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How to run ARM with different regions (NA/EU etc)

July 8th, 2013 No comments

People often ask me how they can run 2 ARMs at once for NA/EU, or simply keep the settings separate from each other, here’s how:

  • Make a shortcut of the ARM executable. If you have UAC on, it’s preferable to use a folder outside Program Files (copy the exe to somewhere else)
  • Edit the shortcut (r-click, properties)
  • Add ” /portable” to the commandline parameters

Now everytime you launch ARM with this shortcut, it will use a different “AppData” folder where the exe resides for the settings, which will be separate from the normal one, as if you were using it in another computer.

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The price of immunity at hackforge

July 7th, 2013 No comments

Gameforge says it’s ok to hack/cheat (as long you got money for shop)

July 5th, 2013 No comments

Recently there was a case of.. once again some hackers in Telamachus from criminal country  Dubai, these guys spend a fortune in the cash shop, so GF looks the other way and lets them use cheats as they please, going even as far as unbanning other hackers on request.

So recently 2 of these guys self-owned themselves by replying to hack accusations against them in the forums, saying like “everyone hacks.. look.. we frapped some hackers, so it’s ok, but we don’t hack, but it’s fine to do so”, in their own videos they forgot to turn off 360 degree radar hack, so everyone saw that and had a good laugh:

2013-07-05 - 15.32.54 ~ capture

 

So this was reported and the guy was apparently banned for a couple days and then free again. There is now a long thread in their forums about it, which is complete bs. The mods just say the same crap “hackers are permanently banned, hacks are not allowed, don’t lie” bla bla, while threatening and banning users for bringing this situation up. Support also downright ignores the issue, even Vian who’s usually sorta helpful among the staff won’t do anything either but the usual replies “we can’t share any info about this, no hacks are not allowed” bla bla, I guess he’s bound by contract to lie in support tickets and has no choice.

The hacker now goes around saying crap like “it’s only an addon, I didn’t know it was an offense, so I promised I won’t use again and they unban me”, ooooook, so now it’s “add-ons”, not hacks! :D

 

Ah well, nothing really new, but this needs more awareness amongst EU players to stop supporting this joke of a company that catters only to cheaters and scum.

Play NA Aion with decent ping

June 29th, 2013 No comments

With the continued failure from Gameforge to cater to European players, there’s a high influx of them starting over with North American Aion provided directly by NCsoft, which requires no subscription, has affordable shop items and really good support. Many more than ever are now switching over as they released the 4.0 update, with Europe lacking behind for another 2-3 months, and most probably we’ll get a dumbed down version of it like happened with 3.0 and 3.5, no fts, no rifts, no xp boost etc etc.

The main issue with moving over however is latency, as crossing the ocean involves a big spike in ping which for some people makes the game almost unplayable.

In my case, this is the ping I normally get:

2013-06-29 - 14.18.08 ~ capture

 

Needless to say this is a pain to do anything.. skills have a big delay, talking to npcs, even running around..
Patching tcp stack with ARM (does the same as Leatrix and a bit more, under “Help/Latency Fix”) is still not enough, since that is just a registry setting.

The only way I could get a decent ping to NA has been through using Battleping tunneling service, with these results:

2013-06-29 - 14.23.07 ~ capture

 

now that’s so much nicer, ~playable and stable ping with no spikes. If you live in the UK or a European main city you are likely to get even better ping, probably 100-150 is possible.

The service is also completely allowed by the Aion publishers, as previously commented here:
http://rainy.ws/2013/01/26/use-battleping-to-reduce-your-latency/

To get started, download their installer here: http://www.battleping.com/
You can even use it for free to try it, no registration required, as a guest it will let you use it for 20 minutes and then disconnect (then you can restart it and use another 20 minutes, however the Aion client will also get disconnected).

To properly set it up, follow these simple steps:

1) Pick a server. “Texas 4” worked the best for me, but you may try different ones and see if you get a better ping. NC Aion servers are located in Texas. Note that you might see better ping in the server choice window with different servers, but it doesn’t mean you will have that ping in-game. For example, Florida/East Coast reports 150-160 ping, but then in-game it becomes 220-230; then Texas4 reports 185-190, and that’s what I get in game, with sometimes ~200 at most. So test a bit and see what works best for you.

2013-06-29 - 14.42.18 ~ capture

 

2) Click on “Game Connection, and wait for the green message “Connected”.

2013-06-29 - 14.48.54 ~ capture

 

3) Launch your game. You will notice it says “Game detected”. If you don’t see that, then something is wrong, and the game isn’t using batlleping. In the case of Aion sometimes it only shows up after you get to the Login screen and connect to the game.

If you switch servers to test for better ping, you will need to click on Game Connection again.

There are a few other similar services lately, I tried a few in the past but BP gave me the best ping, so I stayed with them. They seem to provide the most stable service after being in the business for already quite a few years.

Their price seems also quite reasonable, with the current rate exchange it’s around 4,1 euro/month, or 3,8 if you pay for 3 months at once.

Note that if you play only in Europe, you can still benefit from using this, most people with 100-120 ping can usually lower it to 50-60 and even if you have low ping already, with BP you will eliminate random lag spikes and get a more stable connection to the game.

 

1.83 and 4.0 data.pak

June 28th, 2013 No comments
  • Updated the items database with the new 4.0 client data (US names).
  • Removed links to AP table (no longer accurate) and siege times.

You can also download the new data.pak for EU PTS here: http://rainy.ws/misc-stuff/ (updated, old one wasn’t working)

Update

June 27th, 2013 2 comments

Patched ARM to correctly launch NA Aion’s 4.0 (both 32/64 bits) and Hackforge 4.0 PTS.

Support for bard/gunner will be added soon when I have a chance to test both on my own to parse all their skills.

Aion languages

June 27th, 2013 1 comment

Hackforge anounced today they will be translating the game for spanish, italian, polish, turkish, ..

I will not be working on having ARM run with these clients, as has been the case for french and german.

ARM will remain working with only English clients, although it will still work with others if you use the North American Aion data pak files. Translations for the program are also not planned, there is no need to translate software when it’s available in English.

Aion 4.0 English patch notes

June 26th, 2013 No comments

4.0 Japanese voice pack

June 26th, 2013 No comments

Content language and comments moderation

June 25th, 2013 No comments

Just a couple things I think need to be clarified after some of the recent moderated comments in this website:

  • Posters with fake email address are very likely to be flagged as spam and removed.
  • Comments in a language other than English will be also removed, if you want to reply on the case of the french GM please do so in English.