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August 13 2022
 From: Dev FujiQ

Announcement:

Grat Note: This post will stay at the top for 6 months, then moved to normal location. Thanks

Here is a walkthrough with visuals for anyone wondering how the Steam/Pixel Mine account binding will work.

1. Make sure you have downloaded Steam https://store.steampowered.com/about/ and created a Steam account https://store.steampowered.com/join/ . You will need 1 Steam account for every 1 Pixel Mine/IWG account.
2. Search for Ashen Empires in the Steam Store or click this link:https://store.steampowered.com/app/937380/Ashen_Empires/
3. Download and press Play once it is downloaded and installed. Some of you may be prompted to upgrade Direct X.
4. Select an active server and press Play.
5. Once into any server, you will be prompted to Link an account. You have 5 chances on that Steam account to bind. IF you play before binding and buy tokens, they will be bound to that new account and cannot be transferred!! If you ignore it or do not complete this process, your Steam account is bound to a new IWG account permanently.
6. You will be directed to a new customer site (we are moving to Iron Will Games from Pixel Mine). You will be directed to enter the Pixel/IWG account that you use to access the game prior to Steam.
7. You will be asked to CONFIRM the Steam and Pixel/IWG account binding.
8. Once completed, your game client will ask you to relaunch. Do so from Steam.
9. You should now be able to load in the players on the account you bound to.









You will have to repeat this process for every account.

Feel free to post in ??help with questions. We will do our best to assist you but you MUST secure your account information and go through the linking process carefully! We will not be able to adjust your account binding once it is completed!

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August 10 2022
 From: Dev Kraken

Announcement:


The details regarding the new server at this point are as follows, consider these your pre-patch notes.

Ascension Server Timeline:

o 8/13/2022 Launch with Mainlands & Talazar's Revenge, level cap at 103.

o 10/1/2022 Sands of Creation & Tides of Fate activated, level cap increased to 110.

o 1/1/2023 Construction activated.

Key Gameplay Differences:

o Slower XP rate, lower drop rate compared to other PvP servers.

o 3 Additional orbs given per level at levels 106-110.

o Alignment loss for killing non-wanted players, severe alignment loss for going wanted, alignment loss increased if target is below your level.

o Players will go wanted by looting and attacking other players or NPCs in range of guards.

o Party follow is disabled.

o Chance to drop your backpack is now also tied to your alignment, it is no longer 100% all the time.

o Equipment takes twice as much max health damage on death (-10 max item health). Regular repairing via potions or spells is not required. Item restores still work as intended. See image below if you do not understand, this is immediately after respawning from one death by monsters. Please be aware that this damage is also increased if the item is no-dropped via the store item.

The details, as follows, are meant to help set the tone for the server expectations. Some things will be handled via the alignment system, some things are handled via changes to guards, and hopefully none of it has to be handled by the team, but if it does, you've been warned.

This server is intended as a PvE progression server in which PvP can be used as opposed to the traditional DPS wars between guilds or parties. This will hopefully offer a way to blow off steam and release some pent up aggression between larger parties that are vying for contested content. This strict set of PvP rules is intended to aid those who would prefer a less aggressive experience than Heroes or Chaos, but are looking for the option to PvP on occasion. Alignment based drop rates will be severe for having low reputation, and very forgiving for those that choose to avoid PvP entirely.

The following actions are punishable by warning, jail time, GM jail (no rocks for you!), kick for 1 day, kick for 1 week, and finally permanent suspension. Punishments will vary based on severity of action(s).

o Respawn killing, such as repeatedly re-killing within a screen or two space of spawn gates. The server has safe zones for a reason.

o Repeatedly killing players more than 10 levels beneath you, that clearly do not pose any challenge to you or your party, as an unprovoked attack, unless they're wanted (temp criminals). This includes purposefully dropping monsters onto them in order to cause their death and damage their equipment.

o Using more than two player characters simultaneously outside of town.

o Physically preventing other players from using game areas. This includes using a pet or high dex character to block a doorway, gate, or narrow passage simply to prevent another playing from passing that tile. This will be upheld more stringintly with respect to towns and other safe zone areas. This will likely not be enforced out in the wilderness unless it's being done as an excessive tactic to grief other players.

o Griefing other players will not be tolerated on this server. If your goal is to ruin everyone's day, every day, please play on Chaos.

This server is intended to be a PvE progression server with a side of light PvP. This is not Heroes. This is not Chaos. There will be repercussions for attempting to abuse the game's mechanics. There will be repercussions for preventing other players from reasonably playing the game. If that type of gameplay is your preference, this is likely not the setting for you, and we ask that you please continue to enjoy the other PvP servers.

Consider this new server to be the gentleman's server, with PvP as a last resort to resolve conflicts. Warmongering will not be tolerated by King Lotor, and excessive use of force will be subject to persecution by the crown. As a reward for good behavior and being a positive member of the community, King Lotor's blessing will bestow you with bonus orbs at 106-110.

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August 10 2022
 From: Dev FujiQ

Announcement:


1 more day until Steam!

For anyone who is hoping to be at the release Saturday, plan on it going live between 1pm-2pm EDT. 1pm is the best case scenario - in theory it should be fairly quick but there could be some hiccups.

Another announcement I have to make now...after launch, we (Devs/GMs) will not be doing support over Direct Messages in Discord. These are your options:

+ Post in help (general help questions)
+ Make a ticket on the new customer website (secure option for account issues, assuming you are able to log in)
+ Make a page in game (for general gameplay issues - please do not post sensitive account info here)
+ Email support@ironwillgames.com (a last resort if not able to log in)

It has been fun to have a direct line with you all, and it's been wonderful getting to know the community here better while chatting with you, but this change is needed to better serve the community; with in game issues/requests/problems posted to a more central location, the new GMs and support staff will be able to have a more cohesive look at how they can help and be on the same page regarding support.

GMs and DEVs will direct you to tickets or pages, so please use that system. Thanks for your understanding as we try to enable a larger team of support to assist you.

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August 01 2022
 From: Dev FujiQ

Announcement

Our planned date to release to Steam is Saturday August 13th!

It has been a long process to get here and we hope you are just as excited as we are for the potential that AE has in front of a wider audience. I would like to personally thank you all for your passionate support of this game over the last 15 years (or more??) and especially that of the last 4 years as we have made so many changes to help get the game ready for a modern audience.

To celebrate our Steam Release we will have some giveaways and events IN GAME next week (times/dates TBA). I will do my best to offer multiple times during the day to accommodate.

We will also be offering a 10% token order bonus on all orders placed on our PayPal token show now through August 13th. Thank you for your support over the last 4 years with that payment system. The Steam store will replace that beginning August 13th. All tokens will still remain on your accounts. The only thing changing in the payment system.

I will also be implementing a special Thank You for active, paying accounts that were created prior to Steam. This will be available in game as a free no-drop item bound to that account (this will be availabe at release when we patch the servers).

I highly recommend that you create and become familiar with Steam if you have not yet done so! We will maintain our old launcher pages with information on how to do so. If you have any questions about creating Steam accounts please post in the ??help channel, though remember those accounts are separate from our system and we cannot in any way assist in creating an account for you or recovering it.

And finally, I will post a How To with information regarding binding your Steam account to your Pixel Mine account. It is very simple, but it requires you to 1. Know your Pixel Mine user log in credentials and 2. Have a Steam account. Please do not ask support for assistance in changing emails, recovering old accounts, or moving characters around on accounts. You are responsible for maintaining your account and characters. It is still possible to multilog through third party software such as Sandbox, though again, we have limitations enforced in game as to the number of characters that are considered acceptable to control simultaneously. There is also a noticeable difference in usage on your machine running Ashen Empires through Steam which you will probably want to take into consideration before deciding to do so.

Again, thanks for your continued support! Feel free to post or message with any questions that aren't covered here.

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August 01 2022
 From: Dev FujiQ

Announcement

August Grab Bags are here!

Inside is the following:
(1) Map Reveal
(1) Dungeon Map Reveal
(2) Summon Corpse

Remember: These are added on the first month anniversary of your subscription OR on the 1st of the month if you have maintained your subscription for at least 1 month. If you subscribe July 15th, you will receive August's grab bag on August 15th, and the next grab bag on September 1st. If you have any questions about your rewards please make a ticket at https://secure.pixelminegames.com/SupportSubmitTicket.aspx

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July 13 2022
 From: Dev FujiQ

Announcement

Good morning everyone! I have a brief update on our Steam integration and some information for our existing players on how this will work, what to expect moving forward, and future plans.

We are expecting to release on Steam within 2 weeks - when we do go live, here is what to expect...

1. Account Management
We will maintain our secure customer portal (https://secure.pixelminegames.com/) where you will be able to make tickets and manage your Pixel Mine account. Do not reach out to support asking for account management information (lost an account, etc). We will no longer assist in account recovery. It is up to you to keep your account information safe.

2. Accessing the Game
You will access our game servers through Steam. We will discontinue support for our Pixel Mine Launcher.

3. Linking Steam IDs
When you launch Ashen Empires from Steam, you will need to redownload the game files, then upon launching the client you will be given a chance to link your existing accounts to that Steam user. You have a limited number of times to do this on the Steam account before you are no longer given a choice for that Steam user. If you have multiple accounts, that is on you to link them to individual Steam accounts.

4. Purchasing Tokens
You will be able to purchase tokens in game which will direct you back to Steam where the purchase will be automatic and tied directly to that account. We will discontinue our PayPal Token Shop. Thank you for your patience over the last 4 years as those have been a waiting game typically to receive your tokens. We hope this new shop will serve you better.

5. Support
All Support questions, inquiries, complaints, and the like will need to be done through our in game "Summon a GM" feature, Support Ticketing System, or email to support@pixelminegames.com. We will no longer offer support through Discord as we have in the past. Please do not DM any developers/management here with account related issues. We will have a few more people helping with support and game management, so having everything in one central location this will make it easier for us to serve you. Here is a reminder on which system to use:

Ticket System: Use our ticketing system for any sensitive account information/questions. This is visible only to support level staff. It allows us to track the issue and make sure we are taking care of it, and communicate with you through our secure portal. https://secure.pixelminegames.com/SupportSubmitTicket.aspx

Summon a GM: Use this feature for ANY in game problems, suggestions, questions. This includes issues with other players. This is visible to ALL GMs, so please use discretion in including any sensitive account information. We are not able to always respond immediately, in that event, you will need a good email on the account to receive a reply from a GM if they are not online to take a page at that time. If you do not have a good email, please consider using the ticketing system. To summon a GM, while in game hit ESC > Game Options > Summon a GM.

Support Email: A last line of defense in the event you are unable to access the ticketing system or servers. Note this is not checked as regularly as the other two support methods. Support@pixelminegames.com

Future Plans
At this time we have a few updates scheduled regarding the crafting update, though a majority of our time will be spent initially working through any issues we run into with this integration. We'd like to sincerely thank you for your support over the last 3 years and hope that you join us in the next chapter for Ashen Empires. If you have enjoyed your time on AE, please consider leaving a review on Steam.

Also:
We are looking for some up to date screenshots of the following gameplay and could use your help!

1. New content such as any boat combat, dunk's dungeon, ToF lands, TR (Frieda's, new wyverns, etc)
2. Dialogue/quests
3. Special Events

It must be free of obscenities or inappropriate/off color language/names/etc. If we choose your screenshots we will give you some free tokens. ($10 in tokens per shot).

Please submit to me via DM or post in the screenshots channel in Ashen Empires Discord. Thank you!

***Also note it must use current graphics/UI, nothing of the older gump. It is charming however it is not representative of the current gameplay.

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July 01 2022
 From: Dev FujiQ

Patch Notes 7.1.2022

This is primarily a pre-Steam patch to address some polish level fixes in low level content/quests.

For those that are wondering how that is going outside of content/polish fixes - our Steam client is in closed beta testing; it has some enhancements such as snap to windows, updated directx draw/optimization, fixes for UI config saving, party window healing/buffs. That will be available with Steam which we plan to launch later this summer (date TBD).

Spawns
+ Removed spawn of NPCs at burning bridge on Valinor.
+ Capped Valinor, Krog, Silvest spawns so they can't get too crazy with Spawn Increase.
+ Removed placeholder from most mainlands (non expansion) bosses:
= Arrlandah
= Illanpa
= Wasp Queen (Darkwoods)
= Brood Queen (Darkfell)
= Ewwww
= Termigon Queen
= Slobberknocker
= Oak Rot
= Wasp Queen (Krythan)
= Hugla
= Master Blaster
= Chugga Bam Bam
= Greenteeth
= Ryonkah
= Scalo
= Spore Summon
= Umbergon
= Meklor
= Unkea
= Ignis Fatuus
= Snagglefang

Items
+ Changed name of Dull Gemed Staff > Dull Gemmed Staff.
+ Adjusted weight of spider legs.
+ Adjusted resale value of Silk Cape, Cloth cap, Colored Cloth Caps.
+ Resale value on Bark Shield and Blue Workers Gloves.
+ Removed yellow silk robe from alchemy shops.
+ Updated stats on crafted silk armor to be more level appropriate.
+ More informational text for players on using items.
+ Fix for torches (would become broken).

Quests
+ Newbie quests will check if player can hold rewards in their backpack.
+ Newbie mage trainers will inform player they can cast higher level spells with Dull Gemmed Staff, will give a Rune of Kuthos when they are given that staff and print instructions about reaching level 10 in skill.
+ Mage Trainer adjusts for new players + print to chat instructions when receiving wand.
+ Storage Crate given at end of farming quest.
+ Changed up Newbie farming quest to teach player to dig hole and plant seed.
+ Redo on Newbie Tailor quest (to match the updated tailoring progression).
+ Fix for mage quests that you could get stuck on and get gem staff over and over.
+ Swapped Roger Duncan quest reward potion of repair for potions of stamina.
+ Can kill mages or brigands on Karter Jons kobold quest stage that needs you to hunt for pages.
+ Updated quest stage directions for Sozal, Kobold Lake.
+ Foreman Drell gives directions to the mine entrance for Cliffside.

Dialogue
+ Adjust to intro NPCs; less text, more hints printed to chat.
+ Update to Sergeant Sevareth dialogue.
+ Kristanna dialogue updated.
+ Rabak dialogue updated.

Crafting
+ Adjust for spinning/weaving times on Cotton/Silk/Wool.
+ Adjust for xp/difficulty on Cotton/Silk/Wool crafting at early levels.
+ Added cotton seed and empty buckets to ag shops.
+ Adjusted price on cloth/wool/silk for design rebalance:
= Silk Cap
= Cloth Gloves
= Cloth Cap
= Colored Cloth Gloves
= Colored Cloth Caps
= Woolen Cap
= Pants
= Cloth Bag
= Colored Pants
= Short Cloak
= Tunic
= Colored Tunics
= Cloth Dress
= Cloak
= Woolen Gloves
= Cape
= Woolen Sash
= Cloth Robe
= Woolen Slippers
= Silk Gloves
= Woolen Pants
= Woolen Cloak
= Silk Sash
= Silk Pants
= Wide Silk Sash
= Long Cape
= Woolen Tunic
= Silk Cape
= Woolen Dress
= Woolen Robe
+ Added fertilizer to Farming Guidebook.
+ Added info to fertilizer, when clicked to use it gives instructions in yellow.
+ Fixed typo ferilizer > fertilizer.
+ Bumped cinnamon and lime seed forage rates on Newbie island.

Event
+ Fix for event not cleaning up spire that despawns (from no one attacking it in certain period of time).

Misc
+ Grammar on food messaging, added commas + when eating, said "such and such increases health constitution and intelligence!".
+ Fixed Mataarzal NPC named Banker.
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June 25 2022
 From: GM Baldr

Announcement

Please welcome our newest addition, GM Zehag.

Show them the same kindness you show all of us.

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June 16 2022
 From: Dev FujiQ

Hot Fix

Hotfix is now live for Demon Spires - they should not be bugging out and getting stuck. Thanks for your patience.

Announcement

A little behind here on posting - appreciate your patience! A few things to note regarding events:

- Hell Siege Event will go through June 30. We will end it July 1st. We plan to run the event again this year (in the fall, from mid September - October) and twice a year following that.
- KoT event will be Saturday 25th at 6pm EDT.
- Chaos Server Season 9 will be July 1st - September 31. It will last three months and will be a more difficult server. We will reward based on variety of factors, including total experience gained. Expansions will be gated with each expansion released at regular intervals.

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June 02 2022
 From: Dev FujiQ

Patch Notes 6.2.2022

Event adjusts plus some bugs that got squashed. Notably, Jeel/Hothbra no longer included in event driven sieges. The altar driven Demon Spires spawn further away from towns, of which is a new one (Parian). They should no longer keep the native event spawn from happening, however, if an event spire is up when you start a siege it will spawn the mobs of the event spire town. I sacrificed this possibility for the sake of getting the patch out there since this is a limited time event. I did NOT change drop rates, nor will I reveal the hidden nature of the method for obtaining the Ghost Ship. You who have asked should quit AE and go to Law School. You have a missed calling!

Item Adjusts
+ Fixed weapon use on various weapons to fit into the proper cabinet (Dirk/Axe/Saber of many souls, Vorpal Axe, Calamity Bow).
+ Missing tooltip stats on Archer's Pavise, Queen Silk Petiole.
+ Added +10 skill to the mage trainer wands (Wand of Expansion, Ivory Wand, Sprouted Wand) and upped rune slots to 4 (3).
+ Archer's Belt not marked as armor.
+ Ring of Sleighing not able to go into jewelry case, marked incorrectly.
+ Fate of Giants special now looks at creature type, should function on all marked as giants.
+ Added Max Gear HP to Wyvern Scale/Pristine Dragon Scale.
+ Increased native Max HP of rune gear set and retail value.

Event
+ Added portals to hell from Scarab island (requires Master of Demons).
+ Adjust to Calamity Bow (req 80 dex, 30 con).
+ Adjust to Evil Council Robe (doubles buff duration similarly to robe of dark rites).
+ Split spawned and event spires from one another so they can be independent.
+ Adjust to Calamity Armor (50 less AC).
+ Removed construction req from event housing deeds.

Quest
+ Bug with Treba quest - old quest data got messed up, added a check for anyone with data of 5-8 to be able to complete quest.
+ Sailor's Bet quest misspelled (Sailor instead of Sailer).
+ Warlord Archer/Mage quest exp not boosted like warrior's.
+ Fixed invalid gold reward on Valinor mage trainer quests.

Misc
+ Typo in adv skill trainer dialogue "Wizard Manastorm?" did not need the ? at end.
+ Malacinth Seeds not marked as seeds.
+ Typo in item Pyschic's Wand (should be Psychic's Wand).
+ Update tooltip on Carpentry Toolkit, gave it a message to player on level req when attempting to use it below 20.
+ Typo in Disciple of Talazar dialogue "You name is marked".
+ Kindling should only delete one item from stack not all of them (but you can still set a stack down under campfire and retrieve after fire is burned up).
+ Kuthos whirlpool tied to an obj spawn in map not a chunk, was getting stuck in wall.
+ Incorrect desc on Runesight spell in spell book.
+ Zerk pots/Totem of Siege are no longer no-drop.
+ Resource Valley timer will be cleared upon using your soulstone etc so you don't get ported out of there randomly after leaving resource valley any other way (stones, scrolls, etc).
+ Female Glutton spawn was broken by glutton lake, should be spawning now.

Patch will happen at 11am EDT (in 20 min or so).
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June 01 2022
 From: Dev FujiQ

Announcement

June 1st and you know what that means - VIP Grab Bags are here!

This month's bag will bring you:
4 Summon Corpse
2 Drop Rate Increase
5 Item Restore Tools

This was put together with the event and patch in mind. Wait until the patch to use those restore packs on some of the Wyvern Scale or Pristine Dragon Scale armor that will get a boost (if you repaired your gear it reduced it to max 750 vs ~1400 hp).

Remember - these products will be automatically added to your account at midnight on the day of your first anniversary OR the 1st of the month for every month after that. If you subscribed on 5.25.2022 your first bag will be added to your store on 6.25.2022, then you will receive next month's on 7.1.2022. If you ever have question about your account or rewards please let me know via support ticket or DM.

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May 29 2022
 From: Dev FujiQ

Announcement

Hello everyone! I hope you're enjoying your weekend (especially those that are enjoying a longer weekend for Memorial Day, USA).

Just wanted to give a heads up that we will be patching the servers this week, most likely Tuesday evening, to adjust the event. Thank you for the feedback you have shared on the event. With new things there always seems to be something to adjust. if I ever get it right the first time around that'd be amazing but evidence suggests that is not likely! So thank you also for your patience.

We will look at adjusting drop rules for the spire back to party DPS as this is creating some issues with VIP, at least for spawned spires, and the conflict with spawned vs native demon spires (did not expect people to be spawning them back to back thus preventing the native one from spawning). Also considering an adjust to requirements on Calamity Bow.

A side note, I will be looking at adjusting the native HP value of the crafted wyvern and dragon scale gear to something more generous than 750 so that you do not go from 1400 --> 750 upon using restore tools. I plan on throwing a few of those into June's grab bag for VIP members.

Thank you again for your continued support! Happy Hunting

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May 21 2022
 From: Dev FujiQ

Patch Notes

Patch today to adjust the Hell Siege event probably for the last time (hopefully). This includes a few more new items to enjoy. The idea here was to make the creatures feel more rewarding and take the edge off their difficulty slightly. It is still a challenging event, weapons are still going to be rare, but overall event should be more doable for more players.

New items:
+ Wicked Dice (roll the dice to be rewarded a random item; note that there are some unique items that can only be gotten this way!!!)
+ Aspect of the Minion (the og model).
+ Evil's Accomplice (a dagger which summons a Wretched Follower, styled after Ancient Follower with some modifications to damage and dot type).
+ Spire Stone (a teleport which takes you to the runespire in Hell, degrades on use).
+ Deed - Ghost Ship (this has been in for some time but unavailable. and no please do not ask me what drops it!).

Adjusts:
+ Balron/Demon difficulty reduced slightly.
+ Demon Spires moved out of town a little bit more to reduce dropping and wanted status from guards accidentally happening - or not accidentally happening if you are in a pvp situation).
+ Reduced # of Balrons/Demons which spawn in town sieges and moved them.
+ Adjust to drop tables of Spire, Ancient Balron/Demon.
+ Added light spawn of ancient mobs to badlands cave. Put your floaties on, this is meant to be a gentler experience. Note: You obtain access through Enderic, a roguish looking quest NPC outside of Chlera.
+ Health of Totem of Siege has been adjusted to 100 from 20. It is designed to degrade - please keep that in mind. Item Degrade is currently disabled but will be re-enabled with event changes in this patch.
+ Added some extra security to the entrance to hell. Please do not leave chars in to monitor locations. This was stated previously in my announcement. I kinda meant it. My feels are hurt that you disregarded my warnings, now your turn to be hurt.
+ Spire chance to spawn reduced slightly. They are not meant to be the sole encounter to hunt. Everything, including vendors, have unique items so you will have to play it all.
+ Ancient Demons/Balrons have a new particle effect to distinguish them from normal mobs. You will need to have particles turned on to see this difference.

If you purchased a totem of siege and the health is 20 or less after patch, please let me know and I will fix it up for you. Thank you.
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May 18 2022
 From: Dev FujiQ

Announcement:

Just a note - there is an issue with Spiked skulls. If you have a deed for that, please wait on using it. Thank you.

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May 17 2022
 From: Dev FujiQ

Announcement:

Thank you for the feedback regarding the ongoing Hell Siege Event. We will be adjusting the event again this week - no ETA on which day at this time but we will adjust rewards/drops and increase spawns of creatures. Keep in mind this is going to last through June (total of 6 weeks).

From: DRG Grat Rochord


Yeah I know... Took me long enough huh... If I can do it, anyone can!!

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May 16 2022
 From: Dev FujiQ

Announcement:

Adjusted the chance for a spire to spawn from the system. Please let me know if it is a little better after a day or so. Keep in mind that spawning spire from altar will impact this spawn chance. Thanks!.

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May 15 2022
 From: Dev FujiQ

Announcement:

I wanted to take a moment to address a scenario that keeps happening with the Demon Spires. There have been some folks charging through town on their white horses then perishing at the spire, or berserking the spire and dying (or fleeing), both actions generating a ton of mobs on whatever party is chipping away at the spire.

So as to not remain ignorant, I will clue you in on how Spires are intended to work. They are designed around the Dransik Spires which are intended to be slowly taken down. If you send in pets and/or berserk on the Spire, you will generate a death cloud. And, guess what. That's kinda shit. So now that you have been bestowed by this wisdom, if anyone continues to do this, they will be considered to be dropping on the spire and will be kicked. No warnings. You are all big kids who know what you are doing.

Sorry, I do not enjoy being the police, but I felt like it was warranted here. This is a limited event but it's substantially longer than the holiday event and will repeat at least another time this year. You will have plenty of time to hunt and get nice drops, so be considerate. The altar takes 5 totems and can be done at a place of your choosing. Use this knowledge to your advantage. Thank you.

And for the record, 1 person running into a party of 8 is not PVP, that's suicide. So let's not go there please. Thanks.

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May 15 2022
 From: Dev FujiQ

Patch Notes

Patch today mostly for event balance.

- Trinket drop rate increased slightly (though keep in mind, this is a longer event).
- Spire drop rules are consistent across all spires (drops regardless of party dps, like KoT).
- Issue with server spire # getting stuck and not respawning.
- Bumped spire spawn chance slightly.
- Fix for Evil Altar of War taking wrong # of totems.
- Can now choose a town to siege at Evil Altar of War, will be silent - no server notification.
- Small Skeleton could be stolen from someone's lawn. Those who stole it, it will now be stuck in your backpack forever. Don't steal!
- Guards in spawn gate west of Vrethpool now marked neutral.
- Soul Forged Gaunts HP Regen working.
- Gathering Basket weight reduction increased.
- Father Berdun will give aspect of monk if player lacks it and has completed quest.
- Typo in Ulthien's Grim Smile (you harvest harvest the soul...).
- Typo in Bruegel text (increases you harvest).

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May 14 2022
 From: Dev FujiQ

Hot Fix:

Patch today small, mostly adjusts to the new event items/mechanics.

A few other fixes:
Adjust to Ghoul Blade special.
New Artifact: Baldr's Ruinous Maul.
Typo: Scotore instead of SCROTORE.
Typo in Green Dragon Leather Legs (Dogde instead of DODGE).
Pitchfork stats adjust (+10 planting/harvesting, +10 INT/DEX, base dmg increase).

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May 11 2022
 From: Dev FujiQ

Hot Fix:

A hotfix today to patch a somewhat serious loop in quest dialogue.

This also included a change to Ghoul Blade. It is now performing how it was intended to (similar to Thrakk's). Please give us feedback on this change as it will be relevant for the event starting Saturday. Thank you!

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May 10 2022
 From: Dev FujiQ

Hot Fix:

Some fixes are now live for various ag quest issues. Thanks for reporting these! Sorry for those of you who had to repeat a few stages (unless you needed the xp, then you're welcome!)

- Gideon corn/carrot stages no longer send you backward if you talk to him after starting those stages.
- Karter Jons dialogue gives reminder to speak to Wilson Johnson.
- Sharp Shovel will not degrade until we have a way for players who have completed quest to craft it.
- Issue with an SoC door not opening has been fixed.
- Guards in Silvest on Raisin Bread stage should become hungry after 5-10 min of being fed (some had completely lost their appetite).
- Several misspellings of the word "Renown". Title in Quest Log will remain misspelled until we patch server.
- Malacinth should count properly (was not counting fertilizer used).
- Beekeeper's Boots speed now hooked up.

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May 07 2022
 From: Dev FujiQ

Announcements

FujiQ — Today at 8:23 AM
A reminder: We will be patching the servers soon. We will announce in game prior to locking. Thank you!

FujiQ — Today at 9:21 AM
Servers will be coming up shortly. Check patchnotes for details.
The Hell Siege event starts NEXT Saturday (the 14th) at 2pm EDT. You can poke around in the data files but it will not be available until next weekend. We will post some stats on new items next week.

FujiQ — Today at 9:58 AM
Servers are back up.

Patch Notes

Agriculture Update

Today’s update is the first of many updates to our crafting system – grab your shovel and get dirty! Even if you have maxed Planting, Foraging, (and Harvesting?? You psycho!) you can still enjoy playing through a new quest line which takes you on a journey across the lands of Dransik, starting in Silvest and traveling through many areas of Mainlands with a stop at each expansion! Help save the kingdom with the power of P L A N T S! I had a great time writing this quest line and hope you enjoy it as well!
In addition to the quest line, which features some unique new items for farming (and a few just for fun!), we got our hands dirty and retooled the progression for farming and foraging. Here is an overview of the changes:

• Greater experience for planting seeds vs fruits (and updated exp on planting depending on difficulty; more difficult seeds/crops give more experience).
• Grow more crops using fertilizer! To make fertilizer, start with an empty bucket. Add to it ground shells or bones. Use certain bones, triddle shells and various other insect shells in a mill to grind them (list of items that can make bone meal will be expanded in future, currently skeletal skulls and skeleton pirate fragments). Plant this and dig up your fertilizer! Using it on freshly planted seeds will increase your base yield! Try to add more things to the slop to make it richer!
• Increased resale value of crops (need some gold? Get digging!)
• Cash Crops: Chance to grow some cash crops which sell for more than normal: Barrel of Apples, Prize Tomato, and the rare White or Black rose.
• New items which decrease digging time or decrease planting time.
• Certain growing conditions favor different crops: Some crops grow more quickly in certain parts of the world.
• NEW RESOURCE: Wild Mushrooms and Mushroom Steaks (requires level 45 to harvest Wild Mushrooms, 55 to forage for Raw Mushroom Steaks).

The Farming Quest
- The quests start with an NPC named Stratton in the Silvest Farm shop. You must progress through this entire questline and the ones following to reach the “Master” quest. NOTE: This is NOT the “master of all” quest. So do not think you have to get 2500 kills in each category (though maybe it’s not a bad idea to work on that anyways hmm? ). Even if you "hate quests and tradeskills" I hope you check it out!
- There are 25 quests in this entire quest line
- Some lovely rewards await those who are able to complete it!
- Most quests involve growing something, killing something, and looking for something. If you get stuck, go talk to the NPC!

Other Changes (It's a really big junk drawer)
- Check out the newly revamped Amnon Vre dungeon!
- A new low level dungeon near Whisperdale – the Marsh Dungeon! This was a collaborative effort between my son and I. Speak to NPC Legrant on the south side of Whisperdale to start this quest to access this dungeon!
- Patrons now reward well up to level 50 (then xp drops off; previous was 43).
- Added randomness to lich prince's timer.
- Typo in crystal orb quest.
- Adjust to Runic Priest spells.
- Small text adjust on Addie's text when she gives wine recipe.
- Dolas fern now requires level 35 instead of 45 to forage.
- Adjust to Mnemnon spawn - added small skeles, reduced chance on undead priest level 55 encounter.
- Adjusted zebra skinning quest to require only level 45.
- Fix for faction req to enter crim gate under BFD.
- Fix for Mage Trainer quest - Treba npc quest now branched to show which creature type to kill.
- Removed degrade on tradeskill tools for new players.
- Added Check for Remedy so it can't be immediately recast.
- Adjust to Tyrian set stats (inc DEX/INT, + SOUL, varying resist additions/changes).
- Beekeeper set stat adjust (level orb reqs down, added stats, harvesting bonus).
- Ghost of Lotor resists updated.

This was a long 5 months and there could be a few other small changes which slipped by but if I discover them I will update this list.

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May 04 2022
 From: Dev FujiQ

Development

Our update Saturday will include content to support a new high level event: The Hell Siege.

Talazar's evil army is ready to lay waste to the mewling servants of Lotor and other puny good-hearted civilians. Powerful demon spires act as portals from hell that will unleash a horde of demons and vile creatures on various towns. Two new creatures, Ancient Demons and Ancient Balrons, are not to be taken lightly. Stop the siege and save the towns - collect evil trinkets to trade for valuable weapons and armor, and other items. In between sieges, hunt these creatures in Hell for the Demonhunter brothers or the weapons that they wield. Or if you dare, collect totems to start the drums of war at a time of your choosing...

If you were thinking to yourself that there's not enough red, black, and skull themed items in AE, this is the event for you! There are:

+ Three new sets of armor
+ Four new weapons
+ Totem of siege (a longer lasting berserk)
+ Two teleport stones
+ A crafting hammer which gives +30 to iron forging
+ A new housing item for guild halls: the spiked skulll. Place the head of your enemy on a spiked skull and display your kill for all to see!

We will be starting this event Saturday May 14th at 2pm EST. It will run approximately 6 weeks.


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May 01 2022
 From: Dev FujiQ

Announcement

Hopefully everyone is enjoying the warmer weather outdoors! Once you're done getting assaulted by pollen and rain, check out your store in game for this month's grab bag.

(2) Berserker Potion Packs
(2) Personal Power Hours
(2) Drop Rate Increases
(1) Wizard's Familiar
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April 30 2022
 From: Dev FujiQ

Announcement

Next Saturday May 7th we will be patching the servers around 8:30am EDT. This will include the update to agriculture as well as a new high level event that we plan to run at least 2x a year for 6 weeks at a time.

The event will start when we are able to monitor it actively, since it is Mother's Day weekend 6-8th we most likely will start that event the following week. Thank you for your continued support!

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April 09 2022
 From: Dev FujiQ

Announcement

I'd like to take a minute to share an announcement not related to Ashen Empires. If you are interested in Fallout style games, check out a new game just released at the end of March called Weird West by WolfEye Games. The guys have worked with some of these developers in the past - good guys, and always deliver good products.

Check it out on steam:
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1097350/Weird_West/


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April 07 2022
 From: Dev FujiQ

Announcement

Our next Knight of Talazar event will be Saturday April 23rd at 7pm EDT!

If you are new to the event, here's the rundown; 4 Knights spawn throughout mainlands. Currently they are in Parian, Josody, and Lotor's Castle. If you are VIP and are able to attack the knight - even briefly at a distance - you have a chance at one of its rare drops including the possibility for an artifact. The Knights also spawn several mobs around it that drop Rune Fragments which may be traded in for good levelling gear.

Note that item degrade/equipment drop are disabled during the event. We usually do a spawn event after as well for added chaos.

Hope to see you there!

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April 01 2022
 From: Dev FujiQ

Announcement

Happy April!! Today's Grab Bag will be a special Thank You for all who have purchased our lifetime subscription option - you will receive a level 110 char!

To redeem this char please visit our secure site and make a support ticket.

Along with that, this month's Grab Bag will include...

(1) Item Rename
(1) pack of Teleport Stones
(1) Dragon Mask Pack
(1) Rune Shard

Thank you for your continued support!

Grat Note: Yes, this was an April Fools Prank by FujiQ, there was no Lifetime Subscription available with the L110 Character.

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March 25-27 2022
 From: Dev FujiQ

Development

I am long overdue for a post about what we've been up to!

To summarize...following a very fun but slightly intense Holiday event, we took a few weeks off to regroup and figure out our next steps. It took a full month to design the changes that we will be implementing, including all of the quests that will be added. I was hoping to have a tradeskill update completely rolled out by now, but the scope of this project is quite large, and our schedule has been insanely busy this spring on the Clark Kent side of our lives. As a result I've decided to break up this update into each skill. That being said....

At the end of April we plan to roll out our changes to Agriculture along with some fixes to prepare us for Steam (mostly Valinor, lowbie stuff) and hopefullyalso a new event!

The Agriculture update will include...
- 3 full multi stage quest lines.
- 1 Master quest (and suitable end game style reward).
- Several new resources (hemp, mushrooms, and special "bonus" harvested items).
- Several new farming implements (shovels, seed selection tools, armor/weaponry, containers).
- Updates to harvested quantities (using fertilizer) and sale prices.

I hope y'all are ready to get down n dirty in April! Thank you for your continued support!


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March 25-27 2022
 From: Dev FujiQ

Announcement

March 25 - 10:00 PM
We will be taking the servers down tomorrow for some maintenance at around 8pm EDT. It may last 30-45 minutes. No updates/patches this time - though we are expecting something at the end of April.

Thanks for your continued support!!

March 26 - 10:16 PM
We are postponing the server downtime to Sunday March 27th at 2pm EDT. Thank you!

March 27 - 03:10 PM
Legends is back up; we are still working on Heroes - no ETA right now.

March 27 - 03:21 PM
Heroes is back up as well. Thank you for your patience!

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March 13 2022
 From: Dev FujiQ

Announcement

Hello everyone!

Just a friendly PSA about using followers in game.

As many of you are aware, it is possible to leave your followers standing guard in a location far away such as a boss's room, using it as a kind of alarm system. I applaud your creativity, however, it has created a situation where others are unable to reasonably check for and hunt said bosses.

Unfortunately, we cannot update the servers at this time to change follower's behavior. Instead we will be monitoring and removing any followers left in this way. Further abuse of this mechanic will result in a kick, then a suspension.

Please page if you see a follower left at a boss area so we can follow up on it. We always prefer the game to handle such situations however we feel this is warrants GM involvement until we update the servers. Thank you for your understanding.

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March 01 2022
 From: Dev FujiQ

Announcement

March Grab Bags anyone?

Inside this month's pack of freebies are:
(4) Henchmen
(3) Personal Power Hours
(2) Lair of Minos Access passes
(1) Pack of Teleport Stones

Thank you as always for your support! If you have any questions about grab bags or your account feel free to drop us a line using the ticket feature of the secure site: https://secure.pixelminegames.com/SupportSubmitTicket.aspx. You can also DM but those tickets via Website we can easily keep track of and make sure to track your issue.
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Februrary 1 2022
 From: Dev FujiQ

Announcement

It's the 1st of the month, you know what that means!

Grab bags will be arriving in your account today - enjoy the following freebies for being a VIP member:

(1) 1tem No-Drop
(1) Dragon Mask Pack
(2) Broken Finger access passes
(2) Berserker Potion packs

Remember, these will arrive on midnight of the 1st of the month or the 1st anniversary of your VIP subscription. If you have any questions about whether or not you have received it please reach out via support ticket: https://secure.pixelminegames.com/SupportSubmitTicket.aspx
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January 14 2022
 From: Dev FujiQ

Hot Fix

Hotfix this morning for a few small issues:

- A few people had issues with quests counting incorrectly.
- Fix for Hell Spawn follower.
- Nullify and Recoup Health fixes that were previously working reverted, reapplied the correct fix.
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January 10 2022
 From: Dev FujiQ

Announcement

Congrats to Wyrmcast for winning our Holiday Art contest!

He used various pots for ornaments, Dolas Fern and Ajwain Leaf for the greenery.

Thank you to everyone who participated.


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January 09 2022
 From: Dev FujiQ

Announcement

We are no longer accepting entries for the Boss Fight. Below are the crowd favorites for each match. Note that based on our trial runs, most of these battles are 50/50 - they are close and can go either way. We will be streaming the event at 1pm EST.

Note: If you entered more than once in Boss Fight (if you have multiple accounts and/or used multiple chars) you will get a reduced prize for winning. If you wish to pull one of your entries please DM or page.



Below are results from the Boss Fight! Hope you enjoyed watching - many thanks to @[AE] GM Bahamut for all of the time and energy he put into this, running various scenarios and testing, and all the work he did to make the Gauntlet event successful.

EDIT: I had to go back and recount, there is one person who guessed 9/10 correctly. Congrats to @G G!



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January 08, 2022
 From: Dev FujiQ

Reminder:

Today is last day to submit art for the art contest! I will post all images to the GM's and Developers tomorrow morning. If there are some images in my DMs when I get up tomorrow I will include them.

Tomorrow around 10pm EST we will be turning off the holiday event. This means that any existing spawns of Snow Elves, Reindeer, Angry Snowmen will remain but they will not respawn. The coal vendor is a permanent NPC who will be available throughout the year. We will most likely utilize presents as prizes for future events (not holiday events but GM sponsored events, etc).

The Gauntlet and Snowman events will continue to be available. If you'd like to try Bahamut's gauntlet event please page or DM him. He will be gradually posting gauntlet runs (these take time to post so please be patient). If you'd like to try the Snowman event please DM me or page in game.

Tomorrow at 1pm EST Bahamut and I will be streaming the boss battle - with commentary!! We have over 70 entries with guesses on who will win. I will post the crowd favorites tomorrow morning. We will NO LONGER accept entries for boss fight after tonight. If your page is in today we will record it. To see the event please watch Bahamut's twitch (you can access the twitch link in his profile @[AE] GM Bahamut. It will be recorded and posted at a later date.

We hope you've had fun with the various events these last few weeks! Here's to more fun in AE in 2022

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January 01 2022
 From: Dev FujiQ

Patch Notes

Happy New Year's Day!

2021 was a great year for Ashen Empires and we thank you for being a part of that! We rounded out a lot of goals we set back in 2020 for content - adding more gear and options for various builds, making different areas relevant for late/end game such as Athropiniax's Lair and Talazar's Revenge. We also introduced the Chaos server, which had a great first run. Looking forward to doing some different things with that server this year! Here's a highlight reel - if you want more details please see the patch-notes channel.

- New Skill: Identification
- Auto Targeting for Melee/Archery
- Gameplay Window Resize
- Hunter’s Handbook and spawn map reveal
- Randomize boss spawns
- New quest lines
- New crafted gear
- Updated several recurring events to be relevant
- GUI Overhaul
- Updated Mage Spell Book
- System Channel
- New game options

We are very close on the integration with Steam and will be focusing on adding a few QoL features to the game and smoothing out the new player experience. Expect an update to trade skills next, and possibly an update to Tides of Fate sailing/boat related content prior to Steam launch. We still have a lot of work to do and appreciate your feedback, suggestions, and bug reports.

VIP Members will receive their grab bags tonight (a bit late, apologies!). Included for January's grab bag is:
(1) Item Restoration Tools
(4) Personal Power Hour
(2) Summon Corpse

Again, if you have any questions about your grab bag or VIP status please feel free to make a ticket on our secure site: https://secure.pixelminegames.com/SupportSubmitTicket.aspx

Reminder of Upcoming Events:

Jan 1st at 2/7pm EST on L and 3/8pm EST on H will be a Boss Spawn Event. Head to the plains of Chlera for a special 2022 Boss Spawn. Those of you hoping to complete your Hunter's Handbook will find several creatures from Valinor as well. PVP On, item degrade/drop off!

Jan 2nd: Chaos Server opens for the PVP tournament. You will be able to set level/skills/spawn equip as a test server but still must use 4 event tickets to enter. PVP Tournament Sat Jan 8th.

Jan 9th: End of Holiday Event. Coal Vendor will still be open. We will post results and winners of the Boss Matchup fight and the Holiday Art contest at that time.

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Updated: May 20, 2022
 From: Site Admin Grat Rochord

Announcement:

Please refer to the Menu Links at the Left for Older News prior to this current Year. I have broken them down from Pre-2020, 2020 and 2021, and will continue to break them down by year going forward so that this main page of articles does not become overly large to open.

Thank You for Visiting, one of the Oldest Fan Sites of Ashen Empires.

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