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  1. So it looks like Brilliant Fragments were deleted. So I was wrong. They are not bitcoin. Instead NCSOFT's plans are not accurate.
  2. Well, there's another thing about the Black Cloud Market. If you pay real-world money for something, NCSOFT seems to be shy about deleting it. So apparently there are BCM snowballs that are not supposed to disappear but you get from quests that will disappear. You can buy the Brilliant Fragments, so I guess they shouldn't disappear. Whatever.
  3. I've never been sure NCSOFT has thought though Aion. According to the announcement, Brilliant Fragments will not be deleted. They are trading for abut 100 million Kinah now. So they will be tradeable throughout 2021, provided the announcement is accurate. However, it will not be possible to get the reward from a Brilliant Fragment for about a year because all the Icy Shards will have been deleted. We will have to wait until the snowball event returns in 2021. So Brilliant Fragments will be a bit like a combination of Bitcoin and futures option.
  4. The new launcher doesn't deal with DirectX correctly. DirectX is a graphics library. The old launcher would check to see of you had the right version of DirectX installed, and install it if you didn't. The current version says you have the wrong version DirectX and complains that you didn't read the instructions correctly on how to download DirectX manually. However, there are no instructions. This will become a huge obstacle for novice users. Current users won't see the problem until they reload their operating system or get a new computer This is because all current Aion players ha
  5. It's happened to me just now.
  6. Let me make sure I understand the problem, because I think there is a solution. I think you're talking about switching characters. When you are in the character selection mode, you double-click on the field with the character name. It then says you're locked out for 8 hours and the client exits. You aren't locked out for 8 hours, but you have to restart the client. The problem may repeat. NCSOFT ought to fix this problem, but I think the following is a solution: Instead of double-clicking on the name, single click on the name. Then push the "start" button in the lower middle of
  7. The PIN is requested when you first bring up a character on a particular server. You can change from one character to another on the same server all you want without entering a PIN, but you are asked for a PIN when you change to a character on a different server.
  8. This has been going on for months to a year. I saw some posts indicating that NCSOFT says they can't duplicate it so they assume it's user error. It's a problem. I've noticed that it turns up when I click the mouse too fast, like when I'm excited from some battle and clicking the mouse several times per second for no reason. There must be something in the low-level timing of mouse clicks. If you have the problem, restart the client. There is no 8 hour timeout. Then type in the PIN slowly. Click each number and wait until you see the echo (the round dot) before going to the
  9. I can tell you some of what happened with skins in Beluslan with the upgrade: Queen Mihisha, near Kidorun's, L20, drops Earth, a Punishing Weapon Box, and an Unidentified Acorn Bundle every time Priest Esekiel, near Kistenian, L32, drops Squall every time Blade Captain Gauri, Bakarma, L62, drops Heartwave every time Stormwing Dugolle, Bakarma, L61, drops Heartwave every time Steadfast Dalloki, Near Besfer, L69, drops Weapon Box of Wrath and an Unidentified Acorn Bundle (10) every time **this is new** Queen Alukina, Alukina's Palace, L75, drops Weapon Box of Desti
  10. I registered my account for the bonus about a week ago. The post says the carpet pack may be in your in-game mailbox or a code in the Web-based mailbox. I checked my in-game mailbox and there was nothing. So, I went to the web-based interface and found a code. I applied it. After that, I found that all the characters associated with the account, on multiple servers, had a mail in their in-game mailbox. It was a mail with four items attached (maybe 5, sorry, I forget). The mail did not expire, but the attached carpet said it would expire in 30 days. The other items did not say they would expire
  11. Most home users have non-fixed internet IP addresses. My internet supplier does some sort of maintenance on Sunday mornings (it is Sunday morning now), which sometimes involves changing users' IP addresses--but IP addresses can change at other times. Since the code verifies the IP address for a specific account, changing the IP address causes the game to crash immediately and then all accounts need to be re verified. That seems to be what happened to you. However, you are supposed to get verification codes.
  12. If two servers merge and there are players with the same name on both, one of them gets a letter-number name like yours. There is usually a name change ticket in the inventory. As the gamed changed, new equipment was introduced that is more powerful than the old equipment. So, you'll have to get new equipment to be a strong player at L80.
  13. OK, I'll address that topic: NCSOFT has a fixed labor cost to run the game due to gold sellers, bots, and stuff. Once the player based declined below a certain point that labor cost was too high for the revenue. To cut the labor cost, they shut off the economy by making most stuff untradable, which I assume made the gold sellers, bots, etc. less of a problem. This created a viscous circle by making the game less attractive to players. So, in North America, we get software upgrades paid for from other regions, but little support or GMs.
  14. Isn't there a really straightforward answer to this? The game has a declining player base, so distributing players over a lot of regions means each player interacts with fewer and fewer others. So the game operators need to remove regions so player density is high enough that it remains an MMORPG.
  15. I'm glad you're lightening up on the spacebar, but you're providing an opportunity to give pointers to other players. Putting a weight on the spacebar makes you jump and conspicuous to other players. You can use other keys besides spacebar, but not just any key. You may have to experiment, but I hear that the "0 insert" key on full-sized keyboards--a big convenient key in the bottom row of the numeric keypad--prevents AFK detection without making you jump. I would not want to admit I ever did this, because it's probably against the rules. However, I have noticed that my Windows
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