Dear fellow maplers
We are here to discuss the matter of bringing back Maplestory to how it once was. Back when level 70 was an achievement. Back when Zakum and Horntail were the deal and they were done in actual parties. Back when raw power did not depend on your real-life paycheck.
Why are we doing this?
Short answer: We loved the old Maplestory before Big Bang and Potential was introduced and we would like to bring back these times.
We have come to see that a lot of the old Maplestory community would still like to play the game but do not completely agree with the new patches and the way the game has turned out so we are trying to give everybody a new chance. A new chance to experience what we believe was the pinnacle of Maplestory. Even if you did not play back then there is still a chance you would enjoy the old Maplestory.
Now you are probably thinking: But at what point was Maplestory the greatest? In what patch will this glorious, well-thought masterpiece begin the journey of the decade?
Well. We have been talking a lot back and forth, both between the two of us, but also with other players. We have come to the conclusion that the best point to begin the server would be around v62 (GMS patch list)
This is the very patch where the almighty Pirate was released. At this point there both 4th job, Leafre, CWK, a ton of PQ’s, Horntail and Zakum.
Of course this matter is a huge subject of discussion and is bound to change according to what the future playerbase (you, hopefully) thinks.
Where do we plan to cut the line?
We can probably all agree that we are going to cut the line before potential and Big Bang. That means no Dual Bladers, no CZAK and no CHT. (Please look at “Patching”)
Where exactly the patches will stop arriving is up to you. Personally we would like Evan and Aran to accompany us on OMS, but if the playerbase thinks otherwise, this as well is negotiable.
Currently we believe that patches should arrive once every 1 to 2 months depending on the content. This way we will still have something to look forward to instead of having everything the moment we start.
Let us move on to the technical part. We have tried to look into this, but since neither of us is experienced in programming, we are not certain on this part. Some of the things implemented after Big Bang would suit perfectly fine on a pre-BB server. For example: We are very fund of some of the new bosses, such as Chaos Horntail and Chaos Zakum, but also some of the new content updates such as Chryse and 1024x768 resolution (Not the new UI though).
Here comes the tricky part. We do not know how much effort Nexon wants to put into this server. It could either be a copy of GMS/EMS before Big Bang or something different with the best from each region. We do not know if the developers would be able to/want to sort out certain “content” from the patches.
*For example: Implementing the Resistance classes without ever implementing anything else from the Big Bang patch.
*Please note: This is just an example and does not reflect our opinion.
Since the private servers seem to manage patch-editing quite well, we do not see why this would not be possible. But that would require a bit more work from Nexon’s side. This would also require a way to determine what should be implemented and what should be left out. If we get more info on this case we have some ideas for how that is going to work.
We also have to take the client into consideration. Will this server be a SEA, GMS or EMS client or will it be a mix-up or something in its own class? We believe the GMS client would be best suited for an oldschool server since it has a better patch progress than EMS. (EMS got KoC before pirates, therefore no pirate gear shops)
Now you’re probably wondering: Is there any chance of this actually happening?
Yes there is! (Otherwise this would be a significant waste of time)
- Why is this so?
Because this is not the only specimen of its kind. Both Runescape and Ragnarok Online has succeeded in gaining an oldschool server. They both fought to acquire an oldschool server and we plan to do the same!
We also believe there are plenty of supporters out there. We just need to unite them and fight for OMS!
Here is a compilation of some comments gathered from Maplestory videos on Youtube. All of these comments were found in a matter of minutes on 5 different videos. Some of them may be old, but that does not make them any less valid.
How are we planning to make this server come true?
Once we have gathered enough information, suggestions, opinions and signatures we will start producing the final product and ask kindly for the forum mods of the official forums to include it in a report and bringing it one step further into reality. From there we can only hope for the best.
To show the amount of supporters we have created a petition to gather signatures. If you support our cause please sign here.
This is not a petition for a private server of any kind. Our goal is an official server hosted by Nexon. Anything else than that is not something we are striving for since it would be illegal and we have no intentions to play on such a server.
We would like to point out, and we cannot stress this more, that this server will be made and designed for the people who enjoyed Maplestory as it was back in the days. This means that if you like Maplestory as it currently is then this thread might not be suitable for you. If you however still want to support this cause, feel free to do so.
And for the love of Zakum, please stick to constructive criticism. If you have an opinion or wish to share, please provide a reason for your suggestion, criticism or idea. Random flaming and off-topic discussions will not help anybody.
Either way; Thanks for reading and please post your thoughts and suggestions.
FAQ can be found here.