City of Heroes: Homecoming hit 100K players as another donation round funds


Just in time for its 100,000th player registration, the City of Heroes rogue server Homecoming team posted up a second donation-drive, raising just under $8000 from 302 donors in less than an hour this weekend (donations are once again closed now). Interested donors should probably check out the detailed breakdown of what everything costs and where exactly the money is going.

In the meantime, players on the Homecoming servers have been invited to leap on the temporary beta server (you can’t miss it in Tequila). In order to entice players to actually muck around there, it’s got plenty of integrated cheats, like an instant level 50, endless free money, unlocked incarnate slots, and so forth. (There’s even a guide to make it super easy for you.) The purpose of this particular beta was to test a Snipe power revamp, a new IO set, power tweaks, new base items, and back-end optimization, though it sounds as if the Snipe changes have already been rolled back over player outcry.

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

The Rebirth server posted multiple bits of news this weekend: It’s running a poll on whether GMs should play as regular characters alongside other players at the risk of immersion (ideally, the plan going forward “would let Rebirth volunteers play the game when there are no tickets without having to take the time to swap characters when one comes in,” a rep explained to me), it’s launching another new Discord for RP, and yes the server being temporarily called Guardian is a known bug. Additionally, devs say that players should now have been granted their missing Paragon Rewards tokens for the week, allowing them to freely acquire what would’ve been cash-shop loyalty reward in the live game.

As we noted last week, the Reborn/Pleiades server, which just boosted its hardware, is planning Pride celebrations all throughout the month of June; they began this past weekend with costume contests, tourneys, and raids and will continue over the next couple of weeks.

The /coxg/ server has been running events this weekend as well; apparently next weekend is a Goldside-focused event. The group has also declared that it “will never ever ever ask anyone to sign a legal agreement to play” on /coxg/, presumably a reference to Homecoming’s user agreement.

The Ouroboros team is inviting players to vote on what it should name its next issue. “From the Ashes” is currently winning.

Finally, apparently there’s a group out there volunteering to scrub any remaining data floating around the community.

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Confused about the City of Heroes rogue servers? Our extensive coverage can be found right here, and we’ve posted a list of all the servers we know about too. 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 100,000 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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