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Announcements / Steam Beta Testers Needed
« on: April 17, 2016, 05:22:17 pm »
Before we release on Steam officially, there is the opportunity for existing players to upgrade to the Steam version and be a part of the Beta testing team.

You will need a Steam account and the Steam client installed on your computer. Essentially the Steam Client replaces the Updater/Launcher. If you don't already have a Steam account then sign up for one, it's free! I would encourage all current Premier users to take this opportunity to upgrade to the Steam version now.

http://store.steampowered.com/about/

https://store.steampowered.com/login/

If you are interested please private message me, and during the week I will send you a Beta Key, with instructions on how to redeem the game on Steam and join the Beta testing team.

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Announcements / Happy 10th Birthday Atulos Online!
« on: February 04, 2016, 12:03:23 pm »
10 years ago today way back in 2006, Atulos Online was launched. It had been in development on and off since around 2003. From the time it was launched, through the combined efforts of myself and Steve, we have managed to keep it constantly online for the entire 10 year period (aside from the occasional server crash of course!). It has been a crazy journey and one that we intend fully to continue on with.

Check out this comparison screenshot of the first area, the one on the left was taken in 2004 long before the launch:



This is a shot of the crowd getting ready for a level 100 war from back around 2008:



When we launched all of those years ago, the server was hosted at my house on a DSL connection with a static IP address. I traded my car with Cretty for a 2nd computer that I used as the server machine. I eventually moved the server to a data center in the US and the game ran for years with many updates, overhauls and revivals. However, 3 years ago I decided that it was time to close the server down. Times had changed, we had been riding on the extreme popularity of the MMORPG genre, and that era was over. Gaming on the PC had changed, between iOS and Android devices, browser games on sites like Facebook, and the latest generation of consoles, it seemed to me that a stand alone indie PC game like Atulos Online had no future, and I chatted with Steve and told him it was time to close the project down. We had been running the game for 7 years and that was a really good run for an indie online RPG. It had been a fantastic journey, but now it was over.

However! Steve still envisioned a future for the game, and in the light of me wanting to leave he offered to take it over, and Steve became the owner of Atulos Online. He had always been a part of it, right back from the beginning of development, and he had some ideas that he wanted to implement in the long term. In Steve's mind the journey wasn't over.

Almost 3 years later the game was still running, and was now using a Java server that Steve had built from the ground up, but the game client was having increasing problems running on modern computers, particularly with Windows 10. I received a message from Steve informing me about the issues the game client was having, and I returned to the project temporarily to update the client to be compatible with modern computers, including Windows 10. The update was a real blast of nostalgia for me, and I felt the desire returning to help revive Atulos. Steve and I had a meeting and we discussed long into the night how the game could have a future. It was decided that if the game was to have a future, it would need to be released on the biggest PC gaming distribution platform on the internet, Steam. With this new goal in mind, I returned to the project indefinitely as the lead developer of the game client, and Steve assumed the role as the lead developer of the server and website. The quest to put Atulos on Steam had begun.

So here we are 10 years since the launch of the game, more passionate than ever to develop Atulos Online and continue it into the future. But there is more to it than just development, as this is a community as much as it is a game. Every one of you who is reading this post is part of that community and is part of building this game. We all have our roles to play, and if we come together as a community we can keep this game going for another 10 years!

Camm - Go the Dream!

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Announcements / Minor Update 2.7.4
« on: January 31, 2016, 11:45:37 pm »
Minor Update 2.7.4 is out.

- Movement system fix. Clicking on 'Exit' at shops and inns was causing the player to move. This only started after the last movement system update, so we have fixed it now.

- Steam Greenlight voting button added to the login screen. The Greenlight campaign is extremely important for the future of the game. If we get enough votes the game will become available on Steam (it will still be available at atulos.com too).

- Other minor fixes

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Announcements / Minor Update 2.7.3
« on: January 27, 2016, 08:58:15 am »
Minor Update 2.7.3 is out.

-The main addition to this update is the stats have been right justified and expanded. Specifically this means the amount of Gold displays correctly, if you have a huge amount of it, rather than cutting off the extra digit.

- There is a new NPC in the first area that explains how to enter shops.

- A bug has been fixed that prevented entry to the Shrine in certain rare situations.

- Other minor fixes

Although you can't access them yet, there is a new set of defense items in the game called Magma items. They allow the player to enter areas with Lava! The new areas with Lava will be out in update 2.8, along with the new Magma items.

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Announcements / Updates 2.7.1 and 2.7.2 Released!
« on: December 13, 2015, 03:10:46 am »
Updates 2.7.1 and 2.7.2 were released today and include the follow features and fixes:

- Rock staircase added near the entrance of the Mountain so players who can't enter the Shrine can loop, rather than just killing the first Golem then exiting and entering again.

- Mountain Golem XP has been increased slightly

- New text command added /a - Current Area Name, shows the current area you are in

- The 'Joining Area' text now actually lists the area you are joining

- Can now hold down the mouse button to move, and can also click to move as before. In 2.7.2 the movement was fixed so you can't move under the menu

- You can now press enter when logging in, as an alternative to clicking the submit button

- Hive Queen position has been changed, and an NPC added to let you know how to find her. She will appear now after the quest is completed, even before going back to the Mercenary Command. You still have to re-enter the Hive.

- Red Knight character creation text fixed

- Moved quest 6 ghost left

- Space between Rank and Name bug fixed

- Forest collision bug fixed

- Wasp layer problem fixed

- Catacomb layer problem fixed

- Catacomb NPC text improved

- Mercenary quest text is more descriptive

- Castle quest spider moved

- Shaft Blacksmith text fixed

- Text added to Archery to let you know you can use CTRL to shoot


Thanks for all your feedback and bug reports, you have all been doing a great job testing  ;D
Please post any feedback or bug reports here.

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Announcements / Update 2.6 and 2.7 Released!
« on: December 03, 2015, 12:14:21 am »
Update 2.6 The Mountain of Kings has now been released and is available, just start your game and it will update automatically.

The update features the following:

- XP bonus formula applied across the whole game, to give the game a strong sense of progression with far less grinding.

- Increased level cap to 350, this will be more enjoyable with the new XP bonus.

- The Mountain of Kings new area. Requires 5 Orbs to enter and is an excellent place to level up.

- The Shrine of Arkahron. Requires a Wrath Weapon to enter and includes a new boss battle with Lord Atulos.

- New Ranks in the Lost Chamber.

- Permanent Warp points that activate when obtaining the Amulets found in large dungeons, allowing you to get back out quickly.

- Improvements for exiting the game, to ensure that you can always exit properly.

- Graphical update for the opening title and menu screens.

- Fixed the /list bug where names would duplicate and then hang around after the player logged off.

- Numerous tweaks and fixes

This is an early release so that the community can help test and give feedback before we start heavily promoting the game. So please feel free to make use of the forum and let us know if you find any bugs or have some feedback that you would like to share.

Let's do this!

Edit: Interim Update 2.7 Released

I am adding it to this announcement, because it is a minor tweak and bug fix update.

- Level cap increased to 500

- Mountain of Kings produces slightly less XP but is still the best place in the game to level

- Rank names now display in /list and chat

- Quest text tweaked

- The Lost chamber and Sacred chamber NPCs that stand outside now call them the Lost and Sacred chambers.

- New NPC added to the Sacred chamber, after getting the 5th orb, gives the hint to visit the Tomb of Atulos

- Collision fixed behind Atulos in the Shrine

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Arena Wars / Arena War Seasons to be Reactivated
« on: November 23, 2015, 09:09:56 am »
The current Arena War Season has been a long one. In the past an Arena War Season lasted until a guild reached 100 wins, and was at least 2 wins ahead of the nearest guild. In Season 148 (the current Season), the White Knights (WK) are currently on 365 wins. This season will end in the next few days, the White Knights will have their win added to the Hall of Fame and the All Time Guild Board, and the 100 win seasons will return again.

Current Guild Season

Season Hall of Fame

All Time Guild Results

To make things more interesting as we are building the community, in the Arena we will be adding the old Arena enemy bots back! Do you have the skill to beat a bot in combat?

Check here for Arena War times: https://atulos.com/forum/index.php?topic=112.0

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Help / Help with restoring an old character, or with downloading Premier
« on: November 22, 2015, 05:04:43 pm »
If you are having problems logging in with an old character, or are a Premier user but no longer have your download link, please private message Steve and he will make sure it is sorted out quickly  ;)

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Announcements / Update 2.6 Development Underway
« on: November 21, 2015, 10:01:07 am »
As I am sure many of you are already aware, update 2.5 was just released. The focus of that update was to get the game running smoothly on modern hardware and operating systems, particularly with the release of Windows 10.

However, the next update is already in development and will include a previously unreleased areas!

These new areas are being designed for high level players, and will coincide with an increase of the level cap from 320 to 350. In these new areas players will be able to level up faster than by grinding the Mercenary Quests, so high level players can spend their time doing something new while attempting to reach the new cap of level 350.

Steve is continuing his work on updating the server to enable the server to cope with larger numbers of players, and is also in the later stages of developing a new Website for the game. Along with this plans are in action to bring a fresh new wave of players into the game. More details will be provided about that at a later date.

It is safe to say that the development of Atulos Online is in full motion again, as we approach the 10 year anniversary of the game being online!   

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Arena Wars / War Times
« on: November 18, 2015, 12:27:22 am »
All Arena Wars will be monitored and the results displayed on this website:

https://www.atulos.com/arena-wars

Arena Wars occur every day at the these times (in Atulos Time, type /time in game):

0:00 - Open War

2:00 - Under level 10 War

4:00 - Under level 10 War

6:00 - Under level 70 War

8:00 - Open War

10:00 - Ranged War

12:00 - Open War

14:00 - Under level 10 War

16:00 - Under level 10 War

18:00 - Under level 70 War

20:00 - Open War

22:00 - Ranged War

These times are in Atulos time. Type /time in the game to see the current Atulos time.

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Announcements / Update 2.5
« on: November 14, 2015, 10:48:34 am »
Greetings fellow Atulos players, Camm here with news concerning the future of Atulos Online!

Steve and I have just finished Update 2.5 which addresses the ongoing issues with the game being compatible with modern hardware and operating systems, in particular Windows 10.

The latest update includes:

- Increased compatibility with modern video drivers and operating systems, including Windows 10.

- DirectX 9 hardware acceleration to ensure smooth scrolling, at the correct speed.

- A fix for a rare bug when exiting the game, where the game would not actually exit.

- A tweak to the statistics of the final boss battle with Atulos in the caves.

This update marks my return to the Atulos development team, and discussions are in progress to ensure an exciting future for Atulos Online, as we approach the 10 year anniversary of the game.

Update 2.5 is now available.

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