Hopefully an insight to our thoughts...
We have each played this game for 10 or more years. Like a majority of the feedback appears to be for all servers, we think the game by itself doesn't need much changing to be most enjoyable. We think that balance requires constant involvement keeping things in check. The reasons that RF appeared to be a success to us fall into a few areas.
PVP is the best part of this game! Sure it can be easy to point out how this PVP and targetting system is outdated and buggy but we're stuck with the engine that we have. Sometimes it's really enjoyable because of how simple and straight-forward fights can be and it comes down to char strength, utility, and teamwork.
The only way to get stronger is by upgrading items, getting rare items, or reaching a higher level to use new items. Upgrading(almost of any kind) requires materials obtainable through ore. The ore is generally only attainable through chip war which continuously re-encourages pvp in the game.
Utility has fallen out for some time but it was one of my favorite things. Some people really enjoy playing unique(and less popular) classes. Runes and Charms largely ruined the viability of "middle" pure classes.
Aside from the pvp and gameplay itself, everything else that RF offers is due to it's community. From launch and into the future we will always have the players as our focus and have communication together. We are opening this server so that hopefully there's a decent place to play classic RF.
We believe that the majority of players feel the same way about RF as our staff. Why can't there just be a server that has the plain old game without people screwing it up. People grind, farm, kill rare bosses, and upgrade weapons. The plain game was great and just needs attention to maintain balance. Below we'll address how we plan to achieve this. Everything should be default unless otherwise mentioned on the details page. Below is the concept of of what we're going for.
We think that 55 is probably the best cap for RF online. We know and admit that there's cool content higher than that, maps, shiny items, etc. and we may try to find a way to scale them down or incorporate that content later but it would be far off and currently unlikely.
With a 55 cap people will have access to almost all game-content and most maps will still be relevant for leveling(more areas for legitimate pvp). Most farming would happen in ether, most leveling in VC/BM. We'd need to look into a reason to make OCL desirable outside of the PB. With enough teamwork all major pb's should be doable in 55 gear.
We have removed all runes and charms except silence/aggro gens. We feel like all runes oppress unique class utilities. See details page.
All upgrades will be manual, to achieve this, plenty of materials will be needed. To aide this approach we will make sure ore is plentiful. As the winning race, we want you to have to decide whether you will spend the next 6 hours mining or grinding XP. We do not want the winning race to be able to deplete the ore deposits in 20 minutes and go grind more. We want the winning race to have both options available but not given outright.
HQ and settlement pit bosses will drop talics again like they used to back in the day. This will give a reasonable source for manual upgrades as well as superior armor for players.
Int+4 should be pretty attainable through manual upgrades, +5 probably a lot more rare without lots of failures. Keep in mind, we're not changing success rates of gems.
When we think back to what is primarily agreed on as the best iteration of RF, codemasters, most players were 45-54 range. There were 55's but it took time and effort to achieve. Not every player reached max level, in fact most did not. We don't think max level should be for everyone. It is the max level after all...
We would like to point out that we have consciously made 50+ difficult to achieve. We don't want 90% of the player-base to reach max level and get bored. We remember playing chip wars where all players 40-55 were relevant. There were people in 55 gear that were powerhouses and there were lower level people with decent gear that were able to contribute. Given these points, we'd like the majority of players to hit 50 requiring some effort and activity. We'd like 55 to be for characters that really grinded a lot.
We are not trying to make any profit from this server. We're old now and just want a good place that people can enjoy the game including ourselves. While we don't want to make profit from this, we don't want this to be a charity from us either. The easiest way to handle this is to put all revenue towards costs. If we receive more revenue than what it costs us then that means we can just guarantee the server will be open for the next 12 months, 20months, etc. We'll keep you updated on our costs and how far ahead we are.
We really do not want to have anything pay to win but since we have to ensure some revenue coming in for costs we tried to be careful what would be accessible via Altruism Points and cash shop. We came up with the idea that whatever we allow people to get through cash shop, it should always encourage active playing. Check the details page for more info.
We will always be evaluating what is in the cash shop. We just want you to know what will always be going through our minds when deciding those items.
We will be playing too. You will know who we are. We have all the same rules and confinements as you. We will always be paying attention to the balance of the races. We will always be in communication with the community. Everything we do will be as transparent as possible.