I've been getting some feedback lately that a few players are thinking that I'm edging towards a P2W model with the new updates. I wanted to let you all know that this is NOT the case. Allow me to explain:
The new cache updates took a LOT longer to get working than I expected. I basically used the cache of another released server to be able to have these new items for the server, but there were some items that were messed up still and needed to be fixed (there's more that I didn't realized need to be fixed and are now broken - i.e. the Fire Cape). There was a lot of code to write which I was not familiar with in any way, which all has to deal with model ids. There's typically 3 model ids related to each item, and figuring them out is extremely difficult if they haven't already been released on a forum like Rune Server.
At the same time, I had started getting complaints from a few players saying the server wasn't being updated regularly enough and they were wanting more content. It bothered me to hear this because I was currently working on the biggest update the server had ever seen, and I felt pressured to release it to show that I AM still wanting to improve the server. I worked long and hard on getting the cache right, so it would be a one-time download for all the new content that there was to come. I got the cache to a point I believed was good enough to release, but I also wanted to add a way for players to acquire these new items and give me feedback on their performance, so I added a few to the donator shop. This is what seems to have angered people. In my update log, I did mention the Drygore weapons and hybrid armor sets would be for donators only, and I plan on that staying true, but the vine whip, in particular is the other one I added which will soon be available from a boss drop. The first line of the update log mentions that there's going to be new items to come. THIS INCLUDES MULTIPLE WEAPONS WHICH WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE THROUGH BOSS DROPS. The reason I haven't added these weapons yet is because there's a lot of custom code involved in getting them to function the way they were meant to function...and I wanted to get the update out as soon as possible -- one, because people wanted an update, and two, I knew I would be going out of town for the weekend after. I just wanted to get some content out there for people to start messing with (if they wanted to).
I am currently working on fixing a few minor glitches involved with changing the cache, as well as a bunch of smaller things players have reported as being annoying. These small improvements will be accompanied by at least one new weapon dropped by an existing or a new boss. I haven't made it that far, yet, so bear with me.
I do want to remind everyone that this is NOT all I do. I have a full-time job, a passion for drag racing (where I was last weekend), a girlfriend, a house I'm trying to fix up, along with other things a normal person should have in their life. While I am occupied most of the time, I feel I can still pump out regular updates after I get the backbone of the server straight again. I am NOT giving up on the server, because a few players haven't given up on me. Improving and maintaining the server is not on the back burner. I've met some awesome people and gotten a lot of feedback on what should be added or removed, and I wish to see this server grow as much as any player who has invested a lot of time into it.
I appreciate everyone's support, and I ask that you please bear with me until I can get the bulk of the new items into the game via drops, because this is not, and will never be a P2W server. I do have to give players who are able and willing to donate a reason to do so, because the server has to stay running, and that takes money, so they can get a slight advantage if they wanted to. In case you're wondering, the next bulk amount of donations I get will go directly towards advertising, because having just the spots on the toplists that we have is not doing enough to get new players on the server.
That being said, I want to make things enjoyable for every type of player. I don't want to hide anything from my players, and I hope you all wouldn't hide anything from me. Please, if you have any feedback, no matter how harsh, please let me know. It can be public or private, I really don't care, because there's a chance other people feel the same way you might, and I want them to know how I feel about them as well. If you enjoy the server, the staff, and your fellow players, help me help you to get this server to where it should be...one of the top RSPSs out there. If you've made it this far in reading, reply with your favorite color and an out of ten current server rating.