Covid Blah

As you can imagine, as I work in IT as does Myth, our time has been hit hard with getting people working from home and making sure everything works. So I have not invested a ton of time on lineage. That said I did add some functions for the admin tools for myth, so some progress is being made. Will post an update once things settle down.

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any word on any updates it has been over a year since you posted anything here.
Been a while, hope all is well with you guys.
I'm craving Lineage so bad. But promised myself to wait for this server before I play it again. Hope I…
Any updates? literally cooming at the thought of this server

Same Goal, New Approach

Legends and I spent about 16 hours this past weekend working on and discussing the server. Most of what we worked on were bug fixes, some old and some new. I don’t think those are very interesting so I’m not going to get into detail about them, however I wanted to make a post about what we discussed, which is a change to how we are approaching release and content creation.

Previously we were pretty much set on getting the server “complete” before opening it to anyone. A side effect of this policy was constant delay due to feature creep. Every idea we had was another 2 weeks of potential development time.

We spent some time this past weekend going over everything we want to include in the new server and re-evaluating what we think is critical and what we think is optional. We are going to stick with just the critical items and attempt to go to some playable version as an Alpha as soon as possible. We have not necessarily abandoned any ideas we want to implement, but we’ve mothballed some for the time being as not being worth delaying a release.

We are trying to finish all the changes we had that were already in progress, I’m going to give an update for many of them below. Once these are done and we finish squashing bugs we will release some form of Alpha. For features not listed here that we have not started work on yet (beyond maybe a very rough proof of concept) we’ve implemented a rule for ourselves that if it takes longer than an afternoon to do, it can wait until after Alpha is released:

Skill Code: Both the new and old code exist on the server simultaneously. We have a GM command that allows someone to switch between them when testing. Attack spells all work in the new code. Debuffs/buffs work as a proof of concept, but need to finish being implemented. What’s left is to create a web tool to edit the skill database, add the remaining database fields needed to implement the remaining buffs/debuffs, and update hard coded spells that are just too unique to work in the database model. I can’t give an estimate on this, as Legends is really the one working on it. I can say that it’s come a long way and is very much functional, just not fully implemented. This has been the one road block that has really been the cause of this project stalling out at times. It was a massive undertaking that will ultimately allow us to create a lot of new content, but it’s also been a huge pain. Once this is done we really will be over the mountain and moving down hill so to speak.

New Hunting Zones: All the new hunting areas or rebalanced areas I planned on implementing exist and are populated with monsters. Some still need drops tweaked. Monsters in these zones still need skills, which is dependant on the skill code change being finished. I expect adding skills to them will take me about a day or two once I have the tool to do so.

New Bosses/Boss Summoning System: The core code from this is already finished from our old server, it just needs to be imported. Elite bosses all exist in the database and have a rudimentary drop list that will need minor tweaking. Elite bosses and some normal bosses need skills, again I expect this to take an additional day or two once I have the tool to do so. Overall this feature isn’t too far off from completion and I expect it to be included in Alpha.

New equipment/crafting: Pretty much all the new items exist in the game and drop from their appropriate sources. We will be centralizing crafting to NPCs in Giran Trade Zone, but these NPCs still need to be made. Some code needs to be run to pull data from the crafting table and create the proper html files for these NPCs to work. We also still need to create an edit tool for crafting. I expect this will take about a day’s worth of work for Legends to make the tools and probably two or three for me to import all the crafting recipes (they exist in a spreadsheet at the moment).

New Mage Summons: Code already works to add one new summon (created as a proof of concept). Just need to replicate it for additional ones. Overall this will probably takes Legends and I stilling down together and working on it for most of a Saturday.

That’s pretty much where we are at. I am very excited to get back to work on this project. It’s worth reminding everyone that whenever we do go to an Alpha it should be expected that not all the features we’ve talked about on this blog will be done. Many may/will get added during the Alpha. Server restarts will probably happen a lot, and probably at inconvenient times. Rates will likely be adjusted, and vendors with rare items added to allow different content to be tested. Nothing you do or earn in Alpha will carry over. We will rely on feedback from testers to help us evaluate many things like rates / drops / difficulty of monsters / etc.

-Myth

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just sitting around day dreaming about this game a bit and i wanted to share some ideas it thought would…
If you need beta tester I am here for you Played dep when it was beta Cant wait to see…

Website In Progress

I am getting the website setup and some of the content plugged in. I want to setup forums so that users can start discussions as well as provide feedback once we open an alpha. Check back soon as I will be putting in some time over these next few weeks really pushing to get us there.

http://www.mythicloa.com

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Sounds great we are all waiting impatiently and jumping for joy with this news!

New Year – Some News.

I have not yet started back working on the server, however things are starting to normalize at work. I hope to start putting in a few hours here and there when I can.

To those asking for a server to be thrown up, the server currently isnt in a playable state. I need to finish the skill rework code (which I was not far from) and wrap up a few other small things before it would even be playable. That said, I will discuss with Myth and see if we want to put up some kind of alpha/pre-alpha for people to dink around on and find issues while I continue to work on it.

Will update you all once something has changed. Looking forward to 2020!

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Still committed to Lineage 1. Have too much love for this game to not keep coming back to it.
This blog has been going over two years and nothing ready for the public. Don't get me wrong...any chance I…

Checking in

Sorry for the long delays between posts. Nothing has been worked on in a while. Not for lack of wanting, but for lack of time. Will report back when something changes. Thank you all for your patience.

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any updates on this server? everyone keeps checking to see if the server is ever going to be live and…
would it be possible to throw up a standard lineage server just so we can start playing something, then wipe…

Nothing To Report

Sorry for the lack of updates, there has just been nothing to update. I took down the notification post until I can spend some time working on it.

I’ve said this before, but I am going to say it again… I am not done with this project, lineage has been and always will be a part of my life. Just things have gotten very busy for me since hurricane harvey of last year. One major thing after another.

Working on lineage would be a relief from life right now, but sadly life comes first. Mental health etc…. I am working 60+ hour weeks and doing side work to help a family friends business. So my free time is very limited. When I do have some, I am so burnt out I just want to veg out in front of youtube or lay in bed.

Thank you all for the continued interest and I assure you this will happen some day. GM Myth checks in on me almost weekly. He is still super pushing for progress, I ask you all as I ask him…please just have patience with me.

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Waiting. As patiently as possible, considering there's nothing I can do to help or anything! Really hope this comes to…
Fair enough, would you happen to know how I can fix my boxes/npcs without having to do a ton of…
The issue is, with me being in the middle of the skill code rework the game really isnt in a…
I'll put the offer out there again, Legends helped me get old Anarchy files on my server but the boxes…
Yea. I mean Classic is a great game, possibly the 2nd best MMO ever. But I want to be playing…
So, have you guys had your fix of classic WoW yet? It reminded me exactly of why I stuck to…
#BuildTheServer! #LetMeHostAPrePrePreAlpha!
Someone could dance naked around here.... and no one would notice. Not you RP, or you PJ.
A sad day, Rutger Hauer passed away. You will be missed.
I just want to play.

Back at it.

Nothing major to report at this time, but we are back working on this. I had some things come up with work that really took my time away but things are getting back on track.

Will post again when we have more to report 🙂

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I'm dying here, throw us a bone! =P
Si vis pacem, para bellum, meaning "If you want peace, prepare for war."
"THE NEW PHONE BOOK IS HERE!"
Where do we sign? "And the sign said, "Long haired freaky people need not apply."" (Are double quotes legal?)
I'll setup a notifier this weekend so you can sign up for email updates.
please send me an email when this server is running in Alpha?
So go play L1J or the Frisky Cow Beta...this server is never happening lol.
I keep trying other MMO's. Nope, none of them do it for me. I need Lineage!
Any chance of throwing a prealpha up or something for us to give some feedback on what you guys have…
Yea, sorry for the lack of updates lately guys. Life (read work) has gotten super demanding recently. One thing after…

Holiday Season

We are in the holiday seasons, so my personal time is limited. I look to pick this back up after the first of the year. Will post something when progress is started up again.

 

Appreciate everyone’s interest, at we know it feels like one reaaaaalllly long April fools joke (lol diablo immortal), but a lot of time and energy has gone into this project, I am definitely not abandoning it.

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This is almost as bad as Roseanne trying to sing the national anthem.
You think "its just us" til we all check the website for updates :P
(Metallica said it best.) Make his fight On the hill in the early day Constant chill deep inside Shouting gun…
Lol - It aint coming man.
>,<
There was one private server advertising using the remaster client on reddit the other day, I think they said the…
Have you seen the Lineage 1 remaster that was released in Korea? It's beautiful! Think it would ever be possible…
Shusssssss.... its just us. Put up a test server!
I'm waiting for this, and also Classic WoW to launch. My patience skill is leveling up fast =P
Hello, again.

Hiatus

Hey all, sorry for the lack of communication.

I have been solo IT at my current job after losing some of my staff. I have a new person starting this monday and it should give me some relief soon. I have not had much if any free time lately and have not had time to work on lineage stuff. Will let you all know when progress continues.

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Im still here. Just holiday season and moving our main office at work. So my personal time is very limited.…
Hahahaha even the faithful are starting to lose it. Project's dead bro. The GM's dont owe anything to anyone...never said…
Cleveland Browns have won the Super Bowl! Nope. The Jamaican Bobsled Team has landed a man on Saturn! Nope. Nicki…
May 3, 2016 "Mythic LoA Returns! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND WERE BACK!" The first post was a while ago. Seems like just yesterday.…
Omae wa mou shindeiru?
We need WASD movement and tab targeting. Maybe an assist button. @.@
In my best Princess Bride voice, "Hiatus. You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you…
We probably need a hiatus from your hiatus post. Maybe a hiatus from 2015's posts as well.
Remove random teles/bteles from the game and disable the teleport spell. That would make things interesting! For real though, it…
More on the idea, fighting on Dk floor, or other boss areas to know if someone left to town, or…

An answer to all the questions:

I know we get asked “when will the server open” a lot. I’m not going to give you guys a date, and I’ll explain why, however I will give you my rough expectation for the future:

We will release some sort of version that we will call an “Alpha” shortly after the following things are done:

  • Skill Overhaul: Definitely over the hill on this one, a lot of the hard work is done. This was a massive undertaking. Spending so long on such a huge internal overhaul with the skill change, all so that the end result is a firebolt does the same damage as it did previously, can make you feel like nothing is getting done. However, realistically the end result is we can quickly change, balance, or create new skills in a matter of seconds and that is a HUGE achievement. I can say in it’s current state we are actively testing various ability types that have been ported over to the new code, and that both the new and old systems exist side by side. That is very significant progress.
  • Boss spawn changes:  Shouldn’t be too hard, just not a priority at the moment. I want this change implemented so that new bosses will spawn as well. Several new areas are essentially ready except for monsters needing skills and bosses needing to spawn, so I’d like them done so they can be tested as well.
  • Crafting changes: This isn’t a hard task, should only take a solid weekend of work. A lot of new crafting exist in the database already. We just need to add all the new NPCs to our crafting district, code to allow crafting to pull from an SQL database instead of XML files, and properly like the crafting NPCS to what they can craft.
  • Website and forum: We will need this done for testers to provide feedback and discussion. We already have one essentially, it’s just not publicly available.

I can’t give a date for that Alpha because I don’t know how long the skill changes will take, as we’ve learned a lot of unexpected issues can arise. All I can say is we are making significant progress towards it and it isn’t like we are trying to fix/finish everything before we get there. This “Alpha” will not be what we want the final product to be. It’s primary purpose will be to allow testing and feedback for the skill overhaul, we want to make sure every skill in the game works and feels right and we know we can’t possibly do the kind of testing needed on our own. We will need players to play, fight, pvp, etc and give us feedback. There may also be bugs players encounter that we have not simply because we are not actively playing, and those will need to be documented and fixed. This is after all a new client that Legend and I have never actually played on.

From there, we will begin adding in what we consider to be key features. These are ideas we have fully flushed out and know we can implement, and we consider critical to be done before a perpetual live release. These include boss summon system for elites, karma changes, death matches, scheduled automated events/restarts, online candle/player systems, town invasions, PVP tower map, summon changes, etc. This is a period of time I am very excited about, as I think it will “feel” like we are making significantly faster progress since many of these won’t take very long on their own so the visible results are much more apparent. Whether we implement those while the server is “online and available” or we close down the “Alpha” for a period of time will likely depend on how much we feel running the server is distracting from development. I will say the likely hood of us keeping the server running during this time increases if we make the Alpha closed.

When we feel we have all our key features done we will definitely have a set period of time for a Beta. I imagine this will mostly involve significant balance changes as players provide feedback on everything. This is when we will be most receptive to changing how things work, how strong things are, how much stuff costs, how much money drops, how long leveling takes, etc. When we launch live, we will be significantly more resistant to changing these things for the sake of fairness.

There are a number of ideas we have placed as “future possibilities” that we may develop and include down the distant road, but those are post release at best.

Our end goal is to release a server that is very east to edit, balance, and add new content to. One that is extremely automated so that restarts are consistent and events can start and end automatically. One that players are able to accomplish the vast majority of their requests like candles, name changes, and character resets on their own through a web portal. In a perfect world, we can turn the final product on and as long as the server bills are paid the game will run forever. This is a big dream. We made a lot of mistakes in our past two server attempts and what we learned from those is you can’t release an unfinished product and expect to run it and develop for it at the same time.

If you are interested in playing Lineage now, there are several private servers currently operating. If you are looking for a “live-like” experience, then one of them is certainly a better choice for you than ours will be anyway. If you think this is some long, elaborate scam then will I guess maybe just don’t come read this blog? This project was ambitious when it started, and only became more so as it developed. Good things take time, we don’t do this for a living and do have other hobbies/responsibilities.  It will get done eventually. Whether you continue to follow us here through development or not you’ll still be welcome to join us when it’s done.

-Myth

 

P.S. On a completely unrelated topic, I am going on vacation to Japan August 1st through the 17th.  I won’t be around to respond to questions or comments during that time.

Ninja Edit from Legends: Work has gotten rough for me so I have been working long hours, we are in the process of moving our headquarters to a whole new city. Have patience!

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I think that this project was a very vast undertaking. While you guys are making edits to improve the over…
I been spreading rumors all over the internet that the Browns will repeat as superbowl champions before Mythic releases.
watched that game at the Indians stadium. people looked sick lol
Browns almost set another NFL record today. Almost the first team to start the season off 0/0/2.
The heat death of the universe will happen before the Browns win the Super Bowl. In reality we are both…
Just got an update from them, server will launch when the Browns win the Super Bowl. Go Browns!
Shhh
*crickets*
is there a way to make a facebook page or something so we can get notifications when this is ready…
have fun in japan. currently living there myself, there is so much to do