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Runes of Magic

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: Frogster Online Gaming GmbH (EU), Frogster America (US)
Developer: Runewaker
Release Date: March 19, 2009

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'Runes of Magic' Launches 6,000 Euros Challenge

by Rainier on Feb. 15, 2010 @ 12:07 p.m. PST

With an extensive range of features Runes of Magic prepares to redefine the standard of free-to-play MMO games. Even at the beginning Runes of Magic conveys its absorbing story in over 5,000 quests embedded in an atmospheric world.

Runes of Magic features a unique dual class system enabling players to combine one of eight primary classes with a secondary class. The result is a deep player experience that expands upon the game’s deep customization offering. There are two different playable races, Elves and Humans, from which players can choose. Each dual class combination produces its own powerful elite skills. Another popular feature is the opportunity to furnish your own completely individual virtual home, and guilds can construct guild castles, which can be expanded with additional buildings. Thanks to comprehensive crafting and reputation systems, gripping PvP features, deep customization and demanding dungeons, Runes of Magic has something for everyone.

Following the official release of Runes of Magic in Korea, Frogster is now, with North America, Europe and Asia, present on all three market relevant continents. “With an initial campaign that accompanied the beta phases in high profile Korean gaming media, we have just begun the roll-out of Runes of Magic. We are very confident that we can develop Runes of Magic into one of the strongest titles in the new generation of online-games in Korea”, offered Sunny Park, CEO of Frogster Asia, confident regarding the long-term success of Runes of Magic.

Chapter III – The Elder Kingdoms will take players to the newly rediscovered continent. Here, the old kingdom of Dalanis lies in chaos and turmoil with plotters scheming behind the throne of the child-king Callaway. Little remains of the old glory of the ruling dynasty from the time of the legendary King Kalume. In total desperation, the people long for the return of their ancient heroes. So now it is up to all brave adventurers to support the young regent and bring order to the chaos.

To celebrate the Runes of Magic Chapter III – The Elder Kingdoms announcement, all players are invited to participate in a large-scale hunt from Monday, 15th February through to Friday, 19th February. Six chosen ones among the opponents of a mighty sorcerer who appeared today in the fantasy online game will be each rewarded with 1,000 Euros.

A new threat looms over Taborea. Rumours of the presence of a powerful Zurhidon mage in some of the most remote regions of the kingdom reached Varanas. The Eye of Wisdom seems to be concerned about the machinations of the dangerous character after reports of its observers: he is supposed to attack the heroes to strip them of all their runes. Yarandor, First Mage of the Eye, issued wanted posters and put a price on the head of the villain, promising the moon and the stars to the player who can defeat the dark sorcerer’s projects.

A new community event called ‘The 6,000 Euros Challenge’ will send players on the trail of this rising Zurhidon evil in order to face him one to one in a terrible battle. Every day until Friday, on all servers, the first player to challenge the terrible magician in a duel will be offered a bundle of items from the game’s Item Shop which will help his progression in the world of Taborea.

But the rewards will not only be virtual objects. Every day, Frogster will offer 1,000 Euros to one of the most courageous who manages to find and engage in a duel with the Runewalker. The winner will be randomly selected once a day amongst players from all European servers who have challenged the Zurhidon sorcerer, whether they defeat him or not. But that is not the only to win, on Friday Frogster will draw lots among the Runes of Magic accounts which have logged into the game Monday - Friday and award 1,000 Euros to the winner.

It is now up to players to start the hunt to find the lair of the Runewalker and to discover what his evil plans are.

Adventurers will be able to take their first steps into a kingdom full of intrigue and uprisings when they enter the Thunderhoof Hills, the first territory in the The Elder Kingdoms. A new zone concept has also been created for the new chapter of Runes of Magic. The new continent has moved away from closed territories and has evolved into versatile and varied landscapes. When gamers journey to the Thunderhoof Hills they will first enter the forest, pass by waterfalls and then enter one of the three new cities to trade and meet other players, or explore a mystery shrouded graveyard of long dead kings while staying within the same zone. One of the new instances, the Dungeon of Dalanis, leads adventurers into the world of shadows beneath the Thunderhoof Hills. Here dreadful terrors lurk that can only be overcome by mobilizing everyone in your group..

The history of the old kingdoms of Runes of Magic will be told in Chapter III through many new quests. Level 55 and above adventurers will become familiar with a new skill system where they can select from a pool of special abilities which will be available to them in combat. There will also be plenty of opportunities to try out these new abilities in the new chapter, including in conflicts with other guilds. The Elder Kingdoms also expands on the existing opportunities which guilds have to equip their castles with new buildings. Rival guilds will also be able to lay their hands on siege weapons. Quests for whole player communities, Player vs. Player rankings and reward systems, as well as a new battlefield – the Tyrefen Mountains – bring additional depth to the PvP game. Three additional mini-games have also been built into the game.

Runes of Magic Features

  • Dual class system with eight classes and unique elite skills
  • Individual furnishing of player housing and guild castles
  • In-depth story experienced through above 2,000 quests laced with epic quest-lines
  • Gripping Player-versus-Player duels in arenas and on the battlefield
  • Easy travel using portal stones and a wide range of rideable animals
  • Challenging boss-combat in dangerous and extensive dungeons with up to 36 simultaneous players
  • Entertaining mini-games offering variety to the hero’s routine
  • Dynamic crafting and customization of items
  • Regular comprehensive free updates with new game content
  • Free-to-Play: No monthly subscriptions, free to download the game

Runes of Magic is free-to-play MMO, currently available worldwide.

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