Monday, 30 August 2010

Letters - part 2

Letter from The Hermit to Disney (intended to be an open letter from every 9D player)

"Dear Disney Executives,

I am a player of the videogame 9Dragons, which was developed by the game company Indy21 and published by Acclaim Games. As you know, the game has now been moved to a new publisher, GamersFirst, following your acquisition of both Playdom and Acclaim, but the character database has not been transferred. I fully understand that Disney is a newcomer to this deal and that Disney personally bares me no ill will. I would really like to have my Character Data transferred as well, so that I can continue playing where I left off. I understand that there are legal issues regarding the transfer of my Personal Data. By registering here on this facebook page I am requesting that you reconsider your decision not to transfer the data in a way that will not cause you any liability. There is a distinct difference between my Personal Data (such as my email address and personal information), and that of my Character Data (which records my in-game character’s name, level and equipment), and all I am asking is that you transfer the Character Data over, and then the responsibility for matching my personal info and that character’s data can be handled and verified between myself and the game’s developer, Indy21, with no Personal Data violation committed by Disney, Playdom or Acclaim whatsoever; and I will further sign any further documentation you wish that can make this possible. It is my understanding that the transfer of the Character Data for our entire community is a simple matter technologically speaking and will take less than a half hour of your time, and I sincerely hope you will take this matter under full consideration. I really want to have my Character Data moved and I believe it will bring a lot of good will toward your company."

Letters - part 1

A letter from Joshua Hong - Founder and CEO of GamersFirst

"Dear 9Dragons Community,

I’m the Founder and CEO of Gamersfirst. Over the last 8 years my team and I have built the GamersFirst community one member at a time and we are welcome all of you into our global network of MMO communities. Your vibrancy and passion were the main reasons why we signed this game from Indy21.

First, I was appalled by how you were all abandoned by the previous publisher of the game, Acclaim. As a gamer, I felt angered and disheartened, by how your community wasn’t shown any respect; I felt your sense of abandonment as they shut down your service with no notice and warning. I promise you that at GamersFirst, you will be provided the utmost respect just as the rest of our communities.

Secondly, I want you to know that Indy21 took no part in deciding when and how the 9Dragon servers were shut down. My colleagues and partners in Korea, at Indy21, were as shocked and surprised as the rest of us as they too were promised a seamless and smooth transition. It seems that the decision to shut down the 9Dragons service was made unilaterally by Acclaim and Playdom. Right now, our first and foremost priority is to help recreate your accounts on our platform as expediently as possible. We’ve already made progress and will be on it like there is no tomorrow. Quite frankly, this process won’t be easy and will require a lot of close collaboration between us and the community. With your help, however, I am confident that we can make it happen and we are committed to working 24x7 till this gets done. From my standpoint as CEO, I view this problem as an opportunity to prove our worth to you. So, from this point on, without any complaint or excuse from us, we will do everything in our power to serve you right.

So, where do we go from here?

Three things I ask you to do:

#1. Stay calm and give us a few days to launch the game servers. Our engineers from both Gamersfirst and Indy21 are working round the clock through the weekend since last Thursday to launch the new website and servers;

#2. Visit the 9Dragon forum as often as you can to find out up-to-the-minute progress. Also, please join our new facebook fan page so you can share information quickly and easily. Our goal is to make the character restoration process as painless as possible. We know how hard you worked to build up your characters. To some of us, it means more than just a game. It’s our life. Although there will be some minor hiccups along the way, I assure you that we will help you restore all your previous characters with or without the screenshots of your characters. You have my word on this. In fact, because you are going through the current crisis and remain loyal community member, if you came back and went through the character restoration process successfully, we will offer you a lot of incentives. I’m positive you will love the special offers to earn and keep your loyalty. Also, we have a lot of new content waiting at the sideline to be deployed. I’m sure you will like what you’ll see as soon as we launch the game;

#3. Tell your friends about the plan we have. Spread the news and let’s get them excited about the new opportunities. I want you to take this opportunity to help us restore and further energize the 9Dragons community. This is the time to test this community’s character and resilience. And, I know, you guys care about the friendships you built over the years and it’s just as important to you as to us.

Gamersfirst is the first and most experienced Free2Play MMO publisher in North America. We have more than 30 million players who created accounts on our platform; and these 30 million friends are welcoming you with open arms. Our mission is to put Gamers First. That means putting YOU first. So, tell your friends about us, about the change. There is new hope.



Founder and CEO


Thursday, 26 August 2010

Latest news from G1

Since GamersFirst announced they will become the new publisher, future GM, Hyperion, said something new and i would like to share :

* no exact time of the transfer

* all active accounts with all the items in them will be transfered

* all banned account will stay banned

* the entire mod/vgm team will be the same, at least at the begining. They will make changes based on a re-evaluation. Let's hope they will not forget about that.

* IM will be review; some items will become cheaper. Nobody said wich items

Nobody said nothing about Acclaims coins, but i guess is more wise to spend them now. You can keep the items, but most likely not the coins. And this is it, yet. I'll try to keep this updated as soon as I can.

Speaking of, the new 9D forum is here:

update: Also, latest news from Acclaim

"[GM] Fugen

With great sadness, I have to announce the near-immediate closure of 9Dragons. We will be taking the game and forums down as of 11:59pm PST today.

You may receive a refund on all unused Acclaim Coins in your account. You may also request a refund on any cash items purchased in the last thirty (30) days. Please send any refund requests to For item refunds, please send screenshots of your character and gear.

We thank you for playing 9Dragons and for your business.

On a personal note, I will miss the community and the game. May the seeds of the dragon within you thrive

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Gamersfirst's 9Dragons

Official statement looks like this: August 24, 2010 – GamersFirst, today’s most popular Free2Play online game destination, announced its partnership with Korean game developer, Indy21, to publish 9Dragons. 9Dragons, the hit martial arts MMORPG, previously published by Acclaim Games, will be published by GamersFirst come September 2010. Current 9Dragons players will be able to continue playing with all items and characters intact after the transition.

9Dragons is a Martial Arts MMORPG set during the Ming Dynasty of feudal China. Players explore the vast expanse of the lands as a member of one of the legendary clans of Chinese Martial Arts and challenge each other for ownership of immense Fortresses in massive PvP battles

Well..nothing new for some of us. What is new...but with the old "soon" as a date, is that:  In addition to the solid foundation of existing PvE and PvP gameplay, the changing of hands will also include several new key features over the next quarter, including:
• Dedicated tutorial map for easing new players into the 9Dragons experience
• New high level dungeon encounter “Vault of the Ice Dragon”
• Updated “Tibet” map
• Brand new Kung Fu patterns to master
• ‘Most Wanted’ list – useful in avoiding—or becoming—one of the most dangerous and skilled players in PvP


Saturday, 21 August 2010

x5 events and nuts

Well, the connection is easy. This squirrel, who is known to be nuts, has finally achieved one of the goals of her CK build. After grueling months in Icy grinding on CK build, i finally got it: ch12 def nuke.
Why nuts? well...I will let you judge the screenshots below yourselves:

In other news, the Disconnected league is hosting a contest for our two leagues: create your own deco. For more info and for those interested who want to give the ol' paper and pencil a try, here's the link to the full description of it:

Instant nuke shall be leveled tomorrow, if everything works out the way I want to. Have fun at the raised xp event, everyone, and remember:


Sunday, 1 August 2010

Skill Books

As you well know, in order to increase your skills to ch11 and 12 you need those neat little books that cost a lot of money: the lost books (for ch11) and disappeared tomes (for ch12). There are some things to take into consideration before jumping headfirst into buying books, however.

First of all, there are skills that don't level beyond ch10 0% but the books still drop and are as of yet useless:
- actives
- external wounds heal
- internal wounds heal- nukers' FD slow nuke

Second role skills don't level beyond ch10 0% as well (with the exception of the hybrid's scale buff), but at least there are no books for those skills either, so you won't be tricked into buying them.

Then, there are books for "regular" nukes and smashes. Don't buy those either, they are all available in the clan base and you also need to hit second role (and sometimes attain several levels into the ECs or FCs) to use them. Throw in some pieces of steel as contribution and you'll get them cheaper than a player might try to scam you into believing you'll have to pay.

Finally, we have the rest of the heals, the buffs and self-buffs and the shields. Those have level requirements, but as soon as you are able to level them to cheng 10, you can also get them to 11 or 12 as soon as you can get your hands on the books. Some of those are more expensive than others. A short heal will normally cost you more than a warrior's buff that makes the mobs turn aggro, though I did see some weeeeeird prices out there (like 30 kk for a rezz book, as if healers and hybs go around rezzing themselves all day long).

If you have some books on your hand and do not know what they do, you can check the table below (click for the large image)