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  1. Our Battlegrounds Closed Beta Testing is still available for signups! Although the TalonRO team has been working hard at refreshing the Battlegrounds offering, we still need your help in order to obtain an accurate number of players to test all available modes. Read on below for our latest updates and to enlist in helping to test bring Battlegrounds to the entire TalonRO community! Although testing continues on the Battlegrounds refresh, we would like to inform the community that the live BG event unveiling has been postponed until all available testing can be completed. In the spirit of transparency, this postponement is due to the fact that the modifications to Battlegrounds are complex, and cannot presently be implemented in a way which does not cause errors to the server environment. Moreover, several features are still pending implementation, making the refresh as of yet incomplete. It is our goal to thoroughly test and approve all features before they enter the world of Midgard - and so the work continues to get it right! We appreciate your patience as our team continues to work hard on these updates. At the end of the day, we're all people too - and sometimes we don't get it correct on the first go-around or are able to spend all the time that we'd like on fixing features - but we'll do our best to continue onward and bring the best offerings we can when we're confident that they're ready for our amazing community. This is where we need your help! BG testing still requires a large number of Battlegrounds beta testers in order to properly validate all modes of BG gameplay. Our live Closed Beta Test is still scheduled - which we anticipate to be able to take place sometime with in the next two weeks. If you feel confident that you can help, we'd love to have your participation! As always, we'll keep you updated on our latest improvements and progress - and thank you for understanding as we work to get this right! Battlegrounds Refresh Our Battlegrounds Refresh closed beta testing is still available for signups. Requirements: please be an experienced Battlegrounds participant - meaning that you are familiar with how Battlegrounds works / operates, how to form teams, modes of gameplay, etc. Please also have PvP and/or Battlegrounds equipment at the ready on your character to ensure proper participation. To sign up: please visit our TalonRO Battlegrounds Closed Beta page and follow the instructions by indicating your interest in the beta process. Instructions and time of the test will be included in an email if you are selected for the beta test, which we expect to be scheduled within two weeks. As a result of the closed beta test and continued needs for testing, our live Battlegrounds Refresh event will be postponed. We hope to be able to provide more information once we have performed a beta test with fidelity on the Battlegrounds experience! Thank you for your understanding, interest, and participation - and as always, happy gaming!
  2. Our Battlegrounds Refresh continues progress with the release of our closed beta signup process! For Talonians with Battlegrounds experience and PvP / BG equipment at the ready, we would love your assistance in helping to test the latest release of Battlegrounds before its live unveiling to the broader community! Read on below for how to sign up, plus updates to our upcoming live BG event unveiling! Our upcoming Battlegrounds Refresh continues on - and we're looking for experienced PvP and BG players to assist in a special closed beta testing of our latest BG version. In light of this testing, we're also modifying the date of our live BG event - all to ensure that our latest version has undergone community testing and is ready for primetime! Read below for the details on requirements and how to participate in the closed beta: Gameplay Changes Our Battlegrounds Refresh now includes a special closed beta testing period. For those interested in testing out these latest changes, please note the following: Requirements: please be an experienced Battlegrounds participant - meaning that you are familiar with how Battlegrounds works / operates, how to form teams, modes of gameplay, etc. Please also have PvP and/or Battlegrounds equipment at the ready on your character to ensure proper participation. To sign up: please visit our TalonRO Battlegrounds Closed Beta page and follow the instructions by indicating your interest in the beta process. During the week of May 21st, TalonRO will send out email invitations to selected closed beta participants. Instructions and time of the test will be included in the email if you are selected for the beta test. As a result of the closed beta test, our live Battlegrounds Refresh event will be held on June 4th, 2017. Details on this event will be forthcoming, following our closed beta test! Thank you as always for your patience, interest, and participation! We hope that you'll sign up for our beta test if eligible. Thanks as always - and happy gaming!
  3. Question: Why is TalonRO crashing with the following error message: "O windows não pode acessar o dispositivo, caminho ou arquivo especificado. Talvez você não tenha as permissões adequadas para acessar o item." ? Quick Answer: This is likely due to an interaction with a banking software program called "Warsaw Banking." Follow the steps below to remedy this error if applicable. For those users who are experiencing the above error, a commonly used banking software in certain regions is the "Warsaw Core" banking program. This program may be identifying TalonRO's patches incorrectly as malware, which may lead to the error above. To remedy, please disable the "Warsaw Core" program and related "Gbp Service" as needed. Disabling these plugins may assist in fixing this error.
  4. Aegir Armor now drops from Kraken and Aegir Cloak now drops from Red Eruma rather than the other way around.

    It's the opposite, no?

    1. GM Seiren

      GM Seiren

      The database displays the previous values.

  5. May flowers begin to bloom this month on TalonRO! Our latest monthly patch unveils new changes to the Wave Challenge minigame, plus bug fixes to Taekwon Missions, expanded Bonus Bundle options, and much more! We're also pleased to unveil a new addition to the Player Control Panel in the form of the new Item Wishlist feature! Plus, enjoy a new monthly Costume Box and a new Tam Tam's Gift region. Please take a moment to review all of our latest changes below - and as always, happy gaming! The latest feature to enter the Player Control Panel is the all-new Item Wishlist. This new feature, available on the Panel, allows you to curate a special list of items that you're seeking for your Game Accounts within your Master Account. Simply enter in the ID number of the item you're looking for, populate with some information - such as the maximum amount of zeny you're looking to spend on the item, and what types of additional cards or enchants you're looking for that item to have, and the wishlist will keep running track! What's even better? When the item that you're looking for is below your target maximum price, you'll receive an email alerting you that the item is available! The item wishlist will periodically check the marketplace for the items, and the Item Wishlist will let you know when it swept the market last for you - ensuring that you have data which you can use to secure the item(s) that you want! We hope this new feature proves helpful, effective, and efficient for all of our community members - and most of all, we hope that you'll enjoy it! Player Control Panel - Item Wishlist The new Item Wishlist feature is now live on the Player Control Panel! Create and curate your own wishlist of items that you're looking for in the market easily by entering the ID number of the item. You can even add modifiers, such as the exact refine rate you're looking for if applicable, plus cards, enchantments, and more. Enter in the maximum price that you're willing to spend. When the item falls below that price on the market, TalonRO will send you an email to the address on file for your Master Account to alert you of the price and availability! The Item Wishlist will also automatically sweep the marketplace for you, and will keep track of when this search was last performed. 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: Gameplay Changes The Wave Challenge minigame is now instanced for your immediate use! This means you'll never have to worry about finding an available room - play in on instanced mode and party on! The skill set of the lower level mercenaries have been slightly adjusted, and prices for these mercenaries have been reduced slightly as well (with even greater price reductions for Timed Mode). Various new monsters and MVPs have been added to the spawn lists with in the Wave Challenge to freshen up the content within this minigame. The Unlimited Challenge Mode, while functionally unlimited, now contains a hard limit of 12 hours due to its compatibility with being instanced. However, this time frame does not impost a timed ceiling, as it well exceeds the length of time for virtually any party play. The 1-hour limit per floor has been removed. Your party can participate as long as desired per floor, so long as the final time limit has not elapsed. Although we have thoroughly tested this instance, bugs might be present. If you find any, please report them to us as soon as possible! Changes to the Bonus Bundle have also been implemented: Kafra Agents will now be available to grant the "storeall" feature for a fee of 1,000 zeny. This option will place all of your items in your inventory into storage for you in a single transaction. This option will only available through the Bonus Bundle options when enabled. The Bonus Bundle has also been moved back to the Reward Guru. The cost for the Bonus Bundle via the Reward Guru will be 50 Copper Coins. This reflects its previous price prior to being moved out of the Reward Guru. Slightly increased the size of the no-vending zone in Comodo. Slightly increased the Hazy Forest cooldown from 2.5 hours to 4 hours. Aegir Armor now drops from Kraken and Aegir Cloak now drops from Red Eruma rather than the other way around. The location of the Stylist and Dressing Coach has moved! This is to better separate the entry point for new players, while keeping a dedicated space open for stylist and dressing options. The new location of the Stylist and Dressing Coach can be found in Prontera near 165,168 - at the building located near the Vending Officer NPC in Prontera. As a result, the chatbox-allowed zone in Prontera has been moved down a bit. 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: Bug Fixes The Taekwon Mission skill should now (really) be fixed! This skill will now only select monsters from within the Dead Branch database. Previously, this skill would pull potential monsters from the entire database range, which occasionally would include unavailable / event / unimplemented monsters as part of a TK mission. The Novice Shield (item # 2113) now properly reduces damage from Holy and Shadow elements. Fixed Leak Card (item # 4520) also causing Confusion on enemies when using non-Magic skills. Fixed !killannounce showing Lost Dragon kills. Fixed questlog entries for Peace for Arunafeltz quest. This month's Tam Tam's Gift region takes us into a classic dungeon worth re-exploring: Umbala Fields and Dungeon! Embark on a special rumble in the jungle and fight against this month's Champion Monsters and earn yourself valuable coins, additional experience, and much more! Tam Tam's Gift Region May's region includes the Umbala Field maps and Umbala Dungeon map. This month's Champion Monsters are as follows: Wootan Fighter Dustiness Beetle King Stone Shooter Wootan Shooter Finally, no monthly patch would be complete without our latest monthly costume box! With our new graphic below, you'll be able to see which costumes are part of our classic series, all the way up to which in the monthly box are truly so rare that they might as well be legendary! The Rainbow Star Costume returns to our monthly costume box, and includes the wildly exotic Nidhogg Wig to make your mane look fabulous! 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! May'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! May 2017 Monthly Costume Box This month's costume items include the following Rainbow Star Costume Nidhogg Wig Costume Heavenly Dark Flame Costume Protection Crown Costume Drooping Ahat Costume Monochrome Gothic Bonnet Costume Sitting Pope Costume Barrel Helm Costume Tiger Face Costume Ashura Fairy Hat Costume Sailor Hat Costume Deviruchi 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, Yoshimi, Elza, Antei Kun, Marly, and GM Spica!
  6. Big thanks to @jessu for the signature imagery! Let it be known: you rule. :)

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    2. GM Mimi

      GM Mimi

      Your art is great, @jessu! Thank your for your contribution!

    3. GM Howl

      GM Howl

      Hear, hear!! /no1

    4. GM Elixia

      GM Elixia

      Amazing work! @jessu /slur! tRO is very lucky to have you!

  7. TalonRO is pleased to announce the release of two exciting new features designed to bring the community experience to the forefront! Guilds are an essential cornerstone of Midgard - whether you're getting together under the common cause to claim your own castle in War of Emperium (WoE), banding a group together to take on entry-level or end-game challenges, or forming a group of close friends to stay social, the guild experience is an essential part of the community - and today we're pleased to honor this special camaraderie with the release of the Guild Directory resource. This one-stop area features a full listing of all TalonRO-approved guilds, with information supplied by guild leaders themselves! Recruiting, browsing information, and learning all about the variety of amazing guilds on TalonRO has never been in a single resource quite like this! Prospective members can browse to find a guild that fits their styles, while guild leaders can supply information and recruit all from within the Guild Directory. We're also delighted to release the new character signature generator! This new feature allows you to create a signature of your own current TalonRO character associated with your Master Account. Simply enter the name of your character, select your style from one of several options, and voila! You'll have your own custom TalonRO signature with character details ready to go in no time at all. Best of all, it'll update automatically with current information coming right from TalonRO - ensuring that your character is being proudly displayed to the world just as you'd see them while in-game! Read on below for all of the features, or begin to explore now and see the world of TalonRO's incredible community! Located in the Control Panel under Databases -> Guild Directory, this new resource starts with a full listing of all of TalonRO's approved guilds. Once a guild leader adds their guild to the directory and completes some basic information, the guild will appear in the compendium of information! From there, you can browse features - such as when the information was last modified, if a guild is recruiting, whether or not a guild has their own website or voice chat service, plus their general interests! Guild names are color coded by the difficulty of gameplay they typically participate in as well: Green Guilds are those skewed toward early-game content, Orange Guilds are those that participate in mid-game / all-around modes, and Red Guilds are those which exclusively cater to end-game content. This will help with the selection of the guild that's right for you - or see what other guilds are up to the next time you see their members around Midgard! Browse Guilds View a full listing of registered and active guilds on TalonRO. Search for a specific guild, view the entire list, and sort by distinctive features, such as: Guilds who are openly recruiting new members, Voice chat availability and use, Guild-run websites, General interests, including gameplay styles and more With powerful filtering and search options, finding the right guild has never been easier. Are you looking for guilds which specialize in end-game PvM content? What about a great Vanilla WoE guild? How about a social guild that’s great for newcomers to TalonRO? The Guild Directory has you covered! By using the dropdown feature, you’ll be able to browse and sort through all of the guilds in the Guild Directory. Do you recall seeing a guild in-game but only remember part of their name? Use the search bar to filter across the directory! Looking for guilds with a specialization feature? Select one or multiple search terms and find the guild that you’re looking for. Search Guilds Search TalonRO’s Guild Directory with powerful search terms. Sort guilds in the list by the following descriptors: All guild names across the entire directory, Difficulty of in-game content which the guild reports to mostly participate (e.g.: early, mid, or end-game), Guilds which specialize in: PvM, MVP hunting, Vanilla or Unrestricted WoE, Battlegrounds, PvP, instances, social, or that have their own voice chat or website. Once you’ve found the right guild for you, click on its name in the directory to view their full listing. From here, you’ll be able to read across the entire offering of information about the guild, such as viewing its emblem, seeing if they are opening for new recruits, learn more about their leadership and contact their guild leader, and much more! Guilds can even add special information about themselves in the “guild description” section – where you can read all about a guild’s offerings, interest, and anything else they wish to tell the Talonians about themselves! The guild information page is a one-source stop for information about the guild, allowing you to browse through the directory and learn more about their interests, membership, and more! You’ll even be able to apply directly to a guild which is openly recruiting (for more information, see the below “Coming Soon” section)! We hope that this section provides helpful information and insight into the activities of TalonRO’s guilds – and that you can learn something new about what your fellow Talonians are up to in-game as a community! Browse Guilds View any guild’s listing by clicking on their name in the directory, where you’ll be taken to their page. View information such as: Current emblem Guild level Recruiting status Points of contact for information and guild leadership In-game activity difficulty level Website and voice chat (if applicable) Where you can find the guild at their home town / save point in-game. As a guild leader, you’ll have amazing access in shaping your guild’s information in the directory – allowing the TalonRO community to see all that you have to offer. Adding your guild is a simple process as a guild leader. If you’re a guild leader, visit Account -> Manage Guilds in the Control Panel, or visit the page here to get started. This feature will be available in the Player Control Panel for all players who lead a guild on a Game Account within their Master Account. Guilds which are added to the directory will be approved by a member of the Gamemaster team. Once approved, your guild will receive an official listing on the directory, letting players across TalonRO know that your guild is among a registered group of community members! Once on the management page, you’ll be able to view your guilds which you have currently registered, add a new guild, edit the listings for the guild, as well as include your own special information to add flavor, descriptions, and more! Not only is the management section a source for adding in your own guild, but you’ll be able to utilize this space more fully in the future to help you administer the details of your guild – providing you great control and insight into the community of people whom you help to lead! We’ve designed the management section to aid in shaping great communities to come together, drawing on feedback from guild leaders on what tools they need to help make lasting memories! Browse Guilds Guild leaders will be able to access the Guild Management page, which allows for insight and access into administering the details of the guild’s listing in the directory. Add your own guild to the directory as a guild leader Include details about your guild and craft its listing into the directory Manage information about your guild, along with new upcoming features (listed below) designed to help aid in the administration of your guild’s function The magic of the Guild Directory is just getting started! We have some powerful new features which are coming up, and will be included in one of our maintenance updates – so be on the lookout for these expanded features. Automated guild invitation is one feature that both prospective members and guild leaders will enjoy! You’ll be able to apply directly to a guild that is openly recruiting through a membership application. If validated, approved new members will be able to speak with a Kafra Agent directly to accept membership – no need to find a member online with invitation privileges! Further plans include guild storage permission control through the management section, and an advanced guild member listing along with their last activity in-game! These features are sure to be helpful to all members of the community, allowing the guild to be at the center of the experience. Coming Soon - Features Planned Expansion plans for the Guild Directory will be forthcoming. These features are presently not in place, but will include exciting updates such as: Automated guild invitation for approved members, Accepted applicants will be able to confirm their membership with any Kafra Agent, Guild storage permission control, Advanced guild member listing, along with last active information. We’re pleased to introduce automated character signatures – a special new feature which we hope that you’ll enjoy in your forum signature, or anywhere else where you want to show off your TalonRO character to the world! This wonderful new resource is available also through the Player Control Panel, or by accessing it here, and is ready for your design – made simple and easy to use for your direct enjoyment! While logged into your Master Account on the page, simply enter the name of the character you wish to have a signature made – you’ll only be able to make a signature for your own characters, allowing you authoritative control on your signature. Select from one of three currently available themes – Spring, Halloween, or Beach – and let TalonRO do the rest! The generator will call up your character’s details, sprite, dye, headgear, and more. Afterward, take the direct link and pop it into your signature on the forums, or anywhere else where you’d like to show off your character! We hope that you’ll enjoy this fun new feature – use it to show off your amazing character to the world! We can’t wait to see where your character will end up! Character Signature Generator The TalonRO Character Signature Generator is now online! Use this new feature to generate an image of your own character for use in forum signatures, or anywhere else that you like. To get started, visit our Signature Generator on the Player Control Panel: Enter your character name while signed into your Master Account. You will only be able to generate character signatures for those characters on Game Accounts associated with your Master Account. Select a theme to be used as your background. Currently available options include: Spring – a green and lush background Halloween – a dark and sinister backdrop Beach – ready for a vacation on the shore Click on generate and copy the direct link to use anywhere you like. We’ll host the image and it will automatically pull up all of your character’s image, styles, headgears, and more! Finally, we’re happy to provide a brief update of the Battleground refresh! Plans have been going well, and testing is well underway on this exciting update. Given that we endeavor to work out every detail from this complicated offering based on community feedback, our release date and live event will be pushed out two weeks to Sunday, May 14th. We apologize for the brief delay, but are currently working on a closed beta testing to ensure this fun update is completely ready to go! The Battlegrounds coin NPC exchanger will still be available in Lighthalzen during this time. We appreciate your patience and understanding, and look forward to releasing the details of our upcoming refresh launch and live event! As always, we hope that you enjoy these updates as part of TalonRO’s commitment to make your gaming experience the very best that it can be! Thanks as always for your support, and happy gaming! We’re proud to feature the artwork of Talonians from all across our great community in our news postings. The artwork featured in this release includes the work of the following artists: Arcelle, Marly, and Arcadia (via Xwanwan)! An incredible thanks as well to Jessu, who was instrumental in creating the three signature options within the generator. A big thank you from a grateful team for this work!
  8. Thanks again for all of the birthday wishes last week! Very touched. Thanks for making it a nice day!

    1. GM Luna

      GM Luna

      Never to late for more cake /lv /fsh

  9. Happy Birthday, @GM Howl!! Health and long life!

    1. GM Howl

      GM Howl

      Hey Pathway! Forgive the delay in my reply, but I'm grateful for your birthday message! Thanks much for taking the time to say so - hope that you're well! /no1/thx

  10. Heh. You're old. :V

    1. GM Howl

      GM Howl

      MWFH - you never seem to change, despite my getting older. Thanks for the birthday wishes, my good ser. :)/no1

  11. Happy Birthday!!! /grat

    1. GM Howl

      GM Howl

      Thank you so much for the birthday wishes - my apologies that I'm just replying to this now! Thanks again for taking the time to say so! :)/no1

  12. Da flip is this?! Happy Birthday ser~!


    1. GM Howl

      GM Howl

      Hey thanks, ser! I appreciate it a lot - will try and keep flip to a minimum today. /ok/no1

  13. Happy Birthday my friend~ Bring us another great year, won't ya?

    1. GM Howl

      GM Howl

      Thanks so much for the birthday wishes, Bern! Here's to it being a great year, indeed! /no1

  14. Aww yeah.
    Soooo I found a cake for ya, isn't it cute?

    So just use those big strong mauscles to cut the cake. You know, these ones.
    Yeahhhhh.... :D



    Tee hee. Happy birthday! From the Most Dedicated High Priestess of the Church of Howl. /heh/fsh

    1. GM Howl

      GM Howl

      Ahahahaha! Truly, your enthusiasm and sense of humor are as great as ever, Sachi. Thanks so much for the birthday wishes! /no1/thx

    2. Sachi


      You're welcome, Howlie! /heh