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    Looking for a F2P MMO strategy/wargame

    And when I say F2P, I don't mean "forget getting anywhere unless you make a dozen microtransactions per week" kind of F2P. I mean LoL-class "kick ass whether you pay or not" kind of F2P.

    I recently tried Stronghold Kingdoms and got seriously turned off by the transaction structure, but in terms of game mechanics I'm looking for something along that vein. Any suggestions?

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    Have you tried Age of Empires Online? It's got a F2P business model (described as a macro-transaction model), so there are certainly some funstacles, but the core mechanic is fun and well-built.

    That said, I have only played it for one (long) evening. It starts out very slowly and it could be argued that applying this business model to a 'traditional' RTS (and keeping things balanced) is folly. Give it a shot, though. There's not much to lose.

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    You could even argue that any free-to-play traditional multiplayer RTS or traditional multiplayer turn-based strategy is a fundamentally flawed proposition.

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    Haven't tried it yet. I might give it a shot at some point, but the reviews I've read so far were not that compelling.

    @edit: Yeah I'm aware some might argue that. Then again I'd like to think there is a way and it just hasn't been figured out yet. Personally I think the solution might be keeping most of the competitive mechanics out of the monetization schemes, and only charging for nice-to-haves: i.e. cosmetic customization options, social features, etc.

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    Zero-K. (www.zero-k.info). It's a game remiescent of Supreme Commander. It's totally F2P and open source, made for free by volunteer programmers. Graphics are 3-d but not terribly good, but it's a game you play for strategic battles, not eycandy. Be warned, it's very, very hard. Like the original* Supreme Commander.

    *SupCom 2 dumbed it down way too much. Zero-K is still hardcore.

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