[Discussion] about ROM

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    [Discussion] about ROM

    everyone knows this game is dying because of basic lag issues and no upgrades to the graphics the game is having a hard time competing with newer games so I'm looking for a team that would like to remaster this game but before I do that I would like to start a discussion do you think that remastering this game would bring back the traffic or the popularity do you think maybe the storyline itself is enough to keep the traffic and the game going I have full source code to every version of this game


    my question is do you guys think it's worth taking it to direct x10 and 11 remastering everything and making the game beautiful again you think it's possible to breathe life back into this game before it dies completely or do you think it's just time to let the game die and what we do we can't compete with any of the other games :(
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    i'm live now yay
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    Ultimate Member Drewww is offline
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    Re: this is a question about ROM

    Interesting question and outlook. If ROM was open source then yes, but my opinion is it's owned by RW, they should be the ones bringing life back in to it. Any effort we put in without their consent is ultimately a waste of time. We all know the end of ROM is near. It can surely be refreshed with newer engine and gfx. I would like to see that. There is just something special about making a fully custom set of gear that keeps me playing it. And i think Arcadia is breaking grounds rather well with custom content. Time will tell how far they can go with it, custom LUAs, totally unique Plots, custom maps. At this stage I think they are the only ones able to keep the game alive longer then RW has planned. But IMO Arc are going too far to fast, but then some ppl like that, im just a slow old fart.

    DX 10 or 11 can add some new special effects, but as it is now already special effects kill FPS, not sure if that is issues with file accessing the gfx from the game folders or not (which I tend to think it is) since I can cache the entire game in ram with this pc.

    The game itself is what keeps the game alive, its a very nice game, mismanagement has destroyed a few servers, other server are on an endless path to death cause its admins will not budge from the 10yo concept of how to run the game. P/Servers give players what they want basically, better bang for buck, more game options. Official servers are what is holding it back. If Officials die off then RW will stop too, so putting work in to a project like this might have some reliance on officials picking their game up. Item Shop example (Officials [---] is this big, private item shop is [--------------------------] this big. And Diamonds on officials is [---] this much, privates [-------------------]. Players want more, privates are giving it to them, officials are not.
    Keeping this game alive longer will take more then just some new code. The Developers should be looking at more then just GF to manage the game. Ever wondered how many servers there could be if RW replied to emails about the cost of obtaining the game for commercial purposes, or if they released the basic engine to the public like other games have so the public can develop content for the greater whole.
    I would like to see a positive come of this, but is it too late to try ?...

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    Ultimate Member Turmalin is offline
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    Re: this is a question about ROM

    Nice post, which contains most part of info you need to know.
    Also, simpliest way to improve client would be some fixes to game engine(which would reduce lags and wouldn't waste alot of time).
    But no, I don't think that client improvement would save ROM. Most part of ROM players are old players, new gamers go to another AAA projects.

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    Re: this is a question about ROM

    OK I understand what you guys are saying

    but from my point of view I still believe it is possible to bring RoM back to life and give it a new feel I also believe that would be very easy to attract new players with new content and gear I have the ability to make gear and new maps and more if the retail servers do die I still do not think the game will die the game is amazing and the storyline is amazing and believe it or not I have contacts at the company and have told me once the game dies I can do whatever I want with it

    Kitty at runewaker employee of the company has told me personally the game is dying and they do not have the capability to save it cuz I have too many projects so they're going to let it die

    however I do not think the game should ever go open source that is really bad for games but I do believe me and my team can bring life back to this game I see the none of you are optimistic and ever think outside of the box you think that the retail servers Die the game itself will die when people like me have everything they need to continue the storyline and can and will do it

    as long as someone have a server up for this game this game will never die
    however I've already started building the new engine and have the game running in direct x 11
    my frames have already dropped from 50 to 120

    i'm live now yay
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    Ultimate Member Turmalin is offline
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    Re: this is a question about ROM

    Yes, game is nice and, for ex., I have alot of good moments with it(met nice people, got start with programming and alot of my current knowledges are based on ROM development), but, for ex., I got bored of game process and now only help with server sometimes to those one, who ask about it.
    As for game reborn, you would need good game designer, not reworked engine. As I already say, it wouldn't help much, but designer can help you with new interesting(!) content. Biggest ROM problem on current moment is that new content isn't much diff from old - you got encreased stats, 2 dungeons with ~ same game mechanic and new mini-game once at year. This's biggest game problem(biggest, but not the only one, ofc.).
    From programmer side you can only realise new ideas of game designer and optimize client(less lags, less memory usage, less angry ppl). Also, you can try to fix those memory consumtion of zone.exe.
    If you would need help, I can try to make some code-parts on tasks if would have time and would wanna to do it. BTW, you know my skype, so you can write me.

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    Re: this is a question about ROM

    @theDomo
    I'm interesting in what you do to improve fps of the game.
    Can we talk more?

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    Re: this is a question about ROM

    I spent days analysing that code and I must say I am disgusted with it.

    The whole thing looks like a pile of crap. You cannot refactor it easily because there are no tests (or maybe no one bothered to publish those...). The only decent looking code is inside Rune Engine or belongs to 3rd party libraries.

    I just can't stop wondering why they even bothered with creating classes, since most of them are singletons with static methods anyway... Sometimes I get an impression that some student by pure luck managed to write working piece of code and other people were mindlessly copying it around - LUA scripts is worst example, same chunks of code copied 10 times in different files - why? Human done obfuscation...? Drugs? A lot of test code around, commented out chunks, some weird leftovers... They could not even keep their opcodes unique!

    Client side-only verification, race conditions, heartbleed like problems, sql injection vulnerabilities... There are so many things that need fixing first before even trying to introduce something new...

    As for reducing memory footprint for zone.exe, the simplest thing would be to unpack fdb files and organize extracted data in a way that can be easily mmaped into a process address space (though if you want to mmap more than 4GB, you need to make your process 64bit), this may cause some latency problems just after startup, but you can just fill operating system buffers by reading data (warm up). Advantage of that solution is that all processes will be using same chunk of physical memory for static data and if memory gets tight OS should be able to evict pages that are not used, since they are backed by persistent storage.

    Also it would be interesting to try have two processes serving game, one responsible for managing player data and network communication, and the other one for rendering and UI. If the latter crashes, it could be respawned quickly without disconnecting user from the server... though I find games not crashing at all more pleasant...

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    Ultimate Member Turmalin is offline
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    Re: this is a question about ROM

    Nice post, nice ideas.

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    Re: [Discussion] about ROM

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    Re: [Discussion] about ROM

    Remastering would make this game awesome again.
    The game itself is very good, i played many other mmo's after Runes. But never gave me the same feeling of wanting to return to the world of the game. Runes of magic is a world where you want to come back to, must be the magic in the name ;-)

    I am no coder or anything so i would be of no use to a remaster, but for discussion.. i would say yes.. this game should be DX11 with some nice shaders, new textures on the world, maybe speedtree if possible, maybe its possible to do something with the source and Cryengine even? And make the game more sandbox style as well?

    Sign me up if you need to retype quest texts and all :-)

    Dont touch the music tho XD



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