FA Cup quarterfinals: Chelsea host United, Lincoln face Sutton or Arsenal – fifa15guide.net

Jose Mourinho says quarter-final opponent Chelsea can focus solely on the FA Cup, while Man United have other priorities.
Jose Mourinho says Manchester United needed everyone to be focused to fend off Blackburn in their FA Cup win.
Mauricio Pochettino says it was important for Spurs to rediscover the feeling of winning in their FA Cup win over Fulham.

FA Cup holders Manchester United will travel to Premier League leaders Chelsea in the standout tie of the quarterfinal draw, a game that will see Jose Mourinho return to Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho, whose United side are currently competing for silverware on four fronts, lost 4-0 when he visited his former club in October.

Lincoln City, the first non-league side to reach the last eight in 103 years following their win against Burnley on Saturday, have been rewarded with a trip to either fellow National League side Sutton United or Premier League giants Arsenal.

Elsewhere, Millwall, who have already knocked three top-flight sides out of this year’s competition, face Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

And in the other tie Middlesbrough will host the winner of Huddersfield and Manchester City, the only game to go to a replay thus far.

Ties to be played the weekend of March 11:

Barcelona win late with Messi penalty; Nani, Zaza score in Valencia win – fifa15guide.net

The FC crew break down Barcelona’s dismal showing against Leganes, and discuss their fans booing the team and Luis Enrique.

Barcelona’s needed a 90th-minute penalty from Lionel Messi to overcome 17th-placed Leganes 2-1 in La Liga on Sunday.

Messi put the hosts up almost right out of the gates, striking from close range in the fourth minute, with Luis Suarez providing the assist. 

But, with Barca trying to extend the lead, the visitors found a shock equaliser in the 71st minute, when Darwin Machis found Unai Lopez, who slotted home from the centre of the penalty area past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

With time running out, Neymar drew a foul in the penalty area to give Messi the chance, and the Argentine came through to spare his team blushes and rescue all three points.

The Liga holders, who moved back into second place ahead of Sevilla with the win, were embarrassed by Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday, losing 4-0 in the first leg of the teams’ round-of-16 tie.

The playmaking of new arrival Fabian Orellana inspired Valencia to a much-needed 2-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao at the Mestalla.

Orellana’s precise pass through Bilbao’s back line set up Nani for Valencia’s opener in the 13th minute.

Orellana, who joined from Celta Vigo last month, combined with Munir El Haddadi in a brilliant buildup that ended with fellow winter transfer signing Simone Zaza doubling the lead in the 45th.

Bilbao were left with 10 men from the 56th minute when substitute Aritz Aduriz was injured three minutes after coming on. Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde was unable to replace him because he had made all three substitutions.

A stoppage-time goal by Samuel Castillejo gave Villarreal a 1-0 win at Real Sociedad as the Yellow Submarine rebounded from their 4-0 loss to Roma in the Europa League’s round-of-32 first leg.

“We needed this win,” said Castillejo, who scored from a pass by Jaume Costa. “The loss to Roma hurt a lot.”

Sociedad and Villarreal remained in fifth and sixth place, respectively.

Giuseppe Rossi helped Celta Vigo beat bottom-side Osasuna with a deft touch of his heel to set up Pione Sisto for the opening goal.

Jozabed Sanchez struck in the 87th before passing for fellow substitute Iago Aspas to chip in his 12th goal of the season.

Osasuna’s winless streak reached 15 rounds as the Pamplona-based side fell eight points from safety.

fifa15guide | Alpha Preview: 0.3.5 Hotfix #3

Hotfix #3 is currently live on the Test Server and will be released to Shards of Aria later on today.

  • Lower limits applied to gains on all crafting skills. You may no longer gain by crafting items sufficiently below your skill level.
  • Mage hat is now treated as Padded Armor.
  • Player houses now collapse when the owner character is deleted.
  • Players can no longer loot player chests through walls.
  • Skill titles adjusted.
  • Select Catacombs monsters no longer respawn instantly.
  • Stealing no longer possible whilst dead.
  • Addressed some Woodsmithing recipes with low resource requirements, overhaul to come in next build.
  • Rock Bombardment spell re-enabled.
  • First Aid only now useable via abilities (bandages may no longer be used directly).
  • Channeling can no longer be grained through the PvP Flag.
  • AoE spells no longer castable through walls.
  • Monsters are no longer bugged through the use of AoE spells.
  • Backstab no longer places players in combat.
  • Issue with stabled pets going missing has been resolved.
  • Rufus is no longer naked.

fifa15guide | October Community Roundtable – Alpha

Catch up on this October’s Community Roundtable:

Topics covered in this months roundtable include:

What We’re Working On

Repair/Salvage UI
Enhancement
Secure Trading
Death System
House Containers
Optimizations
Website Revamp
Expansion R/D
Combat Balance Fixes

What’s Coming

Controls Revamp
Announcement board / notes / mailbox
Cooking Improvements
Story Editor Tools
Boss loot pass
Bugs Bugs Bugs
Permadeath Ruleset
Legacy Ruleset

And Beyond

Celador Expansion
Guild Territories
Mounts
Archery
128 player region limit
Roadmap
Show off player town

fifa15guide – Alpha Launch Date Announced

Greetings Citizens of Aria

We are excited to announce our official Alpha Launch date! Starting on January 13th, Shards Online will enter the next phase of development with our much anticipated Alpha Release Build. Those who have pledged $20 will be granted access to our Alpha servers on January 9th!

 

 

Access to our Live Test Shard is currently available to all Pre-Alpha Playtesters by using the Experimental build from the dashboard.

fifa15guide - Alpha Launch Date Announced

Europa is coming – EU Universe live on Shards of Aria

We are pleased to announce the upcoming launch of our Europa universe. Europa is a parallel universe on the Shards of Aria official shard. We hope these regions will improve the gameplay experience for our large and growing European audience. Players may move freely between these universes using the new Gatestone item, allowing players from both American & European continents to explore Celador together.

fifa15guide - Alpha Launch Date Announced

Letter from the Project Lead

Around this time last year, we were releasing our first Pre-Alpha 3 build and it is amazing to see how much our game has evolved in just a year’s time. None of the features in the Alpha highlight image above existed back then.

 

Now we have hundreds of active players playing in the world of Aria we created for them. We also greatly expanded our audience with the Steam Greenlight campaign and trailer.

 

What’s even more exciting to me, is what’s to come. Based on the feedback we’ve received from our current playerbase, there are a few things that need to happen before we can consider ourselves ready for Steam.

 

  • Larger world map: Celador our main game world is undergoing a redesign that will result in it being almost 25x larger and more diverse.
  • Mounts: Tamed horses will be able to be mounted and ridden to allow for faster travel across the new expanded Celador.
  • Archery: What fantasy game would be complete without bows and arrows?

 

We also have a programmer on the team who’s main priority is to expand and simplify the modding capabilities of the game. Here is the list of improvements scheduled for the first half of 2017:

 

  • Server Launcher: No more manually editing XML files. Our admins will have an integrated web interface for controlling both their development and public servers. Our beta version of the Server Launcher will be available to admins with this upcoming Alpha Release!
  • Live Server Editing: Modders will be able to make changes to the world objects and spawners, create new object templates and even edit scripts directly from in-game while connected to the server.
  • Custom Client Assets: Modders will be able to create custom world maps, items and monsters using the Unity editor and integrate them with their Shards Online mods.

 

I want to wrap this letter up by thanking all of our active playerbase for helping us play test and shape the development of the game. The feedback we received during our Alpha Preview event was critical to a successful Alpha launch. Make sure you all mark your calendars for the Alpha Launch Weekend! (January 13th-15th)

 

Derek ‘Supreem’ Brinkmann
Project Lead

December Community Roundtable

Designer Den – Recipes & Cosmetic Items

Shards Online exists in a unique niche of the ‘living world’ game. Gameplay outcomes for our players differ vastly with conventional online games; players may still slay dragons, horde the most powerful equipment in the land and wield it in battle to vanquish one another, yet in a living world these activities are not a means to an end. The driving force behind our content is social interaction between players, the emergent narratives which spring from our communities and most relevant to this discussion, that of social status and wealth.

 

Players may note that quite a substantial change has been made regarding recipes and their use in crafting. I’d like to take this opportunity to outline our design goals in regard to crafting and the importance of scarcity with respect to rare and valuable cosmetic items.

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Cosmetic items have taken on a new roll in modern MMORPGs. Mounts and other cosmetics are widely used to provide an extra inch of end game content. You’ll also find a wealth of these items used in micro-transactions, powering the free to play MMO market. Whilst both are viable models, as former UO players and developers we feel that the prestige and importance of these items has fallen way behind their former glory.

 

So what has changed? The recipe system has been removed and all basic craftables and furnishings have been made available to crafting characters. This includes all basic armor and weapon types and everday furnishings for your home. This leaves a large number of items which are being repurposed as rewards, rares and valuable items to be discovered by players across the game world.

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The reasoning behind these changes is to add much needed meta to various aspects of the game which are currently incomplete as far as rewards are concerned. What made games like Ultima Online great was not only the availability to fish, hunt treasure or find unique items through exploring alone, but that these non combatant activities offered rewards which rivaled those looted from the most powerful of monsters. Earning a living should not be a task reserved for the brave, but to all who are dedicated to their chosen profession.

 

In the upcoming Alpha release, treasure hunting (both on land and sea), dungeon chests, monsters and bosses will be receiving rare drops for players to discover. We anticipate that such items will give players fresh impetus to adventure, to fight and to explore the many paths available to players in Shards Online.

Want to play?

If you haven’t pledged your support yet or if you have been dying to upgrade to a better pledge package, now’s your chance! Head over to our pledge page right now and secure your early access to Shards Online. This project will be successful because of your support.

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Alpha is Live! on fifa15guide

Alpha is Live!

Alpha is Live! on fifa15guide

Today we are proud to unveil the first official Alpha build for Shards Online! This build is now running on our official server, Shards of Aria, and we invite all of our current pledges to head to the dashboard and download the new client. (It’s the big shiny red button that says Download)

 

  • Digital Copy ($20) pledges now have full access to the game after accepting the NDA on the dashboard.
  • All expired trial codes have been reactivated for the weekend.
  • Lot’s of chances to win a 7 day trial code including giveaways at PCGamer, MMORPG.com, and MassivelyOP.
  • We are officially waiving the NDA, allowing screenshots, video uploads and streams for this weekend only!
  • We have activated double XP for everyone on Shards of Aria for the entire weekend.

 

Check our event calendar for a full list of events that are happening throughout the weekend both in game and on live stream.

Alpha Event Weekend Schedule

Friday January 13th

 

  • 13:00 EST – $20 Pledges activated and start of Double Experience Weekend!
  • 20:00 EST – Zueljin Stream

 

Saturday January 14th

 

  • 13:00 EST – Community Roundtable
  • 14:00 EST – MassivelyOP Stream
  • 16:00 EST – MMORPG.com Takeover Stream

 

Sunday January 15th

 

  • 14:00 EST – Meet The Developers – The Golden Lion Inn
  • 17:00 EST – PvP Competition – The Arena

 

If you plan to stream the game live, you can email us the time (UTC) and a link to your channel for a chance to be listed as the featured stream on the homepage.

Hiveleader Video

Alpha Highlights

You can view the full patch notes for Alpha 1 here.

Introducing the Baby Dragon Familiar!

Alpha is Live! on fifa15guide

During our Kickstarter Campaign, we made a promise to our backers and we have kept that promise. This Alpha launch, Kickstarter backers will receive their long awaited companions! When logging in, you get a dialog asking you if you want to redeem your baby dragon familiar statue. This can only be redeemed on one character per server.

Europa – EU Facet live on Shards of Aria

Alpha is Live! on fifa15guide

We are pleased to announce the launch of our Europa universe. Europa is a parallel universe on the Shards of Aria official shard. We hope these world regions will improve the gameplay experience for our large and growing European audience. Players may move freely between these universes using the new Gatestone item, allowing players from both American & European continents to explore Celador together.

Want to Play?

If you haven’t pledged your support yet or if you have been dying to upgrade to a better pledge package, now’s your chance!  Head over to our pledge page right now and secure your early access to Shards Online. This project will be successful because of your support.

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fifa15guide | Steam Head Start, NDA Lifted & New Sanctuary Shard

Greetings Citizens of Aria,

 

Almost one month has passed since launching our Alpha build of Shards Online and we’d like to thank everyone who helped make it a success. Since then we have made a number of optimizations and patches to increase server stability.

 

Hotfix Highlights:

 

  • Server lag on Celador has been eliminated
  • Most server crashes have been addressed
  • Sunken treasure treasure maps can now be obtained by the fishing profession.
  • Pet system and AI improvements (Pets no longer go missing!).
  • Balance patch on PvP, including balancing to Backstab and Stealth.
  • Prizm lounge is now open for business again.

 

You can find full patch notes for the most recent Hotfix here.

fifa15guide | Steam Head Start, NDA Lifted & New Sanctuary Shard

Steam Head Start

fifa15guide | Steam Head Start, NDA Lifted & New Sanctuary Shard

We are very excited to launch Shards Online on Steam in the upcoming months. A topic of discussion that has come up frequently amongst the team is how do we wipe the slate clean for Steam while still making sure the people who supported the project, the people who made this entire thing possible, get just a little bit of special treatment.

 

  • All supporters who pledge before the crowdfunding campaign comes to a close will get a 1 week head start on official servers prior to the Steam Release.
  • New and improved Loyalty Store.
  • Unique in-game titles based on lifetime loyalty earned.
  • Reminder: All loyalty points spent during Alpha will be refunded.

 

We will be providing additional opportunities to earn loyalty points in the coming weeks. Including:

 

  • All existing pledges will be granted a spot loyalty reward equal to 30 points per month since they’ve pledged.
  • Going forward, loyalty points will be rewarded monthly (100 points per month) for active players.
  • Reporting previously unknown exploits (via the in-game bug reporting tool). Put EXPLOIT in capital letters to make sure it doesn’t go unnoticed.
  • Keep an eye on the calendar for official in-game events.

 

Stay tuned over the coming weeks as we will be showcasing our planned rewards.

NDA has been lifted (sort of)!

We have really enjoyed watching people stream the game and share videos during the Alpha weekend.  So much so that we’ve decided to keep the party going! This means we need to make a few changes to the NDA and the playtesting environment for the game.

 

  • The NDA is officially waived for the official game client. (The big red download button on the dashboard)  Any information obtained while playing can be shared, including screenshots and videos.
  • Access to the Experimental Client will remain covered under NDA and is now restricted to Founder’s Level and up (75$+ pledges).
  • Our next Experimental Client release is scheduled to be posted by the end of this month.
  • The NDA is still under full effect for any new development. This includes:
    • Any information, videos and screenshots obtained while using the Experimental Client.
    • Any communication from the team regarding active development of the project.

 

New Terms and Conditions for Official Alpha Client
Closed Playtesting Terms and Conditions for Experimental Client

New Server: Sanctuary (Legacy Mod)

fifa15guide | Steam Head Start, NDA Lifted & New Sanctuary Shard

We are pleased to announce the launch of our second official mod server: Sanctuary!

 

The Sanctuary ruleset offers a return to the hardcore, oldschool ruleset of the early days of MMORPG gaming:

 

  • Original gameplay and ruleset modelled after Ultima Online circa 1999/2000.
  • 700 Skill Cap & 225 Stat Cap.
  • Powerful magic items.
  • Full Loot, Playerkilling and PK Stat Loss.
  • Craft and wield you very own spellbook.
  • Original skills such as Provocation, Animal Taming and much more..

fifa15guide | Steam Head Start, NDA Lifted & New Sanctuary Shard

Sanctuary is a showcase of the power to transform Shards Online into the ruleset you choose, be it an accurate representation of a gaming time in the past or an exciting new world of your own creation.

fifa15guide | Steam Head Start, NDA Lifted & New Sanctuary Shard

Players have spent the past week reliving the excitement of one of the most heart pounding and immersive eras of MMORPG history. Will you join us?

Zueljin Livestream!

Join Zueljin and our own Project Lead Derek ‘Supreem’ Brinkmann as they explore Aria in this Alpha Launch Developer Commentary stream!

Want to Play?

If you haven’t pledged your support yet or if you have been dying to upgrade to a better pledge package, now’s your chance!  Head over to our pledge page right now and secure your early access to Shards Online. This project will be successful because of your support.

fifa15guide | Steam Head Start, NDA Lifted & New Sanctuary Shard

Ecuador snare ticket to Bahamas on fifa15guide

Ecuador secured qualification to their maiden FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in dramatic fashion on Sunday.

Ecuador played out a tense 4-4 draw against Argentina with overtime unable to separate the pair in Asuncion. The penalty shoot-out was equally on edge and after Argentina missed their three attempts, Ecuador converted their third and final kick to reach Bahamas 2017.

With Brazil and Paraguay qualifying on Saturday, South America’s three representatives are now confirmed for Bahamas 2017, which will be held in Nassau between April 27 and May 7.

 

fifa15guide – Desailly tells Terry his time at Chelsea is up

Marcel Desailly believes the time has come for John Terry to leave Chelsea after losing his starting berth under Antonio Conte.

Former Chelsea defender Marcel Desailly has told John Terry that his time at Stamford Bridge is up, before hailing the way the 36-year-old has dealt with his new role.

Terry is no longer an undisputed starter at Chelsea under Antonio Conte, making just five Premier League appearances so far this season.

The centre-back's demise reminds Desailly of his own time at Chelsea and he feels Terry must either call it quits or move on.

"I left because they were faster than me, better than me and it was my time to go – their time to shine – and now it is his time," Desailly told Sportsmail.

"It is great to see that he has been able to handle it. You are the captain, you have been put to the side a bit because other players are more suited for the tactics required, but you are still there present, you are still there focused.

"You remind one of the players when he is not training well 'Oh, what are you doing?' so these are the small important details that John is going over. I am happy because it is a different phase for John, leader as a first choice but also leader as a second choice. He is there to boost and to be present in the group so it is a different approach of John.

"He is good because he gives a lot of pressure to the first choice that Conte has selected, Kurt Zouma or Gary Cahill. When you have John Terry on the bench I can tell you that when you come on the pitch and you want to perform because you know that he can change you out of the team at any time."

Terry's contract is due to expire at the end of the season.

fifa15guide – ACL lured Kim Jae-sung to Adelaide United

The Korean midfielder is one of three players to join the Reds this week alongside strikers Eli Babalj and Baba Diawara

New Adelaide United midfielder Kim Jae-sung has revealed he had two main reasons for joining the A-League club after 11 years playing in South Korea.

Kim was unveiled as an Adelaide player on Wednesday – one of three signings made by the Reds this week alongside Australian striker Eli Babalj and Senegalese forward Baba Diawara.

Adelaide have secured the Korean midfielder for the rest of the season and Kim explained he was lured by the opportunity to play abroad for the first time in his career and make his return to the AFC Champions League (ACL).

Henrique out, Baba in at Reds?

"As a player, I think I have achieved a lot. I've been to the 2010 World Cup and been a national team player for my country, won championships, won the [AFC] Champions League with my club in Korea," he said.

"So I felt like I had achieved everything I could football-wise, but there was just one challenge I always had – and a dream I had – and that was to play overseas.

"To be able to achieve that goal in this late period of my career, it's just been an honour."

Kim won the ACL in 2009 while at Pohang Steelers – the K League club where he spent the majority of his career.

The 33-year-old has also played for Bucheon SK, Jeju United, Sangju Sangmu and Seoul E-Land.

Last season, Kim played on loan at Jeju from E-Land, but made just eight league appearances as they qualified for the ACL.

Kim will get the chance to reunite with his former team-mates on March 15 when Jeju will visit Adelaide in the ACL's Group H.

Amor hoping to sign players

"One of the main reasons for joining Adelaide was to be able to play in the Champions League with this club, and coincidentally we're in the same group as my old club – Jeju United – so it's going to be weird," he said.

"It's going to be a different experience but, for me, no matter which club I play for I'm out there to win."

While Kim and Babalj are already in Adelaide training with the club, Diawara has yet to arrive in Australia as he awaits final approval of his work visa.

Diawara joins the Reds from Portuguese club Maritimo where he has played nine league games this season but has yet to score a goal.

The 29-year-old, who can play as a winger and a central striker, has extensive experience in La Liga with Getafe, Levante and Sevilla, while his European career has been bookended by stints at Maritimo.

Babalj, 24, spent last season on loan at Adelaide from AZ Alkmaar but made just five appearances due to injuries.

Adelaide's trio of recruits effectively replace James Holland, Sergi Guardiola and Henrique, who all left the club during the January transfer window.