Alganon is coming to Steam on May 5

    
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Alganon

Remember Alganon? It’s still alive and kicking, and it’s probably about to get a player infusion since it’s heading to Steam on May 5th. The game’s latest expansion, Rise of the Ourobani, added a new playable race, a new leveling experience on the continent of Aeon, flying mounts, and mercenary companions that players can hire to help them in combat.

Alganon’s April newsletter also mentions a one-shot comic book as well as a fix to some of the bugs that cropped up with the expansion’s launch.

[Source: April newsletter; thanks Zariarn!]
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ChristopherPierce
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breetoplay ChristopherPierce DugFromTheEarth Is David Allen the same guy who led Horizons development back in the day? If so, he’s the same guy who made these rpgs in the 90s that my partner showed me once that are kind of interesting: Mordor: Depths of Dejenol and Demise: The Rise of Kutan.

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I just downloaded the game and played it for the first time last night.

It’s definitely a WoW clone, but you already knew that.
The good thing about that, is that it reminded me a little of the old days of WoW, before they added all that busy work(garrisons/dailies/etc.).

Many will be immediately turned off by the combat. It feels very unpolished, but some of the spell/melee attack FX look OK. 
Sometimes when you’re fighting a random mob, it will be totally facing the wrong direction haha, so enemy AI could be a lot better.

The map looks huge to me; 2 large continents like vanilla WoW(and didn’t they just add a 3rd…?)
The environments are nice, lush cartoon(WoW-style) world. I really liked the wide-open, run anywhere feel to it.. I guess there are instanced dungeons. I haven’t seen those yet.

The character design is really crude(again, dumbed down WoW version) but it works. It seems like the PvP zones are dominated by one side, right now; the “blue-avatar-demon-looking people” They seem to be the “Horde” side of the game, and I suspect that most people will go to that side, over the dull looking human(alliance) side. I decided to go w/ the underdogs(plus, I’m not a huge PvP fan), so I’m a boring looking “human” warrior-type.

I have to say that my favorite feature(only 5 levels in) is the falling treasure chest loot. That happens randomly after you kill any type of mob. It usually has gear in it, or just something nice. The animation on that “event” is very well done, and it gives you a sort of fun “slot-machine”-hitting the jackpot feeling to loot.

Talent trees(3 per class)look just like vanilla-WoW, crafting the same, and the researching helps to improve character abilities, I guess. You just choose which area of expertise you want to research and hit start. Some will take hours, maybe longer for advanced research. That seems like a nice feature with no real drawbacks.

The “item shop” has stuff like potions, dyes, creating a guild feature, and it looks like level cap..? I’m just playing for free. OK, I just looked it up. Unless, they changed it, I can only go to level 30 as a free player, and the old level cap was 50. Maybe that’s increased now. You have to buy some sort of pack; looks like it costs around 20 or so bucks. Not a big deal, if you like the game and want to keep playing it. I’m not seeing any issues with the item shop being P2W, at least at first glance.

The community seems to be zilch, but I’m just in the starter area, so there has to be people out there. I’m sure joining a guild would help a lot, in that regard.
The only hope for this game to grow is probably whether the addition to Steam gives it a whole new group of fans who are just burned out on other games and want something retro feeling & simple. That’s what I like about it. I’ll just have to see whether the feeling sticks.

So, I would definitely recommend trying it. I’ve been pleasantly surprised, so far.

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After it’s notoriously buggy, unplayable launch, Alganon turned into a fairly decent game.  I played a bit some years back and enjoyed it for the most part.  Certain economic things didn’t make any sense, the incredible expense of mounts, for instance. But it had good classes, fun skills, and a fairly robust crafting system.  And studies, which are fun and interesting.  
 When they added PvP, they made capital cities FFA zones.  Since banks and crafting were primarily in capital cities, that meant whenever you wanted to visit your stash, you were flagged for PvP.  That’s pretty much when I stopped playing.  Until then, I enjoyed it as a mindless, no stress pass time. But once PvP came to the town, it stopped being no stress.

When I commented that I thought having FFA PvP in the only place one could access one’s stash was bad, I was told it was WAI.  This I took to mean it was not going to change and left the game behind.

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PizzaDoh theparadiselast 
Must’ve been a Champions Online dev

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The term ‘WoW clone’ gets thrown around a lot in MMO space, and it’s normally not justified.  But, the time I played this, it was fine for what it was, but it truly did feel like a WoW clone in so many ways.  Having said that, it was a decent game, just, IMO, dull.

I actually wouldn’t mind knowing Derek Smart was still involved because that would be a whole metagame around the game that might end up being more entertaining than the game itself.

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ChristopherPierce DugFromTheEarth He left because Smart fired him for “insubordination,” supposedly. :P
Justin included this as his #4 top MMO story from 2010 if you’re curious (sorry for link to Massjoywowfrankengadget.
http://www.engadget.com/2010/12/16/the-perfect-ten-most-controversial-mmo-stories-of-2010/

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agemyth Ah, you’re right, thanks for the heads-up that we need to add it!
http://www.engadget.com/tag/alganon/ for context.. it’s basically Deserek Smart + the first true WoW clone. Apparently the game isn’t even completely horrible, but there you go.

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Derek Smart.
Run you fools!

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CastagereShaikura I agree. But their F2P conversion was more like – uhm – SWTOR’s.

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Sythalin You knew to grab a bag of popcorn when you saw a Derek Smart post, as you knew what would follow would be worth sitting down for.