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    Developer Notes #11 - Loot 2.0

    Later this month, MindArk will be releasing a special Loot 2.0 Version Update that will overhaul the way in which hunting loot is calculated and distributed. Many of the features and systems added over the past few years have gradually led to this update, which will significantly improve overall loot returns for the vast majority (upwards of 98%) of participants.

    The information in this Developer Notes article is intended to inform participants of the upcoming changes and to gather initial impressions and feedback to help ensure a smooth implementation of this exciting update. Please bear in mind that the changes described below are still being finalized and tested, so some specific details may be changed upon release, while other changes may require additional refinement or testing and therefore may not appear in the initial Loot 2.0 release, but instead in subsequent patches or Version Updates.

    Loot Changes
    • Loot calculations will be optimized and improved to better factor in the various costs associated with hunting activity, including: healing, ammo consumption, buffs, tool and armor deterioration, attachments, and more.
    • A special hunting bonus pool will be implemented that will distribute funds from various sources, including skill misses, PVP, marketing and special events, which will improve overall loot returns for all participants.
    • A new Economy rating parameter will be introduced, on a scale of 1-100, that indicates the efficiency of a tool and which influences loot calculations. This change from the once dominant damage/pec model will provide the design team with more freedom to release exciting and interesting items with a wider range of damage output and special effects. For example, our team will have the ability to create powerful new items that provide access to challenging and exciting content without dramatically increasing cost to play. Existing items will be assigned Economy values that reflect their relative efficiency to one another and to the entire array of items in the universe.
    • Avatar skills will play a role in loot calculations and this role will be expanded in future Version Updates. Imagine new professions that offer hunting specialization opportunities and a way to incrementally increase net loot returns for dedicated and active hunters.
    • MindArk has been monitoring the community discussions concerning so-called 'loot waves' and will implement changes in the Loot 2.0 and subsequent Version Updates that will address this issue by improving the distribution of resources and items, with the goal of ensuring that loot opportunities are more interesting, dynamic and fair for all participants
    • Ammunition will be removed from hunting loot. This change has been requested by many participants over the years and will assist participants in more accurately tracking their results.
    • Loot value calculations and the composition of the items in loot will be affected by properly matching avatar skills and gear to the creature being hunted, rewarding efficient kills with more interesting loot. For optimal loot, it will be important to avoid inefficiencies such as low damage output compared to creature health, excessive time and cost to kill, overkill damage, unmaxed weapons and other factors. This system is intended to reward game knowledge, which has traditionally been an important and unique aspect of success in Entropia Universe, and to provide opportunities for participants to improve their loot returns via experimentation, optimization and specialization.


    Also in the Loot 2.0 Version Update will be a range of improvements to various other systems with a eye toward lowering costs and increasing enjoyment for all Entropians. An example of such are the following planned changes to armor:

    Armor Changes
    • Armor now decays significantly less per point of damage absorbed.
    • Armor no longer has a minimum decay based on total protection, it will now always decay proportionally to the amount of damage absorbed.
    • Armor can now absorb all incoming damage down to a minimum of 0.1 point of damage taken, instead of the previous 1.0 points of damage.
    • Armor and armor platings now decay independently based on the amount of damage they each actually absorb, rather than both decaying as if absorbing the full amount of received damage.
    • Armor decay is now linear per point of damage absorbed, rather than increasing in cost per damage absorbed.
    • A profession level requirement will be introduced for non-(L) armors. Meeting the required level results in the armor offering full protection at all condition values. If the profession requirement is not met, armor works as before, with protection decreasing relative to condition.


    Our design and development teams have been working very hard on these important changes for many months now, and MindArk looks forward to incorporating valuable feedback from our wonderful and passionate community leading up to the release of Loot 2.0!

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    by Published on 09-14-2015 16:45
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    Many participants have contacted MindArk asking for official real-world Entropia Universe items.


    Entropia Universe merchandise store hoodie. Click to access the store.

    We are pleased to introduce the launch of the Official Entropia Universe Merchandise Store featuring an initial product line of T-shirts, hoodies and mouse mats. More products will follow further on, so stay tuned to the Entropia Universe Facebook page and other channels for announcements of new products.

    The merchandise store is operated by our partner Tictal. Orders are shipped directly from MindArk's office in Gteborg, Sweden to almost any location in the world via premium mail services from Postnord.

    Welcome to the Entropia Universe Merchandise Store!



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    To help ensure the safety of arriving colonists on Calypso the CDF recently have appointed six Calypso Advisors: Mallard, Oak, Hemlock, Hazel, Saguaro and Rowan.

    The Calypso Advisors will guide newcomers and assist whenever help is needed. Occasionally the Advisors will also arrange newcomer events in areas like Camp Icarus and Halfmoon Bay where many newcomers start their journey on Planet Calypso.

    CDF Colonel Briers explained the reasoning behind the appointments. The Advisors' main role is to give guidance for newcomers to survive out in the many harsh wildernesses of Calypso. Additionally the Advisors should work to tighten the relation between Calypso veterans and Calypso's future veterans, and to strengthen the overall community spirit to better withstand future challenges.

    Colonists are advised to join the planet specific #calypsoadviser channel where they can get assistance from the Advisors and also help other Calypsians out by sharing their experiences and findings.

    Please note that the Advisors are not MindArk employees and that they won't be able to assist with issues that are handled by Entropia Support. The Calypso Advisors are primarily online on weekends.

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    by Published on 01-16-2015 13:31
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    Some time ago Elias posted his introductions on Calypso forum. I suspect it was then that I decided to contact him for an interview, although I'm not entirely certain of this.

    I contacted Elias because I thought music is often an overlooked aspect of game development and not discussed as often as other aspects e.g. game graphics. I am very interested in knowing your thoughts on this and if I made a good choice.

    Elias has been a pleasure to work with. I sent him a rather random and disordered list of questions. No complaints-he just sent a professional reply back. When I contacted Elias again later to ask for some pictures, and he did one better. Not only did he send in some pics, but also some more detailed responses. Going beyond the call of duty is always appreciated.


    Tell us a little about yourself, where you were born etc.
    I was born and raised in Gothenburg, Sweden where I still live and work. I became interested in music at the age of nine years old when I started to practice the piano. Apart from music, programming has always been an interest as well, and thus Im quite happy to be able to do both at MindArk now, especially since I have higher education in both software engineering and music.

    How long have you been working in the music business?
    I have been doing studio work from time to time for about fifteen years now. Usually I get hired by bands that need some keyboard work, arrangements etc. Prior to working as a musician at Mindark, I composed music for a couple of other games for PC/Xbox360 and iOS. I also play keyboards in a symphonic metal band called Dragonland. So far weve released five albums and toured countries like England and Japan.

    When did you realise music was your calling?
    When I was about nineteen years old I discovered the music of Rachmaninov and started practicing his C# prelude feverishly. Before that I had been playing with different bands, both keyboard and drums, but it was from this point that I really started to practice methodically and started to learn more advanced music theory.

    Is there anything special that inspires you to write your music?
    Rain and gloomy weather in general, which makes Gothenburg an ideal place to work.

    What do you think about writing music for games?
    I love it - running around the beautiful environments of for example the Calypso Thule area and just letting the inspiration flow is a great experience.

    Have you worked in any other role apart from a musician?
    Indeed, at Mindark I am employed as both software engineer and musician.

    Tell us a little about Sweden
    Sweden is a quite large country geographically in relation to its small population. For being so few, we have a great music export and an excellent games industry.

    Whats your favourite film? what do you like about it?
    If I have to name an all-time favorite I think that would have to be Gladiator, and especially the powerful and emotional score that Hans Zimmer created for it.

    Name some of your fav pop music? what do you like about it?
    Some popular groups that I like are Muse, Solar Fields, Mitch Murder, Crystal Castles, Daft Punk, Soilwork, Electric Youth and Finntroll. I also listen a lot to classical music; composers like Beethoven, Domenico Scarlatti, Brahms and Rachmaninov. Film/Game music as well of course everything by Hans Zimmer, Brian Tyler, Steve Jablonsky and Jesper Kyd. In general, Im attracted to interesting/emotional chord progressions and strong melodies, usually regardless of genre.

    Which band do you particularly like and why?
    My favorite band will always be Bal-Sagoth, a symphonic black-metal band from England. What I love about them is the extremely keyboard driven and forceful music with melodies and harmonies like no other (certain melodies from the Planet Suite by Gustav Holst would be the closest as well as some parts of the scores that Basil Poledouris wrote for the Conan movies).

    Whats your fav book? what do you like about it?
    This is a hard one, but if Id have to choose Id probably choose one of the novel collections that I have by H. P. Lovecraft. The sense of creeping horror that he manages to give his readers is astounding.


    What attracted you to work for MindArk?
    MindArk has been one of the foremost game companies in Gothenburg for quite some time now and when the opportunity came I applied for a job immediately since I always wanted to work in the game development business.

    What do you like about your role at MindArk?
    That I have the privilege to work with both code and music since I always thought that would be an ideal situation for me.


    What equipment do you use to create your masterpieces at MindArk?
    I use Cubase with plugins such as East West libraries, Symphobia, Zebra2 and Omnisphere. Wavelab for mastering. As master keyboard I use my good old Korg N5EX.

    What advice would you give our budding musicians reading this article?
    Study some fundamental music theory, itll always come in handy when inspiration is lacking.

    Which music software would you recommend for beginner music hobbyists?
    I started out with sequencing using Cakewalk which at that time was a user-friendly and simple sequencer. Nowadays I dont know, but if there are some stripped down and cheaper versions of Cubase they might be worth checking out.

    Is the music all your work?
    So far, Ive done music for various dungeons, the title screen, Calypso start room and Thule. When it comes to Calypso Ive done all the music for the quite recently revamped Cape Corinth server. For the remaining servers, most music was done by a previously employed musician named Lars Falk.

    Is it under your sole control? or do you work as part of a team?
    Yes, the only musician working here is me.

    Do you commission external musicians to create new tracks?
    No, not at MindArk and Calypso, the other planet partners might have done that though.

    Any news on some upcoming music tracks?
    Currently, work is being done on various Calypso background ambient tracks, as well as more action oriented tracks (for hunting, using vehicles etc). I designed a system for handling the dynamic alteration of music for different in-game situations a while back. So far, the system has been utilized for Cape Corinth (as well as some dungeons). A long term project is to make use of this system across the entirety of Calypso.

    How important is music to a game?
    For me, game music is of uttermost importance in order to enhance player immersion. If done properly it can really make you feel part of the game.

    How important is music from a global community perspective? taking into account the internet and it's impact on global communities...
    We use Soundcloud to make people more aware of the music. Hopefully some people hear it before knowing what Entropia Universe is, enjoy it, and give the game a shot. Furthermore, given the sheer scale of the game, new musical content might easily be missed, so to be sure to hear new tunes its a good idea to check out the Soundcloud page. It can be accessed at: soundcloud.com/entropiauniverse

    The name Elias features in all three main religions and refers to a name adopted by a prophet. Does this give you any special powers from time to time? prophetic visions about EU or in general life perhaps?
    Of course! I hereby predict that Entropia Universe will be greatly improved and enhanced over the course of the next few years, both content-wise and from a player experience point of view. We have a great team now of experienced people and were working hard to make Entropia Universe an even greater game. Also, expect some nice new music flowing through your headphones in the near future.



    Sadly it is here we must end this interview, and thank Elias for taking the time to entertain our curiosities. Although I am tempted to ask Elias exactly what these "greatly improved and enhanced" aspects will be, I leave that to you, our enquiringly savvy readers.

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    by Published on 12-09-2014 13:07
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    Entropia Universe will be auctioning off 25 high-performance spacecraft. The new two-seater luxury vessels feature a warp drive for rapid interplanetary travel, along with unrivaled handling and top speed, critical when operating in potentially hostile regions.

    The Quad-wing Interceptor is a medium fighter capable of space and atmospheric flight. Its 4-wing configuration is commonly seen patrolling space stations and mother ships to fend off pirate attacks! This fast and agile ship is the bread and butter interceptor for most private armies, although its also a favorite among privateers due to its weapons load out and speed.



    Auctions for the fiery-red Quadwing Equus ships will begin on December 9th, 2014, with opening bids of 50,000 PED (5,000 USD). Bidding competition is expected to be fierce. End times for the 25 auction listings will be staggered at various hours of the day, and over a period of three weeks, so that interested parties from all time zones can participate.

    To see all info regarding the Quadwing Equus and take part in the auctions, login to Entropia Universe using the full 3D PC-client and contact any auctioneer. You can also use the Android app Virtual Tycoon to access the auction.

    If you need to create a new or update your existing Entropia Universe account see https://account.entropiauniverse.com/


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    Auctions for the special-edition Quad-Wing Equus spacecraft have now begun. The listings can be found under the Global Auction section, with a start bid of 50000 PED. Start and end times for the 25 auction listings will be staggered at various hours of the day and over a period of three weeks so that interested parties from all time zones can participate.

    Upon completion of each Quad-Wing Equus auction, the winning bidder will receive a special NanoWarp I device that provides warp capability for Equus-class ships, along with a Space Thruster device that allows for atmospheric entries and departures. Both the NanoWarp I and Space Thruster devices are repairable.

    The Quad-Wing Equus luxury spacecraft sacrifices cargo space in exchange for rapid transport capability, and thus has lower cargo capacity than other Quad-Wing ships (10 items / 40kg). Also, the top speed of the Equus degrades if the total carried weight (cargo + cockpit) exceeds 100kg, while warp capability becomes disabled once the total carried weight exceeds 150kg.


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