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#1  Edited By Vaxadrin

So if you're not familiar with the backstory, basically this game was pay-to-play, got a ton of work done on it, switched ownership a few times, went down for a while, and now is back up in the hands of people who are hosting the servers free of charge.  You can download the client at www.ryzom.com

The game is definitely an MMO, so expect grinding and "go get 10 of this" and all the other standard MMO bullshit.  However, there's a few things in the game that I really like, and are making me want to invest a good chunk of time in it.

  • Non-traditional levelling system.
  • Economy based entirely around player created items. (armor, weapons, etc)
  • Fun and highly customizable combat system.
  • Visual style that looks alot like a bizarre amalgamation of cyberpunk techno-stuff mixed with Elder Scrolls' Morrowind & Shivering Isles.
  • Guns!
  • It has all the balancing & polish of a pay-to-play MMO that has been patched heavily for years, and yet is completely free!
  • No need to re-roll, ever.  If you want to specialize in something else, you can without any penalty.  Everyone can master everything if they really want to.

So, I recommend it.  I'm still on nub island, but I played it for about 5 hours last night and really enjoyed myself.  Perhaps we could get a few GB members together to do quests & shit.
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#2  Edited By Jayge_

I just read THIS NeoGAF topic on it. It sounds ridiculously good, but I don't know if I have the time to invest...

FUCK IT. I'm installing it.

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#3  Edited By MattyFTM  Moderator

It looks cool, but I've been disappointed by MMO's so many times, I don't know if I have it in me to try another one. Can you elaborate on the "Fun and highly customizable combat system" because what I usually find so boring about MMO's is that the combat system is basically "Click on enemy to attack, press key 1 if you want to do a more powerful attack, press 0 to heal", If this is substantially different I might give it a try.

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#4  Edited By Vaxadrin

Well you get these things called stanzas.  You then group them together to form your attacks.

So for example, I can make #1:
Attack, Acid Damage, Increased Accuracy
#2:
Attack, Regular Damage
#3
Cure, Heal Poison
#4
Cure, Fire Protection
etc etc etc

Also, I'm not sure, but it seems like the cooldown is done BEFORE the attack.

Granted, it's very much an MMO, so if you're not to keen on that kind of combat, you probably won't like this.  I personally am not an MMO guy, but have been enjoying myself in this game.  I think it has alot to do with the built in mp3 player and macro maker, though.

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#5  Edited By demonbear

I just read this on the Ryzom official forum :

"A lot of you have probably been wondering how long the testing phase and the associated free access for everyone will last. Well we can tell you for now that Ryzom will stay free for everyone *at least* until the end of October, and possibly longer. If you haven't done so already, or if you don't know what we're talking about and just want to try out game for free, you can download it here, and you can create a FREE Ryzom account on this page (Hurry up, no credit card required for the moment Wink )."

So its not forever basically.

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#6  Edited By Vaxadrin

Vaxadrin plays Ryzom until the end of October confirmed.

:(

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#7  Edited By MattyFTM  Moderator

I might give it a try. I've got nothing better to do for 2 weeks until I go back to university. I might as well waste it on an MMO. I'll download it tomorrow morning. My internet is super slow in the evening. It'll take ages to download at this speed.

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#8  Edited By Jayge_

I've got other things to play, but they'll last forever as far as I'm concerned. Might as well play this out I guess.

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#9  Edited By MattyFTM  Moderator
demonbear said:
"I just read this on the Ryzom official forum :

"A lot of you have probably been wondering how long the testing phase and the associated free access for everyone will last. Well we can tell you for now that Ryzom will stay free for everyone *at least* until the end of October, and possibly longer. If you haven't done so already, or if you don't know what we're talking about and just want to try out game for free, you can download it here, and you can create a FREE Ryzom account on this page (Hurry up, no credit card required for the moment Wink )."

So its not forever basically.
"
Not necessarily. Anarchy online was free originally for a few months, but then they extended it, and extended it again. And now I believe its indefinitely free. They found that the game needed these free players to function, since without them it would be practically dead. This seems like a similar game, I doubt it would be very popular if it was pay to play. They'll probably just have to add an advertising system into the game to make money.
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#10  Edited By Jayge_

Just played it for a good hour or so. I can definitely see why it died out as a P2P game. It's got great concepts, but a serious lack of polish. And by serious, I mean it has relatively none. I may post a blog of detailed impressions later.

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#11  Edited By Vaxadrin

I agree about the polish.  There's a ton of little things like sometimes having to click twice when you should only have to click once.

Something about it keeps drawing me to it...I think it's the art style.

If anyone does decide to give it a try, I have two characters on the English server, Vaxadrin & Vaxadril.

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#12  Edited By Rowr

downloading now.

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#13  Edited By Absurd

I will download once I feel like playing an mmorpg again...They all feel the same lately

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#14  Edited By Terrell

I cant run it, my computer can barely do anything besides internet and video!


Oh well I guess

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#15  Edited By Relys

Player supported economy? Sounds kind of like luminary. I think I got upto level 35 in that game before I got board. My friend got up into the 80's or something.

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#16  Edited By Riddler

i wouldve played if it came out in the summer.............

Its too close to the Holiday season of games to get into an MMO right now. so sorry, :(

BTW, shits a 1.5 gig download????!!!! WTF.
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#17  Edited By Discorsi

So what will it cost me.



If you know where that's from you get a cookie baked with love ;D.

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#18  Edited By Vaxadrin

I don't know where that's from.  Do I get a cookie baked with hate instead?

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#19  Edited By chililili

I might get it if lots of people sign on but I can't really sink that much time to it! especially with all the other games ocming out!

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#20  Edited By Bulldog19892

My computer has been rapidly deteriorating. I can't run that game. My computer can't even run the original Fallout.

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#21  Edited By Endogene

i remember this getting great review back in the day.
However since i have a strict anti MMO/AntiSocialLife policy i wont try it.

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#22  Edited By Absurd

Downloading now.

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#23  Edited By Demyx

just started playing, its pretty good.
looks good, and I agree about polish.

Vaxadrin said:

"I agree about the polish.  There's a ton of little things like sometimes having to click twice when you should only have to click once.

Something about it keeps drawing me to it...I think it's the art style.

If anyone does decide to give it a try, I have two characters on the English server, Vaxadrin & Vaxadril."
my character's name is Zexion.
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#24  Edited By Jayge_

Vaxadrin dragged me to the mainland. It's weird as hell. I definitely should have stayed on the preview island longer. Was only there for like 2 or 3 hours.

I'm getting my skills up though. Since I'm not in Fyros (my dude's native land), it'll be a while before I craft anything fyros-style. That's ghey :-/

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#25  Edited By Demyx

I've been having trouble running it. After I choose my character, the load always stops. I've changed my router and firewall settings, but still nothing.

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#26  Edited By Jayge_
Demyx said:
"I've been having trouble running it. After I choose my character, the load always stops. I've changed my router and firewall settings, but still nothing."
A couple of people seem to be getting this. It's odd. The game runs fairly well and is heavily scaleable.

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