Before I go deeper into this topic, Ima tell my experience I had with Elaria Woon RO so far. And yeh, I dont mind writing long stuff, have fun reading
Right ahead, the usual tl;dr:
On a search lookout accidently found this topic, but I've read through it. Must admit it makes me really sad to see how parts of the RO community developed over the years and some aspects became even worse. Elaria is an excellent server imo, period.
It was back in November 2016, when a friend and me decided out of the sudden, "screw League of Legends, lets give RO again a try!". We both play this game together since 2005 and always appeared on serveral servers here and there over the years. On our first peek in the search for a server we directly found an entry Elaria being advertised.
Usually, we determine our choice of joining or not over these criterias:
-> Q: What are the server's settings/stats/whatsoever? Do they fit with what we are used to play?
-> Q: How is the website / forum designed? Does it show dedication or is it just a copypaste Frontend / InvisionBoard?
-> Q: How is the population? Is it at least 50+ (room for growing, remembers me to VisionRO) or is there no point because its 20+, 18 autovends?
-> Q: Donation level? Paytowin or stuff gainable by normal means?
-> Q: Why this server and not the server listed above/below? Is there something noteworthy we want to see?
In addition, Im an old Woonie from back 2014 as well. Seeing and knowing Nihad's name and his good reputation of getting things done.
So yeah. Elaria went also to our "precheck" and passed. Settings were on point! And I remember me telling Malte on Skype "dude, this website is awesome. Rarely see such a good sorted and designed page. If theres love in it, its also in the server." (basically, that alone already earned bonus points).
Man, other servers doesn't even have a website that's as pretty as Elaria's. With just that, you'll know that the developers are really into it.
Also the donation level looked absolutely mannered and not exaggerated, so yeh. Passed. What took our interest was the instance/player soul system, because I can remember about something like this on ImmortalRO 7 years ago, and hell I loved it. So we waited till opening to join the server.
I clearly remember my first encounter with Daifuku on the server during the first 3 days. I asked over PM about the donation system and how to use it, and the reply surprised and impressed me really. "Whywanna donate? D: Heh, if you are in need of Amber pearls, heck, wait. Ima start an event for the community, maybe you get lucky!" So basically, instead of grabbing my cash on the go (and hell, she could), she became the first admin Ive met so far who "refused" and instead just hosted an event. Lol. No better proof for me to get confirmed why this server. It simply doesnt want to be pay-to-win. Donations are welcome, but not needed or begged for.
In the end, I donated a bit few weeks later anyway, because I wanted to reward it for my conviction about this server. (btw, isnt that the original intention donations were "invented" for?)
I don't see how you fail to realize that Elaria is run more for the passion than the money. I mean they only had aesthetic donations for like majority of the time and switched to adding more donates after the community requested for it.
Yeh. What also impressed me a lot was the way players were included in almost every decision about changing/implementing stuff. If there was an idea or a suggestion of change, go for the forums, open a topic and let people discuss it. If majority was for it, it got implemented/changed. I have seen servers being runned by the ideas of the admins only (RaijeRO), I have seen compromisses (CadoRO), but I haven't experienced a server fully community driven like this yet. Democracy. Hell, yeah. And I love it.
@topicstarter: People will always moan if they are in the minority and lost a vote. But do you leave your home and country because your favorite party wasnt elected? (oke, according to whats going on in USA with Trump, uhm.... xD but thats OT). Accept it as it is, or go your way, RO always has been like this. Nobody forces you to stay. Midrates those days allow people to actually leave, because its so fkin easy to reproduce progress on another server. So whats your reason of this tread here?
The community I have encountered so far is 85% non toxic and friendly. Sure, there is some drama (who doesnt love it?) sure there is the usual WoE-Aftershowparty (trashtalk), but after over 10 years of RO? Gettin used to it. Btw on that "community" thingy: A few days ago me and my guildies were talking a bit about Daifuku and we came to the conclusion: While Nihad is doing the technical stuff (cauz he is amazing at it), Daifuku takes care about the community itself. The way she is talking / interacting with the players, dealing with drama, dealing with problems or dealing with douchebags. Reading here that she is working to improve the community of another server? I am not surprised. She is simply excellent at it. Daifuku, Pleahse, do it! Because you fight against the waves of flaming/ranting/ spoon fed kids who are just too lazy to socialise / put effords in a free game.
People tend to not understand you help each other in RO Scene, while they commonly abandon good servers people put their hearts into to play on a 0815 money making server.
^ this. RO is a dying game. Instead of this tread there should be more love between servers and collaboration going on (like Daifu did with Nihad, does with that other server) to create what this whole was made for: "RO EXPERIENCE". And do you know for who it is? For us. We get it. For free. We dont even need to pay for it. Did you all forgot about this already? :/
I have been a server administrator myself, also with the intention to add something new to the big pot of ideas. Back in 2012, it was BitRO, a try to create a no-rebirth Server (like Sarah Server today doing successfully). Why it died? Because people didnt differ between "true love for an idea/ RO" and "Oh I wanna become a server owner and make cash". I sacrificed a lot for this idea and saw it dying, so I know what Im talking about. It made me sad that time, that people dont work together on ideas to push out something outstanding, and instead fight a concurrence over numbers of players. And it just makes me sad, that nothing changed since back then.
Okay, all stories should come to an end, so does mine. ElariaWoonRO is worth it and I believe in its future.
Wont simply leave because of hard times, and I have my reasons for that. If ElariaWoon would do fishy things, that would be something else, but they don't. The Admins do their best that we lousy unthankful players can spend hours over night to make friends and pvp woe or whatever s*** you do in RO. FOR FREE
. Fks sake. Be thankful. Or go play CS GO.