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Another year comes to an end, and we would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas!
All of us here at Icy Veins would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! We are grateful for your continued support and the valuable feedback you provide on a daily basis.
2020 has been a difficult year for a lot of people, so let us hope that 2021 puts an end to the ongoing health crisis.
Cyberpunk 2077 has (finally) been launched and we have spent the past days testing and writing as much as possible to prepare our wiki for the game!
IcyWiki and Cyberpunk 2077
For those of you that don't already know, the team here at Icy Veins started a project a while back called IcyWiki. These were wiki-style sites looking to cover a variety of games, not just Blizzard-made ones, and one of the games we were most excited to cover was Cyberpunk 2077.
I took a personal interest in the project because, frankly, I was incredibly excited for the game and had been since the first trailer popped up, and that led to me being one of the people at the forefront of the development of the site.
Now, after the game has released, I and others within the team have been tirelessly testing and playing the game, collecting information, and preparing the website for our users. The site isn't finished, especially not in terms of content, as the game has enough to cover in it that it could even rival WoW's level of depth (maybe not quite that much, but it's a lot). We will be working throughout the future to continue adding to the site and expanding the features available on it, so please, keep that in mind!
What is Cyberpunk 2077?
For those of you that have never played the game before, nor purchased it, I would definitely recommend it (at least for PC, currently). There are some issues, as noted by the community, but overall, the game is extremely fun to play. If you want to give it a look, you can take a look at one of the many trailers released.
The game was created by CD Projekt Red, the company behind the Witcher game series, and is an FPS Action-Adventure (previously RPG). You will take on the role of V, a fully customisable mercenary (link is NSFW), who is looking to make their name in the dangerous world of Night City.
NOTE: The text below has no spoilers, but the links to certain pages do! If you do not want any spoilers for the game, do not click on the links below!
You will play through an amazing main story, but there are countless side quests and relationships to explore, weapons and armour to collect, cars to find, and so much more. The people you find and the conversations you have are directly impacted by the choices you make too, with certain relationships being locked behind certain behaviour (don't pick the wrong line!). For example, if you choose to start out as a Street Kid, you'll find new conversation lines to choose from whenever someone accuses you of lying - your word is your bond and you don't want anyone questioning it!
Lifepaths aren't the only things that can affect your journey through Night City - you'll have points to spend in attributes in skills that unlock special choices and paths in the game. Got a door that's in your way? Why not rip it open with brute force by investing into the Body attribute or hack it with your Technical Ability.
These attributes also unlock skills, similar to specialisations in WoW, that help to bolster your skills towards a certain playstyle. Want to run through Night City as a stealthy hacker? Make sure to pick up some Intelligence and Cool attributes. If you'd rather leap into the middle of a fight with Mantis Blades, then you'll need to make sure you pick up some Reflexes attribute points.
Contributing to the Cyberpunk IcyWiki
Whatever your chosen playstyle may be, the game will definitely be great fun to play and maybe you'll end up getting as hooked as we are already!
If you do start playing the game and want to help us build the content we have on the site faster, you can do so at anytime! All of our pages are open to edits by users, so if you see anything that you feel needs changing or adding, please go ahead! All help is welcome!
If you are unfamiliar with the system and need help doing so, you can always ask in our dedicated Discord server for IcyWiki, where we will do everything we can to help you understand the system and learn how to use it. You can also give us any feedback you have for the site there.
As the League is now fully underway, those of you that are PoE veterans are likely already knee-deep in the new Heist mechanics and builds. If you're struggling to get going with understanding the new League's economy, make sure to check out the first week of analysis from The Chaos Report.
The Chaos Report is known for its extremely in-depth analysis of everything economically-related to Path of Exile and, as expected, this week's episode is no different. From Exalted Orbs to unique items to look out for, this week's episode will make sure you're making the best economic decisions you can throughout the start of the Heist League.
If you would prefer to read through a written transcript of the video, you can check that out here on PoE Vault, our sister site.
For those of you that aren't quite ready to dive into the gritty details of the League just yet, but are still interested in giving Path of Exile a try, we have numerous build guides, as well as a guide to the Heist League and its mechanics.
We've recently launched Icy Wiki, which we aim to transform into a network of high-quality gaming-related wikis for multiple game titles.
Aside from our sister site PoE Vault, we've recently launched a new website called Icy Wiki that focuses on high-quality Wiki-style content that we are planning to transform into a hub that will feature multiple game titles.
Currently, Icy Wiki includes a Diablo Immortal Wiki with everything we know about the upcoming game, and Valorant Wiki that we're almost done polishing and that will have a lot more content added to it in the near future.
We plan on expanding the list of games, and we would love to hear your feedback! Let us know which games you would like to see on Icy Wiki in the future.
You can also contribute by signing up for an account to edit the existing pages or create new ones.
We are recruiting for a number of new positions on the site!
Icy Veins is looking to expand its current team with the introduction of writers for new sections, for games such as League of Legends, Dota 2, and Teamfight Tactics, as well as a freelance Graphic Designer.
As some of you may have already noticed, we have updated our Jobs page with new positions, with multiple openings for new guide writers to help us in expand into new ventures. The requirements and responsibilities of all of these positions are listed there, as well as notes on the general application process for Icy Veins.
Graphic Designer Position
While these positions follow a very similar structure to those of our past posts, this is one of the first times we have reached out to our community in the hopes of finding a freelancer that can help develop the visual standard of the site.
Rather than simply looking elsewhere, we felt it was best to look within our own community first, to hopefully find someone who not only understands the aesthetic and visuals of the games we cover, but also the look and feel of the Icy Veins site.
You can find the requirements for the position below and, if you are interested or feel that you have the necessary experience, you can send us an application at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Given that we are appealing specifically to freelancers, the position will be paid as a traditional freelance contract, rather than our normal, revenue-sharing agreements for guide writers.
You should have experience in both UI and UX design, with a portfolio demonstrating your abilities and previous projects. You should be a fan of Blizzard games, as well as the site, and have a strong understanding of the visual direction of both. We expect you to bring your own suggestions in terms of how to improve the visual aspect of the site, rather than simply awaiting direction. We hope to hear from some of you in the future and wish any and all potential applicants the best of luck!