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Exclusive Prizes in Our Advert Contest

We have a great contest for you this month to help sidetrack you from your daily missions. We’re giving away some exclusive prizes (to be revealed soon™) as well as gifts from the clothing store, Signets and other items.

Want to get your hands on them? Simple, just record a short advert/filler segment for the show of no more than 30 seconds and email us your entry before Midnight (BST) on the 30th September 2016 to contest@thesecretpodcast.co.uk along with your in-game name.


We’ll pick the best three and give out the exclusive prize to each as well as 1200 FC points worth of gifts to 1st Place, 600 FC Points worth of gifts to 2nd Place and a selection of Signets and Museum items to 3rd Place. We’ll also use the winning entries on our podcast and (where possible, with selected partners).

Everyone who enters will get a Rare Signet Reward Bag.

We’ve put together an example for you, 

And here are some good tips to get you started.

  • Get some good editing software (Audacity is pretty good and free to download. It’s also pretty easy to use)
  • Some people find it easier to work from a pre-prepared script
  • Don’t be afraid to alter your voice or use sound effects/music (as long as the music is royalty free. If you want to use the Podcast intro we have copies and permission to use it)
  • Make sure to include at least the name of the show and the website.

And above all remember if Auroris and Kle can record stuff then anyone can.

We look forward to hearing your submissions and if you have any questions feel free to email the contest address, get in touch with us on Twitter @TSW_Podcast or DM KleTheTemplar on the official forums.

Update: If you aren’t keen on recording or don’t have the equipment but still want to take part send us a copy of your script and one of the Podcast crew will record it for you. We’ll also send it back to you for approval so you can give us any notes and we can edit it to your liking before it gets entered proper. If you want to use sound effects or music please provide those with your submission as well as giving a little bit of direction if you want it to sound a particular way.


The important stuff… Yeah we know nobody likes this but we have to cover it.
  • The contest is open to all members of the community except those who are related to the show or work for Funcom
  • There will be three winners all receiving a mystery prize (to be announced soon™) in addition First place will be able to choose a gift up to 1200 points from the item store. Second place will be able to choose a gift up to 600 points from the item store and third place will get a selection of Signets and Museum items.
  • All participants will receive a Rare Signet Bag
  • You can choose to enter your submission anonymously however we will still need your character name to reward prizes, please let us know in your submission if this is the case.
  • We may use all entries for future promotional purposes (on the podcast or with other groups) and by entering you agree to let us do this. We will try to keep you updated if we do.
  • Funcom does not sponsor this contest. Gift prizes are provided by The Secret Podcast and in-game items (Signets etc) are provided by Kle.
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What We Know About the Data Breach

Yesterday (25th August) Funcom announced they had experienced a serious data breach which affected it’s The Secret World, Age of Conan, Anarchy Online and Longest Journey forums. The breach included emails addresses, usernames and encrypted passwords.

It came about as a result of a flaw in the the forum software used. Although the issue was fixed on the 19th they aren’t able to pinpoint when the breach actually happened.

As a result all forum passwords have been reset, so the next time you try to log in you’ll be prompted to create a new password and they are investigating further (although if you are currently logged in and your browser remembers you then you’ll have to logout and log back in again to see the prompt).

As it was the forums that were affected this breach does not affect your game account unless you use the same login credentials.

Good practice is to regularly change your passwords and there are plenty of free apps on the market that can help you store the passwords safely as well as create secure ones.

It’s worth bearing in mind that in the past four years customer’s personal details on Funcom’s side have remained relatively intact. Any prompts to change passwords have usually been as a result of other sites outside of Funcom being breached. This is the first breach that has prompted a password change directly from Funcom.

We’ll keep you updated if new information becomes available and in the meantime while you’re reading the full announcement here don’t forget to change your password.

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New HoverBoard and it’s Free

We all like free stuff right? Well TSW has you covered with a shiny new hoverboard straight from hell called the Doomboard. Of course there’s a catch (it is a demonic hoverboard after all) but thankfully it’s not a huge one. Complete 70 challenges before the 21st of September to get your hands on it.

Doom

At first that may sound daunting but actually it breaks down to about three missions a day. Most scenarios are doable (even if you do find them dull) and the daily action/investigation/sabotage missions are easy enough to complete (although if you’re new to the game you may need help getting to some of the later areas. There are plenty of people who will lend a hand though just ask in Sanctuary). That’s before we even take into account the group finder or dungeon missions. And you also have your weekly missions like complete 25 Main missions or a win in PvP (Shambala is best for that) or three world bosses (keep an eye out in Event Chat for call outs there) to help add to the total as well as the missions to do a set number of dailies in a week.

70 sounds daunting at first but once you break it down you don’t need to spend that long in game each day to get to the total needed for your shiny new Doomboard.

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Of course that wasn’t all that was announced. The patch on Wednesday will also bring a new bag to go with the roller skates that everyone wants. The bag will be full of 80s clothing and random stuff that will make you long for the days of vinyl and cassette players. We don’t know if the skates will be in the bag (or will even be in this update) but at least you’ll have the perfect outfit to go with them when you get them. As usual these bags can be purchased from the Item Store using you FC points or Bonus Points and recolours of many of the items (as well as some of the more evasive ones) will be available from a vendor in Darkside using your lucky coins which you get everytime you open a bag.

You can see the full announcement below but in the meantime it may be worth getting some practice in to see just how many daily missions you can complete…

 

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Episode 60

In this weeks episode of The Secret Podcast Kle ties to out Auroris Auroris, we discuss Roller Skates, the changes to Fusnag and events.

News

  • The Streaming Ones: You can catch up on the full stream here
  • Newsang: We took a look at the new improved Fusang, you can read the full patch notes here as well as our take on it here
  • The Sanctuary Screen Shot Winners: There were some great screenshots which made choosing winners extra difficult. We managed to do it though. You can see all submissions over at the Sanctuary website here
  • We’re on Patreon: Yes we want your money. And we’re willing to give you stuff in return. From access to our show notes ahead of time and a chance to feedback to the outtakes and even the possibility of being here with us live in the flesh. Go to www.patreon.com/thesecretpodcast of course you can just throw money at our Paypal account instead if you don’t want shinies. Over at thesecret podcast.co.uk/donate

Events

  • Messages From the Buzzing: Sanctuary have been getting some odd messages and they’re asking players to look into it. This is a mini ARG with both in-game and out of game aspects. It’s not too complex (it can’t be the writer is known for being uncomplex) so it should be solved pretty quickly. You can find out more over at the Sanctuary forums at sanctuary.tswdb.com/ under the initiative section.
  • SnS Book Club: Saint and Sinners has a regular book club on a Tuesday Morning  (UK Time) 3am
  • Seoul RP: A light RP with events ranging from Karaoke to Zombie Tag. There’s an EU and US version with the US one on Tuesday mornings (UK time) and the EU one on Thursday evenings (UK time) find out more over at TSW-RP

Streamers:

Radio:

As always you can get in touch with us by email info@thesecretpodcast.co.uk, Twitter@TSW_Podcast and on Facebook as well as our contact page. You can get the latest episode of the show from iTunes here, Sticher here and directly from the site.

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The War is on in Fusang

Do you hear that noise? It’s the sound of fighting in Fusang and it is vicious. You asked and the team delivered. So let’s take a look at what players have dubbed “newsang” and what it has to offer.

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The first thing you will notice is that even when you aren’t in Fusang you will get popup notifications from the Council of Venice. They let you know when your faction is on top and needs help staying on top or if you need to get your ass into Fusang to help paint the map [insert faction colour here]. We’re not sure if they can be turned off but it’s still good to be able to see how your faction is doing.

You’ll also notice there is a new Fusang buff. While similar in effect to the old buffs it is awarded for dominating but also for stopping a faction from dominating by taking control of a Facility within a set timeframe. There are also buffs for winning the mini events too.

Once you actually enter Fusang you’ll notice that there are only two missions. Defensive and Offensive. Both require you to kill a certain number of players but the Defensive one needs to be in a Facility that you own and the Offensive one is in an opposing Faction’s Facility. When you have completed the objective the mission is automatically picked up again without having to go to the nearest well so you can always remain in the fight.

The emphasis now is on Facilities and killing people (which is how it should have been from the start). Capturing wells no longer has anything but a tactical advantage and if you aren’t actively fighting you aren’t going to be achieving the two main goals in Fusang. However there is more to the new Fusang than just killing people.

Periodically mini-events will happen. These come in two forms Anima Surge and Supply drop. So far we’ve only encountered Supply Drop but the idea of Anima Surge is that one facility will become overpowered with Anima. Players will have a set time to capture and hold the facility and the faction that has control when the timer ends will get a bonus.

Supply Drop sees one faction trying to find a crate of supplies dropped at random in the playfield. They have fifteen minutes to locate them and secure them to get the bonus. However the other factions are out to destroy them so the supplies need to be located fast. If the supplies are destroyed then both opposing factions get a buff.

So far the revamp seems to have brought Fusang back to life with an emphasis on fighting and controlling the facilities. It can be tough going when a faction gets organised though so be prepared to hit your head against the wall a few times. It is fun but it’s also chaos and that’s how Fusang was supposed to be. A war zone. And once again it feels like one.

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