So it was like 11 PM and I was getting ready to go to bed when I saw @Zquidx trying to help another user find their closest RotMG server. I noticed the map he linked was fairly out of date, and did not contain any of the newer servers.
Naturally, I moved my sleep time back a bit and got to working on a new, updated map. But I found some surprises along the way…
Explanation of how the map works
How did I get this information?
Basically, I used two pieces of information that the game gives out for each server: the IP of the server, and a pair of coordinates. (I guess that makes it 3 things?)
The pair of coordinates was what the old map used to determine the location of the servers, and is what the client uses to determine which is your “Best Server”. However, I have good reason to believe these coordinates are not wholly accurate. If you check the “advertised location” tab on my map, you’ll find there are some very, very strange location markers.
Wait so Deca is lying to us?!?!?!
I guess you could put it that way…? But what they have done makes a lot of sense to me. It makes a lot of sense to just buy a cluster of servers, and then assign coordinates for each server such that people living in different locations will connect to different servers as their Best Server, rather than everyone connecting into one of the servers.
In general, it really won’t make a significant difference that you connect to a server in Virginia rather than somewhere in Oregon.
RIP the people in South America though, I’m going to have to be the bearer of bad news here.
Ok so how do I use the map?
Use the “actual location” tab to figure out which server is actually closest to you. This is just an approximation of where the server is located based off of the IP, so it won’t be 100% accurate but it will be accurate enough. In a lot of cases, this may not actually be what the game thinks is your “Best Server”. But now you know what your true “Best Server” should be, and now you can connect to that instead if you’re worried and want to try to mitigate as much connection lag as you can!
Use the “advertised location” tab to see why the game picks certain servers over others for Best Server, as well as admire such inspiring server locations like the 3 servers on Null Island and EUSouth being “located” in Ireland. Very strange server locations (like that of the aforementioned 3 servers and the other one off in the Arctic Circle) are likely intended so that people generally don’t connect to those as their Best Server. Why? That is something I cannot answer as I do not know.
Disclaimer: This is just for the Nexus servers you will connect to (eg USW2 as it shows in the server select screen), just like the old map. I may look into obtaining locations for the realms in the future, hopefully they are not too different in location than the Nexus servers, but only time will tell.
I come from the future, there is a server missing from your map
Just let me know, I will update the map if/when I can. In general if there is any issue regarding the map just tell me and I will try to fix it.
brief changelog because why not:
- USW4 is now not in the Seattle area, and in the SF area
- They fixed the 0 long on EUEast2’s advertised location, so it is now not pointing into the ocean and instead to Stockholm as I assume was intended
- USMW changed location and now it’s in the same location as USMW2