As a disclaimer I’d like to begin by stating there’ll be no April fools bamboozle in here…honest.
It’s April, it’s chocolate egg madness, it’s another promise to go to the gym after all this excess that you’ll once again never follow up on! I’m just as excited as you, don’t worry. The clock is ticking, a little over a month left until launch day so I’ve got a few updates on that front, plus the usual nonesense I like to keep you posted on.
The Hunt is On
Until Tuesday the 3rd, the giant bunnies will be protecting their special stashes of Easter themed goodies. Some of the crates have otherwise unobtainable items in them. Since it’s Easter today and I feel hungover on chocolate, maybe a few clues are in order to anyone who does read these updates. The Eastern Scar isn’t the only Scar in the land, rivers run to an end in the highlands, and pirates do always seem close to booty…
The loot respawns along with the bunny once every hour.
Just a Quick Reminder…
If you feel somebody is breaking the rules please do what you can to get the player names so we can investigate. Drop them to an admin and we will do all we can.
Preparing for Take-Off once more
To answer a few more question I’ve had regarding launch and how we are planning it:
- A server is being set up for admins to ensure hubs and other public areas are set up in time. This will become the main server as soon as launch build goes live.
- Yes, all features of the Funcom currency will be integrated into Dynastian currency. So you will be able to make counterfeit money and all the rest.
- The mod as it will stand upon the release of the game is basically ready to go, but will require some last minute updates due to the game’s update. It should be rolled out within the first few days as completed.
- With the above in mind, we’re hoping the other mods will be prepared too, but more on this as and when we know.
- We are working on some ideas to ensure we don’t get flooded with PVP gankers in the first few days despite the name, description and category all stating it is RP, having a box with the rules appear which you agree to as you log in and placing various signs by the starting area, for some this isn’t enough. One of the ideas put forward has been to disable PVP for the first few days to discourage that type of player joining, then changing once people are more settled in a server, though the fact we are modded is also another message that this is not a simple PVP server. More on this when we have had a good natter, a think and a cuppa.
The Rise of the GMs
You may have seen the announcements that a new role has appeared on Discord. The 4 GameMasters are there to help people with general things such as if someone needs a little help, loses things due to a bug or needs advice. They have very limited admin permissions and cannot do things such as spawn items in (other than pre-made kits), turn on God mode or turn their survival options off. If you type in ‘/list admins’ in game you will see who is online and can help.
Supporting The Server
Due to the website being down recently, and with launch fast approaching, any donations this month will get you the VIP benefits for both the remainder of this month and May, rather than just May. Our apologies for the downtime.
As always, if you wish to become a Patron, you can click here and choose a package that fits you. We cannot thank you enough for your continued support.
Why yes. The YouTuber Just Horse has recently uploaded clips of all the new armour, weapons and other stuff from the recent testlive update if you are curious as to the content but don’t fancy the download. You can get to his channel by clicking here
If there’s anything you’d like mentioned next, as there will be a few updates this month, please let me know via Discord.
See you on the cross…Read More
Welcome to March and welcome back to a working website (thanks naughty people)!
We’ve had a busy February, seen plenty of events take place, the first RP Hub get up and running, so much new implementation of Pippi features and it’s been all out great. Most importantly, we’re back on a dedicated server and it is all thanks to you, the community. We cannot thank you enough for the overwhelming support you’ve offered and we are truly humbled by it.
So What’s Coming Up?
There’s some new events added to the calendar, I believe there’s a few more scheduled for the absolute completion of The Eastern Scar hub too. We have been looking into new ways of keeping you entertained on the server and here’s a little sneak-peek:
- Admin created dungeons
- Hero Showcase
- The return of the Invictus Arena, where the two schools of combat collide
- Gambling (already added in the south)
That’s as much as I will tell you anyway, you can’t bribe more out of me. You can try though…
What About The Shadow Dynasty Mod
Ooooh it’s exciting times coming. Kwik has been very hard at work on this feature which should give a whole new dynamic and help bring a little more traffic to the hubs in quieter hours. I’ll give some basics out for now, but as for how it works and finer details, patience. Basically, it is player owned market stalls, or auction houses as some people prefer to call them. You will be able to purchase them from a high tier trader for a fairly large sum of coins and place it where you choose, though we will be enforcing rules on this as they will ignore ownership when placing. The idea being you can place your stall, with some customisation options too, in the market areas of the hubs. People can then purchase your items, whatever you have added to them, you will be notified and can collect your hard earned cash when it’s convenient. There’s a lot of potential to this, well travelled routes could easily spring into silk roads as well as the hub marketplaces, it’s all going to be down to the way people use them. This is along side something of an overhaul to ensure a player’s market, rather than a mod one.
Plenty more to come soon…
We really appreciate all the support recently, it has been wonderful and we can’t thank you enough for every little thing. If you too wish to help out, here are the links:
Top Conan Servers page to help vote us up for better visibility
Enjin to help advertise the server too
Patreon to donate to help support the server and get a little something back too
Donations are still running as normal if you prefer that method, and rewards are being worked on for donors
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Good afternoon exiles!
There’s quite a lot to this update and I will do my best to cover every aspect I can think of, though as always I will do what I can to answer everything on Discord as well should you have questions. So, what’s all this about?
I get a lot of messages from you all with various questions and concerns of all types, sometimes we manage to turn these into suggestions and we are always working hard to implement them. This is the first one we wanted to try, an RP Hub.
As Shadow Dynasty wants to ensure RP is always put first, we wanted to experiment with different ways of removing barriers between you playing the character you want and being able to easily interact. Ankh and Spear, the clan, have put a lot of time and effort into their public tavern, sauna, bath house, inn and other amenities that we saw this as a great foundation to an RP Hub. We have been hard at work all day to expand what is there for public use for more styles of RP to interact. Here’s how it works:
We have enabled the following commands in Pippi:
All are case sensitive and all have a cooldown of an hour, a temporary measure to stop people trying to use it for naughty reasons. If you are found to be doing so, expect an angry message from me by the way!
/sethome will set a point on the map where you are stood at the time for when you use the /home command to instantly teleport you there.
/warp Lakeheart will transport you to the Agora at the centre of Lakeheart
“So what’s in Lakeheart for me?” I hear you cry, well there’s plenty:
The Three Monkeys – A tavern for RP, sells drinks, food and accomodation. Also has a sauna and bath house.
The Marketplace – An area for traders to bring their goods to market and advertise their own shops. Also has some lower tier traders from our Coin and Trade mod mainly selling food and drink items. If you are a trader and want a permanent stall, message myself or Jess on Discord to arrange this.
Practice Area – An area for people to hone their combat skills.
Hall of Rememberance – A building dedicated to the memory of characters that have passed.
Meeting Hall – A large area for feasting, perhaps you have business with another clan that needs neutral ground to settle? Maybe you wish to gather people for a rousing speech? Maybe the tavern is too loud.
Derketo’s Dean of Delights – A den for the shadier characters, not for the light hearted.
The Agora – A small area where you will arrive.
The Hospital – Injured characters welcome for treatment.
Shrine to Mitra – What it says on the tin.
As you can see we have aimed to cater to every type of RP we could think of. The Den has been constructed specifically out of the way of the rest to ensure those not enjoying that type of RP aren’t dealing with it when walking into the main tavern.
“I have a village, how come mine isn’t a hub?”
This is the first being used as a trial. People are spread quite far on the map and we don’t want everyone to feel they want to build in the desert, but never see another player because everyone is in the north for example. This is to close these gaps in RP. As population on the server increases I plan on adding warp points to the Agora to transport quickly from one hub to another to again bridge these gaps in RP.
“How does this help traders?”
It brings you all together in a marketplace. See it as a way to make your trading connections with a sample of your goods, meet other traders from across the lands who may have things you need. It’s all in RPing your trader, what would they realistically have? What would they need? No one trader should reasonably sell and have everything!
“I’d like to suggest a change to the Hub/Hubs”
Contact me directly on Discord and we can chat.
“I’d like to hold an event in the Hub”
Contact Zohara for help with the RP side and Jess to help sort it. I’ll add it to the calendar once done.
“Can I declare war on the Hub”
No, but you can still RP PVP with the people there, just stick to the rules we set in place.
Anything else on the way? Why indeed there is. To assist with getting set up and RPing right away, Zohara and I are working on a way to implement RP kits to help the character flesh out a little earlier on. Updates are also coming to the coin and trade mod after much feedback, I can’t tell you all what exactly, but we should hopefully implement it all soon. We are currently reviewing the mod situation after seeing the results of the poll we put out.
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Good afternoon all,
A new page is now on the website intended on giving the history of Shadow Dynasty.
For the time being it is showing an overview of events that happened within each era (or wipe, if you will).
I will happily take on your stories and events that happened within these eras to expand on them if you would like to tell me.
The link is now on the front page or you can click here
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Happy February Folks,
Throughout the more festive months of December and January you will have no doubt noticed some big changes throughout the server, the mod and Discord itself. I thought it would be a good time to address it all in one go and let you know what is coming.
Originally, we had always set out to make an environment that was a hybrid of the roleplay and PVP communities. We had worked very hard to come up with ways to make this work, rulesets to please both sides, ensuring active admins were there to keep an eye on potential issues and trying to take in from both types of player what they want. After a lot of time with this, we’ve decided it can only really work one way and are completely focusing on roleplay from here on in. We understand that over the past few months in particular there was some issues risen from this, but we are in the process of making Shadow Dynasty the best roleplay experience that we possibly can. PVP will still be enabled of course, but to be used a way of enhancing roleplay. We expect the characters to feud and fight, we encourage it, but roleplay comes first.
With all this in mind, as you may have seen in the Server News channel on Discord, we will soon be adding new mods for extra immersion and are taking suggestions. There isn’t any plan on over-doing it with them, but we can see what features people want and integrate them to our own or add the smaller ones if needs be. Let us know in Mods Discussion if you have any ideas!
We are currently looking to take on two new game admins to look after timezones which the EU admins struggle to cover. There are quite a few players based in the US whose primetime for playing can be difficult to watch. If you are interested, please message myself or Kwikninja on Discord letting us know about yourself and what you believe you can bring to the community.
As for recruiting players, there’s always room for more! Shadow Dynasty runs on a dedicated server and can easily handle connections from Europe and the US. Funcom test the game at a 150 ping for your reference. If you enjoy being part of Shadow Dynasty then we would very much appreciate some love on the following links, it goes a long way to help:
I’ve had a few people contacting me saying they are getting ready to set up some events. I will also be creating some Shadow Dynasty run ones with big prizes, they will all be posted on the calendar so you can easily keep track of what’s coming up and posted in The Ampitheatre on Discord. If you have an event in mind, send me a message on Discord and post to The Ampitheatre, we can arrange to help you with items you may need or prizes should the event require them. Also, contact Zohara for any help with the roleplay aspects of your event should you need help or inspiration.
I’m creating a video as something of an introduction to the game for new players and the server itself. If you have any footage you’ve made in game you’re particularly fond of by all means let me know on Discord. As part of this video, I am organising an interview with Nicole and Jens from Funcom which I will happily ask any questions you may have for them…within reason, obviously. Send those along to me too. I’ll also be creating videos ready for any additional mods we have instructing how to install them, videos regarding updates to the Shadow Dynasty mod and a few community based ones to go along with these updates. If you’d like anything featured in them…you get the idea by now, send me a message!
Updates to the Mod
Kwikninja, the man behind the mod, will be working hard to ensure the mod is as smooth as butter in the coming week. If you have encountered any issues recently with it or have some feedback for him, now is the time to let him know as he will be unable to do work on it for a short while (don’t worry, he’s fine). Regular updates to it should resume early March, though he will be available on Discord as normal for normal things. Expect an update towards the end of this week.
As you may have seen there’s some fantastic updates coming. The latest devstream was showcasing the progress on a new combat system, there’s the new Jungle/Swamp themed area on the map and two new Gods on the way. The next Devstream is going to address sorcery, mounts and other NPC things which should be next week, their words not mine so if they don’t I’m innocent!
Funcom confirmed that a wipe won’t be needed for the combat system, so no need to panic there, we still aim not to wipe until launch unless something utterly terrible happens. Something so bad I can’t even think to give an example.
We’re putting together a nice lore story of the server detailing the history of the clans and characters that have come and gone, want to contribute? You know what to do!
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Happy Thursday everyone! This is a quick news update just to let those that don’t know, our Coin & Trade mod version 2.0 has finally arrived! (is also running live on our server)
Shadow Dynasty’s Coin & Trade
The aim of this mod is simple: to add coin to the world of Conan Exiles to support the theme of trading, merchants and economy. Coins can be found from every variation of humanoid NPC and also gained through any 3 of the Trade Posts that are also added into the game. The Trade Posts can be spawned in by admins only, so server owners can choose locations for placement according to there harvesting rates and other choices.
– Copper, Silver & Gold in the form of a Dynastian Coin (read info in-game)
– Tier 1,2 & 3 Trade Posts (Shops). Different resources can be purchased and sold
– All humanoids in-game have a chance to drop coins depending on there level
– Coins have no weight, carry as many as you want!
– Trade Posts all have a market style ambiance around them
– *NEW!* All Coins can be put onto action bar and placed in the world! The coins have no ownership and do not listen to the land ownership rule, meaning you can place them absolutely ANYWHERE and everybody can pick them up!
– All Trade Posts have 2 direct currency transfers (copper into silver, silver into copper etc)
– Level required Feats, Copper Silver and Gold. Unlock these at the appropriate level to be able to use the Trade Posts (these cost 0 points to activate)
– 3x Feats, Copper SIlver and Gold + unlock them at the appropriate levels for 0 points
– Trade Posts all have unique map icons that are visible to everybodyRead More
Greetings everybody! After an already exciting dev stream by funcom, i have been fortunate enough to receive some even more exciting news: access to using the best resource map for Conan, on our website! All courtesy of the guys at https://conanexiles.ginfo.gg so a big thank you!
The resource map is now live on our website and can be found by clicking the button at the top or using the following link:
Greetings all! We are very happy to announce, our in-house Coin & Trade mod is now live on the steam workshop! For more details, see the below workshop page.
More importantly, The Shadow Dynasty server has just been rebooted and is now running both Coin & Trade mod + Pippi
If you are just joining or returning to us, we have just created a mod collection on the steam workshop, simply load up the link below and hit ‘Subscribe to all’ to automatically receive the mods we use.