|ibians, are you ready to paaaaarty???
This month, we want to celebrate Tibia's 15th anniversary with you. Therefore, we will update this article 15 times during the next weeks. Each time we will present you a new anniversary event that is waiting for you ingame and which will be available from the day it gets featured here until February 15. Are you curious what we have in store for you? Come a bit closer... rumour has it that some Cipsoft members have been dragged into the game, but shhhh...
Let us start with the well-known and all time famous Knightmare. Head on over to Thais and visit him in his prison cell...
Want to know why Knightmare chose this location in Tibia? Read his explanation:
In the old days, before gamemaster characters, before tutors and before the fabled GM-island, there was hardly any space where a gamemaster could answer all the questions and requests in peace. So I retreated to one of the prison cells in Thais. The prison was first located under the castle, later under the sheriff's office. The key for that cell was a 'rare spawn', meaning that it only appeared when the map was completely reset, which happened only now and then.
There, I found the peace to talk to various players without drawing too much attention and without being too far away from Thais centre, where the heart of Tibia of those times was beating. Aside from the occasional visitor it was quite peacefully there. I often had a summoned dog with me as company and I used to create arrows while following the chat or answering questions. With the security of the prison walls I was even able to read the boards now and then. Although the cell became somewhat known as my office I rarely had visitors there. Occasionally, I was found by some clueless player who asked me why I was locked up there. I used to tell them that Cipsoft locked me up for whatever reason - some of them actually believed me.
With the creation of GM characters it became less and less important to have such a secure room and it fell into disuse. The lock of my cell door did not survive all the relocations and redecorations of the prison, so that the key today has only sentimental value. I still have one or two of them in one of my depots...
Update: The community managers have been dragged into the game. Check out what they have to tell you:
We are the community managers Mirade, Rejana and Tjured, and probably most of you have already met us on our official forum and know us. But what are we doing there, so close to the Incredibly Old Witch? Witch? Well, Mirade and Rejana okay...but Tjured is not female and none of us is old. So, why have we chosen this place and not another one? Of course, everyone of us has a favourite place in Tibia, but since we work as team, we had to find a place that works for us three. Therefore we chose a place that is easy to access by everyone and with enough space. You might ask yourself now: For what do community managers need space? Well, even forum space is not unlimited and since it is a fact that not only constructive and reasonable posts are made, but also some trolls are getting lost on the forum from time to time, we decided to outsource some trolls and therefore, we were in need of enough room to provide shelter for an army of trolls. That is the story of our location choice...
… or maybe we just took our marshmallow blaster and shot on the Tibia map with closed eyes...
Update: From today on, Craban is spawning. Listen to his story:
My name is Craban, and I am the lead product manager for Tibia.
I chose this spot because it is the location of my probably greatest PvP skill achievement. Years ago, when you still had to aim runes manually on the screen, 2 friends and I were chasing someone through Edron who had killed another friend of ours. The guy was a mage a few levels higher than myself. During the chase, my friends fell behind and suddenly, I saw myself facing this guy alone, right here at this spot. He tried to summon fire elementals which I shot down immediately. Then the SD battle began with lots of „puffs“ for bad aiming. I think he gave up during the fight because he seemed to have mailed his stuff to his depot before he died, but still, when I returned to meet my friends on Edron bridge, I was proud to be able to say: "Guys, I did him!"
Update: Another Cipsoft member appeared in the game. Denson Larika is waiting for you!
Hi Tibians, my name is Denson Larika and I am a content designer at CipSoft!
It was difficult to choose one certain place as I have positive feelings for so many things I created. The three dead bureaucrats, the dream sequence, the Nomads Hideout, the 'Troll Sabotage'-Quest or Buddel who once was called Beorn and always makes me smile when I talk to him. After all I chose Klaus' tavern because it is part of the 'Pirate Treasure'-Quest which was really fun to make and beside that it's a symbol for the never ending struggle of pirates vs. ninjas! I'd like to wrap things up with an old Ninja wisdom: Play fair, respect each other and don't spare any pirate!!
Update: Akananto is visiting Tibia. Want to greet him?
My name is Akananto, and I am a pir... programmer.
My favourite location in Tibia is Greenshore: it is the mooring place of the mighty Tibianic and a lovely, calm place in general - except when I am there, harr harr! I remember plenty of test servers where Tibians had been lured to Greenshore by big, red words just to find out that the peaceful village had been overrun by dragons, dragon lords, behemoths and even a couple of demons! Monsters yelling, Tibians screaming, oh what a joyful sight, all the while Tokel still advertising his finest snacks. Bloody good times - literally.
Update: Delany, Bolfrim and Siramal have been dragged into the game today. Meet them in Thais!
Our names are Delany, Bolfrim and Siramal and we are software testers.
No matter what new area or NPC is implemented in a test server, you always meet the majority of players at Thais crossroads. Rumour has it that this is also the place where a tester summons a monster or two from time to time. Whenever the test servers are going to be closed, we pass the time with a quick game of Chess, Checkers or Nine Men's Morris, and wait for some nice players to come by. And if nobody wants to play with us we are wandering the Thais Exhibition, even on weekdays... Hehe.
Update: Chayenne awaits you!
My name is Chayenne, and I am the Lead Game Content Designer for Tibia.
The old dragon graveyard I am standing on in this screenie is my favourite location in whole Tibia, even though there are so many shiny new places now. But I remember crawling out of that hole leading back to Hellgate and seeing the beautiful blue ocean, lava, and white sand while hearing the dragon lord roaring always felt like coming home. I have slain my first dragon here as a very young knight, coached by the mighty Wurzel, who taught me how to dodge fire and lure the dragon on the ropespot to be able to trap it up there.
I guess you DO never forget your first dragon, and this secluded island was always a place of peace and memories for me.
Update: The countdown has started. Count Tofifti joins the party!
Hey there, I'm Grizzly ... ehm Count Tofifti and a content designer aka balancer.
Finding a favourite spot always means to review the past, special feelings and emotions of what you experienced in game, and of course projects you were working on. My first map change was the revamp of Necropolis which is why it will always make me smile when I walk by. However, there are many other places, quests and especially monsters I really like. Anyways, I chose the place near Grizzly Adams in Port Hope. Most Tibians come here one day in order to get some paw and fur points or just for some extra experience. It was my biggest and most emotional project so far and it is really a special place to me. And to keep it with Grizzly: jolly good show and keep on hunting old chaps!
Update: Solkrin invites every player to have a cup of tea with him.
Hi, I am Solkrin, and I am the leader of the customer support team.
I have chosen the Venore swamp troll dungeon because, in a way, this is where Tibia really started for me. True, I had passed through Rookgaard before that like everybody else, but somehow that went quite smoothly and I do not remember much of it today. This dungeon, though, is a different matter. I finally found it after wandering around aimlessly for quite a while, and being too lazy (or scared) to go somewhere else I levelled there for ages. I have got tons of fond memories of the place. For example, I remember how I ran into my first pk there. He attacked me without provocation, but being even more of a noob than me he could not finish the job. I remember how I ran after him all the way right up to Venore, trembling with indignation.
Oh, and how good it felt when I managed to kill that ghoul for the first time! I have always wondered what his story was, down there in his hidden little chamber. Whenever I go down there it is like I am visiting an old friend.
Update: Penciljack is waiting for you!
Hey guys, I am Penciljack, I am responsible for the Dark Arts of Tibia.
We have the whole vampire - werewolf thing going on here, lots of inspiration can be found amongst the creatures of the night *howls*...so quite naturally, this is a special place for me. But I am not only talking about the vampire ladies, no no! This place is a great example of both, the past and the present in Tibia coming together graphically. It is always a pleasure to see how our content designers put together the worlds out of the puzzle pieces that we artists have created, especially if it is a theme that I have a personal affection for.
Enjoy your time here and bark at the moon for all the wolves out there every once in a while!
Update: The Lion..et is not sleeping anymore...
My name is Lionet and I am a game content designer for Tibia.
The area you can see on my screenshot is part of the underwater world of the Deeplings. I was responsible for the concept, story and design of this area and creating this was easily my favourite task so far here at Cipsoft. The statue of god-king Qjell at the top of the screen was one of the first things to come to life when our graphic artists started to create the environment art. When I first visited the whole area during an early test, this room had by far the most impact. The all-mighty Qjell sitting on top of his own temple was inspiring and constantly on my mind when I built their lore, culture and language to complete the setting. It also reminds me of the great and productive time we had creating all this. I hope the final design is reflecting some of this and that you have just as much fun exploring.
Update: Lyxoph joins the party today.
This is Lyxoph writing these words, and I am one of the graphics artists.
I would like to tell you the story of my favourite place in all of Tibia and how I got a trusty companion there. After the Outlaw Camp was redecorated, I regularly made a detour down there when I was on the road between Venore and Thais. After making sure to find my way to the camp right away by sticking close to the desert's border in the west (and not running into a pack of deadly Minotaurs like I did the first time I came here) it became a sort of daily ritual for me to visit Rottin Wood and sack up a couple of extra gold coins. One day, after skinning rabbits and repairing the derelict camp as usual, I said farewell to Rottin Wood and left the camp, standing where I am in the picture. I wanted to get some food out of my backpack, because I had to strengthen myself for the long journey back to town. All of a sudden, I realised there was something else here, an object I only had heard rumours about. It was a legendary hunting horn! Now, I was able to tame a wild boar, and the sturdy hog has been with me ever since.
Update: And another one appears. Welcome Mercutio!
My name is Mercutio and I am the Marketing Manager for CipSoft.
This picture shows me at the small market place of Greenshore. Why there? Well, every time I pass by this little market place I remember one particular party with my guild mates. I had my first flat in Greenshore. It was really small, but I still tried to furnish it completely and to create a nice, cosy atmosphere. Once I was finished, I have invited some of my guild mates to a house-warming party. We all had a couple of drinks, became all courageous, placed banana peel on the path in front of my flat, tried to throw fish through the window onto passing pedestrians – you could say the party got slightly out of hand. In addition, we have also spontaneously started a band and played some music as I had a piano, a drum and a lute in my flat. Convinced that our caterwaul is fine art, we have changed the location and went outside to perform live on stage – on that very market place. It took only about 10 minutes until one neighbour appeared at his window and yelled: "It is 2 o’clock in the morning for god’s sake! Shut the *beep* up! Some knights need to get up in the morning and slay some dragons!! Give it a rest, will you?" Then he slammed his window shutter.
Good old role-playing times…
Update: Skyrr awaits you!
My name is Skyrr and I am Product Manager for Tibia.
The place you can see in my screenshot is the old lighthouse in Drefia. I like it since I first hunted with my sorcerer there. It is kinda remote, so you can get a moment of peace in an area crowded with undead (and often with players, too). I also like this place since you can go AFK for a few seconds when you are desperately in need of another coffee. In addition, I like its design. You can't enter the first floor without a spell or some parcels, which already discourages passers-by from disturbing my meditation session up there. But careful, if you are hunted it might not be the best place to hide since you can get trapped rather easy there. On the other hand, who would hunt a CipSoft member playing incognito on his harmless secret char?
Update: Last but not least: Grimrath
Hi, I am Grimrath and I guess I am mostly known as the one who is in charge of the tutors.
I selected this place in memory of the endless hunting sessions which I spent here. In addition, this place is an infinite source of decorative items, so check them out! But beware of the evil Grimrat and its nasty hamster who claim this place their own!
Have fun and see you in game!
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