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The Weekly Link #13

The Weekly Link Week #13 Floor 24 has now been released! New quests have been unlocked and the labyrinth guardian is already being fought as we speak. New players      What a week for new players to be joining. After we spent the last few months in a stall, we are finally moving forward. Let's hope that these players are up to the task of pushing their way up to the higher levels. These players are @Alrune, @Julia, and @Penelo. I suggest that you all try to offer to do some threads with them as they acquainted with our systems (and you can always ask me to do a thread with you if you'd like to). The Weekly Riddle    We didn't have a riddle put out last week, but this time I've got one for you. Plenty of sheets
But no bed in sight
It can cut you
But it doesn’t bite New Floor Announcements     Floor 24 has been released! With it there are two new quests: Incognito Antics and Raging Rhino. Make sure to take a look at them, and pick your path carefully because I smell some 2 part antics coming. We also have released a new patch of our systems with this floor. That's right, patch 2.6 is now out. The patch notes can be found here, and remember to re-evaluate your Gemini skill if you would like to have it changed. Closing     Enjoy the new floor, and I hope you all have a great weekend. And always remember, I'm always open to new ideas for segments for this blog. Let me know in a message here on site, or in the discord channel. See you all next week! (next week may be delayed depending on how tired I am after finals week)

Neopolitan

Neopolitan

 

Patch Notes: [2.6] Bosses, Skills & Enhancements Update

<<Bosses, Skills & Enhancements Update>>
SAO-RPG Patch 2.6 Teleport Crystals (Clarification): Teleport Crystals take a post action to use, at which point they immediately teleport the player [out of combat] to the specified area/settlement, in the same turn. The previous ruling, in which the player did not teleport away until the start of their next turn is incorrect. Our apologies for any confusion regarding this mechanic! General Rule Changes: Labyrinth Scouting rules have been revamped. Searching for the labyrinth is now a group effort, and no longer relies on a singular roll. Scouting parties will now total their LD in a pool that persists throughout the scouting thread until a total is reached. Searching can be rolled starting on the 20th post, on a cooldown of 5 personal posts (3 with the Reveal mod). Scouting parties are limited to a max of 4 players in a thread, which must declare those participating. Using a Blank Dungeon Map increases this limit to 6. "Field Boss" has largely been changed to "Labyrinth Guardian". Labyrinth Guardians are fought in a separate thread, facilitated by staff. If multiple parties succeed in finding the Labyrinth, other players are permitted to join the battle. Scouting bonuses have been adjusted to +2 SP for the player who contributed the highest LD total in a Scouting thread and +1 SP for the player who contributed the second highest LD total. Guardians will award bonus rewards for all those who participate. Players who participated in the previous floor boss receive a head-start of 48 hours for creating threads on the new floor. Boss Raid Rotations have changed: A rotation will consist of a single boss post followed by each player taking their own actions. Party rules still apply for certain actions, and the boss will typically take action against each party during its turns. Boss raid rotation time limits have been increased from 48 hours to 72 hours. Post Actions (In Combat): Trading a single item to a player while in combat is now a free action. Trading more than one item still requires a full post action, but doing so allows for multiple items to be handed off to multiple people in a single turn. Sword Art Changes: Katana: [Rank 1]: Ukifune has been increased to a [2x Stun] (5 Energy), from a [1x Stun] (4 Energy). [Rank 5]: San Gae has been increased to a [15x] (15 Energy), from a [14x] (14 Energy). [Rank 5]: Iai has been increased to a [x11 Stun] (14 Energy), from a [x9 Stun] (12 Energy). [Rank 5]: Amatsu no Homura has been decreased to a [x8 AoE] (8+ Energy), from a [x9 AoE] (9+ Energy). Skill Changes: Hiding Now has additional effects at Rank 3/4/5 when attacking from stealth: Increases base DMG by +1 Rank 3 Increases the duration of DoT effects by 1 turn at Rank 4 Increases base DMG by +1 at Rank 5 Searching Mod: Reveal Adjusted the affect on searching for a Labyrinth. Now reduces the personal post cooldown between searches from 5 to 3, instead of reducing the interval of total posts in the thread. First Aid Mod: Purify Removed the healing done by Purify. Increased the removal of status conditions from 1 to "All". First Aid Mod: Field Medic Cooldown reduced to 2 Turns, from 3 Turns. Energy cost adjusted to 12 EN + 3 EN per player healed (excluding the user), instead of 20% of the user's total EN. First Aid Mod: Barrier Reworked into a 3-rank mod available at the 3rd Rank of First Aid. SP cost adjusted to 2/3/5 instead of 10. Energy Cost adjusted to (6/8/10 EN) + 2 EN per player affected (excluding the user), instead of 12 EN. Cooldown increased to 2 Turns, from 1 Turn. Effect now reduces final damage from all sources done to the party by 5% per rank for one turn. Howl Reduced hate generation to 2, from 3. Reduced energy cost to 8, from 10. Howl Mod: Focused Howl Reduced hate generation to 4, from 5. Reduced energy cost to 6, from 8. Meditation Increased energy recovery to (5*Tier) or (3*Tier) when interrupted, from (3*Tier) or (2*Tier) when interrupted. Reduced cooldown to 3 Turns, from 5 Turns. Disguise* Effect has been changed. Now grants +1 EVA for one turn as a free action. Cooldown reduced to 3 Turns, from 5 Turns. Concentration* Removed target restrictions. Effect must now be declared during the roll. Cooldown reduced to 3 Turns, from 5 Turns. Weapon Mod: Quick Change Has been changed to a skill, from a Weapon Mod. Effect has been changed. Now allows the user to instantly equip, unequip or swap an item in their battle ready inventory. Clarification: Quick Change can be used to swap a two-handed weapon for a one-handed weapon and a shield in a single use. New Skill: Extended Mod Limit 3 Ranks Cost: [Unskilled] -> Rank 1 - Novice = 2 SP [Novice] -> Rank 2 - Expert = 3 SP [Expert] -> Rank 3 - Grandmaster = 5 SP It takes a total of 10 SP to Grandmaster this mod. Passive Effect: Increases the number of active mods available by 1 per rank. *Players that currently have Disguise or Concentration as of this patch [12/12/2018] are allowed to change from one to the other, one time only by submitting a request in their own Evaluation thread, to be approved by a PST. Loot Changes: In addition to loot-parameter monsters dropping (HP * 3) col when killed, they also cumulative bonus col/materials depending on the natural LD and CD of the Loot Roll result: LD even = (HP*2) additional bonus col LD odd = (2) bonus materials CD even = (HP*2) additional bonus col CD odd = (2) bonus materials The Item Drop Table has been reworked: <<Item Drop Table>> All item drops are Tiered according to the floor they are obtained on. All loot-standard monsters drop (HP * 3) Col in addition to the following items based on the roll: LD 1 → 5 CD 1>5 1 Uncommon Consumable CD 6>12 (HP*2) additional bonus col LD 6 → 10 CD 1>4 2 Rare Consumables CD 5>12 Rare Trinket
(HP*2) additional bonus col LD 11 → 15 CD 1>4 Perfect Consumable CD 5>8 Perfect Armor/Shield
(HP*3) additional bonus col CD 9>12 Perfect Weapon LD 16 → 18 CD 1>4 Rare Weapon
Rare Consumable CD 5>8 Perfect Trinket
Rare Consumable CD 9>12 (HP*4) additional bonus col LD 19 → 20 CD 1>4 Rare Trinket
Perfect Consumable CD 5>8 Perfect Armor/Shield
(HP*4) additional bonus col CD 9>12 Perfect Weapon
Rare Consumable LD 21 → 22 CD 1>4 Perfect Armor/Shield
(HP*5) additional bonus col CD 5>8 Perfect Trinket
Rare Weapon CD 9>12 Perfect Weapon
Rare Armor/Shield LD 23 → 24 CD 1>4 Perfect Trinket
2 Rare Consumables CD 5>8 Perfect Armor/Shield
(HP*6) additional bonus col CD 9>12 Perfect Weapon
2 Perfect Consumables LD 25+ CD 1>4 2 Perfect Armor/Shields
3 Rare Consumables CD 5>8 2 Perfect Trinkets
Perfect Armor/Shield CD 9>12 2 Perfect Weapons
(HP*7) additional bonus col The sub-types of monster item drops do not need to be declared until they are identified by a Merchant. The main item type (Weapon/Shield/Heavy Armor/Light Armor) must be declared in the thread summary. Enhancement Changes:
Enhancement changes in this patch do not require existing items to be re-evaluated. Safeguard: Removed Taunt: Also applicable to Heavy Armor Added to the Tailor enhancement list Keen: Added to the Tailor enhancement list Paralytic Immunity: Also applicable to Trinkets Never Freeze: Renamed to Antifreeze Flame Thorns: Also made applicable to Heavy Armor Flame Aura: Also made applicable to Light Armor New Enhancement: Frost Thorns Cost: 1 Slot
Cap: 2 Slots
Effect: Successful attacks against you deal (7 per slot * Tier) unmitigated damage to the attacking enemy. Successful critical attacks against you deal an additional (2 per slot * Tier) unmitigated Frost damage each enemy turn for 2 turns.
Applicable to: Heavy Armor, Shields New Enhancement: Frost Aura Cost: 1 Slot
Cap: 2 Slots
Effect: Prevent (6 per slot * Tier) damage per slot from successful attacks against you. Successful non-critical attacks against you deal (5 per slot * Tier) unmitigated Frost damage to the attacking enemy.
Applicable to: Light Armor, Heavy Armor, Shields New Enhancement: Fireproof Cost: 1 Slot
Cap: 1 Slot
Effect: Grants immunity to Burn effects.
Applicable to: Heavy Armor, Light Armor, Shields, Trinkets, Jewelry Profession Changes: Tailors: Can now craft Keen & Taunt on Weapons (handwraps) Cooks: Reduced the crafting cost of Feasts by 1 item. Feasts now require 2 identical items (quality/tier/type/enhancement) along with 2 materials of the same Tier to create. Merchants: Adjusted the Regular Enhancement Loot Die Result Chart: *When identifying consumables, apply the enhancement up to the enhancement's cap (refer to the Enhancement List). If the consumable identified is a higher rarity than the enhancement cap, it stops at the cap and the item's quality is adjusted (ex. a Perfect Consumable identified to have 2 ACC becomes a Rare Consumable). Merchants: Adjusted the Unique Enhancement Loot Die Result Chart: *When Identifying a consumable and a Unique ID combination is rolled, still refer to the Regular Enhancement LD Result Chart. In addition, the Merchant can declare the item as a Crystal, or Feast: Crystal: Does not take a post action to use. Follows normal Crystal-use rules. Feast: Can be used to feed a party of up to 6 players. Follows normal Feast-use rules.

Cardinal

Cardinal

 

The Weekly Link #12

The Weekly Link Week #12 Events and floors closing up. Apologies for the rushed blog post this week New players      New week, new players, I hope you all give a warm welcome to @Ashrah, @Chisono, @Sparrow, and @Shadowspear27 The Weekly Riddle    No new riddle this week, sorry. But this week we received the correct answer of "a lap" from several people. COngratulations to all who got the correct answer New Floor Announcements     On the behalf of staff, I apologize for the delays in releasing the newest floor. We are currently preparing more stuff than normal for a new floor and want to make sure that it is in good shape before we move forward. Look in our Discord channel for future updates. Closing     Remember, we're always looking for more sections to add to this blog. Any ideas you have, no matter how silly you may think they are, will be taken into consideration here. Just message me on site or on Discord (Neo, the festive mathematician#4081, at least until I decide to change my title) to send in your ideas.

Neopolitan

Neopolitan

 

Interested in joining staff?

Have you ever wanted to help develop or moderate a Role-Play site based on your favorite anime? Maye favorite isn't the right word for most people because let's be real, the best version of this anime is easily the Abridged series by Something Witty Entertainment. Anyways, back to the topic at hand, the SAO-RPG Staff team is always looking for more staff. We have a variety of staff teams that you can apply for (Player Support Team, Floor Development Team, Systems Development Team). We also have a Minecraft Server in development that will be based on the content found on our site. If you are interested in that sort of thing then we have a position for you (Minecraft Game Master, Minecraft Moderator).  There are some requirements that should be met but upholding those requirements are at staff discretion SAO-RPG Site Staff Minecraft Server Staff
If you wish to apply for staff, please read this thread to find out how to apply! If you are still interested in joining staff but want to know more information, please read the above linked thread or message me and I will try to answer your questions.  Hope to see you all around!
- Shark

Shark

Shark

 

The Weekly Link #11

The Weekly Link Week #11 Time for a tournament arc! More information can be found below New players      We have another wave of new players coming in, and I hope that you all give them a warm welcome. I'm of course talking about this weeks new journals: @Aeon, @Ayano Tateyama, @Jun, @Akariah, @Zuekin, @Moira, and @Arc. I encourage everyone to offer to help them, out as they make their threads. The Weekly Riddle     Sadly, it seems I chose something a little too difficult for the riddle this time around. Here's the picture I had zoomed in on.     Here's your riddle for this week: What body part do you have while sitting down, but not while standing up? Aincrad Police Department     @Hestia is moving forward once again, and has begun to found the Aincrad Police Department, or APD. See their open thread or their wanted list for more information. Closing     A quick reminder that signups for the tournament are still open (see last weekly link for more details). We also are, as always, looking for new ideas to possibly include into the weekly link. Let me know either here on site or over on the discord if you have something you would like to see added to the weekly link.

Neopolitan

Neopolitan

 

The Weekly Link #10

The Weekly Link Week #9 Time for a tournament arc! More information can be found below New players      Les players this week, but still a decent number. Say hello to @Arsenal and @Bismarck. I suggest you all give them a warm welcome and offer to do some threads with them (And always feel free to message me if you're struggling to find a thread partner). And though it is entirely possible I am missing some of you in these shout-outs, just let me know and I'll make sure to mention you next week (or just edit you into this week if you catch me fast enough) The Weekly Riddle     No one figured out what this snippet of a picture is from, so I guess I will give a hint. What happens when an unstoppable dictatorship meets an immovable will. Tournament Arc     We have a possible site-wide tournament in the makings by none other than @Hestia themselves. Go over to here in order to find out all the details, but I'll give a quick summary. There are three tournaments, each of which are divided by tier. The first is a half-loss HP tourney, the second is a tanking tournament, and the third is a 2v2 half-loss duel. Closing     Make sure to go read up on the tournament and let Hestia know if you are interested in joining it. It should be a lot of fun if we can get people into it. Also, if you have an idea for a segment that either you or someone else could possibly write, please let me know in the comments, in a message, or a discord DM and we can sort everything out. I would love to have more than one person be contributing to this blog and am open to any and all ideas that we could possibly include into this.

Neopolitan

Neopolitan

 

The Weekly Link #9

The Weekly Link Week #9 We have more people joining the site (Though quite a few alts), but not much happening. New players      As always, we are bringing new players to the site. As such, please give a warm welcome to our 6 new characters. I ask that you give @Sentoi, @Lotus, @Caprice, @Sonya, @Kit, and @Psychonier the chance to RP with you. The Weekly Riddle     We got three answers this time for the riddle, and I hope more of you will be able to answer this week's. The answer was fire and @Dustin, @Shield, and @Kataware got the answer correct. For this week's riddle, I have something interesting for you. Instead of a riddle, I ask that you identify what picture I have zoomed in on. It's pretty famous, so you shouldn't have too much trouble. Closing     Again, not much happening this week. If any of you would like to suggest things to add to this blog or perhaps give us some suggestions to work on as staff as a whole, please let me know.

Neopolitan

Neopolitan

 

The Weekly Link #8

The Weekly Link Week #8 Pretty quiet week for everything on site, but here's the little news on what has happened. New players      Our rules are under constant improvement, and that's why we have helpers. As such, we're always here to welcome new players and characters into the game. I would like for everyone to give a warm welcome to the only new character of this week, @Dagger. We also have returning player @Winik. I ask that you give them both a warm welcome and offer to RP with them as they may not have anyone else to do so with. The Weekly Riddle     Last week, we only got two answers for our riddle. Our winners this week are @Dustin and @Shield.    How do you put 8 Horses into seven stables [ 8 ] [ H ] [ O ] [ R ] [ S ] [ E ] [ S ]     Now, I'll dial things back a bit with an easy riddle. We'll get back to some of the fun ones later. Give me food I grow, give me drink I die. What am I? Mechanic Updates     We have a small update to the housing system regarding selling and refunds. Please check out the blog post here for more information. Closing     Again, not much happening this week. If any of you would like to suggest things to add to this blog or perhaps give us some suggestions to work on as staff as a whole, please let me know.

Neopolitan

Neopolitan

 

[Announcements] Minor Housing update

Selling Rooms!
We have had downgrading plot for a while now, but now we have added selling rooms! The issue came up that a player could downgrade their plots, but the rooms wouldn't be refunded at all. It has now been decided that you can sell rooms for 75% of their original cost. This means that each non-upgraded room can be sold for 7,500 col since it cost its normally 10,000. A Upgraded room would return 26,250 col as that is 75% of 35,000.  Selling Entire House When selling an entire house, you must also downgrade the plot to zero when doing this. Take the total cost of the house and subtract from it the cost of your current plot size of land. You can find those totals on the buying side of the housing reference. Take 75% of all of your room cost(What is left after you take out plot cost) and that is how much you receive back from selling the rooms. Finally, look to the downgrading plot and find exactly how much you receive from downgrading your plotsize to zero. Add that amount to the room total and you have how much you receive back.  This update won't apply to those who are just trying to have a house, just those who are trying to sell/downgrade their houses. This update has been added to the bottom of the housing reference. 

Cardinal

Cardinal

 

The Weekly Link #7

The Weekly Link Week #7 We are back in the swing of things again, and your regular updates will be regular once again. Riddles have also made a return, though this one isn't nearly as complex as I have gone in the past. New players      We all know the rules aren't the best written thing in the world, but we all do our best to tough through it. As is tradition on this blog, please give a warm welcome to @Theodosia and @Sentinel. I would suggest that any who can try to RP with them. And to the new players, don't be afraid to ask as everyone is just about always willing to either start a thread with you or point you to someone who would like to. Open Parties and Interesting Threads    There is little progress to note in the form of Open parties, though are raid parties are going strong and taking down the bosses of their respective events as quickly as they can. Try not to become on of those who defends the bosses, you will be ostracized by all The Weekly Riddle    How do you put 8 Horses into seven stables [   ] [   ] [   ] [   ] [   ] [   ] [   ] Closing     Good luck with the riddle, I hope you enjoy. And for those of you who missed the podcast stream, you can go over to our YouTube channel to find the VoD. If anyone has suggestions or comments about possible improvements or ideas for segments to add to the blog, please let me know as I am open to ideas.

Neopolitan

Neopolitan

 

The Weekly Link #6

The Weekly Link Week #6   Apologies for the absence, but I have been dealing with a couple things IRL. Won't bring you down with them, so here is the next edition of the weekly link. I'll be going back to speaking out of character once again, there's so much more that I can talk about when not bound to in character knowledge. New players      We all know the rules aren't the best written thing in the world, but we all do our best to tough through it. We have quite a few new players from these last couple of weeks, so I would like to give a warm welcome to @Muninn, @Nexus, @Hayden Clarence, @Zayla, @Miyuki, @Kirbs, @Vally, @Kanna, and @Hawthorne. I would suggest that any who can try to RP with them. And to the new players, don't be afraid to ask as everyone is just about always willing to either start a thread with you or point you to someone who would like to. Open Parties and Interesting Threads    Our events are now underway, and for those of you who don't feel like catching up on all the happenings, here is a quick summary:     Our group begins gathered at the church of Angel's Point on floor thirteen, having been warned of a priest communing with demon's laying inside it. The highest level players are all invited to join in protecting the outside of the church while the lower level players are taken inside to face the priest himself. Outside, our best front liners are faced with a horde of demons. Though they were facing high odds, they are helped by an angel. This angel turns out to be a false prophet, and has no asked the players whether or not they believed they have sinned. Meanwhile, the players inside are facing the priest, who has asked and been denied forgiveness for his actions. As such, the two sides are now locked in combat. The priest has even revealed himself to be gaining power from the demons and intent on trying to wipe out every player in the chapel.   Closing     Though I know this is rather short, I am behind schedule as it is. I have no riddle for you all this week, but hope that you all have your thinking caps ready for next week. As a final announcement, a reminder that the Podcast is next week, November 3rd, on Twitch. Be there to catch staff insight, future possibilities, and more.

Neopolitan

Neopolitan

 

Want to be on the podcast?

Hello my fellow Aincradians! The time has come to open up to the community for special guests! If you want to be a guest on the podcast then this post is for you! To apply to be a special guest, you need to meet these requirements: If you have been on the podcast previously in that season, you will be invited back for any episode that has the same main topic that you have discussed. If you are still interested in applying to be a special guest, please contact me (Shark) Please fill out this application in order to be considered for a special guest If you do not make it on the podcast this season, you will be in the next season. The list will rollover to the next season. Once you are accepted as a special guest, you will receive an episode number and a TENTATIVE date. The date may change as the topic is not finalized until at least a week before the podcast. 
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me on discord, on the site, or comment below. 

Shark

Shark

 

Damage and Mitigation Discussion Topic

This topic is for the discussion of possible changes and additions to damage and mitigation enhancements, in order to add more strategy, customization, and overall enjoyment into the roleplaying forums.  When placing comments on this thread please be considerate of other people's opinions and feelings. *          *          * To best explain it, the system works like rock, paper, scissors.  Each damage/mitigation has a certain advantage over another, just as each has it's weakness to the opposite weapon.  In this sense, we plan to add in three new types of damage and mitigation enhancements.  Each would act as normal damage/mitigation, but have a special benefit when they target an enhancement they are strong against.  This is why there will be four damage enhancements and four mitigation enhancements.  The only penalty players can get from these is not receiving the bonus. In addition, monsters, npcs, and bosses would also have their own list of types.  Each having an advantage or disadvantage against the four damages and mitigations players have at their disposal.  It's designed to make sense with floor lore, give players more freedom to customize their builds, and it makes combat a little more interesting. We wanted to ask you, the community, how you would feel about adding in a mechanic like this?

Itzal

Itzal

 

Level Cap, SP and Skills Discussion Topic

This topic is for the discussion of adding in a soft level cap and possible skill/sp changes meant to balance the level gap between players, without being unfair to higher level players.  When placing comments on this thread please be considerate of other people's opinions and feelings. *          *          * The level gap between players starting at level one, and players like the frontliners who range from levels 50s to 80s has always been a massive issue.  We think we came up with a solution to this problem.  The first thing we were planning to do is change what determines a level from SP to EXP.  From there we set in a level cap that grows as the floors are released.  The level cap would be (current floor level) +5.  An example being, if we were at floor 25 right now, the cap would be 30.  Thus all players could be level 30.  Bosses will still be stronger than players as always, but their defense and damage won't be absurdly strong since players will be of equal level.  In addition, players can reach the frontlines and catch up quicker than they can now. How SP would be handed out has been discussed at length, and every variable alters how many skills players will end up having.  The reason why is that while players will no longer have a 'skills allowed in this level range' limit, and instead can get as many skills as they please up to twelve.  They can only get so much sp before they hit the level cap, and must advance a full floor before gaining more.  There is a way to obtain more sp than the level cap, however this method is twice as hard as leveling, and thus it keeps players who grind from becoming too OP. Skill costs will be lowered of course, but how low the skill cost is, and how many sp given out will ultimately determine how many skills players can get. Thus we have several methods for handing out SP. The first which was the default solution, is 5 sp per level.  This would mean that at floor 25, players would have 150 sp.  A fully maxed out skill would cost around 40 sp, meaning that players would be able to have around 3 skills and some mods.  Or they can spread it out, having 4 or 5 unfinished skills with mods. Pros:  Similar to what players have currently, so there wouldn't be too much hassle adjusting to this new system.
Cons:  Players would be very limited in what skills they can have and would need to grind hard for more sp.   The second option is basically reducing the cost of skills even further.  If reduced to 30, players could have around 5 maxed skills, or 4 maxed and some mods. Pros:  Makes it easier to get skills and create a build.  Easy to scale in future levels.
Cons:  Possibly too easy to obtain with full skills every five levels, resulting in mastered and possibly overpowered builds.  Players would have much excess sp in the higher levels once those floors are reached.   The third option is a different approach to this.  Instead of having the same skill cost for all skill slots, the sp price rises depending on which skill slot you're completing.  The tables can be found here.  Pros:  Allows for gradual scaling.  Gives beginners a boost while requiring more effort on higher levels.
Cons:  Can possibly give off more of a game feel than a forum feel.   If players need clarification on something please pm me.  Opinions on the level cap and skills/sp would be much appreciated in comments below.

Itzal

Itzal

 

Boss Drop Chance Discussion Topic

This topic is for the discussion of possible changes to how the event and floor boss drop their item, in order to make things more fair for all players and not just the DPS class.  Making the forums more enjoyable for everyone.  When placing comments on this thread please be considerate of other people's opinions and feelings. *          *          * As of right now, event and floor bosses will drop a special item on their death.  The item goes to whoever dealt the final blow.  This is canon of course, but the issue with this method is that dps players are just about the only ones who can get it.  If you aren't a dps class your chances of getting it are just about null unless you can get some dps skills.  While this may be true in the anime and novels, it is a bad system altogether.  There are many reasons why it would be bad in a video game, but even more so in a roleplaying forum.  We try to stick as much to canon as possible, however when something just doesn't work well for a roleplaying forum, or for the community we try to make exceptions.  This is one exception we as staff would like to propose.  Changing the system so that it doesn't get dropped as a last hit bonus. However this is a difficult system to change so we would like to hear the thoughts of the community.  At the top of your comment, please state whether you would like to see something different other than "last person to hit the boss gets the drop", followed by your reason for why or why not.  Please provide detail if possible  ^^

Itzal

Itzal

 

The Weekly Link #5

The Weekly Link Week #5   We have trouble coming to the Thirteenth floor and many players coming to help us. New players      Every week, we are greeted with people beginning their journey in this game. Though they risk their lives every waking moment now, we should welcome them with open arms. As such, please keep an eye out for @Mishiro, @Ptolemy, @Kian, @Ulaan, @Black, @Cr0wnS, and @Mutsu. We also have @Jinx who has been leveling up in secret for a while, make sure not to ignore them. Open Parties and Interesting Threads    Trouble has come to a climax at Angel's Point on floor 13, priests have concluded their investigation and are preparing to face the priest being accused of colluding with demons. Though some believe it to be for the better of the town, many think that it is an outrage to consider the man innocent. All the local priests have asked any and all who are capable fighters, healers, and tanks to come to the church to make sure the confrontation goes smoothly. There are supplies being offered there as well as I will be giving my own resources once I arrive myself.   ((This is an event for players of all levels to join in. http://www.sao-rpg.com/topic/17049-f13-eb-tainted-prestige/. To those who are unfamiliar with how to post stats, feel free to ask staff or reference some of the stat posts by our friendly front liners. Once I post in the thread, I will be opening a temporary shop where I'll be giving away uncommon items for thread for free.))   Weekly Riddle No one has discovered the answer to this riddle, so I will leave it with you once more: It stretches and bends, though it has a limit. If it doesn't snap, rubber will hold it

Neopolitan

Neopolitan

 

[Announcement] Updates from your SAO-RPG Admin Team!

Hello all! Staff have been trying a plugin that makes it easier to post between multiple accounts. This tool is "Linked Accounts" I have recently just enabled it for all users. You should be able to easily swap between accounts if, if you have multiple linked together. If you need assistance in getting your accounts linked, you must have first tried to do it yourself, you can message a member of staff and we can help you get linked up. Feel free to message me if you have any questions.

Shark

Shark

 

Sword Art Online Podcast Season 5!

Hello all! As you might have seen, the Season 5 premier of the podcast is right around the corner! I am excited to announce that the co-host for this season will be @Hestia! With that being said. I would like to collect any questions that you all may have that will be answered and discussed on this months episode. (Episode frequency TBD based on user interaction and interest)  So go ahead and comment on this post with the questions you would like to hear discussed on this coming episode!

Shark

Shark

 

The Weekly Link #4

((Trying something new and writing this in character now from the perspective of Neopolitan. Feedback is appreciated on whether you would prefer this or out of character. Any necessary asides will be in double parantheses)) The Weekly Link Week #4     News are coming and we are seeing a possible event coming to us soon! Stick around for more details New players      We have people who have made their wayu out of the Town of Beginnings and are now making their way towards the front, or wherever they so choose to go. A big congratulations to @Mace and @Huginn to starting their journey. We also have some people who have come out of hiding and returned to our spotlight. Keep your eyes out for some old friends among @tricolor_mina, @Hunter Yagami, and @Gryas Open Parties and Interesting Threads    Trouble is brewing on the thirteenth floor! Though there are no confirmed reports yet, local priests at Angel's Point are being accused of confiding with demons. As the investigations go on, the residents of the town are looking for brave adventurers that will help them out should the investigation go wrong. I assured them to spread the word and ask that any who wish to participate in their defense to contact me.     ((This is an upcoming event for all players, please contact me if you have an interest in joining so we can get a preliminary head count)) Classifieds    People are always willing to help in this world, no matter what the orange guilds make you believe, and it's time we gave them some publicity. Anyone with requests or offers for help just contact me and I'll make sure you're mentioned next time I post this Weekly Riddle ((Due to perspective switch, makes no sense to mention the previous riddle in flavor, but last week's solvers were @Shield, @Paglikha, and @Cosi))     We haven't gone up in floors for a little while, but you might want to keep those minds of yours sharp. Here's a riddle for all of you scouts or anyone wanting something to think about besides this game. It stretches and bends, though it has a limit. If it doesn't snap, rubber will hold it

Neopolitan

Neopolitan

 

The Weekly Link #3

The Weekly Link Week #3    Not much has happened this week, but that won't stop me from giving you the link to the site's activity. New players    No new players have joined us this week. But let's make sure we keep helping the players we do have. If you see anyone out there who seems to be struggling to start up a thread, lend them a hand and offer to help them get a hold of the ropes. Open Parties and Interesting Threads    Zandra's beach party is getting into full swing. The scavenger hunt has ended and the combat has begun. Come watch as our competitors fight some crabs... Yeah that doesn't sound impressive, but it should still be lots of fun to come join. Dustin's tavern party is also still trying to garner some people to come and join. If neither of those are up to your tastes, then feel free to set up your own OP thread and let me know so that you to can be featured in The Weekly Link. Classifieds    Formalizing this section a bit more now, though know that I am always looking for anyone who would like to have their offers be seen. Just contact me and I'll get you in here. Weekly Riddle    It seemed that I went a little bit more difficult than people anticipated for the riddle I gave. Congratulations to @Shield for getting the final answer. Honorable mentions to @Ruby and @Zelrius for giving it a valiant effort and making it partway through. I won't spoil the answer here, but know that I will still be taking answers for that riddle for the next week. I'm toning things back down for this riddle, but that won't mean the harder riddles won't ever return. I come from a time of where the lands are still wild But in my kingdom, regiment is taught to even a child I changed my government, but was stabbed in the end With a biography for the Globe, other nations I did rend Ask Neo    If any of you have those burning questions, or just weird oddities you'd like to ask me or any of the staff just send them in. I'll pick a few of what I think are the best ones to answer and post them in next week's issue. For now, I'll offer up some advice to anyone new looking at this. Please make sure to be double checking your sentences when submitting a journal. It is the number one thing that I see missing when I am looking at new journals. Remember that your history section is two paragraphs of at least five sentences each and each virtue and flaw must be three sentences. Conclusion   Remember, I['m not psychic, so please send any submissions you have towards me and I will make sure they are put into the next issue of the blog. That's all I have for today, so good luck with all your posting.

Neopolitan

Neopolitan

 

The Weekly Link #2

The Weekly Link Week #2    We are now in our second week, I knew that I could do this! I don't have much in terms of introductions this time around, so let's not waste any time. I am still looking for suggestions on new things to place into the blog, so message away New players    As veteran's know, our rules aren't the clearest. But I would like to welcome our new players @Leoneedspienow, @Hydravion, @Xiy, @Acid, and the hopefully soon to join @Midnight_Lace to our forum. We all hope you enjoy your time here and I invite any and all to join up with them in their threads. Of course, I am always open to join in a thread with players, new and old. Just give me a message and we can organize things from there. Open Parties and Interesting Threads    Not much has changed with the open parties we have. Zandra's beach party is having the end of their scavenger hunt and the combat competition is about to start. DOn't worry if you're a new player or an experienced vet. Our gracious host has made sure that the playing field is level. If you would rather stay inside, come drink with us at Dustin's tavern meetup. And of course, one of our older players has returned and is recruiting for a guild in an open party thread.    As usual, message me if you have any interesting threads or open parties you're looking to get more people into. I'll make sure that you are placed into the next issue of The Weekly Link. Classifieds    There are still no submissions for anyone willing to or asking for help. Of course, my offer to do a gathering thread with anyone and everyone is still open. Once again, just message me and I'll organize stuff with you. Weekly Riddle    Last week's riddle was fairly easy, and as a result we have several winners. Congratulations to Ruby, Dustin, Hazado, Paghlika, Cosi, and Hestia (Apologies if you did get it and not mentioned here. I had my computer crash and didn't have that file saved.) The answer to last week's riddle was Death. Now, there is no sense in holding back if this many people can solve one of my riddles. This one will be quite difficult and I don't expect any of you to get it on the first try. There will be hints available all throughout the riddle challenge. Message me on site or on discord and I will guide you along your journey. To start your journey to the answer afar
You must find what these four letters are
The first is one of a hero
Whose name is less fantastic than zero
It contains an aliteration
With that letter being what I sanction
Next is the letter of a color, ever so pure
But also tells of riches, that we must always endure
Thirdly an animal, who rhymes with this letter
The last is a question, for small kids brains to get better Ask Neo    If any of you have those burning questions, or just weird oddities, you'd like to ask me or any of the staff just send them in. I'll pick a few of what I think are the best ones to answer and post them in next week's issue. For now, I'll offer up some advice to anyone new looking at this. Please make sure to be double checking your sentences when submitting a journal. It is the number one thing that I see missing when I am looking at new journals. Remember that your history section is two paragraphs of at least five sentences each and each virtue and flaw must be three sentences. Conclusion That's all for today, remember to send any submissions, answers, or anything else to me through the site or discord. I'm eager to see how well the blog is doing as we try to give you more announcements and details on what is happening around the site.

Neopolitan

Neopolitan

 

The Weekly Link #1

The Weekly Link Week #1    Welcome to the first ever installment of the Weekly Link, a weekly blog post to provide some out of character entertainment and news to everyone on the site. Though I know the blogs haven't been used much in the past, I am going to do my best to change that and encourage all the others on staff to start using these more. THis is still in the early stages, and any feedback you may have for the blog is welcome. Always feel free to message me on site or DM me on discord should you have questions or submissions for the blog. I do my best to keep an eye on things to add, but I'm not perfect. Without further ado, let's make our way into the meat of the blog post itself. New players    Though the rules may be intimidating for new people, we still like to bring as many in as we can. Though a short welcome indeed, please give a warm welcome to @Ryoko, @Ghost, @PintsizePrincess, @Lynn, and @Salem. Remember staff is always here to help if you have questions as well as there is plenty of people not on staff that are just as kind. As a further congratulations, you are the first to be getting shout-outs as new members in this blog. Enjoy your time here on the site. I encourage anyone who's looking for a partner to look towards these people and help bring them into our great community. Open Parties and Interesting Threads    Looking for something good to read, or just a place to party. There's always something to look forward to while you're stuck here in Aincrad. Right now we have two open party threads for anyone to participate in. The first is @Zandra's beach party thread on floor 16. Participate in a scavenger hunt, swimsuit competition, or the monster slaying party. Though the scavenger hunt is already well under way, you can still join in and try to find the rare white crystals scattered around the beach and its surroundings. Sand too coarse and getting everywhere, then why not head over to floor 3 and join @Dustin's Tavern party. Though there isn't a lot of people there right now, invite your friends and pack the tavern full of players. Drinks are half-off!   If anyone has some good threads that they think would make for an interesting reading experience, or another open party you started up, send them my way and you could be featured in next week's Weekly Link! Classifieds    Got any need for help, or looking to offer some of your own. Send in any requests that you have here and have the traffic coming to you. No cost to get in, but whoever comes first will be higher on the list. For now, it's just mine. Should anyone want to gathering, I'll take you on a nature's treasure quest so you don't have to solo it. Weekly Riddle    For a little bit of fun, How about we give you guys a weekly riddle to look forward to in these posts. I'm starting off easy, but expect things to get rather difficult down the road. Message me your answers and I'll shout out the winners in the next issue. If you second guess your answer, I'll take whatever you're most recent one is. I will respond to let you know that I have seen and recorded your answer so you know that you've possibly made it into the next issue. Some try to hide, some try to cheat But time will show, we always will meet Try as you might to guess my name I promise you'll know, when you I do claim. Ask Neo    If any of you have those burning questions, or just weird oddities, you'd like to ask me or any of the staff just send them in. I'll pick a few of what I think are the best ones to answer and post them in next week's issue. For now, I'll offer up some advice to anyone new looking at this. Please make sure to be double checking your sentences when submitting a journal. It is the number one thing that I see missing when I am looking at new journals. Remember that your history section is two paragraphs of at least five sentences each and each virtue and flaw must be three sentences. Conclusion That's all for today, remember to send any submissions, answers, or anything else to me through the site or discord. I'm eager to see how well the blog is doing as we try to give you more announcements and details on what is happening around the site.

Neopolitan

Neopolitan

 

Time to use the blogs more!

With the interest of trying to keep you guys all updated, it's time that these blogs were used a little bit more. Though your friendly staff member Neo will likely be doing most of these posts, hopefully other staff will be able to start using this more as well. My intent is to be able to provide people with updates primarily focusing on events, open party threads to look out for, and provide little tips to players. I cannot promise a perfect regularity with these posts, though I will make sure that if something is happening it gets announced as well as try to keep to some schedule of posting. This first post will be playing some catch-up, though I hope that once we are caught up there can be a few interesting things to do. Anyways, it's time that we caught up on events happening on the site. Staff Events Though many are likely aware of this, there has been no formal announcement of it. We currently have the Mysterious Murders event going on in the beginner floors section. Any thread marked with the tag "MM" is one of those threads. Though you may need to read up on what's happening, it is still perfectly fine for you to join in. Do bare with us though, as the threads are temporarily on hold in regards to their plot as the staff member in charge of it is currently away. If they are back as originally planned, the threads should be starting up again in a week or two. Party Time! We know there's nothing better than a party and here on site we have something even better, an Open Party! Though an uncommon thread type, it is always a great way to get your character out there. At the moment, we have one thread just as such. @Zandra is hosting a beach party on floor 16 and has invited the entirety of Aincrad to join in for the fun and competitions. If you get in quick, you can sign up while they're still open. Do hurry, they close soon. If you don't make the deadline, you can still hang about and enjoy watching the swimsuit competition or provide hints for the scavenger hunt. Or maybe you can cheer your friends on in the monster hunt. Remember, the only thing stopping you from making your own open party thread is your imagination. Create one and get it going and you too could be featured here. The Future of the Blog As I said earlier, I can't promise perfect regularity with this blog. I will try to keep it to at least once a week. And though this one is fairly simple, expect to see some improvements on it as time goes by. If there are ever any questions, always remember that your kind PSTs are around to help. We don't bite! If anyone has ideas for what else can be added to the blog, talk to me about it here or on discord. Once again, this is your friendly silent staff member, and I hope you all have a wonderful time here in Aincrad!

Neopolitan

Neopolitan

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