Cards, Ancient Compass will be available in the Item Shop from April 25th until May 16th!
It is now time to explain how the Prophetic Cards work for our new recruits, and to provide a reminder for our veterans!
For players who joined our adventures in the recent Lords of Destiny expansion, let’s start with the basics of the system. From the 25th of April, players will see a new item dropped by monsters in-game, it is the Prophetic Card of the Infernal Treasurer. This item allows players to play a game of chance, and win some truly amazing prizes! They start dropping from mobs from the 25th of April until the 1st of May!
To take part in the action, any player that wishes to use the Prophetic Card needs to obtain an item called an Ancient Compass, which is available from the Item Shop from April 25th until May 16th. This will allow them to scan the Prophetic Card and see what prizes are hiding within!
You will then be given an opportunity to turn over one to four cards and winning the prizes that lie beneath, depending on how many Ancient Compasses you have in your bag! Don’t worry if you have some Prophetic Cards left over after May 1st, as you can open them after that date with your Ancient Compass until their expiration.
These can be obtained through gPotato, Gem Shards, and Premium Crystals. Be advised that any Ancient Compass obtained through Premium Crystals are bound, but if using gPotato or Gem Shards you can trade or auction them!
Players should also be aware that prizes won through the Prophetic Card of the Infernal Treasurer are bound to the character, so when opening these, make sure that you are using them on the correct character! Keep reading to find out more details about this new mechanic.
Those here for the last event may remember that each time they used a prophetic card, a bar below the interface (see the screenshot above) would fill up, and every 60 points accumulated would give them a Stroke of Luck.
Once this bar is full your interface will change color and you will be given a chance to win one prize from a selection of some of the very best prizes available in this event!
As for previous Prophetic Cards events, you will have the chance to tame exclusive mounts! And unlike their cousins, the evil ponies won’t be cute and fluffy, but will bring the Apocalypse to Sarnaut! Brrr….
Excellent news for our mount lovers everywhere! For those of you who prefer to know how useful your mounts are in getting you out of tight spots when questing, here are the stats:
But we know there are lots of you who will be looking at these mounts and this offer, for the sake of pure vanity. After all, who doesn’t like showing off their unique look, new costumes and sparkling mounts in Novograd and Nezebgrad? This Prophetic Card will be bringing back the much sought after class costumes for all the archetypes, including the new set of the Doomsday Horseman!
But now for some new reasons for vanity! This Prophetic Card will be reintroducing the shoulder accessories, ranging from a new lovable creatures to a book of magic. Have a look and see what you think!
Have a look at it!
The Apocalypse has never felt so good in Allods Online!
Ancient Compasses will be added to the Item Shop in the latter morning PDT of Thursday, April 25th.