There's been a couple of fairly big news for Tabula Rasa lately. First out is the big news about Operation Immortality, which you most likely already have heard about – if you haven’t, fear not and read all about it below.
Secondly, Deployment 11 is on the Public Test Servers and the main changes are focused on "New User Experience" which in a nutshell means a smoother and interesting experience if you're a brand new Tabula Rasa Player, sounds good!
Last (and least) is a reminder about the new Looking for Squad System which went live in Deployment 10.
Unless you’ve been living under a large, lava covered rock in Arieki, you have probably heard by now that Tabula Rasa’s Executive Producer, Richard Garriott, is going to the International Space Station on October 12th. We’ve launched a new site in this honor called Operation Immortality. What is Operation Immortality? Glad you asked!
Operation Immortality is a way that you can take part in Richard’s flight, even if you aren’t quite small enough to smuggle your way in his backpack. Just go to OperationImmortality.com and take a look! You can send a message, upload your character, or vote on mankind’s greatest achievements. All information will be collected and downloaded on an Immortality Drive that Richard will be taking with him to space. Also, 40 lucky winners that log in during a special time during the promotion will get their DNA sequenced and put on the Immortality Drive - saving mankind just in case the Bane decide to come after all. For more information, check out the Operation Immortality Overview video with Richard and OperationImmortality.com.
In addition, to commemorate Richard’s space flight, we’ve added some new missions and unique, space-themed rewards in Deployment 11. We won’t say too much more about this, just read the story behind it all, here.
New User Experience
Now that Deployment 11 is on the Public Test Servers, we would love to hear your feedback and bug reports. Our overall goal was to get our “new user experience” as clean and smooth as possible, and we felt that the current iteration of Boot Camp gave players too much extraneous information and tended to be more difficult than necessary. To reflect our new goal of a clean and simple new user experience, we revamped the tutorial, help menus, and log in screen. We also made balance passes on Wilderness and a complete overhaul of Caves of Donn.
This doesn’t mean we haven’t paid attention to other parts of the game! We’ve also made some major changes that affect game mechanics such as the way adrenaline is gained and the ability to cast and use consumables while crouching. Let’s also not forget about Omega Labs, a new level 50 instance! You can find a lengthy list of what was changed in the Deployment 11 Patch Notes.
Looking For Squad
In Deployment 10, we designed a new Looking For Squad system, to better assist players with grouping together in squads during their gameplay. We wanted to do a quick recap on this feature for those of you that were not aware that it exists on our Live servers. This system is meant to be fairly easy to get started, but allows for more complex adjustment of the settings. In other words, you can narrow down your requirements for your searches to more detail.
To activate this tool, simply type /LFS or /LFG (either will work). Once a search is initiated, it can run minimized on the right side of your screen as you continue to hunt. It will refresh automatically, keeping your search ad alive for you. The ad can be changed or closed, by clicking the minimized icon and making the adjustments.
We look forward to any comments or suggestions on this new tool.