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VO 1.8.100

Nov 03, 2009 Pointsman link
*** Vendetta 1.8.100
- Added two special 5-year Anniversary Edition Vultures, access
to be granted via upcoming promotion to limited newbies and
current players with at least 3 months subscription.
- Fixed sort order of Corvus Greyhound in ship list, it is now
grouped with other Warthogs.
Nov 03, 2009 roguelazer link
All right. We've conquered the 3-digit patch number barrier. That only took us 22 months. Now, to break the 4-digit barrier!

Cool update, guys. :-)
Nov 03, 2009 incarnate link
The new vultures are: 1) A clone of the base Vulture Mk1, available in all Capitols. 2) A clone of the Corvus Vulturius, available in Corvus space only. Both use a new texture and new normal map, but have stats identical to their Mk1/Vulturius counterparts.

No one currently has access to these new ships.

Access will be granted to the following groups:

1) Newbies who come in on a special upcoming promo, with keys that grant access to the new item. We will not be moving the ship-access accomplishments from these key-accounts onto other paid accounts, or moving existing characters to promo trials, this is a newbie-only thing. Let the newbies have their keys.

2) Existing players with unbroken subscriptions of at least 3 months. So, if monthly, unbroken for the last 3. If anything longer than 3 months, then that will be included too. People who are currently not subscribed, or have had subs shorter than 3 months, can purchase a 3-month sub during November to be granted access (the inclusion period might also be extended through Christmas, but November for sure).

We will walk the database sometime soon (next week, probably) to find all the existing people who match the criteria of #2, and give them the necessary Accomplishment. We'll re-walk the database again later in the month to pick up any new people who have added new 3-month subs.

Once the inclusion period is over, and the newbie keys are gone, no one new will gain access to this ship. It's a limited-edition thing. It'll always be in the game, but the ships will only be purchasable by those who were here for the 5-year Anniversary.

This is our first time doing this sort of promo, so forgive me if it's a little kludgy, we're still working out a lot of the mechanics of this sort of thing. Still, I wanted to do something cool and "unique/special" for the 5-year, and I think this is a good start.
Nov 03, 2009 Whistler link
Nov 03, 2009 Infinitis link
Great model! A nice gift for loyal members and maybe it also will get some back to the game. Thank you.
Nov 03, 2009 Infinitis link
Looking at it now, reading your post once, twice more, ... the surface design is really nice ... but 80k for a ship with new name & painting?

I have hoped for a "bonus ship" not just design. What about some little parameter tweaking, e.g. lower drain? Friendly (cheap) price? At least something ... :(
Nov 03, 2009 CrazySpence link
How about leave it at 80k cause its a limited edition ship and 80k is a drop in the pond.
Nov 03, 2009 Dr. Lecter link
I think my sub lapsed for a day, but I just bought another 24 months. I'm good on these, no?

Infinitis: a regular CV is already 65k.
Nov 03, 2009 ladron link
If it's identical to the Corvult, why not just charge the same amount? There is precedent for that; the EC-88 was re-introduced to the game as a "special edition" of the EC-89, and they cost the same amount.
Nov 03, 2009 Whistler link
"At least something ... :("

Nov 03, 2009 CrazySpence link
I really cannot believe that with money literally pouring from space people are bitching about the price.

I decree anyone complaining should be excluded from the people who can buy it
Nov 03, 2009 Secret Agent Muska link
Awesome! Does it count if I have had several years of subscription, broken just recently by a bad credit card before resubbing? Cos you know :P

Edit: Or was that 6 months ago? I can't remember.
Nov 03, 2009 Dr. Lecter link
Can we get some pictures of these?
Nov 03, 2009 Infinitis link
Dr. Lecter, you are right. I do not think it is too much. I just wanted to put a piece of real bonus somewhere -- parameters OR price. Now, it is just a fancy named corvult with nice new shiny painting. OK, I agree that price is not that important. I would have liked to have seen it is not just a vult/corvult copy. Looks like no one else shares this opinion so never mind what I said.

CrazySpence: I believe I was far from bitching. Take care of your own tone.
Nov 03, 2009 Dr. Lecter link
I would have liked to have seen it is not just a vult/corvult copy.

I agree 100%, but VO has always refused to do such things and maybe it's for the best, as we'd never hear the end of whining about the "uber ship" that nobody else can ever get access to.
Nov 03, 2009 The Shedu link
I go through that much...just in flares...on a normal afternoon in B8.

One day I'll learn to aim.
Nov 03, 2009 Impavid link
Bah, I guess I have to buy 3 months now. I keep letting my sub lapse then buying another month.
Nov 03, 2009 Armonia link
yea, that kind of lame, i have been subbed for years, just had some rl issues i had to take care of, so i sub'd a month ... oh well, maybe next time.
Nov 03, 2009 Capt.Waffles link
i had to pick the ONE month to drop my sub....
Nov 03, 2009 smittens link
So Inc, just to make sure everyone's on the same page...

Subscribers who have bought two years worth of concurrent one-month subscriptions since the week after Vendetta came out, and who have paid for two one-year subscriptions since, and whose said year-subscriptions ran out a month ago and they decided not to resub yet because of the well discussed and acknowledged lack of endgame... those players will NOT get access to the ship to celebrate the 5 year anniversary these players share with VO?