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Spring 2014: Easter and Seasonal Events & Updates

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Spring is here on TalonRO! With the changing season in the air, we're pleased to unveil two of our seasonal events to celebrate! Our Spring Event and Easter Event are similar to last year's events - but with subtle changes and new prizes to be won. We're also kicking off the Spring season with a special 12x Experience and Job Rate bonus all-week long! We've also taken some time to make a few critical updates as we continue to work on our larger forthcoming content update, which we have news about as well. We hope that you enjoy these fun and festive events & updates. :)


Easter Event: The Great Golden Easter Egg

The Golden Easter Egg hunt is back! To begin, speak with the warper NPC in Prontera and start on your very own easter egg hunt! The goal of the Easter Event is to make a Golden Easter Egg. Opening these eggs may give you some wonderful items if you're lucky this year! While the items inside are good, they do take a while to obtain and you'll have to put in a lot of effort this season. To do this, you'll need to complete the three pieces of the putting together a Golden Easter Egg:

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[*]Easter Eggs. These eggs can be found in our very own Easter Egg Hunt. Find as many eggs as you can within five minutes and you'll be off to a great start! However to make this challenge tough, you won't actually be able to see these easter eggs -  but you will once in a while see/hear a blinking effect. If you run over an egg, you will get it in your inventory! There is no Golden Egg for the one who has most eggs. However! To still keep sort of a competitive element, we've decided to reward the one who finds more than half (40) of the eggs on the map with a Golden Egg. So be sure to hunt and hunt often and you might just get lucky! There are two waiting rooms for the event so that more people can enjoy it at the same time as well. This year, you'll only need four people to play instead of the usual five in the waiting rooms - so that means slightly faster event waiting times!

[*]Easter Ribbons. Winning your own Easter Ribbon is easy - you just need to participate in any of our regular minigames! Not only will you win Copper Coins from these events as you always can, but you'll be able to win Easter Ribbons from them as well. You can also get these ribbons once a day together with the Bronze Coins by doing the Hunting Board missions. Just participate in all of the usual fun minigames as always and you'll be rewarded with an extra special treat!

[*]Easter Paint. When you login to the server, you will now be given an Easter Bunny Band this year! This hat gives some wonderful added effects as well. The hat cannot be traded and doesn't weigh anything - but it's both there for some holiday fun as well as required to obtain the final piece of making your own Golden Easter Egg. While wearing the Easter Bunny Band, you can now hunt 3 different mobs: Peco Peco, Grand Peco and Spring Rabbit. Only while wearing the hat, these mobs give a chance to drop Easter Paint. Together with the Easter Eggs and Easter Ribbons you can combine these to make a Golden Easter Egg!

But there's more! We have also made a small quest (just look for the right NPC in the event map) for an Easter Basket. This is an accessory, also with pretty good effects, that will boost the droprate of Easter Paint when killing the above mobs. It only works when combined with the Easter Bunny Band, however!

Once you've obtained all three items, trade them with the NPC on our Easter map to make them into your very own Golden Easter Egg!

We also have Easter Invasions and Spring Rabbit Ears Costume available as well this year. Every few hours, the Easter Peco will invade a random town! This powerful MVP is certainly not easy to defeat, but its rewards are well worth it. Several other monsters will invade the town as well. Defeat the monsters and there will be lots of Porings on the entire map that might just drop some nice goodies! Our Spring Rabbit Ears Costume is one quest though you'll have to figure out - but you'll be able to get the hang of it as you play the other event's games. Happy Easter and best of luck to you this year! :)


Spring Event: A Season in Bloom

Spring is upon us! Flowers are in bloom and the bugs have come out for the year. Whether you are spending your Spring watching the sakura blossoms in Amatsu, playing among the giant flowers with the fairies in Splendide or studying the plant life surrounding Geffen, it's pretty clear that Rune Midgard is in bloom!

It's at this time every year that Hugel, the city of flowers, runs its Flower Festival! The whole town is ready to stop and smell the roses - except for two sisters in a small cottage to the south, just outside of the town (Hugel Field 6).

Stacey the Gardener has been having trouble getting her flowers to bloom properly because bugs have been sneaking in and stealing the pollen from the flowers while she's distracted. This has stopped her flower from blooming, and at this rate she won't be able to enter the festival! If you help her get her flower to bloom she can probably find a way to put you in the Spring spirit!

Meanwhile, Zoey the Bug collector has been having trouble getting her hands on some but parts this Spring, they keep flying to towns far out of her reach. She's starting to worry that at this rate she won't get anything good for the season. If you take the time to collect some bug bits for her, she can probably use the extra bits to make something for you as well! There are two wonderful costumes available this year that are all-new! What are they? You'll have to discover them for yourself this year!

Keep in mind that the spring quests can only be done once per character.

You will also notice that these bugs have started making their ways into towns! These pretty little insects drop Spring Pollen, Magic Pollen, Spring Butterfly Wings and Spring Ladybug Shell. You'll need these items to help the sisters out and get yourself a great costume reward this year!


Rate Bonus: 12x Experience and Job Rates

To celebrate this special time of year, our experience and job rates have also been temporarily boosted to a whopping 12x for a limited-time only! Enjoy those extra levels, play together with friends on your favorite maps, and earn in that precious extra experience! It's just our small way of saying thank you and that we hope you enjoy the seasonal events to their fullest. /no1


Updates and Changes

Our HGM team has been working hard on a wide variety of content updates, which contain some amazing things in store, as you know - and we're happy to provide a quick update on our progress so far! All of our content is now finished and has gone under rigorous testing to make sure it's ready for a full TalonRO debut! However, many of these new content changes require significant updates to our core - which poses a sizable technical challenge that is taking some time. However, we're confident that the hard work will certainly pay off! We're looking forward to unveiling some rather wonderful new permanent content that we hope will absolutely be worth the wait. We thank you for your continued patience as we work hard to make sure all of our wonderful updates are ready and working without any issues.

On top of all of these great things, we're also turning our attention to some fun new updates in the works as it relates to PvP and WoE. We've seen some of the feedback for a potential great new PvP Challenge, and we're working on some new WoE-related content that should be rather fun for our WoE players as well. We're looking forward to working in this area and listening to community feedback on how we can expand this section of your gaming experience.

Finally, we've also addressed some GMC fixes in this update! It should no longer be possible for one group to clog up the pipeline for a GMC run. We've also made some small bugfixes to the GMC challenge, which should ensure a smoother experience for that minigame. Furthermore, the Wednesday GMC time has been updated from 4-6pm on Wednesday to 2-4pm to not interfere with WoE.

On top of that, there's been a bunch of item updates. Some of them have gone ingame already, but just a recap:

- Made past event items NPCable

- Red Square Bag can now be used by non-trans characters

- Fixed description of "Rest" skill

- Fixed Skeleton Hood description

- Fixed Piece of Darkness description

- Fixed description of Snake Eye skill

- "Please equip arrow first" changed into "Please equip ammunition first"

- Fixed SP cost description on Pierce

- Changed "Cursed Liar" into "Cursed Lyre"

- Fixed Knocker Card description

- Fixed Sage Worm Card description

- Fixed Stunner[0] description

- Fixed Bloody Eater being usable by nontrans classes (now trans only)

- Fixed Sprint Shoes description

- Fixed Red and Blue Dimiks dropping the wrong-coloured Transparent Plates

- Fixed Naga Scale Shield description

- Fixed Guarana Candy description

- Fixed Level Requirement on Diablos Boots

- Renamed the two Flowers of Life to be more clear about which one is for Succubus and which one for Incubus

- Fixed a typo in the "Beloved" status of pets

- Pumpkin Pie (6097) can now be traded.

- Fixed Tucano Hat description.

- Hopefully fixed crash in Kaho Quest questlog.

- Bearfoot Special can now be traded

- All SQIs, Kahos and PCBs are no longer NPCable and droppable

- Proof of Sapha's Honor renamed to Sapha Certification to match the scripts


As a final note, our events will last through the following dates:

Easter Event: ends on April 25, 2014

12x EXP Event: ends on April 25, 2014

Spring Event: ends when our summer event begins (time to be determined)

We hope that you enjoy these events and we're looking forward to bringing you even more content and updates in the time ahead. As always, we hope you have a great time and thank you for being a part of the TalonRO community!

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Aw yiss! Thank you for the hard work GM's. Definitely appreciate new content and updates :D

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- All SQIs, Kahos and PCBs are no longer NPCable and droppable

/no1

Enjoy the seasonal events everyone!  <3

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Here we go!

edit: I had bunny band kaho before it was cool!

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So what is this golden egg for?

I'm not sure. Perhaps opening it will give you something special.

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Could you please explain better the Gmc changes?? what does "bypassing the cd will result in a ban" mean?

;) thx

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It's mostly on the order of bugfixes to GMC. What's most notable is that GMC now has a forum account wide cooldown. So once you enter with any character on your forum account, the cooldown will be in effect - allowing other people in the queue to play. If you try and intentionally bypass this in anyway, then that will result in a ban from TalonRO.

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So once you enter with any character on your forum account, the cooldown will be in effect - allowing other people in the queue to play.
Does that mean that you also have a forum account cooldown after finishing the GMC? Or this said cooldown lasts for the duration of the GMC (but the ingame account still gets cd if you slay the mvp)?

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It's mostly on the order of bugfixes to GMC. What's most notable is that GMC now has a forum account wide cooldown. So once you enter with any character on your forum account, the cooldown will be in effect - allowing other people in the queue to play. If you try and intentionally bypass this in anyway, then that will result in a ban from TalonRO.

WOW Niceeeee :) :) :)

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Thanks for the exp and costumes.

I think there might be a tiny mix up with the spring event.

Shouldn't the Butterfly Barrette be from Zoey, and the Spring Hat from Stacey?

I got the Butterfly Barrette from Stacey.. just seems a bit weird. :P

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Is anyone else having problems with the Easter Basket quest? I gave the NPC 50 Easter Eggs and then she told me to talk to Anna, who will be in the minigames but I have yet to find her anywhere. Is this a bug?

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I assume Golden eggs work like Those gift boxes from Christmas. Lots of random fun stuff + Small Chance to give stuff like MVP cards.

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- All SQIs, Kahos and PCBs are no longer NPCable and droppable

Can you add Celebration Rings to the next update?

Also as far as GMCs go, its a temporary fix that doesn't actually solve the main problem at the moment, which are groups which are heavily undergeared for the activity taking up 75-100% of the GMC time which leaves only 1 or 2 groups that actually get in, which ruins the experience for everyone else. I mean like...Seiren, I know your post said you intended all groups to take 1 hour, but it just seems like an outdated concept now. Many MANY more people have SQIs than when GMC was created. If you want to increase the time it takes, you need to vastly increase the difficulty.

By the way, did you guys add the new mining rocks yet?

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It's mostly on the order of bugfixes to GMC. What's most notable is that GMC now has a forum account wide cooldown. So once you enter with any character on your forum account, the cooldown will be in effect - allowing other people in the queue to play. If you try and intentionally bypass this in anyway, then that will result in a ban from TalonRO.

Does this include using accounts of friends who are currently in hiatus from RO?

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