City of Heroes : Spring Fling is near!

Spring is just around the corner, and Cupid’s arrows are nocked–it’s almost time for the annual Spring Fling celebration! This time, the matchmaking cherub has gone all out with new missions, badges, and temporary powers!

In addition to the yearly co-op tasks of fighting Arachnos to retake tainted water from the Well of the Furies, retrieving Aphrodite’s Girdle for the god Eros, and stopping that dimension-hopping Red Cap, Snaptooth, this year’s Spring Fling introduces two brand new holiday missions, with new rewards!

Widow in Red

Ms. Liberty (Heroes) and Arbiter Hawk (Villains) have recruited you for a secret mission involving the infamous Red Widow, Lord Recluse’s long-deceased love. This mission is available for characters level 30 or higher, and awards the Widow Maker badge for completion!


No Valentine’s Day would be complete without the exchange of love letters, but many of these heartfelt confessions have gotten lost throughout Paragon City, the Rogue Isles, and Praetoria! DJ Zero has charged you with finding these Valentines and delivering them to their intended recipients, but that doesn’t mean you have to: if you’re feeling mischievous, you can misdirect the letters!

These Valentines drop from eligible mobs in Paragon City, the Rogue Isles, and Praetoria during Spring Fling. Players must be level 20 or higher, and have completed an attunement mission from Ganymede (Heroes) or Scratch (Villains). Completing a Valentine mission rewards you with new temp powers Arrows of Romance, which increases regeneration of allies and placates foes; or Arrows of Jealousy, which increases damage dealt by friends and confuses enemies. Completing Valentines missions will also award the Match Maker or Missed Connection badges!

The Spring Fling event begins Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 7am PST (10am EST / 3pm GMT / 4pm CET) and ends on Monday, February 27, 2012 at 7am PST (10am EST / 3pm GMT / 4pm CET)!

Star Trek Online goes Free-to-Play

Star Trek Online, an MMO in set in the Trek Universe by Cryptic Studios, is now available free of charge.

The game was originally released in 2010 and featured a hybrid game engine, with both space and ground combat. Each player is the Captain of a starship, fighting, exploring and boldly going on behalf of either the United Federation of Planets or the Klingon Empire.

A Federation Ship encounters a Borg CubeAn Away Team ready for action

Now the Free-to-play game is available to anyone wishing to give the game a try, with future content funded through the sale of items in the in-game store. Octavian Vanguard originally set up a ‘Fleet’ (STO guild) when the game launched and this fleet will likely see some activity as new content is released after the free-to-play launch.

For more information, and to watch the Free-to-Play Launch Trailer, click here.

New site!

The Octavian Vanguard is proud to announce a long over-due redesign of the web site!

All the familiar elements are still here (forums, gallery, random quotes, etc.) but are now much easier to access. Work is still on-going, so keep an eye out for future tweaks.

Migration to a WordPress based platform allows for much easier content creation which will promote more frequent updates. Watch this space for details on the latest OV news!


Star Wars: The Old Republic Launches

Octavian Vanguard have taken a step into a galaxy far, far away with the release of Star Wars: The Old Republic. The MMO game, created by Bioware, allows us to combine classic Octavian teamwork with a fantastic new storyline set in the Star Wars universe.

Octavian Vanguard are on a PvP server, Ahto City, as a Republic guild. Members that have been given early access to the game have already created a range of characters, including Jedi, Smugglers and Troopers.

Wondering what the game is all about? Watch the Star Wars: The Old Republic Launch Trailer.

We look forward to seeing you in-game, either as allies loyal to the Republic or evil members of the Sith Empire that must be erradicated to save the galaxy. Interested in getting in contact with us? Why not post in the Star Wars Cantina on our forums.

The 2012 Salute to Statesman

The 2012 Loyalty Program is starting soon!

Maintain your VIP subscription from December 1st 2011 to March 31st 2012, and you will receive the following items on April 18th , 2012, on all of your existing and newly created characters:

  • Tempered Through Fire, a new Account-Wide Badge.
  • The Helm of Zeus and the Helm of Tartarus. Two new helmets, inspired by Statesman and Lord Recluse.
  • Paragon, a new Chest Emblem that all Heroes or Villains can wear proudly.
  • The Inner Will costume change emote. Tap into primal forces to change into a new costume.
  • A non-combat companion pet.
  • The Battle Fury Aura. Your character will appear to be channeling awesome cosmic powers.

So make sure your subscription doesn’t run out anytime between December 1st 2011 to March 31st 2012 and that’s all yours!

In the meantime, here are a couple of concept art pieces for the Helm of Zeus and the Helm of Tartarus so you can already start imagining how you’ll use them for your existing or new characters!

Helm of Zeus
Helm of Tartarus

City of Heroes

Signature Story Arc 1 – Episode 3

Who Will Die – Episode 3 is part of a seven part story arc in our episodic “Signature Story” content. This story contains one hero and one villain story arc for characters that are Level 30+. Summary: Marshal Blitz, leader of the Rogue Arachnos, has requested a meeting to negotiate a peace treaty between his group and the heroes of Paragon. He has specifically requested that Alexis Cole-Duncan, daughter of Statesman and mother of Ms. Liberty, be present to negotiate. Is Blitz serious, or is he somehow part of the plot to kill a member of the Phalanx?

Hero Contact: Agent Kwahu in the Harvey Medical Center neighborhood, Founders Falls.
Villain Contact: Fortunata Gossamer in Black Mariah, St. Martial.

Market Location: Content > Story Arcs
400 Points for Free and Premium Players (Free for VIP Players)

Farewell to Razor Alliance

After nearly five years in the Razor Alliance, OV EVE has changed direction. The demands of 0.0 life, and the lack of succession planning had caused burnout at the top levels of the corp and it was decided that the only way to continue in 0.0 was to move into the RG corporation. Nearly all pilots have joined the RG corp within razor which will allow them to continue to fight the good fights under the RZR banner and the directors to go back to enjoying themselves instead of fuelling POS for the rest of their mortal lives. The OV banner has been returned to the control of its founder Tar-om who has taken it back to empire for a life of retirement. OV in EVE will now become a rest home for aged EVE players who want to chill out and chat, and perhaps raid the odd wormhole for fun and profit. If you want to join (or re-join) us then just sling in an app.

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City of Heroes/Villains – Issue 16 Power Spectrum

The excitement is palpable among heroes and villains alike. Issue 16: Power Spectrum is now available across Paragon City and the Rogue Isles for all to make heroic (or villainous) use of! With this much-anticipated update, players can use the all new character creator and customize most of their powers by selecting themes or changing the colors and animations of specific powers.

Whether you feel the need to match your hero’s powers with their bright outfit or want your villain’s powers to look even more nefarious, the palette is yours!

But that is far from being all that Issue 16 has to offer. Take a look at the Issue 16 Release Notes to familiarize yourselves with the list of additions in City of Heroes. These include new Mission Difficulty settings for players seeking the ultimate challenge and the all new Super Sidekicking system, making Sidekicking easier and more fun than ever with the convenience of never having to find and wait for someone else to sidekick you again! Powerset Proliferation has also brought select powers to several new Archetypes.

Don’t take our word for it though; it’s all happening now on a live City of Heroes server near you!

See the Issue 16 trailer here!

City of Heroes/Villains – Issue 14 live & 5 Year Anniversary

Issue 14 goes live!

First City of Heroes® set a new standard for player creation and customization in MMOs with its Character Creator. Now, with Issue 14, this game takes another giant step, allowing players to design their own missions and story arcs to share with the entire City of Heroes community across all of our live servers. Using an intuitive interface, players can browse through other player created missions and create their own missions from the ground up. Players will determine details ranging from environments, mission objectives, and enemies, to written fiction and character dialogue; giving their stories nearly infinite depth and personalization.

Read more here

5 year anniversary celebrations!

Five years ago a trumpet call rung out for heroes…

From around the globe that call was answered and the streets, rooftops, and skies of Paragon City™ were filled with the widest variety of costumed crusaders ever seen. These stalwart players brought with them the courage, fellowship, and dedication that made Paragon once again a true City of Heroes®!

Since that fateful day much has changed. Enemies have fallen and new ones have risen in their place, proving that evil never sleeps. Threats came from alternate dimensions, mystical realms, other times, and even from our own world itself. Lord Recluse™ loosed an army of villains into the world, turning the Rogue Isles™ into the largest den of villainy in recorded history. His destined ones showed remarkable will, cunning, and determination in this City of Villains®. Heroes and villains came into direct conflict with PvP battles, uncovered new powers, found new worlds to explore…or conquer, broke through with new inventions, and flashed back through time. The most recent development has provided the tools for players to architect all new adventures and help take us into the future.

Now it is a time to celebrate all the triumphs of the last five years and so Paragon Studios™ has cooked up some special gifts for all our loyal fans.

Please join us for a month of celebration starting on our birthday, April 28th and continuing on throughout the month of May!

Read more here.