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Story by: Nocte
Fri, 13 Jul 2007 @ 06:07:00

Hasium announced yesterday the details of the upcoming server merge.

Hey Everyone,

It’s long past time for an updated server merge post. We are still feverishly working on getting the backend work done. We have done several internal tests merging empty servers and are satisfied with the results now. Next up are the internal tests merging servers with characters on them. I realize this is taking longer than I had thought originally and the community was expecting. Do I dare give an ETA? I can say we have at least two weeks of work and testing to be done still. We are doing our best to get it done as soon as possible, but we only have one shot at so it needs to be right...

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Story by: The Safehouse Staff
Thu, 17 May 2007 @ 05:23:00

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have recently learned that Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) has acquired Sigil Games Online (SGO) and its assets for Vanguard: Saga of Heroes. As a result, SOE is dissolving the established Vanguard Affiliate program and have opened official forums to centralize the community of active subscribers and developers. Their intent is to give credence to all fan sites making an effort to promote the game. As Alan Crosby (Brenlo), SOE Director of Community Relations, states in a recent post:

…We will put up a list of fan sites but it will not be "An official" list.  We are not going to recognize any one fan site over another.  This is how we treat our fan sites on all of our titles.  Now we may not offer exclusives, dev posts, or even link to sites that are filled with frothing hate or anger but neither will enforce any standards beyond that.  We realize that each community is different and each will have its own flavor and style…

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Story by: Fricka
Tue, 15 May 2007 @ 15:11:00

Rumors confirmed. Announcement from SOE's John Smedley.

Hello Everyone,

Today I would like to formally announce that SOE has acquired the assets of Sigil Games Online, including Vanguard: Saga of Heroes. As a part of this acquisition, we are bringing on approx 50 people from Sigil in order to insure that Vanguard continues to grow.


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Story by: Nocte
Fri, 4 May 2007 @ 11:28:00

From Elrar...

We're looking for spirited and cooperative guilds to start testing raid content and mechanics for future updates. While we aren't accepting applications just yet we encourage anyone who is interested to create a level 1 character with the name, class, and race of your choosing on the Vanguard Test server over the next few days.

Expect to see more details and instructions on how you can apply early next week!

To access the test server you must log into the normal launchpad. Once you have completed scanning a "Test Server" button will be activated, click on this to launch the Test Server launchpad, this may require additional downloads. Once the launchpad has completed patching click play to launch the Test client.

Thank you!
- The Vanguard Team

James "Elrar" Nichols
Community Representative

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Story by: Nocte
Wed, 18 Apr 2007 @ 09:39:00

As of this morning's patch, two new mounts have been introduced to the world of Telon. Initially announced in December, they make their debut today.

Say hello to the Unicorn and the Shadowhound!

The Unicorn

The Shadowhound

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Story by: Nocte
Thu, 8 Mar 2007 @ 12:05:00

Get caught up on your sleep yet? Hope so, because it's another double experience point weekend!

To put players right in the action of Game Update #1 and as a continued thanks to our community, we are giving players a second opportunity to receive double adventuring kill experience this weekend! (3/10/07-3/12/07)

Be ready to face new challenges and explore new lands as you dive into the depths of Game Update #1 and continue your adventures in Vanguard: Saga of Heroes!

The event is on all servers and corresponds with the daily restarts:

STARTS: Saturday, March 10th, 5:00am PST (Saturday, March 10th, 4:00am GMT for Europeans)

ENDS: Monday, March 12th, 5:00am PST (Monday, March 12th, 4:00am GMT for Europeans)

See you in Telon,

- The Vanguard Team

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Story by: Nocte
Wed, 7 Mar 2007 @ 05:54:00

All Servers - Vanguard Game Update #1


On Wednesday, March 7th at 5AM PST all servers will be brought down for Game Update #1. The estimated downtime is 3 hours. Please expect a longer download time than other patches!

With Game Update #1 Customer Support now has an upgraded petition system to better assist players. As a result of the changes made to the petition system all open petitions have been closed. If you still have an issue that you need assistance with please re-petition the issue when you log into the game.

For more information about Game Update #1...

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Story by: Nocte
Fri, 2 Mar 2007 @ 08:33:00

Whether it be in the desert sands or the swamps of the Deadlands, Vanguard Update #1 brings you some dirty villains to fight, new weapons to kill them with, and new places to kill them in!

On Tuesday, March 6th 2007, Vanguard Update #1 will go live. It will be a much larger patch than usual as not only will there be new content but a great deal of additional art as well. Update #1 includes:

Dozens of new weapon models
Six brand new NPC races to battle
Two new mid to high level adventuring areas
Nine dungeons with revamped art and/or lighting

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Story by: Fricka
Mon, 29 Jan 2007 @ 15:36:00

The long awaited, Vanguard: Saga of Heroes MMORPG is scheduled for its Official Launch Day tomorrow, January 30th. As you well know, Brad McQuaid and other members of the original EverQuest team have been working on their own sequel to EverQuest and its launch is nearly here.

According to Sigil sources, US and European Servers will be up by 10 AM PST. Folks who...

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Story by: Nocte
Fri, 19 Jan 2007 @ 11:56:00

For immediate release:
12 named servers to go live on release. (9 PvE and 3 PvP)

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Story by: Nocte
Fri, 19 Jan 2007 @ 10:16:00

Sony Online Entertainment and Sigil Games Online announced today that the Vanguard: Saga of Heroes open beta will close on January 23 at 11:59 p.m. PST. In anticipation of the January 30th launch of the fantasy-themed MMORPG, the servers will be shut down, and all beta character profiles will be transferred to a test server. The test server will open after launch with timing to be determined. For those who have pre-ordered Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, early access will be granted to the live servers before the official release date. More information regarding the early access will be released shortly.

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Fri, 12 Jan 2007 @ 12:57:00

Though rumoured for the past little while, yesterday Sigil and Sony announced that Vanguard: Saga of Heroes will be launched on January 30th, 2007.

You can find the press release here.

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Story by: Fricka
Thu, 4 Jan 2007 @ 16:09:00

Vanguard has moved into Beta 5, their Open Beta stage. NDA has also been lifted. Discussions have already commenced in the expanded Vanguard Wing of the Safehouse.

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Story by: Fricka
Tue, 19 Dec 2006 @ 12:46:00

With Beta 4 Sigil has opened all starting cities and has testers playing on all three continents. Intercontinental travel, thousands of new plots and gameplay involving player housing are also in play.

Is a definite release date announcement coming soon?

Related News: Safehouse Vanguard Weekly Beta Giveaway Threads, see the Safehouse Vanguard Forums for details.

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Vanguard Beta Giveaway Thread 2
Story by: Fricka
Thu, 14 Dec 2006 @ 01:34:00

We got some great participation on the first thread even though we didn't let it run for a whole week in order to offer you more chances at a Beta slot this month. This thread is also a "short" one since it will only go from today until Sunday, midnight PST, but it should be just as fun.

The questions for this thread are:
1. What was the first MMORPG you ever played?
2. Have you ever played more than one MMORPG at a time?

Hit "Discuss this Story" to leave your reply. There are no wrong answers but the questions are discussion seeds so feel free to add information and respond to others' posts if you like.

Same rules apply as for the last Vanguard Beta Giveaway thread, a winner will be chosen at random from those who have replied to this thread by the deadline (Sunday, December 17th, Midnight, PST). One entry chance per person regardless of how many posts are made in the thread. Winner will be notified via the private message system. Beta spot will be subject to Vanguard Beta guidelines.

Story by: Fricka
Fri, 8 Dec 2006 @ 11:44:00

Vanguard was just announced as ready for pre-order but you can start playing sooner by getting into the Beta. We've got a beta slot a week to give out so we're going to make this easy on everyone.

Each week we're going to have a forum thread with an easy "no wrong answer" type question. Post your answer in the thread and you get a shot at that week's beta slot.

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Story by: shstaff
Tue, 5 Dec 2006 @ 11:22:00

Sony Online Entertainment and Sigil Games Online today announced the arrival of “Vanguard: Saga of Heroes” pre-order boxes in select retailers. The boxes should be available starting December 5th, depending on the retailer...

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Story by: Fricka
Fri, 20 Oct 2006 @ 13:59:00

Sigil has released pricing and content information for Vanguard! There will be a Pre-Order, Regular Edition and Collector's & Guild Edition.

Regular Edition - $49.99 MSRP

Collector’s & Guild Edition Details - $89.99 MSRP

Read on for details.

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Story by: Nocte
Thu, 21 Sep 2006 @ 13:01:00

Hello rogues. Just wanted to let you all know that the rogue is alive and well in Vanguard:Saga of Heroes. Under Brad McQuaid's nod of approval, I offer up a quick glimpse at the Vanguard rogue. Hopefully with more to follow.

A Day in the Life of a Vanguard Rogue

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Story by: Fricka
Mon, 4 Sep 2006 @ 13:02:00

Sigil has released this Vanguard combat video from Beta 3 with extensive notes. Having seen gameplay at Vanguard demos over the years and as recently as this past July at the SOE Block Party, I can add that this video is pretty close to what I've seen though not perfect. The notes preface explains that FRAPS was used so this may be the difference.

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