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Offline Thomy

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Hello everybody!

Today's update contains various new things, reworks and fixes. The biggest change being the rework of death mechanics and attack ranges of various ranged weapons. It is also a preparation for our next huge content release: Rot Cave. You can explore West Ardougne already if you find its hidden entrance.

West Ardougne & Rot Cave
West Ardougne can now be accessed. You can't come in through the main gates (yet) though. The Rot Cave hasn't opened, because there is still a lot to be tested to make sure it works the way it should. I would like to test all the new code in the game first and see how it works before opening all new areas. It'll be released as soon as I've finished testing everything.

Death Rework
The death mechanic has been worked. By default all degradeable items are kept and their charges are reduced by 12.5% (10% for members) of their maximum charges. If an item breaks during the process you will receive its broken version. Items that have a degraded state, such as the rune bag, will no longer degrade when dropped. You can just walk to the spot where you've died and pick up the item without any additional repair costs. Inventories also won't be destroyed. Your runes will magically be kept safe should you lose your rune bag. ;)

The Items Kept on Death interface has also been reworked. It shows exactly what items will be kept and dropped on death. That makes it a lot easier to determine which items you risk losing. Item lists in the interface are a 1:1 copy of the items that are dropped upon death.

The left part of the image shows a death outside of the wilderness. You see that you keep most of your items. The right part is a death inside the wilderness to another player. You see that all untradeable items are transformed to either their broken state, currency, contents or coins. You can toggle the view at any time by clicking the "PvP" button in the bottom right corner.

Construction System
I've rewritten major parts of the construction skill that loads your house. It will be faster and without the need to reload the entire map when you place or remove rooms. You will still see some objects loading in and out but without a dedicated loading screen going blue. There have also been fixes to the clipping system which would sometimes get you stuck in corners of rooms.

Weakness & Resistance System
I have expanded the weakness system to also support resistances. Weaknesses and resistances apply damage modifiers to certain types of damage. For example you cast a fire spell dealing 10 damage:
  • 10% fire weakness: 11 damage
  • 10% fire resistance: 9 damage
Weaknesses and immunities can be examined by casting the monster examine spell from the Lunar spell book. All rot monsters have 100% rot resistance meaning they cannot be damaged by any kind of rot.

Tank gear and PvP
There have been recent concerns that tank equipment is too strong for PvP - specifically chrysos items. Not that it kills other players but that it creates almost invincible targets. Since tank armour is healthy for the game by offering equipment variety I don't want to introduce special PvP bonuses or nerf the items into the ground. All tank armours can now ONLY be repaired with their respective bars. Meaning repairing a chrysos cuirass requires one chrysos bar to add back all charges. The total amount of charges have also been increased from 20,000 to 30,000 for armours and from 30,000 to 45,000 for weapons. Flat damage reduction was also slightly reduced. A full chrysos set now blocks 14 damage instead of 15. Moreover, chrysos equipment can now be colored using dyes from the EC store.

Vanstrom necklaces
All vanstrom necklaces have received more raw stats. These items are supposed to be bis and should not be out performed by other items. Accuracy bonus has been increased to 32 from 25 and strength bonus from 20 to 28. That gives them 2 additional max hits making it stronger than Vyrewatch necklace (b).

Emps Credits & Inflation
Due to global inflation I've adjusted the EC prices of following items:
  • Member ticket: 500EC --> 700EC
  • Scroll of double exp: 150EC --> 200EC
I understand that this is a very unpopular change but inflation happens world-wide and we haven't had any price adjustments in roughly 10 years. I haven't changed the price of any other EC item because I think only consumables such as membership or xp boosts should be adjusted to inflation. Newly released items purchasable with credits will just get a fixed price at their time of release. I also don't think changing the amount of EC you get by buying packages on the homepage is a fair change. I would like to keep these adjustments to a minimum to remain fair.

Ranged Weapons - Attack Range
The attack ranges for various ranged weapons have been adjusted. There were various issues with bosses or other monsters when attacking them from large ranges. Especially the hand cannon or longbows on ranged style were causing troubles. Below's a list of weapon types with their new attack range:
  • Shortbows: 7
  • Longbows: 9
  • Crossbows: 8
  • Hand cannon: 10
  • Darts: 3
  • Knives: 4
  • Thrown axes: 5
  • Javelins: 6
  • Staves: 9
  • Wands: 7
The longrange option can no longer exceed a maximum attack range of 10. Meaning that it doesn't give any additional attack range for the hand cannon and +1 for longbows. The attack range of weapons is now also shown in the attack interface next to attack speed.

Game fixes / changes:
  • The minimum render distance for Vanstrom Klause dungeon has been increased.
  • Entity render distance has been increased by 5.
  • An issue with pot share spell and heal / cure others has been fixed.
  • Using the share potion spell or healing other players is working again.
  • The rune essences in the Wizard tower store are no longer noted.
  • Group ice plateau teleport can only be used in the wilderness now.
  • An issue causing various problems to use the create item screen was fixed.
  • Removing a daily task no longer costs any Event Points and is free now. Due to how daily tasks are generated it is difficult to always have tasks that are balanced or completable in a reasonable amount of time.
  • Cooking tasks requiring you to create dishes from recipes require less dishes to be created.
  • A bug was fixed that would disband groups upon login when the database connection failed.
  • Ghasts in the swap have been made aggressive. Being attacked while holding a shadow sword will make them attackable once again.
  • Emps-Wars flags can be dropped on top castle floors again. There was a bug that identified them as unspawnable objects. With this update you can also no longer target your team's npcs in fights - their attack options are hidden. The minimum amount of players needed to start the minigame has also been reduced to 2.
  • Lunar spells can be used once again on other players accepting aid.
  • Magic notepaper now notes all identical items in your entire inventory. If you have 10 manta rays in your inventory they will all be noted when using a single magic notepaper.
  • Telegrab spell has been added.
  • Dagannoth kings boss instance no longer has all 3 boss spawns synchronized. The kings now have individual respawn timers.
  • GWD boss doors can no longer get you stuck when being used by two or more players at the same time. They no longer function as global doors but as local doors that only show state changes to the player operating them. Meaning multiple players can use the doors at the same time without interfering with eachother.
  • Ardougne teleport can be right-clicked to select the western city as destination.
  • Burnt pie dishes can now be emptied.
  • Glory (t) amulets are now charge- and usable.
  • The dragon claws special attack has been fixed. It was ignoring protection prayers due to how it was being calculated.
  • A bug has been fixed where noted statuettes from Revenants would not prevent you from teleporting.
  • Supportive lunar spells can no longer be used on two other players fighting in the wilderness in single combat zone.
  • New idle animations have been added to human npcs.
  • Npcs now face you during and after dialogue until you move away a few tiles.
  • More life has been brought into Ardougne. Various npcs have been added to the city and doors, stairs, stiles, gates, etc. have been made usable.
  • Npc dialogue code has been updated. It's no longer possible to talk through walls and npcs will face you until you move at least 2 tiles away.
  • All GE booths now have clerks.
  • Varrock west-bank cellar has received static gold drops for you to test the telegrab spell on.
  • Clicking npcs when they are using a static movement animation was changed. You will now walk to the interpolated coordinates instead of the start coordinates. This fixes a problem where clicking Kal'Ger during his flight animation would let you walk to his start and not current position.
  • The item you smith is now displayed on the anvil for a few game ticks. This item cannot be picked up and is only seen by the player smithing it.

Engine fixes / changes:
  • The dynamic roof removal code has been optimized. It's now linked to your camera zoom and clears more appropriate roof area for you to view.
  • Clipping configurations for closing and opening doors are now properly removed again. There was a bug that would leave one direction not walkable when opening and closing doors.
  • The floor blending code has been worked. I've also changed a few textures to have smoother transitions between tiles.
  • Water shaders have received wave movements that affect the water's transparency slightly.
  • A bug in the water terrain generator has been fixed. There was a problem where the western parts of water areas would not properly calculate their underwater depth. Especially rivers or narrow water areas were suffering from this issue. You can see the change when taking a look at the river in Barbarian Village.
  • The minimap marker code has been overhauled. A flashing marker arrow now rotates properly to a target that it outside of visible minimap area.
  • Animations no longer pause completely when the worldmap viewer is open. They will, however, render in lowest quality possible to save resources for rendering the map.
  • Dyed items no longer affect your eye color.
  • Terrain rotations for entities have been fixed. Dragons no longer "fly" on steep terrain but are properly aligned towards it.

Let me know what you think of the changes! Is the death rework a good idea? I was thinking of giving you the option to protect all items on death in exchange for paying a fee to return them? I hope to finish the Rot Cave in the coming weeks, it's become quite a large project with lots of different enemies. ;)

All the best,

July 15th changes:
  • Player health bars have been fixed. There was a bug where damage onto players wouldn't display correct health values. This issue was only within the display code, damage calculations were and are correct.
  • Magic is hitting properly again. There was a bug that enabled magic protection prayer for almost every npc.
  • Chrysos can now be dyed with barrow, blood, third-age and shadow colors.
  • Mud patches no longer appear invisible.
  • Loading issues with assets (models, textures, etc.) have been fixed. Our update server went down without me noticing.
  • A bug was fixed where following npcs that were very far away would not work.
  • Pickpocketing farmers now yields seeds again instead of coins.
  • Max cape (fire) color has been fixed.
  • Karamja agility course saws can now be clipped again.
  • Respawn timer for dagannoth kings have been adjusted. They are now 15 seconds just like in any other instance. The spawn locations have also been moved together towards the center. The dagannoth areas also no longer render terrain that doesn't belong to the cave itself.

July 22th changes:Game fixes / changes:
  • Thieving aura now works the same way as other auras. When it triggers the loot is doubled and one charge is consumed.
  • Descriptions of skilling auras have been updated. They now better reflect how auras internally trigger and work. You have a chance to get twice the resource and xp when a skilling aura is active.
  • Runecrafting aura no longer consumes 1 charge per rune essence in your inventory. It now consumes a charge for every rune essence that was doubled in the calculation. Runecrafting III aura increases runes gained by 25%. Meaning that 4 rune essences would be transformed into 5 rune essences for determining the amount of runes gained. This will now cost you 1 charge instead of 4.
  • Faulty items can no longer be received as rewards from clue scrolls. Feel free to hand them in for their working versions. The faulty items will be deleted in the coming week(s).
  • Herblore aura has been changed. It now has a chance to create two finished potions instead of one. This also works on overloads.
  • Various other issues were fixed that got mentioned on Discord. Thanks everyone for the hard work to report bugs!
« Last Edit: July 22, 2022, 06:54:42 am by Thomy »

Offline Papa Troq

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Re: Updates July 14th - Death Rework, Equipment Changes and New Areas!
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2022, 09:40:21 pm »
Noice update once again :D
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