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Below is an archive of past news items. For the most current news, please visit the Home Page.

Around the Web

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Some spring cleaning and an overhaul to the back-end formatting of the website should fix formatting issues across various browsers - and the design should be a bit easier on the eyes, as well!

If you find bugs in the site (typos, missing images, bad links) please report them with a bug report or email to the webmaster.

Player Spotlight
A new player spotlight is available on Bear of Legends and Venus of Heroes - two level 105's. Take time to get to know them a little bit better! (Read more)

The winners of the Caption Contest will be announced on Friday, March 27.

posted by FujiQ


What's New?

Friday, February 27, 2009

What's new around the AE Website?

King Lotor II Caption Contest
King Lotor II is seeking a wise adventurer to help him make sense of an image that his royal seer has conjured - an image of three poised on a rock. Be they enemy or friend, no one knows. Help the good King understand this mystic prophesy and he will reward you well...

Prizes: The top 10 will receive a personal power hour, good for 1 logged in hour of extra experience gain. The top 5 will receive a summon corpse. The best caption will be awarded with that plus a restore durability pack that can repair the max health of an item by up to 125 points!

Visit the Avatar's United website for more details!

New Guide
Brevelan Rosedale of the Legends server brings us a guide on how to make your own power hour/spawn increase. You can find it here.

Player Spotlight
The latest player spotlight features Greetje of Legends and Nutter of Heroes. Read more about these two criminal minds.

posted by FujiQ


Recent Updates

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Happy New Year to everyone! We're glad to be back in full swing after holidays. First update to the site for 2009 brings... If you're into leaderboards and seeing who's the best of the best in AE, you'll want to check out the Statistics page. Several new sections were added today: Top 25 Guilds, Town Factions, Faction Rankings, Dransik Trading Mercenary Quests, Sea Creature kills, Skilled of the Skilled, PVP Combat skill, and Navigation skills (Boat Repair, Sailing, Cannoneering). See how you fare against your fellow adventurers!!

posted by FujiQ


ToF is Released!

Monday December 15, 2008

Today at approximately 2:30pm CST we released the live version of Tides of Fate! We're all very excited about this new expansion which brings:
  • Boats
  • Feats
  • Over 25 new quests
  • New Dungeons and Monsters
  • More gear for all levels
  • New crafting recipes
  • Lobster trapping
  • Boat related skills: Cannoneering, Sailing, Boat Repair
During this release we also got the opportunity to...
  • Reintroduce Dynamic Quests
  • Spruce up the Guild Window
  • Add Guild Ranks
  • Add Guild Halls to the Construction Expansion
  • Fix over 700 bugs
  • Revamped the Map, Lighting, and Particle systems
  • Introduce auto-loot for subscribers
  • Add new store items: Dungeon Map Reveal, Personal Power Hour, Guild Respec, Guild Vault, Private Banker
  • Add a new skill: Player versus Player
  • Allow milling, smelting, and tanning in stacks of 10 at a time for players level with skill level 100
We hope to see you in game soon for all the new fun!

posted by FujiQ


Web Update

Monday December 15, 2008

The following web updates were made today:
  • Added Player Spotlight #20 on Gorgon and Elayne Trakand
  • Added pages for Feats and Boats
  • Added a section for magic in Combat
  • Added two Fansites: Josody.com and Lords of Dransik Guides
  • Added "Basic Guide to Skills" to Guides
  • Updated the Store with new product information: Dungeon Map Reveal, Personal Power Hour, Guild Respec, Guild Vault, Private Banker

posted by FujiQ


October Newsletter

Monday October 27, 2008

The October Newsletter was sent out today! If you haven't received your copy yet, you can read it here.

Make sure to mark your calendars for the annual Halloween event this Friday October 31st! More details can be found in the newsletter.

posted by FujiQ


Player Builds Guide

Monday October 27, 2008

Congratulations to Zues, whose Player Builds: A Guide to Orbs was chosen for the LFG: Looking For Guides contest!

Zues' guide, along with others, will be featured in the new Guides section of the website.

↓ Download Player Builds: A Guide to Orbs
PDF DOC

We're still accepting guide submissions! If you want to write a guide, please read this forum post.

posted by FujiQ


Tides of Fate Pre-order

Thursday October 16, 2008

The long-awaited Tides of Fate expansion is now available to purchase as a pre-order for 300 tokens! You can purchase the pre-order on the website as the Tides of Fate Pre-order, or as part of the All Expansions bundle.

When the expansion is released, players that purchased the pre-order will receive an exclusive boat, called the Sloop:

The Sloop


With Tides of Fate, you'll be able to sail through pirate infested waters, explore new jungle lands, venture into the new dungeons, and train up powerful skill-based feats.

posted by FujiQ


Recent News

Friday August 22, 2008

Last Monday the Factions Phase II Update was released, which introduced the following features (full patch notes can be found here):
  • Faction Dungeons
  • Guild Message of the Day
  • New party/follower window buttons
  • PVP Zones (for Heroes server)
Lotorians should speak with Captain Renwood in Lotor's Summer Palace to begin their faction dungeon quest. Talazarians, look for the Digmaster who's hanging out around the destroyed city of New Korelth.

Another feature we added on Monday are Support Tickets. These are available through the Pixel Mine Secure Site. It's a secure, reliable way to message support and follow up on the status of your ticket. You can use them for any technical problems or questions you may have about your account, billing, the store, games, our website, or the launcher.

Last, check out the August 2008 Newsletter. From now on newsletters will be using the unsubscribe options that can be found on the Account Options of the Pixel Mine Secure Site. At any time you can change your options. Unsubscribing from newsletters and other promotional emails, however, will not disable system messages such as notification and confirmation emails.

posted by FujiQ


Factions Phase II Update on Monday

Thursday August 14, 2008

On Monday Aug 18 at 10:30am CST we'll be taking down both Heroes and Legends for an update that will add Faction dungeons on both servers and PVP Zones on Heroes.

Once the servers are back up we'll post patch notes on the forums.

In the mean time, check out the Dev Bio on Burning Spear and the latest Player Spotlight on Scooby Dooby Doo of Heroes and Angeline Silverfire of Legends.

posted by FujiQ


Recent News

Friday July 25, 2008

The RPGRank.com raffle is closing today; last chance to sign up and win a free subscription and the expansion of your choice! See previous news posts for details on how to sign up. We'll announce the winners next week! Also, check out the latest player spotlight on Malike of Legends and King Norco of Heroes.

posted by FujiQ


Recent News

Tuesday July 1, 2008

The July newsletter is out today, if you haven't received your copy yet here are some highlights of what's been going on recently:

If you haven't been receiving our newsletters but would like to first make sure the email you have listed under your account is correct. If you wish to subscribe please send us an email with the word SUBSCRIBE in the subject.

posted by FujiQ


Premium Account Giveaway

Monday June 30, 2008

We're co-sponsoring a raffle with RPGRank.com until July 25th where you'll have a chance to win one of three prizes. 10 winners will be selected at random.

1st: 6 month subscription and an expansion of your choice
2nd-5th: 3 month subscription
6th-10th: 1 month subscription


To sign up for the raffle, post your player name and server on this thread over at the RPGRank.com forums. Good luck!

posted by FujiQ


Veldan Update

Wednesday June 4, 2008

Today the Veldan Update was released to the live servers. After about 2 weeks of testing, we were able to hammer out a huge number of bugs. Thanks to everyone who was able to help out during that time!

The update has brought tons of free content and new quests. Here's a short list of what's going in:
  • Faction System & Town Sieges on H
  • Changes to PVP Rules
  • New art for grass, trees, and dirt
  • PVP Island
  • New starting area quests & content
  • The return of the taskmasters
  • 576 bug fixes
  • New Racial bonuses
  • New craftable gear
  • Bronze Status adjustment
Details provided on the forums as well as the web.

posted by FujiQ


Server moves 1/2 off

Wednesday June 4, 2008

Server moves will be half price frow now until the end of June.

posted by FujiQ


Player Spotlight

Monday May 5, 2008

A contemplative adventurer and a battle hungry warrior make an odd couple for today's player spotlight, which features Blamina and Scragg (respectively).

   

posted by FujiQ


ToF Teasers

Wednesday April 30, 2008

Boats, two-story houses, and the Great White Shark (in case you missed him last time). PLEASE NOTE: The boats have been rendered in a 3D scene, this is not taken from game and is not how they will appear in game. (View the full, high res versions of these images here)





posted by FujiQ


New Wallpapers

Wednesday April 30, 2008

Two new wallpapers are available; they're based on the new art piece for the Veldan update, which will introduce the Lotor vs Talazar factions to the game (among other things).

posted by FujiQ


Player Spotlight #14

Friday April 18, 2008

Two players who have been part of this community since the beginning, Agent X and Sirgeojonez, are in today's spotlight.

  

posted by FujiQ


That 'ol Retro Feeling

April 2, 2008

Tempester's latest article is a reflection on the various game design styles that can be found throughout Ashen Empires. With the upcoming graphical overaul, he encourages players to revisit old hunting grounds.

I was hunting lightning slugs far west of Chelra, on the Broken Finger, when it occurred to me. This place is a lot different. The Broken Finger area had a real �old-style� feeling to it. The lay out of the area, the monsters, the drops (Battle Armor of Waking, truly a modern piece of a warrior�s attire), just the feel of being in that area felt like you were retrogaming in a sense.

(Read the full article)

posted by FujiQ


AE on Pixel Mine Portal

March 31, 2008

As of March 31, 2008, Ashen Empires and Dransik Classic will be distributed through the Pixel Mine Portal. Expect to see many familiar faces at Pixel Mine (and hopefully some new faces in the IWG community!).

What exactly is changing? Ashen Empires and Dransik Classic are still owned and maintained by Iron Will Games, however, the following areas will now be managed by Pixel Mine, Inc:

  • Launcher
  • Forums
  • Secure Site

Your account information is completely secure, existing in the same secure database. There are only two things you need to do to transition to the new system. First, download the new Pixel Mine Launcher. To preserve your user configuration files, please view this walkthrough.

Next, please reserve your forum name by editing your account information on the Pixel Mine Secure Site. The new forums are tied to your game accounts. You get one forum name and you can only set this name once. After you have done this you can log in to the forums. (To access the forums you must have an account AND a forum name).

We want to make sure that this transition goes as smoothly as possible. If you need assistance with this transition or have any questions/concerns, do not hesitate to email Pixel Mine Support. Please also read this announcement which goes into further detail about the changes.

posted by FujiQ


Slash Commands and Revenge

Sunday February 17, 2008

Midnight's latest article is on the recent announcement of the /killcount feature, wrapping up with an update on the race to see which server can complete the Blue Revenge set first.

Thanks to Zarquon for working diligently on the code for us, the players, to be able to avoid the third party in finding out our kills. It's always a great feeling to see that you are making progress after the hours you have spent hunting. When it is added, the "slash command" will allow a player to type "/killcount" to display his/her kills in the chat box. As happy as the players are about this feature, I�m sure the GMs are ecstatic as well as Midnight will no longer bug them to check the party's dragon kills."

(Read the full article)

posted by FujiQ


Player Spotlight #13

Thursday February 14, 2008

X Aribeth X and Lord Wax stepped up for Player Spotlight #13. Read the spotlight here.

   

posted by FujiQ


Item Idol Worship

Monday February 11, 2008

"Items. Items are shaping how we play this game. They are shaping WHY we play this game. They are the objects of our desires and the rewards of our sacrifices and patience. We spend countless Corpse Summons to protect our items ($4). We are willing to lie and deceive our guildmates for items. We are willing to throw away friendships for items."

(Read the full article)

posted by FujiQ


Gold, Beautiful Gold

Wednesday January 30, 2008

Tempester has a new article about a December patch which increased the gold drops from monsters.

"Gold. The precious metal which we use as the lifeblood of our economy. As a crafter, and thus a seller to adventurers, I always found it interesting how easy I could make money crafting compared to hunting. I pondered about how adventurers could afford to really "adventure" between healing, stamina and repair potions, ammunition for bows, crossbows and slings, and then of course upgrading weapons and armor."

(Read the full article)

posted by FujiQ


Small Patch

Friday January 25, 2008

There was a small patch today that gives players the option to turn off not only player names, but player health bars and npc names/health bars. To find these options, press ESC while in game and choose "Video Options."


Not recommended for PVPers.


In Wednesday's patch we also added an NPC in Lotor's Summer Palace that can give you a map reveal if you have already purchased one for that player character. The NPC is located in Lotor's main chambers.

posted by FujiQ


Bow and Blade

Friday January 25, 2008

Tempester's latest article, titled "Bow and Blade" is now available via the AE Reporter section of our website.

"The Rough Cedar Bow versus the Ancient Sword of Agon.

Now, I�m not commenting on should the bow have been buffed (prior to the Jan 23rd update it was not this good), or should every �common� build have a end-game weapon. I�m not commenting on whether people should orb-reset their characters to use this weapon or if the process of obtaining this weapon is balanced with its benefits.

I am writing about the concept of the Bow (distance weapon, capable of delivering damage of varying types depending on ammunition) and the Blade (melee weapon, single-damage type weapon).


(Read the full article)

posted by FujiQ


AE Web News

Wednesday January 23, 2008

The January newsletter will be sent out today highlighting the past month's news. Read it here before it hits your inbox.

You can now find an FAQ on Tokens. The FAQ covers questions such as "What are Tokens?" and "How do I transfer tokens?"

The update today took about an hour, with 30 minutes of server lock before the down time. You can read the patch notes (all bug fixes) here.

posted by FujiQ


AE Web News

Friday, January 18, 2008

There's a developer biography up on Alanzo, who is our newest developer for Dransik and Ashen Empires.

Also, Tempester and Midnight have a lot in store for you today with two articles and the unveiling of Tempester's new blog, The Forge. Find it all here.

posted by FujiQ


Tides of Fate Teaser

Monday January 14, 2008

In the first edition of the Tides of Fate Teaser Report, Developer The Tyrant gives us a sneak peak into some of the major features in the next expansion, Tides of Fate.

Today's report covers Boats, Guild Halls, and the port City of Roycroft. (Read the full report).

posted by FujiQ


Player Spotlight

Monday January 14, 2008

There is a new player spotlight on Legends' latest Valinor recruit, Sogbu, and the well known cow persona of Heroes, Tempester (server location at time of interview, Tempester now grazes on the Legends server).

The Player Spotlight is a random interview done on one player from each server. Only accounts in good standing are considered for player spotlights.

posted by FujiQ


New Job Profile: Knowledge Management

Tuesday January 1, 2008

We've recently added a new job to the AE Job Board called Knowledge Management. All active, responsible players are now welcome to apply for this position.

"Knowledge Management consists of compiling information about the game and keeping it up to date. Like any other MMO, Ashen Empires is constantly evolving. Volunteers for Knowledge Management are very beneficial for the community since they help to keep the entire player base aware of what these changes are. This information can be in the form of guides, articles and reports, or other media that seeks to provide up to date information to the players."

Read more about the position and how to apply.

We've added Word Document versions of each job profile as well as a column to show whether or not the job is open. As you can see, all jobs are open right now because we're trying to grow our volunteer force for 2008. Read GM Rauric's post to see a recap of progress made on the volunteer front in 2007 as well as goals for 2008.

posted by FujiQ


Holiday News

Tuesday December 18, 2007

The big news of the day is the start of the Holiday sale and token discount! Starting today until January 2nd, certain items have been discounted. You also get 10% more tokens when you purchase them during the sale. (Read more).

Ready to deck the halls? Look out for the Christmas pack which hit the store today! There are several house items and special mask packs that let you transform into new creatures, including a sneaky little fellow who packs a giant eggnog spoon.


Last, in lieu of a player spotlight I've instead posted a special feature interview with Grat Rochord, long-time player of the Legends server and Dragoneer's Den guild member. Read more about this legendary figure.

posted by FujiQ


AE Web News

Friday November 30, 2007

First, the latest version of the Ashen Empires Player's Guide can be found on the AE Website, and we've added a Microsoft Word document version as per your request.

There's also a new article from Midnight, our newest AE Reporter, on some of the new changes that have been announced this past week.

Player Spotlight #11 is here as well, taking a look at Will from Legends and Locos from Heroes, two great community members. I had a great time chatting with you guys, thanks for coming all the way out to GM Island!

   


The free week of AE is almost over. It will end on Monday December 3rd at 4:00pm. Thanks again from IWG, we hope you have a great weekend and have been enjoying the free play!

posted by FujiQ


Ashen Empires Player's Guide

Monday November 19, 2007

The first version of the Ashen Empires Player's Guide can be found on the AE Website. A big thanks goes out to the Editor GM Siyone, the team that put it together, and those that contributed.

The guide covers some of the following topics:
  • Account Creation
  • Interface
  • Basic Gameplay
  • Chatting
  • Combat
  • Tradeskills
If you are new to Ashen Empires, this guide is a must read!

posted by FujiQ


King Lotor's Crusade Raffle - Results

Monday November 19, 2007

Congratulations to the winners of the King Lotor's Crusade Raffle! Player characters listed below are the ones that the raffle winner signed up with or the highest level character in their AE account. The account name that corresponds to that player will be compensated across all characters. We will be adding the subscription to your account tomorrow morning on top of your current subscription balance.

6 month subscription
Jaseke

3 month subscription
Thorhealer
Ansari
Sir Tricer

1 month subscription
Blamina
Midnight
Legolas
Lord Olmec
Atjabec
Arturius
Lady Azaria
Chaos Monkey
Lionhart
(10th unnamed for privacy reasons)

Congratulations again to the winners! Hold high the banner of King Lotor for all to see!

posted by FujiQ


Contest Reminder

Wednesday November 14, 2007

There are only 4 more days left in the King Lotor's Crusade Raffle!! Sign up over at ONRPG.com before November 18 and you'll be eligible to win a 1, 3, or 6 month subscription to Ashen Empires! Subscriptions give you access to a higher experience rate gain, the ability to party and trade, and advanced skills.

Good luck!

posted by FujiQ


AE Web News

Sunday November 11, 2007

There are two new articles up by our AE Reporters Tempester and Midnight. Tempester's is a back dated article interviewing Dragon Flame on his recent move back to the Heroes server after a hiatus on Legends. AE Reporter Midnight comes back to us with an article that tackles the age old guild looting problem. As always, you can find them on the AE Reporter page.

I'd like to call attention to our Job Profiles section. We're in need of some active, trustworthy community members to help us tackle bugs in AE. If you are interested in volunteering for Quality Assurance, you can find the job description and instructions on how to apply here.

posted by FujiQ


Expansion Naming Contest Results

Wednesday November 7, 2007

The results are in for the Expansion Naming Contest...after combing through over 1330 names, we've decided that the next expansion will be called "Tides of Fate." We'll be awarding the two players who suggested the name, forum user Asly and CaleAlexander, with a free copy of the expansion once it's released.

Runner up names included "The Call of the Sirens," "Veiled Depths," and "Forsaken Seas." We were just gonna call it "Boats and Stuff" but for some reason that just didn't look right as a headline. Thanks everyone for your many suggestions!

Oh yeah, the November newsletter is out and up. If you haven't received yours yet you can view it from our site: November newsletter.

posted by FujiQ


AE Web News

Monday November 5, 2007

King Lotor's Crusade Raffle kicked off yesterday; you can find the contest page here. Once you've signed up with ONRPG.com, just enter your IWG Account Name and ONRPG log in information and you're set! You only need to enter once for the raffle.


I've posted a new page of screenshots, which you can find here. My thanks to everyone who posted their shots on the forums!

There's also a new player spotlight for you to peruse; #10 features Legends' Malodious, a Dex Mage who hails from just up the road in Waco, Texas and Heroes very own Kyra Samael, coming to us all the way from Holland!

And last but certainly not least, I'd also like to announce our newest AE Reporter, Midnight. Welcome to the team! You can find his first post, a look into different character builds, on the AE Reporter page.

posted by FujiQ


King Lotor's Crusade Raffle

Thursday November 1, 2007

King Lotor needs adventurers to help him battle the evil forces of Talazar! He has pledged to support a few brave adventurers in the crusade against evil, but he needs some help deciding who to bless. ONRPG.com has agreed to help King Lotor pick the chosen few. 1 adventurer will receive a 6 month subscription, 3 will receive a 3 month subscription, and 10 others will receive a 1 month subscription.


For King Lotor to consider you, you must be registered with ONRPG.com and have an Ashen Empires account. The Raffle will begin on the 4th and run through the 18th. Once it has started I'll link to the contest page, where you only need to sign up once. Good luck!

posted by FujiQ


Halloween Results

Thursday November 1, 2007

We hope everyone had a lot of fun yesterday and Tuesday at the Halloween event! (hopefully more fun after we made the dungeon no drop). OE has posted the candy results on the forums for both Legends and Heroes. Congrats to the top candy winners!
Halloween 2007 Candy Winners
  • Heroes: Scragg with 11059
  • Legends: Original Gangsta with 8241
For those of you who weren't able to join in, take a gander at the Great Pumpkin, a level 180 gourd that was only taken down by the servers' strongest adventurers:


H players working the pumpkin


A solid smack from L's elite!


We hope you kept your candy bag as a souvenir!

Next year, we'll have two dungeons so that lower level players can also join in on the fun. See you then!

posted by FujiQ


Job Profiles

Wednesday October 31, 2007

Ashen Empires is not what it would be today without its strong and active community. There are several positions that volunteer players fill to help keep things running smoothly. Volunteering is also a great way to build your resume if you are interested in working in the game industry!

I've uploaded the latest job openings to our new Job Profiles page in the Community section. Right now we are looking for:

  • Tech Wizard
  • Community Moderator
  • Valinor Welcoming Committee
  • Game Moderator
  • Quality Assurance
If you are interested in joining the team, please follow the instructions, which can be found in the job descriptions.

posted by FujiQ


AE Reporter

Monday October 29, 2007

Tempester's latest article is now live on the web. In this article, Tempester covered the low-level lands of Eastwatch and the new kobold infested mine. AE's favorite bovine reporter also shared his thoughts on the update and new store items.

You can find the article, entitled "Eye on Eastwatch & Update Comments," here.

posted by FujiQ


AE Update

Thursday October 25, 2007

Don't forget, the AE Halloween Event is coming up next week. We'll open the Halloween Dungeon. Once inside you'll be transformed into a random monster as you hunt through the dungeon to collect candy, which you can trade in for prizes! The special dungeon will only open twice on each server:

Tuesday the 30th
Legends: 10am-12pm CST, 3pm-5pm UTC
Heroes: 5pm-7pm CST, 10pm-12am UTC

Wednesday the 31st
Heroes: 10am-12pm CST, 3pm-5pm UTC
Legends: 5pm-7pm CST, 10pm-12am UTC
(more time conversions can be found here)


The dungeon will open in the main room of Lotor's Castle which is located south of Jeel and north of New Korelth.

We released an update today with only a hiccup from the ever troublesome H server. We're going to take it out to an abandoned field next week like the guys on Office Space. Anyways, OneEye posted his patch notes on the forums about what all is in the update, so if you haven't had the chance to read it yet you can find it here. There are still some minor glitches floating around from the update so if you happen to find one please report it to the bug tracker.

There are a few new store items in the update. As mentioned earlier this month, there are the two new mask packs (Halloween & Thanksgiving themed). You can now transform into a variety of monsters including the never before seen "pilgrim." The Halloween pack also gets you a few house items. You can find the new items and their prices in the AE Exchange Item List.

By popular demand, TheTyrant crafted a wedding themed set of armor, just in time for an in-game wedding to be held this weekend! Congratulations to the happy couple!

The H server has been experiencing some technical problems lately, as you all might have noticed. Once the server has been restored to a more stable state, we'd like to thank you all for your patience. Expect to hear more about that soon.

posted by FujiQ


Ashen Empires News

Friday October 5, 2007

There's so much going on I need to make a list:
The newsletter is going to be sent out today. You can view it now on the Newsletter section.

The annual Halloween event is scheduled for the 30th and 31st. Read this forum post for more information about this special event. I'll be posting pictures from last year on our screenshots section. If you'd like to submit your screens from preivous Halloweens, please email webmaster @ ashenempires.com.

We're opening one spot on the AE Reporter team for an active community member who is willing and able to write at least 2 articles a month. Those interested should read this forum post for more information about the position.

Dransik Classic, the predecessor to Ashen Empires, is getting an content update later this month. In the update will be a new store and several bug fixes. A new website for the game is going to be launched at the same time.

Two new mask packs will be introduced later this month, one themed for Halloween and the other with a Thanksgiving twist. The Thanksgiving pack will have special never before seen skins!

The Expansion Naming Contest will come to a close on October 15th. The winner, who will receive a free copy of the next expansion, will be announced in November.

posted by FujiQ


What's New?

Tuesday September 12, 2007

The September newsletter is live on the website and you should be receiving your own copy via email in just a few hours. A highlight from the newsletter is the first Developer Bio on Zarquon, who has been with AE since the early years of Dransik (now Dransik Classic).

Hassassin, a newlywed computer technician, and Clara Smith, born in Tijuana, Mexico with a passion for graphic design, are our latest participants in Player Spotlight #8.

More screenshots have been posted to the site. Thanks to everyone who has helped contribute to the screenshot section! If you would like your screenshots posted, email webmaster at ashenempires.com.

Last but not least, check out the new wallpapers! The wallpapers section is a new addition for the community and will be growing over time.

posted by FujiQ


AE Web News

Friday August 24, 2007

I hope you all are ready for Player Spotlight #7! This week Vladette is the rep from the Heroes server while Aybalon shows what L has to offer.

As a side note, I generally interview players on the Thursday or Friday before the interview is posted, so if you want to get in on the action be sure to log in a week before our spotlights are live! Best of luck to you all,

posted by FujiQ


AE Web News

Friday August 10, 2007

Player Spotlight #6 is up! This week I got to interview God of Thunder from the Legends server and Kabutops from the Heroes server.

I've also added another guild to our guild directory. Guilds from L, don't be shy! I know there's more than 5 of you out there!

posted by FujiQ


AE Web News

Friday August 3, 2007

Happy Friday everyone! I have some treats in store for you today. First, head to the AE Reporter section and see the latest articles from Tempester and The Freshest Diva. Also, you can get a sneak peek at the August edition of the AE newsletter (which will be sent out later today).

And last but certainly not least, the screenshots section has been updated! I would like to thank everyone who contributed on the forums with special thanks going to the players who took time out in game to help me with this project. If you want to contribute your screenshots follow the directions on this forum thread or submit your screens to webmaster@ashenempires.com.


Contributors: Still Da Mom, Myke, Midnight, Fitz, Samson the Ghost, Meilute, Noz Loco, Rania, Krohm, King Kappa, Zalin, Zodiak, Lucas, Dark Ninjaz

posted by FujiQ


Subscription Price Reduction

Monday July 30, 2007

Over the past few months, we've been talking about lowering the subscription for Ashen Empires until it it is completely free to play. Today marks the beginning of that process! The token cost for monthly subscriptions has been changed as follows:

Subscription New Price Old Price
1 month 120 tokens 160 tokens
3 months 345 tokens 460 tokens
6 months 660 tokens 880 tokens

As always, IWG would like to thank our wonderful community for the patience and support you all have given us throughout the years.

posted by FujiQ


DEV Question & Answer Reminder

Monday July 30, 2007

Don't forget that the Dev Question & Answer session is tomorrow, July 31. Head to Party Island (see map below) at 3:00pm CDT on the Heroes server and 3:30pm CDT on the Legends server (8-8:30pm and 8:30-9pm UTC/GMT).

Developers (dressed as Light Gods) will be answering questions fielded from players, and GMs (dressed as Dark Gods) will be filtering questions to the Developers, who will then answer using shout. Players, please do not use the shout channel tomorrow or you will be muted for a period of time.

I hope to see all of you there tomorrow!

posted by FujiQ


Royal Reception Reminder

Friday July 27, 2007

I just wanted to remind everyone that King Lotor and Queen Anne are celebrating their recent marriage at the Royal Reception this Sunday on Party Island, which is accessible from a special portal on the northern coast of Lotor's Summer Palace (indicated by the red block on the map below). The Reception will be held at 1:00pm CDT on Legends and 3:00pm CDT on Heroes (6:00pm and 8:00pm UTC).


posted by FujiQ


Guild Directory

Friday July 27, 2007

I've added a Guild Directory to the website to help both new and old players keep track of the guilds in Ashen Empires. The Guild Directory is accessible from the left navigation bar under "Community" and from the Guilds page.

Guild information has been submitted on a volunteer basis by guild leaders so there may be guilds that do not yet appear in the directory. If you would like to add your guild or update your guild's information, please follow the directions on this forum post.


posted by FujiQ


Player Spotlight #5

Friday July 27, 2007

The newest player spotlight is up! This week is Flaming Amarant from Heroes and Sophia from Legends.

Players who participate in the spotlight are eligible to receive the Customer Appreciation Cloak (as pictured below). If you have participated in the Player Spotlight but have yet to receive your cloak, please PM me (GM FujiQ) on the forums and we can set up a time in game. The cloak isn't just for Player Spotlights. Other ways you can earn the cloak will be announced soon.


posted by FujiQ


AE Web News

Monday July 23, 2007

First, check out The Freshest Diva's latest article on the AE Reporter page! It's an interesting interview with the leader from the guild called MoMz, one of AE's oldest guilds.

Also, I've added the AE Guides website to our list of fansites. AE Guides is a new site that shows when the various AE fansites have been updated.

posted by FujiQ


DEV Question & Answer

Monday July 23, 2007

Want to get some one on one time with OneEye? Have a burning question for Burningspear? Wait no more! We'll be holding a DEV Question and Answer session next Tuesday, July 31st. The Heroes server session will last for 30 minutes from 3pm to 3:30pm and the Legends server session will follow from 3:30pm to 4pm CDT (8-8:30pm and 8:30-9pm GMT).

The following developers will be attending: OneEye, Zarquon, Burningspear, Madmax, TheTyrant, and our newest developer, Alanzo. The support team (Wintergreen, MonkeyFist, and myself) will also be in attendance.

The session will be held on Party Island, which is accessible from a portal located just north of the central chamber in Lotor's Summer Palace (see the red block in the picture below).

Please come prepared with your questions. We'll have our GMs moderating questions (and spammers).

We look forward to meeting you in game!!

posted by FujiQ


Free Weekend!

Monday July 23, 2007

The update and patch last week were quite time consuming. We'd like to make that up to our community and thank you all for your patience with a free weekend!

Here's how it will work: If you're already a subscriber, we'll add three days to your subscription free of charge. Subscribers will receive their 3 free days on Friday at 2pm CDT. These days will be tacked onto the current subscription balance.

Non subscribers will see their subscription start on Friday, July 27 at 2pm CDT and last until Monday, July 30 at 2pm CDT. To see what benefits you receive as a subscriber, please see the section under subscriptions on the Item List page.

Enjoy!

posted by FujiQ


Website Clean Up

Friday July 20, 2007

The website got cleaned-up this week and is feeling shiny! Here's a list of what's changed:
  • Guilds and Combat pages are no longer empty.
  • AE Reporters Tempester and The Freshest Diva now have their own section on the website.
  • The skills page now shows you the list of skills for each profession/class.
  • The Item List in the Store Info section now describes the benefits of having a subscription.
  • A new fan site has been added: AE Server Status by Jonny Hunter
  • Left navigation bar has been universally applied to all pages.
  • Website has been tested in Internet Explorer and several formatting issues fixed
  • The Player spotlight on Onix and Celtico has been corrected (originally flipped)
  • The Rules of Conduct have been updated to their current version.

posted by FujiQ


The Royal Reception

Friday July 20, 2007

King Lotor and Queen Anne would like to extend their gratitude to those who attended their wedding in June. The royal newlyweds would also like to thank you in person at their reception, which will be held on Sunday, July 29 at Party Island. Party island is accessible from the portal inside the northern most central chamber in Lotor's Summer Palace. The GMs of Ashen Empires will also be running various events leading up to the reception.

Server times for the reception are as follows:
Legends: 1pm CDT / 6pm UTC
Heroes: 3pm CDT / 8pm UTC

More time conversions can be found here.

posted by FujiQ


Stats are back!

Thursday July 19, 2007

The popular player statistics page is back! Many thanks to GM Siyone for working hard to get this page up again. You can look at the statistics for monster kills, experience, quest completion, and skills. Fishing and Mining tournament statistics are not live yet but will be available in the future.

The web page is still working through some growing pains, so you'll notice that right now stats is only linked from the index page. The rest of the pages should be fixed soon, but in the mean time bookmark the page or remember to go back to the index to find stats.

posted by FujiQ


Update for AE

Monday July 16, 2007

The much anticipated update is finally here! There are 157 new items, 150 bug fixes, new store items, a new dungeon, new monsters, and a few new quests. What are you waiting for? Explore the new changes today!

posted by FujiQ


July Newsletter

Saturday July 14, 2007

The most recent newsletter is here! If you haven't received it in the mail, check it out online to see what's going on in AE for July.

posted by FujiQ


Ashen Empires website gets a facelift

Saturday July 14, 2007

The Ashen Empires website has a new look! Along with the facelift you'll notice there is some new content. The following pages have been added:

- Announcements
- Newsletter
- Account Rules
- Using the Store
- Itemlist
- Combat
- Travel
- Guilds
- Player Spotlight
- Stay Connected

In addition, the website has been edited to correct spelling errors, broken links, and missing image files.

More content will be added throughout the coming weeks. The ever popular player statistics page is returning very soon and you can expect to see some new screenshots and concept art.

posted by FujiQ


Ashen Empires to be e-distributed by Manifesto Games

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Manifesto Games, a leading electronic game distributer, has partnered with Ashen Empires. Check the Iron Will Games site for more information.

posted by OneEye



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