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  1. Hi Friends, As you should have seen at this point, we're going to be opening up an Affiliate server (more standardized mid-rate) that encompasses a lot of eRO customs, but scaled down to fit the mold of a more streamlined Mid-Rate server. The post below explains why we've decided to move in that direction A lot of you have approached me and asked if there would be anything ported over, transferred etc. And yes, there definitely will be. As of right now I've come up with the following 'eRO Player Transfer Package' Each player that would like to hop on over to the 99/70 may request a "Transfer Package". This will include: VIP Status (If your account on eRO currently has an "Unlimited VIP Package". All unused Essence Donation Credits can be transferred over for Cash Points (1 EDC = 100 Cash Points) Unlimited Fly Wings (Limit: 2 per account) can be transferred Bonus: 5x Costume Tickets Bonus: 1x VIP Costume Ticket In addition to that, we will be offering: Beta Tester rewards (Beta testing is opening in approximately 2 weeks - Official Date TBD) include but are not limited to: Be immortalized as a walking main town NPC https://i.gyazo.com/6af93a29caedfa9bcbdcc578b5666aa9.mp4 2x Battle Manuals (To help with gaining exp to help on your way! Exclusive Beta Tester Costume Hat Guild Packages (Minimum of 8 players | Rewards TBD | Guild Cap is 18 Players in WoE (76 for social) - No Alliances) With that said, please know we are NOT taking eRO down, but will slow down on the work being done. As I mentioned in the post linked above, the demand for custom servers is seriously declining, so we will maintain eRO and update it as needed and features will be added alongside of the Affiliate in terms of hats, quests & events. To join us in the Affiliate Discord, please visit: https://discord.gg/dUDzAbt I hope this clears up any questions people have!
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    eRO in the future!

    I don't have it all ironed out completely, but at the very least I'll transfer over VIP account status. Since I can cross-reference Databases, it won't be difficult. A post consisting of all of the things included will be provided on the new server discord & forum.
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    eRO in the future!

    Hey friends! As you all know, I posted a thread about the state of the server and how to move forward from our seemingly stagnant state. Over the course of the past few weeks I've been struggling with what to do in terms of keeping eRO the server we all know and love. While we have some amazing players, and I love every single one of you -- we're having a hard time retaining new players because of a few points (all noted in the linked thread above). Just to be clear, I am not taking down eRO. I LOVE eRO, it was one of the first servers I've ever played and truly enjoyed playing. However, Rangarok Online players in 2020 require a bit more stability, and the constant changes and modifications we have to offer aren't really what they're looking for. For a 20 year old game, no one wants to re-learn how to play it, and I get that. Essence is amazingly nostalgic for those who've played in the past, but for those who have never played, or even heard of it, it's very confusing and off-putting. eRO will not move, or go down, and there will still be events and new headgear quests etc. We will be rolling back some changes we made on a lot of MVP's and make them more like how eRO used to be. With that said, after a lot of hours of deliberating and discussing with the staff, we've decided to keep eRO as it is, however, we will be opening up an affiliate server that's more on-par with what players are seeking in the current market. Basically "eRO Lite". eRO will always be nostalgic to us, and we'll continue to work on it in smaller updates. The new affiliate server will be a 30x/30x/20x (tentatively -- rates may change slightly) server, you can find the discord link here --> https://discord.gg/dUDzAbt There will be crossover packages available if this is more your style, but everything is still TBD. We've merely just opened the discord to discussion and lively chat while I develop the guts of the affiliate. ❤️ ~ Kiwi & the eRO Staff
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    Where do we go from here?

    I appreciate everyone's feedback! Thank you all so much! There will be an announcement in the coming days pertaining to what the plan is moving forward. (We're not closing, don't worry )
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    Where do we go from here?

    We would have to re evaluate our customs. For example, we can keep our custom valk helms and wings, tone them down and make them for pvm only.
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    Where do we go from here?

    Failing to retain new players is a combination of these four things: -Max Levels being too High (Moreso Max Stat being 150) -MVP's being way too hard and really unexpected for a "normal" server -Gear/cards being too easily obtained. - Crazy skill mechanics that aren't expected If we stay a Mid-rate (which would be the best option imo) we need to address the issues I just mentioned. Perhaps we would have to lower the max stat to 130 as opposed to 150. Make Tier 1, 2, and even 3 MVP's act closer to their default lower the mvp and miniboss drop rate and definitely would require a wipe in some capacity. On top of that, we would likely have to weed out some unnecessary skill changes (revert bowling bash to default among other things we can discuss at a later time if this is the path we do decide on). If we can acquire new players with our 170 max level, we need to retain them with more basic mechanics and features. Bonus QoL changes to skills and cards etc.
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    Where do we go from here?

    ❤️ The reason we haven't really introduced 3rd classes is because I really don't understand them (I'm too old). As I said in my original post, we aren't having an issue keeping old returning players because they know what to expect, the problem is retaining the players that have never played on, or have ever heard of eRO. So far, as for changing mechanics, the consensus seems to be leaning towards staying mid-rate, but making the levels, experience and MVP's a bit more "normal" while maintaining the eRO customs that we all have come to know and love.
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    Where do we go from here?

    I'm going to go ahead and say no? We aren't making any decisions, we're looking for input.
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    Where do we go from here?

    As I said in discord, I would rather not have 2 projects. If it's in the best interest of the server and everyone agrees that a 99/70 is the way to go, it's definitely a benefit on my time and sanity to only have one project. I refuse to close eRO, that's the point of this entire thread. We're an amazing community and I would hate to see all of the friendships, time and fun we've had together to go to waste. But morphing into something more relevant is absolutely something I'm willing to do.
  10. Hi Friends, I want to bring something to a discussion that has been plaguing me over the past few weeks. I'm saddened and heartbroken by the state of the server. When we started back up in March everything was AMAZING. But mainly that was because all of the old eRO players came out from the woodwork to play the game again. Everyone was so excited for a sense of nostalgia and comfort in such a volatile time. If you haven't noticed, we're bleeding players. The excitement that once was, has become no more, and new players that join feel overwhelmed by all of our changes that they play for a moment and disappear forever. I'm proposing to you a few options that were previously discussed with the hopes that we can all have a civil conversation and understand that this conversation is to preserve the best of eRO and make it last for years to come. With that said, I would like to lay some ground rules and disclaimers. Firstly, keep the conversation civil, we're here to generate ideas and hopefully find the best solution for the server as a whole and not you individually. Secondly, keep an open mind here, what we're suggesting could easily become very drastic changes and all big changes come with a risk. These are the key points that have been plaguing my sleep on a daily basis: 1. Our population is stagnant, or decreasing day by day. 2. We attract Mid-Rate Players all the time, but cannot retain them because we behave more like a High Rate in terms of progression and customs. 3. We don't attract High Rate players because, well, we're not a high rate. 4. Mid Rate servers in general are a dying breed, and truly lack the demand So with these points, there's a few options we can do. As we know it, eRO won't stand the test of the time if we do nothing. Hell, it won't last another two months at the rate we're losing players. So I'm going to outline a few options below, and I would like the community to discuss, give feedback, and hopefully we can all come to an agreement that is best for the server as a whole. I have spent too many hours, and made too many friends to see it disappear like all of the other servers out there, so now I'm asking you all for help. 1. "Our Population is stagnant, or decreasing day by day". This is true, and will be true until we figure out a plan, and start making moves to better the server for the long-term. eRO was great 10-12 years ago when RO was really in it's prime. But for a 20 year old game, customs and "unique" skill mechanics haven't been in demand for a long, long time. The main feedback we get from players leaving for other servers is that, "We can't get used to the custom mechanics", "I don't want to learn a new game", " The MVP's are too hard". 2. "We attract Mid-Rate Players all the time, but cannot retain them because we behave more like a High Rate in terms of progression and customs". This is 100% True. We've noticed that when mid-rates close and their players search for a new home, they come to us because we're at the top of RMS. However, our progression and EXP tables are too high for Mid-Rates. Our feel is more of a 300x server, and our drop rates are really high compared to other servers. We initially did this with the mindset that, "Who in the world wants to grind in 2020 -- So let's let them get their cards and gear and put restrictions on everything to balance it out". Clearly, it was a poor judgement choice there for trying to fit in the Mid-Rate box. 3. "We don't attract High Rate players because, well, we're not a high rate". We're not, and we don't advertise that way because we can't. Our customs and progression would fit a lot better in a HR atmosphere, but because we initially wanted to stay true to eRO's standards, we remained a Mid Rate. 4. "Mid Rate servers in general are a dying breed, and truly lack the demand" Look around at how many successful mid-rate servers there are in general. Hear the crickets yet? As I mentioned earlier, RO is a 20 year old game that hasn't really done much to their benefit of preserving it. So players that play RO are falling into one of two categories. 1. The Fanatic (More LR players who want to play the game as it should be played) and 2. The Nosalgic (More HR players that don't want to deal with grinding levels, and getting back to the 'gloriy days' where RO was fun, fast, and exciting). We are the number one mid-rate server on ratemyserver, yet our population is lackluster compared to the top high rates of low rates. Whew- that was a lot. Okay, but what CAN we do about it? In order to be relevant today in RO, we need to put ourselves in a column. We need to either be a Lowish Mid-Rate or become a High Rate. Having a max level of 170 just isn't cutting it anymore and we need to decide now what we can/should do. One thing is for sure, we can't keep going the way we're going and expect it to get better. Our Options as of Right Now: 1. Move to be a strict Mid-Rate (least amount of risk, but would require sacrifice - Partial Wipe) If we did this, we would have to revert a lot of changes to skills/functionality. With the exception of a few Quality of Life changes, all skills would be reverted to their default mechanic. Levels and Max Stat points would need to be re-evaluated. EXP and Drop Rates would have to change. Our EXP progression would need to be more consistent with a MR, thus making it harder to level than it currently is. Drop rates would have to be lowered some as well. Non custom, pre-re MVPs would return to their unbuffed, default stats and drops. PvP would be disabled on known leveling maps such as Thors 3 or Abbey 3. Custom Poring mob exp would be nerfed down to comparable exp of monsters their level and difficulty. 2. Move to be a Low-Rate (High-Risk - Complete Server Wipe) Low Rates are a huge draw for a lot of people. But with this, we would have to disable all effects from custom items (No wings, no valk helms, etc). They will be retained as cosmetic costumes only. We would need to roll everything back to 99/70, default skill behavior, and MVPs. Mostly vanilla server with aesthetic and QoL features. (Read; Hats ) 3. Move to be a High-Rate (Least amount of sacrifice from the Players, but still High-Risk) With this we could boost the levels to 255, increase the rates for both EXP & Drops and begin to advertise to High Rate Players. As it stands, even if we fix the features that have been broken for a little bit (BG), it won't help us retain players. So now I'm asking you, the community, what do you personally think is our best course of action? I am willing to do anything that will preserve the eRO name, and keep us running for years to come. If it were up to me, I would personally love to become "The Midrate". Or rather, the standard for mid rate servers everywhere. But what I want, and what's best for all of us may not be one in the same. As I said earlier, please keep your comments civil and on-point. What do you suggest? If you see an option that isn't here, and believe it's a viable solution to our current population retention crisis, please let us know. ❤️ you all! -Kiwi & The eRO Staff
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    eRO <3's Event GM's!

    Hi eRO Friends! We would like to continue to add to our current Event GM staff! We love bringing you daily gm-hosted events, and we need more people to help us do that! We are accepting applications from anyone who meets the criteria below. If we have an over-abundance of applications, we will choose temporary GM's and allow them to run an event or two on a Trial Basis with a current staff member overseeing their event and to offer assistance if needed. Thanks everyone! I look forward to seeing your applications! Role Responsibilities: Host in-game events on a schedule at least 3x a week (to be published for all to see). This person must be creative, energetic and helpful! A prior position as an Event GM or moderator is a plus. How to Apply: PM Me (Kiwi) here on the forum with your application: InGame Name: Discord Name: Have you ever been an Event GM Before? Yes / No ? If so, where and for how long? How long have you been playing eRO? What time zone are you in? How many hours can you allocate to being an Event GM? Would you be willing to offer in-game support if needed? What types of events would you like to run? Why do you think you're the best candidate for this position?
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    July 16, 2020

    Introducing the First Annual eRO Summer Festival! Explore a brand new map, and two custom dungeons for Summer Festival Tickets. Tons of Minigames, Fishing & Automated Events Win Summer Themed Costume Headgears & More! Wiki Page: https://wiki.essencero.net/index.php/Summer_Festival Misc Updates: [BUGFIX] Costume Trunk no longer lets you costume existing costumes. Old Red Box drops expanded. Item Updates: [Buff] Hunting Spear [1] 20% damage to Spiral Pierce. -50% cast time to Spiral Pierce. -1000 MS after cast delay to Spiral Pierce. [Buff] Gigantic Lance, Effect Enabled Weight increased to 1200 from 900. ASPD - 10. When unequipping, you lose 600 sp. Increases cooldown time of Spiral Pierce by 20 seconds. [Base STR 120] Increase ATK + 300. Red Butterfly Wings item description updated. Enhanced Shackles item description updated. Skill Updates: [Buff] Throw Zeny no longer requires zeny (that sounds funny) [Nerf] Tracking ATK modifier reduced to 3100% from 4100%. (Default iRO is 1200%). [Buff] Bowling Bash cooldown reduced to 150ms from 200ms. Mob Updates: Angeling Restoration (old eRO levels) HP Increased to 175,000. Base EXP increased. Job EXP increased. Drops Grand Cross. Angeling Hat drop chance increased to 5.25%. Drops Yggdrasil Berry at 50%. Drops Old Red Box at 10%. Drops Poring Ring at 4%. No longer drops Yggdrasil Seed. No longer drops Halo. No longer drops White Herb. No longer drops Apple. Bloody Knight Restoration (old eRO levels) HP increased to 278700 Base EXP increased Job EXP increased Drops Strong Shield [1] at 9.5% from 30%. Drops Full Plate [1] at 75% from 2.5%. Drops Pull Axe [1] at 50% from 1.5%. Drops Pauldrons [1] at 50% from 100%. Drops Old Red Box at 10%. No longer drops Brigan. No longer drops Bloody Edge. Banshee Restoration (old eRO rates) Drops Orleans Gown at 1.5% from 5%. Drops Mes [3] at 3% from 5%. Drops Wool Scarf [1] at 3% from 5%. Banshee Maser Drops Wool Scarf [1] at 3% from 5%. Drops Orlean's [1] Gown at 1.5% from 5%. MVP Updates: Amon Ra Drops Tablet [1] at 50% from 100%. Drops Lucius's Fierce Armor of Volcano [1] at 5% from 7.5%. Bacsojin Drops Orlean's Gown at 30%. No longer drops Grand Cross. Baphomets drops Gigantic Majestic Goat at 5.25% from 7.5%. High Priest Margaretha Drops Elven Ears at 15%. Drops Staff of Recovery at 50%. No longer drops Book of the Apocalypse. No longer drops Grand Cross. Ifrit drops Lucius's Fierce Armor of Volcano [1] at 15% from 50%. Incantation Samurai no longer drops Katzbalger. Kiel-D drops Orleans glove at 20% from 37.5% Lord Knight Seyron drops Collector's Edition Book at 5.25% from 9.75%. Lord of the Dead no longer drops Pole Axe [1]. Nidhoggr's Shadow No longer drops Katzbalger. No longer drops Pole Axe [1]. Orc Hero drops Strong Shield [1] at 15% from 7.5%. Pharaoh Drops Celebrant's Mitten at 35%. No longer drops Grand Cross. Stormy Knight Drops Orlean's Server at 40% from 75%. Drops Aebeccee's Raging Typhoon Armor at 3% from 7.5%. Turtle General drops Combat Knife at 5.25% from 7.5%. Valkyrie Randgris no longer drops Bloody Edge. Vesper drops Strong Shield [1] at 15% from 9.75%. Whitesmith Howard drops Collector's Edition Book II at 5.25% from 9.75%. Lucifer MVP Released: * the above is a screen shot of old eRo. Lucifer card will drop at normal new eRO rates. Drops MVP Tier 3 Token Spawn Time: 4~6 hours Added to Bloody Branch Added to Abrakadabra Map: ordeal_2-1 PvP Enabled Party Warp Disabled The portal to this map can be found in St. Capitolina Abbey at prt_monk,255,258. (Acolyte Monk Quest map)
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    Unethical Behavior

    Hi Friends! It's been brought to my attention, some unethical actions this morning with a member of our staff team. The GM in question was investigated and found guilty of their actions, thus removed from the GM Team. While we caught this issue within an hour of it happening, I want to let the community know that I stand against injustice and unfair play regardless of how big or little the offense is. We've worked too hard to build what we have today to have it jeopardized by something so silly. All of our logs are vetted, and any credible accusation against a member of my team is thoroughly investigated. While it hurts me personally to remove someone from the team, it is within the best interest of the server that we do so. Sometimes opportunities are too hard to pass up, and our judgement becomes clouded by impulse. To be clear, none of the staff aside from myself, Tempy and Kreustoo have @item, and none of us play on normal accounts (who has time to do that! ) With that said, please give the person involved here some privacy as they do genuinely see the fault in their action, and understand the severity of the consequences. They would like to be an active part of our community, and would like to do so with some dignity. ❤️ Kiwi
  14. Introducing the First Annual eRO Summer Festival! Explore a brand new map, and two custom dungeons for Summer Festival Tickets. Tons of Minigames, Fishing & Automated Events Win Summer Themed Costume Headgears & More! Misc Updates: [BUGFIX] Costume Trunk no longer lets you costume existing costumes. Old Red Box drops expanded. Item Updates: [Buff] Hunting Spear [1] 20% damage to Spiral Pierce. -50% cast time to Spiral Pierce. -1000 MS after cast delay to Spiral Pierce. [Buff] Gigantic Lance, Effect Enabled Weight increased to 1200 from 900. ASPD - 10. When unequipping, you lose 600 sp. Increases cooldown time of Spiral Pierce by 20 seconds. [Base STR 120] Increase ATK + 300. Red Butterfly Wings item description updated. Enhanced Shackles item description updated. Skill Updates: [Buff] Throw Zeny no longer requires zeny (that sounds funny) [Nerf] Tracking ATK modifier reduced to 3100% from 4100%. (Default iRO is 1200%). [Buff] Bowling Bash cooldown reduced to 150ms from 200ms. Mob Updates: Angeling Restoration (old eRO levels) HP Increased to 175,000. Base EXP increased. Job EXP increased. Drops Grand Cross. Angeling Hat drop chance increased to 5.25%. Drops Yggdrasil Berry at 50%. Drops Old Red Box at 10%. Drops Poring Ring at 4%. No longer drops Yggdrasil Seed. No longer drops Halo. No longer drops White Herb. No longer drops Apple. Bloody Knight Restoration (old eRO levels) HP increased to 278700 Base EXP increased Job EXP increased Drops Strong Shield [1] at 9.5% from 30%. Drops Full Plate [1] at 75% from 2.5%. Drops Pull Axe [1] at 50% from 1.5%. Drops Pauldrons [1] at 50% from 100%. Drops Old Red Box at 10%. No longer drops Brigan. No longer drops Bloody Edge. Banshee Restoration (old eRO rates) Drops Orleans Gown at 1.5% from 5%. Drops Mes [3] at 3% from 5%. Drops Wool Scarf [1] at 3% from 5%. Banshee Maser Drops Wool Scarf [1] at 3% from 5%. Drops Orlean's [1] Gown at 1.5% from 5%. MVP Updates: Amon Ra Drops Tablet [1] at 50% from 100%. Drops Lucius's Fierce Armor of Volcano [1] at 5% from 7.5%. Bacsojin Drops Orlean's Gown at 30%. No longer drops Grand Cross. Baphomets drops Gigantic Majestic Goat at 5.25% from 7.5%. High Priest Margaretha Drops Elven Ears at 15%. Drops Staff of Recovery at 50%. No longer drops Book of the Apocalypse. No longer drops Grand Cross. Ifrit drops Lucius's Fierce Armor of Volcano [1] at 15% from 50%. Incantation Samurai no longer drops Katzbalger. Kiel-D drops Orleans glove at 20% from 37.5% Lord Knight Seyron drops Collector's Edition Book at 5.25% from 9.75%. Lord of the Dead no longer drops Pole Axe [1]. Nidhoggr's Shadow No longer drops Katzbalger. No longer drops Pole Axe [1]. Orc Hero drops Strong Shield [1] at 15% from 7.5%. Pharaoh Drops Celebrant's Mitten at 35%. No longer drops Grand Cross. Stormy Knight Drops Orlean's Server at 40% from 75%. Drops Aebeccee's Raging Typhoon Armor at 3% from 7.5%. Turtle General drops Combat Knife at 5.25% from 7.5%. Valkyrie Randgris no longer drops Bloody Edge. Vesper drops Strong Shield [1] at 15% from 9.75%. Whitesmith Howard drops Collector's Edition Book II at 5.25% from 9.75%. Lucifer MVP Released: * the above is a screen shot of old eRo. Lucifer card will drop at normal new eRO rates. Drops MVP Tier 3 Token Spawn Time: 4~6 hours Added to Bloody Branch Added to Abrakadabra Map: ordeal_2-1 PvP Enabled Party Warp Disabled The portal to this map can be found in St. Capitolina Abbey at prt_monk,255,258. (Acolyte Monk Quest map)
  15. Sorry this maintenance is a bit delayed! A day behind, but here we go nevertheless! MVP: [Trial Feature, 1 week] MVP Loot Proximity Loot priority will only count the players nearby when the MVP dies. (If you are off screen when an MVP dies but did the most damage, the items will drop on the ground) [Buff] Pharaoh Card 100% coma Immunity [Buff] High Wizard Card Ignores magic defense of Boss, Monsters, Players. Removed casting penalty. Removed SP recovery penalty. Compounds: Head Gear MVP Points: 2 [Buff] Moonlight Flower Card Immunity to Slow Grace [BugFix] Werewolf drops MVP Token in nif_fild01 [BugFix] Lady Tanee drops MVP Token in ayo_dun02 [BugFix] Vesper drops MVP Token in jupe_core [BugFix] High Wizard MVP drops Diabolus Robe [1] at 9.75%. [BugFix] Satan Morroc drops Diabolus Robe [1] at 45%. [BugFix] Lord of Death should drop an MVP token in Niflheim [BugFix] Beelzebubh Earthquake fixed. [BugFix] Tao GunkaEarthquake fixed. [BugFix] Fallen Bishop Earthquake fixed. [BugFix] Zmey Gorynych Earthquake fixed. [Bugfix] Maya no longer heals when attacking [Bugfix] Pharaoh no longer heals when attacking Skill: [Buff] Cart Boost removes Slow Grace debuff. [Buff] Cart Boost removes Decrease Agi debuff. [Nerf] Slow Grace no longer removes Speed Pot buff. [Adjustment] Bowling Bash cool down decreased to 200 ms from 250 ms. More Frost Jokes / Scream quotes added [Buff] Lord Kinght's Bowling Bash Cooldown Delay lowered to 200ms instead of 250ms Item: [Buff] Gilded Cuirass [1] Unbreakable +1 All Stats 50% Coma Resistance [BugFix] Dead Branch Box drops 10x branches instead of 3x. [BugFix] Neo Valk Shield 5% HP bonus added. [BugFix] Neo Valk Shield 30% Demi-Human Resistance added. [Adjustment] Box of Painting now works with @autopot [Adjustment] Box of Giggling now works with @autopot BG: [BugFix] Passive BG badge bonus buff added back in. Misc: [Bugfix] Adjusted WoE randomly turning on (super weird)
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