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Post by The Amethyst Dragon on Sun Jun 16, 2013 3:56 am

As of today, June 16, the World of Aenea PW has been online for 7 years!

To mark the occasion, I'm adding a few little things to the gameworld:

- double XP gains for one week
- a special item quest for one week (talk to Entrom in Macedone to buy your way in)
- a new area designed by RustyDios (which the item quest eventually leads into)

I may do a few other things this week, but the list above should now be up and running.

If you haven't already, you should download the new updates hak that was made available a couple days ago.  It's got a model and inventory icon for the item quest. Smile




What kind of stuff has ADbeen up to these last 7ish years?
- started grad school to become an elementary teacher (29 credits during spring 2006!) Sleep
- had a kid (#2, just a few weeks before the game went online) Sleep
- put Aenea online (on the family desktop PC)
- student teaching
- teaching 6th graders for a year
- lots of custom content for NWN
- bought a computer just to run Aenea (after 2 1/2 years on the previous machine...thanks, donors!)
- back to grad school to get certified to teach high school biology
- student teaching (two more semesters)
- had two more kids (#3 and #4, twins)
- lots and lots and lots and lots of diaper changes Crying or Very sad
- became a full time stay at home dad
- lots more custom content for NWN (Reforged!)
- bought a bigger house
- became a landlord (renting out my previous house)
- still working on Aenea and NWN stuff in general
- still not getting much sleep Rolling Eyes

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Re: 7 Years Online!

Post by Belarric on Sun Jun 16, 2013 4:33 am

Congratulations in getting such a brilliant game up and running while doing all that RL stuff as well.
I've played on many servers and I must admit that I find myself continually logging in although being in New Zealand there often isn;t many about.

Long may it reign with many more years to go
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Re: 7 Years Online!

Post by Eric of Atrophy on Sun Jun 16, 2013 6:59 am

Oh my, yes!  Truly, The Amethyst Dragon is a king of the NwN Custom Content scene, and Aenea is the sparkling gem in his crown!
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Re: 7 Years Online!

Post by RustyDios on Sun Jun 16, 2013 7:54 pm

All Hail to The Amethyst Dragon

Congratulations for being on-line for 7 years! An impressive task that should not be overlooked as many servers have come and gone in that time also.

A great amount of award winning custom content produced in that time also, which has undoubtedly contributed to Aenea being one of the top destinations for NWN online.

And a great big thank you for the inclusion of the new area, I feel truly honoured to be a part of Aenea's 7th birthday in such in a big way.... now I just need some more time to get in-game and discover this new quest for myself Smile
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Re: 7 Years Online!

Post by Angel of Death on Wed Jun 19, 2013 1:12 am

Yay, congratulations on the big seven, and the next seven years to come! cheers
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Re: 7 Years Online!

Post by Ramana Jala on Wed Jun 19, 2013 7:54 am

Well, I'm on the second step of the quest with my scout. 

But I've noticed that both of my characters seem to be only getting the usual XP this week.  [Reposting the XP issue in the Bugs subforum.]


Edit:  Often clueless with clues, I've managed to get through the second step!  Now on to the third....


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Re: 7 Years Online!

Post by Ramana Jala on Thu Jun 20, 2013 7:42 am

I'm on about the sixth step or so, and am now really stuck.  If someone could give me a clue maybe, for the below?  I've diligently searched four areas looking for this eastern view:

Spoiler:

You see through the eyes of a large bird, flying up through clouds until reaching the top of several mountains, circling until you land on one facing the sunrise.

And how long will the quest be open to be completed?  I've noticed that the quest initiation convo has been removed already.
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Re: 7 Years Online!

Post by The Amethyst Dragon on Thu Jun 20, 2013 12:07 pm

I'll update that last clue in the toolset today.  For now, you'll want to explore the tops of mountains that you know of...maybe ones kind of central-ish on the continent.  You'll want to keep going up until you find yourself up in the clouds.

As far as the quest starting part of the conversation vanishing...that's because you have the item you need for the quest (the sceptre).  I just thought of a possible issue though, so I'll make it so the "finder's stone" is removed from the shop and given automatically when the sceptre is purchased (for those that didn't purchase it at the same time).

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Re: 7 Years Online!

Post by Belarric on Thu Jun 20, 2013 6:13 pm

WooHoo got my sceptre and now what to do with it?

And The Amethyst Dragon, nice surprise at end lol
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Re: 7 Years Online!

Post by Caldor on Fri Jul 05, 2013 1:26 pm

The Amethyst Dragon wrote:As of today, June 16, the World of Aenea PW has been online for 7 years!

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A late but sincere congratulations and thank you to The Amethyst Dragon for creating and maintaining Aenea.  It has provided me with a great deal of enjoyment!

Here's to many more years!

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Re: 7 Years Online!

Post by Angel of Death on Fri Jul 12, 2013 5:27 am

First off; awesome concept for the annisversary. Much fun has been had in hatching the puzzle and find the locations. ^_^
I am curious though; is it still possible to gather all parts of the scepter? Been struggling this week trying to find the sixth part without much luck. Almost certain I have been searching the right area(s)*, but there's always a slim chance that I am wrong...
Spoilerish info:
From what I gathered of the hint, the most likely place to find this part is the western mountainside of K'Gort Scrar. The mountain upon which the Blackskull Castle is built on.
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Re: 7 Years Online!

Post by Ramana Jala on Fri Jul 12, 2013 7:10 am

I had trouble with this one, myself, went all over and was sure it had to be a certain central mountain with an eastern face.

I probably wouldn't haven't even gotten close enough if I hadn't used Rusty's areas map, and I still had to ask The Amethyst Dragon for help.

Look more eastern central.

The area you start from, its very name is a ridge of mountains.  Then you will see clouds and you'll be above them.

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Re: 7 Years Online!

Post by Angel of Death on Fri Jul 12, 2013 9:20 am

Ooh...thanks for the hint! Smile*after another (much more thoroughly) exploration round* Dang! I totally missed that the first time. :V

Spoilerish:
Now to figure out what to do with this brand new, ancient scepter of wondrous powers which makes some of Anna's customized items obsolete. Razz
That's one Awesome shiny new area! Very Happy
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Re: 7 Years Online!

Post by Ramana Jala on Fri Jul 12, 2013 9:55 am


You're quite welcome.  It is a very cool area.  I assume that's the one we have Rusty to thank for? cheers 

(Language nerd moment:  I did wonder if "flightous" was suppose to be a play on 'righteous'?  In which case it should probably be spelled 'flighteous' to signify that same palatal t sound.)
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Re: 7 Years Online!

Post by RustyDios on Fri Jul 12, 2013 3:25 pm

Well... go to the area and type ;;info builder into the chatbar.. it'll bring up whoever it was that designed the area... 99.99% of Aenea will return The Amethyst Dragon, the exceptions are generally player houses and a good portion of the Dark Realm ...

If it is the area I designed (and by the nerdy clue and The Amethyst Dragon's own comments, it sounds like it is), then yes it is meant to be a play on words. The area was designed to be for 20th+ Paladins of Dalix (wings!), you'll also notice the "island peaks" should closely form the major points of the "Dalix Shield" emblem on the map.... maybe if you scrunch up your eyes... ...

I have not managed to get the time to visit it in-game myself Sad, but monster/treasure placements etc would all have been placed by The Amethyst Dragon. I can't wait to get some time to go looking for myself...... ..... ...


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Re: 7 Years Online!

Post by Angel of Death on Fri Jul 12, 2013 4:15 pm

RustyDios wrote:If it is the area I designed (and by the nerdy clue and The Amethyst Dragon's own comments, it sounds like it is), then yes it is meant to be a play on words. The area was designed to be for 20th+ Paladins of Dalix (wings!), you'll also notice the "island peaks" should closely form the major points of the "Dalix Shield" emblem on the map.... maybe if you scrunch up your eyes... ...
I noticed that. Very Happy
I think it's pretty clever designed, although maybe some of those jump stones could be strategically placed where the mountains are close together--would allow dexterous people with a crazy jump/tumble score (Ex. Monks Razz) a chance to shine too. -- Maybe with a deathly failure turn up if you didn't meet the DC, like the endless fall in the pyramid. Wink

Just an idea anyway...

RustyDios wrote:I have not managed to get the time to visit it in-game myself Sad, but monster/treasure placements etc would all have been placed by The Amethyst Dragon. I can't wait to get some time to go looking for myself...... ..... ...
Feel free to poke me if you see me in game one of the days, if you want to tour the area together. sunny 
I still got a PC or two which hasn't done the treasure hunt yet--that offer goes for anyone here really. Smile
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Re: 7 Years Online!

Post by RustyDios on Tue Aug 20, 2013 5:36 pm

I would just like to say that today Wanda Lust was the first of my PC's to collect the "7th Heaven" full sceptre and fully explore the flighteous path both outside and inside.

Very impressed with this years anniversary goodies!... and so so so happy to finally get a couple of hours to spend in game and complete this quest for at least one of my PC's.... ...

Just need to ask how long will the "bits" be around providing a PC has the starting sceptre and stone (so my other PC's can play catch up to Wanda) ?....

@AoD - re Jump points / monks etc ... the area is way up in the clouds/mountain peaks, but you should now be able to find a jump widget that you can use anywhere in Aenea to attempt a jump within line of sight, failure normally means you don't move at all.... or you could purchase/find/beg/borrow/steal a "wings of flying" cloak... or gain the powers of the ascended ...

And once again, thank you to The Amethyst Dragon for including this area as part of this years celebration....
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Re: 7 Years Online!

Post by The Amethyst Dragon on Wed Aug 21, 2013 1:12 am

I'm not removing the triggers that give you later parts of the sceptre.

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