[center][size="7"][color="#FFFFFF"]Launch Event Host and Caster Announcement[/color][/size]
[color="#FFFFFF"][size="6"]The Blade & Soul launch event will be hosted by some fan-favorite casters and personalities.[/size][/color]
The [url="http://www.bladeandsoul.com/en/news/attend-the-launch-event/"]Blade & Soul launch event[/url] in Santa Ana starts at 6pm PST on January 18, and we have a lineup of amazing hosts, casters, and commentators to ensure everyone has a great time. If you can’t make it, you can still watch the whole thing live at http://stream.bladeandsoul.com
TKbreezy is an electrifying caster turned variety streamer, and having cut his teeth on fighting games, he’s no stranger to the style of fast-paced combat found in Blade & Soul. Known for being one of the most charismatic hype-men in the business, he’s going to be keeping the festivities rolling alongside Margaret Krohn.
Follow TKbreezy on [url="https://twitter.com/TKbreezy"]Twitter[/url] and [url="http://www.twitch.tv/tkbreezy/profile"]Twitch.[/url]
NCSOFT’s very own Margaret “Luperza” Krohn will be joining TKbreezy on-stage to offer an insider’s perspective. Margaret has been a long time MMO player, passionate gamer and cosplayer, and avid streamer. Since she’s an employee we’ve begged her not to reveal any secrets, but she’s kind of a loose cannon, so we’ll see what happens!
Follow Margaret on [url="https://twitter.com/MargaretKrohn"]Twitter[/url]and [url="http://www.twitch.tv/margaretkrohn/profile"]Twitch[/url].
A YouTuber and Twitch livestreamer, Bajheera is primarily known for his PvP prowess in MMORPGs—and Blade & Soul is no different. When he's not tearing up the virtual battlefield, he's kicking butt in the gym as a competitive bodybuilder. His love for 'Games & Gains' has shaped his own philosophy and inspired his community to pursue a balanced and healthy lifestyle. HIT ‘EM WITH THE FLEX!
Follow Bajheera on [url="https://www.youtube.com/user/BajheeraWoW"]YouTube[/url], [url="https://twitter.com/BajheeraWoW"]Twitter[/url], and [url="http://www.twitch.tv/bajheera"]Twitch[/url].
Long time Blade & Soul streamer and fan-favorite, AALaguna will be joining us in Santa Ana to offer indepth gameplay analysis. He can rarely be found without his husky Quinn, and when he’s not gaming or streaming he’s usually attending deep house and techno events with friends.
Follow AALaguna on [url="https://twitter.com/TwitchAALaguna"]Twitter[/url] and [url="http://www.twitch.tv/aalaguna/profile"]Twitch[/url].
Flow (or Flowroro) is an MMO streamer with a passion for competitive PvP. When he’s not streaming hardcore beatdowns in the Arena, he’s leading a community and guild called Blacklist that’s focusing on Blade & Soul. Video games are a huge part of his life, and is always looking to share his love of gaming with his followers.
Follow Flow on [url="http://twitter.com/Flowroro"]Twitter[/url] and [url="http://www.twitch.tv/flowroro/profile"]Twitch[/url].
Accomplished cosplayer and artist, Azu was first introduced to Blade & Soul when Hyung-Tae Kim—one of her favorite artists, and original Blade & Soul Art Director—released some concept art for the game. Azu will be joining us in her Namsoyoo cosplay, and will be available for autographs and pictures.
Follow Azu on [url="http://azu-.tumblr.com/"]Tumblr[/url], [url="http://azu-chan.deviantart.com/"]Deviantart[/url], and [url="http://www.twitch.tv/azuzuu"]Twitch[/url].
Crafting a contemporary musical experience drawn from his love of video games, international touring DJ/Producer Grimecraft brings a bright glossy mix of candied electronic voices and samples set to a tune of nerd nostalgia. He’ll be providing music interludes throughout the event, and then performing a full set at the end of the evening.
Follow Grimecraft on [url="http://www.soundcloud.com/grimecraft"]SoundCloud[/url], [url="http://www.twitch.tv/grimecraft"]Twitch[/url], and [url="http://www.twitter.com/grimecraft"]Twitter[/url].
Pro Player and Blade & Soul World Champion Jaesung Lee will be in the gunslinger area, offering 1v1 Arena matches to any who dare challenge him. Win and you could come away with a rare keepsake (while supplies last).
Follow Jaesung on [url="https://twitter.com/JaesungDW"]Twitter[/url], [url="https://www.youtube.com/c/JaesungDW88"]YouTube[/url], and [url="http://www.twitch.tv/lsjjws3"]Twitch[/url].
While we have an incredible lineup of hosts, casters, and talent running the show and stream (as well as developers on-hand staffing the event), we also have a few guests that will be stopping by to check out the event, mingle, and celebrate the launch of Blade & Soul.
Some of the VIP guests include members of the Blade & Soul development team, Jesse Cox, Michele Morrow, Lula and Towelliee, Sattelizer, WarcraftJen, Erika Ishii, Melonie Mac, Awesome Joey, MrHappy, and Rachel Lara, to name a few, as well as some of our partners from CyberPower, Curse, MSI, and Razer.
The Disciple pack offers great value with Head Start access on January 15, as well as unique benefits like character titles, a booster pack of consumables, extra character slots, and $30 USD of NCoin included.
The Master Founder’s Pack is, of course, the premium choice for the discerning gamer. It includes everything from the Disciple pack, but kicks everything up a few notches, and adds exclusive-never-to-be-seen-again items on top. You’ll have Head Start on January 15 of course, but also get additional titles, a bigger booster pack of consumables, more character slots, Character Alteration vouchers, 90-days of Premium Membership (with enough Premium Points to propel you straight to Level 4), as well as $90 USD of NCoin included.
In addition to the basic benefits and bonuses, the Master pack also includes costumes and weapon skins that are exclusive to the Master Founder’s Pack, and will never be obtainable again.
Even if you choose to just go with the Initiate pack, you’ll still get a few cool bonuses, and access to the game early with Head Start access on January 15.
Both the Disciple and Master Founder’s Packs come with 30- and 90-days (respectively) of Premium Membership, which provide a host of ever-increasing benefits as you level up with Premium Points. Whether you’re looking for priority login to get past launch-day queues, increased gold or XP gains, or convenience improvements like remote storage or a Wardrobe deposit, maintaining a Premium Membership and leveling up through the Hongmoon Store provide a ton of benefits. Find out more in our [url="http://www.bladeandsoul.com/en/news/premium-membership/"]Premium Membership article.[/url]
If you’ve already bought a Founder’s Pack but want to upgrade, it’s easy to just pay the difference and get all the additional rewards and bonuses of the higher tiers. Find out more at [url="http://www.bladeandsoul.com/en/news/founders-pack-upgrades/"]Founder’s Pack Upgrades.[/url]
[center][color="#FFFFFF"][size="7"]Gathering and Crafting[/size]
[size="6"]Learn more about the gathering and crafting guilds you can join.[/size]
It takes more than warriors to make the world work. The Earthen Realm is filled with countless merchants, master crafters, and skilled artisans honing their work to perfection. Many have rallied together to form enormous guilds which reach every corner of the Realm, selling their wares and offering their services to the world... for the right price.
[color="#FFFFFF"][size="5"]Contracts and Reputation[/size]
In a modern era of convenience, a warrior is no longer responsible for crafting their own equipment—it’s a practice better left to the professionals! Those looking to make use of the guilds simply need to speak with a Guild Representative, found commonly in major towns, to request a contract with the guild. It’s possible to establish contracts with a [b][u]maximum of two Gathering Guilds and two Crafting Guilds at a time.[/u][/b] Specific Crafting Guilds use materials collected by specific Gathering Guilds, so it’s important that one does the necessary research to know which connections they want to make. While one can freely end contracts and start new ones at any time, one will lose their established reputation with the guild and need to start from scratch if they want to rejoin later!
Once a contract is established, a warrior can order various goods and services from a guild. After placing an order and paying a nominal fee, one must simply wait a while before the order is fulfilled for them. It’s best to place an order before adventuring, allowing the guilds to work in the meantime. All those wonderful items will be waiting when you return after a long day of righting wrongs and fighting monsters
In order to make the finest goods, first one must gather the finest materials. Widely dubbed as Gathering Guilds, there are a handful of groups who travel far and wide digging up only the best components upon request. They are the lifeblood of the industry; without them, the Crafting Guilds would be lost. As one works with the Gathering Guilds, they will gain a reputation as being a reliable customer and thus gain access to rare materials over time.
The Gathering Guilds each specialize in sampling specific facets of nature. “The Stonecutters” gather earth and stone, while “The Prospector’s Union” specializes in rare ores and raw gems. “The Tree Fellers” and “Herbside Service” are in touch with the forest, gathering fine wood and healthy medicinal plants respectively. Since everyone needs to eat, it’s up to the “Green Thumbs” guild to farm crops, “The Trapper’s Alliance” to hunt choice prey, and the “Fish Network” to haul up the bounties of the sea.
The resources of nature may be great, but it takes a skilled artisan to really make use of those materials. Enter the Crafting Guilds, a number of influential guilds who ultimately supply the Realm and control the economy. Unsurprisingly, many of them can be found in dangerous regions, often helping out alongside warriors in any way they can. Reputation matters here as well: the more work one does with the Crafting Guilds, the higher quality goods they can produce.
“The Radiant Ring” and “The Forgekeepers” craft stunning works of art that are both beautiful and functional, empowering warriors with fabulous accessories and mighty weapons. While those two protect the body, the “Earthseers” and the “Soul Wardens” guard the spirit – their specialty being charms, talismans, and Soul Shields. When it comes to potent potables, look no further than the “Silver Cauldron” for health-bolstering tonics and potions, while the “Acquired Taste” guild will fill any warrior’s belly with fine cuisine. “The Merry Potters” may seem like the odd-man out with their focus on crafting fine ceramics, but the goods they make are used by all the other guilds, making a strong relationship with them a very wise decision for those looking to play the market.
Just as the various Gathering and Crafting Guilds are stronger when working together, so too are the warriors who form tight-knit Clans. Warriors who have high reputation with Gathering and Crafting Guilds are able to use their connections for the greater good of their Clan, accessing rare orders and recipes available only to sizable Clans. These orders are no small feat and require a combined effort: one warrior cannot do it alone! But investing time, energy, and resources into a stable Clan will pay off in the end, as Clans have access to some of the rarest and most powerful crafts around.
[size="6"]Get ready for the launch of Blade & Soul on January 19.[/size][/color]
Blade & Soul launches in Europe and North America at 12:01am EST, January 19! To help prepare for launch we’ve collected together as much info as possible to ensure you’re ready to rise, strike, and avenge!
We’ll be launching with a number of additional servers, and we recommend coordinating with friends and clan mates before Head Start.
If you’ve played in the Closed Beta it will be necessary to uninstall your client and download and install a new version. You can download and install the launch client for Blade & Soul right now, although the servers won’t be available outside of Name Reservation for Disciple and Master Founder’s Pack owners, or the Head Start period.
Name Reservation begins January 11, 2016 at 6pm PST for NA servers, and 7pm CET for EU servers.
Disciple and Master [url="https://shop.bladeandsoul.com/founders/"]Founder’s Pack[/url] owners will have the opportunity to reserve character names before the game launches. Names are unique within each region—it’s possible for the same name to exist once in NA and once in EU, regardless of server. It will be required to log in at the Name Reservation period using the launch client (linked above), and you will be able to create one (Disciple) or two (Master) characters, choose their server, and reserve their names. It will not be possible to play the game during Name Reservation, and the login will only allow you to create one or two characters, depending on your Founder’s Pack level.
Be advised that selecting a name for your character comes after customizing their appearance. Additionally, if you want to recustomize your character’s look at launch you will need to delete your reserved character, and may risk someone else taking your name before you can change your character’s look. However it is possible to purchase a Character Alteration Voucher from the in-game store once Head Start begins, in addition to the ones already offered in the Disciple and Master Packs.
The Name Reservation period ends January 14 at 10am PST / 7pm CET for both NA and EU servers.
[color="#FFFFFF"][size="5"]New Character Options[/size][/color]
New hairstyles, hair color, facial customization options, and additional skintones will be available in the launch client.
All [url="https://shop.bladeandsoul.com/founders/"]Founder’s Pack[/url] owners will be able to access the game more than three full days before the game launch, providing additional time to level and increase their character power before anyone else.
Head Start begins January 15 at 10am PST / 7pm CET for both NA and EU servers [b][u]and will directly transition into launch with no planned downtime.[/u][/b]
Our launch celebration begins at a live event in Southern California, at the eSports Arena in Santa Ana, where we’ll have limited edition swag, giveaways, contests, game stations, and a livestream counting down to the game’s launch. More details to come, but if you’re looking to attend ensure you’re free the evening of January 18 to help us celebrate!
Blade & Soul launches at 12:01am EST, January 19.
We do expect that while Head Start will help even out players across a wide range of levels and content before launch, we do anticipate there may be queues to log in for those who don’t have Premium Membership queue priority, either from the included amount with a Founder’s Pack, or purchased separately. We’ll be closely monitoring server stability and capacity at launch, and will be providing up-to-the-minute service information and updates from [url="https://twitter.com/BladeAndSoulOps"]@BladeandSoulOps[/url].
We’ll be continuing to sell Founder’s Packs through Head Start and up to launch on January 19. At launch we’ll begin offering Starter Packs which will provide a different selection of bonuses and benefits for those who missed out on a Founder’s Pack.
Be aware that your Founder’s Pack items will be refunded from your beta characters, and will need to be reclaimed from account management at Head Start.[/center]
It's impossible for it to be killing the launcher until it spawns a subprocess; the most likely explanation is it either fails to launch it, or crashes the launcher on injection. I'll add some better logging for the next version, in the meantime 1.0.1 should work.
Did you move the launcher over from its initial install? If so you'll have to specify the path to ncLauncherR.exe yourself, see this ticket for more info on how/why.