Allods 2: “Tangar’s hat” (Rage of Mages 2 server, 2019)

We are welcome you to join to our discord-channel!

Hat’s features:

  • New classes. In addition to the traditional warrior (52 50 48 46) and mage (48 46 52 50), you can play as witch and amazon. The witch (43 58 65 50) has a large DPS, but she has fewer hitpoints than the mage; amazon (48 52 52 52) is more resistant to magic than a warrior.
  • Rebalance of gameplay progress: mage – “glass gun” with AoE; warrior – tenacious focus-damage with very expensive scrolls;
  • Balance: body +1 (warrior) / body +3 (mage); at the same time quest items are not imbalance and are quite competitive in PvP with store-fullset; later on balance would become b+4 / b+6 – when would be introduced new ‘tier’ maps.
  • The maximum level of each skill is 110. In addition to the leveling fan, this makes permadeath are not so tough, because you can quickly pump in the main skill without fear of overgrowth (see the next paragraph) and return to the end-game content;
  • The restriction on entry to maps of low difficulty is disabled. For example, you can enter a character with skill 110 on the map lvl “easy”; skill overgrowth is no longer a problem;
  • Permadeath mode — if a character dies, he loses a lot of experience (exept quest-maps, where is penalty is lower). Actually, this is a kinda ‘HardCore’ mode from Diablo 2-3, when you die you lose character; in our case everything is much softer — you still have some exp; all money, spells, used stat potions and, if you can pick them up… your goods!
  • PvP is allowed only at the T2+ quest-maps without any restrictions; on other maps – is prohibited by software and rules;
  • Spells rebalance. The player’s progress in terms of spells and scrolls is completely changed: realized gradual vertical progress of the mage’s leveling – each spell is a kind of step similar to the steps of a warrior (steel-mithril-adamant-meteorite-crystal);
  • Changed the resistance of monsters; in particular, increased resistance to magic for trolls, ogres, and dragons;
  • Staves removed from stores; they can only be knocked out from monsters or obtained as a reward for quest in a tavern;
  • Redundant taverns have been removed from maps of medium and hard level (stat potions is accessible only from dragons, not by mail-quests in tavern);
  • Rebalanced (and now works!) health potions; treated three times weaker than vanilla;
  • Some spells have changed parameters; for example, lightning now deals a wider range of damage, and fire always burns about the same;
  • Your character starts the game naked, with only one weapon (or staff) in hands; the mage initially does not even have a magical shield, it must be bought;
  • Registration to the hat goes with the verification of the account by phone through the gmail account; this makes possible to ensure that violators of the rules are not able to easily create new accounts;
  • There are five servers on the hat; one for each difficulty (to concentrate the community) and numerous of quest maps; explaination for beginners: at each difficulty level there are several different maps that change periodically;
  • Mainly vanilla (1999 year!) maps are on the hat; however, they are rebalanced under permadeath. In total, there are about two dozen maps in rotation – the vast majority of them are classic maps ”from the original RoM2 disk”;
  • All maps have been redone; bugs, vulnerabilities, dishonest spots are closed on them (for example, gaps which allowed to beat trolls and ogres from inaccessible places are closed);
  • Added new areas, monsters and terrain elements. For the “easy” maps the priority is placed on small-sized maps (so as not to “smear” the population of beginners in large spaces).
  • Unique balance of quest maps created by Nikolai aka Juggernaut;
  • For quests in taverns there is many rewards (money, objects, etc), but no experience; this makes game progress more balanced and close to the original singleplayer balance RoM2;
  • For the server is used one of the latest ZZYZX‘s assemblies with applied patches to fix bugs, vision and so on;
  • Market added (click to expand)

    At a ”hard” lvl maps a market has been added – based on the central Middle store (meteor). Market – these are three stores with a divided assortment. Nothing essentially changes, except that it takes less time to sit in this store. There was a comment in the discord: ”why it is needed, the more difficult the better…” etc. I answer: complexity is needed where skill is in battle. But the number of tedious moments in the game needs to be reduced, there’s no need many skill to sit out pants in the shop. Another thing is that remains rare combinations of things with body with other parameters, so that shop-fishing in dangerous stores remains relevant;

  • Constant rebalance of the game (click to expand)

    Explain the concept – if something is too popular, then the players (they are always smart and choose what is best) – find it more attractive and it needs to be nerfed. Thus, there must be an eternal, never-ending rebalance of the game – here the warrior is corrected, here the mage, there are mobs, there are objects, there are spells and so on to infinity. Try to look at the game not as a player who seeks profit, but as a person who wants to make the game better and more interesting. For example, in terms of monsters – the sense of rebalance is that there is no giant gap between the mobs. So that the player had the task to choose where to go. The more alternatives – the better. When the gameplay comes down to farming one type of creature, this requires rebalance. Before dragons were killed only with scrolls of hail. It is not right. There must be diversity, so now they have a high resistance to it. Everything that is introduced is negotiable. Test and make suggestions in discord;

  • “Raid” end-game content (click to expand)

    On quest-maps of Hat is always there are places, which is almost impossible to clean (well, that is, you need at least 5 skill players). There is a very rare treasure. A place like this on a hat is such a smaaaaal nut that no one has yet been able to crack. Well, if you suddenly clean it the same way – another nut will be added, even more tough and interesting. In essence, this system is similar to WoW raids – so that there is always end game content that no one has reached; it brings purpose to the game;

  • Fair play – a special system of rules; all are equal on the hat, no ”gifts’, no cheating; and there is no pay-2-win: for donate you can’t get anything in the game.

Hat sources
https://github.com/igroglaz/a2mgr — client
https://github.com/igroglaz/srvmgr —server
https://github.com/igroglaz/redhat — hat
https://github.com/igroglaz/a2mgr_rom2me — editor

https://github.com/igroglaz/rom2maps — maps and constructor of data
https://github.com/serg-bloim/a2env/releases/tag/a2win7_v1 – dev enviroment (hat+server+sources+IDE)
https://github.com/igroglaz/a2-tools – tool to work with resource files
http://tangar.info/allods2/zapusk-servera-heta-v-allody-2 — guide how launch a hat (in Russian, use google translate)

We invite everyone to work together; some features of the hat’s game design are presented in the hat draft-documentation.

Please, support hat with donation 🙂

How to start playing:
0) caferully read the rules;
1) register by filling out the form;
2) install RoM2 client (download);
Attention! The entire singleplayer campaign was cut from our client. If you want to go through the plot of the game – I recommend to buy the game from GOG.
3) launch the game;
4) choose “Server” (globe) -> Softcore (PvE)
5) enter login – it is your gmail address in which all points, pluses, dashes are converted to underscores, for example:
for samrom2@gmail.com – the login will be: samrom2
for sam.rom2@gmail.com – the login will be: samrom2
for sam-rom2@gmail.com – the login will be: samrom2
6) the password is ID, which you entered in the registration form

Please note that account registration take up to 24 hours and be patient.

To play with music – download it and put to the game folder.

For those who want to increase the fps of the game, put ddwrapper in the folder with RoM2. Note that in this case the map editor will stop working for you; so if you want to use ddwrapper – duplicate the RoM2 folder with the editor.

If you have a problem with Windows 10, try the following:

1. if the game displays purple, then after installing the patch:
– download DXwnd and unzip the folder from the archive anywhere
– open Dxwnd.exe; click RMB on an empty space and select ‘Add’
– select the Rage of Mages 2 executable file (rom2.exe)
– the game icon appears – can be launched by dxwnd
2. If this does not help to start the game:
Download and unzip to the folder with RoM2 ddraw
3) if it does not help, play only through the virtual machine. Download VirtualBox or any other emulator and install Windows 7 on it 🙂 RoM2 is not gluttonous game, it flies on the virtual machine really fast.

Hat team
Maps, game design: GM Nikolai
Development: WarBeginner, serg.bloim, Zhuxus, Giperborey
Community: be_my_father

Acknowledgments
Hat works on an assembly created by Exciton and ZZYZX; Thanks to Anotomix for helping with the initial hat setup, and thanks for helping with the launch of ZZYZX, Nikolai, WarBeginner, ILIUS, Zhuxus, Chariot and all alloders!

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