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Updated Item Store and New Veteran Items

The team at Funcom have been very busy recently and today they unleashed their latest handy-work upon The Secret World community.

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The Item Store has seen a bit of a reworking including improved search functions and better menus (all clothing is under the sections you’d find it in your wardrobe for example).

However that’s not all. Players have often requested that Items of the Month be made available for those that may have missed them. With this update a large batch of new re-skinned items have been made available to anyone who has enough Veteran Points. With Backpacks in a variety of colours and sizes as well as ski masks and ear pieces (to name just a few) it’s certainly worth taking a look at the new items.

Hopefully this is the start of a new trend of Store Updates. So head to the store and spend some of those VPs you’ve been clinging onto. Even if you can’t get in-game right now head here to log-in to the web store.

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Help Test Out PvP Changes on TestLive

Normally I stick to the rule of “What happens on TestLive stays on TestLive” but when the Official Funcom account tweets TL news I guess it’s fair game.

Over on TL they are always tweaking and fiddling with things in the background to help make sure that the live game runs smoothly. A lot of the changes aren’t that spectacular. In fact if a lot of them are so small that you would hardly notice them if you didn’t read through the patch notes that accompany each update.

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So why am I suddenly breaking my TL vow of silence? Well This Monday at around 5PM GMT to 7PM GMT (1PM EDT to 3PM EDT) Funcom are having a special PvP event to make sure that some of the upcoming changes don’t have a detrimental effect on the PvP community and they need your to help them test it.

The TestLive Servers are available to Grandmasters and anyone with an active subscription and more information about the event can be found here (you may need to log in using your normal forum details). For information on how to access the the servers and general FAQs head to the handy guide from Psygnosis here.

And as an added bonus anyone who takes part in the testing will get a vanity item for their character on the Live servers. Because while it’s nice to have the warm and fuzzy feeling of helping to make the game better it’s even better to get something shiny to show for it 😀

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A New Week a New #IAMTSW Contest

The first round is barely a week old but already the contest has been announced in the #IAMTSW contest.

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From Monday next week you can post a screen capture of something in-game that you feel passionate about. Do you love John Wolf? Have a favourite fight in a dungeon or just love to show off your new outfits? Then this competition is the one for you.

As always there a few rules. The image has to be unedited and it needs to be your own (so no stealing images from Google).

It’s a great chance to show off the game and the beauty in it and as usual there’s some great prizes on offer including pets, Tim Tams (they’re really nice) and a play in the Albion as well as the prizes on offer from Funcom.

So get your best screenshots at the ready. This round looks set to be massive. You can find more information about next week’s round here

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Time to Choose the Questions for Drivek in The ArchiTexts Developer Questions

The ArchiTexts Developer Questions is a fairly new initiative which sees developers from all areas of The Secret World come forward and face a grilling answer questions from the community. The latest developer is Drivek who’s job is to make sure that art design (like monsters and playfields) fit within the overall atmosphere of the game.

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There are some great questions (my favourite is the one about the velocity of an unladen Flappy) but only the ones with the most votes will get asked. So if you truly want to know what the airspeed of an unladen Flappy is than you’ll need to head over to the forums right away.

The poll is only open until Thursday 26th at 5PM EST so there’s not much chance.

(Of course we all know that the speed of the Flappy depends on if it’s an African or European Flappy 😉 )

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Fancy a Cookie? Sezmra and Tomium Talk to Beyond the Veil

Everyone loves cookies right? Even the Hawk in all it’s majesty can’t help but have a nibble…

Well if you want to get your questions answered by TSW Community Managers Sezmra and Tomium then this weeks Beyond the Veil is the place for you.

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As usual they’ll be broadcasting live from The Secret World on Twitch here from 7pm EST

If you’ve got a burning question that you’ve ever wanted to ask the community managers then now is your chance.

And don’t worry if you’re not able to make the live show. There’s always the remastered version available a few days later on the Holosuite Media website and you’re favourite podcast site.

So what questions will you be asking the Hawk and the Queen of Cookies?

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