11/7/16-11/13/16 5 of 7

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Honored Iczers,

I am pleased to announce that we will be hosting a 5 of 7 event beginning this upcoming Monday at 12:01AM (EST). It will end on Sunday 11/13/16 at 11:59PM (EST).

To participate, all you have to do is play a duel on 5 of 7 days during the duration of the event. This only includes human opponents, so take a break from beating up on our poor NPCs and duke it out with one another! Duels must last at least 10 turns in order to count for the event-so give it your best shot and stick it out until the end of each match! Remember, Core legal files get a substantial boost to rewards in terms of cards, materials, and FM!

All participating players will earn 5 point cards (can be exchanged for any normal rarity card in the game) and 1 copy of Seasonal Beltorat Light Cavalry.

We will have 2 additional tiers of prizes for participating players who play additional matches above 5 of 7 requirement. These additional matches can take place on any day-just make sure to play on 5 of the 7 qualifying days to begin with.

Players that participate in at least 10 matches during the duration of the event, will score an additional 5 point cards (total of 10) and receive 1 copy of Seasonal Lycanthrope [Echidna]

Finally, players that go above and beyond and participate in 20 matches during the event will earn 10 more point cards (total of 20), and 1 copy of Seasonal Aqua Sorcerer / Mystere

That’s it! Good luck and I hope to see you in the arena.

-Romdeau

11/5/216 Update

Hey all, we’re gearing up for our next big stability update, but here are some changes in the meantime.

-NEW FEATURE – added Core search. Now, for the first 60 seconds of searching, if you’re playing Core you’ll only be matched with other Core.
-Fixed a problem where users were not being alerted on battle start if their deck was incomplete,
-Began applying user feedback to the tutorial
-General bugfixes

Black Friday Poll! Plus, bonus FM and Materials this Weekend!

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Honored Iczers and Supporters,

In recognition of the upcoming election here in the United States, we will be running a poll of our own to determine the fate of Black Friday. We will implement the top two options from this poll to determine what special sales we will run during Black Friday (11/25.16). Unless noted otherwise, these sales will run for the duration of a weekend- from Friday until Sunday at 11:59PM EST. Remember, we will only take the top two most popular options! In the event of a 3 way (or higher) tie, we will randomly select two options – so we encourage you only to vote for the two options you would like to see selected!

In addition, FM and material awards for Core legal files will be increased 30% as of this post until the end of the weekend at Sunday 11:59PM EST!

Get out there and vote!

-Romdeau

11/1/16 Updates and Patches

We’ve been working to deal with any leftover launch issues, and stability issues some users have reported – but, we’re also making time to actually implement the suggestions of our players as well. You all have been able to point out some important things we here at Alteil may have been too close to the project to see, and more importantly you also just have some really cool ideas! On that note, if you see me (Logress) in game you should talk to me, apparently that’s the best way to get things done!

Here is a quick set of patch notes:
1) We’ve added a vendor-provided stability patch to one of our third-party code libraries. (should solve battle connection issues)
2) New players (level 10 and lower) now get EXP, FM and Treasure for dueling NPCs!
3) You now have 24 hours to complete a draft instead of 12
4) Battle search cycle is longer
5) possible fix for the ‘level display’ bug
6) Turned off welcome messages in chat to prevent it from scrolling too fast
7) Audio controls now work across components and the game will remember them (You can mute everything).
8) The battle now remembers your last battle speed setting
9) General fixes for some of the draft bugs that have been occasionally popping up.

There have also been some basic tweaks for optimization and the like. Take a look, and please email logress@apocoplay.com if you noticing any problem. We’re already working on the next update!

–Sean

10/30/16 Stability Update

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Honored Iczers,

Thank you so much for your reports these past 48 hours, they have been very helpful for us. We have managed to overcome a number of obstacles, but we are still working to improve. Tomorrow at 8AM (EST) we will be uploading a major stability patch that should significantly reduce (perhaps eliminate) most of the hang ups and freezes currently happening. We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused. Please continue to communicate any difficulties you may be experiencing while playing Alteil: Horizons. We expect to be back up and running 30 minutes at approximately 8:30AM (EST)

See you in the arena,

-Romdeau

Drafting Comes to Alteil

DRAFTING

Drafting is Alteil’s newest feature, and one that provides a huge benefit to players both new and old. The most basic benefit of drafting is that your ability to win is 100% dependent on your skills drafting the cards, building decks, and playing the game. It doesn’t matter if you own a million cards or three. It doesn’t matter if you’re level 1 or 1000. Drafting provides a LEVEL PLAYING FIELD.

You draft by going to the SHOP and getting a draft entry ticket. This includes the five drafting packs needed to play. Then go to the ARENA, and you’ll see an option to start drafting.

Alteil’s ‘Rolling Draft; is based on tabletop card drafting. In tabletop card drafting, players each buy some packs, all open them at the table, everyone picks a card from the newly opened pack, and passes the pack on. Packs are passed around until all the cards are picked, and then you open the next pack. Continue until everyone has picked a big pile of cards. This is the part of the process called DRAFTING.

To enable players to begin or end drafting at any time in Alteil (so you’re not sitting there waiting for people to pick and hoping they don’t get called away from the computer), the drafting process is done against 3 virtual drafters (AIs who select cards and pass the rest). However, any card you pass up on is much more likely to shop up for other players who draft after you – while any card you choose becomes less likely to show up for later players when they draft.

IMPORTANT! You may use up to 3 copies of any common card you draft in the draft tournament battles that follow. You may also use up to 2 copies of any rare. Of course, when you keep your cards after the draft (more on that below) you only keep the number of copies you actually physically selected during the draft.

Once you have your cards, it’s time to build a deck. Click on the EDIT FILE button that appears in arena. Once you have a valid deck, you will get the option to search for duels.  The tournament is over when you’ve completed 5 duels, or after 12 hours. You must complete 5 battles win or lose to get tournament prizes, although you will still get rewards for each battle as if they were Horizons Core battles. The battles also count toward any battling events that might be ongoing.

TOURNAMENT PRIZES

There are two kind of tournament tickets. Gran tickets, and FM tickets. The only difference is the prizes you get. FM is currency you earn by battling, Gran is currency you get in the cash shop.

GRAN DRAFT TOURNAMENT – You always keep ALL the cards you draft, and the drop rates are equal or better than any other packs available in the store. With the degree of control you have picking cards, this is an excellent deal before you even get into the actual draft!  Gran Drafters also get bonus FM, Materials, Point Cards, based on how many wins, and if you get a perfect record you get your drafting ticket back!

FM DRAFT TOURNAMENT – You always keep ALL the 1* common cards you draft. If you get a perfect record, you keep the 2* cards too. FM Drafters also get bonus FM and Materials at the end of the tournament. If you get 4 out of 5 wins, you get your drafting ticket back!

NEW PLAYERS, FREE PLAYERS AND DRAFTING

The best part of drafting is its accessibility for new and free players. You can get 20-75 FM per battle, so 500 FM for a tournament isn’t too difficult. You also get a free FM tournament ticket at level 4. A new or free player can spend most of his time drafting while enjoying a level playing field! The best part is that you accumulate cards as you draft, so you’ll have a collection before you know it!

10/28/16 Steam Update

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Honored Iczers and supporters,

These past 24 hours have been a challenging learning experience for us. We have encountered a number of obstacles for players that we are doing our best to remove and correct.

We have been reviewing all of the reports we have been receiving and combing for bugs. There is a critical underlying communication error that Logress (one of our programmers) is currently writing a fix for. Currently, we estimate a fix should be up and patched in by tonight.

Thank you all for your reports and feedback. We will strive to do our best to create a smooth and seamless experience for players. There will be another update this upcoming Sunday and we will do our best to capture as many bugs as possible and fix them. With your reports, we can fix them faster and more thoroughly.

Thank you all for your continued support,

-Romdeau

Make an Impact on Alteil: Horizons – Steam Reviews

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I would like to take a moment to recognize the importance of Alteil: Horizon’s debut on Steam. A successful launch could bring in thousands of new players to play against and support future content development for the foreseeable future. With your help, we can pull it off.

How? If you aren’t registered to Steam yet, I encourage you to do so here. After you do so, install Steam onto your device and head over to Alteil: Horizon’s Steam page. On every game’s Steam page, players can provide their own input and review a game. We strongly encourage you to write a review for Alteil: Horizons. This allows other potential players who may not have heard of Alteil before to get an idea of what kind of game Alteil is.  Please provide your honest opinion and weigh the pros against the cons. We understand Alteil: Horizons isn’t a perfect game, but we strive every day to provide a fantastic service and play experience for all of our players.

We’ll be honest here – there is a lot of content on Steam, and indie games like Alteil have a lot to prove – both to potential players skimming over 100s of titles, and Steam itself. A big-budget game can weather some negative reviews, but a small game could find itself in trouble. A strong showing of positive reviews on our Steam page could have the opposite effect for many potential players – perhaps they’ll take a minute or two to learn more about this odd looking game called “Alteil: Horizons”. If Alteil has a substantial number of positive reviews, it also empowers us to participate in the future Steam sales and encourage Steam to feature us in future promotions. This means more visibility for Alteil: Horizons and more potential players joining us.

With your help, we’ll be able to compete against the big titles with lavish marketing budgets. If we can pull off a successful launch together, the future for Alteil: Horizons will be secure and we can continue to grow and add additional features. The choice is yours.

Thank you so much to all of our players who have made it this far with us, and we look forward to meeting many more potential players as we head into this next chapter. It has been a fantastic learning opportunity for all of us here at Apocoplay.

See you in the arena,

-Romdeau

Steam Kickoff and Promotions!

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Honored Iczers and supporters,

It is with great pleasure that I am to announce that Alteil: Horizons will be released on Steam later this evening at 8PM (EST). The client will be free to download and install to your Steam library.

We are rolling out a number of promotions and events to celebrate this momentous occasion. Unless noted otherwise, they are to take effect immediately as of this post and will end this Sunday at 11:59PM (EST).

  1. To begin with, all player vs. player duels will receive a 50% bonus to FM and materials gained at the end of each duel.
  2. Core packs and boxes will have their gran prices reduced by 15%.
  3. Boxes and packs from expansions Silver Dawn (Set 13) and War Heroes (Set 12) will have their gran prices reduced by 20%.
  4. The EX Sphere lottos for each of the 4 spheres will be returning for a limited time!
  5. All players who login and play within the first 12 hours of launch (8PM EST- 8AM EST tomorrow) will have 100 gran awarded to their Iczer

There will also be an event running this weekend beginning immediately that any Iczer can participate in. All you have to do is play a duel against another player for at least 10 turns and you can qualify for the following prizes:

  1. Participate in at least 1 battle, earn two point cards and a copy of Samurai Girl (Halloween).
  2. Participate in at least 5 battles, earn 10 point cards and a copy of Samurai Girl (Halloween) and Devouring Lizard (Halloween)
  3. Participate in at least 10 battles, you will instead earn 20 point cards and a copy of Samurai Girl, Devouring Lizard, and Knight of Fraility / Etoile (Halloween)

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Next, we are pleased to announce that we will have unique DLC that can be purchased through Steam. Each pack can be purchased once per Steam account and have exceptional value.

  1. Four individual pre-built files that feature files from each four spheres: Behemoths of the Sea (Falkow), Lapierre Legion (Refess), King of the Orks (Gowen), and Undead Horde (Lawtia).
  2. A unique Halloween alternate art pack that includes 7 cards: Prototype Form / Noze, Fire Sorceress / Addition, Lycanthrope [Seraph], Cemetery Rats, Girl Druid, Amethyst Carbuncle, and Will o’ the Wisp
  3. Each of the unique 4 pre-built packs also includes 500 bonus gran, 10 point cards (can be used to redeem specific normal rarity cards), and 6 months of premium status applied to your Iczer. All four packs also come with an FM drafting ticket that can be used in the arena to have a chance of winning additional cards!
  4. The Halloween pack also includes: 3 months of premium, 5 point cards, FM draft ticket, and 500 gran. Please be aware that the Halloween pack is only available for a limited time until 11/1/16!
  5. Each DLC pack includes a bonus avatar that you can show off in the arena.

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Finally, we would like to reveal four new recipes that can be used in crafting to significantly boost a player’s chance to receive the specified card. We have selected a rarity three star card from each sphere of Lavatos (Falkow, Refess, Gowen, and Lawtia

  1. Refess: Knight of Fraility / Etoile
  2. Lawtia: Killing Machine / Lebeau
  3. The Magician / Primrose
  4. Falkow: Azure Dragon – East / Vordore

These recipes will be announced in the near future. Stay tuned for details!

We hope you are as excited as we are to be moving into the next chapter for Alteil: Horizons. As always, we do love to hear from players- concerns, questions, or compliments of any kind. Engage with us on Steam’s discussions, Facebook, Twitter, or the forums! If you require player support, you can reach us by e-mailing logress@apocoplay.com

Thank you so much for your support and we hope you continue to enjoy Alteil: Horizons.

See you in the arena,

-Romdeau

A Look at the Alteil Steam Client

The Steam release is just around the corner! And that means if you go to our Steam Store you’ll be able to download the Steam Client. But what is the Steam Client exactly, and how does it relate to the browser version?

First the bad news, the Steam Client was made with Chromium, which means that on the surface, it won’t work much differently than the browser version. Anyone looking for a new interface will have to wait until we get a mobile / tablet version.

But the big advantage to Chromium is absolute seamless cross-platform play between the Steam and browser versions. Similarly, there will be a completely level playing field between the two. In addition we’ve added two killer features to the Steam Client.

  1. Zero Load Times – In addition to the images being loaded locally from your hard disc as opposed to the browser version, which loads from the internet, will obviously provide a bit of a speed boost. But the real story is instant switching between components. For example, going from the Home page to the Arena to the File Editor. All instant! Battles will still have to load, since they aren’t created until you click the button. However, after the first load the images will all be cached, and subsequent loading should be pretty quick.
  2. Account Manager – When you run the Steam Client, you’ll find yourself in the account manager. You can associate any number of Alteil accounts (or Iczers) with your Steam account, and choose one with one click from the Account Manager, The Steam Client keeps track of your accounts and passwords for you! This also lets you add your legacy Alteil accounts and existing browser accounts to your Steam client with a few clicks, and accounts associated with Steam (or even created from scratch from within the Steam client) can still be used in the browser version!

So is the Steam Client right for you? Give it a try! The best part is its versatility, so you can use it for speed on your main machine, and then just log into your account from the browser whenever your using someone else’s machine.

–Logress