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Dragon Oath Official Developer Blog

Developers of ChangYou's Dragon Oath, the F2P True Martial Arts MMORPG, write about Dragon Oath and the gaming industry. We'll also bring you insights about MMORPGs made in China and published in the West. Share your thoughts with us!

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What Female Gamers Look for in MMORPGs

Posted by changyou Thursday February 25 2010 at 4:41PM
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Dragon Oath forum volunteer Dacchei, a 19-year-old college student, brings us this in-depth look into the game, which also offers a unique angle into what features of MMORPGs would get female players addicted.

(Screenshot of Dacchei on her new Snow Wings mount and her cute Polar Bear pet ) 


By Dacchei

"Being an avid gamer, I’ve played many, many free MMORPGs. Recently it’s been easier for me to jump from game to game, seeing basically the same content everywhere I went. But then I ran into a game that actually caught my eye and made me unable to quit playing it.
The first feature that caught my eye about Dragon Oath was its nine classes. These include classes that are commonly known in many games such as Taoist and Assassin, but then there were some classes I had never heard of before like Lotus Order and Pyromancer. Then, the next feature that I was attracted to was the Pet System. The Pet system on this game offered many different types of pets and also allowed pets to be much more than just an attractive sidekick. With pets, players are able to have another body to tank for them, attack with them or even heal them. Finally, the most unique feature of this game (for me) was the 24/7 events. Many of the events are called Intruders and Thieves. In these events you join a party and fight on an instance map for experience and items. These monsters give much more experience than the normal ones, and the events are quite enjoyable to do (in my opinion) because of the interaction with other players.
Recently Dragon Oath released its Christmas Events, much to everyone’s excitement. Some of the main items that people were looking forward to included the new level cap, new map, and new Christmas items. After logging in on the 17th, I was very impressed with the changes to Luo Yang. The snow made the game seem much more festive. Then I ran to see the new map, Silver Snowfield, that had just been opened to the public. This map was much like the other caves I had been to, however it was unique because it offered the new Penguin pet. Also, this map offered a new drop called ‘Monster Diary’ that would allow players to get their much sought after 2nd Class Fashion after collecting 20 diaries. After I was done exploring the new map and ringing the ‘Bell of Happiness’ (another new feature promoted by the mallet drops), I decided to check out the Token Shop. I have to say, I was incredibly impressed by the look of everything in the shop. All the new mounts and fashions looked amazing. However, what didn’t impress me were the prices. Being a broke college student, I knew I wouldn’t be able to buy anything in the shop. Still, one can’t help but hope that these items might be up for grabs one day as event prizes. ? Some other disappointments that came along with this update were the low drop rates of a lot of the items, the level requirements for most of the activities were biased toward higher levels, and there were not enough new stuff/areas. Even though I enjoyed spending some time at snow field, within a few hours, I was back to my routine of doing rebels and thieves every hour. Also, it was odd that the only city to get a new wintery look was Luo Yang. Regardless though, the update did help bring a new “Christmassy” feel to the game and provide the first step into parts of Dragon Oath that have yet been added into the game.
  Ultimately, Dragon Oath still has much more growing to do, but then again it also has a lot more content that has not been released in the US version yet. The community gradually increases every day, yet it’s still small enough to easily make friends with people from partying with them over and over again. In my opinion, it’s a good size because there are always more people to meet, yet after playing for a while you begin to recognize other people’s names. If you haven’t tried playing Dragon Oath yet, I highly recommend it. It offers enjoyable game play with tons of things to keep you busy, including raising pets, improving your life skills (crafting, mining, planting, fishing, etc.), and PvP events. PvP is a huge part of Dragon Oath and should inspire people to level faster or work harder on getting their equipment stronger. All the maps allow PvP, though some not without penalty. There are certain maps that do allow PvP without penalties, and there are also events, such as the Class Martial Battle, that allow you to test your strength against others. In the end, no matter how you decide to play your character, I believe that as long as you do what you enjoy doing, you will find this game to be an enjoyable way to spend your free time!"

The Essence of F2P

Posted by changyou Wednesday February 24 2010 at 2:33PM
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  From a developer’s standpoint, the most exciting opportunity you could have is that the games you have worked on will be available to anyone who has a computer and an internet connection. We all know MMORPG players are always in search of good games that they can play without burning a hole in their wallets.
  But as F2P games offer an alternative to the traditional P2P model in the MMO market, the common gripes that you always hear about the F2P genre are:
“The graphics are so bad!”
“It’s free so it’s bound to have lots of bugs and glitches”
“It’s just a trick to make me eventually spend money”
  It’s always funny for those of us in the industry to hear these complaints. I can’t speak for every other F2P game, but here at Dragon Oath these criticisms couldn’t be further from the truth. Our testers and developers spend just as much time, if not more, than our counterparts working on subscription-based games, debugging code and making sure the games run as smoothly and impressively as possible. We’re also committed to keeping Dragon Oath free forever.
  With that being said, I personally am very excited to see the Western market opening up to more and more F2P MMOs. These games have been popular in Asia for quite a while now, but we’re seeing many becoming household names in America as well. Of course, bringing a popular game from China to the U.S. is not an easy task.
East Meets West
  Marketing: By far, the biggest challenge for us. The game Dragon Oath is based on an immensely popular martial arts novel in China. Going from being a household name to having nobody know anything about your product is not easy. It’s like making a game based on Harry Potter and giving it to an audience that has never read the book. So of course, despite our rich storyline and plot, these were not points that we could focus on in promoting the game. Thankfully, the huge number of appealing features and in-game events in Dragon Oath gave us something that MMORPG players anywhere can relate to.
  Features: Now, it’s no secret that there are differences in the audiences that we are catering to. Features that our players in Asia love could also be features that gamers in the U.S. hate! I’m not going to lie, it’s been a learning process for all of us here at ChangYou. The entire time we’ve released Dragon Oath in America, we’ve listened intently to user feedback and gamers’ suggestions. Things like deeper quest content and alternatives to grinding for experience are what we’ve worked to include in each patch and expansion. The one thing that’s stayed constant across the continents is the fact that an F2P survives based on the depth of the gaming experience it can offer players, regardless of whether or not they spent any money on microtransactions. When you have a game like ours whose content and depth rivals those of pay-to-play power houses like Aion and World of Warcraft, people start to take notice.
  Competition: Any time you come in to a new market, especially as an underdog, there are bound to be challenging competitors who already have a foothold in the marketplace. As I’ve said before, as an F2P game, we’ve had to battle the stereotypes that players inevitably have when they hear the name. It’s even tougher when you have well-established subscription-based games out there breathing down your neck. What we’re striving to have players understand though, is that F2P games like Dragon Oath offer players a unique experience, in that they can literally sample the game entirely for free, and play for however long they want to, and never spend one cent. This is appealing to both MMORPG newbies as well as veteran players who want to take up another challenge. Another advantage we hold is that the microtransaction model (which, due to its success, has been adopted by major P2P games like WoW) allows players from all walks of life to enjoy the game at the same level. If someone has little time on their hands due to work or school, they can always catch up to other player’s levels by spending a few dollars on experience items. At the same time, we balance the item shops so that you cannot simply spend a bunch of money to create an overpowered character. The sole purpose of the shop is to make sure all players can enjoy the same experience without forcing anyone to forego other important responsibilities that they may have.
  Going into the future, we know that we have a unique challenge. We have to distinguish ourselves from all the other F2Ps out there, we have to offer the same level of gameplay that all of the most popular MMORPGs have, and at the same time we’re going to have to offer our players a sense of community that they cannot get in any P2P game. To do that we’re going to keep giving the same level of customer service so that players will always be able to have their complaints, suggestions, and comments quickly heard and addressed. We will also continue to offer new expansions, features, and special events to really let our players know that they are in a dynamic community with many other people who share their love for the game.

Community Update: CosPlay Mania

Posted by changyou Tuesday February 23 2010 at 3:41PM
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It’s always great to see people get really into their games. It’s that same passion that drives everyone in ChangYou office to really strive to get the best game out there for you guys. 

Nothing would be more gratifying than seeing our enthusiasm reciprocated by some loyal fans! Just the other day a couple sent us their cosplay pictures that they took at a gaming convention in Hong Kong.

(Dressing up as their in-game characters)

In addition, some lovely ladies decided to dress up as their characters from Dragon Oath as well.

(Nicely done girls)

Of course, cosplay isn’t a new phenomenon and it certainly isn’t just limited to Dragon Oath players. Check out sites such as and or other blogs on to see how cosplay is taking the world by storm.

(Yes, that sword is real...)

The World's First and Best True Martial Arts PvP MMORPG

Posted by changyou Monday February 22 2010 at 3:49PM
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Dragon Oath, by (US) Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Ltd., China's leading online game developer and operator, is a martial arts free-to-play massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG) set in ancient China during the time of the Song Dynasty in 960 AD.

Dragon Oath is the English version of TLBB (Tian Long Ba Bu), one of the most popular online games in China. The main storyline of it is based upon the mythology of the eight races of non-human deities described in Buddhist cosmology. The game allows players to engage themselves in ancient Chinese lore and take part in captivating quests that tell the tale of warriors and diplomats from this time period. It has a large emphasis on teamwork and community within its game-play mechanics and boasts over 300 different martial arts skills, 136 armor sets with up to 116 million combinations of weapons, 276 thousand pets of different attributes and 100 automated daily in-game live events 24/7.

Dragon Oath is a Community based MMORPG that highly promotes players to party-up and follow quests rather than simply grind and level up. Unlike other games, Dragon Oath gives reasons for all players to play with others rather than alone. A lot of special features that Dragon Oath has will automatically encourage players to build a Friend-Line or so called a Group. Players will play together, make friends and enjoy countless quests that it provides. Join Dragon Oath and Experience Nine Destinies and Infinite Possibilities! 

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