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Xsyon Mercenaries and Me

I have talked a little about joining the Xsyon Mercenaries guild in the MMO game of Xsyon. So I wanted to talk a little about this Guild, or Tribe as they are called in Xsyon. The Xsyon Mercenaries or XM for short. By the name Mercenaries, You get the feel of what type of Tribe this is, Or was when it was first came to be. Xsyon is a sandbox MMO and as so will have lot’s of PvP in it, So the founding fathers and mother of the tribe thought it would be cool to play Merc’s in the game. And the Tribe still feels that way, But more than that, We all know it’s going to take a lot more than just PvP to play this game. And so as the game comes closer to adding a patch that most of us hope will bring back a good chunk of the old members of the tribe and a lot more people playing the game. We, That is to say XM and I are starting to gear up for what we hope will be a boom to the pop of Xsyon. You may or may not know that I can’t seem to leave good enough along, And always find a spot in the leadership of most any guilds I join. just something about me that makes me want to be apart of the leadership. So here I am again, But it’s not a bad thing, I like being apart of creating something great. That’s where we are now, Working out what XM will be, How it will work, And the basic idea of XM. If you wanted to short cut it, this would be a few minute talk, But that’s not us. We want to make sure we understand what we will be and why that is. I feel and I’m sure other leaders feel the same way. It’s building off of solid rock foundation that will make the tribe last. The tree can sway, But the root’s must be planted deep so to speak. Now XM will be more than just Merc’s out looking for a fast gold piece, It will be a full on tribe with all the works. PvP, Crafting, Hunting, Farming, Taming, Trading, And all the rest. There will be something for every one to be apart of. This is when I find the tribe the most fun, When your hammering out how and what things will be. And then seeing it grow into what you all talked about so many months before.

Here is a few links for you to check out.

Xsyon the MMO game forums

Xsyon Mercenaries recruiting page on the Xsyon forums

Xsyon Mercenaries Website

Xsyon YouTube Vid’s

OK so as things go with Xsyon and the Xsyon Mercenaries tribe I will let you all know here, Like last night I think one of our members has started a small war with another tribe.  Good times.


April 21, 2012 Posted by | Xsyon | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dusting off the old blog as I start playing Xsyon again.

Hey, Hi, and Hello again!

 It’s been a long time, Way to long, But there are reasons for that. non that I will get into here, Well maybe one. Burn out, And not just on games. I’m talking most of any thing to do online. It was as if I hit a wall, And I could not find fun in anything I tried to do. I have been gaming and online for a long time now, And I have taken small breaks from time to time. But this time I had to walk away from almost all of it for a few months. But I’m back now, And finding fun again.

Burn Out

After wanting to build a kick but gaming rig for years and years this year I did. Two years ago, I think it was, My old, Even for back then, Desk top died on me. It was never anything you would call a gaming rig, But it let me play most anything I wanted, Even if I did have to lower the setting way down in the game to play it. So this year I said to myself, You know there is a lot I could do with that TAX money I’m getting back, But dang it I’m going to do what I want and not what I should do. This may come back and bite me on the butt later. But I did it!  OK I didn’t build it myself, I had my younger brother pick it all out for me and build it. But it was my money, And this my blog so I’m going to say I built a gaming rig. And it’s nice, What few games I have put on it, I can run full-out high setting and still have high frame rates. This by it self maybe one of the reasons I’m having fun again.

After my desktop died two years ago, I ran out and got a laptop, My reasons for buying a laptop was two-fold. I want something now and didn’t want to wait a week or more, And I have been wanting a laptop for a long time. So I saw this as something I could do and be back online and playing, And also have a laptop for trips. Something that I really wanted. Funny thing is I have not went anywhere sence I had the laptop. And on top of that, Because I wanted something NOW!!! and could not wait a week or so to order and put together a gaming rig, Heck just an OK desk top. I went out and got a laptop that I had the money for. Not the best way to go shopping for a computer, Laptop or desk top, Bad move all together.

So for the next two years I have been stuck trying to play MMO’s on a laptop that was way under stect for really any game that was not browser-based. It even had a hard time with Wurm Online, And that’s bad, If you don’t know what I mean. Go check out the game on YouTube, And you will see what I mean. It has been like walking up to a wall and just standing there bashing my head into the wall over and over. This helped because after beating your head on a wall, Your eyes sight goes all blurry and you don’t see the game so framed this way. For real, It was hard trying to learn to play games this way, But MMO’s was what I did to relax. I don’t go clubbing, drinking, or anything really. So what do you do when your only outlet to relax is taken away from you. You find away around it some how. For me, It was learning to play games that almost looked like a slide show because the frame rates would get so bad.

Bad frame rates was not the only reason for burn out, It was a big part of it for sure, But not the only reason. Just before my desktop died on me I was told about a little MMO game called Xsyon. So I looked into it and fell in love with it before I could ever even play it. As things went on the members of Xsyon started make guilds, Tribe as they are called in Xsyon. So I hooked up with this one tribe called Hopi, It seemed like the best thing to do, As I had no wish to make my own tribe that would have sounded a lot like Hopi. Almost from the start of joining the tribe the creator of the tribe and I started butting heads. Stuff like he wanted a ten man tribe, And I saw a ten man tribe as a tribe that would only have one or two people playing at best. I have been in small and large based guilds and I understand the number games of what member count and active players mean. Other things came up two, But it was more or less always about the members count that we butted heads about. So as time went on the leader of our small tribe played less and less. Now this was for one reason only, There was not much to do in Xsyon. He found other games to play, Any way at one point I knew he was not coming back, So I started pushing the other’s in the guild to pick a new leader. I wanted to know some one was running this thing. But no one seemed to care so I left Hopi for the first time. Joining a very active tribe, At lest at that time they was. Mean time back at Hopi they went into Oh Crap mode. One of the most active in-game and on the forums people left the tribe(Me). They freaked out and almost over night started to get active. Mean time the very active tribe I was in had a full guild burn out and went to another game. And from what I understand, They are still there and having fun in that other game. So with hat in hand I went back to Hopi, Can I please rejoin Hopi. So they let me back in the tribe.

I think of this as Hopi part two of a three-part Hopi saga. As I rejoined my friends I find out that they did have a new leader, And plans was being made. Let me stop here and say that this was one of the reasons I left, Everything I did to try to get people active and make plans went without anyone even acting as if I had said anything. So now this was happening, Plan’s, Active players, People to talk to and play with. Good times, Till our new leader fell off the map. One day she was there and making plans and the next nothing. Dang it!!! I was starting to think there was some type of cures for us using the Hopi tribe name. So a month or two and no word, Then out of the blue she pops up on the Xsyon leadership forums telling us she had been sick and to give her a few days and she would be back again. Let mes top here again, And say that this was the last time I have seen anything from her. I have no idea what ever happen to her. Now we are without a leader again, So we start talking about it, Or should I say I started talking about it. Pushing and pushing for us to pick a new leader. Let me point out that I was not trying to become the leader, I was find letting other’s lead as long as they kelp us going and not just sitting around waiting for other stuff to happen in-game.

So they picked me to be leader, Wait that’s not right, They picked me to be the to lead to one of our other leaders returned. I told them that they need to think real hard on this. Because I knew what I wanted and if I had the power I would do it. And do it I did, We grew, and grew, To we was the biggest tribe in Xsyon. The game was going live, Or so we thought, Check out my blog to read that story. Any way tons of people and fun happening all around. Now remember that I’m playing on a laptop that hates Xsyon. Not that that mattered much at all. As most my time was spent dealing with guild drama. Hopi grew way to fast. I was spending hours just dealing with PM’s of what he said, what she said type of things. Other tribes wanting in on how many people we had active, And others’ that just wanted to troll us. I worked hard to keep things from getting out of hand, But they did. So I added new leaders to the mix to help on work load. The two guy’s I pick was not bad guy’s they just didn’t see the tribe the same way I did. And I didn’t know that when I gave them the power. As I backed off to take a small break they took over all parts of the tribe and by the time I knew what was going on the Hopi I knew and loved was no long there any more. In two weeks I went from the leader of the biggest tribe in Xsyon to walking away from it altogether.

This was also about the time that I was hitting that burn out wall, Because all this took about a year and a half to happen. So this was not an over night thing that happen. I tried taking small breaks and coming back, But with real life things happen and the thought of what had just happen in my MMO home. I just walked away.

So I don’t know if this is the start of me blogging once a week or still once ever so often. But this is a new start. I’m happy online and in-game again, I’m with a small tribe and having fun again. Xsyon Mercenaries is a great tribe and I have high hopes for it. So till the next we talk, Have a great weekend

~Alik Steel

April 7, 2012 Posted by | Alik Steel, Xsyon | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Home Sick or Missing the Norm Effect

I can’t put my finger on it, Am I home sick for the way I use to play, Or am I missing the Norm effect?

Note: If you are too young to know what the Norm effect is, There was a show a long time ago called Cheers. Every time Norm walked into the bar where the show was centered. Every one would yell out Norm! in a way of greetings to him.

I have tried to get back into playing theme park MMO’s but I get so bored playing them now. I can’t find any joy in doing the same quest over and over, Nor can I find people I want to hang out with and play. It seemed so easy back then, I would be running out to do that same quest I had done 20, 30 ,40 times before (Note: I had a real bad case of altitis), And would run into other’s doing the same quest. We would group up and before you knew it we was having a blast and never even thought about how long we was taking to get the quest done. When I think back now, It seemed I played more for the fun of it, Than I did to make sure I did X amount of quest, or crafts.

Now days all I run into is people who just want to make sure they get X quest done, Or make X craft. Lord forbid if they don’t ding to the next level. I’m sure not everyone is like this but for me it seems that for the most part people don’t have time to talk or get to know you now days. They only have a few minutes in the game and they must do X amount of stuff to feel like they are getting there money’s worth.

Don’t get me wrong, It’s not lost on me that I to have changed a lot as a gamer as well. For one thing, I don’t sit in one place that long any more. This is do to how fast they make quest now, But If I really wanted to I could take a much longer time when doing the quest. I also don’t have the patience I had at one time. And the things some people use to do that I could over look back then, Is a big annoyance to me now. Meaning even when I do find that one person that wants to group up, There is a good 50/50 chance they will piss me off some how.

I also have had problems finding good guilds to join, Don’t get me wrong, I know there are some out there. But the ones I seem to join are dead for me. Not saying people are not playing. There is  a ton of people in them. They just don’t talk, They are doing their own thing. They log in do a quest or two and then log out without ever saying a thing. At the same time when people do log in no one ever says Hey to them. Back years a go, I remember logging in and having half the guild say hi or just say my name in a way to acknowledge they saw me log in. Then after logging in I would get people asking me to come out with them as they did X quest. I would do the same for other’s when they logged on. We all knew each other and enjoyed our times together. I just don’t get that feeling any more.

I don’t know if it’s because I have changed so much or if it’s the rest of you that have changed. I just know I miss the old days and hope for the best as I sit waiting for Xsyon to get better and people to start playing more.

~ Alik Steel

September 5, 2011 Posted by | Entertainment on Saturday | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Xsyon: Game launch…*cough…Again

Game launch day finally was at hand, After waiting a year from when the game was to go live into Prelude. The day finally was here, And I was at work working doubles that week. Watching everything through the text of my tribe mates in our tribal website live chat. This was not reading good, Lot’s of words I don’t think I would like to type here. After hours and hours of reading that it kelp being pushed back later and later til it went live when I was driving home. Pacing back and forth as I waited for the game to download, And then the time came to log in. We was hammered with 30 minute lag, with lag spikes even higher. For hours we waged war in a horrific epic battle pitting man versus lag. We really had no chance, Lag was to strong, Lag seemed to be everywhere at once and no one could stand up to the lag. In the end we laid in a corner crying out to our mothers to console us and tell us all will be OK again. And the game came crashing down around us. We lost to many good gamers on that night. As the days and night roll on it almost felt like a bad dream. Until you walk past the field of honor and see all the grave makers of the lost loved ones that we’ll never see in-game again.

In the week we was morning our losses, That seemed to still be growing. The Dev Team worked hard to fix things as fast as the could. After a little more than a week we was going for another game launch. This time things much better. The lag was still their but no where like it was before. Yes it made thing mind numbing, Not sure frustrating covers how many of us felt. But we did what we had to do. In the middle of all this all the tribe kelp having to drop their totems for their tribal lands. Mean time you had the gaming troll’s doing everything they could to take your area before you could. Just because that’s the type of thing they do. Any way Hopi (The tribe I’m in) was able to grab our area time and time again. We are set now and building up our area. The lag is almost gone, And the real game is there to be played.

After two game launches and three totem drops, The game is now up and running as it should be, Yea there still a little lag from time to time but no more than you would expect from any game without a login queue.

March 20, 2011 Posted by | Xsyon | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Xsyon: Q&A with Jooky of Notorious Games

1) How would you like to be called? Is there any name that you wish to be known as?

Jooky is alright.

2) How did you get the name Jooky?

It happened randomly. Many years ago when I was setting up my first email address I wanted to use my first name. That was taken so instead I chose the first thing that popped into my head that was similar to my name… for some reason that was ‘Jooky’ and it stuck.


A few years later those Jooky soda commercials came out which made my nickname more recognizable and funny to people.


3) What all do you do at Notorious Games?

I am the sole designer, lead programmer, manager and primary art director. So basically I do too much!

4) How or what made you want to make Xsyon?

Ever since I played Dungeons and Dragons as a kid and first heard of computers I imagined in the future that players would connect to a online world where some players created and lived in the world while others adventured in it and most did a little of both.


When Ultima Online came out I saw a glimpse of what I had imagined and I was inspired to put together the first documents for Apocalypse (the original title for Xsyon) with the help of one of my business partners back then.


The opportunity to finally bring this game to life came 3 ½ years ago when I was able to get enough funding to start this project. With just enough to run a small team, I knew I had to keep things simple, so Xsyon Prelude is just the beginning.

5) Has the making of Xsyon been every thing you thought it would be?

Unfortunately, no. The biggest problem has been a struggle with programmers. For the first two years of development I primarily directed things and trusted that the code was stable and optimized thoroughly. On the surface it appeared to be so and features were getting implemented quickly. I put a lot of faith in the original team, which is necessary when working with such a small group.


As I announced the launch nearly a year ago we suddenly realized that what appeared to working well on the surface was riddled with problems. The original programmers were replaced and the bulk of these past 9 months has been spent in rewriting major portions of the code with a revolving set of coders. Most of the programming this year has been handled by myself and one other programmer.


6) When I first found Xsyon back in March (2010) you was wanting the launch of the game to be small, And for it to be more like a grassroots type of game. Do you still feel the same way now?
Yes, I do. We are still planning a small official launch and a game that will respond to and evolve with the community. Xsyon Prelude is still the first step.
On the Home page of the Xsyon website it says there will be many benevolent gods, The seven seals are about to be broken, The Four Horsemen loom over the land awaiting their chance to spread destruction and chaos. It goes on to say that Devils and angels vie for control of their earthly battlefield.

7) How many gods are we talking about?

In the Prelude, the God of the Bible and gods associated with the Washoe nation.
8 ) How big of a part will the gods play in our day-to-day lives?

This will depend on the player.

9) With Xsyon sounding something like a hybrid between fantasy and apocalypse, Will Xsyon be a magic heavy game later?

I am planning to evolve the world to be something like in Arcanum, where there is a balance of magic and technology, but keeping things primitive for a while.

10) How far are you willing to push human technology in the game? War machines, Buildings, Agriculture.

Again, probably to the level of Arcanum. Xsyon will remain more of a fantasy then a sci-fi world, though as things progress I would like to see if different areas of the world evolve in different ways, some focused on tech, others focused on spiritual magic, both equally powerful.

A main goal with the game is to provide the tools and the setting, see what players do with them and evolve the world accordingly. We’ve already been doing that this year as the terraforming and tribe rank system and plan to do this soon with the combat system.


11) Will Xsyon always be a seamless gaming world? Or will we see zoning(loading screens) when you start adding new lands from around the world to the game?

Eventually there will be loading screens between some areas, though the world will be divided into large seamless zones such as the current Prelude Zone.


12) What kind of mutant animals can we expect to see?

The current in game creatures (bear, deer, coyotes, raccoons) have several mutant versions. We will be adding many creatures for launch and they will all eventually have mutant versions.

13) With this being a game set in the apocalypse will there be zombies? And if so, Are they more animal or NPC?

Yes, zombies will arise sometime during the Prelude. They will be NPC monsters with full visible loot (armor and weapons).

14) Will we see boats in the game at some point? And if so, How big will you make them? Could a raiding party be able to be all in the same ship?

They are planned, but a ways off. We’ll start with small rafts and canoes and then barges large enough for a small raiding party (10-20 players). Anything larger will be saved for much later when the world expands beyond the current Prelude area (the Prelude area is 40×40 km, most of which is currently covered by the deadly green mist.


Thank you Jooky for your time and answers.

-Alik Steel

January 6, 2011 Posted by | Xsyon | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hopi Tribe of Xsyon, Recruitment Message

[EDIT: I’m no longer apart of the Tribe Hopi in the MMO Xsyon]


Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer, That’s me Alik Steel, and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Hopi tribe of Xsyon.

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December 27, 2010 Posted by | Hopi Tribe, Xsyon | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Not understanding why they don’t understand (PvP)

The MMO that I am waiting for is called Xsyon and it’s going to be an open sandbox game. So this means PVP. I only have been into pvp for about a year over in EQ2. I was in two guilds that I really enjoyed. The first one was on day one that EQ2 pvp server’s went live. After the drama ripped that guild apart(I was apart of the drama). I found myself becoming apart of a podcast pvp guild. Both guilds was short-lived and after the 2nd guild dying I started thinking one of the things that took them down was the fact we was dealing with so much pvp, And people was taking things way too serious. So I went back to my carebear ways, And have enjoyed it very much. But as so many things do, My taste in what I like to do in MMO’s has changed. But it seems that the only way to play a game that has features that I like is to be apart of a MMO that is open sandbox and full of pvp.

So here is somethings that I read over at the Xsyons forums. He is talking about Darkfall.

But, yeah. That account was a beast, my bank was fuckin’ full of stuff too.

If only the core player base of that game weren’t chicken-shit pre-teens, I might have still played. Sucked spending 2 hours running around looking for PvP only to find nothing … or a group of 20+ people cause they’re scared to fight alone.

I read things like this all the time from player vs. players all the time from many sites. But this is what I don’t understand why they don’t understand. If all you like to do is pvp, And looting your victim is how you make your riches. The only way for you to make loot, Is that the victim has to make it first. And I know this may be tough to understand, But people don’t like having all their stuff taken every time they go out. And for people like me that suck at pvp(and yet I still like being in a pvp fight from time to time) will start going out with reinforcement in hopes that with numbers on our side we may be able to make our loot and make it back home without dying and having it ripped from our dead body.

Another thing that I don’t understand why they don’t understand is that when player vs players get what they want in the way that they run all people who is not into pvp as much as they are, out of the game. They get upset that there just no one left for them to kill. I really don’t understand this, So many of you tell us non-pvp players that we shouldn’t be playing if we want pvp. And when we do leave, You call us names for not staying, because now the game seems empty.

Now not all is bad when it comes to a PvP. The one thing that I love about PvP, Is that feeling that death is always right around corner. And that feeling you get when you go out to get something done and make it back home without dying. I think this maybe something that the some top end PvP players may never know. Because they win more times than not, And there is no real feeling of happiness on making it back alive. They never know the feeling of running away and winning the race for your life. There is a lot of great things that is in a pvp world, But if you never have them little wins of living, Not sure how long any non-pvp player will stick around a game like that you never find yourself with a win from time to time. And to be fair, I know there is a lot I don’t understand about what it means to be a real player vs player and the feeling that you get out of the kill, or maybe it’s the loot that gives you that warm feeling.  Is it more about showing off your skill? I just don’t know, But I would really like to know what PvP players get out of it. When I was into PvP, I was never a lone wolf, I ran in packs and was a apart of a few server wars. But that was EQ2 and it’s PvP was not like what most think of as PvP so I’m not sure if some of you will count that as PvP.

Alik Steel

October 16, 2010 Posted by | MMO PvP | , , , | 1 Comment

Notoroius Games: Xsyon, A unique MMO

I say Xsyon is being unique about the way they are making the MMOG. But there are other’s that are doing things similar to them., But not 100%. Ok first thing that seems to be more of a niche/independent way of doing things that the AAA market has not yet started doing. And that is letting people buy the game way before it is ready to go live. Just look at minecraft and how well he is doing. Xsyon did the same thing, Maybe not with as big of a splash. But who knows how, when, or why things happen. But I am thinking the man who came up with minecraft had the same thing in mind as the man who came up with Xsyon. And that is to have a small well-built game that will make them money without dealing with the headaches the big boys deal with. I have a feeling both will fail at keeping them small. But there are other’s, And I’m not going to name names, That tried the same thing and failed. Xsyon is filled with people who left the other games that promised the world and delivered nothing but a bill to be paid.


Don’t worry this is not another minecraft blog, But I did want to point to it and say there are other MMO company’s trying the new ways of making money and making a great game. But this is about Xsyon and how it is blazing its own trail. From the very first day that I went to the Xsyon website I found out that this was not going to be like other MMOG’s. Beyond the fact that a lot of the game features are ground breaking(IMO). The way he is going about building the game is nothing like any thing I have ever been apart of. After you per-order for the prelude(more on that later) you can help test the game. It’s not called beta, And I am finding that it’s really not. As we do test everything, But not just for bugs. When a player comes across something that needs fixing, Are even just changed into something better. Jordi and his team listen to us and within days it seems sometimes you can see the change in the game. Not that every idea a player has is a good idea and not everything makes it into the game. This is the only game that I have seen that sees a good idea as a good idea, And not something that we can look at later.


In Xsyon, Like so many other MMOG’s you have the good, neutral and evil factions in the game. Here’s the catch, In every MMOG I have played, It’s what you pick at first that makes you good, neutral or evil. Many times it’s when you pick your race, class, or city that you want to start from that make you one of the three factions. No matter how you really play your toon matters. It was just something you picked. Thats not the case in Xsyon, In Xsyon it’s your actions that decide if your good, neutral or evil. If you really like doing things that most would think of as evil. Killing for no other reason, Other than to kill, or killing for the loot and stealing from people and tribes(guilds) are the ways that I know that can send you down the road of being evil. There is a faction point system to watch what you do. Unlike other MMOG’s you’re not going to be able change your faction fast. Jordi has said that he is setting something up to keep people from commenting an evil act, And then doing something good a few time to counteract the evil deed. So if you play evil, Well your going to be evil. I will be trying to be a good boy, But I have a feeling playing good, Will be much harder than the other two factions will be for me. I will not be able just go do what ever I want and remain good. That is if what ever I want will be seen an evil deed.


One of the unique(at lest for me) things about this game is the fact that it will have a prelude. Not sure if Wurm had a prelude or not, But this game will have some of the same feel as wurm, But with better graphics. For the prelude players we will start in a game with nothing but what is on our backs. There is no towns are NPC’s to tell us what to do are how to do it. We will start off in the woods and we the player base will build every thing from hand. And the crafting is going old school in the fact that most crafts will need help from other crafters. Meaning that it is being built with community social interaction in mind. And for me that is a big one, I have been so afraid that the social aspects of MMOing was going away as so many people seem to play by themself as other people run around trying to do the same thing they are. And before any one starts. Talking to offline or online friends about the game is not what I am talking about. I am talking about people playing games together, And not just at the same time. What Xsyon is doing will help bring the player base together, At lest I hope it will.

Knowing I was going to do this blog, I asked Jordi how the official launch day was going to go. There is no dates but it is coming soon, Here is what he had to say.


Message from Xsyon

“Hello Alik,

Yes, the official launch day is when we wipe all characters and the Prelude begins.

We will still be adding and improving things during the Prelude. The Prelude phase is supposed to continue changing the game based on player’s input and adding features listed in our ‘evolution’ section.

We might have the official launch date 1 or 2 weeks after the Prelude begins (this is likely) while the pre-order players set up their tribes.

You can quote me on this. That’s fine. We are really down to the wire though to get things done and the game launched.

Thanks for your blogs. They are great!



From the main site.


Xsyon is constantly evolving. During the Prelude, characters start off as simple hunters, gatherers and scavengers. As societies will advance new features will become available to the larger, more civilized tribes and towns. These features will include:

Evolved cooking. Character created recipes.
Animal breeding and pets.
Trade with tribes beyond the impenetrable mist.
Armor decoration system which can indicate achievements and status.
New weapons, armor and tools.




Alik Steel

October 10, 2010 Posted by | Xsyon | , , , , | Leave a comment

Xsyon, The World 12.09.2010

I wanted to do a fast little blog about the world of Xsyon. The first thing you have to know, Is that there has been a rift to another reality and the world we play in may not be the one we was born on. For prelude we start off in an area of the United States of America, Lake Tahoe area is where it will start. Later on, We will start see other areas pop up from all over the world. How we will be able to go from one place to the other is unanswered for now. Also our playing area is controlled a lot like Fallen Earth, If you have played FE you know what I am talking about. If not, Here is how they keep you in the playing area. It’s a fog, Unlike FE you can some what see this fog in Xsyon. I only see a greenish tint. But then as I have said a few times now, My little laptop does not have the specs for this game. But any way, If you go into this green fog, You will start dyeing. For me, It’s a lot better to deal with fog than to just run up to an invisible wall.

NOTE: Xsyon is not live yet, So we still don’t have every thing in-game or turned on yet.

Xsyon has four real seasons Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. With weather effects like Rain, Hail, Sleet, and Snow, That snow will accumulate. They say that the weather conditions will affect player actions and item durability. But if that’s in-game now, I have not seen it do too much to me. But then I have not had a toon stick around for more than a few weeks at a time.
The game has a realistic sun path with shadow casting .Also a realistic moon cycle with moonlight casting. This is cool, Because if your close to the lake. It’s a lot more bright from the moon light bouncing off the lake.  Reflective and refractive rivers, lakes and waterfalls. The night sky has an accurate star map and constellations, And the clouds is said to have a volumetric and dynamic layered cloud system. I just think it looks cool.  It’s also said that we will soon see creatures react to adverse and favorable weather. Bears going into caves to hibernate in winter type of thing. Along with a lot of other stuff the terrain surface affects your movement as well. Your not going to run up that hill at top speed. Hill will slow you down, So will snow, Remember me saying that little thing about accumulating snow. Yea, That slows you down. In this world players can build roads, clear, level, raise and lower terrain. Our starting off playing field is 120 sq km, gradually expanding to a 1200 sq km area and beyond as the game goes on. If you know any thing about them, Xsyon has Speed Tree 5.1 and Speed Grass 4. Which means it looks really really good. Trees and grass move with the wind and I have not seen it yet, But trees grow back if you leave the stumps.
I would say that creature are part of the world so here is a little about them when it comes to the world. There is no set creature spawns or re-spawns. Animals multiply based on the current creature population. Creatures can overrun areas or be depleted. they also gravitate towards different areas based on mood and weather. There is a lot more about creatures that I could talk about, But I am wanting to try to keep this more to just Xsyon world.
Here is whats not on the brochure, Xsyon is full of mountains, streams, woods, and wild life. Lake Tahoe is huge and beautiful to just look at. I think there will be a great need for boats of some type to cross it.
Being able to manipulate almost any thing you see is freaking awesome. With the terraforming tool and with skill you can create waterways, If you build it right and connect it to a water source the water will flow into your waterway.  You can move the land to make it look the way you want it to. This will be great for planing out towns, yes there will be tribe made camps, towns, and maybe even city’s. 
When going out to hunt, It’s not like, Lets go to Point A where there is a spawn point for Creature B the way you do in most MMOG. Here there will not be any set point for any of them. The creatures have their own life and they will do whatever they do. It’s up to you to go find them. So hunting may be more like hunting, Than let’s go kill X amount of Y for quest Z.
All this and the game is still in beta test, There is still a ton of stuff to go in-game.
Alik Steel

September 12, 2010 Posted by | Xsyon | , , | Leave a comment

Xsyon, More information. (28.08.2010)[Picture Heavy]

The top five searches for Xsyon that pops up day after day. In no particular order.

Xsyon, How long do I have to wait for the email?

Xsyon, How long until I can download the game?

Xsyon, Where can I find the dowloader?

Xsyon, When does the game launch?

Xsyon, Review.

 I can answer all three at the same time,

How long do I have to wait for the email?

How long until I can download the game?

Where can I find the dowloader?

When you preorder the game, It is not automated, Some one will send the email out to you. Most times I don’t think it takes long for this, But if you preorder right when they go to bed are something like going out to diner. You may have to wait a few hours. I hope in time this will not be the case and things get automated and as soon as you preorder. The mail is sent.

Now when you get the mail, It will have the link to the game launcher, But just in case your junk mail eats your mail. You can find the link HERE. You must be a preorder to log into the area of the Xsyon site. From the link you start downloading the game. The last I looked it was just over 4 gigs. After that log in and start playing.

When does the game launch? No idea, Really, I have no idea what date it will. I don’t think the dev team even knows. I do feel like we are with in a month or two before Xsyon goes live. But The team has stopped putting a launch date up, And said they will let us know a week or so before it goes live. And for the most part, The preorders that are helping in testing the game feels the same as me. We want the feature list for the game to be 100% before it goes live.

For the review part, I’m going to try to point out some of the “Oh Shit” areas of the game. But knowing me, It will ended up as a fanboy post.

There is a few things still being worked on. There is still at times bad lag in the game, And some people are having problems even getting the game loaded up or logging in with runtime errors. I know we was having crashes, But I have not had that happen in a few weeks now, So maybe that’s over with. But just like with all MMOs when they do add in new features to the game, They seem to corrupt other areas of the game and just makes things buggy. But I must say in the most fanboyish way I can. That they are very smart in the way they add features. They only add a little at a time. This lets them find and de-bug very fast. Like in the next week or so, They will add Tribes feature to the game. I am sure this will bug the hell out of a lot of stuff. But instead of adding the whole tribe feature, I am sure they will just add the first basic parts of it. After debugging the game, They will add more and more till it is all the way in-game.

I must say that there are some parts that seemed to take a long time to fix, Not sure if it was low on the list of things to fix, Or was just a pain in the butt to fix. But it seems like the containers seem to work right now. It was not that the containers(think bag, chest, and other things that holds your stuff for you) didn’t work, It was when they added the permissions to the game. You could make a new bin(50 slot box) and could not even open it, Because you didn’t have permission to open your own bin. That was a pain to deal with, But that’s what testing is all about. Are at lest that’s what I’m told.

I  can’t show you how good things look as I’m playing the game on a laptop that has no business playing the game. But I did want to show you this. The game is unlike most MMOs out there. Unlike your WOW’s and EQ2’s that start you out with armor sets that looks a lot like some of the same armor you get from raiding. Xsyon is starting us off with grass, and leather. Xsyon is being made to grow later, Unlike most MMOs out there that fine themself in a top end lock down and trying to find new ways to spin old stuff back on to us. Xsyon is starting at a very low point, Giving it more room to grow later on.

There are areas where junk has piled up and if you take your time and look through them, You can find steel, cloth, leather, plastics. You can also take more time and scavenge your way across the lands and pick up stuff off the ground that has been lost for years. Using this stuff and working with crafts, You can make stuff like what you see up there.

But as you run around looking for stuff, Make sure to watch out for things like

Black Bear


Mule Deer


That run around the world right now. They are working on how the animals work. When it all is said and done. We should have animals working as they would in the RL. raccoons that run away from black bears. Or black bears hunting down a mule deer. Am also hoping that they will add a pack mentality for some animals, Like the deer. Now it is true that all we have right now is 4 animals in-game. But most of us feel like there will be a lot more in-game later like.

Now all of this was posted a few months ago, So no idea if or when they will go in-game, Also there looks may have changed as well.

But Ido want to add two vid’s as well.

(Less than a minute for each video) 

I am sure there will be wide variety animals, But not just wild animals, But things that we can use like cows, sheep, pigs, and horses. I have all ready showed you the pic of the chicken. So it looks like we will have a ton of things to play with in-game.

OK that’s it till after they add tribes into the game, I think, But you never know with me.

Till the next time, Be good.

Alik Steel

August 28, 2010 Posted by | Xsyon | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment