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March 17, 2013

MMORPG Update: Discovering Runescape

TK MMORPG Update PictureI seem to be on a roll recently with British developers and in this update I wanted to touch on Runescape developed by Jagex Games Studios. Runescape is the worlds biggest free MMORPG and hit 200 million accounts in July 2012. This game has been running for 12 years now and over the course of that time it’s just got bigger and better being played by millions of people around the world.

I’m not going to pretend to you that I’m any great expert on this game, in fact I know very little about it – which is something I’m looking to correct. You definitely have to get used to being behind on some things if you’re particularly into the MMO genre, playing something well and getting the most out of it takes time and dedication and there are jut so many god MMOs out there. What I did want to share with you is the same fascination that the idea of this game holds for me and why you might want to try it too.

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It’s accessible
The game has been built to run in Java through a browser, you can pick up anywhere without having to install the game client on every machine.

It’s got outstanding graphics
Something I always love to see in an MMO, as much as the gameplay it’s the journey of exploration and Runescape has got some great visual designers behind the scenes including Tim Chatfield (Lead Designer) and Tursan Raja (User Interface Artist).

It’s constantly evolving
This year sees a new game engine as well as new episode-release game content.

It’s choice driven and dynamic
Events are designed to produce unique instances.

It brings you dungeon crawling
The dungeoneering ability allows you to explore dungeons that are created on-the-fly based on your skills or the skills of your group, play by yourself or take four friends with you.

It lets that great British sense of humour shine through
This is most evident through the storytelling, including references to greats such as Monty Python and Red Dwarf.

You can play Runescape for free now at: http://www.runescape.com and join millions of others battle in this medieval fantasy world.

December 9, 2012

Goblin Keeper: Total World Domination Anyone?

“The road may be long, and the dangers may be great, but the reward is well worth it… the title of greatest Goblin Keeper of all time!” Goblin Keeper Game Guide

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Looking for something to play in your downtime or lunchbreak, why not try out the new free-to-play online game from Night Owl Games called Goblin Keeper. I can only describe it as a strange combination of The Sims, Lemmings and Farmville – be careful it’s strangely addictive.

You are an evil overlord and the aim of the game is total world domination! You achieve this lofty goal by building an army of goblins, orcs, warlocks and other creatures forming your very own empire. All you have to do is keep your army happy with food and gold and get them to build for you as needed, dens for sleeping, mines for resources such as gold, iron and crystal and a library for research among other things – the more they learn the more you are able to achieve for your dungeon, more workers, more space and more powerful creatures. The game has it’s own shop, similar to GW2 but of course on a smaller scale, where you can buy things such as upgrades, boosts, and recipes, or you can trade with other players. All this empire building eventually means that you are able to send out your army on raids to villages or keeps, in turn you need to defend your dungeon from other raiding parties. It has all the right elements, levelling, PvP, PvE, crafting, and it also a really good method of introducing you to the game without resorting to the usual tutorial routines, you are gradually introduced to the elements of the game and suddenly you are playing on your own and relying less on the help tips.

Here’s a quick rundown of the game features:

– Dungeon: Build your dungeons according to your imagination.
– Crafting: When your rooms are created, use the workshop to improve them with equipment and furniture.
– Tactics: Develop various tactics to defend your dungeon and to fight back raids.
– PvP: Relaxing belongs to history: face other players in battle, loot their dungeons and eliminate their creatures.
– PvE: Down with the elves! Destroy and loot the homes of these pointy-ears on your overworld raids.

To see more check out the game trailer available on the Goblin Keeper website: http://en.goblinkeeper.com/media.

Play anywhere, anytime, you can play the test content without having to sign-up so if you’re interested why not give it a try.

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