Warhammer Online rogue server Return of Reckoning is getting Twitch drops, no kidding

    
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I can’t think of a whole lot of rogue servers or player-run emulators that make the leap to Twitch drops, but Return of Reckoning, the player-run Warhammer Online megalith, is doing just that, with an account system that will now allow players to link their game accounts to their Twitch accounts and then watch affiliated streamers for their drops.

“Enabling Twitch Drops is a new milestone for us, it does not help the server in any financial way (to clear that out),” the devs explain. “But for months, we’ve been checking how we can support the streamers who spend hours and days broadcasting the gameplay, supporting the player-base and somehow promoting the server. This was how, by giving players an incentive to check streamers, watch and appreciate them while also benefiting from the rewards.”

The perks drop as gamers are watching streamers over time, randomly and cumulatively, and they include dyes, gold, renown potions, liniment crates, pets, unique mounts, crafting boxes, talisman boxes, and even quest chains – seriously.

“The big quest chain intends to group the streamer with the players watching him. The streamer will receive a key that will allow the viewers to proceed with that quest. This effort has been made to bring the community closer to its streamers.”

The first, and presumably not the last, such Twitch drop event is this weekend, running Friday, July 31st, through Monday, August 3rd.

Source: Press release

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Saxon Myers

Huh, might have to actually try the game out

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Anstalt

I’m always impressed with what these guys and girls have managed to achieve with this server.

This move seems like a weird one to me, but thats just because I don’t understand twitch. I’ve still never been able to comprehend why someone would watch someone else play a game for entertainment, when they could be playing the game themselves. But, im obviously not part of the mainstream and there is clearly a large userbase for streaming sites like twitch, so I can understand why some members of the WAR community would want this.

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BladedDingo

I used to have the same opinion. but the streamers that I continually come back to are not just playing the game. They interact with chat, host community events where chat can interact with them in some way or participate in multiplayer events.

The best streamers are more than playing a game, they are also a personality. They joke around, do silly things. lots have a gimmick, like wearing a costume or having special set dressing.

I agree it’s boring to sit there and watch someone play a game when I could just go play the game, but you’re watching for the commentary and host, not always the game.

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GamesBond

Thank you for the feedback @Anstalt.

Players often have Twitch in the background or on the other screen while playing. It feels like you’re talking to someone and enjoying his chat.

As BladedDingo said, it’s more than watching someone playing. They interact, laugh and even make up good jokes with their community.

Now they can grab quests from Twitch Drops and group up together.

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Yangers

Not sure if its an obvious question, but why would Twitch allow something like this with people who are basically stealing someone else’s game?

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Bryan Turner

It only really matters to them when they want to get out of multi-million dollar contracts.

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rk70534

Twitch will hardly care as long as EA or GW won’t complain, and from GW POV Re-Reckoning could be a gateway game for innocents into their franchise empire.

Certainly neither have a competing product – if there would be, they would surely sent lawyers on the march, but as they don’t, it would be just spending money without a gain.

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GamesBond

Hello Yangers,

Return of Reckoning is not “stealing someone else’s game”. It is a sole fan-based project, coded by volunteers who worked day and night in order to bring back a game that has been dead for over 7 years now. With EA dropping any license to Warhammer Online. The only IP Policy is the one of Games Workshop, and we completely abide by their terms and respect the work they have done over the years.

Not to forget that the project has zero intention of any profit since day 1 and will always have zero intentions of any direct or indirect profit. We are here to bring back good memories and thankfully Games Workshop has put us in the grey zone since we are not commercially hosting their game, on the opposite, as someone said: “Just spending money” to keep this old gem running.

As we recently reached our 6-years milestone, we do believe Games Workshop knows about us. We have also received appreciation and support from previous Mythic developers.

We do this for the game. Because maybe its license was over… But war? War Never Ends.

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Raidervc

Count me on the side of skeptics. We all know Twitch has become a glorified marketing platform, so if there is even a *hint* of WAR pulling viewership from EA/Games Workshop products, it’ll be the beginning of the end.

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GamesBond

Twitch has a manual verification for hosting/granting permissions for a developer to host Twitch Drops on the designated channels. We abide by the Twitch policy and the Games Workshop IP Policy.

Twitch advertisement and any sort of income directly goes to the streamers. Streamers could receive ad revenue or any other sort of income from Twitch/donations by streaming any game or simply chatting.

Hence why we are not related to any commercial usage of Twitch. We simply care to offer a new way for streamers to enhance their live streams and for viewers to profit through minimal bonuses.

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Sorenthaz

Seems like this is really dancing along some fine lines since EA and Games Workshop would both likely want to shut stuff like this down, regardless of whether or not Mythic’s tattered remains approve it.

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John Kiser

Mythic has been an EA studio since 2006 and basically permission from the studio would require permission from EA entirely to have it up.

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rk70534

Mythic was shut down in 2014.

From EA’s POV this might be a free trial balloon for them for all we know, to see if there would be an audience for a new game like this that they could make money.

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Jeff Thompson

As I recall, the devs running this server have the permission of Mythic or whoever owned WAR so long as they do not make money off of it. I seem to remember that being established when I originally joined it, that is why they can be so open about it. If they started charging for the server they would be in some hot water. As long as it stays free…they are safe.

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draugris

There is no official permission, neither from Mythic nor from EA or GW. The devs refuse to take any money from donations or charges to run the server. They run only ads on their website to get a little bit of money, that´s it. They say that as long as they don´t make money off the game, EA, GW kind of tolerates it. But there is no guarantee whatsoever.

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GamesBond

That’s correct. We simply volunteer and stay in the grey zone. Return of Reckoning will NEVER accept any sort of donation, direct or indirect.

Nevertheless, we do believe Games Workshop knows about us as well as some previous Mythic developers (after its closure). We are here to appreciate their work, to keep this gem alive.. As pure fans of this game.

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draugris

Hasn´t Marc Jacobs himself an account on RoR, I think he mentioned one time that he has played a bit.

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Fred Douglas

I enjoy my time on this server. What the devs do with their resources is insane. They are working with the fundamental problems WAR always had though, clunky combat, unbalanced bipolar PvP at times, and so on.

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Sorenthaz

Wish I could actually run it but last time I tried I got plagued with an error that I couldn’t find a resolution to anywhere.

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GamesBond

Hello Sorenthaz, please jump on our Discord and let us know how can we assist you.

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xpsync

and here we all are being stealthy, not sure we should even think about a rogue server while online let alone openly talk about one, all worried about the risk of creating a cease and desist action or worse.

tink, tink… blink, blink on comes the NEON SIGN

ROGUE SERVER HERE!!! :) get ur free chit!!! It’s a good sign, no, no! i swear no pun intended.

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Bryan Turner

Pretty sure this server is a poorly kept secret. Sort of like the Feds looking the other way when some states sell recreational weed; well bad example but I’m stoned so bear with me I’m enjoying my first night off enjoying my vape I bought in Mass while living in NY where it’s decriminalized while I possibly broke a RICO law taking it across state lines?

Who knows maybe we can have Heroin Dealers start up Twitch Streams giving away Spoons and Syringes as drops if you drop in, with a Narcan shot if you subscribe?

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Dro Gul

Nevermind