WildStar: Cougar Lays it All Out for an AFK’r

WildStar2So an AFK botter decided to try to work some magic to get a banned account unbanned. The player went through the normal channels and wasn’t getting feedback, so it was time to hit the forums. Check out this post by Cougar.


I’m assuming that with your posting here that you don’t mind us talking about your account status in public.

I have a spare moment before my next meeting and am doing this on a lark. I understand this opens me up to “oh oh oh my ticket” which I don’t intend to keep up with. I am a fickle beast.

You, and your alts, were reported a number of time by players for AFK Botting.
We found you afk botting in a PvP Match (which as you know, was a really big issue for us – which is now better thanks to AddOns no longer being able to join matches automatically, among other things).
We did our secret stuff … okay afk bot confirmation doesn’t take much clandestine stuff once we are on top of you. We sent you tells over time and you never reacted and continued doing the same thing over and over.
We closed your account.

You opened up a ticket in question, asking for us to give you your account back.
In that opening salvo of asking us for getting your account back, you admited that you were afk botting while doing homework.
You then added 5 replies in two days to the ticket with various stages of pleading/begging. Including internet meme pictures. (http://i2.kym-cdn.co…392/289/116.gif)
A few agents have investigated it internally and found your account to be worthy of permanent closure.
You are exactly the problem case players have been pleading for us to remove from our game. We agree with them.

Now, why we’ve taken some time to tell you that your ban will not be overturned I’m not sure. So thank you for bringing that to my attention, however you’ll forgive me if we don’t prioritize deserved-to-be-banned-customers over paying ones right now.

I want to sympathize with anyone that loses their toons. Though, when the only time you’ve spent on your toon is logging in and then force everyone else around you to do the work for you? No, that’s not going to cut it cupcake!

If you don’t have time to play the game RIGHT NOW. Do your IRL dailies then jump back in and contribute once you’ve got yourself squared away. The game’s not going anywhere.

Seeing things like this do kind of make me feel like the Devs aren’t just listening, but that they give a crap about their game. It’s one of the reasons that I really don’t mind my monthly sub.

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WildStar: Changing the Gold or Bust Mentality

WildStar2 This is something that’s been quite a big deal for the raiding set, especially people that are looking to PUG. The ‘must finish gold’ mentality was driven by not only loot but the need to complete the Veteran dungeons on gold to attune the Genesis Key.

Here’s the post by 7ofswords:
Greetings Nexians!

Based on the feedback we’ve been getting both from you and our own internal testing, we are planning on making revisions to the way Superb-quality loot is awarded in dungeons and adventures. Simply put, we currently place too much value on completing gold runs for veteran level content. By placing Superb-quality rewards behind a gate of near-perfect PUG performance, we have fostered a “Gold runs or bust” mentality that is negatively affecting our group play experience. We’d much rather people engage with the content and complete the runs they start.

Therefore, we will soon be implementing the following changes:

  • The existing gold medal rewards are being removed from gold medal completion.
    • These rewards will instead drop off the final bosses or encounters for dungeons and adventures.
    • The table from which this loot drops has a chance to be selected and is granted in addition to that bosses regular loot.
  • Any medals earned instead will instead give the group bonus rolls on an instance-wide loot list, at the end of the instance, on top of extra coin and experience rewards.
    • By way of example, completing a bronze medal would provide one bonus reward roll on top of the regular boss kill and completion reward, while a silver medal would provide two bonus rolls and a gold medal would provide three bonus rolls.
    • The items on these rolls are randomly selected from all equipment rewards that could drop from any boss or encounter inside that instance.
    • § Each of these bonus rolls has a smaller, flat chance to select from the list of superb rewards.

We want groups to complete full runs of the dungeons and adventures, regardless of the medal earned. Instead of needing to disband immediately when a gold run fails, the Superb-quality rewards are available by working together to get through the instance.

Simply put: if your group runs Veteran Sanctuary of the Swordmaiden, all you need to do to earn a shot at Superb-quality loot is defeat Spiritmother Selene. No more medal requirements!

If you have any more feedback for us, please post it. The devs are listening!

Keep in mind that this isn’t something that’s coming with the next big patch as it’s something they are going to have to work on, but they understand the strain it’s putting on the community and want to change it.

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WildStar: PTR and Latest Patch Notes Up

So there I was...
So there I was…

I spent some time on the PTR today checking out the new zones. I’m liking some of the class skill changes and I’m hoping they’ll stick.

The new content is pretty fun and keeps the but kicking combat along with the side splitting humor.

I’m not going to post the PTR changes here but if you’d like to keep tabs on what’s going on here’s the handy dandy link: here.

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WildStar: Play the PTR and Earn Boom Boxes

WildStar-Strain Do you want to check out the new content? Do you currently have a level 50 character on any live server? Well Carbine wants to tempt you with live server Boom Boxes as a bonus of doing some hands on testing of the new Strain content!

Posted by Raijinn:

Boom boxes go BOOM!

We need your help on the PTR Cupcakes! Now you all know that good help don’t come cheap, so we’re willing to pay you for your services!

For any quests completed in Blighthaven and Northern Wastes while the PTR is active, you can earn yourself some boom boxes.

The details are tricky, so pay attention –

  • You will receive a boom box for every quest for the first five quests
  • After those five quests, you’ll receive one boom box every fifth quest completed
  • This a total maximum earning of 14 boom boxes!
  • All boom boxes can be earned from the time that the PTR was made public, on June 19th, until we patch the content that you’ve been testing, to the live servers.

So whaddaya say? All boom boxes earned will be added to accounts on the LIVE servers approximately one week or so after we go live with the tested content.

Also Posted by Raijinn:


Boost NPC’s are available to those who have reached level 50 on a Live Realm. We recently did a new pull of this data to get in a new batch of level 50’s and grant them access to the Boost NPC’s, so if you’ve reached level 50 prior to 12:00PM PDT on 6/23 you will be flagged with Boost NPC access on the PTR.

For details on the PTR, check out this thread.

We’re also holding an event on the PTR to check out the Strain content, you can find information on the event in this thread!

So if you were level 50 before the cutoff, might be time to download and install the PTR client and help Carbine test out the new content, earning some sweet loot for yourself while you’re at it cupcakes! Don’t forget you also get a chance to hang with the Devs during the live event.

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WildStar: New Housing Plots, Dyes, Mounts and More

WildStar-Strain So guys and Gals, the latest info on the Strain Uldtradrop covers the sweet, sweet loot you’ll be able to get your hands on when you delve into the new Strain Ultradrop content slated for release the beginning of next month.

Ready for a teensy bit of hype? Well head on over to the Strain Uldtradrop page and take a look at what’s in store, or get a quick rundown below.


  • Looking for some ghastly Decor? Well you’ve seen nothing yet. How about blinking eyes and Strain Spawners. No joke.
  • What about new plugs? Oh my yes! How about a gaping maw on your plot that looks like a pupletastic version of the thing that ate Boba Fett?


  • Love that Strain look and want to rock it in your wardrobe. Yeah, they’ll have you covered. Literally.


  • Can’t find just the right blue, well guess what, here’s another three hues coming right at you!


  • Cheer and dance not enough for you? How about something busting out of your chest Aliens style. It’s not a bug, it’s a feature.


  • A new biggie in my book of course, a new Strain themed hoverboard. Float over everything in Strain style with your own infected hoverboard.

Mount Flair:

  • Also new strain themed mount flair. Pimp out your ride with a little infectious love.

Check this all out on the PTR!

Remember to hit up the PTR tomorrow (June 27), if you want to have a hands on with the devs. Keep in mind you had to have a level 50 on or before June 12 to participate currently, but I’m sure they’ll be streaming for the rest of us.

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WildStar: Update Notes – BUILD 6745.4: 6/26/2014

WildStar Scheduled downtime today included a patch with the few changes found below.

Posted by: Delakron

  • Fixed an issue where quest spells were not showing up on the Quest Tracker as they were intended.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented vendor’s “Repair All” button from working.
  • Fixed a bug that was causing Stalker’s “Last Stand” to trigger more than intended after they were healed prior to dying.

Also in the thread by Delakron:

Hey guys!

While we appreciate your enthusiasm, I’d like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that hotfixes naturally are not large in scope. Instead, they are special deployments with a laser-sharp focus to address a particular set of issues.

More fixes (or ones that require a lot of code change) are handled in Weekly Patches, which require a completely new build version. Essentially, a longer pipeline.

And beyond that, we have Content Drops. This is what the up-coming Strain Ultra Drop is. And it’s bringing with it hundreds of changes! (You should go check out our PTR!)

Cougar has a pretty detailed post explaining all the nitty-gritty bits for those of you who are inclined for some late night reading.

And in response to the long downtime for three fixes once again the diligent Delakron:

Thank you for understanding!

The longer than normal downtime is also due to some database maintenance that we needed to carry out, as well. Downtimes can include hardware and database work that is not listed in patch notes as there’s no user-facing changes. We’re trying to be quick, though!

Also for folks expecting more fixes, Delakron has a response for that too:

The upcoming Content Drop contains hundreds of fixes too, not just new content. But new bugs are an inevitable fact of software development (but you can help minimize these by helping us test on the Public Test Realm). ^_^



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WildStar: PTR Event This Friday June 27

WildStar Carbine is encouraging folks to download the PTR and try out the new level 50 content the Strain Ultradrop.

They plan to host an event on Friday June 27 (2014) where players will have a chance to play on the PTR alongside the Devs.

Want to download the PTR client, click this link or you can check out the post from Carbine here.

Here is the full post from Raijinn:


The team at Carbine would like to invite you to check out all the latest content in the Strain Ultradrop on the Public Test Realm – Nexus! In addition to being able to check out the new content in-game, we’ll be hosting an event on Friday, June 27, 2014, which will give you the opportunity to hang out with some of the game developers who created the Strain Ultradrop content! So, be sure to install the Public Test Realm client now – it may take a little while to install.

For more details on the Public Test Realm, you can check out this post. The Public Test Realm can be accessed through the WildStarPTR download found here: http://wildstar.patc…WildStarPTR.exe

Further details will be posted shortly, but we wanted to make sure you had the chance to get ready for the in-game event now!

Need more information about the PTR Server, got you covered there too in this post also by Raijinn:

As we move towards testing out our bigger content drops, such as the upcoming Strain Ultradrop, we are going to be opening up a new server to test on called Nexus or Public Test Realm (PTR for short). When the PTR becomes available there are a few things that you should know about it:

  • The PTR will be located in the Dallas Data Center
  • As long as you have an Active WildStar subscription (NA or EU) you will be able to access the PTR.
    • Note: This required the team perform magical technical manipulations to make this possible.
  • Character wipes may be needed on the PTR from time to time and your progress on this Realm may be lost, this is a fair warning!
    • “Boost” NPC’s will be available in Nexus that will level you up and give you gear.
    • “Boost” NPC’s will only be available for players who have earned a level 50 on a Live Realm before 6/12.
  • We typically take time stamps prior to when the next drop will hit the PTR. Example: Before Drop 2 hits the PTR, we’ll take another time stamp.
  • We are planning on leaving the PTR up and available 24/7, similar to any other Realm, for the remainder of the time that Drop 1 (Strain) needs to be tested.
    • Do note that you shouldn’t approach this server as a new “home” for an ongoing basis as we might have to take this Realm down at a moment’s notice for updates.
    • Please consider the PTR a place to visit and check out some new exciting content, not live.
  • In-game localization of Drop 1 will not be ready for Day 1 of PTR, but we work to make it available in a future update.

We’ve set up forums specifically for the Nexus Public Test Realm, they are:

  • Game Update
    • Update notes for the PTR will live here
  • General Discussion
    • General talk about the PTR can take place here
  • Bug Reports
    • If you come across a bug, specific to the PTR content we’d appreciate you submitting them here!

Finally, the Team truly appreciates your early participation in finding and submitting any issues or bugs with the new Strain content you find while on Nexus. Thank you!

The Public Test Realm can be accessed through the WildStarPTR download found here: http://wildstar.patc…WildStarPTR.exe

EDIT: You are totally allowed to video/capture/stream/discuss anything on the PTR by the way. 😉

I am currently loading up the PTR to take a peek in and see what there is to see of the new content. Here’s hoping that some of my new 50 armor loads along with my toon!

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WildStar: New Housing Decor Website ‘Living in WildStar’

Chillin' at the Kiddie Pool
Chillin’ at the Kiddie Pool

Who doesn’t love the housing features of WildStar. Having the flexibility to do whatever you want with your floating paradise is not only grand, but it can also be a little overwhelming.

Do you also feel like you need some decor ideas to help you pimp out your WildStar pad? Would you like to have a go to resource for not only the look of housing items but also where to find them in game? I know I do, I love finding things on my own, but sometimes I want to create a specific look and hey, I want to know where to find those Chua stools without scouring the whole game to do just that.

Well the good news is that Living in WildStar is working on creating a great resource for housing items. The website not only shows you what the items look like but also where you can get them in game and how much currency you have to farm up to make your place look perfect.

They’re also working on taking feedback from folks to help make sure they have as much information as possible. That is still a work in progress, but you can probably hit them up on Twitter or Facebook.

Until next time, I’ll be parked in the Kiddie Pool soaking up some rays. Well after I drain and clean it. One of my guild members has a penchant for peeing in the kiddie pool.

Also, here’s the Millennium Falcon made in WildStar:

WildStar: Strain Ultradrop 2 New Locations Info Drop

WildStar Level 50 with nothing to do? Well just wait a couple more weeks for the 2 new locations full of level 50 content.



Welcome to Blighthaven, a diseased wasteland home to the secrets of the Genesis Prime’s creation. A foul and corrupted region in the vast Grimvault hellscape, Blighthaven is dominated by bestial Strain abominations, out-of-control Eldan constructs, and a bizarre alien monstrosity called the Globellum. Bring your A-game, plenty of ammo, and a full pack of medishots!

Northern Wastes:


In the wake of the battle of Camp Icefury, both factions have returned to the Northern Wilds to lay claim the frozen wasteland. But as the conflict between the bitter enemies intensifies, a new danger emerges from an ancient Eldan exo-lab, threatening heroes from both sides…

Come and enjoy this brand new WildStar adventure, designed specifically for max level players who want to experience the saga of the Northern Wastes!

New adventures zones and loot, what’s not to love? Well perhaps the wait. The new content isn’t set for release until early July.

Find out more here.

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