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Category: News & Announcements
Forum Name: News & Announcements
Forum Description: Changes, patch release dates, server launch dates, downtime notifications etc.
Printed Date: 12 Jul 2020 at 01:42
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Posted By: GM Stormcrow
Subject: 22FEB15 - 5 YEARS OF ILLYRIAD!
Date Posted: 22 Feb 2015 at 00:02
Hi everyone,

It's a bit of a shocker, but it's actually Illyriad's 5-yr anniversary today. 

Whilst the server booted up for the first time on the 21st of February 2010, players didn't get access until the 22nd; so that's the official start date for this grand journey.

In that time we've seen many, many changes to the game.

For those who weren't around at the beginning, here's a sample of what you missed from the early days...

We started off with a "world tree" theme around the borders, with all the content placed inside large scrolls.  The town map was a very different beast.

The world map was randomly generated (rather than hand-drawn) in those days, so there were no rivers, no seas or lakes, no sprawling forests or mountain ranges and no regions; just a mish-mash of different squares.  

The world map, with Chat version 1 visible.  Note the awesome way the arctic area blends so subtly with the rest of the map :)

During these five years, you have:
  • Undertaken some 62 million trade missions and traded 4 trillion Gold (4 thousand billion)!
  • Performed 21 million harvesting missions and nearly 12 million quests
  • Gone on 125 million military missions and nearly 40 thousand sieges for a total of 1.6 billion casualties
  • Sent 104 million ingame mails and spoken 334 million words in chat.  That's the equivalent of the entire works of Shakespeare 377 times over, or the equivalent of 425 Bibles - in chat alone. I won't speak to the relative quality of the text ;)
  • 287,000 players have been through the gates, settling 350,000 towns across 1,300 alliances
  • You have collectively played 22,364,898.12 hours of Illyriad
  • That's 931,870.75 days or 2,553 years!
During this 5-year period we have had just under 6 hours of unscheduled downtime, and 15 hours of downtime in total (including patches and server moves).

Over the following day we'll be making a large number of changes, patches and updates to the game.

We'll announce each one of them as and when they occur!  

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Stay tuned, and thanks for joining us on this journey.

Best wishes,


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Posted By: Baron Harkonnen
Date Posted: 22 Feb 2015 at 00:16
Happy Birthday to Illy

Posted By: Rill
Date Posted: 22 Feb 2015 at 01:26
To the developers and all the players of Illyriad:  Thank you so much for making a great game and a great community, worthy of all the time I squander dwell here.

Here's to the next five years!


Posted By: Brandmeister
Date Posted: 22 Feb 2015 at 01:45
Truly impressive.

I am guessing that at least 20,000 of those sieges were MicroMe. ;-)

Posted By: Mr Damage
Date Posted: 22 Feb 2015 at 02:21
Over the following day we'll be making a large number of changes, patches and updates to the game.

We'll announce each one of them as and when they occur!  Stay tuned,....

Where there's light there's hope!

Congrats Devs on a significant achievement.

Posted By: Leiwan
Date Posted: 22 Feb 2015 at 02:51
Happy b-day Illy

Posted By: Diva
Date Posted: 22 Feb 2015 at 03:11
I L L Y R I A D!



"Um diva.... you are sort of acting like a .... diva...." - PhoenixFire

Posted By: abstractdream
Date Posted: 22 Feb 2015 at 03:27
(To the tune of Happy Birthday to You, royalties be damned)

I want to say that this is the only game I've ever played for more than 6 months. I've been here for over 3 years and I have either loved or hated every single second of it. I've proudly spent well over a hundred dollars in that time and will continue to do so. I would like to thank all the Devs over the last 5 years for their input into this amazing game and I want to give a special thank you to all the players who have come and gone and to all those amazing friends and enemies who are still here to spark another day.

Mr. James Niesewand, you have made a masterpiece. There are those who struggle all their lives to create something enduring, something that touches others in a way most can only dream of and you, sir have done just that. Thank you GM STORMCROW for making for me an experience of a lifetime. While it may only be a small and limited amount of my time, only an hour here or there, Illyriad will endure until my dying day as one of THE most entertaining endeavors in which I have ever had the pleasure of taking part. Thank you!

May Illyriad live beyond its creators and participants.

Bonfyr Verboo

Posted By: Fiona
Date Posted: 22 Feb 2015 at 03:34
Happy Birthday to a great game. :) 

Posted By: Jadefae
Date Posted: 22 Feb 2015 at 04:28
A very Happy Birthday It is such a wonderful Game!!!ClapSmileTongueWinkLOL

Posted By: Sheza
Date Posted: 22 Feb 2015 at 04:42
Happy to be here and  love this game . so another birthday. 
Happy Birthday and many many more ..  

If Horses don't go to Heaven when they die. then I want to go where they go.

Posted By: Snook
Date Posted: 22 Feb 2015 at 07:16
A very Happy Birthday to ILLYRAID

 Can't wait to see what the next 4 years bring me.

  This is the only game I play THANKS to you DEVS

Posted By: Corwin
Date Posted: 22 Feb 2015 at 07:18
Thanks a lot for all the pleasant times this game has given me over the past (for me almost) 5 years. I hope there will follow at least 5 more. 
And thanks for posting those pics of what the towns used to look like. I couldn't recall it from memory anymore. Also thanks to all those great players who made this game such a wonderfull place. 
I'm just a little disapointed there's no tournement to celebrate this fantastic achievement.

Posted By: hagrid
Date Posted: 22 Feb 2015 at 11:28
Congratulations to illyriad team for producing and absolutely stunning game and for the community who use it.
Usually last about 4 weeks on games like this but have been here 2 months and plan on staying.
Let the anniversary celebrations begin.

Posted By: Gossip Boy
Date Posted: 22 Feb 2015 at 12:31
Happy birthday my favorite online game :D

Wish you a fantastic journey ahead.

[08:34]<Rill> when you've just had part of your brain taken out, you lack a certain amount of credibility
<KillerPoodle> I can say anything I like and it is impossible to prove or disprove

Posted By: Hora
Date Posted: 22 Feb 2015 at 23:02
Wow! I get nostalgic at those old interface pictures, and then I'm flashed by lots of new stuff...


Happy birthday Illyriad, 
thanks to all Developers and fellow Illyrians, 
a short memorandum to all players already gone,

and LOTS OF FUN for the future years LOL !!


(And now I have to read through all those game changes... again Wink)

Posted By: Mr Damage
Date Posted: 23 Feb 2015 at 02:39
Perhaps we could get an update on Factions as a present?

Posted By: KillerPoodle
Date Posted: 23 Feb 2015 at 05:00
I wonder how many of the Day 1 players are still around?

"This is a bad idea and we shouldn't do it." - endorsement by HM

"a little name-calling is a positive thing." - Rill

Posted By: TheBillPN
Date Posted: 23 Feb 2015 at 12:43
Ive not been here long, but it seems that a lot of work has been done, lets hope for alot more and some great years to come!!!

Posted By: jcx
Date Posted: 23 Feb 2015 at 14:02
Happy Anniversary Illyriad!

More power to the Devs and Players alike! - a wonderful year to everyone of us!

Disclaimer: The above is jcx|orcboy's personal opinion and is not the opinion or policy of Harmless? [H?] or of the little green men that have been following him all day.

jcx in H? | orcboy in H?

Posted By: Dungshoveleux
Date Posted: 24 Feb 2015 at 00:08
Fruits and Berries Please...

Posted By: The Unkown
Date Posted: 24 Feb 2015 at 01:07
Happy birthday!

Posted By: visw093
Date Posted: 05 Mar 2020 at 05:49
very very" rel="nofollow - happy birthday wishes , btw this one is my favourite 

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