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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.


FEATURES

  • 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.

Three Things Developers Can Learn from Vanguard

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 gameplay, and a plethora of races and classes. I also touched upon how Vanguard's bug-ridden launch, lack of features to justify its long-standing subscription, and inconsistent leadership led to its inevitable demise.

Posted Oct 22, 2014 by Suzie Ford
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Seven Years in Telon: An Analysis of Vanguard

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 modernization and implementation required to compete in today's saturated market. The

Posted Aug 16, 2014 by Suzie Ford
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Seven Years Later, Cave of Wonders Opens

Originally part of the Vanguard: Saga of Heroes beta, the Cave of Wonders never made it into the official release of the game. Now, seven years later, CoW has finally opened after being announced at SOE Live 2013.

Posted Jan 14, 2014 by Suzie Ford
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Wayback Wednesday: Vanguard Saga of Heroes

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 then tell us about your experiences with Vanguard in the comments.

Posted May 22, 2013 by Suzie Ford
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Revisiting Vanguard

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.

Posted May 10, 2013 by Suzie Ford
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Servers Merging into One

The Vanguard: Saga of Heroes site has been updated with the news that servers will be merging into a single large server for all players. The merger process will begin on April 4th and the Halgar server will cease operations on April 9th.

Posted Mar 27, 2013 by Suzie Ford
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Celebrating Six Big Years

Vanguard: Saga of Heroes recently went with a hybrid subscription-free to play revenue model. Since then, the team has been working hard to give players lots to experience and look forward to in the future. We had the opportunity to check out Vanguard's new look in a couple of areas and to talk with Producer Harvey Burgess and Game Designer Corey LeFever. See what we discovered and then relate your experiences in the comments.

Posted Feb 01, 2013 by Suzie Ford
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The F2P Review

With Vanguard: Saga of Heroes' recent transition from a subscription based title to a hybrid F2P-subscription revenue generator, interest has been renewed in the game. We've put the F2P version of Vanguard to the test to see how it fares. Read our review and then let us know what you think.

Posted Oct 01, 2012 by Suzie Ford
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Vanguard’s History to Now

Vanguard has reached a venerated age of "seasoned MMORPG". In a new retrospective article, we take a look at the history of Vanguard: Saga of Heroes from its earliest days to today. Check it out!

Posted Oct 01, 2012 by Suzie Ford
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Wayback Wednesday Recap

Continuing our look back at MMOs Rob "Grakulen" Lashley adventures through Vanguard: Saga of Heroes. Check out Rob's experiences below.

Posted Sep 05, 2012 by Garrett Fuller
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