Hello, I'm Sairek, and the first thing you probably already have found out about me is that I am terrible at condensing down text! However, the reason there's always so much text wherever I am, is because I actually love to write! It's my passion and hobby now-a-days.
I've been playing RO for pretty much as long as I can remember; when I was in the young single digits. It was basically my first MMORPG and it's still my favorite one to this day.
Oathkeeper and I met on the official and ill-fated Ragnarok RE:Start server a little over four years ago by now. I guess since then, we both haven't had the classic RO experience we've both been thirsting for (RE:Start certainly wasn't it). I never got to enjoy the original classic game at all, and though I've kept searching since the RE:Start mishap, I still hadn't actually found a server that scratched that "itch". Some came close and there's certainly some great RO servers you can find in RMS, but as far as actual proper classic servers go, there was always some sort of cash shop, constant multi-clienting or using multiple computers causing everyone to party with themselves, had corrupt staff, etc.
Yes, I am a picky guy. How could you tell?
Apparently Oathkeeper was also frustrated. So, since we couldn't find "the" server, Oathkeeper decided to make his own and self-funded it out of pocket. You know, "sometimes the best way to get something done is to do it yourself", and so here we are.
I am the lead tester for the alpha of the server. I am passionate about making this server as enjoyable and fun as it possibly can be. In that regard, I've been been spending multiple hours a day spotting as many bugs as I can and play testing by myself as much as I could. I've talked to every single NPC (I think) to help Oathkeeper correct bad typos or terrible word wrapping or other NPC weirdness, and spotting those that don't belong at all in episode 3.
I've been checking every single warp to fix those that are broken or are misplaced and to omit those that don't belong.
I've been play testing all of the mobs multiple times on multiple classes to make sure their rebalancing feels right.
...And yet, there's still more things for me to test and find before these last few days before the Open Beta Test at the time of me writing this.
In other words – if you find something 'wrong' with the server or spot a bug in the OBT, feel free to yell at me for doing a poor job. I'm the first line of defense, after all. 😄
I won't know how good of a job I've done until the start of the open beta test and official server launch, but I promise everyone that I am devoting my best in making sure that the player experience will be as fun and bug-free as it possibly can be for everyone with as much polish as possible. With all of that said: my views on mob balance is obviously subjective and limited to my own bias; so don't be afraid to provide us feedback on them. I cannot single-handedly balance the mobs by myself, only put them in the right direction (Like how Thara Frogs would randomly yeet people for over 400~500 damage). True balance on the mobs will definitely have to be an on-going community effort.
In terms of my role to the server itself – right now I am acting as the lead tester. After the opening of the server though, I will be volunteering as a Community Manager. This means I won't have godly GM powers to help solve problems for you in-game if something breaks or if someone is being a big-stupid-poopoo head. I will be playing the server as a regular player alongside the rest of everyone else. However I will be moderating these forums, as well as OathRO's Discord server (and to some lesser extent, the game itself I suppose—if I see someone clearly breaking rules, Oathkeeper's gonna know about it).
I will be doing my best to answer questions as best as I can and to help keep the community a clean environment, and if a situation in-game requires GM attention, I will do my best to let Oathkeeper know so the problem can be fixed as soon as possible.
If you managed to read all of that, thank you! And welcome everyone to OathRO!