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Community - Christmas event live! 19.12.2022

By Saavick
The in-game Christmas event has started today, 19 December 2022! So far no official announcement has been made though, so the end date is unknown. (Confusingly, the launcher shows 7 January, but that's last year's event). If an announcement is made, possibly with a subscription offer, I'll update this post :)

Edit: the event has now ended on 10 January 2023!

Have a look at our guides to see what all you can do during the event:

Merry Christmas everyone!

AO Universe in numbers 2022 31.12.2022

By Khuri
2022 is nearing it's end and I've been asked if I could show some numbers regarding this website and it's usage, how relevant it still is in regards to the age of the game.

We've removed the direct in-database tracking of guide visits some years back already, however based on pages called we can still see trends on which guides are the most searched after this year.

Visitor numbers

Absolute visitor numbers are a bit difficult to gather unfortunately. I'll split these numbers up based on their sources.
For one we have since several years now a Piwik/Matomo tracking on the website. However due to cookie policies and additionally modern browsers own do-not-track-me features, which the Matomo tracking respects, this tracking only registers a fraction of visits on the website.
The second tracking we have is the webservers internal logfiles, which register every page call. It does not however recognize "coming back visitors" as such. If two page calls from the same user are 30 minutes apart, they get registered as a new visit.

So much for the techniques behind the tracking, let's talk some numbers.
Matomo tells me that in 2022 we had over 123k visits on the website. These numbers have been going down from 2021 (125k), 2020 (148k) and 2019 (301k). Keep in mind though that with more strict browser privacy policies, Matomo might not see all visits by default.
Now the internal server logfiles show a little bit bigger numbers. According to them in 2022 we had over 1.5 million visits. There's a very interesting surge in visits starting with July 2022 where we went from an average of 80k visits per month to 190k, which continues throughout December.
This trend in rising numbers also reflects in the Matomo tracking, with a surge in July 2022.

Who's visiting?

Let's talk some about who's visiting this website.
The majority of visitors come from Europe (58 %) and North America (34 %). Based on country, first place goes to the USA (31.5 %), followed by the UK (10.3 %), Norway (9.4 %), Sweden (5.4 %) and Germany (5.3 %).
These numbers also get backed up by the Google Search Console, which just registers things happening on the Google Search Results in regards to our website. There the most impressions and clicks also come from the USA, followed by the UK, then Norway, Germany and Sweden.

The majority of visitors use a Full HD resolution screen (42.6 %), followed by QDH (9.3 %), and then come a variety of odd laptop and mobile device resolutions.
The vast majority visits using Chrome as browser and Windows 10 as OS (76.9 %), followed by Android OS (9.6 %).

When are you visiting?

For this I had a look at the Google Search Console and I can very confidently that a majority of players are playing and looking at our guides on weekends. Every saturday/sunday there's a high peak in impressions and clicks.

Hot Topics

The most interest in guides goes to the Classic AO guides (31.7 %), followed by Shadowlands (24.4 %), Alien Invasion (8.4 %), then Legacy of the Xan, Lost Eden and lastly Notum Wars.
The classic raids are where most visitors come looking for guides, namely the Condemned Subway, followed by the Temple of Three Winds, the Inner Sanctum Raid and the Dust Brigade.
Those also show in the Google search words, where the top searched topics include "subway", "inner sanctum" and "totw".
Guides regarding the Dust Brigade quests have been the most search after using our internal search engine.

And lastly for some more numbers on how we're doing on Google in general. We've had 1.39 million impressions in search results, with 224k clicks leading from those impressions to our site.

All of this tells me that despite the age of this game, it still has an active and interested community.
Also since we started accepting Paypal donations to support this website with it's hosting, we've reached the yearly goal every year, thanks to you generous people.
This year we've gotten 138 € in total (excluding Paypal fees), which covers the set goal of 120 € per year. A big thank you to everyone who donated! :)

In the name of the AOU team I'd like to thank everyone who comes visiting, interacting and supporting this website and the community around it, as well as the game itself.
I wish you a Happy New Year and hope you'll come by again in 2023!


Community - In-game Christmas party 10.12.2022

By Saavick
The Advisors of Rubi-Ka and GridStream Productions are throwing an in-game Christmas party! Everyone is welcome Sunday 18 December 19:00 GMT at The Grind night club in the Sunrise Station. To get there, take the shuttle from ICC; there's a lift to the shuttle platform near the whom-pah to Newland City in the transport tower.

You can tune in to GridStream Productions' live music here.

The original announcement by ARK Fairwolf on discord:

Fairwolf wrote:Ho Ho Holy hell its Christmas time already. ARK with GSP invite you to come party your as.. assorted butts off. location The Grind night club. There will be prizes and games so join us for a Ho Ho Ho of a time filled with laughs and good cheer.

Community - Halloween event 2022 19.10.2022

By Saavick
Our Community Manager AndyB just announced on discord that this year's halloween event will start tomorrow 20 October 2022 and will last until 6 November 2022.

If you're curious about what you can do during the event, have a look here:

Additionally, on Sunday 23 October 2022 from 18:00 to 21:00 GMT, the Advisors of Rubi-Ka and Gridstream Productions are throwing a Halloween party in the ICC Assembly Hall with live music, prizes and a costume contest. You can enter the ICC Assembly Hall in the northeast of ICC, near Maddy from the mini quest for the Temple of Three Winds portal. Or use the following waypoint:

/waypoint 3335 950 655

Hope to see you there :)

Community - Can you smell it? 25.09.2022

By Cariadast
...It's FEAR!


Community - 21st Anniversary event 23.06.2022

By Saavick
On 27 June Anarchy Online turns 21 years old. To celebrate it, the anniversary event starts today, 23 June at 12pm (noon) GMT and will last until 16 July. You can read the announcement from our Community Manager AndyB on the official forums.

The event comes with a special subscription offer with various parts of the Cybernetic Assassin armour set and a High-Frequency Katana. It also includes the Funcom points you would get with a regular subscription.

If you're looking for things to see, fight and loot during the event, have a look at our guides:


Community - Valentine's Day event 12.02.2022

By Saavick
As just announced by Community Manager AndyB on the official forums, the Valentine's Day event in Anarchy Online starts next Monday, 14 February at 14:00 GMT and ends on 1 March at 14:00 GMT.

Have a look at our guide to read about the event content and loot :)

Community - Christmas event 15.12.2021

By Saavick
Anarchy Online's Christmas event starts today, 15 December 2021 and will last until 8 January 2022 14:00 GMT. For the duration of the event, a special subscription offer is available, which makes the Silencer's Armour available again. You can find the details on the official forums.

To get started on some Christmas content, have a look at our guides:

Happy holidays everyone!

Community - Halloween 2021 14.10.2021

By Saavick
As just announced on the official forums by our Community Manager AndyB, this year's Halloween event will start today, October 14th and last until November 5th. You can find the original post here.

To get you started on what to do during the event, have a look at our guides :)

ARK Asheal Eulogy and ARK Memorial 02.10.2021

By Cariadast
ARK News:

The Advisors of Rubi-Ka are saddened to announce the sudden passing of Former ARK Asheal, on Sept 21, 2021.

Asheal joined the Advisors of Rubi-Ka in 2003 and was involved with ARK for as long as anyone can remember. She was always present, always attentive, rarely taking time off. She moved through the ARK ranks over the years to achieve Lead Director, serving players and ARK staff with unprecedented dedication and integrity. When it came to Anarchy Online she was a respected member of the Advisors of Rubi-Ka (ARK).

Outside of ARK, she liked to make friends. She was happy and loved making other people happy. It was the small things, like the funny faces she would make at you. How she just always wanted people to be laughing and having a good time, and how she always gave the best hugs. She was a big sports fan and enjoyed rooting for her favorite team.

She leaves a daughter, husband, and her cats, and will be missed by family and many friends worldwide.

Asheal was a US Veteran and among her many passions was the Wounded Warrior Project.

ARK will be holding a private ceremony to honor her memory and life on Sunday, Oct 3. She would be overjoyed to know she has brought ARKs from every generation back. Seeing it as her opportunity and her gift for ARK to gather in mass to remember her, to celebrate her life, and buff her as an ARK one last time.

If you would like to help them honor her they ask that you consider donating to the Wounded Warrior Project in her name: Lauren Egedy Labbé.

To do so, please follow the link below and check "Make this a gift in honor or memory of an individual", under "One-Time Gift" and just below the amount buttons.
Donate in Lauren's Memory

Asheal, Lauren Egedy Labbé

ARK Watch Ended. Thank you for your service.
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