As I posted over on my blog here, I hit level 80 in WoW with my rogue, of all the classes.
My rogue leads a life in another universe called Taborea. Yes, in Runes of Magic I play a rogue also and he is currently level 6 and climbing. At level 10 I can pick a secondary class, and I think I may go scout to make him a Aragorn rip off. A rogue that can shoot bows and do some ranged DPS may be quite deadly.
I will admit that I used to laugh at this game but now the more I play it the more I am getting used to it. I think that if I wasn't playing WoW, I would be playing the next closest thing to WoW and that is this game. Also, I know damn well I would use real money to buy things like stoves, horses, potions and other stuff that would pretty much add up to me paying a monthly fee for it. The game is THAT addictive. I wanted to try out the RMT in the game so I went to the main website and "charged up my diamonds" which are the in game currency. For $4.99 I wanted to see what I could get for 100 of them.
The game is still in beta but due to launch March 19th 2009. I logged in my rogue Monday night to finish up the dailies he had in his quest log, and it was smooth sailing and he hit level 6. I have spent any of his skill points yet as I wanted to see what would become available once he got a few more levels.
The daily quests in the game are randomized on a bulletin board in the town, and you can start them as soon as level 1. They provide tokens you can turn in to faction people and some cash on the side. This method offers a fun way to take a break from questing and gets the player base mingling as everyone is hovering around the board to see what the daily quests are.
One of my first quest rewards was a brown horse that lasted 24 hours. I was mounted and running around at level 2 getting things done quickly. Unfortunately when they say "24 hours" they sure as hell mean it. I was logged out and came back in and my horse had trotted off for greener pastures. Not like WoW where 24 hours is usually IN GAME time. No sir they want you online and getting the crack injection. If not, you are gonna use real money to get that horse back. That is to be expected, but I was sad to see my little buddy ride away.
My daily quest consisted of clearing some cave of crabs (should see a doctor about that) and as a result I got some pants that were socketed, or in this game can take "runes". Straight out of most games Runes of Magic has socketable gear. The interface is fast and straight forward. Right click rune, click socketable item, get generic spell bar, done.
I also got a ton of bags that you open for random gifts, a lot of armor I could not use that I sold for cold hard cash, and some other things I need to look up to see what they are. Runes called "link" and some other odd items that I don't quite grasp yet.
I am not sure what I want to do with my 100 diamonds, but I didn't want to spend too much money on a game I play on the side, however I did want to test the in game RMT store system. As far as I know the ONLY way to respec in this game is to spend cold hard money. How that will go over with the gamers I have no idea but City of Heroes has implemented that lately also. They have recently added a cool warhorse that costs the following:
7 day variant for 40 Diamonds
30 day variant for 100 Diamonds
permanent Warhorse for 395 Diamonds
I could ride around on that bad boy for 30 days I guess, but I want to buy several little vanity items I think like weird pets or some sort of tradeskill item.
It should also be noted that Runes of Magic supports add ons and mods, just like WoW. In fact the company is holding a contest for the best mod authors. This link at Curse has more information. For now I can post the rewards:
Top 2 Authors will receive: 1000 Diamonds and a 2 story house
Top 5 Authors will receive: 1000 Diamonds
Every Author will receive 500 Diamonds
I didn't have much time to dabble in looking around outside the starting area yet, but so far as an escape I am having fun just exploring and not taking the game TOO seriously. If only we could all catch that sense of virgin newness in the MMO's we play, our lives as players might be much happier these days. I for one will never get that EQ1 feeling back, but it is good to pretend every now and then. I just find it a shame that we have to use other games as an escape from our "main" game.