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TC11 Tibia Coins and the Store Tibians, we would like to inform you about an upcoming feature that will provide you with a more convenient way to enhance your Tibia experience through various products such as Premium Time, extra services for your character, mounts and outfits. Tibia Coins! Tibia Coins Tibia Coins are a new currency that you can purchase through the Webshop which you can access via your Account Management page. They are available in packages of different sizes. Once bought, Tibia Coins are available to all characters on your account and you can immediately access them from within Tibia. There, you c...
stats1 How about those Tibians? We have not had a featured article related to statistics in quite a while, so we thought that it might be interesting once again to take a look at some numbers that are partly defining the Tibia universe. Facts about the Tibia population Just as we had published in the Statistics featured article in 2009, there are still about 1.3 million registered Tibia accounts. Let us take a look where Tibia players come from these days, regarding their registrations and let us see if there have been changes during the past 6 years. Country of Origin COUNTRY - 2009 - 2015 Brazil - 485,778 ...
Knigmare Stories Knightmare Stories I - The Genesis of the Genesis Last year, during the celebrations of Tibia's 15th anniversary Knightmare appeared in Thais and talked with players about his job as content designer. This time, we visited him in the darkest corner of his residence to unearth some of the secrets and mysteries about Tibia's creation story. Are you curious? Lean back and enjoy the genesis of the genesis: It was soon after I had found Tibia in the depths of the internet that I began collecting ideas for a Tibian genesis. I was in no way affiliated with the game then. So, it was more than questionable if any ideas I had would ever come to frui...
How to use multiple hotkey settings on the C++ Client 3rd try.... How to use multiple hotkey settings on the C++ Client Did you always want to use more than one hotkey setting without changing them every time you relog? well it is easy: (The following does only work with Windows, a Linux version is comming when i have time) Open your Editor (for example notepad) and copy the following text into it, then save that file under LaunchTibia.bat and make sure that you have "all files" selected at the type, and not only .txt. Or you could also download our already created .bat file here. WARNING: BECAUSE OF A BUG IN TIBIAML THIS IS NOT THE CORRECT CODE! USE THE FILE! @echo off color 0A title Tibia Hotkey Man...
A word on hacking Tibian Phenomena - A Recap "Why don't Tibians have noses?" "How is it possible that fire spells can be used under water?" "Why is it impossible to fish up the things you accidentally tossed into the water?" In 2010, a contest was held in which Tibians were asked to explain some of these Tibian mysteries, Tibian phenomena. Here are the stories that originated from this contest: Why there are many possibilities to take a seat in tibia but obviously no tibian is able to sit down? By Sephirot Did you ever wondered why tibians never take a seat? There are beautiful places all around tibia furnished with comfortable...
A word on hacking A word on hacking Introduction One of the most serious problems each online game faces nowadays are hacking attempts. The game changes with time, and so do ways of getting access to another player’s account. This article focuses on hacking methods – the well-known ones as well as some which you might not have been aware of yet. The Internet – risks and duties Tibia is a massive multiplayer online roleplaying game. By definition, these games require some sort of network connection, mostly with the biggest, worldwide system of networks called the Internet. While this allows players to spend their tim...
Thumbnail featured june CM? CS? GM? PM? What?? he abbreviations CM, CS, GM, PM are widely spread in Tibia and in our office, too. We use them in our communication among each other, and also publicly. But what do they stand for? What do they mean and who do they refer to? Let us start with PM, this is the easiest one to explain. PMs are product managers. They are basically the decision makers, apart from the managing directors, who you might know under the names Guido, Stephan, Durin and Steve. For Tibia, the PMs are Craban and Skyrr. The next abbreviation, GM, has quite a historic connotation in Tibia. Probably everybody knows that GM ...
Preview Game Worlds Article Preview Game Worlds Some of you probably already heard about our plans to set up some kind of development servers to try out and finetune features which have not been released yet. We already shared a rough concept with the PvP focus group to hear what they think about it. Since our plans have started to take more shape lately, we would like to present and explain the concept to you, provide some information on our reasons behind the idea, and inform you about what you can expect, and when. What's the current situation? Usually, major game updates are preceded by a private test with selected player groups, ...
Featured Thumb A Visit to Kazordoon Kazordoon, famous for its rock cut architecture, and center of the dwarven empire is located in the middle of the main continent of Tibia. History Before the dwarfs created this gigantic mountain city, it was only a huge homogenous rock. Kazordoon was carved out of it in the era known as the Age of Chaos, the time before mankind was created, the time, when the elder gods created elves and dwarfs to fight the overwhelming dark creatures of Zathroth and his minions. The Elves and the dwarfs were too weak to prevail over the dark menace that ruled supreme over almost whole Tibia. Neverthe...
Guilds Interesting facts about guilds True to the motto "together we are strong" many Tibia players unite in guilds to face the evil in the Tibian lands. Guilds are small social systems, similar to families. The sense of belonging among members is usually very high, so they protect and support each other, and spend their Tibian lives together. Guilds have formed in Tibia right from the very beginning, organised by players themselves. The guild system similar to as we know it today was implemented in Tibia in February 2002 with the update 6.6, in order to technically support the ongoing process of teaming up. On the old officia...
Tibia logo New to Tibia? Why should you play? As one of the oldest multi-player online role-playing games (MMORPG) ever created in Europe, it is also one of the best for you to get involved with. There are so many out on the internet nowadays but very few of them have been there from the beginning. It is remarkable considering the amount of similar games which have come and gone since it was created. The game has nostalgia to its' advantage. So if you are new to the world of Tibia and have spent more of your time on World of Warcraft or www.partypoker.com than our world, then what is the big deal? Here are a few reasons why you should...
Teaser 3/2011 Update Teaser 3: Dive into the Hive Some months ago, the dwarfs of Kazordoon found new way from the outer mines of Kazordoon to Thais using a steam ship. Besides this new travel route, a strange and mysterious dungeon was discovered. An unknown area, controlled by an even more mysterious race. Walking fishmen ...the deeplings. While deep under the throne of emperor Kruzak, brave adventurers started to fight against the aggresive deeplings, some other weird discovery was made south-east of Kazordoon. Some giant insectile creatures were sighted near the village of Greenshore. It seemed as if those are trying to create a ...
Teaser 2/2011 Update Teaser 2: Down Below The Sea Scrutinon, a black, monolithic sculpture. Waiting for you near the tunnel with the vortex at its end. Dive into it, the water is closing over your head. Then... a cave. Where is your rope? Up you go and find yourself on a lonely coast. Shades of gray, rugged shores, harsh winds... the Gray Beach. Do you see the statues? Carved from solid rock with inscrutable faces. The Rock Boys... and boy, do they have a story for you: Two races. Fighting for supremacy on this hostile island. Welcome traveller, you are on Quirefang. "It is said the creatures of the deep will no longer cling to the bott...
market Update Teaser: Good Bargains Ahead Your basement is full of backpacks and boxes of stuff ready to find new homes? Numerous things that you collected on your hunts pile up in your room? You are looking for a particular item but do not have enough time to check the advertising channel for a decent offer? You would like to compare prices before you buy or sell something? Whether you are a merchant at heart, an adventurer in need, or would just like to trade with others in a secure, quick and convenient way, the forthcoming winter update will certainly be of interest for you. It will bring along a whole new feature to enhance yo...
Testserver Test server The test server is now online. Like usual we want you to have a good insight in what's coming, thus yet again, our test server article. Worldchange Areas This update features various areas that can now be changed by fulfilling various ingame tasks. The following world changes wait for you to explore them: Their Master's Voice A magical tower near Edron has appeared without warning. An unknown mage without any connections to other mages or the Academy has created this building as a base of operations. Several experiments where conducted here - some of which failed quite horribly. ...
Hosteventcontest Flashy in a Nutshell During the last weeks, we have been asked about the progress of the Tibia Flash client pretty often. The eagerly awaited open beta test is getting closer so it is time to sum up Lil' Flashy's outstanding features. Sidebars: Make use of up to four sidebars and arrange your sidebar elements, the so-called widgets, in any order you wish. Action Bars Assign spells, runes, potions, equipment, or food to up to four action bars which can be controlled with your keyboard or your mouse. So changing your current weapon or armor, for example, will be easy as pie. Hotkeys The Flash client allow...
New quests Teaser 4: New quests As world events are popular, CipSoft added a few more world events now. Bewitched: World event in January where you’ll need to collect exotic ingredients. Witches will use these to mix that brew and protect their bubbling cauldron from the forces of destruction. A Piece of Cake: Cake Golems are about to invade the Tibian lands in February. They’ll drop dough you’ll need to build a bridge to reach a legendary island that will make your tummy happy. The Colours of Magic: Three wizards will spread mysterious letters with coloured powders all around Tibia to see which colour - ...
Testserver Winter 2010 Test Server Report Tutors, fansite admins, senators... are invited to join a private test server at the moment, but it would be unfair if you wouldn't be up to date with what's happening. Thus this test server report. New and revamped Areas The biggest map change is the rewamp of the outlaw camp and the dungeons underneath. Feel free to explore the new area, take a look at the new design and have a talk with one of the new NPCs. A new house in Edron can be visited, besides a little part of the Edron Academy has changed it's look. The bonelord dungeon in Drefia also has changed it's optical shape. ...
Spell icons Teaser 3: Spell changes As CipSoft already announced on their website, some of the already existing spells will be adjusted and new spells will be added for every vocation. When casting a spell you won’t be able to cast a spell again in some time. Now this system will get a revision so that when you cast a less powerful spell, you’ll need to wait less long then when casting a really powerful one. Spells with a big impact will give you a greater cooldown which will be displayed in-game using a cooldown bar. Furthermore spell categories and particular instant attack and healing spells will get icons. Also ...
Mounts in Tibia Teaser 2: Mounts in Tibia Available mounts As you could read on the official Tibia website, CipSoft will add mounts to Tibia with the upcoming winter update. Mounts are various creatures you can ride on to increase your movement speed. For more information, check the FAQ’s below. At the start 12 mounts will be available. Below we list all the available mounts with a screenshot of how it will look like. Draptors: Some kind of Lizards. Dangerous beings that sometimes appear to support their kind in Zao. Stampors: Massive monsters with a high affinity for earth have settled in a dungeon below Chaochai. ...
Winter Update 2010 Update Teaser: Of Robbers and Spirithunters You hear the hungry howls of wolves echoing through the deep forest and the muffled grunts of wild boars snuffling through rustling leaves. You see squirrels dashing to and fro in the swaying treetops. As you follow the narrow and winding path before you, limbs of trees hit you in the face and the dew on the high grass is soaking your shoes and legs. You catch hushed noises but it is not the wind whispering through the wood. You hear the breaking of branches but it is not caused by rabbits. You see eyes peering through the darkness but it is not deer. There is something out there, someone, rea...
A Visit to Carlin A Visit to Carlin Carlin, located in the north-western region of the Tibia continent, is quite an old city with an astonishing history. History Originally, Carlin was planned to be a colony of Thais. The former king, named Xenom, wanted the city to become an example of Thaian greatness, a new distinguished place for noble families and the centre of the colonisation of the North. However, his plans did not work out quite well. Settling in this area was way more difficult than it had been expected because of the prevalent orc attacks. Nobody felt safe moving there to help the city prosper. Since the ...
Making of Zao Razachai - The city of the Lizard kind With the summer update 2010, many new hunting areas were introduced. With this month's article I am going to tell you a little about the new town in Zao, the home of the Lizard kind. The new town in Zao is very large and located far away from us Tibians, the Lizards has tried their best to make sure no outsiders will enter their rather primitive town. However, the resistance has created secret passages in and out of the town, to make it possible for the Tibians to enter. By talking with NPC Zalamon you will start the Wrath of the Emperor quest and you will be able to enter this dangerous ...
World Quests Introducing World Quests Imagine, your choices and actions have an impact on your entire world. What you do and don't do in a certain period of time may have far-reaching consequences for your community. You form an alliance with fellow players to achieve a common goal, and the outcome of your struggles either does good to your compatriots or makes them suffer. The time has come to take over responsibility - for yourself, for your friends, for all Tibians you live with. Answer the call of destiny, a destiny which is not only yours but one that is shared by all players on your world alike. It is time to unite! World...
Autumn Patch Teaser 1 PvP on Trial Conflicts between players have always been a central part of the Tibian game experience. Tibia has several features that make it different from many other games. The most prominent ones are that the presence of your character does make a difference, that your character can level with no limit, that the penalty for a death is harsh and that on those worlds where you can attack other players, there is nearly no limit as to the details of the attack. All these features have the effect that players regularly have to deal with other players even if they would actually have preferred not to interact...
Rich in Detail Rich in Detail! When talking about Tibia, we usually focus on big topics and hot issues, those kind of things we immediately associate with the game. But besides all those important matters, there is so much more that makes Tibia the game it is. Small details and circumstances we do not take notice of anymore because we got accustomed to them over time or things we often oversee because they do not seem to be really spectacular nor do they really stand out at first glance. But when taking the time to look closer at such small things you will soon realise that changing your perspective sometimes can lead to in...
Teaser 3 2010 summer Update Teaser: Tainted by the Corruption As we already revealed a few weeks ago, the northern region of Zao will hold tough challenges for you and on your way you will also learn more about Zao's history. When the reign of the dragons over Zao begun, many old traditions fell out of grace and into oblivion, among them the philosopher monks who travelled the land to teach people and serve as negotiators and judges. If you are strong and brave enough to master Zao's new challenges, you may stumble upon the garbs of these dignified wayfarers and earn the right to wear their outfit with the honour that once accompanied the rank of thos...
Glowing runes Update Teaser: Loot, Runes and Potions The summer update is getting closer, so it's time to give you further information on some of the changes and new features waiting for you. With the Christmas Update 2009, we introduced new loot items as common to semi-common loot in many monsters. We will continue to spice up the monster loot with the forthcoming update by adding further loot items which are stackable and lighter than some of the heavy stuff monsters used to carry. Again, some of the heavy loot items will be replaced by new cool loot items which also yield a similar price when you sell them to NPCs. Further information on t...
Lag and Kicks Lag and Kicks Many of you have probably already experienced this: You are out on a hunt and suddenly your character does not move anymore, everything around you stands still. Then, your character jumps, and things get back to normal - or you get logged out. Lag and kicks are a common disease of the internet, and a very disturbing nuisance in all online games, not only in Tibia. Causes for Lag Structure of the Internet There are plenty of different causes for lag. The most common one is a result of the structure of the internet. The internet is a huge net of cables in which data packages travel from...
update teaser 1 2010 Update Teaser 1: Into the North of Zao As our sneak peeks already revealed, this year's summer update will take you further into the abyss of corruption and terror that yawns in Zao. Finally, it is time to so get ready to enter the north of Zao and discover what threats and challenges are waiting for you behind the Great Gate. Are you afraid of the mighty adversary and his ravaging armies? You better be! But don't despair, you won't be alone. Zalamon, the wise old lizard priest will offer you guidance. Yet, he and the resistance still need your support as well. Explore Zao's northern region, rice terraces and mountain paths w...
Runes and Potions Dev note: Potions and Runes What is a Developer Note? With the developer notes (short: dev notes), we want to give you an exclusive look under the hood, a backstage pass to the development of Tibia. Every now and then, we will give you the opportunity to find out more about what is on our drawing board. We will share some interesting bits and pieces with you to provide a better insight into things we are currently discussing and working on. This way, you can give us feedback at an earlier development stage and we can ask about your opinion on features that are still under internal discussion or development. We want t...
Chill and Grill 50 Answers from the Product Managers From April 20 to 21, the community took the chance to ask their most burning questions directly to the product managers of Tibia. The questions touched upon various topics, like PvP, vocation balancing, anti-cheating measures, rule enforcement, technical issues and many more. The most frequently asked questions have been answered, each individually by one of the three product managers Guido, Craban or Skyrr. In this month's featured article, we will reveal their answers step by step, about a dozen of them every week! Newly added questions and answers will be placed on top of the old ones i...
questions_flying_small Chill and Grill One of the main aspects of Tibia's community management is improving the communication between players and CipSoft. One of the main communication channels for feedback is the discussion board. There, you can comment on recent news articles or take part in discussions about different topics. This board also gives you the chance to get in direct contact with us, the community managers. We try to explain decisions, clear up misunderstandings, provide additional information, and often answer questions concerning topics that are being discussed. Sometimes, however, Tibia's developers join a disc...
spring patch teaser Spring Is in the Air! This year's spring patch is around the corner so we want to give you a short outlook on the features it will bring along. Name Reports As we already announced in the featured article about our vision of rule enforcement, the spring patch will enable all players to report character names directly to our customer support team. If you want to report a name, a new ingame reporting dialogue will guide you through the reporting process step-by-step. On your account management page, all reports you made within the last 30 days will be listed. A report will be pending until it gets processed by ...
 Our Vision of Rule Enforcement Each month, many players inform us via our different feedback channels that they wish for a better rule violation reporting and rule enforcement system. So we sat down, and developed a vision of such a system, trying to tackle as many negative points as possible that have been raised in the past. Vision In this vision, all players report rule violations to our inhouse customer support team. In prior discussions some of you have told us that you fear unfair banishments from gamemasters or unfair reports from tutors and senior tutors. Your reasoning was that they are also Tibia players wh...
Tibians Memories Tibian Memories Funny memories are some of the best stories to tell. So why not share them with others? Tibia's history is long and colourful and we are sure that most of you have many precious memories to look back on. In this featured article, we want to look on the bright side of Tibian life. So dig out your funniest Tibian memories, those that still bring a big smile to your face or give you a good laugh. Share them with us because we think there is no one better suited to tell such stories than you Tibians. We want you to fill this article with life! Therefore, we cordially invite you to post your ...
Making of Zao Making of Zao Since the release of the Christmas update 2009, many brave adventurers have already ventured into Zao to explore its mysteries and face the numerous challenges waiting there. In this featured article, we want to provide you with some background information on the creation of this new continent. The content team members Chayenne, Knightmare, Denson Larika, Lionet and Tibia's graphic artist Jan are the ones who gave birth to the amazing new content the Christmas update brought along. Such a great new land mass with tons of new monsters and quests is the result of good teamwork. During the pla...
Fourth Teaser Small Pic Update Teaser - A Precious Parcel A few days ago, we community managers were told that the forthcoming update will bring along a solution for the snap-backs! After the update, they will only happen when it is actually possible to stack into the other creature, character or object. That means snap-backs will no longer occur on open and hardcore PvP worlds. On optional PvP worlds, stacks and snap-backs will only occur with other characters that are not involved in a war with you, with summoned creatures of such characters and also with magic walls and wild growth made by such characters. Pleased with the good news, we were e...
retrospective Tibia 2009 - A Retrospective Another twelve months have passed. Again, the expiring year was full of exciting moments. Many things in Tibia have changed, a lot of new features were brought to the game and, last but not least, several unique community events took place. Same as last time, the final featured article of the year is going to provide an overview of the most remarkable Tibia events in 2009. Take a seat, fasten your seatbelt - we are going to embark on a little time journey with you! January started out with a meaningful incident which had far-reaching consequences on all upcoming debates about cheating and b...
Testserver Test server info The test server is now online for a selected few, but we would like to inform you about what's new! New Areas (and Unlockable Areas) This update features the new continent of Zao. I will not spoil here how exactly to reach it, but you will find some small clues on where you might start in the quest section of this agenda. You can also talk to some NPCs about these areas if you hope to find out more. Especially the two steamboat captains at Kazordoon and Cormaya can probably help you. The new area is Zao - the ancient continent where a legendary people of dragonmen reigns the jungle....
t2 Update Teaser: Untold Mysteries We have been waiting the whole week for the hooded messenger to arrive and deliver a message from Amaro, a sign that he is still alive and well. The hooded man did not come but yesterday, when we arrived in our office, we found scraps of paper scattered all across the floor - a letter torn to pieces. Amaro's sharp and clear handwriting struck us right away. We tried to put them back together again but several pieces were missing and we could not find them anywhere. Nevertheless, we want to share with you the parts we could reassemble. My dear friends, I hope my last letter did not make ...
Update Teaser 1/2009 Update Teaser: A New Horizon Some of you might remember Amaro de Quester, the brave adventurer who loves to explore the Tibian lands. A year ago, he visited our office in Regensburg to interview the content team about quests but since then we had lost trace of him. Yesterday, a worn out hooded messenger entered our office. Without a word he handed us a half-torn envelope and then he vanished as suddenly as he had appeared. We were confused but then opened the envelope full of excitement. What we found was a creased letter, covered with strange black stains that turned our fingers black as we touched them. Even though...
Chatting with Akananto Chatting with CipSoft's Lead Programmer Many of you know CipSoft's lead programmer by his character name Akananto. When it is testing time, he is well-known by all testers. He is one of the CipSoft members answering questions and reporting back to you about the status of found and fixed bugs. Often, players ask questions about the programmers of CipSoft, so the CMs have stolen Akananto's lunch break to have a little chat with him. CMs: Akananto, can you tell us a bit about yourself? For how long have you been working for CipSoft, and what do you do? Akananto: I have started working for CipSoft almost exactly five years ago,...
WT Char Patch Aut2009 Character World Transfer and Further Changes Welcome to the second, and final, autumn patch teaser 2009! Last week we already gave you a first look at the island of Travora, the future starting point for character world transfers. Today, we are going to provide some further information about this island and the new feature for which it was created. Making character world transfers will not be possible immediately after the patch release. Nevertheless, you will already be able to travel to Travora and prepare your character for its great journey. The transfer service will be available a few days later. We advise you to use this time fo...
Autumn Patch Teaser 1 First autumn patch teaser Teaser time! The eagerly awaited autumn patch is in the pipeline and almost ready to be launched. The past few weeks had been quite demanding for the entire development team, but the work was worthwhile. This year's autumn patch is all about features. So, the time has come to provide some information, right? Here we go. World Type Realignment One of the biggest improvements is the introduction of realigned world types. What was formerly known as "non-PvP", "regular PvP" and "PvP-enforced" will be renamed in accordance with the basic gameplay adjustments that we put into effect, especia...
Official Resellers Official Resellers Tibia is a free MMORPG. For us, the term "free" is not only a marketing expression but a commitment to deliver quality content to all of our players. Tibia offers extensive free content, more than many other games out there, and we invest a fair amount of time and money in its enhancements. In addition, Tibia offers a vast amount of premium content for all of those players who want to experience the whole of Tibia with all its exciting territories, islands and creatures. It is no secret that our well being as a company depends to a large extent on our ability to attract new premium players, to...
Hardcore pvp World Type Realignment - Explanations As you probably know, along with the Autumn Tibia Patch, CipSoft are going to revamp the types of gameworlds. Was it planned or not, they also caused a lot of confusion among players with their short descriptions of all planned changes. Many players expected broader explanations which they received later from the Community Managers on the discussion board. You will find the excerpts of CM’s answers below. One of the changes which are going to be introduced on Opt-PvP (Non-PvP) gameworlds is that it will no longer be possible to block narrow passages with the use of a character and item...
Hardcore pvp World Type Realignment In the past weeks, we released developer notes about two important features we are planning to implement in Tibia: a war system and a character world transfer service. We already mentioned that both concepts will come along with a general realignment of the game world types. Thus, the conditions on the existing world types will change. With new conditions, however, the existing names are not appropriate anymore so the names for the game world types will change as well. In this featured article, we would like to present you our plans for realigning the game world types. Even though a few det...
Exhibition1 Calmeran Rare Items Exhibition An awesome rare items exhibition happened yesterday, August 23rd, in Calmera. The event brought players from all of the Tibia worlds and a lot of players from Calmera as well. After a small delay and a messy queue, mainly caused because of messy players, the exhibition started successfully, and around 18:15 CEST the players began to enter and see the rare items. Leferty stated on his post on the exhibition thread, on Calmeran World Board, “We couldn't gather all Calmeran rares without cooperation of their owners, that's why we missed items like Thunder Hammer..” Anyway, even though n...
World transfer Character World Transfer Today, we have started a developer note (If you don't know what a developer note is, learn here) which deals with a new extra service we are planning to offer: character world transfer. This might not really come as a surprise since we raised the rating of the proposal to allow world transfers from promising idea to hot topic a few weeks ago. We would like to give players the chance to move their characters to other worlds if they do not want to continue playing on their character's original world anymore. Since a character world transfer is a huge step that does not only influence a charact...
journey onward Journey Onward: How CipSoft Made Tibia Come Alive Around 1980, a couple of visionary programmers created the first text based online adventure games for computer systems. They were called multi-user dungeons, or MUDs. By typing commands like "north," "south," "take" or "use" the players moved and interacted in virtual environments which were completely made up by texts. There were no dungeons and monsters visually appearing on their screens, only descriptions saying "You are standing in front of an ancient shrine. Suddenly a giant black knight steps out from the shadow and draws a mighty axe!" Now the computer system would wait for you to typ...
WARsystem New Tibia War System As announced in one of the discussion threads at tibia.com, CipSoft has written a developer note about their plan to introduce a War System. What is a Developer Note? With the developer notes (short: dev notes), CipSoft want to give you an exclusive look under the hood, a backstage pass to the development of Tibia. Every now and then, CipSoft will give you the opportunity to find out more about what is on our drawing board. They will share some interesting bits and pieces with you to provide a better insight into things we are currently discussing and working on. This way, you can g...
 Update Hustle and Bustle Every update is always a big event, both for the Tibian community and for CipSoft. Of course, the whole preparation and making of an update takes months but the closer the release day gets, the more hustling and bustling there is. Especially the final week before the release is packed with things that still need to be done, difficulties that still need to get solved, bugs that still need to be fixed and nerves that need to be soothed since everything seems to happen all at once. Shouts like "Oh nooooooo! Arrrrgh!" or "Yippeeh!" can be heard quite frequently behind the doors during these days a...
ArticleFox Update Teaser 6: Further Changes... In this week's update teaser, we would like to inform you about a couple of further changes that this year's summer update will bring. There will be changes in raids. The Horned Fox and Demodras, for example, have decided to vary their behaviour a bit. They might surprise you in different areas now, so be careful. Also, from now on, you will be able to participate in two new events. Already in August, you can become an assistant of Jean Pierre, who is a true chef. If you are worthy, he will share some of his most secret recipes with you. He creates dishes you would have never dre...
Testserver Test server information Tomorrow morning this summer's test server will go online. During the first days, is only opened to all gamemasters and senators, fansite admins as well as to all senior tutors. Next Monday (22th) all tutors that were on the team since 15th June or earlier may join the test server. Below you can find all info about the test server, posted by Chayenne on the official site. 1-5 testers who submitted extraordinary bugreports over the testing phase will get a reward. That could either mean constant great quality during the whole testing phase which makes it easy for us to find and fix important...
Quests, quests Update teaser 5: Quests In the discussion threads of the recent update teasers, several players asked if there would be any further quests this update than the ones that have already been introduced in earlier teasers. And indeed, there will be plenty of more questing for you to do after this year's summer update. Please read on for some hints about the new quests that will be waiting for you. Pilgrimage of Ashes Young adventurers often had difficulties in the past to find all sacred places in Tibia at which it is possible to be blessed. Furthermore, if they found the sacred places, they usually did not have en...
Update teaser 4 Update teaser 4: Tibia marriages Up to now, marriage in Tibia was pretty chaotic. You could ask Lynda in the church of Thais for a wedding ceremony at any time. She did not care if you were married already. She had so many ceremony requests, that she simply could not manage keeping track of who was married to whom. Also with all this hectic, nobody put much effort in dressing up nicely and even rings were neglected. The citizens of Tibia criticised this a lot, longing for nice ceremonies that would emphasise the significance that such a bond of life has. So Lynda closed down her church for a while and convened a committee ...
Update teaser 3 Update teaser 3: Hunting ground changes In the Featured Article of March 2009 our graphic artist Jan has given us an insight into the creation of new monsters. He exemplified the process by creating a medusa. In this year's summer update, the medusa will finally be released. So be careful if you come across a wild looking monster that's hair style is made of snakes. It is not their nature to roam the lands freely, though. They are usually bound to specific places, so you do not have to worry that you will meet a medusa on a peaceful stroll through the lands of Tibia. In the Featured Article of April 2009, we have explained, ...
Statistics Statistics! We community managers are often asked for statistics in discussion threads or feedback forms. Several players want to know which skills they should have with their character, or which cities are favoured by Tibia players, and many many other things. For this reason, we have asked the product management if they could share some database information with us, which we would like to present you now. Countries of Tibia Players You might remember our recent poll Where are you from?. In this poll, the top five countries that Tibia players come from were: Brazil, Poland, Mexico, Sweden and the U...
Black Skull Update teaser: Expansion of the Skull System In our second update teaser, we want to give you a preview on the first steps we are going to take to achieve the goals we outlined with respect to the PvP system. As you can read in the featured article "PvP in Focus", we approached the re-evaluation of Tibia's PvP system with due care since we are aware of its complexity and the controversy of this issue. Therefore, we tried to involve you, Tibia's community, in this re-evaluation right from start. The feedback from the first public discussions formed the basis of our internal discussions. Several weeks ago, we presented you two of the ideas...
Carlin revamped Update teaser: Carlin and hunting grounds Are you ready for a sneak peek at this year's summer update? We hope our weekly update teaser series, starting today, will help to ease your waiting time. We have some exciting things to share with you so let's get going. Even though there will be no new city this time, we do have some eye candy for you today. Tibia's highly skilled craftsmen and builders have done a fantastic job in rebuilding Carlin. The city will be an emblem of female elegance and taste with the smell of history in the air: steeply pitched roofs, elaborate timber-framed buildings, imposing statues and the lush greenery...
Pvp in Foucs PvP in Focus Last year, two major Tibian issues were up for public discussion: the PvP system and the death penalty in Tibia. We asked you about your opinion on these two topics and wanted to know what you like and dislike about them. Many players participated in these discussions and contributed valuable feedback, elaborated on drawbacks and weak points and proposed ideas on how to change the situation for the better. In this featured article, we want to tell you a bit about the internal discussions that followed the public ones. We want to give you an overview of the goals we established for the re-eval...
Hunting Grounds article Hunting Grounds In the early years, when Tibia was still small and the variety of monsters, dungeon walls and decorating items low, hunting grounds could be built without putting much in-advance planning into the task. Underground tunnels and spaces were dug and the prevalent monsters were placed inside them. During the last years, though, with the development and growth of Tibia, more time has been spent on planning hunting grounds properly, and on re-evaluating existing hunting grounds regularly. In this article we would like to take you a bit behind the scenes, show you problematic and difficult tasks in d...
Graphic artist Watching Over the Shoulder of a Graphic Artist We usually introduce new creatures in special teasers before they get implemented with an update. In addition to some bits and pieces about the monster itself, we spice up these teasers with concept art and ingame screenshots to give you a first impression of what is to come. The concept art and monster sprites are usually created by our graphic artist Jan as we already explained in the featured article about the content team. But our community is also very creative and many players express their creativity through fan art. We already received many questions about Tibia's graphics and seve...
Fiction Fighters Fiction Fighters - The Alignments: Part 3 On a day, very much like today, a magic portal opens in your computer... delivering this wax-sealed Fiction Fighters Newsletter to you. You break the seal and... Here we are, for the latest Fiction Fighters Newsletter. Wipe the dust away and listen to my words. There is but one attitude left, and now I will reveal to you the aeon-old lore about "True Magic". Do you like the idea of reading thousands of books filled with geometric stuff and incomprehensible runes? Do you believe that old and dusty books must hold a terrible secret? Do you revel in the thought that one day you wi...
Feedback Customer Feedback For a company like CipSoft and for a game like Tibia, collecting player feedback is very important. Feedback from the community should be the base for decisions that will affect the community. To develop Tibia further and to improve our work, it is important for us to find out what you, our players, like or dislike and what you would wish for in the future. Of course, not all players have the same opinion on all topics, which can be seen in many player discussions that you can find in our forum. So no matter which decision we make, which changes are carried through, there will always be som...
cheating Where Will Cheaters Go From Here? In the past months, we have very intensely been asking ourselves many important questions concerning the general topic of cheating. In this article, we want to show you how we currently approach cheating, what our general view on it is and how we roughly intend to work against it. To start off, we will establish the common framework about cheating, what it is, what it does and what it means for Tibia. 1. Definition "Cheating is an act of lying, deception, fraud, trickery, imposture, or imposition. Cheating characteristically is employed to create an unfair advantage, usually in one's own...
Undead Gladiator Update teaser: Creatures Between summer and now, many new creatures have been discovered in the lands of Tibia. Today, we would like to take the time to introduce them to you. We have already mentioned that vampires were seen roaming Yalahar, so it is no wonder that a new vampire species has been discovered. You might not run into the new vampire brides at an early stage of your Tibian life, but you should be very careful when meeting one of them, even if you have proven your bravery at several occasions already. Their cleverness makes many of them good magicians and alchemists and they love to cruelly tortu...
Testserver Private test server New Areas (and Unlockable Areas) Yalahar - the ancient city which has grown larger than the island it was built on - Say "Yalahar" to Captain Max at Liberty Bay - You can do a quest to reduced prices and sail to Yalahar from different locations Vengoth - the haunted area with a black history Mistrock - the rocky island which is always covered in fog Fenrock - once a fiery island, now snowcapped, but with a secret New NPCs Yalahar centre and quarters - Armenius (tavern, quest) - Azerus (quest) - Captain Cookie (explorer captain) - Chuckles (magic store) - Dorbin (furnitu...
A Retrospective of 2008 Tibia 2008 - A Retrospective The new year is almost upon us and it is that time again when many people reflect on the year gone by. This month, we also want to review the past year by looking back at some highlights, significant or even funny events, remember and summarise achievements, difficulties, changes and lessons learned. The year started out a little rocky as the massive DDOS attacks against our servers that had already troubled us for several months then, did not cease. Our technical staff was able to limit the effectiveness of these attacks and improve the stability of our servers but quite a few players sti...
Fiction Fighters Fiction Fighters: The Alignments Part 2 - High Tech Much anticipated by the daring audience, it has finally come to you from outer space... "The Fiction Fighters Newsletter (from Outer Space)"! So, here we go again. Today I will give you some information about the second alignment of Fiction Fighters, "High Tech". If words like "Mainframe", "Quantum Singularity", "Antiproton Oscillator", "Huffman-Chang Energy Fluctuation Transducer" or any combination of those makes you snicker... welcome to the team. Techs mod their houses like other people pimp their cars. And I definitely do NOT talk about modern architecture. Although word...
Yalahari Tibia update teaser Four! This year's winter update will not only bring several new features, but also a couple of changes of already existing things. We would like to present you some of these changes and give you a little bit more information on what kind of new things you can expect. Once you have found your way to Yalahar and have gotten accustomed to the surroundings and the inhabitants there, you will be able to dress up in the Yalaharian style. The following artwork might give you an idea of what the Yalaharian fashion will look like: As already mentioned, the winter update will not only bring new th...
Third update etaser Third update teaser By now, you have all heard of the ancient city Yalahar which is situated on one of the northern islands. The inhabitants of Yalahar are currently confronted with a terrible threat. Many people live in fear. Rumours have it that vampires were seen roaming the city, and some folks even claim that their next door neighbours have turned into such creatures of the night. Distrust is widely spread, not even friends trust each other any longer. People suspect undercover vampires, no matter who they meet. Julius, one of the braver inhabitants of Yalahar, has decided to get to the bottom of these lur...
Party loot Second Update Teaser As we have already announced in the first update teaser, you can expect several new party features from the upcoming winter update. First of all, there will be a party-chat channel. That way you can easily communicate with all party members. In the past, many players have criticised that members of a party that stand very close to a killed creature have an advantage when checking the corpse for loot. The rest of the party members had to trust that they were not betrayed. After the winter update, all party members will be informed of the loot at the same time in the new party-chat channel: ...
Fansite programme Fansite Programme Visiting fansites is a great way for our players to receive extra information about Tibia, be it information in different languages, statistics or detailed information in Wikis. We think it is great that there are people in the Tibian community who invest a lot of time in creating and administrating a fansite. For this reason, we are supporting qualified sites, and with them their administrators and helpers. If you have created a Tibia fansite and are interested in taking part in our fansite programme, please send an email to fansites@tibia.com with a short description of your fansite's con...
Fiction Fighters Fiction Fighters: The Alignments Hello and welcome to the long awaited sequel of "Fiction Fighters - The Newsletter"! The next few lines will bring to you: Adventure... Action... Drama... ...and some information about "Fiction Fighters". This letter, and the following two letters, will be all about attitude! People in our world have always been following three spiritual influences. "Raw Power", "High Tech" and "True Magic". While each of those alignments does not tell anything about somebody in terms of good and evil, they certainly do tell something about somebody's attitude. So, let's start with "Raw Power" (Gro...
Yalahar First update teaser: Yalahar The countdown to this year's winter update has started. From this update you can expect new areas with a new city, new quests, new monsters, new raids, new party features, and much more. From now on until the update, we will present you more detailed information on certain aspects of the update in our so-called Update Teaser series. Today we would like to introduce you to Yalahar, an ancient city that has developed greatly over time. Its inhabitants, the Yalahari, belonged to one of the most intelligent races that were created during the God Wars. They did not see any purpose in sacrificing...
Quests An Insight into Quest Design Quests are an essential part of Tibia, for many players they are the spice that keeps things interesting and adds flavour to the game: fulfilling a task, fighting monsters or solving mysteries and riddles, and finally getting an achievement or reward. There are many different kinds of quests, sometimes you have to deliver a note or collect several items, another time, you have to kill a horde of monsters. Whatever your mission is, your life as an adventurer gets enriched with each quest and after completing a difficult mission, you often feel really proud. A valuable treasure or a certain ...
Fiction Fighters Fiction Fighters newsletter Today CipSoft has released the first newsletter of their new MMO Fiction Fighters. The newsletter goes as follows: Welcome to Episode One of the incredible Fiction Fighters Newsletter! Surely you have already waited eagerly for the disclosure of some top secret information... well, your wait is over! Today, I'm going to reveal something about the exciting world of Fiction Fighters! Our world is huge. Nearly all of it is covered by one large city called “Alexandria” (similar to the Egyptian city you might know from your world, which, in fact, was named after our city). The c...
Tutors truth and rumours Truths and rumours about tutors Many Tibia players have explained in a poll and in two feedback forms that they are not satisfied with tutors. We would like to thank you all very much for your feedback. After evaluating your comments, we have found out that not everything, but a large part of the criticism about tutors is based on misunderstandings, or rests on a one time experience you have had with a single tutor. Many of your comments have also shown us several aspects of the tutor system that we should work on. With this article we would like to try to clear up a couple of the prevalent misunderstandings. Tutors are a...
CipSoft A New Department Inside CipSoft A few weeks ago, you had the opportunity to rate the community work of Tibia's customer support in our weekly poll. An overwhelming majority of you wished for an improvement of the community work. Actually, we have been working on the idea of intensifying already existing activities and expanding into new areas for quite some time. The communication between you, our dear players, and CipSoft is essentially important. It is your feedback, your ideas and your criticism that helps us improving Tibia and our services further. Also, we know that you would like to be informed in return: what is goin...
Sea Serpent Update teaser: New creatures The summer update will not only bring revamped areas, new features and tutorials, but also several new monsters. Some of them we would like to introduce to you in today's teaser. After the summer update, cockroaches are going to be the first monsters that new Tibia adventurers will meet in Rookgaard. Santiago's cellar is infested with those nasty but harmless pests. Also, knights and sorcerers that test their new equipment in the vocation specific dungeons on the new Island of Destiny will meet new opponents. Skeleton warriors are previous heroes who decided to dedicate their afterli...
New items Update teaser: New items and features As we have already announced in our first teaser, a second feature will be introduced concerning the interaction with NPCs. Trading items with NPCs will be much more comfortable in the future. Whenever you ask an NPC for a trade, a new window will open up on the right side of the adventure screen. By pressing either Sell or Buy, you can quickly see which items you can sell to or buy from an NPC. If you select an item, also its graphic will be displayed. By clicking on the graphic, you will gain information on this item. The price is quoted behind an item. By using the slide bar, you can comfor...
Tutorial Update teaser: Tutorials To help new players get started in Tibia, we will introduce two tutorials with the launch of the summer update. Moreover, as the long texts of the current hints were rather inconvenient, they will be replaced by illustrated tutorial hints. All newly created characters will no longer wake up in Cipfried's temple, but on a small island south of the present Rookgaard. From now on, Santiago will be the first NPC new players meet when starting their great adventure in Tibia. Here, characters receive first equipment and learn such basic but important things like opening a box, putting on equipmen...
New Quests Update teaser: New quests In today's teaser, we want to introduce you to some of the numerous new quests that will be implemented with Tibia's summer update. As some of you have already assumed, it will indeed be necessary to complete a quest if you want to fight the evil sea serpent. Captain Haba in Svargrond has been hunting this malicious creature for many, many years. He would surely appreciate the help of some fearless adventurer. However, also other inhabitants have trouble with some nasty creatures. Jerom has just moved here, and he is already ruined. A gruesome troll has destroyed the house in which he wante...
Sea Serpent New demon bosses With the next update, some new demon bosses will be introduced. More information can be found below. 1) Ushuriel Ushuriel is merciless and cruel even by demon standards. Like many other powerful demons, he worked his way up the demonic hierarchy through murder and slaughter. Unlike some of his more reckless brethren, he was thoughtful enough to win powerful allies and to ensure that his enemies had no chance for revenge before his next move for more power. Where other demons perished because they underestimated their enemies and overestimated themselves, Ushuriel was prepared for the c...
Update Teaser Update teaser: Revamped Areas and New Hunting Grounds Even though there will be no new area this time, several existing areas will appear in a new look after the summer update. Premium adventurers should definitely visit Darashia which has been greatly rebuilt by Tibia's busy craftsmen. New walls, beautiful ornaments, carriages, and streets covered with golden sand, all add to the oriental look of the desert city. The surrounding desert was spiced up with dunes and skeletal remains. But also other areas have been embellished, for example Femor Hills and the amazon camp appear in a new look. Old: New: Old: New: Mos...
How MMORPG work. How Does an MMORPG Function Technically? In peak times more than 60,000 players are online to enjoy the medieval world of Tibia. How can all these people play together? What technical devices are necessary to enable all these people to move their characters? Today we would like to explain to you how an MMORPG like Tibia technically works. Whenever you log into Tibia, numerous things have to be checked: Which outfit is the selected character wearing? Did the character sleep in a bed and regenerate mana and hit points? Does the character still own the house in which it was sleeping or must it be placed in front of it? Is the charact...
New name rules Tibia Character Names - Now and in Future When it comes to character names, Tibia has always followed a rather special policy. At the moment, more than 7,000,000 characters live on 74 game worlds and every single one of them has a unique name. In contrast, in most other online games, unique names only exist on individual game servers. As a consequence, our Tibia players can rely on the fact their character names are truly unique! This policy has come with a price, however. So far, the name rules in Tibia have been quite strict and rather complex. Some rules seemed to be rather difficult to understand, especially given the fact that...
An Inside View~ An Inside View into CipSoft's Customer Support Two months ago we gave you a general introduction to our company CipSoft. Today we would like to go in more detail and give you some background information about our largest department: customer support. In the first years when Tibia was still small, our 4 CEOs not only took care of programming and developing the game, but they also answered emails of Tibia players and provided ingame support. Because of this there is a popular and quite persistent misconception that Guido is still working in customer support, which is not true, of course - in fact, he is Tibia's executive product manager. ...
A Day in the Life of a Gamemaster A Day in the Life of a Gamemaster At the moment we have 36 diligent gamemasters and 10 customer support members who watch over the Tibian community, punish characters that violate the Tibia Rules or help if players have problems. There are many different cases and situations gamemasters have to deal with every day. During their dedicated work to help the community they also experience funny and absurd situations every now and then. I have asked our gamemasters and my colleagues for their funniest and most hair-raising stories to give you this little story of a "typical" day in the life of a gamemaster. As every day, I log o...
New features Teaser VI - Amazing new features! This year Santa has got some very special new features for you in his sack. Often wished for on the proposal board, now it is finally here: shared experience! The healing powers of druids and the fabulous blocking of strong knights will finally pay off the same way as the damage dealing of sorcerers and paladins. To share experience points, the leader of your party must activate this feature via the context menu. However, it will be impossible that a character of level 150 hunting dragon lords will level up his little level 10 friend who is waiting securely in the city. To activate shared exp...
Cipsoft Christmas Welcome to CipSoft! Christmas is getting closer and a hustle and bustle is in the air. Some of you are probably already very excited after waiting so long for wished Christmas or Hanukkah presents. Many more of you surely eagerly await this year's Christmas update. However, Tibia and new updates would not exist if there weren't a whole bunch of hard-working people that make sure that Tibia is running, that you as players are happy and that this great game is growing and developing further and further. There seems to be a great interest among Tibians to find out more about the people working at CipSoft and their v...
Cyclops Drone Update teaser: New creatures We have not only revamped some areas for this update but have also added several new monsters to existing places. Some of them we would like to introduce to you today. From now on, the Tibian dogs will have a new playfellow. Cute white kitty cats will scurry around your legs roaming the cities. Adorable are also the newest forest dwellers. The explorer has to have a quick eye to take a glimpse at the extremely shy and swift squirrel. But there are also some less pleasant inhabitants new to the forest. Poachers are criminals and outlaws who make a living from things they find in t...
New Outfits New outfits Also for this year's Christmas update, the Tibian fashion designers have sat together to sketch a few new cool outfits for premium players who are willing to go a long way of challenging and tricky tasks. In one of our last teasers, you have already heard that especially funny and humorous characters will be able to join the fools guild. A real fool, however, will never leave the house without his brand-new jester outfit. Players that have proven their extraordinary talent in playing pranks will rise in the guild's estimation and might be also granted the right to wear some fancy access...
Elements Vocation Balancing Preview With relation to the vocation balancing, we will introduce a greatly enlarged system of elements. There are already a few creatures in Tibia that are resistant against certain elements, e.g. snakes are immune to poison. Also all rods and wands belong to special elemental damage types. Right now we have 3 elements in Tibia: fire, energy and poison. However, poison will belong to the newly introduced element of earth after the update, which means that characters will deal direct earth damage instead of poison damage over time. This will finally render the neglected poison spells useful again. Mo...
Secrets Teaser II: New secrets This year's Christmas update becomes mysterious. Adventurers up for a challenging riddle should talk to the inhabitants of the Tibian cities as some of them will have new tasks to complete. Don't be shy just because you are still inexperienced - there are jobs for characters of all levels. If you are skilled enough, you might even be able to discover some hidden quests. Moreover, a salesman is expected to arrive at the time of the Christmas update. As he is new to Tibia, he will be travelling around to get to know many places. Being a merchant looking for interesting new goods, he might be ...
Nomad huts Update teaser: Redesigned areas Have you ever thought of moving to the countryside? This year's winter update will add some real new beauties to the Tibian housing market! Fancy living like Old MacDonald with a couple of friends? Now you can rent your own farm, complete with fields and no less than three individual buildings! How about a stately mansion by the sea that features an exclusive private stretch of unspoilt beach? What about your very own sinister wizard's tower? Or perhaps we can interest you in a very special something - an picturesque house boat that comes with its own underwater observatory! Of course, ...
DDoS FAQ Regarding the DDoS Attacks A FAQ by CM Tavaren concerning the recent problems with Tibia. What are DDoS attacks? The letters DDoS stand for "Distributed Denial of Service". An attacker sends large amounts of data to the target server. The goal is to stop the targeted server from providing the service, thus 'denying the service' to all those who try to connect to it. Most of these attacks simply send such large amounts of data that the internet connection of the targeted server gets jammed. Simply think of it as a traffic jam of sorts. For Tibia this means that usually that the outbound connection at the provider get...
Good old days Moments that changed the Tibian history (part I) Moments that changed the Tibian history (part I) If you take a look to what tibia once was, you would see a small map, with no premium accounts, a small group monsters, and just a few players online. Today tibia is an immense community, spread all around the globe, with 72 game servers (and counting), and over 1 million accounts under which 75000 with a premium account. In only 9 years, the whole game evolved in a way probably nobody could ever predict, and most important of all; its still growing. The whole game began as a project, made by 3 college students back in 1997, using the univers...
Level 350??? Adventuring Tibia Style Player: How are you? Seymour: Well, the king doesn't send troops anymore, the academy is dreadfully low on money, and the end of the world is pretty nigh. Apart from that I am reasonably fine, I suppose. Most adventurers cleared the Rookgaard sewers, many climbed the dark natural tower in Shadowthorn, some received the kiss of the Queen of the Banshees, and a few mastered the Pits of Inferno. No matter where you go, be it city or dungeon, the certain flavour that makes up Tibia is with you. What is this flavour though? What is the unique style that sets Tibia apart from other games? Of co...
Getting experience by killing another player Which server type to choose? Whenever a new Tibia character is created, not only the name and gender have to be chosen but also the game world on which the character will live on. Of course the decision will depend on the country in which you live but you will also have to decide on what kind of server you would like to play. In Tibia you can choose between 3 different types of servers. They vary on the extent of allowed player killing. Right now we have 14 Non-PvP servers, 58 PvP servers and 2 PvP enforced servers. Non-PvP Servers Similar to the beginners island Rookgaard, you cannot kill other characters on Non-...