1. We have a dedicated Player Test Environment on our QA server available for player use. This server will be kept open with periodic database resets, when we will copy the database from the live server. The server database will be updated at least twice a month during a scheduled maintenance window.

    Though players are welcome to use the QA server to experiment or test anything they wish, we will post patch notes and testing directives in this area. Players testing new content, features and systems will greatly help in reducing post release bugs and making the game better.

    To assist players in helping us make the game better, the Test Server will award login bonuses in CotOs and Gold coins to allow players to purchase resources or anything they may need to test from the Crown Store and/or from the in game vendors. In Addition, the Developers will announce dates/times when Dev Assisted Player Test Events will occur on the QA Server.

    Please use the Test Environment Bug and Feedback forums for QA Server activities only.

    You can help test by downloading a new SotA Launcher(QA) installer to download a separate QA copy of the game. It exists independently from the regular live version of the game and installs to a separate folder. To use the Player Test Environment, please download the QA Server client here:

    Windows: https://d2sx9mrt4zumaq.cloudfront.net/Installers/SotAInstaller(QA)-1.2.0.exe

    Mac: https://d2sx9mrt4zumaq.cloudfront.net/Installers/Shroud of the Avatar - Installer(QA) 1.1.0.pkg

    Linux Package: https://d2sx9mrt4zumaq.cloudfront.net/Installers/shroud-of-the-avatar-launcher-qa_1.1.0_amd64.deb

    Linux tar.gz:https://d2sx9mrt4zumaq.cloudfront.net/Installers/shroud-of-the-avatar-launcher-qa_1.1.0.tar.gz

    For information on installing the Steam QA client, click here.

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    We are aiming to keep players updated with what is being put on the QA Server for Player Testing.

    The more players who try to break what the Devs made the better!
     
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    Trying something new here ...

    I will be doing most of the QA builds going forward. Today was the first one I completed end to end. (the Build took 7.5 hours total)

    I will strive to post here as I do for DB sync events when a new QA build goes live.

    In future there will also be patch notes! This time around I didn't collect all the info needed for a good set of notes.

    Suffice to say that Grusk has had a number of updates including the maps for both scenes. So please check it and the testing directive out...

    Thanks!
     
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    Included in this build:

    * Various Grusk improvements; fixed stuck spot, added steam sounds, terrain changes, added a carpentry merchant with custom conversation dialogue, fixed typos in journal entries,

    * Added a note in the Store User Interface (UI) suggesting to purchase Episode 2 if the player doesn't already have it. (as suggested by @Anpu)

    * Players should no longer hear a heartbeat sound as the scene is loading (this was a somewhat random occurrence)

    * Players should no longer hear "Shroud!" then loading into the Arx Draconis POT. (Note: The dragon statue in the square will still play the sound when clicked)

    * Players should no longer hear Electrical sounds when loading into a scene (Grusk for example) where Moon Towers are present

    * Failed attempt to fix the issue where the Spider Room Blueprints are not dropping. Worked with Devilcult to develop an action plan. I will be purging the table completely and rebuilding, then if issue continues, I will be flushing the server loot and recipe cache (all this on QA, so no impact to live play)

    * Started adding "Dungeon Map Cards": As stated in the past, we will not be making in game maps for dungeons until such a time as tech to support fog of war exists. So all of the Dungeons will have a fun little "placeholder" instead. Note Known Issue: Some of the cards may be rotated. This will be fixed in the next QA build.

    ...and more! (There will most time be additional things in QA builds that either are not ready for player testing, or are secret!


    I am targeting another QA build for tomorrow evening. (the build take about 5-7 hours, so it should be published around 8pm (or earlier if I get up early :D)
     
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    This build brings the QA server current with the live server build (R100: 1525) and includes the following new updates:

    * Fixed issue with young snow tigers spawning incorrectly [SOTA-70227]
    * Updated Castle Teleporter to act as other POT Teleporters (allow player to choose destination instead of dedicated to Castle Atos) [SOTA-70351]
     
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    * When someone is set PvP or is in a PvP scene and go AFK they will get disconnected after being AFK for 20 minutes (or 10 minutes after the flag is set). Increased AFK flag time by 5 minute.
    * Crafted iron lamp should light properly when being close. [SOTA-68763]
    * Sawtooth Thicket: Moved a floating axe to a nearby stump. [SOTA-70362]
    * Dysborg Ruins: Moved a fishing hotspot to a spot where it can be accessed. [SOTA-70364]
    * Grusk: Fixed a ladder with a bad teleport target. Improved how avatars can get to the top of the mountain by the factory. Adjusted some rocks that players could see through. Moved some floating trees to ground level.
    [SOTA-70367, SOTA-70359, SOTA-70366, SOTA-70368, SOTA-70361]
    * Castle Atos: Fixed a pathfinding issue where NPCs would sometimes stumble on cracks between floor pieces. [SOTA-70365]
    * The Fall: Updated the tiger spawners to ensure all spawners worked and with a better chance to spawn high-tier enemies. [SOTA-70363]
    * Path of Truth: Updated logic for "Travel to Blood River" and "Explore Artifice" to help them automatically archive when required. [SOTA-70360]
    * Arabella: Added a "bonesteel" response that will remove an artifact from players who shouldn't yet have it.
    * Player will now be able to see other player again on elevator/platform [SOTA-69027]
    * Avatar won't appear crouched when getting out of elevator/platform [SOTA-70341]
    * Outskirts: Crafting merchants in all 3 outskirts each now sell one type of board recipe. [SOTA-70354]
    * Added a /translate command you can use in the chat. This will translate the last line in the chat to the current language set in game option or you can specify it at the end with the language like '/translate en'.
    More information can be found in the player manual.
    * Solace Bridge Outskirts: For quest reasons, players cannot skip the conversation with the alchemist. [SOTA-69948]
    * Grusk: The Storehouse Container shelter now has a unique set of turn-ins. The common items are Metal Scrap, Small Ball of Clay, Animal Hide, and Animal Bone. The uncommon item is Crocodile Head. [SOTA-70206]
    * Big Cats now have proper animations in for Charge Attacks [SOTA-70346]
    * Added a Lua Add-On(s) Manager which can be found in the Window Selection menu in game.
    * Added 2 new Lua functions:
       ShroudOnExperienceChanged() which return the amount of experience added in pool and the type, adventurer or producer.
       ShroudOnDisableScript() which is a convenience method for Lua scripter to clean up their script when a player disable it in the manager.
       More details are in the Lua section of the Player Created Resources forum and in the SotA Lua API document.
    * POT Meadow's Edge: Upgraded to Metropolis from City. [SOTA-70372]
    * POT M'hul Island: Upgraded to Crossroads Village from Village. [SOTA-70379]
    * POT Silk Road: Upgraded to City from Crossroads Village. [SOTA-70380]
    * POT Chaos ar' mori'elen ten'oio: Added new Holdfast to Mistrendur, on the southwest shoreline of the central island. [SOTA-70021]
    * POT Regnum: Added new Holdfast to Novia, north of Ardoris. [SOTA-70352]
    * POT TheBonusRole Undercity: Added new village to Novia near the Whiteguard Foothills. [SOTA-70381]
    * Wynton's Folly: Moved a piece of floating garlic to the ground. [SOTA-70389]
    * Grusk: Fixes several floating bushes. [SOTA-70385]
    * Aldwater: Fixed an issue where pavers were floating at the exit archways. [SOTA-70386]
    * Braemar: Moved a floating pillow to the top of a bed. [SOTA-70388]
    * Blood Bay: Plugged a gap blow some rocks near a shoreline where ocean water could be seen through the gap. [SOTA-70387]
    * Updated Housing tax/eviction timer email text to advise the house with deco will be placed in the Property Manager instead of sent to the bank. [SOTA-70358]
    * Ardoris: Added extra logic to help clear Timothy the Enchanter's "Find the Beast's Lair" task, including saying by "hello" to him after completing the activity. [SOTA-70382]
    * Spectral Mines: Added extra logic to help clear Timothy the Enchanter's "Find the Beast's Lair" task after defeating the archlapin. [SOTA-70382]
     
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    * Ardoris: Stephanie Broadmeadow now highlights with blue sparkles and waves her hands in relation to her "5 paintings" quest. [SOTA-70383]
    * Owl's Head: Improved the logic for how "Tell Morgan the Task is Complete" archives when talking to Morgan. Avatars who still have this task can try saying "the task is complete" to Morgan even if the quest has concluded. [SOTA-70371]
    * Solace Bridge Outskirts: Improved the logic which clears Filmore's "Kill Wolf, Retrieve Collar" task. Avatars who have this lingering task should say "Betty" to Filmore to clear it.
    * Ardoris: Improved the logic which helps clear the "Mention Writ to Min" and "Ask Min Liang Tan about the Emperor's Writ" tasks.
    * South Boundless Forest: Increased player count to 32 from 16.
    * Fixed big cat skills [SOTA-70345, 70346]
       - Added pounce skill with correct animation
       - Added separate skills for creature and tamed big cats
       - Fixed range issues with roar skills
       - Hooked up roar animation to roar skills
       - Cleaned up big cat weapons and removed unused assets
    * Malice: Hid several purple trigger volumes that were visible to players. [SOTA-70300]
    * Added R101 contest scenes: Avallon, Ordinis Mortis, Mystic Isle, Rampage Island, Rock Ridge, Arlia, Xenos, Aerie, Ardoris, Verdantis Shardfall, Sunless Barrens, Rajazel; Spectral Mines, Rhun Ruins
    * POT Avallon: Upgraded to Crossroads Village from Village. Consolidated dev-placed teleporter boats. [SOTA-70395]
    * POT Twin Traders: Upgraded to Village from Hamlet. [SOTA-70397]
    * POT Lamplight: Added new holdfast to Novia next to the Elysium Mines. [SOTA-70396]
    * Devotional Caretakers: Updated the logic to archive the "Tell Kiln Caretaker About Indigno" and "Tell Eastmarch Caretaker About Fastus" tasks.
    * Owl's Head: Fixed a typo in the chat message for the "Get Morton's Ledger" task.
    * Grusk: Moved floating bushes to the ground. Blocked a gap underneath several factory walls. [SOTA-70398]
    * Vertas: Moved several floating posts into the ground. [SOTA-70399]
    * POT Silk Road: POT is now correctly assigned Town size. [SOTA-70380]
    * Items can now be linked in the chat. Right click an item and click "Link to chat".
       They cannot be linked in Universal Chat. Doing so will just result in the name of item being sent and player wont be able to mouse over it. There is a limit of characters, but it will allow multiple items to be linked at once.[/sp]
     
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    * Item name color in tooltip will now match color seen in inventory instead of all being mostly blue.
    * Reduced the resize of height of teleport scroll a bit so it can fit in everyone's screen.
    * Added a scrollbar in the description part of the crown store window to prevent icons and pattern in some case to overlap with the text. Text will be more visible as it won't shrink anymore.
    * Fix for acara armor not applying the air damage
    * Fix for acara armor attunement effect not applying properly
    * Players can now use /time to display their local (real life) date/time, server date/time and New Brittania date/time info as well, in the chat window. [SOTA-70427]
    * Fixed dungeon room and navmesh. (Hilt Rotunda, Hilt Spider room, The Rise Dog room, and The Rise Library)
       [This should completely solve the Spawn and pet movement issues in these rooms. We will continue to sweep through and rebuild the rest of the rooms as well]
     
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    * Soltown: Fixed a typo in one of Jeanne's "hello" responses. [SOTA-70434]
    * Changed Female Lion Mount to Lioness Mount as per request
    * Shaminian Hills: Added a "Reset Platform" button near a crystal receiver that sometimes is out-of-sync, to force it back in sync when you have a crystal that operates the platform. [SOTA-70435]
    * Brightbone Pass: Moved a floating rock near one of the exit archways to the ground. [SOTA-70438]
    * Lua manager title typo and window will now close when escape is pressed.
    * Fixed an issue where Linux and Mac players would not see the correct output [SOTA-70439]
    * Updated the Recently Added Sub Categories to reflect R100 and R101 [SOTA-70440]
    * POT Rampage Island: Upgraded to Crossroads Village from Holdfast [SOTA-70441]
    * Fix for merchant not having tooltip
    * Fix for Lua manager not reloading some script on scene change.
     
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    * Grusk: Modified a pipe that was too short. Blocked a world object that was sticking through a ceiling. [SOTA-70442]
    * Hilt Fortress: Fixed a hallway that had an invisible object blocking passage. [SOTA-70445]
    * Blackblade Foothills: Flattened several terrain "spikes." [SOTA-70443]
    * Wynton's Folly: Flattened several terrain "spikes." [SOTA-70444]
    * Stripped "Double-click to consume" from consumable item linked to chat and removed empty space at the end of some tooltip.
    * Fix for Lua manager on/off getting broken with multiple scripts
    * POT Regnum: Fixed an issue to make this POT a valid teleport scroll destination.
    * Adjusting names for Snow Leopard, Panther and Jaguar mounts to remove "female" from the name in the store. The mounts have no gender displayed to the player in game. [SOTA-70447]
    * Crypt of the Avatar: Fixed issues including replacing a missing section of hallway, correcting hallway materials, and removing mysterious black effect throughout the scene. [SOTA-70461]
    * When wearing a bodice bottoms on male character it will now show correct skin color [SOTA-68719]
    * Fixed visual issues while wearing a Frogkin ring and some specific body/legs equipment. [SOTA-68146]
    * Cloth tunic should now show correct skin color at bottom of the neck. [SOTA-69111]
    * Hilt Fortress: Fixed a bad path grid on a spiral staircase.
    * POT Shearwater Island: Changed biome to Island 01 from Island 01a and upgraded to Crossroads Village from Village. [SOTA-70465]
     
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    * When wearing a bodice bottoms on male character it will now show correct skin color. [SOTA-68719]
    * Fixed visual issues while wearing a frogkin ring and some specific body/legs equipments. [SOTA-68146]
    * Fixed frog skin color of female body with certain piece of armor.
    * Cloth tunic should now show correct skin color at bottom of the neck. [SOTA-69111]
    * Hilt Fortress: Fixed a bad path grid on a spiral staircase.
    * POT Shearwater Island: Changed biome to Island 01 from Island 01a and upgraded to Crossroads Village from Village. [SOTA-70465]
    * Spite: Updated the responses from Thetis to stop her from repeating herself. [SOTA-66957]
    * Solania Catacombs: Improved the path grid. [SOTA-70466]
    * Moved the currently equipped deck name near the Swap Deck icon button so it doesn't hide under the alternate deck name.
    * Removed dye slots from Ancient Xenossian Winged Plate Helm. [SOTA-70420]
    * Removed dye slots from Flaming Skull Mask. [SOTA-70421]
    * Grusk: Fixed a typo in one of Vishpop's stories. Added a lantern near the lighthouse keeper.
    * Caverns of Skrekk: Fixed non-interactive crates and regenerated the path grid. [SOTA-70472]
    * Tenebris Harbor: Moved a tree that was poking through a building wall. Regenerated the path grid. [SOTA-70471]
    * Midmaer Passage: Fixed an area of the water that allowed avatars to swim above the water. [SOTA-70467]
    * Blackblade Foothills: Fixed an area of lava that was causing damage too far from the source. [SOTA-70468]
    * South Midmaer Way and Lamech's Bazaar: Ensured palm trees are near each possible coconut resource node location. [SOTA-70470]
    * Crypt of the Avatar: Fixed an issue where the player couldn't cast location-based spells on some floors. [SOTA-70469]
    * Fixed incorrect name on saber-toothed tiger carcass. [SOTA-70412]
    * Fixed issue with not being able to tame Obsidian Snow Leopard. [SOTA-70248]
    * Fixed issue with mini greyhound deco pet. [SOTA-68886]
    * Blood River Outskirts: Updated the "Poison Vigilante Food Supply" journal entry to clarify a replacement poison item can be collected from Phineas.
    * Broken Echoes Silver Mines: Compass markers for the "Stop the Broken Echoes Foreman" should no longer appear until after acquiring that task. [SOTA-70474]
    * Lost Whiteguard Silver Mine: Avatars entering Aelfraed's Cathedral should no longer get the "Find Evidence that Wen is at Peace" compass marker unless they are on the previous stage of the quest. [SOTA-70473]
    * Xenos: Fixed bumpy terrain within a housing lot that was blocking placement of decorations. [SOTA-70457]
    * Soltown: Fixed typos in Stanley's "Baozhai" response. [SOTA-70476]
    * Added new properties to the Lua function ShroudGetInventory(): createdBy, creationTime, creationScene, lengthOrSize.
    * Added CapsLock detection at login screen. (Windows Only)
    * Adjusted Wall Hedge recipe to reduced resource cost of corner pieces. [SOTA-70475]
    * Solace Bridge Outskirts: Moved zombie spawners away from the bridge connecting to the guardpost bivouac.
    * Desolis: Added additional compass markers for the "Obsidian Logbook" quest. Also, added "Obsidian Logbook" to description on all books. [SOTA-70477]
    * Solace Bridge Outskirts: Updated compass markers for the "disrupt ritual" quest. [SOTA-70479]
    * Necropolis Barrens: Converted the "destructible" Love Letters into an official resource node. [SOTA-70478]
    * Blood River: Added extra opportunities to archive Arabella's "Travel to Blood River" task with Robert Villines's hello responses and the task's "flag to complete" mechanism. [SOTA-70360]
    * Yew: Moved several problematic trees away from housing lots because their branches were reaching into the lots. [SOTA-70481]
    * Hilt Fortress: Moved an inaccessible ore node to a nearby location where it can be mined. [SOTA-70483]
    * Hilt Fortress: Updated the compass markers that point avatars to the Obsidian Forge. [SOTA-70482]
    * Fixed the sounds functions in Lua which had index problems being off by 1.
    * Fixed the town crier conversation being broken after saying "i lost my mail" for the mail delivery quest. [SOTA-70486]
    * Avatar can now have Body and Face Markings! Over 57 Tattoos/Scars for body are currently available and 12 Face Tattoos/Scars/Freckles and more! Some are available in character creation while others are available through New You.
    * Hair and eye color will stay the same instead of changing back to default when visiting New You shop.
    * Seasonal Monsters: Archlapin is now inactive. Luminous Atavist is now active. [SOTA-69063]
    * Aether Creatures: Aether Dragons, Aether Liches, and Aether Corpions have returned to their respective stomping grounds while the two-tailed comet is within range of the world. [SOTA-69061]
    * Rhun Vault: Fixed a stuck spot. [SOTA-70494]
    * New hair colors are now available at New You!
    * Removed SotA Radio ... no longer on the air
    * Necropolis: Added compass marker for Exit to Midmaer Passage. [SOTA-70498]
    * Midmaer Passage: Corrected location of compass marker for exit to Midras Vault. Added compass markers for exits to Mysterious Crypt and Necropolis. [SOTA-70499, SOTA-70497]
    * Blackblade Pass: Corrected compass marker names and locations for exits to Southeast Blackblade Mountains and Northwest Blackblade Mountains. [SOTA-70496]
    * Ruined Keep: Rebaked the navmesh. [SOTA-70495]
    * Set Dread Artifacts to use normal repair kits
    * Underdweller Tier 10 [SOTA-70487]
    * Helpful Automaton: Added "helpful automaton" NPCs to the following scenes: Aerie, Blood River Outskirts, Castle Atos, Central Brittany, Grusk, Highvale Outskirts, Resolute, Solace Bridge Outskirts, and Soltown. Additional tips will be added to their conversations over time. [SOTA-33128]
    * POT Mith Trysull: Changed owner. [SOTA-70390]
    * Helpful Guide to Agriculture: This book can no longer be purchased from merchants. (It can still be found in as world object, or obtained from the new Helpful Automatons.)
    * Helpful Automaton: Removed the ability for these NPCs to give away helpful guide books.
    * Helpful Automaton: Removed helpful guide loot packages from their offerings to stop build errors.
    * Spite: Slightly randomized the placement of the red rugs in the Mortuarium.
    * Solace Bridge Outskirts: Sedgewick now also rewards feathers at the end of his arrow crafting quest. [SOTA-70493]
    * Added Fishing Tournament and Treasure Hunt scenes that show up colored in the Teleport to Zone scroll UI for R102.
    * Player can now save and load previously created character appearance. Added a note in the character appearance scene to inform player that they can always change it later at a New You merchant.
    * Helpful Automaton: Re-added ability to give away helpful guides, but only once. Added additional keyword topics.
    * Troll's Bridge: Added a couple of places where wolves can spawn. Randomized where a chest can spawn.
    * Added rating and feedback when player quit/exit the game.
    * Grusk: Fixed an issue with Vishpop's story about "Skyfall," which was only showing the final "come back tomorrow" comment.
     
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    * Adjust bench/pew collision and sit points [SOTA-70506]
    * Misc refinements for logout feedback form
     
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