Tactica Online is not your typical MMORPG - if you can even call it that at all. It blends elements of tactics, RPG and chess into one neat package. We had a chance to sit down with Imaginary Numbers in the Australian Games booth in the West Hall. Here is what we learned:
| There are six types of characters available for players to create and have in their party. They are ranged, research, melee, hunting, doctrine and lore. Three are rather self-explanatory, but three are probably a bit odd to most readers. Research is based on the following Leonardo da Vinci and uses technology to help their cause, doctrine is loosely based on the Inquisition and Lore is more of a Paladin-type group represented by the Knights Templar.
Another twist on the typical RPG system is that each character, and thus group, has an alignment with one of three factions in the game: Lore, Doctrine or Research. However, unlike an RPG, this is not a decision you make. Instead, it is chosen by the skills you assign to your characters and the composition of your party. Theoretically, your group could be aligned to Lore in one round and Doctrine in another – it depends on who you take into battle. Your faction then dictates what missions you can do and what side you will take in various causes.
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