Posts Tagged ‘9Dragons’

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Play9D Private Server – April Fool’s Prank or Real Deal?

April 1, 2012

Following the leaking of 9Dragons source, the latest news was that a hacker by the name of warv0x claimed to have the latest files for the server. 9Dragons has had its share of trolls and retards, the majority of them residing on Elite-pvpers, so naturally no claim was taken seriously even if it was on RageZone, a “MMORPG development forum”.

Lets follow the timeline:

13/02/2012 – GC finds first signs of an intrusion

15/02/2012 – GC goes into server maintenance

20/02/2012 – GC publicly admits that the database was hacked

25/02/2012 – warv0x claims to have latest binaries

In addition, warv0x, now going by the name of Play9D, manager of the new 9Dragons private server, admits “The files were obtained from a longterm intrusion on GC by our pentester” and later admits “we do have the full GC EU database“.

So who is this warv0x, and can he be taken seriously?

According to Wikipedia, (yeah there is an entry for him ..)

Warv0x (also known as Kaihoe) the founder of a security team called Virtual Luminous is a self-described gray hat hacker who is responsible for the attacks during the June 2011 scene, as a rival hacker against LulzSec

Warv0x who likes to call himself Jake, surfaced 2011 though he claimed to be the founder of “Virtual Luminous (2007-2011)” and describes himself as a specialist in network security .  He claims to be interested in games like FlyFF, Divine Souls and APB. His handle isn’t very original  perhaps taken from a VOIP penetration testing tool called warVOX.

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warv0x’s favorite game?

But his achievement lists includes hacking Writerspace, American PBS, Naruto Shippuden and Blizzard’s mobile servers amongst others. His interests in private servers is also visible and particularly with one group called “Xor-Net“. Although his private server of 9Dragons is not related to Xor-Net in anyway, maybe he wants to bring up a private server publishing platform like it.

His profile and background makes it possible that he does actually have the means and methods for running the 9Dragons server. But how successful will it be,  especially after he admits “I lack knowledge about the game“. Time will tell. 9Dragons is no stranger to being run by staff who don’t have the slightest clue on the game, until recently. Had this server come at during GamersFirst’s reign, it would have been a welcome change. Alot of players from 9Dragon’s USA servers might flock to the new private server as its carries GamersFirst’s tainted database, but chances of 9Dragons EU players moving there are slim – especially after their account details are compromised by the same group.

As of today, the popularity of the private 9Dragons server is not much as its being considered a part of an April fools joke (service starts 2nd April 2012), maybe this article will change all that.

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Loulan Epithets

March 14, 2012

Conqueror of Loulan (7 days)
Physical / Chi Kung Damage +200
+200 Weapon damage
Life and Vital Energy Increased by 1000

Punisher of the leaders of Loulan (7 days)
All attributes +15
Physical damage +150
Critical dodge rate increased by 10%
Life and Vital Energy Increased by 500

Punisher of the Lords of Loulan (7 days)
All attributes + 15
Chi Kung Damage increased by 150
Critical dodge rate increased by 10%
Life and Vital Energy Increased by 500

Punisher of the twins of Loulan (7 days)
Reflect 8% of physical damage to target
3/1000 of damage absorbed into Life
1/1000 of damage absorbed into Vital Energy
Maximum Life Increased by 1500

Punisher Sima of Loulan (7 days)
Reflect 8% of Chi Kung damage to target
3/1000 of damage absorbed into Life
1/1000 of damage absorbed into Vital Energy
Maximum Life Increased by 1500

Punisher Knife of White Shadow of Loulan (7 days)
Physical damage +500
Weapon damage +300
Maximum Life Increased by 1000
Increased Maximum Vital Energy by 2000
5/1000 of damage absorbed into Life

Punisher Gongsun of Loulan
Chi Kung damage +500
Weapon damage +300
Maximum Life Increased by 2000
Increased Maximum Vital Energy by 1000
3/1000 of damage absorbed into Vital Energy

Punisher of the secret shadow of Loulan (7 days)
Refinement increase success rates by 30%
All damage +15%

Conqueror of the beasts of Loulan (7 days)
Reflect 5% of physical damage to target
2/1000 of damage absorbed into Life
2/1000 of damage absorbed into Vital Energy
Maximum Life Increased by 1500 (7 days)

Completers of Loulan (15 days)
All +15% damage
Physical / Chi Kung defense +15%
5/1000 of damage absorbed into Life
5/1000 of damage absorbed into Vital Energy
Life and Vital Energy +2000

Titles of the Golden Palace

Conqueror of Karma
Physical / Chi Kung damage +700
Weapon damage +10%
Critical +3% damage
Critical rate increased by 12%

Bloody hands of the Golden Palace
Physical / Chi Kung damage +700
Weapon damage +15%
Critical +5% damage
Critical rate increased by 15%

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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 – 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

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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

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Patch 25 – Master and Disciple System Improved

June 1, 2011

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From Camlost’s post:

Hi guys,

here’s a short rundown of what the new patch did with master and disciple:

– additional levels for masters and disciples
– additional levels for the buffs
– lots of new items at a new vendor in Hefei

One additional big change is that after the patch you have to be level 97 (Elemental Crown 1) in order to become a master. This allows for a longer studentship and stronger items.

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Master Buffs:
Masters can now receive buffs when their disciples are online. This new buff depends on the total contribution of the disciples online and comes in 5 levels.

Total Contribution

Master Buff

Description

0 – 50,000 No buff No effect
50,000 + Level 5 Buff Photobucket XP-Boost, Gold drop, Speed and Critical
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200,000 + Level 3 Buff Photobucket
 ??? Level 2 Buff
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Disciple Benefits:

Disciples also get relics upon joining and depending on their class they receive new relics. The disciple with the highest rank (Rank 1) gets the following relic:

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3rd Rank disciples get 5% damage increase relics and 2nd Rank disciples get 7%.

New items/relics from the NPC:

Good Karma Relics:

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Damage increased by 15%
Dexterity increased by 15
All Attributes increased by 15
Reflect 7% of physical damage to target

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Chi Kung Damage increased by 15%
Dexterity increased by 15
All Attributes increased by 15
Reflect 7% of physical damage to target

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Weapon Damage increased by 15%
Dexterity increased by 15
All Attributes increased by 15
Relect 7% Chi Kung damage to target

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Max Life increased by 2000
Max Vital Energy increased by 500
5/1k life absorb

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Max Life increased by 500
Max Vital Energy increased by 2000
5/1k VE absorb

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Critical rate increased by 1200/10000
Critical dodge rate increased by 1500/10000

Required Karma Title: Hero of the Land
Required Contribution: 500,000

Bad Karma Relics:

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Damage increased by 20%
Critical Rate increated by 400/10000
All attributes decreased by 10
Dexterity decreased by 5
Maximum life decreased by 10%

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Damage increased by 20%
Damage increased by 15% on critical hit
All attributes decreased by 10
Dexterity decreased by 5

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Weapon Damage increased by 20%
Critical Rate increated by 400/10000
All attributes decreased by 10
Dexterity decreased by 5
Maximum life decreased by 10%

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Weapon Damage increased by 20%
Damage increased by 15% on critical hit
All attributes decreased by 10
Dexterity decreased by 5
Maximum life decreased by 10%

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Chi Kung Damage increased by 20%
Chi Kung Critical Rate increated by 400/10000
All attributes decreased by 10
Dexterity decreased by 5
Maximum life decreased by 10%

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Chi Kung Weapon Damage increased by 20%
Chi Kung Damage increased by 15% on critical hit
All attributes decreased by 10
Dexterity decreased by 5
Maximum life decreased by 10%

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Max Life increased by 1500
Max Vital Energy decreased by 500
5/1k life absorb

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Max Life decreased by 500
Max Vital Energy increased by 2000
5/1k VE absorb

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Critical rate increased by 1500/10000
Critical dodge rate increased by 1200/10000

Required Karma Title: Captive Soul
Required Contribution: 500,000

These are top tier items, available for use to level 1 Masters only.