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Ragnarok - 18+ (HEAVY (E)RP, LIGHT PVP)
Opening on December 7, 2018
Auto-level to 60
Accelerated XP and Resource rates until January 1, 2018
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Theme of our Server
It doesn’t matter how you got here. No difference as to the reasons why. Whether born in these cursed lands, banished here at the whim of others, or carried to the sands by your own two feet for some unknown cause, the end result is now the same; you are trapped.

Trapped in life and death. There is no escape. Trapped in a magical prison where the gods literally walk among us, crushing mere mortals beneath their feet. Trapped with fellow prisoners who would eat the flesh from your bones to end the hunger gnawing at their stomachs. Trapped behind a mysterious bubble filled with monstrous beasts that exist no where else in the world.

Trapped.

Noticing a theme?

There are talking stones located throughout the Exiled Lands that tell a story of war between two races. Of refugees fleeing their home and becoming the servants of those who created the Nameless City and the magical barrier surrounding this land. That may very well be a true story. Or not. The victors of wars and conflicts write history from their perspectives. Judging by the ruins scattered about these Exiled Lands, there were no victors.

There is also no sense of time. No means to put the events that unfolded here into perspective. Is the prison the same as it once was or has it become something else? Changed? A Venus flytrap waiting for more mortal souls to slip inside? A forgotten pitfall that hungers for an unwary step? A proving ground created by the gods? Or perhaps those Otherworldly beings simply enjoy watching their captives struggle, feeding off the emotions that most closely match their pantheon.

You can try to figure it out. Or you can accept that it just doesn’t matter.

You’re here now.

Forevermore.


Basic Info
Ragnarok is a new RP-focused server that seeks to maximize character options, automate administrative features as much as possible, and create a setting which embraces foundations of RE Howard's work. Our server utilizes the Age of Calamitous mod for increase variety of building and character appearances. We also utilize mods and lore to incorporate werewolves, vampires, and two racial options; elven and vanghoul subspecies of humans. This is not a high fantasy setting. Its the gritty, dark and violent world of Conan. Elves and Vanghouls are twisted variants of humans who were born in the Exiled Lands and exist nowhere else.

Please note: werewolf, vampire, elf and vanghoul races are purely cosmetic and roleplay flavoring options. No stat bonuses or special abilities are in place at this time.

We are using a 40-slot server with dedicated CPU processing hosted by GTXGaming. Should average player activity reach the 30+ mark, we will shift to a dedicated stand-alone box through the same host.

There will be no wipes and the mods currently in place are solid. We may consider new mods in the future if something is released by the amazing modding community, but at this time we have extensively reviewed all currently available mods and focused on the nine listed below. In other words, what we're using may be added to, but not removed from, so its safe to build without fear of wipes or loss of your hard earned efforts.

  • Name of Server: Ragnarok - 18+ (HEAVY (E)RP, LIGHT PVP)
  • PVE or PVP? PVP - RP Focused.
  • Age Restrictions: 18+
  • Location of Server: NA - New York City
  • Max capacity of server: 40.
  • Discord Server: https://discord.gg/MXg7vME
  • Password or open: Passworded. Connect to our discord to receive access. No application.

Server Settings
The following server settings will be in place until January 1, 2019.
  • XP rate: 8x
  • Gathering Rate: 8x
  • Day/Night Ratio: 2:1
  • Hunger/Thirst settings: Low hunger, moderate thirst.
  • Drop Equipment on Death: No
  • God Avatars Enabled: No
  • Containers Ignore Ownership: Yes
  • The Purge Activated: Not until mid-January, 2019.
  • Peak Play Times: TBD

Mods
Does the Server use Mods? Yes
We are using mods that allow for multiple character and building options. Please see our discord in regard to how we are utilizing the Age of Calamitous mod, as well as Warrior Mutator's werewolf 'skins'.

Steam Collection Link: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1573706431

  1. Pippi - v2.1.8 - https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=880454836
  2. Age of Calamitous - https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1113901982
  3. Exiled_lands_improved - https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1456186728
  4. Conan Sexiles - https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1206493209
  5. Aquilonian Females - https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1417350098
  6. Primal Armors - https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1427509507&searchtext=
  7. Fashionist - https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1159180273
  8. WARRIOR Mutator - https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1402835318
  9. SlaverMod1.07 - https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1386982683

Administration:
  • Is there an application to join the server? No. Agreement to our rules in Discord grants you access to the password.
  • Server Lore:
    - RE Howard / Established Conan Lore.
    - Modification of Age of Calamitous factions to fit our server setting.
    - Inclusion of Xotil via Exiled_lands_improved mod.
    - Inclusion of werewolves based upon Jhebbal Sag Grove presence (we have a werewolf pack system).
    - Inclusion of Vampires based on existing Conan Lore with our own twist on it.
    - And finally, Elven and Vanghoul (orcs) races using Age of Calamitous and our own lore based on low fantasy setting.
  • Server Ruleset:
    - Direct link to our Ruleset via Discord: https://discord.gg/8SNUGVH
    - Focus is on facilitating RP, keeping the server performance healthy, and respect for fellow players.
    - PVP allowed. No griefing or KoS. PVP is not the server's focus.
An old man up in the mountains named Jon.
Server owner: 18+ (HEAVY (E)RP, LIGHT PVP)
Our Discord: https://discord.gg/MXg7vME
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Posted Dec 5, 18 · OP · Last edited Dec 5, 18
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Torkie's Take
There’s an old man who was born in these lands named Torkie. He’s seen everything. Watched babies born with pointed ears and glowing eyes. Noticed that the moon’s always full and the seasons never change. Hell, old Torkie’s probably been around since the Lemurian’s fell and Atlantis took the deep dive. So naturally, a fella like Torkie’s got some ideas about the Exiled Lands. He might be right or he could be dead wrong. Either way, here’s Torkie’s take on things:
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“The world ended before. Did ya know that? Its all in cycles, ya see. Sun comes up. Sun goes down. Same with civilizations. Same with life in the world. In my old home land we called it Ragnarok. The End. That’s, the BIG End to end all ends. But I don’t think it’s a final ending. More like a new beginning. Then again, I always think my mead-horn is half full. "

“Damn near every race, civilization and religion has a story about the End. Different names. Different causes. Always the same result. The End. Same thing with an afterlife. Some folks think you’ll go to some kinda paradise if you’re a good person, according to their culture. Or there’s a bad place for bad folks. You wanna know what I think? I think we’re stuck somewhere in between.”

“You heard me. We might not be dead, but this sure as hell ain’t life. Go jump off a cliff and come back to me when you wake up still trapped here. Over and over again. I heard stories about folks who died here and didn’t come back. Its my belief that we’re in some kinda Gray, neither dead nor alive. Waitin for the Gods to figure out where we belong. So think on that before ya do something stupid to a fellow prisoner. Might very well be that the next time you die, it’ll be in eternal misery that ya wake up instead of out in those sands.”

An old man up in the mountains named Jon.
Server owner: 18+ (HEAVY (E)RP, LIGHT PVP)
Our Discord: https://discord.gg/MXg7vME
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Tediousness vs. Convenience in RP
The primary purpose of our server is role-play. Our staff has played on a wide variety of servers and noticed a few trends over the years. Some servers limit the amount of convenience options for transportation around the map, making you walk your happy ass all the way from one side of the world to the other.

Others don't impose any limits at all, warping you all over the place in a low-fantasy setting.

Chef don't judge. Everyone's got their own philosophy on things. Here's ours:

We wanted our transportation system to make sense, allow for ease of access so players on opposite sides of the map could quickly reach each other and....role-play. But done in a manner that was fitting with the setting. Our solution: trade caravans.

You'll start the game at Wayrest. A very small trade post with a tavern and some merchants. We've configured it so you'll end up there rather than the desert upon death. You can also reach it using /warp ooc (our only /warp command).

There's a Caravan Master just outside the Wayrest Inn. Friendly fellow that offers you the option to catch a ride with his caravan as it treks through various trade routes. You chat with him and pick where you want to go. Right now we have the following caravan warps in place:

  1. Caravan - South Relic City
  2. Caravan - Central Oasis
  3. Caravan - Telith's Island
  4. Caravan - Northern Bridge (of the Betrayer)
  5. Caravan - Wayrest
  6. Caravan - Sentinels
  7. Caravan - Buccaneer Bay
  8. Caravan - Jungle SE
  9. Caravan - Volcano/Teeth

But don't worry. Once you've arrived, there's a friendly face (and a few merchants that came along for the ride), waiting for you at the destination. The Caravan Master's right there, ready to take you elsewhere.

Our hope is that Wayrest becomes a social and trade hub. Its not a city, town, or even a village. Its a single building with some tents around it (so the lag is null). Have a drink. Sell/buy some wares. Connect with your fellow Exiled. The trade-route network will also, hopefully, help facilitate player-built outposts and villages of their own. Its easier to reach someone when all you have to do is catch a ride (after simply /warp ooc gets you to Wayrest).

Safe travels, Exiled.
An old man up in the mountains named Jon.
Server owner: 18+ (HEAVY (E)RP, LIGHT PVP)
Our Discord: https://discord.gg/MXg7vME
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Cities, Villages, Hamlets, Camps and Castles

So we've done things a little differently. There's a server setting that dictates how close you can build to another person or clan. We've set that to the lowest distance possible. I think its around 5 foundations distance-wise. Why? To make villages and smaller settlements possible.

One thing that's bugged me is the inability of a player to build a home near others. That's how villages start. Its an organic process. Bob the Builder sets up his smithy. Jane the Amazon likes Bob well enough, but doesn't want to clan-up with him. So she sets up her armory right next door. Taint' neither one of them that can cook worth a damn, so here comes Alton Brown, supercook, to the rescue. Now you've got three folks, unclanned, each operating independently, in the same close proximity. That's the start of a village right there.

Please note: We're aware that this DOES open up build-griefing, where someone builds really close to someone else and ends up limiting where the first settler can expand. That's why our staff team is here. To help mediate situations like this. Its our deepest hope that the community self-regulates situations like that and can work together. The opportunity to organically form small trade centers, villages and hamlets outweighs our concern of build-griefing but I wanted to make it clear its something we discussed.

We've all seen folks who love to build. Hell, I love to build. Sometimes people have a tendency to get...carried away. You know what I'm talking about; one character in a big ass castle. They might have the intention of forming up a clan, so they think they need a structure(s) that large. We're hoping to keep the builds "realistic". Our recommendation: start small with only what you need and expand when and if your clan grows.

Single-owner castles are a topic that's been beaten to death in the RP community. On our server, we're trying to give you the tools to build small in style.
An old man up in the mountains named Jon.
Server owner: 18+ (HEAVY (E)RP, LIGHT PVP)
Our Discord: https://discord.gg/MXg7vME
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Server and Community Longevity
We've all seen servers come and go. Servers with an amazing staff, solid lore and rules, or both. Some start really slowly and build up a community of players over time. Other's get an injection right from the start. As I write this post, we've literally just opened our discord so there's only a few friends that popped in to help give feedback, and our admin team. Don't let that set your judgement. Focus on the amount of effort and thought that's gone into what we've provided thus far.

Servers die for many, many reasons; the owner shifts gears and goes to play something else, or the modlist isn't agreeable to enough players, or drama explodes and wrecks the trust and friendships that developed. At Ragnarok, we've set things up to minimize the risk of burnout.

- Player Plots: I've seen servers that asked too much of their admin team. Between various admin duties and trying to run various server-wide plots, there isn't much time left for the player to actually role-play. So we're going to emphasize and reward players who take it upon themselves to stimulate RP for our community. In other words, our admin team WILL run various server-wide plots, but at the same time, we want to facilitate and reward players who step up and lead RP events for their fellow Exiles. Community supporting community.

- Automation: Our admins are here to help players, facilitate RP, and, perhaps most importantly, enjoy themselves. So we're using the amazing tools provided by the Pippi team to automate as many tasks as possible. You don't need to wait for an admin to be online to get a boost to level 60. We're working on setting up a slave trader thespian so you can trade in a T4 thrall for another T4 thrall (ones that don't spawn, such as Purge-only named thralls). We've got transportation around the map done. We've got starter /kit options to get you going. Future plans for automated fight-pits are in place. Many more will follow.

- Easy Lore: We've set up our lore to be pretty damn accomidating to a wide variety of character concepts, if I do say so myself. You can be born in these Exiled Lands, arrive here of your own volition, or be banished here by someone else for whatever reason. We've got options galore in appearance and you can even play a werewolf, vampire, elf or vanghoul (see our lore for details). While there IS an underlying server plotline that ties everything together, things have been set up to inspire our players to play what they want, so long as it makes sense for the Conan setting. You don't need a degree in Robert Ervin Howard to jump into our server and have a good time.

- Server Durance and Wipes: Not going to be doing wipes. We've got backups if there's a significant database corruption issue. We're not planning to remove any of our current mods, unless something really messed up happens from a game client update. Even if we migrate to a stand-alone server, we'll move the existing DB over to the new one. I'm very happy with our host, GTX Gaming and have a solid background in the IT field. We'll make this work.

So what we're trying to get at here is this: we set this server up, mechanics-wise and lore-wise, to operate for the long haul by avoiding many of the issues that have caused good servers to die in the past. Its safe to build in our server. Its safe to put effort and work into a character on our server. We're here to facilitate, not dictate or get in your way. Everything's been geared towards community support, longevity, and...gasp....fun!
An old man up in the mountains named Jon.
Server owner: 18+ (HEAVY (E)RP, LIGHT PVP)
Our Discord: https://discord.gg/MXg7vME
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Non-Standard Races
The Ragnarok Server offers the following non-human character options:

  • -Elves
  • -Vanghoul (orcs)
  • -Werewolves
  • -Vampires

These options are included herein to add greater diversity to the server's population. No mechanical differences exist between a "normal" human and any of the supernatural characters. No stat bonuses or the like. They are purely cosmetic and RP-flavoring.

While we have restricted the number of werewolf characters allowed on the map at any given time, we're not going to incorporate a lengthy interview process or anything of that nature. Our werewolf system features methods of self-regulation and player management.


Vanghoul and Elves
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  • There are no limits to the number of vanghouls and elves allowed on the server.
  • These are two sub-races of human. The only in-character requirement for these races is appearance and background.
  • Both races must incorporate pointed ears, glowing eyes, or both in order to make the readily identifiable.
  • Vanghoul typically have green, grey or black skin. Its not a requirement.
  • Elves may have any skin color and generally have brighter hair colors. They must have pointed ears.
  • Both races are found only here in the Exiled Lands and are the result of a child born herein. They do not exist outside the Exiled Lands.
  • Since they must be born here, you character's background must reflect such.
  • Elves are generally considered to be more graceful and beautiful. They are a favorite among slavers to be captured as pleasure slaves or dancers.
  • Vanghoiul are generally considered to be more muscular and brutish. They frequently find work as guards or join raider bands.
  • Inter-breeding between the two races DOES NOT work, so we don't allow half-elf, half-orc hybrids.
  • You do NOT have to belong to the Elven Covenant or the Vanghoul Order to play either race. We use the factions merely for the armor/building matts/items/weapons each offers.

Please note: This is not a high-fantasy setting. Playing an elf or a vanghoul should still be focused upon the Conan universe's mood and atmosphere.
An old man up in the mountains named Jon.
Server owner: 18+ (HEAVY (E)RP, LIGHT PVP)
Our Discord: https://discord.gg/MXg7vME
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Just a quick update: We officially opened our doors this morning and have launched! Hop into our discord and have a look around to see if we might be the home you're looking for.
An old man up in the mountains named Jon.
Server owner: 18+ (HEAVY (E)RP, LIGHT PVP)
Our Discord: https://discord.gg/MXg7vME
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I'm very happy (and relieved) to announce that our server made it through the Conan update today without any loss of data. It was touch and go there for a bit as we were seeing some fatal errors, but the matter has been resolved and we're live without any issues. Whew.
An old man up in the mountains named Jon.
Server owner: 18+ (HEAVY (E)RP, LIGHT PVP)
Our Discord: https://discord.gg/MXg7vME
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