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University Survey (not Oberin news) by Jinker on 13 Jun 2008 : 21:50
I received an email about a survey that wants MMO players to participate. I get emails about Oberin all the time wanting one thing or another but this one really peaked my interest. So I'm making a news post about it.



I am doing undergraduate research at Eastern Kentucky University with Dr. Dan Florell. We are looking for a sample for our research. We were wondering if we could use members of your website as subjects. This research will be completely anonymous. They will be just sharing their opinions about various aspects of MMORPGs.



I did the survey and I am interested to see what the results will be.



Here is the link for the survey, it takes about 20 minutes or maybe a little longer. It's not Oberin related and it's completely anonymous.



Survey Link



Character Deletion Delay Reduced by Stefan on 03 Apr 2008 : 00:34
To make it easier for everyone to try out new classes before making a final choice, and in anticipation of what's to come, we decided to reduce the delay between creating a character and deleting that character from 3 days to one day (24 hours).



In order to delete one of your characters, you have to select "Request Character Deletion" in the "Management" menu of the Character Creator. If your character is more than 24 hours old, you should be able to delete it. If you encounter any problem, feel free to call a Game Master in game or to open a topic in the Support forum.



Please remember that you are only allowed to have 2 characters per account, and that it is not possible to recover a deleted character.
Great Blue Moon Festival by Jinker on 03 Dec 2007 : 03:29
Now that the Blue Moon Festival is over I would like to thank you all for being very polite the entire time. I hope everyone had fun, we were a little short handed this time around but I think we involved a good lot of you in games and auctions. It was fun for me and I'm sure for the other GM's as well.



Thanks
... And forth! by Stefan on 17 Sep 2007 : 23:57
Once again we are moving the server, hopefully for the last time.



As of today the server is back to Jinker's old G4, with a shiny brand new router which should work as intended. We estimate a downtime of about 20-30 minutes from the moment this is posted.



It may a while for the DNS to update properly, so the server status image in the corner might not be accurate the first few hours. Also, you may have to type "obi.mine.nu" in the server field to be able to connect.



Could it be the true end of lag? Fingers crossed!
Oberin Server Info by Jinker on 30 Aug 2007 : 19:56
I am getting a lot of questions about the server so I figured I would post here so you can all know what's going on. I did post in the forums but not everyone looks there.



The server is back on Glenn's as everyone knows, but many don't know why. I was running the server on my G4 for almost a week. Each day there were problems however, not with the server application or the G4, but my router. After doing some research it seems my router doesn't like a lot of traffic. This is actually what the Knowledgebase for D-Link said:



Router Locks up

The following are possibilities why you router is locking up:



A large amount of traffic may lock the router up.




This really kills me... The primary function of a router is to handle traffic so how can you sell one that doesn't. Grrrrr!! I updated the firmware and did everything else they suggested but it made it worse. So I decided to move back to Glenn's until I could get a new router. Which is what I am doing. The server will be back on my G4 and with the new router shouldn't have any problems at all. I hope *knocks on wood*



That's the story. I hope you all hang in there until I can move the server back.



Thanks,

Jinker
Server Moving 8-09-2007 by Stefan on 10 Aug 2007 : 02:19
That's it, we're moving!



As of today, the server is Jinker's old G4, in Atlanta. This should reduce the lag and the connection loss by a lot, and I mean a lot.



Your characters will not be lost in the moving, you don't have to worry about that. On the other hand, in order to be able to play on our shiny new server, you will have to download a new client.



We took the opportunity to have a mini update, you can check the Development forum for all the news it.



Let's hope the lag monster is gone for good now!





NOTE: If you can't connect, try putting "obi.mine.nu" in the "Server" field. It takes a while for the DNS to update so you might have to use it for a few hours.
Oberin Update 08-07-2007 by Jinker on 08 Aug 2007 : 02:07
Aaaaaand it's out!



Click on download to get the new client or click here.



Dang this update took a while... But every single part of it is very well worth the wait! I've rarely been this excited by releasing new content and eager to hear your feedback.

As the title says this update is quite of an eye candy, and you will soon realize that!



So.. Less babbling more update goodness New content



- Drag and drop Inventory sorting! This is not a surprise for anyone, you can now sort your inventory window as easily as using Drag and Drop to move things around. To prevent any accident, you need to shift-click and drag an item to sort them. This way we won't have people drinking to drink a potion in a hurry and accidently dragging it instead. Only the Inventory can be sorted right now, Bank, Pets, Party, and other windows will come with later updates.



- Druids will now receive feedback when their pet's hunger reaches a critical level. If you see the "Your pet is starving!" message, you had better feed your pet fast or it will die from starvation.



- Different shops can now sell/buy things at different prices. For example, the Mirith's reagent shop could sell Coal for 3gp buy it for 2gp a piece while the Andris' reagent shop could sell it for 2gp and buy it for 1gp a piece. Those prices will vary depending on many things.



- Sharing was reactivated. When your sharing is on, whenever you complete a NPC quest, you will share the experience rewarded with each person that is online on your party list. For example, if your sharing is enabled, and you complete a quest that is worth 20 experience points while 4 people are online on your party list, everyone will receive 20/5=4 experience point. You can enable sharing by typing /sharing on and disable it by typing /sharing off. You can see someone has sharing enabled when a (S) appears after their name on your party list. Sharing does not work with RTQ related experience points.



- You can now lose experience points during RTQs. We will mostly use this feature on people who misbehave in front of Quest Characters or fail in a given quest. Whenever that happens, you will receive a "You lose XXX experience points." message.



- An AFK timer was added. Being totally inactive in Oberin for 5 minutes will flag you as AFK (Away From Keyboard). A small bubble will appear over your head when that happens. That has absolutely no other effect then to warn other players and GMs that you are AFK and will most probably not answer them.



- The "Strength" cleric spell has a new visual effect.

- The "Agility" cleric spell has a new visual effect.

- The "Elevate Mind" cleric spell has a new visual effect.

- The "Magic Reflection" cleric spell has a new visual effect.

- The "Reflective Armor" cleric spell has a new visual effect.

- The "Explosion" wizard spell visual effect was changed a bit.

- The "Resurrection" cleric spell has a new visual effect.



- Druids can now craft a new potion: "Opportunity potion". The effect of the potion is described below. It requires an Alchemy level of at least 5 to craft the potion.



- The following Guild Emblems have been added: Ordo Illuminatis, Black Roses.



New spells



- Magic Arrow



Requirements: Magery/Wizard level 1

MP Cost: 6

Reagents needed: 1 Piece of Coal.

Effect: Creates a magical arrow that will fly to the Wizard's target. This arrow deals very little damage.

This spell introduces a new gameplay to Oberin: distance to your target when casting spells. Magic Arrow is not an instant damage spell. When you cast it, the arrow will travel to your target, and only then hit and damage them. The closer you are, the faster it will take to damage your target. Casting Magic Arrow at point blank will damage your target instantly.



- Fireball



Requirements: Magery/Wizard level 9

MP Cost: 54

Reagents needed: 1 Volcanic Ash, 1 Piece of Coal, 1 Dragon Tooth.

Effect: A fireball hurls from the Wizard's hands to the target. This is a highly damaging spell. Just like Magic Arrow, the Fireball will have to travel to your target before damaging them. Fireball travels slower than a Magic Arrow. Casting Fireball at point blank will instantly damage your target.



- Disorientation Field



Requirements: Magery/Wizard level 10

MP Cost: 60

Reagents needed: 1 Garlic, 1 Poison Gland, 1 Dragon Tooth.

Effect: This spell works just like the "disorientation" spell only it will affect everyone on the Wizard's screen.



- Mass Heal



Requirements: Magery/Cleric level 10

MP Cost: 60

Reagents needed: 3 Ginsengs, 1 Dragon Tooth

Effect: This powerful healing spell will instantly heal everyone in a 5 tiles radius of the cleric.



- Opportunity



Requirements: Magery/Druid level 10

MP Cost: 60

Reagents needed: 1 Amber, 1 Piece of Coal, 1 Electric Eel, 1 Dragon Tooth

Effect: This support spell can be cast on the Druid or one of their allies. Casting the spell will change the opportunity of any creature attacking the target into switching to another player who is currently damaging it.

For example, if your pet is attacking a Giant, but the Giant targets you, casting the spell on yourself will have the Giant be much more likely to switch to your pet. You can also cast the spell on any friendly player so that anyone else can pick up any monster attacking them much more easily.

The Opportunity potions are a limited version of the spell, in that they will be less effective.



Tweaks and changes



- The amount of damage reflected by the cleric spell "Reflective Armor" was slightly increased.

- Being totally inactive on Oberin for 15 minutes will get you disconnected from the game.



Bug fixes



- Fixed a few graphical bugs in the map.

- Fixed a bug in guards' behavior that would make them teleport at times.

- Fixed a glitch in the Character Window that would not properly update some GM items

- Fixed a few more grammar/spelling mistakes

- Fixed a slight feedback mistake: "You are getting very hungry." now reads "You are starving!" as intended.

- Dropping gold on a container will no longer make it disappear after 3 minutes.

- Guild Halls chests are now properly saved every 5 minutes. In the worst case scenario, a server crash will revert your chests to their content of 5 minutes ago.

- If a player dies on the corpse of another player, or on a container that they can't pick up (e.g. "Only XXX can take"), the server will attempt to move their body to a safe location before death (the keyword being "attempt").

- Banned characters that have later been unbanned will no longer find themselves naked on Jinker's island.
Oberin Update 04-28-2007 by Stefan on 29 Apr 2007 : 01:16
Today comes with a new update for Oberin! To make sure your client is up to date and you can play again, follow these easy steps :



1. Back up your "Oberin Logs" folder located inside your Oberin folder. It contains conversations logs you might want to save for the future.

2. Delete your Oberin folder, you won't need it anymore.

3. Click on the "Downloads" link to the left and get the latest version of Oberin.

4. Copy the newly downloaded client to your hard drive.

5. Replace the "Oberin Logs" folder with the ony you backed up on step 1.

6. You are ready to play!



As always, you can check the Development forum for notes on this update.



See you in Oberin!
Attention Guilds Emblems by Jinker on 18 Apr 2007 : 22:16
If your guild has an emblem and wants it added, email it to me by this Friday to get them included in the game. I have added many from the emblem page so there are only a few missing. I want to let you know so you can get them to me. And if you don't we can add them in a later update.



Read more for image formats and example.



Format:

PNG with transparancy is preferred, but jpeg, tiff, pict, EPS will be fine.



Size:

No bigger than 300x300 pixels.





This is what the emblems will look like in game so keep this in mind when you design yours.



Emblem example
Old Accounts and Counselors by Jinker on 02 Mar 2007 : 00:58
Now that the site is running well I have some thing to do. First, it's spring cleaning time. I'm going to remove all character accounts that have not been active in the last year. So if you have a character you want to keep but haven't logged in to Oberin for a year, you had better login soon.



Next, I am looking for a group of counselors to maybe become GM's. By group, I want to try for 5 to 10 new counselors and go from there. If you would like to have a counselor character you shouldn't tell other players about your intentions since your player character identity is a secret. Send me an email or a PM telling me why you want to be a counselor. I will post them for the other GM's and we will start picking people sometime in the near future. Do not call a GM asking about your application or that will will earn you negative marks. Also, I like all counselors to be over 18, but if there is a mature 16 we would consider it.



Thanks!