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  • Patch 2.1 is coming this Tuesday
    Dean
    7872

    Hot on the heels of the Phase 2 release, Robot is poised to release the next patch, version 2.1 this Tuesday 28 April. The patch contains a number of bug fixes and improvements based on community feedback on the forums, bug reports and Twitch chat. In Patch 2.1 we also see the introduction of unique weavers for Gabriella and Stinkeye. Robot have produced a quick summary of the changes, as below:

    • Co-op is much easier to matchmake and PvP matchmaking produces far better matchups!
    • A new Dashboard layout!
    • New Weavers for Stinkeye and Gabriella!
    • Games reward A LOT more skulls!
    • Iron and Runed Chests may now be purchased in the Store!
    • Oak chest doesn’t reward 150 skulls anymore!
    • Cliffside Clash map changes: there is now an escape route from the far side lane, and the Rift Guardian has been moved!
    • Rift Lightning from the Rift that attacks minions and enemy Heroes!
    • Before the first wave spawns, gates are invulnerable and you can resell traps for a full refund!
    • You can now see your escort aura on your minions!
    • Each Offensive hero may only play one glyph per match.
    • Added new Kill and Assist Callouts!

    New Weavers

    Gabriella

    Stinkeye

    Full Patch Notes

    To read the full patch notes just head over to the official forums and join in on the discussions!

    https://forums.orcsmustdie.com/discussion/3584/patch-2-1-notes/

    Spotlight On: freshgrass
    Dean
    7862

    We’re back with Fan Friday and this week we are interviewing freshgrass from the OMDU North American community. Freshgrass recently announced that he has made it all the way up to Level 40, the highest level available in the current phase 2 beta build after just a matter of weeks. Quite an achievement and dedication to the Orc slayin’ cause!

    Seeing as you have probably encountered him on matchmaking, lets find out a bit more about him!

    The Basics

    Name: Brent

    Age: 26

    Home Town: Detroit, MI

    Questions

    • What do you do by day?

    I’m supposedly a law student when I’m not no-lifing OMDU, hah!

    • What are your hobbies and interests?

    Gaming, board gaming, reading, and recently I’ve started listening to audio books while driving around, doing household chores, working out, or really any time my ears are free for it (my current big recommendations are The First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie – narrated by Steven Pacey and The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch – narrated by Michael Page).  My interests are most things, I suppose.

    • Are you engrossed in any TV series at the moment?

    House of Cards, Game of Thrones, and Orange is the New Black have all kept me interested through their respective seasons, and I’m looking forward to the next season of Attack on Titan.  I’ve recently started working my way through Frasier, which I hated when I was younger, but am now enjoying immensely.  I often go back and revisit episodes of King of the Hill and American Dad when I can’t find anything else to watch.

    • What type of music do you like to listen to?

    I don’t know if I have a specific type, but some favorites would include Modest Mouse, The National, Yeasayer, St. Vincent, The Decemberists, Lana Del Rey, and Portugal, the Man.  Oh, can’t forget Hall & Oates!

    • Aside from OMD, what other games do you like to play?

    I’m a huge fan of the Borderlands franchise, every once in awhile I revisit Fallout 3 and New Vegas, and I will play pretty much any ARPG you put in front of me (though I tend to get burned out on games falling under this description pretty quickly).  Prior to OMDU, I’ve never really gotten super involved in any MOBA’s or MOBA-esque games.

    • How did you discover OMD?

    I think it was on sale on Steam? I’ve always been a fan of tower defense games and instantly fell in love with the fresh and humorous take on the genre.

    *Nervous laughter* Way too much and at the expense of friends, family, school, sleep, food, exercise, and my poor neglected dog…

    • With all your game-time, in your opinion what are the top 3 most important changes you would like to see made to OMDU?

    Hmm… in no particular order:  (a) I’d like to see some changes to the current meta of steady soldier minion spam, either by giving us more and better ways to effectively respond to them, or by making other minion types more appealing (gnoll hunters need to be terrifying again!).

     

    (b) Matchmaking is particularly difficult to address with the game being in closed beta, and I know there are some fixes in the works.  Realistically, I’d like to see pre-made groups being limited to three (or even two!) players for the time being.  I’ve often found myself faced with choosing between joining a pubstomping pre-made or solo queuing and getting constantly destroyed by that same pre-made, which really isn’t a choice at all.

     

    (c)  (I only include this because the question asked for three) I want to be very careful to not be that player who burns through content at an insane speed and then makes unreasonable demands on the devs for new content, but after 400 some wins, Cliffside Clash is getting kind of old. :P

    • We have to ask, which hero do you think is most OP and why?

    Sorceress, Master, and Stinkeye are all hideously overpowered when played on offense with their current generic weaver tree.  Once this is addressed (which it will be soon) I don’t know that there will be a “most OP”.  We’ll see what the next patch brings.

    • What are your top tips for leveling up quickly?

    Honestly?  Steamroll the other team as hard and fast as possible for that sweet, sweet bonus exp! PUT THE FEAR IN THEM AND NEVER RELENT.  Haha.  Did I mention not sleeping?

     

    Shout Out

    • Is there anything you would like to say to all the OMD fans out there right now?

    Get your hands on a beta key and play OMDU!  Once you do, make sure to keep your eyes on chat and the minimap, communicate effectively, and be patient with your fellow players (something I still struggle with!).  Listen to more experienced players, learn how to place barricades, and for the love of god don’t spam spike traps on wave 25!  Most importantly, have fun!

    Thanks for taking part freshgrass!
    Orcs Must Die! Unchained Phase 2 launches for EU tomorrow!
    Dean
    7855

    The news the EU community has been looking forward to is now here. EU community manager SiS has announced that the phase 2 patch for Orcs Must Die! Unchained will be launching tomorrow!

    There has been alot of discussion about the delay in getting this patch out for the EU community, it was originally anticipated to come out sooner. However, we must bear in mind that there is such a huuuuge number of changes in this patch. It is a major release with substantial changes that Gameforge have needed to integrate onto their own systems. Including a completely re-worked game economy model. Please remember the almighty patch notes, Gameforge have been working very hard to integrate these as fast as possible.

    Waiting sucks. However we can assure you that phase 2 is definitely worth the wait, and I’m sure future patches will come out even faster now that we are passed this larger hurdle.

    Friends List & Wipe

    One important thing to know is that there WILL be an account wipe for all EU players once Phase 2 lands. This means everything will be reset including your skulls. Any coin or skins that you have purchased or unlocked by means of promotions will remain on your account, however. It is also worth noting that your friends list will be wiped too, so be sure to note down the names of all your friends so that you can add them back again.

    Enjoy phase 2 tomorrow and see you in-game!

    Spotlight On: Fenwig
    Dean
    7838

    With Phase 2 now in full swing on the North American servers we thought it fitting to bring back #FanFriday interviews! We’re starting off our phase 2 series with Fenwig who you may have seen around in-game, or on the forums where Fenwig started the infamous “Who is the most OP” poll! Lets find out a bit more about the person behind the poll!

    The Basics

    • Name: Alex
    • Age: 16
    • Home Town: Gainesville Fl

    Questions:

    • What do you do by day?

    Wake-up and Go to school

    • What are your hobbies and interests?

    Slaying some orcs

    • Did you have a good Easter break?

    Yes had relatives over

    • What is your favourite food?

    Orange Chicken

    • Favourite TV programme right now?

    Arrow

    • If you could pick anywhere on the world to go on holiday to, where would you pick

    California to see a movie premier

    • How did you discover Orcs Must Die! ?

    Nananea and Fryedegg

    • Above everything, what is the one thing you like most about Phase 2?

    The Bosses

    • Is there anything you would like to see changed in OMDU?

    The Pre-mades

    • OP heroes are a hot debate – whats your take on which hero is most OP?

    Heroes are still being sorted out we will see when they are all in the game (ones from phase 1)

    Shout Out

    • Is there anything you would like to say to all the OMD fans out there right now? 

    Never get mad at someone for splitting leadership!


    Thanks for taking part. I have actually learnt something new from this - Orange Chicken. Something new to try next time at the Chinese Take-away!

    Sandy Petersen talks Orcs Must Die! board game on Insider Access
    Dean
    7834

    Did you catch this weeks Insider Access on Twitch? If not, be sure to catch up on VOD below. This week Robot community manager Justin “SixOkay” Korthof sat down with Sandy Petersen, the man with the plan to being Orcs Must Die! Unchained to tabletops!

    The on-going Kickstarter campaign has raised over $100,000, far exceeding the original $40,000 goal. We are now steaming through the stretch goals for even more content for Kickstarter backers.

    On Insider Access, Sandy talks us through details about how the game works, the figures and some background of the project and Sandy himself.

    Remember by backing the campaign on Kickstarter you will be able to get the stretch goals at no extra cost! Visit the Kickstarter page to make your pledge.

    Orcs Must Die! The Boardgame -- Kicktraq Mini

    Happy Easter with the OMDU chest drop weekend!
    Dean
    7826

    If you have access to the Orcs Must Die! Unchained closed beta in the US, be sure to get in some games this Easter holiday. Robot Entertainment have increased the chances of you getting an “Oaken Chest” at the end of match.  Chests carry rewards such as cards or skulls. This a great way of expanding your card collection!

    The promotion is running 10am CT on Friday and running through 7pm CT on Monday. See you in-game!

    Orcs Must Die! The board game launches on Kickstarter – Funded!
    Dean
    7816

    As first revealed at PAX, Robot Entertainment have been working with Sandy at Petersen Games to bring Orcs Must Die! to table tops. Sandy has close ties to the studio having previously worked at Ensemble Studios.

    We were told the game would soon be making it to Kickstarter for crowd funding. Just under 24 hours ago the project launched on Kickstarter. I am very pleased to advise that overnight the project has already met its funding target! This is an outstanding achievement and is a testament to Orcs Must Die! as a franchise and the talented minds at Petersen Games.

    Be sure to check out the Kickstarter and pledge your support for the stretch goals and secure your copy of either the Order or Unchained board games, or both! Details of the stretch goals to go can be found below. I’m confident we will be able to see these come to light.

    The Kickstarter page has all the details about the board game.

    Stretch Goals