Monthly Archives: June 2015

TROVE NEEDS STRESS TESTERS

 

Trion Wolds’ sandbox voxel game, Trove, is getting ready for launch on July 9th and needs a bit of help from players to get the servers ready for the magic date. While beta testing has been ongoing for a while, Trion Worlds would like to stress out the game’s servers and needs players to help them do it.

On June 25th from 12:00 AM Pacific until 11:59 PM Pacific, players are encouraged to log in any time that day to try and stress the game servers a bit and to celebrate the close of beta testing. Log in to help and you’ll score yourself a Flask Coin to unlock any Flask or Emblem from the Trove store and 5 Piñatas will be given to anyone with 30 or more mastery.

If you’d like to help Trion Worlds out, head on over to Trove’s website and get started.

Aion announces free-to-play plans for North America, all content will be free

If I could demand one thing for free, it would be a five pound tub of licorice. If I could demand two things, it would be full access to a mystic realm of winged beings and a five pound tub of licorice. Aion: Ascension, the major update coming to Aion this spring, fulfills most of my desires with their newly announced F2P business model. Everything previously released and in patch 3.0 will be absolutely free for everyone. Yes, everything for free—well not my licorice, but those tubs of delicious red chewies aren’t really NCsoft’s to give away in the first place.

Aion’s truly free business model follows in the footsteps of DC Universe Online, giving you everything for free. The original game, both expansions, all raid and dungeon content, and pvp content will be available to everyone just for showing up. That’s like going to an amusement park with your friends and having the ticket clerk give you the keys instead of just a day pass. According to their website, “If you like the game, we’d appreciate a purchase from our store (game developers need to eat too!). If you don’t like the game, can’t pay, or don’t want to pay—no worries, it’s on us!” Sounds good to me.

As if this deal couldn’t get any sweeter, mmmm licorice, Aion is also including patch 3.0 in the mix for all players. The patch will add a new stylish mount system and player housing, which you can decorate and show off to your friends. You’ll also get two new zones, six new dungeons (including a 24-player raid), and the level cap will be raised to 60. We’ve played around with all of the new content and will have our hands-on impressions in the next issue of PC Gamer US (May 2012).

The Aion website has an interesting story driven trailer for the announcement and you can check out the Ascension page for more details on the update.

AION & Kushner Acquire Middle River Portfolio

AION Partners and Kushner Cos., both New York-based companies have acquired a three-building apartment portfolio in Middle River for $37.9 million.

Kushner partnered with AION Partners to acquire the three buildings developed in 1974 by the Posner family. The assets were some of the last Baltimore-area buildings owned by the company, said Transwestern broker Dean Sigmon, who represented the seller on the deal.

The buildings were about 92 percent occupied at the time of sale, according to CoStar Group Inc. They are at 305 Retford Way, 1558 Alconbury Road and 50 Hebron Drive.

Well known in the New York area, Kushner was part of one of the biggest multifamily transactions in Maryland two years ago. The company has been active on the East Coast, last week acquiring four New Jersey apartment complexes for $56.5 million, according to the Bergen County Record.

Kushner CEO Jared Kushner is the son-in-law of Donald Trump and publisher of the New York Observer. Last year, the New York real estate news website The Real Deal called Kushner“one of the most active buyers of multifamily properties nationally” after the company snatched up 11,000 units in New York, New Jersey and the Baltimore area.

Sigmon said he initially thought the buildings would sell separately in transactions that would have exceeded $40 million. But after receiving eight offers on the portfolio, it became clear that selling the buildings together was preferable because it made for an easier transaction.

Although the Posner Group had invested about $1 million into improving the exteriors of the buildings over the last several years, none of the buildings have had any major interior renovations, Sigmon said. That was what attracted Kushner to the deal, Sigmon said, because it offered the opportunity to add value to the buildings.

“There’s definitely an opportunity to not only improve the common areas, but also the kitchens and baths” inside the units, Sigmon said. He added that because Kushner operates other apartment buildings in the area, “there were some economies of scale and they thought they could manage them a little more efficiently.”