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Rise of Kings State of the Server
June 2015

It's been awhile since we've had an announcement, so I thought now would be the best time to do so. After an extensive talk with Callum and scouring the forums, we've decided a few things that we believe that will best benefit the community as a whole and give the community a more pro-active role in deciding it's future.


The Merge with Acheron

The merge with Acheron has officially been put on the backburner for the benefit of the community. As we have come to realize, the map nor the plugins were as close to being done as we thought, so for now the merge will not be happening anytime soon. We will still be working on it behind the scenes and getting ready for the day when it is ready, however when that day comes we will make sure to ask the community what their take on it is and not just inform them it is happenening. This gives people plenty of time to enjoy Elysion's map while they still wish to play on it and when the players get bored of Elysion, then we can decide to transfer over. Also, if the plugins are done before the map, we may even be able to transfer those in before we actually transfer maps. Only time will tell.

Staff Teams

First things first, even though we aren't going through with the merge, the behaviour and absence of some Staff Team members have been unnaceptable. Staff Team Members are free to have their own opinion and share it on the server as much as they wish to an extent that isn't offensive. However, it is not alright for Staff Team Members to just dissapear when the server is going through an extremely crucial time due to the fact that they don't agree with it. Staff Team Members are expected to do their job for the server, or resign if they do not wish to be a part of the server. A few members of the Staff Teams have resigned since the announcement of the merge, and I respect them greatly for informing the Admins and being responsible with their position. There will be a review of Staff Team by the Admins and if you just 'dissapeared' when you had a responsibility to help the server and just expected to come back and retain your position when everything went through, you will not be holding on to you staff position much longer. For those of you who stayed and did their best efforts to help or at least be there and a part of the conversation during exams and such, I and the other Admins thank you greatly.


Elysion's Future

As of now we're going to do the best we can with the staff teams to better Elysion while we are still on it to help the community have the best possible roleplay experience they can. This means that a lot of places on the map will be rennovated and reimagined to fit the ever growing standard of Minecraft Builds, as Rise of Kings has always prized itself on being at the forefront of architecture in the Roleplay Server Community. Some big changes we can share with you now will be the closing down of Ironton 1.0, the Reformatting/Possible Removal of Borealis, and the complete Rework of Oakdale by our very own Stiller and Ender.


Daily & World Events

As for World Events, we'll be working closely with the Event Team to come up with a whole slew of new Daily Events and World Event Series. We'll be streamlining as much as possible, hopefully being able to get to the point that every Saturday players may get on and expect the next World Event in the Series. To get playes back in the swing of things we also have a few Events planned for the fabled Badlands! Or more commonly referred to as, 'The Desert'. Before talk of the merge we had plenty of Builders up in the Desert working on the area in case of release, and that effort will not go to waste! Our Event Team has been stagnant lately, and that is only partially their fault. Players have been interfering with events that are supposed to be peaceful, so in order to better the experience for everyone, we are implementing a new system that the ET will be following that splits events (World Events excluded) into two categories; Peaceful Events, and Combat Events. In Combat Events, Players can expect a wide variety of PvE as well as rewards based on their efforts in the event. In Peaceful Events, Players can expect no combat and for the event to be completely story driven. However, as we do not wish to limit players in their Roleplay choices, Players can still choose to try and initiate combat in Peaceful Events, but the players that instigate this combat consent to Permadeath for their character. So choose wisely if you wish to interrupt a Peaceful Event!

Rule Changes

From now on the Staff Teams will be put to a Higher Standard than previously to try and put us on par with other Roleplay Servers, so expect changes to guidelines and responsibilities shortly. If you do not wish to be a part of these new staff teams or do not think you can handle it at this time, please inform Callum or myself. We will greatly appreciate the honesty and those few who did their job exceptionally will be the first to be looked at when they are looking to apply again for an open spot. With these resignations that also means we have quite a few openings, so if any player feels like they're up to the challenge don't hesitate to apply!

There will also be Rule Changes for Regular Players, as our Rule Page is extremely Long and convoluted. We will be releasing changes to the Rules and a shortened FAQ page for players who don't wish to go searching through our textbook of a rule page. One such rule change I can give as an example now is GM Power over Combat. If a combat situation gets so out of hand that the two parties get out of control and a GM is called in, that GM's word is absolute on the matter after they hear both sides and get a feel for the conversation. You are allowed to question the ruling and argue your point, however after the GM has decided if he/she feels you are being volatile or not cooperating and continuing roleplay, they reserve the right to issue a 1-2 hour ban, and name the other member of the fight the victor in Roleplay. If some of you think this is unfair, just remember that we are the only community that deosn't force rolling. Giving players that sort of freedom comes with a certain responsibility and GM Moderation. If you can not handle the fact that a GM decides what is considered powergaming or not in a fight, you as a player are more than welcome to start a community petition to get our Combat system changed to DnD style rolling.


Personal Apology

Lastly, I know I've been difficult to work with lately and I haven't been the nicest guy, and I'd just like to say sorry. The stress of trying to do this whole thing has left me less than appreciative of the community and more hostile than usual. I'm Chilled Irishman. I'm supposed to be the Chillest dude in town, but I haven't been, and I'm truly sorry for being that way. I started something that I thought would benefit the server in the end, beause I know there will come a day that you guys will tire of Elysion, just like in the past, and I thought this merge was a good way to jump on that pre-emptively. Change maps before you guys got sick of this one so we didn't have to go through that whole Morthandria fiasco again. Unfortunately, the surprise was ruined, assumptions were made, and people left. If I could go back and do it over I definitely would've done so. I would've told you guys from the beginning and just kept it in the background, have it ready for when you guys were and not forcing it on you all. Now I know better, and that's what we're doing. We're keeping it in the background, and when you guys are ready for a new map and new experience, it'll be there for you guys. I'm sorry, and I hope I can regain my reputation as just another Chill dude.

Nightstalker144 So this is the reason why the server has been so empty, wow this is tragic .... really tragic
◬DragonFTW◬ "You know nothing Ser Marmite."
mrTristen87 For the merge is dark and full of edgies (This shall be an unoffical RoK slogan, similar to that of "A lannister a ...

Rise of Kings Announcement

February 2015

It has been a long time, since our last update. So I bring to you, an announcement to about what has been going on lately in the Rise of Kings server, and community. There is a lot to catch up on, and a lot of plans for the future!

Profession Plugin & more

We have in the past 2 weeks, been able to dig up some old ideas for a profession plugin that was really solid. Together with Kirky, I have been editing with feedback from several members. It is now ready, and we have been searching for a developer, that had the experience with both coding, and RP servers. Now we have finally found one and his name is Noah! Noah has agreed, to make our own custom Profession and Character card plugin, for the mere cost of 300$! This is a really good deal, and we have now made a deal with Noah. However, we have in shortage of funds for this project. Because of this, I call out to all our loyal, and faithful members, to help with the funding of these plugins! Any small amount of money, is greatly appreciated, and will be put to good use! If we even suceed at getting a larger amount then needed, we will be using those, for the next small batch of plugins we have in mind, to all in all make the time on Rise of Kings, more fluid, and enjoyable!

Staff teams

Over the past three months, we have been trying to improve our staff as much as possible! New staff teams has been added, such as the Media Crew now being official, Development Team and several positions inside of the existing ones. The Forum Moderators, have now also been back into use, and are working to update our forums a bit, and throw out the old stuff that is misleading and outdating. We are still, constantly improving the Teams, to create an overall better, and more fluid experience for all of our community! Are you interested in perhaps joining one of our teams? Head over to the forums and look over what is what, and then make an application! Applications has also returned to the traditional system of being on the forums.

Magic

Together with the several members of the community, have we been creating, and writing out a new magic system for RoK. This magic, is now ready for release, and has already been introduced in RP. Over the next weeks, a storyline regarding Magic, will start to explain what it is about. Hopefully, our players will be enjoying this, and if anybody has any feedback regarding to magic, do not hesitate to bring it up on the forums!

Donations

There has recently been made tweaks to some of the current donations. Some has been removed, others edited. We are also in the works of new donation options! Recently, we have added in The Lottery, which allows people to donate a certain amount each month, to win some special reward like another Game, a customized event and a lot more! definitely check this! Also, if anyone has any suggestions for new donation rewards, please feel free to send Either Carl or I a private message giving the details of such.

Winterbane

Winterbane has now officially been closed down again! This is due to the Recently added World-Event Storyline (More info further down). During it's state, it will be heavily updated and re-done, to fit with RP happenings, and give it a nice touch up. When it opens up again, it will have several fleshed out dungeons, npc camps and much more interesting things, for our playerbase to explore and fight! Our Media Crew will be creating a trailer when it's close to release, and we will have several sneakpeeks given out, so that people can see what we are working on!

New Media

We have recently, recruited Riakai, who will from now on, manage our Media stuff like, Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. from now on, these will be updated regularly with news, pictures, sneak peeks and other little nifty stuff! So stay tuned, and go over and like those pages!

Current RP Events

The threat from another plane

Recently, a portal to the Grimal Plane, was opened by several cultists. From this portal, Ann Pendle, recently changed to Vervaine, the wife of Grimal'Tuz, stepped out of. Vervaine, has arrived on Elysion, to cause carnage, and take it over. It is up to the players, to stop her and take back Winterbane! If they don't suceed, what will be the fate of the world as they know it?

Revenge of the Trolls

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Mickeal ◬ Lovely update. I myself am not a fan of magic RP, but the current system seems solid and hopefully will bring some good ...
Jake From State Farm 'The Mere Cost of $300' Yep. Sure. 'Mere'. Regardless, this is awesome and thanks for the update. It's great to see so ...
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