Friday, November 16, 2007

One day to go before Etherian Wars!

Helpful reminders for the Gludio Castle event.

With just one day remaining before the attack of Gludio Castle to celebrate the launch of Etherian Wars, the best clans of both Aria and Blackbird are in high gear for the preparation of the opening day of the biggest Castle Siege in South-East Asia! A total of 37 valiant clans from both worlds (as of 4:00pm ACT, November 16, 2007) are preparing with their superior tactics to claim the glory of being the strongest amongst others.


To prepare for this momentous event, we will be scheduling preventive maintenance on the servers two (2) hours before the siege time. Blackbird server will be restarting at 1:00pm ACT while Aria at 4:00pm ACT on the said date. Regular in-game announcements will be conducted to advise the players currently logged-on the servers at that time.

We also advise the following reminders for the players to make this event a success:
  1. To minimize lag and stress on the worlds, players who are not registered in the event are advised to use the Broadcasting Towers in their respective towns to view the Castle Siege action. This will also prevent a character from being killed by unfriendly fire and lose large amount of XP.
  2. You can use "Alt+P" to minimize the frames and reduce stress on your PC.
  3. Avoid spamming and unnecessary use of skills for the benefit of other players.
  4. Have fun! By the end of the day, a success of one clan is the success of the whole world noting that this is the first time that the Castle Siege feature was activated.


Please pass these reminders to all of your friends and let's start the Etherian Wars with a bang! Enjoy!!

Top clans prepare for War!

The fiercest clans of both Aria and Blackbird servers are gearing up for th eCastle Siege Launch event! As of 3:00pm ACT, November 16, 2007, twenty (20) clans from Aria and seventeen (17) clans from Blackbird have registered their participation for the attack of Gludio Castle to be held this November 17!


Aria

Clan NameName of Lord
InquisitionBromoThymolBlue
BeyondKetr
WolfHajima
NightclubCoCoSweEtiE
vozRockie
AstronixVindex
REDforestRedForest
ShAdowzViNo
YakuzAChipMunk
SignumViresLordPopoi
RektaOrcOrc
arenaXLUraGoN
MythMouse
LegionnairesDio
TemplarsAshram
WarPigsSnqlad
CanesVenaticiKaliel
BattleMasterZarich
Upheaval88lize
DesertWorldDeathSpark

Blackbird

Clan NameName of Lord
EnomenosLoLoTemYo
PatienceRampage
Divinitymutton
InfinityLateComer
DahMuHoYunie09
camaradaBiogesic
REVELATIONalmo
SilverBladesEon001
UnToUcHabLesAdik
AftermathNunoSaPunso
JudgementUrotsokidoji
lSaintslSinnersljohnlaine
ForgottenHerodarkgoddess
RecklezzChingChong
ImmortaLslzza0tsoqaAdrian
UnsealFamilySummonSelf
StonecrossTaliesen


Don't miss this epic battle! Other interested clans who are level 4 and above can still register by having their Clan lords talk with Sir Tyrone of Gludio Castle until 2:59pm (Blackbird) and 5:59pm (Aria) on November 17. Registration for the siege is important to be able to claim the castle and prevent large XP loss when killed inside the castle premises.

Want to experience the battle but do not have enough levels? You can view the whole event by accessing the Broadcasting Towers of your respective areas during the duration of the siege. Just click on Gludio Castle and witness the action! Our Siege Centre commentator will be there to provide the community with a blow-by-blow account of what is happening using the System and Hero channels so make sure you enable these in your chat options.

The calm before the storm

By Elrohir
(Elrohir is one of the GameMasters of L2-SEA)

AS I walk the world of Ether I bear witness to a changing age. 'Till recently there were wars and blood feuds between the clans.


Fighting could break out at any place and at any time. Conflicts between races, large or small, were commonplace. Life was a struggle not only to succeed but also to survive. Then a sudden peace came. Violence was avoided even among the clans. In effect, commerce flourished. Towns were flocked by adventurers and merchants alike selling weapons and wares. Deals were brokered on every street corner. Adena changed hands in a blink of an eye. Several major thoroughfares were blocked by the sheer number of stalls. Even the Monster Race Track, a common meeting point, had to turn down patrons and expel those who get in the way.

But until when would this peace last? Already vassals, knights, and lords gather in clan halls. They meet in private to make plans. The members train themselves, fighting mythical beasts and spar amongst one another. Clans and alliances stockpile arms and resources. Smithies are fired up to make new and powerful equipment. Dungeons long silent were invaded by a sudden rush of fortune seekers going deeper into chambers that was ‘till now remained undisturbed. They plumb the depths for artifacts that are unparalleled when put beside those made in recent years. Even the cursed weapons, the Demon Sword Zariche and the Blood Sword Akamanah, have resurfaced and quickly change hands between those who crave power. It seems that conflict is avoided only because they wasted well needed resources. This is but the calm before the storm, each leader waiting as the lordship of Gludio Castle will be in contention.

I can only continue to walk, to watch. The future is in the hands of those who will take part. Those who are worthy shall weather the storm. Those most powerful can change the tides of fate.

This new era will start with the siege of Gludio.

Elrohir

Thursday, November 15, 2007

L2-SEA Castle Siege Schedule

Launch Event Siege

Siege event launch on November 17 at Gludio Castle

  • Aria - 6:00pm ACT

  • Blackbird - 3:00pm ACT




Regular Siege Schedule
Saturday, 8:00pm ACT
(every other Saturday starting on November 24, 2007)

  • Aden Castle

  • Goddard Castle

  • Oren Castle

  • Giran Castle

  • Dion Castle



Sunday, 4:00pm ACT
(every other Sunday starting on November 25, 2007)

  • Rune Castle

  • Schuttgart Castle

  • Innadril Castle

  • Gludio Castle




Siege Centre Field Report: Castle Siege Tips by Solarius

A casual player in Blackbird server, Solarius (not his IGN name) is a frequent poster in the official forums. He was also a player of Lineage II NA in Erica server before he and his friends transferred to Lineage II South-East Asia.



* August 13, 2005 Invincible Alliance sieging Aden Castle by Pakk



Castle Siege Tips
By Solarius

1) Register in time - the NPCs for castle sieges require clans to preregister either for defense or offense
2) Know the castle layout - use google the layouts are there, it’s best that people in your clan know where to go and what to do
3) Know your enemy - estimate their average level, based from the armors they used and the skills available to them, understand the classes they used, who’s the overlord, who’s using mass root, etc. to identify who and what to kill first
4) use voice chat - honestly if u live in a cave and you don’t know what teamspeak and ventrilo are, you're out of your mind. The best clans in the world use voice chat for coordination and quick tactical thinking. If you find your clan unable to use these tools, prepare to pay the price of exp loss in a siege

* Ventrilo (Vent) - http://www.ventrilo.com
* TeamSpeak (TS) - http://www.goteamspeak.com

What’s the difference between the two of them? Well ts is easier to configure, but vent has better sound quality.

5) change your clan leader before the siege - honestly, he's the only one who can capture the castle, you don’t want 300 players from the opposite side spiking him with damage, so it’s best to transfer leadership to someone else before you siege. It's another element of surprise
6) for defense - use castle NPCs, they're expensive but they're a good distraction for some noobcakes trying to break your defense
7) explain the rewards to your clan mates - honestly, if they don't know why they are sieging in the first place, they would not follow you and a clan that doesn’t siege is in fact a carebear clan, no offense to carebears.

Benefits of winning a siege
1) rep points for clan upgrade (2k rep from what some people told me or lesser)
2) able to tax the town (25% tax will piss alot of people and u might get overthrown, i think 13-15% is good) --> THIS IS A LOT OF MONEY make sure the money is distributed evenly or used for clan logistics
3) manor system - clan leader gets to sell seeds, its like the spoil skill for dwarf classes, it increases the item drop and some exchange items etc etc basically another cash cow
4) bragging rights - depending on the duration of the next siege, like in NA its 2 weeks, you have 2 weeks of utter trashtalking your weak opponents =P
5) Lineage started the siege system - its a FACT
6) Cool headgears and wyvern access for castle lord (yum yum)

What happens if you lose:
1) If the siege was well coordinated, planned out, everyone followed orders and used voice chat or played in one iCafe, thats ok, it only proves everyone needs to improve their toon, this basically means that before you siege make sure everyone is ready (e.g people are well geared, lots of pots, etc.)
2) You also lose rep points when u lose - this I have yet to confirm since the sieges I've join in NA, we haven't lost so im not sure if this is true
3) Don’t die a lot YOU ALSO LOSE XP DURING SIEGES - it may not as be as big as a normal death when there is no castle siege, but dont risk urself acting like Rambo infornt of your enemy
4) If you lose, its gonna hurt your pride, hell everyone's pride – a lot of people have done sieges from other games before, so they know about this. Some people unfortunately can’t handle the pressure =P

Finale:
That’s all I can share for now, I bet a lot of people may share other inputs with regards to the siege, again everyone will have a try this Nov. 17 and I wish all the clans good luck =P

Last tip:
Someone asked what was the best castle in the game, it’s Aden- besides being cool and ass kicking beautiful, it receives taxes from other castles under its territory (Gludio, Dion, Giran, Innadril.

Siege Centre is looking for Field Reporters!

Take part of the Etherian Wars action using your pen as your weapon.


In line with our effort to bring the community with the latest updates for Etherian Wars, Lineage II SEA is looking for in-game field reporters to share the hottest developments in the battle of the clans. Who is the most formidable alliance of the server? What were the superior tactics exhibited in the conquering of Aden castle? You can write any theme that is related with the Etherian Wars. This is your story and the community wants to hear about it!

Think you got what it takes? Post your report in the Castle siege section of the official message boards and if Siege Centre chooses your article, it will be published in the website with your character name as the scribe. The Siege Centre will also pick the best entry every month and the contributor will receive cool L2 merchandise!

Lineage II South-East Asia Castle Siege Opens on November 17

The biggest and baddest castle siege in South-East Asia is set to open in all servers as nine castles all over Aden and Elmore will be opened for seizing every other Saturday and Sunday starting November 17!


Aside from superior tactics, in-depth knowledge about the situation is a tremendous advantage for any army. The Siege Centre makes sure that you equip yourselves with the important information about this new, exciting feature. It will also give you latest news on the progress of the clans and the competitions between alliances.


So, take up your weapon and wear your strongest armor. The Battle for Dominance is about to begin!