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Newbie Island: First Adventure (Ryzom)

Posted by vajuras Wednesday August 6 2008 at 12:21AM
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Today I found out that players that had a Trial account could get on Ryzom. The servers still have not officially opened but if you were a subscriber to the end you can come back right now or if you left your account hanging around on Newbie Island.

I never even got to play Ryzom at all before; not sure why guess I was busy with EVE at the time. Anyway I decided to create a new Zorai character instead of my original character. Zorai really appealed too me for the strange, Africa vibe they have going. Matis people also strongly appealed too me and it was a tough decision. They both look excellent. Really all the races do not sure why they didn't appeal too me back when the game first launched and I saw the Art. Guess I've matured a lot since then.




I picked Magic specialization (which isn't a rigid Class btw, just a set of beginning skills to help you out), designed a character I was happy with and jumped in.

Immediately I was floored by the beauty of it all. See, EVE is the only MMO I've been playing for months besides a closed beta test here and there. Still I think Ryzom looks better then all those new ones and it runs a lot better. I would say the only closed test I've been apart of that compared was Age of Conan which seemed top notch but yeah.... Anyway..

I grabbed a mission from my Magic Trainer and ran off to grind on some little furry creatures. It felt soooooo good to grind on creatures myself. As you may or may not know, in EVE Online your skills train in realtime which has its perks and downsides. Anyway, it felt so good to be able to kill a creature and earn XP for my efforts.

Right off the bat I noticed the game features a Logical Loot system of a sorts reminding me so much of Monster Hunter (sandboxy game for Playstation 2). Also like Monster Hunter you can use the materials you gather from creatures to craft materials. I've fallen in love with that too I think.

What I also adore I was never forced into a Class. I can just train skills that interest me. So I started off learning Magic and skilling that up as I use my abilities. Then I started skilling up my Melee skills when creatures got in close range.

I figured though I will try to roleplay as a Zorai (mystic) and focus mostly on Magic but I will mix it up with Melee. I can already tell like EVE Online, your equipment contrains your abilities (thought not as rigid as EVE). For example, in EVE you might have skill points to fly a HAC and a Stealth Bomber. Obviously, the skills you have trained won't perfectly blend into both.

It appears in Ryzom your abilities will always have some benefit. However, it appears you get bonuses for using the proper equipment if you want to maximize your abilities. I partied with an experienced Fighter and when we decided to train our Magic we both put on our magic boosting gloves. You could have the freedom to TankMage a bit if you want, using both magic and swords but you will most likely not do as much damage as someone wearing all Fighter gear or someone wearing all magic gear.

Keep in mind though I'm a pure newbie these are just so observations I've made in first 2-3 hours of addictive play.

Interesting enough I've already done a little pvp but was killed so fast after I cast my first bolt... Yeah. What is surprising is I would have gained xp debt if my friend didn't rez me. Luckily he was nice and did rez me after our little duel.

Anyway I've already went to visit 3 trainers and started up missions for all of them.


So far I've had a great time. I've heard the "mainland" is a lot different from newbie Island whereas they no longer hold our hands and give us guidance. Once again this is reminding me of Monster Hunter whereas the central focus of the game was to become stronger and acquire powerful gear via killing monsters. I'm imagining really tough creatures and a really fun time.

So glad this MMO is coming back. For awhile I was starting to get a little gloomy because all I had to play was EVE. I'm a rolling stone and can't just stick with one game nonstop. I like to mix in different titles and see what they have to offer too. Can't wait to subscribe to this game when that becomes available. EVE and Ryzom, sadly, are some of the last few remaining sandboxes available. This sort of freedom to pursue any career you choose on a character is  a rare freedom indeed that I desperately chase after :)


Kordesh writes:

Wait wait wait. Ryzom is back? Since when? Woo! However, I read something on the forums regarding it coming back as a free MMO...urg. Part of what made the game great was the awesome community. I don't see that lasting when the 6yr old runescape crowd moves in.

Wed Aug 06 2008 12:47AM Report
vajuras writes:

No, no, that was just some nub speculatin' hehe the devs have not made such an announcement on official. Right now they are testing the tech, making sure things are fully functional before they officially relaunch by the new owners

Wed Aug 06 2008 1:19AM Report
star writes:


I cannot wait for them to open up account registeration, Ryzom's been on my list to try for ages now.


Wed Aug 06 2008 3:20AM Report
Seiren writes:


Nice to see a review of Ryzom from a new player. I think you have captured the unique qualities of Ryzom quite well. The starter island is meant to help new players learn the mechanics and important things like how to make stanzas and the use of some of the tools used for harvesting. It does that very well but it can give new players the false impression about the mainland.

While the starter island is highly PvM the mainland isn’t. In fact there is no need to do missions on the mainland for XP or gear. Instead mainland missions are there for raising fame with your faction and friendly tribes. There are some missions that will give you information on the fauna and flora of Atys plus some history of your race. But these are very few and some are still missing, which only adds to the fact that the lore is there to keep players confused about their origin.

And roleplaying in Ryzom isn’t a choice. You will be roleplaying before you even noticed. Atys has a way of making sure of that.

Wed Aug 06 2008 12:01PM Report
vajuras writes:

Yeah I'm fine with a lack of missions. In EVE I lived out in 0.0 and haven't done a quest in many months. I just do the sandbox stuff like casually group with guildmates, slay rats, and craft.

I look forward to hitting the mainland when I get a chance but until then I will make sure I talk to all these trainers and learn all the basics (plus decide for sure which Race / character I will stick to)

Thanks, will make sure I read some guides.

Wed Aug 06 2008 1:07PM Report writes:
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