Dungeon Runners was a free-to-play MMORPG published by NCSoft
and developed by NCSoft West. It was designed as a parody
of traditional fantasy MMORPGs and dungeon crawlers such as EverQuest
and Diablo II
. Going live on May 24, 2007, the game was closed on December 31st, 2009.
The game was supported by optional subscriptions, in-game advertising
(largely, if not entirely, for other NCSoft properties), as well as retail box sales. Subscribers had access to higher login queue priority, larger storage, stackable consumable items, and exclusive access to the highest tier of item, which in a parody of the traditional MMO rarity color scheme, were 'rainbow' colored. The retail box sold for $19.99 USD, and included six months of game time, as well as a Bling Gnome pet which automatically gathered gold for you, as well as eating lower-rarity items and 'processing' them into gold.
When creating a new character, players were given the choice of three classes, Fighter, Mage, and Ranger. However, this only affected beginning stats and items, and it was possible to learn skills for any class from the appropriate trainer.