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First Illarion staff interview: project leader Vilarion

When and how did you come to Illarion?
Back in 2004 I was developing and managing a Star-Wars IRC RPG. One of my players told me about Illarion (wow, graphics!) and although he himself never stayed, I eventually lost interest in Star-Wars and started playing Illarion.
I joined the staff prior to the char wipe back then to work on the old C++ client.

What is your vision of Illarion?
My vision is to have 100 players online at the same time some day. To get to this goal Illarion should be a place to enjoy as a casual role player.

What is your role as a member of staff?
I am the current project leader, overseeing development activities and staff additions. Also I am the main server developer, working on the C++ server code. Furthermore I am the server administrator (root) who maintains the software running on our rented hardware and controls access privileges of staff members. The CM team is my responsibility as well.

What is your current project?
My current development project is the introduction of quest markers to have a comfortable means to see where quests are available.

What will be your next big project?
The next thing I will be working on will probably be an in-game mail system. You will be able to use this system to send items and messages to other players' characters, even when they are offline. To further improve trading, it will also be possible to send items using pay on delivery.

What is your duty in the Society?
Currently I am the chairman of the Illarion Society board. My tasks are to represent the society and to check legal issues.
In this role I am currently also pushing to release game content like scripts and maps under an open source license so that everybody can have a look at these if they wish to, or even correct small things like spelling mistakes themselves.

What is your motivation to work for Illarion?
When I started out I simply enjoyed programming. Shaping a game is a very interesting thing to do, I can only recommend to try it. Seeing your ideas taking form and come to life is a great experience.
Also I really enjoy working with our staff which consists of interesting people with all kinds of backgrounds and from many countries. We are always looking for new staff members, by the way!

Any hints what we can look forward to most in game in the near future?
The next interesting projects we will work on include, apart from the aforementioned mail system, the possibility to view other players' inventories more closely, so that you can show off your epic items.
We will also work on a system to create guilds in game with various benefits like a guild depot.
Making renting flats a more automatic process is another project. Maybe it will even be possible to decorate your living space some day.
You can also look forward to getting more involved in your factions' administration, since it will eventually be possible to get into political positions like the watch captain and use server mechanics to exert these positions (e.g. order NPC guards around).
These things will keep us busy for many months.

written by Djironnyma on 31. August 2013 05:00 pm


New client version 2.1.7

Dear Players,

Just now a new client version has been released. This version mainly contains bug fixes and some preparations for the upcoming game content update.

Notable bug fixes remove the error that prevented some players from changing the volume in the game. Also, mini map handling was improved and switching map levels was speeded up again.

This client version also contains changes that were suggested during the FeenCon. Movement using WASD is now possible again. However, you can disable this in the client options. Also, the chat line now disables itself after one line has been written. This change can be undone as well using a new option.

Character movement has been improved considerably. It is now possible to move with two keys. So pressing cursor up and left will move your character in a diagonal direction.

Have fun with the new client.
Bugs that turn up can be reported in Mantis as usual.

written by Nitram on 30. August 2013 02:12 pm


[Cadomyr] Emissary from Ann-Korr

From the distant lands of Ann-Korr an emissary has arrived beseeching a trade agreement with Cadomyr. Rumors spred from his ship that the Albarian Empire has fallen on hard times.

written by Revan on 29. August 2013 01:39 pm


Dragons Call No. 25

New Dragons Call.

Topics this time:

  • Attack on Runewick
  • Occupied trade route
  • New Galmairian Newspaper
written by Djironnyma on 27. August 2013 10:08 am


Traps, raids and propaganda!

The terror of the seas has landed, corsair Flinn brings chaos and harm over the three major cities. Watch the quest calender on the online list and help Illarion to capture the pirate!

written by Djironnyma on 22. August 2013 05:06 pm