Algalon’s 6th Anniversary.


Almost 7 years ago, when Dalaran-WoW came to live, we had an idea about how a WoTLK realm should be. We started to slowly give form to that idea and designing the appropriate features – today it has been 6 years since that idea took its final form. The Blue Knight arose and our realm Algalon was released.

Thank you everyone for your support, constant feedback, help and loyalty. We treasure our community because without you this dream would not be possible.

6 years of progression, that’s a lot! Back in the day, we wanted to create a new and unique realm where older tiers could be relevant even after everyone rushed all their way up to the Icecrown Citadel. We had in mind a realm where you could experience the pre-nerfs mechanics in certain bosses and a bit extra difficult encounters, while still enjoyable and fun. We loved the struggle and we savored the guild commitment in the past so, we designed our Algalon realm in order to offer to the rest of the WoTLK lovers this progressive experience.

We wanted to offer stability and long term gameplay, reward the player efforts, take care of your beloved characters and their achievements. We are still working untiringly so the player’s hard work prevails through the years and so that everyone can proudly show the history of their characters.

It has been a marvellous journey; although not always easy or smooth we’ve enjoyed passionately every step of the road. We are a small team, but committed and devoted to the project, thanks to your feedback and suggestions we are constantly trying to improve things.

We were dreamers of improbable dreams, and we made Dalaran, we keep dreaming and evolving our Blue Knight – Algalon, into the best shape that we can offer, and with much more to come.

We feel tied to the community, we smile and laugh with your jokes, we suffer from your disappointments and failures, we try to be there so you don’t have to worry. And we will be there for you.

How will we celebrate this special occasion?

With a x2 experience starting next Saturday 22th of February and ending the 17th of March! For a more detailed explanation, please check Spadita’s post.

Exactly as it was the last time, those who still want to level their characters with x1, feel free to contact our Game Masters via ticket and they will disable the x2 for you.

Thank you for these wonderful 6 years, and counting on the next 6 to be even better! We will try to keep offering our passion, best efforts, the stability and unique ideas we’ve been envisioning since 7 years ago as a token of gratitude for your support.

Following our Algalon realm’s 6th Anniversary announcement, I have been thinking a lot and doing some maths and I discovered something really interesting:

– 6 years = 6 + 5 (letters of the word years) = 11
– The 11th letter of the alphabet is K and this is the symbol of Potassium.
– The banana is a nice source of Potassium.
– Banana has 6 letters, one letter per year of Algalon’s lifetime.
– Wikipedia says that bananas emit radioactivity and that Cerenkov radiation is in the ultraviolet spectrum, but part of the energy is visible light and is seen as a blue glow.
– Algalon is blue and glows, therefore Algalon eats Bananas as a blue source of his powers.
– We will offer you a Banana Charm for just 1 VP/DP in our shops during the Anniversary celebrations.
– 6 days from today is Saturday 22. Saturday = 8 letters + 22 = 30.
– 30 minus 6 days from today up to Saturday 22 = 24.

So it is crystal clear that according to Maths, you will enjoy the x2 experience event from Saturday 22nd of February for 24 days (ending the 17th of March), and during that time you can redeem the minion Banana Charm in our shops for just 1 VP/DP.

Enjoy it!

https://www.dalaran-wow.com/news/174/algalon-s-6th-anniversary/

Your gift is ready: Free 70 boost and a bit more!

Hello everyone!

We have been talking with Greatfather Winter for some time, and he has provided us with a list of our players’ wishes.

From all the funny, great and some of the “creative” things, we have selected one that will make most of you happy: you can have a date night with GM Bronzebrew! But in order to do that, you need to use our free Instant 70 first!

Joking aside, we want to celebrate these wonderful days with a small token of appreciation for you, we have activated once again the promotion of one Free Instant 70 for the current players.

In order to use it, you just need to access your Account Panel on the website, then click on Instant Level 70 and you will be offered with a Free boost choice.
Alongside this, there will also be a Christmas Gift Box available, that will randomly grant you a number of Vote or Donation points, so click here: https://www.dalaran-wow.com/christmas-gift/ and good luck!

If any issue appears or any doubt arises, feel free to open an in-game ticket and our Game Masters will help you.

  • It is totally free and you do not need to be premium.

  • The free pack will contain only the starting gear sets and some starter gold.

  • Once you have used it over one of your characters, you can’t use it anymore.

  • If you have donation points but you are eligible for the Free boost, the free boost shall have priority and no donation points will be deducted from your account.

As a side note, in order to interfere with the tournament as little as possible, we have reduced the experience granted by the level 70 bracket Battleground.

Thank you for your wonderful support, we are delighted to bring our passion to this community and keep pushing our boundaries into the project, this is just a small token of appreciation to our players, and words can’t express how marvellous it is to see all of you having a good time within the streets of Dalaran.

We really hope you enjoy it, thank you very much.

https://www.dalaran-wow.com/news/165/your-gift-is-ready-free-70-boost-and-a-bit-more/

 

Ulduar 10 players: Health nerf.

Hello Community,

As the current level of difficulty from Ulduar is quite high and may be too challenging nowadays; many players have suggested us to perform a small nerf to the 10 players mode during the last few months, we have decided to do so and reduce the health pool from the encounters.

We think that the level of challenge that Ulduar has offered for such a long time was essential, but we also understand that the difficulty may interfere with many of the current players/groups progressing through the tiers.

Therefore, the next Friday 6th of December, with the maintenance that shall welcome the Weekly Battleground Tournament: the HP from Ulduar 10 players mode bosses will be reduced to a more manageable amount.

Thank you and enjoy it!

https://www.dalaran-wow.com/news/160/ulduar-10-players-health-nerf/

Survey info: Algalon will stay as it is.

Hello Citizens of Dalaran,


We are quite impressed with the Second Era idea’s reception; we have seen a lot of support and we’ve received really good feedback about this new system. Plenty of you have seen the potential of this idea and the effort we have invested in it and, even many of those who don’t want it to happen on Algalon have given us some nice observations while showing pleasantness towards the concept itself.


However, as we did state previously, for this idea to become a reality on Algalon we would need the vast majority to vote in favor; after some thorough analysis, we could say that the 58% of the players wanted it to happen on Algalon and the 42% didn’t. Therefore, as there is an important amount of players who don’t want it: the Second Era is canceled and will not go live on Algalon. We knew this was a possible outcome so, we did plan what steps would follow in order to improve Algalon if the community decided to keep it as it is.


There was a common request that has been done by many players: the opening of a new realm with this Second Era / Soft Reset concept applied since the beginning and transfers from Algalon; We are going to study very deeply this possibility and we will keep you posted about it.


In the meanwhile, we are working to improve several aspects from Algalon:
– PvP revamp: We have thought some ideas about hosting weekly Battleground Tournaments and we are currently working on their implementation, rewards and a new website section for it. PvP moderators will also perform a thorough monitoring and win-trading proper punishment.
– PvE/Class fixes prepared for the Second Era are going to be slowly deployed to Algalon.
– Although Algalon will stay as it is, the advertisement campaigns we did prepare for the Second Era will be adapted and launched, including the “resurrect an old friend” (scroll of resurrection like system), which will help to spread the word and keeping the flow of new and old players.


We will keep you posted about all that is to come; our next announcement will be regarding the Weekly Battleground Tournaments.


Thank you very much.

https://www.dalaran-wow.com/news/156/survey-info-algalon-will-stay-as-it-is/

Second Era: Information.

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Hello Citizens of Dalaran and beyond.

We are glad to finally present to you our Second Era’s idea. Its main goal is to provide once again the thrill to progress through the WoTLK content and jump directly into the action while keeping your characters’ hard work and efforts but without interfering with the fresh progression feeling. In this presentation, you are going to find a lot of different information: where the idea comes from, why are we offering it, how the system would work, timeline…etc.

We would also like to emphasize the fact that, you are the ones who will decide if this Second Era takes place or not. This is the idea we’ve been working on before presenting it to the community, now is the time to see if you want for it to happen. We need your opinions before reaching a conclusion, therefore, after reading it you will be able to fill a small survey. There is a small chance to win a symbolic reward upon the Survey’s completion.

Additionally, we are working on a “Scroll of resurrection like” feature, which will allow you to recruit an inactive player for this Second Era and there will be some nice rewards waiting for you both, we will post more information about this shortly.

Our project idea is clear, it has always been; we want to offer the best WoTLK experience we can. That also implies taking into account your characters’ value, effort and time. We believe you deserve the time and the work we have invested in creating a long-term solution. Our first thought is always our community, we are nothing without you.

Thank you for taking the time to read the presentation, and thank you for your participation in the Survey beforehand.

https://www.dalaran-wow.com/news/155/second-era-information/

Approaching the Second Era.

Hello Citizens of Dalaran,

 

A few months ago we gave you some strokes of information about the upcoming Second Era of Progression. We also gave you the opportunity to fill a survey in order to see your opinions about us performing a possible “Raid and PvP Soft reset”, emulating once again a Fresh WoTLK progression, without players losing anything.

 

As a quick reminder and briefly explained; we believe we have found a middle ground that should please old, current, returning and new players. It is a totally new system never seen before, so we want to make sure that everything is crystal clear and there is no room for doubts. Therefore, we are going to post a new, as well as open a new section on our website specifically dedicated to this Second Era during early October, where everything will be clearly explained. You will also be able to fill a very small survey after you read it, this way we will be able to see the overall reception of such idea.

 

After much consideration, we think it will bring the feeling of competition directly into the raiding scene and freshen the air for everyone, while emulating a fresh realm but, without erasing our player’s effort (remember, no one would loose items, achievements, pets, mounts, levels…etc).

 

We have been developing this idea for a long time (we explained its essence a few years ago), and we are really confident it will set a new path into the world we already know. We will be offering a new direction for the WotLK realms, as we did with the Progressive release/system, Pre-nerf mechanics, buffed up encounters, challenging content…etc. Making our ideals the WoTLK standard.

 

As we announced 6 years ago right before Algalon’s release, we wanted to always keep the Progressive content relevant and challenging. It is absolutely wonderful to look back, we feel really proud and full of nostalgia. Watching our Algalon’s video Trailer brings up many good memories of this beautiful journey. Now is the moment to proceed with the next step and, with the information we are going to announce we will explain how everyone will be able to benefit from this Second Era, no matter if old, current, returning or new player.

 

We would also like to share a reflexion about the previous Survey’s results. It looks like our community liked both The Soft Reset and the new realm similarly and there is a small fraction that wishes to keep everything as it is right now. We think that after the Second Era’s full explanation is released in early October, many players that preferred a new realm or to keep everything as it is may be pleased with the Soft Reset’s option (as it emulates a fresh raiding / PvP scene while honouring every player’s effort until now). This is why a small survey will also be available, so every one of you can tell us if you like it after fully knowing how this actually would work. Please, remember that no step will be done without our community’s approval.

 

We have ready the First Beta test for this second Era of Progression. It will basically consist into checking the mechanic quality from the first tiers (with the new improvements), buff values, and the functionality of some general systems we have been working on to support the Second Era.

 

As we have always been doing, the groups that have access by default to our Betas are the ones who participated in the last PvE Tournament. However, after such a long journey and since this is a very emotional moment, we would also like to offer the possibility to participate as special guests in The Second Era’s Betas to old Guilds, old Realm First players…etc. Of course, if a current guild wishes also partake, will be more than welcome. Anyhow, more information about Betas will be published after the upcoming announcement.

 

Thank you everyone for your support, we hope you enjoy what comes next!

 

Future plans and Game Masters recruitment.

Hello community,


We would like to share some interesting news with you.


We are preparing a detailed informative post about the upcoming Second Era of Progression, it will be announced shortly. As explained through previous news, we believe we have found a really nice middle ground that will please the vast majority and will allow everyone to experience a challenging WoTLK progression once again, with your current characters. We will explain every single detail in order to show you a crystal clear idea about how everything is going to work. Rest assured that we value and respect the hard work you have put into your characters and nothing will be lost, while the competition will be fair and rewarding.


Additionally, many reworks and fixes are being deployed to Algalon with the intention to polish everything as much as possible before this new era takes place. Also, more information about forthcoming Beta sessions will be posted, stay tuned.


We are really excited about what comes ahead, and we can’t wait to start with it and show you what we’ve been working on.


Before this Second Era of Progression arrives, we would like to have few incorporations into the Game Master team. We are looking for individuals in order to help us with the following tasks:


  • PvP Staff: Arena and Battleground monitoring and PvP events/tournaments preparation.
  • Game Masters: General ticket assistance (EU and NA time zones) and moderation.


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    If you are interested, you can write us an email to dalaran.recruitment@gmail.com including your Algalon’s character name and explaining why you think you would fit into the category you are applying for, and we will contact you if we need more information.


    Thank you everyone!

     

    This week’s videos!

    Did you take a look at our latest videos? Remember you can send yours to dalaran.videos@gmail.com



    We are recording some nice Chain Quests and hopefully will be published during the next week, along with some events that are worth to see.

    Stay tuned and subscribe if you don’t want to miss them out!

    Second Era of Progression: Survey.

    Hello Citizens of Dalaran,


    A long time ago, even before Algalon’s release, we did promise that once the First Era of progression was finished, we would welcome a Second Era bringing back the thrill of starting everyone altogether and stand against Northrend’s menaces. This second progression would allow our community to relive again the content of this expansion that we all love so much, from Naxxramas to Icecrown Citadel. But, on top of that, they would be able to join such a journey with the characters whose feats they have been developing for so much time.


    Allow me to give you a quick update first. We have been working for quite some time in several systems to make possible the technical support for this Second Era. Due to these changes, some pending fixes weren’t fit to be deployed yet and needed to be put on hold until we ascertained stability, so we have been reworking many things and deploying only those that could go live, bit by bit (Malkavia and I will be updating the bug tracker and will write a changelog as soon as we can).


    Now that we are able to fully deploy the remaining corrections, our purpose is to review every dungeon, raids, classes and old issues in order to improve and polish our quality as much as possible before this upcoming Second Era. You probably have already noticed many of them went live on Algalon.


    Very well, our idea about this Second Era has always been a “Soft Raid and PvP season reset”. We didn’t want to announce anything about it until we had every system implemented and performed a thorough testing, in order to be sure that it would be viable for Algalon. This reset would basically consist in the closure of every WoTLK raid (and everything related to its corresponding patch), granting some time beforehand for the forthcoming opening of Naxxramas, rest of Tier 7 and PvP Season. Once available, the raids would have some internal restrictions and systems that would allow to recreate again a proper challenge and transmit the feeling of progression through the tiers. Each tier’s release, would be properly scheduled and of course, the pace faster than it was for Algalon.


    A really important thing is, no items or achievements would be deleted/lost (although if a player earns an already acquired achievement, it will visually pop, for the shake of the progression feeling). It is a complex system with a lot of details, however, we won’t explain more about it for now. What matters and what we need the community to know in order to be able to fulfill our next request is that no one would lose a thing while everyone would be able to enjoy the progression once again.


    This being said, we have received plenty of suggestions about the opening of a new realm so, we understand there are a lot of players who might prefer this option to the Soft Reset’s one. After a lot of thought and consideration, we have decided to hear you individually, through a survey.


    This next step, the Second Era of progression could come in two forms: The explained Soft Reset or a New Realm (obviously, with transfers from Algalon).


    Please, if you could fill this survey and let us know your preferences it would be much appreciated. We can’t wait to hear your opinions and, just for filling the survey (it won’t take you more than a minute) you will receive a small token of appreciation: 50 Vote Points or 5 Donation Points if you are premium.


    Being a Progressive server that has been up for almost 6 years, we absolutely respect and value the progression and work of each player, therefore no matter the outcome of this Second Era (either the soft reset or the new realm), we want to reassure everyone that the effort put on your characters will be kept for those who wish to. We will explain this further when the time comes.


    Before this Second Era of progression begins, we will open our ranks and recruit more Game Masters (even though our current ones are doing a fantastic job), PvP Moderators and high skilled video creators/editors. Stay tuned, please, more information about how to apply will be published soon.


    Thank you everyone, we are truly excited and happy to bring to life this Second Era, it is very thrilling and it is possible thanks to all of you. Your support and suggestions are inspiring. Ours is the pleasure to have such a dedicated and loyal community, we promise our constant devotion and we will try to give our best.