Runes of Magic Review

I’m a former WoW player, but don’t want to go back (subscription fees). I paid for years and can’t even see my characters unless I pay again. They’re held hostage! All those hours I spent belong to Blizzard, not me.

I tried a free trial of RIFT and loved it so much, but knew it’d be the same subscription hazard that I’d run into with WoW, and I’d be unhappy eventually. (working hard on being wise with my money!)

So I went out digging for some other MMOs to keep my mind off wanting to play RIFT. I found EverQuest2, Allods, and Runes of Magic. All free games – all really great in their own way. All have their own shortcomings too but so does WoW or other paid MMOs.

Runes of Magic starter areas (Elf/Human) are charming, as is the music. I was surprised how much nice gear you get, as well as a starter mount for a day (so take full advantage of that whenever you make a new character and make sure you can play for a day!)

There is cute player housing, but it’s tied in to the Item Shop. If you want to spend money in your games, make sure it’s somewhere you can get enjoyment out of it again and again.  I’ve not bought anything in there yet, but there are mannequins in which you can show off your favorite gear, and equipment racks (for that favorite sword!) There’s plenty of in-game storage space between your bags, the storage locker they give you for your house, and your bank. I’m a hoarder so I’m sure that I’ll start to overflowing soon.

It’s too bad there are only two races, but the class and secondary class combinations would keep anyone busy for quite some ime.

Their crafting is great – you can take ALL the crafting+gathering skills in the beginning (kind of required if you want to make some of your own starter stuff). Later I read that you specialize in one specific profession.

This is definitely a game to check out if you’re a former WoW player, or if you’re younger and have been playing stuff like MapleStory and want to try a more full-featured MMO that’s fantasy-based.

More game reviews to come later!


For the techies, there’s a podcast called RoMCast. The game’s Community Manager covers things like upcoming changes to the game and class discussion. If you play the game, try it out!

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4 thoughts on “Runes of Magic Review

  1. Hubby & I tried Runes of Magic sometime ago. We felt it was a decent game but felt pulled to pay money to enjoy it to its fullest. In the end we returned to WoW because if we were going to pay money we both felt the money was better spent there, because that is what we enjoyed & partially because of all the time we had already invested. However when we can no longer afford to play or if things get stressful I could see us giving Runes of Magic another go, it had a lot of potential & other features not available with WoW, in all the WoW-like games I’ve tried & i would recommend it to someone looking for a free-to-play MMO game. Everquest2 is another good one but my PC wouldn’t run the game for me to get past a handful of quests.

    • I totally agree with Heather. If you are looking roe a real free to play mmorpg, then Runes of Magic definately is nothing for you.
      Sure, you can play around a bit without spending money, but soon you’ll find out that for the essential things like good gear, good mount, or even stats that make your gear or weapon do reasonable damage (and believe me, if you don’t want to do that you’ll endup grinding for months and maybe years) You will have to buy expensive diamonds. An example : A normal mount will cost you around 10 Euro (if its not in special offer). Expanding bagspace, even opening the “free” christmasgift, require you to buy an “ancient key” which, ofcourse, can only be bought with diamonds.
      There are a lot of strong players and they really spend hundreds of Euro’s to become good, so the game is everything but free to play.
      Maybe the best way to compare is to compare it to a “free” datingsite, where it is indeed free to register, but most other options are paid.

      So, to go short :

      Runes of magic is a “free to play”, but if you really want to play, you’ll be spending enough money to have 4 paid WoW accounts.

      Runes of magic can be best described as a Private World of Warcraft server with custom maps, since there is hardly any other difference beside some quests, and the area’s

      Runes of magic still has many bugs and crashes and even more bots, hackers and other nasty people which are not being handled by Frogster. You can try to report someone for botting or cheating and after 1-2 months the player still will be happily botting and cheating, while laughing you in the face.

      One of the fun things in Runes of Magic, Siege War (guild vs Guild pvp) has probably the longest beta ever for a game (more than a year) and still has more crashes than a Formula 1 race. And with crashes i mean several crashes in an hour, making you lose your score and be kicked outside Siege War.

      My advice : If you are really want to try a WoW-Clone, then you’re probably better of playing on a private WoW server. It does come with the same amount of bugs and crashes, but at least you dont have to pay a lot of money for it.

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