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  1. Idea here is each player/character can go to Eden, talk to an npc and get their daily mob worth a set amount of exp for the HP group/level they are at. Regardless of mob it could be worth the same exp so as to be fair. The mob would be unique to that player, sort of like a PERSONAL spotlight. Because the exp is the same from the bounty reward the only difference is the base exp earned while killing the mobs themselves. Could be a larger amount of kills required to get the big chunk in exp like 150-200 instead of the usual 100. Renewal does something like this to an extent in gramps in that they have a place you can go, kill a huge amount of mobs, and get a large chunk of exp and then it goes on cooldown. For this set up my idea is to give people a daily turn in, that is unique. this encourages people to go to different places rather than camp spotlights only. Spotlights are fun, but it results in the market being oversaturated and players only going there for the time they exist. They would be less of an issue in my eyes if people had more reason to spread out. And since this is a daily turn in, I feel it benefits hardcore/casual players alike. It also is another reason to login daily. I'm not sure if this would need to replace current spotlights, but I think both can co exist. One drawback I can foresee is this encourages solo leveling for a short time. If the staff is against this idea overall, the alternative way of doing it I can suggest is to have the OPTION (so solo players can still benefit) to have a party leader get the daily mobs for an entire party and a group of people can do it together all at once. There would be no other benefit to doing it other than the speed at which the group can do it. You could also make it party based only which forces people to play together to get the daily benefit, but I feel giving them both options is the safer route to make players potentially feel better about it. The general theme I chose with all of my suggestions is to aim at benefiting players with limited time, while not taking away from the most efficient way of leveling (consistent parties either moving or static in one place)
  2. Bounty Board Rework Idea

    Make bounty boards give significantly more exp in ratio (currently 50%), but have cooldowns. Very straightforward here. This would help players with less time get a good burst of exp in their limited window, but prevent abuse since they have a cooldown built in. How long that cooldown would need to be is beyond me. Would it need to be for every board? Or just that specific mob? That is up for staff to debate as I can't quite figure it out myself. The latter would encourage people to level in different places and travel more rather than just camping the same mob over and over as they can do different boards for large chunks of exp. The travel time alone would make it weaker than doing a good static party with a guild so I don't see it replacing that. It also would be more fun to be not stuck in the same place forever, which is one of the drawbacks of pre re leveling. In renewal they implement the penalty system, but that feels awful. This set up would encourage more diversity in leveling spots for smaller parties/groups/solo players.
  3. Buff MVP Experience

    Idea here is to make MVPing a semi viable way of leveling. If you solely MVP it should still be slower than leveling in a good party, but as you can see with Kiel, Randgris, Bio Labs MVPs(2/3) MVPs worth a lot of exp are fun to do and are worth the time to put in. There's loot, there's a challenge, and the exp reward means if you die it doesn't feel so bad. That said, even with increased rates, MVPs are overall not a way to level. Some of the more intense ones provide a nice chunk like the aforementioned ones and some that come later in the progression, but the older ones even the ones that pose a big risk are simply not worth it exp wise. My suggestion is to just buff them all to make them give good chunks of exp for appropriate levels. Even weaker MVPs like Phree/GTB could get moderate buffs to be worth a few hundred K and other mvps like dracula/baphomet can give a couple mil with the super hard ones giving 10m + or better. (some of them already do). It could encourage low level parties to group up and take on a weaker mvp for the sake of getting everyone some exp or a solo player to camp some mvps who doesn't necessarily have the time to grind mobs over and over. You see this change in renewal where MVPs are primarily a way of leveling for newer players, and they give HUGE amounts of exp. Its a very fun experience and is honestly way more fun to level for some people this way I've noticed than just grinding mobs.
  4. The Server Needs Incentive For Daily Login

    Currently the server population appears to be getting lower and lower over time. I have seen many of my guild members quit and leave the server even after heavy investment. This is to be expected with any server, but it seems a lot of it is purely out of boredom. The things we really can't fix right now are lack of content and balance. Changing the way the game fundamentally works too harsh might ruin our long term health ANYWAY even if it does fix our short term health. That said, we can make some investment in changes that encourage people to login more regularly. We've had a lot of players come in and try it, and even like the server, but they have no reason to login every day besides spotlights. even if they aren't fully geared. We are a pretty low rate server with absolutely no p2w which means you legit do have to grind everything you want. Combine that with our low pop and the market being garbage right now, and you have recipe for people getting frustrated and quitting. I personally like our server set up, and think we can fix the amount of people leaving or just not logging in anymore. Here are the ideas: 1. Daily Login Reward (Like Nova RO) If you haven't seen Nova RO's daily login reward system I highly recommend checking it out. It forces you to stay logged in for at least 1 consecutive hour on 1 character to receive the reward, but the rewards are pretty good and they get exponentially better. after 30 daily rewards they get a pretty good reward for their server (Mystical Card Album I believe). I don't know if we should go to that extreme with the rewards, but perhaps finishing 30 days with an OCA and decent stuff along the way (has to be good enough to warrant logging in for, not just pots or whatever). Either way, I'm not sure on the specifics of how you would balance the rewards, but what I'm stress is moreso the idea here. Alternatively you can also make the reward mediocre if you only play an hour, decent if you play two hours, and pretty good if you play 3 hours. The key is to fluctuate the daily login rewards every day as well and make them different and fresh. You could perhaps have tiers of items based on the previous like spotlight monsters have tiers (high exp, mid exp, low exp) and then just have it automatically shuffle the rewards daily. There are a lot of ways to make daily login rewards, but they are very encouraging for playing more. 2.) Weekly Events or Bi-Weekly events for costumes or temporary event buff costumes/headgear On official servers they usually do weekly or bi-weekly events that give people something that is exclusive to the window they are logged in. Exclusivity will always encourage people to log on and play during that time because its a chance that won't always be there. That's just proven in all aspects of anything. Sales in business use it to pitch to people of "don't miss out on this once in a life time deal" even. I think having weekly events is fun even if they are simple or just implement a costume. It adds more to do and right now there isn't enough to do. iRO has all kinds of fun events that implement interesting things that may be "op" but are temporary. Or they could just be for a unique costume that you won't be able to get alter. Think like The Super Cute Dog Hat on restart (although that one is an extreme example and completely broken) and the idea of it temporarily buffing use of meat. Either way, there should always be stuff going all the time and you can plan for weekly or bi weekly events in advance so when the patches come they are ready to go. You can also do this with the former cash shop gears as temporary items (like rideword hat, snake head, etc.) that can be turned into costumes at the end, but I think there are better more fun ways to implement those items into the game potentially. (that I won't get into right now since its not a part of this post) 3.) Party Seeking NPC I'm not sure how this would be implemented or if its even possible. But an Idea I had is to create an NPC or Queue for finding people to play with. I know we have #party, but it would be cool if you could simply set into an npc or queue (like with battlegrounds) and list yourself as a specific class and type of that class. An example of this would be, say you are a bard looking for a party you could put that you are a bard, level 74 and be placed in the queue while you go play. Other players can form their own parties and put seeking bard with a level range. Then you would automatically get a notification to join their party once they put themselves in the queue as well. Notifications for both to confirm, and then they can communicate through party chat. So it would look something like: Form Party (75-8 range) HAVE: Wizard 75 Priest 82 Knight 83 Dance 79 WANT (Range 60-90): Knight Crusader Bard Or alternatively we could have it set up an npc where you can look up who is looking for what party and then message them if it too complicated to implement automatic partying. I know that this entire idea is likely a pipe dream, but I'm just dumping all my ideas down because I might as well. 4.) More Fun zeny Sinks With spotlight rotations being a good idea overall, the server is rapidly inflating. We need zeny sinks and without socket enchant coming, the big one is not yet here. I personally think we need more fun and interesting zeny sinks that help keep inflation down overall. It can be convenience items like Beelzebub Wing, Heavy Lifter Box, Halter Lead, etc. Or you can have a convert headgear into costume(that also removes the stats). You can maybe also implement card de-socket etc. Just right now we are massively inflating and it is not good for the server imo. Need ways to dump our zeny and make it disappear off the server. It will also encourage more grinding rather than players just sitting on mounds of zeny. Because unlike other servers where you have tons of zeny but it gets put around on different players, on this server people just hold onto their zeny for a super rare card or gear. Nothing good ever hits the market so when it does thats when the zeny changes hands. But as a result the zeny isn't spread out and the gap between the strongest players and the weaker ones is noticeable. 5.) Increase Drop Rates of Gear/Cards to 5x (leave other drops normal) and increase MVP drops to 2x This one is more of a last resort for me on this list and I think we should try everything else to get more players active. But this one might help ease the pain of grinding on a low rate server with low population. I've lost many players in my guild with one even yesterday saying "I love this server, but I don't have the time. I can't do it". And he wasn't complaining. But he genuinely doesn't have the time with a life and kids. And that's a lot of players. RO's player base is older and we have jobs/families/lives. We can't just grind for a week for 1 card. People want some pay off or the ability to at least buy what they are looking for. I believe this guildy farmed 1 item for over a week, didn't get it. and not a single one hit the market for it. And that's not healthy for the server. If we had higher player population with maps being farmed more often it would be ok. These rates are fine, but in the current state you either no life it and grind it out yourself over potentially 1 week + or just give up getting the item. I know this is actually debatable and there are strong arguments for both sides, but higher drops even slightly would help ease the pain a lot. Often time spotlight mobs feel less painful to get their gear/card but you still have to grind to get it. MVP are also straight up not being killed as much as they should and we went over this in the other thread. Higher drops overall could be a good last resort to ease the pain of farming on this server for more casual players who still love low rates, but don't necessarily have the time to be super hardcore. (and yes 5x is still relatively low rate)
  5. Gear/Non-Weapon Refine Needs a Buff

    With how painfully hard it is to refine armor without enriched (which isn't a bad thing), it should feel good to refine an armor. Worth it, rather. Currently, that is clearly not the case as in revo-classic/renewal you don't bother to refine your armor unless the gear has a requirement for it or there is a card that has a specific requirement you want to slot in it. And no, its not just the defense changes in renewal. DEF was nerfed hard across the board, but the def you get from items is still relevant. The difference between a full plate and a cloth armor for an (extreme) example is still relevant. So why isn't armor the same? Well, armor refine in renewal was balanced around the idea of people being able to reach their new limit of +20 instead of +10 that you see in pre-re. This means the bonuses had to be more spread out. Not only does +20 not exist here, it only exists on official servers as a pure cash grab to basically force players to buy HD elu/carnium/safe certs/enriched etc. Its a huge cash grab and little else. On servers without it, you basically don't even try to go past +12 even in renewal as its completely impractical with the success rates (8% each time past 10). For my last point, I want to say that armor refine not being relevant is BAD for the long term health of our server. Sure, the game functions balance wise with or without it, but without goals for higher refines for armor, that's one less time sink and a quicker amount of time people could get bored. To keep in theme with the goals of our server, I think its important to make every aspect of the game that encourages actually playing the game more relevant. And farming gear/breaking it, trying to reach a goal is one of, if not the biggest parts of the game. Weapon/Armor refine is one of the big aspects (besides cards) that separate Ragnarok from other MMOs. and it's lacking in Revo-Classic(and as such, this server) I propose we just adjust the def bonus you get from refines to be scaled up to +10 instead of the bonuses you currently get which are scaled at a system where +20 armor is (potentially) a thing. I won't bother proposing exact numbers as I'm not into the math side of things, but I'm sure the staff with some time could figure out approriate numbers which would make armor refine feel relevant, but not break the game. Please answer the poll whether you agree or not!
  6. Custom New Player Experience Idea

    So I want to preface this by saying I don't think there is anything wrong with the current set up (criartura academy) per say, but that it doesn't do much for a player other than give them a basic understanding of Ragnarok Online. I think with how new and misunderstood Revo-Classic is overall it would help (and be fun) to get new players into the server in a way that helps that them understand how the game mechanics work. I am going to outline what I think makes a good introductory experience (for any game not just RO) and specifically put in some ideas on how we can accomplish this. I want to note that what I'm suggesting is pretty much going to need to be custom, but in this case I feel its ok because getting a player into the game and having fun right away is key to getting them hooked long term. I am also going to try to incorporate the new upcoming novice package into the suggestions. So what makes a good tutorial? Explains the mechanics of the game clearly, but doesn't overwhelm new player with too much info Is streamlined and straight forward, making it easy for the player to navigate the tutorial without getting lost Gets a player experiencing the game mechanics right after learning about them rather than just explaining solely through text Player gets to have fun and feel a sense of progress even with just learning the basics Leaves the player with a clear direction of where to go next So which of these does Criartura currently accomplish and which of these does it lack? I would say no to point 1, 2, 3 and it succeeds at 4 and 5. My suggestion is to entirely customize our new player experience since not only is Revo-Classic new, but the current experience doesn't really guide you very well. You have to currently know to look up the wiki guide or ask for help or you will miss a lot of it. and a lot of it is core essentials that give you kafra passes. and if you are extremely new you may end up lacking a ton of information. The way I envision this is that new players have less choices in path they can make, but get to have more fun while going through a streamlined tutorial. The way to do this is to guide the player through a series of tasks that teach them the basic game mechanics. Here is an example idea (not something I expect to be implemented or is even fully fleshed out, but gets my general idea across) Novice/New Player wakes up in Sunken Ship (clone of sunken ship made just for tutorial) Novice Player Talks to NPC Who gives AGI/Bless/Heals and explains basic clicking mechanics. Player has to kill mobs to get novice gear, maybe one mob per gear, npc then automatically explains how to equip. It also goes over which types of weapons are stronger in Revo-Classic briefly explaining that the player wants high attack level 3/4 weapons and slots, while valuable are not as important as your weapon itself. Player then instructed by arrows to go to next room, which will explain Kafra storage and buying/selling to npc Next room has 10 kukre which drop a set item worth X zeny. Two NPCs in room. One sells an item that the other NPC wants. First NPC explains you can kill the bugs and get loot from them and how to sell them to npc and how to buy from them. The player then kills the 10 kukres, sells the fixed loot and buys the item to give to the other npc. There is also a kafra there to put any excess lot acquired away who also explains the basic fuctions of Kafra. (gives kafra storage/transport tickets as well) All of this is fixed exp and calculated including mobs. Player then instructed to go to next room. (next room will explain stats/job classes) In this room there will be a bunch of non aggressive Skeletons and a valkyrie NPC who explains the different classes to the players and what they can do briefly. The player can then change into one of the first classes (temporarily only for tutorial) by talking to the valkyrie and choosing one of the classes to test out. When changed the players stats will automatically be buffed to an appropriate level for the first class (again, temporarily) and they gain access to specific abilities(example would be Mage getting FireBolt/Thunderstorm/Firewall and a Swordsman getting Magnum Break/Bash)for that class for the rest of the tutorial. The player can swap between any of the classes in this room at will trying out all the classes. The Valkyrie asks for 10 items which the skeletons drop at 100% to advance to the next room. Once the player gives her 10 of an item they are locked to the class they currently are for the rest of the tutorial. The Skeletons give no exp and the Valkyrie gives a set amount of exp once you decide to move forward as to prevent over leveling here. Before choosing a class in the first place, I want to note, the Valkyrie goes over stats briefly and the benefits of each in Revo-Classic mechanics. When a player chooses a first class the stats are automatically buffed (just given a buff, not actually changing their base stats) and the Valkyrie explains how these stats benefit their class. (just basic stuff like a Mage getting INT and an archer getting dex, swordy getting STR, etc.) Player instructed to go to next room which goes over 2nd classes and gives them their Novice package. In the final room there is a trans class npc who will explain 2nd classes very briefly to the player and how each class has choices to make once they hit job 40 to 50 as their first class. The trans class npc will then ask for help killing a boss (heavily modified MVP). The player can then choose a 2nd class from the first they chose to fight the boss. The boss in this scenario will probably be a super modded version of something like Dark Lord. Dark Lord in this case could only do a much slower casting, much weaker meteor storm and is immobile. The player then has to kill Dark Lord with text appearing at the top of the screen explaining how to use their abilities to kill Dark Lord. Certain abilities are automatically set to their hot keys (Q W E R) and the player then kills. This sounds complicated, but its acutally simple. An example would be a priest. being instructed to use Magnus Excorcismus and/or Holy Light. A Monk being told to summon spheres > fury, then g fist. A hunter being told to double strafe, a knight told to use bowling bash, etc. the player in its temporary 2nd class state will get stronger buffs to adapt to to the mvp at hand and given access to these set abilities for the boss fight. when they kill the mvp they get the flash of MVP above and the MVP drops either the novice package itself or an item they can exchange at the academy for a novice package. Upon killing the MVP, the last npc will thank them for their help, return them to novice state/remove buffs, and port them to the academy. Explaining to them that the 2nd floor is where they can choose their job and get ported to said job change. the entire tutorial should be fixed and leave them at job level 10. While this is extremely elaborate, it was just a fun idea I wanted to get down on paper, and no it would be A LOT of work to implement something like this. But a new player experience is the first thing a player sees and if you put a lot of work into making it fun/easy/informative that goes a long way to retaining players. I currently think its something overlooked right now with how confusing the academy can be without a guide. There are other aspects as well i didn't go over in my mock tutorial such as partying with others, making parties, using chat channels, etc. Stuff unique to Titan RO that can also be included such as spotlight maps, costume eggs ,etc. Just basic information. The general idea here was to make the player get into playing the game right away while not giving them many paths to take so they don't get lost, confused or frustrated. Making a player have to kill mobs, fight a boss, and collect items/sell items gets them into playing RO right away and gives them a feel for the game. I also think almost every server I've played really doesn't give players a chance to feel how fun RO can be when you are first starting out. Getting a taste of 2nd class right out f the gate or even 1st class alone will be fun for a player. RO already sort of does this with manuals giving you access to certain abilities as a novice, but its kind of wonky and unclear imo. Again, I'm NOT suggesting we do the exact scenario above, its just a loosely made example of the general idea here. Things we CAN do. I'm sure there are a lot of flaws and the idea can be improved upon or stream lined even further but I wanted to get my thoughts out there.
  7. Hairstyles and Hair color choices!

    Pretty straightforward suggestion here, but add to the stylist the option to change your hairstyle to include many of the new additions to RO and some of the new colors so people can mix up the way they look even further. there are some pretty cute ones imo out there that we could add! I added a photo below that showcases a lot of the new ones!
  8. New Ways to acquire Costumes

    A lot of the good costumes will come and go and never be available again which is sad especially if the server's population picks up. A lot of the better costumes will straight up never be available again since they were released very early on in the servers life. My first suggestion s to make a Legacy Costume Egg where all the costumes that are not in the current two can be acquired at random from these eggs. It makes it harder and harder to acquire the older ones, so it doesn't ruin their value, but it does make them at least possible to obtain (in theory). My second suggestion is to implement quests to acquire some of the more popular costumes so those are at the very least always available. I personally suggest making quests that involve a combination of normal mob drops and maybe "useless" mvp drops that have no real purpose a lot of the time. (like ba gua or gear that gets quickly outdated due to progression) Pick some of the more common popular costumes like Eremes Scarf, Bio Labs Aura, etc. and make them quest-able. A good example could be for the bio aura you need 300 Research Charts + 500 handcuffs or something along those lines. My last suggestion is to potentially implement a special costume egg that rewards loyalty to the server through daily login rewards. Make daily login rewards IP bound, and after 30 days (or however many days you want to set it at) you get a loyalty egg that includes an exclusive costume that you can only get by being loyal to the server.
  9. Alternate Outfits

    More cosmetic suggestions here that I think could be a lot of fun: On another server I play on they offer alternate outfits which change the sprite of your character altogether while keeping it functionally the same. Examples include a Ranger being able to choose to still look like a hunter/sniper or a Sura being able to look like A champion/monk as they prefer. The color for stylist still affects these outfits as well. It would be cool to be able to look like an Archbishop for a priest even though we are not at 3rd classes (hell we may never implement them so they would make a great "alternate" look). You could make the price in these Titan Tokens and/or raw zeny as a zeny/token sink. Example of a few of the 3rd class sprites/alternate outfits below. Unlocking alternate outfits could be individual (one choice per set of tokens/zeny) or could unlock all the choices for your class at once. Options could be something like: High Priest - Choose Sprite High Priest(default) Priest(Non-Trans Second) Acolyte(First class) Alternate 1 (Archbishop 1) Alternate 2 (Archbishop 2) With colors affecting any of them obviously it allows for a lot of individuality to be expressed, could be fun!
  10. Community Costume Egg Event

    yay i won! I'll definitely take one o the shiba I suggested if i get to pick any of them!
  11. Several questions re Grand Cross

    I would say its kind of impractical for PVP/WoE personally as you will deal more damage to yourself then you will to the enemy with all the reductions players get. its main strength is AOE farming specific types of mobs weak to holy like Undead/Shadow type. As for lower than 1.5 seconds I cannot tell you exactly but I recall having a pretty decent cast time without investing a ton of dex into it on the last revo server I played on. Considering the build gets a lot of int its likely you'll get some dex for early leveling as well and that helps with cast time. I can't promise the exact cast time but if you are worried about it being slow as molasses i wouldn't worry about it. In Revo its much easier to get good cast times without investing in a boat load of dex. especially if you invest in int. (int gives cast time in renewal mechanics) You will not be able to achieve instant cast but you don't need it.
  12. Several questions re Grand Cross

    1.) MATK buff should just be a straight buff, not sure how much it affects it. i believe the formula is about equal, but STR/ATK seems to be slightly more favored than INT/MATK probably because of the 0.5% weapon attack in renewal stats for STR. 2.) it should behave the same? remember grand cross is NOT buffed by card % dmg so it doesnt matter what type of cards (say archer skeleton on a bow) would do. A bow would probably be bad due to its lower attack and less than ideal size mods. (even tho they are decent compared to say a dagger) 3.) Grand Cross is about the same as it was in classic, but because everything else is better now, its kind of fallen behind its holy cross counterpart. While its not the ideal build, it can still be a fun situational build if you are built specifically for it. and it can still do good damage. 4.) they've talked about it in length before the server launch and i think it was about 70/30 that it should not be buffed. its weaker, but it doesn't necessarily need a buff to be viable. I think people should remember that not everything has to be "meta" to be viable. If you go all out and specifically build for most abilities that aren't total garbage (and grand cross isnt) it will do work.
  13. Ayothaya

    bungee jump works for sure, you need to go to the top right cell of the water over and over once you fall into it on this server. on other servers or official ones you either die/drown immediately, die/drown after a few attempts at top right cell, immediately get to nif, get to nif after a few attempts at top right cell, or just get ported right back to Umbala a little to the side of the water and have to bungee jump again. On here its much easier, you just jump and try top right cell over and over and over. you can't die, and you get unlimited attempts. It should say stuff like "KYAAAAAAHH. UHHHHHHH" and things like that over and over until you get in. but you will eventually get in. You should also just lose health every time you step on that cell. either half or all of your health down to 1. kind of like a coma. but just keep trying.
  14. Community Costume Egg Event

    for the second one, im pretty sure its confirmed or likely we are getting a convert headgear > costume npc which would make goggles exist through that means. so any headgear that exists in game wouldn't need a costume since you could just convert it.
  15. Community Costume Egg Event

    Costume: Shiba Inu https://www.divine-pride.net/database/item/19291/costume-shiba-inu Costume: MVP https://www.divine-pride.net/database/item/31488/costume-mvp Both are mid slots which we lack right now.
  16. Gear/Non-Weapon Refine Needs a Buff

    if it wasn't clear, I"m not suggesting we make the values as insane as classic where DEF in general was broken. back in classic its way too easy to get high defense numbers over all. I'm suggesting more minor changes that make them relevant. because in their current state they are completely irrelevant. the difference between a +7 full plate or robe only is big becaues of the base defense. you wouldn't +7 either because you don't care. you would leave them at +4. It's not even worth breaking armor on here. and that was my point. just make it worth it to refine. right now its really not. and we aren't in renewal where more gear requires upgrade values. we may never even reach renewal as a lot of people just don't like it. there's definitley more than a little room for some buffs. its an aspect of the game basically not being used right now.
  17. TLDR AT THE BOTTOM As a player who still wants to see the server do well, I am going to leave the few suggestions I have in a more visible/structured way. I want to note I am putting these out there because suggestions are welcome and I feel without noticeable changes the server player population will literally never improve. I'll start with my mindset so you have an idea of where I am coming from. An MMO rpg is driven by its COMMUNITY primarily. You jump into an online world and escape reality. In order for that to exist it must feel real. It needs a reason to interact with others, and most important it must have others to interact with in the first place. Ragnarok, above anything else, is still an MMO and still needs a player base to function. Especially at lower rates where the game becomes essentially unplayable when there is no economy or players to buy/sell to. (which sadly, is the current state of the server whether anyone will face that fact or not. ) Every server needs casual players. Casual players make up the MAJORITY of a playerbase. The hardcore, die hards, purists, whatever you wanna call us, we only make up a small portion of the existing player base. This exists for ANY MMO rpg as if everyone was like this, then no one is like this. As such, it is very important to find a way to appeal to casual player base to attain long lasting players. TitanRO has never had problems getting new players to come in and try the server. Hell many I did meet along the way loved the server, but simply couldn't keep up. I have heard too many times something along the lines of "well that is just how RO is, we're not changing it". This is the fundamental problem with the mindset of the server right now. To the point where changing anything different from the original RO is blasphemy and just cannot be bent on. The game hasn't been in a state like this probably since the very beginning of RO. For the majority of players, there has always been some form of convenience on official servers through the cash shop. (and no, I'm not implying Titan should get a cash shop). The game is not usually this TEDIOUS. I won't even call it difficult. Tedious. It is a chore for casual players who simply want to get into the game and play. The way I see it is, people with limited time want to spend that time having as much fun as possible. With basically zero convenience features (with the exception of rodex) everything must be done by hand. This is great in theory and on paper for people want the OG ragnarok feel. It feels like an official server without all the garbage. Thats great until you realize it means there is a lot more just boring/tedious things to do that a casual player with limited time just will not want to deal with. Or rather, even if they are willing to deal with it, will probably get quickly bored as they will spend a lot of what little time they doing tedious things rather than just grinding/playing. Now that my mindset is out there, I'll go over the biggest suggestions I feel would impact long term server health while not completely sacrificing the identity of the server. Remember, I am of the belief, that some small sacrifices must be made so there is a greater appeal and a chance for the server to grow. 1.) Tool Dealer next to every Kafra in the game that holds most of the major items you can buy from npc and/or frequently used items. Pretty straight forward here. You put an npc tool dealer next to every kafra that has the majority of NPC purchaseable goods that are frequently bought. All the potions, conc/awake/berserk, holy water, green pots, blue gems, yellow gems, red gems etc. (yes I know yellow gems are not technically npc but we all know you can just convert blue > yellow so save people the time and adjust the price for yellow accordingly). The point here is to just save people time. Also, zero idea why empty bottles were removed from the server NPC when the holy water sells for 10z? Zero profit to be made by NPCing holy water with your time spent. It wasn't an issue and could literally never be an issue. Empty bottles should be available from npc and this type of specific npc as well. 2.) Weapon/Supply shops for classes in prontera so pront can become a one stop shop for people. You see this on a lot of other private servers, and its good idea I feel. Can have a bullet/cartridge NPC for gunslingers, a arrow/quiver npc for hunters, and maybe a generalist weapon npc and a generalist armor npc. This is so you don't have to go to specific towns to get your basic gear. Doesn't have to include literally everything, but a few of these (specifically for ammo based classes) can be very helpful. I feel it is helpful to include most elements in the ammo npcs if they are made as well. The key is to balance it by making sure the prices are always high enough to make it worth arrow crafting to save money still. Can include most elements except maybe immaterial/holy quivers which are usually very difficult to acquire/craft anyway. Arrow crafting will still be relevant, but players who want to save the time can use them. It also is a great zeny sink for the server. 3.) @Go town warps enabled and/or Airship Rep type npc next to every kafra. Or have Kafra have every town available to warp to that is released. I talked to this with Saegys and crew last night on my stream, but @go is not bad. Sure it can make a player who isn't purist feel dirty, but in practice it doesn't do anything besides save a little time. You aren't getting ANY in game advantage other than maybe saving some butterfly wings/zeny which are so small of a cost they should not be considered. @go can save so much time without having to walk to a kafra and helps you get straight into playing the game. The faster you can get where you want the go the faster you can play. The more time you spend playing the more fun you have. Alternatively you can just have every kafra have an airship type rep (the one in yuno) npc next to them where you can warp to any town in the game (even the one in yuno doesn't have all towns) for a zeny cost with maybe the airshp cities (hugel/einbroch/lighthalzen) having an extra cost that factors in what would be the cost of the airship. You can even not have an npc at all and just enable a warp to any town from any kafra anywhere. Either way, the point is that the server should be looking to save players times where it can. And this is admittedly smaller, but feels really good on saving time. If you are spending the majority of your time playing the game and not getting from place to place, you will be having more fun. 4.) SP Consumables available through Tool Dealer (especially the suggested one) This is more controversial as there are in game trade offs here, but the rewards out weight the downsides in my honest opinion. SP Recovery is essential for any and all classes. This means that with SP Recovery purchaseable from NPC at a reasonable to higher cost, the server has a great zeny sink and players get to spend more time using their abilities at said cost. As long as the cost is high enough to warrant thought in buying the SP Recovery, it should be fine and balanced. Granted, that is hard to find that number, but in my experience you can simply price it around what players would buy the sp items from players. maybe a bit higher as to not sully the player to player sp market. around 1500 for a grape juice maybe would be a good spot. Again, this one is more debateable but I've always been of the belief that its more fun to use your abilities and not be limited by literally having to sit down at times, and its also a good as a zeny sink long term. Straight up as well, besides the few guilds that have a ranked alchemist, grinding your own blue potions is not a viable option and with the rates as low as they are grinding sp items is usually not feasible either. couple that with a low pop and no one to buy sp items from anyway most of the time and you got a recipe for a rough time. 5.) Novice Packages for New Characters On other servers they give you packages that help you get started as a new player easily and quickly and get right into playing the game. You can have the novice academy give these out or maybe just have every player get one on creation. The way they do it is they have packages that include other packages. With the package contained inside another unable to be opened until a certain level requirement and including better and better stuff. Here are some examples of what you can include Novice (level 1) ------------------------------------------------- Rental Halter Lead(Lasts 5 hours then disappears) Equippable Experience Ring(buffs exp rate by 20%, last 5 hours) AGI/Bless Scrolls(give you level 10 agi/bless one time) maybe 5 of each. (character bound, sells to npc for 0) Intermediate (level 40) ------------------------------------------------- 75 Orange Potions (character bound, sell to npc for 0) 40 Blue Potions (same as orange potions) AGI/Bless Scrolls x 5 (same) Novice Fly Wings x 70 (same) Novice Butterfly Wings x 10 (same) and so on and so forth. You can include things like Battle Manuals or Bubble gum if you are willing to include those, but in my personal opinion, agi/bless and the halter lead/experience ring helps a player get going right away and speeds up the "getting around" process. I do like the idea of progressing and getting more packages to open as you level. Its an incentive and makes the player feel like they are progressing. On other servers they have a cash shop they include bubble gum/battle manuals along the way, but those are not necessary. But packages to help new characters would be a welcome addition. 6.) Improvements to Daily Login Rewards I also talked about this on my stream, but the rewards for daily login on here are simply not enticing enough for a player to feel like they missed out. And while its nice to see the system in place, with no improvements to the rewards it simply will not server its purpose. On other servers they make the daily rewards IP bound meaning you can't get them on multiple accounts but only one. And with their progression system you want to get them on the same account instead of just logging into any old accounts. (it progresses based on the account not your IP despite being IP restricted.) so you always get it on the same account every day. They put a rule in place that those who try to circumvent the system and get more than one daily reward will be punished. I understand the player pop on titan is low and banning/punishing a player is a slippery slope, but I don't forsee abuse being as big of an issue as you think it is. There are also some restrictions that will help abuse anyway. The key I noticed is to make the items account bound. With no ability to put them in guild storage, or vend them or trade them to other players. Or even drop them. Here are examples of enticing rewards I think that would be fun. Keep in mind the idea here is to make the rewards progressively better. BASE LOGIN = Every day get one Titan Coin. (10 Titan Coins = 1 Titan Token exchangeable at NPC) Bonus Rewards progressing each day Day 1 = 5 Blessing or AGI Scrolls Day 2 = 5 Titan Coins (in addition to the daily one) Day 3 = 25 Dead Branches Day 4 = Yggdrasil Berry Day 5 = Mini Battle Manual (lasts 30 minutes, increase exp by 25%) Day 6 = Stat Food Box (gives 1 random +10 stat food when opened) Day 7 = Bloody Branch Day 8 = Kafra Card (opens storage from anywhere, only way to obtain one) Day 9 = Mini Bubble Gum (lasts 30 minutes, increases drop rate by 25%) Day 10 = Ori or Elu box (gives 5 Ori or Elu randomly) Day 11 = 10 Blessing or AGI Scrolls Day 12 = 1 Titan Token (in addition to daily) Day 13 = 50 Dead Branches Day 14 = 3 Yggdrasil Berries Day 15 = Battle Manual (lasts 30 minutes, increases exp by 50%) Day 16 = Stat Food Box Day 17 = Bloody Branch x 2 Day 18 = Kafra Card x 2 Day 19 = Bubble Gum (lasts 30 minutes, increases drop rate by 50%) Day 20 = Ori or Elu Box (gives 5 ori or elu randomly) Day 21 =24 Hour Rental Halter Lead Day 22= 24 Hour Beelzebub Wing (infinite Fly wing use, weights 1) Day 23= 2 Titan Tokens (in addition to daily) Day 24= HE Battle Manual (+100% exp, lasts 15 minutes) Day 25= HE Bubble Gum (+75% drop rate, lasts 15 minutes) (side note, chose 75% as to not increase mvp card drop rate. 100% would effectively double chance at mvp card) Day 26 = 3 Titan Tokens Day 27 = Stat Food Box x 2 Day 28 = Bloody Branch x 3 Day 29 = Old Card Album Day 30 = Special Costume Box (contains the most popular carefully selected costumes that are EXCLUSIVE to this box, rewards loyalty to the server) Day 31 = Titan Mystery Box (contains a random item(from dailies), with very small chance to include a rare exclusive item like a permanent halter lead or 1 gym pass ) Day 32 = Golden Thief Bug Card (just kidding, wanted to check if you were paying attention ;]) Resets after 31 I understand gum/manuals are frowned upon on here, but without a cash shop and only available through daily login, this really gives you a reason to login and makes it feel special. Think about it, You get your rare item that you can only get because you were loyal to the server and you gotta use it carefully because you cannot acquire another for at least another week or so. I also made it noticeable to nerf the gum/manuals as opposed to official servers since the rates are already higher on Titan. 7.) Implement Halter leads in some capacity. If you haven't already seen by my suggestion, Halter leads are good for the game I feel. they give every class the ability to get around quicker which simply feels good. Some will say it takes away from Peco classes, but I feel that's not really the case. Peco classes can attack and use abilities while mounted and halter leads have cooldowns upon mountin/dismounting in addition to not being able to attack/use abilities. In my suggestions I have Halter leads available only through novice package at level 1 (and only lasting 5 hours) and through daily login rewards with a permanent one only attainable by luck in the final day of loyalty. Halter leads are fun though and I don't think they break the game, they just speed up the ability to zoom around. 8.) AGI Up NPC in front of Criartura Academy Small quality of life here, just an npc you can click on that gives you agi up in izlude to help novices do their quests faster. The first time you do the academy you will definitely do it slower and its easy to lose your agi (many of the npcs already give you agi) while trying to read the guide. this will help new players get through the tutorial much faster. TLDR = Tool Dealer npc next to every kafra that includes most frequently bought items, weapon/ammo supply shop npcs in pront for one stop shop, @go enabled and/or enable warp to anywhere from any kafra or implement npc that does same thing, SP consumables purchaseable from npc, novice packages for new players/characters, vast improvements to daily login rewards, implement halter leads in some way, agi up npc to help novices in criartura academy.
  18. My suggestions to improve the server's appeal to casual players

    that is indeed very similar. the headgear is actually a welcome addition. other servers have a similar one that they make cash shop exclusive for some reason and does basically all the same things that one does. (except I think it also makes novice potions give you sp recovery as well, might be something you guys can look into). Halter lead is also in that package (just called a riding bridle instead, literally the same thing though) Obviously the jRO would have to be adjusted for this server as that is set for 3rd classes (free morpheus set would be monkaS) but good to know you've looked into it. Novice packages help a ton for getting going. look forward to seeing them hit the server.
  19. Fullforge Build

    armor: starter is poring, best in slot is baby leopard accessory: starter is npc rosary, best in slot is slotted glove or rosary with zerom cards footgear: definitely crystal pumps weapon: starter weapon is fortune sword, best in slot is excalibur (GOOD LUCK) shield : zealotus card (otherwise nothing, also good luck) garment: mastering card is an option(+1 luk), but best in slot is high refine green maiden card (green maiden card is -5 LUK, +1 per refine, so 8-10 gives you a good amount of luk) headgear: AoA or Bride's Corolla (requires 1000 maneater Blossom, 1 silk ribbon and quest in orc village)
  20. Balance Changes re: Stat Foods as BG Rewards

    while the logic sound and i would agree with you in almost any scenario.,, (doing more stuff is fun always) we are low pop and the chances of people getting the time to even consider farming +10 foods over doing more important stuff is very low. we barely have enough time to gear up ourselves, pot for woe, and hell the mvp scene is pretty weak right now.
  21. The Server Needs Incentive For Daily Login

    to clarify, there is a cap based on how much time you spend. like 1-3 hours, with each hour increasing your reward to something better in this scenario. Also the daily rewards should be locked by IP. I also think we should look into getting "master" accounts like Origins if that is possible. (might not be, might just be too late for that). But there are definitely cases it could be abused, but the idea is there and it can be refined. just like any idea I put down or anyone else puts down should be.
  22. The Server Needs Incentive For Daily Login

    Regardless of whether server dies, I have no regrets of my time spent here. I have had a lot of fun, and will continue to have fun. if it does indeed die, so be it. I will never look back on time I've enjoyed as time wasted.
  23. Battlegrounds Rewards need looking at

    There are some rewards I've just found out in battlegrounds that are simply too good and should either not be there at all, or have significantly more cost associated with them in battlegrounds. Glistening Coats, should definitely have a much higher coast associated with them then 8 badges which is apparently 1-2 runs of battlegrounds win or lose. This means any guild can EASILY stock up and invalidate strippers/stripping weapons right off the bat with no cost associated with it. I also suggest that bottle grenades/acid bottles be removed when the transcendant update comes. One of the balancing levers of Bio Chems is that their is supposed to be a high cost associated with the ability. In exchange for high dps, burst dmg, range...(oh wait this ability is broken) you use annoying to farm mats to cast the ability. By having these in battle grounds not only will Bio Chems be meta(they already will be without this) they will dominate. There will be no cost associated with the ability and they can have their easy to get woe supplies and save the hard to get stuff for MVPing. Either way, part of the game balancing is that the abilities have cost associated with them. And yes, we do need good rewards for battlegrounds, but the mats for these abilities should not be a part of them. I personally think the woe pots are enough. that alone is enough incentive to play the mode.
  24. currently on our server, there is a 5 minute lockout on regen for SP naturally for monks after using Asura Strike/G Fist. Not only that, but monks also do not regen sp while in fury state. (note that it is not like this on official servers) This means they eat even more blue pots than necessary even when completely uncontested for mvps. Generally speaking if you are uncontested on official servers you just sit down and regen rather than waste expensive blues, but on this server its not an option. I personally feel it would help the MVP scene out a lot as there is not a lot of competition for me right now. Its just me and Anomaly, and a lot of that comes down to cost. Even between MVPs I have to pot or wait 5 minutes which is way too long. It's just entirely unnecessary on a server population this small. I really think monks shouldn't have so much cost associated with them, and rather than tweak balance in items (like making sp items more available) we could just do this and it would help a ton. would also create competition just by nature. more people are willing to do mvps since all they have to do si sit uncontested in between fists, multiple people start mvping and then competition begins. then they can use their blues on the mvps they really want to go after. MVP scene is almost completely dead and I can go at almost any time and get any MVP I want. And even knowing that I don't MVP often due to the sheer cost associated with MVPing. It also would not affect pvp/gvg as you aren't gonna be able to sit down in the middle of a GVG or PVP anyway.
  25. MVP Drop Chance TOO LOW

    After mvping for the better part of the last week or so I can confidently say MVP-ing is by far more often than not, not worth the investment. Even if I were to be getting drops (spoilers: I'm not), it still wouldn't be worth. Hell a lot of the time I don't even get the trash common drops like piece of shield from Lord of Death or Ori/Elu. We could easily double the drop rates of MVPs straight up and it would honestly be fine. We're ok with MVPs being spot light and getting increased drop rate from that, why not just disable MVPs from spotlight drop rate and just double their rates across the board and call it a day at this point. Mistress right now is double drops and its not like you are seeing a sudden surge in her items hitting the market. It's not going to break the game. Its getting beyond frustrating. I'm spending all my time just to invest into MVP-ing and then I'm multi clienting priests, warpers, merchant to send myself fly wings/white pots, etc. and I'm still not getting any pay off for it whatsoever. I'll be straight up. I'm an RO purist, I'm a grinder, and I love to fight through the bad RNG, but this is just not healthy for the server at this point. Its the point where its not really fun anymore to try to MVP. And its literally my favorite aspect of RO. For me to not be enjoying it says how frustrating it is. there is too much work for so little pay off, even for someone as patient as myself. Please strongly consider just buffing the rates of non card drops. I still think cards should be 0.01, but the regular drops could stand to be dropped higher because our lower population.