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 It’s always going to be dangerous out there, take this!

Hey Travelers,

Over the last few years, the world has collectively been figuring out how to exist during a global health crisis. For us at Northern Forge, we knew from early in the pandemic that we had a responsibility to keep our players safe. Since our game is GPS-based and requires players to get outside and experience the game, we knew this meant that we had to offer more for them to do in-game from the safety of their homes.

This led us to the implementation of the buff you see on your Events tab called “It’s Definitely Still Dangerous Out There” – which gives players increased Orns earned and offers reduced Gauntlet cooldowns so that playing from the comfort of your home was made easier.



We’ve watched other games remove their pandemic related changes, and have found it to be unfair. These changes have been the norm for many players; we believe that players should be able to enjoy Orna the way they want to play, and for many players, the removal of the “Dangerous” buff would drastically change the way they’ve come to experience Orna.

We’ve decided that we will be keeping this buff enabled permanently and making it the new normal of Orna.

This means that you will no longer see the buff in the Events tab or on your buff panel but will instead just be merged into the game as the standard experience. We believe that players should be able to enjoy Orna their way and for many, the removal of this buff would drastically change the way they experience Orna. With the addition of Memory Hunts and other upcoming GPS features, we are confident that Orna can keep its identity as a GPS game while also allowing those who cannot or prefer not to move around to enjoy the game as well.

We’ve got a lot of great things coming for our players over the next few months. With Hero of Aethric inching closer to release, a brand-new class line, and the new endgame content: Towers of Olympia, we’re excited to keep growing the Ornaverse alongside you, Traveler.

  • VanZandt
    August 19, 2022

    YESSSSSS! Once again proving you guys are in-tune with the community. Thanks for everything you’ve given us!

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  • FlukyRookie
    August 19, 2022

    Hello! It’s great that you’re keeping the buff permanent!! It’s a very good new to a lot of players (if not all). I would personally love to be able to see the buff somewhere as a reminder of what happened! Not in the buff tab, as that would take space, but another place. Thanks for reading this! Love you all!

  • Kudawa
    August 20, 2022

    Que buena decisión, para algunos.

    Uno que ha estado desde casi los inicios sabe la diferencia del juego entre ambas modalidades y a gusto personal, era mejor antes, lo que hacía sentir el esfuerzo, perseverancia y sobretodo, la automatización de lograr metas.

    Si bien aún se puede hacer todo eso, la diferencia es muy diferente, antes llegar a nivel 200 era un trabajo de incluso años, (para los que son casuales), ahora y desde la pandemia, es solo de meses y eso es muy notorio.

    Es mi opinión y deseo que este juego se mantenga la mentalidad que tenía desde el principio. AGUANTE!!


  • Ovlin
    August 20, 2022

    Very much on board with this decision. As someone who has 3+ years playing Orna now, “It’s Definitely Still Dangerous Out There” almost feels like an integral part of the game. I do enjoy the countdown timer though. I will be sad to see that go. But then from a coding point of view I can understand it being easier to set it and forget it kind of thing.

  • Scott Hollar
    August 21, 2022

    Thank you.

  • Brydan
    August 30, 2022

    I’ve been starting shortly after Corona hit , so I’ve been enjoying the benefits of the buff from the beginning. Every month I’ve been hoping to see the buff show up again next month, somehow wishing for it to become permanent. Thanks for fulfilling my hopes, this is a great decision 🙂

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