This post is completely my opinion on the state of NR and how I feel we could draw in more players from other servers.
To start, I feel like NR is still stuck in 2014, and where we say we're improving, it just seems to be one step forward and two steps back. And the general mindset and focus is in the wrong areas.
For starters, the main focus shouldn't be on Pking, take a step back and look at other servers for example. There's so much potential that we are not taking advantage of, so much different things that could be added that is obviously not. A lot of those other servers, their high focus is on pvming and general world aspects of the game.
Such as Bossing, raiding, even slayer is more interesting and less bland, better minigames, GAMBLING W/ Dicing and flower poker ect. To where a vast majority of players are focused on that and honestly, doesn't give two shits about pking.
Why was pking so big on old NR compared to nowadays? Because to make it simple, it was the outrage of Runescape taking away pking that caused a mass influx of players to come to private servers. Now that times have changed, pking isn't as big as it used to be.
Why am I bringing all of this up? Because from what I've noticed of the higher ups, wanting all these updates for the wilderness, to draw people there. the issue is, most players don't want to. So all these man hours and time is going to all of the 12 people that actually pk. Why is this an issue? because instead of focusing on points that will absolutely draw more people to NR. it's just being pushed off to the side as side projects...
Three things that will make people want to come.
Raiding - group raiding that friends can do together, fun and interactive and creative aspect to the game that most people can look forward to.
Gambling - flower poker and dicing, for some reason people have gambling addictions and love to go to juicy servers with gambling
Customs - Unique items that can only be obtained through certain activites, IE: new unique minigames, Raiding, new bosses (that aren't only in the wilderness) because being honest, that's a huge turnoff. There needs to be more unique bosses not in the wilderness. because as it turns out, they're not utilized. why? because one of those 12 people that like to pk like to camp and just kill people, and as I've stated before:
The playerbase isn't giving a shit about pking right now.
In summary: Let's focus on different aspects of the game that will draw more people in, get that player count up by adding different things for the different people. More areas = more variety in player base = more players on regularly. Then those who are solely focused on pking aspect of the game will see more people in the wilderness. Will see more players dueling. ect.
I know NR was based off of pking. but back in the OG days, PvMing was what brought me to the game, and because so many like minded individuals were brought for the same reasons there was such a higher player base that either got us curious or made us try new things.
It's a new time, new server. Time to focus on new things.
I want to see Near reality succeed, and I want to see Near reality back on top of every rsps toplist. But to do that, there needs to be new things and new variety of gameplay. Change sucks, and New things can be scary. But the only way to improve is to take the chance.