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Ran online is Real School Action with verisimilitude and accessibility possessed full 3D MMORPG. In addition, it's global Online game enjoyed together by the users from 80 different nations. You can check Ran online developer's story in here!!

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The Frontier of RAN online, RAN-WORLD! New Update!

Posted by ranonline Wednesday December 14 2011 at 4:09AM
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Game developers from South Korea Min-Communications who develop F2P MMORPG called Ran Online and provide direct Global Service of the game with the name “Ran world” will start their large scale update on 22ndDecember with a slogan “The frontier of Ran Online, Ran world”.
 
Ran online is free to play MMORPG that developed base on real life in modern school. This game is really popular in Southeast Asian country such as Philippine, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and East Asian country such as Taiwan, Hong Kong.
 
Min communications chooses ‘The Frontier of Ran Online’ as the new slogan of Ran world with a determination to become the leader of Ran Online service all over the world. As the global server that provided by the developer directly Ran world promises to provide the newest content, fastest level-up and easiest train method.
 
“The frontier of Ran Online, Ran world” will open their first chapter on 22ndDecember with the update of new class called “Scientist” and new Boss mob called “Sonya” who can transform into 4 forms. It’s more special because Min communications develop “Scientist” base on user’s opinion in the “Global contest exhibit about new class” that conducted in 2009. Different from other class, Scientist uses modern gun to attack and it has special and powerful skill to use in PvP battle.
 
 
Together with the updates, Min communications also prepares various events. First of all, “Season ranking” event will be held from 22nd December until 31st January. Plentiful reward will be provided to the highest level character that created on the event period. Moreover, from 22ndDecember until 12 January, Christmas gift will be provided to the entire user who login to the game. Not to mention that the user who recharge specific amount of R-Coin will receive PET Skin pack on the same event period. (R-Coin: point that used to buy a virtual item in ran world)
 
To find out the detailed information about the newest update and event, please visit Ran world website in www.ran-world.com.
 
New Class “Scientist” Video?http://youtu.be/cq22ISeTy5Q

Club Battle, indiscriminate competition hours of RAN online!

Posted by ranonline Sunday December 13 2009 at 7:11PM
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‘Club’ system is to provide better support for the user community which is valued very importantly in RAN online. Single characters can also form a party in a region and play the game together but the system that supports users to be in a certain group and continue the ties between them is called ‘Club’.

The fascinating thing about club is that not only it helps tighten the ties between the users but also it gives players the opportunities to enjoy the various systems which can only be played by being in a club. The Lead Club Battle which was posted last time and today’s topic the Club Battle are such systems.


[Limitless Competition System]

Dynamic massive PK battle is the charm of RAN online Club Battle system. This is a PK (Player Kill, AKA Duel) system which is held between the clubs of rank A or higher so, the scale of the battle is clearly distinguished from PK between the characters and parties.

Also, it is possible to battle against 5 different other clubs at the same time and the battle time can be set from 10mins minimum to 24hours maximum as the participating clubs desire.



 

[The fellowship felt between the club members]
The Club Battle and dueling between the characters are basically the same system but the difference is that the club battle is progressed under the command of Club Master. As the start of the club battle, it will be announced in the game and all the club members can attack the members of hostile club.

As for the most of other games, PK between characters cannot provide as much excitement as the dueling together in a team. As the teamwork and strategy are very important element when playing team sports, the fact that a player has eliminated his or her opponent is not the point, it is about playing each one’s role perfectly as the team strategy is what gives players more worthwhile sensation. This can never be felt when dueling alone and that is why the Club Battle is really fascinating.

Surprisingly, there is no particular reward for winning the club battle. Only the honor of No.1 club is what the participating clubs and their members are striving for even if there isn’t any reward for winning. This is the heroism and vicarious pleasure felt in the in-game virtual reality and it even gives the motivation for playing RAN online.
 

The Club Battle, limitless PK system between the clubs!
Through the RAN online club battle, fully enjoy the fellowship with club members and the honor of being the member of No.1 Club!



RAN online, How to Become a Lead Club

Posted by ranonline Monday November 9 2009 at 9:27PM
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RAN online has many more contents that can be enjoyed together with other characters than alone. Obviously, it is easier to hunt together than alone. Therefore, the most of the RAN users form a party or form a Club to enjoy RAN online together every time.

Forming a club and acting as a member of that club is important in RAN online because it is providing various systems which consider team work and ties between the users very importantly.

One of the systems is called Lead Club Battle. Lead Club Battle is to define the final winner through battle between the clubs at appointed spot in 4 different regions. This is the typical type of RAN online club system and can be considered as Siege Warfare (or RvR) the emblem of online games.

 

Let’s become a Lead Club in a Region through Lead Club Battle!

Where
Lead Club Battle of RAN online is held in four regions at the same time. Take the bus to move to each region’s E-Room.

When
It is held at 13:00 hours of RAN time (GMT+9) on every Wednesday and Sunday. GM will announce the Lead Club Battle, one hour prior to its start. 

How
Once a character is inside of E-Room, it will be auto PK mode against other club members (without pressing ‘Z’ button). The Last Club which holds authentication after indiscriminate attack between the clubs will be given the rights of that region.

Just like the Extra Stage, it is to define the winner but the different point is that the opponents are not the
monsters, it’s the other clubs. Plus, the reward which is to be given to the winner is not typical special items. Reward is the trading fee of that region which is another fascinating attraction point of Lead Club Battle.

Benefit
Once became a Lead Club Battle, reward is to receive trading fee for every trade made in that region. Especially, the fee rate is set at 5% by default but it can be adjusted by the master of Lead Club’s own accord up to 30%.
 

 

RAN online, Enjoy the soul of action with PvP Control!

Posted by ranonline Monday October 26 2009 at 3:32AM
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All of you must have played and enjoyed various action games. There are many action games which give you the electrifying and thrilling sense of the action. Battle between the users would be one of the unique attraction points of action games.

RAN online has various systems to enjoy other than just leveling up. Once a player’s character reaches certain level, it would be possible to enjoy all of the contents in RAN online. PvP is a popular system which let players to feel the action sensation. Introducing the RAN online’s unique console game like competition PvP battle system.

PvP is a challenge between characters regardless of leveling up. There are three types of PvP in RAN online; they are PK, Duel and Party Duel. As the skill casting and character control abilities, players can experience various types of PvP.
 

PK (Player Kill)
PK can be tried to all the characters which are level 20 or higher, except all the other protected characters. Conduct a skill attack to the target opponent to PK while pressing ‘Z’ button on your keyboard to start PK. This is a challenge without prior consent between the players and player who was attacked can have 60 Seconds to fight back as a self-defense since the opponent’s last attack.

Damage received would be reduced 50% than the normal attack power. EXP could be lost and one of the equipped items might be dropped, if you lose the PK challenge. Therefore, using potion is very important element to win the PK challenge. Efficient control of the skill usage and potion must be done at the same time, so shortcut key settings and one’s own know-how are required to win this.

Plus, character which tries to PK will lose the status attribute points and if he or she has succeeded to kill the target then more point would be lost. Once this status attribute points go lower than the certain level than there will be a penalty to limit the trading goods in the game.


    

 

Duel Challenge
Press and hold the ‘Shift’ button and click left mouse button on the target opponent to request Duel. Not like the PK, duel is conducted upon prior consent between the players. Also, the number of potions to use, HP increase rate, the limitation of dueling area and etc can be adjusted before the fight so the dueling does not have any penalty.

It is important to equip different item as what the opponent character’s class is and what type of weapon he or she has equipped. There are various Skills and weapon traits and types so it is important to choose the item which helps you to have proper resistance against the opponent.

As the Dueling begins, it is important to make the first attack successful and also to learn the opponent’s intention and weather to fight in melee type or use the long ranged skills while running around. Plus, do not use the skills in shortcut key in the order; be sure to use them as to properly go against the opponent’s attack.


     

 

Duel Challenge between the Parties
Party Duel has its own uniqueness other than the 1 on 1 duel, PK and Lead Club Battle. As the 1 on 1 duel, how it is conducted would be the same but the win or lose is decided by the character’s trait rather than the control. Potion use is limited and the challenge can be ended, makes it different from the PK and there is required number of players that distinguish it from the Lead Club Battle.

The most important thing in the party duel is the teamwork between the party members. Must understand each member’s pros and cons and build a strategy. Uniqueness of each class’ character traits can be really useful. For example, Archers to attack in the distance, Swordsmen for middle and long range attacks, Brawler to use the melee & cancel skills, Shaman can give buffs to party member.
 

Let’s Go Party!

Posted by ranonline Thursday October 15 2009 at 9:55PM
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Well, everyone must have felt at least once that the repeated hunting and carrying out quests boring. Boring game? That is not a game!

Through our blog, we have introduced how to enjoy RAN online more before. Among them, let’s find out more about ‘Party Playing’ which is one of the most important and thrilling elements to have more compelling hunting experience in RAN online!


   



So, what is “Partying”?

All the RAN online users must feel the need to Party up to play RAN online. Party is a temporary group of various users to hunt monsters together more efficiently. With given option choices, dropped items and gold can be distributed fairly to more dominator or in orderly manner.
 

What’s the advantage for forming a party?
The obvious advantage of partying with other players is that hunting monsters becomes relatively easier. So, players can earn EXP points and items faster and also level up faster. Plus, players with different levels and classes will bring on all the variety of skills which would make the Party stronger in attacking and defending to make hunting easier.

The Advantage of partying is not only the easier hunting but also players can make variety of various new friends. Players will feel the bond which could never be felt when hunting alone. This bond will help new RAN online players to lose the inhibition fast and merge into the game more naturally.


How do you Party up?

Players can form a party everywhere in RAN online. Anyone can be in a party without any restriction of levels and classes but only maximum 8 players can be recruited in a party. It would be better to set or have a common goal when partying, such as hunting specific monsters in certain map.

Players should focus on ‘Drawing’ when hunting in a party. Well, some games forbid drawing monsters when hunting, due to “not enough hunting area”, but in RAN online, we encourage drawing because it is essential when hunting in a party. Draw massive number of monsters at once in an area and hunt them down all at once. Therefore, EXP gain speed and level up speed could get faster through this drawing method.

Plus, ‘Buff’ is another charm of party playing. Leveling up is a main purpose and fun of a game play so depending on how effectively the buffs are casted upon the party, level up speed can get even more faster. For example, when a Healer Shaman character is recruited in a party, depending on how well the healer gives the Haste (Moving Speed Increase) buff to its party members and how the other members use that speed well to hunt down the monsters faster can vary the level up speed.
 

Enjoy the Extra Stage 100%!

Posted by ranonline Wednesday October 7 2009 at 11:44PM
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Real life school RPG Ran Online has updated Extra Stage for the better user relationships and their characters’ ability improvements.


<EXTRA STAGE>
Basically, Extra Stage is an instance dungeon type system which would be played in specific place for limited time. It is divided into 4 different stages for users to hunt the monsters while building the teamwork and feeling the new excitement.

Users with characters level under 100 could participate in the extra stage to hunt monsters in limited time to acquire enhancement materials and gold for reward. Characters must go to the Practicing Yard to participate in and travel into the Extra Stage for the 4 stages of monster massacre. Once they have cleared all the stages, they need to get verified for Random Box which might contain ‘Enhancement Material Set’ or ‘50,000 gold’ inside.


We will teach you the tips on how to have extra fun for Extra Stage for the users who are not yet satisfied with above information which users can read more about in Ran Online Official Homepage.

Extra Stage can be considered as an event where monsters would appear at regular intervals. Participating in Extra Stage is like carrying out a quest which will reward you with Random Box. So to speak, Random Box will be provided only when users have completed their quest, it is not like a dropped item while hunting monsters.


Don’t forget, the goal is to feel the thrill while playing in the extra stage and to complete the given quest safely!



1. Form or Join a Party!
It is important to form or join a party to participate in the extra stage because the monsters appear in this stage have been given extra powers, not like the monsters which you can encounter in the general hunting grounds. Therefore, it would be really hard for a low level character to face these monsters all alone, so partying with others to gather power is very important. Note that when you form a party, at least one or two characters which have levels close to the 100 must be recruited to make the hunting easier.

2. Stock enough potions!
Extra Stage will require you to consume a lot of potions in order to go against powered up monsters. If you do not have enough potions in your Inventory then hunting would become really hard. Once a character is dead, you won’t be able to participate in Extra Stage again. So you would better get whole lot of potions ready in your inventory. Note that you will be able to purchase the potions from NPC who will appear during the intervals between the stages in the Extra Stage!

3. Don’t get confused with quest NPC!
First, users need to receive the quest from NPC called Ami located in Practicing Yard then, take the bus to get to the Extra Stage (AKA Newbie Practicing Yard) to enjoy the extra stage. A ‘Citizen’ NPC will appear in the center of the stage when you have cleared all 4 stages, get verified for your completion of the quest then you need to get verified again from Ami NPC who will appear in the Newbie Practicing Yard soon after. Random box will be given to you when you have finished the quest and 2 verifications, so do not forget to receive verification from Ami NPC.

 

On the other hand, Ran Online has revealed Extra Stage demonstration trailer on their official YouTube Channel. Trailer will give users a little bit of taste for the background set and realistic hunting scenes in Extra Stage.


Ran Online Official Homepage     http://www.ran-world.com
Ran Online Official YouTube Channel    http://www.youtube.com/RanonlineWorld

 

Developer interview - Ran Online Development Team Manager Brian Kim

Posted by ranonline Tuesday September 29 2009 at 7:57PM
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Q. Introduce yourself for us.
Greeting! I am a Ran Online Development Team Manager Brian Kim of Min Communications Inc. My job is to manage project schedules and human resources of Ran Team.
 

Q. Ran Online has quite a unique theme which is ‘school’, how did you first think of this concept?
Fantasy games were the majority in game market when we first started to build Ran Online. Therefore, we wanted to create a game with a theme which could be very unique and enjoyable for younger people and no repulsion for older generation. So, we narrow down the concept to modern and school for Ran Online.

As the concept was decided to focus on modern and school, Ran Online was able to approach various generations of users more familiarly. Plus, when it came down to the stage where we actually started to develop Ran Online, the most important points we focused on were “More modernized” and “actual school like” concept in basics.

 

Q. What would be the most unique system (or contents) of Ran Online that you can think of?
Ran Online has various systems which were nurtured and developed from its modern and school concept. Amongst all, ‘Lead Club Battle’ system would be the most unique feature of Ran Online. Lead Club Battle is a system which benefits the winning club for the war between the clubs (alliances) to conquer and rule certain area of Ran Online world.

With the background time set in modern, if the dueling between characters and clubs has the strongest impression in the game then the next specially featured system would be the attendance book. Literally, attendance book system benefits characters which log in to the game every day. You can say that it fits the school concept of Ran Online really well and familiar to everyone who ever attended school.

Plus, this is not possible to experience in Ran Online Global Server (GS) yet but the PvP system between users or schools, performed with gorgeous skills and thrilling fighting sensation, are already in service for the servers where Ran Online is serviced.

All these various pre-approved systems will be revealed on Ran Online GS server through updates more than twice per month so make sure you do not miss it.


Q. Ran online has been mostly serviced in Southeastern region, what would be the pros and cons of servicing a game in many countries?
First, Pros can be stabilized system which we have learned through many years of service experience. All of our efforts would be for nothing if any of the things such as registration, client download & installation, connection and play goes wrong even if many users log in with great interests. So, we are very focused on system stabilization when servicing. Also, the optimization of the game for the low spec PCs attracts more users.
 
Also, I would like to mention the Ran Online Global Tournament the global ceremony of Ran Online. Ran Online GT is an offline convention of Ran lovers to play Ran Online together. You can say, Ran Online GT is a ‘Ran Online Day’ to enjoy ran online with all the Ran Lovers from many different countries. I guess, if we are ever going to have the 3rd GT then users from North America and Europe would have chance to participate also.

 

Wealso provide a chance to present each country’s culture in the game with various contents. Such as “Map of Shibuya, Tokyo” can be a good example, including various traditional clothes and cultures from each country.

Ran Online, Cons? We consider the graphics which we have created in the early stage of developing Ran Online is a bit shabby. Therefore, we are trying many ways to present Ran Online with better graphics by applying it to the new contents.
 

Q. Tell us what are your goals for the Ran Online GS OBT?
Ran Online GS is being serviced to give excitement of Ran Online for the users from North America & Europe. Currently, Ran Online GS is getting lots of attention with participation of users from more than 80 different countries. However, the game has the oriental feeling and I wonder how the users from many different countries feel about it.

I really would like to find out that what are the thoughts of users from many different countries, how do they feel about it and what are the things that they really want by communicating with them a lot. We will be putting a lot of efforts to understand and study each country’s culture to be able to create contents more familiar to all of them. Through Ran Online GS OBT, we are trying to learn more to make a better game, so please do not hesitate to give us your ideas.
 

Special Traits of Each Class of Ran Online

Posted by ranonline Thursday September 10 2009 at 8:17PM
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• Swordman
Typical Knight Type
- Strong at close range combat with good HP and good Striking power.
- Sword, Blade and the Force-Sword are used as the choice of weapons
- Various skills are available by the weapon of choice, and class can be fragmented by it.

• Brawler
Unusual Bare Hands Fighter
- Mixed martial arts gives modernized sense
- Depending on stat point distribution, character can be fostered to use fists, feet or the forces.
- Speedy game play as if controlling the console match games

• Shaman
Typical Sorcerer with stronger striking power
- A character can be fostered into melee type attack sorcerer or subsidiary sorcerer
- Uses strong attack spells and subsidiary spells(Healing)
- Attack using spears and staffs

• Archer
Typical Archer Type
- Strong at distant range combat with strong striking ability
- Uses anything for weapon which is shaped as bow.
- Class can be divided again depending on stat point distribution to dex, power or spirit.
 

For more details of Ran Online Skill Demonstration trailer, please visit official Ran Online YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/RanonlineWorld

 

Tips for enjoying Ran Online in much better way!

Posted by ranonline Thursday August 27 2009 at 1:08AM
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Real Life School RPG, Ran Online is an action RPG with set of real life school background.
The fact that Ran Online has been made on the concept of Real Life & School, it gives the essential fun of the game. However, Ran Online also has variety of other game systems built in also. I would like to present to you today about some of the information which would arouse the sympathy and rejoice to whoever played Ran Online before.

Don't miss out on the tips on game systems and functions from the developers of Ran Online!

Unique Game Contents
Ran provides the independent game play as the package games by isolating other players from the party or a single player whom are or is participating in certain quests.

The quests connected to scenario provide the sense of leading game for the users to play the game more actively.

Character Control
Mix of skill combinations are main attacking method of this game and to execute the skills, number keys from 1 to 0 will be used when skills are assigned. Plus, Q, W, E, A, S, D buttons are used to consume potions to maximize the console like feeling of game playing.

When the character is in the motion for preparing to execute a skill, it could be canceled if pushed by another player. So, the use of ‘Cancel Skill’ naturally embosses the control ability of a player.

PK (Duel), between the characters with same level and item settings, ways of using skill combinations and ‘Cancel Skill’ can make whole lot of difference in the result.

Various Game System
Unlike the general items, box with ‘?’ mark would be dropped in a very low rate. The trait would be a secret and it could be a plus or minus in SPEED, POWER, EXP to a character for certain time. Question Box is expected to bring more tension and concentration into the game.

The fact that MMORPG needs to be played for very long time, game interface has been created for the convenience of the users. The navigation function called ‘Auto Path Finding’ which allows character to go through the labyrinth to a destined location with just one click and ‘Auto Attack’ function which will automatically catch up to running away enemy to the end with a click of ‘Ctrl key + Click’ are the example.
 

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Posted by ranonline Friday July 24 2009 at 1:10AM
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