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We have released a new client version for the Alpha Test, version 9. That version is now live and when you run the Patcher you'll be pulling the Alpha 9 version automatically.
We are going to let Alpha 9 percolate for a few hours today and see if we're happy with stability and resolve any account or install questions that may arise and then we'll evaluate our readiness to begin the Stress Test. At this time no Stress Test email notifications have been transmitted!
We have expanded the Map to the full Early Enrollment size.
This map now includes the starting Settlements for every Guild who won a spot on the Land Rush Leaderboard!
On the character select screen you can now select which character will receive XP, and the other characters will not receive XP. Click the "EXP" button to turn on XP for a character.
See Known Problems below for an important notice about this feature!
When you make a character for the first time (or if you delete all of your characters and then make a new 1st character) you load directly into the game. However you have not selected that character to gain XP, and it will not gain XP until it is selected.
You need to log out, log back in, select XP Training for that character, then resume play.
We applied a change to the XP earned by characters that previously existed in Alpha 8. This change caused some issues with the system, some of which were unintended. The new mechanics for XP are as follows:
The Guardheim Settlement is broken. Currently it is populated by both encounters and by Thornguard. If you enter it and are attacked by the monsters the Thornguard will likely respond as well and attack you. Remember that if you attack a Thornguard you lose reputation and the Thornguard NEVER FORGET OR FORGIVE. So don't go there until we tell you it's fixed.
Some players may see a bug that causes character models (players and NPCs/monsters) to render in a dark blue color instead of the correct textures. We have had some success by changing the graphic setting to Simple or better, exiting the client completely, and restarting.