Greetings to our Community!
Kwaai Software would like to welcome you to the beginning of another fantastic year with Vampires: the Darkside!
It’s true we’re a very small independent development team, but heading into our 10th year we’ve come a long way and we’re proud to be here with you! Game features and new event types have expanded, and you (our passionate community) are growing stronger as each day passes. We’re looking forward to developing even more content for you this year. Thank you so much for being with us!
Developing in 2019
This year we’ll be making some adjustments in an effort to put more attention on delivering the content you want, especially the completion of Darkside Prowling. In order to facilitate this we’ll need to make some small but necessary changes to help increase the efficiency of our development time—and especially that of our CD [Creative Director].
As you may already know, Darkside Prowling is entirely complete with exception to the art. Unfortunately our CD is currently inundated due to the multitude of important items necessary for VDS to deliver content on a regular (and often times daily) basis. We rely on our CD to create all of our visual content ingame, most of our promotional and marketing material, nearly all of our writing, while simultaneously working on those same aspects in our mobile game, Vampires Dark Rising. Suffice it to say that it’s a lot for one person. We know he’s as excited to get back to prowling as you are to have it!
The next two sections will cover how we’ll be earning ourselves more time to do just that.
• Lore Takes a Back Seat
Because we’re committed to having the rest of our prowling locations released, we’ll be scaling back the Event documents this year. Specifically, after the Caine/Athanaterebos storyline is complete (end of January), lore will be temporarily cut from the Lore & Rules documents until Prowling is complete. At that time lore will return and we plan to deliver you even more amazing, story-driven events!
• Facebook Events
As you may or may not have noticed, we no longer have volunteer moderators. Thus we’ve spent valuable time personally moderating and replying in event rooms. While we will continue to create Facebook Event rooms for you, please know that our personal presence will be dramatically lessened. Our Community Moderation guidelines will still be in effect, but you should not expect same level of immediacy to our replies and moderation as previous years have demonstrated. If you find you are troubled by the actions of another in an event room, we strongly encourage you to use Facebook’s blocking tools.
We'll also be shifting some things around behind the scenes to help him get to that sexy Prowling art! Beyond this we've got a slew of other items slated for 2019. We're going to take you through them one at a time so you know what to expect this year!
Holiday Double XP events
Many requests have been made by the community to have events outside of our usual weekend/month-end structure. So we’ve decided to meet in the middle by jumping into celebrations this year. Each real-life holiday will now be a themed, 48 hour double XP with a themed Council power or LE Holiday sanctum.
The LE Holiday Sanctum's power and the Holiday CP will be the same at each holiday event. Note that these will be on the day of said holidays, so weekday holiday events will depend on their dates. Enjoy!
Monthly Events Continue
Though they’ll be Lore-free until Prowling is completed, we’ll be continuing our usual tradition of monthly events. Monthly events will also see another small adjustment this year. As you recall we’ve restructured our Council Power distribution, now using only one Featured Council Power. To complete the Council Power restructure we’ll be moving away from offering Event Council Powers and Event Vintage Powers.
Not to worry! This means your daily Council Powers will now meet the higher stat averages previously offered in events at the current reduced pricing (15fp). But that doesn’t mean there isn’t something to look forward to during our Monthly Events. In fact we’ll be introducing a brand new exclusive you won’t want to miss. Read the next section for more!
Event Exclusive: Black Market Special
Ever wonder to yourself why no shady underworld vampire has cropped up to offer you a crazy selection of Darkside goods for cheap? Wonder no more! That time is here and the Black Market Special is the way!
Black Market Special will be an assortment of fantastic loot at a killer price point. The loot will be hand-picked from the best in the game, accompanied by unique new items. Black Market Special will be a one-time purchase per event and will offer new selections at each event.
You’ll have advanced notice of each event’s Black Market Special in your Lore & Rules page, where you’ll see every item in the package listed, along with it’s value and your savings. Your first Black Market Special will be available during our January event.
To facilitate the Black Market Special, we’ll be changing the COMPLETE tab label at the Council to say MARKET. The new Market tab will continue to offer necroreaping bundles at all times, with the Black Market Special only available when a monthly event is active.
Note that Double XP days will not feature a Black Market Special, but will continue to offer an event-only CP
As the final portion of our CP restructuring, we’ll be moving away from offering month-end Event CPs and Event Vintage CPs during events. While this is a death knell for vintage powers, your daily, Featured Council Powers will now meet the higher stat averages offered in recent past events at the current reduced pricing (15fp). What this means that you’ll have an opportunity every day to get Event-level CPs at Vintage-level pricing!
Featured CPs will now be rotating at around fifteen days per power, so be sure to grab them when you see them as they may not be making a return! On the other hand, you won’t have to wait too long if the current CP isn’t to your standards!
Balancing Improvements - Effective January 10th 2019
Because everyone enjoys the litany of better powers and because it worked so well with our trial run in 2018, we will be once again increasing clan requirements by another 500 clan. This will bring total clan requirements to 1500 this year.
New players will now begin with 375 free NPC clan, receiving 15 NPC clan per level-up until level 75. By level 75 the 1500 max will be attained. Meanwhile established players can breathe a sigh of relief as we’ll again be backdating your max clan with NPC clan to make up the difference. Slave Minders will be upped to support and maintain your vamp’s financial needs.
These balancing improvements will allow us to add even more amazing powers to the game. We’ll also be able to offer more frequent, higher quality daily and event gameplay drop rates. Expect to see the awesome drop rates experienced in Slaughter Games during events from here on out!
Along with this we’ve also removed Max Limits from older ingame Fusion recipes. These include the following:
• Incubus lust
• Utter annihilation
• Sight of 1000 minds
• Rage of the Warrior
• Syphon Dark Essence
• Lillith’s Pride
Please do spread the word as you can to friends, clan, and frenemies. You’ll want to have as much time as possible to reconfigure your powers and slaves! Also, if you’re a vamp of the social variety who prefers real-life clan to NPC clan, be sure to drop by our Official Dark Mark Share Group on Facebook.
Instant Purge - Removed
The Instant Purge offering at the Council has been removed. While we continue to honor your choice to play with us, the Instant Purge has been a sore spot for us. The Instant option requires constant maintenance on our end, and it's pace has been difficult to keep up with (hence why it's broken more often than not). But more importantly, over 3/4 of our players over the years who've chosen Instant Purge have changed their mind after the fact and seemed to not understand that their data was no longer recoverable.
The Free 30 Day Purge will remain intact and will be the sole way to leave VDS. If leaving VDS is your decision and you want to purge your account faster than the 30 days, you’ll now need to:
• choose the 30 Day option
• create a new Ticket Request at the CSD
• ask to expedite your deletion in your ticket
We genuinely hope you never ever use it, but we respect everyone’s choices!
Player Suggestion Highlights for 2019
We’ve had some great suggestions come in through 2018 and while we have many more under review that we hope to follow through with, those below will definitely see VDS in 2019. We may also have some other surprises in store if we can squeeze them in. We’ll update you if and when, but in the meantime do check out what’s been verified!
Of the most requested items by the community are to include a sanctum theme on wolves. This has always been a difficult decision for us. You may have noticed we’ve tended to stay away from animal themes. This is because in our lore, Topside animals can’t survive the Darkside without necroalchemical aid. As well, we’ve always been hesitant to introduce any sense of werewolves/lycans. We’re a vampire game, after all!
But since you’ve asked numerously we’re delivering! In order to facilitate this request, sometime through 2019 we’ll introduce Bloodline-themed sanctums, where the Nosferato will have a wolf theme! Rest assured that all bloodlines will be able proudly wear these sanctums without infringing on their bloodline pride. Our masterful artist shall make it so or we shall beat him with severity!
Next, we’ve heard that some of our community have a hard time with the Game's small text. We’re sorry you’ve been struggling with reading the game you love and we want to help. We’ll be looking into making a special sanctum with larger, brighter text and darker, less detailed backgrounds this year. However we’d like to note that as a text-based game with numerous pages and gargantuan CSS, this is a mighty endeavor.
Indeed we may not be able to lift all of the text in every area, but we will be looking into doing so in the important areas. When one is complete your feedback will be extremely important in making spot improvements, so please be ready to communicate with us on the desk once it’s launched! Thanks in advance for your patience to now through 2019 as we wrangle this one up for you!
In a continuing effort to make your daily gameplay more rewarding, the Focusing system will be seeing an overhaul this year. We’re still in the conceptual stages, but it’s been slated to happen in 2019. We’ll keep you updated as we get closer to implementation!
Numerous Darksiders have pleaded to make a small but important change to Siring. In 2019 Sires may now be either be older or higher in level. This means that a potential Sire can now be younger than their progeny if they’re higher in level!
We know there’s many younger vampire who are wiser and more fastidious than older vampire. Your hard work as a creature of the night will now give you the accolades in Siring that you deserve. This change will apply to Siring a New Player, Siring through Adoption, and Siring through Fostering!
• Event Leaderboards
Last year was an amazing event year. Not only did we have a mind-blowing story to carry us through, but many new and exciting events unfolded to great reception. With great reception comes great responsibility, and your requests for Most Listed and Most Losses leaderboard awards will be added this year!
• Drop Rates
Perhaps the most requested item is an increased Drop Rate for normal ingame, non-prowling drop items. You want more of your event goodies and we totally get it! This is a request that has been long in the making, resulting in numerous changes for us over last year, especially the Clan Rebalance and CP Restructuring items. All to facilitate the more-ness that you crave! As such, we’ve reached a new pinnacle in balancing... and drop rates in 2019 will be raised. As a general description, you should expect the item drop rates to feel more like the Slaughter Games drop rates!
That’s all from us for now. As always if you have feedback—we’re listening! Send us a ticket so we know what you like and what you don’t! In the meantime, we hope you had a spectacular New Year and we’re looking forward to all the greatness that will be VDS in 2019. We’re 9 years in and this is all in thanks to each and every one of you. Let’s keep biting hard for that 10 year mark!
We'll be back with more soon. See you then!
— The VDS Dev Team
*This article has been edited for typos