Happy New Years from The Realm Online staff. We have added new event items to usher in the new year. As a reminder, fireworks are available for purchase from your local Pyromancer in town. Also for today only, we will be increasing the bonus experience rate to 200% and bonus loot rate to 100%.
When we first introduced the "F12" animation speed changes, it was intended to level the playing field with players who predominately used "speed files." Our observation at the time was that these players had a competitive advantage by essentially sideloading altered game files into the game directory. This meant a tradeoff between equity of competition versus graphical fidelity and art direction. It was a tradeoff we accepted although no one on the team was happy about warp-speed animations especially on things that our team has spent a lot of time crafting.
Since then, we have plugged the hole that allowed altered game assets to be loaded which means we can revisit the compromise between speed and graphical fidelity. As a result, we are lowering the maximum animation speed out of combat.
If you want to provide feedback on this change I'd encourage you to do so on our forums to ensure that staff has time to read it.
Edit: Thank you for the candid player feedback on the animation changes. We have rolled back these changes in response to the feedback.
We are happy to release our Snowfest yearly holiday seasonal content patch today.
In addition to all of these changes, we will also be running bonus experience and loot rates for the duration of Snowfest.