Berlin, Oct. 10th 2008: Using your skills effectively is the key to survival in an online-roleplaying game like Runes of Magic. Therefore, the user interface of Frogster's upcoming MMORPG keeps all important information and functions directly at hand. Players can also tweak the interface freely to their personal needs. Adjustable hotkeys offer quick access to all skills of the character and can easily be equipped via drag & drop. Players are also able to activate as many action-bars as they want, allocate the desired number of hotkeys to them and move them freely on their screen. Smart online gamers can also assign keyboard shortcuts to their hotkeys, so that they can rapidly react in crucial situations.
Using these possibilities wisely, players can build their own combat set out of the entire pool of skills, in which the different actions for healing, melee and ranged combat, buffs, debuffs and special skills will find their place depending on the character class. Besides those crucial abilities, players can insert emotes to their action-bar to alleviate the communication with fellow adventurers. After all, challenging somebody to a PvP duel looks much cooler, if it is accompanied by the right gesture, and the winner of a grand fight has all the right to raise its fist into the air to celebrate victory.
An ingame video illustrating all functions of the user interface is now available on the official website:
Interested players can still register for the closed beta using this link: http://www.runesofmagic.com/en/user,register.html.
Macros and Add-ons
Players can also assemble macros in Runes of Magic to gain fast access to mighty attack or heal combinations. Using macros, they can string together a series of commands, with which they are able to sequentially use items or skills to achieve customized effects. Players can for example combine a debuff with an attack targeting the weakness they just created, use small or larger heal combinations on their comrades or combine actions for opening attacks or emergency situations. There are virtually no boundaries for creativity here. Players with programming skills can apply further modifications using script languages like Lua and XML. Lua scripts can be embedded into macros or used in add-ons, which players can tailor to their own needs with some XML knowledge.
Maps & Quest Log
Different maps of the game world Taborea do not only offer a helpful orientation about the shortest way between settlements, mines and other interesting places, but can also display quest givers. Who wants to be guided to them or to the next quest target, can locate them using the world search and activate a convenient navigation system. This handy online GPS can even be activated for different targets and then indicates the direction with differently colored arrows.
To complete accepted quests, a small mini-map in the upper right hand corner of the screen shows useful information about merchants, monsters, raw material deposits and other interesting objects. In case players lose track of their objectives, a look into the quest log will show all relevant information for their missions including the promised rewards. Players can manage the status of each quest here or abandon it altogether. Selecting a monster, NPC or player with a mouse click brings up the portrait of your target including a status display. A simple right click opens the menu for social interactions like trading, group invites and much more. Moreover, Runes of Magic offers the possibility to view additional information about Taborea's creatures such as names, titles or energy values – or to cast off all displayed text information if the player wants to have an unspoilt view of the world. Thus, the user interface can also be completely switched off.
In the backpack of Runes of Magic travelling adventurers store their complete inventory like spare weapons, armor, potions, quest items and other loot. With a few convenient functions they are able to quickly straighten up all items. Besides a view of the complete inventory, the backpack can separately show equipment, runes, crafting materials and potions or sort the inventory according to these categories. And if you really have to throw away something, the dust bin function is a convenient way to get rid of useless stuff.
Runes of Magic – a world full of wizardry and adventure
With an extensive range of features Runes of Magic prepares to redefine the standard of free-to-play MMO games. Right from the launch Runes of Magic will convey its absorbing story in over 600 quests embedded in an atmospheric world. Players can choose from six main classes. Combined with a secondary class they dispose of 36 individual character classes over all. All characters possess unique skills with impressive combo attacks and can use mounts in the later stages of game play. A particularly attractive feature for guilds and players is the possibility to arrange their own virtual homes with individual furnishing. Thanks to an extensive crafting and reputation system, thrilling PVP as well as demanding dungeons and boss-monsters, no wishes remain unsatisfied. The Taiwanese developer Runewaker has developed Runes of Magic according to western MMO standards within a time frame of three years. The studio will provide new challenges for players every three to four months with free add-ons and updates. MMO fans can find more information, pictures and videos on the official website www.runesofmagic.com.
Runes of Magic features
Free2play, no monthly fees, free download
Dual class system with switchable primary and secondary classes
Enthralling background story
Already over 600 quests and level comprehensive quest series on launch
Instanced and persistent dungeons
Individually developed skills and spells
Armor sets with special bonuses
Dynamic item system: Upgrades with hundreds of runes
PvP system, to be activated with a PvP flag (Player vs. Player duels, arena combat, ranking system)
Epic crafting system with the possibility to improve existing items
Individual coloring of clothes and armor
Housing: personalization with individual furniture for players and guilds
Special zones for guild houses
Scalable user interface based on the users preference (development of your own add-ons possible)
In-game map and radar system to find dealers, resources and quests easily
Auction house: auction and purchase items
Teleporting possibilities via runes, different and unique mounts
Controlling with mouse (point & click) and keyboard (WASD or arrow keys) possible
About Runewaker Entertainment Ltd.
Runewaker Entertainment was founded in August of 2004, with the headquarters located in Taichung, Taiwan. The founding members are all very experienced in the field and decided to come together to pursue their own dream. Currently Runewaker employs over 40 highly skilled programmers, designers and artists and is constantly expanding. Runewaker specializes in making massively multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPG). The company has built their own engine from scratch that rivals some of the best that is available out on the market. Their first product, Radiant Arcana (Runes of Magic), is already completed and currently in Open Beta Phase in China. Runewaker is currently producing more content for Runes of Magic. Webpage: http://www.runewaker.com/
About Frogster Interactive Pictures AG
As a holding with different shares in the computer games industry, Frogster Interactive Pictures AG based in Berlin is focusing on the growth sector of Massively Multiplayer Online Games. The company licenses, operates und markets different online games in the German speaking market and internationally. Its Korean joint venture Frogster Studios Co. Ltd. based in Seoul develops MMO games and markets their own as well as licensed virtual worlds in Asia. At their headquarter in Berlin and in Rheine and Korea, the Frogster group employs more than 80 staff members in the fields of development, marketing, community management, customer support, IT, web design, web development, sales and administration. Internet: www.frogster-interactive.de