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Information on recent, upcoming, and future updates, events, and announcements in Crystal Saga

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Happy New Years from Crystal Saga!

Posted by CrystalSaga Saturday December 31 2011 at 9:38AM
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Happy New Year! We have lots going on for this exciting new year weekend. Also, many of our Christmas events are also still going on through the 4th of January. Please visit our forums to learn more about all of our great events and keep playing Crystal Saga! http://cs.r2games.com/

Make it a Crystal Saga Christmas!

Posted by CrystalSaga Monday December 26 2011 at 6:03AM
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Happy holidays! The season for giving is upon us and we have designed some wonderful winter-themed events for all Crystal Saga players!

TIME 12.22 4:00-1.4 23:59

1. New Quests! Help decorate Starglade! Gather mistletoe! Collect candy canes for the children! Finish the special holiday quests and receive great rewards!

2. Spread holiday cheer! Visit Santa in Starglade to give and receive holiday cards. Collect enough cards for your class, and receive a special gift!

3. Free crystals! Purchase any crystal pack and receive 25% more crystals free!

4. And so much more! Visit Santa for gifts! Christmas pictures! Holiday costumes! It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!

Activities and promotions: as always, our activities and promotions will be announced on our forums.

Visit us at forums.r2games.com to keep up with all the excitement!

Bot usage allowed in Crystal Saga?

Posted by CrystalSaga Wednesday December 14 2011 at 6:51AM
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So a lot of players have questioned the use of bots in any MMO.    Some players are against the usage of bots while others don't mind it.  Others complain about bots but end up not playing the game anyways.  So what about Crystal Saga?  What does Crystal Saga do about bots?

Crystal Saga is currently offering players AFK bot cards for the price of $0.45 for one hour.  Now a lot of players might become upset that Crystal Saga is actually allowing players to purchase bot cards to use in game, specially since the bot cards are mainly used for autoleveling.  This would certainly give players who work hard for their levels a reason to complain about unfair leveling.  However, more research into the AFK bot cards shows that these cards can be an advantage for players but it can also be a huge disadvantage and even a risk for players.  Crystal Saga GMs say the bots are used mainly for fighting monsters and autoleveling while the player goes afk but if no monsters are near the player, this bot card is useless.  Also if the player loses health, the bot doesn't do anything and lets the player die.  So the bot is basically an autoattacker, killing all nearby monsters automatically while the player is afk but not doing anything else.  This is a hue disadvantage, however the price for a 1 hour bot card clearly shows what the bot card can offer, which is not much at all.  45 cents just to autoattack nearby monster for one hour? Sounds pretty simple and cheap to me but I'm just a blogger.

If this bot is simply an autofighter, there's not much to complain about.  You can gain experience by killing monsters lower level than you and gaining small amounts of experience over time and make sure you don't die.  Players who work hard for their leveling will wander by killing bosses and challenging themselves to monsters who can give them really good experience.  Overall, the 1 hour afk bot card is nothing but a small supplement to a player's gaming experience.  Players can still outlevel a botter if they work hard enough.  The only advantage is if the botter fights monsters that are lower level but gives really good experience, however it all depends on the scenario.  If the lower level monster gives really good experience but gives out higher damage, then the botter has to watch out.  Various settings can factor in to whether or not the botter is in for a good 1 hour of autofighting or a boring 1 hour of accumulating small amounts of experience.

Unless you ask the players themselves, no one knows what players use the bot cards for or how often they use the bot cards.  Crystal Saga's marketing team says that a good number of players purchase and use the cards so it can be assumed players enjoy using the bot as a supplement to their gaming experience.  Players can choose if they want to play the game using the bot card or choose to play the game without using the bot card.  Some players can play and ignore botters.  It all depends.  We know that one thing is for sure: everyone has their own way of having fun in an MMO.  There's no defined way to have fun.  To some players, the bot card is part of the fun but I'm sure Crystal Saga provides a lot more features in its game than a bot card.

For more information, check out Crystal Saga at http://cs.r2games.com

Comparing Crystal Saga to RuneScape

Posted by CrystalSaga Tuesday December 13 2011 at 2:32AM
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There are dozens and dozens of browser-based MMORPGs that exist online and we all know Runescape is one of, if not, the best browser-based MMORPG.  With dull graphics that can run on any computer with low system requirements, Runescape offers plenty of features that gamers can kill time on.  So why would anyone compare a game like Crystal Saga to RuneScape?

Well both games are similar in that both games have dozens of servers to choose from.  Runescape's servers are combined PvE and PvP but are split between member and non member while Crystal Saga's servers are split between PvE and PvP.  Also, both have a history of bot usage.  Some might agree that bots can destroy the "meaning" of a game while others agree that bots can be ignored and you can play the game with fun and enjoyment.  Crystal Saga allows its players to purchase an afk bot, a bot that does certain things when the player logs out or does something while being away from the keyboard.  Runescape has had many problems with players trying to create programs that will give the player an advantage in the game such as bone collecting, killing monsters, and crafting runes.  Runescape has been trying to stop the usage of bots by enforcing account termination while Crystal Saga permits usage of bots.  But there's a difference.  Runescape's bots are dangerous to the game while Crystal Saga's bots are a beneficial supplement to the game.  Some players may or may not agree to this.  Popular games such as Perfect World uses bots as a supplement to aid players in the game.

True gamers will say that bots are harmful to the game, no excuses.  Gamers who are more relaxed and laid back won't be bothered by bots as long as bots don't give players a huge advantage over others.  Now, players have their own way of enjoying and having fun in an MMO.  One player might enjoy an MMO more or less differently than another player.  I think every gaming developer and publisher can agree that we can't make all players happy nor can we meet players' expectations.  We can only do what's best for players and the company on a long-term basis.

RuneScape is coded in java and has existed for many years.  The game runs very well and allows for a very expanded character customization.  Crystal Saga is different.  Classes are limited and it hasn't been existing for many years, but we can all agree that Crystal Saga has better graphics and does a great job with implementing 3D gameplay features into a browser-based MMO.

Overall, both games are different but are similar in certain ways.  Some might think it's crazy to compare both games against each other but we can say one thing, both games, especially Crystal Saga, has more to offer as the months go by especially during the Christmas season.

You can register and play Crystal Saga at http://cs.r2games.com

Crystal Saga 22nd server, Tyria Village - PvE Server

Posted by CrystalSaga Sunday December 11 2011 at 5:16AM
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For those who don't know about it yet:

Join us on Thursday, December 8th at 2:00pm EST, as we unveil our 22nd Crystal Saga server, Tyria Village. Tyria Village will be a PvE server set on EST. This new server coincides with the recent launch of Soul Development as well as the Crystal Ladder. For further details about these content updates and ongoing activities, please visit our official website and forums. See you in-game!

- The R2Games Team

http://cs.r2games.com

Crystal Saga Level 80, VIP Update!

Posted by CrystalSaga Saturday December 10 2011 at 9:56PM
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For those who did not yet know about Crystal Saga's latest patch update, here's the info:

http://edm.r2games.com/20111116/crystalsaga.html

 

New Continents Unlocked: From the dark, gloomy plains of The Void to the plush, green rainforests of the Southern Wetlands, there are over a dozen new areas to explore in this update. The deepest levels of the Celestial Palace, Twilight Caverns, and Aquatic Crypts back on the mainland are also unlocked and waiting to be discovered.

 

Hundreds of New Quests and Items: This update contains over two hundred level 60+ quests added to both the main and optional lines. Continue on your Vidalian adventure with some of your old friends: Orison, Anastasia, Karleya, and Mapelonia in the newly-released lands. In addition, check out the hundreds of new items that have now been added to the game!

 

New Dungeons: Fight your way down several floors in Vidalia’s newest, largest dungeon, the Killer’s Den, to try your luck against the fearless final boss, The Chancellor. Enter the crazy dreamworld of Psychodelica to, in a twist of fate, go up against your NPC friends in increasingly-tough mini-arena battles. The unique abilities of the monsters and bosses in these two new dungeons provide for a fun, new fighting experiences.

 

New Battle Wings: This update adds several new tiers of battle wings. Level 60+ wings are visually stunning. Will you be the first to max them out?

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