Thursday 19 December 2019

VU17: Gameplay Updates

Some less well known updates to the game play elements have been added in the version update along with the graphical update and the new tool tier system.

A few changes have been made to the displaying of information on items to the display, the current trade terminal value of attached attachments is now displayed in the base item’s tooltip info and prices and markup are now displayed in the tooltip info when hovering the mouse over items in a shop or shopkeeper.

One of handy feature that has been added to help protect items from accidental trade. The button to toggle the ability to protect an item can be found in the item info window. Items that are protected will show a “P” on the item icon status bar.

The name of equipped weapons and tools with a condition below 10% is now displayed in yellow text in the dashboard.

Entropia Exchange
The "Share Center" has been renamed to the "Entropia Exchange", which can be accessed by right clicking your PED card in your inventory.

Buy orders have been added to the Entropia exchange. Buy orders always match the lowest available price first. Buy orders will match older Sell orders first if there are multiple Sell orders with the same price.

A market history graphs and transactions tab has also been added to the Entropia exchange, to displays a history of market prices, share transactions and revenue payouts.

Turrets And Destructible Environment
The best part of the recent version update by far is the changed to turrets. Creatures killed by automated turrets, drowned, or despawned by the system will return loot in the form of Shrapnel, when appropriate.

Destructible environmental items now also provide loot in the form of Shrapnel. Destructible explosive items that cause damage to nearby creatures transfer their loot to the damaged creatures.

VU17: DirectX 10 fallback support

In one of the better decision MindArk has made since any of the graphical updates is the back support for systems with hardware not compatible with Direct X 11.

Since the recent graphical update, a number of people have been reporting receiving a message on  starting, that many graphic cards have been not been compatible with the new Direct X version.

In the most recent patch, fallback support for DirectX 10 has been added. When the system detects that you have a graphics card that only supports DirectX 10, it will fallback to using DirectX 10.

However, this fallback process may be removed in the future when weMindArk adds graphical features that DirectX 10 cannot handle. If your graphics card does not support DirectX 11, we recommend upgrading to a newer card before the fallback support is removed.

Most of the recent version of windows usually comes with DirectX 11 by default, older version of windows may need to download and install it, to check your DirectX version

  1. Click Start.
  2. Search and Click Run (Start > All Programs > Accessories > Run)
  3. Type "dxdiag" in the Run window
  4. If DirectX version is less than 11: Download DirectX 11 (Official Microsoft Website)

Note: Even if you have DirectX 11 is installed, your hardware might not be compatible with it. Cards older than Nvidia's 400 GT series or AMD's HD 5000 series are not be compatible with DirectX 11, even if you have it installed.

Friday 13 December 2019

Merry Mayhem 2019

It is coming to the end of the year, and with that come the yearly
Merry Mayhem Event!

It’s that time once again for Planet Calypso’s annual winter hunting event, Merry Mayhem! The event is already underway and the areas are open ready waiting for you!

January 14 - 14:00 UTC
Merry Mayhem 2019 ends.
January 22 - 14:00 UTC
Cutoff for submission of FFA Mayhem Stars for the Free-for-All Mayhem category.

February 5
Event results announced. Prizes awarded in the following days.

Annihilation And Free For All
Entrants may participate in two different Mayhem divisions: Mayhem Annihilation and Free-for-All  Mayhem. Creatures in the Mayhem divisions have the potential to loot Christmas Strongboxes and Mayhem Tokens.

The Mayhem Annihilation instances are accessed via the Global Events List from any planet in Entropia Universe. Browse the event list for the entrance appropriate for your avatar’s profession level.

The Free For All Mayhem instances are accessed via Santa's Little Helpers in Fort Ithaca, Fort Zeus and Nymphtown on Planet Calypso. The Santa’s Little Helpers will provide access to five different Free For All Mayhem instances containing creatures of various levels.

Annihilation And Free For All Prizes
Prizes in Merry Mayhem are awarded in the form of Mayhem Tokens and Christmas Strongbox,  which can also be looted from event creatures. The top ten participant scores in each division will also receive a large stash of Mayhem Tokens.

Mayhem Tokens can be exchanged for exclusive items via the Mayhem Token Trader, located in Cape Corinth, Port Atlantis and Twin Peaks on Planet Calypso.

Mayhem Tokens can not be traded, but the items available for purchase in the Mayhem Token Vendor are can be traded. Note that certain Mayhem Token Vendor items may also require special Placement Mayhem Tokens, awarded as event prizes, in order to be purchased.

For further information on each individual division, click here.

Newcomers Event: The Jul Snarg Hunt
There is also a hunting mission for Merry Snargs on Planet Calypso for newcomers! The Jul Snarg Hunt takes place alongside Merry Mayhem. To activate the Jul Snarg Hunt mission by talking to the Santa’s Little Helper by the Port Atlantis east gate.

Completing the mission will award an Isis LLC 2 Merry Edition (L) Laser Rifle with Increased Laser Skill Gain.

For further information on creature locations, click here.

Toxic Swamp Gas

A number of recent geological changes to the swamp areas west of Fort Lahar and southwest of Fort Medusa has now provide a new habitat for the Calamusoid. The Calamusoids are a mutant species, reminiscence of the Omegaton Corporation's DNA testing on select immigrants to planet Calypso in the earlier eras.

The swamps produces a toxic gas that can be lethal to people who are not inoculated. The swamps toxic gas, although is toxic to humans, is not toxic for the Calamusiod, which seem to thrive in the harsh toxic gases. Calamusiod can still reproduce but have a degenerating DNA and each new generation is mutated in a different way.

To begin exploring the recently rediscovered Calamusoid swamp areas, contact Corporal Krill in Fort Lahar to get up to date with the latest intel. Explore the Calamusoid swamps by following the mission handed out by Corporal Krill. Once finished, there are additional Daily Missions given by Sergeant Borba at Fort Lahar and Corporal Zima at Fort Medusa.