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  1. This issue has been brought up before. Website uses your email. But the client software uses your username. I dont know why. As a former security researcher with a MS in CS, I can say fairly difinitively that since the dawn of (username:password) authentication, username has never been considered to be a secret. In the unix world, login names are used in log files, for home directories, output by the old 'finger' command, etc. Many websites use your login name as your public username. Relying on login name to be secret or obscure will give a false sense of security where no real security actually exists. No software that I know of handles usernames with the same reverence and care as it handles passwords... and there are plenty of points of attack that would work to reveal a username that have been locked down when it comes to passwords. There are ways to suss out your email address too, so dont think that using your email address to login is somehow more secure. What is orders of magnitude more secure is adding more characters to your password. Each character multiplies the search space significantly. Do not use the same password that you use somewhere else - either get a reliable password manager (e.g. Bitwarden) or use a mental scheme for constructing a password based on the domain name. And if you actually care about your account, use 2FA -- yes it is less convenient, but not so inconvienent as losing your account.
  2. May 8th Wipe?

    quit your job for live
  3. Yeah, the half-elf was desynced. Sometimes packets drop. If this lasted for more than a few seconds, it could indicate poorly designed networking code, or an overloaded router (a router along your Internet connection somewhere, either yours or the ISPs). BTW: the two viewpoints will never be perfectly matched unless they both stand still for half a second or more, due to latency.
  4. Please put in place a bug/suggestion tracker

    I don't think having an external bug system is a bad idea. It could also help in holding ACE to account, if you are the type to cast aspersions. However it is a huge commitment, not just setting it up, but maintaining it long after you become bored with the idea.
  5. Tooltips partially offscreen with no apparent workaround (e.g. hover over Animal Specialization skill tree in the Exploration tree browser)
  6. Got stuck at 'connected to zone...' Eventually booted back to lobby screen, where All Campaigns 'no scenarios found' just spins. I suppose server went down. 2nd try: Got in, almost. UI works, but cannot be closed (esc does not close inventory window, for instance), and the world is entirely black. I can slot powers, but I can't see anything nor aparently move either.
  7. I could explain my strategy for how to get awesome gear as quickly as possible. But, well, the game is competitive and I'd rather have the advantage by keeping my mouth shut. Maybe you should consider doing some 'science' and seeing what works and what doesn't work. Study the skill trees. Study the disciplines. Read the forums. Theorycraft a bit. Many people here have been playing since pre-alpha began, and have been slowly amassing knowledge so that they can have an 'edge' when the game launches. So you might get some details here, you might not. You might even be led astray. Generally, if you join guilds with experienced people they will guide you. As for Ethereal Dusts you should be able to get them much much faster. I could get 3 per minute without trying very hard. You say you slotted the minor discipline, but did you slot the passive power that it grants? If you really trained "all the skills that increase drop rates" Im impressed because there are like 30 of them spread out all over the place. Your race will matter too, each race gets skills granting bonuses to certain activities. Match oroper race up with proper activity. You can put crafting tables in your EK if you have enough buildings/slots for them, and the dusts to make them.
  8. Great stuff Pope man. I remember that in Mortal Online, and the dynamics it provided were awesome. But I"m a bit confused. I don't remember the bridges looking like this:
  9. 4K TV's v monitors

    TVs are usually physically bigger. Some people find this a problem to put a TV on their desktop, or conversely to use a keyboard and mouse from their sofa. Most TVs tend to ship with HDR, whereas only a few high-end monitors offer HDR. HDR is a significant improvement, for source material that supports it. It's a bigger jump forward than 4K was, IMHO. TVs tend to be ahead-of-the-curve with improved display technologies. I don't know if Crowfall will support HDR or not, but rendering engines have been supporting it internally for the last 10 years or so, and tonemapping at the output to fit your non-HDR monitor. Monitors tend to have lower input lag and response times, in response to gamers asking for that. But TVs can be fast too. Check the specs. I'm skeptical that it makes much difference. Your human response time is around 160-190ms if you are young and spritely, and gamers that think that 4ms difference is going to help them win are just fooling themselves, buying into the marketing hype and wasting money. In my opinion, higher refresh rates are also more about marketing and less about need. Everyone wants to have the highest numbers. Greater than about 72 Hz and you cannot tell the difference. I'm totally happy with 60Hz and 60FPS. High refresh rates are really only useful to avoid 3:2 pulldown and other framerate issues (which cause some frames to be displayed twice as long as others). In summary, get the TV!
  10. Alliances and Guild Collaborations

    Alliances are a thing if you make them a thing. I don't know if the game will make them a thing, but I'm quite sure people will. I'm also quite sure people will break their alliances at opportune moments, and turn on each other. Even (especially) the top dog alliances and guilds will have in-fighting and attrition, spies, deception, theft. I'm not too concern about the larger zerg alliances, I think they rot from the inside over time. It is extremely difficult (and time consuming) to manage a successful empire.
  11. Passive training is not entirely vertical. You have horizontal choices: which race, which class, which weapon, which harvest node, etc. Nonetheless, I think I understand your concern. It would be cool to specialize highly in something that is so niche that you could be pretty damn sure you were the best.... say, axe handles. It's not everyday that you need the best axe handle, usually a piece of common Ash turned by a mediocre woodcrafter will serve. However, if you want the best of the best, head through handle, metal core, soft outer wood for better grip, fine silver wire turnings... you turn to that wierd old hermit out behind Pentos. He's the best of the best. And while iI'd never take him into battle with me, and I'd never let him watch my kids, I always go there to get axe handles to make weapons for my elite warriors. I would get an absolute kick out of being in such a role. I wouldn't care if I ever set foot in a campaign world, if I could be fairly certain that I could be the best at something.. some little thing though it may be. Axe handles may not be such a niche thing. Maybe squeezing juice from fae wings, that's gotta be rare. Or the guy who puts those plastic things on the ends of shoelaces. I don't think it will be fun if we are all blacksmiths, and we are all [insert every other role here] and whoever brings the largest party to the battlefield wins.
  12. Murder of Crows AMA

    47+ as well (July). DikuMUD or CircleMUD waasn't sure. Had Midgaard, beastly fido, cursed stones that I never realized I shouldn't be picking up. Got into pick-up groups and was killing knights in some castle far above my level. Really cool stuff for the time.
  13. Aussie wondering about ping and playability

    I play from New Zealand. The high ping makes some things more challenging, but generally it is still playable. Here is some playability advice: Choose a server with the lowest ping. If there are Asia/Oceania campaigns, join those. They have had servers up in Sydney already. They can start up servers wherever the demand is, so if there are enough of us, it is just like flipping a switch for them to start a server in Sydney. When harvesting, you may or may not be able to hit the "weak spots" in time. I find on some types of resources it's pretty much impossible. So choose different harvesting skills/strategies, ones you have a better chance at. Battle is a mixed bag. Sometimes I find the lag doesn't matter that much. If I am aimed properly, it seems to register a hit, even though the message is lagged (the server knows the duration of the lag and calculates whether or not what we are seeing would have been a hit, without trusting the client, if you get what I mean). OTOH, sometimes you can go from full health to dead without any opportunity to respond because the messages were all delayed and you didn't even know you were in a fight yet. SO... the best strategy in battle is to be the attacker.
  14. Soft Launch

    This issue is mostly irrelevant for PvE MMOs, where the race to have the best stuff is more or less only in your head. Among PvP MMOs, you have to tread lightly. If the incumbants have a huge advantage (and I'm not saying they have one in Crowfall), new players might be facing an impossible obsticle. The early players didn't have established enemies squashing them at every turn, but new players will, and that is unfair enough to dissuade some new players. I joined Ultima Online late. I could not get out of the city. As soon as I stepped outside of the gates, any of the gates, I was insta-smashed. I didn't rage quit, I kept trying, I tried nighttime, I tried training to higher levels. I put a battery on the F11 key and let it "hit the training dummy" all night long while I slept. But alas, I could not survive as soon as I stepped outside of the gates I was insta-dead. So eventually I quit, having experienced very little of that game. It's unfortunate because that game left a positive memory on a lot of people, a memory I unfortunately cannot share in. That being said, with Crowfall there are LOTS of mitigating factors: You can JOIN the powerful established players by finding a good guild, rather than starting as an underdog. Established guilds fall apart due to in-fighting and attrition. Skills, while long to train, only count for 20% of your overall lethality. I'm not sure I agree that this is true for Crowfall, but the point has been made. But that becomes a problem for ACE if new players are hard to come by. Then that becomes a problem for us if ACE can't maintain funding. I want Crowfall to succeed over the long term. That means I want ACE to have funding for the long term. That means I want new players coming into the game. That means new players must have a compelling story. That's all I'm saying. I'm just saying "I care about newbies," I'm a carebear. So there, I said it.
  15. Fix ping issue

    Population has gone down a lot because the 'patchnotes from the future' indicated 5.6 will probably need both a skill wipe and a bank wipe. But yes, they need to fix the message ping. They got to put on their zero-copy run-in-a-debugger less-context-switches low latency async profile-and-optimize lock-free core-pinning multithreaded hats and go to town baby!
  16. Soft Launch

    Fast and Shallow I'd like to throw in one more factor (if it was already mentioned above, I apologize). JTC has stated that Crowfall is intended to have a "fast and shallow" power curve. That is to say, it should not take very long to go from n00b to master. Now, current testing does not seem to indicate that they followed through with this plan very well, especially where the skill tree is concerned. At the sped-up training, I got to master in a few areas, but at normal speed training I would not call it a "fast and shallow" power curve. However, if they *do* tweak it to indeed be "fast and shallow," and if they advertise this point in their "funnel", then I think people will happily join late, catch up, and kick ass like the rest of us. ACE can't take back promises about soft launch and wipes, but they could make the training faster. So there is still some debate potential on this issue. As it stands, I would (if I didn't already KS the game) hesitate joining the game late. I think a lot of people would. Easy roles vs Advanced roles One thing CCP/EvE has going for it is that there are a lot of useful pilot roles that don't take a whole hell of a lot of training to get into, frigate based roles like target painting and what not. So you can be a very effective target painter on a team, without having been playing very long. Giving people satisfaction, purpose and pride early in their career like that really locks them in, gets them addicted. Crowfall skill trees all seem too equal-depth to have this effect as currently laid out in testing (I know 5.6 has big skill tree changes, I hope this is one of them).
  17. VIP - Priority access to all game servers

    Thanks for that explanation. Any operation requiring multiple network trips is clearly going to be delayed, but this delay is about waiting for the packets to arrive, not about any processing node being overloaded. It affects latency, not throughput. So it should not affect how many players a server could handle. Also, I don't see where the extra communication is necessary. Whether tab targeting or action combat, the sequence is generally (1) attacker attacks (2) message goes to server (3) server computes what actually happened, considering the frame of reference of the attacker as well as its own frame of reference, carefully, for latency compensation reasons, and (4) server tells everyone in the region about it. Correct me if I'm wrong. I think what ACE is doing is utterly fantastic, and overwhelming to boot. So when I talk about poor implementation, I'm really talking about industry wide issues, performance expectations that haven't improved in 10 years, and engine issues. We've come through a good 15+ years of people saying "dont optimize until the end" when in fact you must optimize while things are still on the drawing board. Since 1990 people have been saying "dont worry about performance computers will get faster due to Moore's law" and people listened, and then they wrote layers on layers on layers each with overhead, and loops within loops, and realized too late that order-n-squared issues don't speed up as fast as they had hoped. I'm excited about technology, and I love the nuts and bolts, and it saddens me when I know things can scream (e.g. git) and yet people seem satisfied with tools that crawl (e.g. cvs). edit: Oh wait, I get it. 300 people within sight of each other moving 10 times per second send 3000 messages inbound. Every movement has to go outbound to everybody else, so that's 300^2 * 10, or 900,000 messages/second. N-squared problem. Too bad multicast is so problematic. ...and now I'm talking to myself.
  18. VIP - Priority access to all game servers

    I don't really get why MMORPGs have such low limits on player population still, considering what has been achieved in the last 8 years. MigratoryData scaled a single 1U rack commodity server to handle 12 million concurrent connections back in 2013 ( That says nothing about processing each connection, which of course could get very expensive. But most MMO messages are subsystem isolated -- you can have multiple IP addresses (each handling 65535 ports) on up front message routing servers, and routing those messages to the actual heavy lifting servers on the backend: chat server, inventory server, position/movement server, skill/attribute server, battle server, harvest server, etc. Using in-memory representations of data (redis rather than postgres, for example, but much better to stay "in process") can significantly improve throughput and message latency on those back-end servers. I guess what I'm saying is... there is no fundemental "computers are too slow" problem here, so any problem must be one of poor implementation. And that yes, we should expect much better than the 150-300 range caps we see in testing. I think VIP should give priority access. Also non-VIP should have timebank overflow after 24 hours. These together give VIP enough value that people will actually buy it.
  19. This is not a "consume the artistic content" style of game. You don't move from a level5 zone up to a level10 zone eventually hitting level50. It's a totally different kind of game. Worlds will finish themselves... by winter, players will have reaped all the resources and will be fighting each other to see who gets to keep the lion's share of the spoils.
  21. Pre-Alpha 5 Live! - Official Discussion Thread

    VIP subscription Non-VIP alt account ---------------- ------------------- Cost $15 / month $50 flat fee Skill Training +50% per category 100% per category Bank no extra slots +100% bank slots Imports/Exports no bonus +100% imports, +100% exports Playability All-in-one Must manage 2nd toon separately. Get to use 2nd vessel immediately. Must travel twice. Get to be 2 places at once. Must acquire double the gear and supplies. Get to fight with 2 toons. Given these options, I will have a VIP main (since I have KS VIP) and multiple non-VIP alts. When my VIP runs out, I probably won't need to buy any more, as by that time I'll have it all covered (especially with a guild behind me). So to me, there is no problem. But there will always be a problem to a large percentage of potential players. The root of this problem is that Crowfall is "free to play." By being free-to-play, they make their job (earning money) tremendously more difficult: In order to appease the non-VIP players, VIP must not give any advantage "with teeth". In order to appease the VIP purchasers, VIP must give some sort of advantage "with teeth". This is a contradiction. Whatever they do, either one side will scream the the game is "pay to win" or the other side will scream that "VIP is worthless," no one will buy it, and ACE will bankrupt. I'd rather people scream the game is "pay to win" (when it's actually "pay to play") so that ACE succeeds financially. I'd much rather that the game was just simply advertised as "pay to play." They are in a quandry. They are the architects of their own demise. At $15/month, they need to make VIP "stupidly valuable" as Gordon has said.
  22. Pre-Alpha 5 Live! - Official Discussion Thread

    With heavy use of LOD, imposters, and instancing with view frustum culling, rendering shouldn't be an issue. With Unity and middle-of-the-road graphics hardware, they should be able to get >100 people onscreen, as long as they aren't all right up against your face. As for their messaging system it should be even easier to achieve (in theory) but I'm a bit more concerned because I've seen terrible message lag. It is totally doable though, and I know they will work it out. If they pack only the data they really need into as few bits as possible. As a simple example, representing a screen coordinate with a single precision float is wasting bits: 16 bits is enough to get within a 1/10th of a pixel on 4K devices (38400 < 65535). The fewer bits, the fewer the UDP packets, meaning less retransmits of dropped packets. Computers are extraordinarily fast at packing/unpacking bits, orders of magnitude faster than memory lookups.
  23. What he said. Exactly. Saved me the time writing out the same thing. PopeUrban talks a lot -- occasionally he says something smart.
  24. Did you really change nearly 6 gigabytes of game data? Or are you making us download the whole thing again because you're Americans and wasting resources is in your DNA? Here goes another overnight download. :-( At least I don't have a data cap anymore. EDIT: Ok, it actually took just less than an hour. Apparently the patcher lies a little and doesn't have to download everything, but it doesn't know that up front.
  25. Splatter Guild Rocks

    I don't want to run a guild. But I don't want to inadvertantly join a guild run by a Tyrant. So I setup a Westminster system where the guild members can vote in (and vote out) leaders, and I am just a token figurehead (the Governor General). Check out a draft consititution at If that sounds like a good idea to you... and especially if you aspire to leadership, please consider joining. I operate out of New Zealand so I'd probably be preferring US West and Oceania campaigns. Current guild membership: 1 We have website, I will make it much better where voting can take place (I code for a living). We have discord. About me: I am 48yo in New Zealand, I code for a living, and will have a website where voting can take place. I'm also building a hobby MMO.