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!

Related:

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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My WoW Ambivalence

My WoW Ambivalence
Posted by sunnypad on Sep-17-2009

I’ve been out of work since July of 2008. Knowing there may be issues finding replacement work, I paid quite a bit of my WoW sub in advance so that I could play this year. Well, I’ve got until September 30 to play. Then I’m going to need to let my subscription lapse, seeing I have no income and can’t really ask my husband to pay for my continued sub. It’s also coming at a time where we just found that his work is going to be reduced even further to where I actually don’t know how we’ll survive. We may have enough to pay the mortgage, have one year left on the car, and maybe some food. What about our other bills? I’m trying to find additional work but it just hasn’t come yet. Say a little prayer for us!

I’m having good and bad feelings about leaving. I sent all my friends in-game mail to let them know. Here’s what it said:

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Hey there!

I’ve not been around in awhile. It’s been a busy summer. 🙂 I may be leaving WoW for an extended period – my sub is up in 3 weeks and I’ve had no work for over a year. I wanted to let you know. When/if I come back I look forward to playing with you again!

Please keep in touch with me. Send me an email. 🙂 You can visit my site – I’m on Twitter too.

Lisa – @gankaku on Twitter
mail: gankaku at fastmail dot fm
Website: sunnypad.com

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For the guild masters, I’ve sent a similar message, letting them know I’ll be gone for an extended period and I hope they won’t kick me out of the guild while I’m gone, but understanding if they do. I mean, I might not come back. Yeah, there’s nothing more lonely than logging onto a character, finding out you’re out of a guild full of folks you used to laugh and chat with daily. You rarely friend them all because well, they’re in your guild and your friend list can only take so many entries.

So, here’s how I’m feeling right now about my leaving.

The bad feelings:

* I have several good friends on WoW whom I can only find there. We’ve gotten to know each other and chat about our lives. Even if I don’t want to play a particular day, I can check in and see who’s on and chat. I’ve sent them my email but I don’t particularly see any of them keeping in touch with me that way much.
* WoW’s been a good distraction for me through the time I’ve been out of work. I won’t have that particular social/gaming distraction anymore.
* I’ll miss my characters, with all their abilities, mounts, pets, crafting, and hanging out in the city after a day’s leveling.
* I’ll miss the ones I’ve not started yet – sitting there, named and waiting.
* I made a new character yesterday on Ner’zhul so that I could chat with my long-time friend, who moved one of his characters over from Gurubashi. His hunter there was Elrushbo, but he got an alliance change when he moved from Guru. He put Elrushbo on the Alli side, and named him Rodi. I was there for the rebirth. His pet Elb was still with him. It was a poignant moment, especially since I don’t know if I’ll be coming back. Elrushbo/Rodi is only at level 70 and ZombieLisa and he played together nearly all the way to 70. *sigh*


Rodi is the former Elrushbo of Gurubashi. He wanted his hunter on Nerzhul, moved it and changed alliances.
Rodi on Ner’zhul is the former orc hunter Elrushbo on Gurubashi; he moved his character and transferred alliances.

* I will miss my other friends on other servers. Kildoor and Hrantius on Fizzcrank. Mesoevil on Gurubashi. Quasievil on Gurubashi (who had his account hacked and I no longer see his characters – maybe he deleted them!) I still have contact outside WoW with my ex-coworkers so I’m happy about that.

The good feelings:

* I can play some other games I’ve been looking forward to playing: getting back into Oblivion and checking out some of the new user mods, trying Morrowind, finishing my Zelda DS game my son’s been bugging me to finish, playing with my son more on the Wii.
* More time for exercise. Over the summer I exercised more when I wasn’t playing WoW. Good for me!
* I’m working on a small venture (more to come later), on this website, and guest blogging for themes4bb.com
* I’ve had more time to catch up on tech news and social networking while not on WoW.
* Job hunting will be top of the list and if I can start bringing income in again, that will be a great thing!

Next time I’ll post about what I liked and didn’t like about WoW. I’ll be able to look at the “didn’t like” list when I’m feeling sad about not being able to play.