Hi HWS Community,
a little but important announcement - more to come.
New HWS NA Admin
Our Public Official NA Application form were more or less successful! Since only one slot was open for a position we decided and want to welcome
Thank you a lot for deciding in helping us!
He applied for a Full Admin position, which in general means, he will stop playing Empyrion on HWS as a regular player.
Every single PvP is gone - in case you associate him with it.
He is very motivated and has ambitious to help balancing and/or supporting us in general with Support Tickest etc.
We are excited and hope for the best - since NA Admins are very hard to get.
@JUNIPER stays a Full Admin on NA but is rather “on duty” available so far and David will progress in permissions along the way (no Full Admin capabilities yet)
Chatbot in Global Chat
The Chat rework in Alpha 10 were not 100% cool. That you only have one key for the chat (dot . ) has brought back a massive inflation of chatbot commands in Global Chat.
Because players do not know that they can just press
CTRL + Left/Right Arrow
To change the Chat channel to Faction Chat for example.
It is broadcasting since weeks but since it does not seem to have an effect yet, we are forcing chatbot commands in Faction or Server Channel again.
Spread the word to others, that CTRL + or is the way to go!
Once the brains got adapted to it, we might allow Chatbot commands in global again - it has some good incentives overall to allow it there. (free advertisement of our features like OCD)
HWS Config Changes aka Performance
The recent performance issues on EU and the result of massive Drama I have to deal with in private messages about PvP accusations were brought to Eleon.
Profiling / Benchmark on Wednesday
We will do another big benchmark to see what is going on. I’ll announce it on Discord at given time again but would be cool to get another 30 Player PvP action somewhere.
HWS Config Modifications
The gab we have to take between fun and performance is always big or at least difficult.
Still, in the end performance should always win, because without performance there can’t be fun in the first place.
That means Eleon checked some changed values and identified issues with them.
HV T2 Drill.
I changed the Range and Damage in the HWS Config a lot in comparison to Vanilla.
Why? Because the Rate of Fire got nerfed massively in Alpha 10 and I wanted to compensate it with the other values.
Overall: neither the Garage ships nor such Config changes are really known or calculated by Eleon.
That means there will be some dramatic changes over time now to bring back the focus on Performance!
The recent Server restart was the start for the Large Drill Attachment for example.
A very dark and negative topic for me. And something which gets bigger and bigger we can’t ignore for long anymore.
2 Years ago 100k credits were a highlight on HWS. Nowadays it’s almost expected as Daily Loot.
The Inflation kills economy - always. And with that, the fun as well. Yes it might feel fun to swim in money but in long term fun I made some analyze and saw a dramatic fluctuation of good players on HWS, once they reached the status “rich”. It starts fast for them to be boring and imbalanced.
The drill changes and coming other changes in the future will have impact on that and I hope and wish for your logical and constructive feedback, how to drastically stop Inflation in the economy / HWS!
Please try to think of a big picture where everything plays together.
For example reduced Garage ship prices, less Gold resources in the universe, changed Connect rewards, loot distribution, NPC Trader prices, etc.
I rely on your feedback here!
That being said I take issues on HWS very serious. Maybe too serious. It’s just a game.
But since ever I see it somehow as “my” game. I always wanted to be a Game Designer. And I hate people who blunder. I hate incompetence. The world is getting more and more of them. So I really want to make everything right. But it’s very hard to do alone.
HWS grew over the years to an own game within a game indeed. So please let me know your feedback about issues which are bigger than yourself — or just saying: welcome in my world
Your HWS Team