Dyescape has a very special 'feature' called phasing. It is used to create full (server & client sided) entity isolations (a phase). This means that you and your friend can be in the exact same location, but see different things (mostly entities, such as Creatures or Items on the ground). Phasing will make sure to put multiple people in the exact same location, but fully making it look like you're alone (or with a party/guild) and give you a personalized, isolated experience when you deserve it (for example, in a special cave or full dungeon).
What exactly does it do?
The functionality doesn't just hide players from each other, it also isolates server entities from each other. This means that player(s) from phase A will not see any of the players or monsters spawned in phase B. Creatures from different phases will also not be able to interact with each other individually. For example, a witch from phase A cannot damage an entity from phase B with a splash potion of instant damage, nor can a skeleton shoot arrows that hit any player, creature or other entity from a different phase. AOE (Area Of Effect) spells will also not be able to affect entities from a different phase.
When and why does it occur?
Phasing generally occurs when you as player should receive a personalized experience of something without the interference of other unwanted players (player not in your party or guild). A typical example would be a special cave or full dungeon. We don't want unwanted players to be able to interact with each other while in a cave or dungeon for example as that could ruin the experience. Consequences of not having phasing in these situations could be:
- Too many players in a small area;
- Difference in player levels and thus high level players stealing your kills for example;
- Treasure chests being looted before you or not having any treasure chests at all due to re-spawn time;
- Not being able to 'clear' a cave or dungeon from monsters (since no player progress can be kept), meaning monsters would constantly keep re-spawning, and thus no 'clear the cave from monsters' Quests can be made.
How does this affect my gameplay?
Phasing does a lot, and also nothing at the same time. From a player perspective, it does not affect gameplay that much. The only thing you will notice is when entering phased area's, you won't be able to see other players, you won't be able to interact with the Creatures or other entities from another phase and you might see a player going invisible when you see someone entering a phased cave for example. Other than this, you should barely be able to notice phasing unless you're really paying attention. This Wiki is written however to inform you about the feature being there and if you run into any weird issues, such as not being able to see your friend in a special cave while not being in a party, you'll know that it may be due to phasing and you have to create a party together to solve the issue.