Alora was released in November 2016 by Omicron and is now in its fifth year as a RSPS. During the years of its existence Alora has steadily climbed the ranks of Runescape Private Servers and is now known to be amongst one of the largest and most stable available on the market. With lots of content to offer and many active players; Alora seeks to entertain those who are seeking for a real adventure!
SilverNova: Please tell us something about the history of Alora.
Omicron: We're proud to be one of the oldest servers around at the moment, having launched in 2016 and have now been running for over 4 years. Prior to Alora, I ran a few smaller servers that didn't reach anywhere near the same level of success. The server right before Alora's release was called Impact, and it was very similar to Alora, although it had more of a PreEoC/2010 influence (Chaotic weapons, 2010 maps, etc). Although it only peaked around 70 players, we saw that it had potential, but one huge complaint was that the mix of OSRS content with Pre-EoC content was unusual to players and decided that we should simply stick to OSRS content.
SilverNova: What makes Alora special?
Omicron: Our biggest selling point, in my opinion, is our warm and welcoming community. We have one of the most dedicated and friendly communities, and ultimately we wouldn’t be here without our players. It isn’t unusual to find players on Alora that have been around for 3 or 4 years. There are a number of features that set us apart from other servers, but the combination of all of our features and the sheer amount of content that we're able to offer after being 4 years in development is what truly sets us apart when it comes to the game.
Aside from this, truly unique features that no other server can offer as of now include real OpenGL HD that emulates the way RuneScape looked in 2010, along with the ability to switch between Oldschool graphics and ~2010 era graphics (models, animations, monsters, graphics, etc). We give players the ability to play the Oldschool game, with the HD look of 2010. We also pride ourselves on having 100% Chambers of Xeric and Theatre of Blood, which not many servers currently offer.
SilverNova: What updates are coming to Alora in the near future?
Omicron: We are always keeping up to date with OSRS updates, but when we've got free time we're working on our own unique content. At the moment, we're designing a trustless gambling system, where players can choose from many different games to play, such as a dice game or flower poker, and know that they won't be scammed when playing against another player. We also recently concluded our very first League tournament, where we gave away $2,000 in reallife prizes to participants.
SilverNova: What do you expect to see from Alora in about one year?
Omicron: We're always looking for ways to enhance our game, website and community, and we are listening to our players to see how we can do just that. We'd like to see the game stronger, more content-packed and better than it has ever been in a year from now.
SilverNova: How did you personally get into development/ownership?
Omicron: I have been playing RuneScape since 2005, which feels like forever ago now. I learned about RSPS in late 2007 around the time of the Wilderness/Free-trade removal. At first I was simply playing other available servers (CheezScape and FrugooScape, for example), but I soon became interested in the development and creation of my own server. What started out as something for myself and a few friends to play on, quickly grew larger as I realized that other people could also enjoy my work.
SilverNova: What obstacles have you faced?
Omicron: The first year was the most difficult, by far. Having hundreds of players log into a server that has never handled hundreds of simultaneous players definitely put our code to the test.
There were numerous dupes and exploits on the game, vulnerabilities on the website, and general bugs that degraded gameplay. On top of this, we were a frequent target of DDoS attacks which were a huge obstacle during our first few months. Thankfully we persevered through these rocky first few months and are much more stable now. Our current obstacle is keeping old players interested in the game, as we have a mature server where many players are maxed out. This means ensuring that we’re often releasing end-game content and keeping our community involved in future updates.
Thanks to Omicron for the interview.
Apart from being the only server with SD/HD and 2007/2010 themed-graphics, Alora offers a lot of OSRS content such as Chambers of Xerics, Tithe Farm, Tears of Guthix, Pyramid Plunder, the Nightmare and Theatre of Blood. On top of that, they also have multiple modes to cater all players. Apart from the casual Iron Man Modes, players can also choose to play in Classic, Realism and Elite Ironman Mode for slower experience rates or in Group Ironman Mode. With that said there is a lot of content to cover.
Player vs Monster (PvM)
We kick it off with PvM, which receives an outstanding solid five stars. Alora has a reputation for quickly adapting to Oldschool Runescape's latest additions. This means players that play Alora will find themselves fighting new OSRS content on the same week or shortly after Oldschool Runescape has done a release. Currently, Alora is home to 25 bosses, ranging from the infamous God Wars Dungeon all the way to the latest boss: The Nightmare. This is excluding activities like Wintertodt, the Gauntlet, Inferno, and others. All of their bosses have mechanics identical to OSRS, so you will find no problems with adapting your existing skills to the challenges that Alora has to offer
|Quickly Adds New Bosses||None|
|Bosses Are Identical to OSRS|
|Large amount of Bosses|
When playing Alora, you will find that ít offers a large variety of skilling methods. You can do pretty much anything. Mine falling stars, catch all salamanders, create mahogany homes or mine dense essence rocks. Out of all the RSPS, Alora has the most features when it comes to skilling. On top of that, they also offer skilling minigames such as e.g. Pyramid Plunder, Tithe Farm, Tears of Guthix, amongst many others. Yes, they have Wintertodt, Zalacano and Puro Puro. If you love skilling, you surely will find your place at Alora.
|All OSRS Skills||None|
|Unique skilling minigames|
|Insane Variety in Each Skill|
|Skilling Methods are Identical to OSRS|
Player vs Player (PvP or Pking)
Alora possesses a flawless PvP combat system and content that draws players into Wilderness, such as Revenants, Crystal Dragons, Wilderness Bosses and more. While it does cater to PvP players, they will still have to level up and acquire gear as this is primarily an economy server.
|Wilderness Activity||Have to level and get gear|
Alora offers a lot of minigames. Seriously, a whole whooping lot. With 21 minigames, you won’t find enough time to play through them all. The only problem is that there could be some issues finding groups for larger minigames, as some are less popular than others. However, the majority of them are solo or typically have events on them so there shouldn’t be too many issues. We highly recommend that you try out Pyramid Plunder and Tithe Farm, as there is no other RSPS that has those minigames fully functional.
|Tons of Minigames (20+)||None|
|Identical to OSRS|
While Alora was previously found holding over a thousand players, it has dwindled down by a bit. During their peak they hold around 500-600 hundred players, outside of that there are usually 250-350 players online. While that amount certainly isn’t a small one, you may find it hard to find a group of players to participate with when playing certain minigames or want to participate in some special activity..
|Large amount of players||Decreased over the last year|
Dedicated staff team
As with everything else, Alora also exceeds in misc content. They offer quests such as Dragon Slayer 2 for players to take on if they are ready to battle mighty foes. If not, no worries! Alora also has several fun activities for the more casual player, who can take on twisted leagues, clue scrolls or even enjoy some competitive fun with fellow group ironmen.
|Quests and Achievements||None|
|Weekly events such as League|
Conclusion (4.7 on average)
If you are looking for a stable server with too much content for your mind, Alora might be the perfect RSPS for you. They offer identical content to Oldschool Runescape and quickly adapt to whatever is the latest trend. On top of that they also offer multiple challenges, ranging from bosses to minigames to adventures such as clue scrolls, quests and more. You will find yourself overwhelmed with the amount of entertainment to be found at Alora.
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Article Written By SilverNova