Updated Fri, Oct 02, 2009 by Ralsu
When gamers first discovered Frogster’s Runes of Magic, it was too easy to dismiss the title as “another World of Warcraft clone.” Once beta began and people got a taste of the many features and design elements present in the world of Taborea, players understood that Frogster was on to something with its free-to-play title. As the game closes in on three months since the official launch and over one million registered users, Ten Ton Hammer takes a look at the top six reasons to play Runes of Magic.
The content in Ravenfell has a distinct pirate theme.
Runes of Magic is free to download: MMOs typically cost $15-50 at retail depending on how long they have been on the market. The purchase price always includes a month of play time, but it’s still a bit of a gamble any time a gamer buys a box. An MMO enthusiast who pays $50 for a title he doesn’t like after a few hours of gameplay either must concede that he has just lost his money or play an MMO he doesn’t like as much as possible during that month to get his money’s worth of entertainment from the transaction. Players don’t take any risks with Runes of Magic. Nothing is lost if a person decides Frogster’s MMO is not for him because a free download gets a person into the game.
Runes of Magic does not require subscription fees: The lack of a monthly fee has two benefits for the residents of Taborea. The first advantage is that a player does not feel pressure to play a certain number of hours during the month to justify the cost. Whether a person logs on for two hours per week or twenty, the reason to log on is the desire to play rather than pressure to validate an expense.
The second perk that comes from Runes of Magic having no subscription fee is that players can take a break at any time without any account management. A gamer going on vacation for three weeks doesn’t need to do anything to manage her account. Since Runes of Magic costs nothing, she can simply stop playing and return to the game when her vacation is over. Likewise, a person who has grown tired of the title or reached the level cap can stop playing for a while and come back after a new content update.
Frogster adds content and events frequently: Runes of Magic launched with content beta testers did not have a chance to access, a wise move. In the ten weeks since it went live, Frogster has released at least four content updates and events. First was the Ravenfell expansion, which added content for players near the cap. Then came the Easter Egg Hunt, an event Ton Ton Hammer participated in that offered prizes for readers who could find the eggs hidden on gaming websites. Next was the Spring Rain Event, which added seasonal fun and quests. Finally, Frogster announced the Public Encounters system, an open quest system that works a bit like Warhammer Online’s Public Quests.