As a fantasy novel fan I was pretty overjoyed to find out that the Riftwar Saga series was being turned into an MMORPG. The Riftwar Saga is the first series of the Riftwar Cycle, a series of fantasy novels written by New York Times bestselling author Raymond E. Feist; the stories take place in the fictional worlds of Midkemia and Kelewar, and human magicians are able to travel through dimensional rifts that connect planets.
Midkemia Online is pretty far into the beta stages and so far I'm enjoying the combat mechanics. It has a really cool dodging system, you can manually duck and dodge your opponents attacks in real-time. There are Thief skills for stealing from other players, but it's pretty tricky. Thieves tend to die alot.
I'm also really excited about the non-instanced player housing, and unlike other MMOs built using the Rapture engine, Midkemia Online has out-of-subdivision housing (which makes it less likely for other players to try and break into your house).
The PvP is pretty violent too, there's all sorts of gruesome ways to finish off your opponent like chopping their head off or slitting their throat from behind. If this game had to be submitted to the ESRB it'd probably get a Mature+ rating or more.
I'm enjoying the community so far, there's definitely a dedication to roleplay as the staff runs events based on things that happened in the books. If you've read the books it's always fun when a familiar character appears, like Jimmy the Hand. Hopefully the beta wraps up soon and the developers roll out all the awesome features we've been promised, but all the crafting and PvP duelling is done and very top-notch. I was excited to find out my character can forge his own weapons with the Blacksmithing skillset, and there's a wide variety of weapons too. Fun stuff!