Elemental Planes!

The biggest content release in Achaea's twenty year history is now live, and the Elemental Planes are open to all Achaeans! These four massive zones are the territory of the elemental lords, and facing down their challenges rewards players with one of FOUR new classes!

The Tash’la!

A look at the lithic warriors who hail from a distant plane!

The Skylord Returns!

Jeramun's attempted consumption of the Mistral roused the attention of Lord Vastar! Saving the conduit of air and causing His Farethi to rejoice, the Skylord returns to Achaea!

The Blood Sea

Curses to Achaea and the Primes in the name of Sllshya! The Water Emissary tore a tainted core from Mhaldor's grip and bound the Sea Sorceress anew. Achaea's waters are blue once again, yet the daemon core remains at the heart of Baelgrim fortress.

Hunters Wanted!

Ratatosk, Guardian of Yggdrasil

Marshalling rats and living deep within the World Tree is Ratatosk, Guardian of Yggdrasil.

Honour, prestige, and gold are offered to those who can find and slay this mighty beast!

Yggdrasil and Blood!

A crumbling ruin Part 1 of Achaea's biggest release in years opened today! The world is bathed in blood and the Yggdrasil has been torn open, offering access to a multitude of new worlds beyond! But more is yet to come, keep tuned to UPCOMING in game for the next big installment!

War of the Elements!

Licking flames Tumult shakes Achaea's shores, mountains, woods, and skies: the elements locked in a fierce battle that threatens to tear the world apart. Will you answer the Vigil's call to aid? See events news in game to get up to date!

Something Wicked This Way Comes… ?

A crumbling ruin After teasing Something Big happening in Achaea before the year is out at a Producers Q&A in October, UPCOMING 417 has appeared in game! Keep an eye on that date, they promised the biggest release in Achaea's history!

November In Achaea!

Dice The Wheel of Fortune returns to New Thera! After an hour logged in each day you'll earn a free spin of the wheel! For better prizes you can buy spin tokens from the credits page, and you'll also get humgii racetrack tickets with credit purchases! See Announce news 4837 for more info!

Costume Contest Winners!

Treasure chest and skull Congratulations go to Ehene! Whose oversized pumpkin costume takes first prize, earning him a crafter's portfolio in addition to a resetting version of his costume! All of the winning costumes can be found in Frightful Fittings and they all have a new disguise feature!

Mayaween is here!

Licking flames Without the Tsol'teth to stave it away, Mayaween is upon us! Visit the ghost ship, Griesly Manor, and Haunted Thera, and get your costumes and spooky decorations from Makesh! There's also a costume design contest running! READNEWS ANNOUNCE 4835 for details!

October in Achaea!

A crumbling ruin Wrapping up September and the Iron Lottery, Cazanto from Lusternia wins the grand prize of 10,000 credits! Those of you who completed 15 or more birthday card tasks can expect to receive your prize soon, and talismans are on sale over on the credits page! Don't forget, Mayaween is on the way!

Crusade Updates!

Licking flames Just some of the changes here are: you no longer need to be in a divine order in order to SUBVERT splinters. SUBVERTing splinters has been sped up from 40 seconds to 25. Crusades now have a windup of 24 hours rather than 3. For all the details READNEWS ANNOUNCE 4826!

Iron Lottery Winner: 3rd!

Treasure chest and skull Everest takes home 1000 credits, winning the third drawing of the Iron Lottery! Congratulations! The Iron Lottery will be drawing its final prize this coming weekend (00:00 GMT on September 30th), this drawing will be one ticket across all of IRE for 10,000 credits!

Classleads Q4 Are Open!

Dice Makarios has just opened classlead submissions for the final quarter of this year! We fully expect to have a very packed final couple of months in 2017, which is why this is slightly ahead of schedule. HELP CLASSLEADS has all the info!

New Addition: Stencils!

A studious owl Those with Transcendent knowledge of Tattoos ink any tattoo they know onto a stencil. Blank stencils may be purchased from the various city markets. Thereafter, any adventurer can use the stencil, creating a brand new tattoo on their body! See AB TATTOOS STENCILS for more details!

Greathunt Weekend!

Licking flames For the next 48 hours compete for credit prizes and participation credits, get your explorer points in the great hunt caves, and enjoy double XP all weekend! Congratulations to Darcye, the winner of the second Iron Lottery!

Birthday Auctions!

Treasure chest and skull Auctions are open offering the chance at something special for those with gold or credits! Included this round are Chenubian wings, a custom blademaster sword, a fully customised seastrider, and out of subdivision housing plots! You have 12 days to get your bids in! HELP AUCTIONS has the commands you need!

Achaea’s 20th Birthday!

Dice The winner of week 1's Iron Lottery, winning 1000 credits, is Lyvia! The HAPPYBIRTHDAYACHAEA command is also live! This will be useable once by everyone throughout the month of September and will net you 20 credits, 24 hours of double XP, 24 hours of a critical hit bonus, and an Achaean Birthday card! See Announce news 4817 for all the details!

Y750 Results!

Treasure chest and skull Tesha al Ashtad wins the 750 games with 45 points, becoming the Lady of the Crossing! Krypton takes 1st place in the Tumbleraces! Tesha wins the Championship Foozle! Tesha overcomes the odds to win the XP event! Cooper and Proficy win the 750 Twins Tournament! Krypton wins the Championship Quiz! Well done to all competitors, it was a great show!

September in Achaea!

A crumbling ruin As we move into Achaea's birthday month, we will have ongoing contests and games galore! The Iron Lottery will be drawing every week, we have a 40% credit sale on the website, and new shop of wonders items are available now!

Nexus: Update and Contest!

A ragged chessboard The Nexus client has seen a massive update, with efficiency in combat and when scrolling just two of the alterations. Announce news #4800 has all the details! We also have a contest running for Nexus scripts: checkout Announce news #4801!

Championship Points!

Treasure chest and skull We've made it through Championship Tumbleraces and Championship Foozle where Krypton and Tesha took first place! The top four overall are Tesha and Krypton tied for first with 18 points, Crixos in third with 14, and Taryius at 4th with 10! With three events still to go, it's anyone's contest!

Treasure Hunt!

Treasure chest and skull Azare and Vika won big in the treasure hunt, but they were not alone! 15,000 credits worth of artefacts and more than 4 million gold was dug up in the first hour of Achaea's Year 750 games! Login and check UPCOMING to see what else is happening!  

Year 750 Itinerary Cont.

Treasure chest and skull Alongside the Year 750 Championship games we'll be hosting a plethora of other contests and events over the next two weeks. Announce News 4793 has the list and if you use the UPCOMING command in game you can see the schedule down to the minute!

Pathfinding Updates!

A crumbling ruin The WALK TO command has gotten a much needed facelift! This expansion allows for gallop, dash, sprint, and runaway, and adds a whole host of quality of life changes! READNEWS ANNOUNCE 4786 for all the details.

Year 750 Schedule!

Licking flames In a few weeks the Year 750 games kicks off! Win the Staff of Nicator and a whole host of credit prizes! If you want to take a shot at being the Champion READNEWS ANNOUNCE 4782 has all the details and checkout UPCOMING when in game for the Championship Games schedule. We'll see you there!  

Artefact Shops Rework!

A ragged chessboard With so many artefacts on offer we've spent a couple of days working with Merentesh in Delos and fixing up the HELPs associated with them! We now have a crafting artefact shop, and class-based artefact shops! One shop is dedicated to the Knight classes, and others organised alphabetically by class name! READNEWS ANNOUNCE 4779 for all the details.

Mid Year Auction!

Treasure chest and skull Whether you have credits or gold in your pocket, there's something for you at the mid year auction! Checkout AUCTIONS in game to see the items up for grabs and HELP AUCTIONS to learn how to place your bids! Bidding closes in a week, so don't wait too long.

War on Nishnatoba

The drums of war beat with fury as the armies of Mhaldor and Targossas clash upon the ancient battlefield of Nishnatoba. As this brutal conflict comes to a head, the stakes have never been higher for the forces of Good or Evil. Check out Events news #582 for all the gory details!

Tensions Mount

Treasure chest and skull Achaea shakes as the Gods of Righteousness and Evil rage and clash. Amid Their heated negotiations did death's hammer fall, resounding a single call to action: WAR. Take a gander at Events news #579 to get up to speed with all the glorious and gory details!

Q2 Classleads + Shikudo Updates!

A ragged chessboard The next round of classlead additions went live today, these included alterations to Shikudo abilities, the addition of RELAX available for a number of tattoos, expansion of the MASTER CRAFTER trait, and an increase in rift capacity for ingredients! Classleads news #5 has all the details!

Extermination and Vivify!

Licking flames Extermination, after all of these years, gets a massive change, and the grove users of Achaea gain access to VIVIFY! What will this mean for the Evil vs Nature conflict and what else has changed? Take a look at Announce news #4768 for all of the details.

The Wheel Of Fortune Returns!

Dice With artefacts, credits, consumables, a new talisman set, and more, the wheel of Fortune awaits lucky spinners in New Thera! See Announce news #4767 for all the details!

Shikudo Returns to Achaea

Licking flames A historical moment occurred today. Grandmaster Kevadrin of Judgement Mountain lifted the centuries old ban on Shikudo, the ancient art of fighting with a staff. This is now available to the most practised and disciplined of monks. See Announce news 4762 for more details!

The Great Hunt Commences!

Treasure chest and skull This weekend, from April 29th at 00:01 GMT to April 30th at 23:59 GMT, we'll be running a Great Hunt! This includes double experience on all denizen kills, credit prizes for the top 10 players in each tier, and credit awards at point thresholds!

Classleads Q2 Pt 2!

A studious owl Part two of the 2nd Quarter classleads implementation is now live! This includes alterations in Apostasy, Artificing, Curses, Formulation, Pranks, Weaponmastery, and a resurrection cooldown. Head to the news and check out Classleads post #2 for all the details!  

Classleads Q2 Pt 1!

A ragged chessboard The second round of classleads implementation is underway and we start off with the release of the CLASSLEADS newsboard, going fowards you'll be able to look here for updates on the majority of combat changes! READNEWS CLASSLEADS 1 to get the low down on all the changes so far!  

2nd Quarter Classleads Open

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As we enter the second quarter of 2017 (already!), its time for our second classlead round for the year. The classlead process is how we balance classes and add new abilities to skills as appropriate, and is generally the time when you can get your voices heard on issues of combat balance! Submissions will last from now until 00 GMT next Monday (April 10th). HELP CLASSLEADS has all the information!

A Firesome Challenge

Licking flames Twas a quiet day in Ashtan before the Caefir of Targossas called forth the power of their Righteous God. How will the Aegeans of War respond to this insult to their Lord? What plans hatch amongst the Court of Chaos? Surely the Seat of Chaos will not stand for this incursion. Only time will tell... See Events news 572 for more on this story.

The Winning Tickets!

Treasure chest and skull Some of you may remember the raffle held in February, where tickets to enter were won via the Wheel of Fortune. The Shar'ilian Lightspire is now in the Miscellaneous Artefact Shop, a massive upgrade to the Staff of Illusions, it offers expanded illusions, coloured illusions, and brings glamours to the Achaean world. HELP ARTEFACTS MISC has all the details on this new item.

Roleplay and Immersion

A crumbling ruin For 24 hours (as something of an "experiment") Achaeans lost the use of the common tongue, forcing all to work out how to communicate in their racial or city languages! This world-sweeping change was preceded by a girlish giggle heard by all. While we claim this is to promote immersion and roleplay depth, Someone Else might have a different opinion...

Furnishing: Beds Return To Achaea!

And they're even better than before! Furnishers can now craft a range of bed-style items to decorate your homes with, these include standard beds as well as hammocks, cots, and bunks. All of these can be sit or lied upon! In addition to this, a furnishing bed can be upgraded by the property owner into an Artefact bed to unlock all of the associated privacy bonuses. HELP BEDS has all the details on this. Finally, with these changes, couches also make a triumphant and long awaited return!

Classlead Changes Round 5

A studious owl The final round of changes for the 1st Quarter Classleads is now live! Alterations according to your feedback have been made in the following skills: Physiology, Shadowmancy, Spiritlore, Subterfuge, Survival, and Twoarts! A SHIP queue and an internal cooldown on reincarnation via the Gem of Transmutation have also been added. For all the specifics, READNEWS ANNOUNCE 4733. Thank you to everyone who takes part in this process!

Forays and the Intrepid!

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Thanks to the grand efforts of Jayden, Farrah, Gamoneterik, Ahmet, Siduri, and Iakimen, the foray board belonging to Russell, a rugged ex-adventurer was rescued from the clutches of dread Aran'Kesh, and forays are now available to all Achaeans!

A "foray" is the name given to a difficult task or challenge undertaken by a group of Intrepid adventurers. Each foray takes place in a unique, isolated setting, found among dozens of possible remote areas of the wilderness. The trials you may face are varied, ranging from confusing puzzles that must be solved to overwhelming denizens that must be defeated. One singular theme unites the forays, however, and that is that none can be completed alone. These are no ordinary hunting grounds, and the combined might of an Intrepid group will be required if you hope to succeed and claim their rewards.

Checkout HELP FORAYS for all the details!

Combat Balance Tweaking!

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We've just loaded a small number of combat balance adjustments. Here are the details:

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  • VENGEANCE and the effect from the REVELATION'S GUISE talisman will no longer fire off the same death. VENGEANCE will always take priority.
Runelore
  • The NAIRAT rune when sketched on the ground now gives ENTANGLED rather than TRANSFIX.
  • WEARINESS and CLUMSINESS have been switched in the DEGENERATION instill affliction order.

  • The RETRIBUTION capstone effect no longer does a flat 15% mana damage. Instead it does mana based on how many of the special shadowmancy afflictions are present on a target PARASITE, MADNESS, RETRIBUTION, and DEPRESSION. For 1 affliction it is 5%, for 2 it is 10, for 3 it is 18, and for all of them it is 25.

Skirmishing
  • SKULLBASH now shares the DRAGONCRAFT BITE and TEKURA BACKBREAKER per target cooldown.

Enjoy!

Races Talisman Set!

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March sees the release of a new talisman set! There is one talisman themed for each playable race, and a special talisman (the double headed coin) themed for the Aldar which will be awarded to those who successfully complete the entire set!

  • A dwarven lodestone
  • A shamanistic rattle
  • A collapsible catapult
  • A blood daubed cloth of whispers
  • A demolition sphere
  • A piece of horkval chitin
  • A flattened frogskin
  • A pernicious pair of Dala'myrr claws
  • Bottled siren song
  • Crystalline panpipes
  • An arachnid's eye
  • A figurine of the suffering Maya
  • A double headed coin (Aldar reward talisman)
Collect them all today! In other exciting news, the February raffle has been drawn. Congratulations go to Daeir who is the winner of our design your own artefact, we look forward to working with him on this! We also applaud lucky Roagnak who's name was pulled second, he gets one of whatever Daeir designs!  

Ideas and Bugfixes!

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We've just loaded up a small batch of bugfixes and ideas for you all. Here are the details:

  1. If you now specify an earring of Sinope ID to use to travel with (TRAVEL TO <person> WITH <earring>), it will always override the travel to mutual allies bonus granted by the special valentine chocolates.
  2. Some cases where the game would think you were already granted the BLISSED status but you weren't have been fixed.
  3. The LITANY ability from Terminus can no longer be forced. (Yes, we're aware of the irony.)
  4. DRAGONHEAL will no longer drain mana if it fails to work due to the presence of both the WEARINESS and RECKLESSNESS afflictions.
  5. The ELAD ability in Terminus will no longer cause strange interactions if you use it on someone already following you.
  6. Serverside curing will no longer try to MOUNT if you are KAI SURGED.
  7. Retirement credits will now show up on your CREDIT REPORT if you are able to transfer them to that character.

Enjoy!

Classlead Changes Round 4!

A ragged chessboard We're nearly done with all the classlead changes for this first quarter's submissions! There's just one more batch to go after these. But what you really want to know is which skills were affected this time, here you go: Aeonics, Groves, Runelore, Shadowmancy, Shindo, Swashbuckling, Tattoos and Terminus. One of the biggest changes in this batch was a miscellaneous change in approach to room hindrance, Makarios writes:
We are moving back towards room hinders blocking flight, as I feel it causes more problems than it solves. Some classes will require changes to facilitate this as it is currently a balancing factor. As of this posting all room hinders except OCCULTISM TENTACLES, GROVES WILDGROWTH, and PHYSIOLOGY TORSO now hinder flight. This is purely a transitional step - those final three classes shall also gain this functionality, but certain changes need to take place first.
For all of the other details, READNEWS ANNOUNCE 4717!

Classlead Changes Round 3!

A studious owl We're pleased to bring you the third round of changes and updates from the 2017 first quarter classlead submissions! These include changes to the following skills: Physiology, Shadowmancy, Shindo, Spiritlore, Subterfuge, Tarot and Weaponmastery! For all the specifics on these changes, READNEWS ANNOUNCE 4713!  

Classlead Changes Round 2

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Close on the heels of the first batch, here's the list of skills that saw changes during this second round of classleads:

Curses, Domination, Dragoncraft, Elementalism, Groves, Metamorphosis, Puppetry/Vodun, Runelore, Shadowmancy, Spiritlore, and Woodlore!

For more details on these changes, READNEWS ANNOUNCE 4709 and keep your eyes peeled for more!

January Lottery Winners!

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The recent lotteries have been drawn and our hearty congratulations go out to the following lucky winners!

Seragorn, who won the Sacrificial Kris! Ellaer, who won the vial of infinite health elixir! Lenn, who won the gold-handled inkbrush! And, Kayeil, who won the custom dragon description!

Classlead Changes Round 1

A studious owl Makarios has been hard at work going over all your classlead submissions and comments, and the first round of changes is now live! This batch features changes to the following skills: Aeonics, Alchemy, Artifice, Chivalry, Domination, Dragoncraft, Evileye, Shindo, Striking, Subterfuge, and Terminus! READNEWS ANNOUNCE 4706 for all the details!

Resolutions for a New Year!

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A new year is upon us and the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed amongst you (those of you not suffering from the past weekend's indulgences) might have made some resolutions, things you want to change or achieve during this shiny new year.

Here in Achaea we also want you to embrace this chance, be it for a fresh start, to take up a new challenge, to aim for some lofty goal, or just to help motivate you to push that little bit harder toward something you've always aimed for!

The completion of resolutions will award you with Mementos of Resolve, these can be spent on a range of special items unavailable elsewhere in Achaea!

Crusades Come to Achaea!

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It would not be Achaean Christmas without a few surprises (sometimes pleasant, sometimes not), and 2016 is no exception. We're very pleased to bring you the final phase of the shrine system, which we very much think shall fall into the former category!

Though you'll be able to read all about it in HELP CRUSADES, Crusading will allow you to band together with your fellow order members and battle upon the battlefield of Nishnatoba.

Strategise to undermine your enemies, stealing the essence of their God so that they may struggle to raise their shrines upon the Prime while you spend the essence on various miracles, even become an Avatar of your God!