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NEStalgia Version Notes The following is a list of the documented changes for each NEStalgia update provided by the development team. Keep in mind that some changes may not be documented, therefore these lists are not always 100% percent complete.

v1.66 Edit

  • Balance
    • The power of companion Reserve Bonus Abilities is now based upon the reserve companion's stats (instead of the player's stats).
  • Bug Fixes

v1.65 Edit

  • Performance
    • Many "under the hood" efficiency improvements have been implemented in order to reduce server slowdown and lag.
  • Companions
    • The Companion Ranch now uses separate "bins" to store companions instead of a long list of pages.
    • The total number of available companion storage slots has been decreased from a possible max of 90 down to 63. Any player with more than 63 stored companions will be able to access their excess companions by clearing out storage space. Players who have previously purchased more than 9 additional pages worth of companion storage will have their gold refunded.
    • When using two companions with identical reserve bonuses, players will now only receive passive stat boosts from one of the companions. The same applies to duplicate abilities; only one of the two companions' reserve bonus abilities will be usable during the battle.
  • Balance
    • The base power of group targeted HP Steal abilities such as Siphon and HolyTears has been reduced.

v1.65.1 Edit

  • Server
    • Open PvP servers no longer allow forced PvP in towns.
  • Bug Fixes
    • Players with an "excess companions" storage list at the ranch were not always seeing their extra companions load when freeing up space.

v1.65.2 Edit

  • Performance
    • An error in a recursive loop in the guard patrolling routines could lead to exponential server slowdown over time if a player with companions idled near the guards.

v1.65.3 Edit

  • Performance
    • Optimizations have been made to the Marketplace to increases saving efficiency and overall speed.
  • Marketplace
    • Items listed for sale on the Marketplace will no longer occupy a placeholder position in players' vaults. Instead, all listings are kept at the Marketplace with the "Listings" NPC until they're either sold or retrieved by the seller after expiring.
    • Players' listed Marketplace items are now shared between characters, and up to 3 bins with 6 slots each can be purchased. Only subscribers can withdraw items from this list that were placed up for sale by different characters.
    • Items that expire from the Marketplace will now be deleted after 15 days. Sellers must manually retrieve their expired items from the Marketplace in order to prevent deletion.
    • The login notification HUD for sold Marketplace items has been replaced with a simple text notification.
    • Apart from the once-nightly "day change" maintenance routine, players will no longer be kicked out of the various Marketplace menus by the automated maintenance system.
    • Due to internal changes in this update, all existing Marketplace listings have been removed. In order to retrieve these items, the seller must log in before September 6th; otherwise items will expire from the server's marketplace storage list. Upon logging in, all recovered listings will be automatically placed in the seller's vault.
  • Vault
    • The separate Shared Vault has been completely removed. In its place, the regular Vault now functions as a shared vault for subscribers (identical to the way that the Companion Ranch already works). All items that players had stored in the Shared Vault have been transferred to their new vault.
    • The Vault now uses individual bins to sort and store items. Players can purchase up to nine bins with 9 storage slots each.
    • If a player's vault does not have the capacity to hold all of the previously listed or newly transferred items, those items will be placed in the vault as space becomes available.
  • PvP
    • The Logout Timer will now only count down from 4 seconds if the player is in a PvP restricted zone on an Open PvP server
    • The "Future Verity" area is no longer a PvP restricted zone
    • Players can now challenge others to duels inside Banks and Marketplaces.
  • Misc
    • The server name notification and MotD are now only displayed when first logging in (instead of every time that a new character is loaded).
    • The Guild Master and Master at Arms in Ardan have been moved to the top floor of the bank.
  • Bug Fixes
    • The reserve bonus duplicate restriction was applying to ability-based reserve bonuses for group members with duplicate reserves.

v1.65.4 Edit

  • Misc
    • Non-subscribers can no longer purchase items listed by their other characters at the Marketplace, nor can they pass items to other players in a party.
  • Bug Fixes

v1.65.5 Edit

  • Misc
    • Added the Steam Greenlight holiday event.
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixed several additional Gamepad Mode glitches related to the new Vault setup.

v1.64 Edit

  • Items
    • Most Mini Bosses now have a greater chance to drop Seed Boosters instead of Seeds.
    • Lucky Charms are now "Warding Gems".
    • New items called "Charms" have been added. These single-use items somewhat increase the chance to recruit a single foe (the base rate is 1/50) and come in three varieties: Bronze (rate: 1/30), Silver (rate: 1/20) and Gold (rate: 1/10). Bronze and Silver Charms can be purchased at item merchants.
    • Gold Charms and Triple Seed Boosters have been added to the Shade's loot table. The chances for an item to drop from the Shade have been increased.
  • Quests
    • "The Next Champion" no longer makes use of Mage Slime Bait as a quest item. Instead, new Mage Slime Charms are available for purchase from the Bedoe Item Shop.
    • "The Deadliest Catch" is now a companion recruit quest (instead of a capture quest).
  • Misc
    • An available gold HUD now pops up when speaking with atypical merchants such as Innkeepers and Balloon Pilots.
    • The sprites for Bandits, Drago, and Guardian Rods have been replaced.
    • The costs of Balloon/Ferry Rides in Bedoe, Verity, Ardan and the Arctic have been reduced.
  • Balance
    • Physical and Magical damage output at higher levels has been slightly reduced across the board.
    • Damage inflicting abilities that cost Credit/Rage no longer return Credit/Rage upon inflicting damage; basic attacks and no-cost abilities now return more Credit/Rage. Merchants and Companion Rage Casters will now receive 30 Credit/Rage at the beginning of each round of battle.
    • The attack power and HP of of most Black Sanctum bosses has been slightly increased.
    • The attack power, HP and multi-target damage defense of most Shade forms has been increased.
    • Diark's candles will no longer change position upon respawning.
    • Soldier
      • The damage output of "Reckless" has been decreased, and the amount of blow-back damage has been slightly increased.
    • Merchant
      • Ability credit cost changes:
        • Appraise: 75 (up from 50)
        • CoinFlip: 75 (down from 100)
        • Economy: 150 (down from 500)
        • Tax: 100 (down from 200)
        • GoldRush: 250 (down from 600)
        • Deflate: 100 (down from 250)
        • Trade: 175 (down from 250)
    • Companions
      • All Reserve Bonus abilities now have a set recharge time measured in battle rounds instead of fully recharging in between battles.
      • The maximum HP of all HP Casters has been reduced.
      • The Rage cost of most abilities has been decreased.
      • Ardan Warlock: Intelligence per level increased from 3 to 3.5
      • Bad Frosty: Intelligence per level decreased from 4 to 3.5
      • Necromancer: Agility per level increased from 1.5 to 2
      • Gremlin: Defense per level decreased from 2.5 to 1.5
      • ChocoBunny: The base power of ChocoComa has been reduced.
      • Gorgon: The base power of Petrify has been reduced.
  • Bug Fixes
    • Simmer and Leech abilities could damage a target twice in one round if cast after that round's damage tick on the target.
    • Metal Slimes weren't dropping Sacred Scrolls of Revision.
    • v1.64.0 Reported Bugs Fixed

v1.64.1 Edit

  • Bug Fixes
    • The Credit/Rage cost of existing abilities on pre-v1.64 characters and companions was not being updated.
    • RenewWave was healing for 0 HP when either the Plus Healing stat or a Bonus Healing reserve bonus came into play.

v1.64.2 Edit

  • Companions
    • Companions will no longer cast target-all debuff spells if another player or companion in the group is casting a spell with the same effect that round, or if more than half of the foes are already afflicted by that status effect.
  • General Bug Fixes

v1.64.3 Edit

  • Bug Fix: Gamepad Mode was not functioning correctly at the shared vault.

v1.64.4 Edit

  • Most Black Sanctum foes are now recruitable (17 new companions total).

v1.64.5 Edit

  • Bug Fixes
    • The holiday daily quest "Random Acts of Violence" was counting regular PvE wins as honorable PvP victories.
    • Totems' Jinx ability wasn't working.
    • Void Dwellers' level 15 milestone choice was incorrectly assigned.
    • Dark Specters' level 5 milestone choice wasn't showing up.

v1.64.6 Edit

v1.63 Edit

  • Companions
    • This is a major update that adds Monster Companions to the game. Please see the blog coverage for more details and screenshots.
    • Most non-boss monsters can now be recruited to become Companions. Companions function as AI controlled party members when a player is solo, and bestow special "Reserve Bonuses" when in a party with other players.
    • "Companion Ranches" which allow for the storage of Companions have been added to every major town (except Ennar).
    • Battles and Quests now award Reputation points based for different regions. This new regional reputation ranking system is primarily used in relation to recruiting companions.
    • The Status HUD has been rearranged and now features a section for reputation tracking.
  • Gameplay
    • The Beginning Cave is now phased for new players, meaning that players will no longer see each other during the game's opening events.
    • The Beginning Cave is now accessible after completing the opening quest and has been redesigned to house a Companion Ranch. The hidden chests in this cave now count towards the Treasure total.
    • The overworld area around Ennar has changed: a bridge has been added to separate monster encounter regions, and the Beginning Cave is now accessible to the south.
    • Solo players will no longer encounter smaller groups of monsters.
    • Special "Mini Boss" random encounters have been added to most regions. These 1/50 chance encounters provide a much greater than usual challenge, but reward victors with bonus reputation gains and item drops such as seeds and seed boosters.
    • Seed Boosters are no longer sold by the hidden vendor in the Arctic. All Seed Boosters now drop from the new regional Mini Bosses.
    • Double, Triple and Max Seed Boosters can now be obtained.
    • Metal Slimes now also drop Double Seed Boosters and Sacred Scrolls of Revision (Companion Respec Scrolls).
  • Balance
    • The stats and abilities for many monsters around the world have been changed. Most notably, all monsters now have slightly more HP.
    • All monsters past Balzackia now drop less gold.
    • Abilities such as Impale, Bite, etc. will now apply the attack damage before proccing a status effect.
    • Kamikaze abilities will now take into account an attacker's current HP at the beginning of battle rather than the attacker's Max HP when calculating the difference for damage output.
    • Metal Slimes now have extra Instant Kill ability resistance.
    • Most Breath Attacks now deal physical damage instead of magical damage. There are several exceptions, most notably the breath attacks used by Malice.
  • Misc
    • Typing "/" as the first character in a chat entry will now prevent any text that follows from being displayed (to prevent accidental chatting on /who typos etc.)
  • General Bug Fixes
    • Gamepad Mode: All reported gamepad mode glitches have been fixed.
    • The status icon for Charge wasn't be cleared when attacking invincible targets.
    • Vanishing in front of the Warrior Crypt's mirror could cause the player's icon to disappear.
    • Dropping a quest then re-accepting it lead to a blank confirmation menu.
    • Quests could become overlapped within the Quest Log.
    • Battle Status Icons were sometimes failing to display.

v1.63.1 Edit

  • Misc
    • Other player's companions outside your party can now be clicked on to bring up their info menu.
    • Characters who have previously completed "Dead Men Tell No Tales" and "Crazy Curious" will automatically received bestiary credit for the related monsters.
  • General Bug Fixes
    • Newly recruited companions sent to the companion ranch by non-subscribers could not be withdrawn.
    • Naming a companion after its species after battle caused the battle to freeze up.
    • Reloading a pre-v1.63 character that hadn't cleared the beginning cave led to a black screen.
    • Using the Choco Bunny Egg during the special update cutscene was inadvertently possible.
    • The ChocoComa ability was not proccing its sleep effect.
    • Completing the Ardan questline while in a party was not properly triggering the final cutscene.

v1.63.2 Edit

  • Battle
    • Attempting to escape a battle will now cause all other party members to skip that battle round if the escape fails.
    • Level Up stat gains are no longer listed after battle while in a party with other players.
    • "First Move" priority will now order passive activation abilities such as FireCross and Reflect first, and attack oriented abilities such as Vanish or Malice's Spit second.
    • Seeds and Seed Boosters can now be used at the end of battle when deciding whether or not to keep an item drop.
  • Companions
    • Companions set to "Conserve" will now only use AoE Abilities if they have an abundance of MP/HP/Rage/Will
    • Companions set to "Defensive" will no longer use Guard on themselves unless it makes sense to do so.
    • Ten rounds after all of the players in the battle have died, companions will stop using healing abilities.
    • The Reserve Bonus HealMost has been changed to HealMore
    • Strength, Agility, Intelligence and Defense Reserve Bonuses have been changed to +5 of each stat; +10 if the owner is above level 20.
    • The base power of no-cost AoE attacks like ChocoComa and Petrify has been reduced.
    • The base power of WingTips, VineWhip, Furious and Siphon has been increased.
  • General Bug Fixes
    • Companion Milestone The Dark was increasing ability HP cost rather than decreasing it.
    • Identical passive reserve bonuses weren't stacking.
    • Players could rarely end up in a "stuck battle" that remained stuck upon reconnecting.
    • Battle disconnects with companions in the party caused battle rounds to skip, Boss AI issues, and sometimes an abrupt end to the entire battle.
    • The naming input HUD could sometimes be forced to close without bringing the player's Main HUD back up.
    • ...And many, many more: Reported Bugs Fixed

v1.63.3 Edit

  • Fixed a savefile updating issue with v1.63.2 -- all companion milestones have been reset.

v1.63.4 Edit

v1.63.5 Edit

  • Companion Ranch saving has been re-written to be more efficient. The ranch storage slot limit has been bumped up to 90 (this limit will increase as new types of companions become available).

v1.62 Edit

  • Players who disconnect from a party battle against a boss will now receive credit for the win if they log back in after their party is victorious.
  • Bug Fix: Re-logging after a battle disconnect in a 3 person party caused the party members to become stacked on top of one another when moving.
  • Bug Fix: The Cleric's Refresh skill was not clearing the Mirage status.
  • Bug Fix: In rare circumstances players could become trapped on the Guild customization screens during lag spikes.
  • Bug Fix: Malice's swallow ability was causing a variety of turn skipping issues for players reconnecting to a battle.
  • Bug Fix: The Main HUD max HP/MP numbers of fellow party members were not updating after leveling up via a Quest turn-in.
  • Bug Fix: Purchasing a Moon Blessing after the dual spec was not awarding the extra skill points on the alternate spec.
  • Bug Fix: Logging out of one character wasn't clearing the Quest Indicator images before logging back into a different character.

v1.61 Edit

  • NPCs with available quests will now be flagged with visual indicators floating above their heads. An Exclamation Point means that the NPC has available quests, and a Question Mark indicates that the player has a quest to be turned in. The indicators are yellow for regular quests, blue for daily quests.
  • Speaking to NPC Quest Givers before you are eligible for that NPC's available quests will no longer display the Quest Menus.
  • "Plus Exp" and "Plus Gold" have been changed to "Extra Exp" and "Extra Gold". Both of these stats now give a direct bonus to the Experience and Gold earned from battles (rather than a percentage increase).
  • Sanctum Shards and Colosseum Emblems have been renamed to "Sanctum Badges" and "Colosseum Badges" respectively.
  • Colosseum Badges (formerly Emblems) are now tied to individual characters. All existing shared Emblems will be converted to Badges and given to the first character that you log into v1.61 with.
  • A new button on the main Character Statistics HUD allows players to toggle their character as being "Level Locked". Level Locked characters do not gain experience from quests or battles, and thus do not level up.
  • The main Character Statistics HUD has been rearranged. This change is purely visual.
  • The tabbed navigation boxes for the Status, Skill Tree and Spell Book menus have received a visual makeover.
  • Bug Fix: The Who/Guild/Ignore and Quest Log menus were not working properly in Gamepad Mode
  • Bug Fix: When a player disconnected in the middle of a cut scene the Main HUD would pop up for the remaining party members.
  • Bug Fix: Calculations for spell power increases were not being calculated properly when first learning certain skills.

v1.60 Edit

  • Battle disconnect saving has been implemented. Please see this forum topic for details about how the system works.
  • Bug Fix: In roofed areas other players in the overworld could be seen walking around in the background during battle.
  • Bug Fix: Casting Vanish could clear the Repel status if it was already active.

v1.58/v1.59 Edit

  • The current/max HP and MP of party members is now displayed in the Player Interaction HUD
  • The re-sort buttons have been removed from the Inventory and Quest Log menus. Items will now automatically re-sort when adding and removing items from a list.
  • Bug Fix: Certain cut scenes were not properly resetting a player's pixel glide size, sometimes resulting in a jerky visual effect when moving.

v1.57 Edit

  • Reduced the drop rates for all Small Seeds; Slightly increased the drop rates for rares (random stat gear).
  • Bug Fix: The long names on the rare Training Gloves in the Ennar area caused a text overrun glitch in certain menus.
  • Bug Fix: Micro Monks didn't have enough base MP to cast Heal.

v1.56 Edit

  • Due to significant skill tree tweaks, all classes have had their skill points refunded.
  • More than 15 new types of weapons and armor have been added to fill gaps in level spans where gear has been sparse for certain classes.
    • All low-level shields previously equippable by Merchants are now only usable by Soldiers. Most of these shields have been matched by new equivalent Merchant equippable off hands, which will automatically replace any shields equipped by pre-v1.56 Merchants.
    • The following quests now give rewards specifically tailored to the player's class: Acheron's Awakening, The Postman, Dead Men Tell No Tales, and Catching the next champion.
  • A new "Chance to Kill" effect has replaced "Chance to Bleed" on the Malevolent Gauntlet.
  • The default +1 Bonus Crit stat on all bows has been removed.
  • The previous change made to Stat Seeds in v1.52 has been reversed; all existing seeds have been restored to give +2 to their respective stat, up from +1.
  • Stat Seeds now come in Medium (+2) and Small (+1). Small Stat Seeds have been distributed as quest rewards and random drops throughout the world.
  • Adds summoned by bosses are no longer also flagged as bosses (meaning that certain types of status effects and abilities will now be more effective on them).
  • Whispers are now pink and show the sender's character icon.
  • The monster arena in the casino has reopened!
  • Ranger:
    • The base power of all Ranger healing spells has been slightly reduced.
    • Guts: branch length reduced to 3 (down from 4), effect increased to +3% (up from +2%).
  • Soldier:
    • Reckless will now cause blowback damage even if the Soldier's target dies (unless the battle is over).
    • Blood Lust: branch length reduced to 5 (down from 6), effect increased to +4% (up from +3%).
    • Butcher: branch length reduced to 4 (down from 5), effect increased to +7% (up from +6%).
    • Shield Wall: branch length reduced to 7 (down from 8), effect increased to +4% (up from +3%).
    • Double Vision: branch length reduced to 4 (down from 5), effect increased to +12% (up from +10%).
  • Cleric:
    • Sandman: branch length reduced to 5 (down from 6), effect increased to +3% (up from +2%).
    • Good Health: branch length reduced to 5 (down from 6), effect increased to +6% (up from +5%).
    • Zeal: branch length reduced to 3 (down from 4), effect increased to +5% (up from +4%).
  • Wizard:
    • Willpower: branch length reduced to 8 (down from 10), effect increased to -6% (up from -5%).
    • Nimble has been removed.
    • Wise One: branch length reduced to 8 (down from 9), effect increased to +3% (up from +2%).
    • Phantasm: branch length reduced to 5 (down from 6), effect increased to +4% (up from +3%).
  • Merchant:
    • CashOut has been removed.
    • Credit Check: branch length reduced to 6 (down from 8).
    • Interest: branch length reduced to 4 (down from 5), effect increased to +7 (up from +6).
    • Dismal Outlook: branch length reduced to 4 (down from 5).
    • Gambler: branch length reduced to 7 (down from 8), effect increased to +3% (up from +2%).
    • Riches has been renamed "Rich": branch length reduced to 4 (down from 5), effect increased to +7% (up from +5%).
    • Bear Market: branch length reduced to 4 (down from 5).
    • Capital Decay: branch length reduced to 6 (down from 7).
    • Bigger Returns: branch length reduced to 7 (down from 8).
    • Stable: branch length reduced to 8 (down from 9).
    • Weather Worn has been renamed "Tough".
  • Conjurer:
    • War Mage: branch length reduced to 7 (down from 8).
    • Shepherd: branch length reduced to 7 (down from 8).
    • Sound Mind: branch length reduced to 3 (down from 4).
  • Ninja:
    • 5-Point is now effective on bosses.
    • Shuriken is now learned automatically at level 14.
    • New skill added to the Assailant Tree: Double Punch -- "+2% chance to hit with a second half-damage blow when attacking", branch length 6.
    • New skill added to the Elusion Tree: Retaliate -- "+25% chance to counter with a half-damage blow after dodging an attack", branch length 4.
    • High Jump and Trickster have been relocated to the Elusion Tree.
    • High Jump: branch length reduced to 3 (down from 4), effect increased to +6% (up from +5%).
    • Trickster: branch length reduced to 4 (down from 5), effect increased to +5% (up from +4%).
    • Soul Eater and Extra Powder have been relocated to the Assailant Tree.
    • Soul Eater: branch length reduced to 3 (down from 4), effect increased to +6% (up from +4%).
    • Spirit Fingers: branch length reduced to 7 (down from 8).
    • Fair Fight: branch length reduced to 3 (down from 8), effect increased to +5% (up from +2%).
    • Ambush: branch length reduced to 2 (down from 3), effect increased to +5% (up from +4%).
    • Lone Warrior: branch length reduced to 3 (down from 9), effect increased to +5% (up from +2%).
    • Evade has been renamed to Deft. Branch length increased to 2 (up from 1).
    • Magician has been renamed to Eschew. Branch length reduced to 3 (down from 4), effect increased to +6% (up from +5%).
  • Warlock:
    • Bad Luck: branch length reduced to 5 (down from 6), effect increased to +7% (up from +6%).
    • Dark Gift: branch length reduced to 6 (down from 8).
    • Parasite: branch length reduced to 6 (down from 7).
    • Painful Rebound: branch length reduced to 3 (down from 4).
    • Tolerance: branch length reduced to 6 (down from 8).
    • Energy Burn: branch length reduced to 4 (down from 5), effect increased to +6% (up from +5%).
  • General Bug Fixes:
    • Gamepad Mode: Various fixes, including a glitch on items with "friendly target" abilities which didn't allow party members to be selected in battle.
    • The Naming Fairy wasn't actually charging gold for renaming.
    • DeTox Crystals could be used for auto-healing even if they didn't have any charges remaining.
    • Fixed a crashing issue related to auto-healing.

v1.55 Edit

  • Gamepad Mode is now available. This new toggle in the preferences menu allows player to control the entire game using either just the keyboard or a gamepad. You must manually map your gamepad buttons to the directional arrows for movement, Z for the "B Button", X for the "A Button".
  • The entire player interaction and invitation system has been revamped. In order to invite or attack another player, you must click on them and then select your action from a new HUD pop-up. Players that you have invited or flagged to attack will be highlighted by a new selection cursor, and your selected action (invite, attack, etc) will be carried out when you get within one space of your target. For more info see the new [www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzIal9Ac-Ss player interaction tutorial video].
  • Clicking on yourself or another party member will open a new HUD pop-up that allows you to Auto-Heal the target, or Auto-Refill their magic.
  • The Party HUD has been removed along with many of the related buttons on the Main HUD. All members of your party now have their character icons and HP/MP displayed at all times on the Main HUD, and the icons can be clicked on to interact with a specific party member.
  • Character icons on the Main HUD now display status icons for the following effects: Poison, Renew, Repel.
  • All battles now feature scenery in the background: a faded still-frame image of the player's current overworld location. This new scenery can be toggled on and off in the preferences menu.
  • Player names are now uniquely owned by each individual player on a server. Once a name is taken, it can only be used by other characters owned by the player on the same savefile. This change will be retro-actively applied to all existing players, and all name "reservations" are on a first come, first serve basis. If your character's name has been taken, you will be asked to rename it.
  • The Name Fairy will now ask to confirm the chosen name before renaming the player.
  • Players may now send private "Whispers" to one another. To send a whisper either click on another player's name in the Chat Pane or submit a Say/WorldSay chat line using the following syntax: "/w PlayerName Message" or "/whisper PlayerName Message". You may also reply to the last person who whispered you directly using the "R" key.
  • The F1 Help interface has been completely rewritten, expanded, and moved to the game window using typical NEStalgia menus.
  • The rounding calculations on skills that reduce spell cost have changed to no longer always round down to the nearest integer.
  • Ranger:
    • Bug Fix: Quickness was only giving 1 point of Agility per level instead of 3.
  • Cleric:
    • Bug Fix: Seeing Red was not impacting attack or defense as it should have been.
  • Merchant:
    • Bug Fix: Reserve Ratio was giving an across the board decrease to all damage received rather than just a physical defense increase. Because of this fix all Merchant skill points have been refunded.
  • Warlock:
    • Bug Fix: The base cost of Leech was still being calculated incorrectly.
  • General Bug Fixes:
    • Logouts from the character selection title screen were not being reported over world chat.
    • Names could go out of order in the Who Menu after a player changed his or her name.
    • Several abilities could trigger on deceased targets in battle.
    • Disconnects were sometimes causing issues such as missing/invisible icons and random encounter glitches.
    • The success rates on certain monster abilities (such as "Ground Pound") were being boosted beyond intended levels.
    • The damage inflicted by poison was fluctuating between battles.

v1.54 Edit

  • Multi-target (AoE) damage has been reduced a bit, but is still higher than v1.52 levels.
  • Ranger:
    • Rangers' base intelligence has been increased.
    • The multi-target damage bonus of Cloud Burst has been increased to 5% (up from 4%).
    • The bottom portion of the Nature Tree has been reworked and includes a new skill called Sagacious that gives a flat +2 increase to Intelligence.
    • Quickness now gives a flat +3 increase to Agility instead of a +3% overall boost.
    • The Bow/Blade Mastery branches have been renamed to Daring Offense and Solid Defense respectively. Both of these branches now also bestow their bonuses when equipping Staves, and give a +2% boost (up from +1.5%).
    • Soften is now located in the Daring Offense branch.
    • Bug Fix: Guts was not giving any stat boosts.
  • Merchant:
    • Bug Fix: Capital Decay wasn't working properly against certain monster attacks.
  • Conjurer:
    • Bug Fix: Renew was lasting 4 rounds regardless of whether or not points were invested in Lasting Recovery.
  • Warlock:
    • Bug Fix: The damage of Leech was drastically inflated on multiple targets.
    • Bug Fix: Refund was not restoring any HP.
  • General Bug Fixes:
    • The stats on rare gear drops from pre-v1.52 releases were not updating properly.
    • Random effects on rare Ninja gloves were not being preserved properly when traded or updated. The effects may change again when the items are updated for this patch, but after that this bug will no longer appear.
    • Players were sometimes unable to remove names from their ignore list.
    • There were several visual glitches related to HP/MP status displays both in and out of battle.

v1.53 Edit

  • Multi-target (AoE) damage has been increased across the board.
  • The total number of players online is now displayed at the top of the new Players Online HUD.
  • Monsters of the "Hard" type can now be afflicted with Bleed and Poison.
  • Set bonus stats on all Black Sanctum set gear have been slightly increased.
  • The stats on the Emblem Reward gear have been lowered to bring the pieces in sync with the rest of the previous gear balance changes.
  • Ranger:
    • The base power bonus of Regrowth has been increased, and the branch length has been reduced to 11 (down from 12).
    • The MP cost reduction of Holy Power has been increased to 8% (up from 6%), and the branch length has been reduced to 5(down from 6).
    • The branch length of Staff Mastery has been reduced to 9 (down from 10), and the attached branches have been adjusted accordingly.
    • Quickness has been increased to +3% to Agility (up from +2%), and the branch length has been reduced to 7 (down from 10).
    • Endurance has been renamed Guts, but is otherwise unchanged.
    • Bow Mastery has been increased to +1.5% Physical Damage (up from +1%), and the branch length has been reduced to 8 (down from 10).
    • Blade Mastery has been increased to +1.5% Defense (up from +1%), and the branch length has been reduced to 9 (down from 10).
  • Soldier:
    • Vampire has been removed and Blood Lust has been swapped to take its place.
    • Blood Lust has been increased to +3% Physical Damage (up from +2%), and the branch length has been reduced to 6 (down from 8).
    • A new skill branch called Deep Cuts fills Blood Lust's previous position. Description: "+10% to Bleed damage".
    • Butcher has been increased to +6% to Bleed Success Rates (up from +5%), and the branch length has been reduced to 5(down from 6).
    • Thick Skull has been increased to +7% to Headbutt Success Rate(up from +5%), and the branch length has been reduced to 5 (down from 7).
    • The HP threshold of Last Stand and Desperate has increase from 30% to 40%.
    • Desperate has been increased to +2% Bonus Crit (up from +1%).
    • The damage reduction of Fate has been increased to 7% (up from 6%), and the branch length has been reduced to 5 (down from 6).
    • The branch length of Intense Training has been reduced to 9 (down from 11), and the attached branches have been adjusted.
    • Agile (+1% Plus Dodge) has been removed.
    • Well Read now bestows +4 Intelligence (changed from +3% to Intelligence).
    • The branch lengths of Mage Hunter, Shield Wall and Dig Deep have all been reduced by 1.
  • Cleric:
    • The base power bonus of Big Heals has been increased.
    • The level requirement for Holy Gift has been reduced to 15 (down from 20).
    • The power of Seeing Red has been increased to +1.5% to Strength and Agility (up from 1%), and the branch length has been reduced to 8 (down from 10).
  • Wizard:
    • Wizards now learn a new default spell called Missile at level 1. Missile costs less and is slightly weaker than Fireball, and is non-elemental.
  • Merchant:
    • The Inspect ability has been replaced with a new ability called CashOut. Description: "Attacks a single target with +1% Bonus Crit per 15 Credit saved up"
    • The Dividends ability has been changed to return 1% HP per 15 Credit (up from 10 Credit).
    • The power of the GoldRush ability has been slightly increased.
    • Interest now gives +6 to Credit when inflicting damage (down from +8)
    • Bigger Returns now gives +5 to Credit when receiving damage (down from +6)
  • Conjurer:
    • Conjurers now learn a new default spell called Fizz at level 1. Fizz costs less and is slightly weaker than Simmer, and is non-elemental.
  • Ninja:
    • Bug Fix: Poison flashes on invisible Ninjas in the overworld were visible to others.
  • Warlock:
    • Parasite has been changed to "+4% to multi-target Leech damage and chance to cause Curse"
    • Bug Fix: The Darkness skill was not properly reducing the cost of Leech - it reduced the cost of the spell by way too much.
    • Bug Fix: Leech was not receiving the proper multi-target damage penalties.
  • General Bug Fixes:
    • The Party HUD was overlapping the new Spell Book HUD
    • The Party HUD was still displaying available MP for Soldiers and Merchants.
    • The new Preferences HUD was not properly saving player preferences.
    • Several areas contained visual glitches that showed extra map tiles on the edge of the screen.
    • Several menus were glitched when opened at the exact moment that the party transitioned to another area.
    • Under rare circumstances the Counter ability could cause an attack on a dead target.
    • The Confuse spell text was sometimes followed by an extra blank line of text and a misplaced sound effect.

v1.52 Edit

  • Major changes have been made to all classes to accommodate the addition of a new Skill Tree customization system. Please see the latest blog entries on Skill Trees for more information.
  • Along with the new Skill Trees, the stats of many monsters and items have been retooled. The general feel of the balance has been preserved.
  • Moon Blessings have been changed. No longer selected during character creation, Moon Blessings are now purchased from the Altar of the Moon in Ardan. Players who have already purchased a Greater Moon Blessing in previous versions will be credited with having already purchased the new type of Moon Blessing.
  • A new NPC, the Master at Arms has been added to Balzackia and Ardan. Players can speak with the Master at Arms in order to reset their skill points, etc.
  • Soldiers now power their abilities using a new metered point system, called "Will". More details: Soldier v1.52 Preview
  • Merchants now use a metered point system call "Credit" instead of Gold to power their abilities. More details: Merchant v1.52 Preview
  • Flashy battle animations and new sound effects have been implemented for every type of attack and ability.
  • Battle hotkeys are now highlighted when pressed or clicked.
  • Battle status indicator icons now persist through the action phase and be added/removed in real time.
  • Charge abilities (including Malice's "Glow" ability) now have a battle status indicator
  • Instant Kill abilities now work on bosses and in PvP. Instead of instantly killing the target, a successful hit will cause extra damage.
  • Instant Kill abilities no longer reduce the return rate of Gold/XP for defeated monsters
  • Renew spells now heal when refreshing the existing Renew status on an ally.
  • Stat Seeds can now be individually removed at any time through the main status HUD.
  • Both battle and field ability lists may now be re-ordered via controls on the second page of the status HUD.
  • The Players Online, Ignore and Guild interfaces have been transitioned over to the main game window and are now rendered using traditional NEStalgia HUDs.
  • A new Preferences HUD has been added where players can configure Sound settings, disable battle screen flashes, and control world communication.
  • The sprites for a several bosses have been replaced with improved artwork.

v1.51 Edit

  • Hotkeys can now be used to select both hostile and friendly targets in battle.
  • The "Escape" key now closes all windows in battle and also cancels the player's selected action when in a party.
  • Bug Fix: Various fixes for issues introduced in v1.50.

v1.50 Edit

  • The width of the game window has been expanded by one tile on each side, making the new view width 19x15 tiles.
  • Most menus in the game have been slightly repositioned or in some cases redesigned to accommodate the new game window width.
  • The Battle HUD has been completely redesigned, and now allows players to map abilities and items to hotkeys (1 through 0).
  • Graphical indicators for most status effects on both foes and party members are now displayed during the strategy round in battle.
  • The HUD Icons for most abilities and many items have been changed. The number of unique HUD Icons has been more than tripled.
  • The Quest Log now has an auto-sort button.
  • Bug Fix: The tip of the mouse pointer wasn't centered correctly.
  • Bug Fix: In certain circumstances players could walk upwards into the upper sections of large castle doorways.
  • Bug Fix: The +Phys stat was also applying its bonus to magical attacks.
  • Bug Fix: It was sometimes possible to open menus and trigger abilities right as a party started the sleep sequence at Inns.

v1.48/v1.49 Edit

  • Upgraded to BYOND 487.1096.
  • The 4th of July holiday event (Balzackian Dependence Day) is here! Visit the camp just east of Balzackia for several new daily quests and fun prizes. This event will run through July 5th.

v1.47 Edit

  • Upgraded to BYOND 485. Note: If you have issues with your game window crashing, upgrading to 485 and clearing your BYOND Cache will likely solve the problem.
  • The Inventory HUD has been split into three separate panes: 1.) Regular Items 2.) Equipped Gear 3.) Quest Items. If characters on pre-v1.47 savefiles have excess items in their regular inventories outside of the new item limit, they'll be re-added to the inventory once space opens up.
  • Bug Fix: Fixed several bugs related to prison guards and roofs being cleared improperly when players were caught.
  • Bug Fix: Several monster sprites in the Black Sanctum were causing the game window to resize.
  • Bug Fix: The blinking damage boxes on several monster sprites were not covering the entire sprite.

v1.46 Edit

  • Upgraded to BYOND 484. This is a required upgrade for all players: http://www.byond.com/download/
  • The color palette for the entire game has been altered to bring down the total number of colors in the palette, and to make things look a bit easier on the eyes (warmer colors, more 16-bit esque).
  • Colosseum PvP battles will now remove all costumes for participants.
  • The Colosseum PvP Arena has been redesigned to improve viewing from the stands.
  • An extra floor has been added to the Colosseum. Called "The Hall of Heroes", it's a place that pays tribute to NEStalgia contributors, moderation staff, donors, etc.
  • Many monster sprites have been improved or completely replaced.
  • The F4 Music/Sound toggle setting is now shared between all characters on a savefile and will also apply to the title screens.
  • All dyes and masks now have a preview button that allows players to preview the appearance changes before using the item.

v1.45 Edit

  • Many "under the hood" improvements to optimize server performance.
  • The F6 Logout Timer has been reduced to 4 seconds on PvE servers.
  • The general relog timer has been reduced to 10 seconds.
  • Bug Fix: Players who previously received the "Perfect Vision" medal after beating Occularis when the boss was glitched were not receiving the medal for beating the boss legitimately after the fix.
  • Bug Fix: Charges on Costume Rods were being reset when traded between players.
  • Bug Fix: One of Malice's abilities could continue to attack players after the boss was defeated.
  • Bug Fix: Dropping the "Tales From the Crypt" quest could cause players to lose access to the Warrior's Crypt.
  • Bug Fix: A visual glitch occasionally showed players as having 0 HP in the overworld after dying in battle.

v1.44 Edit

  • Daily reset timers should now be more accurate and consistent.
  • Players can now trash items directly out of their vault and shared vault.
  • Bug Fix: Merchant's Tax ability wasn't factoring in resilience or plus damage bonuses, and the amount of damage was not always equal to the amount of healing done.
  • Bug Fix: The daily reset message was being displayed multiple times every night.
  • Bug Fix: In battle the Stun status could sometimes cause players to lose an extra turn.
  • Bug Fix: Casting spells or using items immediately before being caught by an NPC guard could cause glitches.
  • Bug Fix: Leaving a party while inside of an area with a roof overhead could sometimes glitch a player's vision.

v1.43 Edit

  • All servers have been upgraded to BYOND 481. Players should download the latest BYOND release here: http://www.byond.com/download/
  • All spells/items that cure Sleep and Confuse (Alarm Clocks, Dream, Soothe, Vivify, Roar and Sanity) will now trigger Focused status in battle.
  • A Shade Compass that can be used to track the Shade's location in the overworld is now available from one of the Sanctum vendors located in the entrance area.
  • The Battle Master set gear pieces at the Colosseum have been given slightly higher stats.
  • Bug Fix: Incomplete daily quests that had pre-requisite quests were not being deleted from the quest log when dailies were reset.
  • Bug Fix: Tiles on phased doors could occasionally display visual glitches.
  • Bug Fix: Leech was only doing 1 damage Malice's physical form.
  • Bug Fix: A glitch was allowing players on Guest Keys to save their characters. Note: If you are one of those players, we will help you transfer your characters over to a real BYOND Key. Please email us at silkgames@mac.com or private message BenM on the forums.

v1.42 Edit

  • The Malice boss encounter in the Sanctum is now available.
  • Certain daily quests (such as boss kill quests like Occularis) will no longer reset automatically. A notification menu in the Quest Log will now pop up when a character has completed daily quests that are eligible for a manual reset. Note: This change will only apply to daily quests completed post-v1.42
  • The daily quests given by Vyshon at the Sanctum now require the collection of 8 item pieces instead of 15.
  • Four new variations of the Specter daily quests in the Sanctum (one for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday) have been added.
  • The Shard cost of the Ebon set head wear and certain seeds have been reduced.
  • The escape frequency of Metal Slimes has been reduced, particularly for solo players.
  • Five new guild cape designs have been added (most based upon player submitted designs).
  • Hero of the Light Dye, Valiant Gladiator Dye, Valiant Guild Cape Dye, and Silvery Hair Dye now all feature a pure white color instead of light gray.
  • The difficulty of the Shade Crypt Knight fight has been slightly reduced.
  • Two new BYOND Medals have been added: "All in a Day's Work" and "Perfect Vision".
  • Bug Fix: A glitch with daily quests was causing the total quest count to be off by one (thus preventing players from earning the related BYOND Medal).
  • Bug Fix: Ice sliding wasn't properly closing all menus and resetting cursors.
  • Bug Fix: Party leaders could walk around with the Milestone Boost HUD open.
  • Bug Fix: Overworld spells and items could sometimes be used after a battle started, which caused glitched battles.
  • Bug Fix: Stunned/Asleep targets could sometimes dodge special moves.
  • Bug Fix: Certain skills (Inspire, Roar, etc) were not working properly for monsters.
  • Bug Fix: Occularis could still use his "hard stare" ability when asleep.
  • Bug Fix: There were some minor visual glitches with Sleep, Stun and the new Exhaust ability during the PvP Colosseum fights.

v1.41 Edit

  • The Diark and Occularis fights have been tweaked and rebalanced.
  • Outside, Recall and Repel Crystals now have 10 charges, and the cost of most Spell Crystals have been reduced. Red Candles now have charges as well.
  • Capturing a monster for a quest while in a group will now give credit for the capture to every eligible member of the group (Revision B)
  • Bug Fix: The Hookshot could not be picked up more than once.
  • Bug Fix: The randomized daily chests in the Sanctum were improperly resetting when the server rebooted.
  • Bug Fix: The Specters in the Sanctum were not showing up in the monster list when "Sense" was used.
  • Bug Fix: The portal from the Sanctum to Ardan was not flagging players as having set foot in Ardan.
  • Bug Fix: The Plus Healing bonus on Renew spells was getting applied twice.
  • Bug Fix: The Sacred Scroll of Rebirth was not properly resetting the game interface after character re-customization.
  • Bug Fix: A lag issue was sometimes causing skipped or disappearing main quests.
  • Bug Fix: There were several visual glitches related to the phased doors in the Sanctum.
  • Bug Fix: If you killed the Shade more than once before turning in the quest, you could obtain multiple Shade Residues.
  • Bug Fix: There were several minor glitches related to canceling a selected action in battle.
  • Bug Fix: Spells like Kamikaze and Reflect were causing too much damage to Metal Slimes.
  • Bug Fix: Under certain circumstances, players were able to roll on loot multiple times per day from Sanctum bosses.

v1.40 Edit

Black Sanctum Content Expansion

  • Please see this blog post for details and screenshots related to this update. Most changes are not listed in these notes.
  • Bug Fix: Created a workaround for the BYOND Bug that was randomly causing the first characters of text/numbers on the HUD to go missing.
  • Items with usable abilities now have a limited number of charges that much be recharged by staying at an Inn.
  • Items with usable abilities now display the ability that they will use via a new HUD in battle.
  • Enemies of the "Hard" and "Spirit" types can no longer be wounded or poisoned.
  • The power caps on Plus Fire, Plus Ice, Plus Storm, Plus Healing and Resilience have been increased slightly.
  • The prices of existing Sanctum Vendor items have been increased.
  • Players can now find and use Hair Dyes to recolor their character's hair (and weapons, depending upon their class).

v1.39Edit

  • Bug Fix: Logouts were sometimes not being reported properly over the World channel.
  • Bug Fix: Gold deposits from the Marketplace were not registering the “Gold Standard” BYOND Medal.
  • Bug Fix: After finishing a battle in a Crypt mirror room other party members sometimes stopped showing up in the mirror.
  • Bug Fix: A portion of the map in a room of the Warrior's Crypt was drawing on top of HUD menus.
  • Fix: Players could manipulate the patrolling guards in Balzackian to block off entrances to buildings.
  • Fix: The subscription information section of the F1 help files contained outdated pricing information.
  • A player's chosen action while in battle with a party can now be canceled and re-selected before the round starts.
  • When an item drops after battle, players with a full inventory now have the option to use an herb or potion instead of just trashing an item.
  • Items on the Marketplace can now be sorted to display only items which can be used or equipped by your character class.
  • There is now an NPC at the Pirate Base who will change character names for a 5000 gold.
  • The monster encounter rates in most sections of the Arctic overworld have been reduced.

v1.38 Edit

  • Bug Fix: There was a small mapping error in the Arctic Overworld.
  • Players creating a new character will now be transferred to an external character creation server. This should help to drastically reduce lag on all servers.
  • Additional autosave points have been added in order to help alleviate savefile rollbacks during the rare event of a server crash.
  • Server names are now displayed in the title bar of the main game window
  • A large moderation team has been appointed to monitor and keep the peace on all servers.


v1.37 Edit

  • The sprites for Slimes, Tree Spiders, Mini Mages, Terwasps, Gloummuses, and Ghosts have been either heavily modified or completely redone.
  • Servers that are being hit by many simultaneous logins from first time players can now be configured to redirect that traffic to other servers.


v1.36 Edit

  • Bug Fix: During server lag spikes certain HUD buttons would not clear from the screen fast enough, allowing players to inadvertently double click them. This resulted in issues like the "Quest Skipping" bug, etc.
  • Bug Fix: Party order sorting could cause glitches if it happened at the exact moment that another player left the party.
  • Bug Fix: Patrolling NPC Guards could see through the wall of the far-right cell in the Balzackian dungeon and catch players hiding within.
  • Bug Fix: The "Page 2" button on the character loading screen was not always popping up for players who had character files saved on the second page.
  • Bug Fix: The character classes displayed for files on the character loading screen were sometimes glitched or incorrect.
  • Bug Fix: Several Ninja character sprites had skin textures that were not recoloring properly.
  • Bug Fix: Players could be attacked or prompted with invitations during the Shade's intro animation.
  • Monsters that are much weaker than your party may now attempt to flee from battle.


v1.35 Edit

  • Bug Fix: Soft server reboots were not closing BYOND Interface Panels (the guild interface etc)
  • Keyboard functions (except those related to movement) can no longer be held down and spammed.
  • The Shade will now automatically attack players if they attempt to "hold" it by talking to it repeatedly.
  • "Set Gear" is a new type of equipment that gives extra bonuses for equipping multiple pieces of gear from the same set. No new items have been added to the game, although existing items have been changed to become Set Gear pieces. Those modified items include the PvP Emblem reward gear at the Colosseum.
  • The "Scroll of New You" has become the "Sacred Scroll of Rebirth". This scroll must now be used in Ennar, but automatically takes you to the character re-customization screen instead of asking you to relog.


v1.34 Edit

  • NEStalgia subscribers now have access to 8 additional character save slots. **Warning:** If your subscription expires, you will not be able to load characters saved in these slots until you renew it.


v1.33 Edit

  • Bug Fix: Inspire was not properly clearing "Slow" status.
  • Guest Keys can now log into NEStalgia, but are not able to save.
  • Several sprites for existing monsters have been changed.


v1.32 Edit

  • Bug Fix: Expiring auction items could have become duplicated leading to copies existing in player's vaults and inventories at the same time
  • Bug Fix: Certain submenus could be opened when they shouldn't be, and in rare cases happen during battle obscuring the buttons for attack, magic etc.
  • Bug Fix: There was visual text overlap when two actions(spell cast, item use) were performed at the exact same time in a party
  • Added an option to auto-sort your vault in the same way your inventory can be


v1.31 Edit

  • Bug Fix: The Dye/Mask prompts during character re-customization were not always appearing.
  • Bug Fix: Ninjas could sometimes get "caught" by patrolling guards in the wrong areas.
  • Bug Fix: One side logging out at the end of a PvP battle could cause the opposition to get stuck.
  • Bug Fix: FireKick, IcePunch and StormSlap were not properly flagged as abilities that could be countered.
  • Experience payouts in the Ennar and Balzackia areas have been slightly increased.
  • The MP cost of certain Cleric, Wizard and Conjurer spells has been reduced.
  • Minor balance changes and bug fixes.


v1.29/v1.30 Edit

  • Bug Fix: Fixed a graphical glitch with a female warlock icon.
  • Bug Fix: Dodged attacks caused by "Mirage" status were sometimes being registered as 1 damage hits.
  • Bug Fix: Under rare circumstances items could get lost when expiring from the Marketplace.
  • The strength, intelligence and defense stats of almost all monsters has been reduced in order to make the game a bit easier. This includes all bosses and the Shade encounters.
  • The amount of experience required to level up has been greatly reduced for all levels past level 10.
  • The power cap on Wizard and Conjurer elemental spells has been reduced.
  • The power cap on all Heal and Renew spells has been reduced.
  • Mana stealing abilities will now wake sleeping targets.
  • Colosseum battles will now refill the combatant's HP and MP at the beginning of battle.


v1.28 Edit

  • Bug Fix: Changes made to equipment stats between versions were not being updated properly in the Item HUD for old gear
  • The character creation process has been re-coded to help prevent server slow down. If you encounter any problems during character creation then please report them right away.
  • Being "dead" at the end of a group battle will no longer preclude players from the chance of an item drop
  • Boosted the stats on Noble, Gilded, Lucky and Charged rare gear drops.


v1.26/v1.27 Edit

  • Bug Fix: Ninja's "Essence" spell wasn't always working as intended
  • Bug Fix: Stop[Element] spells were not properly flagged as first-cast abilities
  • Bug Fix: Under certain circumstances the Shade was not respawning properly
  • Added a "PartySay" function for private communication amongst party members. There is no button on the interface for this, but the macro for PartySay is "H"
  • Monsters from the Arctic and the Warrior's Crypt will now appear in the Casino Monster Arena
  • The Casino now sells the "Gambler's Pouch"
  • Soldiers can now equip Steel Aprons found in the Bedoe area
  • Merchants can now equip Ranger Cloaks found in the Bedoe area
  • Ranger: All bows now give +1 Bonus Crit
  • Ranger: The base modifiers and power caps for all lightning spells have been increased
  • Ninja: Vanish will now target a single enemy. In addition to the one-round "Vanish" status bonus, the Ninja will do half damage to the enemy target. This is still a first-cast priority ability.
  • Ninja: In addition to the one-round "Vanish" status bonus for the entire group, SmokeBomb will now give party members a first-cast priority that round regardless of agility or speed buffs/debuffs.
  • Various minor balance changes and fixes


v1.25 Edit

  • The power of most stat gains from Milestone Boosts has been increased
  • The Milestone Boosts for all characters have been reset. You will need to re-pick your boosts.
  • The power of Greater Moon Blessings has been increased (will now double all Moon Blessing stats)
  • All Stat Seeds now give +2 points to a given stat, an increase from +1 on most seeds.
  • Reduced the Shade respawn timer from 3-4 hours down to 1 hour after the Shade has been defeated.
  • The Shade's movement patterns have been completely changed. It will no longer be out of players' reach for extended periods of time.
  • The gold resale value of Rare and Unique gear drops has been increased.
  • Warlock/Conjurer: The spell "Awaken" has been renamed "Vivify".


v1.24 Edit

  • Bug Fix: "Slow" status was not clearing properly after battle
  • Bug Fix: Earning over 10,000 tokens in poker was not triggering the "Gambling Addiction" BYOND Medal
  • Bug Fix: Needlers in the Arctic were not given the proper MP they needed to cast their spells.
  • Bug Fix: Sleep and Instant Kill spells had the potential to be 100% effective.
  • Bug Fix: Sleep and Confuse ticks were triggering on the second half of the Reflect spell
  • Colosseum Emblems are now shared across all characters on a single BYOND Key.
  • Bank Gold is now shared across all characters on a single BYOND Key. You must log into each individual character for your bank gold stored on that character to be updated and added to your overall shared total.
  • Calculations for random success spells have been adjusted to prevent inflated success rates.
  • Added a new battle status called "Focus". Characters who wake up naturally from either Sleep or Confuse will enter a Focused state, which makes them immune to other Sleep or Confuse spells for 2 rounds. If a character is woken up or soothed by an ally, Focus is not applied.
  • Cleric/Conjurer - Dream will now wake up the target in addition to the HealWave it casts.
  • Conjurer - No longer obtains the spell "Soothe". Will now learn "Snowball" at level 20 instead.
  • Warlock - Max HP has been reduced.
  • Warlock - The cost of Reflect has been increased to 20 HP.
  • Warlock/Conjurer - Awaken was not working as intended. It will now cast on the entire group.
  • Wizard - The cost of X-Ray has been reduced to 3 MP.
  • Wizard - Will now learn the spell "Confuse" at level 17.
  • Wizard - Will now learn the spell "Soothe" at level 19.
  • Wizard - Level 20 Milestone choices have changed. Now chooses between one of these three abilities: "Madness", "Shadows", "Curse"


v1.23 Edit

  • Bug Fix: Sacrifice was not properly displaying HP changes when reviving party members
  • Players at the login menus can now see their guild's communications over GSay
  • The drop rate for Rare (random stat) items has been increased
  • Several items in the Piatta/Bedoe area have been changed to allow more classes to equip them
  • More Warlock weapons can now be found in Ennar
  • The HP cost of Leech has been increased
  • Shift will now only transfer the exact HP cost of the spell when cast on other Warlocks
  • The Shard price for all Black Sanctum vendor items has been reduced
  • The price of Seed Boosters has been reduced
  • Minor Shade re-balancing changes


v1.22 Edit

  • Bug Fix: Players could occasionally get completely stuck when reloading a character standing on ice.
  • Bug Fix: Ninja's Bottled Essence wasn't preserving its healing power after logging out
  • Bug Fix: FireCross wasn't flagged as a fire elemental spell
  • Bug Fix: Warlock spells like Nightmare were taking away HP and causing other glitches when cast by other classes.
  • Bug Fix: Skipping a cut scene in the middle of a "camera move" was causing players to auto-walk after the scene.
  • Bug Fix: The Frozen Ninja Glove was incorrectly flagged as a level 21 item. It has been increased to level 28.
  • Bug Fix: Shadegores spawned with only 1 HP. This has been reset to the intended amount.
  • Pre-v1.20 characters will now be given a warning message that their gear has been unequipped upon updating.
  • The Warlock spell "Leech" will now affect groups of enemies
  • Warlocks will now learn "Reflect" at level 20 instead of 30
  • The Warlock "Shift" spells will now cost less HP and do double healing.
  • Slightly reduced the MP cost of "Blizzard", "Gust" and "Chill"
  • The effectiveness of Curse has been reduced. It will now reduce healing by 35% instead of 50%.
  • Several Shade fights have been slightly rebalanced
  • The Shade will now use the ability "Shade Storm" instead of Eye Beam. It has essentially the same effect, but it is a Storm elemental spell which characters can use Storm Resist to negate.
  • The Shade can now fly over mountains in addition to water


v1.20/v1.21 Edit

  • Version 1.20 represents a landmark release with many changes, not all of which will be specifically documented here. Please see the Silk Games Blog for detailed information on many of the major changes and new features. Relevant entries: v1.20 Intro - Soulbound Equipment - PvP Rewards System - Daily Quests - Ninja and Warlock details
  • Many new Character Statistics have been introduced, and most of the existing items in the game have been revised to accommodate the new statistics. For a complete list of the new stats and what they do, see the Character Statistics page.
  • All characters will now select a "Moon Blessing" for bonus stats at character creation. After reaching landmark levels (10, 20, 30) players will now be asked to choose between one of three "Milestone Boosts" for improved stats and/or new abilities.
  • The Status HUD has been spread across three pages to accommodate all of the new statistics. This HUD will now also keep track of each character's Time Played (from this point forward).
  • The Arctic North content area is now open. The main storyline continues in this region.
  • The "Warrior's Crypt" bonus dungeon is now open. Strong monsters and several optional quests can be found here.
  • The max character level has been given a slight bump to 32.
  • The Ninja and Warlock classes are now available for play (subscribers only)
  • "Colosseum Emblem" currency can now be earned from participating in official PvP tournaments and be used to purchase rewards at the Colosseum.
  • Daily Quests and new "Sanctum Shard" currency rewards are now available near the entrance to the Black Sanctum.
  • The upstairs library in Ardan castle has been expanded. Don't miss what's up there!
  • Two new Casino games have been added - 5 Card Draw and Joker Poker. The Casino Token system has been revised, and all existing tokens have been converted to their equivalent value under the new system. New token rewards are available.
  • New items called Stat Seeds can be found and purchased at different places throughout the world. Players can use a limited number of Stat Seeds to permanently increase their stats.
  • A Binding Equipment system has been added, and retroactively applies to all existing equipment. Once an item is Soulbound it cannot be traded to other players. It can, however, be sold to NPC vendors or shared amongst your other characters on the same key using the Shared Vault.
  • The text symbols used the represent the different statistics in certain HUDs have been revised. These symbols now use a smaller font and more characters to represent each stat.
  • All of the game's HUDs should now open and close in a much cleaner, "snappier" fashion.
  • The success rate of "random chance" spells such as Confuse and Mirage is now calculated strictly based upon Strength, Agility and Intelligence, instead of physical/magical attack power.
  • Guild cape dyes can now be found and used by guild leaders to further customize the look of their guild.
  • New BYOND Medals have been added as rewards for completion of the new content.
  • BYOND Hub scores will no longer use Scientific Notation.
  • A new Logout button has been placed in the top-right section of the interface (it is bound to the Escape key). Using this function players can now return to the Character Creation/Loading menu without disconnecting and reconnecting to the game.
  • Players who disconnect from the game must now wait 30 seconds before reconnecting.
  • Many, many minor changes and fixes.

v1.19 Edit

  • The monster arena odds have been updated to correctly reflect all of the monsters' adjusted stats.
  • The casino now has its own music.
  • Conjurers can now equip fishing hats found in the Piatta area.
  • Fixed a rare glitch that could be used for gold duplication. This bug was caught before any damage was done to the game's economy.
  • Fixed a bug with balloons/ferries that set the player's "last town" flag to the selected destination before checking to see if they had enough gold.
  • A cutscene in the Bedoe Pass area was not properly clearing players "outside" flag.
  • Charge was sometimes not functioning correctly against invincible enemies.
  • Fixed a guild bug that was glitching out the capes and gsay buttons on secondary characters.
  • Various undocumented changes and bug fixes.


v1.18 Edit

  • All attacks will now do a greater amount of minimum damage regardless of the target's defense. The mean calculation for this minimum damage is simple: //(attack_power / 8)//
  • The class selection screen has undergone a face lift to give new players more information when choosing a class. This change has also been made to accommodate two new classes that are forthcoming, but not available to play in this version.
  • The frequency at which certain regular monsters cast spells has been slightly reduced.
  • The volume of the 'Poison Step' sound effect has been increased slightly.
  • Bug Fix: The mouse's HP was accidentally set to 10. It has been changed back to 100.
  • Bug Fix: Certain Special Moves were giving the incorrect dodge message when the attacker was Miraged in battle


v1.17 Edit

  • This version represents a major re-balance due to the changes made to the Defense and Strength stats. The goal is to keep the general 'feel' of the balance the same in PvE, although the stats on all monsters have been altered to accommodate the change. In the next week or so feedback will be critical, and small balance updates and changes will be made frequently based upon your feedback.
  • Both Physical and Magical defense are now more effective.
  • Due to the change to defense calculation, spells such as Harden and Soften are more effective, although their multipliers haven't changed.
  • Strength now contributes 25% to defense. This means that each strength point equals 1 ATK and 1/4 DEF
  • Monsters have been given more agility across the board.
  • Added a new item, the Alarm Clock. This single use item will automatically wake you up if you have it in your inventory when you are put to sleep in battle (although you will still lose one turn). Players can also use it to wake up a sleeping party member. The Alarm clock will drop as part of basic item loot table around the world, and can also be bought in the Casino for 1 token.
  • Added a new Cleric/Conjurer spell called 'Dream'. When cast on a sleeping ally in battle, it will cause a 'HealWave' effect on the entire group. Dream only costs 3MP.
  • Added a new Conjurer spell called 'Soothe', which will clear confusion from a single ally. Clerics have also been given a similar spell called 'Sanity' which will clear confusion from all allies.


v1.16 Edit

  • Minor new feature: Typing '/e ' or '/emote ' in Say followed by text will send an emote to players in range.
  • Bug Fix: Closing a dialogue box during Colosseum fights using the Action Button was clearing the text for everyone else viewing the fight. The use of the Action Button to clear dialogue boxes during Colosseum fights has been disabled.
  • Bug Fix: Players could sometimes challenge for duels in restricted areas.
  • Bug Fix: The 'Spikey Mask' was not working correctly for Rangers
  • Bug Fix: 'Guard' was not clearing correctly if a player was confused.


v1.15 Edit

  • Players can now find and use items called Masks to magically transform their character's hairstyle/head wear. These hairstyles are unique, and are not available during the character creation process. Masks are subscriber-only items.
  • The drop rates for subscriber-only loot (dyes, masks) has been reduced.
  • The price of the dyes sold by the Balzackian specialty merchant have been drastically reduced. This merchant also now sells several masks.
  • Players now have several different options for the skin color of their character. People who want to change the color of an existing character's skin will have to use a Scroll of New You to reach the re-customization menu.
  • Pressing Ctrl+Direction will now face your character in that direction without taking a step. Note that this can only be used at times when you'd be able to walk normally.
  • The size of the Colosseum pit has been reduced slightly to give spectators a better view of the action.
  • The range of 'Say' has been increased to extend slightly beyond a player's visible screen area.
  • Bug Fix: Colosseum Tournament mode wasn't working correctly.
  • Bug Fix: Guild cape logos were incorrectly overlaying long hair.


v1.14 Edit

  • Version updates will only relocate players back to the last town they visited if it is necessary (ex: if there are map changes).
  • Subscription-only items are now identifiable by a small smiley face icon right below the item's level in the Item Description HUD.
  • Poison now triggers a visual effect and a sound effect when it damages a player in the overworld.
  • 'Renew' type spells will now display a visual effect when moving.
  • Poison now does more damage in battle to regular monsters and other players
  • The power of 'Weaken' has been reduced
  • If successful, Redeem will now revive the target with 50% HP instead of 40%
  • Mana Burn abilities such as 'Deflate' are now much more effective against regular monsters and other players.
  • Bug Fix: Admin Mute was occasionally adding players to the mute list multiple times. Mutes will now persist through server reboots.


v1.13 Edit

  • Fights in Ennar or with low level players are no longer 100% restricted. You are now allowed to challenge for duels in these situations.
  • Relocated the Bedoe Pass ferry to make it more convenient for travelers and to avoid confusion for players entering the Bedoe area for the first time.
  • Minor fixes and balance changes


v1.12 Edit

  • Merchants will now learn the 'Guard' ability at level 15
  • Put in a possible fix for the random guild 'pink bib' bug. At the very least your cape will now just default to a basic grey instead of malfunctioning like that. Please speak to an Admin if your cape design does not save correctly and you have this issue.
  • Tournament mode for the Colosseum added
  • Miscellaneous minor fixes


v1.11 Edit

  • Various Marketplace fixes
  • 'Under the hood' fixes for various glitches
  • Non-damaging moves like Soften or Appraise will no longer trigger moves like FireCross and Counter


v1.10 Edit

  • The rare chain mail that drops in the Balzackia area is now equippable for Merchants
  • Buff/Debuff spells such as Harden and Soften are now more effective
  • The damage inflicted by critical hits has been slightly reduced
  • Mirage will now affect certain direct-damage special moves (such as Charge)
  • The gold cost of Merchant's 'Profit' move has been reduced
  • FireCross and other Cross spells will now always be cast at the beginning of the round
  • Lots of minor balance changes
  • The Crystal in the 'No Pain, No Gain' quest will now always be used at the beginning of the round
  • If there is greater than a 7 level difference between anyone involved in a PvP fight, no gold will be won or lost on either side. **Logging out in the middle of PvP battles will still cause you to lose gold regardless.**
  • If a player is killed repeatedly in quick succession, the length of the "No PvP" timer will increase in order to give them a reprieve.
  • Minor bug fixes and changes for the Colosseum
  • Minor bug fixes for Guild glitches
  • World communication has been optimized to prevent slowdown and lag
  • Additional code optimizations to reduce lag


v1.09 Edit

  • NEW FEATURE: The Colosseum is now open for business! Masses of spectators can observe battles taking place in the overworld as two opposing teams duke it out.
  • NEW FEATURE: If a chest drops in battle and your inventory is full, you will now be given the option to swap the dropped item with one in your inventory.
  • Admin mutes will now only apply to the WorldSay channel
  • Bug Fix: Walking out of the Ardan Bank was not properly clearing the "No PvP" flag from players
  • Bug Fix: "Counter" status was not being cleared correctly when a player died.
  • Bug Fix: Slime race announcements were not working correctly
  • Bug Fix: When the surviving player logged out during battle when all of their battle members had already died, it caused a "stuck" battle.


v1.08 Edit

  • PvP is now restricted in the Bank and the Marketplace in both Balzackia and Ardan, and in the Casino.
  • Bug Fix: People were sometimes getting "caught" by prison/pirate guards no matter where they were in the game.
  • Bug Fix: A player's sprite stayed invisible to the opposing team if they were revived during a PvP battle
  • Fixed a visual glitch in the "We Go to War!" cutscene
  • Various minor fixes


v1.07 & Below Edit

  • While changes for every version of NEStalgia from v.10 forward have been documented, these notes are not relevant to the public release candidate and are therefore omitted from this list.