Welcome to the end of another week and thus another TGIF! It’s been a big week for forum announcements, and I have to say I am really excited and happy to see so many of you commenting and sharing your opinions. I hope we can keep up the frequent updates and keep communicating with you about changes to improve the games. To recap a bit, we have delayed the rollout of a hitlist delay for LCN after hearing a lot of concerns from players who love chainlisting and rigging. We are looking at alternate solutions to allow this to continue while still protecting those who aren’t as into these features. September schedule changes have been clarified a bit for each game, and we are working on a solution to avoid running Battle Arenas at the same time for multiple games; stay tuned. Here are the threads for each game for your review: LCN http://forums.kanoapps.com/threads/september-event-schedule-changes.34157/page-2#post-181423 PC http://forums.kanoapps.com/threads/september-event-schedule-changes.34156/#post-181479 VC http://forums.kanoapps.com/threads/september-event-schedule-changes.34155/page-2#post-181489 ZS http://forums.kanoapps.com/threads/september-event-schedule-changes.34158/#post-181502 Onto new news! First of all, we know there have been some delays with answering tickets lately. @Dobby is working his butt off answering as quick as he can, and meanwhile we are hiring some backup for the Support department to help him out. @mi7ch and I will be jumping in on tickets next week to help patch things over while the new hires get trained up. Kano is still a growing company and we’re excited to bring on these new folks in Support, as well as hiring for other dev and management positions, so we can keep improving and maintaining the games for a long, long time. In-Game Balance — one of the biggest concerns we’ve heard about this week is the mismatch in strength between long-time players with lots of points in Attack and Defense, versus newer players who’ve levelled via Raids and built very strong inventories. Some of you may remember my pet project, Bulk Crafting, that we put a bunch of work into a while back. We decided not to move on this at the time because at the end of the day it was still a bandaid on the larger problem, and we were worried we’d have to do it again at some point in the future. Right now we’re re-evaluating our PvP formulas and looking at how Att/Def stats and level affect those; any changes to these features we will share in detail before they go out. We’re also looking at ways to offer more free items to help people improve their inventories and make better use of their skill point modifiers. I don’t have an estimate of when this might be ready for review, much less added to the game, but we will keep you posted. Changing up sales — we’ve heard quite a few requests for revamped sales with more interesting items on offer. Next week you should see an all-new Limited package for a price never seen before… Nothing cutting-edge, but a great deal on items to help improve your middle-range inventory. This is just a taste of the options available; you should see more bundles come out later once more important balance fixes have been made. Achievements — we have a list of achievement tiers for LCN we feel good about, and are ready to add them to the game as early as the end of next week. We do want to share these with you before locking them in, so keep your eyes peeled to the forums and give us your input when we post them in the LCN area. Achievements for the other games will follow soon afterwards. Boss Drop Crafting Update — We've made some minor adjustments to when Elite and Legendary (or Optimal) crafting recipes are unlocked for Co-op Bosses in PC, VC and LCN (World Bosses are exempt from this). Elite recipes have been lowered to the access level for the Boss that drops the item Legendary recipes have been lowered to where the Elite recipes were previously set This means that you will be able to upgrade your Boss drop items sooner than you were able to previously. This is a player suggested idea, so make sure to visit that thread (http://forums.kanoapps.com/threads/blacksmithing.32543/) and give it some props. Last but not least, the bad joke of the week. You’ll have to excuse me if you’ve heard this one already, but Mitch is out today… What do you call someone who’s lost their whole body except their nose? Spoiler Nobody nose!