Turbine has finally wrapped up the week-long mess involving mistakenly downgraded accounts. Wednesday morning brought an announcement from the staff that a huge number of players were relieved to see: "We have resolved the root issue that caused some premium accounts to be incorrectly downgraded to free account status. Note that you may need to log out of the game/forums and log back in for the change to update to your account. If you still show an incorrect account state, please report to this thread and use the steps below to contact the account support team. Thanks for your patience, and we'll see you in game!"
Presumably very happy to have the issue taken care of, they quickly moved ahead to release the update 5 notes. Update 5 -- titled Rise of the Guilds -- brings a long list of changes and additions, as always. Predictably, the update brings new guild items and goals, so we'll take a look at those first.
We've heard about guild renown and guild levels, but what do they mean? Essentially they are ways to encourage guild members to work together. Your guild will start with 0/400 renown and be at level one, as reflected in the shiny new guild panel.DDO Gold "Build up your Guild Renown to earn Guild Levels and grow in power! The more active your guild members are, the more levels, power, and treasure your guild will achieve together. Your Guild can even buy an Airship as your HQ and take to the clouds! " There isn't any sort of specific list about goal or point totals available at the moment, but the Massively guild will be checking it out firsthand over the next few week, thanks to the wonders of Character Copy. There is a copy of OneDAwesome currently on the Lamannia server, so feel free to /tell Rubialina for an invite as we explore together.
While guilds are certainly a big part of this update, it doesn't end there. The combat updates have already been heavily discussed in the forums, with the two-weapon-fighting nerf easily one of the hottest topics. Now that we've got all the details thanks to the patch notes, players are able to look through in detail and DDO Gold check it out on Lamannia to see how they feel about it.