Welcome to the next portion of the news. The last entry appeared 5 months ago, but it does not mean that during this time nothing new appeared on the server - most of the things I will describe here is already on the server for some time. The long break is also due to the fact that the new features we worked on required more time than regular quests, but the most important factor that caused such a long break are changes in personal life - together with my wife we expect a child and that's why we have renovated the whole apartment in the meantime.
1. New forum
After a long time, we came to the conclusion that the amount of work that needs to be put into the development of the current forum will be disproportionate to the effect we would like to achieve. From today, we are moving to a forum based on the phpBB engine, which has already been prepared basic categories for various areas of the server life. In addition, all current and future guides will be posted there. The address of the new forum is https://forum.rookgaard.pl, while the old one will remain on the same link http://rookgaard.pl/forum, however, without the possibility of further posting.
2. Mobile client
Players with longer experience in the world of Open Tibia know that the client does not end with that one from Cipsoft. Many servers use OTClient, which gives the possibility of a very wide modification, and additionally there is a mobile port (publicly available on GitHub). We have successfully compiled and configured it to connect to our server, which results in a ready to installation file for the Android platform available download from here or from the Download section. Any shortcomings or difficulties in the client result from the fact that the client is only a mobile port, and not an application from the beginning written for mobile devices. Nevertheless, all the comments can be reported in the relevant section of the forum, and I will try to improve it as far as time and skills are concerned. Below is a short guide on how to download, run the application and log in to the game.
3. The possibility of server support
From the beginning of the server existence, we got to know a lot of opinions about it, both bad and good ones, which were thankfully much more. Some players were surprised about the lack of an SMS store, others accepted the solution very much, and yet others offered that they could support the server as much as they could. From today it is possible! Anyone who wants to support the server has the opportunity to buy a crown that will decorate the profile and characters of the supporter. The purchase of such a crown is voluntary and will not give anyone an advantage over others who do not have such crowns, and all profit will be allocated to the development and maintenance of the server. In addition, if in a given month the amount of the limit is set (fixed at PLN 40, because these are the average monthly costs), by the end of the month a fixed, random bonus for the whole community of players will be launched. The panel for the purchase of crowns is available under this link and from the menu on the left, which shows the status of the limit being filled.
4. Xyla development
The server is still in the alpha stage and we continue to develop it in a free moment. Currently, the stability of operation is ensured, the synchronization of players with the site has been improved (Fixera, Xyla, login server and website operate on various physical machines) and added all basic quests known from RL.
5. The Beagle Boys Quest
As a fan of Donald Duck from childhood, the server could not miss the reference to Scrooge McDuck, his treasury and thugs who hunt his fortune. We added the first quest that you can do every day, and the solutions we use in it will be the base for bigger things in the future. It is an automatically generated maze that looks different every day. Additionally, to find an exit from it, it is not enough to follow one wall, because the labyrinth is located on several levels down.
5 months is enough time to improve many things that did not work as well as they should. We have improved the integration of channels with the Discord server (the invitation to the server is in the menu at the bottom left), we have verified the loot and strength of monsters again (wikipedia values are changed on a regular basis, hence changes at us), we improved the mechanism for checking the ping between the server and players and expanded the number of English and Portuguese translations for another portion.
During this long period the server rarely said "enough", and we had no opportunity to compensate players for these short breaks and a hole in the publication of news. Therefore, on the day of ending the current school year (Friday, 22 June) will be launched a double exp, and the loot value will be increased from the current 2x to 3x, and the length of bonuses will last until Monday, 2 July.
Big steps are approaching the date of birth of my child, which at the moment falls on July 29. As the hottest period will start a week earlier, I can be less present in the life of the server, and any new products can be added with a longer delay. Until then, we'll try to prepare a few things that will be gradually added to provide players with a constant entertainment in this hot summer.
See you in the game, hear you in the chat :)