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The Weekly Link #14

The Weekly Link Week #14 Boyu oh boy do I have a lot to cover. It has been nearly a month since the last blog and I am so sorry for that wait. As a treat for being so patient, I'm going to be releasing this immediately rather than waiting for the usual 6:30 PST time to release this. As such, I apologize if I make a quick edit or two in the initial release as I may notice a typo New players      Surprisingly enough, there aren't that many new players to herald in the new year. Regardless of that, I want you all to give a warm welcome to the people who I have missed giving welcomes to. I'm talking about @Cremisius, @Runa, and @Scherza. If you ever need someone to do a thread with, contact me or one of our many other friendly people and we'll either start one with you right there or point you towards someone else who is looking for a thread friend. New Content!     With a new path released, there is also new content. For the full patch notes, please look here, but I'll give a quick summary of the important bits. Parry is not as weak as people thought it was. Due to a misunderstanding, parry was thought to only last a single turn, it in fact lasts until it is activated. Merchant identification tables have been slightly modified to include the loot die enhancement for light armor. The loot tables have been changed once more, but should be much more balanced then their last iteration. There is a new quest over on floor 13 following the aftermath of the Fallen Event, and we are now seeing a rework in familiar acquiring. It should be a bit quicker, and more rewarding to get those familiar skills now. Closing     Again, so sorry for the delay in posts getting this out, I hope that this won't happen again and if it does, that will be some time into the future. I'm back on a regular schedule with classes starting this week, so routine will be returning to my life. I hope to see you all around, and I'll say again to please mention any segments you may think would be interesting to see. I'm hoping to be bringing in regular segments for people to look forward to so that this blog can expand further. Just message me here on site or over on our discord channel and I'll talk with you about it.

Neopolitan

Neopolitan

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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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