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Nin Online's 1st Anniversary

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Dear Shinobi,

Today, we are happy to celebrate the 1st year of development of Nin Online in it's current form!
To celebrate, I've written out a short article in hopes of getting you to feel my joy.

Back in the days
Back in 2006, when I was just 12, I got really into the Naruto series. I thought to myself "how cool would it be to have an online game where you could be a ninja in this universe". This was way before I even knew what copyright laws were.

I had set too high expectations for myself and started a community in which I could not satisfy, and I ended up disappointing them time and again.

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In 2009, I announced the end of the game's development. I knew I wouldn't have been able to finish the game with my abilities. I was 16 at that point.

It's been 1 year since the day I opened Adobe Photoshop and re-envisioned the game of my dreams as it is today. On this day a year ago, I restarted the project which I had attempted to create as a kid, the game which back then I realized I was too incompetent to create, with the promise in one final email to my supporters that "I'll bring back the project one day, and make it work."

A ray of hope

With the knowledge and experience I had gained in the years following Nin Online's death, I decided to bring back the game. I didn't expect much, I set my targets low. I just wanted to make a simple RPing game as a tribute to the old times. I opened my usual design tools and started pixeling away at what would now be the basis of Nin Online's new visual style.

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Overwhelming support

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Then came everyone in this community. A large community of members flocked here and put their hopes in me and my new attempt. We managed to launch a great, successful first alpha test where hundreds of members logged in at once to explore the world developed by our team.

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An overwhelming amount of people with faith in our team have donated to the game to keep the project funded, allowing us to have conveniences such as a server to work with 24/7 and to commission artwork for the game.
 
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Helping hands from Eclipse community ensured the smoothness of the alpha, with people familiar with the engine providing us support in our time of need and offering support to the members of the forum as well!

Determination

This support from our community of course powered our determinations to create a great game and to continue to grow our vibrant community here on the forum and here we are a year later, with our developers working hard at creating content and features for the game and our moderators managing the community and all it's spunk.

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Words of thanks

No words can express my gratitude, which goes out to all the long-standing members of the community, the ninjas here who have stayed with us since the start of the project. The whole team is thankful for your support, and we hope that you continue to do so for as long as it takes for us to create this game!

Personally, I am moved by the enthusiasm that everyone has shown since day one.

Your community and game

There has been so many occasions in which the opinions and ideas of the community members has impacted the decisions made on the game itself, and as such, your criticism (though I make myself out to be a authoritarian leader) has shaped the game to what it is and will be in the years to come!



Alpha Test 3

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Now for the announcement you've all been anticipating. We are set to open the game world for testing again on the 31st July for all Gold/Silver Ninjas. This will be in a matter of weeks!

There is a lot of new features and contents, and we've refined out base systems a lot, ironing out old bugs.
However, as we anticipate new bugs and problems, we will be weeding it out to our biggest supporters, the Gold/Silver Ninjas before opening it to everyone. Once we've done substantial tests with this closed group and deemed the game stable enough for an open release, we will open the servers to everyone. 

I hope everyone is as excited as we are!

Sincerely,
Rory

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Sweet, can't wait for the next phase of testing. Everyone has done a fantastic job with Nin Online

 

Happy Anniversary ;)

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Woooooooo! Go Nin Online! I was not here from the start but i'm loving the ride so far.

 

Definitely looking forward to when testing is available to regular members so I can give some proper feedback.

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First and thank you. I can't wait until Alpha test 400 comes out, just a few years away..

 

 

-edit- First member FUCK

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Nice tactic to diffuse the situation. Be it a coincidence or not, it is good news.
Happy Birthday Nin Online! Kudos to the Nin Online team for putting in so much effort to maintain this community.

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It is truly an honor Rory to be working by your side my friend.  I love this community, I love everybody here and I love Naruto!!  

 

I can't wait to test this baby out!!  I'm so excited!!  Good work Rory and the development team :-D Luv you guys  <3

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This test phase is planned to be the final alpha test.

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This test phase is planned to be the final alpha test.

I was just kidding, though that is great news. I was expecting 2 more. Things are developing faster and the beta we have awaited for this year has came :).

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I know Orcnan.
Meh, there's bound to be disappointment when the members realized Suna/Kiri isn't in yet.

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I know Orcnan.

Meh, there's bound to be disappointment when the members realized Suna/Kiri isn't in yet.

Kiri is always there. In your heart.

 

Looking forward to saying the game is in Beta soon. Good luck, I'll be lurking still. As I have been for nearly a year now.

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This is what the community needed, hype for the game and a date. I haven't been with you guys from the begging but i strongly feel that this game will go huge. I see big things to come with the next alpha test and i cant wait to make video's about it.

 

Happy Birthday Nin Online! Hope to see more of ya 

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Can't believe it's already been a year! Kind of funny to think about all the things that have happened since last June, but now it's time to move on and get ready for July 31st!

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Happy Anniversary, Hope to see NinOnline proceed further into the future. ^^

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I'm just sad that I'm not displayed in any of those pics I felt this pic should have been used.

 

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The promo art is terrible though, imo *coughs*

 

burn it Rory...

I demand this persons badge removed, he didnt make an introduction. .

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I demand this persons badge removed, he didnt make an introduction. .

 

Whispy does all the concept art. No need for her excellency to have to do that. ;)

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