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07-07-2020 Day/Night, New Work Images, Squirrels, and an Update on Scrolls

Day/Night System and New Work Images!

To help Syrnia feel more alive, we've created a day/night system in-game, including new work images for most actions.

Nighttime runs from 19:00-05:59, and daytime runs from 06:00-18:59.

During nighttime, all applicable work images appear as their night variants, and vice versa for the duration of daytime. However, since mining is a main gathering skill but takes place in a mine and is therefore unaffected by sunlight, we've created unique work images for mining each ore.

We hope to add some specific functionality in the future that depends on the time of day, but for now, we've created a small quest at Bidou docks introducing the function.

We've added a clock to the right of the "report" link under the chat that displays the current time in-game, down to the second.

Pet Your Pets?!

You can now interact with your pets by clicking on them in your inventory, and a new pet is now dropping Syrnia-wide.

The Hot Topic.

To touch on scrolls: over time since the release of Calmere, we have monitored the drop rates of the scrolls and tweaked them by a decent bit. We know scrolls have been very controversial; we want them to have a place in the game in their current state, but make them more accessible to other players over time. Apart from having been tweaked over time, global rare drops, such as scrolls, can now be found while cooking, smelting, as well as while walking. These rare drops also have a higher drop rate in the Outlands.

21-5-2020 Squashing Calmere Bugs

We've been working hard on fixing any bugs that have reared their ugly heads since the release of Calmere Island yesterday. Most that have been reported are no longer issues. Thank you to the community for reporting them, and don't forget to report any future bugs, should they arise.

Many of you noted that the link for "create magic item" was appearing, but there were no items to be made upon clicking the link. We've properly implemented a magic item to Rima City University, so go check it out!

We are thrilled with the feedback for Calmere Island, and we hope it continues to bring the joy that it has over the past day.

20-5-2020 Calmere Island Launch!

Calmere Island

Calmere Island Map


Ever since October, 2019, the world of Syrnia has been seeing some small updates to the game, as well as unique, one-off events during holidays. This has been nice, as for a long time, throughout many different periods of Syrnia's history, Syrnia has gone through long dry spells of nothing new happening within the world.

However, the winds of change are blowing once again. Borneo's small team of coders, who have been bringing these small updates, are very proud to finally release Calmere Island. Anasco being the last actual island to have been released back in 2009, we have been very excited to put some real effort over the past few months into creating something that will ultimately benefit Syrnia in a plethora of ways, filling in some gaps and bringing some other unique content.



Bottles? What Bottles?

A few days before Calmere's release, six new types of creatures began to invade the known islands of Syrnia, apparently coming from another land. Very quickly, someone thought to check the map files and found the newly uploaded Calmere map. Once these invasions began, so did the dropping of a mysterious bottle containing a Calmere Island Map! This "Map in a bottle" drop was extremely rare, and it only dropped from Mining, Woodcutting, and Fishing actions, as well as combat. Calmere's release was dependent upon all maps being recovered. We hope the community found this more enjoyable than simply finding a few maps laying around on the ground!

Yo, New Quests?

Who doesn't love a good quest? Syrnia doesn't have enough of them, so Calmere Island comes boasting four new quests. Some are fairly easy and can be completed by most players, whereas one is a good bit tougher than average and could pave the way for some really important future content.

Okay? What About Calmere Skilling? Combat?

There will be much to do on Calmere regarding skilling and combat. Unlike Anasco, which focused solely on the highest tiers of gameplay, Calmere seeks to bridge some gaps in skilling and combat, being a conglomeration of low, middle, and high-level content. There is a focus on combat, but the island has a little something for every kind of player! This news post will not spoil anything further, as we want players to explore Calmere and enjoy its secrets as they are discovered in real time.

Ew, Bugs?

Bugs come around, no matter how hard we try to smash them. Calmere went through extensive testing to ensure that it was as bug-free as possible, but sometimes, things are simply missed. If you happen to find anything that you might think is a bug, please contact the staff via the ticket system and wait for it to be handled. We must ask you to not post any bugs publically in any way, as we do not want anything new to be abused.





Calmere Island was a work of love from people who very much enjoy Syrnia and want it to still grow and thrive over fifteen years after its conception. There was great time and effort put into this island in particular. Calmere is a bit different than the other islands, but as to why this is the case will be revealed in time...

What are these mutterings I've been hearing about the pirates recently?!

Firstly, this is NOT an update to the pirates. However, we noticed this weekend that a new Pirate Captain has risen up and been selected to reign due to something that has long been in the code that selects the third person in the -fame list if the Captaincy attempts to switch to a player who has been inactive for a certain period of time. It has been a while since the game has seen a good, ol' fashioned pirate invasion. A big congratulations to the pirates! We hope this will bring back a part of the game that has been missing for so long.

We are thankful for all of you who are still playing Syrnia, and we look forward to bringing this fantastic community and world more updates in the near future. Calmere is only the beginning...



Kind Regards and Hearty Cheers from Syrnia's Staff and Dev Team.

10-04-2020 Easter Additions 2020

Happy Easter to everyone!



We are kicking this year off with a bang as we welcome in this holiday with a bunch of new additions.

Firstly we welcome a good read this year as The Legendarium features an all new magical story to commemorate the new things coming this easter.

The Rose gate Event should keep you entertained as well so make sure you speed on over to check it out.

With Easter we have decided to add some new creatures this year, the Easter Gnome has brought some friends along for the party make sure you check them out and keep hunting for those eggs and goodies.

What will the chase NPC be this year? we have created a theme this year and gone for a Magical time, we hope you have a wonderful Easter and make sure you keep an eye out for all the new things and more

So once again enjoy the holiday this year Happy easter to all of you from us at the Syrnia Dev team.

13-03-2020 Tutorial Island Overhaul 2020

October 12th, 2006: Tutorial Island was added to Syrnia.

Since then, apart from some very basic changes to improve the experience of new players, the Tutorial has remained virtually unchanged.

We believe the Tutorial is of the utmost importance to Syrnia, as it is essentially the first real impression of the game that any and all new players receive.

Recently, some of the dev team have been working to overhaul the Tutorial and to simply make it a better-written, more comprehensible experience for every newbie who enters our world for the very first time.

Today, after almost 14 years, a new and improved Tutorial Island has been added to Syrnia.



We are thrilled to have finally finished this, and we hope it only changes Syrnia for the better. Thank you to everyone who was involved in the process.

To keep existing players from getting themselves banned by making new accounts to see the new Tutorial, Pendragon has graciously filmed a walkthrough video from the beginning to the end of our updated Tutorial:



05-03-2020 Syrnias 15th Birthday

15 years ago, a young, aspiring video game designer wanted to create an RPG. However, at the time, there were no real text-based RPGs with a working inventory system. As a joke, he drew up a very basic layout for what his game would look like, and showed it to some friends. They liked it, which spurred him forward to create a second, much more polished sketch of the game. He ran a one-week beta and, during that period, came up with the name "Syrnia".

Syrnia was officially launched on March 5th, 2005, with about 100 members in its first three or four days.

Since then, we have seen 15 years of growth and change. 15 years with so many thousands of players come and gone. We've lived through the exciting periods of new updates and new features being added every few months, to some quieter periods when we simply enjoyed the community and what the game has already given us. We've lost players to the harsh realities of life outside of our little world, and we've gained friendships that will last a lifetime.

So...

Happy 15th birthday, Syrnia!

During this day of celebration, Castle Rose has opened its apiary fields to the Syrnian community, allowing us to partake in the delicious joys of honey and beekeeping. Players can search the hives for Beeswax to turn into Candles, which can be used to bake 15th Birthday Cakes at Rose Gates!

While searching through the beehives, players might find some tasty chunks of Honeycomb to enjoy, and some lucky players might even find a little friend to take with them on their journeys!

Invasions will run throughout the day, as well as some combination chests. We might even see a return of the Jesters from last year's birthday.



Mike (M2H) started something small back in 2005 that has lived on for 15 years, and will hopefully continue for long after this post was written. To M2H and Borneo, as well as the many players who have helped make Syrnia what it is throughout the years: thank you. And thank you to the community for sticking strong throughout the ups and downs of the past decade and a half. This game truly would not still exist without you. You are all appreciated more than you know.



Kind Regards - Syrnia Staff

24-12-2019 Christmas 2019

Christmas 2019

A quick Recap and thank you.

The year of 2019 has seen a lot of special treats and we couldn't be more pleased
with the amount of support the community has displayed.

- We have seen the game becoming more secure with the transfer to https
- We got the chance to try out a new style of event for Halloween
- We received a much needed filler for the lovely fishing zones
- A complete finish to the "Anasco Speed suit"
- A new boat for constructions which is just as speedy as the bald eagle boots
- The oppourtunity to bring back the Battle mage player event along with a few tweaks

These are just a few of the updates mentioned above however there is a lot that goes on behind the scense for staff and updates that the players will not necessarily see or notice. A lot of time has gone into reworking the games core for future projects and even though we may seem to go a little while without seeing anything big or new please keep in mind that in order to move forward you sometimes have to take a step backwards. With that being said we really do hope you have enjoyed the updates and new content thus far.

Christmas Treats!

The Christmas Holiday has always been a very awesome and over powering event as It's the final celebration of the year. This year will not see much of a change from last years or previous events when it comes to chasing. That being said, we do have a few new treats.

Instead of just flat out giving away all the info freely. This year you will have to figure out where the updates are hidden and what there is to do. We really do wish you the best of luck!

Instead of an over powering event handing out lots of little treats we did decide to go a different route for the new content by maybe giving players a bit more of a challenge to find some "rare" loot.

Hopefully with a lot of hard "work" you will be lucky enough to come across something that we thought was pretty neat.

Kind Regards - Syrnia Staff



04-12-2019 SSL Certificate

Our lovely coder has made Syrnia a more secure site by adding an SSL certificate. The https is enforced, which means if you go to http you will end up at on the https site.

15-11-2019 Battle mage Returns

Our amazing development team have done it again! After all the recently added new content and the fun they cooked up for us over Halloween, they have fixed our beloved battlemage for us! So store your food, grab your gear and see if you can get you...

29-10-2019 Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone!

Its that time of year again to celebrate and enjoy the spooky festivities. (We hope we did right by you awful and ungreatful noobs!!!)

For those of you who havent noticed the recent updates. We wont spoil them here but we will give a few details away for those who wish to seek out the new goodies.

The Flower shops have seen a face lift, along with adding in the missing flowers.
The Abydos shop has seen the introduction of 2 new speed gear items.
The Construction skill seems to have a fancy new boat to build? (Wonder what thats for?)
Smithing Hardsilks and Softsilks onto certain holiday tools have been removed.
New creatures to fight at Sorer Lair.
New Invasion creature which drops an extremely light weighted pair of boots.
The Syrnia News page has been restored.

Overall the Staff has been busy to say the least. However, the real champions have always been and will always be you guys.
Each and every one of you combined are the reason Syrnia still keeps going. We would like to give a huge high five to the faces.. I MEAN HANDS! of those who
Never stopped loving the game. Thank you so much for the grins!

Kind Regards, Syrnia Staff

3-9-2019 Adventures Awaiting!

Syrnia has FINALLY been reconstructed to the point where we can now move forward with updates.

Fully staffed and now under the complete Guidance of Borneo (Who has been testing things non stop... ) We can expect to see some brand new adventures.

Although many of the "updates" are finished and ready to go live.
Borneo will be hand selecting players to help test some new features.
Please keep in mind that everything tested has been rethought and tweaked around from what EVERYONE previously thought and expected in order to give a surprising element to the new goodies. Many things were leaked so there is literally no surprise to the old ideas therefore they were used where we could and removed and rethought where we had too.
If you are selected or asked by Borneo to help test things for him then please keep it a secret as to what's being worked on and what YOU are testing. We don't mind you telling players that you were selected or letting others know that you are in dev testing "Example:woodcutting" but as for the actual content it's very important to keep hush hush. Thank you everyone for reading and taking the time show your support for Syrnia.

14-05-2010 Mobile/Landline phone donation option added + User feedback

It has been requested quite a lot by users who want to donate to Syrnia but could not do so via any of the currently available donation options: We've finally added a mobile (and landline) phone donation option via DAOpay. You can donate to Syrnia by SMS or by calling a special number via your phone. You can see the details of thsis new donation option at the "How to support Syrnia" page in-game under "Donation options". Other donation options remain more attractive due to the fee of phone donations.

Furthermore, as a little experiment, We'd like to ask users to leave their feedback on this temporary website: http://syrnia.userecho.com

This website can be used to leave feedback, request certain features, report bugfixes etc. Express your feelings about Syrnia, but keep it nice.

At the moment we plan to use this feedback site just this one time to estimate how everyone feels about Syrnia right now. We do not yet have any plans to keep using this feedback site in the future, so do not (yet) put too much effort in it. If this experiment turns out well, we might seriously look at keep using a feedback site, possible a different one then UserEcho though.
We're looking forward to constructive feedback!


11-05-2010 New frontpage layout

We've revamped the entire frontpage to streamline the website for new and existing users. With the new graphics in place we'll focus on the content later on (E.g. thel game tour page).

18-12-2009 Christmas 2009

On the 24th of December 2009 at 18:00 Syrnia time Christmas celebrations will commence with the opening of Party Island.

You can reach Port Party from Port Senyn, Crab Nest, Burning Beach or Eylsian docks. Just like last year you will be able to return to your originating port via Port Party. However, do make sure you leave Party Island before 23:59 (26th) as otherwise you will be returned to Port senyn or Crabs nest.

In hope to avoid any big expectations (as the expectations seem to raise with every event); Party island celebrations are quite modest this year. As the Holiday lake is frozen by now, we will be icefishing this year. Don't forget to bring your rod and you will be all set to catch some Striped *blue* fish.As usual at Festival Forrest there are plenty of trees to cut and many different kinds of seeds to find. However due to excessive chopping last year Christmas trees will be much harder to find. Furthermore you can create Snowwoman and of course you can sit on Santa's lap and receive a personal present. You might also enjoy just walking around on Party island, as it's been a while.

We wish you and your family & friends a fun packed Christmas period!

29-09-2009 Anasco island update

You might be wondering the purpose of these torches that have been dropped everywhere. Those that are curious should check out Anasco Island, the latest island to be discovered in the world of Syrnia. Sail from Elysian Docks to reach this new and exciting island!

While most are aware of the 6 spots, all will now be revealed once you reach Thabis. There are incentives to train every skill as the focus groups and staff have ensured there was something for everything on this island. Feel free to explore and discover what has been done for yourself!

Anasco Island

A long time ago, an ancient and powerful civilization hid from the world of Syrnia within the coral reefs. Here in modern day Syrnia, we have finally learned of its existence due to a new mapping expedition by hardy sailors. While those native to Anasco are all but gone, their towns are still able to be explored. Any Syrnian who has spent time honing their skills to the fullest should find plenty to do. Who knows what new and exciting things you will find?!

Game updates

This island is aimed at high level players and adds new high level content to almost all skills.


  • New combat location
  • 4 new quests
  • A new university for trading&constructing
  • The obsidian metal has been added to smithing, for 100+ armour, weapons and tools.
  • New equipment has been added for cooks and smiths to use
  • New cooking content up to level 165, fishing content up to level 200 (the fishing spot is not always available)
  • Two new forests (75 and 100) with new seeds for farming.
  • In total over 60 new items/images have been added.
  • 5 new mysterious magic orbs..
  • A new flower(ad bouquette)
  • New event type: For some of the islands features you will all need to work together to unlock buildings
  • A new speed set is available at Per ankh


Somehwere today after the launch (once we've confirmed everything is working smoothly) we will be adding a new donation option (Trialpay). This should help those who have requested the ability to donate via mobile payments, besides that, trialpay also offers offer promotion based donations. Once this is added to Syrnia an seperate announcement will be made.

In this update we have not yet addressed two issues that we are aware of: Thieving skill and missing (Eully) shop prices. Both problems are on our radar but need more attention.

Enjoy the updates, have fun exploring the new content!


02-08-2009 Syrnia API for community fan sites

Today we're launching an API for Syrnia fan sites. This enables them access some Syrnia data and do fancy stuff with this information. We hope this will improve/enhance your Syrnia experience! Don't be afraid; we have full control over what data these websites can and can not access.

If you do not like external Syrnia fan sites having access to some of your player details, you can go to "Options" -> "Privacy options" and raise your privacy level.

At the moment the API can be used to gather the following Syrnia data:
- The complete clan list (tag,title), updated daily.
- The complete list of all player names, updated daily.
- The top 1000 of every skill.
- Player profiles, containing: All levels, clan, signature, avatar, join date, current equipment (Players can decide to hide details).

You can request API access for your Syrnia fan site by emailing support( )syrnia.com. Please note that we will only allow access to a limited amount of websites. You should already have a Syrnia website running before applying.

Let's see how this changes the Syrnia fan sites!

Edit: Forgot to mention; we now have a RSS feed of the Syrnia news.

08-07-2009 Happy holidays!

First of all: We hope you're all enjoying, (or about to enjoy!), your holidays!

The initial results of the focusgroup meetings which took place a while ago have finally taken shape. The first result of these meetings will be released in the form of a new high level island near Kanzo. We expect this new island will be discovered in August/September.

We have noticed many fansites are doing their best to provide the players of Syrnia with the best possible guides to assist players in discovering the many secrets Syrnia holds. We certainly appreciate all the effort the players take to make those fansites and therefore we are planning to provide an "API" to a selection of webmasters.
This will provide fan/community websites with easy and lightweight access to Syrnia information like highscores and maybe even player profiles (gear/stats/signature etc.). We will of course keep player privacy in mind by allowing players to have the option to enable or disable player profile visibility. We will release more details about this will in August/September.

We would like to apologize for the delays in the answering and solving of bugtickets. We are currently in the process of reorganizing the bug (ticket) department and have started going through all open tickets. We hope to have the bug department running smoothly by August/September and are aimining for as close to no unsolved bug tickets as possible.
Due to popular demand we will now allow players to change their name. Make sure you Choose your new name wisely as you will only be permitted to do this once! Obviously changing your player name will not clear your personal record regarding previously received punishments. All namechange requests can be sent to the multi/cheat department where the names will be reviewed first to see if your newly chosen name is appropriate and not too close to an already existing player.

Last but by no means least, some special news for all those flower collectors amongst you: All the flowers that appeared to go missing lately due to excessive use of horses, have been replanted and can be found again whilst walking on the roads of Syrnia.

17-02-2009 Desert arena & Trophy's

Today we've finally launched the desert arena rewards. Every player can exchange desert arena medals to receive a random item from any of the arena sets(16 new items). There are four arena sets: Equites, Retiarii, Hoplomachi and Samnites. The items from these sets don't require attack/defence levels, but instead require you to have a combat level of 30,50,70 or 90. We also increased the arena fights by about 25%. The arena now has a new group: The 40-150 group has been divided into 40-59 and 60-150

What use are rare items without being able to show them off? At the 12.50 donation level we've added an option to show off an item in a Thropy slot on your character. This 8th slot can contain any item (From the "Worldmap of a new island" to a Syriet axe you can't yet wear). Throphy items can not be damaged in combat, but be carefull; trophies can be lost when dieing. Enchantments/upgrades on trophys are not used. You can edit your Trophy at the Options->Donation options screen. All those who had already donated 12.50 or more can of course use this feature right away.

23-12-2008 Christmas 2008

At 00:01 Syrnia time on 25th December the 2008 Christmas celebrations will commence with the opening of Party Island. You can reach Port Party from Port Senyn, Crab Nest, Burning Beach or Eylsian docks, and this year you will be able to return to your originating port via Port Party. However, do make sure you return to your originating port before 23:59 as otherwise you will be returned to Port senyn or Crabs nest. This celebration will last 24 hours.

We don't like to disappoint so this year will involve the now firm favourates of chest opening competitions and invasions in addition to sitting on Santa's lap. A new "Dress your own Christmas Tree competition" has been created and to add some extra Christmas spice to the day we have introduced one or two new monsters. Who knows you might even find one or two new items!

Can we take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support during 2008 and wish you and your family a fun packed Christmas period!

05-11-2008 Moderation and rules changes

We've made some changes regarding the rules and moderation to improve Syrnia for both the staff and the players.

First of all, we updated the rules to be more accurate and relevant. Please read them over again, to look at the changes and to refresh your memory of all of the rules in the game. There were quite a few changes made, but most were minor in nature. We regret to tell you that we don't have a master list of all changes made. The new rules will apply immediately.

To encourage everyone to behave and get used to the new rules, we've cleared all past moderation logs. This means all logs of previous mutes/forumbans etc. have been cleared. These logs are used to determine if a player is a repeat offender. If a player has a big moderation log, the punishments are accordingly. This log clearing is a fresh start for everyone.
There is one minor exception to this: there are a few (3 or 4) players of which we will take their history in account if they return to their old behaviour. Their history has of course also been wiped and we hope everyone will benefit from this.

From time to time, the moderators may send a warning to different chat channels when the situation requires it. This can be send via a whisper or in the public chat, depending on the situation.

Last but not least, we've once again expanded the moderation team. There are also a few more public moderators that you may see from time to time.

As usual we welcome constructive feedback about any of the changes on the feedback forum.


01-09-2008 Game updates: Chat, smithing and more

Region chat

The "Region" chat channel has been added. This channel will allow you to talk to, and hear from, players who are at the same island or cave.
Login messages have also been moved to region chat.

The new region chat should do the community well. You can now talk to players who got the same level range/interest as you, as they are at the same island/cave.
The world chat has not been removed, but it has moved to channel 2.
The chat channel ignore option has been reset because of all the changes, you will need to reselect the channels you want to ignore.


Chat report

A new link has been added next to the chatbar; "Report".
Using this link you can report unacceptable chat behavior. You simply need to enter one or multiple usernames, select one or more channels and add a description. Moderators can then use your report and take action where necessary. The report function has replaced chat tickets. Please note that we've chosen not to give feedback about reports. This saves us a lot of work (just imagine how much reports are sent when someone abuses world chat), but besides that you also do not have to worry about it any more.
We hope that you'll notice that sending in chat reports does help, instead of receiving feedback about every single report.

Adding the chat report function, and the region chat also changes the way that players experience moderators. Moderators will no longer talk in chat. This also means no more confirmations of mutes etc. are given in the chat. This could be nasty for some players when they cannot reply to players that are talking to them, but it's pretty safe to say that people who are muted deserve just that ;).

Furthermore, the last moderation change is that players can notice if their tickets have been replied to by a senior moderator due to it being marked as such.


Whisper

You can now whisper players privately. You can do so by typing "[email protected] there!" in the chat input bar. This will send "Hello There!" to the player Joe. It does not matter what channel you've selected, as the @ sign will overrule the channel selection. The ignore function works on whisper, and do also note that the chat report function can be used against whisper abuse too.


Some new options for donators

Hide public login:
You've got the option to enable and/or disable the public login message. There are three options: "On", "Disabled for region chat" or "Disabled for both region and clan chat".

Double history chat lines:
The chat history's chat lines double.

Show yesterdays chat history:
You can now view the last part of yesterdays chat history.

Two of these options have been added in the higher donation range, but don't worry: We will be filling up the gaps, and always try to add more donation options for all donation levels.

Farming

We've added 11 new seeds, in the range level 53 to 100.
Two of these have been added to Aloria, and some of the new seeds have also been added as monster drops. However, lacking proper forests, and monsters not all seeds are truly in-game yet.. We will be adding the seeds where possible.


Smithing

The smiting tables always were pretty inconsistent. Because of this, and other changes in this update, we have changed the smithing tables.

The following table now counts for all metals (bronze,iron...syriet).
You only need to add the base metal's level.

0 Pickaxe
0 Dagger
0 Hatchet
1 Sabatons
2 Medium helm
2 Short sword
3 Scimitar
3 Small shield
4 Mace
5 Hands
6 Long sword
7 Medium shield
8 Chainmail
9 Legs
10 Large helm
11 Axe
12 Large shield
13 Two handed sword
14 Plate

The metal base levels:

-5 Bronze
10 Iron
25 Steel
40 Silver
55 Gold
70 Platina
85 Syriet

Because the items have been moved around, experience has too. Looking at the tables, it doesn't look like experience has changed much for smithers. If we somehow notice it has affected smithing (experience wise) we will consider the feedback and balance it where necessary.


Weapon and armour level requirements:

Until now, most of the smithed items were useless.

Level requirements have been added on every single smithable item. These level requirements are the same as the smithing requirements.

Reasons to add it:
  • Motivation and more reasons for every level up
  • The smithing items all have use now
  • More trade
  • The rare sets (such as Elven) have more use too, but do not rule out smithed items.
  • Also, because we wanted this change, it needed to be added now, at introduction of Syriet.

We realize there is one reason to complain for some players: You are not able to wear some items, that you were previously able to wear. This means it could be possible you are now 'weaker' than you would have been before this change.

This problem only really affect players that are level 10,25,40,55,70 or a few levels higher, as higher level players will be able to wear almost or exactly the same as before. Luckily, the above problem doesn't count for all players. However we've tried to reduce/eliminate the problem.

1. This is a 'temporary' solution for the complaint. You can keep wearing any items you were wearing before the update (even if they would now be a too high level for you to equip).

2. More sets will be added, such as at least two arena sets (that can be gotten by exchanging arena medals). Sets like these are of course rare, but will allow equal or better stats than before on the same levels. About the arena sets: We expect to add these in one of the very next game updates.

3. The most important fix for this complaint is that we've raised a lot of the items stats, according to their level. E.g. a plate now requires a higher level to wear, but also has more armour. A lot of the weapons and armour have raised stats, so that they should be close to, or better than before.

We have tried to combat this one and only complaint against this level requirement change. However, we hope that there are plenty of players that not only look at their own player, but also at whats good for the game itself. In the end that's what we had to do too.

Changes to other level requirements:
Finally, we felt it was necessary to change the level requirements on the following three item/sets:
Valera sword: 5 ( was 1)
Ogre: 10 ( was 1)
Lizard: 20 (was 1, and 25 for hatchet)


Syriet (ore) in game !

Syriet ore has been added to the game, this allows smithing the best available items at the moment.

Syriet ore has been spotted in the Arch. Caves. Syriet smelting is now also possible. It is not sure if the Syriet ore will exhaust in the future, and if the smelting conditions will stay as favorable in Arch. Cave 4. (We want to be able to give it a better spot if required ;) ).
The platina ore respawn amount has increased at the Arch caves.

Some other changes:

  • Fighting: A "Critical hit" message will appear if you hit very high for your doing, taking the weapon into account. In other words; The critital hit message will appear if you hit close to your maximum hit thats possible with your weapon. This has changed nothing to the actual damage done and received.
  • Warning for everyone who links to Syrnia: All links that used to end with ".m2h" have been renamed to ".php".
  • A rare inventory display bug has been fixed
  • Fixed the ":(" forum smiley that disappeared after an edit.
  • Changing your avatar will now also change all old (clan) forum posts
  • New username restrictions (only a-Z 0-9, spaces and "_" allowed in your username)
  • The Platina, and Gold hatchet smithing level has been fixed (was level 2)
  • Based on feedback: Soft spider silk, and Hardened spider silk drops are a bit more rare
  • The tutorial no longer allows camping.
  • New players only see the help channel, they can see and use the other channels after completing the tutorial.
  • All tutorial locations now use the map to move on.
  • A lockpicking and cooking "work" images have been added.

Feedback

While we have thought a lot about balancing/changes, it might still be possible we need to tweak some things that we've missed. So it could be possible we adjust some of the changes a bit later, we will be also watching your positive feedback about the changes.

28-06-2008 Happy Holidays!

Dear all,

While we wanted to launch some big new updates before the holidays, we decided to postpone the plans to be able to properly test them. Adding a great new, but bugged, feature would ruin everything.
We can (for a change) tell you some details about these planned updates though:

1. Syriet ore will be coming to the game. This will unlock the best available weapons and armour for now!
2. We will have something set up for any desert medals to be exchanged for special weapons and armour.
As a reminder, we still are working on resolving all bugs.

These are just some expected updates for the month of August.

One last thing, every few days there will be an invasion. This will start this Sunday, 29/6, and go on until 21/7, a Monday. No location will be used twice during this to ensure that every location is utilized with the invasions and that everyone can join in as they wish.

Enjoy your holidays!

18-06-2008 Webbers island

As some of you might have hoped: the invading Sorer spiders did not came out of nowhere! They came from the Webbers island that you can now reach via Mezno island - Xanso.

Webbers island
On an unknown island, a breed of spiders evolved to become a dominant force and quickly infested the entire island. While humans gained control of a few locations, the spiders still lurk in the shadows, ready to prey on the weak and add to their collection of webbed corpses.
You can help the citizens of Web haven defend this last location of the island not under danger by the spiders, and who knows, you might get some of the rare Spider silk!



Smithing upgrades
Smithing upgrades have been added. You can now use certain items to upgrade armour/weapons. At the moment you can use Hardened and Soft spider silk as a Durability upgrade. (Yes, spider silk can be very strong!).

Pirates
Pirates can not reach Webbers island. They should not miss much because pirates can still gather the spider drops at other locations.

However, jealous pirates can attack this island though...Let's hope they won't invade the island as a surprise party today!

Some notes about these game updates
  • No new quests have been added. We do want more quests in Syrnia, but we want to update the quest system first. Once that's done, we will add quests to all existing islands.
  • While we did want to give pirates access to the Webbers island, we decided it was better to let them have a new island to attack. Plus, most pirates are not in the level range that the island is designed for.
  • We know there's need for new higher level locations/features, and we will of course be working on higher level features and/or locations.


Boat fishing
It looks like the pirates are more active on the Sea again: You can now find Locked small chests on the open sea.

The staff
Besides game updates we've especially been working hard on our staff structure and organisation. It has been completely renewed last week, and we have expanded the staff.

Bugs & Tickets
Our top priorities now are resolving bugs and all open tickets.
A few minor bugs have been fixed already, but not much worth mentioning yet:
  • Bouquette stacking has been fixed.
  • Thieving shop gold; the minimum time is now 900 seconds, max. time is 1800 seconds. It was already coded like this, but due to a bug the times were messed up.

Please help Syrnia, and the staff, by marking any of your tickets as solved if it's solved or not important any more.

24-04-2008 Ignore option

It was a popular subject at the feedback forum, has been requested by many and was already around previously: The ignore option.
The ignore option allows you to specify a few usernames to ignore, you will then no longer see their chat lines and you will not receive any of their messages. However, the ignore option does not cover the chat history and the forum. The message block only applies to player messages, not game messages such as thieving notifications.

You can access the ignore tool via the chat options. There you'll be able to specify at least 20 players to ignore. Donators can ignore up to 40 players.

If you were online during this update, you will need to relogin to use the ignore option.


23-04-2008 Visual update

We have updated some game visuals. The fishing, mining and the jail image have been improved, furthermore we've added two new images: sailing and farming.

We've seen discussions about the server performance and images like these: Some players were worried about the server performance related to the images. Rest assured that these images merely have any effect on the game's speed (Only dial-up users might want to switch the images off at the options page).

We expect to have updated/added the last 10 images in +/- 3 weeks (Cooking, smithing, smelting, constructing, school: trading, school: constructing, moving-islands, moving-caves, lockpicking).

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