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VBU Release Date

Hello fellow Illarionites,

the final release date for our VBU will be Jan 2nd 2013, since the 1st is a holiday and many staff members will not be around.

Three days to go!

written by Vilarion on 30. December 2012 08:08 pm

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Onwards to new shores

Hello dear Illarion fans!

Good news! Installation of the VBU is almost complete. We expect to open our server for your entertainment at January 1st 2013.

If you notice the server being on-line before that date and maybe someone running around there, this serves the purpose of some last minute polishing.

written by Vilarion on 28. December 2012 06:24 am

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The End of the VBU plot

Dear Illarionites,
today, an era comes to its end. With the end of the VBU plot, we close an important chapter of Illarions's history. During today's final event, starting at around 20:00 GMT, you can bid farewell to Gobaith.

After the event, we'll shut down the server until the release of the VBU. We'll announce the date of the restart of the game any time soon.

But first - celebrate christmas!

Yours,
GM Estralis

written by Estralis on 23. December 2012 08:57 pm

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New and old GMs

Dear Illarionites,
We are happy to announce that we could hire three new (old) GMs, just in time with the release of the VBU.

-Silverwing
-Firefly
-Flux

Together with the current GMs Arien Edhel, Estralis Seborian, Face, Zak and Zot they'll care for ingame events.

GM Estralis

written by Estralis on 17. December 2012 11:21 am

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Announcement of the release of the VBU

Dear Illarionites,
We are happy to announce that the long-awaited "Very Big Update" will be released within the next few days. This update will affect all aspects of Illarion and you will find yourself playing almost a brand new game after it. Our developers currently work on the final details and prepare the migration of character data. The release of the VBU will result in a downtime of the game for a few days. During this time, the server, database, client and all game scripts will be updated.

In this context, we'd like to announce that a series of ingame events will accompany the release. During these events, your characters will leave the island Gobaith and enter the main land of Illarion. We are more than excited to finally present you the Illarion mainland, a new world for new adventures and epic tales. With this step, a new era will begin and the plans of the original creators, Bror, Alatar and Baldur, to leave the then-unnamed test island and enter the Illarion mainland become reality.

This means that after the update, your characters won't be able to access the depots on Gobaith anymore. This includes the mule depots. Only the inventory of your characters will be migrated to the new world. You will be able to access all depots at a place you can access from the northern skeleton forest to chose those items you want to keep in your character's inventory.

Very few items will be negatively affected by the transfer. Items stored in bags, that are stored in bags themselves have to be deleted due to technical constraints. Old treasure maps of Gobaith will, of course, not be of any use in a new world. Furthermore, magical gems will lose their effect due to massive changes to the magical gem system.

Personally, I'd like to thank all involved developers for the spent effort. When we decided to take the massive steps that were baptised "VBU" back in 2009, I doubt anyone expected this update to become so impressive. The development of Illarion will not stop with this update, the VBU is only the beginning of Illarion's future. Some game aspects such as magic will not be included in the VBU, so there will always be something new that can be released in future!

Yours,
GM Estralis

written by Estralis on 15. December 2012 04:18 pm

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