City of Heroes Homecoming delays move, plans EU server, offers XP boots, and battles toxicity

    
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Remember how we were all preparing for an outage for the City of Heroes rogue servers run by the Homecoming team this weekend? It’s been delayed.

“Our move to Canada has unfortunately been delayed and might not happen until early next week due to the issues we had with our PayPal account (for those that missed it: The donations came in so fast that our account got locked, it did trip us up a bit, but thankfully we have access to the funds now, and are now in the process of preparing for the move to OVH!). As soon as we have a date locked in we will let you know.”

The developers do stress that no data will be wiped in the move, and no character data will be lost, with the sole exception of the Architect Entertainment system, which will see its existing episodes deleted. Players can simply log in and save their creations to reupload at the other end.

If you are in the EU and were still bummed out that the servers were moving from Amsterdam to Canada, take heart: The team heard your pleas and has decided to turn Halcyon into an EU server named Reunion (EU) and host that one separately in Germany, though it’ll still be able to access all the global features, like the auction hall. Yes, you’ll get extra tokens to transfer your characters there if you decide to move.

The devs note they’ve planned a post-migration maintenance plan: “Our schedule will be 12:00 PM – 2 PM UTC every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. This schedule may change over time, and will almost certainly shift during Summer Time.” That’s 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. EDT.

Another hot topic in-game and Discord lately has been whether the experience rates on the servers are too fast or not fast enough. Homecoming has decided to provide special experience boosters starting next week, for free, to any players who really want much faster experience; they’ll be located on the pay-to-win vendor for the cost of nothing. The catch is that the more you boost your exerience, the less inf you’ll pull in from playing; if you boost your experience 100%, you make 0 inf.

Finally, the GM team says it has been receiving “reports of serious harassment” in the game and has therefore re-enabled the chat logging it disabled earlier this month (as GMs need chat logging to verify reports and certain individuals were already on the record as encouraging harassment once chat logging was turned off last week, fun fun). This means that your conversations in-game are being logged as in most MMOs, though these will be purged every seven days, so proceed accordingly.

Confused about what’s going on with the City of Heroes rogue servers? Our complete and extensive coverage from the last month can be found right here. The short version is that in April a leaker exposed a secret City of Heroes server that’s been running for the last six years using the sunsetted game’s original code, which was ultimately turned over to the community. There are now multiple player teams working on multiple public and private servers and server types for the beloved superhero MMORPG (as well as gobs of associated drama), with at least 32000 people signed up to play on one batch alone. So far, at least, NCsoft has not commented publicly or taken legal action on any of them, and the company is reportedly in talks with players regarding the game’s future.

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Roger Christie

I cannot believe I’m playing City of Heroes again.

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Tamanous

Got a few characters over 20 trying different combos. Pretty much only interested in controllers or MMs. Found my perfect combo with Ninja/Dark Miasma MM. Ninja hurt things nicely and Dark keeps them alive. Should be 30 soon. Just solo stuff.

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xpsync

This is way out of control, no monthly sub, you can only have a thousand alts, name changes are free, server transfers are free, and now free xp boosts.

I should have known an emu gaming life was to good to be true.

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Castagere Shaikura

Watch out man emu’s can be addicting

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xpsync

Too late :)

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Does not check email

Met a couple of players playing as s duo.. we ran some missions and asked why they ever shut down a great game. I asked why they never played the first time …. they were 12 in 2012 and their parents didn’t want them on computers with online games. … they were born … does math —- born around 2000

…. damn I’m old.

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Castagere Shaikura

Yeah, a lot of these new young players are in the game.

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Peregrine Falcon

I don’t understand “complaints of harassment.” if someone is harassing you why not block them and move on?

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thirtymil

This might have been the answer in the early days of MMOs/the Internet, but I think these days it’s increasingly being seen that the problem is with the perpetrator not the target/victim and it’s time we started dealing with the idiots who do this stuff rather than just suck it down and deal with it internally.

In other words, everyone’s sick of this type of behaviour.

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David Goodman

I am not sure I understand the “why not block them and move on” question; why shouldn’t the asshole not be an asshole? seems like the problem is with them.

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xpsync

Agreed DJC in game i’ve not encountered any toxicity in game, just people happy to be playing again.

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Castagere Shaikura

The toxicity seems to be coming from these new punk ass players of the game that jumped on the hype train about these servers. Not a real surprise as to how most new MMO communities are these days. Just look at the chat and you can point them all out.

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JohnnySilver

Is Battling Toxicity a new mode? If not it should be!

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flatline4400

Looks like a job for… Toxicity Man!

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BigAngry

Well, Death From Below’s working now, and sewer runs still haven’t slowed down too much, soooooo…

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TheDonDude

Last night I worked on my Stalker, Killbot 2000. Those poor villain zones don’t get their rightful due. The quests are better, the contacts are more interesting, the zones are incredible, and mayhem missions can beat safeguard missions any day of the week. Yet Paragon City has all the action.

Honestly, it’s a genuine pleasure to level through the Rogue Isles.

…course, I’m still gonna go rogue at level 20 so I can tap in on all that blueside activity.

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terminallynerdy

How does “going rogue” work exactly in the sense of Arcs? Can you do both major story arcs on either side once you are a rogue?

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TheDonDude

I don’t have a lot of firsthand experience with it, but I think that you can travel freely between the Rogue Isles and Paragon City and do whichever content you like. That includes Task/Strike Forces and major story arcs.

(the benefit for staying pure Hero/Villain is some exclusive lounge with a merit vendor, but I don’t know how useful that is).

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TheDonDude

Though from reading the wiki I’m not super clear about whether story arcs are included…

I honestly have no idea what the difference between Rogues and Vigilantes are.

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ogged451

If you are a hero or villain, you get to stick to your normal areas and their usual contacts plus the coop-zones (RWZ, Cimerora, Pocket D, Midnighter Club). If you are a vigilante, you can access all zones, but you are restricted to hero/coop contacts. If you are a rogue, you get to roam everywhere too, but are restricted to villain/coop contacts.
However, you should be able to participate in arcs run by other people, unless it involves going into the “other” Ouroboros.
Disclaimer : that’s from my I23 memory. I have no idea if they changed anything in the “I24” and “I25” builds that the servers use.

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TheDonDude

Perfect! So getting missions from regular contacts seem to be the main thing you’re unable to do as an in-betweener (but you can still run them so long as someone else picks them up).

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BigAngry

FWIW, there is no “other” Ouroboros anymore. With i25, the two Ouros are merged into one omni-Ouro.

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ogged451

Hmm, does that mean Tesseract is now a mega-bitch towards everyone instead of just villains ? I think I recall her dialogue with heroes was less derogatory than her villain dialogue.
(Then again, it’s been a while)

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BigAngry

Been an age for me, too. I don’t remember a damn thing about her, or most of the other menders. I do still know Mender Silos’ secret, though…

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ogged451

Also, rogues are just nice people who want to have some fun (and turn a decent profit while doing so). On the other hand, vigilantes are nasty people who run around and shoot everyone in the face.

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TheDonDude

Hey now. When I shoot people in the face, I’m only defeating them.

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styopa

TBH the people you’re shooting deserve it. It’s just a little more Rorschach/Batman than say, Justice League.

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ogged451

Well, a good amount of the violence you’re supposed to apply in vigilante alignment/morality missions always struck me as needlessly excessive and that made me dislike this particular alignment 😀

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styopa

There’d be a lot less work for law enforcement if we actually killed the bad guys, instead of just imprisoning them for them to later, inevitably, escape.

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styopa

I started Praetoria and I’m finding the same thing. I was a Vanilla CoH player and left around the release of CoV…but damn, the Praetoria quests are much more complex, interesting, with dialogue options and choices that will (at least so they say themselves) result in differing choices later on. That is cool.

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Greaterdivinity

Hopefully the harassment is pretty minimal. It’s been disappointing to see the reputation as “the nicest community around” that CoX has enjoyed for many years be tarnished during the drama surrounding this once-secret server : (

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IronSalamander8 .

Aye. It really shook things up and while no online community is perfect and I had a few run ins with people on the official forums back in the day, it was overall a great bunch of people, especially when compared to some of the other MMOs I’ve played. It’s disappointing for certain.

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TheDonDude

For me, the myth that the CoX community was the nicest around was erased in the MxM debacle.

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Utakata

….but I wonder though, “nicest” might be relative thing here. As in, they are probably nicer than the WoW community. And likely still are. But being the nicest doesn’t equate to being always nice. They may in fact still be quite far away from all of that.

So in my pigtailed opinion, we’re putting too much stake into what constitutes as the nicest. Rather than dealing with humans that have failings, just maybe as not as much as the other team. o.O

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Dug From The Earth

First, i need to preface by saying “Just because I havent experienced it or seen it does NOT mean that it doesnt exist.”.

That being said, in most mmorpgs ive played, ive seen or experienced harrassment. Its that common.

So Far, in my daily playing of CoH, I have neither seen, nor experienced it… yet. The community as a whole in game, is extremely friendly and nice, or just keeps to themselves. This discord on the other hand, at any given time, can have the typical troll or harasser who drops by to vent and complain or insult… the mods there typically clean it up fairly quickly though.

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Sixuality

I like the idea of the xp boosters – it’s a better solution than just applying a server-wide xp boost. Personally I try to avoid really excessive xp boosting, since it can knock of the intended pace of story arcs, particularly at low levels and in Praetoria.

I appreciate that not everyone feels that way though, so it’s great that everyone will now be able to get the experience they want.

I haven’t witnessed any toxicity. Even requests to avoid off-topic discussions in Help are generally acknowledged with good grace.