Halloween is just getting started on TalonRO! November's latest delights are coming through Midgard, and this month's update brings oodles of improvements to make your gaming time extraordinary. Our Halloween seasonal event is coming right around the corner - featuring an entirely new and redesigned event that we hope you will enjoy! Plus, new innovations to the Gamemaster Challenge, plenty of gameplay improvements, and the latest TTG & Monthly Costume Box are all part of this month's unique patch. Read on to learn of the latest additions to TalonRO - we hope that you enjoy and, as always, thank you for being part of the TalonRO community!
Get ready for this year's frightening Halloween event! The GM team has been working hard to put the finishing touches on an entirely fresh Halloween-themed seasonal event with the all-new Festival of Witches! This year's event will blend familiar elements of Halloween thrills together with unique twists and turns in a competitive and team event - and we can't wait to bring it to you in the coming days. Our team is working to finalize the last elements of the event, so be on the lookout for this year's latest seasonal event with the Festival of Witches! Don't eat all of your Halloween candy just yet!
The Festival of Witches
This year's Halloween event - the Festival of Witches - is an all-new seasonal event coming to Midgard!
Our GM team is finalizing the event in the next few days, and looks forward to implementing it shortly.
When the event is ready and live, an announcement will be made, along with usual information available in the Official Events section of the forums. Thank you for your patience as we look to keep the Halloween spirit alive!
Our latest gameplay changes are designed to address essential needs to make your gaming experience on TalonRO the best that it can be! The GM Staff is always assessing the state of gameplay and working to make things dynamic, challenging, and - most of all - fun! Read below for our latest gameplay changes:
This month's patch features a tremendous update to the Gamemaster Challenge (GMC)!
First, we're pleased to announce that GMC is now instanced! This means that any number of parties can now join the GMC at the same time!
This update will also mean that previous errors where a GMC was unavailable to enter should now no longer be an issue. We anticipate that this new instancing will mean this issue should not be a factor for parties wishing to take on a GMC!
Secondly, we're pleased to unveil the second of our two-new planned GMCs: the GM Saen Challenge!
This all-new GMC features a level of challenge which ought to cater to a wide variety of classes. We hope that you and your party will have tremendous fun exploring and conquering GMC Saen and all that comes with it! Organize your best party and take on this new challenge as soon as you're ready!
As always, we will continue to monitor and assess party readiness and gameplay adaptation with this release, and may make modifications as necessary based on player feedback and overall assessment.
Finally, we've made a number of changes and modifications to GMC overall to enhance your experience with these challenging, custom dungeons.
The back-end structure of GMC has been significantly cleaned up and optimized, which we hope will translate into super-smooth gameplay. As always, please let us know if you encounter any issues by submitting known bugs through our Bug Reports section of the forums.
All GMCs now feature new rankings, established in a similar structure to the Wave Challenge. Rankings are based in a time trial, where high ranking is conferred based upon how quickly a party is able to complete the instance.
An additional NPC has been added to the spawn location of every GMC map, which is enabled once the first three (3) floors have been cleared.
In the event of certain players not being properly warped into the MVP / final boss room of the GMC, players may use this NPC to warp themselves into the MVP floor.
Updates have been made to the GMC Lance instance. Overall, assessment of this instance indicated that the map(s) used for this challenge were far too great in area - leading to an unproductive amount of walking and low level of mob difficulty. Therefore:
The GMC Lance floor map has been changed to be more linear / straightforward, and which features stronger mobs in greater quantity. This addition increases the challenge of GMC Lance significantly, and offers parties more action-paced gameplay.
The GMC Lance MVP has also been granted additional skills and attacks, which will also raise the level of difficulty for parties in this particular instance.
Finally, we will continue to monitor and assess party readiness and gameplay adaptation with this release, and may make modifications as necessary based on player feedback and overall assessment.
Master account cooldowns for instances are now processed using a new method of calculation.
Players will now have a limited number of times with which an instance can be played, per master account, and per time interval (e.g.: day, week). These limitations will follow closely to the overall quantity of instances which could be performed in a given time period, but realized as instances available to be played per time period.
First example: daily 24-hour cooldowns will now reset daily at midnight Midgard (server) time. For example, players would be allowed to participate in a cooldown-applicable instance at 23:55, and then again at 00:05. Previously, cooldowns were imposed for 24 hours from the initiation of the instance.
Second example: a 3-day cooldown on an instance will now become a limit of three (3) times per week, with the cooldown count resetting on Sunday at midnight, Midgard (server) time.
Third example: a 3-hour master account cooldown will now become a limit of eight (8) times per day, with the cooldown count resetting daily at midnight, Midgard (server) time.
The Minigame Girl NPC will also provide information on the number of instance runs a player can perform across their master account cooldowns in a given time period (if applicable).
The no-vending zone in Hugel has been expanded to provide a wider area for active players to move through Hugel's town center.
The re-entry fee for the Endless Tower instance has been standardized to 10,000z for all players, regardless of their class or level.
Note: the re-entry fee change applies only when a player is already performing the instance, and is effectively entering the initiated instance again. The initial entry fee (prior to the instance's start) remains unchanged.
The Player Control Panel's Storage Search feature now features a cooldown of only one (1) hour. This will allow for players to search their storage contents through the Panel on a more regular basis.
Previously, this cooldown period was three (3) hours.
Our latest bug fixes are also part of our ongoing effort to ensure that TalonRO runs smoothly, and that your experience is running at full capacity! TalonRO always takes the opportunity with our monthly updates to address any lingering issues through player-based bug reports or those brought to our attention - all with the hope of making your gaming time great. Read below for this month's latest bug fixes:
Hugel Bingo and Haunted House's idle checking feature has been modified to ensure more consistent and reliable initiation of these minigames.
Previously, players were reporting issues where these minigames were not starting properly / as intended.
Questlog entries for the Curse of Gaebolg quest have been modified to prevent a potential bug with the log entry.
This month's Tam Tam's Gift region takes a spooky and haunted turn - appropriate for Halloween's descent into Midgard! Enjoy additional bonuses through the haunted castle of Glast Heim and its more elusive rooms! Tam Tam's Gift Region this month excludes the popular Glast Heim maps, including the Lowest Cave F1 (gl_dun01), The Glast Heim Prison (gl_prison), the Churchyard (gl_chyard), and the Glast Heim Culvert F3 (gl_sew03). Fight against some of Glast Heim's most terrifying champions this month as well for a chance to earn coins while embarking on a terrifying TTG-fueled adventure!
Tam Tam's Gift Region
November's region includes the Glast Heim maps!
TTG in Glast Heim excludes the following areas:
Lowest Cave F1 (gl_dun01)
Glast Heim Prison (gl_prison)
Glast Heim Culvert F3 (gl_sew03)
Champion monsters for this month include the following:
Gargoyle, Raydric Archer, Abysmal Knight, Rideword, Khalitzburg.
Finally, no monthly patch would be complete without our latest monthly costume box! Rainbow Sigrun continues to take top billing to our monthly costume box, and this month's box brings about a Halloween-themed offering of fantastic costumes, including the much-awaited return of the Ghostring Tall Hat, plus the Gorilla Mask Costume and the Punkish Cat Ears Costume, among others! Other additions to this month's box make it one worth obtaining - and be sure to do so, as each month a new box with new contents will take its place! November's costume box is currently available in the Reward Guru - and we hope that you get something fun to show off to the world of Midgard!
November 2017 Monthly Costume Box
This month's costume items include the following
Ghostring Tall Hat Costume
Gorilla Mask Costume
Punkish Cat Ears Costume
Diabolic Lapel Costume
Gothic Pumpkin Head Costume
Deviling Rucksack Costume
Deviruchi Headphones Costume
Ribbon Wizard Hat Costume
Skull Cap Costume
Small Deviling Hat Costume
We hope that you enjoy this month's latest updates - and, as always, happy gaming from all of us on TalonRO!
It is our great pleasure and privilege to proudly feature artwork from the TalonRO community as part of our monthly patch update series! Artwork featured in this month's update includes work from PhantomPuppeteer, Orchestra, Yoshimi, Elza, Antei Kun, Marly, and GM Spica!