Rubies of Eventide is a promising example of change in the MMORPG industry. As a second generation massively-multiplayer game, Rubies defies the Everquest template by bringing back the classic strategic RPG turn-based combat, with a twist. Rubies unique combat mode is an “asynchronous real-time turn-based hybrid combat.Ã¢â‚¬Â For players this means planning moves strategically with more attention to tactical rather than split-second decisions. Rubies of Eventide has seven player races and over 100 starting professions to choose from. With this system, no one is ever locked into a stereotypical role based on his or her choice of race and can develop their skills in-game, however they please.