[GMS] This Month In Our Past: January [2013 Edition]
Welcome to January, one of the greatest months ever for GlobalMS updates. The release of the game’s final job advancement in 2008, one of the game’s most used social features in 2006, the addition of a Global MapleStory original party quest in 2007, and the update of an highly EXP awarding PQ in 2010. Here are the details of game updates in Januarys past.
Client Version Update: 0.16
Game Update Name: –
Game Update Date: Monday, January 26, 2006
– Level 80/90/100 equips
– Lunar New Year
Guilds will forever be one of the most used, if not the most used social gameplay in MapleStory. Level 80/90/100 equips are also very important in the gameplay of many maplers.
Client Version Update: 0.33
Game Update Name: –
Game Update Date: Thursday, January 11, 2007
– Amoria Dungeon
– Amoria Party Quest
The Amoria PQ was the first original party quest in Global MapleStory and remains as one of only two, along with what is also Global MapleStory’s, the Crimsonwood Keep PQ.
Client Version Update: 0.49
Game Update Name: “4th Time’s the Charm”
Game Update Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2008
– Final Job Advancement
– Legendary Spirit Skill
– Monster Name/HP Bar
– World Maps
– Party Leader Change
– Quest Alarm Function
– Buff/Skill Icon Timer
This is it. The update that has taken #1 in msupdate’s Top 15 Global MapleStory Updates. The long awaited final update advancement and Leafre were released in Global MapleStory on Wednesday, January 23, 2008. With 12 new jobs, 59 new skills, 53 new maps, 21 new NPCs, 19 new quests, 29 new monsters, and the almighty Horntail boss, 0.49 is the biggest and most game changing update ever to Global MapleStory, that is, until the Big Bang hit our shores in December 2010.
Client Version Update: 0.64
Game Update Name: –
Game Update Date: Thursday, January 22, 2009
– 7th Day Market
– Magatia Party Quest
– New Tutorial
– Auto AP
– Valentine’s Day Event
– Lunar New Year’s Event
January 2009 has probably been the least game changing January game update. Magatia PQ is less used that many other party quests, the 7th day market was a total failure, and the seasonal events sucked. Fortunately, the new tutorial and auto AP feature made sure that January 2009 will have some effect on new and inexperienced players.
Client Version Update: 0.81
Game Update Name: “Winter Wonder”
Game Update Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2010
– Version Up: Monster Survival and New Medal
Although I don’t enjoy it, Monster Survival are extremely popular and rewarding party quests. The Monster Survival turned January 2010 into a good month for Global MapleStory all by itself.
Client Version Update: 0.95
Game Update Name: “Birth of the Mechanic”
Game Update Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2011
– NPC Duey removed NPC Donald added
– Resistance characters can get Episode 1 hats
– Chinese New Year [Jan. 26 – Feb.08]
– Valentine’s Day [Feb.09 – Feb.22]
– Golden Temple [Feb. 23 – Mar.22]
– Mardi Gras [Mar.02 – Mar.15]
– Bug Fixes
2011 brought the first January class addition, the might Mechanics! Mechanics are one of my favourite classes.
The final addition of the Legends update arrived on January 11 with the revolutionary twist that no game update or maintenance was necessary to add the class to the game. That is, of course, if you disregard the inevitable two unscheduled maintenances which followed. It wasn’t just this, but the Golden Temple made a triumphant return with unlimited entry for free for the first time ever in Global MapleStory.
In addition, the Year of the Dragon update which arrived later in the month on January 19 brought our way the Evolving Ring III event as well as the Pink Zakum event.
A notable but unfortunate event which also took place in January was the ridiculous block of stability issues and downtime across all of Nexon’s games which effectively lasted from January 22 to 29. This was resolved in MapleStory only after nearly 40 hours of unscheduled maintenance. We also got terrific compensation which included 3x EXP and Maple Points so in my opinion the downtime was completely worth it.