City of Heroes: Homecoming’s new home, EU players, multiboxing, SEGS, and… piglets

    
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Good news for players of City of Heroes’ Homecoming rogue servers: The planned server moves – from The Netherlands to new destinations in Canada and Germany – appear to have gone off without much of a hitch yesterday, with downtime well under two hours. Do note that if you’re an EU player, your server has been renamed Reunion, so don’t panic. And if you’d like to be on (or off) that EU server, you’re getting 20 transfer tokens every three days to make that happen. The group says it’s buffed up its GM staff with some EU GMs and is working its way through the ticket queue now. (This is the point at which you gotta be wondering whether working a thankless unpaid job like support for *checks notes* 62112 players is sustainable, yes?)

Here’s what else is going on around the CoH community:

Homecoming is now allowing multiboxing “within reason” as long as there are no queues. “As for what’s within reason: Two or three,” the devs write. “A team of 8 MMs to yourself is not reasonable.”

Piggies! Piggs are well-known to players as the files that make up a lot of the data of City of Heroes, and thanks to Ouroboros, developers will soon have an official Pigg editing tool. They’re calling it Piglet.

Homecoming’s latest patch adds the promised custom XP buffs, tweaks rewards for morality missions, and makes respec recipes buyable for inf. Check out the patch notes.

The not-yet-active Rebirth server announced its full team this morning, including 23 Senior GMs. (GMs themselves haven’t been announced yet, if we’re reading this right, as of the time of this writing, but you can go see for yourself in that channel.)

Ever wanted to help design badges? Homecoming’s looking for ideas for exploration badge titles.

Finally, it’s not rogue server stuff, but it’s definitely newsworthy for City of Heroes fans: SEGS – the Super Entity Game Server folks working on rebuilding the entirety of the game legally – released their 0.7.0 “Awakening” build this past week.

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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 over 59000 people signed up to play Homecoming 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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Castagere Shaikura

You know what I have been seeing lately though. Copies of known heros flooding the game. Last night I was on a team with a guy that looked and even had the name of The Rocketeer. That might become a problem for the servers if Disney/Marvel notices this. Then you can bet NCsoft would step in. People have been seeing a lot of Marvel heroes running around. What do you think Bree?

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François Verret

I don’t really have time to log in for a better picture right now, but I still wanted to show off Kaneck Prime, my first character as I discover this game.

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Castagere Shaikura

Wow, love the colors you did. Great costume all around. How long did it take you?

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François Verret

Kaneck is pleased. You get to live.

It must have taken thirty to forty minutes. I knew I wanted a power armour, so mech and tech pieces are what I looked at first, but I looked at a lot of stuff.

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camren_rooke

Still looking forward to SEGS, SOH, COT and all the rest.

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xpsync

For sure i’ve not written them off, if anything if it wasn’t CoH i’d never paid any attention to them, now on radar.

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IronSalamander8 .

I am too but they’ve got to give us better animations and less ‘Unity store asset’ looking characters than I’ve seen to date. The buildings look great and I want them to succeed but so far they’ve lacked that ‘spark’ that CoX has for me.

Note: I’m not accusing them of using stock assets, just that the characters in game we’ve seen look that way.

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Aluminum Man

I’m with you on the rest but I’m wondering how much momentum SEGS is going to keep with the actual game being out there.

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Cyanpill

Well, its been distracting, but SEGS still has the same goals as before. We can’t copy any of the stolen code, but it is easier to recreate with live servers to compare to.

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camren_rooke

Correction. A team of 8 MM’s is not reasonable.

8 Robotic MM’s is jut downright torture.

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IronSalamander8 .

When it was live I took my bots/traps on an 8 MM team at high level so 48 pets + stuff like my acid mortar, ff generator, etc. It was a mess, but a fun mess!

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Monsoon

Back on the live servers I went on an a all-Mastermind ITF run. So much chaos, so much fun.

:EDIT: In the screen shot, I’m Officer Reed, a Thugs/Thermal.

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Utakata

Somewhere in amongst that UI is the actual game. o.O

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Neurotic

Big CoX fights are like sticking your head in a box full of fireworks and shouting ‘Pass me the lit dynamite, I can’t see!’
Love, love, love!

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Crowe

I recently ran a TF (in the caves… with Council) on +1 with THREE masterminds on the team. And no tank. We only had a couple of minor deaths and they were usually of the “blaster runs in and nukes” variety. It was awesome even though I had to turn the volume off. Downside was collision with the all the minions running through the caves!

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Bryan Correll

You can get by with pretty much any mix of archetypes outside of Incarnate trials and Hamidon raids. The ‘all defender’ Statesman Task Force is the stuff of legend in the CoH community.

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terminallynerdy

Also the server transfer was done incredibly quick, which was awesome last night. So glad to see all the work from everyone on COH right now! :D

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IronSalamander8 .

Such a ride! Got 38 2 nights ago so able to foot stomp again! How her stiletto heels survive her stomping so hard it causes a localized tremor I’ll never know but it’s the last power in super strength and oh so fun!

Haven’t been pushing the leveling. I’m enjoying the story arcs mostly (I’m currently in the middle of 5 of them at once right now), a little with alts, chilling on a few other games as well, I’m going to savor this!

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xpsync

I totally want to cool the grouping down, i was really into the stories, as in they really make the content shine.

Sure you can click through take your mission and have fun cracking skulls and that alone is great, but if you take the time to read and follow the stories the content feels so much more compelling in as why you are there cracking skulls, arresting people excuse me :)

Almost 30 then it’s alt city and grouping is limited to my main. I really want to dig into the quest lines they are (to me) well written and interesting, it makes the solo game in many ways better than grouping, i got so immersed into the world and my character via the stories, then group happened.

As far as savoring, yea all the way, i was rushing swg when i first got into emu’s and that’s just a decade plus of brain washing from “new” games and everything has to be now, and instantly rewarded.

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Wilhelm Arcturus

I’m still waiting for NCsoft to show up and rain hard on this parade.

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BigAngry

I’m enjoying it in the meantime. I’m HOPING that things are going okay between Leandro, TonyV, and NCsoft in their NDA’d talks, and that whatever good comes of that will be for the betterment of the entire community, but my hopes aren’t too high on that until the final buzzer.

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xpsync

I’m not worried about it and i worry about everything.

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Skoryy

It’s been a month already. If having a public LLC with servers in Canada isn’t a neon sign that the boot ain’t comin’, well..