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Clothes can finally be gifted

You get clothes and you get clothes and you get clothes… Ok now we’ve let out our inner Oprah shall we talk about gifting?

One of the biggest features that players asked for since the launch of the Item Store was the ability to gift content to other players. A little while ago it was introduced but something was missing. The ability to gift clothes. You could gift party bags but the bulk of the store was unavailable.

Funcom announced on Monday that clothing was finally available to be gifted (although some players discovered that the system was live from the Friday prior). From individual items to full outfits it’s all fair game.

As always there are some caveats. You still can’t use your bonus points, the player you are buying for must be on your friends list in-game and you will only be shown clothes that the character can wear (so there’s no chance of a male character gifting female characters male clothing).

So why has it taken so long? Well on a live stream a while back they explained that the process for gifting clothes was more complex then for consumables and similar items. The shop needs to establish which clothes the character has and make sure you’re not buying duplicates. Finding a way of doing that without giving account access or just letting you randomly click and hope for the best is not as easy as it sounds. Given the wealth of clothing available in TSW it’s no surprise they wanted to make sure that all the bugs were ironed out before they set it live. item store

It’s a welcome addition and so far it seems to be going well. It will also give those players who organise events another source of prizes to award. We’re certainly glad to see it finally implemented.

Another addition saw Auxiliary Weapon Moulds being added to the Store. They are single use skins that for your Aux Wepapon which you used to have to grind dungeons for. For some players the addition of these is a bone of contention as they has spent a lot of time earning the skins in-game. For others it is a welcome relief as they can now un-hide their Aux weapon and wear it the same as they do the other items. We’ll be discussing the pro’s and cons in an upcoming episode.

You can access the Item Store in-game by pressing the , key and if you aren’t you can still sent people shiny things using the web version over here

 

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Episode 58

This week on The Secret Podcast we discuss the Anniversary Event, The Colour Splashes fashion party and somehow get into a discussion about Scottish Drag Queens…

We’ll have full notes shortly (promise this time)

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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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Let’s Talk Drop Rates

Every event this topic seems to come up but this year it seems to have caused more contention than usual. Certainly I have noticed more frustration among players with many resigned to not getting the rewards they hoped for and a few even abandoning the event entirely.

Let me be clear. I have no idea what the actual drop rates are for the new items that are part of this year’s anniversary event. There are many numbers floating around but (and let’s be 100% honest here) the only people who know the actual figures are working at Funcom and they are keeping them close to their chest.

First we need to look at the event itself and how it is different from previous anniversaries to understand why the drop rate has become such an issue. Previous anniversary events brought us the Golems in various guises. With the addition of the Tokyo golem last year. The golems generally dropped Reward bags, Black Bullion (which was good for players who didn’t do dungeons before the currency revamp) and of course a pet version of themselves. While the pets were rare generally you could get all 10 over the course of the event if you put time into it, even if the RNG gods were not on your side.

This year things have changed slightly. Funcom introduced a ranking system. Bronze, Silver and Gold. We don’t actually know what the requirements are for each tier which sort of makes them fairly moot and more of an annoyance than anything. The tier does seem to affect the chances of getting loot from reward bags which means newer players who don’t understand the mechanics will be less likely to get the pets they want.

They also introduced Shards that each golem drops. They are rare. Not so rare that you can’t get them but annoyingly rare enough that it can be difficult to get the new addition to the event up and running at times.

The new addition is what players have lovingly called the HateKeeper. An infected version of the GateKeeper we all know and in many cases loathe. The shards collected from Golems are used to summon filth tainted versions of the pets and they summon the GateKeeper infecting him and triggering a 40 man raid. While the raid itself is actually quite fun once you understand the mechanics it is less fun when you are rewarded with two green signet bags for a gold rating.

And here is where the drop rates really become contentious. Like previous years the HateKeeper fight has new clothing and a pet to collect. However it seems to be nigh on impossible to actually get any of these items. With some players suggesting a drop rate of 0.01% for the new pet (Not an actual figure confirmed or denied by Developers). It’s understandable that people would feel a little annoyed.

Unlike the golems who wander the various zones and simply require patience the HateKeeper requires luck in Shard drops, luck in getting into an instance that isn’t full and a near miracle to get the item you actually want. It feels like in all the excitement in creating this new battle that the trouble players may have gaining access to it hasn’t been accounted for and players are becoming more frustrated than usual as a result.

Personally I always felt like I had worked hard with other players toward getting the pets. Finding golems and calling them out until eventually I got my Golem pet. Even Hell was rewarding in it’s own way as once you had a clothing item it was removed from your personal pool of potential drops until you eventually ended up with the Hel Horns. But this event… It feels like the RNG is against us all. If I actually got the pet I would be embarrassed to show it off because somehow it would feel unfair to other players, many of whom had put more time and effort into the event then me.

Generally I don’t get involved with the Drop Rate debate. But unfortunately I feel that this event has been somewhat ruined by the way the HateKeeper issues rewards. I’m hoping that going forward it’s something that will be adjusted.

 

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Episode 57

This week on The Secret Podcast we decided to let Auroris have a break. So I decided to rope Terry Erekon in to have a relaxed chat with me and we discussed the current event, RP and Twitter. You can find Terry on Twitter @Terry_Erekon and visit his blog at http://credaxi.eu/blog/

News

  • The Streaming Ones: The Streaming ones celebrated their 4th anniversary by going over some of their favourite moments. Not much in the way of news but you can view the whole stream here
  • Patches and Hotfixes: There have been quite a few patches and hotfixes to the event to help it run smoothly. You can find the full list over here
  • Changes to Golem Missions: Golems now require a minimum participation before issuing a reward and also now have tiers of prizes from Bronze to Gold
  • All the Bags: For the duration of the Anniversary event all the previous event bags will be purchasable from the item store for FC/Bonus Points. Time to grab the dances you missed

Events:

  • Colour Splashes: The Secret Buzz Fashion Contest: Fred is holding another celebration of the fashion in TSW. It’s all about colour with lots of fun, plenty of music provided by Radio Free Gaia’s DJPsywarrior and four fasion rounds with plenty of prizes on offer. It takes place Saturday, the 16th of July 2016 | 2 PM EST (18:00 GMT) | Kingsmouth, Skaterpark for more information head over to thesecret.buzz

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This podcast was previously released on YouTube. It’s still available here and if you’d like us to publish a YouTube version please let us know.

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Sanctuary Anniversary ScreenShot Scontest

Sanctuary, if you haven’t heard of them then they haven’t been doing their job properly and we #BlameKle. Sanctuary has been around for some time a global chat channel with the aim of welcoming new players giving them a safe space to ask questions and also providing a truly global chat (general chat is only zone based so once you leave you’ll no longer be able to communicate with people in that zone).

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But enough of the shameless plugging. Sanctuary has decided they want to give you the chance to celebrate in style by showing off your favourite moments from this year’s adversary. Send them pictures over at the Sanctuary Forums and you can win great prizes including pets, signet reward bags, pax and clothing (with more to be added). You can also win a coveted Sanctuary Tee (they are super rare so this is really worth it).

You can find all the information about how to enter over at the Sanctuary forums here. Now go, take screen shots and get prizes because they’re promising something to everyone who takes part… The fools.

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