Also would you ever release a lite version of just the skills because I play for a sense of progression
Unfortunately, no. The mod itself adds its own items for skill leveling, you cannot use vanilla items to level other than combat. You can't level mining without mining our ore, nor cooking without cooking our food items, etc. so doing just the skills would not be possible.
I know it's been a bit longer than we promised for the 1.7 update guys, but it's hard to find time to work on the mod with full time jobs and college courses, especially when we only have a team of 3 developers. All that's left to do for the 1.7 release is getting armor and weapons finished, along with some skills that were broken by the API change. We will be sure to keep you posted with our progress though and try to get this out as soon as possible!
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We have our own forum (well subreddit actually) and wiki up. Got questions? Go ask them. The wiki does not have much on it yet, but we promise we will get more on there soon! Also, for the most upto date news, start checking out our site: https://rsmc.io/#/post/help-contribute
We are hard at work searching for bugs, but the update is going to take much longer if we have to continue doing this on our own. There are a lot of bugs to track down, so if you'd like to help search for them, send a message to ahorner or me and we will get you set to play and test out the mod on the server.