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9Dragons Source Code Leaked

January 28, 2012

A RageZone forum member going by the name of Hexpor has released the source code for 9Dragons. According to Hexpor:

This Source code server offical Build for :
hdr_acclaim
hdr_japan
hdr_metel
hdr_nexon
hdr_nx_innertest
hdr_open_test
hdr_ot_inner
hdr_russia
hdr_vina ( Vietnam)

It wont be long before the official private server is out. It is noted that the source is for the older versions of 9Dragons going right back to Acclaim. GamersFirst and GamesCampus files are not part of the release. Shortly before, a heavily modified version of 9Dragons was released under the name of “Dragons Dream Online” or DDO by Storm Entertainment, a Chinese based MMO publisher.

The leak can be traced back to some rogue elements from the Vietnamese publishers of 9Dragons or a rogue element from the developer Indy21 itself. Afterall, Indy21 will be closing soon and is going be taken over by a new company called Zerodin, whose graphics engine is being used in the popular game Rising Force Online.

Update: (25-02-12 )

A member going by the name of “Warv0x” claims to have the latest “binaries as of 2011/12

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Patch 38 – New Event Map for 9Dragons EU

October 12, 2011

Posted by GM Camlost:

Hi guys,

we are proud to present you the contents of the first patch for this month. This patch sets the stage for the big content-patch at the end of the month.

In order to apply this patch we are going to have a server maintenance next Thursday (2011/10/13) between 9 am and noon.

The patch has two main features:

1. Improvements for new Dragons in Zhangzhu

We want new players to have a good start into the world of 9Dragons and therefore we have implemented some instructional videos that show some of the core mechanics of the game into the map Zhangzhu.

2. The introduction of a new Event: The trial of the dragon (‘Die Prüfung des Drachen’)

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Starting with the patch, the exit to Bloody Plain from Hefei will also lead to the Tempel of the trial (‘Tempel der Prüfung’). There you have the opportunity to participate in a quiz-event at announced times that will be worth your time

Anyone can participate, all you need to do is come to the map ‘Tempel der Prüfung’ at the announced time. There you’ll get two kinds of questions: OX-questions and multiple choice-questions.

The OX-questions are answered by walking: After the question is out you have 60 seconds to get to the answer-zone of your choice!

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After each round all players that chose the wrong answer or did not answer will be ported out of the competition-area and receive a gift for participation that gets bigger as the rounds progress.

All players that are still in the game after 10 rounds are winners and receive an appropriate gift for this feat. All winners then roll a dice to decide who gets the ultimate grand price. Additionally all players that are on this map will get a strong buff once the event ends.

We are planning on doing this event three times per month once in German, French and English. The final dates for this and a list of prices will be announced some time before each event.

Finally this patch contains some minor text and bug-fixes.

We hope you’ll enjoy this patch a lot!

Clan Gamescampus

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Patch 34 – The Giant Chicken Cometh

August 16, 2011

Posted by GM Camlost:

Hi guys,

tomorrow (2011/08/16) between 9 and 11 am CEST we will take down the servers in order to apply Patch 34. This patch has three main components. First off it should fix those annoying map-crash-issues we had since the start of the European server. Secondly it will restart the SvS-Battle for the Map Hangzhou. And third it will offer you a new ingame-event:

Giant Chicken Invasion!

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All over the land giant chicken are appearing. Should you manage to find one and kill it, you will receive chicken soup that gives a nice stat-boost. The chicken become more powerful depending on the area they are in but their soup becomes increasingly delicious!

Happy hunting!

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Gamersfirst 9Dragons Shutting Down

August 6, 2011

By Hyperion

Dear 9Dragons Community,

This post is to formally announce that GamersFirst will be ending our service of 9Dragons effective 9/15/11 (15/9/11 for the EU).

On September 15th, we will transfer your character information (provided you have agreed for us to do so) to Indy21 so that they can resume service of the game with a new publisher. On or around August 15th, we will launch an “opt-in” page where we will request your (the players) permission to transfer this data.

In response to this news, the 9Dragons team will be removing leased items (such as Premiums, Ghost Bags, Trigrams…etc.) so that players cannot purchase items that would be active past the 9/15 date. 90 day premiums are currently off the IM but many people already have these items in their inventory. Please submit a ticket to our support team (payments) for a refund on these items. Also, as of now the plan is to continue to provide the 9Dragons community with in-game events up until September the 15th, 2011.

Most Item Mall items are consumable or permanently affixed to the character and those items will be transferred over to Indy21 along with all your other account/character information on September 15th. As of now, we will continue the sale we have been running for the last week to keep prices low and help you enjoy the remaining days of our service, and this will allow you to stock up for after the transfer should you choose to do so. No refunds will be given for permanent items or consumable items as they will remain on your account when transferred to Indy21.

In an effort to help with the transition, GamersFirst will provide “Transfer Packages” to the 9Dragons players for privileged access to our other titles. We plan to make these packages available on August 15, 2011 along with the “opt-in” page, and these packages will consist of in-game premiums/items/cool stuff for our other titles. You will be able to pick one package from several packages for many of our titles, including War Rock, Fallen Earth, APB, and Sword 2. We want to do this because there will be some extended downtime between our service, and the next publishers service so this will keep you gaming during that time. We will post details and send e-mails regarding these packages to the entire 9D community at a later time.

Thank you for your patronage over the last year. The seeds of the Dragon will always thrive within you!

Team 9Dragons.

Anyone wants to take a wild guess why this version failed so hard?

The GM’s from Acclaim…

About region rights, GamesCampus might try to get rights for the EU region and that could explain the current merger of the French and German servers. But this could mean taking in the trash from Gamersfirst database…..

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9Dragons EU gets Anh Labs HackShield

July 28, 2011

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Posted  by Camlost

Dear Dragons,

we thought to ourselves: One servermerge is not enough for us, that is just too easy. We need a real challenge!

So we decided to additionally exchange our anti-hacking-tool in this patch. Patch 32 delivers Hackshield to all clients after the merge is done. The reason for this change is mainly that Hackshield has less compatibility issues and is overall a very stable solution. We think you are going to like this change.

Clan Gamescampus

So, where does this put GamersFirst who haven’t been able to get a working (if existing) anti-hack for 7 months?

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A Step Closer to Bardo…

July 23, 2011

By GM Camlost:

Hi everybody,

We are excited to announce that this Thursday (2011/07/28) we are going to join our French and German 9Dragons Servers into one combined European server. This new server is going to be called Wulong.

The growth of the community on the new server will greatly enhance your gaming experience – we in turn will be able to channel all our resources and offer even more than before.

In order to accomplish this joining a lot of work needs to be done. Therefore we will take all of our servers offline between 7 am and approximately 3 pm CEST on 2011/07/28.

What is going to happen to my accont?

Of course you are going to ask yourself right now: Are there any ramifications for my account and my characters? If you mainly played on the German server nothing is going to change for you (players that played on both servers intensively can find additional details here (English/French)). After the maintenance is done your client will simply patch itself and you can continue playing as before.

In order to celebrate the new server we are going to do a 48h marathon all double (XP, Skill-XP and droprate) event on all maps. This will start on Saturday, 2011/07/30, at 00:00 CET and will end Sunday (2011/07/31) at 23:59 CET.

We hope you are looking forward to the new server as much as we are!

Clan Gamescampus

By GM Sifu

New European Server Wulong opening on 28/07/2011
The servers will not be available from 7am to 3pm on the 28th

Bonjour,

As most of you know, we are currently running two different servers of 9Dragons. The French players play on Wushu, while the 9Dragons Germany server is Xialong.

From 7am of the 28th of July, both servers will be closed. Instead, we are opening a new European server “Wulong”, where you can enjoy fighting against and with all other European players!

We expect the new server to open at 3pm.

You will not need to create new characters or download a new client. For the inconvenience, we will gift you a 7 Day Premium Package and a unique Epithet!

For further details, please read on :

What does it means for my account?

Most of the Wushu players will not notice any difference. Unfortunately, due to technical restrictions, your league-association and master&disciple status will have to be reactivated on the new server.

If you have played on both servers with your account, but you were only really active on one of them

In that case, only your most active account will remain after the transfer.

Example: I played on the French and German server with my Sifu account. My account on the German server only has a low character on it, that I only played a few. On the French server, my account has a high level character that I’m currently playing. In that case, your French account with all his characters will overwrite your German account.

You played on both servers with your account, and you were active on both servers.

If you were active on both servers, we’re going to create a new account for you on the new server, containing your French character(s). You will have then after the transfer two different accounts. The current one (example: Sifu) and a new one with a “_FR” at the end (example: Sifu_FR).

If this last case concerns you’re account, you will received from us an email with the new name of your account after the transfer and some other information.

IMPORTANT: Please be sure to have a valid email address on your current account to receive this email! To check or update your current email address, just follow that link: http://www.gamescampus.eu/myaccount/myprofile.asp

What about my character(s) name(s) ?

As we will merge two different data base into one, it is likely that some character names will appear to be in duplicate. If you’re concerned by this issue, you will have the possibility to change to character name when connecting to the game. The name of your character will in that case appear in a yellow color, and a specific pop-up window will allow you to change your name when logging to the game.

After the transfer…

As soon as the transfer will be completed on the EU server, you’ll have access to your account again. You’re account will remain with the same user ID, password, items, inventory, etc…

As mentioned above, some data will unfortunately be impossible tro transferred on the new server, like Hero Bands and Leagues, fortress owners, the Master title and their Disciples or as well the Friends lists.

In addition to this, we will offer you a complete Double EXP/Drop/Skill event to complete the celebration from the 30th and 31st of July!

Don’t hesitate to ask us any question you should have about the new server directly on the forum.

Your 9Dragons Team

Questions questions…

1. If Gamescampus can merge servers without any licensing issues in the interest of players, why can’t GamersFirst do the same?

2. GM Sifu mentions this as the “EU Server”. Where does this put the soon-to-be EU server Phoenix? Will Phoenix ever be an EU server? Was it meant to be an EU server? Perhaps GamersFirst has been lying about making it an EU server all along.

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9Dragons – GamesCampus vs GamersFirst Part 1

July 13, 2011

With 9Dragons being resurrected by GamersFirst shortly after Acclaim’s sudden abandonment, everyone looked forward to a complete change in the way things would go on for 9Dragons considering GamersFirst large portfolio of games they publish. Little did they know…

For some, it was bad news from day 1. A little investigation shows that some their most popular titles; Warrock and Knight Online being notoriously famous for hack fests, stories of corruption haunt other titles such as Sword 2 and K2 network (another name for GamersFirst) having a reputation for buying their approval ratings from the BBB.

A Challenger appears…

While GamersFirst decided to make haste and waste, in the shadows, was another publisher called, GamesCampus. They announced that they would be releasing 9Dragons as well for Europe. GamesCampus did not appear to be as popular as GamersFirst with few low end titles. GamesCampus would systematically start off the game in November, with an extensive 2 weeks closed beta test for bugs and existing issues with their version. After getting them fixed, 9Dragons went Open Beta around Christmas time.

That’s a brief background of the two publishers. Its time to compare both the publishers as of now.

Criteria

GamersFirst

GamesCampus

1

Game

a Number of Servers

3 (PvP, PVEx2)

2 (PVEx2)

b Game Population (Avg)

10% – 16% – 25%

Stats not available

c Server stability rating

2 / 5

4 /5

d Anti Hack Shield

Non-existant

GameGuard

e Game moderation

1 / 5

4 / 5

f Frequency of patches (Total patches÷months online)

1 patch per month

4 patches per month

g Patch Rating (Testing, response time, bug discovery)

2 / 5

4 / 5

h Content Rating

1 / 5

3 / 5

i Age Old Bugs to be fixed

1 / 5

3 / 5

a. Servers:
Gamescampus definitely has a disadvantage when it comes to a PVP server. However, the current 9Dragons PvP systems are broken and incomplete. Two attempts to have PvP servers failed and ended up with ghost servers. A sane business decision would not bother investing in a server whose system is still in “development”.

b. Game population:
Each passing month reduces the number of people staying at Gamersfirst’s servers as more and more people realize that the game will never recover and possibilities of shutdown around September. Unfortunately, the German server Xiaolong suffers from low population as well. But this is mainly because of Indy’s decision to split the 9Dragons population more and more.

c. Server Stability:
Despite Gamersfirst’s claim to employ state of the art systems to run 9Dragons servers, their server/game stability is worse than any other 9Dragon versions out there. Every month atleast a dozen maps go offline, a problem never seen before, except at Acclaim when servers were crowded!

At the same time, GamesCampus rarely has any of its maps going offline or its servers shutting down. They do have some hiccups, which are fixed and compensated immediately.

d. Anti-Hack Shield:
This has to be the distinguishing feature of GamersFirst. Their lack of care towards hack issues is absolutely appalling. Within weeks of 9Dragons, GameGuard got disabled. Not by hackers, but by nProtect.

Reason: Failure to renew contract status.

One cannot help but wonder how a publisher could have missed out on this. Was GamersFirst running on Acclaim’s license? Hard to believe. Were they on a trial mode from nProtect? It finally came online after being off the grid for 24+ hrs. Hacks were still being witnessed by average players. Fast foward to mid-December. Gamersfirst month of opportunity. Players would finally get their long promised characters and a influx of players would make servers crowded again. But Gamersfirst decided to pull the plug from GameGuard, soon after release the of these “templates” and 7 months from now giving leeway to every player the ability to hack openly. The game is still without an anti-hack software to date.

Gamescampus had a week without Gameguard, after which no issues have existed ever. Questions come to the mind. How is it that top tier hackers existed in the initial days of Gamersfirst 9Dragons and survived, but the on GamesCampus’s servers, they were busted immediately.. moving on to that…

e. Game Moderation:
Gamersfirst absolutely fails at maintaining fair play. 1 out of 5 players are on speed hacks on their tutorial maps and bloody plains are a whole lot worse. The staff of Gamersfirst are unable to identify hackers from normal players, with their staff giving out rewards to hackers during events. If anyone is ever caught or forced to be noticed after the community cries about them, they are banned and the duration of the ban depends on the cash history.

Hefei markets to this day sell stacks upon stacks of KG, Experience cards and duplicated weapons and items from quests with atleast 3 unique gold sellers spamming and competing for player attention.

In contrast, Gamescampus has duping stricting under control. ZERO gold seller spam. Over 4 trillion gold was eradicated within weeks of starting their own server and item mall auctions take place to reduce the amount of gold in servers. Any player found selling gold for real currency is banned immediately, the server automatically kicks players attempting to dupe items, so much so that the GM’s themselves are often kicked and disconnected as their items are wrongly identified for duped items. Players with exploited quest items are automatically banned within 3-4 days. Lower level hacks such as speed, cast and damage hacks are non-existent because of GameGuard. Rare items have much more value and are found only ingame (unlike Gamersfirst where sites such as shop9d sell all unique gear). +11 weapons exist only if they are legit and for GMs are able to tell the difference, unlike the GM’s of GamersFirst. To date not a single +11 exist in Xiaolong.

f. Frequency of Patches:
Gamersfirst 9Dragons has been online for 10 months now, with only 12 patches to date.

Gamescampus 9Dragons has been online for 7 months now, with 30 patches to date, that’s twice the number.

g. Patch Rating:
Patches from Indy has often cause more problems than fixes, its common knowledge. The damage however can easily be reduced by the response and reaction time of publishers.

For Gamerfirst, Loopholes get fixed within weeks, long enough to cause considerable damage to the game’s already dwindling economy. The in-adept 9Dragons staff/QA often means that patches are delayed further by weeks on end only to deliver the same bad quality patches.

In contrast, Gamescampus releases patch fixes within 24 hours. Their best performance was release of a patch within 3 hours after a major patch. Loopholes are immediately identified and after fixing the situation, the GM’s quickly reverse the damage caused by banning players who exploited the loop hole or cleaning their inventories.

h. Content Rating:
Gamescampus has introduced new content to their versions way before Gamersfirst in most cases. This covers new skills, existing features (SvS, Master and Disciple), and/or events. The defense set from Tibet at GamesCampus is 600 defense and not 200 unlike Gamersfirst! But it is balance very well. Rising Dragon Decos, decos created by Acclaim to milk more money before closing the game do not exist in GamesCampus. More on this in part 2.

Though… compared to the Korean version, content is still ages behind for both versions.

i. Old Bugs:
Nukers spots fixed across all maps at Gamescampus. Gamersfirst however, non.

Both publishers are on the same page on some issues. Defense nuke and smash, for instance is still bugged for both versions. Beggar hybrids still have an “advantage” over other clan hybrids, though Gamersfirst intends to fix this, god knows when. Bosses still disappear in dungeons for both versions. Parties still get bugged in both versions.

That will be all for part 1 of this review. Up next in part 2 will be a comparison of ingame content for both versions