Runes Of Magic, Live Today

By Jim Rossignol on March 19th, 2009 at 2:52 pm.


Having enticed half a million people into the beta, Frogster’s free-to-play MMO, Runes Of Magic, has now gone live. It looks a little like – let’s face it – World Of Warcraft, and there’s not much chance it’ll compete that that behemoth, but when it costs no pennies that might not be such a bad thing. It boasts similar launch feature lists too, such as 1000 quests and six character classes. I’ve not had a chance to dip my critical toe into it yet, but the waters look warm, lovely, and lacking in subscription fees. Has anyone else had a crack? (Oh, and a trailer lies beyond the jump.)

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  1. MetalCircus says:

    I’ll give it a shot. I love freebies!

  2. Tworak says:

    I miss Mythos. =(

  3. br3ntbr0 says:

    Best free to play MMO around. Better than some pay to play games too if you ask me. I have some video up showing some of the game’s features on AWoT:

    http://www.walloftext.info/2009/03/runes-of-magic-officially-launched.html

  4. Feet says:

    Looking at those videos this is free to play WoW clone more or less. The GUI and art style seems exactly the same to me…

  5. viper34j says:

    omg I’ve been redirected from rps… I feel dirty!

  6. Xercies says:

    It will probably be full of kill x for y quests which is what all free MMOs are full of.

  7. Nelson says:

    How do these free MMO’s work? Do they have ads running at all times? Do they offer the really cool stuff for sale? How can they afford to do this?

  8. Akura says:

    Generic titles ftw?
    “Rise of the Demon Lord” Hehehehe.

  9. CakeAddict says:

    First time I noticed this mmorpg I laughed, I laughed even more when I saw their official site it (also) is almost exactly like WoW’s official site.

  10. Jeremy says:

    I wish people would stop making the same kind of mmo, unfortunately, I don’t know what they could do to make it better. Perhaps I just need to resign myself to the fact that I just don’t like them.

  11. schizoslayer says:

    It’s not just a little bit like WoW is it? That Trailer could have been made up of videos of WoW and I don’t think I would have been able to tell the difference.

  12. Danarchist says:

    It has a number of similarities to wow but the art style is definitively korean. The women are hyper feminine, the men too hehe. I actually really enjoyed this game and will keep it installed on my laptop as a pass time. The controls are solid and the environment seems interesting and well drawn.
    It is a true statement to the games quality that the “wow clone” and “f2p sucks!” are the only bad things your hearing about it by the way. You know the nature of us forum trolls, if they misspelled one word in the tutorial that would be headlines across the interwebs and blogoglobe.
    Lets face it, wow has 12 gazillion subscribers because its a solid, fun, consistent game.
    Myself, I would email someone nude photos of my girlfriend if they would just develop a #*($)@ shadowrun or cyberpunk mmo. If I have to slay one more god damn “giant rat” im going to puke! And FFS why is fantasy the only one that makes money? Cause everyone that does sci fi does it half assed or overly spreadsheet like. I am not a big starcraft fan but im hoping for world of starcraft just so I don’t need to hear one more freaking dwarf using a horrible scottish accent.

  13. Matt Kemp says:

    @Danarchist: Wasn’t there a Shadowrun MMO?

    I don’t get why everyone bashes WoW. It’s fun, comical at times, polished and there’s always something to do. It’s successful because it’s good. Also, they had adverts with Mr. T.

  14. Nezz says:

    @Xercies: “It will probably be full of kill x for y quests which is what all free MMOs are full of.”

    Make that all MMOs period. From what I’ve seen, RoM did an acceptable job given the trappings of the genre. The x and y are kept reasonably low, and it’ll regularly send you on a fun quest, like spotting a shy and fickle bat in a forest. I made it to lv.30/lv.29 (it’s dual class) before I ran out of interesting, translated content (much of the late game was still in Chinese), and that is further than I ever got in WoW.

    @Nelson: “How do these free MMO’s work? Do they have ads running at all times? Do they offer the really cool stuff for sale? How can they afford to do this?”

    They do sell items, both for real and in-game currency, but contrary to the common perception, it’s not the powerful items that are on sale in these type of games, but mundane consumables that speed some of the time sinks up, and fancy visual modifications.

  15. Bob Bobson says:

    Runes of Magic has drawn a lot of inspiration from WoW, but I don’t see that as a bad thing. It gives you a mount for a day when you first log in, it has the best feature of FFXI – secondary classes. You get a free house and, though I’ve not played enough to try it, the blurb suggests that in groups you have the LOTRO combos system.

    Its well worth the price and seems to have refined ideas from a lot of sources. Its unoriginal but its worth playing, especially if you haven’t played WoW.

  16. Danarchist says:

    No mmo, just a shooter from microsoft that was “lightly flavored” with shadowrun terms and a massive number of THREE!!! static races/classes. Which if you were ever into those games the real heart of them was making yourself unique through about 8 megajillion customization options that had a real game effect on things. (3 new words today! weeee)
    Mainly though I just want something other than fantasy or micromanagey scifi.

  17. Markoff Chaney says:

    My wife has been playing this in beta for a while and she is loving it. It’s nicely polished, allows dual classing with a single avatar, and it’s free to play (except for that horse she bought. I bet it’s not the last thing she buys either). I played a little and, while it’s not bad, I think I burned myself a bit too hard on MMOs.

    It’s really not bad. It is a WoW clone, but what’s wrong with refining the refiners? At least it won’t hit you for 15 bucks a month. If you choose to pay for that horse, it’s your choice. If you just want to grind and ding, that only costs time and bandwidth.

  18. Gaph says:

    Looks more like Asheron’s Call than World of Warcraft and that’s a good thing.

  19. Matt Kemp says:

    Danarchist: That was it, I knew there was something.
    I’d like to see a game that isn’t fantasy, sci-fi, a mix of fantasy and sci-fi or zombies. (Actually, I guess that’s the Sims.)

  20. Garu says:

    I guess it’s been awhile since I last played an MMO. Anyone know if this one is dual-boxing friendly?

  21. Nelson says:

    Thanks Nezz

  22. PaulMorel says:

    WARNING TO ALL: Don’t think that you’re going to be able to jump right into this game after you’ve downloaded it. For me, the client has been self-updating actively for over an hour now.

  23. Poet says:

    PvP report needed for ex-uo murderer, thanks!

  24. hun23 says:

    Hurm. I made an account and started d/ling the client. i just went back to see if there was a faster client d/l available. My account name/password no longer existed. They deleted my account and now i just registered for the “beta.”

    Is this thing no longer Live?

  25. Vaur says:

    Thanks for those vids Brentbro; very interesting and comprehensively covered (just like your class round-ups for WAR were).

  26. Xyzzy says:

    @Tworak

    I miss Mythos too :(

  27. Eschatos says:

    I played in the beta. It’s nothing more than a crappy generic asian MMO.

  28. Danarchist says:

    As opposed to a crappy generic western mmo? e.g. more color, less glowing?

  29. Nihlus says:

    Played beta after i dinged lvl 50 and did most of the quests it just ended up being fuck boring grind2udie to level your secondary class… A lot of stuff in it needs a remake for me to return to it.
    But if you are really bored and dont know what to play then give it a shot but a warring have been given ;)

  30. mandrill says:

    I played it to kill time till Apocrypha dropped and was pleasantly surprised. My first thought when looking at the website was your usual asian grindfest but once in I found the art to be different enough from Wow (and other free to play Asian MMO’s I’ve played) to not grate on the eyeballs and the dual class system intriguing.

    I would say that its got more in common with Guild Wars than WoW, even though the art is not as polished as GW.

    One thing I can’t quite get my head around is the multitude of crafting options available. You’ve got your standard garther and create tradeskills and then you’ve got the arcane transmuter thingy (which you have to do daily quests or pay money to get charges for) which looks similar to the cube thing from Diablo 2. It supposedly allows you to combine the various runes of the title into new and interesting varieties which you can then attatch to items with the relevant sockets. I couldn’t figure out how it worked though and there was a distinct lack of recipies available when I looked on the fora.

    All in all its a capable and nicely presented MMO, but needs a better manual or alot of hunting and reading to get the most out of it. But hey, its free so you can’t really complain.

    On another note I’ve never really got the spreadsheet references about EVE and I’ve been playing for five years. Whoever came up with that one must be doing something wrong.

  31. FRIENDLYUNIT says:

    @ Danarchist et al

    There’s a 40k MMO in the works, if that helps.

  32. matte_k says:

    It’s free to play-what have you got to lose by trying it if you’re interested? I gave it a shot yesterday after seeing Jim’s article, and I have to say, it’s not all bad, definitely better than most of the free MMO’s out there. Seeing as it’s only just released, I imagine a bit more time and polish could make this better-more classes and races, maybe?

    Although, I noticed an automated bot spamming goldseller messages in the opening stage-christ, those things get everywhere! On launch day too!

  33. silencer says:

    I miss Mythos. =(

    Seconded.

  34. Danarchist says:

    @FRIENDLYUNIT
    You just made my day, you have no idea! *stares at his blood angel patriarch model on desk*
    Of course if you see a tiny blonde women coming at you with a knife anytime soon run, that’s the girlfriend.

  35. neoanderthal says:

    Is that 40K thing still in development? Vigil’s site hasn’t been updated in a long time, and I haven’t seen much news on it since about this time last year.
    I worry with the THQ cutbacks that perhaps this title’s been binned :(


  36. Saul says:

    I played an MMO once. That’s three hours of my life I won’t get back in a hurry. Call me in five years when someone’s thought of something good to do with the concept.

  37. ChampionHyena says:

    I know I’m late to the party, I don’t care. I have to throw my two cents (£0.0135135) in.

    I don’t know if anyone else has noticed, but it seems that planet Earth is a little hard up for cash these days. This means layoffs, foreclosures, and–horror of horrors–letting one’s MMO subscriptions lapse. I have a group of friends with whom I would play World of Warcraft and Warhammer Online into the wee hours of the night, but those days are gone as the dire state of the economy takes its toll on their pocketbooks. I’ve been searching around for a no-money-cost variety alternative, and since RPS has always been great at pointing out these little freebie projects, I had a look-see through the archives.

    Boy, am I glad I did.

    Runes of Magic is GREAT. It’s got all the MMO staples: Instanced dungeons, armor sets, PvP arenas, guild battles, mounts, crafting, auction houses… and a pile of stuff you don’t see too often. Dual-classing? Runes? Furnishable player houses!? Hells yes.

    It’s been said, but WoW players will feel right at home. The interface is… let’s just say “familiar,” right down to the mutability. Curse already has a Runes of Magic section for UI addons. Macros, too, for people who like to fiddle, and the official forums are already full of suggested character builds (and the subsequent fervent accusations of overpowered and underpowered classes).

    Please play this game. Get all your friends. I think you’ll like it, and besides, I wanna see endeavors like this one work, especially one so polished and fun to play as Runes of Magic. Yes, there are some rough spots, and micropayments may irritate some people, but really. This is as full-featured as a free MMO has ever gotten (and I’ve played plenty: I have this horrid compulsion to snork up free-to-play MMOs as I find them), and convincing a bunch of friends together to kick around Taborea with you is a blast. And they don’t really have a reason to object… it doesn’t cost them anything.

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