City of Heroes: All the public servers we know of, plus Reddit’s launch and Homecoming’s name release

    
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A new City of Heroes rogue server has joined the chat: Specifically, it’s the Reddit-backed server, and it’s called Pleiades. It went live at midnight last night running the beta build of the Ouroboros i24 code.

“We’re live,” the team posted early this morning. “Using Cream Soda or Tequila please add this manifest. You’ll need to go to Options > Manifests > put the manifest link in, click add, click ok. Then you’ll see Pleiades, Rebirth, and Ouro Dev.Join Pleiades and we’ll see you on Maia. If you have had account login problems, please make sure your passwords are no more than 15 characters long. The client itself also seems to have issues with passwords 16 characters long or longer. So, keep them to 15 or less please.”

According to the team, the server will be running double experience through Sunday night, that it’s partnered with Rebirth (specifics coming later), it’s not taking donations, and it’s funded at its current budget and anticipated size for the next four years. Part of the goal of this team is to pre-purchase hardware and provide help for other servers, too. As the lead on the project explained it to me, the goal is to provide these servers “free of charge to the rest of the community,” thereby “offering them up to other smaller groups who have funding shortages or scares.”

Reddit Discord admin RayneCloud has been compiling a list of community servers; she kindly shared it with us and we’ve added to it, and with our powers combined, we’ve made this the most complete list of public CoH rogue servers that we know of right now. If you know of one we missed, drop us a tip! In alphabetical order:

Asmodei (Discord) – Led by Baaleos, small public shard

/coxg/ (Discord) – 4chan group led by Dr Brain, no moderation, i25 reverting to i24

Homecoming (Discord) – Led by Homecoming Team, 70K players on five shards in NA/EU, running custom i25+ SCORE build

Pleiades (Discord) – Reddit/CoHReborn group, led by Lady RayneCloud, running i2400 Ouro Dev build

Project Ouroboros (Discord) – i24 development team led by The Manic Coder, public i24 test server, profiled here

Rebirth (Discord) – CoH Discord group, led by Methril, running i2400 Ouro Dev, profiled yesterday

Unity (Discord) – EU-centered group led by Diablo, TheDarkNoise, Bleeze, offering 300-player cap, 4.5XP rates, and random events

Victory! (Discord) – Aimed at former Victory players from live, led by IrishGirl and Michiyo

Vigilance (Discord) – French-language server, led by Titanscity.com, small private shard in localization dev now

Do try not to overload the smaller shards – not all of them are intended to be huge!

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

Over on the Homecoming servers, the developers are promising fun stuff this weekend for the Memorial Day holiday, including a multi-shard costume contest in one of the new zones (Kallisti Wharf), huge raids (partly for testing), and a duel showdown between devs.

Homecoming’s also updated its multibox policies again-again, restricting players to multiboxing with only three characters and only when under 1500 players are online on that server. “We advise players that wish to multibox to stay away from Torchbearer and Everlasting, as they frequently go above 1500 players every evening,” the team says. Offenders will receive temporary bans; repeat offenders will receive permanent bans. Ouch. Note that you can monitor server pops on the game’s website. The devs do note that they’re not talking about families playing from the same household; we specifically asked them about that – apparently a lot of people are wondering about it too. While the devs don’t want to reveal how they’re telling the difference between your kids playing alongside you and bots, they assure me they’re not banning anyone without warning and that issues will be resolved as they crop up. “So far none of the multibox incidents we’ve tackled have been false positives,” a rep told me.

Did you create a ton of characters on the Homecoming shards to hold names just in case the servers got all merged back together? Or was it just me? Regardless, the time for name-hoarding is coming to an end, as the team says that in two weeks (or more), it’ll begin releasing character names of unused toons back into the wild. So you can delete your hoard now, or you can log in a few hundred characters once a month just to hang onto them all. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Finally, the /coxg/ server announced this morning that it will be reverting to i24 this afternoon.

05/24/2019 12:10 PM
Homecoming’s not the only group running a Memorial Day event; Pleiades is planning to run its launch festivities through Monday evening, including a character boost, a full set of SOs, and in-game cash to get new players started.

The Reddit-backed Pleiades server also got a bit of an update yesterday:

Got City of Heroes community news you think we should cover? Drop us a note!
Confused about the City of Heroes rogue servers? Our extensive coverage can be found right here. The short version is that this spring a leaker exposed a secret City of Heroes server 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 for the beloved superhero MMORPG, with over 70000 people on Homecoming alone. So far, NCsoft has not commented publicly or taken legal action on any of them, and the company is in talks with players regarding the game’s future.

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Zi Mishkal

So doing some quick math, it looks like there’s about 78K total accounts across all the servers with around 98% of those accounts on Homecoming.

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Jeremiah Ratican

So am I the only one confused on which one of these I should try out, most of them sound the same. Maybe I’ll just wait a bit longer to play CoH.

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BigAngry

I highly recommend Homecoming as the starting point. Plenty of people online at almost all times, friendly mods (and moderation in general), and stable, established servers. Running the Issue 25+ software, so not only are quality of life changes that were added over the 7 years of downtime in it, there are powersets in it that aren’t in the issue 24 software, and there’s new stuff coming down the pipeline, as well, starting with basebuilding stuff that Leandro highlighted in his stream from the previous MOP COH post.

Just my two cents, but I really do recommend Homecoming. It’s easy to start up with, and it’s easy to stick with.

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Eamil

I’m personally enjoying myself a lot on Rebirth. The community obviously isn’t nearly as big as Homecoming but the lack of 2x XP options means people are encouraged to group together to XP farm.

I’m personally doing solo missions a lot; not gonna rush past the story on my first character. But I partnered up with someone for some street sweeping yesterday and we focused on killing yellow and orange enemies and gained 2 levels pretty quickly!

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xpsync

Curious?

When i play cox, it’s mostly been group, so anyone whom has grouped here, it’s action packed and intense at times, loads of fun to sum it up.

Also notice after an hour or couple hours, the entire group seems ready for a break.

I dunno i think i’m answering my own question as i write.

Me i can literally play swg:l all day, and when the night is drawing to a close as for bed all i can think of is i wish i started earlier and or skipped a cox session, and i really don’t want to log out of swg.

CoX couple/few hours i’m good till the next day, but by the next day the craving to play is big.

I think the difference may be that cox is just that fast paced action packed excitement to it, where swg is infinite stuff to learn slower pace ofc if not doing heroics, well and few other things but mostly laid back.

So in a few hours of feasting you’re good, and swg is infinite, the true black hole for time.

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Dug From The Earth

I think in any game where you just grind baddies in chaotic and powerful combat, its not an “all day” event for most people.

Most groups dont even bother with story, mission dialog, or anything like that. Its just “Rush to the mission entrance, blast the baddies, exit, repeat” The goal seems to be more about the destination, than the journey there when in groups like this.

Its easier for me to go for a longer period of time in CoX, if I am in a small team (2-3), and I focus on actually doing the story arcs, reading the npc’s dialog, and paying attention to why Im actually doing the things Im doing.

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xpsync

Thanks.

I wasn’t sure myself how to read my feel on the game, as in do i like this game as much as i think i like it cause i don’t have the wanna play all day vibe i usually get with mmorpg’s which really click with me.

Grouped with guild ofc and lots of other rando players too and one thing was constant, after a couple hours it was the end everyone was ready to stop. I’d like to say, fuk me i’m just warming up, but i too, i’m good and ready for some serious swg time.

Then again it’s exactly as you say, without the stories it’s really about smash and bash leveling which is fine, nothing wrong with that, but without the stories…

The story lines are very good from the little i did so far and add so much to what you are doing it all for, a why you are doing what you are doing, i love mmorpg’s like that, with purpose.

As much fun as i had grouping i now have a max toon and i remain basically a nooblet, don’t know much about the game, i think it’s time for alts and stories and learning.

I might be wrong but i may be underestimating the game too, as in there is much more to learn here. On the surface it doesn’t appear that way, and i’m not really taking the time to research as i do with say swg as i (from the surface) don’t think there is much to learn.

It’s a wee bit difficult being a complete stranger to this game and everyone knows it like the back of thier hand.

Acronyms flying around, ITF, DB something wtf lol, and zones i have zero idea how to get too, contacts same, now found this area which is kinda like the Continental Hotel in John Wick both sides don’t fight and has shortcut tunnels, infinite classes but there seems to be constant set types like mm/bm and mm/bm is all i know atm, these other special areas which i still have no idea how to even get to, then you have the whole blue side red side wtf? lol i guess that’s because of villains… the list goes on…

I think i have much to learn and another thing about the game is it’s huge on choice, which at first it doesn’t seem like that type of game from the surface, it’s not linear which yea prolly why i’m playing it.

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camren_rooke

Antisocial Media
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Nixie
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Nuclear Grandpa

will forever be mine!

MINE I SAY!

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Crowe

LOVE the “Antisocial Media” name!

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Castagere Shaikura

Its no joke about Everlasting loads. Late last night the lag was really bad.

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camren_rooke

I had no significant problems last night. Couple of jumps in one praetorian mission but that was about it.

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TheDonDude

One of my supergroup teammates got her hands on the base building tools, and suddenly we have a sprawling base with teleporters and lounges and salvage bins and… other clicky… things that do… something.

Outside of the base, I finally tried out some Praetorian story arcs. Yikes, those are VERY lore heavy. Interesting, though.

Also blew through the Citadel TF on two different characters. Maybe it was due to our speed, but it didn’t take us too long. A bit repetitive, though, which is exactly how I remember ’em.

Now, do I concentrate on my Pow/Pow Blaster? Rad/Rad Defender? Claws/Bio Stalker? Or something new…

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camren_rooke

Oh Citadel Tf…. like those Council Caves do ya? Cause that’s how you get Council Caves.

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TheDonDude

The worst part? We had MM’s with us :-)

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camren_rooke

Oh dear sweet baby Azatoth…

Were they robotics mm’s?

The description of the plane of existence known as Pandemonium in Forgotten Realms

“Pandemonium was made entirely of rock pierced by innumerable tunnels and caverns large and small. All open space was filled with howling winds that carried the sound of every word, shout, or scream uttered in the place. Without adequate protection, beings with hearing were rendered temporarily deaf in a matter of seconds and permanently deaf in a few minutes.”

Seems appropriate.

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TheDonDude

There are other kinds of MM’s???

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Doubleplusgood

yes there are. and with I25 MM can pick kinetics as a secondary, so there are speed boosted pets!
I have speed boosted Ninja’s! I got a talking to the other day when my speedy ninja’s went off to make some new friends on a mission map and caused a team wipe.

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terminallynerdy

I have a Thugs / Poison named “Professor Prutresence” and a Beast / Storm named “Hexenwulfe” so yes there are more then just Bots :P

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camren_rooke

I saw you out and about Professor Putresence!

Anyways, Hi.

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terminallynerdy

HA! I was bopping around trying out DFB last night, it was pretty nice. Got to level 13 which was about where I wanted to be after doing some runs. I spread my “healing chemicals” around while my “lab assistants” caused some “generalized mayhem”

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Crowe

I did Citadel a couple of weeks back with zero tanks but 3 MMs. The cave tunnels were… very full.

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Doubleplusgood

I will be checking a couple character names to see if they have been released in a couple weeks. hopefully they have been horded and are not being used.

I also hope that the community does not get too fragmented between so many private servers. It is nice logging in and getting a team in seconds! So I will be sticking with Homecoming for now.

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Castagere Shaikura

Yeah teaming on homecoming is like a drug it’s so fun.

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Doubleplusgood

I don’t even have time to solo! as soon as I log in, I see a team advertisement and join a group

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xpsync

I was so immersed in the stories, then yea, group happened, capped toon later lmao, but yea you’re right like a drug highly addictive.

It’s not like the solo/stories stuff sucks, far from it, all round great game tbh.

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chris drysdale

There were 15 servers when the game was live, so I don’t think the community will get too fragmented. A lot of my friends are planning to have characters on multiple servers.

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JonBuck

Much as I’d like to play again, I’m very leery about this whole thing yet. NC Soft will take them down sooner than later.

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Skoryy

You do know it’s been over a month now, right?

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Utakata

With all due respect, that’s a whole lot of not to go on. :(

The only solace I can take from this is that they are not being taken down currently as perhaps a sign that NC is still in negotiation. And the best we can hope for that these negotiations don’t go South…or these servers will likely be shut down like faster than the pigtails can drum up this reply. /bleh

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BigAngry

Negotiations are absolutely still ongoing, as Leandro and TonyV haven’t given a postmortem or said otherwise yet. There’s hope, and these negotiations are much, much more serious and weighted than any have been with NCSoft before, as evidenced by the NDA.

I think things are going to turn out okay. Leandro apparently had an advantage with the character database from live, so I’m REALLY hoping that translates to a large enough bargaining chip to buy immunity in contract form for, if not all, if not some, than at the very, very, basic least, ONE server.

But it’s still just hope, because of the NDA stopping any updates from coming out. Keep that hope alive. It was a pleasant surprise when the code was released, I hope it’s a pleasant surprise when a deal is struck.

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Utakata

Well that’s very good to know. Thank you again! :)

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Skoryy

I mean, I understand your concerns! But I keep seeing the same ‘lol NCSoft’ take almost every time these posts go up. That boot would’ve come down as soon as Homecoming formed the LLC, said they were moving to Canada, and topped it all off with the fundraiser – and, so far, no boot.

My prevailing theory remains that, since NCSoft doesn’t see any profitable eastern Asian mobile games coming from the CoH IP, they frankly don’t care anymore as long as the private servers don’t infringe on their profits. I can’t guarantee anything since its still just a theory, but its what makes sense to me from what I’ve seen.

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Utakata

Because it’s the elephant in the room. And that won’t go away until some deal is struck with the said publisher.

What I can say for myself is that I don’t mean this is all to be doom and gloom either. As I hold anticipation that something positive will come out of this as likely as anyone else on this. But I am not going to deny the reality by putting on those Tony Robbins blinkers of “positive thinking” over this. I want to see the money on the table and the ink drying on the contract first before I ever get my hopes up. Until then, that elephant will still be sitting there.

What I will do is that I’ll least try keep these fears and concerns to myself from now on. Because I am sure that going on about it won’t make those fears go away either. :(

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terminallynerdy

The server code is public and available, you could run it privately at home for yourself if you wanted. At this point, even if NC Soft takes down this crop of servers, more can just be reborn. Look at how hard Blizzard tried to stamp out Vanilla private servers over the years. Kill one, another pops up. Once the code is available its an endless fight to stop it, and while yea you would have to restart each time, there really is no stopping it at this point.

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xpsync

I really don’t know how to get you from there to here.

I was 100% in your shoes only a few months ago. Exact same worries, concerns.

Now i’ll never go back to the lackluster money grabs, greed, lies, spying, nickle and diming, stupid decisions, you know the whole day one dlc BS type of crap, and end of day, where’s the game in that game, all i notice is it needs a direct iv to my wallet?

EMU life man, where gamers go to GAME! change your life i swear, you actually play and earn, not watch and pay..$$$ constantly.

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Utakata

You’re antlers and the pigtails share the same concern apparently. :(

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xpsync

I’m staying with Homecoming. Once they walked away from the drama and the discord channel that spews it, it really became apparent where you want to be playing, Homecoming = Professionalism.

I’ve no idea how these other servers are run, mainly as no reason to switch, swg has so many rogue servers, and now cox so many rogue servers, makes me wonder if this is largely why they run with such confidence?

Raising any attention here by large corp’s will only bring tons of unwanted attention, and great news for the emu scene, loads of free advertising.

This whole scene remains low on the general populace in reality, making a big deal will only explode the whole scenes and will literally become unstoppable. Maybe shut one down, long enough to move to another location, meanwhile hundreds appear due rebellion and the simple fact they brought mass media attention to this. Overall, it’s so not worth their time.

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Eamil

The drama has pretty much died down from all parties, really.

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xpsync

Very true.

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terminallynerdy

I had no idea so many servers existed that is awesome! I hope everyone can find the perfect home for their characters to hang out and kill Skulls.