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Pre-alpha play?

Discussion in 'Shards Online Stratics Forums' started by Obsidian, Jun 5, 2014.

  1. Obsidian

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    I saw the Shards dev team mention there would be open pre-alpha play this weekend. Any more details on where to download the client and some basic play guide instructions or hot keys to help us get started?

    Looking forward to setting foot into Shards!

    -OBSIDIAN-
     
  2. Melaedha_CS

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    JUST got the link up on our events page! :)

     
  3. SashaSeeks

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    Was just gonna try to send a link, but Melaidha_CS just got it up there. I had a blast when I played it last week.
     
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    The servers are already up and it looks like quite a few players are having fun already.
     
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    I downloaded my client and I'm looking forward to giving it a go tonight.

    Is there somewhere with hot keys posted or basic instructions on the screens/displays?
     
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    Yes, you want the pre-alpha game guide: http://citadelstudios.net/?page_id=2373
     
  7. Noldor

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    I can't play the game because I can't read any of the text in the game. I've posted to the official forums with this issue.

    http://i.imgur.com/PdRz7hZ.jpg

    No Testing For Me! -*(

    TQQdles™
     
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    We're in IRC while we're streaming till later this evening (Eastern US time) and should be able to help. Updated schedule (All streams except the Massively interview are at twitch.tv/MMORPGcom):

    SATURDAY – JUNE 7, 2014
    11:00 AM EDT – Q&A with your Community Team, Aimee and Chrissay
    12:00 PM EDT – Play with the team on the Madness shard
    1:30 PM EDT – Livestream Shard Hopping
    1:40 PM EDT – Massively Interview with Derek Brinkmann on Massively’s twitch channel
    4:00 PM EDT – Q&A Session with designer Jim Shea
    5:00 PM EDT – Developer Playground
    7:00 PM EDT – Q&A Session with the developers
    9:00 PM EDT – Battle of the Backers

    SUNDAY – JUNE 8, 2014
    11:00 AM EDT – Q&A and demonstration with Systems Designer Bruce Bonnick
    1:00 PM EDT – EU Q&A session
    3:00 PM EDT – EU PvP Island event
    4:00 PM EDT – Interview Q&A session with Draconi
    6:00 PM EDT – Weekend Wrapup: additional Q&A with the developers
     
  10. Noldor

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    Yep, President invited me into that IRC channel. They suggested a few things...I updated my Catalyst Control Center drivers for the video card and set the options to their suggestion but nothing helped. Still the same issue.

    I guess I'll have to get a newer video card if I ever want to help test the game. Now, does anyone have the winning numbers for the lottery?! -)

    TQQdles™
     
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    But if you win you have to give me a dollar.
     
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    Noldor, bummer that they were not able to fix the video issue you are having. But you could still possibly play? At this point in the prealpha build there really isn't that much that you would need to read, if the mechanics work for ya. It would just be a matter of collecting spells and skill books, but at least they are sitting in static locations in the merchants boxes. Don't know if that would help ya, but thought I would mention....
     
  13. Noldor

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    I found the sword/shield and equipped them. I found the books but I can't read which is which book...and I don't have unlimited in-game coinage.

    So I wandered out into the game with sword & shield ready for combat. But I can't read what any of the action bar items do. Nor what any of the icons are on the screen...mouse hover just shows blurred text. I just kept dying.

    You know those pages where words are shown with mixed symbols but your mind can infer what the paragraph says...I pass those with flying colors. But I can't even tell what the words are suppose to say in the game.

    I'll have to pass until I get a new video card.

    TQQdles™
     
  14. SashaSeeks

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    Sorry to hear that Noldor. :(