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Now that the beta is over, I’m free to talk about my latest online game addiction.

Free Realms is classified as a MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) or MMO for short. Two races are available for play, Human and Pixie. Both have male and female options, with customization of hair, eye and skin color, different outfits and hairstyles.

I’ve chosen a human female, and named her “Lyric Rainsong.”

From Free Realms

Free Realms does not have a class system, instead it offers a job system. Each player can choose to do any (or all) of the available jobs, switching from job to job depending on what they are working on at the moment with just a simple change of outfit.

From Free Realms

So far I’m impressed with the graphic quality of the game, everything is clear and bright, just right for a world full of pixies, adorable goblins and cartoony humans. The user interface is simple to use and easy to figure out. I’m convinced that the developers have done their homework and incorporated some of the best elements of other available games (such as World of Warcraft) to make this game fun and easy to learn.

The job system, quests and minigames are well developed. I am looking forward to the addition of other features like player housing and clubs (guilds) which have been mentioned as “on the list” by the devs.

As the name suggests, Free Realms IS free to play. It also allows quite a bit of freedom in game play – which the devs insist is the true meaning of the name. Membership is available for a small monthly fee, and buying “Station Cash” allows players to purchase exclusive items such as pets and select accessories. A few of the jobs are limited to members only as well, but from what I can tell playing for free still offers quite a variety of fun and games to young and casual players.

I’ve started a web gallery for my screenshots, and I’m sure I’ll be posting more as I explore each of the various jobs and games.

Gallery: My Free Realms Pics
Link: Free Realms

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I took part in my first real pvp op in EVE today, what a blast! There were a hand full of us rookie pilots, so we got a lot of help from the rest of the fleet. The group I was assigned to camped around a stargate waiting for the enemy to warp in. When they did, we pounced!

I can see now why this game keeps its pvpers, the action is fast and furious and there are many ways to participate. Even I, in my little rookie ship, was able to do my part and helped take down ships much bigger than any I’m able to pilot yet.

I still have a lot to learn before I’m as useful as I’d like to be in a fleet op like the one we had today, but I’m having fun and everyone is more than patient and helpful.

The idea of space, and being able to travel from place to place at will has always fascinated me. It is the theme of several stories I’m working on – my active imagination loves the endless possibilities of what one might find “out there”.

My first trial experience in EVE didn’t go well. I had high hopes, and no idea of the steep learning curve required at the start of the game. As I didn’t have anyone in game to learn from, I quickly lost interest.

Now, about a year later, armed with two current players for guides, access to a well written wiki full of great advice for new players, and a “corporation” full of new faces willing to help someone new – I’m having a blast. Sure, I’ve lost a couple of ships, and found myself lost more than once, but the experience is much more of what I was hoping for, in the first place.

Much like World of Warcraft, there is a player driven economy, which I find interesting, and a corporation system, which is pretty similar to a guild in any other MMO. I am still getting used to the idea of my character being merely a portrait, never a visible, controllable thing on screen, but I find that the variety of ships and fittings for those ships, combined with the extensive skill system is quite enough to keep me busy.

Will I become as entrenched in EVE as I have WoW? Hard to say, WoW holds a special place in my life because of the friends I have made, friends I hope to keep long beyond the expiration of my WoW account. But I shall enjoy the experience while it holds my attention, floating around in space…destroying space pirates and exploring the stars.

Link: EVE: Online

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