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New and old GMs

Dear Illarionites,
the Illarion staff is proud to announce the recruitment of two new GMs. GM Revan is currently briefed extensivly and will take of player entertainment during "late hours". GM Aeghol does his comeback and will take care of an overarching plotline as head-GM. The GM roster is set up as followed:

  • Aeghol
  • Arien Edhel
  • Estralis Seborian
  • Garou
  • Loralyn
  • Naerwyn
  • Revan
  • Zak

In case you have a problem with a Gamemaster, you can send an e-mail to the reinstated ombudsman "GM-Complaint":

GM Estralis

written by Estralis on 06. November 2008 03:59 pm



Fellow Illarionites,
this wednesday, starting at 18:00 GMT, a player-GM-chat will be hosted. In difference to former events of this kind, the chat will take place ingame. Interested players should log in at the given time and wait for instructions how to join.

The topics of the chat:

  • Improvement of the communication players-staff
  • Application of the new rules
  • Promotion
  • Open questionary

The chat will be held in german. See you on wednesday!

GM Estralis

written by Estralis on 20. October 2008 03:37 am


Rule update

Dear players,
the Illarion rules were revised and after an comprehensive discussion among the staff, the rules were adapted to the current circumstances. Some rules were clarified and semi-official rules that were hidden somewhere on the board were incoperated. All in all, we want Illarion become a more cooperative game with less out-of-character influences. We want that all players work together to improve the gaming experience of Illarion. Playing for the sole purpose of personal gain in any form is not accepted anymore. On the boards, you can find a detailled summary of the rule changes. Note the basic rule and rule about the world (new!), out-of-character, considerateness and powergaming, especially. You can review the new rules here:

We, the Illarion staff, hope the game will benefit from these rules changes. Note that the new rules will be monitored, thus, things you have done for ages might be violating the rules now. As usual, we will first notice those who do not follow the rules and offer our help to improve one's roleplay. But there is no customary right! Note that we're not making up these rules to spoil your fun or to find reasons to ban undesired players. The rules are a framework within which the game shall be played. The old saying holds, as long as you roleplay and are not too much of an annoyance to the other players, you won't do anything wrong!

GM Estralis

written by Estralis on 02. October 2008 02:29 pm


Newbie-Island and Accountsystem Update

Today there was a Update of the Accountsystem, that was the last needed part to the activation of the Newbie Island.
The Newbie Island will help from now on to give the new players of Illarion a better start into the game. While it is not completly done yet, its advanced for enougth to make the start into the Illarion for new players alot easier. The small missing parts will be added one by one later. Many thanks for creating that island to pharse, Ardian, Kadiya, Jupiter, Silberwolf, Greisling and Misjbar as well as everyone who helped testing the island.

The new Accountsystem is mainly made to make the account- and character creation and management easier and for new players easier to understand. Also the new attribute packages proposed on the Illarion Board were integrated into the system.
The Accountsystem is the next part of the single-time loginsystem that is the current main target of the homepage development and shall provide access the the game account, the forum and the mantis bugtracker with just one login.
The main control of that new user management is now visible for all players and is located in the middle of the left navigation.
Sadly there is currently no way to change the settings of your user account. But this will change within the next days.
Also is was needed to disable the applications to special races for a while. The reason for this is that the Gamemasters have currently no possibility to view or answer the applications that are created with the new account system. It will take a few weeks to fix that problem. All players who were allowed to play a special race before the update should be able to do this now too. In case someone lost the ability to do so, he shall contact me by board or by e-mail in order to fix this.

Within the next hours there will be a Update of the onlinelist and of the character profiles so these use the settings and informations of the new accountsystem.

written by Nitram on 11. September 2008 04:44 am


Account system update

In the next few days there will be a major update of the account system. This update contains a fully rewritten account system, that has some differences to the old one, of course.

One new thing for example is the handling of the age of the character. The account system doesn't store the age of a character anymore, it rather stores a birthday date. Characters who do not have this information (so currently all but mine) are automatically detected and the system will ask you to add this value.

Also the new accountsystem will solve the problem that character pictures aren't shown instandly after it got updates, because the browsers store the old picture in the cache. Furthermore it won't be possible in future to find out the ID of the character by the name of the picture.

Also the descriptions of the characters get moved from the gameserver database to the homepage database in order to decrease the load on the gameserver database.

Due to these changes of the handling of the pictures, the description and the story of the characters a full wipe of the character profiles is needed. Also all pictures will be deleted. For this reason I ask everyone who likes to keep his or her profile to store it locally in order to upload it after the update once again. Sadly there is no other way to do this. Moving the data is not possible due to the completly different types of database.

Also currently there are some character profiles that contain false encoded characters (mostly shown by black questionmarks on white ground). Those will be removed by uploading the texts again.

I can't say for sure when this update will take place. But it can't hurt to save the data a little earlier.


written by Estralis on 09. September 2008 11:31 pm