En Masse Discusses TERA's 'Evolution' update in Korea

The Dragon mounts have finally been added to TERA (Bluehole Studio, En Masse)

With the Evolution update hitting the Korean version of TERA, the official North American forum has seen a surge in activity. Several lengthy topics have been created to discuss the features in this update, based on fan translations. Producer Chris Hager at En Masse Entertainment created a forum thread addressing some of these features, outlining the particular changes made based on feedback and suggestions from North American and European fans.

These changes and additions include:

  • A dungeon finder system – allowing players to more easily group together to complete dungeons
  • Rest XP – which allows players to earn experience should they log-off within a city or town
  • Group XP – players earn a 20% experience bonus when in a group
  • More Glyphs – in addition to lowering the level requirement to utilize them (lvl 20, rather than lvl 25), a large number of skill-boosting glyphs have been added for all classes.

More significant changes to the gameplay include:

  • A change to the PvP system – The PvP counter has been removed, allowing players to engage in PvP more seamlessly. While this is certainly an improvement, Hager stresses that the PvP system will be different for western audiences.
  • As part of the PvP changes, Guild wars have been introduced, allowing rival guilds to declare war with one another.
  • An outlaw system has also been introduced. At level 58, players can obtain a unique “outlaw” skill, which allows them to attack anyone and be attacked by anyone.

There is also a wealth of cosmetic updates to the game. Sitting emotes have (finally) been added to TERA, much to the delight of role-players. As you can see from the video below (created by player Luxina), the sitting animations are very expressive, and uniquely suited to each race and sex.

The badass dragons seen in TERA‘s “Dark Awakening” trailer have been added to the game, as you can see in the following video. While they are not a proper flying mount (as this writer had hoped), the impressive reptiles currently replace the pegasus quick-travel mounts for travel to and from the Amani city Kaiator.

That En Masse Entertainment has broken its silence and has discussed some of these changes with the TERA community, with the promise of more to come, is fantastic news. Both Chris Hager and senior producer Brian Knox suggest that the changes seen in the Korean version of TERA are only the beginning of a substantial amount of content that developer Bluehole Studio and publisher En Masse are collaborating on. Lets hope we see more of TERA in the coming weeks.

For now, visit the official North American TERA forums for any updates pertaining to TERA and the Evolution patch, or visit the European TERA forums to read the fan-translated patch notes of Evolution.

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FRIENDS, FAMILY SHARE THEIR GRIEF, TALES OF LOST CHESAPEAKE TEENS.(LOCAL)

The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, VA) March 22, 2002 Byline: KRISTEN DORSEY THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT CHESAPEAKE — They were the kids down the street, the boys on your basketball team and the guys who took your daughters to the big dance. They were friends with whom you laughed about silly things and who ate pizza and watched movies with you after school.

They were Albert Michael Schatzhuber Jr., Lisa Brooks-Rose, Dwyane Campbell, Chad Hall and Perry Watson, all Deep Creek High School students who died in the past year and a half. web site cinnamon toast crunch

On Thursday night, friends and family members paid tribute to their loved ones in a memorial service at Faith Alive Ministries on Shell Road, just down the street from the high school where these teen-agers spent some of the last moments of their lives.

Some friends and family members shared memories before those gathered in the chapel. “Albie was always fun, he’d give you the shirt off his back,” said Deep Creek High senior Stephanie Johnson, who knew Schatzhuber since fifth grade. Schatzhuber was killed in August during a confrontation with police.

Albert M. Schatzhuber Sr. read a poem he wrote in dedication to his son’s 18th birthday.

“Time is measured in hours, minutes and seconds,” he read, “but for Albie’s family and friends time is measured in love.” Marlin Hall said grief for his son hit him in many different ways. A few weeks after Chad’s death in an auto accident, Hall and his wife were walking down a supermarket aisle when they spotted Cinnamon Toast Crunch, one of their son’s favorite cereals. site cinnamon toast crunch

“In our house, Cinnamon Toast Crunch didn’t last two days,” said Hall, bringing laughter to a somber crowd.

Joe Chambers, a youth pastor at the church, was closely involved in some of the youths’ lives. He conducted the funeral for Dwyane Campbell after his death in a car accident, and Perry Watson, who died of an aneurysm, was a member of Faith Alive Ministries. Chambers has tried to help students heal ever since Lisa Brooks-Rose died from asthma in October 2000, shortly before he became a pastor at the church.

He hoped that the memorial service would provide answers still sought by loved ones of the deceased.

“This is your night for closure,” Chambers said. “We’re giving God an opportunity tonight to work in your heart.” The crowd was given pink slips of paper on which to write wishes and dedications. They then had the option to nail or hang the slips on two large wooden crosses at the front of the church.

There was loud banging as some nailed their slips to the cross.

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Photos CHRIS TYREE PHOTOS/THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT Friends and family of five Deep Creek teen-agers who died in the past year post their feelings on a cross during a community memorial service Thursday in Chesapeake. Many gathered to share memories of those who died.

Stephanie Johnson, left, and Ashley Lindsey reminisce about their friend Albert Michael Schatzhuber Jr. on Thursday.