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Offline Thomy

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Hey guys,

Today's update is a collection of many small patches. The Halloween skull collection event returns with new collectible rings that transform you into monsters. There's also been changes to PvP damage calculations and Hunter received new equipment through Crafting. There have also been several changes to the homepage and we now have Daily Login Rewards. You can read the rest of the patch notes below.

Happy Halloween - Grim Reaper Returns
The annual Halloween event returns! After the completion of the Draynor Manor quest you can use the Muncher pet to get Skull drops. Every monster has a 25% drop chance to drop Skulls - the currency for Grim Reaper's shop. Alternatively you can also use a Skeletal Raven or Mini Kolodion as a replacement for Muncher. You must have one of the pets following you in order to be eligible for Skull drops. The Grim Reaper has also decided to sell you 4 new rings that turn you into different monsters. With the Halloween event these transformations have also been reworked. They should mostly work in low level combat and also allow you to Poke enemy players. Similar to how snowballs or snowmen work.


Damage Soaking --> Damage Blocking
With recent concerns regarding max hits in PvP zones I've taken a look at a mechanic that has been in the game for a while but wasn't used properly: Blocking damage. There is now a new bonus that reduces incoming hits from players: PvP Block. You can see your Block values on equipment screen:
  • Block: Reduces hits by a flat amount. A block value of 10 means that your enemy will hit 10 less: 10 --> 0, 50 --> 40
  • PvP Block: Reduces hits by a percentage. A PvP block value of 10 means your enemy will hit 10% less: 10--> 9, 50 --> 45

Certain items have received the new PvP Block value. Meaning that these items only offer their blocking bonus against other players! Every player also gets 5% extra damage blocking inside a PvP zone. This change isn't going to affect PvM in any way and tries to fix the extremely high hits you can receive in PvP scenarios. The wiki has also been updated with all the new block values. Please let me know what you think of this change.

Hunter Additions
Kebbit furs can now be crafted into fashionable clothing. Dark kebbit fur allows you to create gloves of silence that decrease the chance of getting caught when pickpocketing. They come with 500 charges and degrade once fully used. Prickly kebbits no longer only drop kebbit spikes but spotted fur that can be crafted into spotted capes. The smaller versions of kebbit spikes, which are obtained randomly when catching prickly kebbits, can be crafted into spiked vambraces. Those offer slightly higher bonuses than their previous versions. All the new equipment mentioned above can be crafted by using a needle on furs or kebbit spikes obtained from hunting.


Attack Priorities for Single Combat Zones
I've rewritten the way attack priorities work. Generally speaking it was simplified in order to avoid scenarios where you could not attack NPCs or were spammed with "already under attack" messages. You can now always attack any NPC. Who ever is currently attacking you will stop doing so when you select a new target. That simplifies the attack checks and makes it easier for you to pick new targets. The scenario is different in PvP zones though. You can only attack other players that are not attacked by either an NPC or another player. However, a player attacking an NPC is free to choose a new target: either another NPC or a player!

Shoutbox Removal
These features were outdated and also no longer maintained. The shoutbox is not actively used and also mainly contained spam or troll comments. I've decided to no longer support it and remove the feature from the page. You probably already noticed this. I've also placed more Discord links on the forum and main page to ensure people will find our community.

Voting Removal and Daily Rewards
The voting page has been removed. It was not working and also was no longer actively maintained. We've run voting experiments in the past and they yielded no results. You now get a random (voting) box as daily reward for logging into the game. These boxes have also been updated to give you multiple runes on their drop tables for better and also updated reward distributions. Beginner, Adventurer and Veteran boxes gives you with 2-4 items whereas the rare box gives you 4-8 items. Members get an additional 1-2 items per box.

This is an example of a Rare box. You are eligible for receiving a daily reward box when having a total level over 500 and having played at least 30 minutes. This restriction is per user, so you can get them for multiple accounts.

Homepage Adjustments
I've fixed and improved a few elements on the homepage for smaller screen sizes. The look and feel of popup windows (play button, login, payment, etc.) has been improved. They will now try to align properly in the center of your screen. With this change I have also updated scrollbars: made them smaller and gave them a darker color to match the homepage design. The next and previous buttons of the screenshot/video viewbox on the index page are also no longer above popups on mobile phones.

Game fixes / changes:
  • Attack ranges of spears / halberds has received a few adjustments when fighting NPCs and are now also working correctly again in multi combat zones.
  • Loading issues with doors and the shooting star have been fixed.
  • The attack distance of bosses was increased to avoid scenarios where you could safespot them.
  • AFK kicker has been reduced from 15 to 9 minutes. When reaching 9 minutes of being afk the game now force a logout instead of suggesting one. When starting to rest (afk for 3 minutes) the game will also reset all skilling actions to avoid your account being locked to any actions.
  • Items lost to deaths inside of the Giant mole and King black dragon instances will now be dropped outside their respective entrances.
  • An issue with ranged attacks of the Giant mole has been fixed. It will now correctly deal damage in hard mode.
  • Elemental staves and bows now passively apply their elemental effect with a proc chance of 15%.
  • The demon orb special attack can now be activated again once the timer goes below 15 seconds. That makes refreshing the buff and constantly using it easier. You now also gain additional 2 base spell damage when using it with a Demon wand.
  • The out of combat delay timer messages are now correctly shown in the wilderness. You need to be 15 seconds (instead of 5) out of being in combat for most actions inside the wilderness. The message modification has also been applied to the logout timer, 20 seconds instead of 10.
  • The Demon wand now has a special attack that restores 150% of the damage you dealt in prayer points. There's also a unique animation that plays when using the special attack. It's also impossible to use (or waste) special attack energy when using a staff's special attack in melee combat - special attack will just disable itself automatically.
  • An issue with using items on furnaces with specific rotations has been fixed.
  • Crossbow limbs can now be noted.
  • The melee attacks of K'ril Tsutsaroth no longer hit the entire room. They now have their correct attack range of 2 tiles.
  • More poisonous spiders have been added to the Barbarian dungeon. There's now also red spider eggs spawns that can be picked up from the floor.

Engine fixes / changes:
  • There is now a window option for vertical sync.
  • Fullscreen mode is now applied to the monitor where the game is currently running on.
  • An issue with flickering item options on the floor has been fixed. This could occur when moving the camera while hovering over ground items.
  • The textures of guthan's chainskirt have been updated.
  • Text color highlighting code has been improved.
  • An animation issue that resulted in fps drops has been fixed. The reason was rendering a too high animation quality for wheat in Draynor village.
  • The water configurations for 2 oases inside the desert have been improved.

In the next update I'll try to work on further improvements on combat, more specifically the attack speed and power of magic weapons. I'm also planning upgraded Barrow versions with better set effects and the ability to dye them. You can have a look at our current ideas here: https://trello.com/b/QGPVa5en/emps-world

All the best,
Thomy



Fixes for 30th of October:
  • XP lamps can be used again on skills with levels 99 and above.
  • Daily reward boxes are no longer added to every account. You now need a total level of at least 500 and play for 30 minutes in order to receive a box.
  • Multiple people had issues with the game launcher. The problem was caused by starting multiple game instances that would try to update the game. In that scenario they would keep writing to the same file(s) and corrupt them. The newest launcher now locks local files properly and will validate the game client before every launch. If it finds any file corruption or is unable to launch the game it will re-download the game client.

Fixes for 1st of November:
  • Collection log colors have been fixed.
  • Damage blocking has been reverted to its old state for PvE - flat damage reduction for incoming hits. The PvP-only blocking value is still percentage based though and only counts when fighting players.
  • An issue was fixed where NPCs were not attackable. They were stuck in their "returning to original position" state and wouldn't move quickly enough to reset properly.
  • Water in a cellar of Port Phasmatys was fixed.
  • Ice shield and crown received PvP blocking values.
« Last Edit: November 01, 2020, 02:52:28 pm by Thomy »

Offline Lv Persavoz

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So happy with updates Thomy. Good work.
Im a bit sad about Shoutbox ;( Rip  ;D
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