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Sony Online Entertainment
MMORPG | Setting:Fantasy | Status:Cancelled  (est.rel 01/30/07)  | Pub:Sony Online Entertainment
PVP:Yes | Distribution:Download,Retail | Retail Price:Free | Pay Type:Hybrid | Monthly Fee:$14.99
System Req: PC | ESRB:TOut of date info? Let us know!

Vanguard: Saga of Heroes

Vanguard: Saga of Heroes is a fantasy MMORPG in the hands of Sony Online Entertainment, who also hold other notable MMORPGs, such as EverQuest, EverQuest II, and DC Universe Online. Vanguard puts players in the fantasy land of Telon, and has all the usual suspects expected of the genre: a vast land to explore, questing, PvE, PvP, RP, dungeons, raids, mounts, crafting, player housing, and more. Vanguard has no zones or instances, making traveling and adventuring much more persistent and believable than other MMORPGs. The game employs a hybrid free-to-play model with optional subscriptions to unlock all of the content.


  • Races | Goblin, Half Elf, Kojani, Orc, Raki, Wood Elf, Dark Elf, Gnome, Kurashasa, Mordebi, Qalianthari, Varanthari, Dwarf, Halfling, High Elf, Lesser Giant, Thestran, Vulmane, Varanjar.
  • Classes | Warrior, Paladin, Dread Knight, Inquisitor, Ranger, Rogue, Monk, Bard, Berserker, Cleric, Shaman, Blood Mage, Disciple, Sorcerer, Psionist, Necromancer, Druid.
  • Telon | Comprised of three main continents: Thestra, Kojan, and Qalia, all directly linked by air and sea travel.
  • Mounts | A wide variety available, both ground and flying: horses, camels, Shadowhound, Unicorn, griffin, wyvern, and pegasi.
  • Crafting | Each continent has its own crafting style, and crafters are not forced to engage in combat to gather crafting materials.
  • Harvesting | Mining Metal Ore, Quarrying Stone Slabs and Gemstone Samples, Lumberjacking Wood Timbers, Skinning Leather Hides, and Reaping Cloth Bales.
  • Diplomacy | Diplomatic encounters are called ‘parleys’, and are minigames using cards that can reward players with achievements, titles, and special information.

Latest Features

  • Three Things Developers Can Learn from Vanguard
  • Column created on 10/22/14
  • A few columns ago, I offered an analysis of Vanguard after its sunsetting by Sony Online Entertainment. I presented my case that the game could be considered a success in its presentation of an amazing open world, three “spheres” of...
  • Seven Years in Telon: An Analysis of Vanguard
  • Column created on 8/16/14
  • I’ve always had a soft spot for Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, which closed its doors last week. Sony Online Entertainment’s traditional high fantasy MMORPG represented to me an online world that had a tremendous amount of potential, but without the...
  • Wayback Wednesday: Vanguard Saga of Heroes
  • Column created on 5/22/13
  • In our latest Wayback Wednesday, we take a look at perennial favorite, Vanguard: Saga of Heroes. We've got a terrific in-game video, members of the dev team on hand and some thoughts about the game itself. Check it out and...
  • Revisiting Vanguard
  • Column created on 5/10/13
  • With Vanguard's recent free to play conversion, many former players are revisiting their old friend. The Tourist is no exception. See what he discovered on reentering the game and then tell us of your own experiences in the comments.
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